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World focus on Burma (10 January 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

World focus on Burma (9 January 2009)

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Visitation rights denied to families of political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
However, military authorities instead responded with the arrest of Buddhist monks, students, human right activists and National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Burmese blogger in running to win “Best Asian Blog”
Mizzima.com, India –
On his blog, he has chosen to post a popular line that states, “Burma, Myanmar: Yes, We can win this Award”. The world’s largest blog competition, …

Muslims proscribed from worshipping in residential flats
Mizzima.com, India –
Thai-based Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) Director Aung Myo Min said the position of the government is a clear violation of human rights …

Top International Weather Events: 2008
Washington Post Blogs, DC –
Cyclone Nargis, a monstrous Category 4 hurricane that developed over the North Indian Ocean, struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) on May 2. …

Resolution cites increased religious persecution
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –

In 2008, China, Burma, and North Korea were among those listed as “Countries of Particular Concern.” Representatives Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), …

Ethnic Kachin rebel vow to oppose junta held elections
Mizzima.com, India –
Colonel Lamang Brang Seng, in-charge of the military wing of the KNO on Friday said his group along with other Burmese pro-democracy outfits and other …

Ban must visit Burma to begin the end-game
European Voice, Belgium –
In backing a visit to Burma (Myanmar) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the EU’s envoy, Peiro Fassino, in mid-December added to the …

Burmese Abbot’s Birthday Draws Thousands to Thailand Celebrations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… also among his followers at the time.” Sein Kyi said Kyaing Kyaing, the wife of junta head Snr-Gen Than Shwe, had tried to coax the abbot back to Burma.

Teenage Activist Transferred to Labor Camp
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… transferred to labor camps across Burma. “Several political prisoners, especially NLD party members, have been transferred to labor camps,” said Bo Kyi. …

Business Roundup (January 9, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT A new study of Burma’s economy reveals several trends in terms of the military regime’s foreign trading partners. …

Falling Fuel Prices Have No Effect on Gov’t Pumps
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In early 2008, The Myanmar Times, a semi-official weekly, reported that the government had undertaken a partial liberalization of Burma’s energy market by …

Nowhere to Hide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Several organizations have recorded the staggering amount of human rights abuses, killings and rapes that are perpetuated by soldiers of the Burmese army …

Regional NLD members disillusioned with party leaders
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The NLD is slowly fading away in every township in Burma.” NLD information wing member Nyan Win said party leaders were open to suggestions from members. …

Police fail to investigate stabbing in Laiza
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Most of the vehicles passing through the area are delivering goods, which have not been cleared by customs when they came into Burma from China,” he said. …

Fall in rice price hurts Myanmar exporters, farmers
Reuters –
… when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year. Myanmar had stood …

Relatives blocked from attending NLD member’s funeral
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Hlaing Aye, a member of Hlaing Tharyar township NLD’s organising wing, passed away on Tuesday in Rangoon at the age of 70. NLD information wing member Nyan …

Two soldiers accused of rape and murder attempt
Mizzima.com, India –
A 21 year old ethnic Kachin woman hailing from Hsa Hmaw Township, Kachin State in northern Burma was raped by two soldiers at knife point. …

300 migrants arrested in raid in Kuala Lumpur
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 9, 2009 (DVB)–Around 300 Burmese migrant workers were arrested in a raid by Malaysian police and immigration authorities on Wednesday, according to …

Meikhtila local official sells off communal land
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The resident said Win Myint’s sisters were also running a gambling business in the ward, which had led to an increase in crime in the neighbourhood, …

Immigration Act changes permit Tibetans to stay
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The amendments will also benefit about 800 descendants of Chinese Nationalist soldiers who fled to Thailand and present-day Myanmar, the former Burma, …

Maternal health care ‘extremely limited’ in Eastern Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Thousands of people in eastern Burma are regularly subjected to human rights violations, according to several Karen relief groups and international human …

CWS emergency appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Nargis
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. Relief and early recovery …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 9, 2009 at 2:36 am

Karen Girl Raped and Killed by Burma Army Soldier

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Monday, January 5, 2009 (6:37 pm)
By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

Burma Army has been involved in widespread rapes and other abuses, rights groups say.

RANGOON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)– Villagers of the mainly Christian Karen minority in Burma on Monday, January 5, were mourning the death of a seven-year old girl who was raped and murdered by at least one government soldier, the latest in a series of sexual abuses of minorities in the country, investigators said.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a Britain-based rights group investigating the situation in the military-ruled Asian nation, said the girl was allegedly shot dead after she was  raped on December 27 in her village of Ma Oo Bin, in Kyauk Kyi Township of Burma’s Nyaunglebin District.

It quoted the Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) as saying that local villagers saw at least one soldier from Burma’s army “enter the village shortly beforehand, and then heard sounds of a girl crying out for help.”

The crying was allegedly silenced by “rifle shots.”

The girl’s parents and village leaders reported the case the following day to the local commander, identified as Captain Thet Khaing. “However, despite eye witness accounts no action has been taken,” CSW said.

RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

The KWO and other rights activists have urged the government to immediately detain the perpetrator, “and for action to be taken against the commanding officer for failing to act.”

CSW’s National Director Stuart Windsor the case underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar.

“This latest tragic case is an example of the culture of impunity reigning throughout the military regime. We strongly support the KWO’s call for the arrest and prosecution of those guilty of the murder and rape of this young child.”

MORE CRIMES

Windsor said his group believes,”the regime in Burma is guilty of a wide range of crimes against humanity which should be investigated and brought before the International Criminal Court.”

Burmese officials have not commented. However the government has consistently denied reports of human rights abuses, acusing organizations making those claims of spreading “Western” and “American” propaganda.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has urged the Burmese military government to allow more political and religious freedom in the troubled nation. (With reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos).

