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Thai protest siege moves into fourth day

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A country at the brink Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Bangkok governor election set for Oct 5 Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Non-violence must guide police Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Today’s photo: Police clash with protesters in Bangkok USA Today –

In photos: ‘Politics Protests in Thailand’ Monsters and Critics.com –

Police scuffle with protesters as turmoil spread through Thailand AFP –

Thailand’s ruling coalition plans urgent debate on protest crisis The Standard, Hong Kong –

Thai rioters attack police station Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

United Kingdom of Thailand Urged As ‘PAD’ Take Goverment House Mathaba.Net, UK –

UPDATE 8-Thai protests hit police HQ, disrupt airports Reuters –

Protesters lay siege to Bangkok compound The Australian, Australia –

Activists Storm Police HQ Sky News, UK –

Thai police use tear gas to disperse protesters The Associated Press –

Playing the foreign card Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Police back off as protests spread from Bangkok – Summary Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Thai PM Samak cancels Japan trip amid domestic tensions Yahoo, Thailand –

Thai PM threatens state of emergency guardian.co.uk, UK –

Thai protests hit police HQ and disrupt airports elEconomista.es, Spain –

Thai Demonstrators Pressure Prime Minister Samak To Resign AHN –

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Thai protestors storm police HQ, airports Radio Australia, Australia –

Thai protests hit police HQ and disrupt airports elEconomista.es, Spain –

Bangkok police trapped by protesters United Press International –

Thai police fire tear gas on protesters: witness AFP –

Thai police back off after scuffles with protesters (Roundup) Monsters and Critics.com –

Timeline: Unrest spreads in Thailand as coup anniversary nears AsiaOne, Singapore –

Police retreat from confrontation Channel 4 News, UK –

Thai protests spread to disrupt rail and air links Independent, UK –

PM asks people to rethink before joining rally Bangkok Post, Thailand

Thai Police Re-Enter Besieged Government Compound Voice of America –

Police tackle Thai protests as Phuket hit by euronews, France –

Thai Army Chief: No coup to end political turmoil Xinhua, China –

Thai protesters, police scuffle as turmoil escalates AFP

Thai protesters seize control of airport Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

Anupong repeats his stand for no coup Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Government House: Police evacuate compound; protesters resume Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Riot police get tough with Thai protesters Amsterdam News.Net, Netherlands –

Thai shares shrug off violence reports Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Thai Protesters Injured as Riot Police Move In The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Demonstrators Test Thai Hospitality TIME

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Thailand: Out of balance, lacking checks United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong

Thai protesters, police scuffle at besieged compound AFP –

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PM defends police raid on Makkawan Bridge rally site Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

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Thai police confront protesters in PM’s compound elEconomista.es, Spain –

Thai riot police confront protesters in Thaksin’s compound GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

The truce crumbles clashes between police and demonstrators in AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Protesters told to leave compound The Press Association –

Clashes have broken out between police and anti-government InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Thai police clash with protesters, reseize accesses to gov’t seat Xinhua, China –

Poll says foreigners disagree with use of force with PAD’s protest Thaindian.com, Thailand –

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‘Final Battle’ puts PAD in precarious spot Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –

Police unit trapped inside the protest Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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August 29, 2008 at 2:00 am

A blogger takes office in Malaysia

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A blogger takes office in Malaysia
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Five years of blogging has brought Jeff Ooi a measure of notoriety. His biting posts on Malaysian politics sparked police investigations.
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August 29, 2008 at 1:55 am

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Anwar, back in Malaysia parliament, stages walkout

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Anwar, back in Malaysia parliament, stages walkout

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim rejoined Malaysia’s Parliament on Thursday and staged a walkout to protest a proposed government law that critics say is meant to bolster a sodomy charge against him.

The government denies that the legislation, which would make it mandatory for criminal suspects to provide DNA samples, targets Anwar. He was forced to resign his Parliament seat in 1999 amid a sodomy allegation and now has been accused of sodomy in a separate case.

Anwar has dismissed it as a “sickening” government conspiracy to prevent his rise to prime minister. A special election was held Tuesday after his wife vacated her seat, which she had held for two terms during Anwar’s political exile. He regained the seat in a landslide victory.

Dressed in a dark-blue traditional Malay shirt, pants and cap, Anwar was sworn in as a legislator Thursday to take his seat amid loud thumping of desks by opposition members. He also was formally declared the leader of the combined opposition in Parliament.

