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World focus on Burma (5 August 2008)

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Donate $4000 to Project Umbrella Burma

Orillia Packet & Times, Canada -

It provides shelter for tens of thousands of mainly Karen refugees from Burma/Myanmar. The Karen minority has been at odds with the central government for …

US Drug Enforcement Agency Trains Vietnamese Counter-Narcotics Agents

Voice of America -

Heroin enters over the border from Laos, and most probably comes from Burma, the world’s number two heroin producer after Afghanistan. …

Detained sport editor allowed a rare meeting with family

Mizzima.com, India -

Chiang Mai – Sports columnist Zaw Thet Htwe, who was arrested for assisting cyclone victims in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta, was finally allowed to meet his …

Survivors of Burma’s Cyclone Say They Need Aid

Voice of America -

By Pros Laput Three months ago, Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, leaving more than 144000 people dead or missing. …

President Bush Begins Weeklong Tour of Asia

NewsHour -

The president’s next stop is Bangkok on Wednesday, where he will highlight conditions in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which is still recovering from a …

Local, Foreign IT Companies to Operate in Burma’s New Cyber City

istockAnalyst.com, OR -

(Xinhua) – About a dozen local and foreign information technology companies have been granted to operate in northern Myanmar’s [Burma] new Yadanabon cyber …

Nation Multimedia, Thailand -

First Lady Laura Bush, who has campaigned for human rights in Burma for years, will meet separately with Dr Cynthia Maung at her border clinic in Mae Sot. …

KWAT: Women enslaved due to economic hardships

Mizzima.com, India -

Shirley Seng said the international community should carefully study the continuous human trafficking cases in Burma and not be misled by the bogus …

Debate on the Albert Einstein Institution and its Involvement in …

Venezuelanalysis.com, Venezuela -

One Burmese human rights activist, referring to his country’s centuries-old tradition of popular resistance, noted how the very idea of an outsider having …

Call for boycott of ‘blood jade’ at the Olympics

Merinews, India -

… of jade products from Myanmar,” the report widely quoted in the Myanmar media in exile said. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But how can Burma’s …

China urged to change Burma policy before Olympics

Mizzima.com, India -

“China must stop protecting Burma at the UN Security Council,” the joint statement added. Soe Aung said, Burma’s military rulers are continuing with their …

What is the Community Civil Protection Mechanism?

7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY -

Other 2008 expert operations include an intervention in Burma during a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the country’s …

Abusing the Olympic Spirit

The Epoch Times, NY -

The Chinese Government exports its human rights abuses to other countries, such as Zimbabwe, Burma and Darfur. There is also emerging evidence that Chinese …

Mon 04 Aug 2008, Joi Htaw

Independent Mon News Agency, WA -

The United Nations and the United States cannot bring in changes in Burma, even though Burmese people keep hoping, according to Dr.Thaung Htun, …

UN envoy meets top Myanmar political prisoners: spokesman

Straits Times, Singapore -

YANGON – THE new United Nations human rights envoy for Myanmar met on Tuesday with some of the nation’s most prominent political prisoners inside the feared …

Bush Says It’s ‘Important to Engage’ China

Washington Post, United States -

Bush said that he speaks candidly with Chinese President Hu Jintao about human rights, particularly religious freedom, and that he has shared his religious …

Chevron Lobbies White House to Pressure Ecuador to Stop $12 …

Bay Area Indymedia, CA -

Last month, the Senate dropped an effort to penalize Chevron for maintaining extensive ties to the military junta in Burma. We turn now to Chevron. …

AFP -

YANGON (AFP) — The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar on Tuesday toured remote parts of the Irrawaddy Delta still reeling from a killer cyclone that …

20 years on: How much closer to the goals of 8888?

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -

There have been at least three UN special envoys to Burma, including Gambari who is heading to Burma later this month. Even the UNSC has discussed Burma, …

Activists stress need for free access for rights envoy

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -

Aug 5, 2008 (DVB)–Rights activists have stressed the need for the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma to be given the freedom to work …

An Olympian question of legitimacy for Burma’s generals

Mizzima.com, India -

Twenty years ago on 8 August 1988, the Burmese people rose up and ended the first chapter of military dictatorship in Burma, the Burma Socialist Programme …

UN says Burma’s cyclone recovery underfunded

Radio Australia, Australia -

The United Nations says Burma’s cyclone recovery effort is underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars. It says restoring rice paddies in Burma’s …

Technology and transport outweigh tariffs in trade

guardian.co.uk, UK -

For instance the cost of shipping rice from Burma (now known as Myanmar) to Europe fell to 18 from 74 percent of the price of the rice itself between 1882 …

Security Tightened in Sittwe After Anti-Government Posters Spread

Narinjara News, Bangladesh -

Sittwe: The authorities in Sittwe have increase security after the spread of anti-government posters calling for people to fight the junta for democracy on …

UN envoy tours Myanmar cyclone zone: official

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates -

YANGON – The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar on Tuesday toured remote parts of the Irrawaddy Delta still reeling from a killer cyclone that struck the …

At least 20 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Reuters -

Official media in the former Burma have made no mention of the tragedy, which the source said occurred at the Hmawzizar Jade Mine in Phakant, …

Island feet and dollars to fight hunger

Block Island Times, USA -

… D. Fund and delivered food and water to survivors of the cyclones in Burma before the United Nations could negotiate permission to enter the country. …

Bush Set to Meet Burmese Activists

US President George W. Bush, left, and first lady Laura Bush wave upon their arrival at a Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, the first stop on their week-long visit to Asia. (Photo: AP)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

Deadly Cyclone Nargis hammered Burma on May 2-3, causing an estimated 134000 deaths. The junta stalled for weeks, blocking large shipments of foreign aid …

