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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. …

Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and international community

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Reporters without borders

21 November 2008

Sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe gets 15 years, comedian and blogger Zarganar gets 45 years

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association strongly condemn the trials currently taking place in Insein prison, where a special court today sentenced well-known comedian and blogger Zarganar to 45 years in prison and sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe to 15 years in prison.

They could receive additional sentences on other charges in the coming days and, like blogger Nay Phone Latt and poet Saw Wai in the past week, they could now also be transferred to remote prisons with very poor sanitary conditions.

“This wave of sham trials is the latest outrageous action by a military government that wants to crush the least sign of protest before elections supposed to take place in 2010,” the two organisations said. “Jail terms with a combined total of several hundred years have been imposed in the past two weeks on poets, bloggers, monks, comedians, singers, ethnic minority leaders, trade unions and political activists.”

They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. These trials are a disgrace for the international community, especially China and ASEAN, which did nothing to prevent them.”

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association urge the European Union and United Nations to adopt targeted sanctions against the interior minister, Gen. Maung Oo, who orchestrated the trials using the Special Branch of the police.

They also call on the EU to extend the list of Burmese officials targeted by political sanctions to include the head of the judicial system, U Aung Toe, and the following judges who took part in these trials: Daw Aye Myaing, U Thaung Nyunt, Daw Soe Nyan, Daw Than Than, Daw Nyunt Win and U Tin Htut. The Burma Lawyers’ Council and the Global Justice Centre identified them as the judges chiefly responsible for these trials.

In today’s trials, Zarganar got his 45-year sentence under the Electronic Law. Sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe got his 15-year sentence above all for photos he took during last May’s referendum. One of Zarganar’s students, known as Gadone, received a 29-year prison sentence.

A monk, Ashin Gambira, got a 12-year jail term today for helping participants in last year’s protests. He has already been sentenced to 56 years in prison on other charges.

The trials being held in Insein prison violate international standards and, often, Burma’s own laws as well. The defendants’ families and lawyers are rarely notified about the trials and witnesses for the defence are not allowed. The police and judges have also been violating limits on the length of pre-trial detention.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association therefore also support the call made by U Win Tin, a leading journalist and member of the opposition National League for Democracy, to United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon not to go to Burma under the current circumstances.

Nicknamed the “Burmese Chaplin” and known for his outspoken comments, Zarganar was arrested on 4 June after talking to the BBC World Service and other foreign news media about the delays in the humanitarian relief organised by the military after Cyclone Nargis. He also wrote in his blog about the activities of the country’s Buddhist monks during the September 2007 protests and after the cyclone in May.

The former editor of the sports magazine First Eleven Journal, Zaw Thet Htwe was arrested by military police on 13 June. The police searched his Rangoon home two days later, confiscating files, his mobile phone and his computer.

Both Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar played an active role in helping Nargis victims.

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=29379

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November 22, 2008 at 3:15 am

Myanmar jails comedian for 45 years

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Aung Hla Tun ,  Reuters

Published: Friday, November 21, 2008

YANGON – A secret court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced popular comedian and activist Zarganar to 45 years prison on Friday, the latest in a series of lengthy jail terms handed down on more than 100 dissidents, relatives said.

Zarganar, whose real name is Ko Thura, was detained in June after coordinating private aid in Yangon for the victims of Cyclone Nargis, which devastated huge swathes of the Irrawaddy Delta in May, killing 140,000 people.

Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the U.S. Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s ruling military on behalf of Christian ethnic Karen rebels.

“He got 45 years for only three charges. More sentences will be passed on four remaining charges on Monday,” Zarganar’s sister-in-law, Ma Nyein, told Reuters.

Family sources said police also found a copy of the leaked video of the lavish “champagne and diamonds” wedding of Senior General Than Shwe’s daughter, which caused outrage among ordinary people in one of Asia’s poorest countries.

