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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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January 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm

World focus on Burma (21 January 2009)

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Human Rights Stagnate in 2008 Say Reports
The Epoch Times, NY –
… China, North Korea, Burma, Vietnam, and Laos. Surprisingly, India, the world’s largest democracy, seems less interested in promoting democracy and human …

Burmese refugees protest in front of UN office in Malaysia
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima) – Nearly three hundred Burmese refugees on Wednesday demonstrated in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for …

Thai government to investigate Rohingya abuse claims
Mizzima.com, India –
The Rohingya live in northern Arakan state, in western Burma, bordering Bangladesh. For decades, many have fled social and religious persecution by Burmese …

9 tips for verboten vacations
CNN –
Going to Myanmar? Add a vaccine for Japanese encephalitis and take your malaria pills, please. “We very rarely tell people that they should not go to a …

Burma, Myanmar: How many of us have to die for your diplomatic game?
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
The United Nations has been diplomatically trying to persuade Burma leaders for a long time. They tried by sending envoys. They talked with beautiful …

Obama to discuss war issues on first day in office
Mangalorean.com, India –
Onyango was a cook for a British army officer and had served in Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and the Middle East during World War II but was incarcerated in a …

From the bench
Register-Herald, OH –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84, 000 people were killed in that …

Victor hails Obama: ‘It’s a great day in America’
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
Fifty years ago, Vardon immigrated to the United States from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and he appreciated Obama’s call for “mutual respect. …

Authorities Suspicious After 2 Men Found Floating In Ice Cooler On …
CityNews, Canada –
It involves two fishermen from Myanmar who claim they survived nearly a month in shark-infested waters floating only in a large ice cooler (top left). …

Working with Democracy
World Sikh News, CA –

Another heroic Asian democrat is Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, who has spent most of 18 years under house arrest in Burma. …

NLD member jailed for two years for disturbing officials
Mizzima.com, India –
… security and information officers into recording events during the detained Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s political tour in upper Burma in 2003.

Lawyer appeals to PM to meet Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
The leader of the ‘National League for Democracy’ (NLD) submitted her appeal through her lawyer U Kyi Win to Naypyitaw on October 9 last year objecting …

HEALTH-THAILAND: Burmese Migrant Workers Key to Fighting Bird Flu
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Labour rights activists reveal that the information available for Burmese migrant workers to cope with and respond to bird flu is limited to some material …

Burmese official downplays cold weather warning
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Before Cyclone Nargis hit Burma last year, the department dismissed warnings from its Indian counterparts and the American naval typhoon warning centre in …

Editorial: Pure inspiration
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… or why Burmese students and Buddhist monks risked torture and long jail terms for supporting the democratic cause of Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Thai PM: Gov’t ready to cooperate with int’l bodies on migrant problem
Xinhua, China –
16 dismissed a BBC’s report claiming the Thai Navy had ill-treated the Rohingyas from Myanmar and Bangladesh who sought work or asylum by pushing them out …

Imprisoned Monk Leader Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Family members are not usually informed about prison transfers in Burma. Gambira’s sister said prison authorities had told them that Gambira had been …

Burmese Hear an Echo of Their Own Hopes in Obama
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
For Burmese, Obama’s sobering message contains echoes of some of Aung San Suu Kyi’s speeches, which have inspired a generation of her compatriots to …

Chinese Youth Kidnapped in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Chinese reports say there have been numerous kidnappings of Chinese youth in northern Burma, where ethnic insurgent ceasefire groups allow …

Obama’s Inauguration Attracts Big Interest in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A Rangoon monk who watched the entire US presidential inauguration on TV summed up the feelings of countless Burmese when he said …

Chinese teenagers kidnapped by Burma militants
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
… when 16-year-old Zhou Dawei told his parents he was travelling to the southern province of Yunnan, which borders Burma – also known as Myanmar – to take …

EU to Give Burma US $52 Million in Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Surin Pitsuwan told Radio Australia the regional bloc needs to raise another $700m for a three-year recovery program in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Monk given 14-year jail term
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We think the court dropped these charges so they could just send him to prison as a common criminal, so that he could be sent off to a prison labour camp …

EU to Give Burma US $52 Million in Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, the head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) says Burmese victims of Cyclone Nargis are in desperate need of help. …

Karen revolution and the legacy of General Bo Mya
Mizzima.com, India –
It is also just one day after Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Trumpet of Conscience Award, which commemorates the late Martin Luther King, Jr. US Campaign …