Foreign governments act to recover missing aid millions

First Post, UK -

The UN appealed for nearly $500m for the Burma cyclone relief fund, and has so far raised nearly $200m. Britain’s Disaster Emergency Committee raised more …

A Farewell To Arms

Slate -

Bush said that it is “really hard to tell” whether the human rights situation in China has improved during his administration. And while he praised China’s …

Roundtable Interview of the President of the US with foreign media

eGov monitor, UK -

I included Burma in my last United Nations address, and it was a pretty strong statement. And she was in the audience there at the UN And just as soon as …

We welcome the upcoming visit to Burma by the new UN Special …

France Diplomatie (press release), France -

We ask the Burmese authorities to allow the Special Rapporteur to fulfill his mission in the best possible conditions and to cooperate with him fully and …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

That and the tragedy of the cyclone. The junta’s failure to admit assistance was something that Americans were just shocked at. So Burma has defined itself …

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Metapsychology, NY -

… of the spider’s gauzy web, but perhaps we’re reading up on the genocide in Darfur or investigating ways to help the victims of the cyclone in Burma. …

Human Righst on the table

Nation Multimedia, Thailand -

First Lady Laura Bush, who has campaigned for human rights in Burma for years, will meet separately with Dr Cynthia Maung at her border clinic in Mae Sot. …

Burmese translator helps refugees find their way

The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH - 23 minutes ago

She had achieved something special in the jungle camp on the border with Myanmar, also known as Burma. Thanks to Christian missionaries, she finished high …

Deconstructing: Crab Rangoon

Tampabay.com, FL -

The cream cheese in the filling is the tip-off (Today’s world geography lesson: Burma is now called Myanmar; Rangoon is now Yangon. …

Amnesty calls on Myanmar to free 2000 political prisoners

Inquirer.net, Philippines -

BANGKOK — Twenty years after Myanmar’s military crushed a national pro-democracy uprising, Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the junta to release more …

“Colombo Declaration” calls for united efforts against terrorism

People’s Daily Online, China -

They also inked an agreement on granting Australia and Myanmar (or Burma) the observer status in the SAARC organization. Meanwhile, the summit meeting …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand -

The United Nations reports Mae La as having a population of somewhat over 35000 persons, while the Burma Border Consortium, an umbrella-organisation, …

Pillay faces a political minefield

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa -

And when she met US congressional leaders, they turned the question around: why is she not visiting Burma, which has been roundly criticised by the UN for …

Burma Food Shortages “Significant”

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
“The situation in Myanmar [Burma] remains dire,” Chris Kaye, World Food Programme (WFP) country director, said. “The vast majority of families simply don’t …

The Associated Press -

He will also meet with activists who oppose the repression of the military junta in neighboring Myanmar. That country, also known as Burma, …

Bush’s Asia agenda: Thai friendship

Bangkok Post, Thailand -

Burma’s political situation will be on the agenda, with Bush planning to have lunch with Burmese democracy activists and to offer broadcast interviews with …

The Karen Community in St. Paul

Twin Cities Planet, Minnesota -

In 1948, Burma (also known as Myanmar) received independence from Britain. In 1949, an ethnic minority called the Karen began fighting for independence. …

Kyi’s party hope for UN meeting

Independent ie.

Leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party hope to meet a UN human rights investigator who is in Burma.

A UN statement said Human Rights Council investigator for Burma Tomas Ojea Quintana has asked to meet government officials, representatives of ethnic groups and political parties.

Focus on Olympics, not China’s leaders

Arizona Republic, AZ -

Human-rights activists inside Burma have called on people around the world to not watch the Olympic ceremonies because of China’s support for the Burmese …

Bush Says It’s ‘Important to Engage’ China

Washington Post, United States -

Bush said he speaks candidly with Chinese President Hu Jintao about human rights, particularly religious freedom, and said he has shared his own religious …

UN envoy visits cyclone-hit region in Myanmar

The Associated Press -

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A United Nations human rights envoy left Tuesday to inspect the devastation from the cyclone that struck Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river …

The Associated Press -

He will also meet with activists who oppose the repression of neighboring Myanmar’s military junta. That country, also known as Burma, sustained a cyclone …

China Olympics Human Rights Act Passed in Congress

New California Media, CA -

Editor’s Note: In an effort to ensure that China stop violating human rights and conduct the Beijing Olympic in a free and open spirit, the US Congress last …

Iran Paper Accuses British Government of Foreign Policy Failures

istockAnalyst.com, OR -

From the crises in Myanmar (Burma) to Zimbabwe, Tibet and Darfur, Brown’s government has made use of human rights issues to accuse China of the violation of …

The Tripping President

Washington Post, United States -

But his three-nation Asian trip also takes him to the doorsteps of two troublesome regimes while forcing him to balance the Olympic spirit with the …

Groups call for boycott of Myanmar’s jade at Beijing Olympics

Earthtimes (press release), UK -

“The generals will keep using their jade profits to buy weapons and crush dissent in Burma unless individuals take a stand.” US President George W Bush last …

Outside View: ASEAN lessons — Part 1

United Press International -

The United States and the 27-nation European Union accused one of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, Myanmar — formerly Burma — of …

Bush to walk diplomatic tightrope on Asia trip

CNN -

He’s expected to denounce the military regime in neighboring Myanmar — also known as Burma — for its human rights abuses. First lady Laura Bush has …

Burmese activists urge UN Rights Rapporteur to meet detainees

Mizzima.com, India -

… including Burma’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kyaw Thu, who also chairs the Tripartite Core Group formed with the UN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations …

Bogalay authorities demand construction tax

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -

Aug 4, 2008 (DVB)–Residents of Irrawaddy’s cyclone-devastated Bogalay township have complained that local authorities have been pressuring them to pay a …

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