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World focus on Burma (18 November 2008)

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Rights Group Urges Ban Ki-moon to Visit Burma
Christian Post –
Protesters from Myanmar’s National League for Democracy shout slogans at a rally calling for immediate release of their pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Global Insights: World’s Arms Trade Surging, but for How Long?
World Politics Review –
Some critics have questioned whether Beijing is fulfilling its pledge to adhere to the export rules of the Missile Technology Control Regime that govern …

Thaksin issues ultimatum through divorce tactic
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Imagine Aung San Suu Kyi entering a Burmese Embassy somewhere overseas, two weeks after being convicted of fraud and five days after addressing a …

UN experts condemn Myanmar jailings
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
The group of UN experts, which include Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Myanmar, criticized the arbitrary detention of …

Commentary: Burma’s women come out of the shadows
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
It is clear that while all Burmese citizens are exploited by the military regime, women are doubly abused. Around the world, in countries under military …

Stitching together a life (Feature)
Mizzima.com, India –
But, with the imposition of extensive sanctions stemming from 2003’s Burma Freedom and Democracy Act, exports to the United States were nonexistent by 2005. …

Race offence against truth
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
An African immigrants’ group lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commissioner, accusing Andrews of racial discrimination, and he was pilloried on the …

New Generation activists jailed
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aung Zaw Oo of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network was transferred to Bago prison while network member Win Maw was transferred to Taung Ngu …

Prominent Monk, Others Receive Lengthy Prison Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The subsequent crackdown by the military claimed at least 31 lives, according to human rights groups, while thousands of monks and civilians were arrested …

NLD MP Dr. Hla Aung passes away
Mizzima.com, India –
According to the National Coalition Government of Union of Burma (NCGUB) and the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), 34 NLD MPs-elect …

Burma-Bangladesh Maritime Talks Fail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Myanmar[Burma] proposed a corridor in the Bay, and we have rejected it since we feel that equity should be the guiding method to settle the issue under the …

Jane’s Enfants D’Hiver…
the-raft.com, UK –
… ‘Fictions’ – although the song ‘Aung San Suu Kyii’ gives it a particular edge with Jane singing about the rightful Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

UN rights experts condemn Myanmar activist trials
Reuters India, India –
GENEVA (Reuters) – Democracy activists in Myanmar jailed for long terms after unfair trials should be retried in open hearings, United Nations investigators …

Paving the Road to Hell
In These Times, IL –
Rabies is also metaphorical in Burma, renamed Myanmar by the mad-dog junta, formerly known by the deliciously sinister acronym SLORC. …

Rights experts adamant that reform must predate 2010 elections
Mizzima.com, India –
“The UN experts strongly urge the Myanmar [Burma] authorities to cease harassing and arresting individuals for peacefully exercising their internationally …

Global Financial Crisis Hits Burmese Jade Trade
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Sales of jade are Burma’s third highest source of foreign income, earning an estimated $300 million in revenue for the military junta.

UN Condemns Myanmar Over 65-Year Jail Terms For Dissident
EasyBourse.com, France –
GENEVA (AFP)–Five UN human rights experts Tuesday condemned Myanmar for imposing prison sentences of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined …

Activist Than Nyein Undergoes Surgery
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… an attempt to hold a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD youth members in Mayangone Township in Rangoon. “When I became involved in Burmese politics, …

CSW urges UN Secretary General to prioritise human rights in Burma
ChristianToday, UK –
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to press ahead with his planned visit to Burma next month, …

The paper clip, 18 November
European Voice, Belgium –
Moving on to another repressive regime: Myanmar has been in the news this past week, once again for jailing opposition activists. …

Cheating in pulse and beans trade in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
According to a trade bulletin issued by Commerce and Trade Department, the prices of all Burmese pulses and beans are falling in the Indian market. …

White House deplores recent sentencing of Burmese activists
Mizzima.com, India –
In a statement issued through President George Bush’s office, the United States decried the fact that, through the arbitrary actions of the Burmese junta, …

Gratitude: the win-win gift
The News-Press, FL –
I met pastors in Myanmar (Burma) that live on $1 a day and it cost them $400 to attend the conference. They risk being thrown in jail for talking about …

Fake drugs worth millions seized in Asia
The Age, Australia –
Nearly 200 raids were carried out in Cambodia, China, Laos, Burma, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam with the support of Interpol and the World Health …

