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World focus on Burma (8 September 2008)

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Junta denies knowledge of Suu Kyi’s hunger strike
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s police chief, Brigadier General Khin Yi, on Sunday denied knowing anything about the hunger strike rumors of detained pro-democracy …

Walker’s World: Asia’s new nuclear map
United Press International –
China has only itself to blame for this, with its construction of ports and possible naval bases in Burma and Pakistan that India understandably saw as …

US needs to focus more on ethnic groups
Mizzima.com, India –
A long-time American voice of reporting and analysis on international affairs and relations concludes that the best hope for a future Burma and the securing …

Seizing the moment
Charlottetown, The Guardian, Canada –
Her passionate plea for refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma) who are facing a food crisis due to the devastation this past May caused by Cyclone Nargis …

Six NLD members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 9, 2008 (DVB)–Six members of the National League for Democracy in Magwe division’s Pwint Phyu and Salin townships were arrested by government …

Taunggok NLD member jailed after family dispute
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 8, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy in Taunggok township, Arakan state, was given a one-year prison sentence on 4 September by Taunggok …

Burma: Building upon success
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Without these commitments, isolationists may argue that humanitarian operations were more about scoring political points against the regime rather than …

Three Cantors tuning up to help victims of the Myanmar cyclone
Times Colonist, Canada –
The college was heavily damaged during a May cyclone that devastated Myanmar, formerly Burma. The Victoria performance, billed as Voices of Hope, …

The French enigma: how do they get away with it?
guardian.co.uk, UK –
… is better on law than democracy and Zimbabwe has made every mistake in the book. But there is no escaping hard choices, no hiding place, not even Burma. …


Making contact with internal terrorists, external ones formed All Burma Democratic Alliance (ABDA), MyeOza group, Justice Group and All Myanmar Independent …

How do you review the role of Mr Gambari in connection with the efforts of the UN in the political development in Myanmar? Is his role over? …

Senior General Maung Aye to Visit Bangladesh Next Month
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
He is expected to lead a 50-member delegation including senior government officials and businessmen on his visit to Burma’s western neighbor. …

Burma’s refugees get Waukesha welcomes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI –
The sudden influx of Asian immigrants has been driven largely by a relaxation of US restrictions on refugees from Burma — also known as Myanmar — coupled …

A heritage that shames us
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
The son of a Sri Lankan father and a Burmese mother, Vigneswaran was born in Adelaide, Australia. His sense of being marginal in that bastion of white …

Democracy in Burma Doesn’t Need Protests: SPDC Ministers
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
In Burma, they said people do not need to stage demonstrations for democracy in Burma; Burma will reach the path of democracy very soon,” he said. …

Thanks, from Burma to the Philippines
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
I will never forget the Philippines, and my memories of this country will serve as lessons that I and my colleagues in the democracy movement for Burma can …

War-torn Afghanistan wins Olympic bronze
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
The Philippines joined Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and Burma (Myanmar) in the cellar with nothing to show for their participation. Believe it or not, Afghanistan …

Myanmar accuses Suu Kyi’s party over bombing

Daily Times, Pakistan –
NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s military rulers on Sunday accused two members of the pro-democracy opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi over the bombing of .
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No Suu Kyi hunger strike: Burma police chief
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s police chief has denied detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is on hunger strike. She receives daily rations from the regime and has no other …
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World focus on Burma (25 August 2008)

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‘Emergency relief’ for food crisis in Burma’s Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
In a meeting on Monday, the six Organizations – WFP, FAO, Groupe d’échange et de Recherche Technologiques (GRET), Care, Karuna Myanmar Social Services …

Lurid trade
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even the Burmese junta went through the exercise of approving in 2005 an anti-persons trafficking law. And in 2007, the Malaysian House of Representatives …

Will it be A Paper Tiger?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Following Burma’s cyclone the regime was incapable of providing relief to millions of affected citizens and it refused to let in international aid and aid …

Suu Kyi Refusal to Meet Envoy Sends a Strong Message, Say Observers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burma’s ruling military regime moved quickly to exploit the situation. State-run television showed Gambari’s aides and Burmese officials standing …

Suu Kyi Refuses to Accept Food: Exiled NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In 2003, soon after Suu Kyi’s motorcade was attacked by junta-backed thugs in Upper Burma, the US State Department said that she had started a hunger …

Burmese Protests Not Allowed in Singapore
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The activists were part of a larger group of people who demonstrated against the Burmese junta in November 2007 during the Asean Summit meeting in Singapore …

Snakebite Death Highlights Medicine Shortages
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Snakebite antidote is produced by Burma’s Myanmar Paramedical Factory, which issues more than 40000 bottles annually. Burma’s Minister of Health, …

JUNTA-AHIMSA AGREED UNDERGROUND RULES
MorungExpress, India –
-A ‘Look East’ outlook- Myanmar military Junta is like that of thorny porcupine. Should the python India try to swallow it, it can harm GOI’s digestive …

