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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 …

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World focus on Burma (14 August 2008)

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Canadian government matches $30 million in donations for China …

The Canadian Press, TORONTO –

The federal government is also matching more than $11.6 million for people affected by the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, which killed nearly 85000 people in …

Canada matches relief donations to China, Burma
Canada.com, Canada –
The government also will contribute $11622015 to the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund, which brings the amount of aid committed to the country to more than $25

Government of Canada Helps Victims of China Earthquake and Burma …

MarketWatch –

In addition, over $11.6 million was raised for people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Burma. These matching funds will be channeled to humanitarian …

Government of Canada Helps Victims of China Earthquake and Burma …

Market Wire (press release) –

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

Trying to ‘esplain’

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

The first day I came to her house, ostensibly to talk about Burma (Myanmar), she asked me to help her practice for the Georgia driver’s written exam. …

UN admits loss of about 1.56 million dollars of cyclone aid in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
But the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, the principal bank in Burma that is used by several aid agencies to transfer aid money, on Thursday told Mizzima that ..

UN:More than $1.5 million in cyclone aid lost WTTE, OH –

UN says 1.5 mln dlrs of cyclone aid lost in Myanmar forex rules AFP –

UN says $A1.79M of cyclone aid lost Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Government of Canada Contributes $18-Million in Support of Red …

MarketWatch –

“The Canadian Red Cross would like to thank the Canadian International Development Agency for their generous support of relief efforts in China and Myanmar …

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 …

UNICEF/WHO step up rehabilitation assistance

Mizzima.com, India –

Burma’s citizens will soon be the beneficiaries of a new $440000 investment into vaccination facilities inside the country. The United Nations Children’s …

5th press release of the Tripartite Core Group – Myanmar and the …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Yangon, 13 August 2008 – Through the Tripartite Core Group (TCG), the Government of Myanmar and the United Nations agencies working in Myanmar have …

U Gambira raises monks’ issues with UN rights envoy

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

U Gambira’s sister Ma Khin Thu Htay said her brother had spent 20 minutes with the special rapporteur during his visit to Burma last week. …

New technology to circumvent Burma’s media control

Radio Australia, Australia –

While the world peers through the Internet’s Great Firewall of China, the miniature version in Burma seems as solid as ever. But activists and human rights …

Daw Suu’s lawyer prepares appeal after meeting

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

“She told me to ‘take the necessary steps according to the law, if the [junta’s] case is not strong enough legally’. That was what she said, although she …

Htoo trading leaves Bogalay workers unpaid

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

“The Htoo trading used labour from daily paid workers in Bogalay to rebuild houses destroyed by the cyclone,” a resident said. “But after two months, …

Media Advisory/REMINDER: Government of Canada Supports Relief …

NewsBlaze, CA – 3 hours ago

… and Canadian Identity), will make an important announcement on the Government of Canada’s contribution to relief efforts in Burma and China. …

Bush as Human Rights Champion?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

It remains difficult for many human rights activists around the world to understand why Burmese activists see the US government as a staunch supporter of …

Burma ripoff

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Attracting international aid for the relief effort for Cyclone Nargis, which smashed into central Burma on May 2-3 leaving about 140000 people dead or …

Put aside poison pens and enjoy spectacular Olympics

Vancouver Sun,  Canada –

We dragged all kinds of issues into the Olympics — human rights, Tibet, air quality, Burma, Taiwan, ad nauseum. China could do nothing right. …

Remote Lands Invites Guests to Experience Asia’s Most Exciting …

PR Web (press release), WA –

October: One of the most famous festivals in Myanmar (Burma) is the Elephant Dance Festival, which is centered in the village of Kyauk-se between Mandalay …

Burmese magazine misses deadline due to censors’ delay in …

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Aid workers still finding it hard to help months after Myanmar cyclone

cw2.com, CO –

by Laura Main, News2 COLORADO SPRINGS (KWGN) — Three months ago, a devastating cyclone destroyed much of the country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Cyclone relief effort in Burma continues

Times Online – Auckland, New Zealand –

A project director for Partners Relief and Development, Mr Corlett has been involved in ongoing assistance in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and comes to …

Ladies who say and do!

