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Day of action for Burma in Chester

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wrexham woman | 19.07.2008 21:33 | Anti-militarism | Repression | Liverpool

Wrexham Women for Peace and supporters held a stall for Burma in Chester city centre today, to encourage people to boycott TOTAL petrol stations, to call for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, and to support those affected by Cyclone Nargis. In the afternoon, there was a demo outside Hoole TOTAL petrol station.

A rather damp and windswept stall
A rather damp and windswept stall

Outside Hoole TOTAL petrol station
Outside Hoole TOTAL petrol station

Nearly everyone beeped to show their support
Nearly everyone beeped to show their support

Free Burma!
Free Burma!

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The morning sunshine was punctuated by torrential downpours and high winds, so it was a bit of a challenge to keep the stall upright and the leaflets dry. Nevertheless, Chester was packed with people for the Lord Mayor’s parade, so we weren’t short of punters.

In the afternoon, in slightly kinder weather, we held a noisy demo outside Hoole TOTAL petrol station. The response to our ‘beep for burma’ banners and placards was overwhelming. An irate TOTAL worker came out to shout at us for venturing onto the forecourt and to defend her employer on the spurious grounds that Shell – who she used to work for – is just as unethical. Yeah, we know that, but today is about Burma and TOTAL is the main culprit there.

It would be great if these demos were held at a frequency to cause real concern to TOTAL, and with the aim of shutting the petrol station down. Anyone in Chester or nearby up for this?

wrexham woman
- e-mail: wrexhamwomen_at_yahoo.co.uk

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 20, 2008 at 5:15 am

World Focus on Burma (26-11-2007)

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  1. Too Many States Not on Course to Meet Clearance Deadlines
    Media For Freedom, Nepal –
    Government use of antipersonnel mines declined further, with only Myanmar/Burma and Russia continuing to lay new mines. Non-state armed groups in at least …
  2. Asean members have no time to waste
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Philippine President Gloria Arroyo told Burma’s Thein Sein during a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday: ”The expectation of the Philippines is that if Myanmar …
  3. China must revalue yuan: Sarkozy
    NEWS.com.au, Australia –
    He said he wanted “vigorous” action from China on Myanmar, a close Chinese ally which crushed pro-democracy protests in September, sparking global outrage, …
  4. Burma Mobilizes To Protect 7M Kids Against Polio
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Midwife Daw Kyin Nu is braving the cold rain in the hilly regions of Shan State, Myanmar, as she goes house to house to vaccinate children under the age of …
  5. Networking Central
    Philadelphia Jewish Voice, PA –
    … half way around the world, monks, and crowds of protestors marched in the streets of Yangon fighting for peace, freedom, and democracy in Burma/Myanmar. ..
  6. Sarkozy says China must revalue yuan
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    He said he wanted “vigorous” action from China on Myanmar, a close Chinese ally which crushed pro-democracy protests in September, sparking global outrage, …
  7. UN Burma fact-finder to speak at Brown
    Providence Journal, RI –
    Paulo sérgio Pinheiro, the UN special rapporteur for human rights, said he is hopeful that crisis in Burma (called Myanmar by the country’s ruling generals) …
  8. Myanmar PM to visit Cambodia
    Xinhua, China –
    26 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein will pay a goodwill visit to Cambodia in the near future at the invitation of his Cambodian …
  9. Just words
    Pinoy Press, Philippines –
    Here was the most authoritarian leader the Philippines has ever had since Ferdinand Marcos declaring , albeit indirectly, the members of Burma’s ruling …
  10. Boat sinks near Bangladesh-Burma sea border; 50 people missing
    Toronto Star, Canada –
    Several thousand Burmese refugees, mostly Muslims known as Rohingyas, have fled to Bangladesh over the years, claiming persecution by Burma’s military junta …
  11. Myanmar ruby boycott proposal raises red flag
    Los Angeles Times, CA –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” (Myanmar is also known as Burma.) But a successful boycott of what …
  12. Indian Buddhist monks protest against Myanmar junta
    Reuters –
    … emblems,” Kyaw Than of the All Burma Students League said by phone from the town. A monk-led protest was crushed by Myanmar’s ruling junta in September, …
  13. ASEAN pays price for embracing Burmese junta
    Vancouver Sun, Canada –
    … said: “The credibility and reputation of ASEAN has been called into question because of the situation in Myanmar [the name the junta calls Burma]. …
  14. Thailand’s counterfeit pipeline
    Columbus Dispatch, OH –
    … Thailand shares borders with countries that don’t place a premium on intellectual property rights: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  15. Sarkozy urges Beijing to take on greater global responsibility
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    … and the massacre of Myanmar’s population are the key objectives which French President Nicolas Sarkozy set himself on his arrival in China yesterday, …
  16. ASEAN still toothless after 40 years
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    The senior diplomat, charged with mediating national reconciliation between Myanmar’s ruling generals and its oppressed pro-democracy movement, …
  17. Report: Myanmar monks have vanished
    United Press International –
    The crackdown by the military junta, which has ruled Myanmar, formerly Burma, since 1989, began after pro-democracy protests were taken over by the monks. …
  18. UN asks Vietnam to help rein in Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Noting that Hanoi is close to Burma’s ruling junta, Gambari said he hoped Vietnam’s government would “further encourage the government of Myanmar to …
  19. NLD branch welcomes Suu Kyi’s statement
    Mizzima.com, India –
    On Monday, the Burmese state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, carried statements by the ’88’ generation students (The Union of Myanmar), …
  20. USDA to hold pro-government rallies
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper has been running a number of announcements since early November from ethnic and other political groups who …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 25, 2007 at 7:31 pm

