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Obama condemns Burma election as 'neither free nor fair'

By Scott Wilson

MUMBAI -- Traveling in Asia, President Obama on Sunday sharply condemned the election in Burma, calling it "neither free nor fair."

In a statement, Obama said the Sunday vote "failed to meet any of the internationally accepted standards associated with legitimate elections."

"The elections were based on a fundamentally flawed process and demonstrated the regime's continued preference for repression and restriction over inclusion and transparency," Obama said in the statement.

Obama cited the ruling junta's imprisonment of 2,100 political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi. The result, he said, ensured that the opposition National League for Democracy was "silenced and sidelined."

By Scott Wilson  | November 7, 2010; 4:18 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama, Obama Abroad  
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LMAO USA locks up people all the time and supports child rapists and torturers.

Posted by: cpmondello | November 13, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Main thing here: the US cannot get involved in another war at this time. We are involved in Iraq and Afghanistan. After our current military campaigns are finished, we might consider killing tens of thousands in the Sudan or Burma in the name of freedom.

Posted by: Martial | November 7, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone tell Obama that the country is no longer called Burma but is now called Myanmar?

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | November 7, 2010 6:15 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma

"In 1989, the military government officially changed the English translations of many colonial-era names, including the name of the country to "Myanmar". This prompted one scholar to coin the term "Myanmarification" to refer to the top-down programme of political and cultural reform in the context of which the renaming was done. The renaming remains a contested issue." - Wikipedia

If you want Burma to be free, you don't call the country Myanmar. I am so glad President Obama knows something about Burma.

Then by that logic what should we have called the Soviet Union all that time? Try to get a visa to "Burma" and see what you get.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | November 7, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Long live the Saffron Revolution!

Posted by: Spiritof761 | November 7, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone tell Obama that the country is no longer called Burma but is now called Myanmar?

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | November 7, 2010 6:15 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma

"In 1989, the military government officially changed the English translations of many colonial-era names, including the name of the country to "Myanmar". This prompted one scholar to coin the term "Myanmarification" to refer to the top-down programme of political and cultural reform in the context of which the renaming was done. The renaming remains a contested issue." - Wikipedia

If you want Burma to be free, you don't call the country Myanmar. I am so glad President Obama knows something about Burma.

Posted by: dummy4peace | November 7, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Impeach Obama and Queen Michelle.

Posted by: JCM-51 | November 7, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The military and the country dictators renamed the country. The National League for Democracy and the other democratic parties and democracy leaders in exile all refer to the nation as Burma.

Bush was correct on Burma. So is Obama. China and India are the chief impediments to freedom in Burma.

I live in Thailand on the Burmese border. There is NO comparison between the brutality faced by the Burmese and the internal political situation faced by the Thais. There are 1,000,000 Burmese refugees living in Thailand. There are no Thai refugees living in any other border country. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: maupin1 | November 7, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The military and the military dictators renamed the country. The National League for Democraacy and the other democratic parties and democracy leaders in exile all refer to the nation as Burma.

Bush wwas correct on Burma. So is Obama. China and India are the chief impediments to freedom in Burma.

I live in Thailand on the Burmese border. There is NO comparison between the brutality faced by the Burmese and the intereal political situation faced by the Thais. There are 1,000,000 Burmese refugees living in Thailand. There are no Thai refugees living in any other border country. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: maupin1 | November 7, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

The generic problem with Americans is their double standards, one for themselves that compromises their own values and the other to protect its material interests abroad. Bush invoked the American doctrine of democracy abroad but did not do an iota to persuade his friends in the Middle East and a long list of allies all over the world. Americans have more responsibility to put sanctions on Egypt, Jordan, Morocco etc than Myanmar where, also, it has not gone beyond rhetoric.Indian have a saying " elephant has one set of teeth just to show that is not used but others to chew." We are seeing America's exhibition teeth in their statements.

Posted by: acpress | November 7, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Thailand is going the road of Burma right now with a backdoor undemocratic regime and a dictatorship in disguise. The court system and the press are so corrupt and controlled by the military. The jail is full of political prisoners...Mr. Obama,sir, do you read the news? Where is your foreign policy advisor on Thailand? Is your man in Bangkok going to say anything to this government that is hated by most people in Thailand? Oh I forget, the Thai military is still friendly to the US defense industry and spends billions on US weapon system and that's good enough to keep your mouth shut.

Posted by: sloucher | November 7, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

The totalitarian military junta in Myanmar is desperately trying to build a nuclear weapons arsenal. Why does the USA not go after them like it has Iran? Because Burma is not anti-Zionist?

Posted by: Spiritof761 | November 7, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone tell Obama that the country is no longer called Burma but is now called Myanmar?

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | November 7, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

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