Daily Archives: November 11, 2006


"The American Art of Persuasion" is the headline the editors of the New York Sun give Martha Bayles’ review of Carnes Lord’s new book on "strategic communications." Her first sentence reads: "Some years ago, Carnes Lord wrote an essay about Aristotle’s view of rhetoric as a hybrid activity involving both deception and truth telling."

Aristotle and US public diplomacy. What’s not to like?


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A Burma plan

I didn’t know this. Not only is Aung San Suu Kyi barred from meeting foreigners, except upon express permission of the Myanmar military dictatorship; she isn’t allowed to meet her fellow Burmese either, with a couple of exceptions. The rare second visit of a UN official must have been a source of joy and consolation for the icon of freedom, but it also deepened the shadows into which her life had been plunged.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Yangon for most of the past 17 years.

Apart from her live-in maid, the NLD leader is allowed no contact with the outside world, except for once-a-month visits from her doctor, Tin Myo Win.

What say we give Than Shwe or his representative a hard time, when they come visiting in Cebu next month for the Asean summit?

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