UN Envoy to Burma Criticized for Progress on Reforms

Ibrahim Gambari (2007 File)

Voice of America –
By Ron Corben The UN special envoy on Burma faces criticism over his failure to press the government toward reform during his latest visit. …

Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food: Party sources
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s detained Opposition leader and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has reportedly been refusing food supplies since last week, …

Authorities extort money from cyclone victims
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 25, 2008 (DVB)–Villagers in Irrawaddy division have complained that local authorities have continued to extort money from cyclone victims under various …

Sharing Canada’s Good Fortune Responsibly
Tumbler Ridge News,  Canada –
The following are some recent examples of Canada’s aid to nations and peoples in need: $11.5-million to the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund and $30-million to the …

David Miliband has to go
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
In the wake of the devastating cyclone that hit Burma in May Miliband hinted that he was considering using the British military to deliver aid by force – a …

Morton Abramowitz, Thomas R. Pickering, Foreign Affairs, 8/25/2008
Century Foundation, NY –
In May, Cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar (also known as Burma), killing over 80000 people and leaving millions homeless and in dire conditions. …

Thai PM suggests UN talks with Myanmar on democracy, constitution …
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
If this issue was left out of discussions, the UN could talk a lot with Myanmar, Mr. Samak said. Mrs. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a …

The Cutting Edge, DC –
Instead he spent time talking with groups such as the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), the major funder of the …

Burmese immigrant invests in his neighbors
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, also known as Myanmar, in May _ killing up to 130000. Employing a well-respected, well-educated member of an immigrant community …

BURMA: No Photo Op for Gambari

Inter Press Service News Agency By Marwaan Macan-Markar
BANGKOK, Aug 25 (IPS) – A United Nations-led effort to push political reform in military-ruled Burma plunged to a humiliating low on the weekend, raising questions about the effectiveness of the world body’s special envoy to the country, Ibrahim Gambari.

Ghosts amid the wreckage in Myanmar

International Herald Tribune – Asia-Pacific By Seth Mydans

Nearly four months after the cyclone, the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar is a flat, dark expanse of ruin populated by dazed survivors, unburied bodies and visions of wandering, moaning ghosts.

Different walks of life in Myanmar appraise successful holding of Beijing Olympic Games

Xinhua Online –YANGON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Different walks of life in Myanmar Monday appraised China’s successful hosting of the 29th Beijing Olympic Games with China….

Thai PM Says West Uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi As Political Tool

Nasdaq – Global Markets BANGKOK (AFP)–Thailand’s prime minister on Monday criticized Western nations for pinning their efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar on the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi….

Chinese defense minister meets Myanmar chief of defense industries

Xinhua Online – BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Monday met with Tin Aye, chief of Defense Industries of Myanmar

All that glitters isn’t gold
Mizzima.com, India –
When the United Nations Security Council held an informal briefing on the situation in Burma for the first time, in December 2006, delegates again urged …

Bond actor to donate boats to Burma
Ninemsn, Australia –
‘His representative came to Myanmar (Burma) and said he will pay for 25 fishing boats, and our committee brought the representative to that village,” a …

Burma Allows Unlimited Fuel Purchase With Foreign Exchange …
RedOrbit, TX –
Rangoon – Burma’s junta authorized the unlimited purchase of diesel and gasoline with Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) at state-owned gas stations on …

Thailand tells the UN to broaden focus in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –
[Reuters] Thailand’s prime minister Samak Sundaravej has told the western countries not to pin their efforts to bring democracy to Burma on the release of …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Mr. Gambari, who concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar last week, thanked Mr. Samak for his help in negotiating with senior Myanmar officials who later …

PM: Meeting with Tea Banh to ease border tension
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Following the discussion on Burma with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, the premier said Mr Gambari plans to propose the idea of having a third party to …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – AUGUST 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
These were done to the people while they were still suffering deeply from the devastating effect of the killer cyclone, and while the international …

Aye Hsay Thar Tun
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… in Burma, the country in which she is from. There, the organization is working to make a better life for those left homeless by the recent cyclone. …

Burma’s opposition politician attacked by unknown perpetrator
Mizzima.com, India –
In March, a Human Rights activist, Myint Aye (57) sustained head injuries from a similar beating by unknown people. Myint Hlaing, chairman of the Hlaing …

Human rights violations
Muncie Star Press, IN –
The first was a promise of improved human rights. Just before the games began, China incarcerated individuals who jeopardized the impression of calm accord …

The Best of Olympic Spirit Transferred and the Worst Purified for …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Most recently, PFC has been providing direct humanitarian relief to the victims of Cyclone Nagris in Burma. PFC recently raised support for and money to …

Media Power and People Power
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Aung San, the leader of the independence movement in Burma and father of the currently jailed leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was the editor of …

Global vision – Cardiff eye man speaks out
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
In sub-Saharan Africa, in the poor countries of the Far East, parts of India or Bangladesh, in Myanmar [Burma] and in countless other places you can only …

