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World focus on Burma (27 January 2009)

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Crucial asean bills pass in rowdy house session
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Bilateral agreements on matters such as human trafficking with Burma and labour cooperation with South Korea were also approved. An ad-hoc committee of 36 …

asean documents of vital interest
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
As the host of the Asean Summit, we could raise a number of topical issues as far as human rights are concerned, such as the unrest in southern Thailand; …

NLD holds lecture on Law Affairs in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
Thingangyun constituency (1) NLD MP and Central Legal Aid Committee member advocate U Thein Nyunt, delivered his lecture on the title ‘Burmese Laws and …

Burmese Opposition Views Gambari Visit with Skepticism
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He [the Secretary General] has, therefore, asked Mr Gambari to return to continue his discussions and engagement with the Myanmar government, …

ILO concerned by jailing of labour activist
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“ILO’s priority in Burma is to end forced labour in the country and to stop the use of child soldiers. Other issues are outside our mandate, but we will do …

Thailand Burma Border Consortium e-Letter: Issue no 6, Dec 2008 …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Certainly 2008 was a dreadful year for Burma with the devastating Cyclone Nargis in May and renewed political oppression and human rights abuses as the …

Excellent jump start for Thai-Cambodian relations
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
The recent calls from Singapore and Burma to boycott the upcoming Asean Summit in Thailand were a bit silly. The postponement of the Asean summit from last …

A royal mess: Why Sweden can’t have its own Obama
The Local, Sweden –
… to Guatemala and Burma to Zimbabwe, elect democratic heads of state. But for a country that prides itself as being something of a beacon of democracy, …

At least four years for full recovery from Nargis devastation: UN
Mizzima.com, India –
The ruling junta changed the country name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Cyclone Nargis which lashed Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon in May 2 and 3 killed …

More Rohingya boatpeople arrested in Thailand
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Burma’s state-run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar reported that Burma will assist Thailand in stemming the inflow of Rohingya boat …

Thailand detains 78 more migrants caught at sea
The Associated Press –
The plight of the Rohingyas — a Muslim ethnic group who fled persecution in Myanmar — was highlighted earlier this month following accusations some of them …

Thai police arrest migrants as scandal continues
ABC Online, Australia –
They come from western Burma, but are not accepted as citizens in their home country. The new Thai Government is on the defensive about the issue, …

OIC says protection of Rohingya refugees Thai’s legal responsibility
http://www.worldbulletin.net, Turkey –

The Rohingya refugees were fleeing oppression and dictatorial rule in Myanmar. Thai coast guards pushed Muslim Rohingyas back at sea in decrepit boats and …

Thailand changes tack on refugees
BBC News, UK –
The latest boatload of Burmese migrants to arrive in Thailand has been handed to the police rather than the military, after an outcry over their treatment. …

At least four years for full recovery from Nargis devastation: UN
Mizzima.com, India –
The ruling junta changed the country name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Cyclone Nargis which lashed Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon in May 2 and 3 killed …

Between impotency & bosoms: the other news
Thought Leader, South Africa –
… is doing here): In Burma or Myanmar — and not your ma se — tyranny and authoritative rule continues to terrorise the local population and non-violent …

IPI to Davos: Burying News Hurts Crisis Response
International Press Institute (press release), Austria –
Reports from IPI and other media and human rights groups cite crackdowns on journalists in China and Burma (Myanmar) who tried to file field reports on …

Global Money Supply and the Value of Gold
The Market Oracle, UK –

Myanmar (Burma) requires a special note. Cross-country money supply comparisons rank Myanmar very high. This apparent paradox arises from the discrepancy …

Mired in mediocrity
Frontline, India –
He also offers a startling piece of information: the largest concentration of Indian settlers is in Myanmar (erstwhile Burma) and is double the size of the …

Commentary: Constitution and the ethnic nationalities
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Eight Shan leaders including Khun Tun Oo were sentenced to between 75 and 106 years in prison for trying to protect the rights of ethnic nationalities with …

