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World focus on Burma (20 November 2008)

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More than 20 activists were sentenced in Burma on Thursday. A popular Burmese Hip-Hop singer Zay …

Biz Trends: Refugees find home, jobs here
ReporterNews.com, TX –
Refugees arrive from numerous countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, Iraq, Iran and Sudan. To date, the IRC has resettled …

Burmese Child Soldier Returns Home
自由亞洲電臺, Washington DC –
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly cited Burma as possibly having the largest number of child soldiers in the world. …

ASEAN for Economic Rescue
Prensa Latina, Cuba –
… are analyzing on Thursday in this capital an economic rescue for regional countries with financial problems composed of Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), …

Estonia Condemns Punishment of Democracy Supporters in Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Estonian Foreign Ministry united with the European Union’s standpoint that condemns the decision of Myanmar’s (Burma’s) military regime to sentence more …

MYANMAR: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
IRINnews.org, NY –
Monasteries play a pivotal role in Burmese society and frequently function as schools to thousands of underprivileged children. According to the Post-Nargis …

Charitable Donations Resist Credit Crunch
WebitPR (press release), UK –
… as part of a charitable campaign to support children and families devastated by the natural disasters in China and in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. ..

Burmese woman shares escape story
Prague Post, Czech Republic –

… borders in the trunk of a passenger car, Suizi Bawitlung and her family faced seemingly insurmountable odds when fleeing their native Burma, or Myanmar. ..

Burma: blogger and poet transferred to remote prisons
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Sentenced to 20 years in prison by a special court in Insein prison on 10 November, Nay Phon Latt has been moved to a prison in Pa-an, the capital of the …

Illegal gambling website doesn’t pay off
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
He began his empire nearly 10 years ago in Burma, which borders Yunnan and where many Chinese go to bet in casinos as gambling is illegal in China. …

Military regime puts popular rapper behind bars
First Post, UK –
… the 88 Generation Students group, is now behind bars, including leader Min Ko Naing and the iconic former deputy of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Youth request junta for permission to meet Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
The youth also requested in their letter that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be allowed to come to party headquarters to receive homage paid by these youths,” he said …

ASEAN members to join Army shoot meet in Tarlac
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
ASEAN-member countries include Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Taiwan, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines. …

I Live Here puts human face on oppression
Georgia Straight, Canada –
… where many Chechens have fled the ongoing violence in their own republic; Burma, which many have left for Thailand because of military oppression; …

Hip-hop singer Zeyar Thaw given 6 years
Mizzima.com, India –
GW released an anti-junta album, in cooperation with the clandestine band Freedom Fighter, in which ‘Rise up Burma’ and ‘No No No’, an anti-constitutional …

Unfriendly neighbors in Southeast Asia
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
An editor of the Bangkok Post raised this point when he exposed what Thai schools are teaching his daughter: “Like most Thais, she feels Burma is fierce and …

Sino-Burmese Pipeline Work to Begin Soon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The long-awaited China-Myanmar [Burma] pipeline is expected to provide an alternative route for China’s crude imports from the Middle East and Africa and …

Refugee family still hasn’t made it to city
Owen Sound Sun Times, Canada –
Predominantly members of the Karen ethnic group, 810 refugees from Burma, now renamed Myanmar, have been accepted for resettlement in Canada. …

Economic crisis as a force for change
Mizzima.com, India –
By the harsh sentencing of activist leaders, essentially a life term behind bars, the military generals in Burma have mocked the world by openly brutalizing …

5 Generation Wave activists sentenced
Mizzima.com, India –
All are members of Generation Wave, which has been advocating for an uprising to topple the military junta in Burma.

Hip-Hop Performer among Latest Victims of Court Crackdown
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Burmese authorities transferred 15 of the sentenced prisoners, including the well-known activist Min Zaya and 1l other leading members of 88 Generation …

Experts examine role of ethics in medical research
Nigerian Tribune, Nigeria –
For example, the question of the violation of human rights in Thailand, Nepal and Burma. Also, being raised is the issue of the non-binding nature of some …

Sino-Burmese Pipeline Work to Begin Soon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The long-awaited China-Myanmar [Burma] pipeline is expected to provide an alternative route for China’s crude imports from the Middle East and Africa and …

China revives Burma pipeline plan
BBC News, UK –

… market giant Petrochina, would manage and own a majority share in the joint project with Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise of Burma, the Japanese paper said. …

Standoff in the Bay of Bengal
ISN, Switzerland –
… Bangladesh deployed warships and land forces along its border with Burma (Myanmar) in early November over the latter’s bid to explore oil and gas in a …

For Bush, Asia Pacific Summit Will be More Than a Swan Song
CNSNews.com, VA –
Talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao will likely deal with North Korea, Iran, Burma, Zimbabwe and Sudan, as well as human rights and religious freedom in …

US President to Discuss Tibet with Hu Jintao
Tibetan Culture & News Online, UK –
In his talks with Hu, Bush also expects to discuss Iran’s suspect nuclear program, turmoil in Zimbabwe and Sudan, pressure on Burma’s military rulers to …

Burma Falls Off UN Agenda
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… Council at a time when the Burmese military junta has been indulging in one of the worst ever crackdowns on pro-democracy activists in the country. …

What happened to Mayateh Maranoh?
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The section has attracted growing interest from human rights lawyers and the relatives of illegally detained and disappeared persons in Thailand. …

US President to Discuss Tibet with Hu Jintao
Tibetan Culture & News Online, UK –
Dharamshala: The United States President George W Bush will discuss human rights issues in Tibet and the ongoing discussions between the envoys of His …

Bye Bye Freedom
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
(Remember Daw Aung San Suu Kyi) 3) UMNO need not be answerable to anyone other than the one who gives the most contracts. 4) Laws are immaterial. …

