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World focus on Burma (10 January 2009)

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Fresh offensive on Thai-Burmese border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A fresh offensive has broken out along the Thai-Burmese border between ethnic Karen guerillas of the Karen National …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Volunteers head back to Thailand
Malvern Gazette, UK –
These are supporting the displaced Shan people of Burma, who have been forced to move from their native land into Thailand, and running a hostel for those …

Managing the message
St. John’s Telegram, Canada –
Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, writes that there are countries like Cuba and Burma where journalists are routinely …

Failure of international community before drama of Burmese people
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Pascal Khoo Thwe, a Burmese dissident, adds up the balance of a tragic 2008: Nargis and the military dictatorship have pushed the population to the breaking …

CRITIC OF MUGABE WINS INAUGURAL ART PRIZE
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Obama’s Change?
ZNet, MA –
He should bring to book, bring to account all of those American officials who were responsible for the torture and the abuse of in many instances of totally ...

The spectacular three metre high Mandalay Shrine, a rare surviving piece from the now destroyed royal palace at Mandalay in Burma, will go on display in the …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

World focus on Burma (27 August 2008)

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Liechtenstein Joins International Economic Sanctions In The …
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
… persons, and organizations, based on the Sanctions Act: the States include Iraq, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Myanmar/Burma; …

Bogalay farmers threatened with land confiscation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in cyclone-hit Bogalay township in Irrawaddy division have said that local authorities are threatening to confiscate their land …

Cambodian MP urges UN, ASEAN to fulfill Burma promise
Mizzima.com, India –
… to pay a personal visit to Burma and find a realistic solution to the political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar …

Ore. scientists announce finding of oldest gecko
KTVZ, OR –
Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Gambari meets Indonesian President – ASEAN divided
Mizzima.com, India –
… with Myanmar’s Senior General Shwe.” However, Gambari has recently received mixed messages from ASEAN members Indonesia and Thailand as to what Burma’s …

Politicians defend Daw Suu for not meeting envoy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The problems Burma is facing now could be easily resolved if Daw Suu and Than Shwe could have a talk.” Veteran politician Thakin Chan Htun said he …

More Deaths Reported from Famine in Chin State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Gambari on Wednesday, said that the UN envoy’s mission to Burma had not failed yet, and that the “Group of Friends on Myanmar” still supported his role.

Arrested Monks Held in Rangoon Detention Center
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)—the AAPP—reported on Tuesday that at least seven detained monks, …

Dialogue Suu Kyi’s Real Motive
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
She clearly believes a dialogue—with compromise on both sides—is the most effective chance to establish real democracy in Burma, which she has called for …

Myanmar: UN envoy holds talks with Indonesian officials
MyNews.in, India –
The United Nations envoy to Myanmar held talks today in Jakarta with senior Indonesian officials as part of his continuing consultations with regional …

Terror, trade to top BIMSTEC ministers’ agenda
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
The foreign ministers of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand will be participating in the discussions Friday. …

NLD concerned by rumours of Daw Suu hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… special envoy Ibrahim Gambari in his reconciliation efforts and to show that the people of Burma do not accept the unilateral actions of the government. …

Room at the Table hosts meal for Myanmar
Lexington Minuteman,  USA –
On May 3 the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was struck by Cyclone Nargis with devastating results. The winds and rain took the lives of an estimated …

Chin: WFP Assists Victims in Chin State
UNPO, Netherlands –
WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to …

Communicating Culture
Boise Weekly,  USA –
Refugees from Bhutan, Burundi and Burma shuffled in their chairs as interpreters explained how to fill out American job applications. …

Indonesia hopes Myanmar dialog to be resumed
Antara, Indonesia –
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government has expressed hope the dialog between Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the government under …

Laos: Mekong floods leave four dead
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Some local observers suggested that the steady influx was due to the impact of Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma at a time when inflation and unemployment were …

Lack of funds threatens Free Burma Rangers’ aid efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Relief efforts by the Free Burma Rangers to help cyclone victims in the Irrawaddy delta are under threat due to funding shortages, …