“I am glad to be back after a decade. I really feel vindicated. I feel great,” Anwar said.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and most Cabinet ministers from the ruling National Front coalition were not present during Anwar’s swearing-in.

Anwar had been a rising star in the National Front, the heir apparent to then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, but they had a falling out over policy differences during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Mahathir fired him as deputy prime minister in 1998.

Anwar was jailed for six years after he was convicted of corruption and sodomizing his family driver. The sodomy conviction was overturned by Malaysia’s top court in 2004.

His triumph in Tuesday’s special election came on the heels of big gains by the opposition in the March general elections that loosened the governing National Front’s 51-year grip on power.

The Front returned to power with a simple majority of 140 seats in the 222-member house. Anwar’s People’s Alliance coalition increased its strength from 19 to 82 seats and needs 30 more to form a government.

Anwar said the alliance remains on track to topple the government by Sept. 16 with defections from the National Front. If he succeeds, he will lead the first opposition-led government in Malaysia, which has been ruled continuously by the National Front coalition since independence from Britain in 1957.

“Anwar — whatever we think of him and many of us are deeply skeptical — is looking more and more like our future prime minister,” columnist Karim Raslan wrote in The Star daily on Thursday. “There is a mounting sense of inevitability to his impending succession.”

Still, significant hurdles remain for Anwar, the biggest of them the new criminal charge that he sodomized a 23-year-old male aide. A court will hear his case on Sept. 10 to set a date for the trial. Under Malaysian law, even consensual sodomy is punishable by up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

Anwar refused to give a DNA sample during the investigations into the sodomy allegation, saying he fears police would fabricate evidence.

On Thursday, Home Minister Syed Hamid’s closing speech on the DNA legislation debate was interrupted numerous times by heckling opposition lawmakers.

Just as Syed Hamid was finishing his speech, Anwar led all opposition members in a walkout, watched by stunned government lawmakers. He told reporters that the opposition had demanded the setting up of a select committee to study the bill first.

“We have walked out because they have refused to respond” to the request, he said. “So there’s no point in staying and participating in this debate.”

Associated Press writers Eileen Ng and Sean Yoong contributed to this report.

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August 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm

World focus on Burma (28 August 2008)

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France24, France –
Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 13 of the last 19 years in detention, is said to have started a hunger strike, though a junta …

Human rights at the UN
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
Arbour’s defenders have been equally passionate, pointing to her work on states such as Sudan and Burma. Think tank UN Watch found that of 79 critical …

Burma to Hold Gem Auction

Voice of America –
Gem auctions are a major revenue earner for Burma’s military government. Jewelry companies and human rights groups have urged buyers to boycott Burmese gems …

NLD member attacked by robbers posing as officials
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… but an NLD youth member speculated that they were likely to be members of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association or Swan Arr Shin. …

Five NLD members arrested for peaceful protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… on 15 May they walked from Shwe Yin Aye bus stop to Nyaungdon road in a peaceful protest carrying banners reading ‘Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’,” he said. …

Hands-on care, from the ER to Myanmar’s borders
The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com, MI –
… as well as the refugee camps along the borders of Myanmar, known as Burma until a military junta renamed the country after a 1989 takeover. …

Inner City Press, NY –
UNITED NATIONS, August 28 — In the UN’s continued paralysis about Myanmar, on Wednesday Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson refused to confirm or deny that his …

NLD member sentenced after exposing corruption
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy member who has reported on government corruption cases in the past has been sentenced to 13 months’ …

UN mission in Burma not accomplished
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
By Zin Linn Bangkok, Thailand — UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma on Aug. 23 after failing to secure meetings with senior military leaders or …

Indonesia: Junta and Suu Kyi Urged to Continue Dialog
Tempo Interaktif, Indonesia –
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged the Burma junta military to continue the dialog with democracy leader Aung …

UN Farce: From The Washington Post
South Bend Tribune, IN –
The envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, just finished a sixth fruitless mission to Burma, and it is clear now that UN diplomacy has become a cover for inaction. …

NLD member jailed after photographing polling stations
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“According to his statement, he went to the Myawaddy-Mae Sot area [on the Thai-Burma border] in January 2008 to attend video training and met with some …

It’sa Process Perhaps, but a Failed One
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW UN special envoys to Burma have come and gone over the past 20 years, each time leaving the country empty-handed. There have been eight of them, …

Murder Story Draws Police Wrath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is a common practice in Burma for news of crimes written by independent reporters to be censored. All stories in the print media must pass through the …

