Reality check, or: In memory of Kenji Nagai

As if designed to jog me out of my unjustified depression: here’s more news on the protests in Burma, straight from’s news aggregator (in the first 2-3 paragraphs of the post). This particularly struck me:

Japanese video journalist Kenji Nagai kept filming after he was shot on the streets of Rangoon yesterday, just one of an unconfirmed number of fatalities as the Burmese military junta attacked mass protesters.

The Columbia Journalism Review takes it from a journalist’s perspective.

Here’s some video from Japanese TV:
This isn’t exactly hard news, but William Drenttel over at Design Observer has a better way of communicating his support:

This slideshow of photographs from 1989 is dedicated to the people of Burma — as they again confront one of the most brutal regimes in the world.

I’m still struck by the contrast between protests like these and protests in America. What would it be like if protesting took real courage? Who would show up? How would America be different?

UPDATE: Sun Sept. 30, 9:07 a.m.
Some retrospective info on Nagai’s death, and those of others. And courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Andrew Sullivan (I was too busy being a college student to look this up): some Burmese blogs.


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