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World focus on Burma (24 August 2009)

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BBC slammed for refusing to air Gaza appeal
The Associated Press -
The appeals have raised millions of pounds (dollars) for victims of war and natural disaster in Congo, Myanmar and elsewhere. BBC director-general Mark …

Thailand and Myanmar’s army leaders compared
Global Voices Online, MA -
by Mong Palatino Rule of Lords insists that Thailand’s army leaders are not better than Burma’s. As Awzar Thi of AHRC says, the Thai military is similar in …

Women in Pakistan well represented politically: Sherry Rehman
Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan -
Similarly, the Minister said, Burmese woman political leader Aung San Suu Kyi continues her struggle for democracy and human rights for her country in an …

Indonesia denies asylum to Rohingya survivors
AsiaNews.it, Italy -
The odyssey of hundreds of people who fled from Myanmar and landed in Thailand, where the army loaded them onto boats without motors and towed them onto the …

Gambari to visit Myanmar for the seventh time
Merinews, India -
… Myanmar military junta see reason and usher in political reconciliation at the earliest, the United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari is …

Bush should get more credit for fighting terror
Ithaca Journal, NY -
… and action except from a few dictatorial rulers such as those of North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe and a few Arab states. …

DRC: ICC’s First Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland -
Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France -
YANGON: UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari will visit military-ruled Myanmar next week to try to revive negotiations between the junta and detained opposition …

Robbie Burns at 250
Globe and Mail, Canada -
Agitating for democracy in Scotland in the 1790s was as popular with the authorities as it is today in Burma. In an earlier draft of the poem, …

Burma launches new crackdown on religious groups
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK -
The crackdown on Christians comes as the government seeks to consolidate its power in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) …

Republican Senators resort to extortion on Holder nomination
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog, WA -
If the rule of law were not important, what would separate our nation from countries like Myanmar (Burma) or North Korea? If Eric Holder, or any other Obama …

Thailand calls conference on refugees
The Associated Press -
Foreign Ministry officials met envoys from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Myanmar to discuss the exodus of refugees from camps in the …

Burma’s junta does not give honor to whom honor is due
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka -
U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma (Myanmar) on 22 January 1909. He was the first Asian Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United …

Boat people scandal hits Thai army
Aljazeera.net, Qatar -
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, who has repeatedly stated a commitment to human rights and the rule of law, said on Thursday there were “quite a …

China says 19 nationals freed from Myanmar kidnap
MSNBC - 18 hours ago
China is one of the few nations that stands by the military junta running Myanmar, also called by its former name, Burma. But Chinese officials have also …

US Treasury Blocks Assets of 25 Pursuant to Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY -
The Act forbids import of gemstones from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, to the US, either through direct means or through third-party countries. 1. …

Burma Tightens Restrictions on Christian Worship
Christian Freedom International, MI -
… Christian relief efforts that filtered into the country in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, a hurricane that destroyed much of the region in May 2008. …

Imprisoned monk goes on hunger strike in Myanmar
Taipei Times, Taiwan -
Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Yangon for most of the past 19 years. …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
WebWire (press release), GA -
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Indonesia to expel Rohingya boatpeople held at navy base
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong -
Indonesia will deny political asylum to 193 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are being held at a navy base after they were found stranded off the …

Thai Foreign Ministry invites Ambassadors from concerned countries …
ISRIA (subscription), DC -
… and Malaysia as well as the Charge d’affaires of Myanmar to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consultations on the issue of Rohingya illegal migrants. …

Another Loss for Burmese Activist’s Family
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC -
BANGKOK—The 23-year-old wife of a Burmese activist involved in helping victims of Tropical Cyclone Nargis has suffered a second-trimester miscarriage in …

55 Films and 31 Filmmakers Slated for 2009 Boulder International …
PR Newswire (press release), NY -
… with Burmese Princess Inge Sargent, author of Twilight over Burma and a recipient of the United Nations Association International Human Rights Award. …

Thailand Asks Neighbors to Cooperate on Illegal Immigration
Voice of America -
Officials from Thailand’s foreign ministry met Friday with ambassadors from Burma, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Malaysia. …

Gambari’s return fails to inspire Burmese Opposition
Mizzima.com, India -
by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – said it does not expect United Nations special envoy …

Will Obama be ready for radical humanitarian intervention in Burma?
Asian Tribune, Thailand -
… undo the Bush’s era human rights violations, and restore America’s lost moral posture, befitted for a democratic superpower. Meanwhile, Burma has been …

Burma VJ turns Sundance’s eye toward government protests
Paste Magazine, GA -
Myanmar, often referred to as Burma, has been under military control since 1962. The film offers a firsthand account of the protests in the capital city of …

Thailand’s new boat people
GlobalPost -
There are about 1 million Rohingya, with roughly 800000 living along Burma’s coast and another 200000 or so in refugee camps across the Bangladeshi border. …

Rohingya Boat People Not to Get Asylum Here
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia -
One of the boat people, Imam Husen, told the Reuters news agency from his hospital bed that he and about 580 other people had set off from Mundu in Burma in …

The bottom of a burst bubble: depravity and the economic turndown
Gauntlet, Canada -
Within the last months of 2008 and stretching into the New Year, hundreds of economic refugees fleeing from Myanmar and Bangladesh have reportedly reached …

Sister Says Jailed Burmese Monk on Hunger Strike
Voice of America -
By VOA News The sister of a Buddhist monk imprisoned by Burma’s military rulers for pro-democracy activities says her brother is on a hunger strike. …

FDA crackdown dramatically cuts availability of Asian food …
Inside Bay Area, CA -
Among them was Zin Nwe, an ethnic Chinese who recently graduated from medical school in her native Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

My portfolio: Ryan Libre
BBC News, UK -

“The KIO encourages free access to international media, including Human Rights Watch reports.” “The 1994 ceasefire between the KIA and the Burmese military …

Will Obama be able to change things in Burma?
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand -
One wonders whether the overtures by the Burmese junta could mean a fresh start for reconciliation and the beginning of a win-win situation. …

World focus on Burma (12 January 2009)

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Two Singaporeans defending Burmese workers arrested
Mizzima.com, India -
Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong, who were demonstrating outside the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) office in Singapore, to highlight the plight of Burmese …

MYANMAR: Capacity challenges remain
IRINnews.org, NY -
… told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital. More than two million people were affected when Nargis struck Myanmar’s low-lying Ayeyarwady Delta on 2 …

East Timor President Calls for Review of Burma Sanctions Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said, “The goals of Western countries and the countries in the region for Myanmar [Burma] are not different – we all want …

State of Exception
Webdiary, Australia -
… putting an immediate distance between her and Howard – took up the issue of women, and support for Burma ’s silenced democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nationwide polio campaign launched
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -
Dr Myint Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Medical Association (Upper Burma), said the country had been declared polio-free in 2003 but the disease had …

Messenger in the Dark
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

Fear follows Burmese artists even when they venture abroad, according to the leading painter Chaw Ei Thein. The self-censorship they practice within Burma …

Warrants Issued for Santika Owner, Manager
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
Among the dead were three Singaporeans, one Japanese and one Burmese national, Win Kyaw Phyo, 26, a graduate student at Assumption University of Thailand …

When the Market Speaks
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
The junta undertook a partial “liberalization” of Burma’s energy market by allowing Myanmar Economic Holding, Ltd, which is owned by the military, …

New Bangkok Governor has Big Plans
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
Sukhumbhand Paribatra has also been a strong critic of the military regime in Burma. The Democrat Party-led coalition won 20 of the 29 House seats in the …

Thai FM reviews cyclone victims aid with Myanmar official
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand -
BANGKOK, Jan 12 (TNA) – Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya met Monday with a senior Myanmar official to review progress in distributing, delivering and …

