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    Topaz7, Mash

    wonderful diary, and wonderful to see you added to the diversity of voices here.

    I have not had the pleasure of visiting Bangladesh, but travelled all through my childhood and early 20s in India, and studied the subcontinent at university. The region is a passion and a love of mine.

    I keep meaning to find some time to write about India here, because while there's been focus on China, India as the world's largest democracy & emerging economic powerhouse just as impressive and significant as China is strangely missing from discussions of global geo-politics. Of course I keep meaning to write about my own country, Australia, and the role it's playing globally both in the Asian region and around critical issues like climate change as well....

    If you felt up to writing on India as well as Bangladesh, I know I for one would certainly welcome your insight - I haven't been keeping up to date.

    Finally I should have also added that the (essentially) amoral pursuit of American interests abroad to the profound detriment of many nations is hardly unique to the USA. My own government has played a significant role in propping up a litany of appalling Indonesian regimes, and others, around the world, for the sake of my country's alleged "interests" (read business, corporate etc.)

    "This just can't get more disturbing!" - Willow

    by myriad on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 07:03:49 PM PDT

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    •  The Year of Living Dangerously (1+ / 0-)
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      You should visit Bangladesh if you get a chance. Many Australians come to Bangladesh on business or holiday.

      The events of 1965 in Indonesia are a passion of mine. It is a much overlooked, yet very important, historical event.

      I also loved the movie about the events - with Mel Gibson before he went nuts.

      •  Ah, Mel before he went nuts! (2+ / 0-)
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        It's getting harder and harder to remember there was such a time. ;-)

        East Timor and West Papua are other interests of mine in particular vis. Indonesia. The incidents of 1965 and other key interactions between Australia and Indonesia have been getting more coverage here than they have in the past, which is good, because most Australians are profoundly ignorant of the role our various governments have played in propping up some truly appalling regimes there, and/or abetting US meddling.

        I did my post grad research for a couple of months in Ambon, Indonesia, and got some excellent on-ground insights into the issues that I had studied about the country.

        Apologies for a shallow response, but I'm at work.

        "This just can't get more disturbing!" - Willow

        by myriad on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 07:22:23 PM PDT

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        •  Would love to read a few diaries (1+ / 0-)
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          about Indonesia from you. Its a fascinating country. The diversity of peoples within Indonesia and their struggle for national identity has lessons for the rest of the world.

          Given its position as the world's most populous Muslim country, it also plays an important role in current world affairs.

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        I didn't know that there were lots of Australians heading to Bangladesh; very interesting but I guess when I think about it not all that surprising.

        Certainly over the last decade in particular, more and more Australians are doing business & holidaying in Asia, proving our former PM Paul Keating right when he talked frequently of how we must shift our ridiculous backward-looking anglocentric focus to one where we recognised that we are [gasp!] actually situated geopolitically in Asia. ;-)

        "This just can't get more disturbing!" - Willow

        by myriad on Sun Apr 15, 2007 at 07:26:47 PM PDT

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