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World focus on Burma (28 July 2008)

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Thai firms say crisis will pass

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Deputy Commerce Minister Viroon Tejapaiboon said the Asean Economic Cooperation would focus on strengthening relations with Cambodia, Laos, Burma and …

Outlook: Middle Kingdom, Middle Power

Washington Post, United States –

Burma? Not what I’d call a cosmic threat to our way of life. These are tinpot dictatorships. Now if Kenya or Brazil began to embrace the Chinese way of …

Global Faith and Justice Student Conference in Montreal

Anglican Church of Canada, Canada –

Issues likely to top the Assembly’s agenda are advocacy and support for people’s movements in Burma/Myanmar, Zimbabwe and the Philippines and long-term …

British Airways commemorates UNICEF’s Change For Good achievement …

ASIATravelTips.com, Thailand –
Earlier this year, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma), £300000 was donated to UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, helping to provide ..

More funding required to help cyclone victims: private donors …

Mizzima.com, India –

Following the onslaught of Cyclone Nargis on Burma’s coastal divisions on May 2 and 3, the country’s military rulers initially were reluctant to allow …

Don’t let junta off the hook

The Australian, Australia –

It’s a perfect backdrop to ASEAN’s listless approach. So, for Burma’s generals, ratifying the human rights statement was a no-brainer. …

China’s new nationalism may require careful negotiation

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Economic and trade tensions with Europe and the US, the environmental impact of its rapid development, authoritarian governance and human rights abuses, …

Kachin Leaders to Form Political Party

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

However, the group is not yet sure that it will be permitted by Burma’s ruling junta to form a political party to contest the general election scheduled to …

Karen Villagers Flee Burmese Forces

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The report also said the Burmese army has ordered people in Shan State to grow castor oil and rubber plants, in a junta-imposed project to produce biofuel. …

Chinese face tough human rights questions on eve of Games

Statesman Journal, OR –

Since its founding in 1999, the foundation has sought to improve human rights in China through a “dialogue based on equality and mutual respect. …

Olympics bring pride to Chinese Americans

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

Instead, their demonstration was demonstrated against by protesters assailing China’s human rights record. The torch itself was a no-show, …

An Interview with Jody Williams

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 1 hour ago

When it cannot respond to crises like the [Burma] cyclone, when it cannot respond to the crisis of dictatorship there for 50 years, when it cannot respond …

ASEAN needs vision to face growing challenges

Vancouver Sun, Canada –

After signing Nyan Win told his colleagues, that Burma, of course, objected to any investigations. It was just such a development that has raised concerns …

US president likely to meet Burmese activists during visit Thailand

Mizzima.com, India –

Bush is also expected to raise Burma issue during his talks with Thai officials including Foreign Minister Samak. During his term as the President of the …

Vancouver Sun, Canada –

After signing Nyan Win told his colleagues, that Burma, of course, objected to any investigations. It was just such a development that has raised concerns …

Hope for Burma’s cyclone survivors

Independent Online, South Africa –

Auk Pyon Wa, Myanmar – Nearly three months after a cyclone devastated Myanmar’s/Burma’s southern Irrawaddy delta, local firms are helping survivors replace …

Pentagon flexes its altruism muscle

Boston Globe, United States –

There are landslides in the Philippines, floods in Vietnam and Burma. India and Bangladesh deal with flooding, cyclones, typhoons. …

Farmers in Burma go back to work

Boston Globe, United States –

In 1988, demonstrations against Burma’s military junta over rice prices and other issues ended in heavy bloodshed. The United Nations World Food Program has …

Moderate Quake 5.5 Richter struck Myanmar

Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by the People’s …

China Post, Taiwan –

But the cattle, brought in from a mountainous region of Myanmar, proved ill-suited to the work, and fewer than half the donated seeds sprouted. …

Spielberg pulls out of the Olympics

Insider Media Group, Canada –

His decision to withdraw came as a result of China’s foreign policy on political events in Burma and human rights violations in the Darfur region of Sudan. …

Bush Should Go to the Olympics, by Victor D. Cha

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

In Burma, the Chinese have quietly hardened their stance toward the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations. …

NEWS IN BRIEF

Al Watan Daily, Kuwait –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, requires foreign aid money to be converted first into foreign exchange certificates at a fixed price and then into the …

Hardened old scribes share hot night in Bangkok

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –

A conversation begins about who got into Myanmar/Burma for Cyclone Nargis, who tried, and who was too scared. Of course the best in the business had no …

