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World focus on Burma (15 December 2008)

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Crisis in DRC caused by access to weapons
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… Women in Black – Belgrade [Serbia]; Women of vision association; Women of Vision Association [Nigeria]; Women’s League of Burma. By Emergency:

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

Still the land of opportunity?
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
Some of the most recent have come from the South Asian countries of Bhutan and Myanmar, the former Burma, farmers whose skills are of little use to them in …

Activists urge Canada to assign special envoy to Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Canada has long condemned Burma’s military junta for failing to keep its promise to implement changes, and had supported the pro-democracy movement. …

A postcard from prison
Mizzima.com, India –
The SPDC [Burmese military government] said they will work toward a democratic process and make positive changes in human rights. But the head of the Burma …

… and military-ruled Burma. ASEAN’s Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan says that all members have work to do on the charter’s commitments. “Democracy …

UN to commemorate former Secretary General U Thant
Mizzima.com, India –
Despite of his popularity, Burma’s military dictator General Newin, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1962, refused to honor him with a state funeral, …

Thailand’s new PM likely to be more ‘pro-Active’ on Burma: Activist
Mizzima.com, India –
While the election of Abhisit as the new Prime Minister signals an end to the immediate political crisis, Burmese pro-democracy activists based in Thailand …

Burma: Ne Win’s Daughter Freed
UNPO, Netherlands –
Ne Win took power in a bloodless military coup in 1962, and remained in power until 1988, when a pro-democracy uprising forced him to step down and hand …

Ethnic Chin group rejects junta’s 2010 election plans
Mizzima.com, India –
The CNF passed the resolution during their Fourth Congress held on the Indo-Burma border from the 8th to the 13th of this month, according to the …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for human rights
Autochannel (press release) –
Now a prisoner in her own homeland, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This edition of the Summit is dedicated to her, the utmost example …

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, UK –
The technology also gives organisations like the BBC footage that would be difficult to obtain otherwise, for example the BBC is barred from entering Burma …

Promotions Seen as Part of 2010 Election Plan
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s military government, the State Peace and Development Council, has promoted a number of senior officers and created new positions in what …

Sandar Win Walks Free After 6 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 6

Ironically, the junta has leveled similar accusations at Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who married a British citizen.

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will head the $2.5 billion pipeline project with a 50.9 percent stake, while Burma’s state-run Myanmar Oil and …

Posted By ROBERT W. MURRAY AND DAVID SIEGEL
St. Catharines Standard, Canada –
In Darfur, Congo, Burma and other nations, human rights abuses occur at disturbing levels with no serious response from international society. …

Asean Charter Comes into Force
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

From left to right, Lotian Deputy Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Rais Yatim, Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win, …

Burmese Defense Lawyer Flees to Thailand, Blasts Regime
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar, Myint Aye funded the bombing, which it said had been carried out by two members of the opposition …

When it was finally signed a year ago, one of its members – Burma – had just made headlines by brutally suppressing pro-democracy demonstrations. …

Turn Left Thailand
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Australia –
After the deliberate chaos created by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) seizure of the airports, the courts stepped in to dissolve the hugely …

Thailand’s Democrat Putsch
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
Chief among them is “Newin Chitchorp”, who was named by his father after the infamous Burmese dictator. The Democrat Party is known among the cyber …

Fresh pressure from junta on UWSA
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …

ASEAN charter comes into force
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The bloc’s proposed new rights body has no teeth and the charter has no provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader …

Treaties lead to world government
Augusta Chronicle, GA –
… Burma, China and Russia. America would be surrendering its freedom of the seas to an “unaccountable international agency,” say US security experts. …

Former Burmese dictator’s daughter released from house arrest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 15, 2008—Officials in Burma have released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest, police said on …

Freedom Fighters Need Not Apply
Washington Post, United States –
The denials have included that of a Burmese lawyer who had smuggled anti-government brochures into Burma from Thailand; an Afghan owner of a muffler shop in …

In Praise Of Laura Bush
Forbes, NY –
That said, she has earned worldwide applause for her stand against the Burmese junta. And she has gone on record, with an unfussy but firm statement on TV, …

The bore’s head in hand bear I
Times Online, UK –
But 2008, as well as being the year of a world financial crisis, was also the year a resurgent Russia attempted to snuff out democracy on its borders, …

Bush arrives in Afghanistan for visit
LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
You worry about dictators? the head of the UN is from “Burma”. The 5… Nick Again, Maryborough on Journalist flings shoes at President Bush.

Cost of Bangkok Airport Closures Estimated at 540 Million Baht
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition, Australia –
The consequences of the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) week-long siege of Bangkok’s two main airports will affect AoT’s operation for six months. …

Monday, December 22
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1942 – US heavy bombers raid Japanese-occupied Rangoon, Burma _ now Myanmar, in World War II. 1944 – During the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans demand the …

Asean’s charter has to negotiate uncharted waters
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
That is no surprise as many Asean members such as Burma, Laos and Vietnam are under dictatorial rule. They do not want the people’s participation. …

Airlines seek redress for PAD action
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… resolved to sue leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for compensation equivalent to its disruption costs and loss of future revenue. …

UWSA faces renewed pressures
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …


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World focus on Burma (2 August 2008)

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Monks demonstrate against the government prior to the 1988 massacre Photo: GETTY

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

A shopping centre in Mandalay burned down earlier this year, and many of the city’s trees were felled by the cyclone in May. Burmese gossips claim that …

Comedy show to benefit Burmese kids

Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
All proceeds from the show will go towards the charity, which is helping child refugees in Burma in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis.

Bush sees sports, but politics abound at Olympics

The Associated Press –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed citizens in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in …

Burma’s Archbishop thanks Lichfield churches for Cyclone Nargis help

Diocese of Lichfield, UK –

The Primate of the Anglican Province of Myanmar, the Most Revd Stephen Than Myot Oo, has thanked the churches of Lichfield Diocese for their prayers and …

Myanmar detains comedian who delivered cyclone aid

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A famous Myanmar comedian and three other activists who helped deliver relief supplies to cyclone victims could be imprisoned for two …

White House: Interview of US President Bush by Suthichai Sae-Yoon …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Q Why haven’t the sanctions against Burma worked? THE PRESIDENT: Because not every country is applying them. And sanctions — the idea of unilateral ..