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 6, 2009 at 1:41 am

World focus on Burma (6 January 2009)

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Nargis volunteer sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
Mizzima.com, India –
Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma on May 2-3 of last year, left around 140000 people dead or missing. Previously, Khin Maung Win worked in Malaysia and was …

Pro-junta group announces formation of political parties
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – A pro-junta group, the 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar), has said it is all set to contest the upcoming 2010 …

Kachin Manaw festival gets off the ground
Mizzima.com, India –
The first Manaw festival was inaugurated on 10 January 1948 just after Burma got independence from British colonial rule in Sitapu Ward, Myitkyinar. …

The Thinker: ‘Liberty Forum’ Should Replace UN Rights Body
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
… against the Human Rights Council is long. From its inaugural meeting in June 2006, the council has condemned North Korea only once and Burma four times, …

Report: UNICEF to Continue Polio Vaccinations in Burma
Voice of America –
By VOA News A report in a weekly Burmese magazine said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) plans to continue its polio vaccination program in Burma …

David Scott Mathieson: The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
National Post, Canada –
The activists include a brave labour rights representative named Ma Su Su Nyay, who was handed more than 12 years, and Min Ko Naing, the leader of Burma’s …

The Ascension
The National Interest Online, DC –
It has protected the Burmese military regime—one of the world’s most brutal—from effective sanctions by the Security Council. …

The Great Dragon awakens: China is preparing to challenge American …
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The ‘Middle Kingdom’ has successfully attracted Myanmar as an ally. Myanmar (aka Burma) borders the Southern part of the Peoples’ Republic of China and it …

What can Facebook really do?
Third Sector, UK –
It was also a brilliant platform for activists in Burma. One of the hardest things for charities to accept about Facebook is the lack of control over both …

Court allows Boeing to use ‘racist’ US law
The Australian, Australia –
The countries banned by the US Government are Belarus, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Burma, China, Liberia, Sudan, Ivory Coast, the Democratic …

NAGA CULTURE: PAST AND PRESENT
MorungExpress, India –
Then in 1954 came the military invasion of our lands by India and Burma. This was not a cultural invasion in the true sense of the word but the “Money …

Myanmar trade surplus shrinks as gas exports fall
The Associated Press –
… economic sanctions against Myanmar to pressure the military government to improve human rights and release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

People’s Parliament Chairman Saw Mra Aung Dies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi sent a flower basket and five monk robes to the family, according to Aye Thar Aung, a close colleague of …

Political Activist Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… since been arrested by Burmese security forces. The students’ organization was originally founded by Gen Aung San, father of Aung San Suu Kyi, in 1936. …

NCUB Plans to Form Parallel Government in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The NCGUB was formed by exiled MPs elected in 1990 and is led by Dr Sein Win, the cousin of Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Suu Kyi Issues a New Year Challenge
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
News reports from Rangoon suggest that Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi commemorated the country’s Independence Day alone at her house—but …

But, we don’t need F-16s, we need human rights and people like you talking about real issues. What you have done is so important.’ Her eyes just filled up. …

Christian group condemns Burma human rights violations
ChristianToday, UK –
The girl is believed to have been shot and killed by a government soldier in the village of Ma Oo Bin in Karen State, north Burma, on December 27. …

USDA grants loans to farmers
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Many farmers are in financial difficulties this year, particularly in areas affected by Cyclone Nargis, due to low yields and falling crop prices. …

Dick Cheney Voted “Worst President of All Time
The Spoof (satire), UK –
The Generals running Burma consider him an adviser. Donald Trump often writes to him with questions. When questioned by very brave reporters who dared get …

Women’s group call for investigation into girl’s rape and murder
Mizzima.com, India –
The Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an advocacy group promoting human rights and democracy in Burma, in a statement on Monday condemned the Burmese …

Journals ordered to condemn NLD demonstration
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The activists carried placards calling for the release of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and were walking towards the Myenigone area when they …

UWSA changes nomenclature of administrative territory
Mizzima.com, India –
According to observers who are closely watching the situation, UWSA has already informed the change of nomenclature to the Burmese military junta. …

Topics in this story:
Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

Myanmar (MNN) ― The bamboo growth cycle in Southeast Asia has hit the flowering stage, and with it comes a plague of destruction. Daniel Punnose (p’nohs) …

… underscored that “Rape is systematic and widespread, used as a weapon of war by the Burma Army throughout the country,” which is also known as Myanmar. …

Red Cross chapter hopes to meet more need despite fewer dollars
ENC Today, NC –
Hardy said outreach done for new Burmese refugees to this area was a highlight for 2008. The Red Cross staff and volunteers crossed language and custom …

GET UP, STAND UP: COUNCIL RANKED ON HUMAN RIGHTS
CityLimits.org –
The council has also considered resolutions and bills dealing with human rights in Burma, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iran, Israel and elsewhere. …

Famine in Myanmar By RATS
Christian Web News, KY –
… plant’s natural growing cycle has caused parts of the region to be overrun with rats, which has caused a famine in the small country of Myanmar (Burma). …

UN Assembly Isn’t Right Forum
KanglaOnline, India –
Of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in which Myanmar (Burma) is also a member, four members,  Brunei Darussalam, …

State Firing of Vietnamese Editors Latest Sign of Shrinking Press in SouthEast Asia
findingDulcinea, New York –
In nearby Burma, where media and access to the Internet are severely restricted, the military government recently released a list of rules that editors must …

‘Myanmar Thit’ magazine’s new cover design yet to be cleared by …
Mizzima.com, India –
U Win Tin and U Khin Maung Swe are two veteran politicians and executive committee members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy …

Disaster-heavy 2008 raises pressure for climate pact, insurance
Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Cyclone Nargis survivors sit outside their shelter in Mawlamyinegyun, Myanmar, June 2008.
IFRC/John Sparrow

More than 220000 people died as a result of natural catastrophes – including around 135000 after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May (this figure includes …

Some of her strongest statements have been on humanitarian issues, such as the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. She plans to settle in Dallas, Texas, …

Philanthropy Needs Human Rights
Forbes, NY –
Yet the fixation on basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical care is shortsighted in regions where human rights are violated. …

Ethnic veteran political leader Saw Mara Aung dies
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Saw Mara Aung (92), chairman of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) passed away at about 7 pm (local time), Nyan Win, spokesperson of Burma’s main …

Private tutor stages solo protest
Mizzima.com, India –
He distributed ‘NO’ campaign posters of the NLD by wearing a T-shirt with ‘NO’ letters. After indulging in these anti-government activities, …

Faith constant from Burma to Aotearoa
Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
… 06 January 2009 He has old-fashioned British politeness and his accent shows a hint of his homeland Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

What Bizarre Events Will 2009 Bring?
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
It was part of the International Olympic Committee’s bringing-democracy-to-developing-nations agenda that worked so well in Beijing in 2008. Burma’s junta …

Insurance giant warns of rising natural disaster risk
Business Green, UK –
Overall losses from natural disasters soared to $200bn from $82bn last year, the company said in a statement last week. Insured losses in 2008 were $45bn, …