Her people’s voice: American citizen bears witness to the tragedy …

Waterbury Republican American, CT –

… fighting the government of Myanmar for about 60 years, since shortly after the departure of the British from the country, then known as Burma, in 1948. …

UK underwriters ‘helping Myanmar’s brutal regime’

New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –

The Burma Campaign report will expose eight other insurance companies. By Myanmar law, all insurance has to goes through Myanma Insurance, …

Abusing the Olympic spirit

Phayul, Tibet –

The Chinese government exports its human rights abuses to other countries such as Zimbabwe, Burma and Dafur. There is also emerging evidence that Chinese …

women in black weekly vigil and some Zionist propaganda

Bay Area Indymedia, CA –

Many of the weapons deals are with corrupt and dictatorial governments such as Burma and China. Furthermore, Israeli Army personal trained the South African …

Artist auction pulls in $13000

The Press, New Zealand –

Carolyn Chisholm said she was so moved by the havoc wreaked in Myanmar, formerly Burma, in May that she decided to use her skills and connections to do …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 28, 2008 at 5:09 am

World Focus on Burma (20-11-2007)

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  1. China backs dialogue between Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    SINGAPORE : Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday backed a fledgling dialogue between Myanmar’s ruling military and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to
  2. EU, US officials eye cooperation on Myanmar crisis
    Reuters UK, UK –
    By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – European Union and US officials discussed ways to increase pressure on Myanmar on Monday, …
  3. South-east Asia’s toothless charter
    Financial Times, UK – Editorial comment
    Recent demonstrations in Burma, led by Buddhist monks and crushed by the military junta, have provided an uncomfortable but useful dose of reality for …
  4. ASEAN Charter OK hinges on Suu Kyi release
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … difficulty” ratifying the group’s landmark charter unless Burma (Myanmar) moved onto the path of democracy and freed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  5. EU envoy urges Asia to step up pressure on Myanmar
    EUbusiness (press release), UK –
    But the bloc has so far been reluctant to take any punitive action against Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and a member of the group. …
  6. Two charged with killing and burning 5 Burmese farmhands
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Mae Sot is among districts in the North, well-known for border trade with Burma. The governor yesterday told all employers not to resort to using cruel …
  7. New Asean charter lacks vision
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The Burma question has become a yearly embarrassment and pressure point for Asean, and everyone is curious whether the collective global indignation after …
  8. US criticises ASEAN as Myanmar overshadows new charter
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    By Neil Chatterjee SINGAPORE, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations called on Myanmar on Monday to move towards democracy after facing criticism and …
  9. ‘Cut off’ Myanmar: rights group
    AFP –
    The group urged the international community to put pressure on countries doing business with Myanmar. “Burma’s generals have used the promise of oil and gas …
  10. ASEAN backs down from Burma action
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    Thein Sein told ASEAN that Burma was capable of handling its political matters on its own. [Reuters file photo] The Association of South East Asian Nations …
  11. ASEAN to stay clear of Myanmar crisis
    Hindu, India –
    SINGAPORE: The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday agreed to “make way” for Myanmar, a member-state, to “deal directly with the United …
  12. EU envoy discusses Myanmar sanctions with Bush administration
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Piero Fassino’s meetings in Washington came as EU foreign ministers approved implementation of new European sanctions against Myanmar, also called Burma. …
  13. Asean kowtows to Rangoon
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore – Nine Southeast Asian leaders have cancelled their briefing on Burma by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari because the Burmese military junta objected. …
  14. ‘Myanmar problems an internal affair’
    The Post, Pakistan –
    SINGAPORE: The situation in Myanmar is an internal matter which the government is able to handle itself, the country’s prime minister Thein Sein told …
  15. ASEAN to sign charter despite Myanmar row
    Reuters –