Burmese Monk Talks about Compassion, Obama in Mahachai
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A week after Cyclone Nargis hit the Irrawaddy delta, Sitagu Sayadaw set up emergency relief centers and clinics in Ka Don Ka Ni, Amar, Set San and Kunthi …

Myanmar, children exploited for less than 30 cents a day
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Among those worst hit are children in the Irrawaddy delta region, badly hit by cyclone Nargis last May. Burmese businessmen, fishermen, and farmers use male …

Training programme shut down in Pyapon
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… member of the Rangoon division Head Monks’ Association, rebuilt a school in Kyonku village, Pyapon township, which had been destroyed by Cyclone Nargis. …

NLD member’s relatives jailed after being assaulted
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 27, 2009 (DVB)–The mother and uncle of a National League for Democracy member from Hlegu township in Rangoon who were beaten up by a local family have …

Global Crisis Hits Burmese Overseas Workers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Tuesday, Ye Min Tun from the Malaysia-based Burma Workers’ Rights Protection Committee said that more than 700 Burmese migrants …

Junta Promises to Address Rohingya Exodus
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Maung Aye said authorities will try to prevent the Rohingya from leaving Burma for other countries. Burma’s state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, …

Army Airbase Built in Northern Arakan
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The military junta is reportedly building the airbase to accommodate fighter jets. The construction of the airbase began after the Burmese junta found …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar soon, UN says
MSNBC –
By EDITH M. LEDERER UNITED NATIONS – The UN special envoy to Myanmar will be returning soon to pursue a dialogue between the country’s military rulers and …

The Far Eastern Economic Review also says that the Burmese junta’s disgraceful nonresponse to Cyclone Nargis last year called international attention to the …

On this day
News24, South Africa –
1995 – Burmese soldiers win a key battle against one of the world’s oldest insurgencies, capturing the base of Burma’s largest Karen rebel army in the …

Burmese refugee escapes death, regroups in US
High Point Enterprise (subscription), NC –
Pau is among the Chin people of Myanmar, known for being the only Christian ethnic group in the almost 90 percent Buddhist country, and he attributes his …

Myanmar to help Thailand on Rohingyas minority
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

BANGKOK, Jan 27 (TNA) – Myanmar’s military leaders agreed to help Thailand to solve the problem of the Rohingya, an ethnic Muslim minority group from …

Malaysian cyber-paper at vanguard of media revolution
AFP –
“Malaysiakini could only have existed in places like Malaysia, Singapore or Burma, simply because the mainstream press have no credibility,” the political …

A Military Out of Control
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
While Thailand’s military has come under fire in the last few weeks for the navy’s treatment of Bangladeshi and Burmese Rohingya Muslims, the fact is that …

Demarcation talks to start in February
Radio Australia, Australia –
ABBANY: Thailand has mentioned that it wants to sort of get to grips with Burma as well, but do you think that this dispute with Cambodia would top Burma in …

Tiger mauls ex-Gisborne woman on mission work
Gisborne Herald, New Zealand –
While here they were members of the Mangapapa Union Parish, members of which still support them in their work in the Myanmar-Thailand border area. …

Situation in Burma critical, says exiled prime minister
Irish Times, Ireland –
Aung San Suu Kyi, still under house arrest in Burma, is occasionally able to get a message out to the exiled cabinet. Dr Win, who is her first cousin, …

Initially, many Burmese – including General Aung San, the father of the currently imprisoned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the man who would …

More go hungry as world food prices rise
Stock Journal, Australia –
The Humanitarian Action Report says the devastation caused by cyclone Nargis in Burma last May has meant about 20000 children still suffer food shortages. …

Error of judgment
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Even the cyclone appeal for Burma had profoundly political implications, as the military junta blocked access of aid agencies to the Irrawaddy Delta. …

OBI Reaches Milestone with Food Delivery
Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –
After Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar last year, OBI was able to enter the country even after Burma authorities had blocked the aid of several international …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar
Straits Times, Singapore –
UNITED NATIONS – THE UN special envoy to Myanmar will be returning soon to pursue a dialogue between the country’s military rulers and the opposition led by …

