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World focus on Burma (3 October 2008)

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Green Politics
The Smart Set, PA –
Last year, following Burma’s brutal suppression of monks leading pro-democracy protests, an activist in Britain pointed a finger at Gary Player over a golf …

DPRK-ja-vu, all over again
Across the Aisle, DC –
Without nukes, the DPRK becomes Burma, just another small country ruled by a dictatorial regime that is a nuisance for its neighbors but otherwise can be …

Ailing political detainee forced to stand trial
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Political prisoner Aung Zaw Oo was forced to stand trial at Kyauktada township court despite his pleas to be tried at a later date…

CORRECTING and REPLACING Chevron Loses Major Lobbying Battle In …
MarketWatch –
… operated in Burma, which has caused Chevron a spate of bad publicity for generating billions in hard currency for the repressive military regime there. …

Chevron Loses Major Lobbying Battle In Congress Over Ecuador Trade …
MarketWatch –
… operated in Burma, which has caused Chevron a spate of bad publicity for generating billions in hard currency for the repressive military regime there. …

Than Shwe’s Health Again in Question
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Burma’s 75-year-old leader, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, is undergoing medical treatment at his Rangoon residence near Tooth Relic Pagoda in Mayangone …

The currency debate re-ignites?
RGE Monitor, NY –
I have argued for a long time that as long as China maintained its currency regime it forced a trade deficit onto the rest of the world, which for the most …

From a close friend of mine:
National Review Online Blogs, NY –
… me to Afghanistan”, and all that stuff, and it’s their CENTRAL riposte for the Iraq war so it’s not like some bizarre point about Burma foreign aid. …

Chinese investments in Myanmars energy, mining sectors of concern
Your Mining News (press release), UK –
The ERI report, aptly titled China in Burma: The Increasing Involvement of Chinese Multinational Corporations in Burma’s Hydropower, Oil and Natural Gas, .

I, Ashin Pannasiri, dissident monk escaped from Burmese prison
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
From New Delhi, the “struggle for freedom and peace in Burma” will continue. Yangon (AsiaNews) – Ashin Pannasiri, a 28-year-old Buddhist monk arrested on …

Perestroika, SA style
Thought Leader, South Africa –
… Libya, Burma, Iran, Zimbabwe and others. This has accomplished little other than calling South Africa’s judgement and own commitment to democracy into …

Aung San Suu Kyi visited by eye-specialist
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi – Detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday was visited by an eye-specialist for a check-up, …

Thai company to pay compensation to next of kin of 54 workers
Mizzima.com, India –
The Human Rights organization is cooperating with Thai lawyers and attended the court hearing in Ranong in September 22. Two defendants in this case …

Former journalist and ally of Aung San Suu Kyi detained, says NLD
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Burma’s military authorities have detained U Onh Kyaing, former journalist and important member of the National League for Democracy (NLD), says NLD party …

Advancing Democracy through the UN: The Challenges on the Ground
US Department of State, DC –
By addressing country-specific topics such as human rights abuses in Iran, Burma, or North Korea or thematic issues such as freedom of expression or …

Catching Up With… Henry Rollins
Paste Magazine, GA –

… for the Independent Film Channel, while two others—one on Burma and the other, shot in Thailand, about worldwide hunger and famine—round out the list. …

US financial crisis may impact foreign aid
Mizzima.com, India –
Biden, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of last year’s Burma Democracy Promotion Act, which built on existing banking and …

Eye Specialist Calls on Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A medical specialist visited pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her Rangoon home on Thursday and conducted an eye examination. …

Where Would Burma Be without Suu Kyi?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
What would happen if Suu Kyi died or became so unhealthy that she couldn’t continue her role as the political leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement? …

Weekly Business Roundup (October 3, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
JETRO, a Tokyo government-funded business development agency, had advised companies planning to invest in Burma to wait in the wake of the violence, …

Safe Drinking Water Ever Scarcer in Irrawaddy Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By VIOLET CHO Clean drinking water is becoming ever scarcer in Burma’s cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta as the country heads into the dry season. …

UN Rights Commissioner urges Burma to free more political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi – The United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay on Thursday urged Burma’s military junta to free all political …

Burmese asked to leave ward in Mizoram
Mizzima.com, India –
This is violation of human rights”. “Most of the Burmese nationals living in Mizoram State are economic migrants. They migrated here after suffering …

When Burmese citizenship is no longer attractive
Mizzima.com, India –
In contrast to their life in Singapore, Burmese recall the Burmese junta’s treatment of Buddhist monks following last year’s Saffron Revolution, …

Eye specialist examines Aung San Suu Kyi
Independent Online, South Africa –
… and the junta’s liaison officer, labour minister Aung Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD won 1990 elections but the military, which has ruled Burma since 1962, …

Former Fairbanksan overcomes odds, turns to missionary work
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, AK –
Because of the on-going 50-year civil war in Burma and the unrelenting human rights abuses perpetrated on its own people by the ruling junta, …