After the Games, China stays on world’s stage
Indianapolis Star, United States –
Meanwhile, the human-rights situation in China remains troublesome — undemocratic governance, discrimination toward ethnic minorities, with limits on …

Burma: 2092 Political Prisioners In Prison
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
In the last year there have been around 900 arrests of activists, some for things like helping the relief operation following Cyclone Nargis. …

Insurers consider storm surge threat
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… a storm surge in the Gulf of Thailand could cause greater damage than the one triggered by Cyclone Nargis on the central plain of Burma in early May. …

NGOs hold satiric closing ceremony for Olympics
China Post, Taiwan –
As the Beijing Olympics officially closed, groups such as Friends of Tibet, Taiwan Free Burma Network, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Taiwan Labor …

Have you met our new friends?
The Times, South Africa –
Instead, let us now be proud of the democratic states of China and Russia, who stood by us like good friends at the UN when we refused to impose sanctions …

Gambari Burma Mission Not Accomplished, UNSC should intervene more …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
This was Gambari’s fourth trip to Burma since the deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators led by Buddhist-monks last September. …

McDonald’s, Ma and Hu awarded ‘Olympic’ golds
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
“Abuses not only increased, but China has also exported abuses by supporting authoritarian regimes in Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe,” Yang said. …

China won the gold for human rights abuses
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
The medals go to appalling attacks on human freedom and dignity. Start, though, with a special honor for pre-game enabling. The champion in this event was …

Myanmar opposition criticizes UN envoy
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not …

Gambari ‘wasting his time’ in Burma
The Standard, Hong Kong –
UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari was “wasting his time” in Burma because he did nothing to end the political stalemate there, the opposition party of Aung …

UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

World focus on Burma (18 August 2008)

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New Talks In Myanmar

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

Mark Farmaner is the Director of the Burma Campaign in the UK. He says that hopes of a breakthrough in negotiations are low.

Gambari’s visit has created no political breakthrough: Burmese …

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League fro Democracy – on Monday said it welcomed another round of visit by the United Nations …

Aung San Suu Kyi in another rare meeting with lawyer

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday was allowed another meeting with her lawyer, Kyi Win, …

Burmese MPs in exile call for ASEAN support

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… for the Philippine and other ASEAN governments to censure SPDC for its human rights violations and suppression of democratic forces in Burma,” he said. …

Support athletes, but not China

Ukiah Daily Journal, CA –

The military junta in Burma is still in power to this day, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China’s support. …

Six killed in a landslide in Upper Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

“The heavy and incessant rainfall in Mogoke has been on for about three months now and started even before Cyclone Nargis hit Burma. …

A Cambodian woman swims with her cattle to higher ground. Photo: Reuters

Flooding has also hit parts of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos as well as Burma, where waters rose in the Irrawaddy Delta, still recovering from a cyclone that …

Five Taunggok activists jailed for 8 August march

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… including members of the 88 Generation Students group, the All Burma Federation Of Student Unions and the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network, …

Daw Suu receives visits from lawyer and doctor

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… League for Democracy leader is intended to create a positive impression for United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who arrives in Burma today.

Gambari Arrives in Burma

United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari speaks during an interview on February at the United Nations information center in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The United Nations Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Rangoon on Monday for a five-day trip to Burma. …

UN envoy visits Myanmar Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

UN envoy makes another visit to Burma Radio Australia, Australia –

UN Envoy Begins Burma Visit Voice of America –

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Six Die and Thousands Flee Torrential Rain in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Last Saturday, the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported that the floods hit areas of Rangoon and the Irrawaddy delta, where Cyclone Nargis left a …

Nobel Peace Laureates Offer a Message of Hope on America’s Most …

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

The ten core issues that the Nobel Peace Laureates have designated for projects include: — Ending racism and hate — Social justice and human rights for …

Myanmar Gem Sellers Disregard US Ban

Israel Diamond Portal, Israel –

Myanmar, (formerly Burma), produces almost 90% of the world’s rubies and is a leading international supplier of other gems and jade. …

China’s iron Olympic grip starts to

Times Online, UK –

They rejected criticism of their policies on Darfur, Burma and Zimbabwe, brushing aside foreign demonstrators complaining about Tibet. …

Bridging the gap: Myanmar refugees and members of Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church enjoy a game Sunday. The children threw themselves into the games, but language gaps slowed interaction between adults.

