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World focus on Burma (11-8-2008)

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… staff includes many for whom bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and disasters like the Chinese earthquake and the cyclone in Burma, hit close to home. …

First fund raising Music album for Nargis released

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s prominent Rock singer, Lay Phyu and several others has release a Music album, of which the proceedings will go for a charity fund to …

The Politics of the Beijing Olympics

National Ledger, AZ –

He could make a definitive statement on human rights while attending the Olympics. I think the President did the right thing. Had he boycotted the Olympics, …

Intermountain Catholic

Intermountain Catholic, UT –

The board reveals that refugees are coming from Burma (Myanmar), Congo, Malaysia, Bhutan, Iran, and Jordan. This month alone will see 63 refugees, …

Questions and Answers on the Community Civil Protection Mechanism

eGov monitor, UK –

Other 2008 expert operations include an intervention in Burma during a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the country’s …

Myanmar activist Suu Kyi meets with lawyer to discuss detention

JURIST –

In May, the junta announced that Myanmar’s draft constitution [JURIST news archive] had been overwhelmingly approved [JURIST report] in a national …

Detained Suu Kyi allowed rare meeting with lawyer

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday was allowed a rare meeting by the military junta with her lawyer Kyi Win, …

Burmese tourism industry in doldrums

Mizzima.com, India –

An official at the government run ‘Myanmar Hotel and Tourism Corporation’, who wished not to be named, said they are also engaging in sales promotion and …

Olympics Draw Harvest of Online Protests

Media Channel, NY –

Human rights advocates have criticised other countries’ seeming inaction and unwillingness to question China’s policies on Darfur, Burma and Tibet. …

Thailand’s ex-prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, and wife jump bail

Los Angeles Times, CA –

… a state-run lottery created to fund education, and in a $120-million loan to neighboring Myanmar, also know as Burma, by Thailand’s Export-Import Bank. …

Junta continues to detain five protesters for marching on 8888 …

Mizzima.com, India –

“We are only promoting and defending human rights in Burma not working for political power. I think the authorities want to weaken our human right awareness …

Worth it: Moments like these is what keeps a dozen or so locals …

Waterbury Republican American, CT –

Today is the second day these 11 Karen (ka-REN) refugees from Burma, now settled in Waterbury, have been immersed in an American institution: Camp. …

The Olympic Spirit is bleeding

OpEdNews, PA –

Its not only China’s controversy with Tibet or the situation in Burma; furthermore, the present armed conflict between Russian and Georgian forces show us …

“China Go For Gold! Give Human Rights in Beijing A Chance …

UNPO, Netherlands –

The Burma Centre, Tibet Support Group, and International Campaign for Tibet hosted a peaceful demonstration calling for sustained attention to human rights …

Rights activist U Myint Aye arrested

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway – 3 hours ago

“They seized some appeal letters for donations sent to us by Cyclone Nargis victims – they usually send us these so that we know what they need,” she said. …

Meeting President Bush

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Months of preparation went into the meeting, which was intended to give Bush an opportunity to learn more about Burma’s current political situation. …

Danish Minster Slams Burma Boycott, Sanctions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The minister for developmental cooperation in Denmark said recently that economic sanctions on Burma and tourism boycott are counter productive, …

Suu Kyi Discusses Detention with her Lawyer

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had a rare meeting with her lawyer to discuss her continuing house arrest, a National League …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi allowed visit by lawyer

Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

HONG KONG – The Associated Press Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with her lawyer for the first time in five years, a colleague of …

House-bound leader allowed to meet lawyer

Edmonton Journal, Canada –

YANGON / Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a rare meeting with her lawyer following a visit to the country by a UN rights expert, …

Aung San Suu Kyi detention extended

CNN International –

(CNN) — Myanmar’s military rulers have extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another year, a source who spoke to a member …

Burmese comedian maybe jailed for helping Cyclone Nargis victims

Fresh News, India –

By ANI on Sunday, August 10, 2008 One of Burma’s most famous comedians went on trial yesterday for providing aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis. …

Will Russia Get Away With It?

New York Times, United States – WILLIAM KRISTOL

China props up the regimes in Burma and North Korea. The United States, of course, is not without resources and allies to deal with these problems and …

Five Myanmar activists still in detention

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

YANGON • Five of 48 activists arrested as they marched to mark a 1988 pro-democracy uprising remain locked away in military-run Myanmar, an opposition ..

Policy Paper: Will America ever wake up to the Burmese Clarion Call?