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

According to activists of Women’s League of Burma, the country’s health-care system currently ranks 190th of 191 countries. Forty-five per cent of cyclone …

The Singapore Lecture – Building on ASEAN’s Success – Towards an …

TamilSydney.com, Australia –

And this year the cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in China have reminded us of the power of nature – more than 150000 lost their lives and so many …

MELANCHOLY BURMA COMMEMORATES 8-8-88

World Politics Review –

While the international diplomatic community and human rights groups are fierce in their lobbying for Burmese freedom — especially that of imprisoned Nobel …

China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

UN envoy expresses hope for Myanmar

The National, United Arab Emirates –

However, since the uprising by monks in September, the human rights record in Myanmar, also sometimes known as Burma, has gone from bad to worse – including …

Georgia and Democratic Realism

Atlantic Online –

But when it says no to Liberia, or Congo, or Burma, or countenances alliances with authoritarian rulers in places like Pakistan or, for that matter, Russia, …

World Focus on Burma (1 June 08)

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Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after …

International Herald Tribune –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s plan to reopen schools this week in the country’s cyclone-devasted delta region could do more harm than good, aid groups said Sunday, a day after the government came under criticism for forcing cyclone survivors out of …

US aid ships could soon leave Myanmar coast

The Associated Press –
… said the Myanmar representative at the forum did not seem interested in speaking with him. But, he said “it was interesting to watch as minister after minister described their respective unhappiness at their inability to get assistance in to Burma.

US aid ships could soon leave Myanmar coast

Hartford Courant –
By AP SINGAPORE – Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he’ll decide within “a matter of days” to withdraw US Navy ships from the coast of Myanmar, because “it’s becoming pretty clear the regime is not going to let us help.” As a result, he said many …

Myanmar in ‘state of denial’ over cyclone aid–Canada

Inquirer.net –
“And I think it’s quite disheartening to hear the state of denial that this official appears to be in as far as his recollection of what countries… have put forward as our contributions to the relief of the people of Myanmar, Burma.

SINGAPORE – Myanmar’s rulers “have kept their hands in their pockets” while other countries sought to help cyclone victims, the Pentagon chief said Saturday, branding the military government as “deaf and dumb” for obstructing aid efforts.

Cyclone aid drips in but Myanmar still wary of foreign help

AFP –
KANZEIK, Myanmar (AFP) – Nearly a month after a cyclone tore through swathes of Myanmar, residents in this Irrawaddy Delta village are only now getting the plastic sheets and clean water that should have arrived long ago.

Meet a smile in Myanmar’s diaspora

Jakarta Post –
Fragmenting the populace is always an effective way for abusive rulers, and in Myanmar, one method to achieve this is by nurturing the mindset that some are less loyal to the motherland than others.

Myanmar says it acted promptly after Cyclone Nargis to provide relief

International Herald Tribune –
AP SINGAPORE: A Myanmar official says his government acted promptly after Cyclone Nargis last month to provide relief. Deputy Defense Minister Maj.

Defence ministers establish protocols for disaster relief

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Among those agreeing were representatives of Burma. “Countries should be able to work together with the international community and other countries to bring …

Cyclone Survivors Expelled From Refugee Camps By Burma’s Junta

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –
For the Xth time, Burma’s junta has taken an action that has once again brought backlash from the international community. Within the last few weeks, …

Aid workers still waiting to enter Burma’s delta

USA Today –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Burma needs more than food and shelter. It needs human expertise for everything from cleaning water to mental health counseling …

Deaf and dumb!

Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –
SINGAPORE: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates condemned Myanmar’s military government yesterday for being “deaf and dumb” to global offers of aid to its …

Open Borders to Human Rights

Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The negotiations came to an end when officials from the United Nations, Thailand and Burma agreed to amend a small part of item 3 to read that the “Myanmar …

Burma’s cyclone raises risk of forced labour: ILO

Radio Australia, Australia –
The International Labour Organisation says it’s concerned that Burma’s ruling military junta will use forced labour to rebuild areas of the country …

Martinez native helps out in Myanmar

Contra Costa Times, CA –
Much of the relief work was done in coordination with the San Francisco-based Foundation for the People of Burma, particularly a music school, Gitameit, …

UN in Myanmar forced labour warning

MWC News, Canada –
By Agencies The UN labour agency says Myanmar’s military government may increasingly use forced labour in the reconstruction of the cyclone-devastated …

Fury as Burma shuts cyclone relief camps

guardian.co.uk, UK –
Burma must stop forcing cyclone survivors to return to their shattered homes, where they face more misery or even death, human-rights groups said yesterday, …

Gates: Myanmar delay killed thousands

istockAnalyst.com, OR –
Despite these obstructions, we continue to get help into Burma (which the ruling regime calls Myanmar), and remain poised to provide more,” Gates said at a …

World Affairs

Sunday Leader (subscription), Sri Lanka –
The Western world is still outraged at the attitude of the Myanmar military junta which rejected offers by countries around the world, particularly of …

Chicago area clinic helping disabled refugees

ABC7Chicago.com, USA –
The clinic’s refugees are from Somalia, Rwanda, Burma, also known as Myanmar, and a growing number from Arabic-speaking countries. …

Local couple organizes fundraiser for Burma cyclone victims

Marblehead Reporter, MA –
In a recent email, Oo said, “The CDCE program has an extensive network of program alumni and related contacts inside Myanmar who have been feeding us …

US condemns Myanmar generals

MWC News, Canada –
By Agencies The US defence secretary has launched a direct attack on Myanmar’s military rulers for being “deaf and dumb” to global offers of aid to Cyclone …

Volunteer stays to help cyclone victims

Watford Observer, UK –
A Watford aid worker has extended his stay in Burma after a “difficult week” spent setting up camps in areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

Relative calm

The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
… which is ahead of India (107), Sri Lanka (125), Myanmar (126), Pakistan (127) and Afghanistan (137). Bangladesh was also 86th among 121 countries in the …

Riot police deployed in Burma’s cyclone zone

Howrah News Service, India –
Dedaye (Burma), May 31: Burma has deployed armed riot police in one of the regions hit hardest by the cyclone, stationing them along a few kilometres of …

The Worst is Yet to Come

CounterPunch, CA –
Laura Bush has taken Myanmar, aka Burma, to her heart. But now she’s put her foot in it. In the wake of the terrible cyclone the First Lady said the United …


Canada.com

Myanmar appoints Deputy FM as Chairman representing Myanmar in …

Xinhua – May 30, 2008
YANGON, May 30 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Friday appointed its Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Thu as Chairman representing the country in a Yangon-based tripartite core group, the State Radio quoting the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee …
Burma: Asean Steps in Where Others May Not Tread The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Myanmar junta praises UN aid International Herald Tribune
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World Focus on Burma (15-11-2007)

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  1. UN Envoy Reports on Extent of Myanmar Crackdown
    PBS –

    JIM LEHRER: Next, an update on the suppression of anti-government demonstrators in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The United Nations special envoy for human …

  2. UPDATE 1-EU warns may tighten Myanmar sanctions-draft
    Reuters UK, UK –
    … amend or further reinforce restrictive measures against the government of Burma/Myanmar in the light of developments on the ground. …
  3. UN human rights body backs new probe of Myanmar
    Reuters South Africa, South Africa –

    … triggered by a 500 percent oil price rise in the former Burma. The Brazilian professor, who visited Myanmar in November, said at least 31 people died …

  4. UN Human Rights Council To Send Expert To Burma
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    … 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments. …
  5. Energy for Thailand, Tragedy for Burma
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    General vulnerability in Myanmar is defined by accelerating impoverishment and the growing inability of the social service structures to address the basic …
  6. BURMA – BIRD FLU Burma reports first human case of bird flu
    France24, France –
    By Reuters The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday announced Myanmar (Burma)’s first human case of bird flu. The victim, a seven-year-old girl, …
  7. Mission of Burma Have a Burmese Mission
    Pitchforkmedia.com, IL –

    … the stage at Allston, ma’s Great Scott January 20 to benefit the politically and economically troubled southeast Asian nation of Burma (aka Myanmar). …

  8. An Adventure in Burma
    DCist.com, DC –
    … his people’s continuous fight for democracy (Burma was officially renamed Myanmar in 1989 but pro-democracy advocates refuse to acknowledge the change). …
  9. Canada enforces sanctions on Myanmar
    AFP –

    … to Burma, the Burmese regime has been completely unwilling to undertake genuine reform,” said Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier, referring to Myanmar by …

  10. Vote possible in House of Representatives to give US Congress’ top …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives could vote as early as next week on whether to present Congress’ highest civilian honor to Myanmar democracy …
  11. Spies, suspicion and empty monasteries – Burma today
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –

    Buddhist monks at the Chaukhtatgyi Paya, or reclining Buddha, monastery in Yangon, Myanmar, Burma. Photograph: Sean Smith The security policemen who …

  12. Myanmar reports its first human case of bird flu, in 7-year-old girl
    Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Myanmar has confirmed the country’s first case of a human being infected by bird flu, state media reported Saturday. …
  13. Bird flu resurfaces in Asia, deaths and poultry outbreaks reported
    USA Today –
    The World Health Organization also confirmed Burma’s first human case. A 7-year-old girl from the eastern Shan State became ill Nov. …
  14. Religion dominated the public stage in 2007
    East Valley Tribune, AZ –
    … boldly marched this fall in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to raise world awareness of the military junta, which has cracked down on dissent over its actions. …
  15. Burma’s first human case of avian flu confirmed
    Mizzima.com, India –
    The state-owned media New Light of Myanmar reported the outbreak saying the situation is under control. Earlier, the Burmese authorities concealed the …
  16. Richard Paw U, 85, helped unite Island Buddhists
    Honolulu Advertiser, HI –
    … Burma, he saw many changes in his lifetime, including the takeover of the area by a militia. The area of his birthplace is now known as Sittwe, Myanmar. …
  17. Serbia angered by EU move to send mission to Kosovo
    Serbianna.com, MI –
    … amend or further reinforce restrictive measures against the government of Burma/Myanmar in the light of developments on the ground. …
  18. Obama can restore global trust
    Berkshire Eagle, MA –
    In October, I was looking at curios in the lobby of a small hotel in Burma (called Myanmar by the junta that rules it), when a very well dressed and coifed …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 15, 2007 at 2:48 am

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 …

World Focus on Burma (14-11-2007)

