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Archive for August 26th, 2008

Day 1 – Huge Government Protest in Thailand

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Armed protesters have tried to overthrow Thailand’s elected government by storming the prime minister’s residence and the state television channel in the …

The government in Thailand faces serious urban unrest
Economist, UK –
WHEN Thailand’s controversial former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, fled to Britain this month with his wife Potjaman, to escape corruption cases …

Forbes, NY –
LONDON – Tuesday’s violent anti-government protests in Bangkok may be putting some long-distance pressure on Thailand’s former prime minister, …

Opposition protesters storm government TV station
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
… Broadcasting Service of Thailand (NBT) today in Bangkok. Broadcasts were suspended for several hours and one of the station’s presenters was attacked. …

Samak explains the situation to foreign reporters
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
In what was billed as a damagecontrol effort, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej told a group of foreign correspondents the street protests and storming of …

Thai PM vows action as protesters besiege state offices

The demonstrators marched before dawn to the office of the state-run National Broadcasting Service of Thailand, forcing its staff to temporarily stop …

In pictures: Thailand protest
BBC News, UK –
Early on Tuesday, protesters occupied the offices of the state broadcaster National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT), at one point forcing the …

Thai protesters ‘want new coup’ (BBC)

Thai protestors storm state offices, Ireland –
In Thailand, thousands of anti-government protestors have stormed a state-run TV station and the seat of government. Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej …

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej, has vowed to take “decisive action” to quell mass rallies in Bangkok as protesters demanding his …

Thai protesters bid to overthrow Thaksin ally
Crain’s Manchester Business, UK –
Anti-government protesters today made a concerted effort to remove Thailand’s prime minister, an ally of Manchester City Football Club owner Thaksin …, Thailand –
They have come from all over Thailand in order to participate in the demonstrations against the government. PAD has occupied several ministries and …

Huge Government Protest in Thailand
New York Times, United States –
He fled abroad but returned to Thailand in February. Ten days ago he fled again, to London from Beijing, where he was attending the Olympic Games, …

Protesters seek to unseat Thai PM (Video)
The PAD accuse Mr Samak of being an illegitimate agent of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and who is seeking to turn Thailand into a republic. …

Thai Activists Storm PM’s office

Sky News, UK –
Thousands of anti-government protesters in Thailand have stormed Government House demanding the Prime Minister quit. The activists entered the Bangkok …

Protesters storm government offices in Thailand

International Herald Tribune, France –
Thaksin is in London, where he fled 10 days ago from Beijing, to evade prosecution in Thailand for corruption cases. He is reported to have asked for …

Thousands of protesters besiege Thai PM’s offices
Swissinfo, Switzerland –
… which accuses him of being an illegitimate proxy of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra and seeking to turn Thailand into a republic, which Samak denies. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’

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Suu Kyi fails to pick up food delivery in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won a general election but was not allowed to …

Opposition leader in Myanmar refuses food aid
International Herald Tribune, France –
Nyo Ohn Myint, head of foreign affairs for the National League for Democracy, which is based in neighboring Thailand, said Aung San Suu Kyi has refused food …

Suu Kyi ‘may be on hunger strike’
Independent, UK –
“If Aung San Suu Kyi continues to refuse food from her comrades, her health will be of serious concern,” the NLD’s office in neighbouring Thailand, …

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Refusing Food Deliveries

Voice of America –
Dissident groups based in Thailand say the Nobel Peace Prize laureate last accepted a food delivery on August 15, but turned away supplies on August 22. …

Suu Kyi shuns food
The Age, Australia –
Supporters are barred from meeting her but Burmese dissidents based in Thailand say she began a hunger strike on August 15. AP.

Burma: Diplomatic Failure Amid Rumors of a Hunger Strike
World Politics Review –
The latest mission from the international community has ended in embarrassment — not for the despotic generals who rule Burma (renamed Myanmar by its …

Suu Kyi fails to pick up food delivery in Myanmar
Zee News, India –
Yangon, Aug 26: Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi rejected food delivered to her home amid speculation that she launched a hunger strike …

Hunger Strike Fears For Suu Kyi

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1996

Sky News, UK –
Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has started refusing food deliveries, but the country’s ruling junta is denying hunger strike rumours. …

Suu Kyi may be on hunger strike, UK –
On Sunday, Nyan Win said Gambari had wasted his time in Myanmar. He also criticised the UN envoy for failing to meet the country’s leader, General Than Shwe …

Aung San Suu Kyi on hunger strike?