Malaysians want what we want
guardian.co.uk, UK -
Parts of Sarawak and neighbouring Saba are still pretty remote and much of the peninsula – the long finger down from Thailand and Burma – are not as …

Myanmar rat infestation causing food crisis: NGO
ABS CBN News, Philippines -
YANGON – Tens of thousands of people in remote northwestern Myanmar faced a food crisis after their farmlands were destroyed by a rat infestation, …

Burma needs reform, unified and balanced structure
Mizzima.com, India -
“Myanmar is highly expected to make an exit from those similar circles in history,” the observer remarked, adding that new actors/agents or new …

Urbane Nomads Organizes Tour to Remote North-Eastern Myanmar by …
Emediawire (press release), WA -
Some of the tours Urbane Nomads is promoting in 2009 include a private jet tour covering Golden Triangle Thailand and Myanmar, before moving on to Putao, …

Political prisoners denied family visits
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -
Jan 12, 2009 (DVB)–Families of political inmates in various remote prison across Burma said they were refused permission to see their detained relatives …

2 arrested for protest
Straits Times, Singapore -

They wore red T-shirts and held a banner that read ‘Stop ill-treatment of Burmese activists’. The protest was in support of two Myanmar nationals, …

Authorities crack down on Myaing oil workers’ protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -
Four young villagers named Yeh Htut Win, Yazar Aung, Myo Aung and Than Shwe were arrested the following morning on suspicion of arson and taken to Pakokku …

Lawyer plans to appeal sentences of 11 students
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -
… Federation of Student Unions for Upper Burma, Bo Min Yu. “The ABFSU leader, Bo Min Yu, was sentenced to over 100 years in prison,” Myint Thwin said. …

Cambodia’s PM to attend summit in Thailand
Australia Network News, Australia -
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, which groups it with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, …

“International Artists Collaborate in Fight for Freedom”
Absolutearts.com -
… a key political figure who was placed under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) 19 years ago over her bid for political freedom. …

VDO – Andaman News Monday 12 January 2009; 6 items
Thailand National News Bureau, Thailand -
Item—2— Thai hospitality operators are participating in the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Vietnam held during January 5-12. The Tourism Authority of Thailand …

Twittering away
New Europe, Belgium -
YouTube was used by Burmese bloggers to bear witness on the crackdown of the Saffron Revolution in lieu of world media who were banned from entering the …

Global freedom on the slide: report
The Age, Australia -
… Maldives and Bhutan, some progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, …

Crisis may lead to more non-tariff barriers
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand -
A new FTA is likely to be negotiated in cooperation with the Asean countries, in line with the bloc’s plan to integrate its 10 member states into an Asean …

Bid to boost trade with neighbours to life exports
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand -
Cross-border trade covers Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. According to the Foreign Trade Department, in the first 11 months of last year, …

Today in History
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck, ND -
In 1909, actress Ann Sothern was born in Valley City, ND; UN Secretary-General U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson …

Not standing up and being counted on Burma
Manila Times, Philippines -
THE Philippines missed out on a gilt-edged chance to make a principled stand on the burning question of Myanmar—or Burma as the civilized world remembers …

World focus on Burma (27-11-2008)

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Thailand considering postponing ASEAN summit: Thai FM

Mizzima.com, India

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thailand’s Foreign Minister, Sompong Amornviwat, on Thursday said the upcoming 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, scheduled to be held in Chiang Mai beginning December 15,…….

Foreign press issues plea to reopen Gaza crossing

The Benton Crier, IA -

Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Burma and Zimbabwe. ..

Zarganar and Journalist Associates Receive Additional Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, and two journalist friends were given additional prison terms by a special court in Rangoon’s Insein …

Burmese fishery export hit hard
Mizzima.com, India -
by The The New Delhi (Mizzima) – An official from the Myanmar Fishery Department said that exports of fishery products to Bangladesh have fallen by about …

Internet users increasingly concerned over security
Mizzima.com, India -
by Nam Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – A sense of insecurity is developing among Internet users in Burma after seeing the long prison terms given to dissidents …

Burma Crackdown Could be Convenient for China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
“Myanmar [Burma] is part and parcel of China’s grand strategic design to achieve its goal of becoming a great power in the 21st century,” said Poon Kim Shee …

Mhlanga and Zarganar win arts awards for human rights
guardian.co.uk, UK -
A Zimbabwean playwright who has repeatedly challenged the Mugabe regime and a Burmese comedian who has recently been sentenced to 45 years in prison have …

Final battle in Bangkok a Pyrrhic victory
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong -
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

Letter from the Zimbabwe Vigil to South Africa and the Elders …
The Zimbabwean, Africa -
China, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba? The $30million offered by South Africa will not go far given the mendacity and greed of the Mugabe …

No Laughing Matter
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
By AUNG ZAW Be warned—if you crack a joke, Burma’s military leaders usually don’t laugh. Instead, they send you to prison. Burma’s most famous comedian, …

Who’s behind the Thai protests?
New Statesman, UK -

… and Burma, where the military junta recently jailed a comedian for 45 years for criticising the generals’ slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Imprisoned Burmese comedian honored
Mizzima.com, India -
… and satirist Zargarnar, who was recently sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for his social activism and critical voice against Burma’s military rulers. …

Listen To A Voice Of Gratitude
Hartford Courant, United States -
His earliest memories of Myanmar (The Karen people call it Burma) are far worse than that. “I remember one thing — the military, they came and attacked our …

Two youth activists handed eight year prison terms
Mizzima.com, India -
by Than Htike Oo New Delhi – Continuing a series of handing down long prison terms to dissidents, Burma’s military authorities on Monday sentenced two …

Mizoram shows how to hold election
MorungExpress, India -
The Assam Rifles mans the international border with Burma and the Border Security Force is deployed on the Bangladesh border. The low decibel campaign, …

JUNTA HANDS DOWN RIDICULOUS PRISON SENTENCES IN LATEST CRACKDOWN …
IFEX, Canada -

Meanwhile, ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship note that the states with the largest influence on the Burmese junta – China, India and Thailand – have …

Junta Hands Down Ridiculous Prison Sentences
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand -
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement was sentenced to 45 years in jail on 21 November for criticising the junta’s slow response to the …

We must heed the sage advice of our elders
The Herald, UK -
During their twice-yearly meetings, a symbolic empty chair is always reserved for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s easy to mock the idea. …

Open-entry system reducing fishing resources
Daily Times, Pakistan -
Today majority of Bengalis are in fishing business and then come the Burmese, while in the past the fishermen of Sindh were at the top in this field, …

Disagreements between India, China surfacing
Daily Times, Pakistan -
Beijing is developing strategic port facilities in Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in order to protect sea lanes and ensure uninterrupted energy …

Obama the Realist
The Weekly Standard -
Democracy activists were slaughtered in Burma. The administration has removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terror in exchange for what …

Burma and a Task Unfinished: Considering the Options
OpEdNews, PA -
… the UN on the situation in Burma, the 28 February 2008 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, reports on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. …

Zimbabwe writer Mhlanga honoured (Zarganar awarded Imprisoned Artist Prize)
BBC News, UK -

Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Burmese Comedian Gets 45-Year Prison Sentence
OneWorld.net, UK -

HRW says the increased efforts to prosecute political activists “confirm that Burma’s rulers are undermining basic freedoms more strongly than ever as they …

Refugee youths in county schools fled repression
Explore Howard County, MD -
… began for Hammond High School senior Sui Hnem Iang Ngun Hei when her father became a wanted man in their native Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Competence Over Ideology
The National Interest Online, DC -
… watched and measured America’s shifting stance on apartheid, so it will measure the next administration’s commitment to democracy in Burma and beyond. …

Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom -
Thailand, currently reaching the apex of months-long political turmoil, has taken this concept one step further, as the People’s Alliance for Democracy …

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November 27, 2008 at 3:05 am

World focus on Burma (22 November 2008)

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South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu Gets Fulbright Award
Voice of America -
… but that the world’s revulsion for human rights violations in places like Darfur, Burma, Zimbabwe and Gaza shows that evil is not the norm. …


“But it’s a bigger joke on those abroad who still think ignoring repression in Burma will bring positive change,” he said.

