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World focus on Burma (13 November 2008)

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Long prison terms for 15 more activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Phanida – Chiang Mai –
Protests from the international community notwithstanding the Burmese military junta turns a deaf ear and continues to hand out long …

Coastal CDMA phones popular in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
The mobile phones used in Burma are GSM ones having numbers starting with 09 80 xxxxx, wireless CDMA with base unit (popularly known in Burma as basket …

Army watcher says Burma navy can’t compete with Bangladesh’s
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… an activist group based in Bangladesh confirmed that both sides had stepped up security in the border areas. “[The Burmese authorities] are not allowing …

UN rights envoy says Burma’s judiciary system flawed
Mizzima.com, India –
“He calls once again for all political prisoners to be released and for all citizens of Myanmar [Burma] to be allowed to freely participate in their …

Regime Tightens Reins on the Internet
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – By MIN LWIN
Burma’s military government has turned to a 12-year-old law to justify its latest crackdown on dissidents, about 60 of whom have received …

Rangoon Trials Continue—at least 19 Condemned Today
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
At least three members of Burma’s Human Rights Defenders and Promoters group were also sentenced on Thursday, said one source close to the group. …

Harsh sentences for Myanmar dissidents
Amnesty International –


Min Zeya was chairperson of the All Burma Students’ Union Reconstruction Committee which was founded after the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. …

Getting out the stories of Burmese prisoners–an heroic feat
The Patriot-News – PennLive.com, PA –
George Packer’s Interesting Times blog from The New Yorker yesterday discussed Human Rights Watch’s honoring of a Burmese hero, Bo Kyi. …

Hate Crimes
American Free Press, DC –
This belittles individual survivors; it categorizes them based on their group identity, not their personal rights as a human being. …

Myanmar’s roadmap to undemocratic polls
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – By Larry Jagan
More than 15 journalists are also still in detention awaiting trial, according to the Burma Media Association. Most of them are accused of publishing …

Signs of Insecurity in Burma Crackdown
TIME – By Hannah Beech
Last year, the generals who control Burma, also known as Myanmar, violently crushed a peaceful, monk-led protest movement calling for economic and political …

Myanmar sentences Buddhist monks to more than six years in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“They will charge whoever opposes them with a long time in jail,” said said Aye Thar Aaung secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy (CRPP). …

Asian rights body urges BIMSTEC to reject Myanmar as chair
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
New Delhi, Nov.13 (ANI): The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned the decision of the 11th summit of the Bengal Initiative for …

UN concerned about harsh prison terms in Myanmar
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
YANGON, Myanmar – The United Nations expressed concern Thursday over long prison terms given to more than 30 democracy activists in military-run Myanmar …

Burmese refugees face ‘critical’ Christmas
Ekklesia, UK –
… who have fled to camps on the Thailand-Burma border in an effort to escape the horror of the persecution imposed by a brutal and violent military Junta. …

UN expresses concerns about long prison sentences against …
3 News NZ, New Zealand –
The United Nations has expressed concerns after military-run Myanmar sentenced dozens of pro-democracy activists to long prison terms earlier this week. …

International Condemnation of Harsh Prison Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… with the peaceful demonstrations of last year in Myanmar [Burma],” said Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. …

Ban asks Myanmar’s Junta to free political prisoners
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Nov 13 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Myanmar’s military government to release all political prisoners issued lengthy jail …

Canada Condemns Long Sentencing of Activists in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Security forces march down a street in Rangoon, Burma, in September 2007 in a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests. …

Burma junta jails activists
Business Day, South Africa –
YANGON — Burma’s ruling junta is stepping up its efforts to curb dissent ahead of elections due in 2010, rights groups said yesterday after a labour …

Junta reveals its true colors in sentencing activists: AI
Mizzima.com, India –
He said the sentences and the ongoing trials should relieve anyone of the notion that the Burmese junta has any intention of honoring its assurances to the …

Crackdown by junta
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-DPA BURMA’S ruling junta is stepping up efforts to curb dissent ahead of 2010 elections, rights groups said yesterday after a labour activist became …

