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“ၾကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္”

ႂကြက္ဟာ အက္ကြဲေနတဲ့ အုတ္နံရံ ၾကားကေန လယ္သမား လင္မယား၊ အထုပ္တစ္ထုပ္ ေျဖေနတာကို စိတ္၀င္တစား ၾကည့္ေနေလရဲ႕။ အထဲမွာ ဘာမုန္႔မ်ား ပါေလမလဲလို႔ စိတ္ထဲက ေမွ်ာ္တလင့္လင့္နဲ႔ ၾကည့္ေနတယ္။

ဒါေပမယ့္ သူ စိတ္ပ်က္စြာ ျမင္ေတြ႔လုိက္ရတာက ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ တစ္ခု။

လယ္သမားႀကီးဟာ အိမ္ထဲက တစ္ေနရာမွာ သြားခ်ထားလိုက္တယ္။ အဲဒါကို ျမင္လိုက္တဲ့ ႂကြက္ဟာ အားရပါးရေအာ္ၿပီး လယ္ကြင္းထဲ ေျပးထြက္သြားတယ္။ အားလံုးကို သိေစခ်င္လို႔ အသိေပးတဲ့သေဘာေပါ႔။

“အိမ္ထဲမွာ ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ တစ္ခု ရွွိတယ္ဗ်ဳိ႕”

“အိမ္ထဲမွာ ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ တစ္ခု ရွွိတယ္ဗ်ဳိ႕”

ေျမႀကီးကို ေျခေထာက္နဲ႔ယက္ၿပီး အစာရွာေနတဲ့ ၾကက္ဖႀကီးက ေခါင္းေမာ္ၾကည့္ၿပီး စိတ္ပ်က္တဲ့ ေလသံနဲ႔ ေျပာလုိက္တယ္။

“ေအာ္ … ကိုႂကြက္ရယ္၊ မင္းအတြက္ေတာ့ ေသတြင္းပဲလို႔ ငါေျပာလို႔ရပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ငါ႔အတြက္ေတာ့ အလကားပါ။ ဘာမွ မဟုတ္တဲ့ကိစၥနဲ႔ ငါ႔ေခါင္း လာမ႐ႈပ္နဲ႔ကြာ။”

ႂကြက္က ဝက္ဘက္ကို လွည့္ၿပီး “အိမ္ထဲမွာ ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ တစ္ခု ရွိတယ္ဗ်” လို႔ ေျပာလုိက္တယ္။ ဝက္က က႐ုဏာသက္တဲ့ မ်က္ႏွာေပးနဲ႔ ၾကည့္ၿပီး ေျပာလိုက္တာက

“အေတာ္ေလးကို စိတ္မေကာင္းပါဘူးဗ်ာ။ တကယ္ေတာ့ က်ေနာ္အေနနဲ႔ ခင္ဗ်ားကို ဆုေတာင္းေပး႐ံုကလြဲလို႔ ဘာမွ မလုပ္ေပးႏုိင္ပါဘူး။ ေသခ်ာတာတစ္ခုက ခင္ဗ်ားအတြက္ က်ေနာ္ အျမဲ ဆုေတာင္းေပးေနပါတယ္။”

ႂကြက္က ႏြားဘက္ လွည့္ၿပီး အိမ္ထဲမွာ ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ ရွိတဲ့အေၾကာင္း ထပ္ေျပာလုိက္တယ္။ ႏြားက “ဝိုး … ၀မ္းနည္းပါတယ္ဗ်ာ။ ဒါေပမယ့္ က်ေနာ့္ႏွာေခါင္းကုိေတာ့ ညႇပ္စရာအေၾကာင္း မရွိဘူးေလ” လို႔ ျပန္ေျပာလိုက္တယ္။

ဒီလုိနဲ႔ ႂကြက္ဟာ စိတ္ပ်က္အားငယ္စြာနဲ႔ ေခါင္းငိုက္စိုက္ၿပီး အိမ္ထဲကို ျပန္ဝင္လာခဲ့တယ္။

ေအာ္ … လယ္သမားႀကီးရဲ႕ ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ကို ငါ တစ္ေကာင္တည္း ရင္ဆိုင္ရေတာ့မွာ ပါလား။
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တစ္ညေတာ့ “ေျဗာင္း” ဆိုတဲ့ အသံက အိမ္ထဲမွာ အေတာ္ေလး ညံသြားတယ္။ အေကာင္ တစ္ေကာင္ေကာင္ကို ညႇပ္မိလို႔ ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္က ျမည္တဲ့ အသံလိုပဲ။