    In September, just a year after the Thai military overthrew a democratically elected government, the Myanmar military junta ordered soldiers to shoot at …
  16. ASEAN summit opens amid contention over Myanmar, snubbed UN address
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … Southeast Asian nation also known as Burma. European Union foreign ministers approved several additional sanctions against the Myanmar regime on Monday, …
  17. Burma slaps on Asean face
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “Most leaders expressed the view that Myanmar (Burma) could not go back or stay put. The process of national reconciliation had to move forward, …
  18. ‘Asean Charter May Not Have Teeth But It Will Surely Have A Tongue’
    Bru Direct, Brunei Darussalam –
    Myanmar Prime Minister Thien Sein, speaking to the media, confirmed everyone’s hope that “Yes, Myanmar will be signing the Charter”. …
  19. ASEAN leaders open formal summit in Singapore
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    He added that ASEAN leaders will strive to prevent the Myanmar issue from obstructing efforts to deepen integration and build an ASEAN community. …
  20. Myanmar spoils the party
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia – Editorial
    By contrast, Myanmar will celebrate what has, for the past decade, enabled it to hide behind asean’s shield vis- -vis the hostile international community. …
  21. Myanmar a reason for ASEAN to move on
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    If the alphabetical rule is also applied to the photo op, then he might not be standing next to Myanmar’s PM. President Yudhoyono will stand in between the …
  22. Asian Leaders, Seeking Myanmar’s Gas, May Go Soft on Sanctions
    Bloomberg –
    … Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. China said last week it will reject sanctions on Myanmar at the East Asia summit in Singapore and won’t …
  23. Asean grapples with Burma question
    BBC News, UK –
    I am arguing for suspension not because I think it would improve conditions on the ground in Myanmar [Burma], but because of the effect is having on Asean. …
  24. Asean Leaders Agree to Form EU-Style Bloc by 2015 (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean’s members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  25. ANALYSIS: Myanmar emerges unexpected victor of ASEAN leaders summit
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘ASEAN has given the ruling junta carte blanche to do as they like,’ said Debbie Stothard, with the Bangkok-based Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma. …
  26. Philippines salvages Gambari visit after his address to Asian …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP SINGAPORE: UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s planned address on Myanmar to Asian leaders was canceled abruptly, but his trip to Singapore was partly salvaged by …
  27. Arroyo calls for human rights protection at Asean meet
    GMA news.tv, Philippines –
    The President, outgoing Asean chair, said it is expected that Myanmar would work for the release of Suu Kyi once it signs the regional body’s Charter. …
  28. SHABERY: Asean Charter pioneers human rights mechanism in grouping
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    Replying to Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (BN-Santubong) on why there was no strong message from Asean leaders to press the Myanmar military ruler to …
  29. Asian Nations Deal Blow To UN Efforts on Burma
    New York Sun, NY –
    The Singapore gathering yesterday marked the first ASEAN meeting since the latest crisis began in Burma — named Myanmar by the junta — in October. …
  30. Highlights of new Association of Southeast Asian Nations Charter
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    _ ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  31. Music of Nat Pwe
    PopMatters, IL –
    Burma was in the headlines. “More deaths in Myanmar, and defiance”, said the New York Times. “Burma seals off key monasteries”, said the BBC. …
  32. ASEAN adopts roadmap for EU-style economic community by 2015
    Earthtimes, UK –
    … transport links within ASEAN – which consists of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. …
  33. UN envoy ‘disappointed’ over cancelled Myanmar briefing
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Ian Timberlake SINGAPORE — The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, said Tuesday he was “disappointed” by the decision to cancel …
  34. Downer hoping for last-minute climate deal
    Ninemsn, Australia –
    Downer said he would also push for separate talks with Myanmar’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the summit. The East Asia Summit brings together …
  35. Asean Leaders Agree to Form EU-Style Bloc by 2015 (Update3)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean’s members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  36. Activists attack ASEAN on lack of Myanmar pressure

