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  • ivanildotrindade 9:41 pm on December 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2011, aung san suu kyi, crystal ball, , fukushima 50, japan earthquake, news coverage   

    Random Stories from 2011 

    The end of the year gives us a time to reflect on the past and look ahead to the New Year. I am not good at keeping up with media stories but I think one of the most devastating story in the media was the one about the Earthquake in Japan. I am not sure we fully understand the sacrifice of the “Fukushima 50,” the nickname given to the men who remained behind after 750 other workers were evacuated to clean up the crippled nuclear power plant in that part of the country.

    The story of the flooding in Thailand was the forgotten story of the year. That event, and the apparent mismanagement of it,  may still force a Prime Minister out and it will take years until things come back to normal in that country. When I was there in November, virtually all the factories were closed in Bangkok and train services and even hospitals had been severely affected by the consequences of the floods.

    As far as personal impact story, none could rival that of Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman who will probably become the president of Burma in the near future. I have written about this remarkable lady here.

    Looking through the Crystal ball, I would predict that President Obama will more than likely win re-election, Hugo Chavez’ health will probably not improve, which means that there will be big changes in Venezuela. My hope is that a full democratic system will be restored again in that part of the world.

    Unfortunately, Christians will continue to suffer in places like Nigeria, where a new rounds of violence that killed dozens just happened. The situation in Egypt for Christians will only get worse and that whole part of the world may still see more demonstrations on the streets, if more people decide to hit the streets on mass, demanding their rights against ruthless dictators who need to go away quietly.

    And there will be no peace in the Middle East. But on a good note, by the end of 2012, we hope to rescue at least 20 new children from abuse, abject poverty and sexual slavery, if we can find enough people to support them.

    Happy New Year!

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

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  • ivanildotrindade 1:16 pm on December 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aung san suu kyi, , free burma, freedom, myanmar, the lady   

    Aung San Suu Kyi 

    If you are paying attention to the news, your head must be spinning as you try to follow the recent events in Burma. If things continue to move in the direction of openness, we can begin to dream of a free Burma one day. This will open up not only economic opportunities (China is on the ground already) but also many other channels for charity and religious work. I have personally prayed for Burma for many years now and am moderately optimistic about the future there.

    And who should we thank for these incredible turn of events? A 66-year-old lady with sad eyes and steely resolve, who was willing to spend most of the last 20 years of her life under house arrest, leaving her husband back, who would eventually die without getting another chance to see her, and her children, who grew up without their mom. How in the world could anyone have the strength to do this? Some credit her religion, others her patriotism. Some say it is the hunger for power or the desire to be a martyr. I have no idea what it is but on a human level I admire this woman. And soon you will be able to see her story on the big screen. Read about it here.

    Ivanildo C. Trindade

     
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