The Associated Press –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed people in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in the …

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

“Save the Children has clearly demonstrated that aid given to Myanmar can be effective and make a dramatic difference, whilst still meeting international …

Proposal sealed with a kiss as sailors arrive

Portsmouth News, UK –

The crew of HMS Edinburgh were involved in everything from drug busts to the mercy mission in Burma after Cyclone Nargis. Edinburgh’s commanding officer …

Rice Elevates New Zealand from ‘Friend’ to ‘Ally’

The Public Record, California –

… the Sudan and Burma, and the serious erosion of human rights in her own jurisdiction, not least at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. …

US 1st lady to visit Mae Sot

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

… activists and human rights advocates. “She has found the people of Burma to be lovely with a gentle manner,” she said, responding to written questions. …

Berlin to Beijing

New Yorker, United States –

When I was in Burma in June, where China is deeply resented for propping up the military regime, an outspoken woman told me, “We hope the Olympics go a-flop …

Asean Charter A No-go In Jakarta?

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
… Thailand and the Philippines were ‘real’ parliaments—“unlike the ones in Singapore and Myanmar (Burma) which follow whatever their governments wish …

Vialuxe News, CA –

… Block Burmese JADE act of 2008″ into law on Tuesday, effectively banning the importation of ruby and jadeite from Burma/Myanmar into the United States. …

Laura Bush to visit border area

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) has welcomed a planned meeting between Mr Bush and Burmese dissidents in Bangkok on Aug 6. Hseng Noung, a member of the …

Corporations And Human Rights Abuses In Burma

Huffington Post, NY –

The oil and natural gas industry earned the government of Burma (through the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise ‘MOGE’) approximately 2.16 billion …

Beijing’s catch-22

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

In Burma, the Chinese cut arms sales to the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations, and Beijing played an …

Winter Sports School to act globally

Park Record, UT –

After Myanmar (formerly Burma) was hit by a catastrophic cyclone this spring, Guetschow and her peers were rocked by reports saying that aid was not getting …

Olympic colour cannot hide grey of Mao suit

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

Few would regard such widespread human rights abuses as compatible with loftiest of the Olympic ideals, especially in a country which backs Burma and …

Islamic Malaysia in Asean club?

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei remain predominantly Muslim, but they are flanked by predominantly Buddhist Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and even Vietnam. …

A case of dignity

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

The Chinese government has failed to live up to the commitments it made before being awarded the Olympic Games to improve its human rights situation and to …

SF Chronicle Submissions

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

Beyond its borders, China also regularly uses its UN veto power to support everything from genocide in Darfur and Burma and nuclear proliferation in Iran to …

Conrad Black: The West is confronted by opportunity, not a retreat

National Post, Canada –

Kagan is right that rulers like, and populations, tolerate autocracies, and that China and Russia won’t help overthrow despots, as in Iran and Burma. …

Bush visit comes at a low ebb for democracy

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

More than 1 million people from Burma are working in Thailand, taking up jobs that Thais do not want. Along the way, their cheap labour is helping this …

US sanctions target gem industry

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

“We are tightening financial sanctions against Burma’s repressive junta and the companies that finance it,” Szubin said. “The regime’s refusal to protect …

UN investigator to assess human rights in Myanmar

Reuters –

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta has invited a UN investigator to make his first visit next week so he can assess the human rights …

ChevronTexaco Lobbies Bush Administration In an Effort to Avoid …

Earthrights.org, DC –

Washington, DC, August 1, 2008 – Mired in controversies over its global human rights and environmental record, Chevron Corporation announced today that ..

Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi: Beijing’s It-couple

Times Online, UK –

Her parents were Chinese immigrants in Burma who returned to Beijing in the Fifties; they were translators at the Bureau of Foreign Languages, …

Club vs country row on show in AFC

Howrah News Service, India –

Previously teams from Myanmar (formerly Burma) played a fast paced game with little variations. Falopa’s Brazilian influence is obvious. …

Three months after cyclone, children in Myanmar face long-term …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

(August 1, 2008) — Save the Children continues to assist children and their families three months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar. …

US Asked UN About Exchange Rate Issues in Burma Year Before Latest …

MyFox Milwaukee, WI –

… spending in Burma, which the country’s military regime renamed Myanmar, had soared spectacularly, totaling more than $74 million between 2002 and 2006. …

To go or not go, what the travel experts say

Globe and Mail, Canada –

Defending Lonely Planet’s Myanmar (Burma), for example, publisher Alex Fenby has written that the guide “is one of only a very few sources of information …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 2, 2008 at 3:50 am

Another Burma promise

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Bangkok Post, 21 July 2008

SingaporeBurma ratified the charter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Monday and vowed to uphold its democratic ideals, but dashed hopes of releasing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi within the next six months.

The country, vilified for its dictatorial government and human rights abuses, became the seventh of the 10-member regional grouping to ratify the document, which was signed by the leaders in November last year.

Myanmar‘s ratification of the charter demonstrates our strong commitment to embrace the common values and aspirations of the peoples of Asean,” Foreign Minister Nyan Win said, using the military dictators’ new name for Burma.

“It is my honest hope that with the growing momentum of ratification, our common goal and commitment to complete ratification of the charter by all member states will be realized at the time of our leaders’ summit in Bangkok” in December, he added.

While foreign ministers attending the 41st Asean Ministers Meeting watched, Nyan Win handed over the document to Asean Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan, to the applause of observers.

Burma was also among the Asean countries which unanimously set up a high-level panel on an Asean human rights body, and endorse its terms of reference.

“We urged Myanmar to take bolder steps towards a peaceful transition to democracy in the near future,” and work towards the holding of free and fair general elections in 2010,” said the minister’s communique at the end of the meeting.

“We reiterated our calls for the release of all political detainees, including Suu Kyi, to pave the way for meaningful dialogue involving all parties concerned.”

In a separate statement, Singapore Minister for Foreign Af`fairs George Yeo said Ngan Win had clarified that Suu Kyi would not be released in the next six months, but six months from May 2009, the expiry date of the existing one-year detention order.