White House Urges UN to Condemn Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… anti-democratic measures of the Burmese junta. Burma’s military government has sentenced at least 86 activists since November 7, including monks and …

Jade trade in China in double jeopardy
Merinews, India –
The “blood jade” as it is called by Myanmar democracy activists and its supporters world wide seems to be taking on a jaded look what with global financial …

Bangladesh: No Progress In Bangladesh, Myanmar Border Talks
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
Naval ships from Bangladesh and Myanmar, also known as Burma, faced off earlier this month when a South Korean company contracted by Myanmar set up a rig to …

Myanmar disperses dissidents throughout its gulag
Reuters UK, UK –
Ko Ko Gyi and Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s best known political prisoner after detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …

White House Condemns Myanmar’s Harsh Sentencing Of Dissidents
EasyBourse.com, France –
“In the last few days in Burma, Than Shwe’s brutal regime arbitrarily sentenced additional pro-democracy activists to harsh prison terms,” the White House …

Statement by the Press Secretary on Burma
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
In the last few days in Burma, Than Shwe’s brutal regime arbitrarily sentenced additional pro-democracy activists to harsh prison terms. …

How Bush Iraq Invasion Boosted Burma’s Junta
Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –
“American policy toward Burma has been to isolate the regime through sanctions,” Packer writes. “This policy has been pursued as a moral response to a …

Media Release: Telstra
iT News, Australia –
Telstra also announced that it would extend its assistance package for those calling family and friends affected by the recent cyclone in Burma (Myanmar). ..

A Wanted Man in Burma
Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –
Perhaps not least among these signs is the name, “Myanmar”, which is the ruling regime’s name-change for the country that is otherwise known — particularly …

Myanmar courts imprison more democracy activists
The Associated Press –
Other activists sentenced Monday included economics student Sithu Maung and three members of the illegal All Burma Federation of Student Union. …

US condemns jailing of Myanmar activists
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States is criticizing military-run Myanmar’s «brutal regime» for what it calls the arbitrary sentencing of dozens of …

ACLU Says Undocumented and Refugee Teens Denied Reproductive Care
Pacifica Radio Network’s Election Center 2008, CA –
For Free Speech Radio News , I am Rami Almeghari in Gaza Seven more democracy activists in Burma were sentenced to prison today in closed door trials. …

Birmania. Il viaggio dei condannati
La Pulce di Voltaire, Italy –
… were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Saturday night and early Sunday morning—with more prisoners expected to …

Burma, Myanmar: At least 9 activists Sentenced Today

OpEdNews, PA – By Ashin Mettacara
At least 9 activists in Burma were sentenced today for their involement in 2007 Saffron Revolution …

Wanted for Opposing the Junta
Asian Tribune, Thailand – By Antonio Graceffo
Burma’s ruling junta, the SPDC, uses disinformation and modern technology to issues a wanted order against Antonio Graceffo. …

UNITED NATIONS, November 17 — The UN on matters of money, how it is raised and how it is spent, is either willfully out of touch or intentionally …

Journalist imprisoned for covering cyclone victims
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irawaddy Delta and left tens of thousands dead after it hit Burma in early May. According to The Associated Press, …

Burmese ruby ban likely to be undermined
Financial Times, UK –
… her claims is difficult, but that is the task of US customs officials following sanctions imposed by Washington on Burma and its ruling military junta. …

Jade trade in China in double jeopardy
Merinews, India –
The “blood jade” as it is called by Myanmar democracy activists and its supporters world wide seems to be taking on a jaded look what with global financial …

Dreaming Nagas’ Dream…
MorungExpress, India –
… Eastern Naga Hoho, Religious Institutions and Nagas in Myanmar (formerly Burma) combined together with experts (like young professionals, media persons, ..

No headway in Burma-Bangla bilateral maritime parleys
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi The two-day bilateral delimitation talks between Burma and Bangladesh over the disputed maritime boundary, held in Dakha, …

Bangladesh wants more talks with Burma on border
Radio Australia, Australia –
Bangladesh says it wants more talks with Burma to demarcate their maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal, but hopes the issue will be peacefully resolved. …

Sea talks make ‘incremental progress’
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
But Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and ruled by military junta since 1962, violated the agreement earlier this month, sending vessels to the disputed …

MP-elect Dr Hla Aung dies aged 66
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 17, 2008 (DVB)–Dr Hla Aung, elected representative for Wundwin constituency-2 and an active National League for Democracy member, passed away this …

88 generation leaders transferred to remote prisons
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The Burmese ruling junta is known to be superstitious, and has previously been guided by auspicious dates and numbers.