War, disasters cause an extra 100 million hungry
Australia Network News, Australia –
UNICEF’s 2009 Humanitarian Action Report says Africa is in the most dire situation, and communities in Burma and East Timor are also finding it harder to …

Pressure is mounting on the Thai Government to reveal the truth about allegations that its military towed hundreds of Burmese refugees out to sea and …

Spread of Malaria Strain Feared as Drug Loses Potency
New York Times, United States –
… the United States has put aside political considerations and approved a malaria monitoring center in military-run Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar soon, UN says
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
By EDITH M. LEDERER AP The UN special envoy to Myanmar will be returning soon to pursue a dialogue between the country’s military rulers and the opposition …

Asean pacts ‘on track’ for passage
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Mr Kasit was a leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) that led protesters in their blockade of Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports last …

Customs clarifies rules on banned Burmese gems
National Jeweler Network, NY –

In September 2008, the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008 became law, specifying that all rubies and jadeite originally from Myanmar (formerly called …

UN envoy Gambari to visit Myanmar for talks on democracy
Monsters and Critics.com –
New York – The United Nations envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, will soon visit Myanmar to continue discussions on the democratic process in the Southeast …

Feds Update Burma Jade Law
Jewelers Circular Keystone Online, NY –
The Act specifies that all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (also known as Myanmar) or jewelry containing these gemstones cannot enter this country …

UNHCR concern for 126 Rohingya boat people
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
“Given the new Thai government’s commitment to human rights, we are eager to discuss with Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya ways that this crisis can be …

mediabistro.com, NY –
Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has spent the last 12 years under house arrest in Myanmar, her home country. She’s the leader of the National League for .

From Arms to Art
The Epoch Times, NY –
Imagine hip-hop artists in Iran, slam poets in Moscow, video artists in Burma. Forget about weapons of mass destruction; let’s unleash artists of mass …

Burmese Boat People Scandal Exposes Thai PM’s Debt to Army
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia – 6 hours ago
In his one month as Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva has made much of the need for human rights and the rule of law at the heart of government. …

Rohingyas face ‘slow burning genocide’: Activist
Mizzima.com, India –
Migration of Rohingyas, who mainly reside in parts of Burma’s western Arakan state, in search of greener pastures will persist until the root cause is …

First ever political journal to be published soon
Mizzima.com, India –
… army veteran and former government mouthpiece daily paper ‘New Light of Myanmar’ Vice Editor-in-Chief U Thiha Aung. “Burma is heading towards democracy. …

Government in exile urged to negotiate with opposition groups
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Sein Win, a cousin brother of detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has served the NCGUB as Prime Minister since its formation in 1990. …

Is Burma’s former Prime Minister Khin Nyunt to be freed soon?
Mizzima.com, India –
Khin Nyunt, after he took over as Prime Minister in 2003, announced the seven-step road map to democracy that the present regime is still implementing. …


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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm

World focus on Burma (18 January 2009)

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Bringing light into Myanmar’s darkness: Group helps political prisoners in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar’s most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the pro-democracy movement, is barred by the military government from leaving her …

ASEAN calls for $700m for Burmese cyclone victims
Australia Network News, Australia –
“The TCG, the Tripartite Core Group, which we established in order to do the day to day work in Myanmar, in Yangon overseeing the assistance to the victims …

Backbreaking project from World War II is revived
Baltimore Sun, United States –
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 …

Christians struggling to aid lepers in Burma
Spero News –
A group of nuns in Kengtung, Myanmar, struggles to find the funds to treat over 520 leprosy patients and aid 44 children. By UCA News Nan Shan Kham says she …

Casting Light on Plight of Burmese Dissidents
New York Times, United States –
… 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. …

VIEW: Regional fallout from Thai turmoil —Bertil Lintner
Daily Times, Pakistan –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar (Burma).” Statements such as these may not be well received by other, more autocratic members of ASEAN such as Laos …