Obama’s tortured grandfather casts shadow over US-British ties
Economic Times, India –
Onyango was a cook for a British army officer and had served in Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and the Middle East during World War II but was incarcerated in a …

Thai PM pledges to work with UN refugee agency
The Associated Press –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — International agencies can talk to Thai authorities about their alleged abuse of illegal migrants, the prime minister said …

SA on collision course with Obama administration – Tony Leon
Politicsweb, South Africa –
Apart from blocking UN discussions about human rights in Zimbabwe, we voted against imposing sanctions on Burma’s rights-delinquent military junta and Iran, …

Myanmar Refugees Protest Alleged UN Discrimination
EasyBourse.com, France –
The UNHCR had said there were about 45400 refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia, of whom 40400 are from Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Not Right To Link Rohingyas With Southern Insurgency
Bernama, Malaysia –
He said the Rohingyas, a minority group estimated at 800000 in the northern part of Arakan state in Myanmar adjacent to Bangladesh, were running from …

Bird vomit saved our lives – sailors
Independent Online, South Africa –
The pair, who are aged 22 and 24 and thought to be from Burma, said that 18 of their crew mates from Thailand and Burma were lost when the 10m wooden …

“The Myitkyina area is controlled by militants who don’t even listen to the Burmese (Myanmar) government,” the policemen said, according to the China Daily. …

Chinese sites cut ‘communism’ from Obama speech
Ninemsn, Australia –
Doubts over esky tale of survivalA rescue expert has cast doubts over the claims of two Burmese men who say they survived 25 days floating in an esky off …

Security Tight on Western Burmese Border
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… current Bangladesh government on Burma because some of the leaders have supported the Burmese democracy movement and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Obama to receive Singapore plea
BBC News, UK –

Mr Chee then spoke of the many men and women around Asia suffering in that struggle, notably Burmese opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under …

Canadian Support for Israel at UN Rights Council May Hurt Review …
Embassy, Canada –
Mr. Machon said Canada’s support for Israel, as well as its strong stands on Darfur and against Burma and Iran, have netted it many enemies. …

Burmese Days
OhmyNews International, South Korea –

The SPDC unilaterally changed the name in 1989 from Burma to Myanmar without consulting its citizens. Most opposition groups use Burma, …

How world leaders see Obama’s coming
The Guardian – Nigeria, Nigeria –
… the support of regional powers as a measure to put pressure on the Burmese junta to release political prisoners and restore democracy in the country. …

America’s Future Is Tied to Asia’s
Far Eastern Economic Review (subscription), Hong Kong –

However, outstanding differences over policy toward Burma and Tibet, along with the continued Chinese military buildup, may make managing relations more …

Do boycotts work?
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –


The Burma Campaign maintains a “Dirty List” of businesses with ties to Myanmar’s military government. It has shamed companies such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers …

Keep Watching the Skies
Headway, Canada –
In a year that saw tens of thousands of deaths in Burma from the cyclone Nargis, that would seem to be an obvious statement, but too often Canadians forget …

Obama’s Speech Impresses His Youngest Citizens
Brandon News and Tribune, FL –
The boy from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, arriv

ed less than two weeks ago and speaks no English but watched the television intently. …

Christians in Rangoon avoid churches
Mizzima.com, India –
… in its report in 2007 said they have received a document that reveals the Burmese junta’s policy to wipe out the Christian population in Burma. …

Travel Troubleshooter: Advice for going to “forbidden places”
Seattle Times, United States –
Going to Myanmar? Add a vaccine for Japanese encephalitis and take your malaria pills, please. “We very rarely tell people that they should not go to a …

European Commission Announces Burma Aid Package
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
The European Commission has agreed to provide 40.5 million euros ($52.4 million) in humanitarian aid to Myanmar this year, with some of the money aimed at …

Thai King, PM congratulate US president-elect Obama
Xinhua, China – 23 hours ago
BANGKOK, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) — Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadejand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva have sent congratulation messages to President-elect of …

AQ & A with cartoonist David Rees: Get Your War On!
National Post, Canada –
This isn’t Burma, and it’s not the Soviet Union and so I really am not impressed…In the big picture, whatever great trenchant culture we made that calls …

Opposition Leaders Expect Obama to Stick to Burma Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to see the new US administration continue to pressure the Burmese junta to release all political prisoners, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …




World focus on Burma (20 January 2009)

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Ask yourself: What can I do?
San Antonio Express, TX –

We could have been the Burmese dissident languishing in jail; the child soldier forced to take up arms in Uganda or Sri Lanka; the man dying of AIDS in …

Up Torres Strait without a paddle
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Mr Oo said their 10-metre wooden fishing boat had broken up and sank on December 23, when their 18 crewmates from Burma and Thailand apparently drowned. …

‘We were in icebox 25 days’
The Age, Australia –

Haung Htaik, 24, also from Burma, appeared to be too weak to talk yesterday. Their 18 other crewmates, from Burma and Thailand, apparently drowned when the …

Third Dala township NLD member arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 20, 2009 (DVB)–Dala township National League for Democracy member Min Thike Htoo was arrested by local authorities on 14 January, according to NLD …

Mixed Reactions to Obama in Southeast Asia
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… with the support of regional powers as a measure to put pressure on the Burmese junta to release political prisoners and restore democracy in the country.

Memories Keep Hope Alive in Insein Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The regime’s callous decision to send convicted activists to prisons scattered throughout Burma has placed an additional burden on the AAPP, according to Bo …

Opposition Leaders Expect Obama to Stick to Burma Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to see the new US administration continue to pressure the Burmese junta to release all political prisoners, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

European Commission provides 40.5 million euros in aid to Myanmar
Monsters and Critics.com –
Humanitarian aid increased substantially last year in the aftermath of the Cyclone Nargis disaster that hit Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta.

A Message to President Obama
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
I expect they will continue to place significant pressure on the regime for the release of all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, …

23 with a total of 20 crew from Thailand and Myanmar, also known as Burma. Jiggins said the men found refuge inside a large insulated box that held ice on …

Looking back, looking ahead: Press Freedom in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Even without the chaos and violence attendant to electoral exercises in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma, …

Burma 101 for Obama; Three quarters rights in military …
Mizzima.com, India –
During the 2008 terrible Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the Burmese military leaders ignored international pleas to let in rescuers for over a month. …

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

Tribute to Black’s civil rights legacy is due
San Antonio Express, TX –
Black’s fellow honorees this year are Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi — who, under house arrest in Burma, was also unable to attend —Sen. …

‘So far, so bad,’ But Nothing is Permanent
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… one fundamental resolution to work for: The release of more than 2000 political prisoners, including detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Australia says 2 fishermen rescued; report 18 lost
International Herald Tribune, France –
23 with a total of 20 crew from Thailand and Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. Jiggins said the men found refuge atop an insulated box that held ice on …

Two Burmese survive month at sea in an ice box
Reuters UK, UK –
By Rob Taylor CANBERRA (Reuters) – Two Myanmar fishermen have survived for almost a month in shark-infested waters by floating in a large ice box after …

Pres. Bush Uses Authority to Alter Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY – 1 hour ago
President George W. Bush waived some provisions in the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act against Myanmar on January 15, less than one week before leaving …

Asia’s Economic Freedom Needs to Improve
PitchEngine (press release), WY –
Meanwhile, Bhutan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh and Burma were ranked amongst …

Burmese fishermen drift for 25 days in icebox
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The two Burmese men were saved after drifting hundreds of miles in the red box when crew members patrolling in a Coastwatch aeroplane on Saturday saw them …

Detained Chinese Christian Activist In Life Danger
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
At some point during his travels Peng was lured into neighboring Burma, also known as Myanmar, where he was kidnapped at gunpoint by eight Chinese special …

Sundance Dispatch: Down the Rat Hole of Reality
New York Times, United States –
Up there, posters on the wall promoted the likes of “Boy Interrupted,” a documentary about death and mental illness, and “Burma VJ,” about a Burmese …

Men Rescued After Drifting at Sea for 25 Days in Icebox
FOXNews –
… they will confirm their identities within the next few days. The rest of the ship’s crew — 11 other Burmese men and seven Thai men — have not been found.

