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World Focus on Burma (25 Feb 08)

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Fire damages market in Myanmar’s Mandalay
Reuters –
In the former Burma‘s biggest city, Yangon, a fire swept through a neighbourhood on Monday, destroying scores of homes. “Nobody was killed in both fires.

 

Do not stop tourism, we live on its “crumbs”
AsiaNews.itItaly –
An online petition asks Lonely Planet to withdraw its guide on Burma. Yangon (AsiaNews) – The people in Myanmar are asking tourists to start visiting their

 

Suu Kyi’s party calls for participation
Independent Online, South Africa –
Myanmar‘s military has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since 1962. If held, the promised elections would be the first since Aung San Suu Kyi led

 

Myanmar Times to go daily
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The Myanmar Times daily newspaper, if approved by the government, will be the first private newspaper to be published daily in Burma since general Ne Win’s

 

UN envoy to Myanmar meets Singapore leaders
People’s Daily Online, China –
The United Nations Special Envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari and top Singapore leaders on Monday welcomed Myanmar’s declaration on holding a referendum and

 

Pakistan blocks ‘objectionable’ YouTube
CNN International –
Authorities in Brazil, China, Iran, Morocco, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Syria and Thailand have blocked access to YouTube in the last few years,

 

Myanmar Times to Publish Burmese Daily
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The Myanmar Times, a weekly business newspaper with close ties to Burma’s ruling junta, may soon get permission to publish the country’s first

 

South Korea, Uzbekistan Sign Pact to Develop Gas Field
RedOrbitTX –
He added that the deal along with similar arrangements with Myanmar [Burma] and East Timor will give the company a regional springboard to engage in more

 

Top ILO Official in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The current activities of the ILO in Myanmar [Burma] are governed by an understanding between the government of the Union of Myanmar and the International

 

Burma Tops List for Landmines
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Government forces in Myanmar/Burma and Russia continued to use antipersonnel mines,” stated the report. The ICBL said there were 232 landmine casualties in

 

Burma to Hold Furniture Exhibition
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
One of the organizers of the show, a manager at the state-run Myanmar Timber Enterprise, confirmed that the Myanmar Furniture Show 2008 will take place

 

Myanmar Group Calls for Olympic Boycott
The Associated Press –
Myanmar is also known as Burma. The 88 Generation Students joined a growing group of critics urging an Olympic boycott over complaints ranging from

 

ASEAN critical to Burma’s future: Gambari
Mizzima.com, India –
Ibrahim Gambari has made it clear that ASEAN has an important role to play in the ongoing saga of Burma‘s tumultuous efforts to achieve reform.

 

Phantom Russian gold miner in Myanmar deal
Mineweb, UK –
The report of this month says: “A team of Russian mineral inspectors are in Phakant (Hpakan) in Kachin State, northern Burma since last year much before the

 

UN envoy to Myanmar meets Singapore leaders as part of regional tour
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP SINGAPORE (AP) – Top Singapore officials and a UN special envoy hailed Myanmar‘s upcoming referendum and election but cautioned Monday that national

 

Canadian software tool blows away Net censorship, wins global award
ITBusiness.caCanada –
The six countries that censor Internet access the most are China, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Tunisia, Iran and Uzbekistan, Diebert says.

 

Myanmar opposition calls on world to boycott Beijing Olympics
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar is also called Burma. The 88 Generation Students joined a growing chorus of critics urging an Olympic boycott over complaints ranging from China‘s

 

Furniture fair planned for March
Mizzima.com, India –
Ltd. Owing to the company’s close working relationship with Burma’s senior generals, the Htoo group of companies, headed by tycoon Tay Za, is a prevalent

 

UN envoy urges credible referendum and elections in Myanmar
EarthtimesUK –
Singapore – UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari and Foreign Minister George Yeo agreed that Myanmar‘s plan for a referendum on a new constitution followed by elections

Beth Ashley: Author Amy Tan finds her own truth in Sausalito
Marin Independent-Journal, CA –
Since Burma, renamed Myanmar, is ruled by military despots, should travelers stay away, or should they go, bearing witness? “I went in with my eyes wide

 

Fire sweeps major Myanmar market: witnesses
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — A major fire Monday tore through the largest market and biggest shopping mall in Myanmar‘s second city Mandalay, witnesses said.

 

Mark your calendar
News & ObserverNC –
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT: Representatives of the Free Burma Rangers, several local immigration resettlement agencies, and Karen members of the Raleigh community

 

Shine Olympic flame on rights
Seattle Post Intelligencer –
summoned to the capital of a totalitarian state that oppresses its minorities and makes whoopee with the odious rulers of Myanmar (Burma) and the Sudan?

 

Phoenix church helps Asian refugees adjust
Arizona Republic, AZ –
These new refugees are the Karen, the largest minority in Burma, renamed Myanmar by a military junta that took control of the Southeast Asian nation in 1988

 

 

Myanmar democracy activists urge Olympics boycott
AFP –

the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising led by students in Myanmar. The military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since

 

As Burma’s economy crumbles, prostitution lures young women
Brisbane Times, Australia –
Prostitution is illegal in Burma, but it began to take root underground after the ruling junta abandoned socialism for a market economy in 1996. Myanmar is

 

Flying Pigs, Altered Faces, Myanmar Monks: Bangkok Galleries
Bloomberg –
Vietnam is in transition, and Burma is isolated.” What binds these countries isn’t just Buddhism, but their experience interacting with the West, he said.

 

Digging their own grave?
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Elephants in Burma have long been invaluable labourers in the country’s timber industry, nimbly finding their way through forests and dragging heavy fallen ..

NASA MODIS Image of the Day: February 24, 2008 – Fires in Thailand
Space Ref (press release) –

West of Thailand is Myanmar (formerly Burma) and east is Cambodia. Black lines denote country borders. There are several bodies of water in this image too.

 

• Local: Ethnic Chin, refugees from Burma, …
Waterloo RecordCanada –
Officially called Myanmar, Burma has been under military rule since 1962. After a pro-democracy uprising in 1988, the military rulers allowed an election in

 

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

February 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm

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