New world, new leadership
Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia –
Natural disasters have global impacts: the Southeast Asian tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in the US in 2005, Cyclone Nargis in Burma in May 2008 and the …

NLD youth member given four-year jail term
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 3, 2008 (DVB)–Mya Than Htike, a National League for Democracy youth member who was hit by a bullet when government troops opened fire on protestors last …

NLD youth member feared dead is found alive
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 3, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy youth member who went missing in August and was reported dead was found alive by his father at a police …

Myanmar Should Free 2000 Political Prisoners, Suu Kyi, UN Says
Bloomberg –
By James Peng Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — The top United Nations human rights official called on Myanmar’s military junta to free the estimated 2000 political …

Health imperative ‘justifies interventionism’
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –
… intervene beyond their borders to safeguard health and human rights.” The writers suggest leaders who fail to refuse aid to those in need, as in Burma, …

‘Continued Commitment is key to sustained assistance to cyclone …
Balita.org, UK –
MYANMAR, Oct. 3 — Nearly five months into the post disaster response in Myanmar, more than 33000 metric tonnes of food have reached over 733000 people …

Junta suspends two Burmese journals
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The published version referred to U Win Tin, who had been until his release last week Burma’s longest serving political prisoner, as “Sayagyi” (“Great …

Cuisines of the Axis of Evil
Wall Street Journal –
Accompanying the axis are nuclear states Israel, India and Pakistan, along with human-rights abusers Cuba, Burma and China. Bringing up the rear is the …

UN calls for the release of Myanmar’s political prisoners
AFP –

The High Commissioner also called the detention of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi “completely illegal, even in respect of the country’s law …

Journalist and opposition member Ohn Kyaing arrested again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
It will be an outrage if he is sent back to prison for helping Cyclone Nargis victims, as it would be punishing humanitarian activity. …

Primate of Burma: ‘Do not forget the cyclone victims’
Church Times, UK –
by Ed Beavan ALMOST five months to the day since Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma, the Archbishop of Myanmar, the Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo, …

Justice for migrant labour
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Without assistance from human and labour rights organisations, their misery would have been swept under the carpet. Although some believe the …

Home Blog Zone DC Download Gwen Ifill: VP debate moderator, author
St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  United States –
… like the repressive government of Burma tried to destroy the innocent and truthful voice of Aung San Suu Kyi, Yes, they are weary, but they are resolved …

Other Campaigns and Projects
Earthrights.org, DC –
The Yadana pipeline, running across Burma and into Thailand, is a project of US company Unocal, French Total, and the Burmese military regime, among others. …

It is a puzzle as to why the regime released me now, but it was almost impossible for them to keep me longer. I was sentenced to 20 years and I had served …

Other Areas of Work
Earthrights.org, DC –
… designed to raise awareness and strengthen the capacity of communities to address the varied human rights dimensions of environmental degradation in Burma.

ERS – Mekong
Earthrights.org, DC –
ERI opened its inaugural EarthRights School-Mekong program in June 2006, drawing from the success of the EarthRights School- Burma model. …

Other Campaigns and Projects
Earthrights.org, DC –
Furthermore, it would be built with assistance from the Burmese military, that has a well-documented record of brutal human rights and environmental abuses. …

A tribute to Shelton Kodikara – III
The Island (subscription), Sri Lanka –
The rice market situation also eased as early as 1957 when Burma’s (Myanmar) five-year commitment to China in 1952 which had partly caused the world …


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World focus on Burma (1 October 2008)

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Bus drivers’ licences revoked by Dala authorities
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… have revoked the licences of private bus drivers whom they accuse of suspending their services to mark Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday on 19 June. …

Growing list of companies implicated in Chinese milk scandal
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The ones who are paying no attention to the scandal are the military junta leaders in Myanmar. Although the government has prohibited the importing of …

Win Tin’s Logical Principles
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win told the UN General Assembly on Monday, “Peace and stability now prevails in almost all parts of the country. …

The Freedom We Know
Examiner.com –
Areas of the world where Christians face persecution include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), …

Reports of Rape Surface in Cyclone-devastated Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Reports of rape and other abuses of women are surfacing as communities in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta continue to recover from May’s Cyclone Nargis. …

Chinese Dam Incurs KIO Wrath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The KIO, which signed a ceasefire with the Burmese junta in 1994, was reportedly unhappy that several projects to build dams in Kachin State in northern …

Cyber cafes ordered to close early
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Suffering from an unnamed fear on the 1st anniversary of the saffron revolution the Burmese military junta has ordered cyber cafes to close early in the …

Generals Authorized to Buy Land Cruisers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The latest perk for Burma’s senior military officials is a Toyota Land Cruiser, according to a source close to the military government. …

Elected MP Dr Myo Win dies aged 54
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He took part in the 1988 uprising and became the chairman of Kawa township National League for Democracy and won his seat in the 1990 election with 67.65 …