Township authority arrested for selling relief aid
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon A local official in Burma’s Irrawaddy Division, accused of secretly selling rice donated by Saudi Arabia and intended for survivors of Cyclone …

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World focus on Burma (8 August 2008)

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Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

Tears and pride as Games opening is watched in UK

BBC News, UK –

Protesters from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to voice their anger about human rights violations. Back in Trafalgar Square, …

20 Years Since Thousands of Pro-Democracy Activists Killed in Burma

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

In Myanmar, also known as Burma, the military junta arrested 48 activists for a protest to mark the anniversary. Mark Farmaner is Director of the Burma …

New York Times Blogs, NY –

“China, more than any other country, has enabled the survival of the brutal Burmese regime,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch …

Anti-China activists face federal criminal charges

KUTV, UT –

A protestor wearing a photograph of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shouts as he stands outside the Chinese Embassy on August 8, …

Christian Rights Group Wants UN to Intervene in Burma Crisis

Christian Post –

The UK-based human rights organization is pressing for key members of the military junta to be brought before the International Criminal Court for crimes …

Authorities arrest rights activist and ABFSU members

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 8, 2008 (DVB)–Three All Burma Federation of Student Union members and a member of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network have been arrested by …

Burma comic on cyclone charges

The Australian, Australia –

Cyclone Nargis left 138000 people dead or missing in early May. After the storm, Burma’s military regime was criticised for blocking foreign relief supplies …

Voice of America –

The protests pushed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi into the political limelight and helped her found the NLD to challenge army rule. Burma’s ruling …

RP drops anti-Myanmar stance for ASEAN charter

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… said Congress would find “extreme difficulty in ratifying the charter” until military-ruled Myanmar (Burma) freed Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Tough words from Mrs Bush for Burmese junta

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… of the military crackdown that crushed Burma’s nascent democracy and left the leader of the democratic forces, Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest. …

No moving backwards for Myanmar

Amnesty International –

Three months ago, the government wilfully neglected its people when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar. Relief workers, diplomats, journalists, and Burmese …

Bin Laden Driver Given Lenient Sentence

Democracy Now, NY –

Internationally, we wish they use their veto power at the UN Security Council and stop supporting brutality in Tibet, Myanmar and Darfur. …

Burma’s bitter remembrance of ‘8/8/88’

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Burma’s democracy leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) overwhelmingly won the 1990 elections, remains under …

Remembering 88: Fighting for what is ours

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

In September 2007, the people of Burma yet again made an attempt to gain the rights that they deserve and the military government responded to it in the …

Breakfast of Champions 8/8: Burmese Democracy
Minneapolis City Pages, MN –
… of the Olympics in Beijing — another event that affects Burma. I wonder if they ever think about calling off August in the nation now known as Myanmar. ..

200 anti-Olympic protestors gather at Chinese embassy in London

Monsters and Critics.com –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

David Cook: Olympics, Day One

The Chattanoogan, TN –

So, as it hosts the Olympic Games, China also works to shut down democracy in Burma, where human rights violations are commonplace, and Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Thailand urges US to adjust ‘priority’ ranking

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Also, Thailand had expressed concerns to the US on its trade sanctions against Myanmar, Mrs. Nongnut said. The sanctions affected not only the Myanmar …

The 1988 demonstrations in Myanmar

The military rulers fear a repeat of the 1988 demonstrations Photo:

AFP/Getty Images

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Police and militia have staged a show of force in Burma on the eve of the 20th anniversary of a major uprising which left 3000 civilians dead. …

Crackdown on Burmese aid workers

The Age, Australia –

BURMA’S most famous comedian has been charged in a secret court, along with a sports writer and two activists, apparently for their role in delivering aid …

White House Fact Sheet: The United States and Asia: Enduring …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

President Bush will meet with Burmese human rights activists and restate the call on Burma’s military junta rulers to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other …

Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

Security tight for 20th anniversary of Burma protests

CBC.ca, Canada –

About 100 gathered outside the Burma Embassy in Bangkok, chanting “Free Burma, Free Aung San Suu Kyi,” and throwing three red airplanes over the wall that …