Indonesia says Gambari mission has not failed in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
27 (Xinhua) — Indonesia considered that the UN mission in Myanmar carried out by its special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has not failed yet, supporting the envoy …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction
Diamonds.net, NY –
Myanmar relies on its precious gems trade as a key source of revenue and continues to sell to neighboring China and Thailand. Previous auctions in June and …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction IDEX Online, Israel –

Nepal’s rulers must release child soldiers

Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

We’re working on one country, which has some difficulty in this protocol; but we think that it’s within reach” Myanmar’s detained democracy leader, …

President Yudhoyono receives UN special envoy for Myanmar

Antara, Indonesia –

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received the UN secretary general`s special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, …

Clooney helps Darfur victims

Adelaidenow, Australia –

Not On Our Watch has already raised more than $8 million to help victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

China’s Tibet and Indonesia’s West Java hit by powerful earthquakes

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… people were killed by a 5.9-magnitude quake which hit southwestern Yunnan province on Thursday (August 21) near China’s border with Myanmar (Burma). …

Reports of Daw Suu Kyi’s refusal of daily food supplies creating …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus has further urged for a comprehensive assessment of Daw Aung Suu Kyi’s health must be carried out as soon as …

IRINnews.org, NY –

… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Freedom of Religion Poses A Problem for Travelers

Howard University The Hilltop (subscription), DC –

As Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, China’s stance on religious freedom faced much scrutiny from human rights groups and world leaders. …

Gambari’s Myanmar Visit “Disappointing,” UK Mission Says, UN Takes …

Inner City Press, NY –

UNITED NATIONS, August 26 — “Disappointing” is how the UN’s Ibrahim Gambari’s trip to Myanmar was described Tuesday by UK Ambassador John Sawers. …

Taking Names

Washington Times, DC –

Not on Our Watch has raised more than $7 million to help victims of both the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

RP docs, others can practice in ASEAN now
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Its other members are military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), oil-rich Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The group aims to achieve …

Burma’s Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s detained opposition leader, is said to be on a hunger strike in protest at her country’s brutal military regime. …

The Peking games
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Scanning these pages the other day, my eye was caught by a reference to “Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known)”. But should it? …

Myanmar: The war criminal was elevated by the United Nations, to …

UN envoy to Myanmar who is a pro-military regime

OpEdNews, PA –
Sani Abacha is like Burma military leader, Than Shwe, who has continued suppression of the free press , and has overseen the detention of journalists and …

UN:Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar, and today he was in Bangkok and met with the …

UN : Top UN envoy concludes latest visit to Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The senior United Nations envoy to Myanmar today wrapped up his six-day visit to the Asian country by meeting with senior members of the Government and the …

People Magazine –
… of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar (also known as Burma), according to executive director Alex Wagner. …

Samak’s remarks on Burma do more damage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By The Nation Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s recent comments on Burma were ridiculous, even bordering on absurdity. It showed his total ignorance of the …

George Bush’s Legacy in Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Amidst world political tensions, Burma analysts and observers have begun to question if the Bush’s eight years in office have done enough to advance a …

Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Independent, UK –
An NLD spokesman in Burma said he could not confirm whether she had stopped eating but that bags of food delivered to a checkpoint outside her house in …

World focus on Burma (15 August 2008)

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Beijing Olympics: China using Myanmar ‘Blood Jade’?