Journal Punished for Defying Order to Drop Win Tin Report
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Board ordered the suppression of a report on Win Tin’s release and a short profile of the freed political prisoner. …

ISA – INTERNET SABOTAGE ACT
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
Malaysia has joined the ranks of China, Vietnam and Burma as a leading violator of online freedom. Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, also known as RPK, …

Revolting comedy stunt
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –
“Last week we freed Burmese dissident U Win Tin because of a couple of Amnesty gigs in the Whitla Hall. If Saturday night goes well I reckon Guantanamo Bay …

Burma’s Neighbors Absorbing Cyclone Survivors
Free Speech Radio News, CA –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma at a time when inflation and unemployment were already at their highest levels in years. To make matters worse, salt water now …

Aid and water dry up in Burma’s cyclone zone
Times Online, UK –
Lurking in the background is the deepest fear of all — another cyclone, as strong, or stronger. Nargis was unprecedented in Burmese history, …

Naypyidaw auctions seized vehicles in southern Burma
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
The junta only gave back the seized cars to DKBA. NMSP lost dozens of cars in 2003 and does not dare to buy it back afraid that regime’s law is not …

Mizzima websites hacked
Mizzima.com, India –
Mizzima, however, is still unable to confirm whether the attack is the work of the Burmese military junta, which has banned Mizzima’s websites inside the …

Media groups alarmed over murder of journalists
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
In addition, the PEC and the ICPJ feel encouraged by the liberation of Burmese journalist U Win Tin (79 years old) after 20 years of detention in Burma. …

Horrific comedy stunt
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –
“Last week we freed Burmese dissident U Win Tin because of a couple of Amnesty gigs in the Whitla Hall. If Saturday night goes well I reckon Guantanamo Bay …


WASHINGTON (AFP) — An independent US group is to carry out unprecedented studies to determine whether Myanmar’s military rulers, accused of rampant human …

NLD warned over ‘dictatorship’ remarks
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The establishment of a government that guarantees basic human rights is the NLD’s aim, and therefore stopping the re-emergence of dictatorship is also the …

Religious freedom hanging in the balance in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
… the report calls out the generals on their attempt to “systematically restrict efforts by Buddhist clergy to promote human rights and political freedom. …

Junta claims international law on its side, condemns sanctions
Mizzima.com, India –
The tirade, on the session’s last day of debate, linked the prospects of a more economically integrated Burma to the betterment of both the region’s and…

Junta issues warning on tainted milk
Mizzima.com, India –
A report in the Burmese language newspaper Myanmar Ahlin, an official government mouth-piece, on Tuesday said with Chinese milk and milk products found to …

Burmese refugees join seasonal work force
Durham Herald Sun, NC –
This group of refugees from Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar, were forced to leave their country because of war and persecution. Coming soon? …

Burma’s State Media Still Mum on Tainted Milk Powder
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
She told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the semi-official Myanmar Times weekly newspaper earlier published a story that said all imported dairy products from …

Burma Discovers Large New Coal Mine in Shan State
RedOrbit, TX –
Yangon, 1 October: Myanmar [Burma] has discovered a new large coal mine in northern part of the country’s Shan state and mining of the mineral will start …

Mon National Democratic Front Liberation Area (MNDF-LA) founded
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
… founded in Mae Sot yesterday to join hands with Mon organizations and other opposition groups in exile to continue the struggle for democracy in Burma. …

The threat of Indian globalisation
Thought Leader, South Africa –
Predictably, human rights, labour and environmental issues are some of the concerns at the heart of the Chinese dilemma. The emerging Chinese economic …

Activists Re-Assess Their “China Strategy”
UN Dispatch –
Since then, though, many human rights activists have been dismayed by China’s alliances with Zimbabwe, Burma, and Sudan–and have complained that China uses …

Cooking With the Enemy
New York Times, United States –

She thinks India, Pakistan and Israel are pretty slippery, as are Cuba, Burma (which she refuses to call Myanmar) and China. Each country gets a chapter, …

Luxury cruises on the Rajang
New Straits Times, Malaysia –
… reviving the name of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company of old Burma which in the 1920s, ran a fleet of more than 650 vessels on the rivers of Myanmar. …

Burmese ruby ban takes effect
National Jeweler Network, NY –

Gems from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) that entered the country prior to the ban can still be bought and sold in the United States, at least as long as …

Neither engagement nor sanctions
OpEdNews, PA –
by Zaw Nay Aung Page 1 of 1 page(s) The Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win demanded the West to revoke the sanctions placed on Burma at the UN General …

REGIONAL BRIEFS
Chandigarh Tribune, India –
35 Burma nationals nabbed: Border Security Force personnel nabbed 35 Burma (Myanmar) nationals while they were trying to sneak into the Pakistan territory …

Slow recovery for Burma’s cyclone victims
Christian Science Monitor, MA –

… Burma – The locals say things will never be the same in Mya Sein Ken, deep in the heart of the cyclone-savaged delta in southern Burma (Myanmar). …