Bimstec ministers aim to forge new relations
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Established in 1997, Bimstec was formerly named using the first initial of its founding members – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and Thailand …

Manila to sign ASEAN charter
TVNZ, New Zealand –
Manila had previously insisted that Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi be released from house arrest before it would ratify the charter. …

Chin State: More Deaths Reported from Famine
UNPO, Netherlands –
Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to forage for …

World Forum For Democratization In Asia Issues Statement On …
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… Peace Laureate and Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: “It is no longer acceptable to resolve political disputes through the use of force. …

Myanmar: Cyclone survivors look to radio
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Lawyer Kyi Win asks to visit Daw Suu again
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–U Kyi Win, lawyer for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is waiting to hear if his request for permission to visit the detained National League for …

Sen Santiago to push ratification of ASEAN charter
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
“No wonder that Burma was among the first to ratify…The Charter does not have enough collective teeth to discipline Burma,” said Akbayan party-list …

Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses Provisions
Vatican Radio, The Vatican –
Last week Suu Kyi cancelled meetings with UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his six-day visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Suu Kyi’s message to the world: UN is on the wrong track
OpEdNews, PA –
by Zaw Nay Aung Page 1 of 1 page(s) The UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma without seeing the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the regime’s high …

UN Burma’s Generals — II
Wall Street Journal –
The United Nations has long been an enabler of Burma’s tyrannical leaders. Last week it reached a new low. Ibrahim Gambari, the UN’s special envoy to Burma, …

Embassy Row
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Iraq scored as the world’s third-most corrupt nation, after Burma and Somalia, in a review last year of 180 countries and territories by Transparency …

Burmese refugee stops in Utica after 3000-mile walk
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
… freedom and to witness to Burma,” he said, referring to the widespread persecution and lack of freedom reported in that country, now known as Myanmar. …

Oregon scientists find oldest gecko
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Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Comuzzi says $2 M will help settle newcomers in the area
Thunder Bay’s Source, Canada –
Wahley Ray has been living in Thunder Bay for the last six years coming here from Burma, also known as Myanmar. He said the services offered by the …

Public Service – International Development Issue 10
Public Servant Online, UK –
This has been particularly true in recent months, with accounts of natural disasters in China and Burma, a growing global food crisis, and political …

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August 28, 2008 at 3:46 am

Thai’s Anti-government Protest – Third Day

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Anti-government protesters wave Thai national flags during a protest inside Government House in Bangkok on 27 August, 2008

Thai anti-government protesters have spent a second day outside Government House demanding the resignation of the prime minister.


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Thousands of anti-government protesters who have occupied the Thai prime minister’s office compound since Tuesday continued their defiant occupation today despite a court order instructing them to leave and arrest warrants for nine of their leaders.
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Thai Protests Enter Third Day as Samak Rejects Force (Update3) Bloomberg –

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August 28, 2008 at 3:35 am

World focus on Burma (27 August 2008)

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Liechtenstein Joins International Economic Sanctions In The …
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
… persons, and organizations, based on the Sanctions Act: the States include Iraq, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Myanmar/Burma; …

Bogalay farmers threatened with land confiscation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in cyclone-hit Bogalay township in Irrawaddy division have said that local authorities are threatening to confiscate their land …

Cambodian MP urges UN, ASEAN to fulfill Burma promise
Mizzima.com, India –
… to pay a personal visit to Burma and find a realistic solution to the political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar …

Ore. scientists announce finding of oldest gecko
KTVZ, OR –
Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Gambari meets Indonesian President – ASEAN divided
Mizzima.com, India –
… with Myanmar’s Senior General Shwe.” However, Gambari has recently received mixed messages from ASEAN members Indonesia and Thailand as to what Burma’s …

Politicians defend Daw Suu for not meeting envoy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The problems Burma is facing now could be easily resolved if Daw Suu and Than Shwe could have a talk.” Veteran politician Thakin Chan Htun said he …

More Deaths Reported from Famine in Chin State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to …

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… Gambari on Wednesday, said that the UN envoy’s mission to Burma had not failed yet, and that the “Group of Friends on Myanmar” still supported his role.