Bush criticizes China before Beijing visit

Ocala, FL –

The president planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

Bush Committed to Burma Issue, Say Activists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Thaung Htun, a representative for UN Affairs of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, the government in exile, said, “Since the Burmese …

US First Lady Laura Bush yesterday visited IOM’s refugee …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The First Lady, who was accompanied by her daughter Barbara, saw IOM cultural orientation trainers preparing refugees for resettlement in the US and saw off …

Business Round-up (August 8, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“[The fact] that each dollar of aid must be converted with Myanmar’s [Burma] military government for a foreign exchange certificate with, now, 80 percent of …

world briefs

Bryan College Station Eagle, United States –

Mrs. Bush, who is traveling in Asia with President Bush, flew to the Thai border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, to visit the Mae La refugee camp and a …

Apprehensive of protests, junta tightens security in Rangoon

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Security in Burma’s former capital of Rangoon has been stepped up several notches with rumours of impending protests swirling around the city, …

Those who talk, those who walk

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

That is, Burma will remain immune from Thai and most ASEAN pressure to reform, and Thailand itself will continue to see US military sales to the country …

US President Bush visits Bangkok, Thailand

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. We’ll continue working until the people of …

Laura Bush’s Myanmar crusade

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

In 2003, Congress passed the Freedom and Democracy Act after an attack on pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade by government-organized thugs …

‘Intl community should push for political reforms in Myanmar’

Economic Times, India –

“As the world celebrates the opening of the Beijing Olympics, people should pause to remember the atrocities in Burma 20 years ago,” said Elaine Pearson, …

Burma In The Shadow Of The Olympics

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

All this is so very applicable in the Myanmar of today. Members of the Burmese junta could not have acted out of love when they used naked force to smash …

CSW wants UN to intervene in Burma crisis

ChristianToday, UK –

by Anne Thomas Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for “urgent, specific and meaningful action” from the UN to address Burma’s ongoing political and …

Searching for Democracy Twenty Years On

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Paradoxically, the regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe thought it could save the country from “disintegration” and “anarchy.” The most disturbing thing is the …

Arakanese Community Stages Protest in Dhaka against 2010 Election

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

… Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, because their detention is unjust and unfair, and is furthermore against the current laws of Burma,” said Ko Kyaw Myint. …

Myanmar nationals living in Thailand and members of human rights groups chant anti-junta slogans and wave placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok August 8, 2008.

Reuters –

… burnt Myanmar flags and waved placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in …

Burmese activists shout a slogan in front of China Embassy in Bangkok on Friday

Chinese embassies were the target of some of Friday’s protests

BBC News, UK –
Until the 8/8/88 protests, Aung San Suu Kyi was only known as the daughter of liberation hero Aung San, but her speech to the assembled protesters during …

Bush Calls On Myanmar, China To Respect Rights

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

“America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners,” he said. “We will continue working until …

William Holston Jr.: Rally tonight in Dallas to support Burmese …

Dallas Morning News, TX –

Within two years, one of the young activists, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, received the Nobel Peace Prize. She was unable to attend the ceremony, however…

Myanmar activists mark 20th anniversary of crushed democracy

Monsters and Critics.com –

… which he promised to ‘seek an end to tyranny in Burma,’ and reiterated the call for Myanmar’s regime to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who …

US president’s trip to China starts off on a frosty note

Press and Journal, UK –

Mr Bush has said he wants to enjoy the 2008 Summer Olympics, but also will talk to President Hu Jintao about human rights and a host of other bilateral …

Activists rally in Philippines for democracy in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

‘Sports, according to the Olympics charter, should promote human rights and social justice,’ said Egoy Bans, spokesman for the Free Burma …

Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88” uprising remembered

guardian.co.uk, UK –

… laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in Yangon. In the Philippine capital Manila, activists from the Free Burma Coalition and Amnesty …

Security tight on anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The Associated Press –

He later joined about 100 others outside the Myanmar Embassy. They chanted “Free Burma, Free Aung San Suu Kyi” and threw red paper airplanes with the …

Dublin event to mark anniversary of Burma uprising

Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –

An event is due to be held on Dublin’s O’Connell Street this afternoon to mark the 20th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in Burma. …

China rebuffs Bush speech

Denver Post, CO –

By Steven Lee Myers First lady Laura Bush sits with students during a visit to a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border Thursday. …