Merinews, India –

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

Junta officials release opposition youth arrested by mistake

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Steep rise in food prices continues

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

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

Mizzima.com, India – 2 hours ago

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

Former child soldier re-arrested for desertion

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Junta Braces for Anniversary of Monk-led Uprising

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Burmese Exiled Politicians Invited to Indonesian Parliament

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

UN Claims only $1.5 Million Lost in Cyclone Relief Effort

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Landslide disrupts Thai-Burmese border trade

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

Heavy Rains, Chinese Dams Lead to Flooding

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

USDA Expected to Form Proxy Parties for 2010 Election

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

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

National Review Online, NY –

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

Burmese dissidents charged in court

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

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

Burmese comedian charged on seven counts

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Summit of EAC heads of State

Uganda Media Centre, Uganda –

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

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

Sacramento Bee,  USA –

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

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

Mizzima.com, India –

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

The Westender, Australia –

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

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

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Benchmarking Burma

Wall Street Journal – By BENEDICT ROGERS

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

Don’t quit, Burmese junta tells underperforming chief censor

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

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

Cambodian ruling party re-elected with increased majority

World Socialist Web Site, MI –

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

Landslide disrupts Thai-Burmese border trade

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

Understanding Zhongguo

Media Monitors Network, CA –

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

Canada announces more disaster aid for Chinese quake victims

Xinhua, China –

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

‘The forgotten army’

Peace Arch News, Canada –

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

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

UNICEF: RP children in peril in war zones

Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

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

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

The mislabeled “United Nations Human Rights Council”

Right Side News, GA –

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

Remembering Democracy’s Martyrs In Burma

Voice of America –

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

Feds match Chinese, Burma aid donations

insideTORONTO.com, Canada –

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

Asean at 41

Manila Times, Philippines –

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

Veterans Affairs Canada: Minister Issues Statement on the Occasion …

NewsBlaze, CA –

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

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

The Olympian, WA –

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

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

Times & Star, UK –

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

Government of Canada Helps Victims of China Earthquake and Burma …

Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

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

After The Cold War

Atlantic Online –

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

Indonesia invites Burmese MPs to Independence Day celebration

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Suu Suu Nwe and Hanny Oo appear before court

Mizzima.com, India –

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

The 3 am Phone Call is Real

RealClearPolitics, IL –

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

Asia needs a new rule-of-law debate

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

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

An Atlanta school makes a community from a world of difference

Daily Herald, UT –

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

Trade, aid fail Cambodia’s poor

The Age, Australia –

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

On Thin Ice

The National Interest Online, DC –

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

Cambodia’s Hun Sen, one-eyed guerrilla turned to statesman

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Monday, July 21, 2008
By Patrick Falby, AFP

PHNOM PENH — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lost an eye as a Khmer Rouge guerrilla in the 1970s, but later abandoned the movement in his own ruthless drive to secure power and undercut all his rivals.

The 55-year-old premier has vowed to remain Cambodia’s head of state until he is 90, and has been on top so long that many fear the country will collapse if he is suddenly removed.

Voters appear unlikely to end Hun Sen’s 23-year rule when they go to the polls on July 27, with his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) expected to romp to victory.

His confidence is so complete that he has taken the unusual tactic of not campaigning for his re-election.

“I will not participate during the campaign. I don’t want to face confrontation because during that time of year many people will criticize the CPP,” he said.

And yet Hun Sen’s presence is felt everywhere.

Outside of campaign season, Hun Sen appears in public almost every day. He is flown throughout the countryside in his helicopter to give televised speeches at the openings of pagodas, schools and bridges.

The message: Hun Sen brought you this.

“If I vote for a new political party, there might be chaos,” said Say Phumivaun, a 19-year-old student from western Battambang province, voicing a familiar sentiment.

To rural villagers, Hun Sen is also the Cambodian everyman. His sharp, populist wit and humble upbringing making him one of their own.

He often veers from prepared remarks — launching into coarsely-worded rants against phantom coups, arrogant foreigners or international demands for reform.

Born the third of six children to peasant farmers in central Cambodia, Hun Sen moved to the capital Phnom Penh at age 12, where he was so poor he was forced to live in a Buddhist pagoda while attending school.

When Cambodia fell into civil war in 1970, he became a foot soldier for what later emerged as the Khmer Rouge — the genocidal regime behind Cambodia’s killing fields.

Hun Sen claims he opposed the Khmer Rouge as early as 1975. But he remained with the movement, losing an eye in the fighting and rising to the rank of deputy regional commander.