China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
Those without passports make their way through Burma on motorcycles and back roads. Some have been questioned by UN case workers, but few have been …

UN, Asean Must Speak Up
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… statement expressing “deep concern” about the latest round of assaults on the dignity of Burma’s pro-democracy activists, while his Asean counterpart, …

What to do about Burma
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
Without such a move from the US, Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Group of Friends of the Secretary General on Myanmar’ will yield little. The most effective UN intervention …

A sea-route to North East soon!
Rediff, India –
Sittwe port on the Myanmar coast was not long ago a small village of fishing communities and farmers. Now, it could serve as a commercial sea-route to the …

NCGUB seeks ASEAN mobilization as human rights crackdown intensifies
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… UN-backed Commission of Inquiry to investigate the military regime’s latest human rights violations. The call comes as Burma’s junta is intensifying its …

Nobel winners highlight education as tool for peace
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
In a joint statement, the Dalai Lama, former United States president Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, among others, …

Stop use of child soldiers: Rights group
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai – Child soldiers continue to be used in armed conflicts in Burma, a rights group activists said. It called on the international …

A pernicious nexus Maoists, evangelists and jehadis
Organiser, India –
The goal of this organised nexus is to eliminate Hindus and Buddhists from political power from Fiji, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, …

Bush seeks APEC support for rescue plans
Ninemsn, Australia –
“The president will discuss issues of human rights and religious freedom, including the ongoing dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama” on the …

Myanmar court sentences student activists
CNN International –
A protester demonstrates in London to mark the the 20th anniversary of the Uprising in Burma, on August 8, 2008. Colleagues said Di Nyein Lin was one of …

Federation vows stricter monitoring of FOC vessels
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
FOC countries, according to ITF, include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Cayman Island, Comoros, Cyprus, …

SAUDI ARABIA BANS LAWYER FROM RECEIVING AWARD
IFEX, Canada –
I do not want the Burmese regime to find out. But I can tell you that these stories fill the pages of our reports and those of Human Rights Watch . …

Colombia and Guinea worst for unionists’ murders
OneWorld.net, UK –
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its brutal crackdown on any moves for …

Fears grow over surge in trade union murders
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its crackdown on moves for democracy and …

CNPC to invest in Sino-Burma oil, gas pipeline
China Knowledge Online, Singapore –
CNPC will hold 50.9% stake in the project, while Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise will own the remaining. The Chinese oil producer will also be responsible to …

NCGUB seeks ASEAN mobilisation as human rights crackdown intensifies
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
The call comes as Burma’s junta is intensifying its campaign of detaining democracy supporters for lengthy sentences as a means of clearing the ground prior …

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists
JURIST –
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Call for education to stop conflicts
The Press Association –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, have issued their …

Press Briefing by Assistant to the President for International …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
And as the President has always done in all of his meetings with Chinese leaders, the President will discuss issues of human rights and religious freedom, …

Myanmar activist follows dad, grandfather to jail
The Associated Press –
Di Nyein Lin is a leader of the outlawed All Burma Federation of Students Union, to which several of the 88 Generation Students’ members belonged in 1988. …

Burma’s Jail News: Three Jailed Today
OpEdNews, PA –

Ko Kyaw San was given 4 years imprisonment. Burma Jail News is not closed yet. Question: How many activists in Burma will be jailed in this month?

Artistic Expressions Promote Human Rights
NewsBlaze, CA –
In Burma, comedian U Maung Thura (better known by his stage name, Zarganar, or “The Tweezers”) uses sly humor to mock his country’s ruling military junta …

Thailand heads back to the old days
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
It’s a disgrace that will turn Thailand into the new Burma. If there’s anything that represents pure treason, it is this. Thailand is finished. …

Ivanhoe likely to resume mining in December
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Monywa (Mizzima) – Myanmar Ivanhoe is likely to resume its copper mining activities in Monywa next month following suspension of production …

UN experts condemn Burma trials
BBC News, UK –
The junta says the 2010 elections will be part of its “road map to democracy”. But opposition figures and governments, including the European Union, …

Writer Hnin Pan Ein flees to border
Mizzima.com, India –
… being frequently intimidated and harassed by authorities inside Burma. After her husband, Nay Oo, the South Dagon Township National League for Democracy …

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World focus on Burma (10 November 2008)

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Defense counsels behind bars
Mizzima.com, India –
… Burma’s military rulers have charged lawyers defending the rights of political detainees, critics and observers said the actions indicate the junta’s …

EU: Burma vote illegitimate unless Suu Kyi freed
USA Today –

BRUSSELS (AP) — Multiparty elections scheduled for 2010 in Burma will be seen as illegitimate unless the ruling military junta frees all political prisoners …

Myanmar vote illegitimate: EU
Straits Times, Singapore –
The junta came to power in 1988 in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – after crushing a nationwide pro-democracy uprising, killing as many as 3000 people. …

Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for “mocking” General Than Shwe
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
In September of 2007, on the pages of his website, the young man recounted the massacres carried out by the junta against Burmese monks, becoming a valuable …

Myanmar hands blogger 20-year prison sentence
International Herald Tribune, France –
Blogger Nay Phone Latt, 28, was arrested in January this year and given 15 years under the Electronics Law, two years for “creating public alarm,” and 3 1/2 …

Dissident blogger given 20 years
First Post, UK –

A young Burmese blogger who fed the outside world news from a locked-down country on the September 2007 uprising was sentenced to 20 years and six months …

Young Burmese Blogger Sentenced to more than 20 Years in Jail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was convicted of contravening Public Offense Act 505 B by posting a cartoon depicting junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe on his blog site. …

Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years
Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled by the combined sentence of 20 years and six months in prison that a special court in …

BDR chief visits Myanmar border as tension eases
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (bdnews24.com) – Local administration has said that the situation at Naikkhongchhari in Bandera bordering Myanmar remained normal since Monday …