Taunggok NLD chair’s jail term extended by 15 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 5, 2009 (DVB)–Burmese authorities last month extended the sentence of Taunggok township National League for Democracy chairman Min Aung, …


World focus on Burma (20 June 2008)

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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

World focus on Burma (18 June 2008)

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At least 52 dead in floods across India

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

South Asia’s monsoon season typically runs from June to September and affects millions of people across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar (Burma). …

Sylvester Stallone stars in Rambo

This is Nottingham, UK –

Former Green Beret John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) lives on the Salween River, close to the Thailand-Burma border, supplying cobras and pythons to a popular …

Myanmar’s monks call on EU to bring junta chief to court

Monsters and Critics.com –

The alliance also appealed to the 27 Heads of State from the EU Council ‘to assist Burma’s democracy movement led by detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Regime Steps Up Crackdown on Private Cyclone Relief Efforts

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Despite assurances of free access by private donors to cyclone-devastated areas of Burma, the military government continues to arrest …

Is Cyclone Aftermath Creating a Burmese Civil Society?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

One group, the Myanmar-Burma Emergency Aid Network, based in Burma, Singapore and Britain, started up with 70 volunteers, who took relief supplies to 44 …

Burma farmers need $US83m in aid: UN

The Age, Australia –

… said nearly 300 ASEAN assessment team volunteers were now in the delta working “with full support, collaboration from the government of Myanmar (Burma). …

Myanmar needs 32 million dollars in emergency agro-aid, says FAO

Monsters and Critics.com –

Bangkok – Cyclone-damaged Myanmar needs an estimated 32 million dollars in immediate emergency aid to help 52000 farming families plant their rice this …

Burmese Endure in Spite of Junta, Aid Workers Say

BlueRidgeNow.com, NC –

“The Burmese people are used to getting nothing,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking United States diplomat in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

RPT-FACTBOX-What is moving rice prices
Reuters India, India –
While years of military misrule have seen Burma slip far from its post-indepedence position as the world’s biggest exporter, the UN’s Food and Agriculture …

Relief teams work to prevent inundation of farmlands in Irrawaddy …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Domestic emergency relief operation network for cyclone victims— the ‘Myanmar/Burma Emergency Aid Network’ (M/BEAN) has invited well-wishers to donate for …

Myanmar farmers finding some aid is no help

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

Associated Press KYAUNG GWIN, Myanmar – Farmer Zaw Naing was puzzled as he stared at the brand-new, unassembled tilling machine – equipment not seen in most …

Burma blogger raises money for ‘Budget Huts’

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

He is just one example of a grassroots movement that has emerged in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Many of those doing private relief work are highly …

New ASEAN emerging from response to Myanmar cyclone: Surin

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — ASEAN, often criticised for not dealing firmly with member Myanmar, was “baptised” by its response to the cyclone in the junta-led nation …

Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis posed crucial test for ASEAN

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

SINGAPORE – A new Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has emerged from its achievements in cyclone-swept Myanmar, showing the world that the …

Myanmar junta evicts cyclone survivors

Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

They are allowed to deliver supplies to an SPDC (Burma Army)-controlled warehouse in township areas where who knows what is happening with the supplies …

Burmese Endure in Spite of Junta, Aid Workers Say

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

YANGON, Myanmar — More than six weeks have passed since Cyclone Nargis swept through the Irrawaddy Delta in southern Myanmar, leaving a trail of flattened villages and broken lives and arousing international sympathy that turned to anguish as the military government obstructed foreign aid.

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

Question: Is Mr. Gambari still active on Burma and what steps has he taken over the last two months to pursue the mandate he’s been given? …

Junta’s Delays in Myanmar Are Less Costly Than Feared

New York Times, United States –

“The Burmese people are used to getting nothing,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking United States diplomat in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Coming to America

Park Record, UT –

Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been under the thumb of a militant government accused of suppressing dissent and violating human rights for many years. …

China’s Responsibility to Protect

Washington Post, United States –

The responsibility to protect is being tested today by the Myanmar military junta’s refusal to allow massive aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

World refugee day: What is a refugee?

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Similarly, the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Burma/Myanmar are not refugees; they also are internally displaced people. Why does this matter? …

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June 18, 2008 at 3:51 am

World focus on Burma (16 June 2008)

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International celebrations for Daw Suu’s birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

US senators, Burmese government in exile, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, Burmese activists, foreign correspondents and the Burmese …

Rumors of New Catastrophe Sweep Rangoon

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… the regime’s mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar, accused unnamed Western countries of being responsible for the rumors then circulating within Burma. …

More Aid Workers Arrested

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Yin Yin Wie, Tin Tin Cho and Myat Thu were detained by the special branch of Burma’s police in Sanchaung Township in Rangoon on Thursday, June 12. …

NOAA: Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth …

WIBW, KS –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis brought heavy rain, strong winds, and high storm surge waters to Burma (Myanmar) in early May, destroying thousands of homes and …

Weather Extremes Mark Spring 2008

Daily Green –

The period saw Cyclone Nargis devastate Myanmar (Burma); nearly 78000 peopled died. Relief efforts there are still being stymied by the military junta that …

Too little is being done to help the people of Burma and their …

BBC News, UK –

Dr de Jong spent two weeks in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and he said the inhabitants were showing signs of mental trauma. …

With Anti-US Propaganda, Amnesty International Mocks Itself

North Star Writers Group, MI –

Had only the United States shut down its detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Burma’s cruel military Junta would have seen the error of its ways, …

Catholic order hoping to rebuild in Myanmar

Chicago Sun-Times, United States –

BY MIKE THOMAS Religion Reporter mthomas@suntimes.com In early May, a monster cyclone ripped apart the southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), …

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UN plans Myanmar anti-dengue operation

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The United Nations plans to launch a massive anti-dengue campaign this week in cyclone-hit areas of Myanmar where mosquitoes that …

Creatures most likely to disappear

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

… and the Burmese roofed turtle, which used to be abundant in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) before hunters targeted the creatures and their eggs. …

Asean Must Deliver on Human Rights Body

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

There is an expectation that Cambodia, Myanmar [Burma], Laos and Vietnam may appoint representatives who are less open to human rights. …

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Burmese Generals Deserve to be Flogged: US Congressman

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Madam Speaker, I rise today over the comments made by the brutal generals, military dictators in Burma, saying that Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize …

Sports writer arrested after aiding Myanmar cyclone victims

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — A popular sports writer who helped deliver aid to victims of the cyclone in Myanmar has been arrested, the second aid volunteer detained in …

Burma arrests 245 drug traffickers

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

“Action was taken against 245 persons – 201 men and 44 women in 158 cases,” the New Light of Myanmar reported ahead of the United Nations anti-drugs and …

Red Cross welcomes special cyclone support

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… CEO Robert Tickner today warmly welcomed a special contribution by the Government of South Australia to aid victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar(Burma). …

Cyclone Brought Something More to Myanmar

Zenit News Agency, Italy –

YANGON, Myanmar, JUNE 15, 2008 (Zenit.org).- May’s cyclone devastated Myanmar and aid restrictions from the ruling junta worsened the chaos. …

State of denial

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

While Myanmar’s junta leaders enjoy a lavish lifestyle, an internal military report suggests more than 1,000 soldiers are deserting every month.

