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World focus on Burma (30 November 2008)

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Burma: Myanmar Monk Congratulates Cuba Blogger Yoani Sánchez
OpEdNews, PA –
by Ashin Mettacara Page 1 of 1 page(s) By Ashin Mettacara I have two news with sadness and happiness: Burma’s judical crackdown news and International …

Larry Wilson: Revolutionaries part of sad arc of history
Pasadena Star-News, CA –
… to the protesters’ side by celebrating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights in an exhibit beginning Dec. …

Myanmar: Burma Jail News Continues; 6 Women Get 6 Years
OpEdNews, PA –
by Ashin Mettacara Page 1 of 1 page(s) The only continuity in Burma is the news about everyday jailing of monks and activists. …

Myanmar: Burma’s Congratulation to Comedian Zaganar
OpEdNews, PA –
by Ashin Mettacara Page 1 of 1 page(s) By Ashin Mettacara Popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and film director, Zarganar, was sentenced 59 years …

In dilemma and a quagmire
Mizzima.com, India –
by Maung Maung Hla Kyaing The current political development in Burma is ugly. The authorities are suppressing pro-democracy activists systematically by …

World Relief seeks helpers for refugees resettling in QC
Quad City Times, IA –
About 15 refugees from Bhutan, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Rwanda will arrive in the Quad-Cities this week to make new lives for themselves. …

America Cannot Tolerate Unending Immigration from Somalia, Sudan …
American Chronicle, CA –
Whether they come from Somalia, Burma or Ethiopia, they find themselves ripped out of their cultures, languages and family connections. …

Politicians are always leaking. It’s insane to arrest one for it
The Observer, UK –
This is not Zimbabwe, Belarus or Burma. One reason I know that is because I have just heard Tony Benn on the radio saying that we are living in ‘a police …

IDFA ’08 | “Burma VJ,” Girl Talk Doc, “RIP,” in Fest Spotlight on …
Indie Wire –
The story of last year’s uprising against the military dictatorship in Myanmar, told through secret home video footage, offers a direct look at the movement …

Oslo calling … with all the news from the land ruled by junta
Sunday Herald, UK –
THIDA THIN Myat Thu was just an 18-year-old marine biology student when she got involved with the 1988 uprising in Burma. She managed to keep her activism a …

THE WIND OF CHANGES
Bangkok Post, Thailand – 14 hours ago
Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and the Chinese province of Yunnan all depend on Bangkok as the transport hub of the region. They all see their tourism …

Lectures of Prof. Win : In Response to Burma Digest
Asian Tribune, Thailand – 15 hours ago
The Karen refused to attend, the Arakanese and the Mons were considered as part of the Burma/Myanmar tribe having being subdued since the Burmese kings and …

Laughter defying Burma’s junta
BBC News, UK – 22 hours ago
Like their more famous colleague, Aung San Suu Kyi, these are Burma’s bravest and brightest, devoured by their own government. …

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November 30, 2008 at 11:12 am

World focus on Burma (29 November 2008)

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POLITICS-THAILAND: Status as Regional Leader in Doubt
IPS, Italy –
It includes Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The call to postpone the summit comes after …

Myanmar leader says 2010 election plans on course
AFP –
The United States, European Union and United Nations have dismissed the lengthy “road map” in Myanmar, formerly Burma, as a sham due to the absence of …

Escaping the past, believing in the future
Rocky Mountain News, CO –
Htoo, 20, is from Myanmar, the nation once known as Burma. He fled his village at 13 to escape forceful recruitment into the same military that was …]

Round Table for Saturday, November 29, 2008
Capitol Hill Blue, VA –
1987 – A Korean jetliner disappeared off Burma, with 115 people aboard. 1988 – The US Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not …

31 literatus win literature house manuscript awards in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
The Sarpay Beikman was founded as the “Burma (now Myanmar) Translation Society” in 1947 and has published numerous magazines, lexicons, illustrated journals …

Brace for Thailand
La Stampa, Italy –
… so eager to help the lost cause of the Burmese dissidents or the Tibetan independence, willing to push for the winnable cause of the Thai democracy? …

Mumbai it is – but don’t expect Myanmar
Times Online, UK –
Before you all raise it, however, we have no plans – yet – to alter our preference for Burma over Myanmar, largely on the “greatest familiarity” principle, …