Myanmar opposition calls for amnesty on national day
TopNews, India -
The National League for Democracy, Myanmar’s main opposition group, demanded the release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and student …

Burmese comic gets 45 years
Chortle, UK -
… June and seized his computer after he organized a group of around 400 volunteers to provide disaster relief in the areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

HMS Westminster arrives in capital for march
Portsmouth News, UK -
Westminster was also sent to offer help with the humanitarian effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The full article contains 182 words and appears in …

Comedian gets 45 years – criticized Burma junta
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA -
… and 14 members of detained Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party got 2 1/2 years each for calling for her release on her birthday in June, …

Comedian gets 45-year term as Burma punishes activism
Boston Globe, United States -
AP / November 22, 2008 RANGOON, Burma – Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists yesterday, giving a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went …

Burma Eats Its Young
New Yorker, United States -
After Aung San Suu Kyi, these two men are the leaders of Burma’s democracy movement, and a source of intense admiration and inspiration among the young …

Opposition big shots spurn 2010 elections
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand -
… the democratic opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi and non-Burman ethnic states, was formed by exiles led by the late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe (1939-2004), …

Myanmar Gives Comedian 45-Year Sentence for Cyclone Comments
New York Times, United States -
Those sentenced have included some 70 members of the opposition National League for Democracy, the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained Nobel …

Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC
JURIST -
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Human rights calls
Bangkok Post, Thailand -
Asean governments will be urged next month to call for a Commission of Inquiry on Burma by the UN Human Rights Council. But the new Asean Human Rights Body …

Comedian gets jail for criticizing junta
Washington Times, DC -

AP RANGOON, Burma | Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists Friday, handing out a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went to the delta to …

Importance of ‘responsibility to protect’ outlined at conference
Irish Times, Ireland -
… invoking the principle – for example, in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Burma last spring – had not helped to build wider acceptance of the idea. …

Chinese living longer but wealth gap widening: UN
ABC Online, Australia -
“You’ve also got trafficking of women from even poorer places, for example Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, into these villages in China now to provide wives for …

In short
Irish Times, Ireland -
(Reuters) RANGOON – A hip-hop star in military-ruled Burma has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of …

Burma jails comedian for 45 years
Independent, UK -
More than 100 activists, including Buddhist monks, students and members of the opposition National League for Democracy have been convicted in the past two …

Myanmar on US agenda
Straits Times, Singapore -
The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma, the name used before it was changed by the military junta. Mr Marciel’s visit to Japan will take place on Dec …

Tea room pours good cheer
East Valley Tribune, AZ -
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a …

Journalist gets 45 years in prison, others sentenced
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY -
New York, November 21, 2008–A Burmese court sentenced entertainer and activist Maung Thura–known by his stage name, “Zarganar”–to 45 years in prison …

Magazine Breaks News on Organ Harvesting in China
The Epoch Times, NY -
24 issue, “China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest ” by Ethan Gutmann, asks why the world’s media, human rights organizations, and governments are not investigating …

RIGHTS: Landmines Banned, And Still Kill Thousands
Inter Press Service, Italy -
Investigations by Human Rights Watch concluded that at least 16 civilians died as a result of these weapons, which are known to tear limbs off a victim’s …

Burma: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
Spero News -
By IRIN Scores of monasteries in cyclone-affected Myanmar are in urgent need of repair almost seven months after the category four storm struck. …

PEN Canada Honorary Member and One Humanity Award winner ZARGANA …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada -
21 /CNW/ – PEN Canada is appalled by the forty-five year prison sentence handed down today by the Myanmar regime to Burmese poet and comedian Zargana (Maung …

Daily Press Briefing
US Department of State, DC -
Burma will also be discussed. He will travel to Tokyo to consult with Japanese officials regarding human rights, democracy, and other concerns in Burma on …

For Andrew K
The Young Turks, CA -
More than 100 activists have been sentenced over the past two weeks in a judicial crackdown across the spectrum of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. …

Myanmar Junta Jails Comedian for 45 Years
New York Times, United States -
By SHARON OTTERMAN A secret court run by Myanmar’s military leadership sentenced a prominent Burmese comedian and activist to 45 years in prison on Friday, …

Myanmar court hands comedian 45-year prison term
The Associated Press -
… for their jokes about the junta, and several other activists delivered donations of relief supplies to the Cyclone Nargis-shattered Irrawaddy delta. …

Top US Agenda at Asia-Pacific Meeting is the Financial Crisis
NewsBlaze, CA -
Topics of discussion will include follow-up from the G20 meeting; nuclear proliferation challenges from North Korea and Iran; developments in Burma, …

Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and …
Reporters without borders (press release), France -
… trade unions and political activists.” They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. …

Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese Comedian Gets 45 Years

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November 21, 2008 at 09:46:19

By Ashin Mettacara

A prominent leader and spokesmonk for the Saffron Revolution Ashin Gambira was sentenced to total of 68 years imprisonment. He has already been sentenced to 12 years on November 12th, 44 years on November 20th and 12 years on November 21th. His case is now closed with total of 68 years imprisoment for his involvement in last year Saffron Revolution.

Ashin Gambira is the pseudonym of one of the leaders of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA). He was arrested in Mandalay Division’s Sintgaing Township on November 4th, 2007. His tireless hard work is a wonder. As a consequence, he was able to unify the clergy nationwide leading to the successful launching of 2007 Saffron Revolution.

A popular Burmese comedian Zarganar was also sentenced today to 45 years for speaking to foreign media about the situation of millions of people left homeless in Cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta. But his case is not closed yet. It is still proceeding. He may get another more years. He was arrested on June 4th.

Zarganar is a popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director as well as a fierce critic and frequent political prisoner of the Burmese military government. Known for his wicked puns against the government, Zarganar, whose name translates to “tweezers”, is widely considered to be the most popular comedian and satirist in Burma.

Nine other monks were also sentenced today. Ashin Kelasa from Mandalay has alredy been sentenced to 35 years , he gets today another 4 years. His case is now closed with total of 39 years. The chief monk of Maggin Monastery U Indaka was sentenced to 20 1/2 years. U Indariya was given 14 years and U Sumana was given 6 years. Five other monks from Sasana Theik Pan Monastery: U Pannasiha, U Narapati, U Ukkamsamala, U Pannadipa and U Janeyya. The sentences handed out to these five monks are not yet known.

14 activist were also sentenced to up to 29 years. Ko Tin Maung Aye was sentenced to 29 years, Ko Zaw Thet Htwe and Ko Thant Zin Aung were sentenced to 15 years each. But they are still proceeding, not closed yet.