    Demonstrators staging a skit / Reuters – “Burma has been a major shame for ASEAN,” Khin Omar said. “The social, economic and security aspects that it’s looking to resolve and promote in the region, …
  37. Lesson from Myanmar: Sharing matters
    Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX –
    Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), in the heart of Southeast Asia, a country ruled by terror — murder of pacifists and those desiring democracy — is the …
  38. Protesters barred from giving Suu Kyi card to ASEAN leaders
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Wearing T-shirts with the message “We pursue peace, justice and democracy for Burma,” they proceeded down the famed Orchard Road shopping strip under the …
  39. Restore democracy in Myanmar
    NDTV.com, India –
    PTI ASEAN countries mounted pressure on Myanmar to free political detainees and start talks with Aung San Suu Kyi for a peaceful transition to democracy …
  40. Manmohan arrives in Singapore to attend ASEAN summit (Lead: PM visit)
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Another issue, which is likely to dominate at the summit, is the ongoing turmoil in Myanmar, where the military junta launched a crackdown on pro-democracy …
  41. ASEAN Chairman’s statement on Myanmar
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Prime Minister Thein Sein made clear that the situation in Myanmar was a internal Myanmar affair and that Myanmar is competent in handling the situation of …
  42. Refugees find First Coast to be a welcoming place
    Florida Times-Union, FL –
    … plenty of jobs and compassionate people, such as the several Southern Baptist congregations who have adopted Christians from Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  43. Southeast Asian Nations Balk at Upsetting Burma
    CNSNews.com, VA –
    She said she had told the ministers that ASEAN had a special responsibility when it came to Burma, which is also known as Myanmar. …
  44. Asean grapples with Burma question
    BBC News, UK –
    I am arguing for suspension not because I think it would improve conditions on the ground in Myanmar [Burma], but because of the effect is having on Asean. …
  45. Southeast Asian Leaders Adopt Charter
    The Associated Press –
    The Philippines has warned that its Congress would be hard-pressed do so unless Myanmar upholds the charter’s principles of democracy and human rights and …
  46. Asian Leaders Sign Pact to Form EU-Style `East Asia Community’
    Bloomberg –
    Asean is made up of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. “The formation of an East Asia …
  47. ASEAN leaders sign charter amid Myanmar row
    ABC News –
    He was followed by the leaders of the young democracies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines; the leaders of one-party states Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and …
  48. Southeast Asian summit soured by Myanmar row
    AFP –
    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a plea for the crisis in Myanmar, which has exposed divisions within the Association of Southeast Asian …
  49. UN special envoy arrives to disappointment at Singapore summit
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “We tried to give Myanmar (Burma) a chance to reform, but it has come to a point where we now have to push them,” the official said.
  50. ASEAN faces tough road to become EU-style economic bloc
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Myanmar’s poor human rights records and political problems are also barriers to asean’s plans to boost linkages with its key trading partners, …
  51. ASEAN members sign economic treaty
    ABC Online, Australia –
    “Prime Minister Thein Sein of Myanmar [Burma] made clear that the situation in Myanmar was a domestic Myanmar affair and that Myanmar was fully capable of …
  52. UN Study Spotlights Development Gaps Among ASEAN Member Countries
    AHN –
    According to ESCAP, the disparities in health are stark, with child and maternal mortality rates of Cambodia, Laos and Burma officially known as Myanmar …
  53. Singapore: ASEAN historic charter is toothless, say critics
    آكي, Italy –
    The military junta in Burma (also known as Myanmar), sparked international outrage when it violently suppressed anti-government protests in September …
  54. Asean leaders sign historic charter
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … that the brutal September crackdown against protest marches by the military rulers of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, had poisoned the proceedings. …
  55. ASEAN leaders sign milestone charter
    The Age, Australia –
    “And he has told Japan to support Myanmar (Burma) should it move in the good direction towards democratisation.” A Japanese Foreign Ministry official proved …
  56. Burma deals blow to asean’s credibility
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    “ASEAN leaders will strive to prevent the Myanmar [Burma] issue from obstructing our efforts to deepen integration and build an ASEAN community,” the host …
  57. Burmese Opposition Groups Disappointed by asean’s Cancellation of …
    Voice of America –
    By Claudia Blume A Burmese political activist says opposition groups are disappointed by asean’s giving in to Burma’s military government. …
  58. EU – US turn up pressure on junta and ASEAN
    Mizzima.com, India –
    European Union ministers saw the move as inevitable, given that: “The EU remains concerned by the situation in Burma/Myanmar and reiterated its call on the …
  59. Myanmar citizens mount protest at ASEAN summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Many held small printed leaflets that read “ASEAN — Act with Honour, Action on Burma Now”. Three people in front of the group held a large banner that read …
  60. Historic ASEAN Charter signed