… Nationalities Christian Fellowship, a congregation of immigrants, most of them refugees, from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country once known as Burma. …

A Burmese woman deals her Jade stones with a shopkeeper at the Jade market June 15, 2003 in Mandalay, Myanmar. The country generates a considerable income from the mining of precious stones mostly from the northern part of Myanmar. Its a government run mo (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Although both European countries and the United States have placed severe restrictions on the import of gems from Burma (also called Myanmar), …

AtHoc IWSAlerts Achieves “Positive Military Utility” Rating by US …

PR Web (press release), WA –

… joint military forces also used AtHoc IWSAlerts in preparation for relief efforts when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, Burma in May. …

Suu Kyi meets lawyer on eve of UN envoy visit: spokesman

AFP –

A protester carries a photo of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

YANGON (AFP) — Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed a rare meeting with her lawyer on the eve of a UN envoy’s visit to push Myanmar’s …

UN envoy begins Myanmar reconciliation mission

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Myanmar’s capital Monday on a five-day mission to promote national reconciliation and …

UN envoy in Myanmar amid waning hopes for reform

International Herald Tribune, France –

With little to show from his previous five missions to the former Burma, hopes of a breakthrough on Gambari’s sixth visit are low. “Frankly, we don’t expect …

Severe Flooding Hits Burma and Neighboring Countries

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP BANGKOK — Severe flooding triggered by torrential rains has struck areas of Burma still reeling from Cyclone Nargis, a state-run newspaper said …

A boy played in flood waters yesterday at a shop east of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Officials there said the flooding of the Mekong River was the worst in memory.

A boy played in flood waters yesterday at a shop east of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Officials there said the flooding of the Mekong River was the worst in memory. (Reuters)

Flooding has also hit parts of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos as well as Burma, where waters rose in the Irrawaddy Delta. The delta region is still recovering …

UN special envoy arrives in Myanmar

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The visit is Gambari’s fourth since last year to Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he has been handed a mandate by the UN to deal with the country’s …

UN special envoy visits Myanmar for reconciliation efforts

Xinhua, China –

18 (Xinhua) — United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived here Monday on a re-visit to Myanmar to goon with UN’s efforts for the country’s …

Letter from Rangoon

New Yorker, United States –

Soldiers about to close off access to Rangoon’s Sule Pagoda, during the protests of September, 2007. Increasingly, dissidents are questioning the utility of direct confrontation with the government. Photograph by Christian Holst.

Soldiers about to close off access to Rangoon’s Sule Pagoda, during the protests of September, 2007. Increasingly, dissidents are questioning the utility of direct confrontation with the government. Photograph by Christian Holst.

… “Aung San Suu Kyi is the new leader of our country. American troops will come liberate us.” But Suu Kyi—the daughter of the general who led Burma to …

Australia helps refugees rebuild their lives

TamilSydney.com, Australia –

‘There are more than 40 000 people in the Mae La refugee camp, mostly people of Karen ethnicity who faced persecution by the Burmese military junta,’ …

Junta allows Suu Kyi to meet with lawyer again

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

YANGON, Aug 18 (Kyodo) – Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed Sunday to meet with her lawyer for the second time in 10 days, …

Begging won’t save Burma

Boston Globe, United States –

Nowhere has that failure been more flagrant than in Burma, where a vicious military junta continues to deceive and defy the world body. …

China undeserving

Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY –

The military junta in Burma is still in power, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China´s support. …

Burma opposition lauds UN visit

BBC News, UK –

Aung San Suu Kyi and Ibrahim Gambari (March 2008)

Mr Gambari met Aung San Suu Kyi in March but not key military leaders

By Brenda Marshall Burma’s National League for Democracy has said it hopes a visit by the UN’s special envoy will revive talks between its detained leader …

Moral lessons

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… cited as models of moral courage peace advocate Mahatma Gandhi, human rights leader Martin Luther King, and Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks – © AP

Gambari last visited Myanmar in March, a trip he described as a disappointment. Although he was allowed to meet Suu Kyi he had no access to senior junta …

Hopes for talks on Burma democracy

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

BURMA’S main opposition party said yesterday that it hopes a visit today by a United Nations special envoy will help restart talks between the pro-democracy …

Myanmar activists sentenced to prison for protest commemoration march

JURIST –

[JURIST] Officials of Myanmar opposition group the National League for Democracy (NLD) said Sunday that the government has sentenced five of its members to …

NLD hopes Gambari’s visit will revive talks with junta

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s main opposition party said Sunday that it hopes a visit this week by a UN special envoy will help restart stalled talks between …

The new gold standard

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… missing the opening rites in Beijing as a protest against the Chinese government’s continuing support of the military junta in Burma or Sudan. ..

