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World focus on Burma (30 September 2008)

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‘A possible US recession will certainly have impact on the Chinese …

Manila Times, Philippines –

Host Fareed Zakaria: But surely, the Chinese government could pressure the Sudanese government, or the Iranian government, or the government in Burma to …

Interview: U Win Tin calls for unity

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

DVB asked U Win Tin for his interpretation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to meet United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his visit to Burma …

Veteran Burmese Politician Thakin Thein Pe hospitalized

Mizzima.com, India –

He is currently serving as an advisor for initiating a tripartite dialogue between the military regime, the opposition party ‘National League for Democracy’ …

The Future Shape of US-ASEAN Relations

World Politics Review –

… are managed with sensitivity to sovereignty but without undermining democracy as an enduring tenet of US foreign policy. In this regard, Burma will …

Burma: Amnesty appalled as Junta re-arrest U Win Htein

Amnesty International UK, UK –

Amnesty International today condemned the Burmese authorities decision to re-arrest U Win Htein just days after his release. The 66-year-old is a senior …

Junta issues warning on tainted milk

Mizzima.com, India –

A report in the Burmese language newspaper Myanmar Ahlin, an official government mouth-piece, on Tuesday said with Chinese milk and milk products found to …

Sittwe monks demand release of detained monk

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

U Yekkhaputta urged the Burmese people to join together to challenge the regime. “You are your own salvation. Don’t depend on any foreign country or the UN, …

Burma slams ‘unfair and immoral’ sanctions

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Sep 30, 2008 (DVB)–Burmese foreign minister U Nyan Win told the United Nations General Assembly yesterday that Burma could enhance regional energy and food …

The Battle For Greenland’s Rubies

Luxist, CA –

With rubies from Myanmar/Burma being banned by many Western countries, the hunt has been on for rubies that come from a less politically sensitive area. …

China’s Deadly Investments

Huffington Post, NY –

And when Burma cracked down on the peaceful protests of the Saffron Revolution, China steadfastly supported the junta, shipping artillery cannons and …

Junta claims international law on its side, condemns sanctions

Mizzima.com, India –

The tirade, on the session’s last day of debate, linked the prospects of a more economically integrated Burma to the betterment of both the region’s and …

Burma’s State Media Still Mum on Tainted Milk Powder

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

She told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the semi-official Myanmar Times weekly newspaper earlier published a story that said all imported dairy products from …

TI Corruption Index is No Different Either

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Myanmar [Burma] was ranked second worst after Somalia. The first questionable aspect about the CPI is the nature of the study itself. As the name indicates, …

Remove ‘Unjust’ Economic Sanctions: Junta

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Myanmar [Burma] has abundant land and natural resources to be able to make a meaningful contribution to energy and food security of our country and beyond. …

Karen Group Opposes Salween River Dams

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He said human rights abuses such as forced labor, forced relocation, the disappearance of culture heritage as well as environmental damage including …

Myanmar on the cyber-offensive

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

Several opposition media sources, including The Irrawaddy magazine and Democratic Voice of Burma satellite television station, have said they received …

Chinese investments in Myanmar’s energy, mining sectors of concern

Monsters and Critics.com –

The ERI report, aptly titled China in Burma: The Increasing Involvement of Chinese Multinational Corporations in Burma’s Hydropower, Oil and Natural Gas, …

Screening commemorates Burma protests

The Brown Daily Herald, RI –

… of the national US Campaign for Burma, which works to end the military dictatorship in Burma, now known as Myanmar under the current military junta. …

Toyota Driving Automakers’ Global Race to the Bottom

AlterNet, CA –

Around the world, the company has been complicit in union busting in the Philippines, and engages in cozy relationships with Burma/Myanmar’s military ..

Burmese opposition MP dies

Mizzima.com, India –

A medical graduate from the Mandalay Medical Institute, Dr. Myo Win, was arrested and jailed for three years for becoming involved in the peoples’ democracy …

General Maung Aye Scheduled to Arrive in Bangladesh on 7 October

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

The Burmese military government’s second most powerful leader, Senior General Maung Aye, will arrive in Bangladesh on 7 October for a three-day official …

Winds of change fail to stir Myanmar

New Straits Times, Malaysia –

LAST September, peaceful demonstrations let the world know that the people of Myanmar had enough of the crushing oppression of the military junta, yet, …

Myanmar urges end to sanctions

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Myanmar’s foreign minister has called for an end to what he called “immoral” sanctions against his country, saying they were harming Myanmar and its people. …

… according to the government-affiliated weekly Myanmar Times. China is Burma’s biggest trading partner. More than a dozen Asian and African countries, …

Myanmar Says `Immoral’ Sanctions Reduce Food, Energy Production
Bloomberg –
The US and opposition groups denounced the charter, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding office, saying it aims to prolong military …

India: India Likely To Sign FTA With Asean In Dec
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
… which groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, would hold its summit in mid-November. The seven-country forum, …

UNITED NATIONS, September 29 — Two months after Inner City Press exposed 20% losses in Myanmar currency exchanges by the UN, and a month after the UN …

… a series of demonstrations outside Burmese embassies and high profile public locations calling for the Myanmar authorities not to respond with violence, …

UNITED NATIONS, September 29 — Asked about 19 days of silence about Myanmar by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, his senior advisor Nicholas Haysum on

Non-Violent Peace Brigades: How Fast Can We Move?
Toward Freedom, VT –

The PBI activity became centered on individual protective accompaniment of local human rights activists living under threat of abduction or assassination in …

Oh yeah, Sudan… wasn’t there something happening there?
Feministe –
I suppose we can only handle one major humanitarian crisis at a time,*** and this week it’s monks in Burma. But 10 peacekeepers in Darfur were just killed, …

Media briefs: Mathew White to head up TT… Dalek more popular …
Crikey (subscription), Australia –
A year ago, the Burmese people, supported by thousands of Buddhist monks, took to the streets to denounce the junta’s excesses. On 26 September 2007, …

UN chief comments Thai-Cambodian conflict
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Thailand-Cambodia border conflict was among the issues including the Burma’s rehabilitation after Cyclone Nargis discussed between the Asean ministers and …

Head to head: renowned leftwingers thrust into a contest for the …
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The chances of their paths ever crossing were minimal, but now Ryan Giggs and Dr Aung San Suu Kyi are inadvertently squaring up for the highest honour …