Security Council Extends UNMIL’s Presence
The News Newspaper Online, Liberia –

The Security Council Monday extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through September 2009, and authorized Secretary-General …


World focus on Burma (15 September 2008)

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Aung San Suu Kyi agrees to accept fresh food supplies
Mizzima.com, India –
But Nyan Win failed to clarify why the Burmese democracy icon has been refusing fresh food supplies since mid-August. Rather, he said, the detained party …

‘Mona Lisa treatment’
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
In Burma, the daily Myanma A-Lin (New Light of Myanmar) is a servile mouthpiece for the paranoid junta. The 14 other newspapers play “safe” by focusing on …

McCain, Obama on International Diplomacy and Immigration
Huffington Post, NY –
He also expressed criticism of the new UN Human Rights Council, which, he argued, spends a disproportionate amount of time disparaging Israel while ignoring …

Liberal Democrats call for strengthened International Criminal Court
Liberal Democrats, UK –
B. The place of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in outlining the rights that all humanity should expect to be guaranteed by their own and other …

Burma seat should be questioned
Mizzima.com, India –
The current United Nations approach, adherence to the moribund “roadmap to democracy” as proposed by the governing generals, holds out no hope that Burma’s …

Zeegone residents vigilant after robberies
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Since then, the resident said, local authorities have been spreading rumours that cyclone victims from Irrawaddy who are now living in the town were …

Authorities arrest relatives of activists
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The officials said they had received information that my husband was planning to raise a lantern on the anniversary of last year’s Saffron Revolution,” she …

White House hopefuls look to greater Chinese links
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –
… both men failed to mention Tibet and were largely silent on human rights abuses. Arizona senator Mr McCain said Beijing’s links with Burma and Sudan; …

What is the UN’s next game-plan?
Mizzima.com, India –
Therefore, we, the people of Burma, insist that by using their power and influence the international community, governments, and institutions, ..

DVB speaker praises role of Burma’s citizen journalists
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“However, the entire world was able to get timely information on what happened in the country during the monk-led Saffron Revolution in September 2007. …

Mizzima

Two women died in Myitkyina town, Kachin state in Northern Burma on Saturday, when a speeding military truck hit their motorcycle. They died on the spot, local residents said …

Two killed by speeding army truck

Sep 15, 2008 (DVB)–Two Kachin women were killed after they were hit by a speeding army truck near Myitkyina university in Kachin State, northern Burma, witnesses said. –

Travel restriction on Pegu Opposition

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Chaing Mai: Local Burmese military junta authorities have banned leaders of the Opposition National League for Democracy party from travelling outside their respective townships.

Concern over arrest of Burmese monk
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

The arrest of U Thila Won is seen by democracy activists as part of a campaign of intimidation by the security services to squelch any public manifestations …

DVB)–The funeral of second-year zoology student Mahn Bhu Khee, who was brutally murdered on 10 September, was held on Friday amid allegations of official corruption in the investigation into his death.

Suu Kyi ‘malnourished’
Straits Times, Singapore –
YANGON – MYANMAR’S detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is malnourished after refusing most food supplies for four weeks, her lawyer said on Monday …

Betancourt, Dalai Lama, lead Sakharov Prize list
New Europe, Belgium –
Other past winners incl – ude Nelson Mandela, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest in Burma; and Alexander Dubcek, …

Funeral held for student murdered in Myingyan
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
They are brazenly violating human rights – the blood of my nephew shows that there are no human rights in Burma.” The nephew of Myingyan district USDA …

Travel restriction on Pegu Opposition
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, authorities warned supporters of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a bid to avert another movement akin to last September. …

Six Nobel laureates visit LMU
Los Angeles Loyolan (subscription), Los Angeles –

The laureates also called for the freeing of their fellow laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, from her house arrest in Burma. Each of the laureates spoke for …

Readings and Talks
New Yorker, United States –
… commemorate the first anniversary of the Buddhist monks’ uprising in Burma and the twentieth anniversary of the civilian pro-democracy protests there. …

By Ashin Mettacara Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi allowed to meet with her physician doctor Tin …

Safe Water For All
WHO-TV, IA –

The men delivered the purification systems to the nation once known as Burma. The country was desperate for clean water after a cyclone hit this spring. …

Relief worker sees need for a NZ voice on Burma
Gisborne Herald, New Zealand –
In 1989 Burma was officially named Myanmar by the Burmese military . . .but those who are pro-democracy still call the country Burma.

