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Massive DDoS Cuts Myanmar Off From Net

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the haven't-they-suffered-enough dept.

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Trailrunner7 writes "The nation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, found its access to the Internet severed by a massive denial of service attack, according to a report by Arbor Networks. The source or motivation of the attack isn't known, but it is believed that the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have targeted the country's Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (or PTT), the main conduit for Internet traffic in and out of the authoritarian nation."

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149 comments

All the computers were unable to connect (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126140)

both of them.

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (4, Informative)

devbox (1919724) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126246)

Ah, the usual ignorance. Like every other Asian nation, Myanmar too has a lot net cafes people go to. I'm currently traveling between Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos and it's the same everywhere. And since one hour of computer use is usually charged less than half a dollar, it works great and if you want to you also have the usual multiplayer games you can play (along with cheap beer). It might actually be even better computer culture, since it's social activity and not just sitting alone at home.

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (0, Troll)

VatuLevu (1923418) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126368)

The irony is you seem completely ignorant of the fact that that was a joke!

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (4, Funny)

rakuen (1230808) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126510)

Being a joke doesn't preclude people from reacting negatively to it. I mean, haven't you told a racist joke before? You just read one, after all.

That said, I'd like to personally apologize to the people of Myanmar. I know you're trying really hard for that third computer. You're almost there, just a bit more!

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (2, Informative)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126602)

"Being a joke doesn't preclude people from reacting negatively to it."

Well, you can certainly conclude that people who do are extremely weak-minded.

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126692)

Why, because the only people who react negatively to jokes are under the influence of a jedi or sith lord?

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (2, Interesting)

techgarten (1923600) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127284)

This isn't a joke. Shame on you. I've been there almost a half a dozen times, setting up hotel systems. If you have any idea what kind of censorship the good people of Myanmar go through every day, you'll understand. When I was there, almost every 3 months, GMail was blocked. But every one there had an email address. And guess what, they had a GMAIL address. Not Yahoo, not Hotmail (which were both accessible), but GMail. For the simple fact that they were told that could not have one. I love you Burma. And I am wishing that things get better.

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (1)

Cutter892 (968486) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127618)

Yes, soon the XO laptop will get down to $50 each!

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127638)

You just read one, after all.

I detected no racism at all in this thread so far... what, exactly, is racist? This is a sincere question.

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (0)

rakuen (1230808) | more than 3 years ago | (#34128498)

Arguably (because no one seems to pin a definition down), making a disparaging remark about a race or ethnic group constitutes racism. So, implying Myanmar is a technologically inept state is a disparaging remark against an ethnic group, and therefore racism.

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (2, Interesting)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34128510)

I mean, haven't you told a racist joke before? You just read one, after all.

That wasn't a racist joke.

It was a political joke referring to the junta's restrictions on internet use by the country's population.

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126644)

I thought the news said you two had no internet! What the f!

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127318)

It might actually be even better computer culture, since it's social activity and not just sitting alone at home.

A more social computer culture, certainly. But can it really be described as 'better' when the users only operate other peoples' machines?

Where's the impetus to learn how filesystems work if your chief contact with computers precludes you from going near one? Or programming? Or really anything but the operation of end-user applications?

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127914)

it's SOCIAL man. Don't you get it? anything SOCIAL is obviously better than intellectual pursuits that require solitude!

SOCIAL is always better and if it's not SOCIAL then it only serves to isolate and dehumanize people. What could possibly be more anti-human than operating your privately owned machine alone?

Re:All the computers were unable to connect (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127626)

It might actually be even better computer culture, since it's social activity and not just sitting alone at home.

Computer use in the presence of other people isn't any more social than reading a book in a room full of people. I take my netbook to the bar once in a while, and people are a distraction. If you want social interaction, go to a bar, church, or coffeehouse and leave the computer at home.

Massive denial of service attack (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126156)

4 guys and a donkey.

Rambo (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126172)

I suspect Rambo.

