Bula Bee is proud to be associated with our pro-democracy women fighters in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Germany, etc.

...fighters who believe in the true essences of democracy, who believe that a democratic election is the only way to restore the pride for our country and our people, fighters who want nothing else but the restoration of the freedom to worship, to assemble, to write free articles in the newspapers, blogs, magazines, to freely express themselves in talk-back shows without a fear of having guns pointed at them, to freely assemble in town and express their wishes to their elected MPs or representatives without having a whole truckload of gun-toting soldiers creep up behind them and haul them in; freedom to say things without a tirade of verbal and physical abuse at the military camp, or the classic comments that come with no class from the current regime.

Dou kalougata tiko na marama - Mafi, Titi, Marama Nait KKL, Fanny, and those working behind the scenes i have not met...we will carry on doing what we do because we have a responsibility towards our country, our children, our descendants and our future as a people. God bless Fiji!

I want to dedicate the attached photo to you all - long-time fighter for democracy in her country, placed under house arrest for over a decade, had her family killed and imprisoned, got everything taken away from her - BUT HER SOUL THIRST FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY - Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma; born in June 1945; is a Burmese opposition politician and the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. In the 1990 general election, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her release on 13 November 2010.

She once said this;

“Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear and Other Writings

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Ni bula vinaka Bula Bee :)  Here's another great lady to add to this board, who I thought was quite exceptional albeit in a difficult administration.


The World According to Condi


Who did Condoleezza Rice loathe -- and love? The former secretary of state dishes in her new book on everyone from Dick Cheney to Muammar al-Qaddafi.

OCTOBER 24, 2011

On Dick Cheney: Condoleezza Rice's relationship with the former vice president was strained, to say the least. As national security advisor and then secretary of state, Rice and Cheney battled for President George W. Bush's ear. And the fighting hasn't stopped. Cheney's recent book has Rice "tearfully" admitting to him that she was wrong. Rice fires back, noting that Cheney was utterly convinced of the spurious intelligence on the connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, and says that she was "stunned" when it seemed the vice president negotiated behind her back to let Israel prolong the war in Lebanon in 2006. The vice president's staff, she notes, was "very much of one ultra-hawkish mind ... determined to act as a power center of its own."

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On Donald Rumsfeld: Rice's relationship with Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was full of what she characterizes as animosity. She argues that Rumsfeld resented her role as national security advisor and recounts his infamous "snowflake" memo in which he told her to back off his turf, or else he'd take the matter to the president: "I found the tirade amusing if slightly condescending...."




On Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya: It's been well reported that Qaddafi took a shine to Rice; a entire photo album of pictures of the former secretary was found in the Libyan leader's compound. The late leader of Libya even had a song made for her called Black Flower in the White House and played it along with a videotape of her with various world leaders. "It was weird, but at least it wasn't raunchy," Rice wrote.




On President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan: Rice pulls no punches in her assessment of Sudan's dicator, even questioning whether he might have been on drugs during a meeting: "I loathed him," she wrote.  




On Hosni Mubarak of Egypt: Rice had a strong sense of the pride and vanity of now-deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and she recalled a patronizing lecture from a man she thought looked like an actual pharaoh in which he told her that, in effect, the Egyptian people were happy with "a strong hand" from an authoritarian leader.




On President Nicolas Sarkozy of France: So Rice didn't warm up to Qaddafi, Mubarak, or Bashir -- all to her credit. But there's just something about Paris ... and Rice had a major mutual admiration society going with the French leader. She says they saw "eye to eye on almost everything." (Aha! hihihi!)

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On President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon: Rice was not very keen on Lebanon's badly dressed leader; between his ugly mustard suit and odd-looking fake tan, Rice felt hardly diplomatic, writing "After I shook his hand, I felt like I needed a shower."

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On President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and then-President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan: Rice recalls a meeting at the White House with President George W. Bush and the two pugilistic leaders that she compares to a boxing match with Karzai far outmatching his Pakistani neighbor -- the session ending with Bush remarking that the two almost came to blows.

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On Colin Powell vs. Donald Rumsfeld: When it came to this notoriously warring couple, Rice had an insider's view. She believed that the distrust between Bush's first-term secretary of state and his secretary of defense made the bureaucracies beneath them almost incapable of making decisions. She also saw that they had very different styles and that Powell, with his more nuanced approach, often lost out with Bush often preferring Rumsfeld's more "black-and-white view of the world," in particular in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.




On then-Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: Rice recounts an unusual gift from the Saudi leader: a black robe and veil worn by Saudi women that he told her he had made just for her. She recalls thinking of the veil as a sign of oppression, though concludes: "But it was so dear, and he meant well."

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On then-President Vladimir Putin of Russia: Rice, a specialist on the Soviet military from her days in academia, ended up having a famously frosty relationship with Putin and, especially, his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. She also writes in the book about her skepticism about a famous story Putin told Bush at their first meeting about his supposed religious faith.




On Secretary of Defense Bob Gates: When Bush finally told Rice a few days before the 2006 midterm elections that he had decided to replace Rumsfeld with Bob Gates, she recalls, "I could barely contain my joy."




On then-Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari of Iraq: Rice saw him as one of many less-than-ideal leaders for Iraq after the U.S. invasion, deeming this one more suited to be a professor than a political leader.

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On U2 singer and activist Bono: Life as secretary of state wasn't all boring meetings with anonymous pols from around the world. Rice, in particular, came to hold a fondness for celebrity activist Bono, who she dubbed a rare famous person who was actually well-informed and smart on the issues: "He became and remains a really good friend." (Awww.... how sweet!)




Vinaka vakalevu Kemuni...very interesting indeed...




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