Myanmar opposition hopes UN envoy’s visit will spur talks

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: The main Myanmar main opposition party said Sunday that it hoped a visit this week by a special envoy from the United Nations would help …

Detained Suu Kyi meets lawyer as release speculation grows

Monsters and Critics.com –

Yangon – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been permitted a rare meeting with her lawyer, the second this month, giving rise to speculation …

Wife of Solo Protester Arrested in Arakan

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

The poster contained writing demanding the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. “He wrote a sentence on the poster that read, ‘Our mother Daw Aung Suu Kyi must …

For Australia foreign aid, like charity, begins

The Age, Australia –

Since May, Australia has given more than $55 million in the aftermath of Burma’s cyclone Nargis and more than $2 million to China’s earthquake recovery. …

World focus on Burma (17 August 2008)

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McCain Releases Technology Platform

Slashdot –

But who decides how much humanitarian aid to fly off of an aircraft carrier into Burma after a disaster? Who made the decision to land aid-payload by …

Most Popular Opinion

The Zimbabwe Standard, Zimbabwe –

In this insensitive and tardy response to a threat to its population, the government shares an odious position with the military junta in Burma that was …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar

KGAN, IA –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An opposition party in Myanmar is hoping a visiting UN envoy can restart dialogue between it and the reclusive government. …

A home on the range

Amarillo.com (subscription), TX –

… of an estimated 700 refugees who have moved to the Amarillo area since January, most from Somalia, Iran, the Sudan and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Flooding hits parts of Southeast Asia

Arkansas Online (subscription), AR –

AP BANGKOK, Thailand — Severe flooding triggered by torrential rains has struck areas of Burma still recovering from a cyclone that killed more than 84000 …

Myanmar jails five activists for ’88 memorial march: opposition

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s military authorities have jailed five young activists for taking part in a small street rally marking the anniversary of a 1988 …

Myanmar opposition hopes UN envoy can revive talks

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s main opposition party said Sunday that it hopes a visiting UN special envoy can help restart talks between detained …

Looking Away From Beauty

Infoshop News –

Or its complicity in human rights violations in Africa, Asia, and South America. Then there’s Nike, one of many apparel manufacturers that would rather you …

Burmese exiles seem resigned to status quo

San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –

…..”I want the people of your country to know, the American people care deeply about the people of Burma, and we pray for the day in which the people will be free,” Bush told a group of Burmese dissidents…..

Difficult Passage

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Mr Vitit conceded that we should not be too ambitious in hoping that Asean will come up with an ”EU- or US-type human rights commission”, but stressed …

Georgia and the return of the Cold War at UN

Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

By ensuring the presence of President George Bush at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics last week and by stalling moves by human rights organisation to …

Olympic Reality Management

OpEdNews, PA –

He is concerned about depleted uranium, repression in Burma, stolen elections, organ harvesting, aspartame, sugar, species depletion, animal abuse, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 17, 2008 at 6:17 am

Olympic Reality Management

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Diary Entry by Peter Dearman

Olympic Reality Management

August 16, 2008 at 11:57:31

Will this one go down as the Fake Olympics? Communist reality control could turn ugly.::::::::

“They had better watch it,” is what I thought out loud when I first learned that part of the Olympic opening ceremony was faked through digital inserts into the globally broadcast signal. It’s not that such trickery is intrinsically offensive, but the presumption by Chinese officials that they had the right to deceive the global public, like a hypnotist who operates illicitly, is somewhat offensive to quite a lot of people, I expect. Had the illusionary sequence of fiery footprints been announced beforehand, or even immediately following the ceremony, people would have called it art. But, because of the deceit, it is now likelier to be called propaganda.

I can’t say that I am surprised. It looks to me and my TV like China is doing an admirable job hosting such a large scale operation as the Olympics. Things seem well organized and professionally run. It is the lack of taste that shows off China in a bad light. Theirs is not a culture in which people are good at putting themselves into the shoes of others.

Case in point: Chinese spectators are cheering for Taiwanese athletes, who are forced to compete under the ridiculous name, Chinese Taipei. The  current batch of leaders in Taiwan have taken the old Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on a pro-communist U-turn and are now in Beijing watching the games and joking about how Taiwanese athletes have a bit of homefield advantage, as if Taiwan were actually a province of China when if fulfills every definition of a sovereign nation. No one asks how the Taiwanese athletes feel. There is a good chance that most of them don’t share these people’s dream of “re-unifying” Taiwan and the Great Han Motherland.

So, as the games move along, it appears China’s lack of taste is going to show through despite the fact the Western mainstream media actually seems to want to be polite to the CCP and treat the Olympics with kid gloves when it comes to human rights issues.

But this lack of taste is gonna keep coming through — internationally.

First it was the fake fireworks story. Next, it was the news the little girl singing was actually lip-synching because some Communist brass thought the best singer wasn’t cute enough. Strike two.

Then, came news that the original lead dancer for the ceremony didn’t perform because she had been paralyzed in a training accident a few weeks before. The news had been suppressed, or at least unreleased. This story didn’t make a big splash in the Western media anyway, but the next one did. At least, I expect it will. Come on. It’s up to 89 listings in Google News now, but maybe it’s getting stale already.

The news? Only that the children dressed in the traditional costumes of China’s 56 recognized ethnic minorities were really just that – Han Chinese kids dressed up as ethnic children. Could you imagine the outrage were this to happen in a Western country?

Most of the stories, such as this one on Reuters,  are including the other two reality-manipulation incidents as background.