Sri Lanka-based Burmese political weblog wins “Best Asia Blog …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Democratic norms, human rights, counter-terrorism, refugees, civilian casualties in domestic battles between warring factions etc. …

Treat refugees humanely, process them transparently
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
A tragedy was always likely given the heartless way in which the migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were treated after arriving on Thailand’s Andaman …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

World focus on Burma (15 January 2009)

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WJA and GIA to host lecture for gemstones
Diamond World Magazine, India –
Also, the speaker will take the audience through some of his experiences at various gemstone hubs of the world, like Myanmar (Burma), East Africa, India, …

By Subir Bhaumik Thai soldiers are detaining illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma and forcing them back out to sea in boats without engines, …

East Timor’s dream: Zone of peace
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… include the dictatorial rule in Burma, the former trouble in Aceh in Indonesia, the Moro conflict in Mindanao, and the insurgency in Southern Thailand. …

Burma’s Human Rights conditions deepens in 2008: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
Another point that the HRW noted was the extension of the detention period of Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest. …

Kerry praises Rice for UN ambassador
Boston Globe, United States –
Sometimes, working through the United Nations has proved frustrating when it comes to addressing humanitarian crises in places like Burma, Darfur, …

The sentencing of the young student is only the latest in Myanmar, headed by a military dictatorship that cuts off any form of dissent by imprisoning its …

Myanmar: Cyclone recovery “will take up to four years”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… citing the importance of the TCG – comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the government of Myanmar and UN – in facilitating access and …

Freedom House Report Shows Setbacks in Global Freedom
UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma was also rated amongst the “worst of the worst” for political and civil liberties, largely due to severe crackdowns on political activists in the …

Thailand Urged to Stop Pushing Refugees Out to Sea
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –


By LAWI WENG A refugee rights organization has called on the Thai government to stop stranding Rohingya boat people from western Burma’s Arakan State at sea …

Murders in Nepal, Sri Lanka Underscore Dangers for Journalists in Asia
findingDulcinea, New York –
In nearby Burma, where media and access to the Internet are severely restricted, the military government recently released a list of rules that editors must …

Six opposition party members freed
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military junta on Wednesday released six members of the opposition party, who had been arrested and detained for …

Thailand persecutes Muslim minority
Spero News –
The issue of Rohingya refugees from Burma, arrested in Thailand and abandoned on the high seas after seeking refuge, will be an issue discussed at the ASEAN …

Non-military Pilots to be Trained in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Military-ruled Burma is set to open a pilot ground training school at Hmawbi Air Force Base in Rangoon Division that—for the first time—will …

Ramos-Horta: Help, yes, but not mediate
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Ramos-Horta said the continued conflict in various parts of the world — in Gaza, Somalia, Sudan, and Burma/Myanmar — is “an indictment of all of us. …

Burma Situation Affects Region: Thai PM
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Wednesday that because the situation in Burma could affect other countries in the region, …

Change required in Burma: Thai PM
Mizzima.com, India –
He told reporters that whatever happened in Burma had an impact on the region as a whole, and that was the reason why Thailand would persuade the military …

Officials sacked after Than Shwe visit
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 15, 2009 (DVB)–Provincial and township administration officials in Zalun township have been dismissed after junta leader senior general Than Shwe was …

Human Rights in Burma Deteriorating: Report
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China, Russia, India and Thailand continue to provide diplomatic support for the Burmese junta and are major trade and investment partners, the report said. …

Burmese Schoolteacher and Family Repatriated
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Ko Gyi has previously been interviewed by BBC Burmese Service and The Irrawaddy. Thai authorities also raided his home and school in Ranong and seized some …

Six NLD members released
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I told them it was my own decision to get involved in politics as I used to be a soldier and I love Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is the daughter of the …

Daw Suu’s lawyer frustrated by appeal delays
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 15, 2009 (DVB)–Kyi Win, lawyer for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has expressed his frustration with the authorities’ slow response to her …

