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Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter

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  Fri 2 May 2008, 3:31 GMT

By Aung Hla Tun

YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of government workers in Myanmar were forced to vote in favour of an army-drafted constitution in non-secret ballots, held more than a week before a May 10 referendum, some of the workers said.

In one of the cases, about 700 employees in the Ministry of Electric Power-2’s Yangon office were forced to tick their ballot papers with local referendum officials observing, witnesses said.

“We were all shocked and some people were furious but they couldn’t do anything,” said one of those present on Wednesday, who did not want to be identified for fear of recrimination by the former Burma’s military rulers.

“They said those who wanted to vote ‘no’ had to hand in their resignation,” the worker said.

In the United States on Thursday, President George W. Bush said the vote in Myanmar would not be “free, fair or credible” and imposed new sanctions on Burmese state-owned companies to put pressure on the military junta.

Bush said in a statement that junta leader Than Shwe and his regime were ensuring the referendum vote would be on a dangerously flawed constitution, adding they continued to ignore calls from the Burmese people and the international community.

OPPOSITION CALL TO REJECT CHARTER

Civil servants in government ministries in Naypyidaw, the generals’ new capital 240 miles (390 km) north of Yangon, also reported advance voting in which they were forced to endorse the charter.

“They even told us to ensure that all our family members vote ‘yes’. I’m really angry with myself because I couldn’t do anything,” one of them, an educated middle-ranking officer, told Reuters.

“I have to stick it out because of my family. I’ve never felt more humiliated in about 20 years service here. I really wish I had voted ‘no’,” he added.

The constitution is a key component of the generals’ seven-step “roadmap to democracy” that is meant to culminate in multi-party elections in 2010 and bring an end to nearly five decades of military rule.

However, the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has rejected the charter since it guarantees the army a quarter of seats in parliament, control of key ministries and the right to suspend the constitution at will.

Officials from the NLD, which won a 1990 election landslide only to be denied power by the military, were not immediately available to comment on the forced voting allegations.

In a May Day (May 1) statement, the NLD reiterated its call for workers and farmers to oppose the charter, while Than Shwe urged them to approve it.

“I would like to urge the mass of the workers to take part in the tasks of whatever role they are in for approval of the draft constitution of the Republic of Myanmar,” he said in a message carried by state-run newspapers on Thursday.

(Editing by Ed Cropley and Valerie Lee)

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World Focus on Burma (2 May 08)

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Bush slams Myanmar vote, orders new sanctions
Forbes, NY –
By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush Thursday said a vote in Myanmar this month would not be “free, fair or credible” and imposed new …
US imposes new sanctions on Burma companies
Radio Australia, Australia –
The sanctions are the latest US effort to increase pressure on Burma after its crackdown against pro-democracy protesters last September. …
Burmese nationals ‘miss out’ on vote
Radio Australia, Australia –
In Singapore, more than 200 Burmese nationals say they’ve been denied their chance to vote in Burma’s national referendum on a new constitution. …
Give Pearls Away and Rubies
Export Law Blog, DC –
Among the three entities was the Myanmar Gem Enterprise, the state-owned monopoly that is in charge of gem sales in Burma. As you may know, Burmese rubies …
Ferrell, Aniston film videos for Myanmar campaign
The Associated Press –
  Jim Carrey previously filmed a public service announcement to raise awareness about the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, and human-rights …
More Myanmar voters turned away
TODAYonline, Singapore –
IT WAS the second last day of voting, but many of the estimated 300-odd Myanmar nationals who turned up at their embassy here yesterday did not get a chance …
US Exands Burma Sanctions
Voice of America –
By Paula Wolfson The United States is increasing sanctions on Burma. VOA White House correspondent Paula Wolfson reports the move is part of an effort to …
 
