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World focus on Burma (30 July 2008)

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Cyclone relief in Burma going slowly: Canadian

CTV.ca, Canada –

TORONTO — Three months after cyclone Nargis swept into Burma, a Canadian aid worker says initial relief efforts to help its victims will take three months …

Thai Supreme Court to open new trial against Thaksin on state loan …

Xinhua, China –

… against coup-ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra on charges of abuse of power in pushing a state loan to Myanmar allegedly to benefit his family business. …

Burmese rock star Lay Phyu to sing for cyclone victims

Mizzima.com, India –

Cyclone Nargis, which lashed Burma on May 2 and 3, left at least 138000 dead and missing, and devastated the lives of more than 2.4 million people.

Lending a hand in Malaysia

Arab Tribune, AL –

A military junta launched a coup in 1962 and took over Burma. Renaming it Myanmar was the least of their crimes. The military abolished the constitution and …

The Frank Marshall Davis Network in Hawaii

Canada Free Press, Canada –

After graduating from the MIS Language School, Yoneda served in the China-Burma-India Office of the War Information Psychological Warfare Team. …

Why the Media Fears John McCain

Huffington Post, NY –

asked the Time Magazine Editor (who caused a storm earlier this year for his calls to invade Burma). Obama’s progressive side flashed, and the Illinois …

Burma Permits 12 Local, Foreign Companies to Invest in Cyber City

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Asia Gets Mixed Review in Global Fight against HIV/AIDS Spread

An unidentified abandoned baby girl, who nurses said was HIV infected, lies on the floor at the Phnom Penh Nutrition Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (File)

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

Sun says there has been a decline in overall prevalence rates in Cambodia, Burma and Thailand. But Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Pakistan …

UN calls for doubled aid to Burma

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

Ibrahim Gambari, special envoy of the UN secretary-general to Myanmar, met with ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan to express his appreciation for the …

The Evolution of the National Security Concept of China

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

[7] In 1999, the then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin proclaimed at a UN Conference that “the new international situation has called for a new security …

Burmese junta skimming UN aid

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE United Nations has admitted that £5 million ($10.4 million) of aid intended for Burmese cyclone survivors has been skimmed off by banks run by the …

Thaksin faces new charge

The Age, Australia –

The investigators claim Thaksin wrongly ordered another bank to increase a 3 billion baht ($A94 million) loan to 4 billion baht so that Burma’s ruling junta …

What Will ASEAN say to a Malaysian Islamic State?

American Muslim, MO –

Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei remain predominantly Muslim, but they are flanked by predominantly Buddhist Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and even Vietnam. …

London’s Link to Burmese Junta Revealed

Buzzle, CA –

… the generals running the oppressed south-east Asian nation. The London insurance involvement, to be exposed this week in a report by Burma Campaign UK, …

Thailand Court Agrees to Hear Case Against Thaksin in New Blow to …

Voice of America –

The case against Thaksin Shinawatra alleges that he used his influence as Prime Minister to arrange low-interest loans to Burma so that the military …

Millions In Aid For Myanmar Disappears

Evening Bulletin, PA –

Mr. Holmes explained that roughly a third of approximately $200 million so far spent by UN agencies in Myanmar had been used to buy local products and …

Burma’s Fishery Industry near Standstill

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A barrel of diesel is around 320000 kyat (US $273)” According to the Myanmar Offshore Fishing Vessel Owners Association, there are 536 registered offshore …

Bush Signs Burma Jade Act, Adds to Sanction’s List

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Department of Treasury said the sanctions target two conglomerates, the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEH) and the Myanmar Economic …

Thai Court Agrees to Hold Trial on Thaksin’s Burma Loan

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The funds were earmarked for improvements to Burma’s Internet system. The loan approval drew criticism that Thaksin, who supervised the bank at the time, …

UN’s Lost Aid May Be Tip of the Iceberg

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

It was instrumental in forcing the UN this week to admit to losses to the junta of at least US$10 million on cyclone cash aid transmitted into Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Relief for Cyclone Survivors Continues …

Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –

Threats to children’s wellbeing remain three months after storm Andrew Kirkwood, Save the Children Myanmar Country Director, discusses humanitarian efforts …

(Re)insurers fingered for ‘insuring repression’ in Burma – report

Post Magazine (subscription), UK –

The Burma Campaign UK has fingered some of the world’s biggest insurers, accusing them of facilitating the “flow of billions of dollars to the Burmese …

Burmese loan case is fourth supreme court charge against Thaksin

Crain’s Manchester Business, UK –

Thailand’s Supreme Court today agreed to hear another case against Manchester City Football Club owner Thaksin Shinawatra, the second time a new charge has …

US renews Myanmar sanctions

PRESS TV, Iran –

President Bush has signed a punitive legislation against Myanmar, freezing assets of its leaders and banning import of its gems into US. …

Thai court to hear another case against Thaksin

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

Thailand’s Supreme Court has decided to hear a case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The former prime minister, who was ousted in a …

US extends Myanmar gem sanctions

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

The Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, referring to Myanmar’s former name, renews a sanctions regime imposed since 2003 over the suppression of the …

Burmese exiles’ leading media websites under attack

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

… hundreds of thousands during the September protests in Burma last year and in May and June this year, following the destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis.

Junta censors magazine story on Burmese journalist

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Junta skims UN cash aid

The Province, Canada –

BANGKOK — The United Nations has admitted that $10 million of aid intended for Myanmar cyclone survivors has been skimmed off by banks run by the country’s …

Price rise force farmers to reduce fertilizer use

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi — Several farmers Cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta’s Bogale Township, said they are forced to reduce the use of fertilizers on their paddy fields to …

Supreme Court opens new case against Thaksin

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… to open a new case against ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been accused of abuse of power in pushing a state loan to neighbouring Burma. …

UDPATE 1-Top Thai court hits Thaksin over Myanmar loans

Reuters India, India –

In the Myanmar case, an army-appointed graft panel accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled …

Supreme Court accepts Myanmar EXIM loan case against Thaksin

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

The EXIM Bank loan scandal originated in the bank’s decision to lend B t4 billion to Myanmar for the purchase of machinery for national development during …

Rep. Pitts key in new Myanmar sanctions

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, third from right, watches President Bush on Tuesday sign a bill that renews import restrictions on Myanmar. Also watching the ceremony are, from left, Rep. Don Mansullo, R-Ill.; Rep. Chris Smith,R-N.J.; first lady Laura Bush; Annette Lantos; Shiloh Tilleman; Rep. Rush Holt, DN. J.; and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

Lancaster Newspapers, PA –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. The current government took power in 1988 after crushing prodemocracy demonstrations …

The Al-Jazeera Effect

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The last time we were in Burma was not only during the crackdown (in October last year). We were in Burma a week before Cyclone Nargis, and we have been …

Aid work opens ‘positive door’ for UN, Myanmar cooperation

Myanmar Times, Burma –

With a full assessment completed, monitoring schemes in place and wide access for aid workers, the conditions requested by donors at the ASEAN Donors …

Thai court accepts another case against Thaksin

International Herald Tribune, France –
The complaint, brought by the Assets Examination Committee, said a 2004 low-interest loan to Myanmar by the state-controlled Export-Import Bank of Thailand …

Top Thai court hits Thaksin over Myanmar loans

Reuters –

An army-appointed graft panel has accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled former Burma to buy …

Court agrees to hear Exim bank loan against Thaksin

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… decided Wednesday to hear a case against ex-premier Thaksin Shianwatra, which involved a four-billion-baht loan given Burma during his administration. …

Thai court takes new case against Thaksin over Myanmar loan

AFP –

… agreed Wednesday to hear new corruption charges against deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, involving a controversial loan to military-ruled Myanmar. …

Supreme Court decides to consider the Exim Bank loan case against …

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

AEC accused Thaksin of abusing his position to order a Bt1 billion increase in the amount of loans to Burma, allegedly for the benefit of his family’s …

Supreme Court accepts to consider Exim Bank case against Thaksin

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

The Supreme Court decided on Wednesday to consider the Exim Bank loan to Burma against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. …

World’s Press Calls for Release of Burmese Journalist

Media Newsline, India –

“The continued imprisonment of U Win Tin constitutes a deep blemish on the international standing of Myanmar (Burma) which can only be erased by his release …

Aid work opens ‘positive door’ for UN, Myanmar cooperation

Myanmar Times, Burma –

Mr Holmes told The Myanmar Times in an interview on Thursday that the UN wants to expand the level of “trust and confidence” already reached with the …

UN Says Millions in Cyclone Aid Lost From Interference by Burmese …

MyFox Spokane, WA –

… who called the losses “unacceptable” and said he raised the issue with the leaders of Burma, also called Myanmar, during a recent trip. …

Bush signs sanctions against Myanmar into law

AFP –
But Congress moved in the aftermath of this year’s devastating cyclone, when the junta blocked entry to many foreign aid workers and relief shipments. …

Sanctions: US puts more pressure on Myanmar regime

Cheif Officers’ Network, Malaysia –
“We are tightening financial sanctions against Burma’s repressive junta and the companies that finance it,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. …

Bush Tightens Sanctions on Myanmar Junta, Targets Gem Trade

Bloomberg –

New York-based Human Rights Watch welcomed the steps against Myanmar’s gem trade. “Since 2003, the US government has banned products from Burma, …

Official confesses world body ‘arguably a bit slow to recognize …

WorldNetDaily, OR –

By Matt Sanchez NEW YORK – As much as $10 million of United Nations relief funds designated for Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis have been siphoned off …

Unjust Chinese policies cannot be divorced from Olympics

Irish Times, Ireland –
It has also repeatedly called for the release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was honoured some years ago with the Freedom of Dublin …

Burma and Zimbabwe witness the last gasps of the supreme global …

guardian.co.uk, UK –
The first was Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known). We can all agree that the regime is odious. The question facing the rest of the world in the …

UN loses $10m aid in Burma exchange rate scam

Independent, UK –

… certificates with a nominal value of $1 each that are then exchanged for the local currency, the kyat, at a rate set by Burma’s military government. …

Myanmar: A month in the Delta

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

‘Some villages were literally erased from the landscape,’ says Mascall, Merlin’s logistics manager in Myanmar. He went on to spend a gruelling and demanding …

Is the Philippines a failed state?

Manila Times, Philippines –
Among ASEAN member states, we are a little better than Burma, Timor Leste, Laos, and Cambodia. However, we are worse than Muslim majority countries …

Taiwan Records Dengue Infection Charity Workers Caught in Burma

RedOrbit, TX –

A subsequent investigation conducted by health authorities found that she and 10 other members of her group had visited Myanmar to help with the aftermath …

US Tightens Burma Sanctions

Voice of America –

By Michael Bowman President Bush has signed bills to renew and extend sanctions on Burma in hopes of prodding the country’s military junta towards democracy …

Mobile Medical Teams Help Cyclone Victims in Burma

Voice of America –

It is part of a broader health program for Myanmar. We have also, with our partners, set up 15 temporary clinics, these are tented clinics in places where …

Khalizad: Low rates for UN aid troubling

United Press International –

… reportedly acknowledged a $10 million loss in currency exchange in Myanmar because government officials for the country formerly known as Burma tell the …

Bush signs Myanmar sanctions bill

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. The current junta took power in 1988 after crushing pro-democracy demonstrations at a …

UPDATE 1-US Treasury imposes new sanctions on Myanmar firms

Reuters –

The legislation bans the import of Myanmar rubies and jade, freezes assets of the military leaders and aims to stop the country, formerly known as Burma, …

US clamps down on firms linked to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

It marked the latest administration move to financially punish the repressive junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and its backers for a crackdown on …

Julie Benz in the Warzone

Crave Online, CA –
I do a lot of work for the US Campaign for Burma because of my experience with the movie. And I’ve become very involved in what’s going on over in that part …

UN loses US $ 10 million in distorted Burmese official exchange rate

Mizzima.com, India –
In Burma, foreign aid groups, including UN agencies that are directly transferring money, have to go through the government-owned Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank …

N Korea coming in from the cold

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Close ties to Asean will help North Korea usher itself into a new era. Asean members Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Burma, Indonesia and Vietnam have good ties …

Quest for freedom and justice has no end

Pacific Daily News, GU –

Last week, I quoted Burma’s dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who advised those feeling “hopeless and despairing: ‘Don’t just sit there. Do something. …

Cash scam in Myanmar swallowing UN cyclone aid: Report

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

A joint assessment report by Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN has estimated the total damage and losses at 4.4 to 4.5 …

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