The same court inside Yangon’s notorious Insein prison also sentenced two other dissidents, including a prominent journalist, to 15 years in prison and another man to 29 years, Ma Nyein said.

Rights groups say the slew of jail terms is intended to eliminate all political opposition before an election in 2010, the final stages of a “roadmap to democracy” meant to bring an end to nearly half a century of military rule.

Western governments have dismissed the roadmap as a sham.

Other dissidents sentenced this week include a hip hop star who got six years for being part of a youth political group called “Generation Wave”, an opposition spokesman said on Friday.

In all, well over 100 people from across the spectrum of the democracy underground, including 20 women and Buddhist monks, have been condemned to up to 65 years in Myanmar’s gulag.

The most prominent activists have been dispatched to the furthest corners of the southeast Asian nation, making it almost impossible for relatives to deliver food and medicine, raising the very real possibility of the prisoners dying behind bars.

The United States and European countries have condemned the junta’s closed door trials and sentences, although there has been little comment from countries in the surrounding region.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=d4da5e2e-3c19-4719-9a66-1c37a79df1c0

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November 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm

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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 (21 November 2008)

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The US Should Move Beyond Sanctions
Asian Tribune, Thailand -
Years of sanctions after sanctions, this is a new birth in the American policy toward Burma. Sanctions, however, still remain the popular way of punishing …

Julia Reed: Laura Bush Has a Thankless Job
Women on the Web, NY -
She has actively supported the people of Burma, speaking out against the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi and protesting the treatment of peaceful …

Junta directs UMFCCI to probe pulse-bean scam
Mizzima.com, India -
The major purchaser of Burmese pulses and beans, India, is currently buying the produce from Canada but a member of UMFCCI CEC said that India assured Burma …

Myanmar comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
AFP –

On Friday, the National League for Democracy party, led by detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, issued a statement urging the ruling junta to …

Celebrity Burmese comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
France24, France -
By AFP (text) Myanmar’s most famous comedian was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison, in the latest and most high-profile case of citizens given long …

Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese …
OpEdNews, PA -

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 …

Pro-Democracy Monk, Comedian Get Long Myanmar Prison Sentences
FOXNews -
YANGON, Myanmar — Courts in military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, have handed long prison sentences to a prominent Buddhist monk and a popular …

Myanmar-China Pipeline to Start Construction in 2009
ChinaStakes.com, China -
It is reported that PetroChina will be the holding company for the pipeline constructed jointly by China , Burma , India , and Korea . …

Burma’s courts have sentenced nearly 90 other pro-democracy activists to lengthy prison terms in recent weeks. Last week, a group of at least 14 dissidents …

Forty-Five Years For Burmese Comic
UNPO, Netherlands -
In the latest spate of arrests, the Bumese Junta have sentenced comedian Zarganar to a staggering 45 years in jail. A popular comedian active in Burma’s …

A long week in Burma
ISN, Switzerland -
At least 2000 political prisoners languish in Burmese prisons, with pro-democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi well into her second decade …

Dissident Myanmar comedian, monk sentenced to decades in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK -
Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. The country’s best known opposition figure, Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since May 2003.

U Gambira to serve total of 68 years in prison
Mizzima.com, India -
The monk who stirred the conscience of the anti-regime masses by his political activity became the leading Sayadaw of ‘All Burma Monks Alliance’ (ABMA) …

Comedian becomes latest victim of the kangaroo courts
First Post, UK -
Burma’s best known satirist and comedian, Zarganar (pictured), was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment today by a kangaroo court ordered by the country’s …

Myanmar jails comedian for 45 years
Canada.com, Canada -
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

Burmese comedian, sports writer jailed
The Age, Australia -
Friday’s sentences come after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime last …

Zarganar, Ashin Gambira Get Long Prison Terms
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

They included the Burmese hip-hop star Zayar Thaw, who is a leading member of Generation Wave, a dissidents group founded by young Burmese activists during …