There are other stories that, while not be explicitly harped about by media, are so obvious that casual viewers will get the message anyway. The British journalist being arrested, for example, or the obviously underage Chinese gymnasts. But mostly, I’m thinking about empty seats and the impression that gives. Why are they empty? According to one English-speaking Taiwanese journalist operating surrepticiously under the name John Hancock, one big reason is because so many tickets were given to Party cadres who decided to make money selling them through scalpers. But in their infinite wisdom as Commies, they told the scalpers a minimum price. Their bad taste, China’s embarrassment. In the long run. I expect. We’ll see.

Anyway, I still say they had better watch it, there in the CCP Olympian control room in Beijing. World opinion mightbe more fickle than they think.

Peter Dearman is an English teacher living in Taiwan. He is concerned about depleted uranium, repression in Burma, stolen elections, organ harvesting, aspartame, sugar, species depletion, animal abuse, ocean pollution, helium depletion and the generally high level of bad things happening in the world today.

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August 17, 2008 at 5:46 am

World focus on Burma (15 August 2008)

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Beijing Olympics: China using Myanmar ‘Blood Jade’?

Merinews, India –

… jade from the Sino-Burma border jade markets much before the Beijing Olympic Games were inaugurated on August 8, the Myanmar media in exile reports. …

Junta officials release opposition youth arrested by mistake

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon released a youth member of Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy …

Steep rise in food prices continues

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Economist Dr Khin Maung Nyo said the Burmese government had predicted a further rise in prices due to the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis. …

Emergency phase not yet over for cyclone survivors in Burma: WFP

Mizzima.com, India – 2 hours ago

Three months after the cyclone struck Burma leaving more than 2.4 million people homeless and hungry, WFP said “The emergency phase is not yet over,” as …

Former child soldier re-arrested for desertion

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Ye Tun Zaw said Htut San Oo managed to escape from the work camp when Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in early May, and began to assemble documents to report his …

Junta Braces for Anniversary of Monk-led Uprising

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO The mayor of Rangoon has confirmed that security will be heightened in the former capital in the coming weeks, as Burma approaches another …

Burmese Exiled Politicians Invited to Indonesian Parliament

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Roshan Jason, executive director of Asean’s Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), told The Irrawaddy on Friday that this was the first time Burmese …

UN Claims only $1.5 Million Lost in Cyclone Relief Effort

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We are very pleased with Canada’s quick response to the cyclone victims in Burma,” said Tin Maung Htoo, executive director of Canadian Friends of Burma.

Landslide disrupts Thai-Burmese border trade

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… cutting the main trading route from Mae Sot into Burma, which had also been used to carry relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta. …

Heavy Rains, Chinese Dams Lead to Flooding

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… told The Irrawaddy that flooding is affecting farmland regions in Laos and Burma. On Thursday, Tuenjai Deetes, a Thai human rights activist and former …

USDA Expected to Form Proxy Parties for 2010 Election

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Burma’s military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) is reportedly planning to form proxy parties to contest the proposed …

Ina speech to the Values Voter Summit last November, John McCain …

National Review Online, NY –

I am pro-life because I know what it is like to live without human rights, where human life is accorded no inherent value, and I know that I have a personal …

Burmese dissidents charged in court

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar were arrested in June this year while conducting relief operations in the cyclone-hit region. Zaw Thet Htwe was first arrested …

Burmese comedian charged on seven counts

Mizzima.com, India –

The authorities arrested Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htwe in June this year while they were participating in relief operations in the cyclone hit regions. …

Summit of EAC heads of State

Uganda Media Centre, Uganda –

While they bully smaller countries like Burma, they unconditionally work with China, their diametrically opposed politics notwithstanding. …

Joel Brinkley: Misery and oppression continue in Burma while the …

Sacramento Bee,  USA –

… Thitinan Pongsudhirak of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University told the Burmese exile press, “The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was …

UN envoy’s top priority is political prisoners languishing in …

Mizzima.com, India –

By Larry Jagan Bangkok – Burma’s human rights record is again under scrutiny by the international community, almost a year after the junta cracked down on …

The Westender, Australia –

“There are more than 40 000 people in the Mae La refugee camp, mostly people of Karen ethnicity who faced persecution by the Burmese military junta,” …

UN envoy’s top priority is political prisoners languishing in …

Mizzima.com, India –

By Larry Jagan Bangkok – Burma’s human rights record is again under scrutiny by the international community, almost a year after the junta cracked down on …

Benchmarking Burma

Wall Street Journal – By BENEDICT ROGERS

Since 1990, UN envoys have made 37 visits to Burma. The Human Rights Council and General Assembly between them have passed more than 30 resolutions, …

Don’t quit, Burmese junta tells underperforming chief censor

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

The Burmese junta’s Minister of Information refused to accept the resignation of the regime’s chief censor, said a government official who requested …

Cambodian ruling party re-elected with increased majority

World Socialist Web Site, MI –

The Human Rights Party, which was formed in 2007 by a former Funcinpec leader, Kem Sokha, won 6.62 percent of the vote in its first election, …