He married field nurse Bun Rany in a mass ceremony in 1976, but fled a year later to Vietnam as the regime that killed up to two million people was consumed by its own paranoia, purging thousands.

Hun Sen returned in 1978 with other Cambodian defectors and Vietnamese troops who pushed the Khmer Rouge into the country’s far northwest, where fighting lasted for another two decades.

He quickly rose to the top of the Hanoi-installed government of the 1980s, becoming the world’s youngest prime minister in 1985.

As his country emerged from conflict, he abandoned the communist dogma of his Vietnamese patrons, embracing the free market and seeking out alliances with more powerful nations.

Today, the strongman has maneuvered his country from civil war into a position of growing regional influence and an avid partner with China and the United States.

Garment exports and tourism have brought double-digit economic growth, but Cambodia remains one of the world’s poorest countries.

His administration is mired in corruption and Hun Sen is frequently the target of criticism that he tramples basic rights to keep his grip on power.

In 1993, he manhandled victory away from the country’s royalists following Cambodia’s first elections, backed by the United Nations.

He secured a power-sharing deal with the royalists, but ultimately ousted them in a bloody 1997 coup.

Hundreds of people were killed in the run-up to elections the following year. Protests against Hun Sen’s victory were put down violently.

The last national election in 2003 was far less violent, but plunged the kingdom into a year of political stalemate as parties wrangled over forming a coalition.

This year’s campaign is much calmer than the past, possibly because Hun Sen no longer faces any major rivals.

Copyright © 2008 The China Post.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2008/07/21/166473/Cambodia’s-Hun.htm

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July 27, 2008 at 4:59 pm

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World focus on Burma (27 July 2008)

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NEWSWEEK COVER: What Drives China

MarketWatch –

By dealing with pariah states like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Iran in order to feed the country’s voracious appetite for oil, timber and metals, …

More money for displaced Iraqis

The Age, Australia –

The UNHCR in Bangladesh will receive $950000 to build 180 shelters to house 1000 Rohingya families who have fled neighbouring Burma. …

Outmanoeuvred at every turn

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Bangkok succeeded last Tuesday, at least temporarily, in blocking Phnom Penh’s effort to ask for Asean intervention, saying that bilateral diplomatic …

BURMA: Females Hit Worst by Cyclone Nargis – Report

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

He conceded, however, that the political climate in Burma is challenging. ‘’The political situation in Myanmar makes any choices we make very difficult,’’ …

Latest ‘Rambo’ hit home with young Burmese peace walker

Dailyrecord.com, NJ –

… to help stop human rights violations in his homeland. His journey, a Walk for Peace designed to draw attention to Burma’s struggles, began March 1. …

‘Managed democracy’ in action in Cambodian vote

Toronto Star, Canada –

He’s not as heavy-handed as Burma’s military rulers, nor as sophisticated as Singapore’s premier. But Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen – once a …

South Asia Summit Begins in Sri Lanka Capital

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

He announced that Australia has already requested observer status as has Myanmar [Burma]. A decision on the request is expected at the forthcoming summit. …

Give human rights body teeth

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

If Burma s wishes are honoured by the panel – and to be sure, Burma is not alone in its position – what exactly will the human rights body be able to …

Give human rights body teeth

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

If Burma s wishes are honoured by the panel – and to be sure, Burma is not alone in its position – what exactly will the human rights body be able to …

Cyclone-hit fields left idle as Myanmar planting season ends

AFP –

LABUTTA, Myanmar (AFP) — Kyaw Thein thought his problems were solved when Myanmar’s government delivered seeds, cattle and tillers to his village to help …

London’s link to Burmese junta revealed

guardian.co.uk, UK –

… the generals running the oppressed south-east Asian nation. The London insurance involvement, to be exposed this week in a report by Burma Campaign UK, …

China: Pride, Protest and the Olympic Games

Newsweek –

By dealing with pariah states like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Iran in order to feed the country’s voracious appetite for oil, timber and metals, …

