Boycott China satire by Carlson. (JPG, SFW)
In connection with the Free Burma initiative, I’ve reaquainted myself with Rage Against the Machine. I learned that RATM has reunited when Audioslave disbanded in February 2007. Zach de la Rocha had a low-key musical career and once more joined Morello, Commerford and Wilk for some great music and political activism. When RATM appeared, I was listening to a lot of punk music and had gone to a few Van’s Warped tours. I was rollerblading on vert and street and had just started university in Sherbrooke.
Is the current situation in Myanmar enough to warrant a full call to arms?
Art by Liferfe.
The phrase “Saffron Revolution” connects the protests against Myanmar’s military dictatorship to the saffron-colored robes widely associated with Buddhist monks, who are at the forefront of the demonstrations. (This is perhaps a slight misnomer, as saffron is worn by the Theravada monks of neighboring countries, and monks in Myanmar usually wear crimson robes.) While similar phrases have been used previously to describe the process of gradual or peaceful revolution in other nations, this seems to be the first time it has been associated with a particular protest as it is unfolding, and the international press has seized upon it in reporting on the Burmese protests.