Samak and his guest
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
They say you can judge a man by his friends. By inviting the Burmese junta’s Prime Minister Thein Sein to his home for a cosy dinner, PM Samak has sent a …
Tropical Cyclone Nargis Gains in Strength on Way Toward Myanmar
Bloomberg –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is regularly hit by cyclones that form in the Bay of Bengal between April and November, bringing devastation and flooding …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press – 
… as gems and timber, exploit the labor of the downtrodden Burmese people, but enrich only the generals,” Bush said about Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
US imposes new sanctions on Myanmar
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
… in property of designated individuals and entities determined to be owned or controlled by the government of Burma (Myanmar),” Bush said in a statement. …
Bush signs executive order to broaden US crackdown on Myanmar generals
Jerusalem Post, Israel –
… exploit the labor of the downtrodden Burmese people, but enrich only the generals,” Bush said Friday about Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
Upcoming Myanmar constitutional referendum ‘sham’: HRW
JURIST –
Under such widespread repression and a pervasive climate of fear, no free and fair referendum can take place in Burma. Since the military crackdown on monks …
Rights group labels Burma referendum a ‘sham’
Radio Australia, Australia –
The US based Human Rights Watch has described Burma’s referendum next week on a new constitution as a “sham”, aimed at entrenching the military junta. …
Senator ties envoy appointment to NK human rights
Yonhap News, South Korea –
… denouncing China for human rights violations against its own people, North Korean refugees and Tibetans and for aiding the junta in Myanmar (Burma). …
Heavy rains cause flooding in Rangoon
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The Tropical Storm Risk group has forecast a severe cyclonic storm to hit Burma on 2 May, bringing with it strong winds and the possibility of flooding on …
Lonely Planet founder defends Burma guide
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
Human rights groups have attacked the Lonely Planet guide, saying tourism income supported the junta’s generals who run Burma, also known as Myanmar, …
 
An Opec of Rice?
Inc.com, NY –
The consortium would include Laos, Vietnam, Burma (Myanmar), and Cambodia. Other major rice exporters include Egypt and Brazil. China and India are major …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
Interactive Investor, UK –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Bush broadens sanctions on Myanmar, freezes assets
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Bush ordered the new sanctions because the regime in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has failed to repond to international demands to release …
United States Congress Rejects Burmese Military Junta’s Constitution
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
“I am hopeful that the United States, joined by the United Nations, can shed more light on the human rights abuses of Burma’s military junta and their …
Burmese to express anger with ‘no’ vote on referendum
Brisbane Times, Australia –
It was also an attempt by the junta to appease international calls for increased democratic rights for Burma’s people, he said. If approved at referendum …
Burmese-style democracy
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
by the numbers Politics is poised for change, of sorts, as a constitution is put to Burmese voters next week. It guarantees the military a significant …
Vote to nowhere: The May 2008 constitutional referendum in Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
However, the generals’ referendum, reflecting 46 years of brutal military rule, will not bring the people of Burma any closer to a democratic and …
Hollywood stars campaign for Myanmar activist
Monsters and Critics.com –
‘This moment belongs to Burma (Myanmar), and to Aung San Suu Kyi. Please, honour her courage, honor your compassion and let this be the month you join an …
Critics: Myanmar biofuel drive uses forced labor
The Associated Press –
… by the Ethnic Community Development Forum, a self-described alliance of seven community development organizations from Myanmar — also known as Burma. …
Burma’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’ Receives US Congressional Gold Medal
Salem-News.Com, OR –
“To have Aung San Suu Kyi as a leader is like at one time when we had a leader like General Aung San,” Burma’s independence hero and Aung San Suu Kyi’s …
 
Organize now against oppression in Burma
The Jewish Journal of greater L.A, CA –
By Dan Adler We never hear much about Burma, officially known today as Myanmar, until it’s too late. Take, for example, last fall. …
Bush unveils new US sanctions on Myanmar
AFP –
The United States refers to the country as Burma, not Myanmar. The measure targets three specific firms: Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Pearl Enterprise …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Bush said in a statement that the regime “exploits and oppresses the people of Burma,” the former name of the country now called Myanmar. …
Myanmar vote a ‘sham’ to entrench military rule, says rights group
AFP –
… that we expect there to be change, that we expect these generals to honour the will of the people,” he added. The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma.
Targeting the LTTE’s global network
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
… has its front organizations now operating from countries that also include India, Botswana, Burma, Cambodia, Denmark, Germany, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, …OTC:GLNW
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Executive Order: Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
(d) the term “Government of Burma” means the Government of Burma (sometimes referred to as Myanmar), its agencies, instrumentalities and controlled entities …
Bush Orders Burma State Companies’ Assets Frozen
The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland –
(Burma is called “Myanmar” by the ruling junta.) “Today I’ve issued a new executive order that instructs the Treasury Department to freeze the assets of …
Bush orders Myanmar state companies’ assets frozen
Reuters –
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush said on Thursday he has ordered a new round of sanctions on Myanmar state companies to pressure the …
Bush unveils new Burma sanctions
BBC News, UK –
… to freeze the financial assets of members of the military regime. That move followed a violent suppression of anti-government protests in Burma (Myanmar).
 