Transcript of interview with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
CNN –
Zakaria: May I ask you — some Americans and Europeans, particularly human rights observers, say that China has cracked down on human rights over the last …

Development: Human trafficking —Syed Mohammad Ali
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Our current federal minister for law, justice and human rights has termed unemployment and lack of implementation of anti-trafficking laws as the major …

Myanmar urges end to sanctions
TVNZ, New Zealand –
The UN Security Council has urged Myanmar to release all political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in prison or …

Head to head: renowned leftwingers thrust into a contest for the …
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The chances of their paths ever crossing were minimal, but now Ryan Giggs and Dr Aung San Suu Kyi are inadvertently squaring up for the highest honour …

UN Assembly: Myanmar denies pleas for progress
Toronto Star,  Canada –
AP UNITED NATIONS–Myanmar’s military regime dismissed calls from countries concerned with its repression of political opponents today, saying that its …

This group of refugees from Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, was forced to leave their country because of war and/or persecution. …

Jade trade in Myanmar thrives on exploitation, rights abuses
The National, United Arab Emirates –
Matthew Smith, project co-coordinator at ERI, said Beijing’s growing presence in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, played a key role in the continuation of …

Ireland will help UN with challenges – Martin
Irish Times, Ireland –
Mr Martin also renewed his call for the immediate release of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and for continued international pressure on the …

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Myanmar’s foreign minister Foreign Minister Nyan Win on Monday called for the lifting of what he called “unwarranted” and …

29 September 2008 – Myanmar could become the rice bowl of its region and provide energy to other countries if “immoral” sanctions against it were lifted, …

US Burmese Rubies, Jadeite Regulations Now Apply
Diamonds.net, NY –
Burma is also known as Myanmar. US Customs and Border Protection have issued new Harmonized Tariff System codes for all non-Burmese rubies and jadeite …

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World focus on Burma (24 September 2008)

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News about U Win Tin’s release from prison after 19 years is indeed one of the top news of the world. As the number of news items about him is large, please read them in the next post under the title of (Collective news) U Win Tin.

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Burma: Sources of Political Change
MorungExpress, India –
The reluctance of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to accept exile and her symbolic importance for these activists and the people of Burma cannot be underestimated. …

MOST E-MAILED
RTT News, NY –
(RTTNews) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the release of the seven political prisoners by the Burmese military regime on Tuesday, …

“Reading Burma” in Pictures
mediabistro.com, NY –

The “Reading Burma: A Benefit for Cyclone Relief and Freedom of Expression in Burma/Myanmar” line-up included authors Kiran Desai, Siri Hustvedt, …

Myanmar author beats censors after decade-long battle
Reuters UK, UK –
Nu Nu Yi, the first author living in army-ruled Myanmar to have a book published outside the country, battled censors for more than a decade to get her …

Little succor for Burma’s refugees
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
By Anand Gopal | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor Mae La, Thailand – Myo Zaw thought freedom would begin the day he left Burma (Myanmar). …

UN chief hails Burma prisoner release
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
“The secretary-general welcomes the release yesterday by the Myanmar (Burmese) government of several political prisoners as part of an amnesty procedure, …

A Year After Protests, Burma’s Military Remains Firmly in Control
Voice of America –

“Of course I don’t think the average conscript inside the Myanmar military would be happy at how the monks were treated, to see the monks defrocked, …

A spirit no bars could conquer
Mizzima.com, India –
Now Win Tin has been freed and he is thinking not only of Burma’s future but of those prisoners still held inside Insein Jail. “I am free but I would like …

Freed Myanmar dissident calls for more releases
AFP –
See, I’m now 79 and that’s rather old for a Burmese. So I try to be healthy, I try to be normal. “I tried to survive by keeping some political convictions. …

UN chief lauds release of Myanmar prisoners
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
UNITED NATIONS – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the release of Myanmar’s longest-held political prisoner and several others and called …

High-profile amnesty in Myanmar
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
YANGON – Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner was freed yesterday after 19 years behind bars, along with more than 9000 other prisoners across the …

Where did the ‘Asian century’ vanish to
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Asean’s dealings with Burma, whether in diplomacy or humanitarian crises, are a case in point. Asian countries often talk about how a united Asia, …

Fun and friendship a world away

Aucklander, New Zealand –

These women are some of the three million people forced to leave Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Joy Min came to New Zealand two years ago, …

UN rights expert hopes more Burmese political prisoners will be …

Mizzima.com, India –

… including veteran journalist and longest serving political prisoner Win Tin, is “a positive sign of cooperation from the Government of Myanmar [Burma]. …

Ban urges release of all political prisoners in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

New York – The government of Myanmar should release all political prisoners after deciding to set free several of them this week, UN Secretary General Ban …

Prominent authors, journalists, rights experts honour Burmese writers
Mizzima.com, India –
With the military ruling in Burma since 1962, human rights violations and repressions have been wide spread. Despite standing up against the junta, …

Freed political prisoner tells of prison abuses
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 24, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy member U Aye Thein, who was released at noon yesterday from Kalaymyo prison, has spoken out about the …

Iran’s leader disdains Bush speech
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH –
Bush’s 22-minute address in the packed, 2000-seat hall was mostly a restatement of his previous condemnations of terror, calls to advance democracy and …

Junta lambasted by Shans over ‘sham amnesty to prisoners’
Mizzima.com, India –
… in prisons across Burma. The group also demanded that the junta release all political prisoners. The regime’s mouth piece ‘New Light of Myanmar’ on …

SECRETARY-GENERAL, FORMER TOP SPECIAL ADVISER JOIN HIGH-LEVEL …
7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –
… former Secretary-General Annan’s initiative in Kenya and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) humanitarian role in Burma. …

Few political prisoners benefit from amnesty
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 24, 2008 (DVB)–Burmese pro-democracy groups have welcomed the release of some political prisoners yesterday as part of a government amnesty, …

Freedom short lived for released political prisoner
Mizzima.com, India –
Captain Win Htein, a member of Burma’s opposition party – National League for Democracy – who was among those prisoners freed on Tuesday from Katha Prison …

US Department of State: Daily Press Briefing, 23 September 2008
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
So we continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path toward …

Bush shows new respect for UN
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
But he said “a stronger effort” was needed to help the people of Burma shrug off repression, and decisive action was needed to ensure the Government of …