For peace in Nagaland, dialogue among Nagas must succeed (Commentary)

SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –

But Muivah and Swu stood firm along with Khaplang, their comrade in western Burma (Myanmar), and forced a split in the NNC, one which gave birth to the NSCN …

Stuck between the summit and the roundtable

Business Day, South Africa –

Help to Cuba and the Palestinians, blocking UN managerial reform, and manoeuvring around tougher action on Burma and Iran. None of this does one bit for …

Shame on China — and the IOC

MiamiHerald.com, FL –

When IOC Vice President Kim Un-Yong was jailed a few years ago, charged with embezzling millions and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks …

Myanmar revolt crackdown remembered

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

However, Bush also heard criticism of Washington’s stance towards Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, for forcing the generals into isolation. …

EWEN’S COMPLETES HIS MISSION FOR BURMA

Guide and Gazette, UK –

In June, Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy published a joint statement, in an open letter to Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi: “We wish to use this …

China tells Bush to stay out of its affairs

Dispatch Online, South Africa –

Burma – called Myanmar by the regime – marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists today. Laura Bush flew for the day to …

The Games They Play in Burma

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

by J. Sri Raman, On August 8, a small team of six athletes from Burma is scheduled to participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. …

Olympic Expectations

Bangor Daily News, ME –

… for human rights, harsh treatment of Tibet, its omnipresent censorship and its financial dealings with morally corrupt regimes in Sudan, Burma and Iran. …

Conditions in Myanmar much starker than previously assessed, AP finds

Kansas City Star, MO –

… assistance to enable them to rebuild their lives,” said Andrew Kirkwood, who heads the aid agency Save the Children in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Crazy eights: Chinese, wedding parties and birthday celebrators …
Naples Daily News, FL –
The sole exception would be in Burma, officially known as Myanmar, where such a protest would likely be considered suicide. On August 8, 1988, which has one ..

Rights groups cry for freedom of ‘prisoners of conscience’

Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

At that time in Myanmar, Burmese students gathered and staged demonstrations calling for democracy. These quickly spread in different parts of Myanmar until …

Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88” uprising remembered

guardian.co.uk, UK –

After last year’s large-scale fuel-price rallies, the generals in charge of the former Burma are taking no chances, with extra police and pro-government …

Myanmar Still A Disaster

The Moderate Voice –

It is sad to say that there will probably be very little done to help the suffering people of Burma/Myanmar. (1) The Moderate Voice’s comments are hosted by …

Chinese FM conveys congratulations on 41st anniversary of ASEAN …

Xinhua, China –

8, 1967 for boosting regional integration, ASEAN later absorbed Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia as its members. …

Burmese recall uprising

Radio Australia, Australia –

LAMEY: It speaks volumes about Burma that the country of 47 million can muster only 6 athletes to compete in Beijing. And for many in that country, …

Bush Criticizes China In Bangkok Speech

WMUR, NH –

BEIJING — President George W. Bush arrived in China Thursday on a trip that his aides hope will keep a positive focus on the Olympic spirit while showing …

Bush annoys Chinese with human rights speech

Birmingham Star, AL –

… watching Hu’s color on his face, doing nothing to give a hand to help Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi to get released from house-arrest; now visiting China, …

UN rights envoy ends Burma visit

The Standard, Hong Kong –

A United Nations human rights envoy held “constructive” talks with junta leaders in Burma and was allowed to meet with detained pro-democracy activists …

The Sarcasm Revolution

Contra Costa Times, CA –

Political satire remains a dangerous pastime in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. But Maung Yit and two other local Myanmar exiles use their comfortable …

The two sides of 8888

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

But the number eight holds a further significance today, for it is exactly 20 years since the 8888 uprising in Burma. What started out as a student-led …

Ending the junta

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Today the generals of Burma – officially the State Peace and Development Council – mark an unofficial 20th birthday of sorts. Twenty years ago to the day …

China key to Burma’s ‘survival’

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Attempts by the United Nations security council to place limits on the junta have been stymied by China and Russia, who have blocked sanctions and arms …

Philippines: Myanmar Exile Calls For More Pressure On Generals

Khun Myint Tun, right, Member of Parliament Union of Burma who won a seat during the national elections in 1990 but not allowed to assume power, is joined by Filipino supporters during a press conference. (Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Pat Roque)