Yeo, who is also Asean chairman, and other foreign ministers “misunderstood the point made by the Burmese foreign minister on the limit of the detention period,” a statement said.

The “clarification” was made at the ministers’ meeting Monday afternoon.

Suu Kyi has spent 13 years in detention since 1989. Her house arrest was recently extended.

Surin said he was sure the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia would soon ratify the charter and that he expected the ratification process to be completed by December.

“The charter will help us building an Asean community we can all be proud of,” he said.

The document, which will turn the 41-year-old regional grouping into a legal entity, was initially opposed by the ruling junta because of its inclusion of human rights.

Several Philippine senators said they would oppose the ratification of the charter until the military junta that has ruled Burma since 1962 institutes democratic reforms.

In opening the meeting, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Asean had decided to press on with the charter’s implementation without waiting for all 10 members to ratify it.

“The internal processes of member countries are different and some will be more difficult than others, Lee said.

The Burmese ratification occurred a day after Asean ministers expressed their “deep disappointment” over the continued detention of Suu Kyi and undetermined numbers of political prisoners.

Asean comprises Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/topstories/topstories.php?id=128981

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm

World focus on Burma (21 July 2008)

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UN welcomes Myanmar’s post-cyclone recovery plan

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

New York – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed an assessment for future international humanitarian assistance to Myanmar following the …

POLITICS: South Asia Maps Its Own Development Destiny

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam — will be merged into a single market and production base. …

Save the Children: Time for donors to give more to Burma says Save …

Politics.co.uk, UK –

World governments had pledged to give more money to Burma on condition that an independent assessment of the needs was carried out and that international …

ASEAN human rights body to rely on ‘peer pressure’

Radio Australia, Australia –

But Singapore, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are pressing to water down the terms of reference to ensure the human rights body is largely an advisory …

Critics skeptical of Burma’s ratification of ASEAN Charter

Mizzima.com, India –

David Scott Mathieson, Burma consultant of the Human Rights Watch said, Burma’s signing the charter is ‘technically’ significant but cannot be …

Foreign ministers set up panel on ASEAN human right body (Roundup)

Monsters and Critics.com –

It also commits ASEAN to the principles of ‘democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, rule of law and good governance.’ ‘We are committed to make …

ASEAN tackles border spat, rights and Myanmar

elEconomista.es, Spain –

… urgedCambodia and Thailand on Monday to show restraint over amilitary standoff on their border and took steps to create aregional human rights body. …

Karen Refugees Forced to Return

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Thailand should raise concern about the Burmese human rights violations that cause forced displacement as well as responding humanely to its victims …

Political Prisoner Dies in Burma Prison

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The 137th political prisoner died on July 18 due to a lack of health care in a Burmese prison, a Burmese human rights group, the Assistance …

UW is home to Asian language immersion programs

The Capital Times, WI –

So people who want to go to Burma or Laos or Thailand or Indonesia or the Philippines to do research or business or whatever, we serve them. …

Asean Seeks Myanmar Aid, Attempts to Ease Thai-Cambodia Tension

Bloomberg –

Myanmar’s army assisted the government and international aid workers in providing “more effective, and timely delivery of aid supplies” to storm victims, …

Goldman Sachs Celebrates the Next Generation of World-Class Leaders
Business Wire (press release), CA –
… to produce broad social benefits for orphans of AIDs victims in Thailand, literacy programs in Burma, and community medical clinics in South Africa. …

Cyclone Nargis cost Burma $4bn, says UN report

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The UN’s humanitarian chief, John Holmes, said full access to storm-hit areas had now been granted, as well as an independent assessment of aid to ensure it …

Burma aid effort ‘requires $1bn’

BBC News, UK –

Burma’s ruling generals were criticised in the wake of the cyclone for being slow to accept international aid. Asean has already played a key part in …

ASEAN criticizes Myanmar over Nargis and the detention of Aug San …

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

ASEAN mainly criticized Myanmar’s rejection of international aid, the only possibility for resolving the tremendous emergency facing the population. …

Vigil for Burma to be held in downtown Dallas

Pegasus News, TX –

This is the second such event in Dallas supporting the people of Burma; the first being the vigil at Southern Methodist University in October 2007, …

Farmers Dispute Official ‘Back to Normal’ Claims

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AUNG THET WINE LAPUTTA, Burma — Despite official assurances that rice production in the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta has fully resumed, …

Observers doubt Myanmar on ASEAN charter pledges

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Myanmar was also severely criticized internationally for its delay in allowing foreign aid into the country after a May 2-3 cyclone that left 138000 people …

Why Dr N. Nesiah is unfit to function as a Commissioner?

Ministry of Defence (press release), Sri Lanka –

(e) Dr. N has identified himself on the international front with the CPA on the issue of Burma. He has signed a communication describing himself as from CPA …

Myanmar appeals for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone …

The Associated Press –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar is appealing for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone Nargis. Foreign Minister Nyan Win said more assistance would shorten …

Missonary, teacher and world traveler

KeepMEcurrent.com, ME –

(Photo by Kate Irish Collins) Byu is from Burma, now known as Myanmar, a country on the Bay of Bengal, sandwiched between Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh and …

Asean Seeks Myanmar Aid, Attempts to Ease Thai-Cambodia Tension

Bloomberg –

… assistance in the country formerly known as Burma, and today appealed for $300 million to fund relief efforts in Myanmar through the rest of this year. …

ASEAN demands action on soaring commodity prices

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers called for action Monday to reduce soaring commodity prices and urged Myanmar’s junta to immediately …

ASEAN demands action on soaring commodity prices

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers called for action Monday to reduce soaring commodity prices and urged Myanmar’s junta to immediately …

Singapore: Transcript of Door-stop Interview by Minister for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

I would like to brief you on our discussion on Myanmar this evening. The ASEAN Foreign Ministers had a full and frank discussion on the political situation …

Singapore: Statement by ASEAN Chair, Singapore’s Minister for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

… Ministers misunderstood the point made by the Myanmar Foreign Minister on the limit of the detention period of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under Myanmar law. …

Myanmar cyclone recovery cost tops $1 bln–UN/ASEAN

Reuters –

The United Nations appealed earlier this month for more than $300 million in additional aid for the former Burma, on top of $178 million already provided by …

