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World focus on Burma (19 January 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anger Myanmar’s rulers, and lose all

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL –

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

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World focus on Burma (12 January 2009)

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Two Singaporeans defending Burmese workers arrested
Mizzima.com, India –
Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong, who were demonstrating outside the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) office in Singapore, to highlight the plight of Burmese …

MYANMAR: Capacity challenges remain
IRINnews.org, NY –
… told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital. More than two million people were affected when Nargis struck Myanmar’s low-lying Ayeyarwady Delta on 2 …

East Timor President Calls for Review of Burma Sanctions Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said, “The goals of Western countries and the countries in the region for Myanmar [Burma] are not different – we all want …

State of Exception
Webdiary, Australia –
… putting an immediate distance between her and Howard – took up the issue of women, and support for Burma ’s silenced democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nationwide polio campaign launched
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dr Myint Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Medical Association (Upper Burma), said the country had been declared polio-free in 2003 but the disease had …

Messenger in the Dark
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Fear follows Burmese artists even when they venture abroad, according to the leading painter Chaw Ei Thein. The self-censorship they practice within Burma …

Warrants Issued for Santika Owner, Manager
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Among the dead were three Singaporeans, one Japanese and one Burmese national, Win Kyaw Phyo, 26, a graduate student at Assumption University of Thailand …

When the Market Speaks
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The junta undertook a partial “liberalization” of Burma’s energy market by allowing Myanmar Economic Holding, Ltd, which is owned by the military, …

New Bangkok Governor has Big Plans
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Sukhumbhand Paribatra has also been a strong critic of the military regime in Burma. The Democrat Party-led coalition won 20 of the 29 House seats in the …

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

Malaysians want what we want
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Parts of Sarawak and neighbouring Saba are still pretty remote and much of the peninsula – the long finger down from Thailand and Burma – are not as …

Myanmar rat infestation causing food crisis: NGO
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
YANGON – Tens of thousands of people in remote northwestern Myanmar faced a food crisis after their farmlands were destroyed by a rat infestation, …

Burma needs reform, unified and balanced structure
Mizzima.com, India –
“Myanmar is highly expected to make an exit from those similar circles in history,” the observer remarked, adding that new actors/agents or new …

Urbane Nomads Organizes Tour to Remote North-Eastern Myanmar by …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Some of the tours Urbane Nomads is promoting in 2009 include a private jet tour covering Golden Triangle Thailand and Myanmar, before moving on to Putao, …

Political prisoners denied family visits
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 12, 2009 (DVB)–Families of political inmates in various remote prison across Burma said they were refused permission to see their detained relatives …

2 arrested for protest
Straits Times, Singapore –

They wore red T-shirts and held a banner that read ‘Stop ill-treatment of Burmese activists’. The protest was in support of two Myanmar nationals, …

Authorities crack down on Myaing oil workers’ protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Four young villagers named Yeh Htut Win, Yazar Aung, Myo Aung and Than Shwe were arrested the following morning on suspicion of arson and taken to Pakokku …

Lawyer plans to appeal sentences of 11 students
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Federation of Student Unions for Upper Burma, Bo Min Yu. “The ABFSU leader, Bo Min Yu, was sentenced to over 100 years in prison,” Myint Thwin said. …

Cambodia’s PM to attend summit in Thailand
Australia Network News, Australia –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, which groups it with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, …

“International Artists Collaborate in Fight for Freedom”
Absolutearts.com –
… a key political figure who was placed under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) 19 years ago over her bid for political freedom. …

VDO – Andaman News Monday 12 January 2009; 6 items
Thailand National News Bureau, Thailand –
Item—2— Thai hospitality operators are participating in the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Vietnam held during January 5-12. The Tourism Authority of Thailand …

Twittering away
New Europe, Belgium –
YouTube was used by Burmese bloggers to bear witness on the crackdown of the Saffron Revolution in lieu of world media who were banned from entering the …

Global freedom on the slide: report
The Age, Australia –
… Maldives and Bhutan, some progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, …

Crisis may lead to more non-tariff barriers
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
A new FTA is likely to be negotiated in cooperation with the Asean countries, in line with the bloc’s plan to integrate its 10 member states into an Asean …

