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World focus on Burma (25 January 2009)

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A New US Strategy for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In September 2007, I wrote in Mizzima News that the UN approach had failed to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. …

Dr. Sein Win re-elected PM of government in exile
Mizzima.com, India –
Mathematics Professor Dr. Sein Win (64) is the cousin brother of detained Nobel peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and he received his doctoral degree from …

Thailand’s government has come under criticism again for its alleged mistreatment of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. The south-east Asian country has …

Tom Lantos JADE Act Guidelines Released
IDEX Online, Israel –
The Act specifies that all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (Myanmar) or jewelry containing these gemstones cannot enter the US even if they had …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Rights groups demand fair treatment for migrant workers in Thailand
Mizzima.com, India –
We must know that the root cause of this problem is the Burmese junta. As long as the junta rules Burma, these migrant workers will flow to Thailand. …

Thais deny boat people abuse claims
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

The allegations were made as Thailand offered to host a regional conference aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. …

FEATURE: Descendents of ‘Orphan Army’ dream of home
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… thousands of KMT soldiers who had crossed the border to Thailand and Burma (now Myanmar) were isolated there, eventually becoming known as the “Orphan …

REFUGEES STRUGGLE: Economic situation makes life tougher for newcomers
High Point Enterprise (subscription), NC –
The refugees came from Myanmar (Burma), Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan and Burundi, and though currently about 118 refugees are employed, …

‘Women in Pakistan well represented politically’
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Sherry also mentioned Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who continued her struggle for democracy and human rights in her country. …

Burma Clamps Down on Christians
Journal Chrétien, France –

A military dictatorship has ruled Burma since 1962. Following the takeover, the government renamed Burma as the Union of Myanmar and the capital city as …

Learn from Rangoon, but do not involve it
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Whatever the answer, the red-shirts have mocked Thailand, Burma and themselves at the same time. The pro-Thaksin group was effectively telling the world …

Scientist puts mother tongue on academia threshold
Standard, Kenya –
Then, his father, Mbugwa Mwatha, who had served in the King’s African Rifles and fought in World War II in Burma (now Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), …



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January 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

World focus on Burma (21 January 2009)

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Human Rights Stagnate in 2008 Say Reports
The Epoch Times, NY –
… China, North Korea, Burma, Vietnam, and Laos. Surprisingly, India, the world’s largest democracy, seems less interested in promoting democracy and human …

Burmese refugees protest in front of UN office in Malaysia
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima) – Nearly three hundred Burmese refugees on Wednesday demonstrated in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for …

Thai government to investigate Rohingya abuse claims
Mizzima.com, India –
The Rohingya live in northern Arakan state, in western Burma, bordering Bangladesh. For decades, many have fled social and religious persecution by Burmese …

9 tips for verboten vacations
CNN –
Going to Myanmar? Add a vaccine for Japanese encephalitis and take your malaria pills, please. “We very rarely tell people that they should not go to a …

Burma, Myanmar: How many of us have to die for your diplomatic game?
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
The United Nations has been diplomatically trying to persuade Burma leaders for a long time. They tried by sending envoys. They talked with beautiful …

Obama to discuss war issues on first day in office
Mangalorean.com, India –
Onyango was a cook for a British army officer and had served in Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and the Middle East during World War II but was incarcerated in a …

From the bench
Register-Herald, OH –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84, 000 people were killed in that …

Victor hails Obama: ‘It’s a great day in America’
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
Fifty years ago, Vardon immigrated to the United States from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and he appreciated Obama’s call for “mutual respect. …

Authorities Suspicious After 2 Men Found Floating In Ice Cooler On …
CityNews, Canada –
It involves two fishermen from Myanmar who claim they survived nearly a month in shark-infested waters floating only in a large ice cooler (top left). …

Working with Democracy
World Sikh News, CA –

Another heroic Asian democrat is Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, who has spent most of 18 years under house arrest in Burma. …

NLD member jailed for two years for disturbing officials
Mizzima.com, India –
… security and information officers into recording events during the detained Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s political tour in upper Burma in 2003.

Lawyer appeals to PM to meet Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
The leader of the ‘National League for Democracy’ (NLD) submitted her appeal through her lawyer U Kyi Win to Naypyitaw on October 9 last year objecting …

HEALTH-THAILAND: Burmese Migrant Workers Key to Fighting Bird Flu
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Labour rights activists reveal that the information available for Burmese migrant workers to cope with and respond to bird flu is limited to some material …

Burmese official downplays cold weather warning
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Before Cyclone Nargis hit Burma last year, the department dismissed warnings from its Indian counterparts and the American naval typhoon warning centre in …

Editorial: Pure inspiration
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… or why Burmese students and Buddhist monks risked torture and long jail terms for supporting the democratic cause of Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Thai PM: Gov’t ready to cooperate with int’l bodies on migrant problem
Xinhua, China –
16 dismissed a BBC’s report claiming the Thai Navy had ill-treated the Rohingyas from Myanmar and Bangladesh who sought work or asylum by pushing them out …

Imprisoned Monk Leader Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Family members are not usually informed about prison transfers in Burma. Gambira’s sister said prison authorities had told them that Gambira had been …

Burmese Hear an Echo of Their Own Hopes in Obama
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
For Burmese, Obama’s sobering message contains echoes of some of Aung San Suu Kyi’s speeches, which have inspired a generation of her compatriots to …

Chinese Youth Kidnapped in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Chinese reports say there have been numerous kidnappings of Chinese youth in northern Burma, where ethnic insurgent ceasefire groups allow …

Obama’s Inauguration Attracts Big Interest in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A Rangoon monk who watched the entire US presidential inauguration on TV summed up the feelings of countless Burmese when he said …

Chinese teenagers kidnapped by Burma militants
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
… when 16-year-old Zhou Dawei told his parents he was travelling to the southern province of Yunnan, which borders Burma – also known as Myanmar – to take …

EU to Give Burma US $52 Million in Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Surin Pitsuwan told Radio Australia the regional bloc needs to raise another $700m for a three-year recovery program in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Monk given 14-year jail term
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We think the court dropped these charges so they could just send him to prison as a common criminal, so that he could be sent off to a prison labour camp …

EU to Give Burma US $52 Million in Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, the head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) says Burmese victims of Cyclone Nargis are in desperate need of help. …

Karen revolution and the legacy of General Bo Mya
Mizzima.com, India –
It is also just one day after Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Trumpet of Conscience Award, which commemorates the late Martin Luther King, Jr. US Campaign …

Obama’s tortured grandfather casts shadow over US-British ties
Economic Times, India –
Onyango was a cook for a British army officer and had served in Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and the Middle East during World War II but was incarcerated in a …

Thai PM pledges to work with UN refugee agency
The Associated Press –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — International agencies can talk to Thai authorities about their alleged abuse of illegal migrants, the prime minister said …

SA on collision course with Obama administration – Tony Leon
Politicsweb, South Africa –
Apart from blocking UN discussions about human rights in Zimbabwe, we voted against imposing sanctions on Burma’s rights-delinquent military junta and Iran, …

Myanmar Refugees Protest Alleged UN Discrimination
EasyBourse.com, France –
The UNHCR had said there were about 45400 refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia, of whom 40400 are from Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Not Right To Link Rohingyas With Southern Insurgency
Bernama, Malaysia –
He said the Rohingyas, a minority group estimated at 800000 in the northern part of Arakan state in Myanmar adjacent to Bangladesh, were running from …

Bird vomit saved our lives – sailors
Independent Online, South Africa –
The pair, who are aged 22 and 24 and thought to be from Burma, said that 18 of their crew mates from Thailand and Burma were lost when the 10m wooden …

“The Myitkyina area is controlled by militants who don’t even listen to the Burmese (Myanmar) government,” the policemen said, according to the China Daily. …

Chinese sites cut ‘communism’ from Obama speech
Ninemsn, Australia –
Doubts over esky tale of survivalA rescue expert has cast doubts over the claims of two Burmese men who say they survived 25 days floating in an esky off …

Security Tight on Western Burmese Border
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… current Bangladesh government on Burma because some of the leaders have supported the Burmese democracy movement and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Obama to receive Singapore plea
BBC News, UK –

Mr Chee then spoke of the many men and women around Asia suffering in that struggle, notably Burmese opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under …

Canadian Support for Israel at UN Rights Council May Hurt Review …
Embassy, Canada –
Mr. Machon said Canada’s support for Israel, as well as its strong stands on Darfur and against Burma and Iran, have netted it many enemies. …

Burmese Days
OhmyNews International, South Korea –

The SPDC unilaterally changed the name in 1989 from Burma to Myanmar without consulting its citizens. Most opposition groups use Burma, …

How world leaders see Obama’s coming
The Guardian – Nigeria, Nigeria –
… the support of regional powers as a measure to put pressure on the Burmese junta to release political prisoners and restore democracy in the country. …

America’s Future Is Tied to Asia’s
Far Eastern Economic Review (subscription), Hong Kong –

However, outstanding differences over policy toward Burma and Tibet, along with the continued Chinese military buildup, may make managing relations more …

Do boycotts work?
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –


The Burma Campaign maintains a “Dirty List” of businesses with ties to Myanmar’s military government. It has shamed companies such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers …

Keep Watching the Skies
Headway, Canada –
In a year that saw tens of thousands of deaths in Burma from the cyclone Nargis, that would seem to be an obvious statement, but too often Canadians forget …

Obama’s Speech Impresses His Youngest Citizens
Brandon News and Tribune, FL –
The boy from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, arriv

ed less than two weeks ago and speaks no English but watched the television intently. …

Christians in Rangoon avoid churches
Mizzima.com, India –
… in its report in 2007 said they have received a document that reveals the Burmese junta’s policy to wipe out the Christian population in Burma. …

Travel Troubleshooter: Advice for going to “forbidden places”
Seattle Times, United States –
Going to Myanmar? Add a vaccine for Japanese encephalitis and take your malaria pills, please. “We very rarely tell people that they should not go to a …

European Commission Announces Burma Aid Package
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
The European Commission has agreed to provide 40.5 million euros ($52.4 million) in humanitarian aid to Myanmar this year, with some of the money aimed at …

Thai King, PM congratulate US president-elect Obama
Xinhua, China – 23 hours ago
BANGKOK, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) — Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadejand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva have sent congratulation messages to President-elect of …

AQ & A with cartoonist David Rees: Get Your War On!
National Post, Canada –
This isn’t Burma, and it’s not the Soviet Union and so I really am not impressed…In the big picture, whatever great trenchant culture we made that calls …

Opposition Leaders Expect Obama to Stick to Burma Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to see the new US administration continue to pressure the Burmese junta to release all political prisoners, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …




World focus on Burma (17 December 2008)

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Rice: Under Bush, The US Has Embaced The UN ‘Maybe’ More Than Any …
Think Progress, DC –

… Council resolutions that have been passed be respected, [or] whether it is seeking to deal with human rights and tyranny cases like Zimbabwe or Burma. …

Year ahead: Increased forced migrations, continued lack of quality …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
In Myanmar (Burma), some three million people have been forced to migrate within the country. Reasons driving the displacement range from conflicts to land …

Dissident’s wife not optimistic about freedom of thought in China
CBC.ca, Canada –

It was given last year to Sudanese human rights lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman. Previous recipients include Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

ECHO hosts 15th Annual International Agricultural Conference
North Fort Myers Neighbor, FL –
I also do development work in Myanmar, the old Burma,” he said. “I come here to learn about crops, technology and to network with other people from around …

Reading letter sent to Than Shwe fetches prison term
Mizzima.com, India –
He was arrested on 31 January and charged under section 42 of Burma’s Jail Manual (BJM), bringing unauthorized documents into the prison. …

Burmese in Singapore find it difficult to get air tickets
Mizzima.com, India –
… Peninsula Plaza in Singapore said that all ‘Myanmar Air International’ (MAI) and Singapore airline owned ‘Silk Air’ flights to Burma are fully booked. …

Thailand’s King May Play Politics (No Offense)
Newsweek –
In the age of the Internet, banning publications anywhere is a tricky – and often futile – proposition, apart from in countries like China, Burma and North …

The need to cry out
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
This does not mean that Taiwan should ignore the poor human rights conditions of Burma, Tibet and other places with human rights problems. …

Israel: Reverse Expulsion of Human Rights Rapporteur
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
With this ill-considered action, Israel put itself in the company of countries like Burma and North Korea in denying entry to UN human rights experts. …

Htoo Comapny to take over Malikha Lodge
Mizzima.com, India –
… tourist spot in northern tip of Burma. The ownership of ‘Malikha Lodge’ of ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ will be transferred to ‘Myanmar Treasure Resorts’, …

Asia review of the year 2008
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The military junta caused international outrage by pressing ahead with a constitutional “referendum” on May 10 and meanwhile delaying and obstructing aid …

Mon political prisoner transferred from Insein to Tharawaddy Prison
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Prisoners in Burma are typically allowed visits from family only once every two months, but they are a crucial contact with the outside world and help …

World Press tells junta to stop repression of media
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) condemned the Burmese military junta for cracking down on freedom of expression, called for the …

Win Tin’s sermon to youth in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
… delivered a lecture to youth members of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in Rangoon, former capital of Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Minister Kenney to meet Rohingya refugees/
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
The ‘Rohingyas’, originally displaced from Burma (also known as Myanmar), have been living in two camps in Bangladesh for 17 years. …

Australian charged with drug smuggling in Thailand: official
ABC Online, Australia –
Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002, but remains a transit point for narcotics produced in neighbouring Burma, the world’s second largest …

Youth meeting held at NLD headquarters
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Around 300 young people from Rangoon, Mandalay, Magwe and Irrawaddy divisions attended a meeting at the National League for Democracy …

NLD members call for offices to reopen
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy members at a monthly meeting in Yenangyaung township, Magwe division, revived their call for party …

No Immediate Plans for Gambari to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He has no plans immediately to go to Myanmar [Burma],” Michele Montas, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters at the UN …

How the Regime Punishes Political Prisoners’ Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… NAING The wife of imprisoned activist Pyone Cho spent about 90000 kyat (US $75) on a 10-day journey to visit him in jail in Kawthaung, southern Burma. …

Weather watch: a record year of extreme events
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

A record three major hurricanes (Gustav, Ike and Paloma) hit Cuba, while the most fatal tropical storm was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, …

A Toast to Asean
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
After all, when Asean debated the new charter that also contains a human rights section, the rogue state of Burma, a full Asean member, was at the table …

Cooler Approach, but Business as Usual with Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Thailand’s mid-to-long term energy needs are linked with projects now under way in Myanmar (Burma), and so I think it would be difficult for new prime …

Regime Shrugs Off Effects on Burma of Global Economic Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Even Prime Minister Thein Sein admitted the scale of the disaster, saying recently: “Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, …

Desperate Decisions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
On top of that, she faced three years in prison if anybody learned the cause of her condition. “Most women in Burma are poor and have little knowledge about …

Military supremo in Bagan
Mizzima.com, India –
Than Shwe, the Burmese military junta supremo is visiting Bagan on a vacation, an eyewitness and sources in Nay Pyi Taw said. Than Shwe (75) arrived in the …

The state of human rights in Burma – 2008: A double disaster in …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Perhaps the two most significant features of the human rights landscape in Burma during 2008 were the morally bankrupt and blatantly repressive response of …

Bagan authorities demand money for security measures
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Authorities have been collecting 200 kyat each from families in Bagan and the surrounding areas to provide security for junta leader …

Report on Christians’ persecutions
Sunday – Catholic Weekly, Poland –
… Bangladesh, Bhutan, Belarus, Burma/Myanmar, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, South Korea, Cuba, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, …

East, West merge; build bridge to the Orient
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI –
To the west, literally and figuratively, were four men who had escaped Myanmar — the country they still call Burma — and sought freedom in America. …

Border pact needed to protect Delta diversity
Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
The Greater Mekong Region comprises the six countries through which the Cuu Long (Mekong) River flows: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the …

MP attends reception to mark Burmese leader’s birthday
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
… at 10 Downing Street, along with female Burmese exiles, to mark the birthday of the democratically-elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Graphic Novel Review: Burma Chronicles
Hillsboro Argus – OregonLive.com, OR –
For 14 months in 2005-06, Delisle hung out in Yangon, the former capital of Burma — now known as Myanmar by the counties that take the current junta …

A Gentler Hegemony
Washington Post, United States –
We might have intervened in Darfur had we not been bogged down in Iraq; after Cyclone Nargis, our ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s …

$A172b Asian Monetary Fund ‘going ahead’
Ninemsn, Australia –
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Share, bookmark, and save your favourite …

Committe to Protect Journalits’ 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
RushPRnews.com (press release), Canada –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has …

Myanmar journalists face intimidation, pressure from junta
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
Mon Mon Myat, of the Burmese Journalist Protection Committee, said the junta had set up rules under a 2006 law on electronic media and 1996 law on film and …

Despite campaigns, battling graft remains an uphill task
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia –
Thailand is more or less the same, while others such as Cambodia and Burma are wallowing at the bottom of the league tables. …

Bums of the Indian Ocean
All At Sea, U.S. Virgin Islands –
Don’t go to Burma: I don’t believe in coddling religious people but using the local Buddhist monks for target practice seems, well, intolerant. …

Preliminary analysis says 2008 tenth hottest year on record
The Tech Herald, IN –

The report said the worst weather-related natural disaster experienced during 2008 was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, killing an estimated 78000 …

Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
In a crackdown that started in October 2008, Burma’s courts have sentenced over 200 political and labor activists, internet bloggers, journalists, …

2008’s Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia
Village Voice, NY –
I Live Here (Pantheon, 320 pp., $29.95) details war in Chechnya, government oppression in Burma, disappearances in Juárez, and Malawi’s AIDS crisis. …

Canada Congratulates Association of Southeast Asian Nations as …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Charter will give ASEAN a legal identity, create an ASEAN human rights body, enact a dispute settlement mechanism, and formalize a system of personal …

US Restricts Aid to Nations Using Child Soldiers
OneWorld US, DC –
Burma remained the most persistent government offender. OneWorld.net reports. Last month, several young people who survived war and have gone on to become …

Antony Loewenstein, author and journalist, discusses blogging and …
Harvard Law School News, MA –
In smaller states such as Burma, repressive leaders can easily catch dissident bloggers, and even shut down the entire country’s access to the web. …


World focus on Burma (29 July 2008)

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Press Gaggle by Dana Perino

MarketWatch –

… on Burma and the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE, which is Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts Act. That will be in the (Oval) Office and pool coverage. …

Bush OKs new sanctions on Myanmar

UPI NewsTrack TopNews

The Tom Lantos Block Burmese Jade Act of 2008 blocks the import of all jade and rubies from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, into the United States — both raw materials and finished jewelry.

Stop insuring “Burmese repression”, report says

Mizzima.com, India –

The Burma Campaign UK, a group advocating for human rights and democracy in Burma, in its new report said, these companies are allowing billions of dollars …

AFP –

WASHINGTON (AFP) — President George W. Bush on Tuesday renewed a ban on imports from military-ruled Myanmar and also signed a new law that aims to keep …

Bush OKs New Sanctions on Myanmar

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… the import of all jade and rubies from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, into the United States — both raw materials and finished jewelry. …

President Bush Signs HJRes. 93, the Renewal of Import Restrictions …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

… to welcome members of the Lantos family — Mrs. Lantos, thanks for joining us — and members of Congress who care deeply about democracy in Burma. …

UN aims to address foreign exchange losses

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Burmese economist Khin Maung Nyo said the system was intended to allow foreign currency to be used in Burma but could be abandoned if conditions were right. …

Burma Relief Still Needed

The Epoch Times, NY –

(International Aid Agenci/Getty Images) Two months after the worst storm in its history obliterated Myanmar’s (Burma) coastal regions leaving over two …

UN Press Conference on Myanmar by UN Under-Secretary General for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Just back from a three-day visit to assess the situation in Myanmar’s cyclone-devastated Ayeyarwady delta region, the top United Nations humanitarian …

Rights & Wrongs: Argentina, Burma, Karadzic and Pakistan

World Politics Review –

BURMA SIGNS ASEAN CHARTER, RESISTS COMPLIANCE MONITORING — Optimism in the wake of the Burmese military junta’s decision last week to sign the new charter …

UN aid disappearing in Burma cash scam

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

“We buy kyats at the market rate using dollars,” Daniel Baker, the humanitarian co-ordinator for Burma said that day. “The government has not benefited. …

Bush heading for Thailand to meet Myanmar activists

Merinews, India –

US President George W Bush, who brought in harsher economic and financial sanctions against the Myanmar military junta, will visit Thailand in early August. …

Labutta cyclone refugees sent back to villages

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Local authorities in Labutta township in Irrawaddy division have in the past week started sending cyclone refugees from temporary camps …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma has three Internet service providers—the state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), BaganNet/Myanmar Teleport (formerly known as Bagan …

Mizzima website under attack

Mizzima.com, India –

Mizzima News Agency, run by Burmese journalists, is an independent Burmese multi-media group focusing on Burma and related news and issues, and maintains …

NAM ministerial meeting begins

Economic Times, India –

The Bandung Conference was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, organized by Egypt, Indonesia, Burma, …

South African Lawyer Confirmed as UN Rights Chief

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

As UN high commissioner for human rights, Navanethem Pillay will oversee a Geneva-based office with almost 1000 employees and a budget approaching $150 …

Christian leaders questioned over anti-dam campaign

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Christian religious leaders in Kachin state in northern Burma have been interrogated by local authorities about a poster campaign against …

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

There have been two precedents: Both Laos and Burma gave up their turn because of domestic problems. Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda has …

Burma protestors name and shame insurers

Post Magazine (subscription), UK –

The Burma Campaign UK has today published a new report naming and shaming insurers it claims have facilitated the flow of billions of dollars in to the …

10 million dollars in UN aid “disappear” thanks to Burmese Junta’s …

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

The market rate for kyats is around 1100 per dollar but the UN rate established the junta in Myanmar and payment is now around 880, resulting in a “loss of …

World at a glance

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

A military junta has ruled Burma since 1962 and in the last year the eyes of the world have twice focused on its regime. A British soldier has been killed …

Tiffany Applauds Congress’ Ban on Burmese Gemstones

IDEX Online, Israel –
… Monday ran an advertisement in the Washington Post saluting the US Congress for passing an absolute embargo on rubies originating in Burma ( Myanmar ). ..

Tehran meeting crucial for NAM revitalization

Mathaba.Net, UK –

The Bandung Conference was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, organized by Egypt, Indonesia, Burma, …

Rights group praises US legislation banning Burmese gems

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The European Union and Canada already prohibit the import of Myanmar gems. The change in the US law would stipulate that retailers keep records documenting …

Bush likely to meet Burmese activists during Thailand visit

Mizzima.com, India –
Bush is also expected to raise Burma issue during his talks with Thai officials including Foreign Minister Samak. During his term as the President of the …

Currency Loss Unacceptable, but UN Aid to Continue: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Holmes was in Burma last week visiting parts of the Irrawaddy delta, which was devastated by Cyclone Nargis in the first week of May, to review the progress …

UN loses US$10m in Burma cyclone aid from exchange rate

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The United Nations said it has lost about US$10 million (HK$78 million) in cyclone relief funds in Burma because of the government-set exchange rate and has …

HRDP provides antenatal support for pregnant women

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The shelter was founded by HRDP member Ma Myint Myint Mu, who has been involved in relief work in the region since the cyclone. Ma Win Khine, who lost most …

Urge Thai Business to Indochina Investment

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

In May 2008, the bank extended loans worth a total of 13 billion baht to Thai businesses to invest in international projects in the region: in Burma made up …

New Human Rights Chief Faces Daunting Task

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… a jurist from Canada, who was an equally vociferous defender of human rights and who was refused entry into both North Korea and Myanmar (Burma). …