Withdrawal of Myanmar’s warships ends crisis in “Bay”
Hindu, India –
Dhaka (PTI): Bangladesh on Monday announced that its stand-off with Myanmar over hydrocarbon exploration rig ended after Yangon’s two warships left disputed …

Mynamar withdrawal a ‘win-win’ outcome: Iftekhar
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (bdnews24.com)–Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Monday the withdrawal of Daewoo’s oil rig and Myanmar vessels from the disputed …

Myanmar pulls out from Bangladesh waters
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

Myanmar on Sunday pulled back its warship and started withdrawing hydrocarbon exploration equipment from the disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal after …

EU ministers urge Myanmar junta to free political prisoners
EUbusiness (press release), UK –
… year towards a genuine transition to democracy in Burma/Myanmar since the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by the military authorities. …

Funding remains major concern for UN
Myanmar Times, Burma –
An October 20 report by the Brussels-based think tank International Crisis Group (ICG) titled Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations …

Troops Line Up Along Burma-Bangladesh Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Over the weekend, the Burmese government rejected the Bangladesh government’s demand to stop exploration immediately, the state-run New Light of Myanmar …

EU ready to boost sanctions onMyanmar, ministers say
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Brussels – The European Union is ready to toughen its sanctions on Myanmar if no progress is made on democracy, but would consider easing them if the …

Burma: Crimes Against Humanity
UNPO, Netherlands –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …

Burma Resolution Introduced in the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The resolution called on the junta to fully implement previous recommendations of the UN special rapporteur on Burma, the General Assembly, …

EU ready to boost sanctions on Myanmar, ministers say
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Brussels – The European Union is ready to toughen its sanctions on Myanmar if no progress is made on democracy, but would consider easing them if the …

Funding remains major concern for UN
Myanmar Times, Burma –
… International Crisis Group (ICG) titled Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations said international aid donors should view cyclone …

Press freedom rankings show Africa has long way to go
journalism.co.za, South Africa –
In Burma (170th), run by a xenophobic and inflexible junta, journalists and intellectuals, even foreign ones, have for years been viewed as enemies by the …

Boycotters welcome Cotton Traders Burma U-turn
Community News Group, UK –
The Burma Campaign UK, which aims to restore human rights and democracy in the country, called for consumers not to buy from Cotton Traders and the Atlantic …

SEAPA: Reason to celebrate
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… and low cost expansion of the media network, which came to light during the Saffron Revolution (September 2007) and Cyclone Nargis (May 2008). …

Press freedom rankings show Africa has long way to go
journalism.co.za, South Africa –
In Burma (170th), run by a xenophobic and inflexible junta, journalists and intellectuals, even foreign ones, have for years been viewed as enemies by the …

Myanmar exits disputed waters, troops alert – Bangladesh
Reuters India, India –
By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh kept troops on high alert along its border with Myanmar on Monday, while pulling back naval ships from the Bay …

A nice little earner
First Post, UK –

It seems to jar with most people’s view of Burma, or Myanmar as we should now call it. An authoritarian junta, with little time for consumerism, …

Bangladesh Football Team Leaves for Burma
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The Bangladesh football team left for Burma from Dhaka on 8 November to take part in the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup. The six nation tournament will begin …

Myanmar halts gas exploration in disputed waters: Bangladesh
Zee News, India –
Dhaka, Nov 10: Authorities in Bangladesh on Sunday claimed that Myanmar has suspended oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters in Bay of Bengal as a …

Once Allied army launching pad, Pangsau Pass now a drug route
Press Trust of India, India –
… the border with Myanmar in the Arunachal Pradesh sector and had played a prominent role in the Allied campaign against Japan in Burma (now Myanmar). …

The unvarnished truth
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –

“I know that it’s really overwhelming to think about every woman in Burma or every woman killed in Juarez,” Kirshner said. “But the book isn’t really about …

Six Months Later, Burma Still Suffers
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –

Even worse, international human rights groups have reported an increase in forced labor, forced relocations and extensive land confiscation by the country’s …

Myanmar Removes Gas Equipment From Zone Disputed by Bangladesh
Bloomberg –
Bangladesh summoned Myanmar’s ambassador before sending envoys to the nation formerly known as Burma. Foreign Secretary Touhid Hossain said yesterday after …

Myanmar halts gas exploration in disputed waters: Bangladesh
Smash Hits, India –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (DPA) Authorities in Bangladesh Sunday claimed that Myanmar has suspended oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters in Bay of Bengal as a …

What kind of first lady will Michelle Obama be?
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… of women in Afghanistan, delivered some her husband’s weekly radio addresses and spoke out against the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Burma. …

Bangladesh says Myanmar vacating disputed sea patch
Daily Times, Pakistan –
DHAKA: Bangladesh said on Sunday that Myanmar had started withdrawing oil and gas exploration equipment from disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal. …

The right to food
Canada.com, Canada –
I do buy the economic-rights argument, but only to a point. If we look at places like Zimbabwe and Burma, the connection between food and freedom, …

Will Arroyo meet Obama this time?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Such issues included “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of the [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], human rights in Burma, ..