Samak’s paranoia aside, Thai media scene is diverse


Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
While he reiterated that he would stay on to protect Thai democracy, he was still willing to ignore the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and her democratic …

World focus on Burma (8 September 2008)

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Junta denies knowledge of Suu Kyi’s hunger strike
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s police chief, Brigadier General Khin Yi, on Sunday denied knowing anything about the hunger strike rumors of detained pro-democracy …

Walker’s World: Asia’s new nuclear map
United Press International –
China has only itself to blame for this, with its construction of ports and possible naval bases in Burma and Pakistan that India understandably saw as …

US needs to focus more on ethnic groups
Mizzima.com, India –
A long-time American voice of reporting and analysis on international affairs and relations concludes that the best hope for a future Burma and the securing …

Seizing the moment
Charlottetown, The Guardian, Canada –
Her passionate plea for refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma) who are facing a food crisis due to the devastation this past May caused by Cyclone Nargis …

Six NLD members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 9, 2008 (DVB)–Six members of the National League for Democracy in Magwe division’s Pwint Phyu and Salin townships were arrested by government …

Taunggok NLD member jailed after family dispute
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 8, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy in Taunggok township, Arakan state, was given a one-year prison sentence on 4 September by Taunggok …

Burma: Building upon success
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Without these commitments, isolationists may argue that humanitarian operations were more about scoring political points against the regime rather than …

Three Cantors tuning up to help victims of the Myanmar cyclone
Times Colonist, Canada –
The college was heavily damaged during a May cyclone that devastated Myanmar, formerly Burma. The Victoria performance, billed as Voices of Hope, …

The French enigma: how do they get away with it?
guardian.co.uk, UK –
… is better on law than democracy and Zimbabwe has made every mistake in the book. But there is no escaping hard choices, no hiding place, not even Burma. …


Making contact with internal terrorists, external ones formed All Burma Democratic Alliance (ABDA), MyeOza group, Justice Group and All Myanmar Independent …

How do you review the role of Mr Gambari in connection with the efforts of the UN in the political development in Myanmar? Is his role over? …

Senior General Maung Aye to Visit Bangladesh Next Month
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
He is expected to lead a 50-member delegation including senior government officials and businessmen on his visit to Burma’s western neighbor. …

Burma’s refugees get Waukesha welcomes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI –
The sudden influx of Asian immigrants has been driven largely by a relaxation of US restrictions on refugees from Burma — also known as Myanmar — coupled …

A heritage that shames us
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
The son of a Sri Lankan father and a Burmese mother, Vigneswaran was born in Adelaide, Australia. His sense of being marginal in that bastion of white …

Democracy in Burma Doesn’t Need Protests: SPDC Ministers
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
In Burma, they said people do not need to stage demonstrations for democracy in Burma; Burma will reach the path of democracy very soon,” he said. …

Thanks, from Burma to the Philippines
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
I will never forget the Philippines, and my memories of this country will serve as lessons that I and my colleagues in the democracy movement for Burma can …

War-torn Afghanistan wins Olympic bronze
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
The Philippines joined Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and Burma (Myanmar) in the cellar with nothing to show for their participation. Believe it or not, Afghanistan …

Myanmar accuses Suu Kyi’s party over bombing

Daily Times, Pakistan –
NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s military rulers on Sunday accused two members of the pro-democracy opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi over the bombing of .
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No Suu Kyi hunger strike: Burma police chief
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s police chief has denied detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is on hunger strike. She receives daily rations from the regime and has no other …

World focus on Burma (2 September 2008)

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Simon Tisdall
While uncertainty surrounds Suu Kyi’s plight, there is nothing at all ambiguous about Burma’s political, social and human rights situation one year after …

‘The greatest single truth to declare itself in the wake of 1989 …
London Review of Books (subscription), UK –
What better prophylactic against it than to embrace a staunch Muslim democracy within the EU, functioning as both beacon of a liberal order to a region in …

Security tightened in Bago ahead of protest anniversary
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… up around the country as a precaution against commemorative protests one year after mass public demonstrations were brutally crushed by the military regime.

Rice farmers struggling with lack of fertiliser
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in the Irrawaddy delta who have been facing various difficulties since Cyclone Nargis are in danger of losing their young rice …

286 activists arrested so far in 2008
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–At least 39 human rights and pro-democracy activists were arrested during August this year and 21 were given prison sentences, …

Township police stations told not to release crime information
Mizzima.com, India –
Rangoon – Burmese junta authorities in former capital Rangoon have stopped township police stations from disseminating information on crimes since the end …

Burmese crisis remains static: ICG
Mizzima.com, India –
… of the 8-8-88 nationwide uprising and the much maligned visits of the United Nations Special Envoy to Burma and Human Rights Rapporteur to the country, …

Old problems to revisit new gas pipeline
Mizzima.com, India –
The pipeline will transport natural gas from the newly discovered gas project in M-9 block in Mattaban Gulf of Burma to Thailand. …

Natural gas favours regime, not national interest
Mizzima.com, India –
While Burma’s economy is largely pushed forward by the sale of its natural gas reserves, the military regime has failed to develop gas related industries …

Suu Kyi supporters lambast Gambari and Samak
Mizzima.com, India –
Samak after meeting with UN special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari on August 25, told reporters in Bangkok that European nations are using Aung San Suu Kyi …

Key world dates for the rest of 2008

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Burma – First anniversary of the Burmese junta’s crackdown against democracy demonstrations by students and monks in Rangoon. …

