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အာဏာရွင္စနစ္ က်ဆံုးမွ တတိုင္းျပည္လံုး စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီကို ခံစားရမယ္

Word focus on Burma (22 December 2008)

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Burma’s health care cripplingly under funded: MSF
Mizzima.com, India –
“The Myanmar [Burmese] people do not get this help from the international community like their neighbouring countries do and this is not right,” Arend said. …

Team news – Winter 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Myanmar: IRT airlifted a large container of medicines and relief supplies worth nearly $238000 into Myanmar (Burma) to aid cyclone victims.

Aid Group: Somalia, Congo, Burma Among Top 10 Crises
Voice of America –
MSF says the impact of Cyclone Nargis on Burma earlier this year forced the country’s reclusive military regime to open its doors to international aid, …

The Military Family Network
eMilitary.org –
The MEU sailed off the coast of Burma ready to deliver 50000 gallons of water and other relief supplies. September 2008: The MEU completed Blue/Green …

Detained North Koreans to face trial on New Year’s Eve
Mizzima.com, India –
The arrest of the North Korean nationals is the first since North Korea and Burma improved bilateral relations in April 2007, when the deputy foreign …

SRI LANKA: Corruption and sovereignty
TamilEelamNews.com, Sri Lanka –
Is it an attribute of sovereignty that the state is allowed to be corrupt? Is it a challenge to sovereignty to question corruption and also to make corrupt …

Win Tin visits political prisoners’ families
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Win Tin, a senior National League for Democracy member and veteran journalist, had served more than 19 years in prison when he was released in September. …

Bago residents accuse troops of hosting illegal gambling
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 22, 2008 (DVB)–Residents of eastern Bago division have complained that State Peace and Development Council troops have set up an illegal gambling centre …

Youth activists launch jasmine campaign
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
According to one of the campaign leaders, who did not wish to be identified, jasmine was chosen as the symbol for the campaign because the Burmese word for …

Suu Kyi honorary member of ‘Council of Women World Leaders’
Mizzima.com, India –
… voted to nominate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as honourary member of the council as a mark of respect to her commitment to the struggle for democracy in Burma. …

Scots donate more than £1.5m to overseas emergencies
The Herald, UK –
Generous Scots donated more than £1.5 million this year to overseas emergencies including the cyclone in Burma and the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic …

Armed Insurgents in Burma Face Shortage of Ammunition
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to show off his SAM-7 missiles and the rest of his impressive arsenal in annual parades, until he finally surrendered to the Burmese junta in 1996. …

Aid group lists ‘Top 10’ humanitarian crises
USA Today –
“In some of these places, it is extremely difficult for aid groups to access populations requiring help,” Dr. Christophe Fournier, head of Medecins Sans …

GSM Cards Launched in Yadanabon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… collaboration with the state-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunication in a test market mainly focused on foreigners who reside in Burma and tourists who …

Burma One of the Worst Crises in the World: MSF
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… the Geneva-based organization, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, stated: “In places such as Myanmar [Burma] and Zimbabwe—where governments fail …

World’s Top 10 Crises Of The Year
Sky News, UK –
Violence in Somalia, civilian displacement in Congo and medical emergencies in Burma and Zimbabwe have been named among the top 10 humanitarian crises of …

19 North Koreans Arrested at Thai-Burmese Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… signed documents allowing visa-free travel by diplomats and government officials, according to the Burmese state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar. …

Burmese Journalist Looks Back at a 20-Year Struggle
The Sikh Times, UK, UK –
The series of protests ended on Sep 18, 1988 when the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), as the junta as called, was established after a …

Health of Burmese Cyclone Volunteer at Risk
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A Burmese cyclone relief worker, Yin Yin Wine, who has been detained in Insein Prison in Rangoon, is suffering a stomach or intestinal …

Burmese labour issues destined to invite problems
Mizzima.com, India –
A new amendment to the ‘Myanmar 1951 labour law’ says that every employee who has completed a period of 12 months continuous service shall be granted earned …

Aid work ‘increasingly hazardous’
BBC News, UK –

The charity also flagged up health crises in both Burma and Zimbabwe. In Burma, it said, hundreds of thousands of people were dying from Aids because the …

Zim in MSF’s ’10 worst’ list
Independent Online, South Africa –
The same troubles face those operating in Sudan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Zimbabwe, where MSF is becoming more limited than ever …

95 journalists killed in one year in 32 countries
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
“Sixty years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the violations of press freedom are widespread in several regions of the world …

Doctors group: Somalia, Congo among Top 10 Crises
KGAN, IA –
They cite spiraling violence in Somalia, forced civilian displacements in eastern Congo, and neglected medical emergencies in Myanmar and Zimbabwe among the …

MSF ‘top 10’ crises highlight risks for aid workers
Reuters AlertNet, UK –

In Myanmar and Zimbabwe, where governments failed to make health care a priority or viewed NGO involvement with suspicion, humanitarian organisations were …

Pak-Iran border most active point, says report
The News International, Pakistan –
“According to the statistics of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, about 450000 Pakistanis migrate each year, out of them 300000 migrate illegally …

Democracy’s defeat in Thailand sad but no surprise
The Canberra Times, Australia –
Relatively few Asian countries are openly run as dictatorships nowadays China, Vietnam and Burma are the main exceptions but the urban elites and the big …

Doc NZ: Rioting Monks and Islamic Homosexuals
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
While the final programme of 40 plus films will be released in January, the following five documentaries have already been confirmed: Burma VJ – Reporting …

Abhisit needs pragmatism and vision to lift the country
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Thailand must maintain an open and democratic society with due respect for human rights and international norms and values including governance. …

Waves of Hope and Change
Dissident Voice, CA –
After the 2008 Burma cyclone, Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan blamed “encroachment into mangrove forests, …

Pilger: Wishful Thinking
ZNet, MA –
April: Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest and assumes her rightful place as the democratic head of the government of Burma . …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 22, 2008 at 5:06 pm

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