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World Focus on Burma (21-11-2007)

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  1. Than Shwe: the man in the iron mask
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By AUNG ZAW In order to see positive political change in Burma it’s clearly necessary to understand the psyche of Than Shwe and his men. …
  2. Activists: Thai firms must halt investments
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Environmentalists have called on two SET-listed companies to halt their investments in Burma, saying they only serve to fatten the junta’s purse while …
  3. Burma is the unexpected victor at summit
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By RUTH YOUNGBLOOD Singapore _ The signing of the Asean Charter, long anticipated as a moment of triumph, turned out to be a face-saving occasion with Burma …
  4. UN chief lauds Asean democracy, human rights
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The 10-nation Asean met in Singapore in the wake of pro-democracy demonstrations in Burma, one of the members. Burma pledged, however, to abide by the human …
  5. In Singapore, Burma activists keep within the law
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    About 40 Burma nationals were having coffee at the Starbucks cafe at Orchard Parade Hotel, or standing around nearby. As the clock struck 7pm Tuesday night, …
  6. Activists attack Asean over inaction on Burma
    Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
    By Thomas Bell in Singapore Burma’s neighbours were accused of hypocrisy as they announced a new charter on human rights yesterday while failing to pressure ...
  7. TRANSCRIPT: Charles Gibson Interviews President George W. Bush and …
    ABC News –
    Why is Myanmar and different than Pakistan? FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH: Well, that isn’t my … I can’t answer that. I can talk to you about Burma, because that’s …
  8. ASEAN leaders adopt criticized charter, establish human rights body
    JURIST –
    Critics have also been skeptical of allowing military-ruled Myanmar to join the charter [JURIST report], citing the country’s poor human rights record. …
  9. Dissent but no discord as Arroyo raises doubts
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    THE glittering ceremony went ahead without a glitch as all 10 leaders of the Association of South-east Asian Nations, including Myanmar’s, inked the Asean …
  10. PGMA reiterates need for democratic reforms in Myanmar
    Balita.org, UK –
    Among the topics discussed was the issue of democratic reforms in Myanmar after its political junta cracked down on pro-democracy protesters there two …
  11. UN envoy meets Arroyo, other leaders
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Norman Bordadora, Tetch Torres SINGAPORE – United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s address on Burma (Myanmar) to Asian leaders was canceled abruptly, …
  12. KP Yohannan, the quiet revolutionary
    Journal Chrétien, France –
    His 16500 native missionaries are based in10 countries that include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal and India. …
  13. UN’s Myanmar envoy holds talks with regional leaders in Singapore
    UN News Centre –
    20 November 2007 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is in Singapore, where he is meeting with various regional leaders taking part …
  14. Take emotion out of view to give Burma a chance
    The Canberra Times, Australia –
    Many observers would ask why the world should care about Burma, notwithstanding the widespread sense of moral outrage prompted by the military regime’s …
  15. UN rights panel rebukes Myanmar, Iran, North Korea
    Reuters South Africa, South Africa –
    Another resolution strongly condemning the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was passed by 88-24, …
  16. UN condemns Burmese rights violations
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    New York (dpa) – The UN General Assembly’s human-rights committee adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning Burma’s use of force against peaceful …
  17. UN panel slams Myanmar crackdown on protests
    AFP –
    But Myanmar’s UN envoy Kyaw Tint Swe immediately brushed off the vote of censure saying: “We are not surprised by the result of the vote nor are we …
  18. UN envoy ‘disappointed’ over cancelled Myanmar briefing
    Tehran Times, Iran –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, said Tuesday he was disappointed”” by the decision to cancel his briefing …
  19. Adoption of landmark ASEAN Charter overshadowed by lack of …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian leaders signed a landmark charter to promote free trade and human rights, but troublesome neighbor Myanmar undercut their …
  20. Abdullah: Charter will be a boon for SE Asia
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    By Wan Hamidi Hamid SINGAPORE: Despite pressure from the United States and European Union as well as human rights organisations over Myanmar’s military rule …
  21. Myanmar cloud could complicate FTA with ASEAN
    National Business Review, New Zealand –
    The Philippines, an ASEAN member, has warned that its parliament will not ratify the bloc’s new charter unless Burma shows that it is committed to returning …
  22. Burma warned over ASEAN charter
    Tehran Times, Iran –
    Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has said her country is unlikely to sign a new ASEAN charter unless Burma frees the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  23. Charter of ASEAN endorsed
    Xinhua, China –
    BEIJING, Nov. 21 — Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have endorsed the Charter of ASEAN in Singapore. .
  24. Downer Wants `Dialogue and Success’ on Myanmar (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    “Action means dialogue of substance that leads to constitutional reforms in Burma.” Myanmar, which has been ruled by the junta for 45 years, ..
  25. Historic ASEAN Charter Signed []
    RTT News, NY –
    The charter signing was conducted amid criticism over the absence of any real authority to enforce the rules – especially with member Myanmar, ..
