Conservative US site mistakes Aung San Suu Kyi for Clinton aide
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
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.