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World focus on Burma (16 December 2008)

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Glimmers of hope for Burma
Across the Aisle, DC –
… junta of Burma certainly fits that bill, as demonstrated in its complete disregard for its citizens’ livelihoods in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis that …

Mekong a ‘treasure trove’ of 1000 newly discovered species
CNN –
War is always a threat in countries touched by the Mekong River, particularly Burma. Also known as Myanmar, the largest country by geographical area in …

EarthRights International Special Commentary:
Earthrights.org, DC –
When asked what advice he would give to private businesses invested in Burma’s (Myanmar’s) energy sector, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon firmly stated …

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
MorungExpress, India –
His treatment of the democratic opposition and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and 2000 other political prisoners are also taboo topics. …

ASEAN sets summit, welcomes charter
MorungExpress, India –
… is likely to arise in the case of Myanmar, formerly Burma, where the ruling military junta violently suppressed protests led by Buddhist monks in 2007. …

Vijay Diwas: Maneckshaw stamp released
Times of India, India –
He served in Myanmar, then called Burma, during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross for valour on the battlefield.

Former Czech president criticises EU for relations with Russia
Czech Happenings, Czech Republic –
The European Union should pay more attention to human rights questions on the international scene, starting with Cuba and ending with Burma, Havel said. …

Egat upbeat on Hatgyi prospects
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… organisations on concern that it will violate human rights, given that part of the project lies in an area occupied by minority groups in Burma. …

Afro-Asian organization demands release of Burmese political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
… (NGOs) today collectively called for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Exiled lawyer slams Burmese legal system
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–A defence lawyer who fled Burma in October under threat of a prison sentence has detailed numerous unnecessary delays and restrictions in …

Junta bans popular Buddhist monk’s sermon
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon Division have banned a sermon by abbot U Thumingla, organizers and …

Thailand to host ASEAN summit
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
One of the ASEAN members is the military-ruled Myanmar, formerly called Burma. The junta in 2007 brutally put down protests led by Buddhist monks. …

NLD meeting banned
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– A meeting to prepare for Burma’s Independence Day by a branch of the National League for Democracy was banned by local …

Eight migrant workers killed in truck crash
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htoo Chit, director of the Grassroots Human Rights Education and Development, said the cause of the accident was not yet known. …

Pro-junta group gearing up to contest elections
Mizzima.com, India –
… for transforming Burma to a multi-party democracy. But he later turned against and became a critic of main opposition forces including Aung San Suu Kyi …

AK-47s—Made in Wa State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The United Wa State Army (UWSA), an armed ethnic ceasefire group based in Shan State, northern Burma, is manufacturing arms and ammunition for …

Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Condemned
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The World Association of Newspapers condemned the crackdown on freedom of expression in Burma, in a press statement released on Monday. …

More Calls for Ban to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of December to persuade the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Thailand to Host Postponed Asean Summit in February
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Military-ruled Burma strongly opposes giving the human rights body the power of even monitoring or investigating violations. Asean secretary-general Surin …

Burmese women in exile honoured with Madeleine K. Albright Award
Mizzima.com, India –
She also met Burmese democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997. Madeleine Albright, in recently released report on preventing genocide, urged US, …

Biggest ever Burma ‘Dirty List’ published
World Travel Guide, UK –
Burma Campaign UK has published a list of 170 companies that directly or indirectly help to finance the military junta ruling Burma (Mynamar). …

Holiday greetings from Burma….
OpEdNews, PA –
“But what about the Junta,” you might ask. “We’ve heard that Myanmar a military state. Are you safe?” Apparently the generals all live in some new capital …

Rice yield down in Bogalay after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–The rice yield in areas of Bogalay township in Burma’s delta region has dropped this year in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, …

60 years on, UN rights declaration faces new challenges
Monday Morning, Lebanon –

“Today no government denies that human rights are a valid concern of the international community. They may fail to respect human rights but they can’t deny …

Fugitive lawyer defending political prisoners flees to Thai border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Young lawyer Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min who represented political prisoners fled to the Thai-Burma border in the wake of an …

Myanmar in an hour and a half
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Then there is Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, a notoriously corrupt

Bush met the writer and bloggers
OpEdNews, PA –
… marked Human Rights Day on Wednesday by meeting with a writer from Sudan and six bloggers from Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, and Myanmar(Burma). …

More than 1000 previously unknown species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong, a region comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, …

Tortured for seeking democracy
St Marys Star, Australia –

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BY KYLIE STEVENS But it’s been a serious crime in Burma [Myanmar] since the military seized power in 1988. More than 2000 political prisoners are currently …

Over 1000 New Species Found: World’s Largest Huntsman Spider …
Associated Content, CO –
World Wildlife Foundation researchers reported in First Contact: New Species Discoveries that the area, which is comprised of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, …

Asia’s bio-frontier at risk
MSNBC –
First, the Greater Mekong – which takes in areas of China’s Yunnan Province as well as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – includes some …

Biggest Burma ‘Dirty List’ Exposes New Companies
OneWorld US, DC –
“To those that claim investment aids the people of Burma, the evidence shows the opposite is true. As investment has increased, the human rights situation …

The dangerous vacuum at the end of Pax Americana
Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede a Highlight of New Species Finds
International Business Times, NY –
There are already twenty-three other dragon millipedes of the genus Desmoxytes in the Southeast Asia area from southeaster China, south through Myanmar, …

Dragon Millipede, Laotian Rock Rat Only Some of Species Found in …
Associated Content, CO –
A majority of the creatures were found in rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which goes through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, …

Gwynne Dyer: Democracy fails in Thailand
Georgia Straight, Canada –
Relatively few Asian countries are openly run as dictatorships nowadays—China, Vietnam and Burma are the main exceptions—but the urban elites and the big …

ASEAN steps out in European style
The Standard, Hong Kong –
… provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for most of the past 18 years. …

The junta changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, partly in order to legitimize their rule over parts of the country like Kachin, …

