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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, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 2, 2008 at 4:44 am

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