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Khun Myint Tun, right, Member of Parliament Union of Burma who won a seat during the national elections in 1990 but not allowed to assume power, …

Myanmar: Dissident Myanmar Comic Charged By Court

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The UN estimated Myanmar to have more than 1100 political prisoners. Quintana said he has asked the government to let him return to Myanmar in March 2009 …

Asia after Bush

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was poignantly served but whether Mr Bush and his wife’s gestures will make any difference on the …

Secret court may jail Burma comic Maung Thura for helping Cyclone …

Times Online, UK –

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, left Rangoon last night after a four-day visit during which he went to Insein jail …

Myanmar: Dissident Myanmar Comic Charged By Court

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Before he was detained, Zarganar said he and more than 400 entertainers in Myanmar volunteered to help victims of the cyclone, making several trips to …

Bush arrives in Beijing

International Herald Tribune, France –

… his Thursday speech represented criticisms of China, though he also criticized the authoritarian leaders of North Korea and Myanmar, the former Burma. …

PRESS DIGEST – Thai newspapers – Aug 8

Reuters –

US President George W. Bush said the United States sought an end to tyranny in Myanmar as he and first Lady Laura Bush spent much of their time in Thailand …

US to keep pressure on Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

THANIDA TANSUBHAPOL and AP United States President George Bush yesterday vowed to continue exerting pressure on Burma’s military regime. …

Why US president met the Burmese at envoy’s house

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The process was secretly and carefully arranged, given the sensitivity of the issue, which could have affected Thailand’s relations with Burma. …

The First Lady Visits Refugees From Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

Than Shwe, the head of the military junta, that “the time for a free Burma is now.” Another image from Laura Bush’s camp visit. …

No moving backwards, despite the junta

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

If the future is to be better, the United Nations’ Security Council and Burma’s Asian neighbours must cease turning a blind eye to human rights violations …

20th Anniversary of the 8888 Uprising

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

Today (8 08 2008) marks the 20th anniversary of Burma’s largest national democratic uprising when millions of Burmese citizens bravely marched through the …

What if you gave a dinner party and the Axis of Evil came?

USA Today –

Q: Speaking of Burma, what are your thoughts on the ethics of making tourist visits to countries with long, dark records of human-rights abuses? …

Stop the dream, I want to get off

Ha’aretz, Israel –

And the presidents of Zimbabwe, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan and North Korea will also be there – all of them criminals against humanity and bosom buddies of the …

A round-up of today’s world news

Irish Times, Ireland –

RANGOON – The new United Nations human rights envoy to Burma, Argentine lawyer Tomas Ojea Quintana, met five prominent political prisoners on his first trip …

Bush In Bangkok Blasts Burma & China

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

On Thursday (August 6), President Bush visits the Mercy Center, a slum-based group of schools, AIDS hospices, orphanages, and medical clinics in Bangkok run …

Time to unite for real cause

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Dr Thaung Htun is the Representative for United Nations Affairs of the Burma UN Service Office, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, …

Olympics Demonstration in London

Zimbabwejournalists.com, UK –

Representatives of Burma, Sudan, Tibet and Zimbabwe will lay flowers in mourning for the deaths of millions of victims of dictators supported by China. …

Jolie plans to build an AIDS clinic in Ethiopia

Birmingham Star, AL –

“The next trip for our foundation will most likely to be Asia to follow up on the situation in Burma and our work in Cambodia, Jolie said.

Regret, anger for Burma’s ’88 uprising exiles

ABC Online, Australia –

On the day now stamped in his memory as 8.8.88, Nyo Ohn Myint was certain that change was finally within reach in his military-ruled homeland of Burma. …

Voice of America –

Burma’s government also sat on visa applications from the United Nations and humanitarian agencies. It took pressure from the UN and the Association of …

Behind the story: it’s like arresting Rowan Atkinson or Ricky Gervais

Times Online, UK –

But the work to which they committed themselves — raising and distributing aid to the victims of the cyclone — was inescapably political. …

The Hypocrisy of The Democrats

ProLife Blogs –

Excerpts from it show how hypocritical he is: Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? …

Bush says US firmly opposed to China’s repression

Amador Ledger-Dispatch, CA –

The president plans to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

President and Mrs. Bush Visit USAID Programs in Thailand

MarketWatch –

The Bushes also were briefed on USAID’s ongoing work in Burma to ensure that the survivors of May’s Cyclone Nargis have access to food and the ability to …

