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It’ll be a cold day in Burma

A Cold Day In Burma

By Russell Imrie

February 9, 2018

A few days ago the 2018 Winter Olympics took off great with ceremony at PyongChang, Republic of Korea (“South Korea”). That a very unlikely competing country, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“North Korea”) marched in the opening festivities is amazing, given that the two sovereign states have been locked in an unresolved conflict since 1953 when an uneasy armistice began following a short, intense war.

That a prosperous and democratic South Korea even thinks of accommodating the North says a lot about the South’s confidence and progressive outlook—and the pariah North’s need for respect and global credibility as a nation.

This astonishing turn of events is one more step in South Korea’s historic path to establishing itself as a modern, dynamic Pacific nation with a vibrant economy and a place as regional power.

Myanmar’s (Burma) story now lies in strong contrast to South Korea’s narrative. At the end of the 1950-53 war, Korea was in utter ruins and had scant natural resources. Things looked bleak. Burma, another Asian country (now known as Myanmar), was in a similar condition but had rich mineral, forest, and agricultural advantages like fertile land, water, and a favorable climate. The steps each took to evolve their economies in the coming decades have led to vastly different outcomes. SE Asia expert and advisor Dr. David Steinberg, in “Myanmar and South Korea Expert Discusses the Reasons Why the Two Countries Upended Their Development Expectations, September 18, 2017” states that the strikingly contrasting conditions are primarily the result of two contrasting polities.

Myanmar is a country of abundant natural resources, and yet is still one of Asia’s poorest countries. This situation is in part due to recent political turmoil.

Myanmar’s economy, with large deposits of ores to support it, should have lifted the nation to a thriving economic giant and lifted the welfare of its people. Instead, authoritarian regimes controlled by a corrupt military and cronies have hobbled the nation and rejected foreign ideas and management expertise. Its economy and politics, despite the recent relaxing of junta-like control, are more than ever in desperate shape. Religious conflict and ethnic cleansing sees hundreds of thousands of Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, itself struggling with its own challenges.

Korea’s post-conflict military regime though, exercised intelligient discipline by encouraging a free economy and foreign expertise. The ravaged mountains and cities were populated by an energetic population that could build ventures and were open to imaginative products.

The “my country first” economic model re-emerging as a populist meme ignores this fundamental lesson of national development: “It will be a cold day in Myanmar when the chains of authoritarianism will bless its peoples with freedom and prosperity.”


Open Source Projects out there – an index: Radio, Press, Crowd-Sourcing, Maps

This is the index to open source crowd mapping sites and projects all over Planet Earth. Many use Twitter filtering, some not. Nothing here about the [doubtless] harvesting of this data by intelligence and security sources other than maybe, a pithy comment or two. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.Please send suggestions at the comment pane bottom of this post.

Russ Imrie November 22 2012

Washington DC

Media, Film, Radio, Press:

  1. Sourcefabricposts on media/open source projects around this planet. http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6b1ad01fc31dc6604968e6439&id=3736aa77f0&e=88da1198a5
  2. Newscoop and Sourcefabric – Open source CMS tool for journalism, media  and newspapers anywhere – used in Africa, Asia, Guatemala among many more http://www.sourcefabric.org/en/newscoop/features/

Crowd Sourcing that big and small data, maps:

  1. Ushahidi – mapping and link to Crowdmap http://www.ushahidi.com/ check out “Women Under Siege” in Crowdmap – crowd-sourced data from Syria‘s civil war
  2. iRevolution“all power to the data!” Patrick Meier’s news on all things crowd-mapped http://irevolution.net/
  3. Umbraphile2006B (Classic Mac) and 2009A (OSX) Eclipse viewing software for Macintosh Computers http://nicmosis.as.arizona.edu:8000/ECLIPSE_WEB/UMBRAPHILE/UMBRAPHILE.html  Solar Eclipse

Dazzling social/crowdsourced stuff:

    1. SGI live “pulse” – Tweets curated and output as Hurricane Sandy marched across the East Coast of the US SGI_Pulse_Twitter_Sandy http://www.sgi.com/ And from HPC Wire http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-11-22/sgi_supercomputer_takestwitter_s_pulse.html on SGI’s pulse Twitter visualizations
distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area.

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