Burma’s cyclone survivors are left to struggle with their fate

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Last week Surin Pitsuwan, the secretary-general of Asean, the body that represents south-east Asian nations, described the situation in the delta as “a …

Bush Asked to Pressure Olympic Committee Regarding Iraqi Athletes

The Conservative Voice, NC –

… the IOC would reject athletes from a democratic Iraq, and at the same time, embrace those from repressive regimes like North Korea, Burma and Sudan. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 26, 2008 at 11:45 pm

World Focus on Burma (17-12-2007)

  1. Bird Flu Flares Further In Asia
    AHN –
    In Burma, officially known as Myanmar, a seven-year-old girl has become the military-run country’s first confirmed human case of bird flu. …
  2. The cultural cradle of Southeast Asia
    Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
    It’s time to go to Myanmar, also known as Burma. This might sound funny given the October crackdown on pro-democracy supporters, but based on talks with …
  3. Giant lanterns go ‘dancing’
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    The event attracted locals and foreigners, aside from the ambassadors and representatives of Cambodia, Greece, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Burma (Myanmar), …
  4. Seven killed as bus hits mine in Manipur
    Reuters India, India –
    More than 20000 people been killed in militancy-related violence over four decades in the tiny state bordering Myanmar as rebel groups fight for a range of …
  5. Death of a Journalist
    Asia Sentinel, China –
    … Southeast Asian Nations to make progress in the democratization of Myanmar [Burma],” Komura said after the UNSC’s presidential statement was announced. …
  6. Myanmar refugees face wretched existence in Malaysia
    AFP –


    … Altsean Burma. “Large groups of refugees are in hiding around the country and they are penniless and desperate,” she adds, using Myanmar’s former name. …

  7. Myanmar quietly releases 96 monks
    Sify, India –
    Yangon: Myanmar’s military regime has released from detention 96 monks who participated in September’s marches, permitting half of them to return to the …
  8. Burma: UN Maintains Pressure
    UNPO, Netherlands –
    During the conclusion of the sixth Human Rights Council, the Council responded to the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar’s (Burma) report by reiterating its call …
  9. Cambodia, Thailand sign visa deal
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    He says Burma, Laos and Vietnam could eventually sign up to the deal. The pact was developed through the Ayeyawady-Chao Phya-Mekong Economic Cooperation …
  10. Cambodian monks clash with riot police
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘It is a great shame that the Cambodian government criticized Myanmar for attacking monks and then does the same thing to its own monks,’ he added, …
  11. Burmese investment banned
    Global Pensions, UK –
    … Economic Measures Act on Burma, which has banned all Canadian people and financial institutions from investing in the region, also known as Myanmar. …
  12. Health Officials Call for Increase in Bird Flu Surveillance
    Voice of America –

    The announcement follows Pakistan’s first human bird flu fatality and Burma’s first reported human case of bird flu. As Naomi Martig reports from VOA’s Asia …

  13. Epidemiologists on Alert: Bird Flu Strikes Africa
    eFluxMedia –

    Following the Asia epidemic, where cases of human infection with the H5N1 virus have been reported lately by countries like Myanmar, China or Indonesia, …

  14. Bird flu contained in Burma: WHO
    Mizzima.com, India –
    The WHO Myanmar head praised the Burmese government for cooperating in the culling of birds and containing the disease saying “they [government] have done …
  15. WHO credits fast reports for checking bird flu
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The World Health Organisation on Sunday praised Asian countries for swiftly reporting the latest bird flu cases after Pakistan and Burma were hit by a resurgence of the disease. Asia-Pacific spokesman Peter Cordingley said prompt notification was helping keep the virus in check after Pakistan announced its first human death and Burma revealed its first human case.

    “People have learned that hiding cases just makes things worse,” Cordingley told AFP.

    This month China, which has previously been accused of withholding information, reported its 27th bird flu death and Indonesia, the worst hit country, reached 93.

    Outbreaks have also been reported among poultry in Germany and Russia as bird flu, which has killed more than 200 people worldwide since late 2003, re-emerges.

    Cordingley warned bird flu was likely to become more prevalent with the onset of the northern hemisphere winter.

    “At this time of year, we do expect the virus to be more active in poultry and humans,” said Cordingley, who is based in Manila.

    “In the same way that you and I are picking up flus, so will birds.”

    Pakistan on Saturday said a man who culled infected birds had died become the country’s first human fatality.

    The man’s brother also died but was not tested for bird flu, officials said without explanation.

    Meanwhile a seven-year-old girl became Burma‘s first confirmed human case, although she has since been discharged from hospital after showing signs of recovery.

    “This virus is no respecter of borders, so there nothing startling about the latest outbreak,” Cordingley said.

    “We have always seen more cases in the cooler months, so there is nothing surprising in the developments in Pakistan and Myanmar,” he added.

    The two cases follow the deaths of a 47-year-old Indonesian and a 24-year-old Chinese man earlier this month.

    The Chinese victim’s father was also diagnosed with the disease, raising fears over human-to-human infection.

    The H5N1 strain has passed from human to human only in very rare cases and scientists fear that such a transmission could become more efficient and widespread through mutation, causing a global pandemic.

    Cordingley said the spread of the virus was assisted by migratory patterns of birds, but also illegal trade in poultry, which is a staple food for much of Southeast Asia.

    “This virus will continue. We cannot fight it on a public health front, it depends on how farmyards and chickens are raised and that is a long-term fight,” he said.

    Earlier this month, international donors committed more than US$400 million to fight the disease at a conference in New Delhi.

    But the figure fell far short of World Bank projections that said US$1.2 billion was needed over the next two to three years to help countries fight the disease.

    Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are the other countries that have reported human infections of bird flu in Asia, which has borne the brunt of the disease.

    So far this year, 51 people have died from the disease, down from 71 in 2006, according to WHO figures. (Agencies)

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=124482

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 16, 2007 at 11:48 pm

World Focus on Burma (12-12-2007)

  1. un’s Pinheiro seeks return to Myanmar, meet opposition leaders
    International Herald Tribune, France – 11 hours ago
    AP GENEVA: The un’s special investigator on human rights in Myanmar said Tuesday he wants to return to the country as soon as possible to examine the …
  2. Forgetting Myanmar all over again
    Taipei Times, Taiwan –
    By Seth Mydans The streets are quiet in Myanmar. The “destructive elements” are in jail. The international outcry has faded. The junta’s grip on power seems …
  3. Thailand: 20000+ Burma Refugees Resettled
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand – 11 hours ago
    Last week, under the world’s largest refugee resettlement programme, the number of Myanmar refugees who had left Thailand to begin new lives in third …
  4. Departures Of Burma Refugees From Thailand Top 20K
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    This cultural orientation is one of the crucial steps on a journey that has opened up new worlds to more than 20000 refugees from Myanmar who have left …
  5. Myanmar: Monks flee to Bangladesh to evade arrest
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The young monk said, he finally left Burma for Bangladesh as authorities were conducting raids in several monasteries in Arakan searching for him.
  6. Stubborn junta’s ‘fire and water’ foreign policy stymies diplomacy
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    It is time for everyone, especially world leaders and diplomats, to take a serious look at Burma’s foreign policy, which for almost two decades has managed …
  7. Canada’s Miss Universe 2005 not visiting to Burma
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    The article “Miss Universe Coming to Burma” appeared last week on Burmese version of ‘Myanmar Time’ weekly journal in Burma, quoting a source from a …
  8. United Nations Special Rapporteur Reports on Worsening Situation …
    US Department of State, DC –
    Today’s report to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Burma, Paulo Pinheiro, provided important details of …
  9. UN Official Condemns Burma’s Crackdown on Opposition
    Voice of America –
    By Lisa Schlein A United Nations investigator has condemned the military rulers of Burma for using excessive force in cracking down on pro-democracy …
  10. US Sanctions Against Myanmar Boosted
    The Associated Press –
    The bill’s sponsors said they want to stop the military leaders in Myanmar, also known as Burma, from dodging US sanctions by laundering gemstones in third …
  11. US House adopts sanctions on Myanmar’s gem, energy industries
    Forbes, NY –
    LONDON (Thomson Financial) – The US House of Representatives has unanimously adopted sanctions against military-ruled Myanmar, targeting the country’s …
  12. House Sanctions Myanmar’s ‘Blood’ Rubies
    AOL News Newsbloggers, VA –
    “Burma’s generals,” Lantos said, “fund this repression of their own people by selling off the country’s natural resources, especially oil and gems, …
  13. US House adopts sanctions against Myanmar
    AFP –
    … referring to Myanmar by its former name. Aung Din, the executive director of the US Campaign for Burma, said the international community should step up .
  14. US House passes bill hitting Myanmar gems, Chevron
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    Tom Lantos, bans the import of Myanmar gems into the United States, freezes the assets of the country’s leaders and stops the former Burma from using US …
  15. US House passes bill on Burma sanctions
    Financial Times, UK –
    Chevron criticised the house move yesterday, saying “punitive tax measures against one company will not serve the purpose of helping the people of Myanmar …
  16. US House approves bill to strengthen sanctions against Myanmar
    Xinhua, China –
    11 (Xinhua) — The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved by voice vote a bill that would halt Myanmar’s rubies and jades from entering the United …
  17. Bill to ban Burmese imports into US
    Daily Times, Pakistan –
    WASHINGTON: A bill moving through Congress this week will stop Burma from importing “blood rubies” into the United States, freeze the assets of its leaders …
  18. US bid to stop Burma gem imports
    BBC News, UK –

    The House of Representatives has voted to stop Burma’s rubies and high-quality jade from entering the United States. The measure tightens sanctions against …

  19. Bergenfield man sent money to Burma in violation of US restrictions
    NorthJersey.com, NJ –
    Wai admitted the funds were ultimately transmitted to Burma, officially known as Myanmar, a country that is under military rule and subject to US trade …
  20. Burma Legislation Moves Through Congress
    Voice of America –

    By Dan Robinson Legislation to tighten US sanctions against Burma’s military government is moving through Congress. voa’s Dan Robinson reports from Capitol …

  21. Nonlocal News roundup 12/11 – Our solar system is dented
    Pegasus News, TX –
    The government of Myanmar (aka Burma) defends its violent crackdown. The un’s rights envoy to Sudan might be cut loose. A prisoner in Israel is awarded …
  22. Myanmar rejects UN human rights report
    Reuters –
    GENEVA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Myanmar on Tuesday rejected a UN envoy’s report that said the ruling junta had used excessive force in September to quell …
  23. India: Life on the front-line of India’s missions
    Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
    It borders Tibet to the north, Myanmar (Burma) to the east and Assam to the south. Nagaland lies towards the southeast and Bhutan to the west. …
  24. Back to normal in Burma – “Torture, Imprisonment, Death”
    Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
    By John Newton PEOPLE in Myanmar (Burma) continue to face strict government controls including imprisonment, torture and even death in the wake of uprisings …
  25. Bush condemns Myanmar crackdown after UN report
    Reuters India, India –
    Bush said he was “deeply disturbed” by UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro’s report describing how the military government in the former Burma …
  26. Statement by the President
    Business Wire (press release), CA –
    I am deeply disturbed by the report that UN Special Rapporteur Paulo Pinheiro released today in Geneva documenting his findings from his trip to Burma last …
  27. Myanmar Faces Sanctions Unless Democracy Talks Begin, Bush Says
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, yesterday rejected a United Nations report criticizing the junta for using “excessive force” when soldiers crushed the …
  28. Bush warns Myanmar of world sanctions
    AFP –
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States will spearhead a global campaign to step up sanctions against Myanmar’s military regime if it continues to ignore calls .
  29. AJWS reports winter 07
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    “Peace and stability have been restored in Myanmar, and life has returned to normal all over the country.” Thus spoke the UN envoy to Burma, Kyaw Tint Swe, …
  30. Burmese voices louder in 2007
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    If anyone deserves a Nobel peace prize this year, it’s Burma’s people and monks for taking to the streets against a brutish regime that has mired their …
  31. US threatens more Myanmar sanctions
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

     

    … of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and author of the bill, said the move would target top general’s in the government of Myanmar , also known as Burma .