Arrested Monks Held in Rangoon Detention Center
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)—the AAPP—reported on Tuesday that at least seven detained monks, …

Dialogue Suu Kyi’s Real Motive
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
She clearly believes a dialogue—with compromise on both sides—is the most effective chance to establish real democracy in Burma, which she has called for …

Myanmar: UN envoy holds talks with Indonesian officials
MyNews.in, India –
The United Nations envoy to Myanmar held talks today in Jakarta with senior Indonesian officials as part of his continuing consultations with regional …

Terror, trade to top BIMSTEC ministers’ agenda
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
The foreign ministers of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand will be participating in the discussions Friday. …

NLD concerned by rumours of Daw Suu hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… special envoy Ibrahim Gambari in his reconciliation efforts and to show that the people of Burma do not accept the unilateral actions of the government. …

Room at the Table hosts meal for Myanmar
Lexington Minuteman,  USA –
On May 3 the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was struck by Cyclone Nargis with devastating results. The winds and rain took the lives of an estimated …

Chin: WFP Assists Victims in Chin State
UNPO, Netherlands –
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 …

Communicating Culture
Boise Weekly,  USA –
Refugees from Bhutan, Burundi and Burma shuffled in their chairs as interpreters explained how to fill out American job applications. …

Indonesia hopes Myanmar dialog to be resumed
Antara, Indonesia –
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government has expressed hope the dialog between Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the government under …

Laos: Mekong floods leave four dead
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Some local observers suggested that the steady influx was due to the impact of Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma at a time when inflation and unemployment were …

Lack of funds threatens Free Burma Rangers’ aid efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Relief efforts by the Free Burma Rangers to help cyclone victims in the Irrawaddy delta are under threat due to funding shortages, …

Indonesia says Gambari mission has not failed in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
27 (Xinhua) — Indonesia considered that the UN mission in Myanmar carried out by its special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has not failed yet, supporting the envoy …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction
Diamonds.net, NY –
Myanmar relies on its precious gems trade as a key source of revenue and continues to sell to neighboring China and Thailand. Previous auctions in June and …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction IDEX Online, Israel –

Nepal’s rulers must release child soldiers

Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

We’re working on one country, which has some difficulty in this protocol; but we think that it’s within reach” Myanmar’s detained democracy leader, …

President Yudhoyono receives UN special envoy for Myanmar

Antara, Indonesia –

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received the UN secretary general`s special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, …

Clooney helps Darfur victims

Adelaidenow, Australia –

Not On Our Watch has already raised more than $8 million to help victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

China’s Tibet and Indonesia’s West Java hit by powerful earthquakes

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… people were killed by a 5.9-magnitude quake which hit southwestern Yunnan province on Thursday (August 21) near China’s border with Myanmar (Burma). …

Reports of Daw Suu Kyi’s refusal of daily food supplies creating …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus has further urged for a comprehensive assessment of Daw Aung Suu Kyi’s health must be carried out as soon as …

IRINnews.org, NY –

… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Freedom of Religion Poses A Problem for Travelers

Howard University The Hilltop (subscription), DC –

As Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, China’s stance on religious freedom faced much scrutiny from human rights groups and world leaders. …

Gambari’s Myanmar Visit “Disappointing,” UK Mission Says, UN Takes …

Inner City Press, NY –

UNITED NATIONS, August 26 — “Disappointing” is how the UN’s Ibrahim Gambari’s trip to Myanmar was described Tuesday by UK Ambassador John Sawers. …

Taking Names

Washington Times, DC –

Not on Our Watch has raised more than $7 million to help victims of both the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

RP docs, others can practice in ASEAN now
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Its other members are military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), oil-rich Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The group aims to achieve …

Burma’s Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s detained opposition leader, is said to be on a hunger strike in protest at her country’s brutal military regime. …

The Peking games
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Scanning these pages the other day, my eye was caught by a reference to “Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known)”. But should it? …

Myanmar: The war criminal was elevated by the United Nations, to …

UN envoy to Myanmar who is a pro-military regime

OpEdNews, PA –
Sani Abacha is like Burma military leader, Than Shwe, who has continued suppression of the free press , and has overseen the detention of journalists and …

UN:Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar, and today he was in Bangkok and met with the …

UN : Top UN envoy concludes latest visit to Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The senior United Nations envoy to Myanmar today wrapped up his six-day visit to the Asian country by meeting with senior members of the Government and the …

People Magazine –
… 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. …

Samak’s remarks on Burma do more damage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By The Nation Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s recent comments on Burma were ridiculous, even bordering on absurdity. It showed his total ignorance of the …

George Bush’s Legacy in Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Amidst world political tensions, Burma analysts and observers have begun to question if the Bush’s eight years in office have done enough to advance a …

Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Independent, UK –
An NLD spokesman in Burma said he could not confirm whether she had stopped eating but that bags of food delivered to a checkpoint outside her house in …