A slow response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis has laid bare the junta’s internal problems and angered the population.

The winds of Cyclone Nargis have exposed the rotting core of Myanmar’s vast military, the nation’s strongest institution. With much of the world focusing on the death and devastation wrought by last month’s cyclone with its 190km/h winds and tidal waves, the wider impact on the ruling powers is only gradually becoming apparent.

Well-placed Myanmese sources and foreign diplomats inside the country now describe a once-proud military facing a spiralling desertion rate, a slow and over-complex command structure and festering doubts about its claim to legitimacy – problems brought into sharp focus by the challenges posed by the storm, the world’s worst natural disaster since the Asian tsunami of 2004…….

Finally, Calbayog gets clinic with help from US Navy

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The Mercy, with its high-tech medical equipment, has been ready to help cyclone-devastated Burma (Myanmar), but the paranoid ruling junta refused to allow …

Xola Consulting to Share Adventure Tourism Perspective at …

PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –

… markets around the world including Central and South America, North Africa and Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), India and Nepal.

World focus on Burma (13 June 2008)

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US Cannot be Trusted: Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In a clear reference to the US, a media mouthpiece for the regime warned that “the goodwill of a big Western nation that wants to help Myanmar [Burma] with …
Australian PM pledges cooperation with Indonesia president
Hemscott, UK –
‘Indonesia has experienced the tsunami, the people of Burma (Myanmar) the terrible impact of the cyclone, the people of western China the earthquake most …
Rotary ShelterBox kits provide emergency shelter
Northumberland Today, Canada –
… well used in emergencies in several parts of the world, and thousands are now on their way to victims of recent disasters in Myanmar (Burma) and China. …
Burmese pilgrims cross the USA
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
May Shein still has family in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Her sister and two brothers lost their homes in the cyclone, she said. For Min Min Htwe Nge, …
A MIX OF ART, POLITICS AND AID
ic Wales, United Kingdom –
MP for Cardiff North Julie Morgan is to hold an event at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre to show solidarity with protesters in Burma and the victims of …
‘The kids’ pictures of their pain are heart-wrenching’
ic Wales, United Kingdom –
nThe DEC Cymru Myanmar (Burma) Appeal is still open for donation. People can also donate at any post office, high street bank or at British Red Cross, …
Burma junta: US cyclone disaster aid can’t be trusted
USA Today –
Burma, also known as Myanmar, turned down humanitarian aid aboard naval vessels from the United States, as well as Great Britain and France, …
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Irrawaddy News Magazine – By VIOLET CHO Tourism to Burma has slumped following last month’s cyclone, causing airlines to cancel services, holiday hotels to close and travel companies

Burma: Cyclone Fact Sheet #20 (FY) 2008 USAID

Burma: New rules further delay relief HRW

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Grant Full Access to International Community: Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We urge Burma’s ruling generals to allow US and other international humanitarian relief teams, as well as non-governmental organizations,
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At Least 11 Die in Gem Town Flooding, Landslides
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING At least eleven people were killed when floods and landslides hit Burma’s gem center, Mogok, Mandalay Division, this week. …
The Body Shop Expects Sales To Rise To RM100 Mln
Bernama, Malaysia –
The money will be donated to Children on the Edge, a charity working with the Emergency Team-Burma, a coalition of grassroot organisations, …
China’s Geopolitic Imperatives and its Current Economic Position
The Market Oracle, UK –
During World War II, the United States struggled to build the Burma Road to reach Yunnan and supply Chiang Kai-shek’s forces. The effort was so difficult it …
Landslides hit Burma’s ‘Valley of Rubies’
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
The landslides caused some injuries and property damage, but the government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar newspaper gave no details. …
Report: Junta distributed land soon after Myanmar cyclone
Seattle Times, United States –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is rich in natural resources, but much of the country is poor. The junta has enriched itself with natural-gas fields that …
The connections and network
Malay Mail, Malaysia –
Myanmar Women and children from Myanmar are trafficked to Thailand, China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Korea and Macau for commercial …
Burma cyclone fund ‘falling short’
The Press Association –
The United Nations says funding to keep the Burma cyclone relief effort going is falling drastically short of the targets. The Queen, Bill Gates, …
Australian PM pledges cooperation with Indonesia president
AFP –
“Indonesia has experienced the tsunami, the people of Burma (Myanmar) the terrible impact of the cyclone, the people of western China the earthquake most …
UN: Burma Donations Too Little
TIME –
13, 2008 By AP (RANGOON, Burma) — Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Gates, JK Rowling and a clutch of Hollywood stars have all given generously to help Burma’s …

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Malaysia a centre for sex and labour traders
Malay Mail, Malaysia –
“For example, the Malaysian government continues to arrest, detain and deport asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons from Myanmar. …
Of cyclone victims, Chevron
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com, OR –
… views in order to set up a strawman that anyone is objecting to aid being provided to the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (also known as Burma). …
Burma Gives ‘Cronies’ Slice of Storm Relief
Washington Post, United States –
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is rich in natural resources, but much of the country is desperately poor. The junta has enriched itself with natural gas …
Myanmar: Keep doors open for aid – Thakin Thein Pe
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The veteran politicians criticized the government saying that the current situation in Burma is worse than the pre-independence era. …
Laura Bush says Myanmar should give full access to aid
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria – 1
… more than US$35 million (¤22.7 million) in humanitarian assistance for the cyclone» that hit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in May, Laura Bush said. …
Blogging the Khalilzad conference call
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States –
Asked how he would characterize cooperation by Myanmar’s military junta in efforts to bring relief to the Burmese people, Khalilzad said that the …
Fierce purity and the fate of Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
Yet for nearly two decades, events in Myanmar (formerly Burma) have revolved around the condition, the policies and most of all the victimization of Daw …
Burma has received only 56% of funds: UN
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