Response to Etzioni and Ish-Shalom
TPM, NY –
War against Japan produced anti-Western puppet governments in the Philippines, Indonesia, Indochina, and Burma, elements of which in some cases survived to …

Calvary Christian Schools principal documents missionary trip to …
MLive.com, MI –
… team comprised of doctors, nurses, ministry and lay people from Muskegon make the trip to this area that runs along Burma and the borders of Myanmar. …

Multicultural library to honor slain student
LocalNews8.com, ID –
Authorities found her slain body the next day in the home of 21-year-old Esar Met, another refugee from Myanmar, the former Burma. Met has been charged with …

World Must Stand Against Terrorism, Bush Says
NewsBlaze, CA –
… for a review of the UN Human Rights Council and stronger Security Council efforts on behalf of the people of Burma as well as Sudan’s Darfur region. …

Bush points finger at obstructionist countries in UN

Mizzima.com, India –

… permanent United Nations Security Council members, vetoed a resolution calling on the Burmese junta to cease in the persecution of opposition groups, …

Burmese Monks, Dissidents Targeted by Junta

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… for the release of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners. “We will not be silent while Burma suffers … …

Freed Political Prisoners Call for Others’ Release

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Dr Than Nyein, Dr May Win Myint and Aung Soe Myint were released along with four other political prisoners: Win Tin, Khin Maung Swe, Aye Thein and Than …

First Lady Laura Bush urges regional assistance on Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

… Mrs. Bush reiterated the long-held United States call for the Burmese junta to initiate a meaningful tripartite dialogue process incorporating …

India’s Support for Burmese Junta Pays Off

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“The Chindwin holds huge hydropower potential and we intend to further strengthen this relationship by going in for other such projects in Myanmar,” Jairam …

Activists released, opposition calls for Suu Kyi house arrest to end

Radio France Internationale, France –

Win Tin, who was one of the NLD’s founders, was given several jail sentences in 1989 for distributing political propaganda, sheltering a woman who had had …

US president George W Bush and first lady Laura Bush hosted a …

PunjabNewsline.com, India –

… of human rights, and the dignity of all people. Democracy activists from around the world, including Russia, Lithuania, Sierra Leone, Belarus, Burma, …

Shan groups in exile condemn regimes’ mass prisoner release

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

By Hseng Khio Fah Although a handful of political prisoners, including U Win Tin, a founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD), have been released, …

HIV infection rates rising among self-injecting drug users

News-Medical.net, Australia –

The research revealed HIV infections among these kind of users was over 40% in nine countries – Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, …

Brad and Angelina donate $1m

Charities Aid Foundation, UK –

The couple’s non-profit organisation the Jolie-Pitt Foundation has given the money to the Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe, according to …

HIV on rise among self-injecting drug users -study

Reuters –

… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

Myanmar releases seven dissidents

CNN International –

An unidentified relative hugs Win Tin, after his release in Yangon, Myanmar, on Tuesday. U Win Tin, 78, a journalist and senior official in the opposition …

Bush speech to UN: “terror” 32, “climate” 0

Reuters UK, UK –

Yet while he spoke a lot about terrorism in his speech on Tuesday, he did also refer to other problems such as human rights in Burma, violence in Darfur, …

Secretary-Gneral calls for ‘global leadership’ to tackle world ...

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Indeed, the United Nations was a champion of the most vulnerable, and had been involved in nations including Haiti and Myanmar. However, he also had called …

’Corruption nourishes poverty’

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

Bringing up the rear is Somalia at 1.0, slightly trailing Iraq and Burma at 1.3 and Haiti at 1.4. Asked what the wealthy nations could do to help low-income …

Bush exits with challenge to UN
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –
Bush urged the United Nations to reform its Human Rights Council, which he complained has frequently protected violators. He called for a more determined …

AFP –
… freed and that Win Tin will be able to resume his peaceful struggle for press freedom and democracy in Burma,” they added, using Myanmar’s former name. …

Voice of the Martyrs Alert
Crosswalk.com, VA –
… “particularly severe violations of religious freedom,” the report highlights: Myanmar (formerly Burma), China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, …

Push for Political Change in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar, which had its first meeting on December 19 last year, met several times at the ambassadorial level …

Myanmar author beats censors after decade-long battle
Reuters UK, UK –
A: When I was at Oxford in 1998, I saw Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s “Letters from Burma” at Blackwell’s bookstore. It was the only book from Myanmar — on the …

Long after the tear gas clears, these questions should linger
Pioneer Press, MN –
Pre-emptive arrest is standard practice in police states like North Korea and Burma. Is that the standard Minnesota aspires to? …

BOOK REVIEW | The Burma Chronicles
Charleston City Paper, SC –

… in which he revealed the near-incomprehensible government corruption that plagues the country of Burma (or Myanmar, as it’s called by the United Nations …

The New Asia Crisis
Forbes, NY –
Meanwhile the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma), which stubbornly stood by while nature wiped out parts of its population, keeps its democratically …

General Assembly required
Boston Globe, United States –
Similarly, his lament for the “failure” of the UN’s Human Rights Council gave voice not only to what he called the disappointment of the American people, …

Bush Focuses On Terror At UN
Tampa Tribune, FL –
Bush urged the United Nations to reform its Human Rights Council, which he complained has frequently protected violators. He called for a more determined …

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s junta has released at least seven political prisoners as part of an amnesty for more than 9000 inmates, officials from detained …

Burma frees dissident detained for 19 years
Financial Times, UK –
The Myanmar Ahlin newspaper wrote: “The government is trying to transform these convicted prisoners into citizens who can contribute to the building of a …

October 7 is World Day for Decent Work
Straight Goods, Canada –
Already on the site are videos on Export Processing Zones in Haiti and in Honduras, repression of trade union and other human rights in Burma and Guinea, …

Bush at UN: ‘We Must Stand United’
New York Sun, United States –
… a lunch for political dissidents where they discussed how to advance the freedom agenda, the protection of human rights, and the dignity of all people. …

Rudd: ‘Let’s have a go’ At the UN
The Epoch Times, NY –
The ECFR report analysed 10 years of voting at the UN and found that European influence in terms of human rights and a rules based world, had declined …

First Lady Laura Bush Wants More Pressure on Burma
Muncie Free Press, IN –
Mrs. Bush urged Burma’s military government to open talks with Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party and all of the country’s ethnic groups …