Ko Aung Kyaw Kyaw( Brother of Ashin Gambira) and Ko Kyaw Naing were sentenced to 14 years each. Ko Swe Maung (Mandalay), U Zaw Win( Mandalay) and Ko Wanna Aung were sentenced to 4 years each, they have been sentenced to 4 years each on November 14th. Their case is now closed with total of 8 years each imprisoment. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years, Ko Tun Tun Naing, Ko Than Htay , Ko Nge Soe and Ko Kyaw San were sentenced to 4 years each. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years. Ko Soe Swe’s sentence is not yet known.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Burma-Myanmar-Leader-Mon-by-Ashin-Mettacara-081121-648.html

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November 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm

World focus on Burma (20 November 2008)

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More than 20 activists were sentenced in Burma on Thursday. A popular Burmese Hip-Hop singer Zay …

Biz Trends: Refugees find home, jobs here
ReporterNews.com, TX -
Refugees arrive from numerous countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, Iraq, Iran and Sudan. To date, the IRC has resettled …

Burmese Child Soldier Returns Home
自由亞洲電臺, Washington DC -
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly cited Burma as possibly having the largest number of child soldiers in the world. …

ASEAN for Economic Rescue
Prensa Latina, Cuba -
… are analyzing on Thursday in this capital an economic rescue for regional countries with financial problems composed of Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), …

Estonia Condemns Punishment of Democracy Supporters in Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC -
The Estonian Foreign Ministry united with the European Union’s standpoint that condemns the decision of Myanmar’s (Burma’s) military regime to sentence more …

MYANMAR: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
IRINnews.org, NY -
Monasteries play a pivotal role in Burmese society and frequently function as schools to thousands of underprivileged children. According to the Post-Nargis …

Charitable Donations Resist Credit Crunch
WebitPR (press release), UK -
… as part of a charitable campaign to support children and families devastated by the natural disasters in China and in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. ..

Burmese woman shares escape story
Prague Post, Czech Republic -

… borders in the trunk of a passenger car, Suizi Bawitlung and her family faced seemingly insurmountable odds when fleeing their native Burma, or Myanmar. ..

Burma: blogger and poet transferred to remote prisons
Reporters without borders (press release), France -
Sentenced to 20 years in prison by a special court in Insein prison on 10 November, Nay Phon Latt has been moved to a prison in Pa-an, the capital of the …

Illegal gambling website doesn’t pay off
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia -
He began his empire nearly 10 years ago in Burma, which borders Yunnan and where many Chinese go to bet in casinos as gambling is illegal in China. …

Military regime puts popular rapper behind bars
First Post, UK -
… the 88 Generation Students group, is now behind bars, including leader Min Ko Naing and the iconic former deputy of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Youth request junta for permission to meet Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India -
The youth also requested in their letter that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be allowed to come to party headquarters to receive homage paid by these youths,” he said …

ASEAN members to join Army shoot meet in Tarlac
ABS CBN News, Philippines -
ASEAN-member countries include Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Taiwan, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines. …

I Live Here puts human face on oppression
Georgia Straight, Canada -
… where many Chechens have fled the ongoing violence in their own republic; Burma, which many have left for Thailand because of military oppression; …

Hip-hop singer Zeyar Thaw given 6 years
Mizzima.com, India -
GW released an anti-junta album, in cooperation with the clandestine band Freedom Fighter, in which ‘Rise up Burma’ and ‘No No No’, an anti-constitutional …

Unfriendly neighbors in Southeast Asia
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong -
An editor of the Bangkok Post raised this point when he exposed what Thai schools are teaching his daughter: “Like most Thais, she feels Burma is fierce and …

Sino-Burmese Pipeline Work to Begin Soon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
“The long-awaited China-Myanmar [Burma] pipeline is expected to provide an alternative route for China’s crude imports from the Middle East and Africa and …

Refugee family still hasn’t made it to city
Owen Sound Sun Times, Canada -
Predominantly members of the Karen ethnic group, 810 refugees from Burma, now renamed Myanmar, have been accepted for resettlement in Canada. …

Economic crisis as a force for change
Mizzima.com, India -
By the harsh sentencing of activist leaders, essentially a life term behind bars, the military generals in Burma have mocked the world by openly brutalizing …

5 Generation Wave activists sentenced
Mizzima.com, India -
All are members of Generation Wave, which has been advocating for an uprising to topple the military junta in Burma.

Hip-Hop Performer among Latest Victims of Court Crackdown
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

The Burmese authorities transferred 15 of the sentenced prisoners, including the well-known activist Min Zaya and 1l other leading members of 88 Generation …

Experts examine role of ethics in medical research
Nigerian Tribune, Nigeria -
For example, the question of the violation of human rights in Thailand, Nepal and Burma. Also, being raised is the issue of the non-binding nature of some …

Sino-Burmese Pipeline Work to Begin Soon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
“The long-awaited China-Myanmar [Burma] pipeline is expected to provide an alternative route for China’s crude imports from the Middle East and Africa and …

China revives Burma pipeline plan
BBC News, UK -

… market giant Petrochina, would manage and own a majority share in the joint project with Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise of Burma, the Japanese paper said. …

Standoff in the Bay of Bengal
ISN, Switzerland -
… Bangladesh deployed warships and land forces along its border with Burma (Myanmar) in early November over the latter’s bid to explore oil and gas in a …

For Bush, Asia Pacific Summit Will be More Than a Swan Song
CNSNews.com, VA -
Talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao will likely deal with North Korea, Iran, Burma, Zimbabwe and Sudan, as well as human rights and religious freedom in …

US President to Discuss Tibet with Hu Jintao
Tibetan Culture & News Online, UK -
In his talks with Hu, Bush also expects to discuss Iran’s suspect nuclear program, turmoil in Zimbabwe and Sudan, pressure on Burma’s military rulers to …

Burma Falls Off UN Agenda
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

… Council at a time when the Burmese military junta has been indulging in one of the worst ever crackdowns on pro-democracy activists in the country. …

What happened to Mayateh Maranoh?
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong -
The section has attracted growing interest from human rights lawyers and the relatives of illegally detained and disappeared persons in Thailand. …

US President to Discuss Tibet with Hu Jintao
Tibetan Culture & News Online, UK -
Dharamshala: The United States President George W Bush will discuss human rights issues in Tibet and the ongoing discussions between the envoys of His …

Bye Bye Freedom
Malaysia Today, Malaysia -
(Remember Daw Aung San Suu Kyi) 3) UMNO need not be answerable to anyone other than the one who gives the most contracts. 4) Laws are immaterial. …

China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest
FrontPage magazine.com, CA -
Those without passports make their way through Burma on motorcycles and back roads. Some have been questioned by UN case workers, but few have been …

UN, Asean Must Speak Up
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
… statement expressing “deep concern” about the latest round of assaults on the dignity of Burma’s pro-democracy activists, while his Asean counterpart, …

What to do about Burma
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong -
Without such a move from the US, Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Group of Friends of the Secretary General on Myanmar’ will yield little. The most effective UN intervention …

A sea-route to North East soon!
Rediff, India -
Sittwe port on the Myanmar coast was not long ago a small village of fishing communities and farmers. Now, it could serve as a commercial sea-route to the …

NCGUB seeks ASEAN mobilization as human rights crackdown intensifies
Asian Tribune, Thailand -
… UN-backed Commission of Inquiry to investigate the military regime’s latest human rights violations. The call comes as Burma’s junta is intensifying its …

Nobel winners highlight education as tool for peace
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa -
In a joint statement, the Dalai Lama, former United States president Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, among others, …

Stop use of child soldiers: Rights group
Mizzima.com, India -
by Phanida Chiang Mai – Child soldiers continue to be used in armed conflicts in Burma, a rights group activists said. It called on the international …

A pernicious nexus Maoists, evangelists and jehadis
Organiser, India -
The goal of this organised nexus is to eliminate Hindus and Buddhists from political power from Fiji, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, …

Bush seeks APEC support for rescue plans
Ninemsn, Australia -
“The president will discuss issues of human rights and religious freedom, including the ongoing dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama” on the …

Myanmar court sentences student activists
CNN International -
A protester demonstrates in London to mark the the 20th anniversary of the Uprising in Burma, on August 8, 2008. Colleagues said Di Nyein Lin was one of …