About 250 experts from the UN, Burma’s government and Southeast Asian nations headed into the Irrawaddy delta on Tuesday for the survey of 6000 hard-hit …

The Trickle Down Iraq Effect: Crisis in Myammar, Sudan, and other …
Black State, DC –
In Burma now known as Myanmar, a military dictatorship has ruled for twenty years has repressed Buddhist monks, who want an end to their repressive rule. …
Does the UN have a future or is it rusty and dead
RussiaToday, Russia –
At the moment they cannot even get into Burma so as to help the Cyclone hit land. If the UN had power? No iraq war would have happened, no Kosovo state …

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After the storm, warnings of a ‘second wave’ in Burma
UC Berkeley

This wasn’t the first time Stover, an adjunct professor of law and public health, has visited Burma — also known as Myanmar, the name preferred by the …

Asian Business Strategy Articles and News from the APMF
Asian Business Strategy, Malaysia –
Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma/Myanmar governance: Aung San Suu Kyi has been placed under ‘protective custody’ by the Burma/Myanmar junta as a series of …
Aung San Suu Kyi
Asian Business Strategy, Malaysia –
The international media has dropped the story for the time-being, and so is business in Burma/Myanmar, as the Burmese ruling junta proves that little has …
Ethiopia: AAAS Geospatial Analysis Confirms Destruction of Towns …
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
In late 2007, AAAS released a report identifying 25 sites throughout eastern Burma (also known as Myanmar) showing significant village destruction, …
Laura Bush Steps into Foreign Policy Spotlight
NPR –
… who criticized her for bringing in foreign policy disputes when she briefed the media after a cyclone tore through Myanmar, also known as Burma, in May. …
On the outside, looking in
The Canberra Times, Australia –
They have just returned from remote villages in the Irrawaddy Delta, the southern tip of Burma devastated by Cyclone Nargis on May 2-3, where they joined a …
Chef Q&A: Sushi Chef Zin Kyaw
Marconews, FL –
Well, I’m from Myanmar, formerly Burma, where Cyclone Nargis did such damage recently. But to get to the point, Myanamar/Burma and Singapore have always had …
Let’s Go! June 13 and beyond
Beaumont Enterprise, tx –
SOUTHERN GOSPEL BURMA-MYANMAR BENEFIT CONCERT, featuring Brian Free and Assurance, 7 pm June 14 at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. Advance tickets $12 …
NYC Burmese Population Pleads for Aid
Brooklyn Downtown STAR –
… prayers and fasting in solidarity with the monks back home and the starving cyclone victims of Burma, which is officially known as the Union of Myanmar. …
Burma: New Rules Further Delay Relief
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
(New York, June 12, 2008) – New Burmese government guidelines on humanitarian agencies will further hamper the delivery of aid to the victims of Cyclone …
Multinationals Rev Up Disaster Relief Efforts
KPLC-TV, LA –
After the recent Myanmar cyclone, for example, the ruling junta was reluctant to accept outside help, delaying visas for foreign aid workers and permissions …
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Laura Bush says Myanmar should give full access to aid
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
… more than US$35 million (¤22.7 million) in humanitarian assistance for the cyclone» that hit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in May, Mrs. Bush said. …
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Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 12 June 2008
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY –
… recent weather catastrophes that have wiped out rice fields in Myanmar (Burma), or the virulent wheat disease now infecting crops in Iran as well as in …

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June 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

World focus on Burma (12 June 2008)