UN Envoy Receives ‘Good Signs’ From Burma

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Human Rights Council investigator for Burma, plays with Burmese schoolchildren as he inspects cyclone-davasted Irrawaddy river delta at Kyaukalat village, 05 Aug 2008

Voice of America –

By VOA News The United Nations human rights envoy for Burma says he received “good signs” that the ruling junta accepted his need to investigate allegations …

Bush calls for freedom in China

The Canberra Times, Australia –

The President planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Burma, who live under military rule across the border. …

Voice of America –

By Pros Laput Some Burmese had expressed hope that Cyclone Nargis would lead to the collapse of the military government. The cyclone, which hit Burma three …

The real challenge for China: what does it do after the Games?

The National, United Arab Emirates –

… nuclear concerns, but is increasingly criticised for its silence on Burma and Darfur, treatment of the Tibetan crisis and its own human rights record. …

UN Burma envoy concludes first visit

Radio Australia, Australia –

The new UN human rights envoy for Burma has wound up a five-day visit to the country saying he’s received positive signs the military government accepts his …

Burma: No Rights Reform 20 Years After Massacre

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

China’s actions, such as blocking UN Security Council action on Burma, have frustrated efforts by the Burmese people to enlist other countries and the …

US President Leaves Thailand for China

RedOrbit, TX –

… are different from the US’s interest on Burma,” said Win Min, one of nine Thailand-based Myanmar dissidents who lunched with Bush Thursday in Bangkok.

Bush Goes Looking for Relevance, A Legacy in Asia

Huffington Post, NY –

While in Bangkok, Bush plans to meet Burmese activists, while first lady, Laura — a bit of Burma activist herself — trips up to Mae La, the largest of the …

UN rights envoy meets Myanmar political prisoners

Reuters –

The former Burma’s military rulers are generally impervious to outside pressure, but have allowed in UN representatives since they crushed pro-democracy …

‘India must review its policy on Burma’

Howrah News Service, India –

He felt India’s ties with the junta has not been good for the people of Burma. “There is no trickle-down effect on the people,” he said, alluding to huge …

The Associated Press –

… assistance to enable them to rebuild their lives,” said Andrew Kirkwood, who heads the aid agency Save the Children in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Bush slams China over rights record

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Another focus of Bush’s visit to Thailand is neighboring Burma (Myanmar), which is under heavy US sanctions to try to bring an end to 46 years of unbroken …

McCain’s “League of Democracies” Proposal, Rejected by Allies …

AlterNet, CA –

India, the world’s largest democracy, has also been reluctant to enlist in various campaigns, such as isolating Burma or Iran, which Washington and its …

Beijing holds key to change in Burma

Financial Times, UK –

He had given interviews to foreign media criticising the regime’s slow response to cyclone Nargis, which left 133000 people dead or missing in May this year …

US president affirms commitment to Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The US president spoke of his frustration with the delays in relief supplies getting to Burma after the cyclone, but said he felt it was the right decision …

Burma and the Bush Administration

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The Weekly Standard

Burma and the Bush Administration

It’s time to intervene.

by Benedict Rogers and Joseph Loconte
06/05/2008 12:00:00 AM

London
THANKS LARGELY TO THE INHUMANITY of Burma’s military dictatorship, the cyclone that devastated the country a month ago has left about 133,000 people dead or missing. Delayed and obstructed by the ruling junta, international assistance has yet to reach about a quarter of a million people affected by the storm. While the hopes and livelihoods of many have been swept away, there remains a lingering delusion: the notion that the “international community” retains either the moral sensibility or political will to confront the most despotic of regimes. The crisis in Burma confirms the indispensable need for American leadership.

The Burmese regime is guilty of atrocities far worse than the “criminal neglect” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ascribes to them. It is guilty of crimes against humanity. Prior to the cyclone, the regime received dozens of warnings from India that the storm was on its way–yet did nothing to prepare its citizens. When the cyclone struck, the government sat on its hands and refused international help. Neither material aid nor aid workers were allowed to reach the victims, causing the needless deaths of tens of thousands. A trickle of assistance has gotten in, but aid workers are still restricted and much relief has been seized and sold on the streets. The junta now declares the relief phase is over: Its military thugs are forcibly evicting thousands of people from their shelters, even though they have no homes to return to. An estimated 2.5 million people have been displaced by this crisis.

While the United Nations has mostly ignored Burma, the Bush administration has put a spotlight on the regime. Apart from some helpful actions by the European Union, though, the United States has acted virtually alone in opposing the regime and supporting democratic resistance groups. The Bush White House has applied targeted sanctions against the government and brought numerous resolutions before the U.N. Security Council. In 2005, Bush met with a Burmese democratic dissident, Charm Tong, for 40 minutes in the Oval Office, to show solidarity and discuss the human rights situation in her country. Last September, in his annual address to the United Nations, Bush announced a new round of U.S. sanctions. Last month he again called for the release of all political prisoners and negotiations with democratic leaders. Meanwhile, First Lady Laura Bush has spoken out in defense of the Burmese people. She has written op-eds, held press conferences, hosted U.N. briefings, and pressed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take a harder line. The United States has the toughest and, in reality, the only meaningful foreign policy to confront the Burmese government.

Few nations match Burma for its record of atrocities. The ruling junta has carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against its ethnic minorities, involving the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war, the forcible conscription of child soldiers, human minesweepers, torture, murder, and the destruction of over 3,200 villages. More than a million people have been internally displaced by military offensives aimed almost exclusively at civilians. Hundreds of thousands have fled to camps in Thailand or into India and Bangladesh.

While U.N. human rights bodies have given lip service to the cause of democracy, the Burmese leadership has assaulted its nation’s fledgling democratic movement. The National League for Democracy (NLD) won elections in 1990 with more than 82 per cent of the parliamentary seats, but the junta rejected the results and imprisoned the victors. Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and leader of NLD, has spent more than 12 years under house arrest. Last month her detention was extended yet again–a fact loudly criticized by the Bush administration. More than 1,800 Burmese languish as political prisoners.

President Bush’s “democracy agenda” is widely criticized for its failings and inconsistencies: Oil-producing autocrats, for example, get little attention. Yet the White House has made a significant, and surprising, investment in Burma’s struggle for democratic freedom. It is surprising because Burma represents little strategic value to the United States. Domestic political pressure for U.S. engagement is, at best, minimal. Indeed, until the “Saffron Revolution”–in which peaceful demonstrations by Buddhist monks were brutally put down–Burma seldom received media attention.

The spectacle of Burma’s self-induced catastrophe may yet prod political and media elites to admit an unpleasant possibility: There may be a certain moral necessity to Bush’s democracy agenda after all.

Given the unflinching paralysis of the U.N. Security Council over Burma, what should the United States do? The United States, with a democratic coalition that could include Great Britain and France, should prepare immediately to intervene in Burma to ensure humanitarian aid reaches the tens of thousands of cyclone victims whose lives are still at risk. Defense Secretary Gates recently ruled out such action, but President Bush could overturn his judgment, given the ongoing humanitarian disaster.

U.N. apologists would decry a U.S.-led intervention as a breach of international law–but only by ignoring the “responsibility to protect” doctrine adopted by U.N. member states nearly three years ago. Under the U.N. doctrine, nations agree to take all possible measures–including the use of force–to protect civilians from gross human rights abuses. If the deliberate and calculated failure to protect and assist its own population in the face of a devastating catastrophe does not invoke the U.N. mandate, what does?

An intervention of this kind, even with its humanitarian objective, would not be without its risks. Yet the costs of inaction–the deaths of thousands of people, the emboldening of a murderous regime, the perception of American weakness–must also be weighed.

“Intervention will be seen as divine intervention by the Burmese people, not only to help the cyclone victims but also to finally free the entire nation from the military yoke,” wrote a coalition of Burmese democracy groups to President Bush. “Please do not compare Burma with Iraq, because Buddhist monks, students, Burmese patriots will happily assist you with whatever you need to go inside Burma and help the cyclone victims and entire nation Many concerned Burmese citizens are willing to join the intervention. Please do not waste precious time.”

Burma represents an opportunity not only to save lives, but to rescue the principle of humanitarian intervention from the forces of cynicism and moral cowardice. That may not amount to a final vindication of the Bush doctrine. But it could prove to be one of the most important legacies of his administration.

Benedict Rogers is a human rights officer with the London-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide and author of A Land Without Evil: Stopping the Genocide of Burma’s Karen People. Joseph Loconte is a senior fellow at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy and a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/178txeir.asp?pg=1

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2008 at 7:44 am