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World focus on Burma (25 January 2009)

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A New US Strategy for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In September 2007, I wrote in Mizzima News that the UN approach had failed to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. …

Dr. Sein Win re-elected PM of government in exile
Mizzima.com, India –
Mathematics Professor Dr. Sein Win (64) is the cousin brother of detained Nobel peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and he received his doctoral degree from …

Thailand’s government has come under criticism again for its alleged mistreatment of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. The south-east Asian country has …

Tom Lantos JADE Act Guidelines Released
IDEX Online, Israel –
The Act specifies that all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (Myanmar) or jewelry containing these gemstones cannot enter the US even if they had …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Rights groups demand fair treatment for migrant workers in Thailand
Mizzima.com, India –
We must know that the root cause of this problem is the Burmese junta. As long as the junta rules Burma, these migrant workers will flow to Thailand. …

Thais deny boat people abuse claims
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

The allegations were made as Thailand offered to host a regional conference aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. …

FEATURE: Descendents of ‘Orphan Army’ dream of home
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… thousands of KMT soldiers who had crossed the border to Thailand and Burma (now Myanmar) were isolated there, eventually becoming known as the “Orphan …

REFUGEES STRUGGLE: Economic situation makes life tougher for newcomers
High Point Enterprise (subscription), NC –
The refugees came from Myanmar (Burma), Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan and Burundi, and though currently about 118 refugees are employed, …

‘Women in Pakistan well represented politically’
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Sherry also mentioned Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who continued her struggle for democracy and human rights in her country. …

Burma Clamps Down on Christians
Journal Chrétien, France –

A military dictatorship has ruled Burma since 1962. Following the takeover, the government renamed Burma as the Union of Myanmar and the capital city as …

Learn from Rangoon, but do not involve it
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Whatever the answer, the red-shirts have mocked Thailand, Burma and themselves at the same time. The pro-Thaksin group was effectively telling the world …

Scientist puts mother tongue on academia threshold
Standard, Kenya –
Then, his father, Mbugwa Mwatha, who had served in the King’s African Rifles and fought in World War II in Burma (now Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

World focus on Burma (10 January 2009)

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Fresh offensive on Thai-Burmese border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A fresh offensive has broken out along the Thai-Burmese border between ethnic Karen guerillas of the Karen National …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Volunteers head back to Thailand
Malvern Gazette, UK –
These are supporting the displaced Shan people of Burma, who have been forced to move from their native land into Thailand, and running a hostel for those …

Managing the message
St. John’s Telegram, Canada –
Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, writes that there are countries like Cuba and Burma where journalists are routinely …

Failure of international community before drama of Burmese people
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Pascal Khoo Thwe, a Burmese dissident, adds up the balance of a tragic 2008: Nargis and the military dictatorship have pushed the population to the breaking …

CRITIC OF MUGABE WINS INAUGURAL ART PRIZE
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Obama’s Change?
ZNet, MA –
He should bring to book, bring to account all of those American officials who were responsible for the torture and the abuse of in many instances of totally ...

The spectacular three metre high Mandalay Shrine, a rare surviving piece from the now destroyed royal palace at Mandalay in Burma, will go on display in the …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

World focus on Burma (9 January 2009)

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Visitation rights denied to families of political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
However, military authorities instead responded with the arrest of Buddhist monks, students, human right activists and National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Burmese blogger in running to win “Best Asian Blog”
Mizzima.com, India –
On his blog, he has chosen to post a popular line that states, “Burma, Myanmar: Yes, We can win this Award”. The world’s largest blog competition, …

Muslims proscribed from worshipping in residential flats
Mizzima.com, India –
Thai-based Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) Director Aung Myo Min said the position of the government is a clear violation of human rights …

Top International Weather Events: 2008
Washington Post Blogs, DC –
Cyclone Nargis, a monstrous Category 4 hurricane that developed over the North Indian Ocean, struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) on May 2. …

Resolution cites increased religious persecution
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –

In 2008, China, Burma, and North Korea were among those listed as “Countries of Particular Concern.” Representatives Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), …

Ethnic Kachin rebel vow to oppose junta held elections
Mizzima.com, India –
Colonel Lamang Brang Seng, in-charge of the military wing of the KNO on Friday said his group along with other Burmese pro-democracy outfits and other …

Ban must visit Burma to begin the end-game
European Voice, Belgium –
In backing a visit to Burma (Myanmar) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the EU’s envoy, Peiro Fassino, in mid-December added to the …

Burmese Abbot’s Birthday Draws Thousands to Thailand Celebrations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… also among his followers at the time.” Sein Kyi said Kyaing Kyaing, the wife of junta head Snr-Gen Than Shwe, had tried to coax the abbot back to Burma.