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Providing refuge after the storm: Cyclone survivors in Myanmar …
Church World Service (press release), IN –
Like many in Myanmar (Burma), the road to recovery will be long and arduous for Hnin, Tin Sien, his baby girl and the 240 people in their village who also …
Myanmar: General asked to quit for son’s drug trade
Merinews, India –
In a rare instance, the Myanmar Army general whose son was arrested for dealing in drugs was asked to quit. The order to resign came from Myanmar’s military …
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Drop ’em!
Nor’Wester, Canada –
You’ve heard of Myanmar? I hadn’t, not in school. In school we learned about Burma, although not much. We were too busy learning about the little African …
Myanmar state media defends Suu Kyi house arrest extension into …
JURIST –
[JURIST] Myanmar law allows the continued detention of pro-democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the government-run …
Satellites confirm Ethiopia destruction – US group
Reuters South Africa, South Africa –
AAAS has used satellite images to support reports of widespread abuses in Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Burma, Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan. …
Daw Suu awarded the freedom of Dundee
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 12, 2008 (DVB)–Burma’s pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is to be awarded the freedom of the Scottish city of Dundee, it was announced on Monday …
USDA joins cyclone efforts to boost image
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that 264 youth members of the USDA would carry out reconstruction tasks in cyclone-hit areas of …
NLD members made to sign agreement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 12, 2008 (DVB)–One of 15 National League for Democracy members freed from detention on Monday said they had to sign a document before their release …
Nargis disrupts Myanmar’s planting season
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
By our reporter in Myanmar A brace of tail-wiggling piglets squeal and grunt as they push each other aside to reach their mother’s teats. …
Pyapon’s Economy in Ruins
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In an official statement, the Myanmar [Burma] Fisheries Federation said that a total of 17876 fishermen were killed in Burma by the cyclone and another 9612 …
‘Turn Around and Go Back to Yangon’
ABC News – 2
Myanmar, also known as Burma, was hammered by Cylone Nargis some five weeks ago. The reclusive junta that governs this impoverished nation has been …
Minister Power announces airlift of humanitarian aid to Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Kildare – to Burma/ Myanmar for the victims of Cyclone Nargis. This cargo of plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans and …
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As donors disappear, cyclone survivors fend for themselves
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Bar Ku, a local donor in Bogalay, explained: ‘In Burma, it is not possible for citizens to feed one another for a long time. Everybody has to struggle for …
Myanmar to leader to resign
OpEdNews, PA –
They often visited Thailand and Singapore for alleged drug trafficking. Several film stars in Burma were also taken into custody.
Local airman flew 1st US relief to Myanmar
Toledo Blade, OH –
For the next two days, the storm battered and flooded huge swaths of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, Thailand’s neighbor to the northwest. …
CampaignWatch – June 2008
Ethical Corporation Magazine, UK –
Chevron became a co-owner of the pipeline, along with French oil giant Total and the Burmese junta-owned Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprises, when it bought …
Ask a question about Burma
Labour Party, UK –
Next week Meg Munn, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign Office will be answering your questions about Burma. Please post your comments and …
More disasters for Myanmar
Tulsa Beacon, Tulsa –
Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) military dictatorship has prevented aid relief from reaching its 2.4 million cyclone victims but allowed delivery of condoms to …
Diseases common in cyclone-hit areas but ‘no outbreak’: MSF
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, Burma’s military rulers said “So far, there has been no outbreak of contagious disease and epidemic in the cyclone-affected areas,” as the …
ACN: more than 100000 euros for Nargis victims in Myanmar
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
With this contribution, the total amount of aid sent by ACN the former Burma amounts to 110000 euros. The archbishop of Yangon, Charles Bo, explains that is …
Burma: One million survivors not yet reached
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Since the Cyclone Nargis struck on May 3 the military regime in Burma, or Myanmar, has issued 180 visas for UN staffers to enter the South-east Asian …
Aung San Suu Kyi deserves flogging like ‘naughty child’: Junta
Mizzima.com, India – o
The junta listing Malaysia, Singapore, US and Britain as countries that apply anti-terror laws said, “Myanmar [Burma] is not the only country that …
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Dalai distances himself from Sharon’s comment
Daily News & Analysis, India –
“Tragedy in Tibet, tragedy in Burma (Myanmar), tragedy in China, all this is karmic … but her particular sort of comment — that I don’t know,” winner of …
Myanmar: Cost of rice still increasing
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
A representative from Champion rice warehouses told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that Pawsan Mwe, Burma’s highest quality long-grain rice, had shot up in …
Disaster standards needed in Asia
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The recent earthquake in China, the cyclone in Burma, and the slow onset famine in North Korea have all brought to the fore the absence of agreed upon …
Africa: Continent, Failed States And Purpose of Government
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
In Myanmar or Burma, the government, an outright failure, did the same in the recent disaster that hit the country. The same is happening in Zimbabwe. …
Asean workshop warned against overly ambitious human rights body
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Burma’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in September overshadowed the November summit. It threatens to haunt the next meeting as well, …
Freedom of Dundee for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Glasgow Daily Record, UK –
The honour from Dundee City Council will be accepted on her behalf in September by the director of the Burma Campaign UK.
Intelligence officials assigned to keep eye on TCG
Mizzima.com, India –
More than a month after the cyclone lashed Burma on May 2 and 3, leaving 133000 dead or missing, the United Nations estimates that more than one million …
ASEAN team gains ‘full access’ to Burma
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Southeast Asian and UN experts will have full access to cyclone-devastated parts of Burma, where more than a million people have still not received any …
Rainy season further threatens Myanmar
Indian Catholic, India –
… that there are still thousands of people affected by the hurricane, still needing help, and he called on the world not to forget the people of Burma.
Burma Red Tape Delays Cyclone Aid, Agencies S
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP / RANGOON Ten thousand pregnant women among Burma’s estimated 2.4 million cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care, a UN official said …
Ten WFP Helicopters Fail to Bring Enough Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We explained to them that the ICRC assistance is relatively limited to some specific areas in support of the Myanmar [Burma] Red Cross. …
In the calm before the storm
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
Myanmar has been under a brutal military dictatorship since 1962. The country’s name was officially changed from Burma to Myanmar in 1989 by the State Peace …
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Myanmar Generals Should be Tried for Cyclone Victims Genocide …
OpEdNews, PA –
The UN could not do anything for Burma. They could not count even the deaths after last September’s uprising. Since then we have deeply disappointed by the …
RI running out of time to play key role in Myanmar
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
A month after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, more than one million people severely affected by the storm have yet to receive any food, water, or shelter, …
Burma still struggling 40 days after cyclone
Radio Australia, Australia –
Craig Strathern from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Myanmar says the doors are starting to open. STRATHERN: In the past week we have been …
MAP International provides medical aid to devastated Myanmar – 11 …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is one of the poorest countries in Asia. According to the World Food Program, about five million people in Myanmar lack …
Global Community Of
Black Star News, NY –
… and Russia in the United Nations Security Council, who have blocked intervention of various sorts in places like Zimbabwe, Darfur and Myanmar (Burma). …
Warsawan Returns From Myanmar, Says Cyclone Survivors Still At Risk
Times-Union Newspaper, IN –
Joe Wilkey, executive director of World Compassion Network, a Warsaw-based relief organization, recently returned from Myanmar (Burma). …
Suu Kyi should be beaten says junta
Metro, UK –
By contrast, Burma’s ruling generals – recently criticised over the response to the deadly cyclone – were ‘the parent of the people’ and had exercised …
Rainy Season Further Threatens Myanmar
Zenit News Agency, Italy –
Cyclone-devastated regions of Myanmar stand to lose the little shelter that remains as the rainy season brings torrential downfalls. …
Author: “End of Food” Maybe Near
NPR –
I mean you can look at the dysfunction in Myanmar, formally Burma, or you can look at, you know, distribution problems in sub-Saharan Africa. …
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UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
Question: Okay, one question about Burma. There are credible reports from the ground that aid does not reach the hard-hit area and that the monks and others …
Nu Image/Millennium Breaking Three Musketeers Out of Mothballs
Rotten Tomatoes, CA –
I also liked how the setting was Myanmar (previously Burma). Maybe he can do Rambo in Sudan, as that country is going to be a giant bag of suck for a while.
UN: 10000 pregnant women need care in Burma
USA Today –
Rangoon, Burma (AP) — Ten thousand pregnant cyclone survivors are in urgent need of proper care in Burma, a UN expert said Wednesday, as relief agencies …
Volunteers send aid through Burma’s (Myanmar’s) back door
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
No, Ms. Finke elected to fly here June 11 to join a grassroots effort for cyclone relief and civil empowerment for Burma (Myanmar), run by the father of her …
BURMA: One Million Survivors Not Yet Reached – UN
Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
Since the Cyclone Nargis struck on May 3 the military regime in Burma, or Myanmar, has issued 180 visas for UN staffers to enter the South-east Asian …
Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 11 June 2008
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY –
… recent weather catastrophes that have wiped out rice fields in Myanmar (Burma), or the virulent wheat disease now infecting crops in Iran as well as in …
ONLINE GAMBLING TRIAL STARTS IN CHINA
Online-Casinos.com, Denmark –
… identified as Tan Zhiwei and Tan Zhiman were originally involved in setting up a gambling organisation in Myanmar (Burma) and then branched out into …
Xola Consulting to Share Adventure Tourism Insights at Yunnan …
Newswire Today (press release), UK –
… markets around the world including Central and South America, North Africa and Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), India and Nepal.
Burma will not face food-shortage: Junta minister
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese junta’s official mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar, on Wednesday quoted the Minister of National Planning and Economic Development U Soe Tha, …
NLD says new constitution null and void
Mizzima.com, India –
It is the presentation of our position to the people in Burma and also to the international community including the UN which observed the referendum to see …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 12, 2008 at 4:37 am

