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World focus on Burma (29 July 2008)

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Press Gaggle by Dana Perino

MarketWatch –

… on Burma and the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE, which is Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts Act. That will be in the (Oval) Office and pool coverage. …

Bush OKs new sanctions on Myanmar

UPI NewsTrack TopNews

The Tom Lantos Block Burmese Jade Act of 2008 blocks the import of all jade and rubies from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, into the United States — both raw materials and finished jewelry.

Stop insuring “Burmese repression”, report says

Mizzima.com, India –

The Burma Campaign UK, a group advocating for human rights and democracy in Burma, in its new report said, these companies are allowing billions of dollars …

AFP –

WASHINGTON (AFP) — President George W. Bush on Tuesday renewed a ban on imports from military-ruled Myanmar and also signed a new law that aims to keep …

Bush OKs New Sanctions on Myanmar

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… the import of all jade and rubies from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, into the United States — both raw materials and finished jewelry. …

President Bush Signs HJRes. 93, the Renewal of Import Restrictions …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

… to welcome members of the Lantos family — Mrs. Lantos, thanks for joining us — and members of Congress who care deeply about democracy in Burma. …

UN aims to address foreign exchange losses

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Burmese economist Khin Maung Nyo said the system was intended to allow foreign currency to be used in Burma but could be abandoned if conditions were right. …

Burma Relief Still Needed

The Epoch Times, NY –

(International Aid Agenci/Getty Images) Two months after the worst storm in its history obliterated Myanmar’s (Burma) coastal regions leaving over two …

UN Press Conference on Myanmar by UN Under-Secretary General for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Just back from a three-day visit to assess the situation in Myanmar’s cyclone-devastated Ayeyarwady delta region, the top United Nations humanitarian …

Rights & Wrongs: Argentina, Burma, Karadzic and Pakistan

World Politics Review –

BURMA SIGNS ASEAN CHARTER, RESISTS COMPLIANCE MONITORING — Optimism in the wake of the Burmese military junta’s decision last week to sign the new charter …

UN aid disappearing in Burma cash scam

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

“We buy kyats at the market rate using dollars,” Daniel Baker, the humanitarian co-ordinator for Burma said that day. “The government has not benefited. …

Bush heading for Thailand to meet Myanmar activists

Merinews, India –

US President George W Bush, who brought in harsher economic and financial sanctions against the Myanmar military junta, will visit Thailand in early August. …

Labutta cyclone refugees sent back to villages

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Local authorities in Labutta township in Irrawaddy division have in the past week started sending cyclone refugees from temporary camps …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma has three Internet service providers—the state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), BaganNet/Myanmar Teleport (formerly known as Bagan …

Mizzima website under attack

Mizzima.com, India –

Mizzima News Agency, run by Burmese journalists, is an independent Burmese multi-media group focusing on Burma and related news and issues, and maintains …

NAM ministerial meeting begins

Economic Times, India –

The Bandung Conference was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, organized by Egypt, Indonesia, Burma, …

South African Lawyer Confirmed as UN Rights Chief

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

As UN high commissioner for human rights, Navanethem Pillay will oversee a Geneva-based office with almost 1000 employees and a budget approaching $150 …

Christian leaders questioned over anti-dam campaign

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Christian religious leaders in Kachin state in northern Burma have been interrogated by local authorities about a poster campaign against …

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

There have been two precedents: Both Laos and Burma gave up their turn because of domestic problems. Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda has …

Burma protestors name and shame insurers

Post Magazine (subscription), UK –

The Burma Campaign UK has today published a new report naming and shaming insurers it claims have facilitated the flow of billions of dollars in to the …

10 million dollars in UN aid “disappear” thanks to Burmese Junta’s …

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

The market rate for kyats is around 1100 per dollar but the UN rate established the junta in Myanmar and payment is now around 880, resulting in a “loss of …

World at a glance

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

A military junta has ruled Burma since 1962 and in the last year the eyes of the world have twice focused on its regime. A British soldier has been killed …

Tiffany Applauds Congress’ Ban on Burmese Gemstones

IDEX Online, Israel –
… Monday ran an advertisement in the Washington Post saluting the US Congress for passing an absolute embargo on rubies originating in Burma ( Myanmar ). ..

Tehran meeting crucial for NAM revitalization

Mathaba.Net, UK –

The Bandung Conference was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, organized by Egypt, Indonesia, Burma, …

Rights group praises US legislation banning Burmese gems

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The European Union and Canada already prohibit the import of Myanmar gems. The change in the US law would stipulate that retailers keep records documenting …

Bush likely to meet Burmese activists during Thailand visit

Mizzima.com, India –
Bush is also expected to raise Burma issue during his talks with Thai officials including Foreign Minister Samak. During his term as the President of the …

Currency Loss Unacceptable, but UN Aid to Continue: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Holmes was in Burma last week visiting parts of the Irrawaddy delta, which was devastated by Cyclone Nargis in the first week of May, to review the progress …

UN loses US$10m in Burma cyclone aid from exchange rate

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The United Nations said it has lost about US$10 million (HK$78 million) in cyclone relief funds in Burma because of the government-set exchange rate and has …

HRDP provides antenatal support for pregnant women

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The shelter was founded by HRDP member Ma Myint Myint Mu, who has been involved in relief work in the region since the cyclone. Ma Win Khine, who lost most …

Urge Thai Business to Indochina Investment

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

In May 2008, the bank extended loans worth a total of 13 billion baht to Thai businesses to invest in international projects in the region: in Burma made up …

New Human Rights Chief Faces Daunting Task

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… a jurist from Canada, who was an equally vociferous defender of human rights and who was refused entry into both North Korea and Myanmar (Burma). …

UN reports losses due to Myanmar exchange rate

Los Angeles Times, CA –

Inner City Press reported last week that the military government in Myanmar, also known as Burma, had changed the official exchange rate since the cyclone …

Drugs, sports and human rights

WalesOnline, United Kingdom –

… of the human rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma”. …

Obama Should Stand Up to Russia’s Regime

Wall Street Journal –

Mr. Obama also asked if the West would stand up for “the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe. …

US: Burma Gem Ban Strengthened

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

Burmese gemstones are tainted by gross human rights abuses. The jewelry industry should take firm action to assure its customers – as well as law …

Time for change’s Journal

Democratic Underground, DC –

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words “never again” …

Preserving THE PAST

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

This development of cultural diversity, combined with the economic influence from Chinese merchants and the Shan and Burmese teak loggers from British Burma …

Washington Times, DC –

UNITED NATIONS | Burma is forcing UN aid agencies to convert cash to local currency at below-market rates, costing the world body $10 million so far and …

Constitutional dance makes way for a populist jig

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

The government’s foreign affairs policy, not only on Zimbabwe but also on other dictatorships like Burma, reveals that foreign policy and the Constitution …

Official: UN Lost $10M in Burma

New York Sun, United States –

He promised to raise the issue with Burma’s government to ensure that losses could be cut down in the future. But evidence emerged yesterday that the UN …

The darker side of landscape art

Fresno Bee (subscription), CA –

… considered one of the most prestigious awards in photography, for his 1990 coverage of the ethnic civil war in Burma, now Myanmar. …

Myanmar aid losses ‘unacceptable:’ UN aid coordinator

AFP –

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN aid operation in cyclone-hit Myanmar has lost around 10 million dollars due to distortions in the country’s official exchange …

UN credits Burma for post-cyclone rebuilding

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

United Nations (dpa) – The government in Burma has made “quite a lot of progress” in post-Cyclone Nargis reconstruction efforts since the disaster struck in …

Activists accuse insurers on Burma

Financial Times, UK –

By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi Activists pressing for an end to military rule in Burma have accused global insurance groups of “underwriting” the Burmese junta …

Insurance giants urged to stop business with Burma

MyFinances.co.uk, UK –

Sixteen of the world’s biggest insurance companies have been called on to stop trading in Burma. A new report says companies are allowing billions of …

Progress being made on Myanmar aid effort, says UN’s top relief …

UN News Centre –

28 July 2008 – A degree of normality has returned to some areas affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and there are visible signs of progress in ..

UN admits “significant” Myanmar exchange rate loss

Reuters –

Earlier this month the United Nations issued an appeal for over $300 million in additional aid for Myanmar to cope with the effects of a cyclone in May that …

Changing Course On Burma

Voice of America –

She said the group was instrumental in persuading the junta to reverse its initial obstruction of assistance and accept international aid after Cyclone …

Eureka Street, Australia –

In a small dimly-lit room at the Burmese immigration office, on the border of northern Thailand and Burma, there is a large, luminous portrait of General …

Fighter for the oppressed

Manly Daily, Australia –

“There are times when I wonder how human beings could be so evil,” she said. “The ones that make me most upset are the ones that are planned, where someone …

China, protesters may play cat-and-mouse during Olympics

McClatchy Washington Bureau, DC –

Activist groups that oppose China’s policies in Sudan’s Darfur region, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Zimbabwe or in China’s own Tibet and Xinjiang regions …

Gay human rights violations don’t sway state lawmakers on Iran …

Bay Windows, MA –

Burma, China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan … why Iran versus these other countries? There are a lot of countries that have human rights issues . …

Academic insights

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The new books follows the series on understanding East and Southeast Asia, which covered 11 countries including Vietnam, Myanmar (also known as Burma), …

The Epoch Times, NY –

Moreover, Dr. Trey notes that the Internet offers are surprising in that Asian countries are reluctant to donate organs, unlike western cultures, …

The Return of History and the End of Dreams

The Age, Australia –

Their support for autocratic regimes in North Korea, Burma, Sudan and Iran is all about the pursuit of what great powers have always pursued: power and …

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