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Monday night that the Philippines expects that if Myanmar signed the Charter the latter would return to the path of …
  61. PGMA calls for release of Aung San Suu Kyi, return to democracy in …
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    “They have tasked me to express their fundamental concerns” over the prolonged detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Myanmar. …
  62. Burma Gets Away With It Again at ASEAN
    Asia Sentinel, China –
    “Myanmar feels that they deal with the UN and it is their own domestic matter. This evening, Myanmar objected and we base our decisions on consensus. …
  63. ASEAN says no to Gambari to please Myanmar
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    Leaders from Malaysia and Indonesia however backed Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein’s view that Gambari’s visit amounted to interfering with Burma’s …
  64. US Schwab Optimistic On Doha; Scolds Asean On Myanmar
    Truth about Trade & Technology, IA –
    Separately, Schwab criticized the Association of the South East Asian Nations, or Asean, for failing to take strong action against member Myanmar over the …
  65. Southeast Asian Pact Exposes Rifts
    New York Times, United States –
    Thailand’s military leaders have close professional ties with their counterparts in Myanmar, and Thailand depends on Burmese natural gas for much of its …
  66. Asean bows to Myanmar, won’t hear UN envoy’s report
    Philippine Star, Philippines –
    By Pia Lee-Brago SINGAPORE (via PLDT) – Bending to the wishes of Myanmar, ASEAN leaders called off on Monday night a briefing by United Nations special …
  67. Clark confident China is behind UN role in Myanmar
    TV3 News, New Zealand –
    Prime Minister Helen Clark is confident China will use its diplomatic muscle to pressure Myanmar to engage with the United Nations. …
  68. Southeast Asian Leaders Adopt Charter
    The Associated Press –
    asean’s Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong insisted the body was not kowtowing to Myanmar, also known as Burma, by shelving Gambari’s scheduled address on …
  69. ASEAN leaders adopt historic charter – 2
    RIA Novosti, Russia –
    The first member of the association to come under consideration for human rights violations is Myanmar, whose leaders used force to suppress mass protest …
  70. Burma PM opposes Asean on UN envoy
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “Most leaders expressed the view that Myanmar [Burma] cannot go back or stay put. The process of national reconciliation has to move forward, and the UN has …
  71. Chinese make move
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    In china’s quest for energy security, Chinese companies have penetrated into the power-generating business in Burma and Laos, a move which could threaten …
  72. Asean mired in Burma quagmire
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand – Editorial
    Lee chose his words carefully when he talked about Burma and what it plans to do. Indeed, when Lee held a press conference right after an informal dinner, …
  73. NZ PM to meet UN envoy re Myanmar
    Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
    New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will have a one-on-one meeting with the United Nations envoy to Myanmar, after his briefing to the East Asia Summit …
  74. Southeast Asian nations meet: A future for …
    San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
    Take, for example, Thein Sein, the prime minister of Myanmar (formerly Burma), who “stood stiff and stern” throughout the charter-signing ceremony. …
  75. SE Asian leaders back nuclear energy
    AFP –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders offered their backing Tuesday for the use of nuclear energy despite concerns over safety in a region prone to …
  76. Issue of Burma Dogs Southeast Asian Summit
    Voice of America –
    … which calls for the establishment of a human rights body, Burma agrees to do more to protect human rights. “If we sign the charter…so, …
  77. ASEAN leaders disallow UN envoy to brief them on Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    Myanmar [ Burma] has every confidence in managing Professor Gambari’s mission and the good offices of the UN,” the grouping said. “In view of …
  78. NLD welcomes Suu Kyi, Aung Kyi meetings
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 20, 2007- Burma’s main opposition political party, the National League for Democracy today welcomed the meetings between the ruling Burmese junta’s …
  79. CWS appeal: Burma (Myanmar) humanitarian assistance
    Reuters AlertNet, UK –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is growing. Poverty in some regions has already reached critical levels. In mountainous regions, there is severe …
  80. New Proposed US Sanctions Target Burmese Gems
    Voice of America –
    By Bill Rodgers A major gem auction is underway in Burma despite tightening Western sanctions that include calls for a boycott of Burmese gems. …
  81. Watch Those Mobiles
    Outlook (subscription), India –
    It is learnt that taking advantage of the inability of the Myanmar military junta to provide satisfactory and affordable mobile phone services in the Shan …
  82. Myanmar citizens mount protest at ASEAN summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE — About 40 Myanmar residents of Singapore held a brief vigil Tuesday night to protest what they said was an inadequate response to the crisis in …
  83. Manmohan pushes Myanmar to work for national reconciliation
    DailyIndia.com, FL –
    “In view of Myanmar’s position, Gambari will not brief ASEAN or East Asia Summit leaders. Singapore will facilitate meetings with interested parties,” Lee …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 20, 2007 at 7:07 am