Rights & Wrongs: New Media Targeted, Sonic Torture, US Arms Deals …
World Politics Review –
… the anniversary to call on the world community, and the UN in particular, to secure the release from house arrest of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Activist Calls for Wife’s Release
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –

A Burmese social activist wanted for helping the victims of Cyclone Nargis says they have sentenced his pregnant wife to 26 years in jail. …

Smuggling Elephants Out of Myanmar
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
United Nations, 16 December (Asiantribune.com) : About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar (Burma) in the past decade, mostly destined …

Abhisit, Chuan’s young protege gets his turn at last
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (as did former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi). …

More Than 1000 New Species Discovered in Rivers, Jungles…and …
MarketWatch –
The region comprises the six countries through which the Mekong River flows including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese …

More than 1000 species discovered in Mekong: WWF
AFP –
The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the …

One thousand new species found in Greater Mekong region: WWF
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… four birds, four turtles, two salamanders and a toad, in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. …



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World focus on Burma (11 December 2008)

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi disallowed meeting lawyer
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nem Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has refused a request by opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest, …

Thailand reverts to old-style politics
BBC News, UK –
This constitution was the first to enshrine protection of human rights and freedom of expression. It created a number of independent bodies that were given …

Ali Alatas: In Memoriam
International Crisis Group, Belgium –
… though working against very difficult odds until the end of the Suharto era; to try to sustain external pressure against the Burmese military regime’s …

Obama urged to back UN LGBT rights statement
MWC News, Canada –
“The US government often berates Zimbabwe, Burma and Sudan over their human rights violations. These condemnations will ring hollow if the US refuses to …

A daughter’s undying hope for her detained father
Mizzima.com, India –
“We have lost our human rights in Burma. Even after graduation, it was not possible to work in government departments. Also, nobody was willing to give me a …

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Child trafficking continues, but not fuelled by …
IRINnews.org, NY –
MAE SOT, 11 December 2008 (IRIN) – When Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May, leaving close to 140000 people dead or missing, aid workers feared an increase in …

Nobel Laureates speak out for Suu Kyi
The Age, Australia –
Nobel peace laureates opened a summit in Paris on Thursday to draw world attention to the plight of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, but former Soviet leader …

RIGHTS-BURMA: Junta Turns Blind Eye to Rising Landmine Casualties
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A similar cloak of secrecy confronted researchers trying to get casualty figures from ethnic rebel groups in Burma, or Myanmar, who also use the …

More companies ignore sanctions on Burma: BCUK
Mizzima.com, India –
“To those that claim investment aids the people of Burma, the evidence shows the opposite is true. As investment has increased, the human rights situation …

Suu Kyi Denied Meeting with Her Lawyer
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ( Photo: AP) “According to the correct procedure, I sent a written request to the Special Branch of Burma’s …

Is UWSA Preparing for Clash with Junta?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… near the Thai-Burmese border since the beginning of December, as Burma’s ruling junta steps up its efforts to force the former rebel army to disarm. …

George Bush: “In countries like Belarus fervent pleas for freedom …
Charter 97, Belarus –
President of the United States mentions Belarus as a country where human rights and freedoms are violated in the proclamation on Human Rights Day. …

Junta Demand for Higher Rice Production Derided
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, it can be found that she has not been capable of producing more rice than the nations that are …

Unhappy Human Rights Day in Burma
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… accused of plotting bomb attacks after he spoke out on the need for more emergency relief in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country in May. …

Former Indonesian minister dies
BBC News, UK –
… and he also worked as a UN special envoy to Burma, calling for the release of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Junta Has Crushed Peaceful Dissent: Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Bush said all these female dissidents were following in the footsteps of Aung San Suu Kyi, the world’s only detained Nobel Peace Prize winner. …

MYANMAR: Anyo, “I don’t know whether I will live or die”
IRINnews.org, NY –
Burmese people are honourable people, but this is the only way I can earn some decent money. “Now I receive about 300000 kyat [US$240] per month. …

Indonesian ex-FM Ali Alatas dies
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Mr McMullan said the fact that many non-democracies, such as Burma, China and Vietnam had shown up was a positive sign. “What is welcome about this is that …

You Are Powerful: the promise of the Universal Declaration of …
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Strikingly put together by superimposing actors onto real footage of human rights abuses (the film makers had the unenviable task of wading through hours of …

Sixty Years On, ‘Inalienable Human Rights’ Still out of Reach for Many
The Epoch Times, NY –
Amnesty International Vancouver focused on human rights abuses in Burma, Tibet, Ethiopia and China, while the Falun Gong raised awareness about the …

Uncertainty Surrounds Asean Summit
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Asean chairmanship was cancelled in 2006 because of the political crisis in the military-ruled country. The political turmoil in Thailand has …

New book on the struggle ‘more questions than answers’
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… told fellow exile journalists, most of whom had been ex-rebels fighting against Burma’s ruling military junta like himself, that his book Far from Home: …

Ta-ta to the age of virtue
CBC.ca, Canada –
Gareth Evans, a human rights advocate and former Australian foreign minister, started the proceedings with a five-minute speech. …

The council has hardly challenged the worse abusers, such as China and Burma, and Iran and Uzbekistan have escaped sanctions, says RSF. …

IFEX MEMBERS PROTEST ISRAEL’S BAN OF FOREIGN MEDIA FROM GAZA
IFEX, Canada –
ARTICLE 19 likened the ban to the tactics used by the Burmese military junta. “The lifting of the ban for one day only was yet another cruel twist in the …

Vietnamese Inquisition: Catholic protesters face a show trial as ...
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –
Pro-democracy leader in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, has pleaded with tourists not to visit her country, as it merely endows the Than Shwe junta with legitimacy …

US to provide $5 million more for Myanmar relief aid
Reuters –
… leave the White House, Bush pledged she would keep pushing for democratic reforms in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, after leaving Washington. …

