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Archive for January 24th, 2008

World Focus on Burma (24 Jan 08)

Dateline: Jan. 26-March 8
Wicked Local Rochester, MA –
Doors open at 6:30 pm Showtime: 8 pm Can it be possible that after nearly a half century of military rule Burma, formerly known as Myanmar, is still known …
The Arizona Republic
AZ Central.com, AZ –
When the story begins, Rambo is indeed capturing and selling serpents and piloting people upriver along the Thai border with Myanmar (formerly Burma). …
Usha Narayanan: A champion of women’s issues
Sify, India – 1 hour ago
Born as Ma Tint Tint in 1923 in Burma, now Myanmar, she adopted the name Usha and became an Indian citizen after marrying Narayanan on June 8, 1951. …
Burma’s haves and have-nothings
United Press International, Asia, China –
The property pages of the Myanmar Times buzz with excited chatter about the size and cost of mansions that are filling empty spaces or taking over from …
Still crazy after all these years
Ocala.com, FL –
This time, the dude is headed to Myanmar – once known as Burma – killing bad guys and trying to rescue missionaries. For Stallone’s Rambo, it’s like going …
Burmese poet arrested over cryptic verse attacking general
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
In July 2007, the Myanmar Times, which is partly owned by the government, ran a bogus travel advert that contained the hidden phrase “Killer Than Shwe”. …
Burmese Airline to Operate Flights to India – Xinhua
RedOrbit, TX –
Yangon, 24 January: The Myanmar [Burma] Airways International (MAI) will extend its flight services to India later this year as part of its plan to stretch …
Price of Cell Phones Falls in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The official license fee for a GSM cell phone from Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) is 1.55 million kyat ($1240). However, government employees …
China Increasing Diplomatic Role on Burma Question
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We hope Mr Gambari and Myanmar [Burma] can, through communications, set a timetable for Mr Gambari’s visit to Myanmar [Burma],” said Chinese Foreign …

With ‘Rambo,’ there will be blood – lots and lots of it
Orange County Register, CA –
… including the kind, attractive Sarah (Julie Benz), want to get upriver into war-torn Burma (officially called Myanmar), he’s the guy they come to. …

Sylvester Stallone explains why he’s bringing back Rambo
OCRegister, CA –
“Rambo,” the fourth in the series that began in 1982, takes place in present-day, war-torn Burma (which is called Myanmar by its current government), …
Myanmar Poet Arrested for Critical Poem
The Associated Press –
News vendors in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, also called Burma, said authorities had removed the magazine from their newsstands. …
MOVIES: Top 10, opening this week, family-friendly
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL –
… John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) muscles his way back, assembling a group of mercenaries to rescue Christian aid workers in Burma/Myanmar. …
World-Renowned Inward Bound Announces International Luxury Yoga …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Other 2008 retreats scheduled to date include a combined yoga and travel tour throughout Burma (Myanmar) and Bangkok; a 7-night fitness and cultural spa …
Valentine poem makes hidden swipe at Myanmar junta
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Military censors in Myanmar have launched an investigation after a Valentine poem in a newspaper contained a hidden message criticising the …
Poet arrested in Myanmar for criticising junta leader
Hindu, India –
… published in Burmese-language magazines and journals. He is also a member of an organization that helps orphans in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.
Your guide to the movies in Aiken until Jan. 31
Aiken Standard (subscription), SC –
On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world’s longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. …
Julie Benz Interview, RAMBO
MoviesOnline, Canada –
On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world’s longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. …
Burmese poet held for insulting poem
TV3 News, New Zealand –
The Myanmar authorities are holding the well known poet Saw Wai, after they discovered a covert message within one of his poems that criticised the military …

Burmese poet arrested over coded message
ABC Online, Australia –
Burmese authorities have arrested a well-known poet after they noticed that one of his love poems contained a hidden message criticising Burma’s military ..

PNG and the world beyond
The National, Papua New Guinea –
What, for example, is PNG’s policy towards Myanmar or Burma, as it was once known? We presumably align our country with the many others that demand the …
Nation Briefs
Asian Week, CA –
Karen Baptists are descendants of the converts of two of the first American Baptist missionaries, who worked in Burma in the early 19th century. …
EU Burma envoy to visit Thailand
Radio Australia, Australia –
The European Union’s special envoy to Burma makes a three-day visit to Thailand next week to discuss efforts to press Burma’s ruling junta on promised …
EU Envoy To Visit Thailand For Talks On Myanmar Reforms
AHN –
Bangkok, Thailand (AHN) – The European Union’s special envoy to Myanmar will visit Thailand next week to discuss the latest developments and promised …
The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Program to Present …
University of Pittsburgh News (press release), PA –
Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been ruled by secretive, xenophobic military juntas since 1962, says Aung-Thwin. In 1988, a nationwide uprising against …
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: New Rambo Spanish TV Spot!
MovieWeb –
… aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). …
India: Operation at Myanmar border over
Middle East Times, Egypt –
“The Army has completed its operations aimed at clearing the Samtal Salient region, a 1000-square-kilometer area on the Indo-Burma border in Manipur, …
Centre wants Netaji Research Bureau unit in Delhi
The Statesman, India –
He said: “Until 1914, Calcutta University degrees were awarded in Burma, now Myanmar. Till 1930, Burma was being administered from India. …

Leader with only date of birth
Central Chronicle, India –
He collected Rs.25 crores from Indians in Burma now Myanmar. A Muslim business man gave away all his worldly possession worth over a crore of rupees. …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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Burma poet held for secret insult

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 January 2008, 16:36 GMT

Burma poet held for secret insult

By Steve Jackson
BBC News


The offending advert

The poem appeared in a Burmese celebrity gossip magazine

The Burmese authorities have arrested a well known poet, who published a love poem with a hidden message criticising the country’s military leader. Poet Saw Wai’s work – titled February the Fourteenth – was published in a Rangoon magazine, The Love Journal.

Taken together, the first words of each line read: “General Than Shwe is crazy with power.”

Dissidents in Burma have used similar techniques before to get their messages past government censors.

Authorities ‘sensitive’

At first sight it appeared to be a straightforward love poem looking ahead to Valentine’s Day, but eagle-eyed readers soon noticed what the Burmese government censors had missed.

It was not long before the authorities became aware of the poem and Saw Wai was arrested.

It is not clear what will happen to him now.

Burma’s military government is highly sensitive to any criticism, especially since the pro-democracy demonstrations last September which were put down by force.

The authorities closely monitor the media and dissidents have resorted to increasingly elaborate methods to get their messages across.

Last year an advertisement was placed in one of Burma’s main newspapers in the name of a Swedish travel company which contained the hidden message “Killer Than Shwe”.

The company did not really exist.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7205216.stm

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Myanmar Poet Arrested for Critical Poem
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News vendors in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, also called Burma, said authorities had removed the magazine from their newsstands. …
Burmese poet arrested over cryptic verse attacking general Guardian Unlimited
Poet arrested in Myanmar for criticising junta leader Hindu
Valentine poem makes hidden swipe at Myanmar junta AFP
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 24, 2008 at 4:07 pm