Bushes Visit Governor Island
NY1, NY – (Video included)
The president and first lady made a special appeal to the ruling party in Burma, urging leaders there to open a dialogue with opposition leaders and end the …

Laura Bush Tells China, India to Press Myanmar Over Democracy
Bloomberg –
… in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York flanked by U Kovita, a monk and dissident who fled Myanmar, previously known as Burma, after the protests. …

CARE continues recovery efforts in Myanmar
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
In early May 2008, Cyclone Nargis swept across the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon regions of Myanmar (Burma), devastating entire towns and villages and leaving …

“There should be an immediate review of the Human Rights Council, which has routinely protected violators of human rights,” said Bush. …

HIV on rise among self-injecting drug users: study
Reuters –
… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

Philippines bans milk products from China
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
China has recalled milk it exported to Bangladesh, Burundi, Gabon, Yemen and Burma (Myanmar), but it was not clear if the products sent there were …

The Jolie-Pitts Donate More Ca$h — Is Adoption Next?
Star Magazine, NY –
… Brad gave $100000 to fight the gay marriage ban in Calif, the couple have gifted $1 million to fund Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe. …

President and Mrs. Bush Meet with Dissidents
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

We all know the Burmese government has kept Aung San Suu Kyi in prison or house arrest for almost all of the last 18 years. I want to urge all the neighbors …

Laura Bush presses Myanmar’s neighbors over rights
Reuters –
Myanmar, previously known as Burma, has been high on the first lady’s agenda over the past two years and last month she visited a refugee camp in Thailand a …

Laura Bush: India, China must help on Myanmar
AFP –
NEW YORK (AFP) — Against the backdrop of the sun-washed Statue of Liberty, US First Lady Laura Bush on Tuesday implored China and India to help push for …

After Saffron Revolution, all is black in Myanmar
The National, United Arab Emirates –
Twelve months have passed since the last protests, and those in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, face an even bleaker future. The junta’s hold on power has …

US welcomes Myanmar’s amnesty of prisoners
Xinhua, China –
“We continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path towards …

Majority of Americans say US on wrong track: poll
Gulf Times, Qatar –
… Washington to take a new tack in foreign policy by talking to enemies like the leaders of Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Hamas and Hezbollah. …

Level of corruption rises says watchdog
New Vision, Uganda – 5 hours ago
… where dozens of aid workers, journalists and boat crew members have been kidnapped for ransom in the past year, followed by Myanmar (Burma) and Iraq….

Scare on toxic milk from China spreads
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
A senior health official in Burma (Myanmar) said plans were afoot to seize and destroy all imported Chinese baby formula as a precaution. …

Court makes historic award for dead crew
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… the 38 migrant workers, who were mostly Burmese. It is the first time migrant crewmen will receive compensation as a result of human rights violations. …

Bush has strong words at UN
Lancaster Eagle Gazette, OH –
Bush faulted the UN for not helping the citizens of Burma and Sudan overcome tyrannical governments, and for allowing its Human Rights Council to protect …

Daily Press Briefing
US Department of State, DC –
So we continue to call on the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi and to move the country down the path toward …

US calls on Myanmar to release all political prisoners
Monsters and Critics.com –
Leading democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for years, should also be freed, Wood said. ‘We continue to call on the Burmese …

State Department blasts China on religious freedom.
ChristianityToday.com, IL –
The eight countries of particular concern are: Myanmar (formerly Burma), China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan. …

Saffron revolution: A year on, no change
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The regime has completely ignored the international community’s appeal for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and nearly 2000 political prisoners. …

In UN Speech, Bush Highlights Fight Against Violence, Terrorism
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –
They agreed on a historic pledge: “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, and unite their strength to maintain international peace and security. …

Brown’s comeback
New Statesman, UK –
Progress has long campaigned for greater UK commitment to expose and act on the human rights abuses in Burma, Zimbabwe and Darfur, so Gordon’s reiterated …

Thai, Chinese Scientists Agree to Joint Monsoon Study
RedOrbit, TX –
Scientists from Thailand and China will jointly study the monsoon and cyclone pattern in the Andaman sea in the hope of better forecasting weather in the …

World focus on Burma (16 July 2008)

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Chin Face Food Shortages

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that the infestation of rats spread over the border areas of Bangladesh and Burma earlier this year …

The last word: Disaster relief – Helping others to help yourself

Ethical Corporation Magazine, UK –

Three major disasters have to be dealt with: the Burma cyclone, the Sichuan earthquake and the renewed onset of famine and disease in North Korea. …

Manipuri rebels commit abuses against Chin villagers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 16, 2008 (DVB)–Manipuri separatist rebels have been committing human rights abuses against local Zomi ethnic people in northern Chin state’s Ton Zan …

Nargis Refugees Offered Low-Cost Housing

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Houses have already been built in Kyae Chaung Gyi village by Htoo Trading Company, owned by Burmese tycoon Tay Za, a business crony of junta chief Snr-Gen …

Corruption Scandal Prevents Timber Trade in Muse

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A local man at the Burma-China border told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that hundreds of logs marked with the logo of the military government’s Burmese Timber …

Regime’s Right to Represent Burma Challenged

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

We want the UN to reject them based on the very recent human rights violations in combination with the junta’s past atrocities,” said Myint Thein. …

Commentary: Let’s hope the UN gets it right this time

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The UN made two proposals to the junta, namely that Burma should set up a broad-based constitutional revision commission in order to ensure an inclusive …

Singapore welcomes Myanmar’s invitation to UN special envoy

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Singapore – Singapore welcomed Myanmar’s invitation to UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to visit the country in August and urged Myanmar’s authorities to …

The Dark Side of the Toyota Prius

In These Times, IL –

The charges arise from an agreement between Tsusho, Suzuki and the junta to set up parts and material plants in Burma, and produce vehicles for the military …

Nargis Refugees Offered Low-Cost Housing

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They [the authorities] should aid the victims,” he said. Houses have already been built in Kyae Chaung Gyi village by Htoo Trading Company, owned by Burmese …

Second Life

Willamette Week, OR –

She also lived with the terrible knowledge that she could be killed just because of who she is in Myanmar—the Southeast Asian country her parents call Burma …

Client Case Studies

CSR Asia, China –

(Channel NewsAsia, July 11) More aid needed for Myanmar’s cyclone victims The UN is hiking its aid appeal to help Cyclone Nargis victims in Myanmar from an …