Federation vows stricter monitoring of FOC vessels
ABS CBN News, Philippines -
FOC countries, according to ITF, include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Cayman Island, Comoros, Cyprus, …

SAUDI ARABIA BANS LAWYER FROM RECEIVING AWARD
IFEX, Canada -
I do not want the Burmese regime to find out. But I can tell you that these stories fill the pages of our reports and those of Human Rights Watch . …

Colombia and Guinea worst for unionists’ murders
OneWorld.net, UK -
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its brutal crackdown on any moves for …

Fears grow over surge in trade union murders
guardian.co.uk, UK -
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its crackdown on moves for democracy and …

CNPC to invest in Sino-Burma oil, gas pipeline
China Knowledge Online, Singapore -
CNPC will hold 50.9% stake in the project, while Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise will own the remaining. The Chinese oil producer will also be responsible to …

NCGUB seeks ASEAN mobilisation as human rights crackdown intensifies
Earthtimes (press release), UK -
The call comes as Burma’s junta is intensifying its campaign of detaining democracy supporters for lengthy sentences as a means of clearing the ground prior …

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists
JURIST -
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Call for education to stop conflicts
The Press Association -
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, have issued their …

Press Briefing by Assistant to the President for International …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC -
And as the President has always done in all of his meetings with Chinese leaders, the President will discuss issues of human rights and religious freedom, …

Myanmar activist follows dad, grandfather to jail
The Associated Press -
Di Nyein Lin is a leader of the outlawed All Burma Federation of Students Union, to which several of the 88 Generation Students’ members belonged in 1988. …

Burma’s Jail News: Three Jailed Today
OpEdNews, PA -

Ko Kyaw San was given 4 years imprisonment. Burma Jail News is not closed yet. Question: How many activists in Burma will be jailed in this month?

Artistic Expressions Promote Human Rights
NewsBlaze, CA -
In Burma, comedian U Maung Thura (better known by his stage name, Zarganar, or “The Tweezers”) uses sly humor to mock his country’s ruling military junta …

Thailand heads back to the old days
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand -
It’s a disgrace that will turn Thailand into the new Burma. If there’s anything that represents pure treason, it is this. Thailand is finished. …

Ivanhoe likely to resume mining in December
Mizzima.com, India -
by Mizzima News Monywa (Mizzima) – Myanmar Ivanhoe is likely to resume its copper mining activities in Monywa next month following suspension of production …

UN experts condemn Burma trials
BBC News, UK -
The junta says the 2010 elections will be part of its “road map to democracy”. But opposition figures and governments, including the European Union, …

Writer Hnin Pan Ein flees to border
Mizzima.com, India -
… being frequently intimidated and harassed by authorities inside Burma. After her husband, Nay Oo, the South Dagon Township National League for Democracy …

World focus on Burma (19 November 2008)

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Three Activists Jailed as Crackdown Continues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
… Sanchaung Township in a continuing crackdown by the regime on dissidents. Dee Nyein Lin, a leading member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, …

Global Financial Crisis Hits Burmese Markets
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
A Rangoon-based economist told The Irrawaddy that he could not say whether Burma would be affected by the crisis, because the Burmese regime does not …

Garment workers hit hard by global economic turmoil
Mizzima.com, India -
A senior staff member from the Myanmar People’s Garment Factory in Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone (2), from which previously male shirts were manufactured …

International Student Day
Harare Tribune, Zimbabwe -
… being killed and 1200 being sent to concentration camps by the fascist Czechoslovakia regime. We salute the students from Burma who have been sentenced …

Police Chief Khin Yee promoted to Deputy Home Minister
Mizzima.com, India -
by Mizzima News In yet another changing of the guard, Burma’s military rulers on Wednesday appointed Police Chief, Brigadier General Khin Yi , to the post …

Reading Than Shwe’s Disturbed Mind
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
But they may be just the beginning of a large-scale crackdown in Burma as junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe silences his critics by putting them behind bars in …

We mustn’t participate in ‘criminal follies’
Guelph Mercury, Canada -
He re-enlisted in the Second World War and directed the Royal Army Medical Corps hospital system on the Burma front. My two older brothers and I also …

BERNAMA.COM
Bernama, Malaysia -
“Burma (Myanmar) is already a red stain on Asean’s name, and its increasing instability is spilling over. “Asean needs to take significant measures to …

GOP retains Senate leader
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY -
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who has worked with McConnell on issues such as putting economic pressure on the military junta in Burma, …

China to build Myanmar oil, gas pipelines -report
Forbes, NY -
Few Western companies will invest in the former Burma because of its poor human rights record and continued detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San …

Ed Young Ministries Weekly Devotional
Crosswalk.com, VA -
… deterioration” of human rights in Burma in person, following the military junta’s recent imprisonment of more than 80 pro-democracy activists. …

Foodie Freak: Considering genetically modified foods
Truth about Trade & Technology, IA -
Relief efforts to Burma/Myanmar after last year’s typhoon demonstrates this vividly: We had the food to give the starving people but their own government …

Obama finally returns call of Arroyo
Manila Standard Today, Philippines -
… poverty reduction, the future of the Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], human rights in Burma and defense reform,” Mrs. Arroyo said. …

Maritime Talks End without Progress
Narinjara News, Bangladesh -
Two-day long talks on the maritime dispute between Burma and Bangladesh ended yesterday without any progress on the issue, stated a report. …

International Student Day
Harare Tribune, Zimbabwe -
… being killed and 1200 being sent to concentration camps by the fascist Czechoslovakia regime. We salute the students from Burma who have been sentenced …

Myanmar ‘disperses’ dissidents
Straits Times, Singapore -

YANGON: Myanmar’s junta has sent dozens of political prisoners, recently sentenced to up to 65 years in jail, to far-flung corners of its country. …

Myanmar courts imprison ethnic minority activists
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria -
AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced three ethnic minority activists and a well-known Buddhist monk to prison, …

Burma Sentences 5 More Activists
Voice of America -

Burma’s courts have sentenced at least 86 other pro-democracy activists to lengthy prison terms in recent weeks. The United Nations human rights envoy to …

White House: Statement by the Press Secretary on Burma on 17 …
ISRIA (subscription), DC -
In the last few days in Burma, Than Shwe’s brutal regime arbitrarily sentenced additional pro-democracy activists to harsh prison terms. …

Illinois CPA Society Names 2008 ‘Women to Watch’
MarketWatch -
… for Burmese refugees arriving into the Chicago area, and co-chaired a relief effort that has raised over $45000 for victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. …

ECONOMY: Don’t Bank On Them
Inter Press Service, Italy -
Netwerk Vlaanderen, the Flemish human rights organisation which set up the website, has used four main criteria to assess projects that banks finance: if …

Burma Crackdown on Prominent Monks and Activists Continues; More …
OpEdNews, PA -By Ashin Mettacara

A prominent monk *Ashin Gambira* was condemned to 12 years prison. But his case is not closed yet. …

Myanmar: Aid agency helps 100000 Burmese children return to school
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland - by Solomon Tuesday, 18 November 2008, New Delhi —
The international aid agency Save the Children claims they have assisted at least 100000 Burmese children …

12 years for ‘Saffron Revolution’ monk
Independent, UK -
A Buddhist monk who helped organise last year’s “Saffron Revolution” against the Burmese junta has been sentenced to a dozen years in jail by a secret court …

Myanmar: UN rights experts demand new fair trials for jailed …
UN News Centre -
18 November 2008 – Five independent United Nations experts on human rights today demanded that authorities in Myanmar hold fair and open re-trials for …

Ban urged to forge ahead with Burma visit
Mizzima.com, India -
CSW called for the visit of the UN Secretary General to the Southeast Asian nation despite the Burmese regime recently meting out a spate of harsh sentences …



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World focus on Burma (14 November 2008)

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Burma, Myanmar: Young Female Journalist Jailed For 2 Years
OpEdNews, PA -

Eint Khaing Oo, 24, who had been arrested in front of the head office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP in Yangon on July 10, was sentenced to 2 years behind closed doors with no defence lawyer.