World Focus on Burma (22-11-2007)

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  1. We are on course for democracy -Burma
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    Troubled Burma has assured United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari that its seven-step road map towards national reconciliation and democracy has not …
  2. Testing Asean’s patience
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    Touching on Burma, Lee said it was a complex issue and the group was doing its best to help, adding that some of the leaders standing with him had spent …
  3. What Happens Next?
    Burma, Inside and Out Foreign Policy In Focus –
    The international community is scrambling to find a solution to the standoff in Burma, also known as Myanmar. FPIF contributor Haseenah Koyakutty describes …
  4. Rapid Reaction: World Without the West Watch
    The National Interest Online, DC –
    … at the East Asia Summit in Singapore, to become involved in what many see as a purely domestic affair—the ongoing crackdown in Myanmar (Burma). …
  5. Corridors of Power: the eu’s Asian Leverage, Bali is the New Kyoto …
    World Politics Review –
    THE EU TESTS ITS LEVERAGE — Piero Fassino, the European Union’s new special envoy for Myanmar, aka Burma, is likely to have an uphill battle to persuade …
  6. UN official sees Myanmar hope if pressure kept up
    Reuters –
    “A good opportunity will be lost for a real transition”, he told a telephone news conference after his first visit to the former Burma in four years. …
  7. Is the UN to Blame for its Failures?
    Outside the Beltway, VA –
    For example, in the aftermath of the recent government crackdown in Myanmar (Burma), the Secretary General was able to send a representative to the country, …
  8. UN`s Myanmar envoy wants `beefed up` role
    Zee News, India –
    Singapore, Nov 21: United Nations special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari said on Wednesday that his role needed to be “beefed up” to increase its chances …
  9. un’s role in resolving Myanmar crisis should be strengthened, says …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar said today that the good offices role of the Secretary-General would need to be “beefed up in terms of its …
  10. Myanmar faces calls for Suu Kyi release at Asia summit
    AFP –
    It’s very important that there is real and genuine progress… in Burma,” he said, referring to Myanmar by its former name. “Professor Gambari thinks he’s …
  11. Arroyo rushes home after hitting Burma
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Nations leaders to warn of the non-ratification of ASEAN’s historic charter if Burma (Myanmar) failed to free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  12. Activists attack ASEAN on lack of Myanmar pressure
    Reuters –
    … will not happen if they don’t resolve Burma’s situation.” Myanmar’s Foreign Minister U Nyan Win told his Japanese counterpart on Tuesday in Singapore …
  13. ASEAN leaders sign charter amid Myanmar row
    Reuters –
    He was followed by the leaders of the young democracies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines; the leaders of one-party states Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and …
  14. UN Rights Expert Urges International Pressure on Burma
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News The United Nations human rights expert for Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, says the international community must talk less and act more to …
  15. Want change in Myanmar? Expand UN envoy’s role
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    IF the international community wants change in Myanmar, it must be prepared to beef up his role as the United Nations’ special envoy, said Professor Ibrahim …
  16. Myanmar a hot topic at East Asia Summit
    Newstalk ZB, New Zealand –
    Oppression and human rights abuses in Myanmar have been occupying Prime Minister Helen Clark’s time at the East Asia Summit in Singapore. …
  17. Sanctions Will Only Hurt People In Myanmar: Lee
    Bru Direct, Brunei Darussalam –
    Imposing sanctions on Myanmar will hurt the people and not the government, he said. “Singapore is not in favour of imposing sanctions on Myanmar and neither …
  18. Myanmar Deals Body Blow to Asean’s Constitution: Andy Mukherjee
    Bloomberg –
    The Myanmar delegation complained about the plan, and the briefing had to be canceled. This is just how badly Burma, as the country was known earlier, …
  19. Myanmar set to dominate EU-ASEAN summit
    Reuters India, India –
    “There has to be a balanced approach towards Myanmar. On the one hand, there are our sanctions, on the other hand there is the possibility of cooperation,” …
  20. Asian leaders meet with European Union after urging Myanmar reforms
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP SINGAPORE: Asian leaders met Thursday with officials from the European Union, after both sides earlier urged Myanmar’s military junta to speed up reforms …