Bid to boost trade with neighbours to life exports
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Cross-border trade covers Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. According to the Foreign Trade Department, in the first 11 months of last year, …

Today in History
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck, ND –
In 1909, actress Ann Sothern was born in Valley City, ND; UN Secretary-General U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson …

Not standing up and being counted on Burma
Manila Times, Philippines –
THE Philippines missed out on a gilt-edged chance to make a principled stand on the burning question of Myanmar—or Burma as the civilized world remembers …

World focus on Burma (31 December 2008)

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Dr. King colleague and human rights pioneer to speak at MLK …
Manchester Journal, VT –
… fund the US Campaign for Burma in an effort to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and end the continuing human rights violations in Burma. ..

2008 Natural Disaster Among Deadliest and Costliest On Record
Daily Green –
It left, by some estimates, nearly 150000 dead, making it the most deadly storm since 1991, and the most devastating ever to hit Burma (Myanmar). …

By Ashin Mettacara Nine members of the NLD party were arrested by Burmese police on Tuesday, a witness said. …

MYANMAR: Multi-purpose cyclone shelters needed – UN specialist
IRINnews.org, NY –
… disaster risk reduction specialist for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar, told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital. …

Myanmar Sends 19 North Korean Refugees To Thailand
Javno.hr, Croatia –
The military-ruled former Burma severed its ties with North Korea in 1983 after a major bomb attack in Yangon, allegedly plotted by Pyongyang, …

Ignored story may turn out to be biggest of 2008
Mansfield News Journal, OH –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84000 people were killed in that …

Natural disasters claim 220000 lives in 2008
Examiner.com –
German based Re in its annual assessment blamed two events as the primary causes – Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar and China’s Sichuan earthquake. …

More aid from EU seen to pour into South
Business Mirror, Philippines –
The EU also seeks to use the bilateral agreement with the Philippines to discuss the situation on North Korea and on Burma/Myanmar, using the Asean and the …

Protest takes a holiday
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Kungyangon (AFP) – With tents still serving as homes and schools seven months after Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma, survivors say they are struggling to …

2008 NEWS REVIEW: January to June
Yorkshire Evening Post, UK –
More than 133000 Burmese people are killed by Cyclone Nargis, the deadliest natural disaster since the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. …

Financial rumble that turned into a roar
Bradford Telegraph Argus, UK –
Cyclone Nargis followed by a 12ft tidal wave in Burma kills an estimated 130000 people and makes thousands more homeless. Saltaire’s Roberts Park to be …

BURMA: Junta Determined to ‘Guide’ 2010 Polls
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… the world body to a minor irritant became more evident after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon cancelled plans to visit Burma, or Myanmar, in December. …

Cooping up Africa’s coup leaders
Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

In Asia, the military has run — and ruined — governments in several countries, including Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and the Philippines …

NLD youth attend talk on independence
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
During the talk, NLD leader Khin Maung Swe said that only the ruling elite had been enjoying the fruits of freedom since Burma won its independence in 1948. …

Can Anyone Explain What Happened Here?
See Magazine, Canada –
In May, a cyclone kills more than 133000 people. in Burma, aka Myanmar. Anybody remember this? Anybody?… Maxime Bernier resigns his federal cabinet post …

Perversion of Justice: Gulag America
Black Agenda Report, NJ –
1, far and away jailing more of its citizens than China, which ranks 118; Burma-Myanmar, at 117; and Zimbabwe, at 104. The Pew Center on the States shocked …

Water shortage in cyclone-hit areas
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 31, 2008 (DVB)–The parts of Burma’s delta region worst hit by Cyclone Nargis in May are facing a shortage of clean water due to delays in cleaning up …

Win Tin Denies NLD Divided Over 2010 Election
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Win Tin, a leading member of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), denied claims that he had said the party …

The Stories We Missed in 2008
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Dr Sein Win, cousin of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Most Burmese exiles agree that Sein Win is a fine person, but they say that he is …

… maintain economic sanctions against Burma – also known as Myanmar – for its human rights record and long detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burmese Migrants Earning, Learning in Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A 56-year-old ethnic Shan migrant worker, Sam Htun, is typical of many Burmese who live in Thailand, grateful for the opportunity to work …

