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World focus on Burma (10 November 2008)

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Defense counsels behind bars
Mizzima.com, India –
… Burma’s military rulers have charged lawyers defending the rights of political detainees, critics and observers said the actions indicate the junta’s …

EU: Burma vote illegitimate unless Suu Kyi freed
USA Today –

BRUSSELS (AP) — Multiparty elections scheduled for 2010 in Burma will be seen as illegitimate unless the ruling military junta frees all political prisoners …

Myanmar vote illegitimate: EU
Straits Times, Singapore –
The junta came to power in 1988 in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – after crushing a nationwide pro-democracy uprising, killing as many as 3000 people. …

Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for “mocking” General Than Shwe
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
In September of 2007, on the pages of his website, the young man recounted the massacres carried out by the junta against Burmese monks, becoming a valuable …

Myanmar hands blogger 20-year prison sentence
International Herald Tribune, France –
Blogger Nay Phone Latt, 28, was arrested in January this year and given 15 years under the Electronics Law, two years for “creating public alarm,” and 3 1/2 …

Dissident blogger given 20 years
First Post, UK –

A young Burmese blogger who fed the outside world news from a locked-down country on the September 2007 uprising was sentenced to 20 years and six months …

Young Burmese Blogger Sentenced to more than 20 Years in Jail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was convicted of contravening Public Offense Act 505 B by posting a cartoon depicting junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe on his blog site. …

Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years
Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled by the combined sentence of 20 years and six months in prison that a special court in …

BDR chief visits Myanmar border as tension eases
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (bdnews24.com) – Local administration has said that the situation at Naikkhongchhari in Bandera bordering Myanmar remained normal since Monday …

Withdrawal of Myanmar’s warships ends crisis in “Bay”
Hindu, India –
Dhaka (PTI): Bangladesh on Monday announced that its stand-off with Myanmar over hydrocarbon exploration rig ended after Yangon’s two warships left disputed …

Mynamar withdrawal a ‘win-win’ outcome: Iftekhar
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (bdnews24.com)–Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Monday the withdrawal of Daewoo’s oil rig and Myanmar vessels from the disputed …

Myanmar pulls out from Bangladesh waters
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

Myanmar on Sunday pulled back its warship and started withdrawing hydrocarbon exploration equipment from the disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal after …

EU ministers urge Myanmar junta to free political prisoners
EUbusiness (press release), UK –
… year towards a genuine transition to democracy in Burma/Myanmar since the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by the military authorities. …

Funding remains major concern for UN
Myanmar Times, Burma –
An October 20 report by the Brussels-based think tank International Crisis Group (ICG) titled Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations …

Troops Line Up Along Burma-Bangladesh Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Over the weekend, the Burmese government rejected the Bangladesh government’s demand to stop exploration immediately, the state-run New Light of Myanmar …

EU ready to boost sanctions onMyanmar, ministers say
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Brussels – The European Union is ready to toughen its sanctions on Myanmar if no progress is made on democracy, but would consider easing them if the …

Burma: Crimes Against Humanity
UNPO, Netherlands –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …

Burma Resolution Introduced in the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The resolution called on the junta to fully implement previous recommendations of the UN special rapporteur on Burma, the General Assembly, …

EU ready to boost sanctions on Myanmar, ministers say
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Brussels – The European Union is ready to toughen its sanctions on Myanmar if no progress is made on democracy, but would consider easing them if the …

Funding remains major concern for UN
Myanmar Times, Burma –
… International Crisis Group (ICG) titled Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations said international aid donors should view cyclone …

Press freedom rankings show Africa has long way to go
journalism.co.za, South Africa –
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 …

Boycotters welcome Cotton Traders Burma U-turn
Community News Group, UK –
The Burma Campaign UK, which aims to restore human rights and democracy in the country, called for consumers not to buy from Cotton Traders and the Atlantic …

SEAPA: Reason to celebrate
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… and low cost expansion of the media network, which came to light during the Saffron Revolution (September 2007) and Cyclone Nargis (May 2008). …

Press freedom rankings show Africa has long way to go
journalism.co.za, South Africa –
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 exits disputed waters, troops alert – Bangladesh
Reuters India, India –
By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh kept troops on high alert along its border with Myanmar on Monday, while pulling back naval ships from the Bay …

A nice little earner
First Post, UK –

It seems to jar with most people’s view of Burma, or Myanmar as we should now call it. An authoritarian junta, with little time for consumerism, …

Bangladesh Football Team Leaves for Burma
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The Bangladesh football team left for Burma from Dhaka on 8 November to take part in the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup. The six nation tournament will begin …

Myanmar halts gas exploration in disputed waters: Bangladesh
Zee News, India –
Dhaka, Nov 10: Authorities in Bangladesh on Sunday claimed that Myanmar has suspended oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters in Bay of Bengal as a …

Once Allied army launching pad, Pangsau Pass now a drug route
Press Trust of India, India –
… the border with Myanmar in the Arunachal Pradesh sector and had played a prominent role in the Allied campaign against Japan in Burma (now Myanmar). …

The unvarnished truth
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –

“I know that it’s really overwhelming to think about every woman in Burma or every woman killed in Juarez,” Kirshner said. “But the book isn’t really about …

Six Months Later, Burma Still Suffers
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –

Even worse, international human rights groups have reported an increase in forced labor, forced relocations and extensive land confiscation by the country’s …

Myanmar Removes Gas Equipment From Zone Disputed by Bangladesh
Bloomberg –
Bangladesh summoned Myanmar’s ambassador before sending envoys to the nation formerly known as Burma. Foreign Secretary Touhid Hossain said yesterday after …

Myanmar halts gas exploration in disputed waters: Bangladesh
Smash Hits, India –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (DPA) Authorities in Bangladesh Sunday claimed that Myanmar has suspended oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters in Bay of Bengal as a …

What kind of first lady will Michelle Obama be?
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… of women in Afghanistan, delivered some her husband’s weekly radio addresses and spoke out against the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Burma. …

Bangladesh says Myanmar vacating disputed sea patch
Daily Times, Pakistan –
DHAKA: Bangladesh said on Sunday that Myanmar had started withdrawing oil and gas exploration equipment from disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal. …

The right to food
Canada.com, Canada –
I do buy the economic-rights argument, but only to a point. If we look at places like Zimbabwe and Burma, the connection between food and freedom, …

Will Arroyo meet Obama this time?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Such issues included “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of the [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], human rights in Burma, ..

Michelle Obama’s focus is on daughters
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

.. some of her her husband’s weekly radio addresses and spoke out against the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in the southeast Asian nation of Burma. …

Myanmar worked in that area from before?
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar’s attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary …

Myanmar worked in that area from before?
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar’s attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary …

Myanmar withdraws warships
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

This photo sent by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) shows two Bangladesh Navy ships positioned near Korean rig Trans Ocean Legend in the disputed waters of the Bay of Bengal. Photo: ISPR

Myanmar withdrew its warships, the oil and gas exploration rig and the fossil fuel exploration vessels from Bangladesh waters yesterday but tension between …

Expert lists to-do’s for RP, Asean in face of crisis
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma/Myanmar with Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, China and South Korea. …

Bangla, Myanmar mobilise troops over maritime dispute
Press Trust of India, India –
Dhaka, Nov 9 (PTI) Bangladesh and Myanmar have mobilised their frontier forces following a tense stand-off in the Bay of Bengal, even as the Yangon-engaged …

Obama, GMA have ‘meeting of the minds’
Philippine Star, Philippines –
“These important issues and challenges include ‘climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma, …

Mbeki’s self-fulfilling prophecy
Politicsweb, South Africa –
His diplomats provided protection to the thugs in uniform who rule Myanmar/Burma and elsewhere. He fluffed plans he had co-authored to ensure good …

No further entry to disputed waters: Dhaka to ask Daewoo
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Daewoo has assured Dhaka that the rig used in the recent oil and gas exploration activities in disputed Bay waters would be shifted to other Myanmar blocks, …

President off tonight for US to join world leaders in UN meet
Manila Bulletin, Philippines –
These important issues include “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma and defense reform,” the letter …

Bangladesh, Myanmar mobilise troops over maritime dispute
Zee News, India –
Bangladesh earlier explored diplomatic channels engaging South Korea and China, a close ally of junta-ruled Myanmar, to dispel tensions. …

Greece: Briefing of diplomatic correspondents by Foreign Ministry …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… a discussion of European Security and Defence Policy, developments in the Western Balkans, the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and Burma/Myanmar. …

RIGHTS-BURMA: Military Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 10, 2008 at 4:29 am

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