… also arrested on 5 November and are being detained in Insein prison. All news media in Burma is strictly censored and tightly controlled by the military.

14.11 – Burma : Female journalist gets two years for taking photos …
Reporters without borders (press release), France -
“This unjust sentence comes amid a wave of unprecedented sentences for journalists and activists,” the two organisations said. “We appeal to Burma’s …

Myanmar is also known by its former name Burma. “These peaceful activists should not be on trial in the first place, let alone thrown in prison for years …

They come here in hope of freedom
npTribune, Singapore -
The Myanmar national is one of 7000 Burmese who have come to Singapore to study, according to The Straits Times (ST) on Oct. 11. …

Spirits undeterred despite harsh punishments: NLD youth
Mizzima.com, India -
Over the last week, Burma’s military junta has sentenced numerous detained dissidents – students, activists, monks, writers, journalists and even poets – to …

At least 11 more Burmese activists have received jail sentences for taking part in anti-government protests last year. It brings the total number sentenced …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France -
… Burma might be mending its vicious ways was crushed this week when the regime handed out 65-year prison sentences to 14 nonviolent democracy activists, …

Paul McCartney’s Charity Work
Look To The Stars, UK -
In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France -
They have called on him to release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners; to engage in serious dialogue with her …

Severe prison sentences for Myanmar protesters expected in coming …
International Herald Tribune, France -
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is resorting to laws covering the use of personal electronics, because such infractions are easy to prove, …

More activists jailed in connection with 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -
Ko Thein Aye who has mental disorders was charged with sheltering Ko Tin Win Lay, member of outlawed All Burma Federation of Student Unions. …

Insein Prison Courts Sentence 17 NLD Members
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
By MIN LWIN Insein Prison special courts sentenced at least 17 members of National League for Democracy (NLD) party to up to 16 years imprisonment on Friday …

Gunboat stand-off sign of tensions in Bay of Bengal
The Age, Australia -
Dhaka then turned to China, which has close links to the Burmese junta, to help resolve the row. Both countries eventually withdrew their vessels when …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 14, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
… The Myanmar Times this week the South Korean deal is “an important milestone in the development of renewable energy sources in Myanmar [Burma]. …

UPDATE: 9 Monks Jailed Over Myanmar Protests – Opposition
EasyBourse.com, France -
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that recent weeks “show a more concentrated crackdown on dissent clearly aimed at intimidating the …

COLUMN – Obama represents welcome change for India
Reuters India, India -
After China torpedoed an early 2007 US-led attempt to impose a Security Council diktat on Burma to improve its human-rights record, the junta thanked …

Win Tin, NLD Executive Member, Ill
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

The current Burmese regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe ignored the results of the election and refused to transfer power.

Burmese regime continues repression against monks and dissidents
AsiaNews.it, Italy -
… confirm a fresh military crack down by Burma’s ruling junta against dissidents. According to one diplomatic source based in Myanmar, this new wave of …

US Imposes Sanctions on Burma Drug Cartel
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — The United States on Thursday named 26 individuals and 17 companies as “specially designated narcotics traffickers” and imposed …

Commentary: Amid global tensions and uncertainty, US and RP remain …
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines -
So these are issues that he recognizes as the Philippines and the US sharing common interests, just as they share a common faith in democracy. …

Burma Jails Democracy Pro-Democracy Lawyers
Voice of America -
Meanwhile Burma’s most famous political prisoner and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. She has spent more than 13 of the …

US, EU Lawmakers Condemn Activists’ Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — US and EU lawmakers on Thursday roundly condemned the harsh sentences recently handed down to pro-democracy activists in Burma, …

9 monks sentenced to jail
Straits Times, Singapore -
YANGON – NINE Buddhist monks were sentenced to between six and eight years in jail by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Nine monks jailed in Myanmar: opposition
AFP -
YANGON (AFP) — Nine Buddhist monks were jailed for between six and eight years by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Burma’s junta shows contempt
Boston Globe, United States -
ANY HOPE that the military dictatorship in Burma might be mending its vicious ways in response to pleas from abroad was crushed this week when the regime …

‘Suspend Burma’s membership from BIMSTEC’
Newstrack India, India -

… had sent a memorandum demanding the suspension of the military junta until peace, justice, human rights and democracy is restored in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burmese junta’s action to sentencing 61 democracy activists deplored
Asian Tribune, Thailand -
and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Co-Chairs of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma, condemned the recent harsh and unjust sentencing of 61 democracy …

Laura Bush Condemns Taliban Attack on Schoolgirls
New York Times, United States -
Although she has spoken out on other foreign policy matters, notably human rights abuses in Myanmar, the former Burma, it is unusual for the first lady to …

Decisions Needed: ASEAN and Asian Regionalism
Pinoy Press, Philippines -
7) Prevent Burma/Myanmar from inhibiting deeper US-ASEAN relations by seeking an understanding with Congress to support Cyclone Nargis reconstruction, …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Boston Globe, United States -
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Burma sentences dozens to lengthy prison terms
China Post, Taiwan -
After the brutal crushing of last year’s Saffron Revolution, the military rulers of Burma sought to deflect international repercussions by promising to stop …

Kingpin crackdown
Bangkok Post, Thailand -
Washington – US authorities on Thursday froze the assets and slapped sanctions on 26 individuals and 17 firms tied to drug trafficking in Burma, …

Police: Neighbors didn’t call about captive girl
WSBT-TV, IN -
According to the affidavit, Soe and Sullivan sometimes spoke in a foreign language the girl believed to be Burmese. Soe was born in Myanmar but had lived …

Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Announces …
RTT News, NY -
The OFAC named 26 individuals and 17 companies tied to Burma’s Wei Hsueh Kang and the United Wa State Army as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA -
… are wrong to only characterize his orders as ranging “from restrictions on striped bass fishing to sanctions against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government. …

Burma Extends Crackdown on Dissidents
Voice of America -
By VOA News Relatives of Burmese dissidents say courts in Rangoon have sentenced at least 20 more activists to prison in a sweeping crackdown on dissent. …

… of The Burma Arts Board, activist Sam Roddick and others has earned the 2008 London International Awards Gold Statue for Television/Cinema Animation. …

2008 Freedom Award goes to Kofi Annan [Photos]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY -

Previous winners of the Freedom Award have included Winston Churchill (1958), Burmese Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1995), and Liberian president …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Reuters -
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA -
… against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government.” There’s much more to Bush’s use of executive orders than saving striped bass or promoting human rights in Burma …


Last May, Cyclone Nargis ripped through Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing almost 85000 people and leaving 50000 missing. Initially, foreign aid was blocked …

Oddball summit has limits
The Japan Times, Japan -
Narrow nationalism and dictatorial tendencies run deep, evidenced by the failure to bring even minimum human rights to Darfur, Burma or Zimbabwe. …

What will Obama mean for Asia?
South Asian Post, Canada, Canada -
They point to his China-excluded campaign speech in Berlin where he asked: “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in …

Slovakia: The Statement of Slovak MFA on political processes in Burma/Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC -
This action of the authorities of Burma/Myanmar demonstrates again the lack of will toward transiton to democracy and their contempt for the rule of law. …