Re:Rambo (2, Informative)

durrr (1316311) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126586)

If the statistics from the latest rambo movie could be applied over a longer period of time it would take 38 years for rambo to kill the entire current population of Burma.

Ouch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126186)

Ouch

yep (1)

TideX (1908876) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126196)

and nothing of value was lost

Re:yep (2, Funny)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126232)

How the fuck am I supposed to get my news from the Myanmar Country Gazette web site, you insensitive clod!?!?

Myanmar Times? (2, Informative)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126694)

Perhaps you mean these [mmtimes.com] people?

Re:yep (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127122)

Hey, at least this way they won't sue you for reading page two.

Posting it on slashdot (5, Funny)

ewhenn (647989) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126222)

... will help them out.

clever attempt at social engneering for more /dot effect! :P

and nobody noticed (2, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126226)

Myanmar is what now?

Re:and nobody noticed (4, Funny)

wickedskaman (1105337) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126386)

It's the stuff those big shiny balloons are made of.

Re:and nobody noticed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127502)

For those who miss the joke: Mylar [wikipedia.org]

Burma (4, Informative)

owlnation (858981) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126240)

Since the U.S. (and many other countries) uses the name "Burma", due to not recognizing the Military Junta that currently rules this country, should /. not follow suit?

Seems to me that if your country is ruled by a military junta, having your internet cut off is only to be expected. Being next door to China probably doesn't help.

Re:Burma (4, Informative)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126282)

It's not based on country, merely the leanings of the people you work for that decide which name you give it. Yes, the UK and US generally go for Burma, but even in the UK some call it Myanmar.

Re:Burma (0, Troll)

Ryanrule (1657199) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126420)

i just call it hellhole

Re:Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126626)

If you work for Mr Peterman, it will always be "burma"

Re:Burma (5, Insightful)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126704)

As far as I'm concerned, Burma is simply the English name. Just like English speakers say 'France' or formally 'French Republic' instead of 'Republique Francaise', and the Germans call it 'Frankreich'. If people want to read a bunch of chauvinism into it that's their problem, but be sure to wag your finger at every other language that has different names for countries. And I expect you to start calling Norway 'Norge', Greece 'Hellas', Sweden 'Sverige', etc. etc. you politically correct twit.

Re:Burma (1)

Timex (11710) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127184)

In the same vein, "Germany" has no name (that I am aware of) in English that is remotely close to what the natives call it: Deutchland.

So... Yeah. "Burma is the English name for that patch of land" works for me.

Re:Burma (1)

takowl (905807) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127522)

Well, we do refer to the Dutch. We just got a bit confused about where they come from. The people we call the Dutch call themselves Nederlanders.

Re:Burma (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127660)

To finish off that hopelessly confusing statement, the Dutch (who call themselves Nederlanders) come from a country which English-speaking people call the Netherlands, while the Pennsylvania Dutch (deutsch) actually came from Germany (Deutschland).

Re:Burma (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127886)

To finish off that hopelessly confusing statement, the Dutch (who call themselves Nederlanders) come from a country which English-speaking people call the Netherlands

Nope the confusion isn't remotely finished yet:

Most of the english speaking people I know call the country the Dutch come from Holland.
To ratchet up the confusion even further, Holland is a province in the Netherlands.

Re:Burma (1)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 3 years ago | (#34128574)

And the Holland tunnel connects NYC to New Jersey.

Re:Burma (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127934)

which English-speaking people call the Netherlands

Either the Netherlands, or Holland, which just adds to the confusion, since two of the eleven provinces are called Noord Holland and Zuid Holland (north and south), and in general people from the other 9 provinces dont consider themselves hollanders, some will even take offence to the term...

Re:Burma (2, Informative)

bmo (77928) | more than 3 years ago | (#34128118)

Actually, the Pennsylvania Dutch came from both the Low Countries (BENELUX) and Germany.

"Even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it I can't say. People just liked it better that way!" - TMBG

--
BMO

Re:Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127894)

I thought we Americans called it 'Doucheland' because it's the land of washed out assholes?