World Focus on Burma (13-11-2007)

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  1. Redoubled Efforts Needed To Resolve Burma Crisis
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the Myanmar authorities and all relevant parties to redouble their efforts towards achieving national …
  2. Burma: Gem Trade Bolsters Military Regime, Fuels Atrocities
    Human Rights Watch (press release) –
    Burma’s military junta has organized the auction, which is scheduled to run from November 14 to 26 at the Myanmar Convention Center. …
  3. Ban urges Myanmar parties to speed up reconciliation efforts
    AFP –
    “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that the trade in these stones supports human rights abuses,” said Arvind Ganesan …
  4. Myanmar Should Agree on Timetable for Political Change, UN Says
    Bloomberg –
    More than 90 percent of the world’s rubies originate in Myanmar, it said. “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that …
  5. UN Secretary-General Hopeful After Special Envoy’s Briefing on Burma
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is hopeful a process initiated by his special envoy to Burma will lead to meaningful …
  6. Myanmar gem auction to top up junta coffers despite sanctions
    AFP –
    … increasingly difficult for the Burmese generals to move their money around,” said Sean Turnell, an expert on Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma. …
  7. Gambari to brief UNSC on Myanmar
    NDTV.com, India –
    UN Special Envoy on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, would brief the UN Security Council on Wednesday morning (IST) on his five-day visits to the country last week. …
  8. Myanmar to put over $200 mln gems, jade for bidding
    Xinhua, China –
    13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will put quality gems, jade, pearl and jewelry worth about 230 million US dollars at floor prices on sale at a mid-year gems emporium
  9. Military presence swept under carpet before UN rights probe
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 13, 2007 – Troops of the Burma Army were conspicuous by their absence in Rangoon on the eve of the arrival of the UN rights expert, Paulo Sergio …
  10. Myanmar Should Agree on Change Timetable, UN Says (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    More than 90 percent of the world’s rubies originate in Myanmar, it said. “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that …
  11. How Myanmar spins its grip on power
    Globe and Mail, Canada –
    A recent flurry of diplomatic activity in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – including meetings between Ms. Suu Kyi and a government minister have sparked …
  12. The Lessons from Myanmar
    Just International, Malaysia –
    Suu Kyi s fight platform, in the 1990 elections, was extremely ingenious in the sense of trying to take from Myanmar s cultural tradition, the fundamental …
  13. India stands by Myanmar status quo
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    India’s relations with Myanmar are even more troubled and delicate than China’s. During the British colonial era, Myanmar, then known as Burma, …
  14. India Cuts Them Off At The Free Pass
    Strategy Page –
    Then India made deals with Bangladesh and Myanmar to shut down ULFA camps there. Inside India, life was much more dangerous for ULFA fighters, …
  15. Reporter details censorship
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
    As a result of the government’s tight rein on newspapers, magazines and electronic communication, Hein said, “most people in Burma do not know what’s going …
  16. Foreigners flock to Myanmar gems auction despite calls for a boycott
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    «The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.» Myanmar is also called Burma. The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said …
  17. Burma: Junta Diversionary Tactics?
    UNPO, Netherlands –
    Tentative talks in Myanmar between pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military rulers have raised hopes in some quarters of a possible …
  18. Assure medical care and human rights in Burma
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
    By any measure, the country called Myanmar by its military junta but Burma by the democratic party that legitimately and overwhelmingly won the 1990 …
  19. The Geopolitics and Economics of Burma’s Military Regime, 1962-2007
    ZNet, MA –
    [34] Most fundamentally, the SLORC passed the Union of Burma (Myanmar) Foreign Investment Law in November 1988 that allowed foreign companies to establish …
  20. Myanmar gems auction shrugs off Western sanctions
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    Human Rights Watch has called for a total ban on precious stones from the former Burma, where state-controlled mines supply sapphires, pearls, …
  21. Fugitive Myanmar Dissident Arrested
    The Associated Press –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27 she laid lay flowers at the spot where …
  22. Myanmar activist arrested during UN envoy visit
    Reuters –
    The Brazilian law professor, on his first trip to the former Burma in four years, visited Yangon’s notorious Insein prison and other sites on Monday where
  23. Prominent Myanmar Activists Arrested
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27, she laid flowers at the spot where Japanese …
  24. Pinheiro waiting to meet generals as they keep arresting activists …
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    The 88 Generation student group confirmed that U Gambira, a leader of the Alliance of All Burma Buddhist Monks who played a key role in the anti-fuel price …
  25. Myanmar Gem Show to Draw Merchants
    Houston Chronicle, United States –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” Myanmar is also called Burma. The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said …
  26. Thailand: Migrant workers unprotected and uninformed
    YubaNet, CA –
    Seven years ago, in her small Myanmar hometown, Tha Zin, 30, a garment factory worker, watched as one of her closest friends – a girl just a few years
  27. Burmese Monk, Labor Activist Arrested In Burma
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The arrests come as a United Nations human rights envoy is in Burma to investigate the September crackdown by the country’s military government.
  28. Asian rly routes inspire Dhaka’s plan for highway
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    However, Dhaka joined the Trans-Asian Railway network on November 9 as it goes through India-Bangladesh-Myanmar and will not serve as a corridor for India.