  21. EU, ASEAN clash on Myanmar sanctions, but both call for reforms
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Singapore – The European Union clashed Thursday with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on sanctions against Myanmar, …
  22. Glimmer of hope
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    In Burma, recently we have witnessed the rebirth of a pro-democracy movement that was brutally held down by a military government unable to listen to the ..
  23. Asean dances to junta’s tune
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Thus, the myopic last-minute decision to cancel the scheduled briefings on Burma by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari. …
  24. pgma’s forceful call for San Suu Kyi’s release catches attention …
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    In a statement released ahead of the informal working dinner of the ASEAN leaders at the Shangri-La Hotel, the President called on Myanmar’s ruling junta …
  25. Asean’s bad boy
    Manila Standard Today, Philippines –
    Doing something about Myanmar, on the other hand, is hard. Out of Bangkok comes the excellent news that six Southeast Asian countries—including the …
  26. Myanmar: Open Letter to EU Leaders
    Amnesty International EU, Belgium –
    … and human rights crisis in Myanmar a central issue on the agendas of the forthcoming EU-ASEAN summit and the subsequent summits with China and India. …
  27. Gem dealers push to ban Myanmar rubies after bloody crackdown
    Austin American-Statesman, TX –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” But a successful boycott of what activists call blood rubies will prove …
  28. ASEAN discredited over Burma: analysts
    The Australian, Australia –
    In the run-up to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathering, Burma’s ASEAN partners – under pressure from the international community – appeared …
  29. EU and ASEAN call on Myanmar to free detainees
    Reuters –
    … recalling that such a dialogue should be conducted with all concerned parties and ethnic groups,” said the joint declaration of the ASEAN-EU Summit, …
  30. Binding ASEAN
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia – Editorial
    It is very unfortunate that brutality of the Myanmar junta has severely jeopardized the atmosphere and substance of the summit and little attention was …
  31. EU, Asean Vow to Strengthen Trade, Promote Energy Security
    Bloomberg –
    The draft declaration also calls on Myanmar’s leaders “to engage in a genuine process of national reconciliation on an inclusive basis. …
  32. Situation in Myanmar back to normal, summit told
    Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
    Prime Minister Helen Clark says Myanmar has told the East Asia Summit things are back to normal following September’s military crackdown. …
  33. The skeleton in asean’s closet
    Boston Globe, United States –
    THE PRESENCE of Burma’s military junta at the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations earlier this week caused no end of humiliation for the …
  34. EU trade chief impatient on Doha, Southeast Asia deal
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    A deal with the whole Southeast Asian bloc may be held up by ASEAN member Myanmar, which has overshadowed this week’s summits in Singapore after its bloody …
  35. Myanmar dominates Asean EU talks
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    The political crisis in Myanmar has topped the agenda at talks between leaders of South-East Asian nations and the European Union meeting in Singapore. …
  36. Myanmar opposition says arrests undermine talks
    Reuters –
    Pu Chin, 69, is an open critic of the regime who has now been arrested nine times by the military which has ruled the former Burma since 1962. ...
  37. Asean and EU support roles of EU on Burma
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    Despite the different approaches to Burma’s political crisis, Asean and the European Union (EU) Thursday agreed to fully support the role of the United …
  38. New Asean chief Surin stresses human rights
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Mr Surin, a former Thai foreign minister, spoke after a summit dominated by controversy over Burma, which basically has no human rights. …
  39. Their first turkey
    San Diego Union Tribune, United States –
    They are Karen (pronounced kuh-rin), an ethnic minority in a country, they say, they will always consider Burma. Their people have been the targets of a …
  40. EU and ASEAN call for Myanmar democracy, no trade deal
    Reuters –
    A joint declaration welcomed the decision of the Myanmar government to step up dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and called for a …
  41. Arroyo might raise Myanmar issue in next China trip
