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World focus on Burma (19 January 2009)

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Burmese Army confiscates land for brick kiln: No compensation paid
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Sittwe: The Burmese Army has confiscated over seven acres of farm land from two farmers in Siittwe Township to set up a brick kiln. No compensation was paid …

2010 election, a game played by Burmese junta
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
It has not allowed the NLD and the ALD to engage in politics in Arakan state but it has allowed the UNP, USDA and the Amyo Thar Yi party to campaign,” he …

Shoot at sight order to BDR on smugglers
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
A BRD team stationed in Tekaf on the Bangladesh-Burma border fired at a boat carrying fertilizers on January 13. The boat managed to flee to Burmese …

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
MWC News, Canada –
Democracy and human rights mean nothing if we don’t have a planet where we can enjoy these freedoms. Preserving our fragile biosphere is the precondition …

Fishermen survive almost a month in esky
Ninemsn, Australia –
Two Burmese fishermen survived almost a month floating in a large esky after their small wooden boat sank in the Torres Strait two days before Christmas. …

Lawyer charged with obstructing an official
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… been released on bail until his trial. San Maung has represented various human rights activists in the past, including fellow Guiding Star lawyer Aye Myint.

Burmese Lawyer Detained
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… As the Burmese regime intensifies its crackdown on dissidents, Poe Phyu, a young Burmese lawyer, who has represented farmers and labor rights activists, …

Shan: Villager Arrested for Carrying Paper
UNPO, Netherlands –
The newsletter was featuring articles on politics, literature, opinion columns and human rights situation occurring in Shan State and Burma that is …

Lawyer Pho Phyu arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–Lawyer Pho Phyu, who is well known for representing political activists in various trials across Burma, has been arrested by Magwe …

Bangladesh asks border troops to shoot smugglers
Reuters India, India –
Government officials said they feared the price cuts could lead to more smuggling of those commodities to neighbouring India and Myanmar, where prices for …

Suu Kyi Wins ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ Award
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The award was accepted by Aung Ding, the executive director of US Campaign for Burma, on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi epitomizes the …

A challenge to power
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–Professor Josef Silverstein called on the Burmese democracy movement to unite and take action to challenge the military government’s …

U Gambira reportedly on hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–The family of high-profile monk activist U Gambira, who is being detained in Mandalay prison, said they had heard reports the monk had …

Homesick: Vacation on the Thai-Burma Border
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
For me, as an activist turned journalist, I wanted to learn what was going on in the dissident movement in Mae Sot and the rebel-controlled areas. …

King’s Anti-Imperialism and the Challenge for Obama
Agoravox, France –
… along with Burma (Myanmar), what is now Malaysia, Australia, some part of China, and large swaths of Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Gambia, Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe, …

Obama wrestles the ox
ISN, Switzerland –
However, in wrestling with this ox, Obama may have to rein in his lofty human rights rhetoric and keep mum about Chinese-backed tyrants in Burma, Sudan, …

Thai minister calls ambassadors to discuss migrant abuse claims
The News International, Pakistan –
PATTANI: Thailand’s foreign minister said Monday he would meet ambassadors from Malaysia, Myanmar, India and Bangladesh to discuss claims that authorities …

Toward the Union of a Divided Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“I’ve just come from a meeting at the offices of Myanmar Economic Holdings. They were asking about the jade and comparing the collateral from the mines to …

Army’s opium taxation forays led to clashes
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2009-01-19 08:38 Ambushes staged by the Shan State Army (SSA) South on Burma Army units on their opium taxing expeditions had …

Aung San Suu Kyi receives Trumpet of Conscience Award
Hindu, India –
Washington (PTI): Burmese democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been presented with the prestigious Trumpet of Conscience Award for leading the people of her …

Cyclone help effort to continue
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The international community will keep backing Cyclone Nargis rehabilitation efforts in Burma as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations humanitarian task …

Anger Myanmar’s rulers, and lose all

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL –

… to a reporter and a handful of former political prisoners who have settled in this small Thai city on the border with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

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World focus on Burma (13 January 2009)

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REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH DURING VISIT TO LITTLE FLOWER …
Federal News Service (subscription), DC –
MRS. BUSH: Thank you all. I’m very happy to be here today. One of the things I’ve been most interested in over the last eight years while I’ve had the …

Triple i Logistics sees more M&A activity in the industry
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Will the new 3E road link from the South of China to Thailand via Burma and the R9 route, linking Burma to Vietnam via Thailand and Laos, be positive for …

Kachin party – but not KIO – to contest 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
… groups to surrender, according to Dr. Tu Jar, Vice-Chairman of the KIO, which reached a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s military junta in 1994. …

Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister paid a courtesy call on Thai …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
On 12 January 2009, Mr. U Kyaw Thu, Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya during his study trip to …

Pro-junta party kicks off campaign for 2010 polls in northwestern …
Mizzima.com, India –
The NLD, though it was not abolished, is banned from opening their offices. According to Ling Ha, political parties that have been abolished by the ruling …

Migrants’ work permits being extended
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Instead when the migrant workers returned to their homes in Burma, junta authorities terrorized their families coercing them to pay bribes, …

Do we really need to know what names were ‘formerly known as’?
News Sentinel, IN –
It was bad enough when we had all the stories about Myanmar. You never saw “Myanmar” by itself, did you? It was always “Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Meeting to foster people’s participation in 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
The meeting held at the residence of Nay Myo Wai, who has been writing critical articles against Burma’s mainstream opposition on internet web pages, …

Myanmar closes mosques and churches
EnerPub, TX –
For some time, the Burmese military junta has stopped granting property deeds to religious organizations for the construction of churches or places of …

Thai FM reviews cyclone victims aid with Myanmar official
Mathaba.Net, UK –
BANGKOK, Jan 12 (TNA) – Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya met Monday with a senior Myanmar official to review progress in distributing, delivering and …

Burmese Rice Farmers Struggle to Make a Living
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis, combined with falling world prices, is hitting Burmese rice farmers hard, with many of them …

Rangoon Under Tightened Security: Sources
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The protesters called for the release of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The parliament building has been unused since the current junta seized power in 1988.

Thailand to Help Rebuild Temples in the Irrawaddy Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

After the meeting, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters that Thailand wanted to see change in Burma. “The goals of Western countries and the …

Roundtable: Youth and leadership
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
DVB: Isn’t it worse for the NLD living under military rule in Burma? WT: “[The military regime] has been trying to tear us and the young people apart. …

Burma, Myanmar: Thank You Google
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
By Ashin Mettacara Today is my happiest day in my life . Because my dream and hope have arrived. Google News starts to include the news from my site for the .

By Ashin Mettacara The first ever Myanmar Blog Award have arrived! Myanmar Blog Academy Award 2008 Programme site mmblogpress.com has announced the winners …

Singaporean Activists Detained after Protesting Burmese Migrants …
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Activists Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong said they felt guilty because their government had refused to extend the work permits of two Burmese migrants who …

Burma ranks among worst nations for civilian freedom: Rights Group
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military rulers have said that the country is building a roadmap to democracy and are gearing up to hold general elections in 2010. …

Supporting Burma Key Achievement of Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

She also protested the violent crackdown of the ruling junta against peaceful protesters and the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Prize …

Ecotourism outweighs irresponsible travel
FemaleFirst.co.uk, UK –
Each year, over $100 million derived from tourism enables Burma’s Junta military regime to continually enforce inhumane working conditions on the local …

Elected MPs’ lawyers denied access to court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We filled out and submitted forms to gain entry to the courtroom but then we were told by the deputy prison chief and another official we were not allowed …

A tale of two distant war zones
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… cowering under the assault of fighter jets and mortars, with uncounted casualties and warnings of “genocidal” atrocities from human rights activists. …

Global Freedom Fell in 2008 Amid Crackdowns, Rights Group Says
Bloomberg –
Thirty-four percent of the world’s population lives in “not free” countries, which include China, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, Zimbabwe and Vietnam. …

83-Year-Old Man Bicycles to 146 Burmese Towns
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Sittwe: An 83-year-old Arakanese man has already traveled to 146 towns in Burma by bicycle and is currently visiting southern Shan State near the Thai …

Two NLD youth members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nyan Win said the Dala township NLD youth wing coordinator Htet Soe Lin and youth organising wing leader Thet Pain Min were arrested by about 20 Special …

Phuketwan.com Reports the Real Phuket
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

… shores — the Rohingya of Burma. hundreds over the past few months in a desperate attempt to find better fortunes in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. …

Score one more for first lady
GoErie.com, PA –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government — ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Nigeria’s $500000 gift to junta draws international ire
Mizzima.com, India –
“I am honored to present this cheque for the sum of five hundred thousand dollars, through you, to the government and people of Myanmar [Burma], …

Dishy picks
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
TCM, 8pm: Never So Few – The Kachin natives of Burma were trained in the art of modern warfare, but the Japanese army proved to be a formidable adversary. …

Laura Bush unveils state china
Nashua Telegraph, NH –
By LISA TOLIN AP First lady Laura Bush showed off a new gold-rimmed set of official George W. Bush state china last week, with less than two weeks to use it …

Censored Burmese magazine faces delay in publication
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The “Myanmar Thit” monthly magazine’s latest issue has been delayed as it was forced to submit another cover design after the Burmese censor board rejected …

Hong Kong named world’s freest economy
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The Heritage Foundation said North Korea was the world’s most restricted economy, followed by Zimbabwe, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. …

Political protests nixed work permit renewals
Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –
The Singapore government has explained its decision not to renew the work permit of two Myanmar nationals, saying they had gone beyond the law allowed in …

Revesltoke Rotary exchange student shares the joys of Thailand
Revelstoke Times Review, Canada –
… an artistically modern temple still being constructed, and then found ourselves looking into Laos and Myanmar (Burma) at the Golden Triangle. …

2 held over protest
Straits Times, Singapore –
Both men, he added, were part of a group of Myanmar nationals who took part in a protest march against their country’s ruling junta during the Asean summit …

Improved transport links boost thailand-china-laos trade
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
These three ports facilitate commerce among the four riparian countries including Burma. China has dominated water transportation. More Thai tourists also …

Rights Group Condemns Nigeria’s Gift To Myanmar Junta
LeadershipNigeria, Nigeria –
… on Monday, carpeted the Federal Government for the recent reported gift of a whooping sum of $500000 to the military regime in Myanmar (former Burma). …

Assessing Bush: Foreign Policy Jeff Alworth
BlueOregon, OR –
The Bush Doctrine wasn’t a philosophical treatise about bringing democracy to unstable countries. Rather–and it’s right there in the name–it was security …

Two activists arrested for protesting at MOM
TODAYonline, Singapore –
The Myanmar pair were among a group of 40 who took part in a protest against their country’s ruling junta during the Asean Summit here in November 2007. …

Kristof’s got news
GetReligion, DC –
In Thailand’s brothels, for example, Thai girls usually work voluntarily, while Burmese and Cambodian girls are regularly imprisoned. …

CWS appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) cyclone Nargis long-term …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. …

Freedom in the World 2009: Freedom Retreats for Third Year
NewsBlaze, CA –
… Maldives and Bhutan, some progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, …

Curfew imposed in Magwe oilfields
Mizzima.com, India –
by Zar Ni Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has intervened and imposed curfew in an oilfield, after the dispute between a private oil …

Thailand will not use sanctions to push for change in Burma: Abhisit
Mizzima.com, India –
“The goals of Western countries and the countries in this region for Myanmar are not different – we all want to see some changes,” Abhisit was quoted as …

Asean members eye Asean tourists
Business Mirror, Philippines –
Asean groups the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Burma/Myanmar. E. Torres.

Ramos Horta skeptical about true peace
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Closer to home, he called the situation in Burma “an embarrassment to all of us in the region” but urged the West to rethink sanctions against the …

The governor
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
In October 1999, Sukhumbhand, then deputy foreign minister, offered himself as a hostage to end a siege at the Burmese Embassy. Burmese dissident students …

Abhisit calls for change in Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
In his first public comments on Burma since he became prime minister, Mr Abhisit said Thailand had to act differently because it was so close to Burma. …



Junta-backed USDA unlikely to contest 2010 election

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by Mizzima News

Thursday, 18 December 2008 21:02

New Delhi (Mizzima) – In contrast to what many observers expected, Burma’s military junta plans to abolish its proxy organization – Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) – opting not to transform it into a political party for the purpose of participating in the upcoming 2010 election, sources close to the military said.

Owing to a poor public perception of the organization, particularly after its role in cracking down on peaceful demonstrators during the monk-led protests last year, the head of the military junta and the main patron of the organization, Senior General Than Shwe, has decided to scratch his original plan of making use of the USDA as a political party – a source said.

“The USDA will not exist in 2009,” said a source in Naypyitaw, adding that members of the junta’s proxy will instead be incorporated into political parties with different names.

“The USDA has such a bad image…and a criminal record internationally…they will not use that name… they decided at this meeting,” he added, referring to the last quarterly meeting held in November.

Echoing a similar view, Burma affairs specialist Larry Jagan, a freelance journalist based in Bangkok, said the USDA is unlikely to be transformed into any political party to contest the upcoming 2010 elections.

“According to my sources, the USDA itself will not become a political party,” said Jagan. But he added that at least three parties are likely to be formed under an umbrella of the discredited USDA and will make use of the former organization’s funding.

However, Jagan added, “But there is a lot of speculation and none of us know for sure.”

The original social organization, with several million members as claimed by the military government, has been a principle tool in attacking protesters and dissidents over recent years.

Further, the organization has established relationships with China and Vietnam through exchanging official visits.

The USDA was initiated on November 15, 1993, by the military regime. According to an official announcement in 2007, the USDA had 24 million members, mostly government servants. However, many of its members admit they enrolled in the organization in fear of any repercussions associated with denying orders from superiors.

An observer in Burma’s former capital, who closely monitors the situation, said, “There is no news about the USDA in state owned newspapers and no USDA uniforms are seen in Yangon [Rangoon].”

The source in Naypyitaw explained that the regime is keen on forming regional political parties rather than a single, nationwide political party.

“All they [junta] want is the National League for Democracy and The Lady [Aung San Suu Kyi] out,” the source emphasized.

According to Jagan, despite the junta’s claim that it will conduct the 2010 general election freely and fairly, it is unlikely that the junta will allow detained Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to contest the poll, as they see her as a major threat to their determination to win the election. However, it is possible that her party, the NLD, without her, might be allowed to take part.

“But it does not necessarily mean that it [the election] would be free and fair, and that they [NLD] would be able to run unhindered,” Jagan further elaborated.

The NLD, meanwhile, said they have not decided on whether to participate in the 2010 election and are still in the process of discussing the situation and brainstorming ideas, after which they intend to deliver a clear statement on whether they will join the proceedings or remain on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, some respected intellectual civilians, some of whom have been accused of being apologists for the junta by the mainstream opposition, are preparing to take part in the election. And the regime itself is looking for locally respected dignitaries, such as retired teachers, to partake in the election, sources said.

Similarly, a source in the military establishment said at least nine ministers and two mayors, including Rangoon Mayor Brigadier General Aung Thein Lin, will soon resign from their current positions in preparation to contest in the general election, the military junta’s fifth step of its roadmap to democracy.

Meanwhile, a report on Wednesday by Khitpyaing, a Burmese news agency based in Bangkok, reported that three army commanders have been promoted to the level of minister, but were not assigned to any ministry.

The report argues that the promotion of the Mandalay-based commander of central command, Major General Tin Ngwe, the Bassein-based commander of southwestern command, Major General Kyaw Swe, and the Monywa-based commander of northwestern command, Major General Myint Soe, could be a move to sideline them from assuming active roles in the military before the election.

While the promotion is unprecedented, it could also be a trial by the junta to use military commanders in an administrative capacity, the report suggests.

Meanwhile, a senior official in Naypyitaw told Mizzima that the electoral law, which the military is carefully designing so as to avoid it being used as a stepping stone by the opposition, is expected to be made public by the end of December or in early January 2009.

“We have to wait and see the electoral law but what I can tell you is that they will not repeat the 1990 scenario,” said a senior officer in Naypyitaw.

According to Jagan, the election law would impose restrictions on the NLD and other political parties from freely campaigning.

In 1990, the National Unity Party, a transformed party of former military strongman Ne Win’s Burma Socialist Party, lost decisively to the NLD, which analysts see as an unacceptable result for Burma’s new generation generals.

Writing by Mungpi

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1469-junta-backed-usda-unlikely-to-contest-2010-election.html

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 18, 2008 at 6:10 pm

World focus on Burma (18 December 2008)

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EU provides extra 40 million euros in aid to Myanmar
AFP –

… an extra 40.5 million euros (58.7 million dollars) in aid for two million vulnerable people in Myanmar, notably those affected by cyclone Nargis in May. …

EU to provide 40.5 million euros humanitarian aid to Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
The humanitarian situation in Myanmar worsened in 2008 because of the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis, and large increases in rice and fuel prices. …

Burma cancels license of 84 tour companies
Mizzima.com, India –
Besides, more and more tourists avoided visiting Burma, when in May the ruling junta responded poorly to a natural disaster – Cyclone Nargis – that swept …

Junta-backed USDA unlikely to contest 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
“All they [junta] want is the National League for Democracy and The Lady [Aung San Suu Kyi] out,” the source emphasized. According to Jagan, despite the …

World Citizen: A Year of Wisdom, Wiliness — and Craven Stupidity
World Politics Review –
Another country whose future — and present — should concern us all is Burma, renamed Myanmar by its illegitimate rulers. Burma’s pro-democracy leader, …

Asean’s human rights record is nothing to be proud of
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Along the Thai-Burma border, about three quarters of the 140000 refugees in nine temporary shelters are women and children. These women and children need as …

Written by CFI Field Staff
Christian Freedom International, MI –
“Thank you also for helping our persecuted brothers and sisters inside Burma with emergency rice. May God bless you and fulfill all of your needs,” said …

Czech Republic, East Timor offer asylum to Burmese rebels
Mizzima.com, India –
… organisations include armed resistant groups, political groups and parties that have been living in exile and struggling to restore democracy in Burma. …

Tumbling Kelly!
Mizzima.com, India –
by Ko Soe At the time of global financial crisis, our backward and underdeveloped country Burma could not find appropriate ways and means to face this …

Lord Levene to continue as Lloyds Chairman
Director of Finance online, UK –
Levene was earlier this year personally singled out for criticism over backing the Burmese junta by facilitating insurance for those companies that finance …

Crises in Myanmar: Commission provides a further €40.5 million in …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
During 2008, the humanitarian situation in Myanmar worsened due to the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis, and big increases in rice and fuel prices. …

2010 game plan: Clinging to power
Mizzima.com, India –
They will do their best to marginalize the ‘National League for Democracy’ (NLD) including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy forces in this …

Church World Service Year End Assesment
Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –
In Myanmar (Burma), some 3 million people have been forced to migrate within the country. Reasons driving the displacement range from conflicts to land …

Than Shwe’s Dynastic Family Dream on Parade at State Function
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
14815-18_dec_4top2In The New Light of Myanmar’s coverage of the graduation ceremony, a picture of Shwe Mann, Burma’s Chief of Staff and Coordinator of Special Operations, …

Ban ‘Disappointed’ with Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“I am disappointed by the unwillingness of the government of Myanmar [Burma] to deliver on its promises for democratic dialogue and the release of political …

The Thinker: A ‘Gentle Lieutenant’ Is Remembered
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
… problem and the Moro insurgency in the Philippines; he attempted to persuade the military junta in Burma to release Aung Sang Suu Kyi, to no avail. …

Swiss Re Estimates That Over 238000 People Were Killed by …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
… Myanmar(Burma) winds up to 200 km/h 2 87449 12.05.2008 Earthquake (Mw 7.9); China aftershocks 3 1413 19.06.2008 Typhoon Fengshen/No 6, Philippines, ..

Few Takers for Cyclone Nargis Tours
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Visitors to Burma signing up for tours to the delta have to state the purpose of their travel and are told any donations or material aid they intend giving …

New Year Wish to the distressed poor people of Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Unfortunately, though it became a sovereign state the country had a bad experience all along with tainted democracy, boiling insurgency, damaging socialism, …

NLD member to face further charges
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 18, 2008 (DVB)–Burmese authorities are planning to file further charges against Arakan state National League for Democracy member Min Aung, …

Ban: World faces “multiple crises” in 2009
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

… the unmoving government in Burma were also included. And the world was judged to be “on trial” over wider issues like human rights and the food crisis. …

‘Extravagant’ Americans fault
Straits Times, Singapore –
The global economic downturn is a further blow to a tourism industry struggling to recover in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis in May, and the junta’s bloody …

Myanmar blames “extravagant” Americans for crisis
Reuters UK, UK –
The former Burma relied on few imports and its main trading partners, India and China, were suffering less than others in the current economic downturn, …

Aussie busted for drugs, mate on the run
The West Australian, Australia –
Thailand toughened its drug laws in 2002, but remains a transit point for narcotics produced in neighbouring Myanmar, the world’s second largest opium …

15 migrant workers jailed in Thailand
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 18, 2008 (DVB)–Fifteen Burmese migrants have been jailed for more than four years for working in Bangkok with fake permits, but the Thai boss who issued …

Wishful thinking for 2009
New Statesman, UK –
April: Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest and assumes her rightful place as the democratic head of the government of Burma. …

Ban criticizes Burma for shying away from democratization
Mizzima.com, India –
The UN has called repeatedly for the release of political prisoners including Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained for 13 of the …

Dissent Behind the Bamboo Curtain
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
Xiao Qiang, who runs the Chinese blog Rock-n-Go, was invited to the White House last week for a meeting between dissident bloggers from China, Burma, …

S.BATBOLD CONGRATULATES ASEAN SECRETARY-GENERAL
Montsame (subscription), Mongolia –
As of present, it has enlisted ten countries as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Prosecuting Thailand’s PAD
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
In fact, the number of serious crimes committed under the banner of the group calling itself the People’s Alliance for Democracy is so large that it’s hard …

How To Be an Ethical Consumer Without Breaking the Bank
AlterNet, CA –
But when I deny my role in global issues such as human-rights violations and climate change, I am shirking my social responsibility — and this is …

The United Nations has repeatedly called on Burma to release democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained for 13 of the past 19 years, …

Mumbai massacre fallout hits Karachi
The News International, Pakistan –
There is also a plan for taking action against ‘illegal immigrants’, as according to official figures, more than two million Bengalis and Burmese and over …

NARA offers illegal migrants fresh start
The News International, Pakistan –
Since 2000, the UN member states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations have been marking Migrants Day by creating awareness on human rights …

Burma’s nuclear temptation
On Line opinion, Australia –
At a press conference in Rangoon on January 21, 2002, Vice-Chief of Military Intelligence Major-General Kyaw Win issued a statement: “Myanmar’s …

Bringing Hope and Help to the Persecuted People of Burma
Christian Freedom International, MI –
“Thank you also for helping our persecuted brothers and sisters inside Burma with emergency rice. May God bless you and fulfill all of your needs,” said …

The biggest disasters of 2008
WA today, Australia –
Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma on May 2 and 3, leaving 138000 people dead or missing, 2.4 million homeless and vital rice crops destroyed. …

The biggest disasters of 2008
WA today, Australia –
Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma on May 2 and 3, leaving 138000 people dead or missing, 2.4 million homeless and vital rice crops destroyed. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 18, 2008 at 2:41 am

World focus on Burma (15 December 2008)

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Crisis in DRC caused by access to weapons
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… Women in Black – Belgrade [Serbia]; Women of vision association; Women of Vision Association [Nigeria]; Women’s League of Burma. By Emergency:

Abhisit, Chuan’s young protege gets his turn at last
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (as did former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi). …

Still the land of opportunity?
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
Some of the most recent have come from the South Asian countries of Bhutan and Myanmar, the former Burma, farmers whose skills are of little use to them in …

Activists urge Canada to assign special envoy to Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Canada has long condemned Burma’s military junta for failing to keep its promise to implement changes, and had supported the pro-democracy movement. …

A postcard from prison
Mizzima.com, India –
The SPDC [Burmese military government] said they will work toward a democratic process and make positive changes in human rights. But the head of the Burma …

… and military-ruled Burma. ASEAN’s Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan says that all members have work to do on the charter’s commitments. “Democracy …

UN to commemorate former Secretary General U Thant
Mizzima.com, India –
Despite of his popularity, Burma’s military dictator General Newin, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1962, refused to honor him with a state funeral, …

Thailand’s new PM likely to be more ‘pro-Active’ on Burma: Activist
Mizzima.com, India –
While the election of Abhisit as the new Prime Minister signals an end to the immediate political crisis, Burmese pro-democracy activists based in Thailand …

Burma: Ne Win’s Daughter Freed
UNPO, Netherlands –
Ne Win took power in a bloodless military coup in 1962, and remained in power until 1988, when a pro-democracy uprising forced him to step down and hand …

Ethnic Chin group rejects junta’s 2010 election plans
Mizzima.com, India –
The CNF passed the resolution during their Fourth Congress held on the Indo-Burma border from the 8th to the 13th of this month, according to the …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for human rights
Autochannel (press release) –
Now a prisoner in her own homeland, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This edition of the Summit is dedicated to her, the utmost example …

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, UK –
The technology also gives organisations like the BBC footage that would be difficult to obtain otherwise, for example the BBC is barred from entering Burma …

Promotions Seen as Part of 2010 Election Plan
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s military government, the State Peace and Development Council, has promoted a number of senior officers and created new positions in what …

Sandar Win Walks Free After 6 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 6

Ironically, the junta has leveled similar accusations at Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who married a British citizen.

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will head the $2.5 billion pipeline project with a 50.9 percent stake, while Burma’s state-run Myanmar Oil and …

Posted By ROBERT W. MURRAY AND DAVID SIEGEL
St. Catharines Standard, Canada –
In Darfur, Congo, Burma and other nations, human rights abuses occur at disturbing levels with no serious response from international society. …

Asean Charter Comes into Force
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

From left to right, Lotian Deputy Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Rais Yatim, Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win, …

Burmese Defense Lawyer Flees to Thailand, Blasts Regime
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar, Myint Aye funded the bombing, which it said had been carried out by two members of the opposition …

When it was finally signed a year ago, one of its members – Burma – had just made headlines by brutally suppressing pro-democracy demonstrations. …

Turn Left Thailand
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Australia –
After the deliberate chaos created by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) seizure of the airports, the courts stepped in to dissolve the hugely …

Thailand’s Democrat Putsch
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
Chief among them is “Newin Chitchorp”, who was named by his father after the infamous Burmese dictator. The Democrat Party is known among the cyber …

Fresh pressure from junta on UWSA
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …

ASEAN charter comes into force
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The bloc’s proposed new rights body has no teeth and the charter has no provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader …

Treaties lead to world government
Augusta Chronicle, GA –
… Burma, China and Russia. America would be surrendering its freedom of the seas to an “unaccountable international agency,” say US security experts. …

Former Burmese dictator’s daughter released from house arrest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 15, 2008—Officials in Burma have released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest, police said on …

Freedom Fighters Need Not Apply
Washington Post, United States –
The denials have included that of a Burmese lawyer who had smuggled anti-government brochures into Burma from Thailand; an Afghan owner of a muffler shop in …

In Praise Of Laura Bush
Forbes, NY –
That said, she has earned worldwide applause for her stand against the Burmese junta. And she has gone on record, with an unfussy but firm statement on TV, …

The bore’s head in hand bear I
Times Online, UK –
But 2008, as well as being the year of a world financial crisis, was also the year a resurgent Russia attempted to snuff out democracy on its borders, …

Bush arrives in Afghanistan for visit
LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
You worry about dictators? the head of the UN is from “Burma”. The 5… Nick Again, Maryborough on Journalist flings shoes at President Bush.

Cost of Bangkok Airport Closures Estimated at 540 Million Baht
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition, Australia –
The consequences of the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) week-long siege of Bangkok’s two main airports will affect AoT’s operation for six months. …

Monday, December 22
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1942 – US heavy bombers raid Japanese-occupied Rangoon, Burma _ now Myanmar, in World War II. 1944 – During the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans demand the …

Asean’s charter has to negotiate uncharted waters
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
That is no surprise as many Asean members such as Burma, Laos and Vietnam are under dictatorial rule. They do not want the people’s participation. …

Airlines seek redress for PAD action
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… resolved to sue leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for compensation equivalent to its disruption costs and loss of future revenue. …

UWSA faces renewed pressures
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …


NLD Leaders Discuss Role in 2010 Election

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By WAI MOE

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Deciding whether or not to participate in the forthcoming 2010 Burmese election is now one of the issues being discussed by the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), say party sources.

Khin Maung Swe, an NLD executive member, told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that in recent weeks, the NLD has held executive meetings focused on its strategy in the 2010 general elections.

“At the moment, the NLD stands on the party’s special political statement, issued on September 22,” said Khin Maung Swe. “The statement called for the government to review the constitution within six months and to conduct an inclusive process in Burmese politics. We think reviewing the constitution is an important step for national reconciliation.”

If the junta ignores the NLD’s call for a review, the crisis in Burmese politics will continue, he said.

He added that whether the NLD joins in the election depends largely on whether the junta will allow a constitutional review and permit all political parties to function freely.
He said, however, the NLD is keeping all of its options open depending on the political situation.

This weekend, the NLD met with an Italian diplomat, Attilio Massimo Ianucci, and discussed Burmese politics.

Khin Maung Swe said the NLD and the diplomat traded views. “He asked us if the NLD would take part in the election, but there was no urgency or call for the NLD to take part.”

Deutsche Press-Agentur (DPA) reported on November 29 that the Italian diplomat urged the NLD to participate in the election. Quoted in the report, Win Tin, a veteran journalist and a NLD executive, said: “He said at the present, the military occupied 100 percent of the government and after 2010, there would be only 25 percent. It is much better than the current situation.”

“We told him that 25 percent would be just a word and in practice the military would dominate. We said the constitution must be amended before the election.”

According to DPA, Win Tin told the press that within the NLD there were different views about the election. “Some [members] want to participant and some do not,” he said.

However, Aye Thar Aung, the secretary of the Committee Representing the People’s Parliament (CRPP), an umbrella opposition group, said he recently met with NLD leaders and his understanding is that NLD policy is to review the junta-backed constitution first rather than to join the election.

“If some of the NLD take part in the election, they might do it individually,” he said.

He said the CRPP’s stand on the election is that it will not take part unless the junta opens up the political process. The CRPP was formed in 1998 by the winning parties in the election, including the NLD and ethnic opposition parties.

Meanwhile, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, the head of the ruling junta, reaffirmed on November 28 at a meeting of the junta’s mass organization, the Union Solidarity and Development Association, that the regime’s “Seven-step Road Map” is the only way to a smooth transition to democracy.

“Now, plans are well under way to see to the remaining steps including the 2010 transition work programme,” Than Shwe was quoted as saying, according to state-run media.

Political analysts said there could well be more restrictions placed on political parties in the 2010 election laws, which the junta has yet to announce. Some rumors say the election law will be made public early next year, while others say the junta has postponed the announcement until June.

“Unlike the 1990 elections, we expect more restrictions,” said Aye Thar Aung.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14734

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 3, 2008 at 2:53 pm

World focus on Burma (4 September 2008)

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Red paint campaign commemorates protests

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The former United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, said that at least 31 people were killed, though other …

USDA candidates for 2010 election shortlisted

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The discussion of prospective candidates comes at a time when pro-democracy groups are continuing to protest against the proposed 2010 election. …

Journalist arrested after writing article about a double murder

Reporters without borders (press release), France –

… has voiced support for Burma’s military junta and said that international talks on the future of the country should be held without Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Nightly Noise: Media and Message

Pacific Free Press, Canada –

Historian Mark Curtis explains: “Since 1945, rather than occasionally deviating from the promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and economic …

Joint chiefs chairman expects troop agreement

Coastal Courier, GA –

Mullen cited the US relief roles following earthquakes in China and Pakistan, and a humanitarian mission after a cyclone hit Burma and a tsunami struck …

New report warns of stronger cyclones
Radio Australia, Australia –
In the wake of Hurricane Gustav and earlier this year, Cyclone Nargis in Burma, American scientists say global warming will only boost the power of the …

Victory of Thailand’s coup-makers
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

Growth in visitor figures for Asia Pacific region
Luxury Travel magazine, UK –
… to be on the verge of a tourism revival – saw a 6.9 per cent growth, while unsurprisingly visitor numbers to Myanmar (Burma) dropped almost 29 per cent. …

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda speaks during a news conference in Bangkok March 15, 2006. (REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/Files)

Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Besides minor operations in Vietnam, and the occasional border skirmish with Myanmar, it has fought only one proper war — a three month affair against …

MYANMAR: Government cuts currency red tape for donors?
IRINnews.org, NY –
YANGON, 4 September 2008 (IRIN) – The UN is calling on donors to give more generously to an international appeal for victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

Reporter Arrested over Murder Story
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is common practice in Burma for news of crimes written by independent reporters to be censored. All stories in the print media must pass through the …

Burmese Media Silent on Thai Turmoil
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Samak recently described Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a “political tool” of the West, and suggested that international efforts to engage …

Suu Kyi ready to meet with minister

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

Source ::: AP yangon • A report that detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to meet with the government minister who acts as her …

… were “very fortunate” to unearth in Myanmar (Burma) a piece of fossilized tree sap known as amber containing parts of a hundred-million-year-old gecko. …

Time For A Revision

Times of India, India –

Caught between engagement and isolation, Burma, renamed Myanmar by its dictatorial military junta, is in a state of decline. What was once the richest land …

Dalai Lama, Tsvangirai, Betancourt on 2008 Sakharov prize list

AFP –

Among the previous winners are former South African leader Nelson Mandela, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-UN secretary general Kofi …

Famous Author Summers in Sandwich

Cape Cod Today, MA –

There is a direct road to Burma from China’s Kumming. They could easily have helped. Burma or Myanmar is very much like North Korea. Ang San Sui Ki, …

Ghana: “Free And Fair Elections, De L’ Afrique”

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Myanmar , (Formerly Burma) tops the world in that regard!! Truly, those who have studied ancient history and especially European history will easily fish …