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness of Burma
PRLog.Org (press release), Romania –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Shipwreck victims spend 25 days drifting in an icebox
Gadling, CA –
by Scott Carmichael Jan 19th 2009 @ 12:30PM After losing their wooden fishing boat off the coast of Indonesia, these 2 Burmese men grabbed the only thing …

Clashes between SSA (South) and Burmese Army
Mizzima.com, India –
SSA(S) forces clashed with the junta’s IB 64 and LIB 513 between January 12 and 15 in Panglong, Hopone, Mongkeung townships in Taungyi District, Shan State. …

Suu Kyi honored with ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ award
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on Sunday named winner of the ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ award for …

More checkpoints in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities have beefed up security in Rangoon by setting up many checkpoints at busy …

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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. …

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 (8 January 2009)

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Remarks by Henrietta Fore
USAID (press release), DC –
We were among the first to respond to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, the South Asian earthquake of 2005, the cyclones in Bangladesh and Burma …

HRW denies any influence at play in removal of Taiwan
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… work on Taiwan because the abuses there aren’t nearly as acute as they are in many other Asian countries, such as Afghanistan, Burma [Myanmar] or China. …

Land seized and resold at a premium by headman in Karen State
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Kyat-tha are a Burmese measurement used to quantify prices in terms of gold, used by many villages in the area. According to a source in Thanle, …

Humanitarian crisis in Chin state likely to escalate in 2009: NGO
Mizzima.com, India –
Joseph Win Hlaing Oo, director of the Rangoon-based Country Agency for Rural Development in Myanmar (CAD), on Thursday said the humanitarian crisis in Chin …

India: Turmeric exports surge on higher demand
FreshPlaza, Netherlands –
Other major producers are China, Myanmar, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Burma and Indonesia. India is the major exporter of turmeric in …

India & Pakistan: An Uncertain Future
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
The close of the British Empire’s colonial era on the subcontinent of India began with the formation of the self-governing colony of Burma (today Myanmar) …

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS: NEW REPORT REVEALS MASSIVE …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 08 January 2009 — The European Union’s leverage to promote human rights values and its vision of a rules-based …

Did Than Shwe’s Grandson Kidnap Model?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Last year, a YouTube video clip of Sai Sai Khan Hlaing and Wut Hmone Shwe Yee was popular among Burma’s young internet users. Private journals and magazines …

FSA imposes largest fine ever to Aon for ’suspicious payments’
Finance Markets, UK –
The countries were Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Indonesia and Vietnam, and the payments were reported to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). ..

Many condolences on the death of U Saw Mra Aung
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The organization honoured U Saw Mra Aung as a great leader for his contribution for democracy in Burma. An Arakanese group, All Arakan Students and Youth …

Commodity protestor beaten in Bago prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He was sentenced to 13 and a half years’ imprisonment in December 2008 and has now been sent to Pu-Tao prison on the northern edge of Burma in Kachin state. …

NGOs Question Thai Government Freeze on Migrant Registration
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… drive an increasing number of Burmese to seek work in neighboring Thailand, and the flow of migrants was boosted still further by Cyclone Nargis. …

Global Crisis Hits Junta’s Pockets as Gas Prices Fall
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Almost 50 percent of households in Burma were in debt before Cyclone Nargis devastated the country’s core rice and fishing industries. Despite Burma’s gas …

Running in the Wrong Direction
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He is not like his cousin, Aung San Suu Kyi. “That’s why that other leading umbrella organization, the National Council of the Union of Burma, announced on …

Top Bush Aide Hopes Obama Will Push Burmese Cause
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… including Aung San Suu Kyi. Although it was not able to achieve any of these objectives, the Bush administration was successful in putting Burma on the …

Detained student leader hospitalized in Insein prison
Mizzima.com, India –
Kyaw Aye, Kyaw Ko Ko’s father, one of the leaders of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), who was arrested and detained for his involvement …

Diary: Emily Maitlis
New Statesman, UK –

… it tells how to make Chemical Ali dessert (mind the E numbers), an Iranian dish called tongue of the judge and a Burmese salad – junta-sponsored, …

The rhetoric of “humanitarian crisis”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Burmese government rejects the idea that there is a chronic emergency in the country, and after Cyclone Nargis initially maintained that it could handle …

New party distributes manifesto among Arakanese for 2010 election
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
It is the only way to democracy in Burma, the pamphlet says,” the elder said. The party seemed to be pro Burmese military junta because they can move in the …

Presuming a democratic Myanmar: Looking beyond election 2010
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
… petition submitted to him by 112 former world leaders asking him to visit Burma (Myanmar) in the wake of widespread arrests in recent weeks and months. …

The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
It came as no surprise then when the ruling military regime in Burma recently sentenced the country’s best known comedian, named Zarganar, to 59 years in …