Thailand Says Burma Open for Business
Energy Tribune, TX – o
One of the first official duties for Samak Sundaravej, Thailand’s new prime minister, was an official visit to Burma. The nation, also known as Myanmar, …
May Day celebrations in Thailand, India and Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“Migrant workers feel that there will be a significant turning point soon in Burma and they discussed the topic actively. They realized that they must cast …
Cyclone More Likely to Hit Burma Than Bangladesh
Voice of America –
By Steve Herman A cyclone is moving towards Burma, but it has the people of Bangladesh on edge, as well. Nargis is the first cyclonic storm in the Bay of …
 
Aniston, Ferrell, Stallone, Page Among Those in new Burmese …
Hollywood Today Newsmagazine, CA –
By Jeffrey Jolson HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 5/1/08 – Hollywood stars are coming to the defense of the people of Burma, now called Myanmar. …
The Fed as The Big Easy, Voting in Burma, and Tariq Aziz on Trial
Council on Foreign Relations, NY –
Southeast Asia correspondent Amy Kazmin, writing about an imminent referendum in Myanmar on a new military-backed constitution, says the vote presents a …

Dangerous Cyclone Raking Across Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
Burma’s department of Meteorology and Hydrology, according to the state-own newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar. …

… areas where the storm strikes, warned

Cyclone Nargis heads towards Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
A large cyclone in the Bay of Bengal that was expected to hit Bangladesh is changing direction towards Burma. Weather forcasters in Bangladesh revised their …
Junta allows Suu Kyi to register to vote
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
An estimated 30 million out of Burma’s 56 million population will be eligible to vote in the upcoming referendum on a military-sponsored constitution that …

Burma’s referendum: a done deal that may yet unravel
Mizzima.comIndia –
“I think it would be unfair to compare the political system in
Thailand with the military government in Myanmar,” he said. “After decades without an …

 

Myanmar voters lists released
The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the country’s military-backed draft

Myanmar biofuel drive contributes to food shortage
EnergyCurrentTX –
BURMA: A plan by Burma‘s junta government to grow a biofuel crop is contributing to food shortages in the country, an Associated Press report said citing a …

Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi can vote
Monsters and Critics.com –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962, when General Ne Win staged a coup d’etat that overthrew the country’s first …

Myanmar’s detained democracy leader will be able to vote in …
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON,
Myanmar: Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the country’s military-backed draft …

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
… to the fate of
Burma’s detained democracy activists when he reiterated that Thailand sees the referendum as “a step toward democracy in Myanmar. …

State owned entities added to US sanctions list
Mizzima.comIndia –
By Mizzima News United States President George Bush on Thursday piled on further sanctions directed at the interests of
Burma‘s military leaders, …

Thailand Floats Idea of OPEC-style Cartel for Rice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thai Commerce Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan plans to talk with his counterparts in Laos, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam about forming a cartel to gain more …

Bush Slaps another Round of Sanctions on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
The companies are Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Timber
Enterprise and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise. “Today I’ve issued a new executive order that instructs …

Ruby – one of worlds most precious gemstone
Free press releases (press release), UK –
Primarily mined in Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, and Cambodia, Rubies have also been found in the US states of Montana, …

Southeast Asian rice cartel plan “going nowhere”
Reuters India, 
India –
Samak said on Wednesday after talks with visiting
Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein. Samak said Thein Sein had agreed in principle to the idea, …

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter
Canada.com, Canada –
The worker did not want to be identified for fear of recriminations from the former Burma’s military rulers. A Myanmar protester residing in Japan holds a …

Q & A: Samak Sundaravej
TIME –
After just three months in office, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has already bested naysayers who predicted his coalition government wouldn’t last …

The stars align on Myanmar
Politico, DC –
… by organizers in hopes of attracting attention to the cause and taking action against the military junta that controls
Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Stars speak out on Burma in video campaign
Toronto Star, 
Canada –
Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston and
Halifax‘s Ellen Page are among those lending their celebrity status to a new campaign focusing attention on Burma‘s …