Commentary: Burma must stand on its own two feet

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

However, the junta’s mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar exploited the event in its coverage, claiming that the UN special envoy had voiced his support for …

Canada Free Press, Canada –

The United Nations ranked Burma among the 20 poorest countries of the world and for the economic distress of the country, many including the UN blamed the …

League of Demagoguery

The National Interest Online, DC –

The same would be true today if a US-led coalition invaded Burma, for example. Having set out his dubious premises, Kagan breaks off short, without a single …

Shan State: Villagers Forced Into Local Militia
UNPO, Netherlands –
The Burma Army has been forcing villagers in Shan State to join pro-junta local militia forces, according to reliable sources. …

Taung Twin Gyi NLD chairman dies aged 70
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–U Myat Saing, 70, chairman of the National League for Democracy in Magwe division’s Taung Twin Gyi township, passed away at his home in …

Obama vs. McCain
코리아타임즈, South Korea –
It stated, “We will stand up for oppressed people from Cuba to North Korea and from Burma to Zimbabwe and Sudan.” The Republican platform also mentioned …

Waking up from nightmares
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
We can’t. We don’t watch out, the winds of change will blow us in the direction of Burma. Maybe all the way to Zimbabwe. – Conrado de Quiros, Inquirer.

Literacy camp works on English basics
The Tennessean, TN –
Others fled their country, formerly referred to as Burma, as political refugees, escaping from the military dictatorship. The children, ages 5 to 9, …

Kudos to the Warrior Queens
Seattle Times, United States –
Take a look at the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner closeted for years in her home in Burma/Myanmar on orders from the evil junta. …

Center opens for immigrants
University of North Carolina The Daily Tar Heel, NC –
The majority of the students are civil war refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Growing up at refugee camps in Thailand, many may have only had …

Marionettes enjoy revival
Myanmar Times, Burma –
But the first recorded mention of puppet theatre was found in an inscription at the Htupayan Pagoda in Sagaing, Upper Burma in 1444. …

Right and wrong and ridiculous
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Another mistake of PM Samak is his idea for restoring democracy in Burma. He told visiting UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Aug 25, that Aung San Suu Kyi …

Schools prepare for more refugees
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
In just the past few years, refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have become one of the largest refugee groups that has relocated to the area …

Meet World’s 8th Most Powerful Woman
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
They include US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, No 35; Burma’s Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, No 38; Philippine President Gloria …

Tuesday, September 9
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1988 – Burma’s former Prime Minister U Nu, toppled in a 1962 military coup, announces formation of a rival government. Burma is now known as Myanmar. …

India: From Bamboo huts to Class C drugs
Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
The warning, from Bishop Stephen Rotluanga of Aizawl, close to the border with Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh, comes amid statistics showing that up to one …

Raising heat in hope of a crack
The Canberra Times, Australia –
Recently, he expressed sympathy for the ”good Buddhists” who run the military dictatorship in Burma. The current situation in Bangkok should not, however, …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer says she’s lost weight
San Diego Union Tribune, United States –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was prevented from …

Our prime minister and the rest of the world: The odd couple
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
During his first visit to Burma in March, he returned with much praise for the Burmese junta leader, General Than Shwe, saying he is a Buddhist who …

International media groups urge release of Burmese journalists
Mizzima.com, India –
“So whatever Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar were charged with are unlawful in the eyes of international laws and Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which …

ENC reiterates call for tripartite dialogue
Mizzima.com, India –
… Council (ENC) has said that a political dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ethnic leaders and the military regime is crucial for Burma. …

World focus on Burma (29 August 2008)

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India’s Myanmar Policy An Alternative Roadmap
MorungExpress, India –
At least twelve groups are believed to have bases in Myanmar. India has already provided Burma with military equipment but Burma has also requested …

Suu Kyi party: UN trip yields no results
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s main opposition party lashed out Friday at UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, saying his visits to Myanmar have failed to …

NLD Criticizes Gambari
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has slammed UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari’s mission to Burma …

Soldiers Still Watch Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The officer told The Irrawaddy that most soldiers believe that the political situation in Burma cannot improve without Suu Kyi’s involvement and that even …

Ten jailed for September 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 29, 2008 (DVB)–Ten people, including Bogalay township National League for Democracy chairman U Aung Khin Bo, have been sentenced to 30 months’ …

Public Servant Online, UK –
The complete lock-down in Tibet mirrors that of Burma, a country whose ruling junta is actively supported by the Chinese authorities, including, …

Ukraine, Russia and European stability
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Leave to one side that Russia spends a lot of time arguing in the UN and elsewhere against “interference” in internal affairs, whether in Zimbabwe or Burma. …

US ‘Deeply Disappointed’ about Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Improved relations between Burma and the international community depend on the Burmese regime taking concrete and sincere steps in this direction. …

Joe Biden and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“As far as I know, the US government knows that they need to have dialogue with the Burmese junta,” said Aung Naing Oo, a Burmese political commentator in …