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Tetch Torres SINGAPORE (Via PLDT) — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo might raise the issue of Myanmar during her next visit to China, Press Secretary …
  42. EU-ASEAN summit call for arms embargo on Burma
    Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
    … Myanmar and Cambodia, was focusing on a free trade agreement — making it a significant bloc representing half-a-billion people — the subject of Burma …
  43. World must unite against junta
    Taiwan Journal, Taiwan –
    By Jagdish Singh History bears witness to the fact that repressive regimes never pass the test of time, but Myanmar’s junta seems intent on trying to buck …
  44. The state of US-ASEAN relations
    ISN, Switzerland –
    … acceding to its demands that Ibrahim Gambari, UN Special Advisor on Myanmar, not brief ASEAN or the ASEAN Plus Three meeting on the situation in Burma. …
  45. Apocalypse Naypyidaw!
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “They all want George W Bush and the UN to come into Myanmar [Burma] with a whole lot of guns and airplanes and jets and solve the problem. …
  46. UWSA and KIO Abstain from Condemning Suu Kyi
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    … but welcoming the United Nations’ role as mediator in helping to find a solution to the conflict in Burma. The other groups involved were the Myanmar …
  47. New ASEAN head is Myanmar critic with clout
    Reuters –
    … 10-member ASEAN to press Myanmar to move towards democracy. Critics are hopeful Surin could push for concrete action against the former Burma’s junta. …
  48. Sudan boycott make strides
    Bay Area Indymedia, CA –
    Meanwhile, oil companies are facing pressure from human rights activists to pull out of Myanmar, where the regime has cracked down on Buddhist monks and …
  49. Southeast Asians, Europeans Agree Burma Issue Should Not Hold up …
    Voice of America –
    Instead, he emphasized that differences between the EU and ASEAN on Burma are not fundamental. “We have a common approach: Myanmar must become [a] democracy …
  50. EU representatives visit Burmese Buddhist Temple in S’pore
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
          They did this to show their support for the Myanmar people and to understand the temple’s activities. The VIP visitors also met the monks at the Burmese …
  51. EU and ASEAN call for Myanmar democracy
    Reuters –
    A joint declaration welcomed the decision of the Myanmar government to step up dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and called for a …
  52. Continental view – Asia
    Marching monks InTheNews.co.uk, UK –
    “In order to succeed, dialogue will require flexibility on all sides, but I am convinced that it is the only way forward for Myanmar [Burma],” he said. …
  53. US Expert Hopeful for Burma if International Pressure Continues
    AHN –
    Geneva, Switzerland (AHN) – The United Nations’ human rights expert for Burma announced that the region might have a chance of seeing reform, …
  54. Duterte praises pgma’s stand on Myanmar
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    (Our President is the only one brave enough, the others in the ASEAN they are afraid of the Generals of Burma). Myanmar (old name Burma) is controlled by a …
  55. Myanmar villager kills rare vulture
    Pravda, Russia –
    The vulture was later freed in northern Thailand near the border with Myanmar, also called Burma, thousands of kilometers (miles) from its home. …
  56. Analysis : Burma wins showdown in ASEAN / Amando Doronila
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … authoritarianism still move rather slowly towards democracy in Myanmar.” The charter commits ASEAN members, including Burma, “to strengthen democracy, …
  57. Lee: A Burma beginning
    Sun.Star, Philippines –
    Burma, or Myanmar, as it is now called, has been in the headlines lately due to its harsh crackdown on its Buddhist Monks and its treatment of the now …
  58. A Myanmar suicide for the advocates of sanctions
    RIA Novosti, Russia –
    The conflict among the ten over Myanmar shows that integration, free trade and the like are too closely connected with ideology and other political changes …
  59. Letting Burma off the hook
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    Some Asean parliamentarians have called for Burma’s expulsion or at least suspension from Asean until it reaches some minimal level of civilised conduct. …
  60. South-East Asia’s jamboree Fifth from the right is the party-pooper
    Economist, UK –
    AP HUMAN-RIGHTS campaigners called for the dictators of Myanmar (Burma) to be uninvited from this week’s 40th-anniversary summit of the Association of …
  61. British PM Stops Deportation of Burmese Asylum Seeker
    Voice of America –
    Naing fled Burma last year. He claims he was jailed and beaten by Burmese authorities for distributing literature critical of Burma’s military government. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 22, 2007 at 3:08 am