Column: Olympics worth trouble

The Northeastern News (subscription), MA –

Another area of concern at the Olympics every year is the potential for protest and boycott of the event by human rights leaders. The issue of independence …

‘The Most Vulnerable Were Swept Away, Killed’

Embassy, Canada –

Mr. Bociurkiw said the UN estimates that some 2.4 million Burmese were affected by the cyclone and its aftermath, and the effects are spread over an area …

Two months after cyclone, Myanmar farmers still can’t return to fields

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

More than 138000 people are dead or missing after the cyclone struck Myanmar on May 2, washing away entire villages and flooding fields. …

Centre pays tribute to conservationist

South Devon Herald Express, UK –

“Some experts suggest that the effect of the recent Burma cyclone would have been greatly reduced had areas of mangrove not been developed. …

Exclusive: Can Democracy Deliver the Goods

Family Security Matters, NJ –

… its crackdown on human rights activists before the Olympics, and its support for other dictatorships around the world, from Burma to Zimbabwe to Cuba, …

CHINA: War on Drugs Prompts More Executions

IPS, Italy –

China has frequently come under fire by overseas human rights organisations for its broad use of the death penalty. More than 60 offences in the country, …

Burma: Democracy Forces to Challenge Junta at GA

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

The democratic movement of Burma will be challenging the credentials of the Burmese military junta at the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session and …

Amnesty wants Bush to speak out on human rights in Beijing

AFP –

He said that Amnesty would be among a dozen human rights groups scheduled to meet with Bush’s National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley on July 28 ahead of …

Burma/Myanmar: Survival In The Cyclone’s Shadow

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

While emergency relief remains essential to Cyclone Nargis survivors, longer-term support is required in the Ayeyarwady delta. Destitute Myanmar villagers …

Demand for humanitarian assistance will continue to rise worldwide …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burma/Myanmar, which were the site of some of the most worrying food crisis situations in the world, and underscored the …

Thailand: Mixed review for refugee policy

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

Since early 2005, UNHCR has been involved in the resettlement of more than 30000 Burmese refugees from camps on the Thai/Myanmar border to third countries. …

Burmese refugee is state’s adult student of the year

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –

Tau was among the first of a wave of recent immigrants from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to settle in Rochester. The district estimates at least 300 …

Disney Interactive Studios Partners

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

… or know someone abroad that has suffered from the cyclone that devastated Burma/Myanmar this past spring, teens are eager to band together and support a …

Demand for humanitarian assistance will continue to rise worldwide …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burma/Myanmar, which were the site of some of the most worrying food crisis situations in the world, and underscored the …

The Imperialism of Good Intentions

Embassy, Canada –

By Richard Gwyn Two months ago, the world looked on in shock and disbelief as, after typhoon Nargis had smashed ashore in Burma (Myanmar), that country’s …

Myanmar urges donations for cyclone rebuilding

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

YANGON, July 14, 2008 (AFP) – Myanmar’s military government on Monday urged the world to donate building supplies rather than food to help victims of the …

When Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, also known as Burma, on May 2 and 3, a 12-foot wall of saltwater and heavy rains soaked the low-lying delta region, …

High time King steps in

Malaysia Kini, Malaysia –

Our BN government is not much different from the junta which administers Burma except that they (the junta) run the army and we are run by the police. …

Disney Interactive Studios Partners

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

… or know someone abroad that has suffered from the cyclone that devastated Burma/Myanmar this past spring, teens are eager to band together and support a …

US to export cluster bombs in bid to make its arsenal ‘safer’

Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –

According to Marc Garlasco, a military analyst at Human Rights Watch, evolving international norms are shaping the way the US and other states are using …

US House veto, Burma and Chevron

House votes to punish ruling junta in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

The bill also gives Chevron incentives to divest its natural gas program in Myanmar. It aims to bring more pressure against the junta to restore democratic …

“One of the things it does is it removes the part about tax incentives that affect US companies who might do business in Burma (Myanmar),” a congressional …

House passes bill against Myanmar

PRESS TV, Iran –

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to ‘hurt the Myanmar regime in the wallet’, a move that will be endorsed by President Bush. …

US House To Strike Burma’s Junta In The ‘Wallet’ DigitalJournal.com

House votes to punish ruling junta in Myanmar The Associated Press

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Burma and Gambari

Can we talk about human rights yet?

UN Dispatch –

… “enough time” after a major humanitarian disaster to continue promoting human rights and democracy in a member country. Myanmar’s obstruction of relief …

Voice of America –

By VOA News The United Nations says Burma has invited Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy to make a return visit to the country next month. …

UN envoy planning Myanmar trip in mid-August

AFP –

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN troubleshooter Ibrahim Gambari is planning a return visit to Myanmar in mid-August at the invitation of the military regime, …

Myanmar invites UN envoy

The Associated Press –

Weeks after the cyclone hit, Ban traveled to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to press the military junta leader, Senior General Than Shwe, …

Gambari to Visit Burma in August

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 1 hour ago

“This [letter] is consistent with the standing invitation extended to Gambari by the Myanmar [Burma] authorities; he was initially invited to visit in late …

Myanmar invites UN envoy to visit as pressure mounts Reuters UK

Burma Invites UN Special Envoy to Visit in August Voice of America

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Myanmar Refutes Claims It Is Not Doing Enough To Help Cyclone Victims

Bernama, Malaysia – Jun 27, 2008

By D. Arul Rajoo SATSAN, (Delta Irrawaddy, Myanmar), June 27 (Bernama) — The Myanmar Government has refuted claims that it was not doing enough to help …

Removing North Korea from the Terrorism List Stirs Opposition

Counterterrorism Blog, NJ – Jun 27, 2008

… were also behind a 1983 attempt to kill South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan, who was scheduled to visit a memorial in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar. …

Hero Aung San stricken from the school books

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

The news comes from the agency Democratic Voice of Burma. But rather than having educational purposes, the initiative seems to be motivated by a clear …

INTERVIEW-Southeast Asia body key to prising open Myanmar

Reuters –

… the Myanmar disaster was a “historic moment for ASEAN” to show it could lead an international humanitarian effort. He said many in the former Burma’s …

European MPs form Burma caucus

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus welcomed the creation of the EPCP in a statement and said it believed effective cooperation between the two …

Weekly Business Roundup (June 27, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“If India and Myanmar [Burma] continue work and do not respond to our letter, Bangladesh will resume its activities as well.” Industry analysts doubt if …

