Myanmar Elections

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Myanmar Elections
by Stephen Lendman
Myanmar is no democracy. Junta power rules, civilians representing it since 2011. Expect no change post-election, most Myanmarians unaware about the absence of democratic ballot choices.
On Sunday, they voted in general elections, touted as the first free ones in 25 years. Ignore the hype and lionization of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Western darling, alone enough to raise red flags. 
The so-called pro-democracy icon is a fraud, a US/Soros-funded Western creation, a useful stooge, representing business as usual monied interests – an unworthy, disreputable Nobel Peace Prize winner like Obama and legions of other notorious honorees.
She heads the so-called National League for Democracy (NLD), falsely claiming to support democratic socialism, polar opposite its agenda – contesting for Myanmar’s presidency (she’s constitutionally barred from holding) against ruling Union Solidarity Development Party chairman (current president) Thein Sein, a former military commander.
Hundreds of upper and lower house Pyidaungsu Hluttaw legislative seats are at stake – one-fourth of them reserved for military appointees.
Democracy is verboten in Myanmar no matter who wins, the election a worthless exercise in futility. In December 2006, the Burma Campaign UK produced a report titled “Failing the People of Burma (the colonial name under British rule – from 1824 – 1948)?” It exposed Suu Kyi’s Western funding sources.
No so-called Myanmar pro-democracy groups promote establishing it. The US State Department-funded anti-democratic National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds internal pro-Western interests, Suu Kyi one of its prominent recipients along with groups close to her.
Soros’ Open Society Institute provides generous backing. Washington claiming it supports a democratic Myanmar is a complete fabrication. It wants Chinese influence eliminated, replaced by its own, one of many attempts to isolate and marginalize Beijing.
Western headlines conceal Suu Kyi’s anti-democratic agenda:
New York Times: “Voters Are Joyful in Myanmar, Days Before Results” 
They’re already known. Business as usual again triumphed – junta power like in America, two political systems differing only in style and rhetoric.
Washington Post: “Burma (sic) votes in first democratic election in years”
WaPo calling Myanmar “Burma” would be like Britain calling America “the colonies.”
Wall Street Journal: “Myanmar Votes Amid Claims of Irregularities” – on the one hand, calling the process the “freest…in  more than a half-century,” while on the other, citing Suu Kyi claiming fraud.
London Guardian: “Aung San Suu Kyi casts vote in Myanmar’s first free election in 25 years”
Few countries anywhere hold independently judged free, fair and open elections. Monitoring is verboten in most Western countries (especially for America’s money-controlled process) and Israel.
BBC: “Myanmar votes in first open election in 25 years”
Brits haven’t had one in recent memory, nor Americans. Last week, Suu Kyi vowed to run Myanmar “above the presidency,” appointing an unnamed proxy to represent her – a so-called “benchwarmer” until a new ruling party enacts constitutional change, letting her govern.
Before votes are counted, fairly or otherwise, it’s unclear if her NLD alone or with allied candidates has enough support to win more than two-thirds of the contested seats to be able to declare victory.
A Suu Kyi presidency, if permitted, would expose her phony democratic credentials. Junta power remains in control, electoral results when announced changing nothing.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.