Beatings, Protests, Arrests Mark 60th Annual Human Rights Day
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
10th December 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. To commemorate the day, activists around the world have staged protests …

Burma-Thailand elephant smuggling accusation
OneWorld.net, UK –
Asian elephants are being smuggled from Myanmar into neighbouring Thailand for “elephant trekking” tourism, a new report by the wildlife trade monitoring …

Nearly one-fifth of coral reefs lost and more threatened
Irish Times, Ireland –
They included Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma last May, claiming 84500 lives. Mr Loster said extreme weather events accounted for nine out of every 10 …

Bush talks with international bloggers
CNET News, CA –
… he also advocates using the Internet to facilitate democracy. President Bush, in recognition of Human Rights Day, met with bloggers from Belarus, Burma, …

UN appeals for funds to meet health needs in cyclone-battered Myanmar
UN News Centre –
10 December 2008 – The United Nations has called for funding to help meet health needs in areas of Myanmar that are rebuilding after this May’s devastating …

UN appeals for funds to meet health needs in cyclone-battered Myanmar
UN News Centre –
… in areas of Myanmar that are rebuilding after this May’s devastating Cyclone Nargis which claimed some 140000 lives and left 800000 others homeless. …

UN in Myanmar focuses on Dignity for Women
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
(Yangon: 10 December 2008): The United Nations in Myanmar and partners have joined its colleagues around the world in marking the annual global campaign ’16 …

First Lady Campaigns For Human Rights
WBKO, KY –
Mrs. Bush says she will continue to fight for human rights after leaving the White House, especially for women in Afghanistan and Myanmar, also known as Burma.

… where the US-backed government is fighting Taliban militants, and Myanmar, also known as Burma, where harsh treatment of dissidents has earned worldwide …

Laura Bush in NYC discusses human rights
Houston Chronicle, United States –
The women of Burma have responded to this brutality with inspiring courage.” Bush said she would remain involved in struggles in Afghanistan and Myanmar …

RIGHTS: Politics Still Reign Over Principles at UN
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… France and Britain have continued to protect Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan while Russia and China continue to shield Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) …

Human Face : ‘Droits de l’homme’: best-kept secret / Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi came out bigger than life on the video screen to deliver her message. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and France’s President …

Big task to tackle at Bali forum
The Canberra Times, Australia –
In the name of inclusiveness, the forum includes some of Asia’s most repressive regimes, including Burma, China and Vietnam. At the same time, …

UN must be tough on Burma’s dictators
OpEdNews, PA –
… should make good on the Security Council’s call in Oct. 2007 for Burma to release the prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

RIGHTS: Politics Still Reign Over Principles at UN
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… Iraq and Afghanistan while Russia and China continue to shield Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) against any strictures or sanctions for human rights …

US, world influence over Mugabe limited
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Singling out the cases of Zimbabwe and Burma (Myanmar), Ms. Rice said the world remains unable to mobilize “international will” to take on tyrants. …

WWF: Border Guard Funds World Cup Soccer Trips Through Elephant …
MarketWatch –
The border official in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, openly shared details with TRAFFIC investigators on his role in moving live elephants across the …

Couple’s efforts take photography to whole new level
Nova News Now, Canada – 7
The classes were linked to a free clinic called Mae Tao that treats thousands of refugees from Burma each year for malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, landmine injuries …

Fact Sheet: Promoting Human Rights Worldwide
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
She discussed efforts by the United States to help women in Afghanistan and Burma overcome oppression to secure basic rights. The Administration has helped …

Laura Bush promises to continue work on human rights
Boston Herald, United States –
… from the audience, said she was particularly concerned about promoting the rights of women in Afghanistan and Myanmar, previously known as Burma. …

Taking Responsibility
Campus Progress, DC –
But when I deny my role in global issues such as human rights violations and climate change, I am shirking my social responsibility—and this is …

Laura Bush in NYC to discuss human rights
Newsday, NY –
NEW YORK – First lady Laura Bush is visiting New York City and will give a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations. The first lady is discussing human …

After Pax Americana?
The Guatemala Times, Guatemala –
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Burma accused of elephant smuggling
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Burma is at the centre of an illegal trade in elephants and ivory, with more than 250 live animals smuggled out of the country in the past decade, …

India, Burma to change transaction currency to Euro or Singapore …
Mizzima.com, India –
… a Burmese Trade Union official said. An official at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) said, the two countries …

UN calls for more support to the health sector in Myanmar
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Disease outbreaks and malnutrition have been averted through the establishment, in conjunction with the Myanmar Ministry of Health, …

CIA Drug Trafficking and remembering Gary Webb
Capitol Hill Blue, VA –
{3} The Nationalist Chinese army, organized by the CIA to wage war against Communist China, became the opium barons of The Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, …

Russian business presence becoming stronger in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Moe Thu Rangoon (Mizzima) – With several Russian firms directly investing or having businesses interests in Burma and with the closer cooperation between …

Bush to Meet Activists, Bloggers to Mark Human Rights Day
Voice of America –
… meet with an activist from Sudan’s troubled Darfur region and bloggers from China, Burma, Egypt and other countries Wednesday to mark Human Rights Day. …

Interview With Michele Kelemen of NPR
US Department of State, DC –
And I wonder if you think some of this made it more difficult for you as the Secretary of State to talk about human rights. SECRETARY RICE: No, of course …

World focus on Burma (8 December 2008)

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Comedian says Zarganar will boost prison morale
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Activist and comedian Zarganar was sentenced to 59 years in prison last month and sent to the remote Myitkyina prison in Kachin state. …

The Dalai Lama blames “greed” for financial crisis
New Europe, Belgium –
“Because of its very poor record on human rights and religious freedom and freedom of expression and freedom of the press — too much censorship — the image …

Burma to introduce single-use GSM Sim Cards
Mizzima.com, India –
… Burmese nationals in possession of FECs and a valid national identity card, Ko Sai added. Chief of Engineers from Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, …

Price of Burmese Mobiles Slashed, but Call Charges Soar
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The service, which will become available from December 12 on a trial basis, is being offered in collaboration with the state-owned Myanmar Post and …

Asian Lawmakers Push UN Chief on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Ban Ki-moon to press Burma’s junta for the release of all political prisoners in the country. The Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Weekly Business Roundup (December 8, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… and which has been found to hold large reserves of gas. Burma’s junta controlled Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise is a silent partner in both blocks.