Teenage Activist Transferred to Labor Camp
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… transferred to labor camps across Burma. “Several political prisoners, especially NLD party members, have been transferred to labor camps,” said Bo Kyi. …

Business Roundup (January 9, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT A new study of Burma’s economy reveals several trends in terms of the military regime’s foreign trading partners. …

Falling Fuel Prices Have No Effect on Gov’t Pumps
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In early 2008, The Myanmar Times, a semi-official weekly, reported that the government had undertaken a partial liberalization of Burma’s energy market by …

Nowhere to Hide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Several organizations have recorded the staggering amount of human rights abuses, killings and rapes that are perpetuated by soldiers of the Burmese army …

Regional NLD members disillusioned with party leaders
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The NLD is slowly fading away in every township in Burma.” NLD information wing member Nyan Win said party leaders were open to suggestions from members. …

Police fail to investigate stabbing in Laiza
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Most of the vehicles passing through the area are delivering goods, which have not been cleared by customs when they came into Burma from China,” he said. …

Fall in rice price hurts Myanmar exporters, farmers
Reuters –
… when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year. Myanmar had stood …

Relatives blocked from attending NLD member’s funeral
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Hlaing Aye, a member of Hlaing Tharyar township NLD’s organising wing, passed away on Tuesday in Rangoon at the age of 70. NLD information wing member Nyan …

Two soldiers accused of rape and murder attempt
Mizzima.com, India –
A 21 year old ethnic Kachin woman hailing from Hsa Hmaw Township, Kachin State in northern Burma was raped by two soldiers at knife point. …

300 migrants arrested in raid in Kuala Lumpur
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 9, 2009 (DVB)–Around 300 Burmese migrant workers were arrested in a raid by Malaysian police and immigration authorities on Wednesday, according to …

Meikhtila local official sells off communal land
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The resident said Win Myint’s sisters were also running a gambling business in the ward, which had led to an increase in crime in the neighbourhood, …

Immigration Act changes permit Tibetans to stay
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The amendments will also benefit about 800 descendants of Chinese Nationalist soldiers who fled to Thailand and present-day Myanmar, the former Burma, …

Maternal health care ‘extremely limited’ in Eastern Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Thousands of people in eastern Burma are regularly subjected to human rights violations, according to several Karen relief groups and international human …

CWS emergency appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Nargis
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. Relief and early recovery …


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January 9, 2009 at 2:36 am

World focus on Burma (25 November 2008)

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Burmese aid for post flood health care in Orissa
Mizzima.com, India –
Speaking on the occasion Kyi Thein said that in May this year when Burma was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis, the worst calamity in the country’s history, …

Prepaid card system for mobile phones in Burma soon
Mizzima.com, India –
An official at the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication told Mizzima that it is all set to introduce a prepaid card system for mobile users, …

Burma’s HIV/AIDS Crisis in Red Alert: MSF
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Geneva-based humanitarian aid organization said in its latest report “A Preventable Fate: The Failure of ART Scale-up in Myanmar,” that the situation …

Enrile’s grim past casts a long shadow
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
He reduced the killings of human rights activists, lawyers, judges and journalists to nothing but a byproduct of insurgency. He even boasted to journalists …

Domestic migrant workers still vulnerable: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
Human Rights Watch, in comments released yesterday, said the problem of abuse of domestic labor is predominantly directed at female employees of individual …

Plight of Abused Burmese Women Highlighted on International Women …
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The WLB also urged the UN to press the Burmese regime to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against women in ethnic areas. …

“Pull Them Out With Tweezers”
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The government’s imprisonment of humanitarian aid workers sends the message that Burmese social organizations must follow the junta’s regulations whether …

Spy identified at opposition meeting
Mizzima.com, India –
… for Democracy and Development (NDD), among others residing in Kuala Lumpur. The meeting discussed and exchanged views on the current situation in Burma.

War on drugs takes a hit
RT, Russia –
A price has been paid: human rights groups and the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights report “widespread and systematic” killings of civilians by the …

Nigerian activists take on Chevron in the US
OneWorld.net, UK –
The Alien Tort Statute has been used in cases charging Unocal with violating the human rights of Burmese villagers during the construction of an oil …

Chechen Republic of Ichkeria: Russian Landmines
UNPO, Netherlands –
No halt for landmine use by Burma and Russia – Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and Karenni State suffer. Turkey, Greece and Belarus have all violated an …

• Freedom is first
Hamilton Spectator, Canada –
Barbarity in Burma (Myanmar) last week served as a reminder that, with or without Barack Obama, the global struggle for liberty will rage on long after …

Burma: UN Resolution Barely Pushed Through
UNPO, Netherlands –

A United Nations resolution on human rights in Burma has been approved but faces diplomatic opposition. The United Nations General Assembly’s Third …

Sakharov Prize at 20: For democracy – against oppression
European Parliament (press release), EU –
Burmese political party the National League for Democracy won the general election in 1990. Instead of its most prominent member Aung San Suu Kyi becoming …

The task of unification
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Sein Myint serves as the director of Policy Development of Justice for Human Rights in Burma, located in Maryland, USA. He is an Honorary Member of …

Vulnerability in the spotlight
Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia –

Alongside Hura and Wasif, critically acclaimed photographer James Whitlow Delano also presented his exhibit, “Burma, A Flameless Inferno”. …

Daewoo Aggravating Bay of Bengal Tensions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Just as Daewoo certainly knew of the disputed waters they were entering, they are also well aware of the well-documented human rights abuses associated with …

Tibetan Exiles’ Meeting Produces Comparisons with Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
They fall out from time to time—most recently when the NCGUB failed to cooperate with the NCUB in its action against the Burmese junta seat at the United …

CNPC to invest in Sino-Burma oil, gas pipeline
Your Oil and Gas News (press release), UK –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), parent of the country’s largest oil and gas producer PetroChina will team up with Myanmar Oil and Gas …

New era for human rights
Boston Globe, United States –
… from how to rescue democracy promotion from the stain of Iraq to how best to pressure human-rights abusers such as Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Great Nations & Industry Captains Ignore Thugocracies in Burma …
OpEdNews, PA –
Many took part in protests against the ruling junta sparked by fuel and food price rises in August 2007. Zarganar led a group of entertainers who organised …

Remember, Aung San Suu Kyi’s disengagement is not her choice
guardian.co.uk, UK –
There are several misinterpretations and failures to contextualise in the article on Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (Not such a hero after all, …

The Big Question: Who are the Elders, and can they do anything to …
Independent, UK –
… former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and, in absentia, Burmese democracy activist Aung Sun Suu Kyi. …

Moulamein – Culture and History
The Age, Australia –
Some claim the town’s name is Aboriginal and some argue it is an Indian word (Moulmein is a seaport in Burma), though the translation is consistently given …

US taps online youth groups to fight crime, terrorism
AFP –
The list of organizations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown …

Rebel vigil talks with Myanmar
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
24: India and Myanmar have agreed to enhance security co-operation and border vigil to check Northeast insurgent groups that have bases in the region. …

Human Rights undermines public safety, says Tory
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
“Terrible human rights abuses in the world are taking place as we sit here today – in Zimbabwe, in Iran, in Sudan, in Burma. …

India, Myanmar to up security cooperation
Indian Express, India –
New Delhi, November 24 : Emphasising the need for “greater vigilance” at the border, India and Myanmar agreed to “enhance security cooperation to combat …

Good to speak about it. Even better to apply it!
FIDH (Communiqué de presse), France –
In 1948 the then UN member states adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. “Never again” were the words they proclaimed at the end of a conflict …

India-Burma holds another round of bilateral talks
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi – Burma and India on Sunday concluded the 9th foreign office consultation agreeing to cooperate in wide range of bilateral issues and to …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 25, 2008 at 3:29 am

World focus on Burma (4 October 2008)

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Myanmar leader Maung Aye to visit Bangladesh soon

People’s Daily Online – Vice-Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) Maung Aye will pay an official visit to Bangladesh in the near future, said an official announcement issued from Nay Pyi Taw Saturday without giving the date of his visit.

New law cracks down on child soldiers
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

Burma plans offshore oil exploration with Vietnam
Radio Australia, Australia –
The state media reports the companies would be allowed to explore supplies in the Gulf of Martaban, south of Burma in the Andaman Sea. Myanmar Oil and Gas …

In Myanmar crisis, an old dissident sees hope
Los Angeles Times, CA –

Sein Win believes that the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, have the courage required to bring down the generals. A year ago, the generals crushed …

Don’t Forget About Burma’s Democrats
Wall Street Journal –
By U PYINAR ZAWTA I am a Burmese Buddhist monk, and I am in exile. One year ago in September, the Burmese regime brutally crushed peaceful protests in my …

Anil and Sanjoo Verma
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
As a political organizer for the National League for Democracy and the National Coalition Government Union of Burma, he was always busy – and sometimes …

United States: Bush Signs Law on Child Soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

POLITICS: South Korea’s Persistent Dream of Regionalism
Inter Press Service, Italy –
But we had side discussions on Burma, on bringing together the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. The forum allows for other sorts …

New UN human rights chief calls for release of Myanmar political …
JURIST –
[JURIST] The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Thursday urged the military-led government of Myanmar to release ..

Detained Shan leader hospitalised
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Myo Win Tun has been in hospital for more than a month due to deteriorating health conditions, according to the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy. …

Iran’s Abuse Of Religious Liberty
Voice of America –
The designation means that Iran — along with countries like Burma, North Korea, Sudan, China, and Saudi Arabia — is considered one of the worst violators …

Ohio immigrants become citizens in time to vote
Akron Beacon Journal, OH –
In junta-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, political talk by dissenters can be dangerous and that concern accompanies immigrants to the US, Mrosko said. …

The World in Review
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
Repression in Burma has increased and the military government has failed to deliver on promises it made a year ago, despite international efforts at …

Coconut message saved JFK’s crew
Providence Journal, RI –

In fact, in the country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), which was recently devastated by a cyclone, many people drank coconut water after the storm …


Others were Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still under house arrest in Burma, and Iranian jurist Shirin Ebadi. The laureates mentor youth projects including a …

Escapee Describes Torture in Burma

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The only leader of Burma’s 2007 uprising known to have escaped custody says monks have been singled out for rough treatment.

NEW DELHI—The only leader of Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution to escape from a junta prison camp has described torture and backbreaking hard labor in custody.

Ashin Panna Siri spoke after arriving safely in New Delhi following his breakout from the Lin Dan prison camp in Burma’s Chin state on Sept. 15. He was a close associate of U Gambira, leader of the All-Burmese Monks Alliance, which spearheaded last year’s uprising against the military junta that has ruled Burma since 1988.

“I was badly tortured during interrogation [by] agents from military security affairs [formerly military intelligence], and special branch police and conventional police,” Ashin Panna Siri said in an interview.

“I was forced to do squatting and stand on one foot while answering questions. When I couldn’t answer or the answer was unsatisfactory, I was punched in the head, face, and ribs. My toes were stepped on by boots,” he said.

“The military security agent was worst. He kicked my face with boots and also kicked my chest. He said he wouldn’t care if he was dismissed for using violent methods. He also put his pistol on table and threatened me.”

On Sept. 15, Ashin Panna Siri said, he scaled two barbed-wire fences to flee the camp—one of them 10 feet high and one 15 feet high. He declined to disclose any details of his flight to India.

“I climbed over both fences. My hands and arms were torn and lacerated by the barbed wire. But I didn’t care,” he said

Hard labor

Even monks handed only brief sentences for their roles in the 2007 uprising were sent to hard labor camps, a punishment usually reserved for those handed longer terms, he said.

“Conditions in these camps are far worse than in proper prisons. The food is horrible. Rice mixed with stones and sometimes with rat feces. There was almost no proper medical care and inmates had to do very hard labor,” he said.

“Our feet were chained. We had to work from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and then from 1 p.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. We had only Sundays off. It was very hard labor. We had to bring timber logs and carry them on our shoulders. We had to dig ditches, pound gravel, and mend roads,” Ashin Panna Siri said.

While he was initially detained from Oct. 18-24 in police station #1 in Monywa, he said, “High-level military officials—I believe they were the divisional commander and deputy commander—visited quite often and closely supervised my questioning to get information from me. They asked my interrogators in front of me, ‘What is the situation now? What information did we get? Get it from him by any means!’”

Ashin Panna Siri was convicted Jan. 18, 2008 of possessing foreign currency, which he acknowledges having at the time of his arrest. “The reason they didn’t charge me with political acts is that they want to deny that there are any political prisoners in Burma,” he said.

