Parallels between the Ukraine and Myanmar
There are only several important things that I do in life. One would think that I should at the ripe old age of 71 just kick off my shoes and relax. I wrote about returning from Myanmar and going for my semiannual visit to my cardiologist, Dr. Marchand. My blood pressure has been controlled by a little white pill, but I wanted to know why I was so wound-up and on a high after returning from Myanmar the week before. Dr. Marchand diagnosed my euphoria due to having seen the light.
Therefore, Myanmar's quest for independence, Scotland's quest for independence, teaching, writing, traveling, and babysitting for Jack and Owen are the half dozen things about which I obsess. Beyond the obsession issue is the drive to see all my interests being realized in my lifetime. Talk about pressure. I can hear the clocking ticking.
Therefore, most days, okay, all days find me in front of my computer working at all those goals and interests. I teach online and write about critical issue. In addition, I am planning for additional trips overseas...like returning to Myanmar for a rally at the Sule Pagoda on August 8 of this year. At that rally, Joan Baez will sing We Shall Overcome. The only time that I am not at the computer or in bed asleep is on our weekly day of babysitting for Jack and Owen.
Late at night, I will to the kitchen, pour a glass of wine, get a handful of crackers, return to my office, and write a couple articles a week for my webpage. I have written so far this year 3-times the number of articles than I did at the beginning of 2013. I listen to classical music that fluctuates between Beethoven's Für Elise, Schumann's Träumerei, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Don McLean American Pie or Vincent, Mussorgsky's The Great Gate of Kiev. I do this nighttime practice as if I were Sartre late night at a café on the West Bank writing, "Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give (life) meaning." You might laugh, but it is true.
Last night, I was doing my artistic dance and happened to be listening to Mussorgsky's The Great Gate of Kiev. As I was writing about Myanmar, I needed to look up a detail regarding their independence movement. In the process of Googling, I came across a news bulletin. Yulia Tymoshenko had been released from jail. She had been in jail since May 2012 until February 22 of this year. As The Great Gate of Kiev echoed in my head, I read about her release and watched this video from CNN.
Here is a video of Yulia Tymoshenko walks out of prison, and back into Ukrainian politics.
Yulia Tymoshenko was one of the major leaders of the Orange Revolution, the first female Prime Minister, and ran against Viktor Yanukovych for President of Ukraine in 2010 but lost. Even though she lost, Yanukovych did not want a rival lurking in the wings. He had her sent to jail. Fortunately, she was released by an act of parliament by a vote of 310-54.
The historic parallels between Yulia Tymoshenko and Aung San Suu Kyi is more than interesting. Here are two women who fought for independence of their countries and were jailed. Aung San Suu Kyi along with hundreds of thousands were involved with the Saffron Revolution and Yulia Tymoshenko along with hundreds of thousands were involved the Orange Revolution.
The Two Ladies and their causes:
National anthem of Ukraine
Ukraine's Glory Has Not Yet Perished
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