Suu Kyi among 100 Most Influential People: Time magazine
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
Terming the current regime as extremely brutal,
Houston said: “It took decades for us to come to Mandela’s aid. Suu Kyi—and the people of Burma—are waiting …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on voter list for referendum
Reuters South Africa, 
South Africa –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest for the last five years, should be able to vote in a May constitutional …

Senate panel approves shifting more costs to Iraq
Baltimore Sun, United States –
Bush said in a statement that the regime “exploits and oppresses the people of
Burma,” the former name of the country now called Myanmar. …

Thailand offers to sell rice at friendly price to Indonesia
Nation Multimedia, 
Thailand –
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Friday offered to sell rice to
Indonesia at a friendly price in case of shortage in the country, Government Spokesman …

Bush condemns Myanmar vote
Aljazeera.netQatar –
On Thursday, Bush signed an order to freeze the assets of state-owned firms in
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “These companies, in industries such as …

US is working with India to promote democracy in Asia: Bush
Press Trust of India, India –
Washington, May 2 (PTI) Expressing concern over the situations in Tibet and Myanmar, President George W Bush has said that the United States is working with …

Protest reaches across world
North Platte Telegraph, NE –
Burma is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. Officially, the country is known as the Union of Myanmar, although protestors …

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter
Reuters South Africa, 
South Africa –
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of government workers in
Myanmar were forced to vote in favour of an army-drafted constitution in non-secret …

Roundup: Myanmar PM Thailand visit paves way for furthering ...
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
YANGON, May 2, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein’s three-day official visit to Thailand, which ended on Thursday, …

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May 2, 2008 at 4:44 am

EU renews sanctions against Myanmar

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Press Trust of India
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 (London)
EU renews sanctions against Myanmar

The European Union has renewed political and economic sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar for another year, adding the measures could be increased.

The EU’s current sanctions against Myanmar were adopted last October following the brutal crackdown on Buddhist monks who took part in anti-regime protests.

The sanctions include a ban on the import of timber, gems and metals from Myanmar, a travel ban and assets freeze on Myanmar leaders and their relatives and an arms embargo.

The European Union Council of Foreign Ministers after a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday issued a statement calling on the international community ”to adopt similar measures”.

The EU ministers expressed deep concern at the situation in Myanmar and again urged the authorities to take rapid steps for transition to a legitimate, civilian government and for national reconciliation.

The EU, the statement said, will intensify its close consultations with ASEAN members and other neighbours of Myanmar, including those that are represented in the UN Security Council.

The Council said it remained convinced that only a process that involved the full participation of all stakeholders in the country, including Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic groups, will lead to national reconciliation and stability.

”Thus the Council believes the draft constitution, referendum and elections, as currently conceived, will not address the many problems facing Burma/Myanmar,” the statement added.

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Thailand hopes Myanmar referendum is ‘credible’

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 29 April 2008

Thailand hopes Myanmar referendum is ‘credible’

A hawker sells copies of countries new constitution at an intersection in Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon

BANGKOK (AFP) — Thailand’s foreign minister said Monday he hoped Myanmar’s upcoming referendum on a new constitution would be “credible”, on the eve of a visit by the country’s prime minister.

Noppadon Pattama said the neighbours may discuss the referendum, which Myanmar’s military rulers say will pave the way for elections in 2010, during General Thein Sein’s visit.

“The democracy process could be brought up at the talks as Thailand wants the May 10 referendum to be successful and credible,” Noppadon told reporters.

“We want to see Myanmar on a good development track.”

Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy activists say the proposed constitution simply entrenches the role of the military, which has ruled since 1962.

Aung San Suu Kyi would be barred from running for president under the new constitution because she was married to a foreigner.

Noppadon said Thailand would not raise her participation in the ballot as it was a “domestic” issue for Myanmar.

The two countries would discuss drugs and the nearly two million illegal workers and almost 200,000 displaced people from Myanmar living in Thailand, he said.

Thein Sein will be accompanied by the foreign, interior, transport, labour and construction ministers for his three-day visit.

He is due to meet with his Thai counterpart Samak Sundaravej and with King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Wednesday.

Thailand is one of the biggest investors and trading partners in Myanmar, spending billions of dollars a year to tap into the country’s natural gas and hydropower resources to fuel its own growing economy.