UN chief frustrated by lack of progress in Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I urge the government of Myanmar to respond positively without further delay to our specific suggestions, as endorsed by the Group of Friends, …

Burma’s junta finds no laughs in political satire
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Craig and Marc Kielburger are children’s rights activists and co-founded Free The Children, which is active in the developing world. …

The gift of freedom is an early present
Allentown Morning Call, PA –
Many came from war-torn countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan, while others came from counties besieged by oppression or famine, such as Burma and Darfur. …

Over 200 Asian Legislators urge UN Sec-Gen to travel to Myanmar,
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
We are writing to you on a matter of grave concern: the ongoing imprisonment of over 2100 political prisoners in Burma/Myanmar. …

Asian Debate: Did Myanmar Go Too Far?
Goal.com, Switzerland –
After being caught cold with two early goals, Myanmar had fought their way back into the game. Then with 16 minutes remaining, the boys from Burma had to …

Kosovo: A European Narco State
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
At one end of the crescent lies Afghanistan, which in 1999 surpassed Burma as the world’s largest producer of opium poppies. From there, the heroin base …

Online journalists now jailed more often than other media
Ars Technica, MA –
China continues its ten-year winning streak when it comes to tossing writers into jail, with Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan next in line. …

“We’re seeing it in Burma,” Rice said of the country in Southeast Asia now called Myanmar. “We are now seeing it, I think, in a very, very sad way in …

Blogging dangerous for foreign journalists
Neftegaz.RU, Russia –
At least 16 journalists worldwide are being held in secret locations. China, Cuba and Burma have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and …


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December 7, 2008 at 11:53 pm

World focus on Burma (3 December 2008)

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ExWeb interview with Scott Mortensen, final: “Freedom of …
Mounteverest, NY –
But even though the situation was stifling it wasn’t oppressive. I would reserve that word for places like Burma, Darfur, and Iran. …

Barack Obama trimmings on President Bush’s Christmas tree
CNN Political Ticker –
The first lady also opened up about her service to the plight of women in Burma and Myanmar and how she plans to continue her work after her husband’s …

Corrupt clerk yet to be punished
Mizzima.com, India –
He added that so far the accused has not been prosecuted nor tried in any court. “All investigations were done by the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) …

Burma’s jailed hip hop singers shifted to remote prisons
Mizzima.com, India –
Zeya Thaw, (27), who was sentenced to six years in prison in November, was transferred from Rangoon’s Insein prison to Kawthaung prison in Burma’s southern …

Burmese comedian & blogger nominated for RSF award
Mizzima.com, India –
… freedom of information. “Both are listed among the nominees because despite suppression they have managed to provide information to both people in Burma …

Ex-presidents, premiers urge UN chief to intervene in Myanmar
AFP –

“This is an unprecedented outpouring of global support for the people of Burma (Myanmar), and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this …

Mandalay NLD members’ appeal denied
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 3, 2008 (DVB)–Mandalay divisional court yesterday summarily rejected the appeal of six Mandalay National League for Democracy members including …

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Cyclone migrants face challenges
IRINnews.org, NY –
Local aid workers told IRIN that while Cyclone Nargis boosted the flow of Burmese through the town, they were only a small proportion of the tens of …

Will Ferrell Launches Human Rights Awareness Month
Look To The Stars, UK –
… woman called Aung San Suu Kyi, ” said Ferrell. “She sacrificed her freedom to lead a non-violent protest movement against oppression in Burma. …

Hip-hop Star Banished to Remote Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of this year and called for renewed efforts to secure the release of all political prisoners, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Grandfather’s torture by the British must have influenced Obama’s …
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Grandfather Obama’s widow, Sarah, 87, is still alive and was able to recall how her husband had served with the British army in Burma in the second world …

Ins and outs of a China courtship
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
More recently, Beijing provided over $10 million to the government of Burma to assist regional reconstruction in areas that were devastated by Cyclone …

Burmese PM Says Jobs Aplenty for Returnees
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Last year, Thailand alone paid the Burmese junta at least US $2.5 million for natural gas. Since October, however, the price of oil and natural gas has …

Former world leaders urge Ban to visit Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – More than 100 former state leaders of several nations have called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Burma …

Annual general meeting 2008: DLR presents its research of the past …
German Aerospace Centre, Germany –
On 2 May 2008, tropical cyclone ‘Nargis’ swept over Myanmar (Burma) and left behind a path of destruction. Official reports noted a death toll of more than …

Local WWII veterans get together, recall wartime experience
Reno Gazette Journal, NV –
After a roundabout trip more than halfway around the world, Downar arrived at an air base in Burma (now called Myanmar). He received the Distinguished …

STANDFast for Darfur
Tufts Daily, MA –
Four months ago, the International Criminal Court demanded an arrest warrant for Bashir on 10 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in …

Reuters Southeast Asia News Highlights 0900 GMT Dec 3
Yahoo, Thailand –
… Ban to carry out a plan he has already floated of visiting the country, also known as Burma, before the end of December for his second trip this year. …

Former Leaders Urge UN to Press Burma on Prisoner Releases
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“On Myanmar [Burma], no delegation gave any comment. But it is in the footnotes and could be raised anytime during the month of December,” said the UNSC …

Barack Obama’s grandfather ‘tortured by the British’ during …
Mail on Sunday, UK –
Hussein Onyango was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high security prison as the British struggled to quell one of Africa’s bloodiest and most …

UN urged to intervene
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘This is an unprecedented outpouring of global support for the people of Burma (Myanmar), and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this …