  26. Gambari says UN can ‘make a difference’ in Myanmar
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Singapore – The United Nations can “make a difference” in Myanmar, where others have failed, with the support of East Asian countries and the international …
  27. India tells Myanmar to intensify reforms
    Assam Tribune, India –
    SINGAPORE, Nov 20 – India refrained from adopting a tough position on the military crackdown in Myanmar urging the neighbouring country to opt for a broad …
  28. Burma’s Big Break
    Wall Street Journal –
    At a summit in Singapore the 10-member group kept Burma’s junta in its fold while simultaneously inking a charter to strengthen its enforcement of human …
  29. ASEAN rights body told to protect members from foreign interference
    Hindu, India –
    Its recommendations confirm that the human rights agency would be a toothless body with no power to rein in blatant violators such as Myanmar. …
  30. LABOUR: ASEAN Charter Skirts Rights For Migrant Workers
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    “Burma (Myanmar) is getting special attention and it is deflecting the broader issue of human rights in the region,” added Jenina Joy Chavez, …
  31. UN’s Envoy Tells Myanmar to Speed Talks With Suu Kyi (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Calls for penalties on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have increased after General Than Shwe’s regime cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators in …
  32. East Asian leaders focus on emissions, free trade
    Reuters –
    … Myanmar opposed that and Gambari is talking to individual delegations instead. “Progress on Burma…has been as slow as glue up a hill,” said Downer. …
  33. UN Committee Approves Myanmar Resolution
    FOX News –
    Myanmar, also known as Burma, tried to block a vote on the draft resolution, proposing a motion of “no action” instead. It was defeated by a vote of 88 …
  34. Myanmar “Welcome” for Korean hits
    Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
    HONG KONG – Military crackdown notwithstanding, Myanmar (Burma) is to hold a festival of South Korean films at the end of the month (Nov 30 – Dec 4). …
  35. un’s Envoy Tells Myanmar to Speed Talks With Suu Kyi (Update3)
    Bloomberg –
    Calls for penalties on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, increased after General Than Shwe’s regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in September, …
  36. East Asian leaders pledge emissions cuts
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    … Myanmar opposed that and Gambari is talking to individual delegations instead. “Progress on Burma…has been as slow as glue up a hill,” said Downer. …
  37. China’s power — and will — to push for change in Myanmar limited …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … the isolated country, also known as Burma. The sticky issue of Myanmar is often a hot topic at meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. …
  38. Bucking a global trend
    Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica –
    … Myanmar (Burma), Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Quatar, Brunei, Egypt and Indonesia.
  39. UN-doing Human Rights
    FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
    The two notable positive actions by the Council on human rights violations resulted from two special sessions–one on Sudan and the other on Burma. …
  40. Laura Bush supports boycott of rubies, gems from Myanmar
    Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX – Editorial
    The military junta that rules over the nation once known as Burma has routinely used the truncheon and the bullet to crush any opposition. …
  41. Myanmar envoy wants stronger role
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar has said he wants to see his role “beefed up” to increase its chances of success. Ibrahim Gambari, who has gone …
  42. Gambari: UN can make a difference in Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Gambari said his dialogues with Burma will “have timelines.” “We want democracy and a stable and prosperous Myanmar,” he said, using the military regime’s …
  43. UN special envoy to go to Burma again
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    United Nations special envoy for Burma affairs Ibrahim Gambari said Wednesday he would make his next visit to the military ruled country before the end of …
  44. Asean’s common charter, a triumph of “modest expectations”
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    Myanmar also voted in favour of the charter, a country well known for its systematic violation of freedom and fundamental rights. The Charter which now must …
  45. Activists Defy Protest Ban At ASEAN Summit In Singapore
    AHN –
    The third protest at 7 pm (11 am GMT) on Tuesday came from 40 Myanmar citizens, who carried a large banner with the words “Listen to Burma’s Desires, …
  46. Myanmar nationals continue to press for change months after …
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    A “peace concert for Burma” was held at Singapore Substation. More than 60 people turned up to show their support. It was an overwhelming show of support by …
  47. Philippine President Rebukes Burma
    TIME –
    (SINGAPORE) — The president of the Philippines took a parting shot at Burma’s junta Wednesday, deploring the pace of democratic reforms in the Southeast …
  48. Myanmar faces calls for Suu Kyi release
    France24, France –
    “It’s very important that there is real and genuine progress… in Burma,” he said, referring to Myanmar by its former name. “Professor Gambari thinks he’s …
  49. Burma’s Forest Shrinking
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “In misgoverned Asian countries, like Myanmar [Burma] and Cambodia, there are impressive conservation laws on paper, but in practice illegal logging, …
  50. HIV/AIDS Down in Some Asian Countries but Rising in Others, Says …
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    The report said that Burma’s HIV epidemic “is also showing signs of a decline,” though was still a matter for concern. Indonesia and Vietnam are two …
  51. Arroyo Takes Parting Shot at Burma with Strong Criticism
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    We … remain concerned about the pace of progress of Myanmar [Burma] on the issue of human rights,” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said. …
  52. Gambari Says Burma Has Made Slow Progress
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    Qin also insisted that there have been positive developments in Burma, but he declined to elaborate. “Just compare the situation now in Myanmar with a month …
  53. Gambari Should Brief Asean: Ban Ki-moon
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    … Ban said: “It would have been desirable and better for Gambari to report and brief Asean leaders on the situation in Myanmar [Burma]. …
  54. ASEAN: human rights in the Charter and beyond
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The current crisis in Myanmar, which is in fact a continuation of decades of serious human rights violations, some of which constitute crimes against …
  55. 21 – PGMA returns to RP with mixed emotions
    Balita.org, UK –
    Also during the Summit, the President held bilateral talks with several of the member-nations, notably Myanmar whose military-backed junta came under …
  56. Philippine Calls Myanmar Junta ‘Forces Of Authoritarianism’
    AHN –
    Singapore (AHN) – The Philippines issues its strongest condemnation of Myanmar Wednesday calling its military leaders “forces of authoritarianism,” and at …
  57. AP Exclusive: ASEAN human rights body told to protect members from …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … also known as Burma. Myanmar sparked global anger in September when the nation’s military leaders crushed pro-democracy protests lead by Buddhist monks, ..
