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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

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