Work starts at modern memorial site
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
It is being erected next to the Burma Star memorial at the Gnoll Gates. It pays tributes to those who died in service after 1945 in conflicts such as Korea, …

Bleak Economic Prospects in Store for Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… 1 million Burmese workers, legal and illegal, are employed in Thailand, the majority found in occupations labor rights activists describe as the ”three …

More prisoners transferred to remote jails
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
U Gambira was transferred to Sagaing Division’s Khamti prison while his brother Aung Kyaw Kyaw was sent to Shan State’s Taunggyi jail. …

British soldiers beat and tortured Obama’s grandfather
The Times, South Africa –
… that ‘a lot of what see in Obama, was made not in America, but in Kenya’: ‘his political convictions and principled activism’. He may have a point. …

Malaysia. Truly Headache…
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
Copying the Cruel Junta of the Burmese Regime, Opposition leaders are arrested and detained without rhyme or reason. Taking after the Khmer Rouge, …

Ex-world leaders urge UN’s Ban to go to Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
It said that since June 2007 the number of political prisoners in Myanmar, which has been ruled for more than four decades by the military, …

Beatings and abuse made Barack Obama’s grandfather loath the British
Times Online, UK –
Mr Onyango served with the British Army in Burma during the Second World War and, like many army veterans, he returned to Africa hoping to win greater …

Problems abroad
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand is thus being put on a par with Burma, whose government was forced to relinquish its chairmanship in 2005 because of its legitimacy crisis. …

The Future of Asia: Whither Nation or State?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… and their compatriots then painted the region pink, adding Burma and what they then called Malaya, and Singapore, to their dominions while France’s …

Mia’s Munky business
Eye Weekly, Canada –
“If countries like Sudan, Somalia and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should.” Arguing the Pro side with …

China, Burma take steps to strengthen military cooperation
Mizzima.com, India –
… the Burmese regime in the international arena,” said Nyo Ohn Myint, in-charge of Foreign Affairs for the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area. …

people who were there for the Mau Mau revolt
Times Online, UK –
In a sworn statement collected by human rights activists, he details other abuses at Manyani, which he described as “hell on earth”. …

Having answered the call to join the British Army during the Second World War, Barack Obama’s grandfather was among 75000 Kenyans who served in Burma. …

Airport protests a royal pain
Eureka Street, Australia –

Together they co-founded New Mandala, a website that provides ongoing commentary on developments in Thailand, Burma, Laos and Cambodia.

RPF bans export of local rice
E-Pao.net, India –
This figure is exclusive of the rice imported from the neighbouring country of Myanmar, the outfit elaborated. Accusing the Government of India of scheming …

The World This Week: Asian Chronicles
Valley Advocate, MA –
They lived a few blocks from Aung San Suu Kyi, the duly elected president of the country, who has been under house arrest for 20 years. …

‘Asset sale can’t cover for revenue gap’
Business Mirror, Philippines –
Asean groups the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar and Singapore. Members of the East Asia Summit, …

Fire breaks out at Moulmein market
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The fire started in the market’s food court and it was quite small at first,” the shop owner said. “But the market security did not allow outsiders to come …

Junta begins dam construction amid protests in Kachin state
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military government, in collaboration with CPI and AWC, plan to construct at least seven dams on the Mali Hka and Nmai Hka Rivers, in addition to …

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December 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm

World focus on Burma (13 November 2008)

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Long prison terms for 15 more activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Phanida – Chiang Mai –
Protests from the international community notwithstanding the Burmese military junta turns a deaf ear and continues to hand out long …

Coastal CDMA phones popular in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
The mobile phones used in Burma are GSM ones having numbers starting with 09 80 xxxxx, wireless CDMA with base unit (popularly known in Burma as basket …

Army watcher says Burma navy can’t compete with Bangladesh’s
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… an activist group based in Bangladesh confirmed that both sides had stepped up security in the border areas. “[The Burmese authorities] are not allowing …

UN rights envoy says Burma’s judiciary system flawed
Mizzima.com, India –
“He calls once again for all political prisoners to be released and for all citizens of Myanmar [Burma] to be allowed to freely participate in their …

Regime Tightens Reins on the Internet
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – By MIN LWIN
Burma’s military government has turned to a 12-year-old law to justify its latest crackdown on dissidents, about 60 of whom have received …

Rangoon Trials Continue—at least 19 Condemned Today
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
At least three members of Burma’s Human Rights Defenders and Promoters group were also sentenced on Thursday, said one source close to the group. …

Harsh sentences for Myanmar dissidents
Amnesty International –


Min Zeya was chairperson of the All Burma Students’ Union Reconstruction Committee which was founded after the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. …

Getting out the stories of Burmese prisoners–an heroic feat
The Patriot-News – PennLive.com, PA –
George Packer’s Interesting Times blog from The New Yorker yesterday discussed Human Rights Watch’s honoring of a Burmese hero, Bo Kyi. …

Hate Crimes
American Free Press, DC –
This belittles individual survivors; it categorizes them based on their group identity, not their personal rights as a human being. …

Myanmar’s roadmap to undemocratic polls
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – By Larry Jagan
More than 15 journalists are also still in detention awaiting trial, according to the Burma Media Association. Most of them are accused of publishing …

Signs of Insecurity in Burma Crackdown
TIME – By Hannah Beech
Last year, the generals who control Burma, also known as Myanmar, violently crushed a peaceful, monk-led protest movement calling for economic and political …

Myanmar sentences Buddhist monks to more than six years in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“They will charge whoever opposes them with a long time in jail,” said said Aye Thar Aaung secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy (CRPP). …

Asian rights body urges BIMSTEC to reject Myanmar as chair
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
New Delhi, Nov.13 (ANI): The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned the decision of the 11th summit of the Bengal Initiative for …

UN concerned about harsh prison terms in Myanmar
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
YANGON, Myanmar – The United Nations expressed concern Thursday over long prison terms given to more than 30 democracy activists in military-run Myanmar …