World Focus on Burma (18-11-2007)

  1. EU envoy on Myanmar backs UN action
    AFP –
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — European Union special envoy for Myanmar Piero Fassino expressed support Saturday for UN efforts to promote national reconciliation
  2. EDITORIAL: Chartering the future
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    Then a couple of crises arrived — the 1997 Asian financial meltdown and now Myanmar — to demonstrate how feeble Asean really was. Over the last few years, …
  3. Myanmar issue looms as Clark heads to summit
    New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
    By Grant Fleming SINGAPORE – Myanmar, climate change and trade are likely to dominate discussions at this week’s East Asia Summit, Prime Minister Helen …
  4. Myanmar crisis to dominate ASEAN summit, but free trade, climate …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    “If she does not act as an equal … the military will still control thought and action in Burma,” he said, referring to the country by its old name. …
  5. Anderson Cooper shares experience, knowledge
    Claremont Courier, CA –
    He first visited Burma, also known as Myanmar, to cover the national revolution that began in the late 1980s demanding democracy in the repressive state. …
  6. Charter Reaffirms Consensus, Non-interference In Domestic Affairs
    Bernama, Malaysia –
    But the 31-page Charter made no mention of such actions to the dismay of human rights watch groups who now want Asean to prevent one of its members, Myanmar …
  7. Basic facts about ASEAN
    Xinhua, China –
    Brunei joined the group in January 1984, followed by Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999. The region has a combined population of …
  8. ASEAN Leaders Arrive in Singapore For Annual Meeting Amid Tight …
    Voice of America –
    This is especially significant in deterring rallies against ASEAN member, Burma. There have been worldwide protests against the Burmese military crackdown …
  9. ASEAN leaders to confront Myanmar
    AFP –
    Myanmar’s signing of the charter “will at once taint the ASEAN charter with blood,” the Free Burma Coalition group in a letter to the bloc’s leaders. …
  10. Asean leaders ready to sign landmark charter
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    A group calling themselves the “Overseas Burma Patriots” said they want Singapore to give the petition to the council. Public demonstrations against the …
  11. Boycott of rubies from troubled Myanmar could be difficult
    Kansas City Star, MO –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” Myanmar is also called Burma. But a successful boycott of what activists …
  12. Thousands attend Myanmar gems sale despite outcry: report
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — About 3500 people from around the world have so far attended a gems auction in Myanmar, state media said Sunday, despite calls for a boycott …
  13. Arroyo to raise Suu Kyi plight with Myanmar premier
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    At the United Nations in New York last September, Arroyo called on Burma “to return to the path of democracy and release Aung San Suu Kyi.” Myanmar has …
  14. Music lessons help ease the transition for ethnic Karen at St …
    Pioneer Press, MN –
    … is a cultural underpinning for the ethnic Karen (pronounced ka-REN), many of whom fled persecution from military leaders in Burma, now known as Myanmar. …
  15. Reconciliation remains distant hope in Myanmar, despite UN visits
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …
  16. ASEAN rejects US Senate call to suspend Myanmar until junta …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Myanmar is also known as Burma. The resolution, introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, urged ASEAN to take “substantial steps to ensure peaceful transition to …
  17. Dictators better than disintegration
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By Girlie Linao, dpa Singapore (dpa) – Despite mounting international pressure for tougher action against errant member Burma, the Association of Southeast …
  18. Asian Leaders Will Avoid Sanctions, Rebuke on Myanmar (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    18 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar is unlikely to face a call for sanctions or even a public rebuke over its crackdown on democracy protesters when leaders of 10 …
  19. ASEAN Rejects US Call to Suspend Myanmar
    The Associated Press –
    Myanmar is also known as Burma. asean’s Senate snub is not unexpected since it has said expelling Myanmar is not an option. Still, Myanmar — under military …
  20. Asean refuses to suspend Myanmar
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    It asked Asean to consider “appropriate disciplinary measures, including suspension, until such time as the government of Burma [Myanmar] has demonstrated …
  21. Romulo asks: Can Myanmar abide by ASEAN charter?
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Aside from the US, the Free Burma Coalition also called on the suspension of Burma (Myanmar’s former name) for its failure to implement democratic reforms. …
  22. Gem dealers call for ruby boycott
    Chicago Sun-Times, United States –
    BY MICK ELMORE BANGKOK, Thailand — The rich red hue of Myanmar’s prized rubies is a reminder to many gem dealers of the military government’s bloody …
  23. The Substation holds “Peace Concert for Burma”
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    … that is called a “Peace Concert for Burma”. It was the arts venue’s way of showing support for the people in Myanmar who want democracy and peace. …
  24. Giving thanks in a time of unease
    Bismarck Tribune, USA –
    Burma (Myanmar) is coming undone, in spite of the best efforts of one of my heroes, Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. I do not believe, ..
  25. Myanmar Crackdown To Dominate ASEAN Summit
    AHN –
    Singapore (AHN) – An informal dinner Monday will be “the critical meeting” for adopting a common position on Myanmar, Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo …
  26. Asia can do more on climate–activists
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE — Environmental groups are piling the pressure on Asian nations to do more to fight global warming ahead of a key climate conference next month, …
  27. Asean to reject proposed HR court
    Philippine Star, Philippines –
    Myanmar , one of the 10 ASEAN member countries, is expected to be on the agenda at the 13th ASEAN Summit held here this week, with focus on the political …
  28. Myanmar tops agenda as ASEAN meets
    AFP –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders gathered Sunday for their annual summit with their bloc’s credibility at stake as they grapple with Myanmar, …
  29. Myanmar casts shadow over summit
    New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
    By Grant Fleming Myanmar, climate change and trade are likely to dominate discussions at this week’s East Asia Summit, says Prime Minister Helen Clark. …
  30. Myanmar Sends Mixed Messages on Reform
    The Associated Press –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …
  31. Civil Society Groups Calls For Postponement Of ASEAN Charter Signing
    AHN –
    Previously kept from public view, the draft Charter of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been leaked to the media and is now available …