Army frames charges against ILO complainants
Mizzima.com, India -
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– Burma’s Army has framed charges, under the Electronic Act, against farmers from Natmauk Township who lodged a complaint …

Burma’s National Day Fading from Memory
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

Some of the country’s greatest national heroes, including U Razak, Thakin Mya and Aung San, father of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, graduated from the …

Comedian sentenced to 45 years prison in Burma
Radio Australia, Australia -
Friday’s sentencing comes after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime …

Myanmar junta jails comedian for 45 years
Reuters AlertNet, UK -
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

At the mercy of Mother Nature and Burma’s generals
Mizzima.com, India -
In a twisted tale of bad luck, for a region which the World Food Programme describes as “one of the poorest and most isolated states in Myanmar,” once the …

Burma comic jailed for 45 years
BBC News, UK -
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Burmese court. Zarganar was found to have violated the …

Singing for love
Port Huron Times Herald, MI -
The song reveals Tuptim’s inner feelings, but not about the king to whom she was given as a gift from the King of Burma in order to form a union between the …

HIV/AIDS Risk High Among Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
By MIN LWIN Political prisoners in Burma run a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS because of unhygienic medical treatment, according to reports from inside …

Nobel prize winners call for education in war zones
guardian.co.uk, UK -

The Dalai Lama, the former US president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi are among the signatories of …

Burma: Child Soldier Returned Home
UNPO, Netherlands -
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly cited Burma as possibly having the largest number of child soldiers in the world. …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 21, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
By WILLIAM BOOT China’s confirmation that it will use Burma as a conduit to ship oil from the Middle East and Africa into its southwestern provinces has …

Burma / Myanmar: 27-year-old hip-hop performer sentenced to six …
Freemuse, Denmark -
Zayar Thaw was among at least 20 detainees sentenced on 18 November 2008 in Burma’s continuing trials of opposition activists and members of the National …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France -
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand -
A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Governments and business collude in deaths of trade unionists …
Namibian, Namibia -
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 …

Stop use of child soldiers: Rights group
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland -
by Phanida Chiang Mai – Child soldiers continue to be used in armed conflicts in Burma, a rights group activists said. The Thai based ‘Human Right Education …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France -
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

China to build pipeline through Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio -
China is a major trading partner of Myanmar, formerly called Burma, which has been under military rule since the 1960s. The junta last year brutally put …


Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Cisco Needs To Step Up To Reduce Net Censorship, Says Net Freedom ...
BusinessWeek -
If Cisco readily admits that it’s helping build a system that could enable surveillance of anti-government activists, would a Cisco salesman really refuse …

FEC slumps in Burma
Mizzima.com, India -
The junta has started a new scheme of selling fuel at the rate of four FEC units per gallon at government-run filling stations since August 22. …

Ashoka Pillar now stands tall in Australia
Times of India, India -
“Emperor Ashoka fostered democratic rule and it is a privilege to dedicate the Ashoka Pillar at a Buddhist monastery in a fellow democracy such as Australia …

Yunnan to build new gas pipeline
Your Project News (press release), UK -
Construction of an oil and gas pipeline linking Myanmar and Chinas Yunnan province is expected to start next year, said an official with the local …

Refugees experience first Thanksgiving in New York City
USA Today -
“Even now I can’t describe my feelings when I first landed at Kennedy Airport,” says Dee, whose family fled to Thailand from Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

DEVELOPMENT-VIETNAM: Rare Criticism of Dams Surface
Inter Press Service, Italy -
Some 60 million people along the 4800-kilometre path of the Mekong, which flows from Tibet, through Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before flowing out to …

‘Gift’ for Queen Victoria helped Penang’s cause
New Straits Times, Malaysia -
The Burmese and Thais built temples in the Pulau Tikus area while Indians built Hindu temples around the island. The South Indians built rows of shophouses …

HK internet gambling boss jailed in Yunnan
The Standard, Hong Kong -
Tam’s racket started nearly 10 years ago in Burma, where many mainlanders go to bet in casinos. He and his team set up several gambling websites and had …

US Congress warned of Chinese cyber, space threats
AFP -
Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Yes, Minister. Let’s meet
The Nut Graph, Malaysia -

Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible and inter-related. In part, this is why Malaysia voices its concern about the situations in Burma and …

Myanmar awards China pipeline rights
Oil & Gas Journal, TX -
20 — Myanmar has awarded China the right to manage planned pipelines that will transport crude oil and natural gas from the Bay of Bengal across Myanmar to ..