Commentary : ASEAN: people-oriented or disoriented?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Burma have been calling international attention to the plight of pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and more than …

TV must advise tourists
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
If they were in Burma, all the PAD core leaders would have been under house arrest and the protesters rounded up and jailed or put in concentration camps. …

From Surrey to Thailand, with VitaGoat
Surrey Now,  Canada –
The Karens are a people oppressed by the military in Burma (aka Myanmar). Those who’ve crossed into Thailand live in refugee camps along the border. …

Myanmar: Recovery fund still insufficient in post-Nargis Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
New Delhi (Mizzima) – Relief and recovery work for Cyclone Nargis affected victims in the delta region of Burma is insufficient and there remains much work …

SF: HUMAN RIGHTS CASE AGAINST CHEVRON IS SECOND TO GO TO TRIAL …
CBS 5, CA –
A human rights lawsuit by Burmese villagers against Unocal Corp. was settled in 2005. In order to rule in favor of the Nigerians on any of the claims, .


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November 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm

World focus on Burma (28 November 2008)

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New restrictions hamper appeal process
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 28, 2008 (DVB)–The authorities are using new restrictions and delaying tactics to make it difficult for defence lawyers to lodge appeals on behalf of …

Riot police gather at Thai airport
ABC Online, Australia –

Sondhi Limthongkul said demonstrators would not leave until Mr Somchai resigned, adding that the PM should “seek asylum in Myanmar (Burma)”. …

Jet lag a drag on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
China, Burma, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Vietnam, Pakistan – they’ve all been invited, along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. None of these is a bastion of democracy, …

Oo’s efforts result in creation of Burmese Advocacy Center
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, IN –
Oo’s family is from Burma (now Myanmar), but she had an international upbringing. Born to diplomat parents in Bangkok, Thailand, Oo grew up in China, Burma, …

US government taps Facebook, Google, MTV to “Fight Terrorism”
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The list of organizations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown ..

Judicial Crackdown in Burma Continues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thet Zin, 42, an editor for the weekly journal, Myanmar Nation, and his manager, Sein Win Maung, both received seven-year prison sentences on Friday at a …

Burmese Impacted by Thailand’s Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Like other airlines and travelers who use Thai airports, Burma’s Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Burmese who travel abroad have been …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 28, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT One of the more interesting agreements reached at a top-level trade and political relations meeting between India and Burma is a tax …

Long prison terms under Electronic Law intimidate Internet users …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Internet users in Burma claimed they are intimidated from surfing the Web as a result of the long prison terms given to those charged under the Electronic …

Burmese in Thailand cautioned on security concerns
Mizzima.com, India –
Similarly many Burmese citizens wear red dresses in support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They can be misunderstood too as pro-government protesters,” U Khun Sai …

World Digest Yemen protesters attacked by troops
Seattle Times, United States –
In the interviews, he said the government was too slow in responding to a May cyclone that killed more than 84000 people in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Burmese give thanks for old, new homelands
Chicago Tribune, United States –
The Karen are the largest ethnic minority group living in east Myanmar (formerly Burma) and northwest Thailand. Myanmar, a former British colony, …

The Bell Tolls for Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… India are free to move in again and secure their business ties with the Burmese junta, exploiting both the country’s economy and its natural resources. …

To visit or avoid, that’s the Burma guilt trip
The Age, Australia –
Be aware also that anger has deepened since Cyclone Nargis hit the nation in May. However, throughout our trip we never had people telling us our presence …

Recovery fund still insufficient in post-Nargis Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Relief and recovery work for Cyclone Nargis affected victims in the delta region of Burma is insufficient and there …

The road to ruins
The Age, Australia –
The repression in Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a clandestine battle, hidden from the gaze of big-spending tourists on two-week tours. …

Total prison term for Zarganar climbs to 59 years
Mizzima.com, India –
But in Burma, it is rising instead of declining – in prison terms. He cracked this joke at the court.” Zarganar was arrested at his residence in June this …

Burmese days
The Age, Australia –
I broke this within an hour of reaching my hotel in Yangon in Myanmar. The reason was another rule, the over-arching rule that simply says “why not? …

