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World focus on Burma (28 October 2008)

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Burmese Join US Presidency Debate
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain. (Photo: Reuters)

Both presidential candidates are seen as having similar positions on Burma, in keeping with the tradition of bipartisan support for democratic reform in the …

Than Shwe Watch
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Gen Thura Shwe Mann, the Burmese junta’s No 3, and navy and army commanders also attend the meeting. Snr-Gen Than Shwe meets Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh .

Thai Tensions Form Apt Backdrop for Asean Meeting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… “shift in how people perceive democracy in this region,” says Roshan Jason, executive director of the Asean Inter-parliamentary Myanmar (Burma) Caucus. …

The New KNU?—Let’s Wait and See
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… social activities and the human rights movement, compiling data on human rights abuses committed by the Burmese junta’s soldiers against ethnic Karen. …

Chinese Aid Wins Hearts, Twists Arms in Southeast Asia
World Politics Review –
More controversially, Burma has also received pledges of around $5 billion in loans, equipment, and investment from China since the ruling military junta …

Student group confesses to member’s death
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s state-run media, New Light of Myanmar, on October 21 reported that Thet Oo Win was a drunkard with no proper job, had entered into the Buddhist …

McConnell’s a ‘center-right’ guy
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, activist-rocker Bono and others laud him as America’s foremost advocate for long-oppressed Burma. …

‘Remains to be Seen’
Mizzima.com, India –
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, she won the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award in 2007 for her work in promoting the struggle of women in Burma …

Dear Diary
Globe and Mail, Canada –
… and the actress’s own journals that recount the plight of Karen refugees and child soldiers terrorized by the Myanmarese (Burmese) military Junta, …

Myanmar man held after bomb threat:report
AFP –

The ruling junta has in the past blamed explosions on armed exile groups or ethnic rebels who have been battling the military rulers for decades, …

Checkpoints, Barricades Removed from in Front of Suu Kyi’s Home
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Suu Kyi’s current period of house arrest began in 2003 after she and her supporters were attacked by government backed thugs in upper Burma. …

‘Urgent calls’
Mizzima.com, India –
After his appointment as the UN’s Special Human Rights Envoy for Myanmar (Burma) in May 2008, he officially visited the country in the aftermath of Cyclone …

US enforces moratorium on Burma gems
Radio Australia, Australia –
The United States has begun enforcing a law seeking to tighten an import ban on gems from military-ruled Burma. The law, which closes a loophole that …

A Win-Win for China: Sascha Matuszak
Antiwar.com, CA –
Many of the campaigns to halt human rights abuses in China will migrate to the fringe of US policy, if they haven’t already, and the tone will ease. …

Burma’s opposition-in-exile call for democracy timeframe
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military authorities are reported to have removed barbed wire barriers and reduced security around the home of the detained democracy leader Aung …

UN Expert Says Biofuels Are Like Blood Diamonds, Myanmar and …
Inner City Press, NY –
Inner City Press asked de Schutter about food for work programs, particularly in Myanmar. While de Schutter called such conditional aid defensible in some …

US enforces law barring Burmese gems
The Standard, Hong Kong –
The United States said it began enforcing a law seeking to tighten an import ban on gems from military-ruled Burma in a bid to deprive the junta of precious …

POLITICS: Thai Tensions Form Apt Backdrop for ASEAN Meet
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A key pillar in this makeover is a plan to establish a new regional human rights mechanism. ASEAN has also set its sights on creating a unified, …

… Rights Watch called on US consumers to refuse buying from jewelers unless they ensured their gems were not from Myanmar, previously known as Burma. …

Severe violation of human rights in Burma – At least 66000 are …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
This figure was published this week by a consortium of human rights organisations working in the border area between Thailand and Burma. …

Myanmar opposition activists sentenced to prison for 2007 …
JURIST –
[JURIST] A Myanmar court sentenced six leading opposition activists to prison terms Friday in connection with their involvement in pro-democracy …

Burma’s bloody trade
New Statesman, UK –

… keen to tap into Burma’s natural resources, in order to feed its growing energy needs. “If you really want to understand China’s approach to Myanmar, …

Burma: US Consumers Should Avoid Banned Gems
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
… of Burmese companies that are involved in the gem business, including the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Company (a military-owned conglomerate), …

The engagement fantasy
Canada.com, Canada –
He’s writing about the International Crisis Group’s recommendation that the international community “normalise relations” with Burma’s generals, …

Lungwa: One Village, Two States
MorungExpress, India –
The range, in the background, falls within Burma. (Morung Photos) Dimapur : Scenic beauty is redefined and the magnitude of border lines gets more defined …

Amazon Defense Coalition: High-Stakes Trial in San Francisco …
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
“Of all the US oil companies, Chevron is the most out of step when it comes to human rights issues at a time when those issues are becoming more important …

Human Rights Salon
UN Dispatch –
… including its disproportionate focus on Israel and relative inattention to grave human rights abuses in Burma, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. ..

India, Pakistan and Kashmir
MWC News, Canada –

Had the Burmese Junta and Thailand reopened a trade route similar to India and Pakistan, the media and international community would not applaud trade while …

Only Peace Protects Freedoms, Says Index
OneWorld US, DC –

In Burma (170th), run by a xenophobic and inflexible junta, journalists and intellectuals, even foreign ones, have for years been viewed as enemies by the …

Myanmar, North Korean foreign ministers meet
The Associated Press –
Then known as Burma, the country severed relations with North Korea in 1983 following a bombing in its largest city by North Korean secret agents targeting …

Storm rumor reignites fear in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
But unlike the fears of villagers and residents in Rangoon, the Myanmar Meteorological Department in Rangoon said there is no danger that a major cyclone as …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

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