Remarks by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley at the Center …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
And finally, I hope the new administration will continue pushing the cause of human rights and freedom in Burma. In the Western Hemisphere, President Bush …

ROBERTS: Score one for the first lady
Galesburg Register-Mail, IL –
… 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, …

Cutting out the tongues of the holy people
NCR Conversation Cafe, MO –
And what of this punishing of holy people whilst living in a world where thugs like Than Shwe (dictator and destroyer of Burma and the Burmese tribal …

Obama Administration Should Pursue New Approach to Promote …
NewsBlaze, CA –
The United States should reinvigorate efforts to advance human rights and democracy in Cuba, Freedom House said today. One key element of a strengthened …

Rights group prods Obama to lift Cuba travel ban
The Associated Press –
Freedom House, founded in 1941, is an independent, non-governmental organization that supports expansion of democracy, in the world. …

Why doesn’t Bush get more credit?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
… and action except from a few dictatorial rulers such as those of North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe, and a few Arab states. …

193 Foreigners Rescued After Boat Becomes Stranded
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
Once the boat arrived at the base, it was found that the passengers were made up of 177 Burmese and 16 Bangladeshis, all of them adult males, except for two …

A forgotten tragedy
Livemint, India –
Tibetan or Burmese activists can only marvel at the Palestinian ability to draw crowds. Why does the Congo conflict not provoke the same moral reactions as …

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley’s Farewell Speech
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –
And finally, I hope the new Administration will continue pushing the cause of human rights and freedom in Burma. In the Western Hemisphere, President Bush …

Rangoon’s Christians banned from worshiping
Mizzima.com, India –
“We need your prayers for Christian communities in Myanmar [Burma],” the youth added. While religious persecution and the prohibition of religious rites are …


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Nargis volunteer sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
Mizzima.com, India –
Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma on May 2-3 of last year, left around 140000 people dead or missing. Previously, Khin Maung Win worked in Malaysia and was …

Pro-junta group announces formation of political parties
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – A pro-junta group, the 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar), has said it is all set to contest the upcoming 2010 …

Kachin Manaw festival gets off the ground
Mizzima.com, India –
The first Manaw festival was inaugurated on 10 January 1948 just after Burma got independence from British colonial rule in Sitapu Ward, Myitkyinar. …

The Thinker: ‘Liberty Forum’ Should Replace UN Rights Body
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
… against the Human Rights Council is long. From its inaugural meeting in June 2006, the council has condemned North Korea only once and Burma four times, …

Report: UNICEF to Continue Polio Vaccinations in Burma
Voice of America –
By VOA News A report in a weekly Burmese magazine said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) plans to continue its polio vaccination program in Burma …

David Scott Mathieson: The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
National Post, Canada –
The activists include a brave labour rights representative named Ma Su Su Nyay, who was handed more than 12 years, and Min Ko Naing, the leader of Burma’s …

The Ascension
The National Interest Online, DC –
It has protected the Burmese military regime—one of the world’s most brutal—from effective sanctions by the Security Council. …

The Great Dragon awakens: China is preparing to challenge American …
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The ‘Middle Kingdom’ has successfully attracted Myanmar as an ally. Myanmar (aka Burma) borders the Southern part of the Peoples’ Republic of China and it …

What can Facebook really do?
Third Sector, UK –
It was also a brilliant platform for activists in Burma. One of the hardest things for charities to accept about Facebook is the lack of control over both …

Court allows Boeing to use ‘racist’ US law
The Australian, Australia –
The countries banned by the US Government are Belarus, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Burma, China, Liberia, Sudan, Ivory Coast, the Democratic …

NAGA CULTURE: PAST AND PRESENT
MorungExpress, India –
Then in 1954 came the military invasion of our lands by India and Burma. This was not a cultural invasion in the true sense of the word but the “Money …

Myanmar trade surplus shrinks as gas exports fall
The Associated Press –
… economic sanctions against Myanmar to pressure the military government to improve human rights and release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

People’s Parliament Chairman Saw Mra Aung Dies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi sent a flower basket and five monk robes to the family, according to Aye Thar Aung, a close colleague of …

Political Activist Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… since been arrested by Burmese security forces. The students’ organization was originally founded by Gen Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi, in 1936. …

