Con­ser­va­tive US site mis­takes Aung San Suu Kyi for Clin­ton aide

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AS if state coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu AS if state coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t have enough to worry about.

US right-wing news site The Drudge Re­port posted a photo on Au­gust 30 of Hil­lary Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, hug­ging a woman pur­ported to be her clos­est po­lit­i­cal aide, Huma Abe­din. The re­lated story dis­cussed Abe­din’s re­cent sep­a­ra­tion from her scan­dal-em­broiled hus­band An­thony Wiener, who ap­pears to have an ad­dic­tion to send­ing ill-ad­vised “sexts” to women he’s met on­line.

Where does The Lady come in? The photo The Drudge Re­port used turned out to be an old Reuters im­age of Hil­lary Clin­ton em­brac­ing Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011, dur­ing her mile­stone visit to Myan­mar. The site later amended the mis­take, but not be­fore lib­eral me­dia sites no­ticed.

Many, such as The Ad­vo­cate and Slate, ac­cused The Drudge Re­port of us­ing the photo of two women em­brac­ing in or­der to ad­vance a com­mon con­ser­va­tive con­spir­acy the­ory that in­sin­u­ates Clin­ton and Abe­din have a se­cret les­bian love af­fair.

“Abe­din just sep­a­rated from her hus­band, An­thony Weiner; the pic­ture and the cap­tion im­ply that Abe­din has in fact dropped Weiner – and per­haps for­gone all penis­re­lated ro­mance – be­cause of her re­la­tion­ship with Clin­ton,” the Slate ar­ti­cle re­ported.

Of course, there’s also a strong like­li­hood that her hus­band’s ap­par­ent in­abil­ity to re­frain from send­ing crotch shots to var­i­ous women also played a part in Abe­din’s de­ci­sion to sep­a­rate from Weiner. But re­gard­less the rea­son­ing, Aung San Suu Kyi might need to be care­ful the next time she meets Clin­ton, which could be this month dur­ing her up­com­ing trip to Wash­ing­ton DC.

As the ugly US elec­tion grows uglier, it seems even a diplo­matic hug can be spun into some­thing worth writ­ing about.

IN a rare chance to dis­cuss phi­los­o­phy, chem­istry and lit­er­a­ture, readers are in­vited to gather at a down­town book­shop next month to throw around ideas in the com­pany of one of their favourite au­thors.

U Phone, known from his day job as U Phone (Chem­istry), will be at the Sar Pay Nan Daw book­shop dur­ing open­ing hours on Septem­ber 7, said pub­lisher U Thein Lwin of Lin Lun Khin pub­lish­ing house.

The event has been or­gan­ised to mark the pub­li­ca­tion of his 20th book and to give readers the chance to ask him about the think­ing be­hind his work and ex­change their views on his phi­los­o­phy.

His first book, on philo­soph­i­cal aes­thet­ics, Damyek­si­h­nitAh­maik (Broom and Rub­bish) was pub­lished in 2002 by Lin Lun Khin. U Phone is a chem­istry tu­tor who gives pri­vate lessons and turns out books on chem­istry ev­ery year, while pub­lish­ing his philo­soph­i­cal trea­tises in pe­ri­od­i­cals.

His lat­est book Thaw (Key) de­buted on Au­gust 17, and con­cerns the use of Face­book and other so­cial me­dia by users of dif­fer­ent age groups.

“The aim of the event is to en­able him to hold a lit­er­ary dis­cus­sion with his real fans, rather than to sell his books,” U Thein Lwin said.

Sar Pay Nan Daw book­shop, the venue for the meet­ing be­tween writer and readers, is at the cor­ner of Ma­ha­ban­doola and Pan­so­dan roads.

– Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

Photo: EPA

Then-US Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton em­braces Aung San Suu Kyi dur­ing her visit to Myan­mar in 2012. A dif­fer­ent hug was used to in­sin­u­ate les­bian­ism in a re­cent US news ar­ti­cle.

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