Merinews, India –
There is disturbing news that Noble Peace Laureate and Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest for over 12 of 18 years in Yangon, …

Myanmar opposition says Suu Kyi refused food packages

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has started refusing food deliveries, her party said Tuesday, but the ruling junta …

Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi refuses basic food provisions, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews) – Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, icon of the battle for human rights in Myanmar, may have begun a hunger strike, Burmese daily The …

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’

First Post, UK –
Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears to be on a hunger strike and is refusing all contact with the outside world, according to senior members …

Suu Kyi fails to pick up food delivery in Myanmar

In this photo released by Myanmar News Agency, Myanmar Prime Minister Gen. Thein Sein, left, shakes hands with U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari prior to their meeting at a defense ministry building in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008. Gambari wasted his time during a visit to Myanmar talking about controversial elections with military rulers while failing to end the political stalemate in the country, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party charged Sunday. (AP Photo/Myanmar News Agency)

The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections, but was not allowed to …

Myanmar junta denies Suu Kyi on hunger strike

A soldier in Yangon

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s ruling junta denied Tuesday that detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi had gone on hunger strike, but rumours persisted after …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi refusing food supplies

Reuters South Africa, South Africa –
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused new supplies of food for 11 days to the house where she is being detained, …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A spokesman for the political party of Aung San Suu Kyi’s says the opposition leader in Myanmar is refusing to accept food, …

Suu Kyi Refuses to Accept Food: Exiled NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By THE IRRAWADDY Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to accept a food delivery to her home one week ago, according to the exiled National …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 26, 2008 at 10:40 am

Compensation for rape and murder of Kachin girl not enough: Campaigner

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Mizzima News


Monday, 25 August 2008 22:39

New Delhi – Burmese military authorities have given 500,000 Kyat (about USD 500) as compensation to the family of a school girl, who was allegedly raped and murdered by Burmese Army soldiers in late July, local sources confirmed.

Burmese Army officers had visited the family members of Nhkum Hkawn Din (15), who was allegedly gang raped and murdered by Burmese soldiers in her village Nam Sai in Nothern Burma’s Kachin State, to apologize and offered 500,000 Kyat along with some food as compensation, sources said.

A local villager, who declined to be named, told Mizzima, the army officers came to apologize only after local eyewitnesses were able to identify one of the perpetrators, soldier Soe Thu Win, during an identification parade in the barracks.

Soe Thu Win was arrested and charged with murder but was exempted from charges of rape, the source said.

According to him, three soldiers including Soe Thu Win had gang-raped the girl and murdered her to cover up their crime.

“A further complaint to higher authorities in the State will be made by the family,” the source said.

The girl’s family members had sent an 11-page letter of complaint to the military divisional office with signatures including those of five eye witnesses, he said.

“The eye witnesses know that there was more than one soldier involved in the rape and murder but the case is now being handled by army authorities without any trial,” he added.

Meanwhile, Burma Campaign UK’s campaign officer Nang Seng said, “This is not justice. Five hundred dollars and some rice is no compensation for what Nhkum Hkawn Din went through.”

Nang Seng said, the Burmese soldiers are making one of them take the blame and are letting the others off.

“Her father was distressed and said ‘my daughter was exchanged with this money,’ when army authorities gave the compensation to them. The family wants justice not money,” Nang Seng said.

In Kachin state, where the Burmese military government has a ceasefire agreement with the main insurgent group, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), rape and murder by Burmese soldiers are common but victims fail to file charges in court or to lodge complaints at the army office because of fear of reprisal by the authorities, she added.

“There is still no proper investigation and senior soldiers involved in the case are literally getting away with the murder,” Nang Seng added.

She said the military government has used rape as a weapon of war in their campaign of systematic ethnic cleansing for a long time.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 26, 2008 at 12:53 am

World focus on Burma (26 August 2008)

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MAI to hire F-100 aircraft for Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur flights, India –
New Delhi – The Myanmar Airways International, one of the few international airlines in Burma will hire a Fokker-100 aircraft from AirBagan, another airline …

Brad Pitt and the Boys Hit Venice

The Gossip Girls –
… more than $7 million to help victims both of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

The Associated Press –
… of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, according to executive director Alex Wagner. …

Afghanistan remains world’s biggest opium producer

999 Today, UK –
The region, where the Taleban still have a stronghold, cultivates more opium than entire countries such as Burma, Morocco and even Colombia. …

You Should Consider North Korea as an Investment
DailyWealth, MD –
He told me I should be going to Myanmar, North Korea, Cambodia, and Taiwan. Myanmar – also known as Burma – was the richest country in Southeast Asia in the …

Self-criticism and Burma’s democracy movement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
In my view, the people inside Burma – despite the oppression – are daring more and more to express their opinions and are becoming more willing to say these …

Ballarat Courier, Australia –
A CONCERT to raise money for cyclone-ravaged Burma last night netted more than $5000 in donations. The Ballarat Schools Bandaid Concert brought together …

The story of Obama

Frontline, India –
In the sits-ins, the marches, jailhouses, songs [of the civil rights movements] I saw the African-American community becoming more than just the place you’d …

Angry Reaction to Samak’s ‘Suu Kyi is a Tool’ Remark

Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej. (Photo: Reuters)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“If it’s not related to Aung San Suu Kyi, you can have deeper discussions with Myanmar [Burma].” Samak also told reporters after meeting Gambari: “Efforts …

FEC Boosted by Change in Fuel Sale Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG THET WINE RANGOON — A decision by Burma’s military regime to allow consumers to buy up to 50 gallons of gasoline using Foreign Exchange Certificates …