Report: Fewer Journalists Killed in 2008
Voice of America –
The report highlights an increase in Internet repression, with bloggers facing imprisonment in many countries, including Burma, China, Iran and Syria. …

New Year Honours list
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
For services to the Burma Star Association in the South West. (Glastonbury, Somerset) Dr Roger Bevan Williams. Master of Chapel and Ceremonial Music, …

Bangladesh elects new Prime Minister
Wikinews –
It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma (Myanmar) to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south. …

Burmese military arrest nine protesters
Radio Australia News, Australia –
Burma’s military regime has arrested nine protesters who staged an unauthorised march in the capital Rangoon. The group had been calling for the release of …

Today in History
IBTimes Australia, Australia –
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured …

Bangladesh Elections: Secular Party Wins
The Moderate Voice –
Myanmar or Burma remains a sad exception. “Election officials say the Awami League alliance has won more than 250 of the 300 seats in parliament. …

YANGON (AFP) — Nine supporters of detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were arrested on Tuesday as they held a protest in Yangon calling …

Press freedom round-up 2008 – Better figures despite a hostile …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. Reporters Without Borders comment: “The …

Memos to Obama: Wisdom for Leadership
Tikkun, CA –
… no longer bleeding in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can persuade China to stop supporting the genocides in Tibet, Xinjiang, North Korea, Burma, and Darfur. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 31, 2008 at 1:16 am

World focus on Burma (30 December 2008)

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Burma Arrests 9 Pro-Democracy Protesters
Voice of America –
By VOA News Witnesses say Burmese authorities arrested nine members of an opposition political group Tuesday, as they held a protest in Rangoon calling for …

BURMA:: New Thai Policies Not Junta-Friendly
Inter Press Service, Italy –
But a new foreign policy chapter between Thailand and Burma, or Myanmar as the junta renamed the country, emerged in 2001. It came with the electoral …

Don’t Panic List Time!
Columbia City Paper, SC –
Burma’s military junta – When Category 4 Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma in May, the goons who run Burma like their plantation were not only unprepared, …

The Best and the Worst of 2008: The World
Century Foundation, NY –
Burma cyclone heightens country’s misery and isolation. Myanmar’s rigid military rulers, whose violent suppression of Buddhist monks’ protests in September …

Busy Year For Natural Disasters
RedOrbit, TX –
China’s Sichuan province was struck with both an earthquake which left nearly 70000 dead and cyclone Nargis which struck Burma killing an estimated 130000. …

Nine arrested in rare protest in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
Nyan Win said, the NLD regularly conducts meetings on Tuesday to discuss current and contemporary politics of Burma. Today’s discussions were led by party …

Julie Benz To Host US Campaign For Burma Dinner
Look To The Stars, UK –
The organization is dedicated to empowering grassroots activists around the world to bring about an end to the military dictatorship in Burma.

Burma activists arrested at march
BBC News, UK –
Nine activists have been arrested in Burma’s main city, Rangoon, during a march calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nine NLD youth members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 30, 2008 (DVB)–Nine National League for Democracy youth members were arrested at around 3pm today as they took part in a peaceful march following a talk …

Restrictions stepped up against Win Tin
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He recently visited the families of political prisoners and has also been working to heal rifts between NLD leaders and youth members.

Burma’s Bleak Prospect in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE All parties in Burma can expect 2009 to be a busier year than the one now ending as the country heads for a general election in 2010, …

Africa: Press Freedom Round-Up 2008
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. “The figures may be lower than last year’s …

Hope Floats in the Burmese Town Near Thailand’s Border
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
Yet, there’s nothing like this in Myawaddy, Burma, the poor town opposite Mae Sot, Thailand. The towns lie across the Moei River, a sluggish brown border …

Nine NLD Members Arrested in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burmese military authorities have transferred political prisoners, including student leaders, members of the 88 Generation Students and NLD …

Poor Maternal Health Care Widespread In Eastern Burma
Medical News Today (press release), UK –
Frequency and types of human rights violations varied across the project sites in Eastern Burma. In the Karen region, more than 10% of household were forced …

Agreement between Myanmar and China: Beijing secures gas supplies …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Humanitarian organizations consider the agreement as the latest concession to the Burmese military dictatorship: none of the countries involved in its rich …