Asian Tribune, Thailand – Prof. Kanbawza Win

… which had opposed prior action on Burma — must be reminded of their subsequent agreement with this roadmap. Foreign investment in Myanmar plummeted by …

Suu Kyi allowed to meet lawyer

The News – International, Pakistan –

YANGON: Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with her lawyer for the first time in five years, one of her colleagues said on Sunday. …

Suu Kyi holds rare meeting with her lawyer

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a rare meeting with her lawyer following a visit to the country by a UN rights expert, …

Open to the voice of Truth

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Humanitarian aid to the suffering in China and Burma (Myanmar) are another. In the American Midwest, sandbaggers – and other helpers – saved at least some …

Burma’s democratic revolution

The Daily Star, Bangladesh – LARRY JAGAN

These protests grew, bringing Burma to a standstill for weeks and threatening to topple the country’s one-party state. The universities had been shut …

Meticulous, caring party atmosphere; plus dog meat off the menu

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand – Eleanor Ainge Roy

… and praised widely by humanitarian groups, especially in contrast to the junta’s lethargic and inept handling of Cyclone Nargis’ destruction in Burma. …

Playing games

International Herald Tribune, France –

8, 2008, the date of the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics, was not a day of celebration for the people of Burma. Rather, it marked the 20th …

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August 11, 2008 at 4:18 am

World focus on Burma (9 August 2008)

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The following is a transcript of President Bush’s weekly radio …

FOXNews –

During my time here, I’m expressing America’s deep concerns about freedom and human rights in China. This trip has reaffirmed my belief that men and women …

Laos, Bosnia War Crimes Trials: LPDR Condemned by Hmong National …

PressZoom (press release), Netherlands –

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was recently flown from the Serbian capital Belgrade to the The Hague where he will face trial before a UN …

Sacrifices of Prisoners of Conscience Should Not Be in Vain
NewsBlaze, CA –
The other panelists, who represented Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Eritrea and Uzbekistan, were all former prisoners of conscience or family members of people …

First Lady Laura Bush Urges Burma Reforms

NewsBlaze, CA –

“A lot of these families would rather go home, but because of the situation in Burma, they can’t,” Mrs. Bush told reporters during her August 7 visit to the …

The military junta that took control of Burma in September 1988 changed the name of the country to Myanmar in 1989. However, Maung Htoo said Canada is among …

Radio Address by the President to the Nation

MarketWatch –

During my time here, I’m expressing America’s deep concerns about freedom and human rights in China. This trip has reaffirmed my belief that men and women …

Burmese translator helps refugees find their way

WTTE, OH –

She was part of an ethinc minority in Myanmar, also known as Burma. She says she is still trying to find her own way around while she directs others. …

Burmese must be supported

Irish Times, Ireland –

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democratic movement in Burma, has been placed under house arrest by the military regime since 1989

… changing its name to Myanmar. It is a ruthless military regime that has distinguished itself primarily for its brutal repression of the people of Burma, …

Asia recalls the repression of 8-8-’88 in Myanmar

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

About 100 demonstrators also gathered in front of the Burmese embassy, shouting “freedom for Burma, freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi”, and launching red paper …

Prominent Myanmar human rights activist arrested

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Police in Myanmar arrested a prominent human rights activist on the 20th anniversary of massive pro-democracy protests, a colleague of …

Supersize Games

Irish Independent, Ireland –

… Burma, Tibet, wherever, just be aware that you’re beating an old drum about the cords connecting an Olympic Games with the suppression of human rights. …

Thousands take part in global day of protest as Beijing Games open

Toronto Star, Canada –

… embassy in London was the focus for protests against the country’s treatment of people in Tibet, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Myanmar frees most detained “8-8-88” marchers

路透中国, China –

The protest in the town of Taunggok was virtually the only one in the former Burma in memory of the nationwide revolt, eventually crushed by the army with …

Watching human rites

Reuters UK, UK –

Human Rights Watch put out a statement slamming China for its commercial and diplomatic ties to Myanmar’s junta on the 20th anniversary of the 8-8-88 …

Myanmar anniversary demonstrators freed

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar authorities have released 43 demonstrators who held one of the country’s few protests marking the anniversary of the 1988 …

From the sublime to the ridiculous

Cyprus Mail, Cyprus –

Which other country in the world demands a UN Sec-Gen to ‘tell the truth’? The only people I can think of are despots and dictators – such as Burma’s …

Activists held at rally pver ’88 uprising

Los Angeles Times, CA –

The military government arrested 48 activists on a protest march to mark the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in which an estimated 3000 people …

Burmese junta arrests 48 on uprising anniversary eve

TopNews, India –

: Burma”s military junta have arrested 48 activists during a protest march marking 20 years since the army crushed a pro-democracy uprising, …

Games’ opening day busy time for protests

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

The Beijing Games have become a focus for activists critical of China on issues ranging from its human rights record and heavy-handed rule in Tibet, …

China stages a perfectly choreographed display

Aberdeen Press and Journal, UK –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

US first lady Bush tours Beijing’s Forbidden City

The Associated Press –

Mrs. Bush has become more outspoken herself over the years, especially on the issue of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The isolated Southeast Asian nation is …

Proud moment for sailor flying the flag

Irish Independent, Ireland –

Mr Kilgallen reminded the demonstration that China was a supporter of Burma’s ruthless military junta and had a deplorable human rights record. …

Beijing Olympics: Asia press comment

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The South China Morning Post says it is time to turn the screw on Myanmar’s leaders. “Myanmar’s junta welcomes occasions like the Olympic Games. …

Staying Alive

TIME –

These protests inspired the mass demonstrations led by Burma’s monks, which captured the world’s imagination a month later. Jimmy is still in jail. …

The Moment

TIME –

In Bangkok, he praised Southeast Asia’s economic progress while slamming Burma for human-rights abuses. But the most urgent business was in Beijing, …

Beijing Olympics draws much concern of Myanmar people

Xinhua, China –

8 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Olympic Games has drawn much concern of Myanmar people over the last few days ahead of the opening ceremony of the world event in …

Beijing Olympics spark global protests

Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –

“The Olympics shouldn’t have been offered to China on the basis of their human rights record,” said Liawang Tsang, whose family fled Tibet nine years ago. …

The Government will continue to help the Burmese people in their …

Irish Times, Ireland –

… changing its name to Myanmar. It is a ruthless military regime that has distinguished itself primarily for its brutal repression of the people of Burma, …

Burmese ‘grateful’ for Irish support

Irish Times, Ireland –

Thanking the Lord Mayor for receiving the refugees, he pointed out that Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a freewoman of Dublin city and that …

Protest marks Myanmar uprising annniversary

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

Shouting “Free Burma” the protestors, brandishing the red and yellow flags of the Myanmar opposition, called for the release of political prisoners in the …

Bush chides China over human rights

Financial Times, UK –

By Chawadee Nualkhair in Bangkok US President George W. Bush condemned China’s treatment of political dissidents and pressed for an unfettered Chinese press …

The Nelson Mail, New Zealand –

On August 8, 1988, pro-democracy supporters in Burma, now known as Myanmar, took to the streets to call for an end to the country’s military dictatorship. …

Population paradox: Europe’s time bomb

Independent, UK –

Singapore, Taiwan and Burma are similar. The lowest is South Korea with only 1.1 children per couple. “South East Asia has plummeted to levels it took …

Hundreds march in Tokyo on 20th anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The News – International, Pakistan –

She happened to be in Myanmar — then known as Burma — to care for her ailing mother when the uprising erupted. On Aug 26, 1988, she spoke to the crowds …

Myanmar comic charged over cyclone aid

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s most famous comedian has been charged in a secret court, along with a sports writer and two activists, for delivering aid to survivors of …

Burmese junta arrest 48 on uprising anniversary eve

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who met Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein in Beijing ahead of the Olympic Games, said he hoped Myanmar could sort out its …

New Yorkers Mark Olympics With Protests

New York Times Blogs, NY –

… to protest Chinese support of the military junta that has ruled Myanmar since 1962. Cristina Moon, executive director of 8/8/08 for Burma, …

Scots activist thrown out of China

The Herald, UK –

He said: “We are here together today because we need the Chinese government to talk about human rights, the situation in Tibet and media freedom. …

GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

The promises about access made to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he saw Myanmar’s head of state, Senior Gen Than Shwe, in late May have essentially …

Human Rights Call Sets Frosty Tone to Bush Trip

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

PRESIDENT George Bush arrived in Beijing amid an atmosphere of tension with China’s leaders over his high-profile criticism of the country’s human rights …

Reactions mixed on US Burmese ruby ban

National Jeweler Network, NY –

Mumbai, India—The recent US ban on rubies and jadeite from Myanmar (formerly Burma), including stones that were processed in third-party countries, …

Friday, August 8, 2008

Free Speech Radio News, CA –

… League for Democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate who remains under house arrest on the orders of leader General Than Shwe. …

8/8 – 20 years after the Burmese democracy protests

Foreign Policy (subscription) –

With all eyes on China this week, it’s refreshing to see George and Laura Bush noting that today is the 20th anniversary of pro-democracy protests in Burma …

Pro-Tibet protests europe-wide as Olympics open 08/08 20:30 CET

euronews, France –

… Union was beseiged in Brussels, with the Tibetan contingent joined by protestors also denouncing the military rulers of Myanmar, the former Burma. …

Arrests on anniversary on uprising

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –

Activists outside Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, are marking the anniversary with demonstrations. The 1988 protests drew hundreds of thousands of people …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Tibet, Burma, Sudan and the colonisation of Africa are the issues routinely raised to keep the dragon in check; human rights the moral stick to beat the….

An Inescapable History

Harvard Crimson, MA –

… the human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and the CIA’s “black sites” hampered our ability to stem atrocities in countries like Sudan, Burma, …

Anniversary of the 1988 Popular Democratic Uprising in Burma

US Department of State, DC –

Twenty years ago today, the people of Burma bravely rose up together to call for the restoration of democracy in Burma and an end to misrule and the abuse …

BURMA: Expats Keep Democracy Hopes Alive

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

By Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Aug 8 (IPS) – Aung Moe Zaw still lives in the hope that democracy will take root in Burma, 20 years after hundreds of …

Masked activists in Cebu weigh in on China’s record

Sun.Star, Philippines –

… people of Tibet and Burma. They later broke their silence as they read “In the Quiet Land,” a poem by imprisoned Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Events mark ’88 Burma brutality

Howrah News Service, India –

The programmes were to focus on the brutal regime of the military junta in Burma and has seminars, talks, photo exhibition and also a candle vigil at the …

McDonald’s sponsorship of Games spurs protest

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

… a member of the Taiwan Free Burma Network. “It also violently cracks down on Tibetan demonstrators and supports authoritarian regimes in Myanmar and …

Beijing Olympics: Protests around the world as Games open in style

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

In London, more than 200 demonstrators from Tibet, Burma, Zimbabwe and Sudan joined forces for a noisy demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy. …

Zimbabweans in Chinese embassy demonstration

SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe –

By Lance Guma Zimbabwean activists in the United Kingdom on Friday teamed up with protesters from Burma, Tibet and Sudan to demonstrate at the Chinese …

Local dissidents mark the 20th anniversary of “8-8-88” bloody uprising

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Fearful residents mark Myanmar‘s “8-8-88” uprising

Fri Aug 8, 2008 4:29am EDT

Myanmar nationals living in Thailand and members of human rights groups chant anti-junta slogans and wave placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok August 8, 2008.

By Aung Hla Tun

YANGON (Reuters) – Cowed and afraid, people in Myanmar marked exactly 20 years on Friday since the army crushed an “8-8-88” democracy uprising with the loss of an estimated 3,000 lives, although the only protests were outside the country.

After last year’s widespread fuel-price rallies, the generals in charge of the former Burma were taking no chances, posting armed police and pro-government thugs at strategic sites, such as Yangon’s gilded Shwedagon pagoda.

Most of the leaders of the 1988 uprising, the biggest challenge to army rule dating back to 1962, have been behind bars since the start of the fuel-price demonstrations last August. They are just a few of an estimated 1,100 political prisoners.

“We are not planning any official ceremony, although some people might choose to do something in private,” Nyan Win, a spokesman for the opposition National League for Democracy, said.

Others concurred, citing the daily struggle to survive in one of Asia’s poorest nations and a sense of the futility of protest that has lingered since 1988 and last year’s crackdown, in which at least 31 people were killed.

“Nobody is happy with the present situation, but most people know from experience that protests will not change their lives,” English teacher Hla Maung told Reuters.

Outside the pariah Southeast Asian nation, however, human rights groups and activists who fled the 1988 bloodshed staged demonstrations outside Myanmar and Chinese embassies.

China is being targeted on what is also the opening day of the Beijing Olympics because of its commercial and diplomatic ties to the generals, gate-keepers of Myanmar’s plentiful reserves of natural gas and other resources.

In Bangkok and Manila, dozens of protesters chanted anti-junta slogans, burnt Myanmar flags and waved placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in Yangon.

“REMEMBER THE ATROCITIES”

August 8, 1988 — 8-8-88 — was chosen as the focus of the uprising because of its numerologically auspicious connotations for most Burmese. It was also said to be a powerful foil to then military supremo Ne Win, whose lucky number was nine.

Now, it is remembered for something very different.

“As the world celebrates the opening of the Beijing Olympics, people should pause to remember the atrocities in Burma 20 years ago,” Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

“This anniversary is testament to the Burmese people’s enduring demand for freedom and to the world’s failure to end repressive military rule. And China, more than any other country, has enabled the survival of the brutal Burmese regime,” she said.

Meeting Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein in Beijing ahead of the Games, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said he hoped Myanmar could sort out its problems “through democratic negotiation”, the official Xinhua news agency said.

“China will continue to follow a good-neighborly policy towards Myanmar, and work with the international community to help Myanmar overcome difficulties,” Xinhua quoted Wen as saying.

On Thursday, U.S. President George W. Bush used a visit to neighboring Thailand, home to more than 100,000 Myanmar refugees and more than a million migrant workers, to highlight the 1988 bloodshed and call yet again for Suu Kyi’s release.

“The American people care deeply about the people of Burma and dream for the day the people will be free,” he told dissidents and former political prisoners at an hour-long lunch.

(Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by David Fogarty)

REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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Burma quiet on rally anniversary

Burmese activists shout a slogan in front of China Embassy in Bangkok on Friday

Chinese embassies were the target of some of Friday’s protests

The military authorities in Burma have imposed tight security in the main city, Rangoon, on the 20th anniversary of a major uprising.

Police and pro-government militias are stationed at strategic points in the city, including Buddhist monasteries.

Activists outside Burma are marking the anniversary with demonstrations.

The 1988 protests drew hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets, but ended with a violent clampdown and the deaths of at least 3,000 civilians.

The date 8 August 1988 was significant for the superstitious Burmese, and marked the start of six weeks of rallies against military rule.

Until the 8/8/88 protests, Aung San Suu Kyi was only known as the daughter of liberation hero Aung San, but her speech to the assembled protesters during the rallies propelled her to the centre of the pro-democracy movement.

Nyan Win, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, told AFP news agency that the anniversary marked “an important historical turning point”.

Anti-China protests

The only sign of the anniversary inside the country was the heavy military presence, with riot police posted at busy intersections, the former campus of Rangoon University and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.

Burmese soldiers face protesters in Rangoon on 26 August 1988

Additional barriers and a fire engine were also placed outside Aung San Suu Kyi’s home.

Elsewhere in Asia, though, human rights groups and activists who fled in the aftermath of the 1988 protests held demonstrations outside Burmese embassies.

They also protested outside the Chinese embassy in Bangkok.

“We are here because China is the main supporter of the military regime,” Kyaw Lin Oo, a Burmese activist, told reporters.

“We want the Chinese government to understand the actual cost of their support to the people inside of Burma,” he added.

“As the world celebrates the opening of the Beijing Olympics, people should pause to remember the atrocities in Burma 20 years ago,” added Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch.

In Rangoon, dissident Min Aung told the Associated Press: “I’ve totally lost hope that change will come through mass protests.

“It’s difficult to organise protests now because most of the leaders are in jail or in hiding.”

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Suu Kyi’s party hails 1988 uprising as ‘turning point’ in Myanmar

8 August 2008

YANGON (AFP) — Aung San Suu Kyi’s party Friday hailed a 1988 pro-democracy uprising as a “turning point” in Myanmar’s history, as activists silently mourned the movement that was violently crushed by the military.

“This anniversary marks an important historical turning point in Myanmar’s politics. People will never forget it,” Nyan Win, spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD), told AFP.

August 8, 1988 — a numerologically important date known as 8.8.88 — marked the beginning of a student-led uprising that drew hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of cities and villages across the country.

The movement capped a year of student protests that resulted in the former dictator Ne Win stepping down in July 1988. With the government in turmoil, the August 8 uprising quickly spread around around the country.

Soldiers opened fire to break up the crowds, but the unrest rumbled on for six weeks, until a group of generals staged a coup and reasserted total military control. An estimated 3,000 people were killed in the uprising.

Until then, Aung San Suu Kyi had been the little known daughter of slain liberation hero General Aung San. She had spent most of her life as an expatriate, settling into a comfortable life in British academia.

She happened to be in Myanmar — then known as Burma — to care for her ailing mother when the uprising erupted.

On August 26, 1988, she spoke to the crowds outside Myanmar’s holiest shrine, the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, and instantly became the public face of the movement.

After the coup she helped form the NLD, but was thrown under house arrest in 1989. Despite her detention, the party won 1990 elections in a landslide, but was never allowed to govern. Since her initial arrest, she has been allowed only a few brief years of freedom.

No remembrances were planned to mark the anniversary in Myanmar, and heavy police security was seen around Yangon — especially around Shwedagon Pagoda — to ward off any protests.

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August 8, 2008 at 4:41 am

World focus on Burma (8 August 2008)

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Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

Tears and pride as Games opening is watched in UK

BBC News, UK –

Protesters from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to voice their anger about human rights violations. Back in Trafalgar Square, …

20 Years Since Thousands of Pro-Democracy Activists Killed in Burma

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

In Myanmar, also known as Burma, the military junta arrested 48 activists for a protest to mark the anniversary. Mark Farmaner is Director of the Burma …

New York Times Blogs, NY –

“China, more than any other country, has enabled the survival of the brutal Burmese regime,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch …

Anti-China activists face federal criminal charges

KUTV, UT –

A protestor wearing a photograph of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shouts as he stands outside the Chinese Embassy on August 8, …

Christian Rights Group Wants UN to Intervene in Burma Crisis

Christian Post –

The UK-based human rights organization is pressing for key members of the military junta to be brought before the International Criminal Court for crimes …

Authorities arrest rights activist and ABFSU members

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 8, 2008 (DVB)–Three All Burma Federation of Student Union members and a member of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network have been arrested by …

Burma comic on cyclone charges

The Australian, Australia –

Cyclone Nargis left 138000 people dead or missing in early May. After the storm, Burma’s military regime was criticised for blocking foreign relief supplies …

Voice of America –

The protests pushed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi into the political limelight and helped her found the NLD to challenge army rule. Burma’s ruling …

RP drops anti-Myanmar stance for ASEAN charter

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… said Congress would find “extreme difficulty in ratifying the charter” until military-ruled Myanmar (Burma) freed Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Tough words from Mrs Bush for Burmese junta

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… of the military crackdown that crushed Burma’s nascent democracy and left the leader of the democratic forces, Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest. …

No moving backwards for Myanmar

Amnesty International –

Three months ago, the government wilfully neglected its people when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar. Relief workers, diplomats, journalists, and Burmese …

Bin Laden Driver Given Lenient Sentence

Democracy Now, NY –

Internationally, we wish they use their veto power at the UN Security Council and stop supporting brutality in Tibet, Myanmar and Darfur. …

Burma’s bitter remembrance of ‘8/8/88’

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Burma’s democracy leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) overwhelmingly won the 1990 elections, remains under …

Remembering 88: Fighting for what is ours

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

In September 2007, the people of Burma yet again made an attempt to gain the rights that they deserve and the military government responded to it in the …

Breakfast of Champions 8/8: Burmese Democracy
Minneapolis City Pages, MN –
… of the Olympics in Beijing — another event that affects Burma. I wonder if they ever think about calling off August in the nation now known as Myanmar. ..

200 anti-Olympic protestors gather at Chinese embassy in London

Monsters and Critics.com –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

David Cook: Olympics, Day One

The Chattanoogan, TN –

So, as it hosts the Olympic Games, China also works to shut down democracy in Burma, where human rights violations are commonplace, and Aung San Suu Kyi, …

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Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Also, Thailand had expressed concerns to the US on its trade sanctions against Myanmar, Mrs. Nongnut said. The sanctions affected not only the Myanmar …

The 1988 demonstrations in Myanmar

The military rulers fear a repeat of the 1988 demonstrations Photo:

AFP/Getty Images

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

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Crackdown on Burmese aid workers

The Age, Australia –

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White House Fact Sheet: The United States and Asia: Enduring …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

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Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

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Security tight for 20th anniversary of Burma protests

CBC.ca, Canada –

About 100 gathered outside the Burma Embassy in Bangkok, chanting “Free Burma, Free Aung San Suu Kyi,” and throwing three red airplanes over the wall that …

Bush criticizes China before Beijing visit

Ocala, FL –

The president planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

Bush Committed to Burma Issue, Say Activists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Thaung Htun, a representative for UN Affairs of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, the government in exile, said, “Since the Burmese …

US First Lady Laura Bush yesterday visited IOM’s refugee …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The First Lady, who was accompanied by her daughter Barbara, saw IOM cultural orientation trainers preparing refugees for resettlement in the US and saw off …

Business Round-up (August 8, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“[The fact] that each dollar of aid must be converted with Myanmar’s [Burma] military government for a foreign exchange certificate with, now, 80 percent of …

world briefs

Bryan College Station Eagle, United States –

Mrs. Bush, who is traveling in Asia with President Bush, flew to the Thai border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, to visit the Mae La refugee camp and a …

Apprehensive of protests, junta tightens security in Rangoon

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Security in Burma’s former capital of Rangoon has been stepped up several notches with rumours of impending protests swirling around the city, …

Those who talk, those who walk

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

That is, Burma will remain immune from Thai and most ASEAN pressure to reform, and Thailand itself will continue to see US military sales to the country …

US President Bush visits Bangkok, Thailand

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. We’ll continue working until the people of …

Laura Bush’s Myanmar crusade

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

In 2003, Congress passed the Freedom and Democracy Act after an attack on pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade by government-organized thugs …

‘Intl community should push for political reforms in Myanmar’

Economic Times, India –

“As the world celebrates the opening of the Beijing Olympics, people should pause to remember the atrocities in Burma 20 years ago,” said Elaine Pearson, …

Burma In The Shadow Of The Olympics

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

All this is so very applicable in the Myanmar of today. Members of the Burmese junta could not have acted out of love when they used naked force to smash …

CSW wants UN to intervene in Burma crisis

ChristianToday, UK –

by Anne Thomas Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for “urgent, specific and meaningful action” from the UN to address Burma’s ongoing political and …

Searching for Democracy Twenty Years On

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Paradoxically, the regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe thought it could save the country from “disintegration” and “anarchy.” The most disturbing thing is the …

Arakanese Community Stages Protest in Dhaka against 2010 Election

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

… Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, because their detention is unjust and unfair, and is furthermore against the current laws of Burma,” said Ko Kyaw Myint. …

Myanmar nationals living in Thailand and members of human rights groups chant anti-junta slogans and wave placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok August 8, 2008.

Reuters –

… burnt Myanmar flags and waved placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in …

Burmese activists shout a slogan in front of China Embassy in Bangkok on Friday

Chinese embassies were the target of some of Friday’s protests

BBC News, UK –
Until the 8/8/88 protests, Aung San Suu Kyi was only known as the daughter of liberation hero Aung San, but her speech to the assembled protesters during …

Bush Calls On Myanmar, China To Respect Rights

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

“America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners,” he said. “We will continue working until …

William Holston Jr.: Rally tonight in Dallas to support Burmese …

Dallas Morning News, TX –

Within two years, one of the young activists, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, received the Nobel Peace Prize. She was unable to attend the ceremony, however…

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Monsters and Critics.com –

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US president’s trip to China starts off on a frosty note

Press and Journal, UK –

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Activists rally in Philippines for democracy in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

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Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88” uprising remembered

guardian.co.uk, UK –

… laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in Yangon. In the Philippine capital Manila, activists from the Free Burma Coalition and Amnesty …

Security tight on anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The Associated Press –

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Dublin event to mark anniversary of Burma uprising

Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –

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China rebuffs Bush speech

Denver Post, CO –

By Steven Lee Myers First lady Laura Bush sits with students during a visit to a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border Thursday. …

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Business Day, South Africa –

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Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

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Guide and Gazette, UK –

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China tells Bush to stay out of its affairs

Dispatch Online, South Africa –

Burma – called Myanmar by the regime – marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists today. Laura Bush flew for the day to …

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Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

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Bangor Daily News, ME –

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Kansas City Star, MO –

… assistance to enable them to rebuild their lives,” said Andrew Kirkwood, who heads the aid agency Save the Children in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

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Naples Daily News, FL –
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Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

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guardian.co.uk, UK –

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The Moderate Voice –

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Xinhua, China –

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Radio Australia, Australia –

LAMEY: It speaks volumes about Burma that the country of 47 million can muster only 6 athletes to compete in Beijing. And for many in that country, …

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WMUR, NH –

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Birmingham Star, AL –

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The Standard, Hong Kong –

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Contra Costa Times, CA –

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InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

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InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

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InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

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Khun Myint Tun, right, Member of Parliament Union of Burma who won a seat during the national elections in 1990 but not allowed to assume power, is joined by Filipino supporters during a press conference. (Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Pat Roque)

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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Secret court may jail Burma comic Maung Thura for helping Cyclone …

Times Online, UK –

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Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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International Herald Tribune, France –

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Reuters –

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Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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New York Times, United States –

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Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

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USA Today –

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Ha’aretz, Israel –

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The Canberra Times, Australia –

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Voice of America –

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MarketWatch –

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UN Envoy Receives ‘Good Signs’ From Burma

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Human Rights Council investigator for Burma, plays with Burmese schoolchildren as he inspects cyclone-davasted Irrawaddy river delta at Kyaukalat village, 05 Aug 2008

Voice of America –

By VOA News The United Nations human rights envoy for Burma says he received “good signs” that the ruling junta accepted his need to investigate allegations …

Bush calls for freedom in China

The Canberra Times, Australia –

The President planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Burma, who live under military rule across the border. …

Voice of America –

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Radio Australia, Australia –

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Burma: No Rights Reform 20 Years After Massacre

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

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US President Leaves Thailand for China

RedOrbit, TX –

… are different from the US’s interest on Burma,” said Win Min, one of nine Thailand-based Myanmar dissidents who lunched with Bush Thursday in Bangkok.

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Huffington Post, NY –

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Reuters –

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Howrah News Service, India –

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The Associated Press –

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Bush slams China over rights record

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

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AlterNet, CA –

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Financial Times, UK –

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US president affirms commitment to Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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In shadow of Olympics, Myanmar mourns failed ‘88 uprising

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In shadow of Olympics, Myanmar mourns failed ‘88 uprising

Demonstrators gather in central Rangoon to protest against the government, in 1988

Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protestors take it to streets of downtown Rangoon (Yagon)

Exiled Myanmar students hold a rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok

Ne Win

AFP –

6 August 2008

BANGKOK (AFP) — As China celebrates the start of the Olympics on Friday with much fanfare, activists in neighbouring Myanmar will silently mourn the bloody end of an uprising that crushed their dreams of democracy 20 years ago.

In August 1988, cities and villages across the country then known as Burma were bursting with optimism.

The military dictator Ne Win had just stepped down after decades of iron-fisted rule, and Burma was inspired by a prophecy that it would become a free nation on August 8 — known as 8-8-88.

Students who had already protested for almost a year against Ne Win’s socialist government called for a national uprising on the auspicious date, drawing activists, Buddhist monks, and even young military cadets into the streets clamouring for freedom.

“On August 8, it was not just one city or one area, it was all over Burma — everywhere, even the remote villages. It was not just students or monks or workers. Everybody was there,” said Win Min, then a medical student who helped organise the protests, and now a university professor in Thailand.

“We had high hopes that the situation could change, high hopes that democracy could come to Burma, high hopes that our economic problems would be solved,” he said.

But the euphoria was short-lived.

After dark on August 8, soldiers began shooting protesters in the streets of the then-capital Rangoon, beginning six weeks of bloodshed that left an estimated 3,000 dead.

The protests rumbled on amid the violence, powered by anger at the regime and the once-promising economy it had hammered into the ground.

In the swirl of near-anarchy, a new national leadership emerged in a country under dictatorship since 1962.

The previously obscure and expatriate daughter of a liberation hero, Aung San Suu Kyi, stood before crowds outside the golden Shwedagon Pagoda on August 26, making an eloquent call for democracy and instantly becoming the public face of the movement.

She was joined by veteran politicians and ethnic leaders, including some top generals who had grown disillusioned with the regime.

Without Ne Win, the government struggled to contain the unrest. A series of leaders within the regime rose and fell, until finally a group of generals seized power in a coup on September 18.

The new regime, calling itself the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), officially allowed the creation of opposition parties and moved to create a market economy.

But in reality, the junta clamped down on the democracy movement, placing Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in July 1989. Twenty years later, she is still confined to her home, having only enjoyed a few brief years of freedom.

Even with their leader locked away, her followers in the new National League for Democracy (NLD) won elections in 1990, but were never allowed to govern.

Many student leaders were imprisoned and only released in 2005, when they quickly returned to activism.

They launched new protests against the ruling junta last August, only to be arrested again. Buddhist monks took over the protest movement, but were shot and beaten by security forces in September.

Tun Myint Aung is among the activists, now known as the ’88 Generation, who escaped arrest and continues to try to campaign against the regime while living in hiding.

“The only change has been to a worse condition,” he told AFP, when asked to asses his country’s progress in the past 20 years.

“Now the military junta and their relatives and cronies, this small group exploits our country’s riches. There are great gaps between a handful of military troops and the masses of people.”

The situation in Myanmar now appears worse than ever.

The democracy movement is in shambles after last year’s protests were crushed. The economy is moribund, and huge swathes of the country are still reeling from a devastating cyclone that hit three months ago.

Despite the grim outlook, Win Min says he still believes his country can change — eventually.

“Look at China’s progress,” Win Min said. “Myanmar is where China was 30 years ago.”

“If the economic situation of the people is not improved, there will be demonstrations again.”

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World focus on Burma (6 August 2008)

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Text of Bush’s planned remarks in Thailand

The Associated Press –

And the region has come together to respond to natural disasters, from the tsunami of 2004 to this year’s cyclone. With all these partnerships, …

Bush, First Lady’s Busy Days in Thailand

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The first lady has waged a vigorous campaign for human rights in Burma. Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag said Bush is expected to deliver a statement on the …

Bush vows to seek end to ‘tyranny’ in Myanmar

Straits Times, Singapore –

‘We seek an end to tyranny in Burma,’ he was to say, referring to the country by its previous name. ‘America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta …

Myanmar’s Economic Woes Widen as Neighbors Thrive: Chart of Day

Bloomberg –

6 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar, already one of the world’s poorest nations, will lose about one-third of its normal food production this year because of a cyclone …

Inmarsat betting that airline broadband will take off

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

… Bgan, as charities, aid workers and the UN officials used satellite phones and internet connections during natural disasters in Burma and China. …

Maggots and MRSA

Channel 4 News, UK –

Meanwhile Asia correspondent and international editor Lindsey Hilsum will be reporting on repression in Tibet, and as new UN representative visits Burma …

Come Rain or Shine

Mizzima.com, India –

As your interest in Burma’s trials and travails is well documented, we would like to take this opportunity to alert you to the release of a new book …

Thailand hopes Bush visit will strengthen bilateral ties

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Mr. Tej said it is expected that Mr. Bush would deliver a statement on the US stance regarding the political situation in Myanmar. The Thai foreign minister …

Councilman’s aide, 3 others indicted in fraud

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

The Chawlas, who fled the military regime in Burma (now Myanmar) as children and now live in Bucks County, are among the city’s most active developers. …

UN Human Rights Envoy Meets Political Prisoners

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN The new UN human rights envoy for Burma has met five prominent political prisoners in Rangoon’s Insein Prison, according to Aye Win, …

Thailand: Bush To Criticize Myanmar During Asia Trip

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

“If there is going to be any real change in Burma, China has to be on board,” said Larry Jagan, a Bangkok-based newspaper columnist and Myanmar analyst. …

US, S.Korea push North Korea on nuclear verification

Malaysia Star, Malaysia –

… the former Burma’s army killed an estimated 3000 people. First Lady Laura Bush will separately visit a refugee camp near the Thai border with Myanmar. …

Exiles Try to Rekindle Hopes for Change in Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

“We had a big hope that we would succeed,” said Mr. Win Min, who was a student leader in Myanmar, which was then known as Burma. …

UN Human Rights Envoy Meets Political Prisoners

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN The new UN human rights envoy for Burma has met five prominent political prisoners in Rangoon’s Insein Prison, according to Aye Win, …

America to ban Myanmar rubies

Diamond World Magazine, India –

Clarifying the outlines of the Bill, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee noted that the bill requires that within 60 days, jadeite or rubies of Burma origin …

UN envoy meets top political prisoners in Myanmar

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

yangon • The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar yesterday met some of the nation’s most prominent political prisoners inside the feared Insein Prison, …

SEAPA Newsletter: A review of Burma

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

August 8, 2008, marks the 20th anniversary of an important and tragic people’s uprising in Burma that resulted in the killing of an estimated 3000 people, …

Burma Without Blinkers

Washington Post, United States –

… are about to draw the world’s attention to persistent problems in Burma (also known as Myanmar), Thailand’s neighbor in Southeast Asia. …

When it Comes to China, Obama is Sounding Bush

The Epoch Times, NY –

He asked: “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe?” Of course we should. …

AFP –

In August 1988, cities and villages across the country then known as Burma were bursting with optimism. The military dictator Ne Win had just stepped down …

Myanmar Cyclone Survivors Living in `Dire Conditions,’ UN Says

Bloomberg –

6 (Bloomberg) — Villagers in areas of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River Delta are living in “dire conditions” three months after Tropical Cyclone Nargis …

Burmese refugees coming to Rome; relocation efforts expanding …

Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –

In just the past few years, refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, have become one of the largest refugee groups that have relocated to the Utica area over …

Bush’s genuinely principled stand

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

On May 3, one week before a planned referendum on a military-drafted constitution, Burma was hit by its worst natural disaster in living memory. But Cyclone …

Aid Delivery In Burma/Myanmar Still A Challenge, United Nations Says

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

5 August 2008 – Three months after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, delivery of sufficient relief and early recovery assistance remains a challenge, …

When justice becomes political

Arab News, Saudi Arabia –

What is the difference between what is happening in Darfur and Tibet, Zimbabwe and Burma? Legal experts will waste much ink explaining the differences and …

Burmese still struggling after cyclone

BBC News, UK –

By Nga Pham It has been three months since Cyclone Nargis struck Burma, leaving 130000 people dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. …

UN says aid to Myanmar still a challenge

United Press International –

The military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have insisted on overseeing the flow of aid into the country after Cyclone Nargis struck. …

Voice of America –

By VOA News A United Nations official says that three months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma’s Irrawaddy delta, aid workers still face a challenge in…..

US Drug Enforcement Agency Trains Vietnamese Counter-Narcotics Agents

Voice of America –

Heroin enters over the border from Laos, and most probably comes from Burma, the world’s number two heroin producer after Afghanistan. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 6, 2008 at 2:05 am