Burmese refugees face ‘critical’ Christmas
Ekklesia, UK –
… who have fled to camps on the Thailand-Burma border in an effort to escape the horror of the persecution imposed by a brutal and violent military Junta. …

UN expresses concerns about long prison sentences against …
3 News NZ, New Zealand –
The United Nations has expressed concerns after military-run Myanmar sentenced dozens of pro-democracy activists to long prison terms earlier this week. …

International Condemnation of Harsh Prison Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… with the peaceful demonstrations of last year in Myanmar [Burma],” said Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. …

Ban asks Myanmar’s Junta to free political prisoners
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Nov 13 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Myanmar’s military government to release all political prisoners issued lengthy jail …

Canada Condemns Long Sentencing of Activists in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Security forces march down a street in Rangoon, Burma, in September 2007 in a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests. …

Burma junta jails activists
Business Day, South Africa –
YANGON — Burma’s ruling junta is stepping up its efforts to curb dissent ahead of elections due in 2010, rights groups said yesterday after a labour …

Junta reveals its true colors in sentencing activists: AI
Mizzima.com, India –
He said the sentences and the ongoing trials should relieve anyone of the notion that the Burmese junta has any intention of honoring its assurances to the …

Crackdown by junta
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-DPA BURMA’S ruling junta is stepping up efforts to curb dissent ahead of 2010 elections, rights groups said yesterday after a labour activist became …

F24 journalist’s prize-winning Burma reportage
France24, France – By Cyril PAYEN
(Text) 27 September – Defying threats and warnings from the hardline military junta, angry protestors took to the streets of Rangoon. …

Beyond the life sentence: Imprisoning the revolutionary souls
OpEdNews, PA – by Zaw Nay Aung
Page 1 of 1 page(s) Burma’s leading pro-democracy activists were charged the heaviest sentences of up to 65 years imprisonment. …

Burma rights sentences condemned
BBC News, UK –

Human rights groups and Western governments have condemned the harsh sentences handed to pro-democracy activists in Burma. Dissidents were this week given …

US Condemns Myanmar Junta’s `Harsh Sentencing’ of Dissidents
Bloomberg –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Elaine Pearson, …

Burma, Myanmar: 5 monks get 6 years; 1 monk gets 19 years
OpEdNews, PA –

… and relatives are not allowed to appear in court. Burma’s Army raided many monasteries at 2007 September’s midnights and arrested more than 700 monks.

In Burma, business ventures start with military
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –


At least 900 have been locked up in the past year, and 14 pro-democracy activists were given harsh prison sentences on Tuesday. Yet, Burma is also a nation …

BURMA: Polls in View Junta Stifles All Dissent
Inter Press Service, Italy –
On Tuesday, 14 leading Burmese political activists, including five women from the ‘88 Generation’ students group, were each sentenced to 65-years in jail …

Burmese fight democracy
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Burmese courts have also been handing out harsh sentences on other dissidents this week. The prominent labour rights activist Su Su Nway was sentenced to …

World’s most influential women honoured by Glamour
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
The seventh laureate, Burma’s Aug San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. Together the women are working to fight violence and inequality, this year calling …

Rangzen: The Case for Independent Tibet (2008 edition)-Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet –
We must also bear in mind that at present the most repressive and murderous regimes in the world: Kim Jong Il’s North Korea, the military junta of Burma, …

IPI LAUNCHES JUSTICE DENIED CAMPAIGN, TELLING “STORIES OF IMPUNITY …
IFEX, Canada –
… photographer in 1997 and was sentenced to life imprisonment was freed, while a Burmese blogger who criticised the military junta got 20 years in jail. …

BLOGGER JAILED FOR 20 YEARS, POET GETS TWO YEARS
IFEX, Canada –
Nay Phone Latt’s mother, Aye Than, who was not allowed to attend the trial, said, “He is the first ever blogger to be arrested in Burma. …

US Condemns Jailing Of Pro-Democracy Activists In Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
… to over two-dozen political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in military-ruled Myanmar. “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese regime’s …

Aung San Suu Kyi and western intervention in Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are to be commended for their unusually frank reporting on Aung San Suu Kyi’s weak leadership of Burma’s democratic …

Bangladesh, Burma hold border talks in India
Radio Australia, Australia –
The foreign ministers of Bangladesh and Burma have held talks in the Indian capital, New Delhi, in a bid to solve a territorial dispute in the Bay of Bengal …

US Condemns Harsh Sentences for Burmese Dissidents
Voice of America – By David Gollust
The United States has joined human rights advocates in condemning long prison terms handed down against at least 30 Burmese dissidents on …

Saffron Rebellion Activists Receive Lengthy Prison Terms
Pacifica Radio Network’s Election Center 2008, CA –
Human rights groups are criticizing the Junta of Myanmar, or Burma, for handing down 65-year sentences to 14 activists. Amnesty International claims they …

Refugees languish in limbo
The National, United Arab Emirates –

“In Burma [also known as Myanmar], the students have to buy everything like books and school supplies so [their parents] cannot support them,” Mr Kyaw said. …

Myanmar crackdown intensifies as labour activist jailed
AFP –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Pearson said, referring to …

US condemns Burma for lengthy sentences of activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Mungpi New Delhi –
The United States on Wednesday condemned Burma’s military rulers for harshly sentencing over 30 dissidents to long prison terms of up …

Lawmakers urge UN to enquire into excessive prison sentences in …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Parliamentarians from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, who make up the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Gas influx inhibits oil-mining
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

MYANMAR’S drilling for oil in the disputed water-zone of the Bay of Bengal has probably been accelerated by similar activities by Bangladesh in the …

US condemns Myanmar jailings
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Washington – The United States strongly condemned the long prison sentences handed down in Myanmar to more than two dozen political dissidents and …

Cardinal Martino with Thai Church in Burmese border refugee camps
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Bangkok (AsiaNews) – “Although life in Thailand is more comfortable than in Myanmar, living in refugee camps is like being a bird in a cage; …

US condemns Myanmar sentences
AFP –
The State Department refers to Myanmar as Burma, the country’s name before the military junta started calling it Myanmar in 1989. …



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November 13, 2008 at 3:44 am

Junta’s oppressive rule of law – Blogger Nay Phone Latt sentenced to over 20 years

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Burma blogger jailed for 20 years: opposition
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Burma has been ruled by the military since 1962. Human rights groups estimate that there are more than 2000 political prisoners in Burma.