Press freedom report finds 60 journalists killed in 2008
Press Gazette, UK –
Thirty-one media arrests were reported in Iraq, 17 in Burma and 38 in China, which hosted the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. The press freedom …

It was not immediately clear where the NLD members were taken. NLD spokesman Nyan Win said he heard that female party member Htet Htet Oo Wei was among …

Press Freedom Round-up 2008 / Better figures despite a hostile …
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqué de presse), Switzerland –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. “The figures may be lower than last year’s …

New Year’s Event Spotlights Sexual Orientation Issues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By VIOLET CHO RANONG — Burmese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) migrant worker activists in Ranong used the New Year to organize a festival …

Myanmar authorities arrest nine protestors
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
The NLD won the 1990 general election, while Suu Kyi was under detention, but has been denied the right to rule by Myanmar’s junta for the past 18 years.

9 Myanmar activists held
Straits Times, Singapore –
There was no immediate confirmation from the NLD. Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest …

Political prisoner dies of tuberculosis
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… middle school in Mandalay, was arrested under section 5(j) of the Emergency Provision Act in December 2003 and was sentenced to seven years in prison. …

UN General Assembly isn’t the right forum for dealing with Burma …
China Post, Taiwan –
The resolution called for the release of over 2100 political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi. (country’s new) constitution resulted in the de facto …

Americans found allies in Burma villagers
Los Angeles Times, CA –
By A Times Staff Writer Reporting from Myitkyina, Myanmar — Long before war brought Evelio Grillo and his comrades to Burma, they had allies ready to …

Burma’s Stilwell Road: A backbreaking WWII project is revived
Los Angeles Times, CA –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

A more dangerous world as 2008 ends
San Antonio Express, TX –
The ruling junta in Burma turned the natural disaster of Cyclone Nargis into a manmade tragedy. Congo, Zimbabwe and Somalia spiraled further into …

MONKS & AMISH
MorungExpress, India –
In Burma the monks who are not in detention by repressive militaryrulers who call the country Myanmar, have returned to their pagodas. …

Insurers’ disaster losses up 50% in 2008
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The year’s deadliest disaster was Cyclone Nargis, which devastated coastal areas in Burma in early May, killing nearly 85000 people. …

NBC Field Notes
MSNBC –
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured …

China To Build Strategic Oil Reserves (SNP)
24/7 Wall St., NY –
That means expanding opportunities in Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan, both countries that have difficulty attracting investment because of their repressive human …

2008 was bad year for disasters
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 135000 people in Burma in May. An earthquake in the Sichuan province of China on 12 May left 70000 dead, 18000 missing and …

‘Major year for natural disaster’
BBC News, UK –
Cyclone Nargis in Burma killed an estimated 130000 people and devastated much of the low-lying Irrawaddy Delta region, while the earthquake which struck …

The good news for the new year is as follows. –
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –
April: Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest and assumes her rightful place as the democratic head of the government of Burma. …

Natural disasters ‘kill 220000 in 2008’
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Most devastating was Cyclone Nargis, which battered Burma in May to kill more than 135000 people, and the earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province the …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 30, 2008 at 3:53 am

Burmese junta arrests 9 NLD members on 20th Founding day of the party

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Mizzima News

Junta arrests nine party members on NLD’s 20th anniversary

Saturday, 27 September 2008 19:11

New Delhi – Burmese junta authorities on Saturday arrested nine members of the opposition party – the National League for Democracy – who were travelling to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the party’s founding day, the party spokesperson said.

Nyan Win, spokesperson of the NLD said nine of his party members including Htet Htet Oo Wai and Daw Shan Ma were rounded up by plainclothes security personnel as they stepped off a bus near the NLD head office in Shwegondine Street in Bahan Township.

“They were picked up by plainclothes policemen. We don’t know the names of the other seven,” Nyan Win said.

The NLD spokesperson said, at least a thousand plainclothes security personnel were present in and around the party office as members marked the 20th anniversary of the party’s founding day. The security personnel also took video footage and still photographs of the people attending the function.

“There were about 500 people attending the 20th anniversary day but I think the security people were double our number,” Nyan Win said.

The anniversary function was also attended by the recently released veteran journalist and the NLD party founding member U Win Tin, Khin Maung Swe and Dr Than Nyien.

During the function, the current party Chairman Aung Shwe requested Win Tin, Khin Swe and Dr. Than Nyien to resume their old positions and their work with the party.

Win Tin, who was detained for over 19 years, and Khin Maung Swe, earlier served as NLD’s central committee members before they were arrested while Dr. Than Nyien was the vice-chairman of the Rangoon Division NLD.

Win Tin, the veteran journalist, said he welcomed the offer made by the NLD chairman as he had always supported the party.

“I have always exhorted the people to support the NLD and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. So, we accept the offer in principle but I am not sure when we can actually take up the responsibility because we have to do a lot of work to catch up with,” Win Tin told Mizzima over telephone after the function.

But he said, the first thing that the three of them would like to do is to fight for freedom of the remaining political prisoners, who are continuously suffering under deplorable prison conditions.

“It will include demanding the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, and when they are freed, we will continue urging for a political dialogue,” Win Tin said.

According to the Thailand based Assistant Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP), there are over 2,000 political prisoners including student leader Min Ko Naing and his 88 generation colleagues, still languishing in prisons across Burma.

Meanwhile, Nyan Win said, the party is proud to be able to celebrate its 20th anniversary despite the ruling junta’s severe crackdown on its party members.

“I, personally, am very satisfied with what the NLD party has been able to do so far. For the past 20 years, despite severe repression by the government, the NLD is being able to maintain its stand as a political opposition party,” Nyan Win said.

He added that the party will continue to uphold its principle of fighting for democracy and human rights in the country through non-violent means.

Reporting by Solomon & The The, writing by Mungpi

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1107-junta-arrests-nine-party-members-on-nlds-20th-anniversary.html

Democratic Voice of Burma

Nine arrested at NLD anniversary celebration

Sep 27, 2008 (DVB)–

Nine members of the National League for Democracy were arrested today at a ceremony to mark the party’s 20th anniversary, according to NLD information committee member Dr Win Naing.

Ma Htet Htet Oo Wai and Daw Shan Ma from Shwepyitha township were among those arrested, along with six unnamed youth members and a middle-aged woman.

Six people were arrested before the ceremony at a bus stop near the Yazana hotel adjacent to the NLD headquarters as soon as they got off the bus, while three others were detained after the event.

Around 500 people attended the event, which began at 12 noon.

Some youth and women members wearing yellow shirts lined up in front of the NLD headquarter to commemorate the monk-led demonstrations that were brutally crushed a year ago.

Newly-released political prisoners U Win Tin and U Khin Maung Swe were reinstated in their previous positions, while Dr Thein Nyein was re-appointed deputy chair of Rangoon division NLD.

U Win Tin gave a speech at the ceremony demanding the release of all political prisoners, claiming that those who had been released felt ashamed that others were still not free, and called for unity among political groups.

There has been heavy security on Shwegondaing road and around the NLD headquarters, with soldiers, police and Swan Arr Shin members standing by on trucks.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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Bangkok Post

27-9-2008

Burma arrests three on NLD anniversary

Rangoon (dpa) – The military government arrested at least three National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters Saturday before the opposition party celebrated its 20-year anniversary, witnesses said.

Police detained two men and one women near the NLD headquarters before the anniversary ceremony to mark the establishment of the party in 1988.

Before the ceremony about 10 people shouted slogans including “Free Aung San Suu Kyi” and released birds from cages in front of the NLD headquarters, but it was unclear if those arrested were part of that group.

Journalist U Win Tin, 79, who was released from 19 years in prison last Tuesday, attended the anniversary celebration for his first time, having been in prison on all the previous anniversaries.

He said he would help NLD and its leader Suu Kyi in the struggle for democracy.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi remained under house arrest and could not attend the ceremony. She has been under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years.

Before U Win Tin was released last Tuesday, as part of a broad amnesty that freed 9,002 prisoners, he was Burma‘s longest-serving political prisoner.

Two NLD members who were also released on Tuesday, U Khin Maung Swe and Dr Than Nyein, also Saturday’s attended celebration.

Missing from the ceremony was NLD member Win Htien who was one of the 9,002 released last Tuesday, but was arrested again less than a day later.

Win Htien was a founding member of the NLD in 1988.

NLD chairman U Aung Shwe issued a statement calling for the military junta to immediately release Suu Kyi and NLD vice chairman U Tin Oo from detention “because of their unrelenting efforts for the emergence of democracy and human rights in the country.”

U Aung Shwe also called for the release of all other political prisoners. The United Nations puts that number at about 2,000.

While the junta holds absolute power in Burma, the international community still supports Suu Kyi as the most credible leader of the country. The NLD won the 1990 elections in a landslide, but the junta refused to recognize the results.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=130955

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World focus on Burma (27 September 2008)

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Monks in Myanmar mark crackdown anniversary
Hindu, India –
YANGON (AP): About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s bloody …

Junta arrests nine party members on NLD’s 20th anniversary
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burmese junta authorities on Saturday arrested nine members of the opposition party – the National League for Democracy – who were travelling to …

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Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

“An indelible black stain will be tainted in the political history of Burma by the omission of the authorities to perform according to the laws enacted by …

Myanmarese commemorate ”Saffron Revolution” anniversary in New Delhi
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Myanmar or Burma’’s military regime had brutally cracked down on one of the most powerful and peaceful demonstration led by thousands of Buddhist monks and …

Nine arrested at NLD anniversary celebration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
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AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Last year, the ruling dictatorship in Myanmar blocked a series of revolts organized by the Burmese monks, and supported by pro-democracy activists; …

Burma arrests three on NLD anniversary
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Before U Win Tin was released last Tuesday, as part of a broad amnesty that freed 9002 prisoners, he was Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner. …

UK FCO: First anniversary of protests in Burma
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… one year on, Burma’s rulers continue to resist international efforts to support peace, prosperity and democracy in the country, despite repeated calls …

UN rejects appeal to unseat junta
Mizzima.com, India –
… they will continue exposing the appalling human rights violations in Burma under the military junta and will continue appealing to the international …

Myanmar activists rally in Tokyo
Straits Times, Singapore –
In a rare break from Western nations, Japan maintains friendly relations with the military regime in Myanmar. Activists wearing ethnic Burmese costumes …

Rise of the Xenophobic elements
KanglaOnline, India –
Our neighbour Burma (Myanmar) also was greatly influenced. Unfortunately all the development of the second millennia had diverted its route from our part of …

Exiled Burmese freedom fighter dies in Ithaca (Ko Han Lin)
Ithaca Journal, NY –
It was the first such resolution in an American city calling attention to the situation in Burma, which the regime now prefers to be called Myanmar. …

Jailed protestors transferred to more remote prisons
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Daw Khin Lay, U Thet Tun and U Thein Tun were sent to Insein prison, and then transferred on to Myingyan and Pakokku jails in upper Burma. …

Today in History – September 27
NDTV.com, India –
… led by Aung San Suu Kyi was founded. Suu Kyi is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, …

Immigrants immersed for school system
Durham Herald Sun, NC –
All the students currently enrolled in the program are refugees from the Karen region of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Growing up in refugee camps, …

About 500 persecuted Burmese minorities resettling in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX –
By JIM JONES FORT WORTH — Members of Agape Baptist Church are giving a warm welcome to about 100 “Karen people” from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …

Row over Giggs’ honour
Manchester Evening News, UK –
… unhappy with the decision after nominating recipient Burmese political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for the honour in January. …

The Right Wing Nation
OpEdNews, PA –
That may be a bit of hyperbole, since there are absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia, theocracies like Iran, and military dictatorships like Burma/Myanmar …

Ten National Security Myths
New America Foundation, DC –
Second, a League of Democracies would be no more effective than other organizations in solving humanitarian problems like those in Burma and Darfur or in …

One Down, 2100 To Go
Voice of America –
The military junta that rules Burma has released its longest-serving political prisoner, journalist U Win Tin after 19 years in jail. …

Burma Marks Crackdown Anniversary as One of World’s Worst Regimes
NewsBlaze, CA –
The actions of Burma’s junta in the year since it lethally suppressed mass pro-democracy demonstrations have further cemented its standing as one of the …

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tun Myint, has completed …
Carleton College News, MN –
“Challenges Facing State building in Burma,” in Mark Sproule-Jones, Barbara Allen, and Filippo Sabetti (eds.), The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain …

British PM Calls for Global Action on Financial Crisis
Voice of America –
And he called for standing firm against oppression in Burma and said the international community must send a strong signal of its support for democracy and …

Burma: Inside the Saffron Revolution: After the uprising, what comes next?