Burma cyclone aid to cost $1bn over three years

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

Rebuilding Burma’s cyclone-devastated south and bringing aid to millions of survivors will cost $1-billion over the next three years, the United Nations and …

Burma Cyclone Damage Estimated at $4 Billion

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP SINGAPORE — A new UN-led report says the damage from Burma’s Cyclone Nargis in May is estimated to be US $4 billion. The report released Monday says …

Burmese Junta Signs Asean Charter

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Burma issue is one of its top agendas during the meeting. “Just as we could not ignore political developments in Myanmar [Burma], neither could we stand …

Laurel church helps 80000 orphans

KPAX-TV, MT –

Chylo Laszloffy visited Myanmar or Burma after the Cyclone. Laszloffy says, “There is a lot of disease and the it’s hard to find food because the rivers …

Another Burma promise

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

“Myanmar’s ratification of the charter demonstrates our strong commitment to embrace the common values and aspirations of the peoples of Asean,” Foreign …

LEAD: ASEAN urges Myanmar junta to release Suu Kyi, usher in …

TMCnet –

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SINGAPORE, July 21_(Kyodo) _ ASEAN foreign ministers urged Myanmar to free all political detainees in a …

Observers doubt Myanmar on ASEAN charter pledges

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… of the Free Burma Coalition group of independent democracy advocates. Just seven days after the cyclone, Myanmar insisted on holding a referendum on a …

Bus blasts kill three, injure 18 in south-west China (Roundup)

Monsters and Critics.com –

The agency said border guards had tightened security at all exit and entry points in Yunnan, which has long borders with Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Vietnam. …

South-east Asian nations express “disappointment” at Burma

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

“They repeated the call by Asean leaders for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees as part of Myanmar’s [Burma’s] national …

Burma ratifies pro-human rights charter

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

… with that explanation, Yeo said: “We have long taken a position which we knew did not have the full agreement of the Myanmar [Burma] foreign minister. …

Myanmar ratifies ASEAN pact on democracy, rights

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Myanmar’s junta ratified a new ASEAN charter binding it to ideals of democracy and human rights Monday, as ministers urged the regime to …

Burma appealing for more aid to help cyclone victims

USA Today –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Burma is appealing for more foreign aid to help victims of Cyclone Nargis. Foreign Minister Nyan Win said more assistance would shorten his …

Threat on India’s northern border

Organiser, India –

If you think that’s not smart enough for warriors of Sun Tzu, than take a look at the borders from North to East -Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar are …

SOS Malta helps Myanmar victims

di-ve.com, Malta –

by di-ve.com – editorial@di-ve.com A delegation from SOS Malta’s Sri Lankan partner, Healing Hands, has just returned from an aid visit to Burma and will …

Asean Ministers Meet to Discuss Thai-Cambodia Tensions, Myanmar

Bloomberg –

The military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since 1962, extended opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest by one year on May …

Isolated Myanmar regime ratifies regional charter including human …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Suu Kyi has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. In a Monday address to ASEAN foreign …

New wave of dissidents arises in Myanmar

Chicago Tribune, United States –

YANGON, Myanmar — They operate in the shadows, slipping by moonlight from safe house to safe house and meeting under cover of monasteries or clinics to plot …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Political prisoners in Myanmar and a Thai-Cambodia border crisis dominated talks between Southeast Asian foreign ministers Monday, …

Myanmar ratifies ASEAN charter

The Associated Press –

Suu Kyi has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. In a Monday address to ASEAN foreign …

ASEAN Slams Myanmar Ahead Of Regional Security Meeting

RTT News, NY –

(RTTNews) – Ahead of an annual security meeting of Southeast Asian nations, the group slammed military-ruled Myanmar over its dismal human rights record and …

ASEAN begins meeting amid fears of being sidelined in region+

TMCnet –

On Myanmar, Yeo said Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win has indicated that political dissident Aung San Suu Kyi could be released in about six months time, …

Is it the beginning of greater commitment to lasting democracy in …

IPPmedia, United Republic of Tanzania –

… in many countries, including a number of the former Soviet Republics or even recently Mongolia, not to mention the current situation in Myanmar (Burma). …

ASEAN issues strong rebuke against Myanmar ahead of regional …

The Canadian Press, SINGAPORE –

SINGAPORE — Southeast Asian nations issued their strongest rebuke ever to military-ruled Myanmar before opening an annual security meeting Monday amid a …

ASEAN aims to foster trust between international community, Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

The crisis over Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar in May, ‘tested ASEAN unity and forced us to consider what ASEAN meant to Myanmar and in turn what …

China’s “rug merchants” of the UN

Enter Stage Right, Canada –

In countries from Angola to Zimbabwe to Burma, China also sells the ruling elites the weapons they need to hold onto power – and rig the occasional election, …

‘Bare’ in the works

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

… which is providing food, water and temporary shelter to victims of the earthquake in China and the cyclone in Burma, which destroyed infrastructure, …

Southeast Asia tackles food, energy security

Reuters India, India –

By Manny Mogato SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian foreign ministers will tackle spiralling food and fuel prices at their annual meeting on Monday, …

MPs: Halt Burma aid

Politics.co.uk, UK –

Humanitarian aid to Burma should be halted unless the country’s military rulers stop abusing it, the government has been told. An influential committee of …

Murder Most Foul

Asia Sentinel, China –

But you cannot be a first-world country with a legal system whose main characteristics are shared by the likes of Zimbabwe, Burma and North Korea. …

Garang’s secret plan to marginalize the Nuer at Navivasha 2005

Sudan Tribune, Sudan –

The occupation and re-colonization of Sudan would set a precedent for any countries in Afro-Asia such as Zimbabwe, Syria, Iran and Myanmar (Burma) would …

Murder Most Foul

Asia Sentinel, China –

But you cannot be a first-world country with a legal system whose main characteristics are shared by the likes of Zimbabwe, Burma and North Korea. …

ASEAN issues strong rebuke against Myanmar ahead of regional …

International Herald Tribune, France –

… a statement expressing “deep disappointment” that Myanmar’s junta had extended the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi by another year. …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP – 1 hour ago

Efforts to get aid to about two million survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar are also expected to feature prominently in Monday’s talks, …

Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia crisis dominate ASEAN talks

AFP –

The talks took place after Myanmar extended Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest for another year in May, and earned widespread criticism for its refusal to …

An Indian perspective on China: Pallavi Aiyar

Danwei, Hong Kong –

Q: How do you see the balance of power in the region developing, with the complex web of relations between India, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and China? …

MoviesOnline, Canada –

… aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). …

Pope prays for ill Cardinal Cassidy

CathNews, Australia –

While Cardinal Cassidy was born in Sydney, he spent much of his life as an emissary of the Vatican working in India, Ireland, China, Bangladesh, Burma, …

Pillay Will Have Her Work Cut Out for Her in Geneva

New York Sun, United States –

Currently, Geneva almost never speaks out forcefully against Zimbabwe, Burma, Cuba, China, Russia, most Arab countries, or other places where human rights …

Asia forum to tackle local security

The Canberra Times, Australia –

ASEAN has been criticised for doing little to force Burma, a member, to change its ways, but was hailed for persuading the junta to accept international aid …

Commentary: Help us cease from striving

Dallas Baptist Standard, TX –

One native leader from Burma told about delivering aid to victims of the devastating cyclone and people being saved as unburied bodies littered the fields. …

Asia forum to tackle local security

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Also on the agenda will be the behaviour of Burma’s junta, which has done little to allow democracy and has refused to free opposition leader Aung San Suu …

Burma to dominate Asean summit

BBC News, UK –

They will address some large challenges for the 40-year-old association, among them the issue of Burma’s membership. The summit will release a full …

The three at the centre of attention

Livemint, India –

Karat was born to Keralite parents on 7 February 1948, in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), where his father worked for British Railways. …

Thailand stands to miss its chance to shine as asean chair

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

To a certain degree, Asean has regained its creditability after a decade of Burma’s non-compliance by convincing the Burmese junta to loosen up its …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Meadville Tribune, PA –

Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

Border dispute, Myanmar, top ASEAN ministers’ talks

AFP –

Efforts to get aid to about two million survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar are also expected to feature prominently when talks continue on Monday. …

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

High on the agenda will be relief efforts in the military-ruled nation of Burma, which was devastated by cyclone Nargys in May. …

Pilgrims renew an ancient faith

The Australian, Australia –

For young Catholics who came from 177 countries, some with the odds stacked against them, like those from Burma, Pope Benedict encouraged them to keep the …

John Nichols: Obama, McCain & Tibet

The Capital Times, WI –

President Bush has announced that, despite China’s violent crackdowns on dissent in Tibet and its support for the brutal dictatorships of Sudan and Burma, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 21, 2008 at 4:21 am

World Focus on Burma (28-11-2007)

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  1. Amnesty International Condemns Continued Arrests in Myanmar
    PR Newswire (press release), NY –
    Amnesty International confirms that the following arrests have occurred since early November: On November 4, U Gambira, head of the All-Burma Monks Alliance …
  2. MYANMAR: HIV does not recognise traditions
    Plus News, South Africa –
    Throughout their five years of marriage he was a regular in the brothels around the city of Rangoon in Myanmar (Burma), drank heavily, was violent, …
  3. European Union And China – A Global Partnership
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Discussion will also cover regional and international issues, such as Burma/Myanmar, non-proliferation in North Korea and Iran, Africa and the Middle East …
  4. The UN Must Stop Enabling the Burmese Regime
    Heritage.org, DC –
    by Brett D. Schaefer The Southeast Asian country of Burma (renamed Myanmar by the country’s ruling junta in 1989) attracted international criticism …
  5. Dalai Lama Condemns Myanmar Crackdown
    The Associated Press –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …
  6. USCI Faculty in the News, Nov. 2007
    US-China Institute, LA –
    … to push for change in Myanmar was limited. “We shouldn’t underestimate the nationalism and prickliness of Burma’s dictators,” said Lynch. …
  7. Uganda: Country Votes in Support of Burmese Brutal Regime
    AllAfrica.com, Washington –
    … the country cast in support of the military junta in Myanmar (formerly Burma) at the United Nations General Assembly as a sign of tougher times ahead. …
  8. New Rambo trailer and TV spot
    Hollywood News, UK –
    … aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). …
  9. Myanmar Junta Reneges on Pledge to Stop Arrests, Amnesty Says
    Bloomberg –
    Since then, at least 14 activists have been detained by security forces, including U Gambira, head of the All Burma Monks Alliance who helped lead the …

  10. Gambari hopes to return before end of year; asks Vietnam for support
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 27, 2007 – United Nations Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, has said he looks to return to Burma for yet another visit prior to the end of …

  11. Mixed signals from gem emporium
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 27, 2007 – Burma’s latest gem emporium came to a close yesterday, following a nearly two-week bazaar held under international pressure to ban the …

  12. Returned from Myanmar, Pinheiro speaks on campus
    The Brown Daily Herald, RI –
    Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a Southeast Asian country of roughly 50 million people and has been under various forms of military rule since 1962 …

  13. UN investigator says number of political prisoners in Myanmar …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …

  14. ASEAN Charter: One Step Forward
    Korea Times, South Korea –
    The Singaporean hosts had invited UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari to talk to the assembled leaders about his mission to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), …

  15. Myanmar premier, UN envoy to take turns visiting Cambodia
    Hindu, India –
    Myanmar, also known as Burma, sparked global outrage in September when the country’s ruling military junta crushed pro-democracy protests led by Buddhist …

  16. UN chief will not discuss Myanmar with Thailand
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Bangkok = UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will not discuss Myanmar when he makes his first visit to Thailand next month, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont …
  17. ASEAN faces rocky year to ratify charter, deals
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    “The charter was pointless unless the situation in Burma changes positively toward the path of democracy and human rights,” Thitinan wrote in a commentary …
  18. Vietnam president opposes Burma sanctions
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    … among the states closest to Burma’s junta. Triet said that “together with other ASEAN states, Vietnam is deeply worried about the situation in Myanmar”. …

World Focus on Burma (23-11-2007)

