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Beatrice Rangel: The Dangerous Syndrome of a Collapsing Star
Former Venezuela Minister of Ministers Beatrice Rangel discusses how the futures of Bolivia and Argentina are related to the Collapsing Star Syndrome of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar.

By Beatrice E. Rangel

Astronomy tells us that before collapsing and turning into a little spot of light, stars expand outward turning red and inflated. Humans seem to be condemned to this same stellar cycle.

At least that is the case of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace awardee who currently is the de facto leader of Myanmar. Ms Aung San was the most revered Asian leader for about two decades when she returned to Myanmar to oppose military rule and was condemned to prison first and then house arrest for 15 years. While imprisoned she led the charge against one of the cruelest military rules in the world.

In 2010 after much international pressure was exerted over Myanmar the country held its first democratic elections. Ms Aung San could not run for the presidency given that the constitution forbids any individual who is the mother or the father of a foreign citizen to run for office. Ms Aung San had lived in the United Kingdom, married a British journalist and had two sons with him. She however was given the stately title of Supreme State Counsellor.

She had virtually disappeared from public view until 2017 when the military command that controls power in Myanmar decided to exterminate the Rohingya, an Indo Aryan ethnic group that have lived in the state of Rakhine since the 2nd century.

The majority of Rohingyas are Muslins and thus undesirable to the predominantly Buddhist military rulers. In 1948 when Myanmar became independent from Britain, the Rohingyas were denied nationality.

Now the military simply decided to annihilate the groups. There were about 1.1 million Rohingyas in Myanmar. About 764,000 fled to Bangladesh to escape death. In Bangladesh they are denied education and health care under the excuse that they have to return to Myanmar.

All these atrocities were condoned by Ms Aung San at the International Court of Justice when she took the floor to indicate that the death of thousands of Rohingyas was "largely due to an upsurge of terrorism in the Rakhine state."

Or as she indicated earlier to the president of Turkey, Mr Erdogan, this tragedy was created by a "huge iceberg of misinformation" about the Rohingya crisis aimed at benefiting terrorists.

In short, the champion of human rights is now clearly engaged in a cover up of one of the most nefarious operations of ethnic cleansing to be performed in the 21st century by a government supposedly under her command.

The truth of the matter is that Ms Aun San is not a ruler but a festive decoration over the somber military command who governs Myanmar today. And by participating in such a government she is accomplice to the crimes against humanity perpetrated by the government of Myanmar.

In Latin America the Myanmar syndrome seems to be about to take hold.

In Argentina Alberto Fernandez has been elected president but chances that he will govern seem slim, as Mrs Kirchner clearly expressed through her body language on inauguration day that she is the true leader, that she has come back to exact revenge over her rivals and that Fernandez at best will have a say over secondary matters.

In Bolivia Ms Añez, the interim President, could suddenly fall prey to those that would rather find accommodation with the old regime than enact and unfold democratic reforms in the country that is at South America's heart.

Both Ms Añez and Mr Fernandez could thus become the regional victims of the collapsing star syndrome.

Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.


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