World Focus on Burma (11 June 2008)

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(Mizzima) Quote of the day

“This is a critical moment for Myanmar. We have a functioning relief program in place but so far we have been able to reach only about 25 percent of Myanmar’s people in need”

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General

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Foreign aid agencies concerned over Myanmar
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — International aid agencies expressed concern Wednesday over new and complicated guidelines established by Myanmar’s government for …
Myanmar says detention of democracy leader legal
The Associated Press –
She has been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party …
Canada donation helps speed up Burma aid
CBC.ca, Canada –
By Wednesday, the total number of choppers in Burma, also known as Myanmar, rose to 10. Canada paid the cost of shipping the helicopters to the impoverished …
Albright pointing fingers in the wrong direction – again
American Thinker, WA –
She fails to recognize that Burma for many years-including during the Clinton years-had sealed itself off from the rest of the world. …
Six Weeks After Cyclone, Burma Devastation Remains Uncertain
Voice of America –
“Pregnancy and childbirth in Myanmar were already dangerous, before the storm. The destruction of health centers and the loss of midwives have greatly …
Air Bagan to suspend international flights for three months
Mizzima.com, India –

… owned ‘Myanmar Airways International’ (MAI). The flight has been suspended due to the significant decline in the number of travelers visiting Burma, …

Many child survivors traumatised
Mizzima.com, India –
“UNICEF has been advocating with the Government of Myanmar [Burma] to promote family-based care solutions,” Krueger added. Burmese people have large and …
Myanmar junta defends cyclone reaction
Vancouver Sun, Canada –
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar insisted Wednesday that visas were being granted to aid workers and no food shortages were imminent in an apparent bid to deflect …
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Cyclone-hit Myanmar rejects rice shortage fears
Reuters –
In remarks reported by official media, National Planning Minister Soe Tha rejected warnings that the former Burma’s food security could be “jeopardised” if …
Burma says no tax taken from aid
The Press Association –
The state-owned New Light Of Myanmar newspaper said foreign radio broadcasts had wrongly accused the government of deducting the tax from donations …
Is humanitarian intervention dead?
Foreign Policy (subscription) –
I’m not so sure Burma represents the best test case here. Can we really imagine a Haiti-style intervention in one of the world’s most xenophobic countries? …
Save the Children: Children give up their beds at home as part of …
Politics.co.uk, UK –
The recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake in China continue to affect the lives of millions of children. Each night many children in Myanmar …
WFP Forbidden to Buy Rice from Local Dealers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Some organizations were spreading groundless information such as there was or would be a shortage of rice in Myanmar [Burma],” he was quoted in the …
Burma’s Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged: junta
ABC Online, Australia –
By Southeast Asia correspondent Karen Percy and wires Burma’s military junta has lashed out at detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, …
Burmese junta compares repression to UK anti-terror laws
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The regime changed the name of the country from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. The remarks came on the same day the House of Commons votes on a controversial …
Burma still struggling 40 days after cyclone
Radio Australia, Australia –
Craig Strathern from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Myanmar says the doors are starting to open. STRATHERN: In the past week we have been …
Ten WFP Helicopters Fail to Bring Enough Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We explained to them that the ICRC assistance is relatively limited to some specific areas in support of the Myanmar [Burma] Red Cross. …
Rice Price Keeps Increasing
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
A representative from Champion rice warehouses told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that Pawsan Mwe, Burma’s highest quality long-grain rice, had shot up in …
Burma denies cyclone aid taxed
Toronto Star, Canada –
The state-owned New Light of Myanmar (Burma) newspaper said foreign radio broadcasts had wrongly accused the government of deducting the tax from donations …
NLD Rejects Referendum Result as ‘Illegal’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has dismissed the official result of last month’s constitutional …
Burma junta claims visas granted to 911 disaster relief workers
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
“Altogether 911 persons have been permitted to enter the country from 5 May to 5 June,” said The New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece. …
2008 EU-US Summit Declaration
Journal Chrétien, France –
Separately, we remain deeply concerned at continued repression in Burma/Myanmar as well as the lack of progress toward national reconciliation and a …
Myanmar finally gets 10 helicopters for cyclone relief, says WFP
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Bangkok – The last of 10 United Nations helicopters needed to deliver food and other emergency supplies to remote areas in Myanmar’s cyclone-devastated …
US ships back from Myanmar
Times Now.tv, India –
The USS Essex group took almost a week to sail away from the former Burma to Laemchabang port in Chonburi province, about 90 km east of Bangkok and will …
Pregnant Women Facing Difficulties In Myanmar
Bernama, Malaysia –
By D. Arul Rajoo BANGKOK, June 11 (Bernama) — Five weeks after the deadly Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, over one million victims have yet to receive any …
Correction:Dalai Lama donates for Burma’s cyclone victims
Mizzima.com, India –
This is to apologize to our readers about a mistake in a News story ‘Dalai Lama donates for Burma’s cyclone victims’ that we published on June 9, 2008. …
Myanmar tops list in deforestation in world
Merinews, India –
… Karen, Karenni and other ethnic areas, Aung Ngyeh, secretary of Burma Rivers Network, was quoted as saying recently by the Myanmar media in exile. …
Underwear a powerful protest
Leader Post, Canada –
Military leaders in Burma, more recently known as Myanmar, closely follow advisers who practise an ancient form of magic that holds that any contact with …
NLD members released from detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 11, 2008 (DVB)–Fifteen National League for Democracy members who were arrested two weeks ago in Rangoon for staging a protest have been released, …
Condemnation pours on Burmese Junta as Suu Kyi’s detention continues
The Cheers, Estonia –
The international media has gloomed on the alienated country soon after the cyclone Nargis had devastating vast areas of Burma , also known as Myanmar …
MaximsNewsWORLD: 11 JUNE 2008
MaximsNews Network, NY –
… and Russia in the United Nations Security Council, who have blocked intervention of various sorts in places like Zimbabwe, Darfur and Myanmar (Burma). …
Government seeks at all cost to control news coming out of …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
“Zarganar is very well known in Burma. In his sketches and in the blog he has keep since August 2007 (http://zarganar-windoor.blogspot.com/), …