Hope for India’s ‘broken’ Buddhists
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
“Buddhist communities here are still very poor,” explains Fulzele, “We can’t build huge monasteries like in Burma [Myanmar], Sri Lanka or Thailand, …

Activist sent to 104 years in jail by Myanmar junta
Merinews, India –
The activist, also known as Phyo Gyi, is a member of the All Burma Federation of Students Union (ABFSU) in Upper Myanmar and was picked up by the police on …

THAILAND: Addressing sexual violence in Mae La refugee camp
IRINnews.org, NY –
MAE LA, 15 January 2009 (IRIN) – Mae La camp, the largest of nine for Burmese refugees on the Thai border, resembles a small thatched city, now more than a …

Burma: India Uncut congratulates Ashin Mettacara
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
India Uncut was also Nominated for best Asian blog and has been selected the finalist 2008 weblog awards. The blog was leading over Ashin Mettacara’s blog …

LARRY LITTLE: Bush Years: the Good, Bad and Ugly
Kitsap Sun,  United States –
3) Laura Bush as been truly a First “Lady,” and even Edith Wilson-like in her quietly handling point on crises such as Burma. 4) He has been a statesman in …

Burma sentences student to 104 years jail
Australia Network News, Australia –
Bo Min Yu Ko was sentenced at a Mandalay court for his political activities which included going to the Thai border to contact an exile group. …

Activist jailed 104 years
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘He was sentenced for his political activities as he went to the border (with Thailand) to contact an exile group,’ a Myanmar official told AFP on condition …

British minister calls for a new approach to EU-ASEAN trade pact
Monsters and Critics.com –
… Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by 24.2 per cent and the region’s exports to the EU by 18.5 per cent. …

UniNet aims to be R&D hub in Indochina
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
We will then begin negotiation and cooperation with Burma and Cambodia to connect their education networks with UniNet,” Wichan said. “The Thai government …

Jose Ramos-Horta on my mind
Minda News, Philippines –
The same principle has been lately challenged in ASEAN with another monstrosity that is Burma. It was but natural then, nay, imperative to bring back “home” …

Thank you, Laura; please tell Michelle!
Washington Times, DC –
Among others, her advocacy on behalf of human-rights abuse victims in the Union of Burma has brought tremendous attention from the international community. …

Myanmar’s previous name was Burma. “The allegations include assertions that Burmese and other migrants — whether or not they have UNHCR documentation …

Asean a diplomatic ‘superpower’
AsiaOne, Singapore –
But the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is a diplomatic superpower compared to the EU, argued an eminent political analyst, adding that Asean …

Questions Asians ask about America
Redwood Times, CA –
Editor’s note: In the next Letter from Asia, Stephens will take us deep into the heart of Burma, into an area up the Chindwan River where no foreigner has……

Bahrain among freest in region
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –
“At a time when democracy’s antagonists are increasingly assertive and its supporters are in disarray, the new administration must focus on the need to …

Burmese Labor Activist Describes Kidnapping
Radio Free Asia, DC –
A Burmese labor activist in Malaysia describes how he was kidnapped and intimidated for speaking out against human trafficking. Burmese labor activist Ye …

Obama urged to act on human rights
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

… decision-making processes let countries such as Sudan and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, carry out rights abuses behind claims of sovereignty. …

Legacy of 50 years, 1900-1950 AD
Modern Ghana, Ghana –
African youth, as soldiers, are marched to Burma, and die aplenty for the British Crown. America stays strongly opposed to joining the war that she sees as …

Key Questions for Susan E. Rice, Nominee for US Ambassador to the United Nations
Heritage.org, DC –
[14] In Burma, UNDP was accused by local NGOs of allowing the regime to use its funds to further its political agenda and undermine the rights of its …

Group criticizes China’s human rights record
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
In Myanmar, an “already dismal human rights record” got worse last year after a huge cyclone killed more than 84000 people. Human Rights Watch criticized …