Re:Burma (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126298)

Since the U.S. (and many other countries) uses the name "Burma", due to not recognizing the Military Junta that currently rules this country, should /. not follow suit?

Should the US government dictate what countries are called? Maybe we should ask the residents of Chinese Taipei.

Re:Burma (2, Insightful)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 3 years ago | (#34128014)

Who put "Made in Taiwan" on all their goods. Taipei is merely used so the Chinese won't have any more reason than they already have to take it back in to its busom, and nations go with it because China can fuck all your shit up no matter who you are.

Re:Burma (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126308)

Since the U.S. (and many other countries) uses the name "Burma", due to not recognizing the Military Junta that currently rules this country, should /. not follow suit?

They decided to cave in just this once to everyone's demands about Slashdot users not being US centric.

Don't worry, your polls will still be in inches and pounds.

Re:Burma (5, Funny)

Orga (1720130) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126332)

The U.S.? You yourself use outdated names for nations. Please refer to the United Federation of Conglomerated Corporations properly.

Oblig. quote (2, Funny)

HiggsBison (678319) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126344)

Q: Why did you say "Burma"?

A: I panicked.

Re:Burma (2, Funny)

e4g4 (533831) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126370)

Since the U.S. (and many other countries) uses the name "Burma",
due to not recognizing the Military Junta that currently rules this country,
should /. not follow suit?

Burma shave.

Re:Burma (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126374)

Only PC wimps call it Myanmar.

Re:Burma (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126762)

Or people who care about reality and not your feelings. Seems far more PC to call it Burma so the tards around here do not get mad.

Re:Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127100)

Hook, line and sinker.

Re:Burma (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127230)

Console users call it "gay".

Re:Burma (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126476)

the trend is of countries previously under the thumb of european powers to reject their colonial names. for example, madras is now chennai, rhodesia is now zimbabwe, northwest territories is now nunavut, etc.

it's a healthy trend, but in burma/ myanmar's specific case the renaming happened under a regime which can fairly be called more brutal than anything that happened under colonialism there. many burmese themselves reject the renaming for this very reason

therefore you have the healthy desire to reject colonial names, but the unhealthy desire to embrace policies of a brutal kleptocratic genocidal military junta. thus, we have the uncertainty about what to call the place. we have to make up our own minds on the matter

i am going to call the place burma, to be in line with what actual burmese want to call the place, who are fighting the brutal military junta. if they do ever overthrow the junta, if they choose to call the place myanmar, or whatever, i will follow suit. but since i do respect the current regime in power in myanmar/ burma, i have to instead respect the wishes of those who are rightfully fighting the brutal kleptocrats

Re:Burma (4, Informative)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126558)

regime which can fairly be called more brutal than anything that happened under colonialism there.
 
That's an understatement. From Wikipedia:
 
Under British administration, Burma was the second-wealthiest country in South-East Asia. It had been the world's largest exporter of rice. During British administration, Burma supplied oil through the Burmah Oil Company. Burma also had a wealth of natural and labor resources. It produced 75% of the world's teak and had a highly literate population. The country was believed to be on the fast track to development.
...
After a parliamentary government was formed in 1948, Prime Minister U Nu disastrously attempted to make Burma a welfare state and adopted central planning. Rice exports fell by two thirds and mineral exports by over 96%. Plans were partly financed by printing money, which led to inflation. The 1962 coup d'état was followed by an economic scheme called the Burmese Way to Socialism, a plan to nationalize all industries, with the exception of agriculture. The catastrophic program turned Burma into one of the world's most impoverished countries. Burma's admittance to Least Developed Country status by the UN in 1987 highlighted its economic bankruptcy.
...
The economy is still rated as the least free in Asia (tied with North Korea). All fundamental market institutions are suppressed. Private enterprises are often co-owned or indirectly owned by state. The corruption watchdog organisation Transparency International in its 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index released on 26 September 2007 ranked Burma the most corrupt country in the world, tied with Somalia.