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  1. Burma rejects Surayud plan for talks
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    “Since Myanmar has made a decision that they would work out the issue with the United Nations, therefore Thailand and Asean stand ready to provide any …
  2. The toothless tiger
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Debbie Stothard of the Alternative Asean Network on Burma said the summit’s results would be a headache for Thailand in the year ahead. …
  3. Asean’s faulty megaphone diplomacy
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The disastrous debacle over Burma at this year’s 40th anniversary Asean summit in Singapore could have been avoided if the style of personal, …
  4. Birthing pain of a new ASEAN
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    Yet in the end, what should have marked the beginning of a new era for South-east Asia has been dogged instead by old ghosts: That of military-ruled Myanmar …
  5. un’s Myanmar envoy failed to meet China, India PM – paper
    Reuters India, India –
    Gambari was this week barred from jointly briefing leaders at a summit of ASEAN on developments in Myanmar, after an objection by Myanmar’s military prime .
  6. ASEAN forges ahead with economic integration
    Mizzima.com, India –
    ASEAN can positively affect the ongoing dialogue process in Burma “in concrete terms by encouraging the government of Myanmar to cooperate fully, …
  7. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Satement after the National …
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    Let me be clear: We embrace the advances of ASEAN but remain concerned about the pace of progress of Myanmar on the issue of human rights. …
  8. Myanmar’s dirty hand
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    The Myanmar delegation complained about the plan, and the briefing had to be canceled. This is just how badly Burma, as the country was known earlier, …
  9. Church honors late member with meal that feeds locals, refugees
    Knoxville News Sentinel, TN –
    That includes a family from Burma (Myanmar), where religious persecution is commonplace. People of many nations joined locals at the feast, …
  10. ASEAN Fails to Bite on Burma Reforms
    CNBC, NJ –
    By reading the riot act to Myanmar, ASEAN could show to the world that it had teeth. That didn’t happen and the non-interference principle that’s been at …
  11. ASEAN leaders expected to strengthen position on Myanmar
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    By S Ramesh, Channel newsasia | Posted: 23 November 2007 1822 hrs SINGAPORE: ASEAN leaders are expected to strengthen their position on Myanmar in the next …
  12. Weekly Business Roundup (November 23, 2007)
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    … to Burma in exchange for the gas. The proposal was made at the first meeting for three years of the Bangladesh-Myanmar Joint Trade Commission, in Dhaka. …
  13. UN Watch Briefing
    UN Watch (press release), Switzerland –
    Another resolution strongly condemned violence against peaceful demonstrators in Burma, now known as Myanmar, with a vote of 88-24, with 66 abstentions. …
  14. ASEAN and EU release joint declaration
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    “We welcome the efforts by ASEAN and the neighbours of Burma/Myanmar to influence the Burmese authorities, and encourage its partners in ASEAN and the …
  15. Arroyo rues human rights violations in Myanmar
    Sun.Star, Philippines –
    Myanmar was called Burma prior to the takeover of the military junta in the country. The President said while she is pleased that the regional alliance has …
  16. European Lawmakers Vow to Oppose Trade Deals Over Burma
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News A group of European parliament members has vowed to oppose any free trade deals between the European Union and Southeast Asia unless Burma makes …
  17. Society without remorse
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    The people of Burma were once part of our struggle for independence. But that does not make New Delhi relent. India’s attitude towards Nepal betrays the …
  18. 23 – European delegation backs PGMA call for release of Aung San …
    Balita.org, UK –
    He said his group “respects your firm stand” on the Aung San Suu Kyi’s release and the President’s exhortation to Myanmar’s ruling junta to return Burma to …
  19. BETWEEN DEADLINES Romulo’s elevator ride, Jamby’s gender problem
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … to get the lowdown from Philippine officials on the implications of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s statements against Burma (Myanmar) — especially …
  20. UN urges Myanmar to stop using child soldiers
    Reuters Canada, Canada –
    The former Burma is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in Southeast Asia, comprising 10 main ethnic groups and at least 135 subgroups. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 22, 2007 at 7:14 pm

World Focus on Burma (21-11-2007)

