I'm especially worried about the monks A lot of them were rounded up and arrested a few days ago, and knowing Burma's track record for human rights, I don't know how many of them we'll be seeing again.
The world's going to hell, we're all clapping along... - Rob Paravonian
A Burmese intelligence guy who defected a couple of days ago (by running the border to Thailand) says that many more have been killed than have been officially acknowledged - running into the thousands, hundreds of monks - and that they're dumping the bodies of the monks in the forests to hide them.
There are many reasons why they won't do anything. Burma being wedged between China and India as part of the economic power struggle in the region is only one of them.
Although frankly, I'd be interested to hear what people would suggest that they *ought* to do, since it's well documented that virtually no amount of economic sanctions or diplomatic pressure can force an entrenched military government to just pack up and dismantle itself.
Not so much about finding shit out, more about recommending shit
I want to find some new animes to watch and new mangas to read. On the manga list so far I've got Nana (recommended by Em) and Blade of the Immortal (recommended by Stasia), but I want something fantasy to read as well.
As for the anime...anything that's light and funny and a good counterbalance to 19th Century Poetry (blech).
Nana manga = BAD. Nana anime = GREAT. The reason for this is that the Nana mangas are licensed/translated by a Californian magazine named Shojo Beat, who are really, really appalling in the way that they give all the characters surfer lingo to help them 'connect' with their teenage girl audience ("Totally rad", "Yo, girlfriend!", etc. etc.).
The best manga series I can recommend right now is Yotsuba&! (pronounced Yotsubato). It's from the creator of Azumanga Daioh. That's all you need to know.
Not much solid on the anime front, since I'm only watching Genshiken series 2 right at this moment. Can't remember if I made you watch Code Geass already or not, and then there's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann which is a positively ludicrous mecha anime from GAINAX, but notoriously hard to get hold of due to licensing.
None of the above are especially "light and funny" (well, Genshiken is to an extent), so that may not be of much help. >_>