What Is the Most Effective Way To Promote Democracy Within Repressive Regimes?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 15, 2009
Aung San Suu Kyi Portrait Held by Man in Tokyo

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under illegitimate house arrest for more than thirteen of the nineteen years since her party was elected by the people of Burma to lead their country. Throughout her arrest, she has served as a symbol of non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights and an inspiration to those seeking a peaceful, democratic Burma.

Her current period of detention is set to expire on May 27. The U.S. Government calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi and the more than 2,100 political prisoners currently held by the Burmese regime.

What is the most effective way to promote democracy within repressive regimes?

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joe
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Tennessee, USA
May 21, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

QUOTE:I'd say you can be the big kid on the block, but if you feed the neighborhood,..that's being a hero. Does tend to make nations popular, as well. END QUOTE

Be Realistic and I said: Methodology, but it does go beyond that: Russia does not enter a country and try to change anything in business. They study culture and work with it, not against it..."You have to get your foot in the door first..."

On that quote:
You can't eat Freedom....and any country will keep its hand out if you keep filling it. If they were our friends, then why are they not fiscally honoring American companies? Where is your Popularity premised? MONEY, we are losing an overall economic war and it is a war. Popularity is what you try to obtain in High School and what is the outcome of that? Not respect.

HERO: The VA hospitals are full of heroes who don't even have a home to go back to. Over 1 million Americans WHO WORKED, PAID TAXS and SERVED THEIR COUNTRIES have been put out of their homes...BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A JOB.. A hero doesn't let his people starve or lose their homes or pass laws which promote greed at the expense of the poor. Where are our heroes? When did democracy mean having the best security was by entering the Military to eat? Sounds more like a third world country...WHERE IS OUR EXAMPLE? These are facts which are found in editorials worldwide on America?They don't talk about Popularity. WE need to set the example again and that is reflected in our People, not simply words of hope.

We show by EXAMPLE: and we are shoring up our economic system and hopefully promoting manufacturing back in America. Gates is on target about our National Security here at home... so there is a base if we give it time, but:

Its simple economics and we cannot keep printing money we cannot back up. Right now over 100 countries would starve if it was not for the US; but the reality is: we cannot keep doing this forever without some economic revitalization to the Home front first...not last...countries will keep taking our help, but we should have something in return...

Without America, there will be no democracy, I agree there 100 percent!!! Who says the rest of the world will let us keep printing money and we cannot keep consuming if we have no jobs to pay for consumption...can we?

Our example needs to be IN HOUSE FIRST and make it profitable for corporations to keep a fair share of work here in America...people world wide need to see that our Government cares about its own people first or there is no credibility to separation of Corporate greed and our Government. That is a reality which Washington seldom seems to see past due to the nature of its operations.

People are loyal in a true sense when they Respect another, not becasue they are popular...and loyality extends to fiscal responsibility.

Kathleen P.
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Vermont, USA
May 21, 2009

Kathleen P. in Vermont writes:

Hello,

I note that Secretary Clinton has given us a way to help Pakastanis' using a donation process over the internet.

I would like to hear responses to a suggestion that I would like to make to the Secretary about how to use the internet to promote democracy and peaceful ideals to repressive regimes:

Will the State Department provide U.S. citizens with the contact information for influential members and ordinary citizens of some of these countries so that we may directly contact these people and tell them of our love for freedom, democracy, peace, and let them know that we want to share those things with them while respecting and integrating their cultures and values. I think this would go a long way to getting to peace.

Tim
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New York, USA
May 21, 2009

Tim in New York writes:

no comment

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 21, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

QUOTE:I'd say you can be the big kid on the block, but if you feed the neighborhood,..that's being a hero. Does tend to make nations popular, as well. END QUOTE

Be Realistic and I said: Methodology, but it does go beyond that: Russia does not enter a country and try to change anything in business. They study culture and work with it, not against it..."You have to get your foot in the door first..."}

Every great disaster folks turn to America for aid Joe, and if that ain't real, what is?

Got a dictator you want gone? "We can do that next Tuesday and it will only cost you 20 billion"....that's power according to one former pentagon strategist.

That too is realistic.

Got a tsunami? We'll send all the aid needed to cope with that.

Power is all in what we do with it...and that's a fact.

To be or not to be free...and ethical in the methodology...is more important than the details of the "How" in determining the outcome. Because the mindset involved determines the "how" to begin with.

Russia has a choice. It can choose a reputation of exporting food, or bullets.

I wonder how Russia sees itself being as a "superpower"?

Something to ponder while we seek mutual disarmarment, I should think.

Ron
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New York, USA
May 21, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

I notice that the topics on DIPNOTE have gone soft and fluffy, warm and fuzzy, rather metaphysical. Is something going on behind the scenes? or is this the new face of DIPNOTE?

I have feeling Israel may hit Natanz and Busher afterall.

joe
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Tennessee, USA
May 23, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

It would be nice if we had a debate blog: I hate to get goated into this but ERIC:

Oh wait while I repair my left wing so I can fly over all the real problems with your statements Eric.

A poor guy living on the streets is given a hundred dollar bill by a crack dealer; does that make him a hero also?

We are Democratic Republic premised on capitalism, not socialism -- and it's always been that way from day one. We have slipped and controls are now being implemented to correct this, but we cannot keep giving away what we do not have.

Russia has already had meetings with the big 10 and did not include the U.S. We were considered as a non entity on the world stage, claiming by Russia, that the U.S. cannot back up its money. What came of the two meetings ended up with the European Union asking Russia to join and back the Euro dollar. They would provide full support behind Russia. Italy, that long time American buddy, was the biggest ally of this hopeful transaction as well as France and Germany. What is the evil they see in Russia? They are democracies are they not? Russia will not join because it has nothing to gain. It has more power from the outside BECAUSE IT IS SOLIVENT -- what about that don't you understand? You have everyone from Sweden to Algeria, who just purchased 8.2 billion in Military hardware from Russia panting at their door step. They are going to them, not vice versa Eric -- and that my friend is POWER! They don't even have to fire a bullet -- and we are supposed to be the Capitalist nation, not the military might nation.

1. Russia is now the number 2 owner of known oil reserves.
2. Russia has always been the number 1 holder, and controller of platinum reserves.
3. Russia has always been the number 2 to 4 holder of known gold reserves in the world.
4. Russia can provide WORK and INDUSTRY and funds, including a steel mill they were going to put in Ohio at one time which would employ some 2 thousand people, foreseeing the US as a main auto builder to anyone right now. That is real power, real power that has backing.
5. Ore from iron and aluminum are abundantãjust read up on their natural resources.

Russia not a Super Power Eric? In reality, they are the only power who can back up their holdings as the only banks to fail were the independent ones. For the United States to crash the entire economic system to stymie an economic Fleche shows weakness, not power. It exhibits we are inept, unprepared and uncaring of long term carnage to our general population by putting us all at economic pearl. A sacrifice of our entire population's middle class does not make us a Hero.

If we keep printing money we cannot back up, we are no longer a Capitalist country. If our people do not have work, they do not have any dreams beyond existence. What so heroic about that? Look where Russia was even a decade ago, or two, now look where we are...who cares what they give or don't. They have a much more solid foundation and have the ability to provide.

A poor guy living on the streets is given a hundred dollar bill by a crack dealer; does that make him a hero also? In my mind, he is still a drug dealer creating more problems than he solved with the money he gave away.

By the way:

Why do we not make Pakistan give a fair share of the funding -3 billion- to the people first before military hardware? ...oh that's right, they cannot account for most of the monies from the past...just like Iraq initially and the tens of millions missing from Afghanistan. Why should American Citizen provide anything; especially, when we have already have given so much? It is not the Governments money, it is the Peoples money right?

WE need to be realistic for the future of democracy, not everyone lives in the Cinderella world of Washington. Just wearing your hat well is not in the larger picture of other nations who do not play the same way.

I love this country, but our foundation needs shoring up on reality, not the false soil of decades of poor stewardship...and what we provide externally cannot be maintained while our own suffer. The wait to see reactionary response from the International court may not be in our benefit at this juncture.

Our Government needs to live life like it wants its citizens too, with what it has. Provide us with more, so others can have more -- not vice versa under false euphemisms of National Security.

You promote Democracy by example from within...it is not just a word.

Ron
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New York, USA
May 22, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Thinking Outside the Box:

Every year, the UN hosts a meeting on Global Mental Health.

Delegates, IO's and NGOs attend and expound on the latest trends (depression will top the charts by 2050), the need for care and stigma reduction, etc. One topic, however, does not come up. It is the fact that many of the world's most repressive leaders have undiagnosed and untreated mental disorders, ie, Delusions of Grandeur, Paranoid ideation, ego-mania, impulse control disorders....these are serious issues in the life of any individual. When a world leader is afflicted, it affects the lives of millions.

Think about it. Treat a few, help millions.

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