F24 journalist’s prize-winning Burma reportage
France24, France – By Cyril PAYEN
(Text) 27 September – Defying threats and warnings from the hardline military junta, angry protestors took to the streets of Rangoon. …

Beyond the life sentence: Imprisoning the revolutionary souls
OpEdNews, PA – by Zaw Nay Aung
Page 1 of 1 page(s) Burma’s leading pro-democracy activists were charged the heaviest sentences of up to 65 years imprisonment. …

Burma rights sentences condemned
BBC News, UK –

Human rights groups and Western governments have condemned the harsh sentences handed to pro-democracy activists in Burma. Dissidents were this week given …

US Condemns Myanmar Junta’s `Harsh Sentencing’ of Dissidents
Bloomberg –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Elaine Pearson, …

Burma, Myanmar: 5 monks get 6 years; 1 monk gets 19 years
OpEdNews, PA –

… and relatives are not allowed to appear in court. Burma’s Army raided many monasteries at 2007 September’s midnights and arrested more than 700 monks.

In Burma, business ventures start with military
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –


At least 900 have been locked up in the past year, and 14 pro-democracy activists were given harsh prison sentences on Tuesday. Yet, Burma is also a nation …

BURMA: Polls in View Junta Stifles All Dissent
Inter Press Service, Italy –
On Tuesday, 14 leading Burmese political activists, including five women from the ‘88 Generation’ students group, were each sentenced to 65-years in jail …

Burmese fight democracy
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Burmese courts have also been handing out harsh sentences on other dissidents this week. The prominent labour rights activist Su Su Nway was sentenced to …

World’s most influential women honoured by Glamour
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
The seventh laureate, Burma’s Aug San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. Together the women are working to fight violence and inequality, this year calling …

Rangzen: The Case for Independent Tibet (2008 edition)-Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet –
We must also bear in mind that at present the most repressive and murderous regimes in the world: Kim Jong Il’s North Korea, the military junta of Burma, …

IPI LAUNCHES JUSTICE DENIED CAMPAIGN, TELLING “STORIES OF IMPUNITY …
IFEX, Canada –
… photographer in 1997 and was sentenced to life imprisonment was freed, while a Burmese blogger who criticised the military junta got 20 years in jail. …

BLOGGER JAILED FOR 20 YEARS, POET GETS TWO YEARS
IFEX, Canada –
Nay Phone Latt’s mother, Aye Than, who was not allowed to attend the trial, said, “He is the first ever blogger to be arrested in Burma. …

US Condemns Jailing Of Pro-Democracy Activists In Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
… to over two-dozen political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in military-ruled Myanmar. “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese regime’s …

Aung San Suu Kyi and western intervention in Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are to be commended for their unusually frank reporting on Aung San Suu Kyi’s weak leadership of Burma’s democratic …

Bangladesh, Burma hold border talks in India
Radio Australia, Australia –
The foreign ministers of Bangladesh and Burma have held talks in the Indian capital, New Delhi, in a bid to solve a territorial dispute in the Bay of Bengal …

US Condemns Harsh Sentences for Burmese Dissidents
Voice of America – By David Gollust
The United States has joined human rights advocates in condemning long prison terms handed down against at least 30 Burmese dissidents on …

Saffron Rebellion Activists Receive Lengthy Prison Terms
Pacifica Radio Network’s Election Center 2008, CA –
Human rights groups are criticizing the Junta of Myanmar, or Burma, for handing down 65-year sentences to 14 activists. Amnesty International claims they …

Refugees languish in limbo
The National, United Arab Emirates –

“In Burma [also known as Myanmar], the students have to buy everything like books and school supplies so [their parents] cannot support them,” Mr Kyaw said. …

Myanmar crackdown intensifies as labour activist jailed
AFP –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Pearson said, referring to …

US condemns Burma for lengthy sentences of activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Mungpi New Delhi –
The United States on Wednesday condemned Burma’s military rulers for harshly sentencing over 30 dissidents to long prison terms of up …

Lawmakers urge UN to enquire into excessive prison sentences in …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Parliamentarians from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, who make up the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Gas influx inhibits oil-mining
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

MYANMAR’S drilling for oil in the disputed water-zone of the Bay of Bengal has probably been accelerated by similar activities by Bangladesh in the …

US condemns Myanmar jailings
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Washington – The United States strongly condemned the long prison sentences handed down in Myanmar to more than two dozen political dissidents and …

Cardinal Martino with Thai Church in Burmese border refugee camps
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Bangkok (AsiaNews) – “Although life in Thailand is more comfortable than in Myanmar, living in refugee camps is like being a bird in a cage; …

US condemns Myanmar sentences
AFP –
The State Department refers to Myanmar as Burma, the country’s name before the military junta started calling it Myanmar in 1989. …



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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 13, 2008 at 3:44 am

World focus on Burma (5 September 2008)

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Hereford Wye Valley Rotary (Shelter boxes go to Burma)

Hereford Times, UK –
By May 9, Shelter Box had successfully delivered £300000-worth of survival kit to Myamar (Burma) to help victims of Cyclone Nargis and visas for aid workers …

Troops extort money from passengers at check points

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Burmese troops manning gates along Mon to Karen State southern Burma (Myanmar) have been extorting money from passengers in vehicles and strictly checking …

Burmese jail over 700 monks
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The dam project is a joint venture between a Chinese company and a military controlled Burmese concern, Myanmar-Asia World Company. Kachin farmers have been …

Suu Kyi refuses most food rations for three weeks: party
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to accept food rations for three weeks, her party said Friday, …

BURMA: AUNG SAN SUU KYI REFUSES FOOD SINCE 3 WEEKS
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy –
This news came from her party, the National League for Democracy, which said the 63-year-old dissident hasn’t accepted her daily food rations brought by the …

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food for three weeks
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
Yangon, Sep 5 (DPA) Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has for the past three weeks refused food deliveries to her home-cum-jail in a hunger strike …

What do the Thai demonstrations mean for Burma?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 5, 2008 (DVB)–Political tensions are running high in Thailand, with demonstrators from the People’s Alliance for Democracy calling for the resignation …

Free Trade Agreement With ASEAN Countries Announced
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
For these purposes, Australia and New Zealand will typically have the shortest implementation timeframes and the 3 least developed countries (Burma, …

Exiled Dissident Visits Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zaw Oo, head of the Vahu Development Institute, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, told The Irrawaddy that he made a four-day trip to Burma in July as an …

Myanmar Airways Unsafe: UK Gov’t
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The British foreign office has issued an advisory warning it staff not to use flights operated by Myanmar Airways, Burma’s state-owned domestic …

iAfrica.com, South Africa –
Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to accept food rations for three weeks, her party said Friday, calling on the military …

TYC President Attends IUSY Meeting
Phayul, Tibet –
The 2007 Asia Pacific Meeting asked for help to restore human rights in Tibet and support the freedom movement of Tibetan people and to put pressure on …

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Last month she refused to meet Ibrahim Gambari, the UN special envoy to Burma. Her refusal was interpreted at the time as a sign of frustration that his Mr …

AIPMC Appeals to Surin, Ban Ki-moon to Visit Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The letter told Surin and Ban: “We remind you that her continued well-being is vital for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Burma. …

Hunger strike
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The detention followed an attack by pro-military thugs on Suu Kyi’s convoy in Tepeyin, Sagaing division in northern Burma on May 30, 2003. …

Suu Kyi’s party expresses concern for her health
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The political party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar’s military government Friday to ensure her …

UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet with the junta’s liaison officer and declined a visit from her personal physician, …

Olympic hero Hoy set to receive top honour
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
They are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Sean Connery, Nelson Mandela and Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Warning to Chauk monks to stay away from politics and protests
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – A letter to 70 monasteries in Chauk Township, Magwe Division by the Burmese junta authorities has warned monks to steer clear of politics and …

Myanmar responded well to cyclone victims: WHO
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
GENEVA, Sept 4, 2008 (AFP) – Myanmar’s military rulers provided a rapid response to victims of Cyclone Nargis last May despite criticism for shunning …

Myanmar responded well to cyclone victims: WHO
AFP –

Last month, the United Nations said 1.56 million dollars (about one million euros) of international cyclone aid has been lost due to the military regime’s …