Report: US needs to reclaim human rights agenda from ‘spoilers’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… Egypt for encouraging less scrutiny of the Darfur conflict, and India and China for staying silent on repression in Myanmar (Burma). …

My shock at rough treatment of refugees on Thai holiday beach
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
… Thai navy guards beat scores of Rohingya refugees, who hail from the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, on a busy tourist beach in the Similan Islands. …

Repugnant refugee policy must be disowned
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
They bring to life a witness’ account of the rough reception that awaits Muslims from Myanmar who take to the sea in small boats in the hope of escaping …

Refugees in ordeal on Thai island
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group who hail from an area along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Mr Jones, his girlfriend and parents were among a boatload …

Reason’s Howley Banned in Burma
Reason Online, CA –
… and critical writings on the nation’s tyrannous regime in our pages. (Howley lived in and worked as a journalist in Burma before joining Reason. …

China criticised over human rights
The Press Association –
In Burma, an “already dismal human rights record” got worse last year after a huge cyclone killed more than 84000 people. Human Rights Watch criticised the …

World focus on Burma (13 January 2009)

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REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH DURING VISIT TO LITTLE FLOWER …
Federal News Service (subscription), DC –
MRS. BUSH: Thank you all. I’m very happy to be here today. One of the things I’ve been most interested in over the last eight years while I’ve had the …

Triple i Logistics sees more M&A activity in the industry
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Will the new 3E road link from the South of China to Thailand via Burma and the R9 route, linking Burma to Vietnam via Thailand and Laos, be positive for …

Kachin party – but not KIO – to contest 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
… groups to surrender, according to Dr. Tu Jar, Vice-Chairman of the KIO, which reached a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s military junta in 1994. …

Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister paid a courtesy call on Thai …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
On 12 January 2009, Mr. U Kyaw Thu, Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya during his study trip to …

Pro-junta party kicks off campaign for 2010 polls in northwestern …
Mizzima.com, India –
The NLD, though it was not abolished, is banned from opening their offices. According to Ling Ha, political parties that have been abolished by the ruling …

Migrants’ work permits being extended
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Instead when the migrant workers returned to their homes in Burma, junta authorities terrorized their families coercing them to pay bribes, …

Do we really need to know what names were ‘formerly known as’?
News Sentinel, IN –
It was bad enough when we had all the stories about Myanmar. You never saw “Myanmar” by itself, did you? It was always “Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Meeting to foster people’s participation in 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
The meeting held at the residence of Nay Myo Wai, who has been writing critical articles against Burma’s mainstream opposition on internet web pages, …

Myanmar closes mosques and churches
EnerPub, TX –
For some time, the Burmese military junta has stopped granting property deeds to religious organizations for the construction of churches or places of …

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

Burmese Rice Farmers Struggle to Make a Living
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis, combined with falling world prices, is hitting Burmese rice farmers hard, with many of them …

Rangoon Under Tightened Security: Sources
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The protesters called for the release of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The parliament building has been unused since the current junta seized power in 1988.

Thailand to Help Rebuild Temples in the Irrawaddy Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

After the meeting, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters that Thailand wanted to see change in Burma. “The goals of Western countries and the …

Roundtable: Youth and leadership
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
DVB: Isn’t it worse for the NLD living under military rule in Burma? WT: “[The military regime] has been trying to tear us and the young people apart. …

Burma, Myanmar: Thank You Google
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
By Ashin Mettacara Today is my happiest day in my life . Because my dream and hope have arrived. Google News starts to include the news from my site for the .