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PBS –
The general, trained in psychological warfare, so reviles the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that he will not allow her name to be uttered in his …

To Implement Amendments to the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
… as amended by section 6(a) of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-286) (the “JADE Act”), …

Robert Ménard stands down as Reporters Without Borders secretary …
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqués de presse), Switzerland –
I cannot imagine a life that does not a involve a commitment to serving the values of democracy, freedoms and human rights, which in my view gives meaning …

UN rejects request for Myanmar junta’s seat
International Herald Tribune, France –
The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962 and has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms. The current junta, which took …

The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns
NewsBlaze, CA –
… Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies inZimbabwe before Robert Mugabe’s crackdown. …

Wen Jiabao unwelcome in New York City
Phayul, Tibet –
… such as the Falun Gong group, Chinese human rights activists etc, but also supports other brutal regimes such as the ones in Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe. …

Burma Gives Amnesty to 9000 Prisoners
OneWorld US, DC –
“I will be happy only when all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi are released,” Win Tin told Burmese journalists shortly after his release. …

Rights & Wrongs: Relgious Freedom, Arms Control, Venezuela, and More
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HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES PUSHING FOR GLOBAL ARMS TREATY — As officials from around the world prepare to meet at the United Nations in October to consider a …

Junta’s secret plan: Closer relationship with China
Mizzima.com, India –
The minutes of the meeting, dated July 6, 2008, state that in order to defend the country against US influence, Burma cannot stand alone without any …

Key political prisoners released prior to elections in Burma
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
“While the release of U Win Tin and his fellow prisoners is certainly the best news to come out of Myanmar for a long time, unfortunately they represent …

‘We are still angry, but we bury it’
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The nightly performance of the Moustache Brothers, Burma’s best-known comedians and renowned opponents of the regime, is struggling. …

Myanmar dissident enjoys just 17 hours of freedom
The Associated Press –
According to the US Campaign for Burma, Win Htein was arrested briefly in early 1989 and tortured, then arrested again in 1989 and held until 1995. Myanmar …

SKN on UN Committee to review Burma’s membership
Sun St.Kitts/Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis –
St. Kitts/Nevis has been appointed to a nine-member United Nations Credentials Committee set up to review a challenge to the Burma’s membership. …

In fact Aung San Suu Kyi is said to have refused to see him in August, with her party describing the visit as a “waste of time”. “The government knows how …

International Community Should Hold Burmese Military Government …
BBSNews, NC –
BBSNews 2008-09-26 — New York (HRW) The international community should demand accountability from the Burmese military government for the brutal crackdown …

Bombs a year after Myanmar crackdown
Custer County Chief, NE –
Outside the country hundreds of monks, Burmese dissidents and human rights activists gathered in both Thailand and the Philippines to commemorate those …

YANGON (AFP) — Armed police in trucks patrolled Myanmar’s main city Friday as frightened protesters stayed home on the anniversary of last year’s brutal …

Myanmar Writhes in the Grip of Its Junta
New York Times, United States –
The generals’ domination in Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been tested repeatedly over the past two decades — by the monks last September, by Daw Aung San Suu …

Trouble brewing again in Myanmar’s monasteries*
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

By our correspondent* A year after the monks’ protests were crushed it seems peaceful in Myanmar, formerly Burma. A Radio Netherlands Worldwide reporter …

Call to raise Burma issue at UN
The Press Association –
Irish campaigners for democracy in Burma urged the Foreign Affairs Minister to raise the issue at a United Nations summit on Monday. …

Unforgettable: The anniversary of the ‘Saffron Revolution’ crackdown
Mizzima.com, India –
On September 26, 2007, the Burmese military junta ordered soldiers to open fire on a protesting crowd led by Buddhist monks. According to the United Nations …

Illegal Burmese Rice Exports Boom on Thai Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s junta officially banned the border rice trade after Cyclone Nargis struck the country’s Irrawaddy delta on May 2-3. The storm devastated much of the …


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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, …