20 years for blogger Nay Phone Latt
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
11 Nov, 2008 (DVB)-Burmese authorities on Monday sentenced blogger Nay Phone Latt who was arrested early this year to 20 years in prison, his family said. …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years
CNN –
… year to suppress anti-government demonstrations, said The Irrawaddy, an online newspaper published by exiles from Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …

Simply put, Latt is going to prison because the military junta became outraged by his reporting of actual events and circumstances in Burma (Myanmar) on his …

Blogger jailed for 20 years over poem that mocked Burmese dictator
Times Online, UK –
They join more than 2000 other political prisoners in Burma’s jails, half of whom have been incarcerated since last September’s “Saffron Revolution”, …

Blogger jailed for 20 years in Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Military censors in Burma – also known as Myanmar – launched an investigation in January after a poem by Saw Wai appeared in a newspaper. …

Blogger gets 20 years in jail
News24.com, South Africa –
Yangon – A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced a prominent blogger to more than 20 years in jail on Monday for his internet activities. …

Internet newsman arrested in Myanmar
Pakistan News, Pakistan –
A Myanmar man has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for posting a cartoon of the military leader Than Shwe on the Internet. …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
The post was created by the US congress with an eye on increasing pressure on the military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Than Shwe: “Foolish with power”, says Nay Phone Latt

A Burmese blogger has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for posting a cartoon of the military leader Than Shwe. Nay Phone Latt, 28, was sentenced by a …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years: opposition
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — A popular Myanmar blogger arrested after massive anti-junta protests last year has been jailed for 20 years at Yangon’s notorious Insein …

Protests urged as Myanmar jails blogger
NDTV.com, India –
In a statement in Montreal, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association in Canada said that a Myanmar court on Monday jailed blogger Nay Phone …

Burmese democracy blogger sentenced
EnerPub, TX – 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 …

Court sentenced blogger for over 20 years, poet for two years
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, media watchdogs the Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF) and Burma Media Association (BMA) has slam the junta for its unfair trials on the two …

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 …

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November 11, 2008 at 12:29 pm

World focus on Burma (2 October 2008)

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Developing our Way out of WMD Terror
Across the Aisle, DC –
When the current nonproliferation regime was designed, the Cold War raged. Only a handful of countries had developed nuclear weapons. …

Bharat Bhagya Vidhata
Central Chronicle, India –
Our small neighbours Burma and Ceylon have proudly renamed themselves by native names of Myanmar and Sri Lanka and erstwhile East Pakistan as Bangladesh. …

US must send China a clear signal
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
However, in December 2003 he somehow got weak knees and started to oppose Taiwan’s evolution toward a full democracy. He opposed a referendum held in …

Journalist and opposition member Ohn Kyaing arrested again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
A member of the National League for Democracy, the main opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, he was freed in 2005 after spending 15 years in prison for …

Burma’s economy: Does sanctions hinder development?
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese junta is annoyed with the west because of the sanctions but are even more so on the opposition led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for urging the west …

Llyod’s writes to all agents to ‘reconsider’ business deals with Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“The British government clearly wants them to pull out, we want them to pull out,” said Chatterton adding that the Burmese regime could lose tens of …

Conflict predominant in our world
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Burma, or what is now called Myanmar, has been under military rule since 1962 and is one of the most undeveloped countries in Asia. …

A 15-year trial is not a fair trial
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The United Nations Human Rights Committee, which deliberates on cases under the covenant, found that the trial of Lalith Rajapakse in a Sri Lankan high …

Elected MP Ohn Kyaing arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 2, 2008 (DVB)–U Ohn Kyaing, a National League for Democracy member and dedicated participant in cyclone relief efforts, was arrested last night at about …

Burma opposition figure arrested
BBC News, UK –
A prominent political ally of the detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been arrested in Burma. Ohn Kyaing was taken from his home on …

Jenks missionary updates on Myanmar (Burma)
Jenks Journal, OK –
Dr. Chin Do Kham, president of Global Outreach & Community Development, Inc based in Jenks who is a native of Myanmar (Burma) recently came back from a one …

Lawyer Aung Thein withdraws representation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The lawyer was particularly dismayed by the one-sided decisions passed against political prisoners by Ahlon township judge Daw Thiri Tin in Insein prison. …

Publishing license of two Burmese weekly journals’ suspended
Mizzima.com, India –
However, it appeared in the journal as ‘Sayagyi U Win Tin’. The journal was banned for this,” an editor of a weekly journal said on condition of anonymity. …

Monk Escapes from Lantalang Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING A 28-year-old Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Pannasiri, has successfully escaped from Lantalang Prison in Chin State and arrived in Delhi, …

Myanmar, Kachin rebels oppose dams on Chinese border
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
This is revealed by sources close to the ethnic rebel group which, despite signing a peace agreement with the Burmese junta in 1994, exercises substantial …

The Strange World of Burma’s Home Affairs Minister
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to infiltrate Burma by using the UN and the “Responsibility to Protect” paradigm as part of an agenda to accuse the regime of “crimes against humanity. …

CNN- October 2, 2008
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military authorities have detained a prominent former journalist and political ally of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition party said Thursday. Police took 64-year-old Ohn Kyaing from his home Wednesday evening, said Nyan Win, the spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy….
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Prominent former journalist detained by Burma junta
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burmese authorities have detained a prominent former journalist and member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy opposition movement, the party said. …

Burma Stonewalls at the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Obliquely responding to the General Assembly ministers, he said only that “the international community can best assist Myanmar’s [Burma’s] democratization …