Landslide disrupts Thai-Burmese border trade

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… cutting the main trading route from Mae Sot into Burma, which had also been used to carry relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta. …

Understanding Zhongguo

Media Monitors Network, CA –

China claims to be slowly but surely balancing its political reforms with the expansion of grassroots democracy and corporate capitalism, all the while …

Canada announces more disaster aid for Chinese quake victims

Xinhua, China –

… that Canada is also matching more than 11.6 million for people affected by the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, which killed nearly 85, 000 people in May. …

‘The forgotten army’

Peace Arch News, Canada –

… ‘For your tomorrow, we gave ours today.’” Editor’s note: Percy Smith was a chief steward with the British Merchant Navy in Burma (now Myanmar).

Myanmar dissidents stay out of sight
United Press International –
On the 20th anniversary last week, demonstrations were held around the world against the military junta, except in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …

UNICEF: RP children in peril in war zones

Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

The low-performing countries were Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos and Timor-Leste, while the high-performing ASEAN members were Brunei, Malaysia, …

The massive 8.0 tremor that hit China’s Sichuan province on May 12 left nearly 70000 dead and 18000 missing while the Nargis cyclone in Myanmar left 138000 …

The mislabeled “United Nations Human Rights Council”

Right Side News, GA –

Well-known human rights abusers Burma, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe voted in favor of the new council and many …

Remembering Democracy’s Martyrs In Burma

Voice of America –

In March 1988, student-led protests began against a junta that had taken power in the early 1960s and whose xenophobic policies had devastating effects on …

Feds match Chinese, Burma aid donations

insideTORONTO.com, Canada –

Getting disaster aid to Burma, also known as Myanmar, was difficult because of obstruction by the country’s military regime. Canadian law does not normally …

Asean at 41

Manila Times, Philippines –

… and Thailand—the organization was joined later by Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (former Burma) and Cambodia to become a 10-nation group. …

Veterans Affairs Canada: Minister Issues Statement on the Occasion …

NewsBlaze, CA –

More than a million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served overseas during the Second World War, more than 10000 of them in Hong Kong, Burma and other Far …

JOEL BRINKLEY: Misery, oppression continue in Burma while the …

The Olympian, WA –

… Thitinan Pongsudhirak of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University told the Burmese exile press, “The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was …

Olympics may not change world but do allow a moment of hope

Times & Star, UK –

I was going to talk about the evil of holding them in a country where human rights count for nothing and I was going to talk about drug abuse and politics …

Government of Canada Helps Victims of China Earthquake and Burma …

Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

The Burma cyclone in May left nearly 140000 dead or missing. The humanitarian response by Canadians was immediate, and several organizations raised funds to …

After The Cold War

Atlantic Online –

And so American power must be brought to bear in Georgia and Iraq and Iran and Burma and Darfur and Bosnia and anyplace else where American interests are …

Indonesia invites Burmese MPs to Independence Day celebration

Mizzima.com, India –

The invitation is an act of recognition of Burmese MPs, who have been denied by Burma’s military regime from convening the parliament despite being …

Suu Suu Nwe and Hanny Oo appear before court

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – A human rights activist under detention was produced before court yesterday, but family members are worried as they were not allowed to meet …

The 3 am Phone Call is Real

RealClearPolitics, IL –

As Claudia Rosett of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies put it: “UN mediators can’t even protect the dissident monks of Burma or the opposition in …

Asia needs a new rule-of-law debate

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

An Atlanta school makes a community from a world of difference

Daily Herald, UT –

… staff includes many for whom bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and disasters like the Chinese earthquake and the cyclone in Burma, hit close to home. …

Trade, aid fail Cambodia’s poor

The Age, Australia –

Burma is possibly heading in the same direction. As Burma bows to pressure from the West to allow aid into the country after cyclone Nargis, critics argue …

On Thin Ice

The National Interest Online, DC –

When a major cyclone created widespread devastation in Burma earlier this year, some proponents of humanitarian aid urged the US military to compel delivery …

World focus on Burma (11-8-2008)

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… staff includes many for whom bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and disasters like the Chinese earthquake and the cyclone in Burma, hit close to home. …

First fund raising Music album for Nargis released

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s prominent Rock singer, Lay Phyu and several others has release a Music album, of which the proceedings will go for a charity fund to …

The Politics of the Beijing Olympics

National Ledger, AZ –

He could make a definitive statement on human rights while attending the Olympics. I think the President did the right thing. Had he boycotted the Olympics, …

Intermountain Catholic

Intermountain Catholic, UT –

The board reveals that refugees are coming from Burma (Myanmar), Congo, Malaysia, Bhutan, Iran, and Jordan. This month alone will see 63 refugees, …

Questions and Answers on the Community Civil Protection Mechanism

eGov monitor, UK –

Other 2008 expert operations include an intervention in Burma during a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the country’s …