The Great Escape
Forbes, NY –
The world of luxury travel marketing is so reality-free that this last one floated in on a puff of colonial fantasy exactly one month after Cyclone Nargis …

We’re happy to mix with rogue states, says Government trade arm
Tribune, UK –
But Campaign Against Arms Trade accused the Government of “consorting with human rights abusers” after Pakistani media reported that high-level delegations …

US should move beyond just using sanctions in its relations with Burma
China Post, Taiwan –
Without such move from the US, Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Group of Friends of the Secretary General on Myanmar’ will yield little. The most effective UN intervention …

Havel’s Humanity
Wall Street Journal –
(In the play, the leader is attached to a statue of the nonviolent Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi; in the documentary, we see the framed picture of Burmese …

New report reveals shock figures on union murders
Tribune, UK –
… 14 in Morocco and seven in Burma where the junta targeted activists as part of its crackdown on moves for democracy and human rights. …

Mugabe critic wins art prize
ABC Online, Australia –
… worth $US25,000, which went to popular comedian and activist Zarganar. He was sentenced this month in military-ruled Burma to 45 years in prison after …

China’s Prison Labor System Criticized in 2008 US-China Commission …
The Epoch Times, NY –
“Although formal agreements have been made between the US and Chinese governments to stop the export of prison labor goods to the US, the practice …

Court will not intervene in compo case
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Most of the two million migrants in Thailand from Burma, Cambodia and Laos originally entered illegally without documents and cannot produce the documents …

The 13th Amendment and Its Vision of the State
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… that confronted the said dilemma sharply in Asia include India, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and even Japan. …

Myanmar: Unfinished Burmas Jail News; Popular Burmese Comedian …
OpEdNews, PA – by Ashin Mettacara Page

A popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director Zarganar was sentenced today to ..

Zimbabwean playwright, Burmese comedian win Freedom prizes
CBC.ca, Canada –
He was arrested last June after giving statements to foreign media that were critical of the junta’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Burmese Farmers Charged Using the Electronic Act
Global Voices Online, MA –
The Electronic Law has been used by the Junta to prosecute and persecute activists, bloggers and politicians who are critical of the regime. …

Burma’s government in exile condemns Mumbai attack
Mizzima.com, India –
… including members of detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party – the National League for Democracy (NLD), and border-based ethnic armed …

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November 28, 2008 at 4:40 am

World focus on Burma (27-11-2008)

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Thailand considering postponing ASEAN summit: Thai FM

Mizzima.com, India

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thailand’s Foreign Minister, Sompong Amornviwat, on Thursday said the upcoming 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, scheduled to be held in Chiang Mai beginning December 15,…….

Foreign press issues plea to reopen Gaza crossing

The Benton Crier, IA –

Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Burma and Zimbabwe. ..

Zarganar and Journalist Associates Receive Additional Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, and two journalist friends were given additional prison terms by a special court in Rangoon’s Insein …

Burmese fishery export hit hard
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi (Mizzima) – An official from the Myanmar Fishery Department said that exports of fishery products to Bangladesh have fallen by about …

Internet users increasingly concerned over security
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nam Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – A sense of insecurity is developing among Internet users in Burma after seeing the long prison terms given to dissidents …

Burma Crackdown Could be Convenient for China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Myanmar [Burma] is part and parcel of China’s grand strategic design to achieve its goal of becoming a great power in the 21st century,” said Poon Kim Shee …

Mhlanga and Zarganar win arts awards for human rights
guardian.co.uk, UK –
A Zimbabwean playwright who has repeatedly challenged the Mugabe regime and a Burmese comedian who has recently been sentenced to 45 years in prison have …

Final battle in Bangkok a Pyrrhic victory
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

Letter from the Zimbabwe Vigil to South Africa and the Elders …
The Zimbabwean, Africa –
China, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba? The $30million offered by South Africa will not go far given the mendacity and greed of the Mugabe …

No Laughing Matter
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW Be warned—if you crack a joke, Burma’s military leaders usually don’t laugh. Instead, they send you to prison. Burma’s most famous comedian, …

Who’s behind the Thai protests?
New Statesman, UK –

… and Burma, where the military junta recently jailed a comedian for 45 years for criticising the generals’ slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Imprisoned Burmese comedian honored
Mizzima.com, India –
… and satirist Zargarnar, who was recently sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for his social activism and critical voice against Burma’s military rulers. …