UN reports losses due to Myanmar exchange rate

Los Angeles Times, CA –

Inner City Press reported last week that the military government in Myanmar, also known as Burma, had changed the official exchange rate since the cyclone …

Drugs, sports and human rights

WalesOnline, United Kingdom –

… of the human rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma”. …

Obama Should Stand Up to Russia’s Regime

Wall Street Journal –

Mr. Obama also asked if the West would stand up for “the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe. …

US: Burma Gem Ban Strengthened

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

Burmese gemstones are tainted by gross human rights abuses. The jewelry industry should take firm action to assure its customers – as well as law …

Time for change’s Journal

Democratic Underground, DC –

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words “never again” …

Preserving THE PAST

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

This development of cultural diversity, combined with the economic influence from Chinese merchants and the Shan and Burmese teak loggers from British Burma …

Washington Times, DC –

UNITED NATIONS | Burma is forcing UN aid agencies to convert cash to local currency at below-market rates, costing the world body $10 million so far and …

Constitutional dance makes way for a populist jig

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

The government’s foreign affairs policy, not only on Zimbabwe but also on other dictatorships like Burma, reveals that foreign policy and the Constitution …

Official: UN Lost $10M in Burma

New York Sun, United States –

He promised to raise the issue with Burma’s government to ensure that losses could be cut down in the future. But evidence emerged yesterday that the UN …

The darker side of landscape art

Fresno Bee (subscription), CA –

… considered one of the most prestigious awards in photography, for his 1990 coverage of the ethnic civil war in Burma, now Myanmar. …

Myanmar aid losses ‘unacceptable:’ UN aid coordinator

AFP –

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN aid operation in cyclone-hit Myanmar has lost around 10 million dollars due to distortions in the country’s official exchange …

UN credits Burma for post-cyclone rebuilding

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

United Nations (dpa) – The government in Burma has made “quite a lot of progress” in post-Cyclone Nargis reconstruction efforts since the disaster struck in …

Activists accuse insurers on Burma

Financial Times, UK –

By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi Activists pressing for an end to military rule in Burma have accused global insurance groups of “underwriting” the Burmese junta …

Insurance giants urged to stop business with Burma

MyFinances.co.uk, UK –

Sixteen of the world’s biggest insurance companies have been called on to stop trading in Burma. A new report says companies are allowing billions of …

Progress being made on Myanmar aid effort, says UN’s top relief …

UN News Centre –

28 July 2008 – A degree of normality has returned to some areas affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and there are visible signs of progress in ..

UN admits “significant” Myanmar exchange rate loss

Reuters –

Earlier this month the United Nations issued an appeal for over $300 million in additional aid for Myanmar to cope with the effects of a cyclone in May that …

Changing Course On Burma

Voice of America –

She said the group was instrumental in persuading the junta to reverse its initial obstruction of assistance and accept international aid after Cyclone …

Eureka Street, Australia –

In a small dimly-lit room at the Burmese immigration office, on the border of northern Thailand and Burma, there is a large, luminous portrait of General …

Fighter for the oppressed

Manly Daily, Australia –

“There are times when I wonder how human beings could be so evil,” she said. “The ones that make me most upset are the ones that are planned, where someone …

China, protesters may play cat-and-mouse during Olympics

McClatchy Washington Bureau, DC –

Activist groups that oppose China’s policies in Sudan’s Darfur region, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Zimbabwe or in China’s own Tibet and Xinjiang regions …

Gay human rights violations don’t sway state lawmakers on Iran …

Bay Windows, MA –

Burma, China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan … why Iran versus these other countries? There are a lot of countries that have human rights issues . …

Academic insights

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The new books follows the series on understanding East and Southeast Asia, which covered 11 countries including Vietnam, Myanmar (also known as Burma), …

The Epoch Times, NY –

Moreover, Dr. Trey notes that the Internet offers are surprising in that Asian countries are reluctant to donate organs, unlike western cultures, …

The Return of History and the End of Dreams

The Age, Australia –

Their support for autocratic regimes in North Korea, Burma, Sudan and Iran is all about the pursuit of what great powers have always pursued: power and …