  32. No democracy, more sanctions, Bush tells Myanmar
    Earthtimes, UK –

    Washington – US President George W Bush threatened further sanctions against Myanmar if its leaders don’t move toward democracy, saying he was “deeply …

  33. Myanmar needs our help
    St. Petersburg Times, FL –
    … Thailand and Vietnam are joining the global community and realizing increased economic growth and political freedom, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) …
  34. US closes loopholes in sanctions
    Mizzima.com, India –
    December 12, 2007 – United States sanctions on the economic interests of Burma’s generals and companies conducting business in Burma are one step closer to …
  35. Double vision over Myanmar crackdown
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    The Human Rights Watch report, entitled “Crackdown: Repression of the 2007 Popular Protests in Burma”, was based on the testimony of over 100 witnesses to …
  36. India, Burma to sign mou for IT enhancement centre
    Mizzima.com, India –
    “India is committed to extend assistance to Myanmar [Burma] on various developmental projects of mutual benefit including the Kaladan Multi-modal Transport …
  37. Cambodian leader blasts UN report
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Dec 12, 2007 (AP)–The UN should leave Burma alone and stop disrupting the junta’s progress toward democracy by issuing critical reports on human rights …
  38. This beauty and Burma shouldn’t mix
    National Post, Canada –
    A Burmese weekly, the Myanmar Times, recently signalled Glebova’s pending visit with an article that said she would also serve on a jury for the Ancient …
  39. US House backs crackdown on Myanmar gem trade
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Sponsors of the bill that passed in the House by a voice vote said they wanted to stop the military leaders of Myanmar, formerly Burma, from dodging US …
  40. Rights group: Military perpetuates its rule
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    … point toward democracy, they should present concrete foreign policy proposals to end Thailand’s embarrassing ties with Burma’s generals,” Adams said. …
  41. New drive to talk Burma into reform
    The Australian, Australia –
    “The people of Myanmar (Burma) have suffered from isolation for such a long time and it is high time now for the Myanmar authorities and people to be able …
  42. Myanmar: Military offensive targeting villagers’ food supplies
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The Free Burma Rangers relief team reported on November 22 that since the army commenced operations to relocate villagers in 2006 the Burmese troops had …
  43. Myanmar/Burma: Investigatory body must be proven to exist
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    “On 31 October 2007, the Government of Myanmar has established the Investigation Body [sic] chaired by the Minister for Home Affairs with a view to …
  44. un’s Pinheiro pleads with Myanmar for dialogue on human rights
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    AP GENEVA (AP) – The UN special investigator for Myanmar pleaded with the country’s military junta on Wednesday to engage in a serious dialogue about human …
  45. Local girls inch closer to crown
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    The Thai men’s side will compete in the third-place play-off despite a win over Burma yesterday. Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and reigning champions Thailand …
  46. For Burmese people, a friend in high places
    Christian Science Monitor, MA –

    … Burmese migrants on the Thai border has taught Cynthia Maung, herself a political refugee from military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), to expect the unexpected. …

  47. Hpao Lan Hpar Got a Heart Attack
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    (hold scrotum on the palm) The international community and analysts are now saying Burma has eventually become an autonomous region of China except in name. …
  48. Russian action against British Council ‘illegal’: Miliband
    AFP –

    That is Burma and Iran,” he said, using the former name for Myanmar. “I just hope the announcement today from Russia does not signal they are taking steps …