The Burmese junta’s true color
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand -
By The Nation When the Burmese junta decided to jail the 14 pro-democracy leaders of the 1988 generation to 65 years old each, or in other word life …

U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -
… journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny. …


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Courts in Myanmar sentenced more than a dozen activists to prison Thursday in a continued judicial crackdown on the country’s …

Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison
Reporters without borders (press release), France -
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled to learn that detained poet Aung Than, a member of the opposition National League for …

Burma should be suspended from BIMSTEC: activists
Mizzima.com, India -
“The continued human rights violations by Burma’s military junta are a disgrace for the grouping,” Dr. Alana Golmei, coordinator of the BCD told Mizzima. …

UN SG concerned at ‘severe’ prison terms for Myanmar dissidents
JURIST -
Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the release [JURIST …

Everyone’s Eyes on Burma
Christian Today — Australia, Australia -

The suffering of the people of Burma became even greater in 2008, when Cyclone Nargis devastated the lives of those living in the Irrawaddy Delta, …


World focus on Burma (28 September 2008)

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Correspondent visits Burma on anniversary of Saffron Revolution
ABC Online, Australia -
I also needed an interview with an official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. It was a tall order, but within an hour it had all been …

Transcript of Sarkozy’s interview
India Today, India -
We shall further raise regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran or Burma. We shall discuss Euro-Indian …

Rebuke for Burma from world powers
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia -

The talks on Saturday underlined “the responsibility of the Myanmar [Burma] Government to demonstrate its stated commitment to co-operation with the good …

Monks stage quiet protest as world powers call for Burma reform
The Age, Australia -

Women in bamboo hats,  symbol of the National League for Democracy, gather outside the organisation's Rangoon headquarters to mark its 20th anniversary.

Women in bamboo hats, symbol of the National League for Democracy, gather outside the organisation’s Rangoon headquarters to mark its 20th anniversary. Photo: AP

… four visits to Burma since the protests a year ago but failed to restart a dialogue between detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta or …

Venezuela Doubles Up On Chinese Jets
Strategy Page -
China has exported K-8s to several other countries (often at bargain prices), including Myanmar (Burma). The K8 (also called JL-8) is a 4.3 ton, two seat, …

In Self Defense
Brussels Journal, Belgium -
You see, the picture includes a failed government that is inspired by the Burmese junta when it resorts to its riot police. Then there is an opposition with …

Burmese Muslims appreciate Turkey’s aid during Ramadan
http://www.worldbulletin.net, Turkey -

Muslim families in Myanmar, a country which lost over 150000 citizens to the Cyclone Nargis, were delivered food packages by the IHH officials. …

Sunday newspaper round-up: Bradford and Bingley, US bailout plan, WPP
ShareCast, UK -
The Foreign Office has written to Lloyd’s of London chairman Lord Levene to outline its disapproval that Lloyd’s brokers are trading with the Burmese …

France will launch nuke cooperation with India: Sarkozy
Deccan Herald, India -
Regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan , Pakistan , Iran and Burma are also expected to figure in the discussions. …

In case you were on Mars the past week …
Edmonton Sun,  Canada -
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $1 million to Human Rights Watch for their efforts in Burma and Zimbabwe. – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have …

Burma: Political prisoner released but thousands remain
Green Left Weekly, Australia -
This is the result of struggles by solidarity and civil society groups alongside exiled Burmese activists, responding to Aung San Suu Kyi’s call for a total …

Asean’s man of passion at the helm
Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates -
“He’s a very smart guy,” said Dave Mathieson, a consultant on Burma for the US-based Human Rights Watch. “He’s a good diplomat. …

Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand -
Last year, my office dedicated the 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report to a group of Burmese fishermen who were trafficked on fishing boats. …

Myanmar’s junta asked to expedite political dialogue
Press Trust of India, India -
United Nations, Sept 28 (PTI) Members of a group of nations, including India who are aiding efforts of the UN in expediting political dialogue in Myanmar …

The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns
PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro -
… including Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies in Zimbabwe before Robert Mugabe’s …

US Cuba policy: Aid needed, but sanctions must remain
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL -
Similar to pressure applied to the Burmese junta after the cyclone that ravaged that country earlier this year, it is imperative for all Americans to join …

Cuba Vs. Blockade
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines -
… its MasterCard credit cards could not be used in Cuba, North Korea, Burma, Iran or the Sudan, as part of the economic sanctions imposed by Washington. …

UK: World ready to help Zim if democracy respected
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa -
It is the result of mismanagement by the Mugabe regime,” Miliband told reporters after attending a ministerial session on Burma hosted by United Nations …

THE ORIGIN OF DISHES
Tampa Tribune, FL -
Orange – cultivated for more than 4000 years, the fruit probably is native to India, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Southwest China. …

Burma summit unable to
Washington Times, DC -

Saturday’s high-level meeting on Burma, also known as Myanmar, produced little agreement about the next steps beyond a wary but ill-defined engagement by …

Key nations call on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi
The Associated Press -
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations concerned about Myanmar called on its military government Saturday to release all political prisoners, including pro-democracy …

Monks March in Myanmar on Anniversary of Crackdown
New York Times, United States -
By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 100 Buddhist monks in a western city in Myanmar staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of …

FO warns Lloyd’s over Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK -
Lloyd’s has historically been involved in Burma, despite international boycotts. Its syndicates reinsure the junta’s aviation and shipping interests, …

Aggression, Retaliatory Behavior, and the Buddhist Sangha
OpEdNews, PA -
It is a great irony that while Burma sells unrefined natural gas to neighboring countries, due to lack of capacity to purify such gas domestically, …

“That degree of cooperation has not been forthcoming from the Burmese (Myanmar) regime and remains the fundamental tenet of the friends of the secretary …

UN group aims to keep world focus on Myanmar
Reuters -
… UN group on Myanmar vowed on Saturday to keep the world spotlight on the troubled country and to press the military rulers of the former Burma to comply …

Democracy more important in Sweden´s new international aid policy
Stockholm News, Sweden -
The main message in the new policy is that poverty is not only measured in money, but also in terms of basic liberties meaning human rights. …

The UN secretary-general convened the first ministerial level meeting of the so-called “Friends of Myanmar” – the other name by which Burma is known. …

Freedom of movement in Sri Lanka and registration of new residents …
Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka -
Syria and Myanmar (Burma) too have recognised the principle though cautious in the process of implementation. Article 12 of the African Charter on Human …

27 September 2008 – Members of a group of nations helping Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his efforts to spur change in Myanmar today encouraged the …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s …

New hopes for democracy in Burma?
Manila Times, Philippines -
… first meeting Saturday to advance democratic reforms in Burma. That country, now officially known as Myanmar, has been ruled by the military since 1962. …

Monks protest in Sittwe, western Burma
Mizzima.com, India -
But activists and opposition political groups said, the number of deaths following the junta’s brutal crackdown could be hundreds if not thousands.