World Focus on Burma (17-11-2007)

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  1. Will the generals dare release the Lady?
    Bangkok Post, Thailand – By LARRY JAGAN
    Tentative talks between Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military rulers have begun, raising hopes that …
  2. ”Pipeline politics: India and Myanmar”
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    Recent developments in the gas field projects of Myanmar have served to highlight the intense resource diplomacy that is ongoing in the region. …
  3. Myanmar claims no Buddhist monks killed in democracy protests
    Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
    BANGKOK, Nov 16 (TNA) – The military government of Myanmar has admitted to a higher death toll during the recent democracy demonstrations than it had done …
  4. Myanmar admits nexus with ugs
    E-Pao.net, India –
    Shillong, November 16: Myanmar (Burma) has formally admitted that its proposed crackdown on the North East insurgents in its soil suffered due the tacit …
  5. CWS appeal: Burma (Myanmar) humanitarian assistance
    Church World Service (press release), IN –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is growing. Poverty in some regions has already reached critical levels. In mountainous regions, there is severe …
  6. Laura Bush urges Myanmar gem boycott
    AFP –
    Washington refers to the country as “Burma.” Bush said that Myanmar’s military rulers had just opened a potentially lucrative gem auction show in the …
  7. China unwavering in support for Myanmar
    Daily Times, Pakistan –
    “I don’t think there is any change in substantive issues in the Chinese stand on Burma,” R. Hariharan, a Myanmar expert at the Chennai Centre for Chinese …
  8. Congress urges ASEAN to suspend Myanmar
    Reuters –
    The military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was quoted by UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro on Friday as acknowledging that at …
  9. US Senate asks ASEAN leaders to suspend Myanmar
    AFP –
    “I appreciate the strong comments from ASEAN member nations condemning the junta’s violent suppression of peaceful protesters in Burma (Myanmar),” said …
  10. Opinion: A corner of India that holds the key to Asia
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    The Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front (IBRF), founded in 1990, went defunct for lack of co-ordinated action and changing loyalties. Now, groups from Assam, …
  11. The Dictator Penalty
    Huffington Post, NY –
    Myanmar: Chevron refuses to withdraw from its partial ownership of natural gas fields and pipelines in the former Burma. Gas money supports one of the …
  12. Myanmar, the UN, and ASEAN
    Foreign Policy In Focus –
    Indonesia and the former Burma fraternized in the Asian-African Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Cold War’s Nonaligned Movement. …
  13. Situation in Myanmar ‘not sustainable’–Singapore PM
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Lee Hsien Loong said the bloc had “no choice” but to condemn the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests in member Myanmar (formerly Burma). …
  14. No exact figures on Burma crackdown
    PRESS TV, Iran –
    At least 15 people have been killed in the recent pro-democracy demonstrations in Myanmar’s biggest city, a UN human rights envoy says. …
  15. Asean to Keep Engaging Myanmar; US Urges Suspension (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean leaders will meet in a few days and they’ll discuss” the Myanmar issue. The military regime in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …
  16. Students wonder, ‘Asean, what’s that?’
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore (dpa) – Most students in Asean countries are familiar with the grouping, but nearly half have not visited another country in the bloc and 25 per …
  17. Asian leaders aim for green region, promote nuclear energy
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE–Asian leaders from 16 countries will pledge to increase the region’s forest cover by 2020 and promote the use of nuclear energy during their …
  18. More ethnic groups in Myanmar dispute Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement
    Xinhua, China –
    17 (Xinhua) — More ethnic peace groups in Myanmar are expressing disagreement over a recent statement by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …
  19. Singapore PM urges ASEAN nations to boost economic ties, address …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  20. Asean Needs More Integration to Attract Investment, Lee Says
    Bloomberg –
    Asean members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  21. Myanmar junta chief sticks to “democracy roadmap”
    Reuters India, India –
    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar supremo Than Shwe, leader of the ruling military, has vowed that the only path to political reform is via the …
  22. The broken promises of military rule
    Boston Globe, United States –
    The scary part: comparing the off and on detention of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto with the longstanding house arrest of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma makes …
  23. (France joins Canada in imposing sanctions on Myanmar) French co-operation applauded
    Edmonton Journal, Canada –
    Bernier pointed out that Canada has implemented “the most severe economic sanctions in the world” against Myanmar, also known as Burma, and expressed his …
  24. China tells Burma to speed up its democratic reforms
    USA Today –
    YANGON, Burma (AP) — China called on Burma to speed up democratic reforms, state media reported Saturday — an unusual move for Beijing, …
  25. Students plan to protest Burma crackdown during ASEAN summit
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    Singapore – University students plan to “make their voices heard” over Burma’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests while ASEAN leaders sign a landmark …
  26. Answers In The Past
    Tehelka, India –
    Full of counterintuitive views (he’s opposed to sanctions and wants tourists to visit Burma) historian Thant Myint-U is a former UN official and the author …
  27. ASEAN plays low against Myanmar
    Newstrack India, India –
    ASEAN accepted Burma’s membership downplaying US and European Union’s opposition. Singapore Prime Minister and Chairman of the association Lee Hsien Loong …
  28. Nobody in Asia supports sanctions against Myanmar: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    By S Ramesh, Channel newsasia | Posted: 17 November 2007 2109 hrs SINGAPORE: Nobody in Asia supports sanctions against Myanmar, Singapore’s Prime Minister …
  29. Myanmar set to sign rights charter at ASEAN summit
    Reuters –
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is unlikely to suspend Myanmar and the military-ruled country is set to sign the …
  30. Total petrol station demo in Wrexham
    Indymedia UK, UK –
    Wrexham Women for Peace and supporters held a demonstration at a local TOTAL petrol station in support of the people of Burma (Myanmar) this morning in …