Myanmar activist Suu Kyi meets with lawyer to discuss detention

JURIST –

In May, the junta announced that Myanmar’s draft constitution [JURIST news archive] had been overwhelmingly approved [JURIST report] in a national …

Detained Suu Kyi allowed rare meeting with lawyer

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday was allowed a rare meeting by the military junta with her lawyer Kyi Win, …

Burmese tourism industry in doldrums

Mizzima.com, India –

An official at the government run ‘Myanmar Hotel and Tourism Corporation’, who wished not to be named, said they are also engaging in sales promotion and …

Olympics Draw Harvest of Online Protests

Media Channel, NY –

Human rights advocates have criticised other countries’ seeming inaction and unwillingness to question China’s policies on Darfur, Burma and Tibet. …

Thailand’s ex-prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, and wife jump bail

Los Angeles Times, CA –

… a state-run lottery created to fund education, and in a $120-million loan to neighboring Myanmar, also know as Burma, by Thailand’s Export-Import Bank. …

Junta continues to detain five protesters for marching on 8888 …

Mizzima.com, India –

“We are only promoting and defending human rights in Burma not working for political power. I think the authorities want to weaken our human right awareness …

Worth it: Moments like these is what keeps a dozen or so locals …

Waterbury Republican American, CT –

Today is the second day these 11 Karen (ka-REN) refugees from Burma, now settled in Waterbury, have been immersed in an American institution: Camp. …

The Olympic Spirit is bleeding

OpEdNews, PA –

Its not only China’s controversy with Tibet or the situation in Burma; furthermore, the present armed conflict between Russian and Georgian forces show us …

“China Go For Gold! Give Human Rights in Beijing A Chance …

UNPO, Netherlands –

The Burma Centre, Tibet Support Group, and International Campaign for Tibet hosted a peaceful demonstration calling for sustained attention to human rights …

Rights activist U Myint Aye arrested

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway – 3 hours ago

“They seized some appeal letters for donations sent to us by Cyclone Nargis victims – they usually send us these so that we know what they need,” she said. …

Meeting President Bush

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Months of preparation went into the meeting, which was intended to give Bush an opportunity to learn more about Burma’s current political situation. …

Danish Minster Slams Burma Boycott, Sanctions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The minister for developmental cooperation in Denmark said recently that economic sanctions on Burma and tourism boycott are counter productive, …

Suu Kyi Discusses Detention with her Lawyer

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had a rare meeting with her lawyer to discuss her continuing house arrest, a National League …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi allowed visit by lawyer

Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

HONG KONG – The Associated Press Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with her lawyer for the first time in five years, a colleague of …

House-bound leader allowed to meet lawyer

Edmonton Journal, Canada –

YANGON / Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a rare meeting with her lawyer following a visit to the country by a UN rights expert, …

Aung San Suu Kyi detention extended

CNN International –

(CNN) — Myanmar’s military rulers have extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another year, a source who spoke to a member …

Burmese comedian maybe jailed for helping Cyclone Nargis victims

Fresh News, India –

By ANI on Sunday, August 10, 2008 One of Burma’s most famous comedians went on trial yesterday for providing aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis. …

Will Russia Get Away With It?

New York Times, United States – WILLIAM KRISTOL

China props up the regimes in Burma and North Korea. The United States, of course, is not without resources and allies to deal with these problems and …

Five Myanmar activists still in detention

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

YANGON • Five of 48 activists arrested as they marched to mark a 1988 pro-democracy uprising remain locked away in military-run Myanmar, an opposition ..

Policy Paper: Will America ever wake up to the Burmese Clarion Call?

Asian Tribune, Thailand – Prof. Kanbawza Win

… which had opposed prior action on Burma — must be reminded of their subsequent agreement with this roadmap. Foreign investment in Myanmar plummeted by …

Suu Kyi allowed to meet lawyer

The News – International, Pakistan –

YANGON: Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with her lawyer for the first time in five years, one of her colleagues said on Sunday. …

Suu Kyi holds rare meeting with her lawyer

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a rare meeting with her lawyer following a visit to the country by a UN rights expert, …

Open to the voice of Truth

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Humanitarian aid to the suffering in China and Burma (Myanmar) are another. In the American Midwest, sandbaggers – and other helpers – saved at least some …

Burma’s democratic revolution

The Daily Star, Bangladesh – LARRY JAGAN

These protests grew, bringing Burma to a standstill for weeks and threatening to topple the country’s one-party state. The universities had been shut …

Meticulous, caring party atmosphere; plus dog meat off the menu

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand – Eleanor Ainge Roy

… and praised widely by humanitarian groups, especially in contrast to the junta’s lethargic and inept handling of Cyclone Nargis’ destruction in Burma. …

Playing games

International Herald Tribune, France –

8, 2008, the date of the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics, was not a day of celebration for the people of Burma. Rather, it marked the 20th …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 11, 2008 at 4:18 am