Road to Irrawaddy Delta Ruined
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
An engineer from the Public Works Department of the Ministry of Construction said that Asia World, a company closely connected to Burma’s ruling junta, …

WFP assists food crisis victims in Chin state
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to …

Swiss Solidarity hails Myanmar aid success
Swissinfo, Switzerland –
Swiss have given SFr4.5 million ($4 million) to victims of the Myanmar cyclone through an appeal launched by umbrella fund-raising organisation Swiss …

And now it’s London’s turn… (subscription), UK –
… be ignored or gestured at, but must be worked with, if it is to be influenced on vital issues like its human rights, Tibet, Burma, Darfur and Zimbabwe. …

The UN at dead-end in Myanmar
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
By Larry Jagan BANGKOK – While the United Nations heaps praise on Myanmar’s ruling junta for its collaborative spirit in dealing with the Cyclone Nargis …

NLD dismisses Thai PM’s call to sideline Daw Suu
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I take it as Mr Samak is only saying these things to please the Burmese junta as two neighbouring countries that have close economic ties,” Win Min said. …

Burmese Protesters Not Allowed in Singapore
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The activists were part of a larger group of people who demonstrated against the Burmese junta in November 2007 during the Asean Summit meeting in Singapore …

Thai PM says West uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi as political tool
Macau Daily Times, Macau –
The junta says the charter will set the stage for elections in 2010, but the pro-democracy movement say the process simply enshrines the army’s position in …

200 more military trucks delivered from China
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… in the town of Ruili on the China-Burma border, the latest consignment of the 3500 trucks to be sent to the Burmese junta by the Chinese government. …

Mennonite Central Committee pledges $1.1M in cyclone aid
Waterloo Record, Canada –
The Mennonite Central Committee initially sent about $100000 in assistance to the country formally known as Burma and has launched a three-year aid plan …

Burma’s opposition lambasts UN envoy for irrelevant ‘praise’ job, India –
Chiang Mai – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – on Monday lambasted the United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari for …

UN Denies Its Envoy’s Visit to Myanmar Was Worthless (Update1)
Bloomberg –
… Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, a government-in- exile formed by winners of the 1990 election, said yesterday. Myanmar’s government made the …

Editorial: China’s Olympic Image
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –
China also used its clout as the largest supplier of arms to Burma to get that country to allow United Nations envoys in to investigate last year’s bloody …

Haunted wasteland saps spirits, lives after cyclone

Amid destruction and mud, children walked in a village in Labutta Township. About 50 village residents died in the cyclone. (Photo for the International Herald Tribune)

Boston Globe, United States –
But despite the early demands from around the world that the Burmese government permit open deliveries of aid, the United Nations says that nearly half the …

UN’s Gambari Denied A Meeting with Suu Kyi, Not by Than Shwe But …

Inner City Press, NY –
From the transcript of Monday’s UN noon briefing — Inner City Press: Now that Ibrahim Gambari has left Myanmar, can it be answered one way or another …

Burmese opposition says UN visit achieves nothing
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, has labelled the latest visit by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, …

Submissions sought for Southeast Asian women writers anthology
Asian Reporter, OR –
The organization is seeking submissions from women with ancestry in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, …

Suu Kyi ‘tool of the West’
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej yesterday criticised Western nations for pinning their hopes of bringing democracy to Burma on the release of detained …

Be Sweet to Your Honey: Hunger Site’s Beekeeping Gift Gives More (press release), NY –
In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Gives More™ for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70000 for the Foundation for the People of …

Irish Times, Ireland –
The public figure I most admire is Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma. I admire her leadership, her commitment to peace and justice and the self-sacrifice she has …

UN wants to continue mission
Straits Times, Singapore –
UNITED NATIONS – THE UN said on Monday it wanted to continue its good offices mission in Myanmar and refused to say why special envoy Ibrahim Gambari failed …

The US Alliance with Afghanistan and Pakistan has stimulated the …
Bay Area Indymedia, CA –
Even the military dictatorship regime in Burma got into the act, claiming the arrest of over 300 traffickers and multiple opium seizures during the month of …

Telecoms: One man’s vision proves a lifeline in conflict zones and …

After 15 days in Myanmar, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) faced an unprecedented situation and decided to leave the country. TSF’s requests for authorizations to deploy to the Irrawaddy delta were not granted and as the organization was blocked in Yangon, TSF’s teams returned to their bases.
On June 1st, TSF obtained its first visas to enter Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis which hit the south western regions of the country on May 2nd and 3rd after having waited for more (…), UK –
… (Iraq) phone could attract suicide bombers, and Burma, where the regime refused it access to the Irrawaddy delta after the cyclone hit the region this year. …

Aung Suu Kyi says no to UN envoy
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –
His previous visits to Burma after the brutal crack-down on the massive Buddhist monk-led protests were unsatisfactory for the people of Burma. …

Aiding Burma’s Recovery
Voice of America –
As Burma recovers from the devastation of the May 2nd, Cyclone Nargis, the United States and other international donors continue to provide needed help. …