လယ္သမားရဲ႕ မိန္းမက ဘာအေကာင္မ်ား မိသလဲလို႔ သိခ်င္ေဇာနဲ႔ ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ ရွိတဲ့ဆီ အတင္းကို ေျပးသြားတယ္။ အေမွာင္ထဲမွာဆိုေတာ့ အၿမီး ညွပ္လို႔ ေဒါသတေခ်ာင္းေခ်ာင္း ထြက္ေနတဲ့ ေႁမြကို မျမင္လိုက္မိဘူး။

အဲဒီေတာ့ အမ်ဳိးသမီးရဲ႕ ေျခေထာက္ကို ေႁမြေပါက္ခံလုိက္ရေတာ့တယ္။

ေဆးကုသဖို႔အတြက္ လယ္သမားႀကီးဟာ သူ႔မိန္းမကို ေဆး႐ံု အျမန္ပို႔လိုက္ရတယ္။

အိမ္ျပန္ေရာက္ေတာ့ ေႁမြဆိပ္ေၾကာင့္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးႀကီး အဖ်ားေတြ တက္ေနတယ္။

အဖ်ားတက္ေနတဲ့ လူနာကို အားရွိသြားေအာင္ လတ္ဆတ္တဲ့ ၾကက္စြတ္ျပဳပ္ လုပ္တိုက္ရတယ္ ဆိုတာ လူတိုင္း သိႏွင့္ၿပီးသားပါ။ ဒါနဲ႔ လယ္သမားႀကီးဟာ ၾကက္စြတ္ျပဳပ္ လုပ္ဖို႔ လယ္ကြင္းထဲကို ဓါးတစ္ေခ်ာင္းနဲ႔ ဆင္းသြားေလရဲ႕။

ဒါေပမယ့္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးႀကီးရဲ႕ ကိုယ္ပူရွိန္ဟာ မက်ဘဲ တက္ျမဲ တက္ေနေလရဲ႕။

အိမ္နီးနားခ်င္းေတြ၊ သူငယ္ခ်င္းေတြက လူနာလာေမးရင္း ေနေကာင္းေစဖို႔ နည္းလမ္းေကာင္းေတြ လာၿပီး ေဆြးေႏြးေပးၾကတယ္။ တေနကုန္ပဲ ဆိုပါေတာ့။ သူတို႔ေတြကို ေကၽြးဖို႔ ေမြးဖို႔ ဝက္သားကို ေဖာ္ရေတာ့တယ္။

ေနာက္ဆံုးေတာ့ အမ်ဳိးသမီးႀကီး ဘယ္လိုမွ မသက္သာႏုိင္ဘဲ ကြယ္လြန္သြားရွာတယ္။ နာေရးမွာ လူအေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား အသုဘ႐ႈ လာၾကတယ္။ လာသမွ်လူေတြကို ဧည့္ခံဖို႔ လယ္သမားႀကီးခမ်ာ ေလာက္ငွေအာင္ အမဲသားဟင္းကို စီစဥ္ရေတာ့တယ္။

ကိုႂကြက္ကေတာ့ ျဖစ္သမွ် အားလံုးကို အက္ကြဲေနတဲ့ အုတ္နံရံၾကားကေန စိတ္ေသာကႀကီးစြာနဲ႔ပဲ ၾကည့္ေနမိေတာ့တယ္။

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ေနာင္တစ္ခ်ိန္ လူတစ္ဦးတစ္ေယာက္က ျပႆနာနဲ႔ ရင္ဆိုင္ေနရတဲ့အခါ ငါနဲ႔မဆုိင္ပါဘူးလို႔ ေတြးလိုက္မိရင္  (ဒီ ႂကြက္ေထာင္ေခ်ာက္ ပံုျပင္ကို) သတိရပါ။

က်ေနာ္တို႔ထဲက တစ္ေယာက္ေယာက္ဟာ ၿခိမ္းေျခာက္ခံေနရၿပီ ဆုိရင္ အဲဒီ အႏၲရာယ္ဟာ က်ေနာ္တို႔ အားလံုးအေပၚ က်ေရာက္လာတာပဲ။