Anger in New Zealand over Deal Easing Trade with Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Free trade here will mean choice New Zealand products will serve at the tables of the fascist junta of Myanmar [Burma], while we get cheap products …

New Zealand labour union attacks ASEAN trade deal
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Hanson cited the murder of Ko Moe Naung, a Seafarers’ Union of Burma (Myanmar) organizer in the Ranong region, who he said was killed by Burmese military …

Sri Mulyani Indrawati: Indonesia’s Woman of Substance
Tempo Interaktif, Indonesia –
… former IMF director for Asia, defeated Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Prize winner who is currently under home arrest by order of Burma’s military regime. …

Suu Kyi 38th most powerful woman in world
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the 38th most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes magazine. …

Lakelanders return from cyclone relief effort
Westmorland Gazette, UK –
Hamish Wilson and Rupert Miller travelled to Burma immediately after Cyclone Nargis struck the west coast of Myanmar on May 2 effecting over 2.5 million …

Five, last year’s protesters, arrested again
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – As news of democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to accept food supplies spreads among people, Burmese junta authorities are taking no …

Maritime Union Criticizes Myanmar Connection In Free Trade Deal
Voxy, New Zealand –
The Maritime Union has previously spoken out about the murder of Ko Moe Naung, a Seafarers’ Union of Burma (Myanmar) organizer in the Ranong region, …

Remarkable women
Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –
Take a look at the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner closeted for years in her home in Burma/Myanmar on orders from the evil junta. …

Burmese singer highlights junta abuse
Radio Australia, Australia –
In the west we have Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Billy Bragg but in Burma, there’s Moon Aung, a folksy-pop protest singer. His concerts feature on-stage …

US lashes Burmese junta’s refusal to cooperate with UN
The Standard, Hong Kong –
The US said it was “deeply disappointed” that Burma’s military regime failed to cooperate with United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who visited the nation …

Russia, China Alliance Weakening Over Georgia
New York Sun, United States –
By Staff Reporter of the Sun | August 29, 2008 UNITED NATIONS — An alliance between two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, …

Burma’s Activists Still In Prison
Voice of America –
According to the human rights group Amnesty International, there are still more than two-thousand political prisoners in Burma. And there seems to be no end …

Gecko Fossil Discovered In Amber
OPB News, OR –
It’s embedded in a piece of amber unearthed in Myanmar that dates back some 100 million years. Researchers say it’s possible the gecko ran into a resin pit …

Ancient geckos Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Former Amherst resident goes global: Qing Zhang joins Nobel group …
Amherst Bulletin, MA –
In July and August, she joined activist/actress Mia Farrow and eight women who have won the Nobel Prize on a trip to Sudan and Burma, countries with close …

When the military takes power
Al-Ahram Weekly, Egypt –
In Myanmar, historically Burma, the military has ruled for more than 45 years after toppling the civilian government of Prime Minister U Nu in 1962. …

People Against Democracy
New America Media, CA –
Thailand is not a Republic but is governed by a monarchy backed by a military junta (as in Burma). These protests represent another military coup, …

Refugee’s new home comes into focus through new lens
Tampabay.com, FL –
Mai Ra Hay was born in Myanmar, a military-led nation once known as Burma, bordered by China, Thailand and India. He was an infant when his family fled …

UK: Foreign Secretary David Miliband speech in Ukraine
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Leave to one side that Russia spends a lot of time arguing in the UN and elsewhere against “interference” in internal affairs, whether in Zimbabwe or Burma. …

US concerned about detained Suu Kyi’s diet
USA Today –
State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters that Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in the military-run country, also known as Burma, …

Refusal of the Burmese Regime to Cooperate with the United Nations
US Department of State, DC –
Improved relations between Burma and the international community depend on the Burmese regime taking concrete and sincere steps in this direction.

World focus on Burma (27 August 2008)

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Liechtenstein Joins International Economic Sanctions In The …
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
… persons, and organizations, based on the Sanctions Act: the States include Iraq, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Myanmar/Burma; …

Bogalay farmers threatened with land confiscation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in cyclone-hit Bogalay township in Irrawaddy division have said that local authorities are threatening to confiscate their land …

Cambodian MP urges UN, ASEAN to fulfill Burma promise
Mizzima.com, India –
… to pay a personal visit to Burma and find a realistic solution to the political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar …

Ore. scientists announce finding of oldest gecko
KTVZ, OR –
Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Gambari meets Indonesian President – ASEAN divided
Mizzima.com, India –
… with Myanmar’s Senior General Shwe.” However, Gambari has recently received mixed messages from ASEAN members Indonesia and Thailand as to what Burma’s …

Politicians defend Daw Suu for not meeting envoy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The problems Burma is facing now could be easily resolved if Daw Suu and Than Shwe could have a talk.” Veteran politician Thakin Chan Htun said he …

More Deaths Reported from Famine in Chin State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Gambari on Wednesday, said that the UN envoy’s mission to Burma had not failed yet, and that the “Group of Friends on Myanmar” still supported his role.