Michelle Obama’s focus is on daughters
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

.. some of her her husband’s weekly radio addresses and spoke out against the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in the southeast Asian nation of Burma. …

Myanmar worked in that area from before?
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar’s attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary …

Myanmar worked in that area from before?
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar’s attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary …

Myanmar withdraws warships
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

This photo sent by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) shows two Bangladesh Navy ships positioned near Korean rig Trans Ocean Legend in the disputed waters of the Bay of Bengal. Photo: ISPR

Myanmar withdrew its warships, the oil and gas exploration rig and the fossil fuel exploration vessels from Bangladesh waters yesterday but tension between …

Expert lists to-do’s for RP, Asean in face of crisis
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma/Myanmar with Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, China and South Korea. …

Bangla, Myanmar mobilise troops over maritime dispute
Press Trust of India, India –
Dhaka, Nov 9 (PTI) Bangladesh and Myanmar have mobilised their frontier forces following a tense stand-off in the Bay of Bengal, even as the Yangon-engaged …

Obama, GMA have ‘meeting of the minds’
Philippine Star, Philippines –
“These important issues and challenges include ‘climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma, …

Mbeki’s self-fulfilling prophecy
Politicsweb, South Africa –
His diplomats provided protection to the thugs in uniform who rule Myanmar/Burma and elsewhere. He fluffed plans he had co-authored to ensure good …

No further entry to disputed waters: Dhaka to ask Daewoo
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Daewoo has assured Dhaka that the rig used in the recent oil and gas exploration activities in disputed Bay waters would be shifted to other Myanmar blocks, …

President off tonight for US to join world leaders in UN meet
Manila Bulletin, Philippines –
These important issues include “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma and defense reform,” the letter …

Bangladesh, Myanmar mobilise troops over maritime dispute
Zee News, India –
Bangladesh earlier explored diplomatic channels engaging South Korea and China, a close ally of junta-ruled Myanmar, to dispel tensions. …

Greece: Briefing of diplomatic correspondents by Foreign Ministry …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… a discussion of European Security and Defence Policy, developments in the Western Balkans, the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and Burma/Myanmar. …

RIGHTS-BURMA: Military Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 10, 2008 at 4:29 am

World focus on Burma (9 November 2008)

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Myanmar removes rig from disputed waters: Bangladesh
AFP –
DHAKA (AFP) — Myanmar removed a rig from a gas-rich stretch of the Bay of Bengal on Sunday after Bangladesh sent warships to protest against exploration in …

Myanmar, Daewoo withdraw from disputed Bay waters
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 9 (bdnews24.com) – Myanmar has pulled out vessels of the disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal where it has been drilling for oil and gas and the …

Arroyo to fly to US Monday night
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Such issues included “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of the (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), human rights in Burma, …

Bangladesh says Myanmar vacating disputed sea patch
Reuters India, India –
By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh said on Sunday that Myanmar has started withdrawing oil and gas exploration equipment from disputed waters in …

Tension along Bangladesh, Myanmar border, China counsels talks
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Dhaka/Beijing, Nov 9 (IANS) Bangladesh and Myanmar massed troops on their tense border over a row over oil and gas exploration in the Bay of Bengal, …

Myanmar says Daewoo will continue exploration
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Daewoo International Corp. has completed its oil and gas exploration in contested waters in the Bay of Bengal and will drill elsewhere, …

Bangladesh-Myanmar border standoff
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Bangladesh’s border guards have been placed on high alert after reports that Myanmar strengthened its security along the 270km land border between the …

Myanmar moves gas exploration work to another offshore block
Xinhua, China –
9 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has moved its natural gas exploration work from an offshore block AD-7 to another offshore block A-3 after claiming that successful …

EDITORIAL: The plight of Myanmar
Washington Times, DC –

The heart-wrenching poverty in Myanmar is another stinging indictment of the current repressive and isolated military regime. Myanmar, formerly called Burma …

Burma Lifts Ban on Rice Exports
Voice of America –

The storm devastated Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta in May. Burma’s military junta imposed the export ban because of concerns the country would not have enough …

Life in Burma: an expatriate’s point of view
The Japan Times, Japan –

One of the funnier segments focuses on the official newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar. He writes, “The propaganda is laid on so thick that you wonder …

Children in Burma: Money for Molasses
Washington Times, DC –


Burma – or Myanmar, as it is now known – is achingly poor. Although rich in natural gas, oil and sapphires, the Southeast Asian nation is among the …

DHAKA (AFP) — Bangladesh has deployed more troops along its border with Myanmar, a military official said late Saturday, as tensions between the two …

Burma Imprisons 2 More Pro-Democracy Lawyers
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s High Court sentenced two lawyers from Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party Friday to four months each in prison for contempt of court. …

Daewood-Myamar Suspends Oil Exploration in Bay of Bengal
Associated Content, CO –
The firm was hired by Burma which is officially called the Union of Myanmar.The problem lies in the fact that the waters of the Bay of Bengal contain …

Shreekant Sambrani: Obama’s global challenge
Business Standard, India –
American threats of boycotts and sanctions do not seem to work even against the disaster-prone tinpot dictators of Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Myanmar building up troops on border
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Tension between Bangladesh and Myanmar intensified Friday as Myanmar started reinforcing border troops after talks in Myanmar over disputed waters in the …

Tension at Myanmar border
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
MYANMAR yesterday moved troops along Bangladesh border heightening tension. On November 1 it sent four warships and started exploration of oil and gas …

Pullout of Warship is on Myanmar Moves Troops Along Eastern Border
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

Bangladesh apparently avoided a naval confrontation with Myanmar through diplomatic initiatives and also safeguarded its sovereignty in territorial waters, …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 9, 2008 at 2:32 am

World focus on Burma (8 November 2008)

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Bangladesh ups watch along Myanmar border
The Associated Press –
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh said it put border guards on alert Saturday because it had information that neighboring Myanmar was amassing troops …

Burma lifts post-cyclone rice export ban
USA Today –
Rangoon, Burma (AP) — A Burma newspaper says the military government has lifted a rice export ban it imposed after Cyclone Nargis devastated the country’s …

Philippines expecting bond with US bolstered after Obama takes …
Xinhua, China –
… Burma and defense reform, he added. Besides the Philippines, the ASEAN is composed of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar …

Border forces up over sea row
Straits Times, Singapore –
DHAKA- BANGLADESH and Myanmar reinforced troops along the border between the two countries after talks over disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal failed in ..

Junta leader congratulates Obama
The Press Association –
Burma’s military leader has sent US President-elect Barack Obama a congratulatory message on his election victory. The official Myanmar Ahlin daily …

Burma’s military leader congratulates Barack Obama
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military leader General Than Shwe has sent a formal diplomatic note of congratulation to US President-elect Barack Obama. …

It’s about natural gas
Globe and Mail, Canada –
China and India should have restrained Myanmar from sending naval and prospecting vessels this week to a natural-gas-rich patch of the Bay of Bengal that is …

Palace: Arroyo, Obama already have understanding on issues
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
… food security, poverty reduction, the future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, human rights in Burma and defense reform. …

The interests of the UN and Nepalis coincide in making the peace …
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
It was Burma?s U-Thant who succeeded Hammarskjöld, and he visited Nepal in April 1967. His famous tears at the sight of dilapidated Lumbini helped launch ..

Mekong river nations consider Asian rice cartel
Radio Australia, Australia –
Vietnam’s prime minister made the announcement after a regional summit of the Mekong River nations with Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. …

Six things to do at the Four Seasons Tented Camp
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Burma Bar, the camp’s thatched-roof, open-air bar takes full advantage of its unique location to offer you a picturesque view of the sun setting, …

The plight of Myanmar
Washington Times, DC –
The heart-wrenching poverty in Myanmar is another stinging indictment of the current repressive and isolated military regime. Myanmar, formerly called Burma …

Terrorists can´t have any caste or religion
American Chronicle, CA –
His special focus areas remain the socio-political developments in Northeast India as well as in Burma, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Bangladesh Says Korean Firm Stops Work for Burma in Bay of Bengal
Voice of America –
By VOA News Bangladeshi authorities Friday said a South Korean company hired by Burma to explore for oil and gas in the disputed Bay of Bengal is …

Axis of evil countries “open” to Obama. Al Qaeda calls upon him to …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
No official comment from Myanmar. Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) – From axis of evil countries comes partial openness to American president-elect Barack Obama, …

No decision yet on removing Myanmar ships
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Bangladesh and Myanmar failed to reach any decision in a high level meeting yesterday on the situation arising out of Myanmar’s mobilisation of naval ships …

No one can say Laura Bush didn’t accomplish much
Great Falls Tribune, MT –
… Page Editor Fred Hiatt wrote about Burma, where Mrs. Bush has played a leading role in pushing for release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Nominate a Trailblazer Today!
OneWorld.net, UK –

Other nominees have included the heralded and the unheralded — from Al Gore and Burma’s monks to the Asia America Initiative, immigrants’ rights …


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November 8, 2008 at 12:27 am

World focus on Burma (7 November 2008)

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Burmese dissident deserves release
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
By Zin Linn Bangkok, Thailand — Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a prisoner of conscience for a few days in the Burmese military junta’s …

Face off between Bangla-Myanmar warships over gas
Merinews, India –
On Friday morning, however, Burma hardened its stand and said in its state run newspaper the New Light of Myanmar that the Bangladeshi demand that the …

Dhaka refuses to retreat, Myanmar withdraws 2 ships
Zee News, India –
Dhaka, Nov 07: Bangladesh on Friday said it would withdraw its warships deployed in the Bay of Bengal only after Myanmar assures that it would halt gas …

Can Obama make a difference?
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
But more important, and it must be given higher priority by Washington, is the issue of human rights and democracy in the Land of Smiles. …

Worse Than Bush?
The National Interest Online, DC –
America’s strategic over-extension and muddled priorities reached new levels under George W. Bush, with the utopian goal of implanting democracy in the …

Burma positions four warships on western coast
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi – Following a standoff between Burma and Bangladesh over disputed waters, the Burmese military junta to order four of its warships …

Myanmar and Bangladesh meet over sea dispute
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Chances of a maritime confrontation between Myanmar and Bangladeshi appeared to have eased, with officials from the two countries …

Two More Join Burma’s List of Detained Journalists
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In February, Thant Zin, editor of the Myanmar Nation, and the weekly publication’s manager, Sein Win Maung, were arrested at their office in Thingangyun …

More Burmese Defense Lawyers Jailed for ‘Contempt of Court’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burmese authorities are also apparently ignoring an appeal by NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her continuing house arrest. …

Israel On The Defensive In UN’s Fourth Committee
Evening Bulletin, PA –
Critics point to the crises in Burma, Colombia and Somalia, in addition to its not renewing the mandates of human rights experts in Belarus and Cuba, …

Thirteen Tea Farm Workers Killed in Landslide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Most tea farmed in the area is sold to Rangoon, Mandalay and other parts of Burma. According to Myanmar Tea, some 87707 metric tons of tea leaves were …

Foreign Firms Probe Disputed Burma, Bangladesh Waters
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

However, industry analysts in Bangkok say Burma’s government-controlled Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE)—which overseas all Burmese exploration—does …

No Decision Yet on Gambari Visit: UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
UN Secretary-General spokesperson Michèle Montas told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York that an invitation from the Burmese junta was received a …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 7, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Human rights campaigners say this is a growing tactic of foreign firms doing business with a Burma military junta that is increasingly sanctioned by some …

Bangladesh demands Burma assurance to end naval standoff
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Bangladesh said on Friday it would remove warships deployed in the Bay of Bengal only when neighbouring Burma gives assurances it will halt gas exploration …

ACMECS summit begins in Vietnam
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The summit is being attended by the five greater Mekong sub-region member countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, and Laos. …

Mekong PMs discuss development amid global financial turmoil
AFP –

… and conflict raged on in Cambodia until the 1990s. Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains diplomatically isolated and poverty-stricken.

Mekong nations leaders meet to seal ties
Radio Australia, Australia –

The prime ministers of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma are to be joined by Thailand’s new prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, on Friday for a wider summit. …

Burma cyclone survivors still stuck in makeshift homes
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
Now, six months after the storm hit Burma, killing nearly 140 000 people, he is still there — and still stuck in the same sweat-box hut cobbled together …

Myanmar: Myanmar And Bangladesh Meet Over Sea Dispute
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
YANGON, MYANMAR: Senior officials from Bangladesh and Myanmar met to discuss a territorial dispute after Yangon rejected its neighbor’s demand to stop oil …

Burma refuses to retract from gas exploration in Bay of Bengal
Mizzima.com, India –
“So Myanmar [Burma] rejected the mistakenly-made demand of Bangladesh,” Burma’s military junta said in the statement published by its mouthpiece New Light …

Burmese Defense Lawyers Harassed
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Lawyers defending Burma’s detained political activists face continued intimidation from the country’s unelected military junta. …

The politics of panties
The Argosy.ca, Canada –

… to Rangoon… and you get shot,” explains Mika Lévesque, holding a pair of panties with a flower-shaped sticker of the Burmese junta pasted on the bum. …

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Obama Victory Spells Renewed US Interest
Inter Press Service, Italy –
ASEAN includes Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Brunei. ‘’Obama will create a new impetus for …

Myanmar rejects Bangladesh’s call to stop oil exploration
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon – Myanmar has rejected a demand by Bangladesh to stop offshore oil exploration in a disputed area in the Bay of Bengal, state media reports said …

China Urges Fair Settlement of Myanmar-Bangladesh Gas Dispute
Bloomberg –
Bangladesh says the area falls within its territorial waters and summoned Myanmar’s ambassador before sending envoys to the nation formerly known as Burma. ..

Mekong nations convene economic summit
Radio Australia, Australia –
The prime ministers of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma are to be joined by Thailand’s new Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat on Friday for a wider summit. …

Wartime Courage, By Gordon Brown
Independent, UK –
It arrives less than 18 months after his “eight portraits” of courage in civil and political life, from Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi to Edith Cavell …

Burmese days
The National, United Arab Emirates –
Now he has turned his Asia journeys into a trilogy with Burma Chronicles. Burma, which prefers to call itself Myanmar, is another seldom-visited country, …

Bangladesh wants peaceful resolution of dispute with Myanmar over ...
Balita.org, UK –
7 — Bangladesh wants a peaceful resolution of the current dispute with Myanmar over its maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal, but reiterats its firm …

Myanmar rejects Bangladesh call for oil probe halt
Forbes, NY –
AP 11.06.08, 3:22 PM ET Myanmar’s government on Thursday rejected a demand by neighboring Bangladesh to immediately halt oil and gas exploration off …

People of Burma call for democracy and religious freedom
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The end of the dictatorship in Myanmar and the thirst for God among the population: these are the two faces of a country that the military junta constantly …

Myanmar refuses to back down in row with Bangladesh
AFP –
But Myanmar’s ruling junta said its support of the Korean company Daewoo was in accordance with a contract agreed in 2005 for “Myanmar’s special economic …

Partners in Oppression
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
Both countries rank among the worst human rights abusers, persecute those who attempt to flee, and severely curtail the ability of the outside world to help .

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November 7, 2008 at 2:53 am

World focus on Burma (6 November 2008)

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Mandalay NLD members’ appeal summarily rejected by court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 06, 2008 (DVB)-Appeal for recently sentenced Mandalay division National League for Democracy leaders and members has been rejected by the divisional …

‘Denial. History betrayed’ by Tony Taylor
MWC News, Canada –
It is public exposure of Genocide and Human Rights Abuses that will help to protect Humanity in a Rational Risk Management sense. …

Daewoo withdrawing from Bay: adviser
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 6 (bdnews24.com) – Daewoo, the Korean construction giant that got the contract from Myanmar to explore oil and gas in the disputed waters in the …

Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains diplomatically isolated and poverty-stricken. Full-scale wars ended years ago in the region, but a lingering dispute …

At least the PM admits we have a problem
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
We wouldn’t dare ask the Burmese junta to take action, as it would disturb the bilateral ties between the two nations – which never trusted one another in …

Barriers to collective action in Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 06, 2008 (DVB)-Observers of Burma are often surprised at how much the people can endure without rising up. While junta members and cronies become …

Burmese censor board tightens grip with news directives
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nem Davies New Delhi – In a renewed effort to streamline the flow of information, Burma’s censorship board under the ministry of Information in September …

Internally displaced persons increase along Thai-Burma border
Mizzima.com, India –
“We don’t know the reason why they [Burmese soldiers] are attacking civilians but it may be possible that the junta has accused the villagers of having a …

Burma resumes exporting rice
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta had banned the export of rice after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, but six months on have now again permitted rice exports. …

Dhaka seeks China, Korea’s help over Bay dispute
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 6 (bdnews24.com) – Bangladesh has turned to China and South Korea as Myanmar authorities have been exploring oil and gas in the disputed waters …

Joe Laliberte: For those who cannot
GW Hatchet (subscription), DC –
… of voter turnout behind countries such as Burma, Iran and Zimbabwe, according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. …

China expects Bangladesh, Myanmar to properly settle sea dispute
Xinhua, China –
6 (Xinhua) — China on Thursday suggested Bangladesh and Myanmar settle their dispute in the Bay of Bengal through equal and friendly negotiations. …

Doctor visits Suu Kyi
The Standard, Hong Kong –
A doctor visited Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, witnesses said, two months after her refusal of food supplies sparked …

Is Burma Ready for Change?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Even the regime—after first retaking control of the streets—conceded the need for elections. It was only when they lost by a landslide to Suu Kyi’s party in …

Why India shifts its policy on Burma
KanglaOnline, India –
This was the time when Burmese people contemplated bringing down the military regime. The failed uprising forced hundreds of refugees across the …

Life on the edge in eastern Burma
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… more than it did six months ago, and even desperately poor people there have been ordered to donate money, ostensibly for victims of Cyclone Nargis. …

Burma Debate Continues Outside Brussels Conference Hall
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The organizers were accused by NGOs, trade union umbrella groups and others of inviting only Burmese regime sympathizers and excluding regime opponents. …

Win Tin Congratulates Obama, Calls for Regime Change in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The people of Burma want change. They voted in the NLD in the 1990 election.” The opposition NLD party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide victory in …

Thai PM Arrives in Vietnam
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Somchai also told the Europeans recently that the terrible human and economic toll of Cyclone Nargis in May had also brought some positive effects, …

Asian youth leaders call for resumption of peace talks
Davao Today, Philippines –
“Unless there is respect for human rights, there can be no peace,” he said. Among the guests of the summit were top ranking officials of the Moro Islamic …

Austrian police seize $A6.9m stolen ruby
Ninemsn, Australia –
Austria’s federal criminal investigations bureau say they have arrested three people suspected of stealing the ruby, known as the “Prince of Burma”, …

Burma’s pro-democracy movement in crisis
Mizzima.com, India –
Opposition groups label the Burmese junta as being “an old wine in a new bottle” whenever they come up with new plans in their efforts to cling to power. …

Burmese Officials Are ‘Stubborn,’ Says US Admiral
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

French and UK ships were also not allowed into Burmese waters. “At the end of the day, we were disappointed with the junta’s refusal to let us contribute in …

Measles Outbreaks Highlight Regime’s Irresponsibility
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –


Burma’s once vaunted healthcare system is yet another casualty of decades of military rule. The current junta, the State Peace and Development Council …

Obama’s Jakarta ties raise expectations in South-East Asia
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
But even in Burma there is room for nuance. “There may be a change in tone,” said Win Min, a Burmese affairs expert who teaches at Thailand’s Chiang Mai …

Burma withdraws warships from Bay of Bengal
Mizzima.com, India –
“Myanmar [Burma] has withdrawn two warships,” a senior Bangladesh Navy officer was quoted as saying by the AFP. The official said, “There is now very little …

Burma: Four killed and hundreds forced to flee Karen State
Inspire Magazine, UK –
“We call on the UN Security Council to impose a universal arms embargo on the regime in Burma and to refer a case against Burma’s Army Generals to the …

UPDATE 1-Myanmar stops disputed gas exploration -Bangladesh
Reuters India, India –
DHAKA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Myanmar stopped oil and gas exploration in deep-sea blocks in disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday, …

Burma and the farce of women’s rights
Mizzima.com, India –
When committee members asked what this phrase means, Colonel Sit Aye, head of the Myanmar Human Rights Group, responded that the government could use it to …

Myanmar pulls warships from disputed waters: Bangladesh
AFP –
CHITTAGONG (AFP) — Myanmar withdrew two warships from the Bay of Bengal Thursday after a four-day standoff with neighbouring Bangladesh over mineral-rich …

Myanmar lifts rice export ban
Straits Times, Singapore –

YANGON – AUTHORITIES in Myanmar have lifted a ban on rice exports imposed after Cyclone Nargis devastated swathes of crucial agricultural land in the …

Saluting McConnell
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –

It’s what he has done in some other notable instances, to help pass a tobacco buyout, support Burma’s pro-democracy movement and enact a Medicare …

PMs from SE Asia’s Mekong countries to meet in Vietnam
AFP –
Military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains diplomatically isolated and poor. Thailand said Frida

Voice of the Martyrs Alert
Crosswalk.com, VA –
Mizzima online reports that more than a million people are still struggling to recover from Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) six …

Heroes Of The Saffron Revolution
R-N University Observer, NJ –
100000 people protested the Burmese military junta in Rangoon, Myanmar, in August and September of 2007. Thirty thousand of those were Buddist Monks. …

Dhaka ready for any eventuality in Bay: Iftekhar
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 6 (bdnews24.com)—The foreign adviser has said Myanmar is pulling out of disputed Bay waters, but Bangladesh remains “ready for any eventuality”. …

Myanmar pulls warships from disputed waters: Bangladesh
AFP –
CHITTAGONG (AFP) — Myanmar withdrew two warships from the Bay of Bengal Thursday after a four-day standoff with neighbouring Bangladesh over mineral-rich …

Yangon suspends Bay of Bengal exploration
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Dhaka, Nov 6 (IANS) Myanmar has suspended its explorations in the Bay of Bengal after Bangladesh sent a diplomatic mission to Yangon and also got China to …

Politics of Place: Dr. Samantha Nutt
Pulse Niagara, Canada –
Global Television, the National Post, Flare, Chatelaine and the CBC, among many other media outlets, have recognized Dr. Nutt’s devotion to human rights and …

Farmers in cyclone-hit delta face bleak future
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Six months after Cyclone Nargis slammed in the delta, killing more than 130000 people and leaving 2.4 million destitute, farmers in Asia’s one-time ‘rice …

DHAKA (AFP) — A simmering dispute between Bangladesh and neighbouring Myanmar in a hydrocarbon-rich stretch of the Bay of Bengal has highlighted Dhaka’s …

5 Asian leaders meet to boost trade
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains diplomatically isolated and poor. Thailand said Friday’s meeting aimed to enhance ties in seven areas …

Myanmar ‘suspends gas exploration’ after BD action
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan –
By Our Correspondent DHAKA, Nov 5: Myanmar on Wednesday suspended gas exploration in the disputed waters of the Bay of Bengal after Bangladesh’s diplomatic …

Dodging change
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
And scrub paranoid Burma. The rest of the world got from this poll a cyberspace tutorial on ballot power. “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy …

COMMENTARY: Wondering on the sidelines of the historical Obama win …
Minda News, Philippines –
I wonder if he will be able to get the Burmese junta to release Aung San Syu Kyi and help nudge that country into the path of democracy. …

Bangladesh turns to China in Burma dispute
Radio Australia, Australia –Bangladesh has asked China to help it resolve a territorial dispute with Burma over a potentially-resource rich area of the Bay of Bengal. …

Mavericks on a mission
The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
The Fund has spent the last 10 years improving the lives of indigent children and families in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma-Myanmar, throwing its …

Burmese fishermen detained prior to deportation
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
By T. Farook Thajudeen The Harbour police yesterday produced seven fishermen from Burma who were rescued by a German vessel from a distress situation in mid …

Students to Play Dodgeball for Charity
Gustavus Adolphus College News, MN –
… and advocacy campaigns, USCB works to empower Americans and Burmese dissidents-in-exile to promote freedom, democracy, and human rights in Burma. …

High powered delegation off to Yangon: Chinese mediation being …
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
“I will meet my Myanmar counterpart and other senior officials to convey Dhaka’s concern and demand immediate withdrawal of the vessels and infrastructures …

Chinese Envoy calls on Iftekhar
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
In response to a question, he added that they had also spoken about the current situation between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal. …

Myanmar suspends exploration in Bay
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Myanmar ships yesterday suspended oil and gas exploration activities inside Bangladesh maritime territory awaiting the outcome of a dialogue between Dhaka’s …

B’deshi delegation to talk with Burmese officials
Mizzima.com, India –
“I have explained our peaceful intentions to our Chinese counterpart and expressed the hope that Myanmar will dismantle the installations on the disputed …

WEATHERING EARLY CRITICISM, HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HAS ‘CARVED A …
7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –
Special sessions held in the last year focused on the right to food, the situation in Burma, “which remains a very serious concern”, and human rights …

Detained NLD members stage protest at Rangoon court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
05 Nov, 2008 (DVB)-Eleven detained National League for Democracy members from Rangoon Hlaing Thayar township gave their back to the court yesterday to …

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November 5, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Warships in Bay of Bengal

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A Bangladeshi warship takes part in a multi-national naval exercise

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Bangladeshi diplomats headed to Yangon on Wednesday to try and smooth tensions over gas exploration in disputed waters, as a Myanmar official …

B’desh, Myanmar warships stay positioned in Bay of Bengal
Press Trust of India, India –
Dhaka, Nov 5 (PTI) The naval ships from Bangladesh and Myanmar continued to be deployed in the Bay of Bengal today even as a flurry of diplomatic …

A three-member Bangladeshi team is in Burma to hold talks on a territorial dispute between the two nations in the Bay of Bengal. …

Bangladesh asks China for help in Myanmar sea row
Reuters India, India –
DHAKA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Bangladesh asked China on Wednesday to help it resolve a row with Myanmar over oil and gas exploration in deep-sea blocks in …

Bangladesh briefs Chinese envoy on dispute with Myanmar
Monsters and Critics.com –
Dhaka – Dhaka on Wednesday explained to Beijing the reasons for the current tension in the Bay of Bengal over Myanmar’s gas exploration in disputed maritime …

Burma to continue gas exploration in Bay of Bengal: AP
Mizzima.com, India –
“We will not stop exploration activities, which are inside Myanmar [Burma] waters,” the official said. Instead he said Burma has officially lodged a …

Bangladesh, Burma to Hold Talks Over Territorial Dispute
Voice of America –
By VOA News Bangladesh’s foreign secretary, Toheid Hossain, is scheduled to travel to Burma Wednesday in a bid to defuse a dispute over oil- and gas-rich …

Bangladesh sends warship to Burma in gas row
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Bangladesh and Burma, two of the world’s poorest nations, have sent warships into the Bay of Bengal as tensions escalate over a vast but disputed gas find. …

Bangladesh steps up agression against Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
Bangladesh says it has deployed another warship to the Bay of Bengal and will send a top diplomat to Burma amid escalating tensions over gas exploration in …

Dhaka delegation leaves for Myanmar

Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
“I will meet my Myanmar counterpart and other senior officials to convey that Dhaka wants immediate withdrawal of the vessels and infrastructures from the …

Naval standoff between Burma and Bangladesh
Open Democracy, UK –
Naval vessels from Bangladesh and Burma faced off after a row erupted over oil and gas exploration in the area. Bangladesh officials claim a Burmese …

Burma said it will continue gas exploration in Bay of Bengal …
Mizzima.com, India –
The official said, “We will not stop our exploration activities, which are inside Myanmar [Burma] waters.” Instead, the official said Burma has officially …

Political, student bodies condemn Myanmar
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Protesting Myanmar’s effort Bangladesh Chhatra Federation organised a rally on Dhaka University campus yesterday. They also burnt the effigy of M Tamim, …

Myanmar sends another warship
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

Bangladesh Navy last evening asked ships of Myanmar to stop oil and gas exploration inside Bangladesh maritime territory as Bangladesh’s special envoy is to …

Protecting exclusive economic zone
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
BANGLADESH authorities have sharply reacted to Myanmar intruding into Bangladesh’s exclusive zone (EEZ) and sent a naval flotilla to restrain the intrusion. …

Myanmar mobilise warships in Bay of Bengal
Press Trust of India, India –
Dhaka, Nov 4 (PTI) Bangladesh and Myanmar have mobilised more warships in the Bay of Bengal even as diplomatic efforts are underway to resolve the row over …

Bangladesh-Burma (Myanmar) maritime boundary dispute escalates
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
By Huma Yusuf Naval ships from Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) are facing off in the Bay of Bengal as a maritime boundary dispute between the two countries …


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November 4, 2008 at 9:32 pm