Re:Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126742)

the trend is of countries previously under the thumb of european powers to reject their colonial names. for example, madras is now chennai, rhodesia is now zimbabwe, northwest territories is now nunavut, etc.

(bolding mine)

{Pedantic rant}
You realize that Northwest Territories [wikipedia.org] has always been, and is still part of Canada [wikipedia.org] ? Nunavut [wikipedia.org] is a new territory of Canada, and Northwest Territories was never a separate nation.
{End rant}

Re:Burma (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126784)

Is the brutal military junta not made out of former Burmese?

I do not respect most of the US government, but I do not refer to it as the thirteen colonies.

Re:Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34128236)

northwest territories is now nunavut, etc.

You mean Nunavut split from the Northwest Territories to form a new territory. Not exactly the same.

Re:Burma (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126730)

Or we could face reality and call it what it is, Myanmar.

Claiming it ain't so is childish and does not change reality.

Re:Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126940)

Both Burma and Myanmar are spelling kludges to try to get speakers of British English to pronounce the name close to the way they do there.

It's really something like Bama; there aren't any R sounds in it at all!

Re:Burma (3, Insightful)

BrianRoach (614397) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126760)

Not to mention that it's amazingly coincidental that the internet goes away days before the first elections in 20 years.

No election observers, no foreign journalists, no connection with internet. All signs point to the junta cutting off its people from the rest of the world.

Re:Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127096)

Seems to me that if your country is ruled by a military junta, having your internet cut off is only to be expected.

They probably attacked themselves to limit information exposure related to the upcoming elections.

Re:Burma (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34128242)

US ignores
Their new name
Parent wants Slashdot
To do the same.

BURMA SHAVE!

Re:Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34128524)

Since the U.S. (and many other countries) uses the name "Burma", due to not recognizing the Military Junta that currently rules this country, should /. not follow suit?

If "proper" articles
are what you crave
maybe you should call it
Myanmar Shave

Now I can't buy my tiger skins online.... (1)

Orga (1720130) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126264)

ughhh frustration

Unknown? (1)

AlfaMike (1902786) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126286)

"The source or motivation of the attack isn't known" ... "authoritarian nation." Take a wild guess for the motivation.

Re:Unknown? (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126472)

Anonymous: Operation BURMA SHAVE

(hehehe)

Re:Unknown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126724)

That would make an awesome movie title.

Re:Unknown? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126744)

Ad campaign ... For users of razors ... You won't need to shave ... When I'M FIRIN' MAH LAZ0RZ ... /b/urma Shave

According to Wikipedia... (3, Informative)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126290)

Myanmar...

According to Wikipedia, it's still called "Burma", not Myanmar.

Re:According to Wikipedia... (4, Informative)

rakuen (1230808) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126356)

Yes, it says Burma for the article title. Then directly after it, on the first line, it says it is officially the "Republic of the Union of Myanmar." Not to mention Myanmar redirects to the article.

Re:According to Wikipedia... (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126556)

Yes, it says Burma for the article title. Then directly after it...

Read the discussion of the name issue on the article's discussion page, and you'll see the point I didn't make too well...

Re:According to Wikipedia... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126372)

Attacks sent / to Myanmar / Have no internet / Near and far / Burma-Shave

Re:According to Wikipedia... (2, Funny)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126376)

Why'd they change it? Did people just like it better that way?

Re:According to Wikipedia... (4, Informative)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126436)

Why'd they change it? Did people just like it better that way?
 
I don't think people have much of a say when they live under a military dictatorship.

Re:According to Wikipedia... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126578)

Why'd they change it? Did people just like it better that way?

I don't think people have much of a say when they live under a military dictatorship.

Me thinks you need to watch more reruns of Tiny Toons or listen to more They Might Be Giants ...

Re:According to Wikipedia... (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127074)

Why'd they change it? Did people just like it better that way?

I don't think people have much of a say when they live under a military dictatorship.

Whoosh! [wikipedia.org]

Re:According to Wikipedia... (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126522)

Burma was the name given to the country when the british invaded it, i dont think the government currently there really wants to be reminded of that.