တျခားသူူေတြ အေပၚမွာ မ်က္စိေဒါက္ေထာက္ၿပီး ဂ႐ုတစိုက္ ရွိသင့္သလို တစ္ေယာက္ကို တစ္ေယာက္လည္း အားေပးၿပီး အစြမ္းကုန္ ကူညီတတ္ဖို႔ လိုပါတယ္။

က်ေနာ္တို႔ အားလံုးဟာ “ဘဝ” လို႔ေခၚတဲ့ ခရီးစဥ္ထဲက တစ္ေဖာင္တည္းစီး ခရီးသြားေဖာ္ခ်င္း အတူတူပါ။

ဒါကေတာ့ ေတာင္အာဖရိက ကႏိုဘယ္လ္ဆုရွင္ ဘုန္းေတာ္ႀကီး ဒက္စ္မြန္တူးတူးရဲ႕ စကားပါ။ ေရွ႕ကပံုျပင္နဲ႔ မတူေပမယ့္ မဆိုင္သလိုေနတဲ့သူေတြအတြက္ ဥပမာေပးရာမွာေတာ့ နီးစပ္မႈ ရိွပါတယ္။

“မတရားမႈတခုမွာ သင္ဟာ ၾကားေနတယ္ဆုိရင္…သင္ဟာ ဖိႏွိပ္သူဘက္က လုိက္ဖုိ႔ ေရြးခ်ယ္လုိက္တာနဲ႔ အတူတူဘဲ”

“If you are neutral in a situation of injustice, you have chosen to side with the oppressor.”
(ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရး ႏုိဘယ္လ္ဆုရ ဘုန္းေတာ္ႀကီး ဒက္စမြန္တူးတူး)

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ZAR NI

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Thanks, Zarni, for your sharing and good contribution to our people.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 14, 2008 at 11:30 am

Posted in ဝတၴတို

U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma

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U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma

Nov 13, 2008 (Democratic Voice of Burma – DVB) –

Recently released veteran journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny.

During an interview with DVB, U Win Tin said he welcomes concerns for Burma by the international community and world leaders but he insisted that state visits could end up endorsing oppression in the country.

“It is very good that world leaders are interested in our political affairs, but this kind of visit will give blessing to dire situation here. We welcome their interest but not the visit,” said U Win Tin.

“I even want to say clearly to Mr. Ban Ki-moon, don’t come (to Burma),” he said.

“In this kind of situation, world leaders need to think because while they (Burmese generals) are creating this atrocious situation and if people like Ban Ki-moon come and follow their plan, see what they show and listen to what they say, they will end up supporting, promoting and blessing the military government.”

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

http://english.dvb.no/news.php?id=1932

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 14, 2008 at 2:15 am

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World focus on Burma (14 November 2008)

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Burma, Myanmar: Young Female Journalist Jailed For 2 Years
OpEdNews, PA –

Eint Khaing Oo, 24, who had been arrested in front of the head office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP in Yangon on July 10, was sentenced to 2 years behind closed doors with no defence lawyer.

… also arrested on 5 November and are being detained in Insein prison. All news media in Burma is strictly censored and tightly controlled by the military.

14.11 – Burma : Female journalist gets two years for taking photos …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
“This unjust sentence comes amid a wave of unprecedented sentences for journalists and activists,” the two organisations said. “We appeal to Burma’s …

Myanmar is also known by its former name Burma. “These peaceful activists should not be on trial in the first place, let alone thrown in prison for years …

They come here in hope of freedom
npTribune, Singapore –
The Myanmar national is one of 7000 Burmese who have come to Singapore to study, according to The Straits Times (ST) on Oct. 11. …

Spirits undeterred despite harsh punishments: NLD youth
Mizzima.com, India –
Over the last week, Burma’s military junta has sentenced numerous detained dissidents – students, activists, monks, writers, journalists and even poets – to …

At least 11 more Burmese activists have received jail sentences for taking part in anti-government protests last year. It brings the total number sentenced …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
… Burma might be mending its vicious ways was crushed this week when the regime handed out 65-year prison sentences to 14 nonviolent democracy activists, …

Paul McCartney’s Charity Work
Look To The Stars, UK –
In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
They have called on him to release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners; to engage in serious dialogue with her …

Severe prison sentences for Myanmar protesters expected in coming …
International Herald Tribune, France –
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is resorting to laws covering the use of personal electronics, because such infractions are easy to prove, …

More activists jailed in connection with 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Ko Thein Aye who has mental disorders was charged with sheltering Ko Tin Win Lay, member of outlawed All Burma Federation of Student Unions. …

Insein Prison Courts Sentence 17 NLD Members
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Insein Prison special courts sentenced at least 17 members of National League for Democracy (NLD) party to up to 16 years imprisonment on Friday …

Gunboat stand-off sign of tensions in Bay of Bengal
The Age, Australia –
Dhaka then turned to China, which has close links to the Burmese junta, to help resolve the row. Both countries eventually withdrew their vessels when …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 14, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… The Myanmar Times this week the South Korean deal is “an important milestone in the development of renewable energy sources in Myanmar [Burma]. …

UPDATE: 9 Monks Jailed Over Myanmar Protests – Opposition
EasyBourse.com, France –
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that recent weeks “show a more concentrated crackdown on dissent clearly aimed at intimidating the …

COLUMN – Obama represents welcome change for India
Reuters India, India –
After China torpedoed an early 2007 US-led attempt to impose a Security Council diktat on Burma to improve its human-rights record, the junta thanked …

Win Tin, NLD Executive Member, Ill
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The current Burmese regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe ignored the results of the election and refused to transfer power.

Burmese regime continues repression against monks and dissidents
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
… confirm a fresh military crack down by Burma’s ruling junta against dissidents. According to one diplomatic source based in Myanmar, this new wave of …

US Imposes Sanctions on Burma Drug Cartel
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — The United States on Thursday named 26 individuals and 17 companies as “specially designated narcotics traffickers” and imposed …

Commentary: Amid global tensions and uncertainty, US and RP remain …
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
So these are issues that he recognizes as the Philippines and the US sharing common interests, just as they share a common faith in democracy. …

Burma Jails Democracy Pro-Democracy Lawyers
Voice of America –
Meanwhile Burma’s most famous political prisoner and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. She has spent more than 13 of the …

US, EU Lawmakers Condemn Activists’ Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — US and EU lawmakers on Thursday roundly condemned the harsh sentences recently handed down to pro-democracy activists in Burma, …

9 monks sentenced to jail
Straits Times, Singapore –
YANGON – NINE Buddhist monks were sentenced to between six and eight years in jail by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Nine monks jailed in Myanmar: opposition
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Nine Buddhist monks were jailed for between six and eight years by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Burma’s junta shows contempt
Boston Globe, United States –
ANY HOPE that the military dictatorship in Burma might be mending its vicious ways in response to pleas from abroad was crushed this week when the regime …

‘Suspend Burma’s membership from BIMSTEC’
Newstrack India, India –

… had sent a memorandum demanding the suspension of the military junta until peace, justice, human rights and democracy is restored in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burmese junta’s action to sentencing 61 democracy activists deplored
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Co-Chairs of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma, condemned the recent harsh and unjust sentencing of 61 democracy …

Laura Bush Condemns Taliban Attack on Schoolgirls
New York Times, United States –
Although she has spoken out on other foreign policy matters, notably human rights abuses in Myanmar, the former Burma, it is unusual for the first lady to …

Decisions Needed: ASEAN and Asian Regionalism
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
7) Prevent Burma/Myanmar from inhibiting deeper US-ASEAN relations by seeking an understanding with Congress to support Cyclone Nargis reconstruction, …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Boston Globe, United States –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Burma sentences dozens to lengthy prison terms
China Post, Taiwan –
After the brutal crushing of last year’s Saffron Revolution, the military rulers of Burma sought to deflect international repercussions by promising to stop …

Kingpin crackdown
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Washington – US authorities on Thursday froze the assets and slapped sanctions on 26 individuals and 17 firms tied to drug trafficking in Burma, …

Police: Neighbors didn’t call about captive girl
WSBT-TV, IN –
According to the affidavit, Soe and Sullivan sometimes spoke in a foreign language the girl believed to be Burmese. Soe was born in Myanmar but had lived …

Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Announces …
RTT News, NY –
The OFAC named 26 individuals and 17 companies tied to Burma’s Wei Hsueh Kang and the United Wa State Army as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… are wrong to only characterize his orders as ranging “from restrictions on striped bass fishing to sanctions against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government. …

Burma Extends Crackdown on Dissidents
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of Burmese dissidents say courts in Rangoon have sentenced at least 20 more activists to prison in a sweeping crackdown on dissent. …

Shilo and Ogilvy Amsterdam Win Gold for MTV Burma PSA at …
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –

… of The Burma Arts Board, activist Sam Roddick and others has earned the 2008 London International Awards Gold Statue for Television/Cinema Animation. …

2008 Freedom Award goes to Kofi Annan [Photos]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –

Previous winners of the Freedom Award have included Winston Churchill (1958), Burmese Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1995), and Liberian president …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Reuters –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government.” There’s much more to Bush’s use of executive orders than saving striped bass or promoting human rights in Burma …


Last May, Cyclone Nargis ripped through Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing almost 85000 people and leaving 50000 missing. Initially, foreign aid was blocked …

Oddball summit has limits
The Japan Times, Japan –
Narrow nationalism and dictatorial tendencies run deep, evidenced by the failure to bring even minimum human rights to Darfur, Burma or Zimbabwe. …

What will Obama mean for Asia?
South Asian Post, Canada, Canada –
They point to his China-excluded campaign speech in Berlin where he asked: “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in …

Slovakia: The Statement of Slovak MFA on political processes in Burma/Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
This action of the authorities of Burma/Myanmar demonstrates again the lack of will toward transiton to democracy and their contempt for the rule of law. …

The Burmese junta’s true color
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
By The Nation When the Burmese junta decided to jail the 14 pro-democracy leaders of the 1988 generation to 65 years old each, or in other word life …

U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny. …


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Courts in Myanmar sentenced more than a dozen activists to prison Thursday in a continued judicial crackdown on the country’s …

Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled to learn that detained poet Aung Than, a member of the opposition National League for …

Burma should be suspended from BIMSTEC: activists
Mizzima.com, India –
“The continued human rights violations by Burma’s military junta are a disgrace for the grouping,” Dr. Alana Golmei, coordinator of the BCD told Mizzima. …

UN SG concerned at ‘severe’ prison terms for Myanmar dissidents
JURIST –
Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the release [JURIST …

Everyone’s Eyes on Burma
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –

The suffering of the people of Burma became even greater in 2008, when Cyclone Nargis devastated the lives of those living in the Irrawaddy Delta, …


Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison

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Burma 13 November 2008

Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled to learn that detained poet Aung Than, a member of the opposition National League for Democracy, was probably infected with the HIV virus when he was forcibly injected in Insein prison hospital two years ago.

Several people, including his mother, have told the two organisations that he is now in a critical condition.

“This shocking news highlights not only the military government’s criminal nature but also the disastrous health conditions in Burma’s prisons,” the two partner organisations said.

“Aung Than’s health is getting worse by the day and we call for his immediate release so that he can receive appropriate treatment.”

The organisations added: “We also urge the international community to press for the International Committee of the Red Cross to be allowed to visit Burma’s prisons as it was from 1999 to the end of 2005.”

Aung Than’s mother, Daw Khin Si, and one of his friends told Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association that Aung Than was admitted to the Insein prison hospital in October 2006 with a prostate problem.

While he was there, a member of the hospital staff who was not a doctor wanted to give him an injection. Seeing that the needle was used and knowing that cases of contamination were frequent in Insein prison, Aung Than refused, whereupon the hospital employee injected him by force.

A few months later, his family noticed that his immune system did not seem to be working properly. He had repeated fevers, skin ailments and frequent colds.

Concerned about his state of health, he asked to be tested but this was refused. Fellow detainees, who include doctors, say his symptoms are typical of someone with AIDS. Aung Than is certain that he was infected since being imprisoned.

Forcible injections are common in Insein prison. A friend of a Burma Media Association member died of AIDS in prison after being injected by force.

Aged 36, Aung Than was sentenced in June 2006 to 19 years in prison for writing and distributing a collection of poems called “Daung Man” (“The force of the fighting peacock”) that was a tribute to Burma’s pro-democracy movement.

Three other people from Pegu (north of Rangoon) received prison sentences in the same case: Zeya Aung (a student), Maung Maung Oo (the owner of the press on which the poems were printed) and opposition activist Sein Hlaing.

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=29272

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November 14, 2008 at 1:54 am

Kingpin crackdown

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Bangkok Post – 14-11-2008

Washington – US authorities on Thursday froze the assets and slapped sanctions on 26 individuals and 17 firms tied to drug trafficking in Burma, and put bounties on some.

The order prohibited US citizens from dealing with the men or companies.

Targetted were those linked to the United Wa State Army (UWSA), the most powerful drug trafficking organisation in southeast Asia, and Wei Hsueh Kang, a senior UWSA commander, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

They were named “Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers” by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

The Treasury said its “action freezes any assets the 43 designees may have under US jurisdiction and prohibits US persons from conducting transactions or dealings in the property interests of the designated individuals and entities.”

Corporations found violating the Kingpin Act could be fined up to $10 million while corporate officers could be fined up to $5 million and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines.

The United Wa State Army “is a major producer and exporter of synthetic drugs, including methamphetamine,” according to OFAC Deputy Director Barbara Hammerle who was quoted in the department’s statement.

“Today OFAC is targeting the Wa’s lieutenants and the financial holdings of this massive drug trafficking organisation. We call on other nations to do the same,” Hammerle was quoted as saying.

Under the Kingpin Act, US President George W Bush identified as significant foreign narcotics traffickers Wei Hsueh Kang, in 2000, and the UWSA, around three years later, it added.

In January 2005, federal prosecutors in New York “unsealed a criminal indictment charging Wei, along with his brothers Wei Hsueh Lung and Wei Hsueh Ying, who are designated today, for narcotics trafficking,” it said.

The US State Department is offering a reward of up to $2 million for tips leading to Wei’s capture.

Others named by the OFAC are Pao Yu Hsiang, Ho Chun Ting and Shih Kuo Neng.

Pao Yu Hsiang, indicted in 2005 with Wei Hsueh Kang, is the commander-in-chief of the UWSA, the treasury said.

In 2005, prosecutors in New York charged Ho Chun Ting and Shih Kuo Neng, among others, with money laundering and narcotics trafficking, it said.

In 2007, Hong Kong authorities arrested Ho Chun Ting, a partner of Wei Hsueh Kang, but Hong Kong later released him for unknown reasons, the treasury said.

Shih Kuo Neng is the manager of the Hong Pang conglomerate of companies, many of which were also named Wednesday. (AFP)

http://www.bangkokpost.com/topstories/topstories.php?id=132023

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 14, 2008 at 1:33 am

RECOGNITION OF BURMA’S PROLIFERATION

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RECOGNITION OF BURMA’S PROLIFERATION


By Roland Watson
November 13, 2008

Zee News India recently reported that at the request of the United States a North Korean cargo plane was denied permission to fly through Indian airspace to get to Iran. This incident, which occurred on August 7th, was also covered in a Wall Street Journal article in the edition of November 1-2nd. According to the Journal, the U.S. request was “part of the Bush Administration’s Proliferation Security Initiative, which aims to block the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Any action under the initiative would be ordered only if the plane was suspected of carrying nuclear materials, long-range missile components or other potentially lethal cargo.”

The only cargo possibility that was mentioned, by either Zee News or the Journal, was missile components. We believe it is naïve to suggest that cooperation between Iran and North Korea is limited to this extent. More likely, there is nuclear cooperation as well, which the intelligence community has either been unable to document, or which, for whatever reasons, it wants to keep secret.

The last scenario is the most likely, since North Korea was caught helping Syria build a nuclear reactor, which facility Israel destroyed. It would be surprising if the same type of cooperation with Iran – assistance with its program to develop nuclear weapons – were not underway. (Impoverished North Korea is an aggressive arms merchant.) Also, it seems clear that the U.S. has an effective intelligence capability, directed at the North, since it was able to identify this particular flight.

The Journal article was notable for what it didn’t mention: the role of Burma in the developing nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation nexus between North Korea and Iran. The flight had proceeded from Pyongyang to Mandalay, from where its departure to Iran was blocked. It would also be naïve to think that this was simply a refueling stop. The flight repeats a pattern of naval shipments from Pyongyang, which were unloaded under top secrecy at Rangoon Thilawa Port at night, and which ships we understand in at least one case then proceeded onward to Iran.

Dictator Watch has previously reported, based on information from our own sources, that Burma is pursuing a nuclear development program with atomic weapons as the ultimate objective. The principal partner in this program is Russia, which has agreed to supply a 10 MW reactor, and which is now being constructed. This is a repeat of the proliferation that the Soviet Union orchestrated with North Korea in the 1970s and 80s, and North Korean technicians are reportedly involved in the Burmese project, if not directing its on-ground activities.

China played an important role in Burma’s proliferation. In May 2001, former Foreign Minister Win Aung together with General Maung Aye spoke to Burmese State Scholars who were to study in Russia. Win Aung said: China wants us to work with Russia on a nuclear program and to try to develop nuclear weapons in the future.”

Cooperation between Burma and Russia soured in 2006, because the Burmese scholars were not dedicated to their education and the military junta, the SPDC, failed to pay the program’s costs. At that time, and even though cooperation with Russia subsequently was resumed, Burma approached North Korea and Iran for assistance with its nuclear initiative.

Burma further has short-range ballistic missiles, acquired from North Korea. We believe these are Scud variant missiles, not the more sophisticated devices that have been tested by the North within the last year.

Burma also has commercial uranium deposits, which the regime itself has admitted. Our sources inform us that uranium mining and milling is in progress, and that the end product, yellowcake, has been sold to both North Korea and Iran. Regarding the former, the most contentious disarmament issue for the United States has been the extent of the North’s uranium enrichment program, and such program’s decommissioning. Similarly, there is great concern about Iran‘s enrichment program. We believe Burma is supplying both programs with the raw material, and further that it has its own enrichment effort (with centrifuge facilities near Kyauk Kyi village in Tha Beik Kyin township, and Naung Hlaing village in Pyin Oo Lwin township).

Section Ten of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 requires the Secretary of State to prepare a report, not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of the Act (July 29) on military and intelligence aid to Burma. This includes the provision of weapons of mass destruction and related materials, capabilities, and technology, including nuclear, chemical, or dual-use capabilities.

The report is therefore due by the end of January, and it is to be submitted to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate. It will have unclassified and classified forms, the first of which will be placed on the Department of State’s website.

This past summer, the resistance forces in Eastern Burma intercepted Burma Army communications that unmanned drones had been spotted in the Toungoo area of the country (near the junta’s capital, Napyidaw), on three separate occasions, and which the Army unsuccessfully tried to shoot down. It seems clear that there is a significant effort to ascertain fully the extent of Burma‘s proliferation programs, in part to prepare for the Secretary’s report. We are fully supportive of this effort, and hope that the Obama Administration will use its results to press for a proper examination of Burma and the risk the SPDC poses to international security and peace.

For the last eight years, the Burma pro-democracy movement has looked to President Bush for assistance. However, other than some comforting words, he did nothing. Congress initiated all the substantive freedom and democracy initiatives for Burma.

Now we have a new administration. President-elect Obama, at his first news conference, said of Iran, its development of a nuclear weapon, I believe, is unacceptable… We have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening.”

We believe it is essential that he extend this policy to Burma, in the first instance by personally disclosing the results of U.S. intelligence. The SPDC has an active nuclear program – there have been high level visits with North Korea and China in the last two weeks. The full extent of what is known about this program must be revealed.

The President-elect also said, in his second debate with Senator McCain, that he would provide logistical support for the peacekeeping forces in Darfur, Sudan, including by setting up a no-fly zone. We would ask the new President to take similar action with respect to Burma, by imposing a naval and air blockade of all arms shipments to the SPDC. This would leave only the land border with China as a transit point for military materiel.

The big question for Barack Obama is if he can live up to his words, if he can fulfill the hope that he offers. To do this, he must confront a world that is complex, challenging, and dangerous. He is now in the major leagues, and to be successful, and for the world to improve, he must effectively manage such issues as Iran, North Korea, Burma, and Sudan. To do this, though, he will have to be strong and decisive with the backers of these regimes, and through which backing such problems have proved to be intractable. He will have to stand up to Russia and China, and find some way to get them to relent.

Source: Dictator Watch – http://www.dictatorwatch.org/articles/proliferation.html

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RECOGNITION OF BURMA’S PROLIFERATION

November 13, 2008

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We have a new article about Burma’s role in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by North Korea and Iran, including the ongoing efforts by the intelligence community to investigate such proliferation. This article concludes that the new Obama Administration must disclose what it knows about the activities of Burma’s military junta, the SPDC. It is time for formal recognition, by the United States and also the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Security Council, that the SPDC is both working to develop atomic weapons and also playing an important role in related international proliferation.

http://www.dictatorwatch.org/articles/proliferation.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 14, 2008 at 12:57 am