Veteran NLD MP Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
However, the Burmese military regime refused to recognize the result of the election. Ohn Kyaing was imprisoned in September 1990 and sentenced to 17 years …

US Challenges to Democratic Governance
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
In this, the 60th year since the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we must counter challenges to the very human rights that we as …

Junta arrests another opposition MP, Ohn Kyaing
Mizzima.com, India –
The detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party spokesperson, however, said details of the arrest of the MP are still not known. …

Elected MP’s health deteriorates in detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Separately, U Aung Thein, the lawyer who represents National League for Democracy member Ko Thein Swe, has asked the court to release his client now that …

One year later: petitioners commemorate Burma protests
Record-Harvard Law School, MA –

Imprisoned in her Yangon home, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi looked out on a nation that remained in the bloody hands of her jailers. …

Swan Ahr Shin and Police Support Sittwe Monks
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
During last year’s Saffron Revolution, members of Swan Ahr Shin along with the police and riot police attacked many democratic and human rights activists. …

Banning jade from Burma hurts monks and jewelers
Denver Post, CO –
The stated purpose of the JADE Act is to punish the repressive Burmese regime for its crackdown on the demonstrating monks, for the continued detention of …

The currency debate re-ignites? (Chinal Financial Markets)
ChinaStakes.com, China –
I have argued for a long time that as long as China maintained its currency regime it forced a trade deficit onto the rest of the world, which for the most …

Burma’s Censors Suspend Two Publications
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG and MOE MYINT YAN Two weekly publications have been suspended by Burma’s notorious censorship board, after being accused of violating rules and …

Mindanao is focus of US for Southeast Asia peace and stability
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
He cited ASEAN’s role in convincing Burma’s junta to accept much-needed international aid after a devastating cyclone and the contribution of various …

Than Shwe Delays Signing Election Law
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The head of the Burmese military regime, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, has still not approved the country’s election law, which authorizes an election in …

“The Voice of Art in a Battle for Freedom: International Artists … (Freedom and Art)
Absolutearts.com –
… a key political figure who has been under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the past 18 years over her bid for political freedom. …

Nargis recovery proceeding, $240 million still needed
Mizzima.com, India –
In an international funding conference held in Rangoon three weeks following Nargis, Burma’s ruling junta originally appealed for international aid to the …

Breastfeeding, safest for infants
Mizzima.com, India –
The announcement of the joint action plan came a day after Burma’s military government ran a warning message on its mouth-piece newspaper on the use of …

ENSURE SAFE FEEDING FOR INFANTS AND INCREASE VIGILANCE

Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO Myanmar statement on safe feeding for infants

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Ministry of Health, Government of Myanmar is taking prompt actions in response to contaminated milk powder issue. The Government of Myanmar has …

‘The Revolving Door’: Plight of Burmese refugees in Malaysia
Mizzima.com, India –
We feel like it is a ray of hope for Burmese in Malaysia, who are out of range of protection both from workers’ rights and human rights groups,” said Ye Min …

NLD youth member reported dead in custody
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 1, 2008 (DVB)–Aung Moe Lwin, a 36-year-old youth member of the National League for Democracy in Natmauk township, Magwe division, is said to have died …

Thursday, October 9
AP-
1983 – A powerful bomb, believed planted by North Korean agents, explodes in Rangoon, Burma, killing 18 members of South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan’s entourage.

One year on in Burma
Irish Times, Ireland –
… but has made little progress on political prisoners or human rights, including release of the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Low-key celebration for 48 years of ineptitude (Nigeria)
The Punch, Nigeria –
When Burma (Myanmar) too turned 60 recently, the citizens did not feel like celebrating either. The celebration had to be low keyed because the general mood …

‘Militant monks’ or agents of change?
Times of India, India –
In Thailand, monks led a revolt against the corrupt regime of Thaksin Shinawatra; in Myanmar, thousands of them walked the streets, challenging the brutal …

China’s Quest for Moral Authority
The Nation., NY –
China, replete with human rights abuses at home and allied with many of the world’s unsavory regimes abroad–from Gen. Than Schwe in Burma and Kim Jong Il …

UK Express, UK –
It was in conditions such as these that the men of the Third Battalion of the Sixth Gurkha Rifles fought the three-day battle for Mongaung in Northern Burma …

Escapee Describes Torture in Burma
Radio Free Asia, DC –
NEW DELHI—The only leader of Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution to escape from a junta prison camp has described torture and backbreaking hard labor in custody …

TJA all stirred up (Loud in rhetoric)
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Not the needs of the American people or American citizens, but the human conditions, rights and abuses pertaining to Burmese, Tibetans, North Koreans and …

Why India Became Free
Mainstream, India –
… Indian Army who were taken prisoner by the Japanese when the British withdrew helter-skelter from Burma (now Myanmar) and other South Asian countries. …

Should Asia brace for more mega storms?
The Japan Times, Japan –
However, Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar last May, appears to be the first high-strength storm recorded in the populous Irrawaddy River Delta in Burma, …

Burma prisoner release masks absence of legitimate legal and …
JURIST –
That to do this contradicts an article of a judiciary law that it itself introduced is no obstacle for a regime that understands legality only in terms of …

Democracies Are Driven By Positive Language Skills
Huffington Post, NY –
The Burmese generals who killed the last generation of Buddhist monks will likely kill the next generation with less fuss and muss. But in a democracy …

David Cameron’s speech in full
guardian.co.uk, UK –
This attitude, this whole health and safety, human rights act culture, has infected every part of our life. If you’re a police officer you now cannot pursue …

Burma: two weeklies suspended, jailed blogger appears in court again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Only Burma’s privately-owned press has covered China’s baby formula scandal, the political crisis in Thailand or the release of journalist U Win Tin …

Rights group to probe Burma war crimes
Adelaidenow, Australia –
Burma also houses more than 2100 political prisoners, including democracy icon and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 12 of …