By Ashin Mettacara The first ever Myanmar Blog Award have arrived! Myanmar Blog Academy Award 2008 Programme site mmblogpress.com has announced the winners …

Singaporean Activists Detained after Protesting Burmese Migrants …
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Activists Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong said they felt guilty because their government had refused to extend the work permits of two Burmese migrants who …

Burma ranks among worst nations for civilian freedom: Rights Group
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military rulers have said that the country is building a roadmap to democracy and are gearing up to hold general elections in 2010. …

Supporting Burma Key Achievement of Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

She also protested the violent crackdown of the ruling junta against peaceful protesters and the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Prize …

Ecotourism outweighs irresponsible travel
FemaleFirst.co.uk, UK –
Each year, over $100 million derived from tourism enables Burma’s Junta military regime to continually enforce inhumane working conditions on the local …

Elected MPs’ lawyers denied access to court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We filled out and submitted forms to gain entry to the courtroom but then we were told by the deputy prison chief and another official we were not allowed …

A tale of two distant war zones
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… cowering under the assault of fighter jets and mortars, with uncounted casualties and warnings of “genocidal” atrocities from human rights activists. …

Global Freedom Fell in 2008 Amid Crackdowns, Rights Group Says
Bloomberg –
Thirty-four percent of the world’s population lives in “not free” countries, which include China, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, Zimbabwe and Vietnam. …

83-Year-Old Man Bicycles to 146 Burmese Towns
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Sittwe: An 83-year-old Arakanese man has already traveled to 146 towns in Burma by bicycle and is currently visiting southern Shan State near the Thai …

Two NLD youth members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nyan Win said the Dala township NLD youth wing coordinator Htet Soe Lin and youth organising wing leader Thet Pain Min were arrested by about 20 Special …

Phuketwan.com Reports the Real Phuket
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

… shores — the Rohingya of Burma. hundreds over the past few months in a desperate attempt to find better fortunes in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. …

Score one more for first lady
GoErie.com, PA –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government — ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Nigeria’s $500000 gift to junta draws international ire
Mizzima.com, India –
“I am honored to present this cheque for the sum of five hundred thousand dollars, through you, to the government and people of Myanmar [Burma], …

Dishy picks
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
TCM, 8pm: Never So Few – The Kachin natives of Burma were trained in the art of modern warfare, but the Japanese army proved to be a formidable adversary. …

Laura Bush unveils state china
Nashua Telegraph, NH –
By LISA TOLIN AP First lady Laura Bush showed off a new gold-rimmed set of official George W. Bush state china last week, with less than two weeks to use it …

Censored Burmese magazine faces delay in publication
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The “Myanmar Thit” monthly magazine’s latest issue has been delayed as it was forced to submit another cover design after the Burmese censor board rejected …

Hong Kong named world’s freest economy
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The Heritage Foundation said North Korea was the world’s most restricted economy, followed by Zimbabwe, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. …

Political protests nixed work permit renewals
Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –
The Singapore government has explained its decision not to renew the work permit of two Myanmar nationals, saying they had gone beyond the law allowed in …

Revesltoke Rotary exchange student shares the joys of Thailand
Revelstoke Times Review, Canada –
… an artistically modern temple still being constructed, and then found ourselves looking into Laos and Myanmar (Burma) at the Golden Triangle. …

2 held over protest
Straits Times, Singapore –
Both men, he added, were part of a group of Myanmar nationals who took part in a protest march against their country’s ruling junta during the Asean summit …

Improved transport links boost thailand-china-laos trade
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
These three ports facilitate commerce among the four riparian countries including Burma. China has dominated water transportation. More Thai tourists also …

Rights Group Condemns Nigeria’s Gift To Myanmar Junta
LeadershipNigeria, Nigeria –
… on Monday, carpeted the Federal Government for the recent reported gift of a whooping sum of $500000 to the military regime in Myanmar (former Burma). …

Assessing Bush: Foreign Policy Jeff Alworth
BlueOregon, OR –
The Bush Doctrine wasn’t a philosophical treatise about bringing democracy to unstable countries. Rather–and it’s right there in the name–it was security …

Two activists arrested for protesting at MOM
TODAYonline, Singapore –
The Myanmar pair were among a group of 40 who took part in a protest against their country’s ruling junta during the Asean Summit here in November 2007. …

Kristof’s got news
GetReligion, DC –
In Thailand’s brothels, for example, Thai girls usually work voluntarily, while Burmese and Cambodian girls are regularly imprisoned. …

