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World focus on Burma (5 November 2008)

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Pope not averse to visit Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
… Charles Maung Bo told UCA News, “He would be ready to make a short visit to Myanmar [Burma] if he chooses to visit one of the countries in Asia. …

ILO to mediate with junta to release child soldier
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi – The International Labour Organization is trying to mediate with the Burmese military junta to free a child soldier. …

Barrack Obama and Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Unless the ruling military junta in Burma lets international aid workers provide assistance freely throughout that nation, the mind-boggling death tolls …

Visiting a Ghost Town
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

This was my first step in Naypyidaw, Burma’s new capital. I had come to conduct an (undercover) report for The Irrawaddy on the third anniversary of …

Big Burmese Interest in Result of US Presidential Election
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He said the election had been followed in Burma more closely than any previous one because the Burmese people, encouraged by the removal of Iraq’s Saddam …

Huge, enthusiastic turnout drives vote
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
At the Knights of Columbus hall on Reed Road, a couple who emigrated as refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, got to vote for the first time, …

18 Years in Prison and Counting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… rapporteur on human rights in Burma while he was visiting the prison. The statement titled “Human Rights Abuses in the Junta’s Prisons,” together with a …

Lawyers for Activists Harassed, Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), there are currently 13 lawyers defending pro-democracy activists in …

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP: BURMA/MYANMAR AFTER NARGIS: TIME TO …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, argues that the recent cooperation has …

Cyclone Nargis leaves millions in misery six months later
Mizzima.com, India –
And the most absurd anomaly is the military junta’s crackdown on those individual Burmese – actors, business people, doctors and writers – who were so moved …

“The climatic crisis will combine with the crisis of the capital…”
International Viewpoint, UK –
… what happens in Bangladesh has no weight outside of the affected area, nor what occurred in Burma, because the control of the military junta prevents …

Making an Electoral Gamble
Daily Mississippian, MS –
Like many other faithful citizens of this great state on Tuesday in honor of our nation’s democracy, I drove to Tunica to play at the casinos. …

Refugee students find help in Rochester School District
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
The largest source is Myanmar (Burma), one of the poorest countries in the world, located between India, China and Thailand in Southeast Asia. …

Farmers in cyclone-hit delta face bleak future
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Some of the seeds received from the former Burma’s military government had failed to sprout and he had managed to plant only 70 per cent of his land, …

Burma Army Kills Four and Forces Hundreds to Flee Karen State
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –
The CSW report says a field researcher from Karen Human Rights Group reported that the DKBA initially issued documents to villagers across the Pa-an …

Burmese censors outline news management plan
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Mizzima recently got hold of a copy of a confidential document detailing the plan of the Burmese junta’s information minister to improve the dissemination …

Burma – Military censors send privately-owned media directive with …
CNW Telbec (Communiqués de presse), Canada –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Barack Obama’s message of change for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In July 2008, Congress passed the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act under his leadership. Biden said, “I look forward to …

Anatomy of a continuing movement
The News International, Pakistan –
… contributed to Indian independence from colonial rule, the long-imprisoned Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has led the opposition against military rule, …

At UN, Racism Expert Omits Myanmar like NGOs from Durban II
Inner City Press, NY –
In the case of Tomas Ojea Quintana, who went strikingly easy on Myanmar’s Than Shwe regime’s human rights record, such “imagination” only harms the Burmese …

Children on the Edge to host Burmese art exhibit
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

… the work of Saw Kennedy, a refugee forced to flee Burma after facing oppression and persecution at the hands of the brutal Burmese military regime. …

Burma Army Attacking Christian Karen Villagers; Several Killed
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
CSW, which has been investigating the situation in Burma, also known as Myanmar, said the clashed happened in the Dooplaya District, in southern Karen State …

THE ABSENT NEIGHBOUR
Calcutta Telegraph, India –

India has given $100 million credit for Myanmar infrastructure, while $ 57 million has been offered to upgrade Burmese railways. …

Burma ‘Hampering’ Aid Six Months after Cyclone
OneWorld US, DC –
… the Irrawaddy Delta after the cyclone, the junta’s restrictions on humanitarian access continue to obstruct aid workers in Burma,’ continues Mr Hasan. …

Thaksin still holds an edge in spite of legal problems
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Other pro-Thaksin supporters were also hoping Thaksin could elevate his status to that of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Nobel Laureate who is now under …

Burma’s domestic car industry sluggish
Mizzima.com, India –
Myanmar Economic Holdings is also importing a lot of cars, which deflates the local market,” a well informed car dealer said. “Car deals can hardly be made …

Fund crunch halts on going projects till 2010
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Rangoon – Financial constraints have caught up with the Burmese military junta even as the 2010 general elections approach, …

ASEAN chief confident Thai political unrest won’t affect summit
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Because the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government coaltion continues occupying Government House, coupled with confrontations and occasional …

Military censors send privately-owned media directive with 10 …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 4, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Warships in Bay of Bengal

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A Bangladeshi warship takes part in a multi-national naval exercise

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Bangladeshi diplomats headed to Yangon on Wednesday to try and smooth tensions over gas exploration in disputed waters, as a Myanmar official …

B’desh, Myanmar warships stay positioned in Bay of Bengal
Press Trust of India, India –
Dhaka, Nov 5 (PTI) The naval ships from Bangladesh and Myanmar continued to be deployed in the Bay of Bengal today even as a flurry of diplomatic …

A three-member Bangladeshi team is in Burma to hold talks on a territorial dispute between the two nations in the Bay of Bengal. …

Bangladesh asks China for help in Myanmar sea row
Reuters India, India –
DHAKA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Bangladesh asked China on Wednesday to help it resolve a row with Myanmar over oil and gas exploration in deep-sea blocks in …

Bangladesh briefs Chinese envoy on dispute with Myanmar
Monsters and Critics.com –
Dhaka – Dhaka on Wednesday explained to Beijing the reasons for the current tension in the Bay of Bengal over Myanmar’s gas exploration in disputed maritime …

Burma to continue gas exploration in Bay of Bengal: AP
Mizzima.com, India –
“We will not stop exploration activities, which are inside Myanmar [Burma] waters,” the official said. Instead he said Burma has officially lodged a …

Bangladesh, Burma to Hold Talks Over Territorial Dispute
Voice of America –
By VOA News Bangladesh’s foreign secretary, Toheid Hossain, is scheduled to travel to Burma Wednesday in a bid to defuse a dispute over oil- and gas-rich …

Bangladesh sends warship to Burma in gas row
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Bangladesh and Burma, two of the world’s poorest nations, have sent warships into the Bay of Bengal as tensions escalate over a vast but disputed gas find. …

Bangladesh steps up agression against Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
Bangladesh says it has deployed another warship to the Bay of Bengal and will send a top diplomat to Burma amid escalating tensions over gas exploration in …

Dhaka delegation leaves for Myanmar

Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
“I will meet my Myanmar counterpart and other senior officials to convey that Dhaka wants immediate withdrawal of the vessels and infrastructures from the …

Naval standoff between Burma and Bangladesh
Open Democracy, UK –
Naval vessels from Bangladesh and Burma faced off after a row erupted over oil and gas exploration in the area. Bangladesh officials claim a Burmese …

Burma said it will continue gas exploration in Bay of Bengal …
Mizzima.com, India –
The official said, “We will not stop our exploration activities, which are inside Myanmar [Burma] waters.” Instead, the official said Burma has officially …

Political, student bodies condemn Myanmar
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Protesting Myanmar’s effort Bangladesh Chhatra Federation organised a rally on Dhaka University campus yesterday. They also burnt the effigy of M Tamim, …

Myanmar sends another warship
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

Bangladesh Navy last evening asked ships of Myanmar to stop oil and gas exploration inside Bangladesh maritime territory as Bangladesh’s special envoy is to …

Protecting exclusive economic zone
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
BANGLADESH authorities have sharply reacted to Myanmar intruding into Bangladesh’s exclusive zone (EEZ) and sent a naval flotilla to restrain the intrusion. …

Myanmar mobilise warships in Bay of Bengal
Press Trust of India, India –
Dhaka, Nov 4 (PTI) Bangladesh and Myanmar have mobilised more warships in the Bay of Bengal even as diplomatic efforts are underway to resolve the row over …

Bangladesh-Burma (Myanmar) maritime boundary dispute escalates
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
By Huma Yusuf Naval ships from Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) are facing off in the Bay of Bengal as a maritime boundary dispute between the two countries …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 4, 2008 at 9:32 pm

World focus on Burma (4 November 2008)

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Fund crunch halts on going projects till 2010
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Rangoon – Financial constraints have caught up with the Burmese military junta even as the 2010 general elections approach, …

ASEAN chief confident Thai political unrest won’t affect summit
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Because the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government coaltion continues occupying Government House, coupled with confrontations and occasional …

Obama still angry about attacks on his wife
Examiner.com –

The former teacher and librarian told the press she decided to add human rights situations to her agenda after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. …

Military censors send privately-owned media directive with 10 …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
As well as the traditionally-banned subjects such as democracy, the plight of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the economic and social crisis, …

Burma’s Stolen Elections
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Now the junta is promising to hold elections in 2010. Meanwhile, most opposition members are behind bars, where many of them have been since winning the …

Burmese Archbishop Says Pope Ready to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Charles Maung Bo told UCA News, “He would be ready to make a short visit to Myanmar [Burma] if he chooses to visit one of the countries in Asia. …

Burma a Priority Issue: UN Chief
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… process in Myanmar,” he said, adding that he hoped the Indian government would also help in facilitating Burma’s democratization process. …

Daewoo Named in Human Rights Complaint
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It says Daewoo’s plan to construct a trans-Burma gas pipeline to China “poses an unreasonably high risk of more serious and widespread human rights and …

Gleaming Cindy finally steps out of shadows
This is London, UK –
As a philanthropist, she funds emergency medical missions to war-torn countries and is outspoken on human rights in Burma. Initially reluctant to fully …

Lloyds under pressure over Burma
Director of Finance online, UK –
Not only is Levene the Chairman at Lloyd’s, he is also a director at Total – the energy company that has signed deals with the Burmese junta to pursue gas …

Myanmar activists losing powerful ally: Laura Bush
Tri Parish Times, LA –
They also have won tough sanctions aimed at isolating Myanmar, also known as Burma. Activists in the country say her support has been invaluable. …

First lady a noble crusader
The Spokesman Review, WA –
… Page Editor Fred Hiatt wrote about Burma, where the first lady has played a leading role in pushing for release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Forced to be Free
The MIT Tech, MA –
Indeed, at the heart of the debate is the very definition of democracy. Although it comes in various forms and varieties, democracy is based on two core …

Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta recovering 6 months after Nargis – Feature
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Yangon/Singapore – Many young women in Myanmar’s (Burma’s) Irrawaddy delta region have stopped wearing their hair traditionally long, word goes. …

THAILAND: Anti-Coup Movement Strikes Back
Inter Press Service, Italy –
‘’They want to take us backward; to become another Burma,’’ adds the man who only has a fourth grade education. ‘’We need to go forward. …

NGOs and the victim industry
Le Monde Diplomatique, France –
There must be universal human rights – a worthy premise, but problematic. You create victims whom you can save. Then you assert the right to have access to …

Welcoming new UNSC members: Turkey
Today’s Zaman, Turkey –
But together we can bring peace to troubled lands, advance human rights and, as President Bush said in his farewell to the UN, “build a world that is freer, …

THE STANLEY FOUNDATION: AMERICA AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
It could bring concerted pressure to bear on tyrants in Burma or Zimbabwe, with or without Moscow’s and Beijing’s approval. …

The Case Against Humanitarian Intervention
American Enterprise Institute, DC –
Proponents are never sure who they are going to save, but consider the situations in Sudan, Somalia and Burma. In Sudan, we see a genocidal civil war. …

Laura Bush
Politicker KY, KY –

Today, Bush praised McConnell, calling him a “very, very strong voice” for human rights – pointing to policy with regards to Burma specifically – and …

Also speaking are Neelam Noorani, International Human Rights Lawyer and Banafsheh Akhlaghi, Western Regional Director, Amnesty International USA. …

A Short List of Human Rights Reforms for the Next President
FindLaw, CA –
He will also take office at a time when Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib are synonymous with human rights abuse, and US authority on human rights issues is largely …

‘The World is My Constituency’
Family Security Matters, NJ –

A key Obama foreign-policy adviser, Sarah Sewall of Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, is an expert on the ICC. She has co-edited a book, …

Push Burma on democracy
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… Thai territory to attack its separatist groups. For the sake of peace, Thailand needs correct relations with Burma. But it shouldn’t pander to the junta.

Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis – Six months on
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Six months ago Cyclone Nargis struck Burma, taking the lives of over 140000 people and injuring around 20000. In total, the homes, communities and …

The Cooties Effect
Foreign Policy In Focus –
Further alleged proof of imperialist cooties infestations of ICNC through Ackerman’s wife is that she serves on the board of both Human Rights Watch and the …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 4, 2008 at 2:00 am

Territorial Tension in Bay of Bengal between Bangladesh and Burma

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Bangladesh and Burma send warships into Bay of Bengal
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Bangladesh and Burma, two of the world’s poorest nations, have sent warships into the Bay of Bengal amid escalating tensions over a vast disputed gas find. …

t wants Burma to do the same. Bangladesh’s Additional Foreign Secretary, MAK Mehmood says Burma – also known as Myanmar – should halt all activity in the …

Bangladeshis angry about Myanmar incursion into oil areas
South Korea News, South Korea –
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Touhid Hossain has gone to Myanmar to warn it against further exploration in the Bay of Bengal, where a territorial dispute …

Bangladesh sends team to Myanmar over sea dispute
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP DHAKA, Bangladesh: Bangladesh said Tuesday it will send a delegation to Myanmar this week to discuss a territorial dispute, after ships from the …

Tension between Bangladesh, Burma Mounts
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was quoted by AFP as saying, “They will discuss the latest situation with Myanmar officials and try to defuse the situation.” Bangladesh and Burma have …

DHAKA (AFP) — Bangladesh said Tuesday it has deployed another warship to the Bay of Bengal and would send a top diplomat to Myanmar amid escalating tensions …

Bangladesh, Burma tensions over sea waters escalate
Radio Australia, Australia –
Bangladesh says it has deployed another warship to the Bay of Bengal and will send a top diplomat to Burma amid escalating tensions over gas exploration in …

Myanmar keeps drilling in Bay despite Dhaka’s protests
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 4 (bdnews24.com) – Myanmar authorities have been going ahead with oil and gas exploration activities in disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal …

Burma Accuses Bangladesh of Intruding in Burmese Waters
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Sittwe: Burmese authorities in Sittwe have accused to Bangladesh navy ships of entering Burmese waters on Monday morning for an hour before returning to …

Myanmar to continue oil search despite Dhaka row
Reuters India, India –
YANGON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Myanmar will press ahead with oil and gas exploration in deep-sea blocks in the Bay of Bengal, a government official said on …

Bangladesh Sends Envoys to Myanmar to Resolve Standoff Over Oil

Bloomberg –

Foreign Secretary Touhid Hossain will lead the team of Bangladeshi officials to the nation formerly known as Burma. A Myanmar exploration vessel escorted by …

Bangladesh to send delegation to Rangoon to defuse tension

Mizzima.com, India –

I also told the Myanmar [Burmese] Ambassador on Monday that we would take all possible measures to protect our sovereignty. …

Burmese Ambassador Denies Intrusion

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Dhaka: Burma’s ambassador to Bangladesh, U Phe Than U, told Bangladesh’s foreign adviser yesterday that Burma did not intrude into Bangladesh territory, …

Tension in the Bay of Bengal
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

It is really unfortunate that Bangladesh and Myanmar Naval vessels are now positioned face to face at the Bay of Bengal over maritime dispute triggered by …

Bangladesh, Myanmar Naval Vessels Face Off Over Oil, BBC Says
Bloomberg –
… formerly known as Burma to try to resolve the dispute, the BBC reported on its Web site. Myanmar hasn’t made a public statement on the issue, it said. …

Bangladesh-Myanmar ties face new strain
GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
By Anisur Rahman, Correspondent Dhaka: Bangladesh-Myanmar relations witness strains as Yangon authorities began oil exploration in disputed waters with …

Bangladesh To Send Diplomats To Myanmar To Resolve Territorial Dispute
RTT News, NY –
… not want to “go for any confrontation as Myanmar is our friendly neighbor.” Tensions escalated in the region after some four Burmese exploration ships, …

Myanmar ships in the Bay
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
THE news that four Myanmar ships escorted by two warships entered Bangladesh territorial waters to explore gas and oil in the Bay of Bengal came as a great …

Myanmar defies warnings
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
The government yesterday decided to send the foreign secretary to Myanmar tomorrow as Myanmar continues to ignore Bangladesh’s warnings against trespassing. …

Myanmar asked to stop oil search in Bangladesh waters: Sovereignty …
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
Myanmar Ambassador U Phae Thann Oo was summoned to the foreign office yesterday again to lodge Dhaka’s strong protest against continuing Yangon’s survey for …

Bangladesh, Burma in territorial standoff
Radio Australia, Australia –
Bangladesh says it’s sending a diplomatic team to Burma to try to resolve a long-standing border dispute in the potentially oil-rich Bay of Bengal. …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 4, 2008 at 1:50 am