Exotissimo Creates Trips to Irrawaddy Delta
PR Web (press release), WA –
According to Mrs. Su Su Tin, Managing Director of Exotissimo Myanmar, “Many people want to visit the Delta, see the situation with their own eyes and lend a …

Myanmar opens to cyclone relief
Seattle Times, United States –
The report said Myanmar, also known as Burma, has now more opened to international relief than at any time in the past two decades, and that the unfolding …

Vets value candidate’s experiences
Stamford Advocate, CT –
Ericsson, who served in Burma during World War II, said the US military has been worn thin by successive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and will be broken by …

Atlantic storms devastate Haiti
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Volunteer mappers were despatched following the Bolivia floods in January, and then in response to Cyclone Nargis that impacted Myanmar (Burma) in May. …

Unnoticed by world, Myanmar opens up to cyclone relief
College Times, AZ –
The report said Myanmar, which is widely known as Burma, has now more opened to international relief than at any time in the past two decades, …

David Cameron: We cannot impose democracy at the barrel of a gun
Independent, UK –
Liberal because I believe in freedom, human rights and democracy, and I want to see more of these things in our world. But Conservative, because I believe …

Sino-Indian Competition for Burmese Oil and Natural Gas
Harvard International Review, MA –
… has begun to heavily invest in Burma’s oil and natural sector. A man selling gas at a market near Inle Lake, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of FLICKR/geminder. ..

Bride import for love-sick bachelors
Daily News & Analysis, India –
Social services chiefs are already in talks with neighbours like the Ukraine, Moldova and Russia and with Far Eastern countries like Vietnam, Burma and …

Tsvangirai nominated for EU courage award
ZimDaily, UK –

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

Myanmar Silence at UN Half-Broken by Kerim, Mysteries Continue …
Inner City Press, NY –

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Inner City Press asked if Gambari had told Kerim why he had not met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “Yes,” the spokesman said, then declined to …

The Naga internal Problem The Subalterns begin to speak
MorungExpress, India –
The political suffering of the Nagas Burma needed to be highlighted, debated and deliberated. But one thing that is very clear is that unless a form of …

Georgia: Good Humanitarian Donorship Betrayed
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
… for returning refugees and internally displaced people in southern Sudan, and for cyclone survivors in Burma, among many other critical situations. …

Designer bottled water: It’s not altruism
Village Times Herald, NY –
It would truly be lifesaving in the cyclone-torn Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake-devastated Sichuan province in China. So why not effectively help the …

WHO praises Burma cyclone response
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Coninx was the only official from WHO’s headquarters in Geneva who was immediately able to go to Burma straight after the cyclone struck on May 2-3 as he …

Europe Undergoing Severe Demographic Crisis
The Epoch Times, NY –
He proposes Serbia to import women from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Bulgaria, Romania, or Moldova to marry the many single men, whose number is …

Digital Influence Group Wins Inbound Marketing Excellence Award
MarketWatch –
… the US Campaign for Burma. Digital Influence Group developed a microsite for the campaign featuring imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Tsvangirai nominated for Sakharov prize
SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe –
Among the previous winners are the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

Directionless Thailand falters on world stage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… was given a full range of powers to keep public order, has refused to use force to purge the People’s Alliance for Democracy from Government House. …

Hurricane Gustav losses could reach $10 billion
Environmental Finance, UK –
The highest death tolls were in the Sichuan earthquake and the Burma cyclone. Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environmental Programme warned …

Ceasefire groups in Shan State face renewed pressure to surrender
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The Burmese ruling junta has mounted fresh pressure on ceasefire armed rebel groups in Shan State to surrender arms latest by the end of 2009, …

Junta arrests two more activists
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – In another round of crackdown on dissidence, Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon on Wednesday arrested two political activists, …

World focus on Burma (27 August 2008)

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Liechtenstein Joins International Economic Sanctions In The …
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
… persons, and organizations, based on the Sanctions Act: the States include Iraq, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Myanmar/Burma; …

Bogalay farmers threatened with land confiscation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in cyclone-hit Bogalay township in Irrawaddy division have said that local authorities are threatening to confiscate their land …

Cambodian MP urges UN, ASEAN to fulfill Burma promise
Mizzima.com, India –
… to pay a personal visit to Burma and find a realistic solution to the political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar …

Ore. scientists announce finding of oldest gecko
KTVZ, OR –
Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Gambari meets Indonesian President – ASEAN divided
Mizzima.com, India –
… with Myanmar’s Senior General Shwe.” However, Gambari has recently received mixed messages from ASEAN members Indonesia and Thailand as to what Burma’s …

Politicians defend Daw Suu for not meeting envoy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The problems Burma is facing now could be easily resolved if Daw Suu and Than Shwe could have a talk.” Veteran politician Thakin Chan Htun said he …

More Deaths Reported from Famine in Chin State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Gambari on Wednesday, said that the UN envoy’s mission to Burma had not failed yet, and that the “Group of Friends on Myanmar” still supported his role.

Arrested Monks Held in Rangoon Detention Center
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)—the AAPP—reported on Tuesday that at least seven detained monks, …

Dialogue Suu Kyi’s Real Motive
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
She clearly believes a dialogue—with compromise on both sides—is the most effective chance to establish real democracy in Burma, which she has called for …

Myanmar: UN envoy holds talks with Indonesian officials
MyNews.in, India –
The United Nations envoy to Myanmar held talks today in Jakarta with senior Indonesian officials as part of his continuing consultations with regional …

Terror, trade to top BIMSTEC ministers’ agenda
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
The foreign ministers of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand will be participating in the discussions Friday. …

NLD concerned by rumours of Daw Suu hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… special envoy Ibrahim Gambari in his reconciliation efforts and to show that the people of Burma do not accept the unilateral actions of the government. …

Room at the Table hosts meal for Myanmar
Lexington Minuteman,  USA –
On May 3 the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was struck by Cyclone Nargis with devastating results. The winds and rain took the lives of an estimated …

Chin: WFP Assists Victims in Chin State
UNPO, Netherlands –
WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to …

Communicating Culture
Boise Weekly,  USA –
Refugees from Bhutan, Burundi and Burma shuffled in their chairs as interpreters explained how to fill out American job applications. …

Indonesia hopes Myanmar dialog to be resumed
Antara, Indonesia –
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government has expressed hope the dialog between Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the government under …

Laos: Mekong floods leave four dead
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Some local observers suggested that the steady influx was due to the impact of Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma at a time when inflation and unemployment were …

Lack of funds threatens Free Burma Rangers’ aid efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Relief efforts by the Free Burma Rangers to help cyclone victims in the Irrawaddy delta are under threat due to funding shortages, …

Indonesia says Gambari mission has not failed in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
27 (Xinhua) — Indonesia considered that the UN mission in Myanmar carried out by its special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has not failed yet, supporting the envoy …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction
Diamonds.net, NY –
Myanmar relies on its precious gems trade as a key source of revenue and continues to sell to neighboring China and Thailand. Previous auctions in June and …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction IDEX Online, Israel –

Nepal’s rulers must release child soldiers

Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

We’re working on one country, which has some difficulty in this protocol; but we think that it’s within reach” Myanmar’s detained democracy leader, …

President Yudhoyono receives UN special envoy for Myanmar

Antara, Indonesia –

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received the UN secretary general`s special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, …

Clooney helps Darfur victims

Adelaidenow, Australia –

Not On Our Watch has already raised more than $8 million to help victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

China’s Tibet and Indonesia’s West Java hit by powerful earthquakes

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… people were killed by a 5.9-magnitude quake which hit southwestern Yunnan province on Thursday (August 21) near China’s border with Myanmar (Burma). …

Reports of Daw Suu Kyi’s refusal of daily food supplies creating …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus has further urged for a comprehensive assessment of Daw Aung Suu Kyi’s health must be carried out as soon as …

IRINnews.org, NY –

… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Freedom of Religion Poses A Problem for Travelers

Howard University The Hilltop (subscription), DC –

As Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, China’s stance on religious freedom faced much scrutiny from human rights groups and world leaders. …

Gambari’s Myanmar Visit “Disappointing,” UK Mission Says, UN Takes …

Inner City Press, NY –

UNITED NATIONS, August 26 — “Disappointing” is how the UN’s Ibrahim Gambari’s trip to Myanmar was described Tuesday by UK Ambassador John Sawers. …

Taking Names

Washington Times, DC –

Not on Our Watch has raised more than $7 million to help victims of both the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

RP docs, others can practice in ASEAN now
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Its other members are military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), oil-rich Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The group aims to achieve …

Burma’s Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s detained opposition leader, is said to be on a hunger strike in protest at her country’s brutal military regime. …

The Peking games
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Scanning these pages the other day, my eye was caught by a reference to “Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known)”. But should it? …

Myanmar: The war criminal was elevated by the United Nations, to …

UN envoy to Myanmar who is a pro-military regime

OpEdNews, PA –
Sani Abacha is like Burma military leader, Than Shwe, who has continued suppression of the free press , and has overseen the detention of journalists and …

UN:Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar, and today he was in Bangkok and met with the …

UN : Top UN envoy concludes latest visit to Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The senior United Nations envoy to Myanmar today wrapped up his six-day visit to the Asian country by meeting with senior members of the Government and the …

People Magazine –
… of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar (also known as Burma), according to executive director Alex Wagner. …

Samak’s remarks on Burma do more damage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By The Nation Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s recent comments on Burma were ridiculous, even bordering on absurdity. It showed his total ignorance of the …

George Bush’s Legacy in Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Amidst world political tensions, Burma analysts and observers have begun to question if the Bush’s eight years in office have done enough to advance a …

Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Independent, UK –
An NLD spokesman in Burma said he could not confirm whether she had stopped eating but that bags of food delivered to a checkpoint outside her house in …

World focus on Burma (25 June 2008)

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Trek aims to bring peace to Myanmar

Akron Beacon Journal, OH –

Okkar Kyaw, 15, and Chaw Kyaw, 13, carried red flags with a lone star and a yellow peacock, which represents the freedom movement in Myanmar, formerly Burma …

Understanding Myanmar

hometownweekly, MA –

More than a month after Cyclone Nargis ravaged and completely destroyed villages in the delta region of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), the situation is …

Sri Lanka floods put slight delay on Myanmar Bible response

Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

They want to get them into Burma before the door slams closed. “There’s a lot of the workers that are out there calling on the people and working with them, …

‘Sam Bahadur’ critical

Times Now.tv, India – Jun 25, 2008

… Military Academy, Dehradun, in 1934. He saw action in Burma, now Myanmar, during the Second World War and became the Indian Army chief on June 7, 1969.

Dugong, Dolphin Round Out Endangered Animal Coins

NumisMaster.com, WI –

This dolphin was first described from a specimen from the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). They occur discontinuously along coasts in shallow brackish …

Women can Win on their Own!

MWC News, Canada –

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar (Burma) Her party won 80% of the seats in a democratic election in 1990, but the military government refused to recognize the …

Myanmar journalist arrested for burying cyclone dead: watchdog

AFP –

Myanmar’s military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since 1962, sparked global outrage in the weeks after the storm by refusing to allow …

Myanmar stresses prompt repair of cyclone-ravaged jetties in Yangon

Xinhua, China –

YANGON, June 26 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar authorities have stressed the prompt repair of remaining cyclone-ravaged jetties in Yangon to ensure speedy and …

‘Ocean’s’ Co-Stars Team Up For Myanmar Ad Campaign

andPOP, Canada –

The trio lent their star power to an advertising campaign aimed at boosting aid for Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), which was devastated by a cyclone …

International briefs

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, IA –

By AP YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar said Tuesday that 84500 people perished in last month’s cyclone, up from the last official announcement that 77700 had died …

Biazon: US carrier not for rescue, recovery operations

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Alvarez said the US government was sending over a carrier group bigger than what it had sent to Burma (Myanmar) and China, “whose cyclone and earthquake …

Despite Myanmar junta’s lagging response, cyclone victims have …

Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN –

Used to nothing: “The Burmese people are used to getting nothing,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking US diplomat in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Clooney, Pitt and Damon Launch Ad Campaign For Myanmar

Access Hollywood –

The ad, titled “Burma’s Broken Promises,” calls for more aid for the beleaguered region in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. “Burma’s neighbors have the power to …

Emergency Telecom Agency Leaves Myanmar Over Government Block

RTT News, NY –

However, the group members were help up in the capital city of Rangoon after Burma’s military junta refused them permission to deploy in the worst affected …

Myanmar cyclone survivors proved tough, experts say

Washington Post, United States –

The media were able to quote some important people to make the case that a second disaster was in the making in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Karen Armed Rebellion in Burma Takes a New Turn: Ex-American …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

We know how the government of Myanmar would answer that question, but what we need to listen to the voice – and cry – of the Burmese people. …

By Angela Lee 李美萍

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

The Ministry of the Interior has some 400 petitions from overseas Chinese descendants from Thailand and Myanmar living in Taiwan without residence permits. …

Pitt, Clooney and Damon Fight For Cyclone Victims

KGET 17, CA –

Burma’s neighbors remain some of the only hopes for these victims who are struggling to survive,” said Alex Wagner, Executive Director of Not On Our Watch.

Junta desperate to stop cyclone aftermath coverage

Merinews, India –

The Myanmar junta has done everything in its power to stop media coverage of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis and the sufferings of the people of …

Burma: Aid to cyclone victims may end in three weeks warns UN

آكي, Italy –

Nearly three-quarters of those who survived Burma’s devastating cyclone last month do not have enough food to survive more than a week and desperately need …

Burma blocks emergency telecoms

BBC News, UK –

Two teams of foreign aid workers dedicated to delivering emergency telecoms in disaster areas have been forced to leave cyclone-hit Burma. …

Sorting truly sustainable tech from greenwash

ZDNet UK, UK –

I have just received an update that Telecoms Sans Frontieres, a charity that specialises in setting up telecoms equipment in disaster zones has quit Burma …

God can help us through any event

Forres Gazette, UK –

… relatives, property, even their livelihood as a result of earthquakes and extreme weather events such as those witnessed in Myanmar (Burma), China and, …

Burmese journalists continue to be arrested, foreign journalists …

Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Myanmar Tribune editor Aung Kyaw San has been arrested and his magazine closed because of his humanitarian work in cyclone-hit areas. …

China Worried About Illegal Drugs During Olympics

Voice of America –

He says the heroin supply out of southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle region — made up of Burma, Laos and Thailand — has decreased significantly. …

Myanmar storm survivors running out of food: UN

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

BANGKOK, June 25, 2008 (AFP) – Nearly three quarters of those who survived Myanmar’s devastating cyclone lack enough food to last more than a week and …

Rice running out of stock for cyclone Nargis victims, says ASEAN …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Surin said Myanmar had also appealed for 3.6 million bags of fertilizer and 5.5 million litres of diesel to help farmers operate their ploughing machines as …

Household filters can solve water pollution

Yemen Observer, Yemen –

… Ghana, El Salvador, the Darfur region of Sudan and Myanmar, Burma and recently in Yemen. The PFP filter is simple in design, easy for families to use, …

Junta Signs Gas Deal with Thailand

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The gas will fuel Thailand’s expanding electricity generating industry—while most of Burma remains without power. Senior executives of PTTEP, …

More than 30000 Burmese Refugees Resettled

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Some activists have charged that Burma’s ruling junta is waging a genocidal campaign against the Karen and other rebel ethnic groups. …

‘American Friend’ Helps Settle People Of Other Cultures

Hartford Courant, United States –

They are members of the Karen ethnic group who originally were from Burma, now called Myanmar. Putnam made her way into a third-floor apartment where two …

Sen. Charles Schumer says he wants to ensure that a final bill includes a revocation on a tax credit for Chevron.