UN Should Refer Burma To Int. Criminal Court
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand -
Burma Lawyers’ Council and Global Justice Center urge the international community to expose the regime’s criminal partnership with members of the judiciary …

China inks pipeline deal with Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom -
China has signed two deals that will allow it to use ports in Burma to unload its oil and gas supplies rather than shipping them through the pirate-infested …

Burma tries to silence opposition
Index On Censorship, UK -
It is the biggest crackdown on the opposition in Burma since the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in 1988. All activists who the regime believes pose a …

Throwing Away the Key in Burma
American Spectator -
This land of rich resources, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military dictatorship, delivered last week the verdicts of several prisoners — many of them …


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November 21, 2008 at 3:09 am

World focus on Burma (18 October 2008)

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Zarganar’s family anxious about his health
Mizzima.com, India –
The prisoners can’t expect other medicines, ” Teit Naing, Secretary of the Thailand based Association of Assistance to Political Prisoners – Burma’ (AAPP-B) …

Remote Lands Takes The “Rough” Out Of “Roughing It” With Luxury …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Globetrotters can explore the most remote and wild regions of Mongolia, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and China while camping in complete comfort with Remote …

Pressure sought on Myanmar over aid
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
There should be an independent system to monitor and evaluate aid distribution to ensure that it reaches the right people,” Khin Ohmar of the Burma …

UC Riverside hosting film festivals that spotlight Asian experience
Press-Enterprise, CA -
Films from Vietnam, Thailand and Burma will be included in the supernatural film festival. Immigrants and students will be able to relate to the stories of .

ECONOMY: Threat of ‘Major Global Recession’ Tied to Bird Flu
IPS, Italy –
… Iran, Israel, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The disease has affected chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks. …

Burma earns $175M in sale of gems despite US embargo
CBC.ca, Canada –
Organized by the Mines Ministry, the event is a major revenue earner for Burma, also known as Myanmar, which is one of the biggest jade and gem producing …

Booters face Myanmar
The Daily Star, Bangladesh -
… sixth international match against Myanmar, who had won big in the 70s when they were Asia’s one of the top teams under their old name Burma. …

Myanmar Gem Auction Nets $175M
Diamonds.net, NY –
The most recent government sale of gemstones in Myanmar fetched about $175 million during a two-week auction, which ended October 16. …

Enrolment steady but unbalanced
Langley AdvanceNews, Canada –
A number of refugee families from Myanmar (also known as Burma) have been resettled in Langley by the federal government. The number of their children …

Jade and gem sale earns Myanmar $175 million
The Associated Press – 22 hours ago
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has earned more than $175 million (130 million euros) from its latest government-sponsored sale of gems, despite a US ban on …

Vincent Kavaloski: The unfinished human rights revolution
The Capital Times, WI –
Persecuted dissidents in such places as Zimbabwe, Burma, Tibet, Iran and Iraq appeal to the enumerated “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the …

Christian cemetery being razed in Myitkyinar
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myo Gyi Ruili – Ignoring fervent appeals by Christian church leaders, the Burmese military junta authorities in Myitkyinar, Kachin State continue to raze …

Powerplay behind newest Cold War
cafebabel.com, France –
Empirical evidence shows that authoritarian regimes aren’t necessarily externally aggressive – for example, the dictators in Burma – and that democracies …

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Military government paralyses Internet

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9 October 2008

Reporters without borders

Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the Burmese military government has paralysed the Internet, silencing online dissidents and carrying out regular raids on Internet cafés, while hacker attacks have blocked access to the leading websites with news and information about Burma for the past few weeks.