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May 2, 2008 at 4:24 am

World Focus on Burma (1 May 08)

 

Myanmar vote a ‘sham’ to entrench military rule, says rights group
AFP –
… same abusive rule that Burma has endured already for nearly half a century,” the report said. Human Rights Watch pointed out that most Myanmar citizens …
Aniston, Ferrell, Stallone, Page Among Those in new Burmese …
Hollywood Today Newsmagazine, CA –
By Jeffrey Jolson HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 5/1/08 – Hollywood stars are coming to the defense of the people of Burma, now called Myanmar. …
The Fed as The Big Easy, Voting in Burma, and Tariq Aziz on Trial
Council on Foreign Relations, NY –
Southeast Asia correspondent Amy Kazmin, writing about an imminent referendum in Myanmar on a new military-backed constitution, says the vote presents a …
Myanmar’s constitution referendum “a sham”
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
New York – Human Rights Watch has dismissed Myanmar’s referendum on a new constitution next week as a “sham”. In a report, the international rights watchdog …
JENNIFER ANISTON – STARS CALL FOR MYANMAR ICON’S RELEASE
Contactmusic.com, UK –
“This moment belongs to Burma (Myanmar), and to Aung San Suu Kyi. Please, honour her courage, honour your compassion and let this be the month you join an …
Burmese urged to support charter
BBC News, UK –
Burma’s top general has urged people to vote in favour of a new constitution in a referendum to be held next week. In a May Day message, Than Shwe said …
Burma’s referendum process a ‘sham’: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mungpi New Delhi – The May 10 referendum of Burma’s ruling military junta is a sham and is designed to entrench military rule in the country, …
Report by critics of Myanmar’s junta charges that biofuel policy …
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
Myanmar is also known as Burma. The report, «Biofuel by Decree: Unmasking Burma’s bio-energy fiasco,» was produced by the Ethnic Community Development Forum …
More Junta paranoia from Burma
asap News, UK –
The upcoming referendum in Myanmar (Burma) has the military junta acting on the cautious side, as it warns all tour operators in the country that they will …
Critics: Myanmar biofuel drive uses forced labor
The Associated Press –
Myanmar is also known as Burma. The five-year plan calls for the crop to be planted on 8 million acres — an area roughly the size of Belgium. …
Burma’s army digs in
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The referendum, Burma’s third in the past five decades, will theoretically decide the fate of the country’s new charter, a document that promises to cement …
UNLD Calls for Referendum Boycott
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING While many political campaigners in Burma are calling for a “No” vote in the forthcoming referendum, the United Nationalities League for …
Burma’s Political Transition Needs People Power
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Almost all supporters of the model say the people of Burma must accept whatever offer the junta makes. They say “something is better than nothing. …
Toppling Chinese government no cure for human-rights woes
Yale Daily News, CT –
… Chinese guns and money aiding genocide in Darfur and unrest in Zimbabwe, and Chinese support for military dictatorships like that in Burma/Myanmar. …
Forgotten Burma
New Statesman, UK –
As the sun sinks over the steep jungle hills of the Thailand-Burma border, a saffron-robed monk walks towards his temple’s golden shrine. …
Suu Kyi’s release
Hindustan Times, India –
About 30 Hollywood celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston and Will Ferrell, will kick off a campaign to seek the release of Myanmar’s democracy icon and …
Myanmar’s junta leader urges workers to vote in favor of the …
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Myanmar held its previous general election in 1990, and Suu Kyi’s party won, …
Myanmar Referendum A Sham, Says Human Rights Watch
Bernama, Malaysia –
The 61-page report, “Vote to Nowhere: The May 2008 Constitutional Referendum in Burma,” shows that the referendum is being carried out in an environment of …
Lonely Planet defends Myanmar guidebook
The Associated Press –
The Lonely Planet’s guide to Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been attacked by human rights groups who say income from tourism helps prop up the generals …
Burma constitutional referendum a ‘sham’: Australian FM
Radio Australia, Australia –
Australia’s foreign minister, Stephen Smith, has described Burma’s constitutional referendum as a sham and called on the country’s leaders to engage in …
Burma: Referendum Is a Sham
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
(New York, May 1, 2008) – Burma’s May 10 referendum on a new constitution is a sham process aimed at entrenching the military, Human Rights Watch said in a …
Democracy, Burma-Style
Wall Street Journal –
You’d think this episode might be a good opportunity for Burma’s closest trading partners to gently steer its friend toward the right track. …
Myanmar’s referendum a “sham process,” right group says
TopNews, India –
If they do, it will simply expose them to ridicule for having said they were committed to democratic change in Burma.” (dpa)
