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World focus on Burma (8 December 2008)

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Comedian says Zarganar will boost prison morale
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Activist and comedian Zarganar was sentenced to 59 years in prison last month and sent to the remote Myitkyina prison in Kachin state. …

The Dalai Lama blames “greed” for financial crisis
New Europe, Belgium –
“Because of its very poor record on human rights and religious freedom and freedom of expression and freedom of the press — too much censorship — the image …

Burma to introduce single-use GSM Sim Cards
Mizzima.com, India –
… Burmese nationals in possession of FECs and a valid national identity card, Ko Sai added. Chief of Engineers from Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, …

Price of Burmese Mobiles Slashed, but Call Charges Soar
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The service, which will become available from December 12 on a trial basis, is being offered in collaboration with the state-owned Myanmar Post and …

Asian Lawmakers Push UN Chief on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Ban Ki-moon to press Burma’s junta for the release of all political prisoners in the country. The Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Weekly Business Roundup (December 8, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… and which has been found to hold large reserves of gas. Burma’s junta controlled Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise is a silent partner in both blocks.

UN chief frustrated by lack of progress in Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I urge the government of Myanmar to respond positively without further delay to our specific suggestions, as endorsed by the Group of Friends, …

Burma’s junta finds no laughs in political satire
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Craig and Marc Kielburger are children’s rights activists and co-founded Free The Children, which is active in the developing world. …

The gift of freedom is an early present
Allentown Morning Call, PA –
Many came from war-torn countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan, while others came from counties besieged by oppression or famine, such as Burma and Darfur. …

Over 200 Asian Legislators urge UN Sec-Gen to travel to Myanmar,
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
We are writing to you on a matter of grave concern: the ongoing imprisonment of over 2100 political prisoners in Burma/Myanmar. …

Asian Debate: Did Myanmar Go Too Far?
Goal.com, Switzerland –
After being caught cold with two early goals, Myanmar had fought their way back into the game. Then with 16 minutes remaining, the boys from Burma had to …

Kosovo: A European Narco State
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
At one end of the crescent lies Afghanistan, which in 1999 surpassed Burma as the world’s largest producer of opium poppies. From there, the heroin base …

Online journalists now jailed more often than other media
Ars Technica, MA –
China continues its ten-year winning streak when it comes to tossing writers into jail, with Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan next in line. …

“We’re seeing it in Burma,” Rice said of the country in Southeast Asia now called Myanmar. “We are now seeing it, I think, in a very, very sad way in …

Blogging dangerous for foreign journalists
Neftegaz.RU, Russia –
At least 16 journalists worldwide are being held in secret locations. China, Cuba and Burma have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and …


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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 7, 2008 at 11:53 pm

World focus on Burma (7 December 2008)

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POLITICS-THAILAND: Court Gains No Glory by Banning Ruling Party
Inter Press Service, Italy –
While such judicial power is being cheered in some quarters as a welcome development to save Thailand’s flawed democracy, others are asking aloud if proper …

World leaders press UN chief on Myanmar prisoners
Howell Times and Transcript, UT –
Ban traveled to Myanmar, also known as Burma, last May after Cyclone Nargis devastated coastal areas. Setting aside political considerations, he persuaded …

Popular Burmese blogger Nay Phone Latt was also honored Cyber-Dissident award by the RSF. He is a 28-year-old blogger and organiser of the Myanmar Bloggers …

Bush foreign policy changing in the 11th hour
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
That was the Bush policy for every antagonist – North Korea, Syria, Iran, Cuba, Burma. In Iran, administration hard-liners held the fantasy that isolation …

ACT’s favourite unsung heroes can upstage ex-PM
The Canberra Times, Australia –
Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi grew up in Rangoon, but had to leave Burma in 1990 because of her work with pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under …

Land of disappearing smiles
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Only Burma has faced such humiliating calls due to its atrocious human rights record, and Rangoon was forced to relinquish the rotating chair in 2005. …

Archbishop Charles Bo on the Church in Myanmar
Vatican Radio, The Vatican –
… so-called «Group of Friends on Myanmar,» which Ban created to exert more influence on Myanmar, formerly called Burma, for political and social reform. …

Maximising growth for Bangladesh: FBCCI vision
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
In recent years China has upgraded the old Burma road between Kunming and Myanmar as part of its association with the AH. The link between Kunming and the …

UN frustration over Myanmar growing
MorungExpress, India –
Ban traveled to Myanmar last May after Cyclone Nargis devastated costal areas. (AP Photo) UNITED NATIONS, december 6 (AFP): UN chief Ban Ki-moon voiced …

Another perspective on trade
OpEdNews, PA –
Before someone jumps on the human rights issue of even being in Burma/Myanmar, it was a decision that I gave a lot of thought before going. …

Causes of terrorism
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
… a Burmese, a Pakistani, an Indian, an Arab, an Israeli, a Korean or a Bangladeshi are the same. And so the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was …

Webcast Alert: Closed End Funds Investor Forum (Singapore Fund Inc.)
MarketWatch –
The ASEAN Group currently is composed of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and ..

Cuban journalist, North Korean radio station and two Burmese …
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
Dubbed the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” comedian Zarganar defended human rights and denounced the military government’s abuses in sketches and entries in the …

Technology and protest in Myanmar
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
The world was watching Myanmar for the first time in decades and the Burmese people, forcibly isolated for so long, were exultantly aware that they were not …

UN chief resists Burma visit pressure
ABC Online, Australia –
Speaking at the UN in New York, Mr Ban made a plea for democratic change in Burma, also known as Myanmar. “I urge the government of Myanmar to respond …

UN Role “Not Enough”: Ban
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Ban reiterated that he would visit Burma only if there is a real expectation of tangible progress. “I am ready to visit Myanmar again, to continue our …

The high price of truth-telling
Toronto Star,  Canada –
The countries in which global journalists are imprisoned include, not surprisingly, Afghanistan, Iraq, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Burma and numerous other …

UN Chief Will Visit Burma Again, Only When Conditions Right
Voice of America –
Mr. Ban visited Burma and met with top leaders after Cyclone Nargis devastated the country in May. His special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, has made four visits …

Who let the blogs out?
Whitman Pioneer, WA –
“I think a lot of times people link journalism and blogging together when it’s not always a seamless link,” said Aviza. “Bloggers are writing out of a …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 7, 2008 at 2:00 am