Zimbabwe: Burma, Zimbabwe and How Not to Rule

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Earlier in the year, violent protests broke out in Burma or Myanmar as its leaders prefer to call it. Here, expressing dissenting views of any kind amounts …

Celebrity spotlight

Times and Transcript, Canada –

George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt are helping launch an ad campaign to raise awareness for Myanmar (formerly Burma), which was devastated by a …

G8 pleads for Burma survivors

Independent Online, South Africa –

Kyoto, Japan – The Group of Eight foreign ministers called on Friday on Myanmar/Burma to lift all remaining restrictions on cyclone aid and to free …

G8 Pushes Burma to Accept Foreign Cyclone Aid

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“In order to improve the current situation, it is also important for us, the G8, to apply not only pressure but if Myanmar [Burma] side shows any forward …

Authorities collect money and paddy for rice cultivation

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jun 26, 2008 (DVB)–On the pretext of helping cyclone-affected farmers resume their rice cultivation, authorities have been collecting money and paddy in …

Ban Discusses Burma with Indian, China, Indonesian Ambassadors

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Responding to a question on the humanitarian aid effort, Ban said: “I think the Myanmar [Burma] authorities are moving toward the right direction to allow …

Insurgencies blamed for rise in opium, coca production

Radio Australia, Australia –

… lack control of the territory, of course illegal activity tends to spread, and this has been the case in Afghanistan, in Colombia, in Myanmar [Burma]. …

Bangladesh’s Forex Reserve Crosses $6 Billion Again

AHN –

The ACU comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Burma (officially known as Myanmar), Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is an arrangement for settling …

The World’s Most Corrupt Countries

Forbes, NY –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, probably wins the prize for worst public relations of the year. Last fall, the military-led government cracked down on …

Disasters and the right to interfere

GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

… recognise NGOs’ right to interfere in some countries to save victims, without the government’s consent, and this is not the case with Burma (Myanmar). …

Razzi Snap: Greenpeace Picks Up A Vectrix Electric bike

Ecorazzi, NY –

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon have lent their star power to an advertising campaign aimed at boosting aid for Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), …

What Kind of Terrorism Does North Korea Sponsor?

Slate –

… also behind a 1983 attempt on the life of South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan, who was scheduled to visit a memorial in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar). …

UN drug chief: Insurgents complicating drug war

The Associated Press –

In Myanmar, also known as Burma, it increased 29 percent. The UN said most of the gains were in southern Shan state, where rebels seeking autonomy from …

G8 Pushes Burma to Accept Foreign Cyclone Aid

The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland –

Survivors of Cyclone Nargis are seen in a makeshift shelter in Tontay, 15 miles from Yangon, Burma, on June 17, 2008.(Khin Maung Win/AFP/Getty Images) KYOTO …

STA – Slovenska tiskovna agencija / Slovenian Press Agency

STA – Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija, Slovenia –

Touching on Myanmar, Rupel expressed solidarity with the victims of Nargis cyclone and noted that the state of emergency was still far from over, …

HIAS Helps Myanmar Refugees Make Philly Their New Home

Jewish Exponent, PA –

When the Pei family, refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma), arrived at their new residence in South Philadelphia on March 5, they discovered a …

ASEAN convenes roundtable for post-nargis joint assessment in Yangon

Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –

The Roundtable is part of ASEAN’s efforts to help Myanmar deal with the impact of Cyclone Nargis. The Secretary-General of ASEAN and Chairman of the HTF, …

Burma aid efforts press on despite blocks

United Press International, Asia, China –

By Khin Ohmar Bangkok, Thailand — The patience of the international community appears to be wearing thin as the delivery of aid to cyclone victims in Burma …

In Shillong, Dylan Blows in the Wind

RedOrbit, TX –

Mashangva bought his first guitar at age 15 from a trader who ferried it on his shoulder across the border from what was then Burma on a buffalo caravan. …

Myanmar Blocks Telecom Relief

Post Chronicle –

by Staff An international aid organization providing telecom support says it has been forced to leave cyclone-ravaged Myanmar. Members of Telecoms Sans …

UN And Asean Officials Tour Cyclone-affected Areas

Bernama, Malaysia –

The duo, accompanied by Myanmar’s Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Thu Thu who chairs the Asean Humanitarian Task Force, took a 40-minute helicopter ride from …

For exiled PM only China and India can end Burma’s crisis

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Washington (AsiaNews) – The solution to Myanmar’s crisis goes through China and India, Burmese prime minister in exile Sein Win told The Irrawaddy newspaper …

War hero Sam Manekshaw dies

Reuters India, India –

Manekshaw fought for the British forces in the Second World War in Burma (now Myanmar), where he survived serious injuries while battling Japanese forces as …

Distinguished Indian army chief Sam Manekshaw dies of lung disease

International Herald Tribune, France –

He served in Myanmar, then called Burma, during World War II. He became chief of the Indian army in 1969 and went on to lead troops to victory in a 1971 war …

Field Marshal Manekshaw, hero of 1971 war, is dead (Second Lead)

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, and won the Military Cross for his role in Myanmar, then Burma, during the Second …

Manekshaw battling for life in hospital

Hindustan Times, India –

… Military Academy, Dehradun, in 1934. He saw action in Burma, now Myanmar, during the Second World War and became the Indian Army chief on June 7, 1969.

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Cindy McCain praises UN relief for cyclone victims

The Associated Press –

… at an airport in the Thai capital Bangkok where the United Nations’ World Food Program collects supplies it then airlifts to Myanmar, also called Burma. …

Event is celebration for former refugees

Akron Beacon Journal, OH –

Lwin, who fled the ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, several years ago, said his art is about standing witness to the persecution of those in …

CRWRC Historic Midwest Floods hit Denomination’s Heartland

Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –

For Press interview with Jacob Kramer about Myanmar/Burma earthquake response and international relief programs at 1-800-730-3490. …

Myanmar cyclone 2008: Work report 2

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck the South-western of Myanmar on 2 May 2008. The scale of destruction and loss is massive with government figures listing …

Arrests at Myanmar Suu Ky rally

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Myanmar’s military government has detained 14 opposition party members after a protest in Yangon calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San …

India among 10 worst violators of refugees rights in USCRIs 2008 list

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

Washington, June 20 (ANI): India is among the ten worst violators of refugees’ rights according to the World Refugee Survey 2008, which is releasing the …