NCUB Plans to Form Parallel Government in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The NCGUB was formed by exiled MPs elected in 1990 and is led by Dr Sein Win, the cousin of Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Suu Kyi Issues a New Year Challenge
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
News reports from Rangoon suggest that Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi commemorated the country’s Independence Day alone at her house—but …

But, we don’t need F-16s, we need human rights and people like you talking about real issues. What you have done is so important.’ Her eyes just filled up. …

Christian group condemns Burma human rights violations
ChristianToday, UK –
The girl is believed to have been shot and killed by a government soldier in the village of Ma Oo Bin in Karen State, north Burma, on December 27. …

USDA grants loans to farmers
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Many farmers are in financial difficulties this year, particularly in areas affected by Cyclone Nargis, due to low yields and falling crop prices. …

Dick Cheney Voted “Worst President of All Time
The Spoof (satire), UK –
The Generals running Burma consider him an adviser. Donald Trump often writes to him with questions. When questioned by very brave reporters who dared get …

Women’s group call for investigation into girl’s rape and murder
Mizzima.com, India –
The Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an advocacy group promoting human rights and democracy in Burma, in a statement on Monday condemned the Burmese …

Journals ordered to condemn NLD demonstration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The activists carried placards calling for the release of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and were walking towards the Myenigone area when they …

UWSA changes nomenclature of administrative territory
Mizzima.com, India –
According to observers who are closely watching the situation, UWSA has already informed the change of nomenclature to the Burmese military junta. …

Topics in this story:
Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

Myanmar (MNN) ― The bamboo growth cycle in Southeast Asia has hit the flowering stage, and with it comes a plague of destruction. Daniel Punnose (p’nohs) …

… underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar. …

Red Cross chapter hopes to meet more need despite fewer dollars
ENC Today, NC –
Hardy said outreach done for new Burmese refugees to this area was a highlight for 2008. The Red Cross staff and volunteers crossed language and custom …

GET UP, STAND UP: COUNCIL RANKED ON HUMAN RIGHTS
CityLimits.org –
The council has also considered resolutions and bills dealing with human rights in Burma, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iran, Israel and elsewhere. …

Famine in Myanmar By RATS
Christian Web News, KY –
… plant’s natural growing cycle has caused parts of the region to be overrun with rats, which has caused a famine in the small country of Myanmar (Burma). …

UN Assembly Isn’t Right Forum
KanglaOnline, India –
Of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in which Myanmar (Burma) is also a member, four members,  Brunei Darussalam, …

State Firing of Vietnamese Editors Latest Sign of Shrinking Press in SouthEast 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 …

‘Myanmar Thit’ magazine’s new cover design yet to be cleared by …
Mizzima.com, India –
U Win Tin and U Khin Maung Swe are two veteran politicians and executive committee members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy …

Disaster-heavy 2008 raises pressure for climate pact, insurance
Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Cyclone Nargis survivors sit outside their shelter in Mawlamyinegyun, Myanmar, June 2008.
IFRC/John Sparrow

More than 220000 people died as a result of natural catastrophes – including around 135000 after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May (this figure includes …

Some of her strongest statements have been on humanitarian issues, such as the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. She plans to settle in Dallas, Texas, …

Philanthropy Needs Human Rights
Forbes, NY –
Yet the fixation on basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical care is shortsighted in regions where human rights are violated. …

Ethnic veteran political leader Saw Mara Aung dies
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Saw Mara Aung (92), chairman of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) passed away at about 7 pm (local time), Nyan Win, spokesperson of Burma’s main …

Private tutor stages solo protest
Mizzima.com, India –
He distributed ‘NO’ campaign posters of the NLD by wearing a T-shirt with ‘NO’ letters. After indulging in these anti-government activities, …

Faith constant from Burma to Aotearoa
Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
… 06 January 2009 He has old-fashioned British politeness and his accent shows a hint of his homeland Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

What Bizarre Events Will 2009 Bring?
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
It was part of the International Olympic Committee’s bringing-democracy-to-developing-nations agenda that worked so well in Beijing in 2008. Burma’s junta …

Insurance giant warns of rising natural disaster risk
Business Green, UK –
Overall losses from natural disasters soared to $200bn from $82bn last year, the company said in a statement last week. Insured losses in 2008 were $45bn, …

Taunggok NLD chair’s jail term extended by 15 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 5, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese authorities last month extended the sentence of Taunggok township National League for Democracy chairman Min Aung, …