Arrested Monks Held in Rangoon Detention Center
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)—the AAPP—reported on Tuesday that at least seven detained monks, …

Dialogue Suu Kyi’s Real Motive
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
She clearly believes a dialogue—with compromise on both sides—is the most effective chance to establish real democracy in Burma, which she has called for …

Myanmar: UN envoy holds talks with Indonesian officials
MyNews.in, India –
The United Nations envoy to Myanmar held talks today in Jakarta with senior Indonesian officials as part of his continuing consultations with regional …

Terror, trade to top BIMSTEC ministers’ agenda
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
The foreign ministers of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand will be participating in the discussions Friday. …

NLD concerned by rumours of Daw Suu hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… special envoy Ibrahim Gambari in his reconciliation efforts and to show that the people of Burma do not accept the unilateral actions of the government. …

Room at the Table hosts meal for Myanmar
Lexington Minuteman,  USA –
On May 3 the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was struck by Cyclone Nargis with devastating results. The winds and rain took the lives of an estimated …

Chin: WFP Assists Victims in Chin State
UNPO, Netherlands –
WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to …

Communicating Culture
Boise Weekly,  USA –
Refugees from Bhutan, Burundi and Burma shuffled in their chairs as interpreters explained how to fill out American job applications. …

Indonesia hopes Myanmar dialog to be resumed
Antara, Indonesia –
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government has expressed hope the dialog between Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the government under …

Laos: Mekong floods leave four dead
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Some local observers suggested that the steady influx was due to the impact of Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma at a time when inflation and unemployment were …

Lack of funds threatens Free Burma Rangers’ aid efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Relief efforts by the Free Burma Rangers to help cyclone victims in the Irrawaddy delta are under threat due to funding shortages, …

Indonesia says Gambari mission has not failed in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
27 (Xinhua) — Indonesia considered that the UN mission in Myanmar carried out by its special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has not failed yet, supporting the envoy …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction
Diamonds.net, NY –
Myanmar relies on its precious gems trade as a key source of revenue and continues to sell to neighboring China and Thailand. Previous auctions in June and …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction IDEX Online, Israel –

Nepal’s rulers must release child soldiers

Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

We’re working on one country, which has some difficulty in this protocol; but we think that it’s within reach” Myanmar’s detained democracy leader, …

President Yudhoyono receives UN special envoy for Myanmar

Antara, Indonesia –

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received the UN secretary general`s special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, …

Clooney helps Darfur victims

Adelaidenow, Australia –

Not On Our Watch has already raised more than $8 million to help victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

China’s Tibet and Indonesia’s West Java hit by powerful earthquakes

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… people were killed by a 5.9-magnitude quake which hit southwestern Yunnan province on Thursday (August 21) near China’s border with Myanmar (Burma). …

Reports of Daw Suu Kyi’s refusal of daily food supplies creating …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus has further urged for a comprehensive assessment of Daw Aung Suu Kyi’s health must be carried out as soon as …

IRINnews.org, NY –

… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Freedom of Religion Poses A Problem for Travelers

Howard University The Hilltop (subscription), DC –

As Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, China’s stance on religious freedom faced much scrutiny from human rights groups and world leaders. …

Gambari’s Myanmar Visit “Disappointing,” UK Mission Says, UN Takes …

Inner City Press, NY –

UNITED NATIONS, August 26 — “Disappointing” is how the UN’s Ibrahim Gambari’s trip to Myanmar was described Tuesday by UK Ambassador John Sawers. …

Taking Names

Washington Times, DC –

Not on Our Watch has raised more than $7 million to help victims of both the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

RP docs, others can practice in ASEAN now
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Its other members are military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), oil-rich Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The group aims to achieve …

Burma’s Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s detained opposition leader, is said to be on a hunger strike in protest at her country’s brutal military regime. …

The Peking games
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Scanning these pages the other day, my eye was caught by a reference to “Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known)”. But should it? …

Myanmar: The war criminal was elevated by the United Nations, to …

UN envoy to Myanmar who is a pro-military regime

OpEdNews, PA –
Sani Abacha is like Burma military leader, Than Shwe, who has continued suppression of the free press , and has overseen the detention of journalists and …

UN:Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar, and today he was in Bangkok and met with the …

UN : Top UN envoy concludes latest visit to Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The senior United Nations envoy to Myanmar today wrapped up his six-day visit to the Asian country by meeting with senior members of the Government and the …

People Magazine –
… of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar (also known as Burma), according to executive director Alex Wagner. …

Samak’s remarks on Burma do more damage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By The Nation Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s recent comments on Burma were ridiculous, even bordering on absurdity. It showed his total ignorance of the …

George Bush’s Legacy in Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Amidst world political tensions, Burma analysts and observers have begun to question if the Bush’s eight years in office have done enough to advance a …

Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Independent, UK –
An NLD spokesman in Burma said he could not confirm whether she had stopped eating but that bags of food delivered to a checkpoint outside her house in …