It takes courage to be a refugee

Sudbury Star, Canada –

… abroad to respond to the many needs of refuges in places like Tamil Nadu, India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and on the border of Myanmar, Burma. …

Burmese exiles call for Suu Kyi’s release on her birthday

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

Burmese exiles in Thailand yesterday called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma on her 63rd birthday. …

Junta continues tightening security outside NLD office

Mizzima.com, India –

We are now here discussing and reviewing the experiences of Burma’s referendum in May,” the youth leader told Mizzima over telephone. …

Birthday present for Daw Suu: Waves of ‘Saffron Revolution’

Mizzima.com, India –

It was no doubt Ko Sein Win created a remarkable opportunity for me to write a Burma related article after a three-year lull. At that time, hundreds of …

Women’s League of Burma Demonstrates for Daw Suu Kyi in Bangladesh

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Dhaka: The Women’s League of Burma in Bangladesh staged a demonstration in Dhaka on the occasion of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday, calling for her …

Events calendar

Monterey County Herald, CA –

Greg Curtis to speak on his 1995 trip to Myanmar/Burma. 6p.m. optional potluck, 6:50 short meeting followed by Curtis’ presentation on Monday, June 23, …

Concerned about Humanitarian Crisis, EU Calls for Democracy in Myanmar

STA – Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija, Slovenia –

The EU has called for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the aftermath of the …

UN: Security Council Condemns Rape As War Crime

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic –

Scotland also pointed to the case of Aung San Suu Kyi, the longtime opposition leader in Myanmar — also known as Burma — who is under house arrest. …

EU leaders to issue appeal to Myanmar regime to release pro …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

AP BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – EU leaders have appealed to Myanmar’s military leaders to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political …

Rice Discusses Burma with Ban

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Peace and stability now prevail in almost all corners of Myanmar [Burma], significantly improving the daily life of civilians, particularly women and …

Petition Filed Against Detention of Suu Kyi

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / WASHINGTON Claiming that the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal and in violation of international law, Freedom Now, …

Exhibit reveals refugee hopes, struggles

Albany Times Union, NY –

The 69-year-old rice grower and his 66-year-old wife fled after the military junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, burned their village, seized their …

Firsthand tale of Burma relief frustrations

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

By contrast, in Burma, renamed Myanmar by the governing junta, “there’s no rhyme or reason. You don’t know why you can go here today and tomorrow you can’t …

Myanmar refugees sidelined after cyclone, food price rise

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… crisis on the Thai-Myanmar border is being forgotten. Food for the refugees is provided by relief agency TBBC, the Thai Burma Border Consortium, …

Suu Kyi in good health after cyclone: party official

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in good health when her personal doctor visited her after last month’s deadly …

Another ‘unhappy birthday’ for Aung San Suu Kyi

OpEdNews, PA –

However, in reality, she will surely have to go alone for one more year unable to contribute to the emergence of a developed and democratic Burma. …

Open Doors Works to Reach Burma

Crosswalk.com, VA –

Open Doors reports that thousands of Christians are among 2.4 million still suffering unimaginable pain in parts of Burma (Myanmar). …

UN classifies rape as ‘war crime’

Economic Times, India –

“What is tragic also in that country is that instead of being allowed to take the office as the elected leader of Burma’s government, (opposition leader) …

Area groups ready to help foreign outcasts rebuild lives

The Patriot-News – PennLive.com, PA –

… to southeast Asia, where Bhutanese have spent almost two decades in refugee camps and people are fleeing the military regime in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Relief after Burma’s Cyclone Nargis

Reader’s Digest, NY –

According to the United Nations, about 1 million of the 2.4 million people affected still need help in Myanmar (the country’s name was changed from Burma to …

14 held after Suu Kyi birthday protest in Myanmar

ABS CBN News, Philippines –

YANGON – Fourteen people were arrested after a pro-junta militia broke up a protest calling for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Asia among worst refugee rights abusers

Radio Australia, Australia – 9 hours ago

The group says Malaysia forcibly sent refugees from Burma to Thailand, where some of them were sold into slavery and Thailand also forced refugees to return …

12 Protesters Detained in Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military authorities detained 12 opposition party members calling for the release of the pro-democracy leader Daw …

Five Asian nations branded ‘worst’ violators of refugees’ rights

AFP –

Malaysia forcibly sent refugees from Myanmar to Thailand, where “some of them were sold into slavery — men to fishing boats and women to brothels,” said …

Activists seek Suu Kyi’s freedom on her b-day

Tempo, Philippines –

… San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday yesterday, calling on the military junta to release her and other political prisoners in Burma (Myanmar) from detention. …

Spouses Launch Image Campaigns, Seek Support for Presidential …

FOXNews –

There she also criticized the military junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and vowed to make human rights a priority if she is the next first lady. …

Deaths in Vietnam, other wars undercounted: study

U.S. Daily, ca –

Other countries examined in the study were Myanmar (Burma), Georgia, Guatemala, Laos, Namibia, the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Congo. …

Special day for Nelson refugee family

Nelson Mail, New Zealand –

Four years ago, Mrs Ram Kung fled Myanmar, formerly Burma, where she worked as a singer. She still holds a deep resentment of the military junta that has …

EU denounces call to flog Burma’s Suu Kyi

Radio Australia, Australia –

Meanwhile, Canada says it will take an additional 1300 Karen refugees from the Thai-Burma border. Canadian Immigration Minister, Diane Finley, …

Burma’s military break up pro-democracy rally

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military regime and its supporters have broken up a rally to mark the 63rd birthday of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

UN denounces rape as ‘war crime’

AFP –

“What is tragic also in that country is that instead of being allowed to take the office as the elected leader of Burma’s government, (opposition leader) …

Rice presses the UN to act on Zimbabwe violence

The Associated Press –

Rice also admonished Myanmar, also known as Burma. She cited its soldiers, who “have regularly raped women and girls even as young as eight years old,” and …

New Boss is Determined to Keep the Faith at Al-jazeera

Buzzle, CA –

‘Our coverage of the Chinese earthquake, Myanmar (Burma) tsunami and Zimbabwe have been extraordinary.’ That may be true, but for reporters, …

Cindy McCain blasts Myanmar junta on Asia charity trip

International Herald Tribune, France –

Current first lady Laura Bush also has been a sharp critic of human rights abuses in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Cindy McCain said she would continue that …