World focus on Burma (27 September 2008)

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Monks in Myanmar mark crackdown anniversary
Hindu, India -
YANGON (AP): About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s bloody …

Junta arrests nine party members on NLD’s 20th anniversary
Mizzima.com, India -
New Delhi – Burmese junta authorities on Saturday arrested nine members of the opposition party – the National League for Democracy – who were travelling to …

Suu Kyi’s party marks anniversary
Aljazeera.net, Qatar -

“An indelible black stain will be tainted in the political history of Burma by the omission of the authorities to perform according to the laws enacted by …

Myanmarese commemorate ”Saffron Revolution” anniversary in New Delhi
Thaindian.com, Thailand -
Myanmar or Burma’’s military regime had brutally cracked down on one of the most powerful and peaceful demonstration led by thousands of Buddhist monks and …

Nine arrested at NLD anniversary celebration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -
Sep 27, 2008 (DVB)–Nine members of the National League for Democracy were arrested today at a ceremony to mark the party’s 20th anniversary, according to …


“An indelible black stain will be tainted in the political history of Burma by the omission of the authorities to perform according to the laws enacted by …

One year after the massacre of the monks, the repression continues …
AsiaNews.it, Italy -
Last year, the ruling dictatorship in Myanmar blocked a series of revolts organized by the Burmese monks, and supported by pro-democracy activists; …

Burma arrests three on NLD anniversary
Bangkok Post, Thailand -
Before U Win Tin was released last Tuesday, as part of a broad amnesty that freed 9002 prisoners, he was Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner. …

UK FCO: First anniversary of protests in Burma
ISRIA (subscription), DC -
… one year on, Burma’s rulers continue to resist international efforts to support peace, prosperity and democracy in the country, despite repeated calls …

UN rejects appeal to unseat junta
Mizzima.com, India -
… they will continue exposing the appalling human rights violations in Burma under the military junta and will continue appealing to the international …

Myanmar activists rally in Tokyo
Straits Times, Singapore -
In a rare break from Western nations, Japan maintains friendly relations with the military regime in Myanmar. Activists wearing ethnic Burmese costumes …

Rise of the Xenophobic elements
KanglaOnline, India -
Our neighbour Burma (Myanmar) also was greatly influenced. Unfortunately all the development of the second millennia had diverted its route from our part of …

Exiled Burmese freedom fighter dies in Ithaca (Ko Han Lin)
Ithaca Journal, NY -
It was the first such resolution in an American city calling attention to the situation in Burma, which the regime now prefers to be called Myanmar. …

Jailed protestors transferred to more remote prisons
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -
… Daw Khin Lay, U Thet Tun and U Thein Tun were sent to Insein prison, and then transferred on to Myingyan and Pakokku jails in upper Burma. …

Today in History – September 27
NDTV.com, India -
… led by Aung San Suu Kyi was founded. Suu Kyi is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, …

Immigrants immersed for school system
Durham Herald Sun, NC -
All the students currently enrolled in the program are refugees from the Karen region of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Growing up in refugee camps, …

About 500 persecuted Burmese minorities resettling in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX -
By JIM JONES FORT WORTH — Members of Agape Baptist Church are giving a warm welcome to about 100 “Karen people” from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …

Row over Giggs’ honour
Manchester Evening News, UK -
… unhappy with the decision after nominating recipient Burmese political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for the honour in January. …

The Right Wing Nation
OpEdNews, PA -
That may be a bit of hyperbole, since there are absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia, theocracies like Iran, and military dictatorships like Burma/Myanmar …

Ten National Security Myths
New America Foundation, DC -
Second, a League of Democracies would be no more effective than other organizations in solving humanitarian problems like those in Burma and Darfur or in …

One Down, 2100 To Go
Voice of America -
The military junta that rules Burma has released its longest-serving political prisoner, journalist U Win Tin after 19 years in jail. …

Burma Marks Crackdown Anniversary as One of World’s Worst Regimes
NewsBlaze, CA -
The actions of Burma’s junta in the year since it lethally suppressed mass pro-democracy demonstrations have further cemented its standing as one of the …

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tun Myint, has completed …
Carleton College News, MN -
“Challenges Facing State building in Burma,” in Mark Sproule-Jones, Barbara Allen, and Filippo Sabetti (eds.), The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain …

British PM Calls for Global Action on Financial Crisis
Voice of America -
And he called for standing firm against oppression in Burma and said the international community must send a strong signal of its support for democracy and …

Burma: Inside the Saffron Revolution: After the uprising, what comes next?

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PBS -
The general, trained in psychological warfare, so reviles the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that he will not allow her name to be uttered in his …

To Implement Amendments to the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC -
… as amended by section 6(a) of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-286) (the “JADE Act”), …

Robert Ménard stands down as Reporters Without Borders secretary …
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqués de presse), Switzerland -
I cannot imagine a life that does not a involve a commitment to serving the values of democracy, freedoms and human rights, which in my view gives meaning …

UN rejects request for Myanmar junta’s seat
International Herald Tribune, France -
The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962 and has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms. The current junta, which took …

The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns
NewsBlaze, CA -
… Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies inZimbabwe before Robert Mugabe’s crackdown. …

Wen Jiabao unwelcome in New York City
Phayul, Tibet -
… such as the Falun Gong group, Chinese human rights activists etc, but also supports other brutal regimes such as the ones in Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe. …

Burma Gives Amnesty to 9000 Prisoners
OneWorld US, DC -
“I will be happy only when all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi are released,” Win Tin told Burmese journalists shortly after his release. …

Rights & Wrongs: Relgious Freedom, Arms Control, Venezuela, and More
World Politics Review -
HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES PUSHING FOR GLOBAL ARMS TREATY — As officials from around the world prepare to meet at the United Nations in October to consider a …

Junta’s secret plan: Closer relationship with China
Mizzima.com, India -
The minutes of the meeting, dated July 6, 2008, state that in order to defend the country against US influence, Burma cannot stand alone without any …

Key political prisoners released prior to elections in Burma
The Daily Star, Bangladesh -
“While the release of U Win Tin and his fellow prisoners is certainly the best news to come out of Myanmar for a long time, unfortunately they represent …

‘We are still angry, but we bury it’
guardian.co.uk, UK -
The nightly performance of the Moustache Brothers, Burma’s best-known comedians and renowned opponents of the regime, is struggling. …

Myanmar dissident enjoys just 17 hours of freedom
The Associated Press -
According to the US Campaign for Burma, Win Htein was arrested briefly in early 1989 and tortured, then arrested again in 1989 and held until 1995. Myanmar …

SKN on UN Committee to review Burma’s membership
Sun St.Kitts/Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis -
St. Kitts/Nevis has been appointed to a nine-member United Nations Credentials Committee set up to review a challenge to the Burma’s membership. …

In fact Aung San Suu Kyi is said to have refused to see him in August, with her party describing the visit as a “waste of time”. “The government knows how …

International Community Should Hold Burmese Military Government …
BBSNews, NC -
BBSNews 2008-09-26 — New York (HRW) The international community should demand accountability from the Burmese military government for the brutal crackdown …

Bombs a year after Myanmar crackdown
Custer County Chief, NE -
Outside the country hundreds of monks, Burmese dissidents and human rights activists gathered in both Thailand and the Philippines to commemorate those …

YANGON (AFP) — Armed police in trucks patrolled Myanmar’s main city Friday as frightened protesters stayed home on the anniversary of last year’s brutal …

Myanmar Writhes in the Grip of Its Junta
New York Times, United States -
The generals’ domination in Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been tested repeatedly over the past two decades — by the monks last September, by Daw Aung San Suu …

Trouble brewing again in Myanmar’s monasteries*
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands -

By our correspondent* A year after the monks’ protests were crushed it seems peaceful in Myanmar, formerly Burma. A Radio Netherlands Worldwide reporter …

Call to raise Burma issue at UN
The Press Association -
Irish campaigners for democracy in Burma urged the Foreign Affairs Minister to raise the issue at a United Nations summit on Monday. …

Unforgettable: The anniversary of the ‘Saffron Revolution’ crackdown
Mizzima.com, India -
On September 26, 2007, the Burmese military junta ordered soldiers to open fire on a protesting crowd led by Buddhist monks. According to the United Nations …

Illegal Burmese Rice Exports Boom on Thai Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
Burma’s junta officially banned the border rice trade after Cyclone Nargis struck the country’s Irrawaddy delta on May 2-3. The storm devastated much of the …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 27, 2008 at 1:32 am

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