Ashin Panna Siri hid with U Gambira after the crackdown, in which dozens were killed and thousands arrested. Arrested on Oct. 18, 2007, he spent seven months in Kalay prison before he was convicted and sent to hard labor.

Original reporting and translation by Ko Ko Aung and Nay Lin for RFA’s Burmese service. Service director: Nancy Shwe. Executive producer: Susan Lavery. Written and produced in English by Sarah Jackson-Han.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/escape-10012008181959.html

World focus on Burma (30 September 2008)

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‘A possible US recession will certainly have impact on the Chinese …

Manila Times, Philippines –

Host Fareed Zakaria: But surely, the Chinese government could pressure the Sudanese government, or the Iranian government, or the government in Burma to …

Interview: U Win Tin calls for unity

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

DVB asked U Win Tin for his interpretation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to meet United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his visit to Burma …

Veteran Burmese Politician Thakin Thein Pe hospitalized

Mizzima.com, India –

He is currently serving as an advisor for initiating a tripartite dialogue between the military regime, the opposition party ‘National League for Democracy’ …

The Future Shape of US-ASEAN Relations

World Politics Review –

… are managed with sensitivity to sovereignty but without undermining democracy as an enduring tenet of US foreign policy. In this regard, Burma will …

Burma: Amnesty appalled as Junta re-arrest U Win Htein

Amnesty International UK, UK –

Amnesty International today condemned the Burmese authorities decision to re-arrest U Win Htein just days after his release. The 66-year-old is a senior …

Junta issues warning on tainted milk

Mizzima.com, India –

A report in the Burmese language newspaper Myanmar Ahlin, an official government mouth-piece, on Tuesday said with Chinese milk and milk products found to …

Sittwe monks demand release of detained monk

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

U Yekkhaputta urged the Burmese people to join together to challenge the regime. “You are your own salvation. Don’t depend on any foreign country or the UN, …

Burma slams ‘unfair and immoral’ sanctions

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Sep 30, 2008 (DVB)–Burmese foreign minister U Nyan Win told the United Nations General Assembly yesterday that Burma could enhance regional energy and food …

The Battle For Greenland’s Rubies

Luxist, CA –

With rubies from Myanmar/Burma being banned by many Western countries, the hunt has been on for rubies that come from a less politically sensitive area. …

China’s Deadly Investments

Huffington Post, NY –

And when Burma cracked down on the peaceful protests of the Saffron Revolution, China steadfastly supported the junta, shipping artillery cannons and …

Junta claims international law on its side, condemns sanctions

Mizzima.com, India –

The tirade, on the session’s last day of debate, linked the prospects of a more economically integrated Burma to the betterment of both the region’s and …

Burma’s State Media Still Mum on Tainted Milk Powder

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

She told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the semi-official Myanmar Times weekly newspaper earlier published a story that said all imported dairy products from …

TI Corruption Index is No Different Either

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Myanmar [Burma] was ranked second worst after Somalia. The first questionable aspect about the CPI is the nature of the study itself. As the name indicates, …

Remove ‘Unjust’ Economic Sanctions: Junta

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Myanmar [Burma] has abundant land and natural resources to be able to make a meaningful contribution to energy and food security of our country and beyond. …

Karen Group Opposes Salween River Dams

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He said human rights abuses such as forced labor, forced relocation, the disappearance of culture heritage as well as environmental damage including …

Myanmar on the cyber-offensive

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

Several opposition media sources, including The Irrawaddy magazine and Democratic Voice of Burma satellite television station, have said they received …

Chinese investments in Myanmar’s energy, mining sectors of concern

Monsters and Critics.com –

The ERI report, aptly titled China in Burma: The Increasing Involvement of Chinese Multinational Corporations in Burma’s Hydropower, Oil and Natural Gas, …

Screening commemorates Burma protests

The Brown Daily Herald, RI –

… of the national US Campaign for Burma, which works to end the military dictatorship in Burma, now known as Myanmar under the current military junta. …

Toyota Driving Automakers’ Global Race to the Bottom

AlterNet, CA –

Around the world, the company has been complicit in union busting in the Philippines, and engages in cozy relationships with Burma/Myanmar’s military ..