Senators want a win for Lantos

Politico, DC –

Chevron’s ownership stake in a natural gas pipeline in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has put the company in Lantos’ posthumous sights. …

India cosies up to Myanmar with $84 million loan

Reuters India, India –

The city, capital of the former Burma’s northwest Rakhine state, is also the planned start-point of a huge natural gas and oil pipeline leading from the …

Change of leadership in Great Lakes recruit training command

Aurora Beacon News, IL –

Such was the case in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of the US Pacific Command, ordered our Navy ships loaded with …

China offers rare praise for Myanmar’s drug fight

Washington Post, United States –

Last September, Washington said that the former Burma had “failed demonstrably” to fight illegal drugs and that it had been “very lackluster” in …

Karen Armed Rebellion in Burma Takes a New Turn: Ex-American …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

Washington, DC June 25 (Asiantribune.com): Along the Thailand’s western border with Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a small but active Thai frontier town …

Burma: 84500 Dead in Cyclone

TIME –

25, 2008 By AP (RANGOON, Burma) — Burma said Tuesday that 84500 people perished in last month’s cyclone, up from the last official announcement that 77700 …

Clooney, Pitt launch Myanmar ad campaign

AFP –

The May 2-3 cyclone left around 138000 people dead and missing in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta region, according to the junta, and the UN estimates 2.4 million …

Second flash appeal conference for Myanmar on July 10

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

YANGON, June 25 (Bernama) — The second flash appeal conference for the immediate recovery for Cyclone Nargis victims in Myanmar will be held in New York on …

Post-cyclone assessment completed in Myanmar+

TMCnet –

From June 11 to June 20, 350 officials and volunteers from the Myanmar government, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the United Nations …

Washington diary: Tackling Zimbabwe

BBC News, UK –

The generals of Burma thumbed their nose at the global community, first by gunning down monks in the streets, then by watching their own citizens die rather …

Myanmar says worst of emergency crisis is over

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

YANGON, June 24 (Bernama) — Almost two months after the deadly ‘Cyclone Nargis’ claimed about 140000 lives, the Myanmar Government says there are several …

Abhisit: Samak unfit to lead the country

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Mr Samak claimed credit for convincing Burma to accept United States assistance in the wake of the devastating cyclone Nargis, which hit the neighbouring …

Junta retires senior generals in reshuffle

Times Online, UK –

Aung Naing Oo, a Burma analyst based in Thailand, said that some of the older generals had retired because of ill-health; others could take parliamentary …

Myanmar cyclone crisis update 24 Jun 2008

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

A cyclone hit the Myanmar delta region in the early hours of Saturday 3 May. State media in Myanmar have reported a death toll of 78000 to date. …

Myanmar: 84500 died in cyclone

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar said Tuesday that 84500 people perished in last month’s cyclone, up from the last official announcement that 77700 had died …

7/1-15: Benefit art exhibit

AZ Central.com, AZ –

IRC in Phoenix has helped people from Brundi, Burma/Myanmar, Iraq, Cuba and Somalia to immigrate. A timeline of the IRC’s history of humanitarian aid shows …

Arroyo gets US flag as sympathy gesture

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… of important issues to talk about, not only on natural disasters but also on [collaboration] on Myanmar (Burma), ASEAN, economic issues,” Kenney said. …

AIPMC on European Parliamentary Caucus on Burma

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… consisting of Parliamentarians from eight European Countries, is encouraging and timely at a time when the situation in Myanmar / Burma is dire. …

Seminar to Address Compliance, Risks of Selling Colored Gemstones

Diamonds.net, NY –

… licenses for irradiated gemstones and current legal initiatives in the House and Senate regarding gemstones from Myanmar (also known as Burma. …

Zimbabwe’s neighborhood

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

In Southeast Asia, governments there – not all democratic – have been unable to unify against Burma (Myanmar). Much of Africa, though, is slowly coming …

Burma Says 84500 Died in Cyclone

FOXNews –

Meanwhile, a representative from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the regional bloc that includes Burma, renamed Myanmar by the ruling military …

Iraq Story Buried by US Networks

Common Dreams (press release), ME –

… Iraq is a human disaster worse than the cyclone in Burma/Myanmar, or the earthquakes in China for that matter, but for US networks it’s not newsworthy. …

Deaths in Burma cyclone increase to 84500

USA Today –

Rangoon, Burma (AP) — Burma said Tuesday that 84500 people perished in last month’s cyclone, up from the last official announcement that 77700 had died in …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 25, 2008 at 4:37 am