“The Burmese can no longer obtain information about the situation in their own country because the main news websites have been blocked by repeated hacker attacks,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Access to online information deteriorated sharply in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the September 1988 opposition uprising and the situation continues. The Internet is now under the government’s heel, just like the traditional media.”

For the past three months or so, four news websites based abroad have been the target of regular Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, in which web servers are blocked by an automated flood of contact requests. The Irrawaddy (http://www.irrawaddy.org), a magazine whose site is hosted on servers in Thailand, has been inaccessible in Burma since 16 September. Although it set up a mirror site (http://theirrawaddy.blogspot.com), it has lost nearly half of its visitors in the past three months (see Reporters Without Borders site).

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The websites of the exile radio station, Democratic Voice of Burma, and the exile news agency, Mizzima, which are both dedicated to news about Burma, have been the target of DDoS attacks since August. These stepped up between 15 and 22 September, with the result that they were also inaccessible outside of Burma during that week. They are still being attacked and are still inaccessible within Burma.

The New Era (http://www.khitpyaing.org), an online daily newspaper based in Thailand, was the victim of the same kind of attack from 15 to 17 September. It is now accessible again, after changing its hosting company.

Three countries have been identified as the geographical origins of there hacker attacks – Russia, China and Singapore.

“These DDoS attacks from abroad are targeting websites providing news about Burma,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We do not think these attacks are random, and we strongly suspect the military of trying to control the Internet. The authorities already demonstrated their stranglehold by cutting all access to the Internet at the same moment in 2007. They now suspect Internet users of sending information to exile media, as already happened last year.”

According to The Irrawaddy, soldiers began inspecting Internet cafés in the capital at the start of October. They questioned clients about the sites they visit and the people with whom they have online contact. Internet café owners say connection speeds have declined considerably, making it almost impossible to send or receive photos and videos.

The Internet was introduced in Burma in 1997, but access for individuals was not permitted until 2000 as the government feared being unable to keep the Internet under its total control. There are two access providers, MPT and Bagan Cybertech. MPT is state-owned. Bagan Cybertech’s services are hosted on MPT servers. The authorities acknowledge filtering email messages sent by such services as Yahoo!, Gmail and Hotmail. Only 0.1 per cent of Burmese inside connect to the Internet.

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Two cyber-dissidents are currently in prison for using their right to freedom of expression online. One is the Nay Phone Latt, the owner of two Rangoon Internet cafés, who has been held since 29 January in Rangoon’s Insein prison. He appeared before a Rangoon court on 30 September on a charge of undermining the social order under section 505 (b) of the criminal code.

The other is the comedian Zarganar, also known as the Burmese Charlie Chaplin, who had been keeping a blog since August 2007 in which he criticised the government. He has been held in Insein prison since 5 June, probably because of his criticism of the government’s handling of the relief efforts after Cyclone Nargis, which devastated the country a month before his arrest.

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Around 3,000 people died when the security forces cracked down on the widespread pro-democracy protests of September 1988. The victims included many of the Buddhist monks who joined the uprising by students and activists. For the first time since then, monks demonstrated again on 26 September 2007, this time against Gen. Than Shwe’s government. The authorities cut off Burma from the rest of the world when they cracked down on last September’s protests.