  58. Asian leaders reject calls for Myanmar sanctions
    Forbes, NY –
    … brief the Asian leaders on the situation in the former Burma — forcing ASEAN into an embarrassing last-minute cancellation. But Lee described …
  59. POLITICS: ASEAN Family Gets ‘Protective’ About Burma
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    ASEAN leaders’ views on Burma, also known as Myanmar, removed all doubts as to whose interests the governments have in mind when they talk about regional …
  60. New Southeast Asian Human Rights Body Likely to Keep Hands Off Burma
    Voice of America –
    But an internal document shows the organization is more likely to protect its members – including Burma – from outside interference on human rights matters. …
  61. UN Special Envoy to Burma Wants Stronger Role to Resolve Crisis
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News The United Nations special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is telling Asian leaders that his role in helping resolve Burma’s political crisis …
  62. ASEAN summit in S’pore achieves significant steps forward: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The Myanmar issue has also taken centre stage in this summit. ASEAN has made its position clear on the issue that Myanmar cannot go back to the status quo. …
  63. ASEAN summit in S’pore achieves significant steps forward: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The Myanmar issue has also taken centre stage in this summit. ASEAN has made its position clear on the issue that Myanmar cannot go back to the status quo. ..
  64. ASEAN, Japan conclude negotiations for partnership agreement
    Xinhua, China –
    SINGAPORE, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The heads of state or government of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan gathered …
  65. Asia.view Realpolitik rules
    Economist, UK –
    Take its reaction to recent events in Myanmar and Pakistan. When General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan imposed, in effect, martial law on November 3rd, …
  66. ASEAN statement on Burma met with criticism
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Teresa Kok of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus said that ASEAN leaders were not taking a strong enough stand on Burma, and needed to hear from …
  67. Junta releases demonstrators but only so that they can die at home
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    … who has pledged to work on behalf of all groups in Myanmar, including ethnic minorities. According to the Democratic Voice of Burma, the military are in …
  68. Gem sales continue despite calls for boycott
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Nov 21, 2007 (DVB)–A Burmese gem auction at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Mayangon township, Rangoon, has attracted 3596 local and international …
  69. Downer hits ASEAN silence over Burma
    The Australian, Australia –
    AUSTRALIA yesterday lashed out at Burma’s sabotage of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s planned briefing for ASEAN and East Asia Summit leaders on any moves by the …
  70. EU backs ‘carrot and stick’ approach towards Myanmar
    Reuters –
    By Jan Dahinten SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The European Union wants to keep up the pressure on military-ruled Myanmar to bring about democratic reforms and …
  71. Japan pledges Asia aid to fight climate change
    Citizen, South Africa –
    Pollution hovers over eastern Beijing’s developing skyline. Japan’s Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has pledged a two-billion-dollar aid package to help …
  72. POLITICAL TIDBITS Baby steps for Burma
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Belinda Olivares-Cunanan It looks like the 10-nation ASEAN has decided in Singapore to treat Burma (Myanmar) like a baby learning to take small steps, …
  73. Clark leaves UN talks confident of progress in Myanmar
    Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Prime Minister Helen Clark has completed talks with the United Nations special envoy to Myanmar confident progress can be made in the repressive and …
  74. China leaning on Myanmar: PM
    New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
    Photo / AP Prime Minister Helen Clark is confident China will use its diplomatic muscle to pressure Myanmar to engage with the United Nations. …
  75. Southeast Asian nations split over treatment of Burma
    Christian Science Monitor, MA –
    By Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar Divisions over Burma (Myanmar) overshadowed the 40th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, …
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