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Archive for March 24th, 2008

World Focus on Burma (24 Mar 08)

Burmese Gem Sanctions: Doing Good or Just Feeling Good?
Mizzima.com, India –
“The US embargo has almost nothing to do with the Myanmar side of smuggling. Gems are smuggled by individual miners, private companies that partner with the …
Tibet Unrest May Deter Foreign Investors
Wall Street Journal –
“It’s not like in Burma that there is unanimity that there should be no investment in Tibet,” says John Ackerly, president of the International Campaign for …
Protester sets himself on fire at Burma landmark
Independent, UK –
AP A man set himself on fire at Yangon’s most famous landmark in a political protest against Myanmar’s military junta, witnesses said yesterday. …
Bomber dies in circus blast
First Post, UK –
The New Light of Myanmar made a point of identifying the weapon found on the body of the Pyu bombing as an American-made revolver. When Burma was last hit …
The constitution scam
First Post, UK –
The waiter thrust a copy of the Burmese regime mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar, across the table, stabbed a front page report and said in a hoarse …
Tibet: A familiar path
Seattle Post Intelligencer –
China’s response to the protests has been swift, violent and reminiscent of what we witnessed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in September. …
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March 24, 2008 at 6:53 am

World Focus on Burma (23 Mar 08)

Myanmar man in critical condition after self-immolation – diplomats
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon – A 26-year-old man was in critical condition in hospital after setting himself on fire in an apparent protest against economic hardships in the …
Man self-immolates in Burma protest
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The incident is the first known case of self-immolation in Myanmar since the military junta took control of the country in 1962. The man was hospitalized …
Protester burns himself at Myanmar pagoda – witnesses
Reuters India, India –
Security is generally tight at the pagoda, one of the holiest Buddhist shrines in the capital of the former Burma and guards and police quickly closed the …
Peace Center promotes dialogue to help diffuse world tensions
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL –
… on hiatus for Easter, will resume April 6 with a showing of “Beyond Rangoon,” a drama about the democracy movement in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
The Draft Constitution of Burma’s Military Rulers
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
The state-run mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar, published the full text of Kyaw Hsan’s indignant reaction to Gambari’s role in releasing a statement …
Weekly Business Roundup (March 22, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Heavy migration of mainland Chinese people has forced Myanmar [Burma] to seek an alternative partnership in the region,” said Prabir De, writing this week …
Rats run riot in CHT
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
About 15 lakh people in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh, Mizoram State of India and some nearly inaccessible areas of Myanmar, which share common …
China’s Tibet Crackdown Sparks Global Criticism
Christian Post –
Earlier this month the US State Department removed China from its human rights blacklist which included rogue states like North Korea and Burma (Myanmar). …
Self-immolation in Myanmar against military dictatorship
Merinews, India –
The pagoda has been a venue for political protests, demonstrations and uprisings since the colonial era when the British ruled what was then Burma (Myanmar, …
Man immolates himself protesting military rule
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi: A man immolated himself in Rangoon protesting against the suffering from economic hardship in military ruled Burma. The self immolation occurred …

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March 24, 2008 at 6:50 am

Dalai says his death will beef up struggle

Dalai says his death will beef up struggle

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama

New York: The Dalai Lama has cautioned China that his death may result in the intensification of the struggle by Tibetans against Communist rule in his Himalayan homeland as the younger generation had a “stronger spirit” to fight injustice.

“Both inside and outside (Tibet), the older generation may go away, but the newer generations carry the same spirit. Sometimes it’s even stronger. So after my death a younger generation will come up,” the Tibetan spiritual leader told Newsweek magazine.

He “totally” disagreed with the view that the “Tibet struggle will die” after he passes away, but said he was worried about the possibility of greater violence after him as he was fully committed to amity between Tibetans and Chinese.

The Dalai Lama said people would “laugh” if he said that Tibet has been a part of China for centuries, but added that it was better in today’s world for Tibetans to join China, citing the example of the European Union (EU).

“The past is past, irrespective of whether Tibet was a part of China or not. We are looking to the future. I truly believe that a new reality has emerged. The times are different. Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense.”

“Look at the European Union …..Really great. What is the use of small, small nations fighting each other? Today it’s much better for Tibetans to join (China). That is my firm belief,” he said.

The Chinese government, he said, wants him to say that for many centuries Tibet has been a part of China.

“Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change history. History is history,” the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate said.

“Tibetan people should be satisfied. Eventually they should feel they would get greater benefit if they remain with China. Once that feeling develops, that will be the real guarantee that Tibet will forever remain part of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.

Asked what would he tell Chinese President Hu Jintao or Prime Minister Wen Jiabao if he meets them, the Dalai Lama said he would quote Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping and say “please seek truth from facts.”

“I would urge them to find out what is really going on in Tibetan minds and what is happening on the ground. This I want to tell the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, if he were to come here.”

“Of course, I have great respect for both, particularly Wen Jiabao. He seems very gentle. I would also ask him, ‘Please prove your recent accusations’ (that the Dalai Lama instigated the unrest in Tibet),” he said.

Asked whether he has back channels of communications to the Chinese leadership, the Dalai Lama said the usual channels are still there but not “serious” ones, without elaborating.

The Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since fleeing his Himalayan homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet, replied in affirmative when asked if a significant number of officials in Tibet and other parts of China have expressed sympathy for him in private.

“Many ordinary Chinese, thousands, have come here. And several senior officials have sent messages. I feel very strongly that there will be a change (in the attitude of the Chinese leadership). Now the important thing is the Chinese public should get to know the reality. They should have more information about Tibet,” he said.

Asked what is the difference between the present turmoil and the one in the late 1980s, the Dalai Lama said previously, protests were mainly confined to Lhasa and technologies which enabled images to be seen elsewhere were absent. “But it is mainly the (extent of Tibetan) grievances.

Today even Tibetan monks in Chinese areas carry Tibetan flags. I am quite surprised (by the prevalence of Tibetan dissatisfaction in areas far from Lhasa).

“Now the entire Tibetan people have strong feelings. If (Chinese authorities) truly treated the Tibetans as brothers and sisters and as equals, giving them trust, then this would not happen,” he said.

The Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage, he opined, can eventually help bring “some deeper values” to million of Chinese youth who are lost in a moral vacuum. “After all China is traditionally a Buddhist country.”

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Protests may greet Olympic torch lighting
CNN International –
BEIJING, China (AP) — China’s Olympic officials braced Monday for a protest by Tibetan activists in Greece, a day after accusing the Dalai Lama of stoking Tibetan unrest to sabotage the Beijing Olympics.
As Tibet Erupted, China Wavered New York Times
China accuses Dalai Lama of taking Olympics “hostage” Reuters
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March 24, 2008 at 6:29 am