Listen To A Voice Of Gratitude
Hartford Courant, United States –
His earliest memories of Myanmar (The Karen people call it Burma) are far worse than that. “I remember one thing — the military, they came and attacked our …

Two youth activists handed eight year prison terms
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo New Delhi – Continuing a series of handing down long prison terms to dissidents, Burma’s military authorities on Monday sentenced two …

Mizoram shows how to hold election
MorungExpress, India –
The Assam Rifles mans the international border with Burma and the Border Security Force is deployed on the Bangladesh border. The low decibel campaign, …

JUNTA HANDS DOWN RIDICULOUS PRISON SENTENCES IN LATEST CRACKDOWN …
IFEX, Canada –

Meanwhile, ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship note that the states with the largest influence on the Burmese junta – China, India and Thailand – have …

Junta Hands Down Ridiculous Prison Sentences
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement was sentenced to 45 years in jail on 21 November for criticising the junta’s slow response to the …

We must heed the sage advice of our elders
The Herald, UK –
During their twice-yearly meetings, a symbolic empty chair is always reserved for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s easy to mock the idea. …

Open-entry system reducing fishing resources
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Today majority of Bengalis are in fishing business and then come the Burmese, while in the past the fishermen of Sindh were at the top in this field, …

Disagreements between India, China surfacing
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Beijing is developing strategic port facilities in Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in order to protect sea lanes and ensure uninterrupted energy …

Obama the Realist
The Weekly Standard –
Democracy activists were slaughtered in Burma. The administration has removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terror in exchange for what …

Burma and a Task Unfinished: Considering the Options
OpEdNews, PA –
… the UN on the situation in Burma, the 28 February 2008 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, reports on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. …

Zimbabwe writer Mhlanga honoured (Zarganar awarded Imprisoned Artist Prize)
BBC News, UK –

Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Burmese Comedian Gets 45-Year Prison Sentence
OneWorld.net, UK –

HRW says the increased efforts to prosecute political activists “confirm that Burma’s rulers are undermining basic freedoms more strongly than ever as they …

Refugee youths in county schools fled repression
Explore Howard County, MD –
… began for Hammond High School senior Sui Hnem Iang Ngun Hei when her father became a wanted man in their native Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Competence Over Ideology
The National Interest Online, DC –
… watched and measured America’s shifting stance on apartheid, so it will measure the next administration’s commitment to democracy in Burma and beyond. …

Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Thailand, currently reaching the apex of months-long political turmoil, has taken this concept one step further, as the People’s Alliance for Democracy …

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November 27, 2008 at 3:05 am

Thailand shuts down second airport in capital

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Thailand shuts down second airport in capital
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BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Thai authorities have closed a second airport in the capital after anti-government protesters stormed the terminal.
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Japan Air, Singapore Air Cancel Flights to Bangkok (Update1)
Bloomberg –
By Chris Cooper Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) — Japan Airlines Corp., Singapore Airlines Ltd. and other Asian carriers canceled flights to Bangkok for a second day today after the city’s two main airports were shut down due to anti-government protesters.
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November 27, 2008 at 3:04 am

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Protesters shut down Bangkok’s international airport / Thai army chief asks PM to step down

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Voice of America

Thai Army Chief Urges Government to Step Down, Call Snap Elections
Voice of America –
By VOA News Thailand’s army commander has told the country’s elected government that it should step down and call a snap election to resolve a deepening political crisis.

Video: Thai Protesters Take to Streets, Block Airport AssociatedPress


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Thailand government rejects army call to dissolve parliament guardian.co.uk, UK –

Thailand’s tourism industry set to suffer CNN International –

Army Chief Calls for Thai Elections to End Protests (Update2) Bloomberg –

Thailand’s army chief calls for prime minister’s resignation Los Angeles Times, CA

British tourists stranded by Thailand protests Reuters UK, UK –

Thai army chief advises prime minister to quit International Herald Tribune, France –

Indonesia cancels all flights to Bangkok Xinhua, China –

Thai Protesters Refuse to Clear out of Bangkok Airport Spiegel Online, Germany –

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November 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm