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World focus on Burma (11 November 2008)

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NB: Please see news about the Burmese junta’s long-term sentences on the 88 Generation Students leaders and activists in the following separate posts;

  1. Junta’s unfair rule of law – 88 Generation Students leaders and activists sentenced up to 65 years in prison
  2. Junta’s oppressive rule of law – Blogger Nay Phone Latt sentenced to over 20 years

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Photographer’s nightmare: ‘friend’ claimed Burmese images as his own
Journalism.co.uk, UK –

I found yet another photo of mine [from Myanmar] on his Flickr account. What really upset me about this image was the caption he wrote underneath: “So …

Satellite Images Help Aid Groups Track Atrocities
Space Com –
… a Web site that shows before and after satellite images of areas the Washington-based human rights organization believes are, or could be at risk of, …

Tay Za Logging in Karen State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, a source at the New Mon State Party (NMSP) on Tuesday said that the Burmese junta and its main ally, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), …

Burma, North Korea Sign Visa Agreement
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
A state-run-newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reported that Kyaw Thu and Kin Young Il held the two countries’ third bilateral consultation meeting at a …

Suu Kyi and Cynthia Maung Win Prize
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Her latest detention started in May 2003 after her convoy of vehicles was attacked by Burmese junta-backed thugs. Cynthia Maung and Zoya Phan also met with …

US Appoints Special Burma Envoy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“It is determined to help the people of Burma/Myanmar to achieve stability, prosperity and democracy and remains ready to react positively to real progress …

Saint Mary’s to commemorate Kristallnacht anniversary
Observer Online, IN –
… against current human rights abuses,” Testa said. “Right now we have a marriage of Holocaust remembrance and activism for Darfur, Burma and the Congo. …

Fight for freedom continues
Edmonton Sun,  Canada –
While the members of the UN Security Council twiddle their thumbs, Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains in detention, having spent more …

Bush announces nomination to new Burma post
Mizzima.com, India –
Provision for the Special Representative position in Burma falls under the JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act, which passed in July and was …

Guest column: Veterans helped make transition peaceful
Muncie Star Press, IN –
In today’s world, we find militaries commonly interfering in politics, such as in Myanmar (Burma) or formerly in Pakistan and Chile. …

Bush announces nomination to new Burma post
Mizzima.com, India –
Focused on the goal of restoring democratic governance to Burma, the Special Representative is to work closely with Burmese democracy activists as well as …

Dhaka-Yangon standoff lessens, but troops mobilisation continuing
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Dhaka, Nov 11 (IANS) Bangladesh and Myanmar are continuing to mobilise troops along their border although the standoff over Yangon exploring oil and gas in …

Special unit hunts MIA remains
Kentucky.com, KY –
North Korea and Burma, also known as Myanmar, are two such places, Webb says. Until recently, some areas of India also were closed to JPAC. …

Military Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …

North Korea threatens ‘ultra-hardline’ action against Japan over …
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
North Korean military forces could move to stop and board Japanese ships operating in the Sea of Japan or shadow military or civilian aircraft close to its …

Burma six months on: Children and their families are still in need …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Cyclone Nargis cut a swath of destruction across Myanmar’s southern coast on 2-3 May 2008. More than 130000 people, including tens of thousands of children, …

President Bush Names Special Aide For Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
The US Congress created the post to put pressure on the ruling military junta. The legislation said the special representative would work with democracy …

Stuff we like: Chickens, communists and casinos
Crikey (subscription), Australia –
In the mountains near the Thai-Cambodian border, the Burmese junta are turning a nice profit from casinos, writes The First Post: “Because gambling is …

EU Urges Myanmar Junta To Free Political Prisoners
RTT News, NY –
Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a landslide victory in 1990 elections but Myanmar’s junta never allowed them to form a government. …

Protests urged as Myanmar jails blogger
NDTV.com, India –
In a statement in Montreal, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association in Canada said that a Myanmar court on Monday jailed blogger Nay Phone …

Not such a hero after all
guardian.co.uk, UK –

She has been unable or unwilling to meet with the ruling Burmese junta or anyone else – refusing even to see UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari in August, …

Travel can broaden minds and free spirits
Tribune, UK –
Many people believe that last year’s protests in Burma were the result of interaction with tourists. Although the so-called Saffron Revolution didn’t have a …

Bush to name special representative for Myanmar
Jerusalem Post, Israel –
By AP President George W. Bush intends to nominate one of his former senior Asia advisers as special representative for the military-run country of Myanmar. …

Bush names special aide for Myanmar
AFP –
If confirmed by the US Senate, Green “will serve as our main interlocutor with other countries and organizations as we attempt to help the Burmese people,” …

Personnel Announcement (The White House)
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

The President intends to nominate Michael J. Green, of Maryland, to be the United States Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma with the …

Myanmar, Bangladesh Pull Back in Maritime Border Dispute
Petroleum Intelligence Weekly (subscription), NY –
A maritime border dispute between Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma) looks to have been defused for now, with the withdrawal of a drilling rig by South Korean …

Daewoo suspends exploration in Bay of Bengal
Oil & Gas Journal, TX –
Daewoo had undertaken exploration in Block AD-7, backed by an agreement with Myanmar. Daewoo’s rig, the Trans Ocean Legend, was moved on Nov. …

Tensions In Bay of Bengal – Update
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

Myanmar , the only next door neighbour of Bangladesh other than India let the drilling rig carrying South Korean Company Daewoo Ships mobilise under Escot …

Watching the war on drugs
บางกอกโพส, Thailand –
The concerns of many human rights activists are germane. But it would be wrong to delay or cancel anti-drug campaigns at any level because one of them went …

Thai clinic heals neighbours
The National, United Arab Emirates –
As the situation in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, worsens across the border, trauma cases have become more frequent. “For us, the situation inside Burma …

Burmese democracy blogger sentenced
EnerPub, TX – 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 …

Court sentenced blogger for over 20 years, poet for two years
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, media watchdogs the Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF) and Burma Media Association (BMA) has slam the junta for its unfair trials on the two …

WSO Renews Demand for Justice for Victims of 1984 Massacre in …
South Asian Link, Canada –
The plight of refugees in Darfur, denial of democratic rights in Burma, oppression of ethnic minorities in Congo are definitely worthy of the attention they …

Dr. Sima Samar wins Taiwan Foundation for Democracy’s 2008 Asia …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Last year’s (2007) ADHRA was presented to Burmese doctor Cynthia Maung, founder of the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai-Burmese border. Liao Dachi, member of the …

Why I am Proud Being an Indian!
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Pro-democracy leader of Burma [Myanmar], Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest in her own country, receives people’s support in India. …

Obama energizes Burma’s ethnic minorities
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Sao Shwe Thaik served as the first president of independent Burma from 1948 to 1952. Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a union formed by different ethnic …

EU deplores lack of democracy progress in Myanmar
Newstrack India, India –
… a genuine transition to democracy in Burma/Myanmar since the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by the military authorities’, reports EuAsiaNews.

Tension lessens in Bay, mounts on border
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Bangladesh and Myanmar continue to mobilise troops along their border although the tension over Myanmar’s attempt to explore oil and gas in Bangladesh …

Bangladesh take on Myanmar today
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
… seventh international against Myanmar, who had won big in the 70s when they were one of the top teams in the continent under their old name Burma. …

Bangladesh play Myanmar today in opening group A match
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
Bangladesh play their opening Group A match against hosts Myanmar in the six-team 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup that begins today (Tuesday) at the National …

Myanmar mobilises troops along Bangladesh border
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
Despite withdrawal of Myanmar exploration mission from Bangladesh waters in the Bay of Bengal, tension in the land border area still persists as both sides …

Bangladesh said tension with Burma defused
Mizzima.com, India –
“This happy conclusion in the Bay is a win-win situation for both Bangladesh and Myanmar [Burma]. Peace benefits everyone,” the Foreign Advisor told the …

ITF LAUNCHES SE ASIA ACTIONS
Maritime Global Net, RI –
… in Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. It involves teams of ITF activists and representatives of seafarers’ …

Brown envisages ‘global society’
guardian.co.uk, UK –
In a wide-ranging foreign policy speech Brown promised continued help for the efforts to bring peace in Darfur, Burma and Zimbabwe and said he would …

Neil Hrab: Bush the president should have listened to Bush the candidate
National Post, Canada –

… Obama withdrew US forces from Iraq “only to launch new interventions in such strategically and economically irrelevant snake pits as Darfur and Burma. …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 11, 2008 at 2:16 am

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