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Captive Nations Week, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
Freedom is the longing of every soul and the birthright of all mankind. During Captive Nations Week, we underscore our commitment to advancing democracy, defending liberty, and protecting human rights around the world.
It is in our Nation’s interest to help those who are suffering under oppressive regimes defeat the ideologues of hate with an ideology of hope. Advancing the cause of liberty advances the cause of peace. A free society upholds justice and defends human dignity. Over the years, many have underestimated the power of freedom to overcome tyranny, but history has shown us that freedom will prevail.
In the 20th century, the evils of Soviet communism and Nazi fascism were defeated and freedom spread around the world as new democracies emerged. Today, our Nation faces new struggles with adversaries who murder the innocent and seek to subject millions to their violent, totalitarian rule. Still, we remain confident that the light of liberty will again overcome this darkness.
To bring that day about, we must support young democracies in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. In countries like Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe, people continue to live under oppressive regimes, and we will work for the day when all these nations are free. By opposing these despots and helping young democracies grow, we will lay the foundation of peace and prosperity for generations to come. Throughout Captive Nations Week, we renew our pledge that as people across the world find their own paths to freedom, they will also find a friend in the United States of America.
The Congress, by Joint Resolution approved July 17, 1959 (73 Stat. 212), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating the third week in July of each year as “Captive Nations Week.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 20 through July 26, 2008, as Captive Nations Week. I call upon the people of the United States to reaffirm our commitment to all those seeking liberty, justice, and self-determination.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH
- Suu Kyi Said Optimistic on Myanmar Talks
The Associated Press -
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi met leaders of her opposition party for the first time in more than three years, telling them …
- Going to hell in a handbasket–Musharraf style
UnCapitalist Journal -
Musharraf isn’t on it and neither is the General that is running Burma/Myanmar, Than Shwe, which I have written about on an occasion recently. …
- Time for healing
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain - 9 hours ago
BANGKOK: Military-run Myanmar could be on the verge of a breakthrough in the battle for democratic reform after moves towards dialogue by the junta and …
- REGION: Suu Kyi meets party members and junta
Daily Times, Pakistan -
YANGON: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday met members of her opposition party for the first time since 2004, as she pledged to cooperate with the regime ..
- Yangon residents see flicker of hope in Myanmar
Inquirer.net, Philippines -
YANGON — Residents in Myanmar’s main city Yangon are divided over the prospects for change after a meeting between opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and …
- Beware democracy’s siren song
Mizzima.com, India -
Though the tinder for the fire was an economy stretched to its breaking point, in the end it was in the dream of democracy, a democracy to set Burma free, …
- Myanmar reforms in India’s interest: US
Assam Tribune, India -
“Our message in Burma (old name of Myanmar) has been consistently that the regime in Burma has shown no signs of movement except when it has faced …
- North East swaying to Myanmar tunes
Assam Tribune, India -
… buffs of the North East, Thura, a pro-democracy leader of Myanmar in exile said that this is a positive sign for the people of the region and Burma. “… …
- Junta says it’s putting energy into reform
Hindu, India -
YANGON (AP): Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi received rare front-page billing Saturday in Myanmar’s state-controlled press, which said the ruling …
- UN rights expert due in Myanmar as groups demand prisoner release
Human Rights Watch echoed its call and said the UN Security Council should “redouble efforts to prod Burma’s (Myanmar) generals into starting a genuine ..
- Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets with her party
Los Angeles Times, CA -
Suu Kyi has been in and out of prison and house arrest since her party won 1990 elections and 82% of parliament seats in Myanmar, which is also called Burma …
- Some sceptical about Burma military’s intentions
Radio Australia, Australia -
Residents in Burma’s main city Rangoon appear divided over the prospects for change after a meeting between the Opposition Leader and an official of the …
- Suu Kyi Is Front-Page News in Myanmar
The Associated Press -
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi received rare front-page billing Saturday in Myanmar’s state-controlled press, …
- Pakistan must not become another Burma: Asma Jahangir
DailyIndia.com, FL -
And it is best not to let it go down to a level where we all become Myanmar, and come to the stage of Burma. That prevention should be taken now. …
- Burmese refugees tell how tyranny drove them from their homeland
New Bern Sun Journal, NC -
… and three other refugees almost cried as they talked at Craven Community College about the current state of Burma, which is now called Myanmar. …
- Bangladesh Trade Body Favors Using Dual Currency In Asian Clearing …
Bangladesh and Burma joined the union as the sixth and the seventh members in 1976 and 1977 respectively. However, Bhutan joined the ACU Dec. 9, 1999.