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  1. The impressive – but limited – soft power of the United Nations
    Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –
    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, …
  2. Final Refuge
    Minneapolis City Pages, MN –
    While Burma (which the military government calls “Myanmar,” a name the United States does not recognize as legitimate) has recently made headlines because ..
  3. Pressure on Myanmar junta can work, UN envoy says
    Reuters Canada, Canada –
    Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962, and the government has ignored a 1990 landslide election victory by Suu Kyi’s …
  4. Prominent Monk, Labor Leader Arrested In New Myanmar Crackdown
    AHN –
    U Gambira, who headed the All-Burma Monks pro-democracy alliance, was active in promoting his cause abroad using a satellite phone. …
  5. UN envoy praises changes in Burma
    BBC News, UK –
    “On balance, the positive outcomes of this latest mission show that the government of Myanmar can be responsive to the concerns of the international …
  6. UN envoy positive on Myanmar trip, West doubtful
    Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
    It was Gambari’s second visit to the country formerly known as Burma since at least 10 people, and probably more, were killed in September’s ruthless …
  7. UN envoy to meet junta as Security Council vows to keep pressure
    AFP –
    MYANMAR (AFP) — A UN human rights envoy was Wednesday due to meet with top Myanmar junta officials as the Security Council said the generals must to more to ..
  8. UN Envoy:Myanmar Rulers Took Positive Steps,Must Do More -AFP
    EasyBourse.com, France –
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP)–UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari told the UN Security Council Tuesday that Myanmar’s rulers have taken “positive steps” since his visit last …
  9. Dialogue only way forward in resolving Myanmar crisis, says UN envoy
    UN News Centre –
    13 November 2007 – The United Nations Special Envoy to Myanmar today urged the South-East Asian nation to immediately begin talks between the Government and …
  10. The ‘conventional thinking’ on sanctions
    Politico, DC –
    In stark contrast to his statements on Cuba policy, Obama noted, “President Bush is right to try to increase pressure on Burma’s repressive regime. …
  11. UN envoy cautiously upbeat about progress on Myanmar crisis, but …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP UNITED NATIONS: A UN envoy said he was making progress in nudging Myanmar’s military junta toward meaningful dialogue with the pro-democracy opposition …
  12. Prominent Myanmar Activists Arrested
    The Associated Press –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27, she laid flowers at the spot where Japanese …
  13. UN envoy gives positive report on trip to Myanmar
    Xinhua, China –
    13 (Xinhua) — UN special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari Tuesday gave a positive report of his latest trip to the Southeast Asian country, saying it has …
  14. Official media: Two ethnic organizations criticizes Aung San Suu …
    Xinhua, China –
    14 (Xinhua) — Two ethnic organizations in Myanmar, in their latest announcements published in Wednesday’s official media, have criticized the ethnic part …
  15. Mid-year gems emporium opens in Myanmar
    Xinhua, China –
    In the 44th annual Myanmar gems emporium held in March this year and attended by 3421 merchants including over 2000 foreign ones, 3652 lots of jade, …
  16. Buddhists in India protest against Burma’s military junta
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Myanmar has seen hundreds of thousands of Buddhist monks protesting in the country for the last few weeks, calling for democracy and an end to the military …
  17. Naga support to Myanmar rebels
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Myanmar has seen a large number of Buddhist monks protesting in the country for the last few weeks, calling for democracy and an end to the military …
  18. Myanmar opens gem auction amid tightening sanctions
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar opened a lucrative auction of gems on Wednesday despite tightening Western sanctions and calls for a boycott from top international …
  19. Singapore doctor — and alleged banker — to Myanmar’s generals
    AFP –
    “Singapore has been the favourite place for them to stash their money,” said Debbie Stothard of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, a human rights group …
  20. Report: PTTEP Mulls Tie-Up With China
    Houston Chronicle, United States –
    … National Petroleum Corp. and China National Offshore Oil Corp. already have interests in petroleum exploration areas in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
  21. Al Jazeera English to celebrate one year anniversary
    Australian-Media.com.au, Australia –
    Just recently the channel was acclaimed for producing unparalleled and exclusive coverage from Myanmar, Burma – where undercover reporters vividly portrayed …
  22. Burma in line for new sanctions
    National Post, Canada –
    OTTAWA – Canada is expected to announce new sanctions against Burma in the wake of a clampdown by the military junta that killed at least 13 people and …
  23. Canada imposes new sanctions on Myanmar
    Globe and Mail, Canada –
    Canada will impose “the toughest sanctions in the world” on Myanmar, also known as Burma, to further isolate its military junta after September’s violent …
  24. China says Myanmar should not be “another Iraq”
    Reuters India, India –
    BEIJING (Reuters) – China does not want Myanmar to become “another Iraq”, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday, stressing his country’s opposition to …
  25. Dhaka ‘illogical’ to keep Delhi out of Asian highway: expert
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Instead, the then government of Begum Khaleda Zia proposed a link with Myanmar and also an India-Bangladesh-Myanmar road link. Bangladesh approached India …
  26. Bangla foreign advisor for tripartite initiative to resolve …
    Mizzima.com, India –
    Describing Bangladesh as a “very good friend of Myanmar [ Burma]”, the advisor said Bangladesh was eager to expand bilateral economic relations. …
  27. Burma’s blood gems linked to Beijing Olympics
    Mizzima.com, India –
    The appeal, released Monday in New York, states that while “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty, the ugly truth is that the trade in these …
  28. Gambari points toward cautious optimism; international reaction mixed
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 14, 2007 – Ibrahim Gambari, the United Nations Special Envoy to Burma, says that while not all of his mission’s goals were met, there have been …
  29. Boycott clouds gem show in Myanmar
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    “If it comes from Burma it has magic to it,” said Peggy Jo Donahue, a spokeswoman for Jewelers of America. “It’s very difficult and painful for a lot of gem …
  30. Britain welcomes positive UN report on Myanmar
    Xinhua, China –
    … be taken to ensure that the people of Myanmar have their voice heard about their own future. “The eyes of the world are still on the situation in Burma. …
  31. Myanmar rejects “interferences” in domestic affairs
    Reuters –
    Deputy Defense Minister Aye Myint told a news conference at the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting in Singapore that the former Burma was “stable”, …
  32. UN envoy pushes for non-junta meetings
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — A UN human rights envoy Wednesday pressed Myanmar’s junta to allow him to meet people other than officials and expressed concern over the …
  33. Myanmar opens gem auction amid tightening sanctions
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar opened a lucrative auction of gems on Wednesday despite tightening Western sanctions and calls for a boycott from top international …
  34. Burma pearls restore swine
    Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
    BURMA opened a lucrative auction of gems yesterday, despite tightening Western sanctions and calls for a boycott from top international jewellers after the …
  35. Myanmar’s junta deceiving its own people and the UN
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    But for Ibrahim Gambari, who yesterday spoke to the Security Council, some progress is being made in talks with Burma’s military rulers. …
  36. Burma: Media blackout blocks updates on country’s security
    Adnkronos International Italia, Italy –
    The US envoy to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad on Wednesday complained that the military leaders in Burma (or Myanmar) have made no move to accept …
  37. Burma Detains 3 More Activists During Visit of UN Human Rights Envoy
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News Witnesses in Burma say three more activists have been arrested as UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro meets with Burmese military …
  38. Canada imposes sanctions against Burma
    Canada.com, Canada –
    The repression in Burma, also known as Myanmar, has grown worse in the past weeks and months,” Bernier said. “People are being arrested, people are being …
  39. Canada announces tougher sanctions against Burma
    CTV.ca, Canada –
    Canada announced tougher sanctions against Burma today in response to a violent crackdown by the country’s military junta on demonstrators last September. …
  40. Ottawa announces Myanmar sanctions
    AFP –
    “The regime in Burma is abhorrent to Canadian values (and) we are going to impose the toughest sanctions in the world,” Bernier said in a policy speech. …
  41. Foreign Secretary statement on Burma
    PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria –
    Stresses the need for the Government of Myanmar to create conditions for dialogue and reconciliation by relaxing, as a first step, the conditions of …
  42. Growing impact of HIV/AIDS on teenage girls
    The New Nation, Bangladesh –
    … has estimated that as many as 50 percent of sex workers in Kenya were HIV-positive; 45 percent in Guyana; and 50 percent in Myanmar (Burma). …
  43. ILO asks Myanmar to declare forced labour banned
    Reuters –
    The statement reflected concern over the fate in Myanmar, the former Burma, of an accord in February this year allowing the ILO office in Yangon to …
  44. Dams May Damage Mekong River, Groups Say
    National Geographic, DC –
    The river— which runs through China, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam—already faces threats from pollution, climate change, ..
  45. Chinese Premier to Discuss Climate
    Houston Chronicle, United States –
    The situation in Myanmar, also called Burma, would probably not occupy a high place on the agenda, although some leaders would probably discuss it, He said. …
  46. Sanctions on Burma inadequate
    New Democratic Party of Canada (press release), Canada –
    … Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre), criticized the Conservatives for taking half-measures against the junta regime in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
  47. ASEAN honor on the line in Burma future
    The Standard, Hong Kong –
    Southeast Asian leaders will seek to capitalize on signs of progress in Burma at their annual summit next week, hopeful their controversial engagement of …