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World Focus on Burma (17 Mar 08)

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Google News, YouTube blocked in China amid Tibet riots
Computerworld, MA
China‘s decision to block access to the sites come after similar government censorship of protests by Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

An Invisible Refuge
MorungExpress, India
Thonhlei Zing, a 23-year-old agricultural labourer and four of her friends from Hnian Lawn village in Myanmar’s Chin state arrived in India this January 1.

Imprisoned North Korean commando hospitalized in Myanmar (Pressemitteilung), Austria
fear of reprisals from authorities in tightly controlled, military-run Myanmar. Yangon is the largest city in the country, which is also known as Burma.

Activists to mark ‘Don’t Forget Burma‘ day in Canada, India –
The Canadian Campaign for Free Burma (CC4FB), an activist group, said they have planned to hold various events including talks and shows in order to pass a

Than Shwe’s daughter pleads for furniture at fair, India
Than Shwe, visited the Myanmar Furniture Fair, pleaded and took away furniture worth approximately USD 10000 without payment, sources said.

Tibet’s revolt making Burmese generals nervous, Italy
Yangon (AsiaNews) – Protests by Tibetan monks against Chinese oppression are source of deep apprehension among the members of Myanmar’s ruling junta,

‘Vote Yes’ Junta Tells Civil Servants
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
State-run New Light of Myanmar has confirmed that the Burmese authorities have been holding meetings at state and division sub-commission levels to bolster

Thai Leaders’ Burma Comments Draw More Criticism
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand
The loan was signed between the Myanmar [Burma] Foreign Trade Bank and the Export-Import Bank of Thailand in mid-2004 during the administration of Thaksin

Global protests over Tibet continue
Marlborough Express, New Zealand

“The peaceful protests of Buddhists all over Asia – in Tibet, Burma and Vietnam – are being quelled with brutality and bloodshed,” Do said in a statement

Junta reneges on visa; international community split, India
all non-existent in Myanmar.” The Special Rapporteur’s presentation drew the ire of Burma‘s representative in Geneva, Wunna Maung Lwin,

Samak’s Flashback Visit to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand
“If Myanmar [Burma] wants assistance [with its referendum] from Thailand, we are ready to offer help as a friendly country,” the former lawyer of ousted PM

PEI man seeks to smuggle daughter out of Burma
CBC Prince Edward Island, Canada
who asked CBC News not to use his name to protect his seven-year-old daughter from reprisals, arrived as a refugee from Burma, also known as Myanmar,

Where Bush is beloved
Berkshire Eagle, MA –
So I should not have been stunned to come to Myanmar — or Burma, as the ruling junta’s pro-democracy opponents call it — and discover a pained,

Kyaing Kyaing’s health deteriorates not Than Shwe’s, India
New Delhi – Even as rumors spread that Burma‘s military strongman Snr. Gen. Than Shwe is seriously ill, reliable sources in Rangoon, Burma‘s former capital,

Pinheiro will not visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway
Mar 17, 2008 (AP)–The UN human rights investigator on Burma said Saturday he will not visit the Asian country before the end of his mandate.

India and Burma to sign official agreement
SteelGuru, India –
The Myanmar authorities had serious reservations on a build operate transfer approach and so we switched over to this new concept.

Google Fighting YouTube Blackout in China
Conde Nast Portfolio, NY –
China‘s efforts to censor video coming out of Tibet is reminiscent of the situation in Myanmar (formerly Burma) last year, when the ruling junta shut down GOOG

Australia pressures China on Tibet amid global protests, New Zealand
The Australian Greens criticised Rudd’s comments, comparing his call for restraint with calls for targeted sanctions against Myanmar when its soldiers shot

Man held with 99 passports
Malaysia Star, Malaysia
IPOH: The Immigration Department arrested a man in Lahat near here for having 99 passports belonging to 89 Myanmar and 10 Bangladeshi immigrants.

Anonymous activists gaining strength online
Christian Science Monitor, MA –

These tactics of anonymous activism have given a new voice to dissidents living under authoritarian regimes in Burma (Myanmar) and China.

Burmese activist sets out on walk from Portland to NYC
The Oregonian –, OR –
left Burma as a child. But the daily struggles in the Southeast Asian country, officially called the Union of Myanmar, continue to occupy his energies.

Thailand’s New PM Defends Myanmar
The Associated Press –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand’s new prime minister said Sunday Westerners were overly critical of Myanmar and that he had a newfound respect for the

Thai premier praises Myanmar as peaceful and orderly, Thailand –
Bangkok, March 16 (DPA) Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Sunday praised Myanmar – deemed a pariah state by most western democraies – as a peaceful and



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 17, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Posted in World Focus on Burma

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