CWS appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) cyclone Nargis long-term …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. …

Freedom in the World 2009: Freedom Retreats for Third Year
NewsBlaze, CA –
… Maldives and Bhutan, some progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, …

Curfew imposed in Magwe oilfields
Mizzima.com, India –
by Zar Ni Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has intervened and imposed curfew in an oilfield, after the dispute between a private oil …

Thailand will not use sanctions to push for change in Burma: Abhisit
Mizzima.com, India –
“The goals of Western countries and the countries in this region for Myanmar are not different – we all want to see some changes,” Abhisit was quoted as …

Asean members eye Asean tourists
Business Mirror, Philippines –
Asean groups the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Burma/Myanmar. E. Torres.

Ramos Horta skeptical about true peace
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Closer to home, he called the situation in Burma “an embarrassment to all of us in the region” but urged the West to rethink sanctions against the …

The governor
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
In October 1999, Sukhumbhand, then deputy foreign minister, offered himself as a hostage to end a siege at the Burmese Embassy. Burmese dissident students …

Abhisit calls for change in Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
In his first public comments on Burma since he became prime minister, Mr Abhisit said Thailand had to act differently because it was so close to Burma. …



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 (10 January 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

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January 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

World focus on Burma (29 December 2008)

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UN Offers Development Aid in Exchange for Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

However, this would not be the first time that financial carrots have been offered to the Burmese junta in exchange for political development in the country …

Wundwin NLD urges UN chief to visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Wundwin NLD members also called on the ruling State Peace and Development Council to release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi to start the …

Political Prisoner Htay Lwin Oo Dies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burmese labor rights activist Htay Lwin Oo has died in Mandalay prison—the second political prisoner known to have died in Burma this month. …

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 …

UN’s ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ Won’t Work in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
We need new thinking on how to engage with Myanmar [Burma] in a way that will bring tangible results.” The UN, he said, cannot rely simply on “the power of …

Fury at Iran president’s broadcast
The Press Association –
… this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody tyrants”. …

The US and Europe maintain economic sanctions against Burma – also known as Myanmar – for its human rights record and long detention of democracy leader …

• Down, but not out
Waterloo Record, Canada –
… and after Cyclone Nargis, American ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s military government allowed them to proceed. …

India initiates search for missing migrants
Independent Online, South Africa –
The migrants were from Bangladesh and Burma/Myanmar and were trying to get to Thailand, said Kripa Nautiyal, the deputy inspector-general of the Coast Guard …

Browse by week posted:
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH –
May 3: Cyclone Nargis slams into Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing an estimated 22000 people. May 4: Ashes to ashes, suds to suds as an Illinois man throws …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – DECEMBER 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Incidents of disappearance of villagers after being arrested by the Burmese junta’s troops in Shan State are still more or less frequent occurrences. …

Manipuri killed in Myanmar
E-Pao.net, India –
New Delhi, December 28 2008: AN UNIDENTIFIED gunman on Saturday shot dead an Indian from Manipur at his rented house in Kalemyo town of North-western Burma, …

“Burma VJ”
Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
… of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a group of underground journalists who risked their lives to document the 2007 uprising against the junta. …

A review of how the year panned out
Irish Times, Ireland –
Cyclone devastates Burma, killing 78000 people but ruling junta seizes aid and goes ahead with a constitutional referendum to cement its grip on power. …

People from 80 nations working in Pakistan
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Addressing a seminar on human trafficking, arranged by Basic Education for Awareness Reforms and Empowerment (BEFARe), NARA DG Gul Mohammad Rind said that a …

Park boon for Manipur pony
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
The ponies were used as mounts for the Manipur cavalry, which was respected and feared throughout upper Burma during the 17th century. …

New govt’s foreign policy puts a high premium on asean ties
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Former prime minister Samak Sundraravej was similar even though he boasted endlessly how close he was with Asean leaders, especially the Burmese junta …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm