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World focus on Burma (17 January 2009)

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US House International Relations committee chairman Berman …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Congress passed the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act (HR 3890) last July to stop Burma from importing jade and rubies …

Top Filipino officials trust it will still be business as usual
Manila Times, Philippines –
These include climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), human rights in Burma and …

Iraq signs up to ban use of chemical weapons
Jakarta News, Indonesia –
They are the Bahamas, Myanmar (Burma), the Dominican Republic, Israel, Angola, North Korea, Egypt, Somalia, and Syria. Four of those nations, the Bahamas, …

Battle of the beers
Examiner.com –
Myanmar Lager Beer – brewed in Burma. Clean, low flavor profile, refreshing, fresh, adequate and refreshing hop bite, but minimal. …

Bush Waives Sanctions Under Burma Bill
The Washington Independent, DC –
By Mike Lillis 1/16/09 11:39 PM With just days left in his tenure, President George W. Bush yesterday scrapped a portion of a Burma-sanctions law that was …

2009 World Report: Obama Should Emphasize Human Rights
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
Filipino activists hold demonstrations in front of the Israeli embassy in Manila to protest what they call a massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. …

Sundance Buyers Seek Bargains as Studios Pull Back
Bloomberg –
HBO said yesterday that it acquired a documentary, “Burma VJ,” about journalists in the country now called Myanmar. Also present at Sundance are New …

141 foreign prisoners await release despite terms completion
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Among them are two Indians, one Saudi and an American while the others are Bangladeshi, Burmese, Iraqi, Iranian, South African, Nigerian, Ivory Coast, …

Honoring Martin Luther King done with service, not rest
Deseret News, UT –
“We as people on the face of this earth … we all owe somebody,” said Frank Cordova, who was honored for his work as an Hispanic rights activist. …

China Vows To Keep Up Africa Investment, Aid Despite Fincl Woes
Wall Street Journal –
… the discussion and resolutions around sensitive international issues such as the Zimbabwe crisis and the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

In the line of fire
Times Online, UK –
Not one died in Europe or North America, but from Zimbabwe to China and Egypt to Burma, mainstream media are cowed by the enemies of dissent. …

Dhaka calling
The National, United Arab Emirates –
“I simply wrote a play about what our political leaders were doing in the name of democracy,” he said. “But our government did not like it. …

Caritas pleased with donor response to Burma (Myanmar) appeal
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
New Zealanders have so far given about $130000 to the Burma/Myanmar cyclone appeal run by Catholic aid agency Caritas, and donations continue to flow in. …

S.Africa assures China of political continuity
AFP –
… the discussion and resolutions around sensitive international issues such as the Zimbabwe crisis and the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Why Another Insane Government?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Kanbawza Win The New Year declaration of the National Council of Burma (NCUB) has convinced the international community that the saying of “Putting two …

13227 foreign prisoners in Pakistani jails despite completing sentence: NA informed
Online – International News Network, Pakistan –
Three prisoners of Kyrgyzstan, 2 from Ghana, 1 from Dominique, 2 from Uzbekistan, 1 from Siera Leone, 2 from Zimbabwe while 1 citizen of China, Burma, …

Gaza from our window
The Charlatan, Canada –
… Burma, Zimbabwe and many others. The media is the most powerful aspect of a democracy, but we must hold the powerful accountable and know our own role …

Activists Welcome New Thai Government’s Policy Stance on Burma
Voice of America –
Mr Abhisit, in an address to foreign correspondents this week, said the government would look to encourage reform in Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

PTTEP well misses the mark off Burma
EnergyCurrent, TX –
Upon receiving approval from the Burmese government, CNOOC Myanmar Ltd. will hold the remaining 20 percent interest. Readers are responsible for the content …

Sundance Zooms On As Recession Hits Host City
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

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January 17, 2009 at 4:10 am

Thai Prime Minister Urges Political Unity to Face Economic Crisis

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Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, December 30, 2008; 3:24 PM

BANGKOK, Dec. 30 — Thailand’s new prime minister used his delayed maiden policy speech to lawmakers Tuesday to warn that the stalled economy is unlikely to recover as long as the country is held hostage by political conflict.

But the challenges facing Abhisit Vejjajiva’s administration were thrown into stark relief when thousands of his opponents surrounded parliament, forcing him to deliver his speech in the Foreign Ministry.

“Political conflicts that have spread to civic groups could push the economy, along with the tourism industry, into recession if action is not taken quickly to resolve them and revive confidence among investors and foreign tourists,” Abhisit said.

“These conflicts are the country’s weakness, especially at a time the world economy is entering its worst crisis in a century,” he said.

The Oxford-educated Abhisit is Thailand’s third prime minister in four months.

He came to power after his Democrat Party managed to persuade enough members of the previous ruling coalition to defect when their leader, former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, was banned from holding office because a court had found his party guilty of vote buying.

But supporters of Somchai and his political sponsor, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, question the legitimacy of the new government and have vowed to continue demonstrating until Abhisit dissolves parliament and calls fresh elections.

For most of this year, the deep divisions between the country’s conservative middle-class elites and its rural poor paralyzed the ability of Abhisit’s predecessors to govern a country sliding into an economic quagmire.

Many had hoped that Abhisit, who is more acceptable to the yellow-shirted protesters who have caused so much disruption in recent months, might be able to take the country forward. However, his appointment appears to have galvanized the opposition of a different group, which favors red shirts.

Abhisit’s opponents said Tuesday they might challenge the constitutional legality of his giving a speech outside parliament, as he did Tuesday under pressure from protesters.

Thailand relies on exports and tourism for about 70 percent of its national income. Its economy is being squeezed by the twin threats of the global slowdown, which has slashed demand for its main exports, and the damage done to investor confidence by the past six months of domestic political unrest, culminating in the closure last month of the country’s two busiest airports.

The Bank of Thailand said Tuesday that it expects the economy to contract by 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter, in part a reflection of a 17 percent drop in exports in November.

The six months of virtual political paralysis that preceded the airport closures prevented successive governments from implementing any effective program to counter the slowdown, exacerbating the problems that Abhisit now faces.

The new prime minister is expected to launch an ambitious $8.7 billion stimulus program to try and restart the stalled economy. He warned Tuesday that unless the government is able to take prompt action, the official unemployment rate could double.

However, analysts say that given Thailand’s large informal labor sector, the fallout from the crisis could actually be much worse than that.

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EDITORIAL: Red shirts,yellow shirts
New Straits Times, Malaysia – 34 minutes ago
PRIME Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of Thailand is caught between a rock and a hard place. Since being confirmed as PM by a special vote of the country’s
Protesters fail to stop Thai PM
The National, United Arab Emirates – 1 hour ago
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, addresses lawmakers at the foreign ministry in Bangkok. Christophe Archambault / AFP BANGKOK // Abhisit
Abhisit promises to heal the nation:
TODAYonline, Singapore – 1 hour ago
BANGKOK — Despite a boycott by opposition lawmakers and a forced switch in venue, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday finally managed to deliver
Abhisit forced to switch venue of speech
Straits Times, Singapore – 2 hours ago

By Leslie Lopez, South-east Asia Correspondent PRIME Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s new government got off to a rocky start yesterday after he was forced to

Venue change against the rules : Pheu Thai
AsiaOne, Singapore – 2 hours ago

Pheu Thai claims the move, which enabled MPs from the Abhisit Vejjajiva government to avoid a mob of red-shirt protesters, contravened the constitution.

Thailand PM outwits protesters
Hindu, India – 2 hours ago
SINGAPORE: Thailand’s new Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday delivered his mandatory policy speech to begin his term. Mr. Abhisit called for an end
Eventually, ballot box must prevail in Thailand
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong – 3 hours ago
The latest Thai prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, faces a host of challenges in trying to steer his country through the storms buffeting it,
Thai PM dodges protesters for first key speech
The Associated Press – 6 hours ago
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand’s new prime minister evaded thousands of protesters blocking Parliament on Tuesday and delivered his first key policy



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December 31, 2008 at 12:40 am

World focus on Burma (16 December 2008)

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Glimmers of hope for Burma
Across the Aisle, DC –
… junta of Burma certainly fits that bill, as demonstrated in its complete disregard for its citizens’ livelihoods in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis that …

Mekong a ‘treasure trove’ of 1000 newly discovered species
CNN –
War is always a threat in countries touched by the Mekong River, particularly Burma. Also known as Myanmar, the largest country by geographical area in …

EarthRights International Special Commentary:
Earthrights.org, DC –
When asked what advice he would give to private businesses invested in Burma’s (Myanmar’s) energy sector, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon firmly stated …

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
MorungExpress, India –
His treatment of the democratic opposition and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and 2000 other political prisoners are also taboo topics. …

ASEAN sets summit, welcomes charter
MorungExpress, India –
… is likely to arise in the case of Myanmar, formerly Burma, where the ruling military junta violently suppressed protests led by Buddhist monks in 2007. …

Vijay Diwas: Maneckshaw stamp released
Times of India, India –
He served in Myanmar, then called Burma, during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross for valour on the battlefield.

Former Czech president criticises EU for relations with Russia
Czech Happenings, Czech Republic –
The European Union should pay more attention to human rights questions on the international scene, starting with Cuba and ending with Burma, Havel said. …

Egat upbeat on Hatgyi prospects
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… organisations on concern that it will violate human rights, given that part of the project lies in an area occupied by minority groups in Burma. …

Afro-Asian organization demands release of Burmese political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
… (NGOs) today collectively called for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Exiled lawyer slams Burmese legal system
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–A defence lawyer who fled Burma in October under threat of a prison sentence has detailed numerous unnecessary delays and restrictions in …

Junta bans popular Buddhist monk’s sermon
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon Division have banned a sermon by abbot U Thumingla, organizers and …

Thailand to host ASEAN summit
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
One of the ASEAN members is the military-ruled Myanmar, formerly called Burma. The junta in 2007 brutally put down protests led by Buddhist monks. …

NLD meeting banned
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– A meeting to prepare for Burma’s Independence Day by a branch of the National League for Democracy was banned by local …

Eight migrant workers killed in truck crash
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htoo Chit, director of the Grassroots Human Rights Education and Development, said the cause of the accident was not yet known. …

Pro-junta group gearing up to contest elections
Mizzima.com, India –
… for transforming Burma to a multi-party democracy. But he later turned against and became a critic of main opposition forces including Aung San Suu Kyi …

AK-47s—Made in Wa State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The United Wa State Army (UWSA), an armed ethnic ceasefire group based in Shan State, northern Burma, is manufacturing arms and ammunition for …

Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Condemned
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The World Association of Newspapers condemned the crackdown on freedom of expression in Burma, in a press statement released on Monday. …

More Calls for Ban to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of December to persuade the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Thailand to Host Postponed Asean Summit in February
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Military-ruled Burma strongly opposes giving the human rights body the power of even monitoring or investigating violations. Asean secretary-general Surin …

Burmese women in exile honoured with Madeleine K. Albright Award
Mizzima.com, India –
She also met Burmese democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997. Madeleine Albright, in recently released report on preventing genocide, urged US, …

Biggest ever Burma ‘Dirty List’ published
World Travel Guide, UK –
Burma Campaign UK has published a list of 170 companies that directly or indirectly help to finance the military junta ruling Burma (Mynamar). …

Holiday greetings from Burma….
OpEdNews, PA –
“But what about the Junta,” you might ask. “We’ve heard that Myanmar a military state. Are you safe?” Apparently the generals all live in some new capital …

Rice yield down in Bogalay after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–The rice yield in areas of Bogalay township in Burma’s delta region has dropped this year in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, …

60 years on, UN rights declaration faces new challenges
Monday Morning, Lebanon –

“Today no government denies that human rights are a valid concern of the international community. They may fail to respect human rights but they can’t deny …

Fugitive lawyer defending political prisoners flees to Thai border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Young lawyer Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min who represented political prisoners fled to the Thai-Burma border in the wake of an …

Myanmar in an hour and a half
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Then there is Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, a notoriously corrupt

Bush met the writer and bloggers
OpEdNews, PA –
… marked Human Rights Day on Wednesday by meeting with a writer from Sudan and six bloggers from Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, and Myanmar(Burma). …

More than 1000 previously unknown species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong, a region comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, …

Tortured for seeking democracy
St Marys Star, Australia –

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BY KYLIE STEVENS But it’s been a serious crime in Burma [Myanmar] since the military seized power in 1988. More than 2000 political prisoners are currently …

Over 1000 New Species Found: World’s Largest Huntsman Spider …
Associated Content, CO –
World Wildlife Foundation researchers reported in First Contact: New Species Discoveries that the area, which is comprised of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, …

Asia’s bio-frontier at risk
MSNBC –
First, the Greater Mekong – which takes in areas of China’s Yunnan Province as well as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – includes some …

Biggest Burma ‘Dirty List’ Exposes New Companies
OneWorld US, DC –
“To those that claim investment aids the people of Burma, the evidence shows the opposite is true. As investment has increased, the human rights situation …

The dangerous vacuum at the end of Pax Americana
Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede a Highlight of New Species Finds
International Business Times, NY –
There are already twenty-three other dragon millipedes of the genus Desmoxytes in the Southeast Asia area from southeaster China, south through Myanmar, …

Dragon Millipede, Laotian Rock Rat Only Some of Species Found in …
Associated Content, CO –
A majority of the creatures were found in rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which goes through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, …

Gwynne Dyer: Democracy fails in Thailand
Georgia Straight, Canada –
Relatively few Asian countries are openly run as dictatorships nowadays—China, Vietnam and Burma are the main exceptions—but the urban elites and the big …

ASEAN steps out in European style
The Standard, Hong Kong –
… provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for most of the past 18 years. …

The junta changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, partly in order to legitimize their rule over parts of the country like Kachin, …

Rights & Wrongs: New Media Targeted, Sonic Torture, US Arms Deals …
World Politics Review –
… the anniversary to call on the world community, and the UN in particular, to secure the release from house arrest of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Activist Calls for Wife’s Release
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –

A Burmese social activist wanted for helping the victims of Cyclone Nargis says they have sentenced his pregnant wife to 26 years in jail. …

Smuggling Elephants Out of Myanmar
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
United Nations, 16 December (Asiantribune.com) : About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar (Burma) in the past decade, mostly destined …

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). …

More Than 1000 New Species Discovered in Rivers, Jungles…and …
MarketWatch –
The region comprises the six countries through which the Mekong River flows including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese …

More than 1000 species discovered in Mekong: WWF
AFP –
The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the …

One thousand new species found in Greater Mekong region: WWF
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… four birds, four turtles, two salamanders and a toad, in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. …