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Not Smashie and Nicey: Dave Lee Travis arrested as part of Operation Yewtree

UPS and downs for Dave Lee Travis. In June 2011, the former BBC Radio 1 DJ was revealed to be Suu Kyi’s lifeline. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, revealed the source of an unlikely lifeline when she was under house arrest – Hairy Cornflake Dave Lee Travis. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who had spent 15 years under house arrest since 1989, said the DJ’s request show on the World Service helped make her “world much more complete“. Travis’s other great claim to fame was a resignation from Radio 1, telling the audience “…changes are being made here which go against my principles and I just cannot agree with them…”

So long, Smashie and Nicey.

Fast forward one year and Dave Lee Travis has been arrested.

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Posted: 15th, November 2012 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Aung San Suu Kyi News Round-Up: Mandela Can Sleep Easy

AUNG San Suu Kyi is free and at large in Burma. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy. She is a Nobel peace laureate. But she’s no Mandela.

By way of background to her release: There have been elections in Burma – the country’s first in 20 years. The military are likely to secure around 80% of the vote. See, democracy works…

News and Views:

Says Kyi:

We haven’t seen each other for long time. I feel very happy to see you all here. As I don’t have a loudspeaker, I can’t speak to reach you all. If you can listen quietly, you can hear my voice. Otherwise, it’s very hard to speak. You all have to help each other. If people from the back can’t hear what I say, then people from the front role are able to share what you hear.”

She says, “Let’s bomb Beijing!”

Others Not Out

Labour activist Ma Su Su Nway, who was arrested on Nov 13, 2007, while attempting to put up an anti-government poster. A year later, she was sentenced to 12 years and six months, later commuted to eight years and four months. She is serving her sentence in the remote Kale Prison, 680km from Rangoon.

U Gambari, one of the monks who led the September 2007 ”Saffron Revolution” protests. The regime sentenced U Gambari to 68 years in jail, 12 to be served as hard labour.

The Future

Any celebrations, however, are likely to be shortlived. Any thought that she will or can do a Nelson Mandela and walk to power in triumph is misbegotten. Should she opt to return to the hustings, or cause the regime any other kind of embarrassment, she will find herself confined to her residence for a fourth time, and probably without any eventual release date – Justin Wintle, Telegraph

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Posted: 13th, November 2010 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Aung San Suu Kyi Receives Amnesty Award From Bono

7638558TO the U2 concert in Croke Park, Dublin, where Bono, aka Mr G9 – because you can trust a man who wears glasses indoors –  is announcing that Aung San Suu Kyi is awarded the Amnesty International Ambassador Conscience award.

Bono bestows.

Never mind, Kyi – maybe next year you’ll win the big one.

Posted: 28th, July 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0