Read more about the situation in 2007

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

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RP urged to take lead role in ASEAN against Myanmar junta

ABS CBN News, Philippines -

… to Myanmar, including pressuring the generals to open up dialogue with the opposition. “ASEAN should talk about dialogue. ASEAN should discuss the Burma …

Bush, Beijing and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

Even after Cyclone Nargis recently devastated much of Southwestern Burma, the regime continued to line its own pockets, stealing millions of dollars in …

Understanding the Bush interest in Burma

Mizzima.com, India -

And in a further indication of the rift, both domestic and international aid for cyclone victims is falling dramatically. And wait a minute! …

China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Asian Tribune, Thailand -

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

US President praises long standing relations between Thailand and US

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand -

Bush also urged the parties concern to seek an end to “tyranny in Burma.” “The United States reiterates its call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung …

First Lady Laura Bush and United Nations Foundation Announce …

PR Web (press release), WA -

… Foundation announced today that it will provide 10000 anti-malarial bed nets to families living in temporary camps on the border of Thailand and Burma. …

First lady Laura Bush visits with Myanmar refugees

International Herald Tribune, France -

Myanmar, also known as Burma, denies the charges and says it is battling Karen insurgents. Arriving in a light rain, Mrs. Bush was greeted at the camp by …

Actress Mia Farrow Seeks To Cast Pall Over Olympics

New York Sun, United States -

Burma is a difficult issue. Tibet is complicated. Their own internal human rights issues are tricky. But, for Darfur, there was hope they would act,” she….

China’s political Games

Boston Globe, United States -

The panel isn’t alone in its reluctance to press China on human rights. While President Bush was expected to criticize China’s record in a speech in Bangkok …

Internet Freedom: Google, Microsoft and Yahoo Near Agreement

Redmond Channel Partner, CA -

Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Durbin, who chairs the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, part of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, held hearings on the …

US Has `Deep Concerns’ Over Human Rights in China (Update1)

Bloomberg -

He will then have lunch with Burmese democracy activists, who are pressuring the military junta that rules Myanmar, a country formerly called Burma. …

Fact Sheet: the United States and Asia: Enduring Freedom and …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC -

The region has come together to respond to natural disasters, from the tsunami of 2004 to this year’s cyclone. President Bush, along with leaders from Korea …

Burma Cyclone and Jessie Sparks, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany -

She has an upcoming gig for Burma Band-Aid, which is dedicated to relief for people in that country devastated by the recent cyclone. …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews ( Bush, Thai PM discuss peace, future)

United Press International -

… spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the avian flu, as well as working to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

Bush sharpens China critique on eve of Olympics

guardian.co.uk, UK -

“Together we seek an end to tyranny in Burma,” he will say in his speech to Thai officials, business leaders and foreign diplomats. …

Bush to Sharpen Critique of China Before Visit Voice of America -

Bush Blunt On China Human Rights Sky News, UK

Bush sees “change” coming to China Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan -

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Taiwanese to demand China hold a “human right Olympics”

Bangkok Post, Thailand -

Representatives from various groups will make speeches to demand China respect human rights during the August 8-24 Beijing Olympics, light candles for …

Bush: America seeks an end to tyranny in Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand -

United States President George W. Bush has vowed to ”seek an end to tyranny” in Burma and called on the regime to free democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Superstition, numerology and the curviest of numbers factor into …

La Jolla Light, CA -

8/8/1988 saw the start of the popular 8888 Uprising against the Burma’s socialist regime, for example. But those who have planned weddings, gambling junkets …

Security stepped up ahead of 8888 anniversary

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway -

Aug 6, 2008 (DVB)–As the anniversary of the 8888 uprising draws near, the Burmese military regime has deployed troops and security officials in major cities …

Burma beefs up border troops

Bangkok Post, Thailand -

”The US president plans to address the problems in Burma, so this might irritate the Burmese authorities,” said the source. It is reported that Burmese …

Desert storm

The List, UK -

With the aim of bringing advocacy and humanitarian aid to Darfur and Burma, it secured a position as UN Messenger of Peace for the ex-ER actor and bought …

US First Lady to Visit Burmese Refugee Camp on Thai-Burma Border

Voice of America -

Some have been living there for 20 years, waiting either to return to Burma, or be resettled in a third country, including the United States. …

Twenty years on, Burma’s opposition lacks unity

Nation Multimedia, Thailand -

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

‘Make Burma free’