Burmese opposition MP dies

Mizzima.com, India –

A medical graduate from the Mandalay Medical Institute, Dr. Myo Win, was arrested and jailed for three years for becoming involved in the peoples’ democracy …

General Maung Aye Scheduled to Arrive in Bangladesh on 7 October

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

The Burmese military government’s second most powerful leader, Senior General Maung Aye, will arrive in Bangladesh on 7 October for a three-day official …

Winds of change fail to stir Myanmar

New Straits Times, Malaysia –

LAST September, peaceful demonstrations let the world know that the people of Myanmar had enough of the crushing oppression of the military junta, yet, …

Myanmar urges end to sanctions

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Myanmar’s foreign minister has called for an end to what he called “immoral” sanctions against his country, saying they were harming Myanmar and its people. …

… according to the government-affiliated weekly Myanmar Times. China is Burma’s biggest trading partner. More than a dozen Asian and African countries, …

Myanmar Says `Immoral’ Sanctions Reduce Food, Energy Production
Bloomberg –
The US and opposition groups denounced the charter, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding office, saying it aims to prolong military …

India: India Likely To Sign FTA With Asean In Dec
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
… which groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, would hold its summit in mid-November. The seven-country forum, …

UNITED NATIONS, September 29 — Two months after Inner City Press exposed 20% losses in Myanmar currency exchanges by the UN, and a month after the UN …

… a series of demonstrations outside Burmese embassies and high profile public locations calling for the Myanmar authorities not to respond with violence, …

UNITED NATIONS, September 29 — Asked about 19 days of silence about Myanmar by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, his senior advisor Nicholas Haysum on

Non-Violent Peace Brigades: How Fast Can We Move?
Toward Freedom, VT –

The PBI activity became centered on individual protective accompaniment of local human rights activists living under threat of abduction or assassination in …

Oh yeah, Sudan… wasn’t there something happening there?
Feministe –
I suppose we can only handle one major humanitarian crisis at a time,*** and this week it’s monks in Burma. But 10 peacekeepers in Darfur were just killed, …

Media briefs: Mathew White to head up TT… Dalek more popular …
Crikey (subscription), Australia –
A year ago, the Burmese people, supported by thousands of Buddhist monks, took to the streets to denounce the junta’s excesses. On 26 September 2007, …

UN chief comments Thai-Cambodian conflict
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Thailand-Cambodia border conflict was among the issues including the Burma’s rehabilitation after Cyclone Nargis discussed between the Asean ministers and …

Head to head: renowned leftwingers thrust into a contest for the …
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The chances of their paths ever crossing were minimal, but now Ryan Giggs and Dr Aung San Suu Kyi are inadvertently squaring up for the highest honour …

Transcript of interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
CNN –
Zakaria: May I ask you — some Americans and Europeans, particularly human rights observers, say that China has cracked down on human rights over the last …

Development: Human trafficking —Syed Mohammad Ali
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Our current federal minister for law, justice and human rights has termed unemployment and lack of implementation of anti-trafficking laws as the major …

Myanmar urges end to sanctions
TVNZ, New Zealand –
The UN Security Council has urged Myanmar to release all political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in prison or …

Head to head: renowned leftwingers thrust into a contest for the …
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The chances of their paths ever crossing were minimal, but now Ryan Giggs and Dr Aung San Suu Kyi are inadvertently squaring up for the highest honour …

UN Assembly: Myanmar denies pleas for progress
Toronto Star,  Canada –
AP UNITED NATIONS–Myanmar’s military regime dismissed calls from countries concerned with its repression of political opponents today, saying that its …

This group of refugees from Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, was forced to leave their country because of war and/or persecution. …

Jade trade in Myanmar thrives on exploitation, rights abuses
The National, United Arab Emirates –
Matthew Smith, project co-coordinator at ERI, said Beijing’s growing presence in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, played a key role in the continuation of …

Ireland will help UN with challenges – Martin
Irish Times, Ireland –
Mr Martin also renewed his call for the immediate release of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and for continued international pressure on the …

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Myanmar’s foreign minister Foreign Minister Nyan Win on Monday called for the lifting of what he called “unwarranted” and …

29 September 2008 – Myanmar could become the rice bowl of its region and provide energy to other countries if “immoral” sanctions against it were lifted, …

US Burmese Rubies, Jadeite Regulations Now Apply
Diamonds.net, NY –
Burma is also known as Myanmar. US Customs and Border Protection have issued new Harmonized Tariff System codes for all non-Burmese rubies and jadeite …