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  1. Than Shwe: the man in the iron mask
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By AUNG ZAW In order to see positive political change in Burma it’s clearly necessary to understand the psyche of Than Shwe and his men. …
  2. Activists: Thai firms must halt investments
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Environmentalists have called on two SET-listed companies to halt their investments in Burma, saying they only serve to fatten the junta’s purse while …
  3. Burma is the unexpected victor at summit
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By RUTH YOUNGBLOOD Singapore _ The signing of the Asean Charter, long anticipated as a moment of triumph, turned out to be a face-saving occasion with Burma …
  4. UN chief lauds Asean democracy, human rights
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The 10-nation Asean met in Singapore in the wake of pro-democracy demonstrations in Burma, one of the members. Burma pledged, however, to abide by the human …
  5. In Singapore, Burma activists keep within the law
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    About 40 Burma nationals were having coffee at the Starbucks cafe at Orchard Parade Hotel, or standing around nearby. As the clock struck 7pm Tuesday night, …
  6. Activists attack Asean over inaction on Burma
    Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
    By Thomas Bell in Singapore Burma’s neighbours were accused of hypocrisy as they announced a new charter on human rights yesterday while failing to pressure ...
  7. TRANSCRIPT: Charles Gibson Interviews President George W. Bush and …
    ABC News –
    Why is Myanmar and different than Pakistan? FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH: Well, that isn’t my … I can’t answer that. I can talk to you about Burma, because that’s …
  8. ASEAN leaders adopt criticized charter, establish human rights body
    JURIST –
    Critics have also been skeptical of allowing military-ruled Myanmar to join the charter [JURIST report], citing the country’s poor human rights record. …
  9. Dissent but no discord as Arroyo raises doubts
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    THE glittering ceremony went ahead without a glitch as all 10 leaders of the Association of South-east Asian Nations, including Myanmar’s, inked the Asean …
  10. PGMA reiterates need for democratic reforms in Myanmar
    Balita.org, UK –
    Among the topics discussed was the issue of democratic reforms in Myanmar after its political junta cracked down on pro-democracy protesters there two …
  11. UN envoy meets Arroyo, other leaders
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Norman Bordadora, Tetch Torres SINGAPORE – United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s address on Burma (Myanmar) to Asian leaders was canceled abruptly, …
  12. KP Yohannan, the quiet revolutionary
    Journal Chrétien, France –
    His 16500 native missionaries are based in10 countries that include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal and India. …
  13. UN’s Myanmar envoy holds talks with regional leaders in Singapore
    UN News Centre –
    20 November 2007 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is in Singapore, where he is meeting with various regional leaders taking part …
  14. Take emotion out of view to give Burma a chance
    The Canberra Times, Australia –
    Many observers would ask why the world should care about Burma, notwithstanding the widespread sense of moral outrage prompted by the military regime’s …
  15. UN rights panel rebukes Myanmar, Iran, North Korea
    Reuters South Africa, South Africa –
    Another resolution strongly condemning the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was passed by 88-24, …
  16. UN condemns Burmese rights violations
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    New York (dpa) – The UN General Assembly’s human-rights committee adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning Burma’s use of force against peaceful …
  17. UN panel slams Myanmar crackdown on protests
    AFP –
    But Myanmar’s UN envoy Kyaw Tint Swe immediately brushed off the vote of censure saying: “We are not surprised by the result of the vote nor are we …
  18. UN envoy ‘disappointed’ over cancelled Myanmar briefing
    Tehran Times, Iran –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, said Tuesday he was disappointed”” by the decision to cancel his briefing …
  19. Adoption of landmark ASEAN Charter overshadowed by lack of …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian leaders signed a landmark charter to promote free trade and human rights, but troublesome neighbor Myanmar undercut their …
  20. Abdullah: Charter will be a boon for SE Asia
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    By Wan Hamidi Hamid SINGAPORE: Despite pressure from the United States and European Union as well as human rights organisations over Myanmar’s military rule …
  21. Myanmar cloud could complicate FTA with ASEAN
    National Business Review, New Zealand –
    The Philippines, an ASEAN member, has warned that its parliament will not ratify the bloc’s new charter unless Burma shows that it is committed to returning …
  22. Burma warned over ASEAN charter
    Tehran Times, Iran –
    Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has said her country is unlikely to sign a new ASEAN charter unless Burma frees the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  23. Charter of ASEAN endorsed
    Xinhua, China –
    BEIJING, Nov. 21 — Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have endorsed the Charter of ASEAN in Singapore. .
  24. Downer Wants `Dialogue and Success’ on Myanmar (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    “Action means dialogue of substance that leads to constitutional reforms in Burma.” Myanmar, which has been ruled by the junta for 45 years, ..
  25. Historic ASEAN Charter Signed []
    RTT News, NY –
    The charter signing was conducted amid criticism over the absence of any real authority to enforce the rules – especially with member Myanmar, ..
  26. Gambari says UN can ‘make a difference’ in Myanmar
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Singapore – The United Nations can “make a difference” in Myanmar, where others have failed, with the support of East Asian countries and the international …
  27. India tells Myanmar to intensify reforms
    Assam Tribune, India –
    SINGAPORE, Nov 20 – India refrained from adopting a tough position on the military crackdown in Myanmar urging the neighbouring country to opt for a broad …
  28. Burma’s Big Break
    Wall Street Journal –
    At a summit in Singapore the 10-member group kept Burma’s junta in its fold while simultaneously inking a charter to strengthen its enforcement of human …
  29. ASEAN rights body told to protect members from foreign interference
    Hindu, India –
    Its recommendations confirm that the human rights agency would be a toothless body with no power to rein in blatant violators such as Myanmar. …
  30. LABOUR: ASEAN Charter Skirts Rights For Migrant Workers
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    “Burma (Myanmar) is getting special attention and it is deflecting the broader issue of human rights in the region,” added Jenina Joy Chavez, …
  31. UN’s Envoy Tells Myanmar to Speed Talks With Suu Kyi (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Calls for penalties on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have increased after General Than Shwe’s regime cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators in …
  32. East Asian leaders focus on emissions, free trade
    Reuters –
    … Myanmar opposed that and Gambari is talking to individual delegations instead. “Progress on Burma…has been as slow as glue up a hill,” said Downer. …
  33. UN Committee Approves Myanmar Resolution
    FOX News –
    Myanmar, also known as Burma, tried to block a vote on the draft resolution, proposing a motion of “no action” instead. It was defeated by a vote of 88 …
  34. Myanmar “Welcome” for Korean hits
    Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
    HONG KONG – Military crackdown notwithstanding, Myanmar (Burma) is to hold a festival of South Korean films at the end of the month (Nov 30 – Dec 4). …
  35. un’s Envoy Tells Myanmar to Speed Talks With Suu Kyi (Update3)
    Bloomberg –
    Calls for penalties on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, increased after General Than Shwe’s regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in September, …
  36. East Asian leaders pledge emissions cuts
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    … Myanmar opposed that and Gambari is talking to individual delegations instead. “Progress on Burma…has been as slow as glue up a hill,” said Downer. …
  37. China’s power — and will — to push for change in Myanmar limited …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … the isolated country, also known as Burma. The sticky issue of Myanmar is often a hot topic at meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. …
  38. Bucking a global trend
    Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica –
    … Myanmar (Burma), Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Quatar, Brunei, Egypt and Indonesia.
  39. UN-doing Human Rights
    FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
    The two notable positive actions by the Council on human rights violations resulted from two special sessions–one on Sudan and the other on Burma. …
  40. Laura Bush supports boycott of rubies, gems from Myanmar
    Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX – Editorial
    The military junta that rules over the nation once known as Burma has routinely used the truncheon and the bullet to crush any opposition. …
  41. Myanmar envoy wants stronger role
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar has said he wants to see his role “beefed up” to increase its chances of success. Ibrahim Gambari, who has gone …
  42. Gambari: UN can make a difference in Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Gambari said his dialogues with Burma will “have timelines.” “We want democracy and a stable and prosperous Myanmar,” he said, using the military regime’s …
  43. UN special envoy to go to Burma again
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    United Nations special envoy for Burma affairs Ibrahim Gambari said Wednesday he would make his next visit to the military ruled country before the end of …
  44. Asean’s common charter, a triumph of “modest expectations”
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    Myanmar also voted in favour of the charter, a country well known for its systematic violation of freedom and fundamental rights. The Charter which now must …
  45. Activists Defy Protest Ban At ASEAN Summit In Singapore
    AHN –
    The third protest at 7 pm (11 am GMT) on Tuesday came from 40 Myanmar citizens, who carried a large banner with the words “Listen to Burma’s Desires, …
  46. Myanmar nationals continue to press for change months after …
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    A “peace concert for Burma” was held at Singapore Substation. More than 60 people turned up to show their support. It was an overwhelming show of support by …
  47. Philippine President Rebukes Burma
    TIME –
    (SINGAPORE) — The president of the Philippines took a parting shot at Burma’s junta Wednesday, deploring the pace of democratic reforms in the Southeast …
  48. Myanmar faces calls for Suu Kyi release
    France24, France –
    “It’s very important that there is real and genuine progress… in Burma,” he said, referring to Myanmar by its former name. “Professor Gambari thinks he’s …
  49. Burma’s Forest Shrinking
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “In misgoverned Asian countries, like Myanmar [Burma] and Cambodia, there are impressive conservation laws on paper, but in practice illegal logging, …
  50. HIV/AIDS Down in Some Asian Countries but Rising in Others, Says …
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    The report said that Burma’s HIV epidemic “is also showing signs of a decline,” though was still a matter for concern. Indonesia and Vietnam are two …
  51. Arroyo Takes Parting Shot at Burma with Strong Criticism
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    We … remain concerned about the pace of progress of Myanmar [Burma] on the issue of human rights,” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said. …
  52. Gambari Says Burma Has Made Slow Progress
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    Qin also insisted that there have been positive developments in Burma, but he declined to elaborate. “Just compare the situation now in Myanmar with a month …
  53. Gambari Should Brief Asean: Ban Ki-moon
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    … Ban said: “It would have been desirable and better for Gambari to report and brief Asean leaders on the situation in Myanmar [Burma]. …
  54. ASEAN: human rights in the Charter and beyond
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The current crisis in Myanmar, which is in fact a continuation of decades of serious human rights violations, some of which constitute crimes against …
  55. 21 – PGMA returns to RP with mixed emotions
    Balita.org, UK –
    Also during the Summit, the President held bilateral talks with several of the member-nations, notably Myanmar whose military-backed junta came under …
  56. Philippine Calls Myanmar Junta ‘Forces Of Authoritarianism’
    AHN –
    Singapore (AHN) – The Philippines issues its strongest condemnation of Myanmar Wednesday calling its military leaders “forces of authoritarianism,” and at …
  57. AP Exclusive: ASEAN human rights body told to protect members from …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … also known as Burma. Myanmar sparked global anger in September when the nation’s military leaders crushed pro-democracy protests lead by Buddhist monks, ..
  58. Asian leaders reject calls for Myanmar sanctions
    Forbes, NY –
    … brief the Asian leaders on the situation in the former Burma — forcing ASEAN into an embarrassing last-minute cancellation. But Lee described …
  59. POLITICS: ASEAN Family Gets ‘Protective’ About Burma
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    ASEAN leaders’ views on Burma, also known as Myanmar, removed all doubts as to whose interests the governments have in mind when they talk about regional …
  60. New Southeast Asian Human Rights Body Likely to Keep Hands Off Burma
    Voice of America –
    But an internal document shows the organization is more likely to protect its members – including Burma – from outside interference on human rights matters. …
  61. UN Special Envoy to Burma Wants Stronger Role to Resolve Crisis
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News The United Nations special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is telling Asian leaders that his role in helping resolve Burma’s political crisis …
  62. ASEAN summit in S’pore achieves significant steps forward: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The Myanmar issue has also taken centre stage in this summit. ASEAN has made its position clear on the issue that Myanmar cannot go back to the status quo. …
  63. ASEAN summit in S’pore achieves significant steps forward: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The Myanmar issue has also taken centre stage in this summit. ASEAN has made its position clear on the issue that Myanmar cannot go back to the status quo. ..
  64. ASEAN, Japan conclude negotiations for partnership agreement
    Xinhua, China –
    SINGAPORE, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The heads of state or government of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan gathered …
  65. Asia.view Realpolitik rules
    Economist, UK –
    Take its reaction to recent events in Myanmar and Pakistan. When General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan imposed, in effect, martial law on November 3rd, …
  66. ASEAN statement on Burma met with criticism
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Teresa Kok of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus said that ASEAN leaders were not taking a strong enough stand on Burma, and needed to hear from …
  67. Junta releases demonstrators but only so that they can die at home
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    … who has pledged to work on behalf of all groups in Myanmar, including ethnic minorities. According to the Democratic Voice of Burma, the military are in …
  68. Gem sales continue despite calls for boycott
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Nov 21, 2007 (DVB)–A Burmese gem auction at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Mayangon township, Rangoon, has attracted 3596 local and international …
  69. Downer hits ASEAN silence over Burma
    The Australian, Australia –
    AUSTRALIA yesterday lashed out at Burma’s sabotage of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s planned briefing for ASEAN and East Asia Summit leaders on any moves by the …
  70. EU backs ‘carrot and stick’ approach towards Myanmar
    Reuters –
    By Jan Dahinten SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The European Union wants to keep up the pressure on military-ruled Myanmar to bring about democratic reforms and …
  71. Japan pledges Asia aid to fight climate change
    Citizen, South Africa –
    Pollution hovers over eastern Beijing’s developing skyline. Japan’s Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has pledged a two-billion-dollar aid package to help …
  72. POLITICAL TIDBITS Baby steps for Burma
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Belinda Olivares-Cunanan It looks like the 10-nation ASEAN has decided in Singapore to treat Burma (Myanmar) like a baby learning to take small steps, …
  73. Clark leaves UN talks confident of progress in Myanmar
    Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Prime Minister Helen Clark has completed talks with the United Nations special envoy to Myanmar confident progress can be made in the repressive and …
  74. China leaning on Myanmar: PM
    New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
    Photo / AP Prime Minister Helen Clark is confident China will use its diplomatic muscle to pressure Myanmar to engage with the United Nations. …
  75. Southeast Asian nations split over treatment of Burma
    Christian Science Monitor, MA –
    By Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar Divisions over Burma (Myanmar) overshadowed the 40th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, …