Bangkok Post, Thailand -

… Gold joint military exercise and praised the kingdom for restoring democracy and its quick humanitarian response for victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. …

UN envoy meets leader of Suu Kyi party

The News – International, Pakistan -

YANGON: Three top leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) met on Wednesday with the new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar at a …

DISARMAMENT: China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy -

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

US, Thai leaders agree to strengthen cooperation

Radio Australia, Australia -

Mr Bush heaped praise on his Thai hosts, thanking them for their help in coordinating the international relief response for Burma after Cyclone Nargis …

China, Tibet, and the Olympics

The Phoenix, MA -

(Although it is true that Southeast Asian governments like the military junta in Burma or the more militant new government in Sri Lanka — both funded by the …

Author : CA-JESSIE-SPARKS

Earthtimes (press release), UK -

She has an upcoming gig for Burma Band-Aid, which is dedicated to relief for people in that country devastated by the recent cyclone. …

Bush, Thai PM Discuss Peace, Future

istockAnalyst.com, OR -

… spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the avian flu, as well as working to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

BURMA REVISITED.

Tapped, DC -

Via Mark Goldberg, John Holmes (UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs) has a Washington Post op-ed updating the situation in Burma. …

Reporters Without Borders calls for a demonstration in front of …

Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada -

The aim of our demonstration in Ottawa is to call for the release of imprisoned Chinese journalists and human rights activists. We will also be demanding …

Telappliant VoIP News, UK -

… Bgan, which has been heavily used by charities, UN officials and aid workers to ease communications after the typhoon in Burma and earthquake in China.

Burma: “If we had guns we would fight back”

Real News Network, NY -

VOICEOVER: I entered Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history. In Mandalay, Burma’s religious capital, …

A country transforming: the eyes of the world turn to its biggest …

The Herald, UK -

International scrutiny, the theory went, would mean the Games brought a huge boost to human rights. Did they? “If anything, things are worse,” said John …

First lady Laura Bush visit highlights need for aid to Burmese

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland -

The United Nations and aid agencies working inside the country report steady progress in accessing disaster affected areas after the cyclone, …

The Associated Press -

The president planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

Mao’s ghost

The Phoenix, MA -

… favors that sharpen its economic might, China sponsors terror in the Sudan and Zimbabwe and props up dictatorships in Myanmar (Burma) and North Korea…

Indians look for final push

Howrah News Service, India -

6: Hosts India will look to pull out their best as they take on Burma in the first semifinal of the AFC Challenge Cup at the Gachibowli stadium on Thursday. …

Human spirit fights back in Burma

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland -

Hundreds of people are returning to villages devastated by Cyclone Nargis in Burma/Myanmar – and experiencing mixed feelings of joy and pain. …

Burma: Twenty Years of military rule, the youth and alternative …

Asian Tribune, Thailand -

The United Nations needs to focus on Burma and start thinking of playing a crucial role for the return of democracy to Burma. Otherwise, another civil war …

Bush in Thailand for Foreign Policy Speech, Meetings on Burma

Voice of America -

In a major foreign policy speech he is scheduled to deliver on Thursday, he is expected to criticize Beijing’s human rights record and the plight of the …

UN envoy meets Suu Kyi’s party leaders

Radio Australia, Australia -

Three senior leaders of Burma’s National League for Democracy have met the new UN human rights envoy for Burma. The members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party met…

McCain’s foreign policy in a league of its own

guardian.co.uk, UK -

The group has done little to advance democracy abroad except to scold Burma in 2003 about its lack of elections. A lot of good that did. …

Voice of America -

By VOA News The new United Nations human rights envoy to Burma met Wednesday with leaders of the Burmese opposition for talks on the military government’s …

2ND LD: Bush meets Thailand’s leader, reaffirms close cooperation

Yahoo, Thailand -

While in Thailand, Bush is set to deliver a speech on US policy toward Asia, meet with some Myanmar dissidents and visit the largest slum area of Bangkok. …

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