Re:According to Wikipedia... (2, Informative)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126538)

Re:According to Wikipedia... (1)

ctnp (668659) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126630)

Why'd they change it? Did people just like it better that way?

That's nobody's business but the Burm's

Re:According to Wikipedia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126880)

I can't say.

Re:According to Wikipedia... (2, Insightful)

coolsnowmen (695297) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126492)

USA, in a pro-democracy stance, still officially recognize it as Burma because ruling military of Burma declared it Myanmar and refused to allow the democratically elected government to take power (1989).

Re:According to Wikipedia... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126868)

You call it pro-democracy I call it anti-reality. Pretending it never happened is not a way to solve anything.

Re:According to Wikipedia... (1)

timster (32400) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127412)

"Reality"? That's a bit of a stretch. Who decides what a country is "really" called? You're just going to accept the decisions of whoever has the most guns?

Re:According to Wikipedia... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127526)

Who decides what a country is "really" called? You're just going to accept the decisions of whoever has the most guns?

That's usually how it's done.

Re:According to Wikipedia... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34128232)

Yeah, that is the traditional method.

Re:According to Wikipedia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34128400)

Right, which is why it's so hysterical that liberal trolls such as yourself recognize little tinhat regimes like the military government of Myanmar while refusing to recognize the sovereign state of Israel's claim on the land currently occupied by some rag-tag camel fuckers claiming they're the nonexistent country of Palestine.

And just as they are about to recover... (1)

pscottdv (676889) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126366)

they get slashdotted!

15Gps (1)

Thaxll (1934874) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126460)

15Gps takes down a 48M country. Impressive.

Burma? (4, Funny)

CompMD (522020) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126480)

DDoS
Problems?

Script
Kiddies

Punch 'em
Out

Burma
Shave

Re:Burma? (1)

d474 (695126) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126686)

Yeah, it just wouldn't sound the same if it ended with "Myanmar Shave".

Re:Burma? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34128024)

In Myanmar
through nerd's obsession
DDoS hits
gone are your sessions
Burma-Shave.

Too bad... (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126500)

I guess now we wont know when the end of the world will be,
as we no longer have online access to the Myanmarian calendar.....
or was that mayan, i get those 2 confused all the time....

Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126580)

The nation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma

Should read:

The nation of Burma, alternatively known as "Myanmar" by those who recognise the junta as a legitimate government.

Re:Correction (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34128336)

So what do you call China, North Korea, Pakistan, etc etc etc?

Brilliant (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34126668)

"Hey guys, I just got a great idea. How about we make a statement to the most authoritarian and oppressive government on the face of the Earth?"

"I like it. What do you have in mind?"

"Here's what we're going to do. We're going to cut off the entire country from the most democratic medium on the planet and the best source for the free flow of information. We'll kill their internet connection!"

"Kill the free flow of information to an authoritarian nation? Brilliant! I'm sure the people of Burma will really appreciate that."

Re:Brilliant (2, Insightful)

Tr3vin (1220548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127038)

In a place like Burma, the normal citizens are not accessing any form of the Internet. The people of Burma would really appreciate having control of their own country, or maybe food. The Internet is pretty far down on the list.

Burmese junta stiffed Chinese military on payments (1)

swb (14022) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126736)

(there should be a ? at the end; why are Slashdot subjects so short?)

Maybe the Burmese junta had some deal with the Chinese military and/or Chinese organized crime and stiffed them?

Is it opium extract season?

Operation Burma (1)

NetServices (1479949) | more than 3 years ago | (#34126918)

Maybe its a test run before they strike second or first world countries.

Massive argument over name disrupts thread (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34127596)

Seriously. /. is supposed to be full of net wonks and we get this pissy pile of subthreads about the name of the place?

There were 71 posts when I came in. You all should have found the h4xx0rz by now.

Burma? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127742)

as in Burma Shave?

Burma (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34127802)

Burma is the official choose by elected people before military dictatorship.

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