Word Game Saves Lives After Myanmar Cyclone

OneWorld.net, UK –

Up to 100000 are feared dead due to Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) in the beginning of May. Visit OneWorld’s Myanmar …

Sexual Violence Threatens Stability, UN Council Says (Update1)

Bloomberg –

Rice cited the rape of girls as young as 8 years of age by soldiers in Myanmar, also known as Burma. At the same time, she noted that Myanmar opposition …

These boots are made for walking

Cowra Guardian, Australia –

Rotary is currently trying to send more to Myanmar (Burma) since Cyclone Nargis destroyed large portions of the country. They had an inkling they might take …

Democracy activists mark Suu Kyi’s birthday

The National, United Arab Emirates –

Indeed, the fact that the pro-democracy activist has spent every birthday since 2003 under house arrest in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was not lost on …

Junta thugs break up Suu Kyi rally

Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –

YANGON: Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday, detaining several members of the crowd chanting …

Jay’s cabin fever paid off

The Province, Canada –

Vancouver’s Jay White headed off to the Yukon last year, where he rented a cabin with his savings from doing animated commercials. …

Cindy McCain: It’s not about the wives

Baltimore Sun, United States –

KING: And the whole relief effort for Myanmar or many people would say Burma. You know the controversy. KING: Is the regime letting the aid in fast enough. …

Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday : Pro-Myanmar junta gang plays party spoiler

Daily Times, Pakistan –

… breaking,” Mark Farmaner of the Burma Campaign UK said last month. Dozens of people protested outside the Myanmar embassies in Bangkok and Manila, …

In exile, each day a struggle for them

Times of India, India –

NEW DELHI: For 57-year-old Dim, who was planning to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the ‘8888 Uprising’ demanding democracy in Myanmar (Burma), …

Aung San Suu Kyi Supporters Arrested

Voice of America –

They had just held a demonstration outside the offices of the National League for Democracy in Burma’s main city Rangoon. They had shouted slogans calling …

Today on the presidential campaign trail

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Protests and punches over Suu Kyi at 63

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Britain and France yesterday sent an open letter to Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to mark her 63rd birthday, calling for her immediate release …

Taiwan’s “Unsettled” International Status: Preserving US Options …

Heritage.org, DC –

In reality, China believes Burma’s human rights violations “are purely Myanmar’s internal affairs.” In fact, China “urges relevant parties,” particularly …

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Twelve detained on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

Myanmar’s military junta detained 12 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she marked her 63rd …

13 detained in Myanmar after pro-democracy support

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military junta detained 13 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Ada Evening News, OK –

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

Will corruption hurt Myanmar relief effort?

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Debbie Stothard from the advocacy group Alternative Asean Network on Burma said there wasn’t any doubt Myanmar’s government had already misused aid. …

Pro-junta gang attacks Suu Kyi supporters in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Pro-junta thugs have broken up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday on Thursday. At least six truckloads of the …

Thematic Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

US Department of State, DC –

In Burma, for instance, social – soldiers have regularly raped women and girls even as young as eight years old. And I must note that what is tragic also in …

Myanmar after the cyclone

Economist, UK –

BUSINESSES in Myanmar are not famous for their public-spiritedness. But since last month’s cyclone, several well-known companies have helped the relief …

Meg Munn on Burma

Labour Party, UK –

As well as answering your questions on the political situation in Burma Meg talks about the humanitarian situation in Burma following the devastating …

Today on the presidential campaign trail

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Cindy McCain criticizes Myanmar’s leaders

MSNBC –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Suu Kyi marks birthday in detention

MWC News, Canada –

By Agencies Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s detained opposition leader, are marking her 63rd birthday as she remains under house arrest in Yangon. …

Seven arrested in protest on Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday

AFP –

“Your release from house arrest and your freedom to participate in Burma’s political future remain essential,” Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President …

Cindy McCain has harsh words for Myanmar’s leaders

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Benefit screening for Myanmar

Georgia Straight, Canada –

By Jennifer Van Evra It’s been seven weeks since cyclone Nargis ravaged the country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. According to government estimates, …

Security still tight at NLD headquarter

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese military junta is not taking chances on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday. Even after the National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Brown, Sarkozy demand Suu Kyi’s release

NDTV.com, India –

”We admire your strength in reconciling the hopes of Burma’s (Myanmar) many groups and dedication to the country’s national integrity. …

US marks Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday, deplores her arrest

AFP –

… fundamental political and civil rights by Burma’s military rulers,” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday, using Myanmar’s former name. …

FAO Presses for Urgent Assistance for Burmese Farmers

Voice of America –

The Food and Agriculture Organization says $83 million is needed to allow farmers in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta region to plant a vital second rice crop during …

Gang wrecks Suu Kyi birthday rally

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, detaining several members of the crowd chanting for her release on …

Thugs disperse protesters on Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of the democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, detaining several people who were …

Myanmarese students observe 63rd birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi with …

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

The members of the Women’s League of Burma pressed that the government of India should urge Myanmar junta to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as …

Supporters mark Daw Suu’s birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jun 19, 2008 (DVB)–Supporters of detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma made offerings and held events to mark her 63rd …

Canada to welcome 1300 more Karen refugees

Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

… Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced that Canada will welcome an additional 1300 Karen refugees from Burma (also known as Myanmar) …

Nargis lingers, as Suu Kyi turns 63

Mizzima.com, India –

In a statement released today, the Women’s League of Burma prospered, “In times of trouble and disaster, we all need to hear the voice and reassurance of …

William Hague: Government must redouble efforts to raise Burma at …

Conservatives.com, UK –

“Aung San Suu Kyi has suffered over a decade of unjust imprisonment because of her extraordinary personal courage in standing up for the people of Burma. …

Sex and the City premiere raises $13000 for Myanmar relief

Royal Gazette, Bermuda – o

… Cross managed to raise $13602 through a fundraiser held on June 1, with all proceeds going toward relief for the Myanmar (also known as Burma) cyclone. …

‘Charge junta in war crimes court’

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Activist monks called on Thursday on the European Union to bring Burma’s junta leader Than Shwe before an international criminal court to face …

Burmese in Thailand, refugees of the “longest civil war in the world”

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Mae Sot (AsiaNews) – There are nine refugee camps along the western border between Thailand and Myanmar, but with its 43000 “guests”, the one in Mae La is …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 19, 2008 at 8:20 pm