Rights group says US energy giant complicit in Burma abuses
Radio Australia, Australia –
The American energy giant Chevron has been accused of complicity in human rights abuses through its investment in a natural gas pipeline in Burma. …
Hollywood stars launch video campaign for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
AFP –
“This moment belongs to Burma (Myanmar), and to Aung San Suu Kyi. Please, honor her courage, honor your compassion and let this be the month you join an …
Bad Business: Why Companies Shouldn’t Trade with Abusive Regimes
Knowledge@Wharton (subscription), PA –
Unocal, a California oil-and-gas company, for example, was accused in US courts of employing soldiers in Myanmar (formerly Burma) who tortured, …
Junta’s horribly misguided energy experiment
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Nowhere is this truer now than in Burma. In its typical brutal, heavy-handed fashion, the Burmese junta has combined forced labour, …
Junta will keep Suu kyi uninvolved: samak
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Burma has faced a political stalemate since a military crackdown on street protests led by Buddhist monks in September, which killed at least 31 people. …
Activists tap celebrity power for Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Reuters –
“We’re hoping we’ll have literally a million supporters for the US Campaign for Burma that gives Aung San Suu Kyi a constituency she’s never had before but …
Why rice prices surging to record highs
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
January 2008—Bangladesh signs deals and starts importing 180000 tons of white rice from neighboring Burma (Myanmar). The Bangladeshi government and private …
Ambassador Clark Randt on “The Crucial Relationship”
US-China Institute, LA –
… proliferation on the part of North Korea and Iran and the brutal repression of civilian populations by the governments of Sudan and Myanmar (Burma). …
Rights group attacks ‘sham’ Burmese referendum
guardian.co.uk, UK –
He jokingly said Burma was striving for “50% democracy”, as the constitution bars detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from office. …
Junta’s U- turn and future Sino-Burma Relation
Mizzima.com, India –
The UN special envoy was not allowed to go back to Burma whenever he needed to follow up on the UNSC resolution. Freedom of press has been prohibited, …
Opposition leader will not be freed
Times Online, UK –
BANGKOK Burma will not release Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader, Samak Sundaravej, the Thai Prime Minister, said yesterday after talks with his …
Hitting the Junta
Newsweek –
Kim Kardashian is an unlikely face for the campaign to free Burma. The reality TV star is better know for her sex tape, and various other… well, assets. …
Burma Investment Sanctions Include ‘Weasel Room’
Embassy, Canada –
… of measures against Burma under the SEMA, some say Canadian companies remain invested in the country, which the ruling military junta calls Myanmar. …
Thai PM Supports Burma’s Referendum, Aung San Suu Kyi’s Detention
Voice of America –
By VOA News Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has voiced his support for Burma’s planned referendum on a new constitution. …
Jennifer Aniston and Will Ferrell Get Serious
E! Online –
“This moment belongs to Burma and to Aung San Suu Kyi. Please, honor her courage, honor your compassion and let this be the month you join an effort to …
OPEC-style rice cartel up
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
BANGKOK—The countries of Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam have agreed in principle to form a rice price-fixing cartel similar to the …
Burma in the spotlight
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
New York-based Human Rights Watch, in a press statement, called Burma’s May 10 referendum on a new constitution “a sham process aimed at entrenching the …
Human rights issue not on samak’s agenda
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By The Nation Burma’s Prime Minister General Thein Sein arrived in Thailand on Tuesday for a three-day trip aimed at improving bilateral ties between the …
RP press freedom rating up, but…
Philippine Star, Philippines –
The worst-rated country was North Korea , while Myanmar , also known as Burma , was second with a worsening crackdown in the media. …
EU urges international arms embargo on Myanmar
Reuters India, India – 
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union called on Tuesday for an international arms embargo on Myanmar’s military junta and warned of tougher sanctions if …
Myanmar says Aung San Suu Kyi to remain under detention – Thai PM
Forbes, NY – 
BANGKOK (Thomson Financial) – Myanmar will not release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said Wednesday after talks …
The ‘Third Force’ in Burmese Politics
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 
In 2005, he formed the junta-sponsored Union of Burma 88 Generation Students group, set up to counter the better known and almost identically named 88 …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 2, 2008 at 4:22 am

Posted in World Focus on Burma

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