NLD to appeal against Daw Suu’s detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 11, 2008 (DVB)–The National League for Democracy will submit an appeal against the extension of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest, the pro-democracy …
Asia’s security threats, real and perceived
ISN, Switzerland –
While concern about Burma/Myanmar and Pakistan was on the rise, those surveyed offered a contrasting dose of “sober optimism” about the threat of the North …
UNDP doctor treats one Myanmar village at a time
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Bogale, Myanmar — Every morning since Cyclone Nargis made landfall, has been getting up at five o’clock. After morning prayers, he starts seeing patients …
Suu Kyi detention ‘legal’, claim
The Press Association –
A state-controlled newspaper has said Burma’s military rulers are breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a …
Myanmar Denies Tax-cut On Forex Donations For Cyclone Victims
Bernama, Malaysia –
YANGON, June 11 (Bernama) — Myanmar has denied making deduction from foreign exchange currency donation for cyclone victims, saying that such donations …
Myanmar says democracy leader’s detention is legal
The Associated Press –
She has been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party …
Experts to gauge cyclone survivors’ needs
Boston Globe, United States –
The UN estimates more than 1 million cyclone survivors, like these children in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, still need help. (KHIN MAUNG WIN/AFP/Getty Images) …
Myanmar junta says Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged
Reuters –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta said on Wednesday that detained opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi deserved to be …
Multilateral Team Heads for Cyclone Zone; 18 Survivors Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP / RANGOON A major multilateral operation has been launched to assess the needs of Burma’s cyclone survivors in a sign the military regime is finally …
Euro To Join Dollar As Trade Currency For Asian Clearing Union …
AHN –
Bangladesh and Burma, officially known as Myanmar, joined the forum as the sixth and the seventh members in 1976 and 1977 respectively. …
Myanmar’s Junta Frees 15 Detainees
New York Times, United States –
The junta is also facing international criticism for refusing to accept many offers of international assistance after Myanmar, formerly Burma, was struck by …
Yuma-based Marines find new uses for Harriers
Yuma Sun, AZ –
“Considering the Burmese government’s requirement for everyone to have a passport and our location off the coast of Burma, the Harriers were the only …
Burma/Myanmar: Charity helps as Burma suffers again
Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
By John Newton and Eva-Maria Kolmann A LEADING Catholic charity has offered more urgent help after survivors of the Burma cyclone were hit by a second …
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Mid County Chronicle, TX –
SOUTHERN GOSPEL BURMA-MYANMAR BENEFIT CONCERT, featuring Brian Free and Assurance, 7 pm June 14 at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. Advance tickets $12 …
Cyclone Nargis update: 9 Jun 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Rome, 9 June 2008 – WFP continues to make progress in reaching victims of Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar on 2 and 3 May 2008. …
Cyclone fish are ‘eating corpses’
Metro, UK –
Devastated families in Burma have refused to tuck in to fish after claims that some were found to have human fingers and pieces of jewellery in their …
Myanmar junta releases political activists arrested at Suu Kyi …
JURIST –
[JURIST] Fifteen members of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) were released from custody Monday, two weeks after their arrests at a …
Ban Ki-Moon´s leadership effort boosts UN public diplomacy
American Chronicle, CA –
In visiting Myanmar, it is rumored within international aid circles, Ban´s barefoot walk to the Shwe Dagon Buddhist temple altar impressed the Burmese Junta …
In Burma, A Crime for Civil Society to Provide Relief?
AlterNet, CA –
BANGKOK, Jun 9 (IPS) – The detention of a prominent comedian in Burma points to an ominous turn of events in the military-ruled country. …
UN Rights Council Discusses Human Rights In Burma
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Human Rights Council discussed follow-up to the Special Session on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur …
1st large-scale aid missions fan out across Burma’s cyclone zone
AOL Canada, Canada –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 78000 people in impoverished Burma, also known as Myanmar. More than 58000 are still missing and unaccounted for. …
Burma – UN Report on Human Rights
US Department of State, DC –
The United States appreciates the recent report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Burma, which compiles important evidence of continuing …
1st large-scale aid missions fan out across Burma’s cyclone zone
CBC.ca, Canada –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 78000 people in impoverished Burma, also known as Myanmar. More than 58000 are still missing and unaccounted for. …
Cyclone must not overshadow push for change in Myanmar: EU
AFP –
“I believe that the ASEAN countries can actually assert a very important influence on the Burmese (Myanmar) junta and this is why the European Union is …
Refugee: ‘I feel I’m supposed to be here’
Greenville Daily Reflector, NC –
Aung Lin was born in Burma, or Myanmar, as the current government calls it, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. There, ethnic minorities live in …
Asia and the west differ on indifference and compassion
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The two recent natural disasters in Burma and China have put this idea to a severe test. China has not fared too badly, largely because its government was …
School pupils give cyclone aid
Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
Children at St Heliers School have collected money to help those in Myanmar suffering the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. At a May assembly the school …
Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 10 June 2008
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY –
… recent weather catastrophes that have wiped out rice fields in Myanmar (Burma), or the virulent wheat disease now infecting crops in Iran as well as in …
Sight of Myanmar’s cyclone damage unspeakable — RP team
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… Myanmar. Amid stringent restrictions to foreign aid workers in the cyclone-ravaged country, the 30-member Philippine humanitarian mission sent to Burma …
Grade five students help disaster victims in Asia
Northern News Services (subscription), Canada –
“I was listening to the radio, ‘cause my mom turns it on every morning, and I heard that there was a cyclone in Burma,” said Ibey. “I thought about it, …
Dalai Lama donates for Myanmar cyclone victims
Merinews, India –
Despite the Myanmar military junta’s dismissive attitude towards aid pouring in from across the world for victims of the killer Cyclone Nargis, …
Detained Suu Kyi supporters see light of day
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar/Burma has released 15 supporters of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who were arrested last month as they marched to her house …
USDA sees Myanmar rice crop even smaller in ’08/09
Reuters –
The cyclone hit hard in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and its Irrawaddy delta region, which produces a third of the country’s rice crop. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm