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World focus on Burma (14 December 2008)

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The UN and Human Rights: Standing Up for the Values We Share
Democrat Newspaper, St. Kitts and Nevis –
On the contrary, most countries in this region of democratic nations abstained, and one even stood with Iran and Burma to try to block debate that would …

… who cringingly call Bombay Mumbai and Peking Beijing, still refuse to rename Rangoon Yangon and Burma Myanmar, though the logic of doing so is the same. …

China: Two myths and one in the making
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
China supports the Myanmar (Burmese) junta politically, plus with economic aid and arms because of the strategic advantage the country and its offshore …

US First Lady Praises Women Dissidents on International Human …
NewsBlaze, CA –
Burmese female dissidents are “following in the footsteps” of Nobel laureate and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, she said. Suu Kyi was elected …

Journalism Still a Dangerous Profession in Uzbekistan
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, UK –
Uzbekistan comes fifth on the list, following China, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. The report lists Muhammad Bekjonov, editor of the Uzbek opposition newspaper …

Nobel Peace Laureates Launch Appeal for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Voice of America –

… Nations to push harder to bring about national reconciliation in Burma and the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Former Burma Dictator’s Daughter Released from House Arrest
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s military government has released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest. …

Jailed Activist’s Wife Tells Story
Radio Free Asia, DC –
In 1992, when she was 15, her father was in Mandalay Prison, her mother held at Insein Prison in Rangoon, and her brother at Thayet Prison in central Burma. …

Daughter of Burma’s ex-military strongman freed, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The military government released the daughter of Burma’s long time strongman Ne Win from house-arrest on Friday …

Burma’s military government has freed the daughter of the late leader, Ne Win, who has been under house arrest for more than six years, friends said. …

China and Neighbors Agree to Settle Trades in their Own Currencies, China –
… Mongolia , Vietnam , and Burma , according to which signatories have the freedom in to choose the settlement currency in bilateral trade between them. …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Easier (press release), UK –
Now a prisoner in her homeland, Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This Summit is dedicated to her. With the collaboration of the …

Brisk sale of single use GSM SIM cards, India –
Ltd.’, the sales agent for Myanmar Telecom Department, has started to sell the single-use GSM SIM cards. Both Burmese nationals and foreigners are buying …

Thirty more firms financing Burmese junta, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The lack of effective sanctions on Burma’s military rulers has allowed business firms to invest in the Southeast Asian …

Myanmar to hold five-day gems auction: state media
Lanka Business Online, Sri Lanka –
The auction would be held January 5-9 at Myanmar Gems Pavilion in Yangon, the Burmese-language Myanma Ahlin newspaper said. Buyers would have to pay an …

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December 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

World focus on Burma (13 December 2008)

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Asia Pacific League For Freedom And Democracy Meets On Guam
Pacific News Center –
Guam – 60 delegates from 17 Asian and Pacific countries are on Guam this weekend for the 54th gathering of the Asia Pacific League for Freedom and Democracy …

Myanmar releases former dictator’s daughter from house arrest
Monsters and –
Ne Win came to power in 1962 after a coup against Myanmar’s first elected post-independence prime minister U Nu. He launched Myanmar, also called Burma, …

Saturday, December 20
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
1852 – British forces annex Pegu, lower Burma, in war with Burmese. 1860 – South Carolina becomes the first US state to secede from the Union. …

Christina Patterson: Blog and be damned – and thrown into prison
Independent, UK –
A trio of comedians in Burma joked about their time in prison, being tortured. Now, they do illegal shows on Monday nights in their front room. …

Silence raises questions of relevance
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… by protesters going under the banner of the People’s Alliance for Democracy. “Thailand and Burma are adequate test cases for the toothless Asean. …

Mia Kirshner Declares: “I Live Here”
Comic Book Resources, Ca –
For example, sexual violence against women in Burma and an unspoken genocide within Burma. In Chechnya, a population of people who, post-9/11, …

Burma’s Junta Doesn’t See Humor in Zargana’s Comedy
Huffington Post, NY –
He was incarcerated for criticizing the government’s response to Cyclone Nargis and leading a private relief effort. On Nov. …

Hope for Suu Kyi release
Hindu, India –
SINGAPORE: Myanmar’s military government has informed democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi that her “appeal for release is being considered. …

Looking Beyond 2010 Election in Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
If Ban were to go to Burma without having to achieve any substantive results, he could demean the Secretary General’s office. His basic demands, such as the …

Community leaders: Five notable nominees
Dallas Morning News, TX –
Second, she really is the highest-level person in the world to stand up to the generals in Burma. The Burmese activists are terribly sad she’s leaving the …

The UN must not admit defeat under the military dictators of Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Afterwards he told the media that he will only go to Burma (Myanmar) if there are some positive growths by the Than Shwe regime, including release of …

Nobel laureates launch appeal for Aung San Suu Kyi
They also urged world leaders to “force the Burma regime to start a peaceful reconciliation process in order to restore democracy and respect for …

CFI gives 2008 Freedom Award to Laura Bush
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News, MI –
… over five decades, and has also called for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democratic leader who has been under house arrest since 1989. …

Jackson Diehl: The door that Bush kept open
Arizona Republic, AZ –
On Wednesday, in honor of the 60th Human Rights Day, Bush did it one more time, inviting dissident bloggers from China, Burma, Iran, Cuba, Belarus, …

The importance of universality
Index On Censorship, UK –
… in pessimism unrelieved’, others were fomenting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an unparalleled statement of optimism and faith in humanity. …

Solidarity vs. the infernal spiral of terrorism
International Viewpoint, UK –
Other military conflicts engulf South Asia and a veritable arc of crisis has formed from Afghanistan in the west, to the Burmese frontier via Sri Lanka to …

Junta rejects Aung San Suu Kyi’s petition: NLD-LA, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has rejected outright a petition by the lawyer of detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung …

Illegal elephant trade flourishes in Burma: TRAFFIC, India –
Chris R. Shepherd, TRAFFIC’s Southeast Asia Senior Program Officer, said, “The elephant population in Myanmar [Burma] is declining due to poaching and …

Opposition MP released, India –
The Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi led party won the elections in 1990 but the military regime not only refused to hand over power but put the party under …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 13, 2008 at 5:53 am

World focus on Burma (26 September 2008)

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Win Htein remains in Katha prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 26, 2008 (DVB)–Political prisoner Win Htein, who was released on Tuesday and re-arrested the following day, remains in Katha prison but has been given …

Under the Dragon celebrates the ‘gentle generosity’ of the natives …
The North Bay Nugget, Canada –
Rory Maclean’s Under the Dragon is the finest book you will ever read about Burma — that tragically abused and heartbreakingly beautiful southeast Asian …

Denmark continues to be the world’s least corrupt country
Copenhagen Capacity, Denmark –
For the second consecutive year, Somalia and Myanmar (former Burma) have bottom rankings. The countries are ranked on a scale from 0-10, 0 being the lowest. …

Checks and search operations in Rangoon after bomb blast, India –
New Delhi – The Burmese military junta authorities are searching and monitoring crowded places such as traffic lampposts, markets and bus stops in the wake …

Rights groups deplore pervading atmosphere of repression in Burma, India –
Specifically, the rights watchdog references the fact that dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is presently non-existent, …

1st anniversary of Burma’s bloody Saffron Revolution
OpEdNews, PA –
As a result of the junta’s excessive use of violence, nearly 100 monks and many lay people were killed. Over 8000 people were arrested nationwide. …

NLD to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Filipino protesters display photos of Burma’s last year protests led by Buddhist monks during a silent protest outside the Burmese Embassy at the financial …

Doing What Needs to be Done
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Earlier this week, The Irrawaddy spoke with Win Tin, Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner, who was released on Tuesday after spending 19 years behind …

UNESCO: Director-General welcomes Myanmar’s release of U Win Tin …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed his “immense joy” over the release by the authorities of Myanmar of U Win Tin, …

EU: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU following …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… the Burmese authorities, showing a real willingness to meet the expectations of the international community, in both political and human rights terms, …

Release Aung San Suu Kyi: Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS The US first lady Laura Bush on Thursday again urged the Burmese military junta to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Weekly Business Roundup (September 26, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It’s believed to be associated with shipping and aviation—key transport in junta-linked exports. The British human rights NGO Burma Campaign UK says its …

Gambari Should Be Tougher on Junta: PM in Exile
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Gambari is often accused by critics of spending more time in the company of the junta than with pro-democracy leaders when he is in Burma. …

False dawn in Myanmar
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
There is no word yet if opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), or other opposition parties, will be allowed to …

Burma on alert on anniversary of Saffron Revolution
Radio Australia, Australia –
CHO: He is a former army captain and senior assistant to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He was released from Kosar prison in northern Burma but a few hours later he …

Laura Bush implores junta to respect international appeals, India –
… democratic opposition for several years, and an especially avid observer of the prolonged plight of Burma’s detained democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma: UK Considers Further Sanctions
UNPO, Netherlands –
Britain has admitted that it could seek further sanctions against the Burmese junta if it fails to improve its human rights record and deliver on promises …

World at a glance, UK –
Britain has admitted that it could seek further sanctions against the Burmese junta if it fails to improve its human rights record and deliver on promises …

Philippine activists remember violent Myanmar protests
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Egoy Bans, leader of the Free Burma Coalition-Philippines, said the repression in Myanmar continues and the military has been arresting pro-democracy …

No Happy Anniversary for Than Shwe
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… political struggle, as he was considered to be close to detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and is known to command respect among Burmese people. …

Bitterness lingers on in Burma a year after `Saffron Revolution’
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… of the new constitution would also bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding any kind of political office in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

The trouble with India
European Voice, Belgium –
It would irritate China, undermine India’s status at the UN and complicate regional diplomacy with Iran, Burma and central Asian autocracies. …

EDITORIAL: Let’s weigh dangers before we jump into biofuel production
ThisDay, United Republic of Tanzania –
Several years ago, faced with growing food shortages, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) ordered farmers throughout the country to start growing …

Fearless, and not forgotten
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
And exactly a year ago today those protests in Burma were met by brutal force from the ruling military junta. Hundreds were injured in the crackdown as the …

Myanmar junta flexes muscles a year after crackdown
Reuters UK, UK –
Security was especially tight near the house of detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and in front of City Hall, where a small …

Thida: Imprisonment a temporary death
The Brown Daily Herald, RI –

Thida, this year’s International Writers Project fellow, was imprisoned by the Burmese government in 1993 for actively supporting Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Monks travelling to Rangoon subjected to rigorous checks
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Monks from rural areas in Burma are undergoing stringent checking by the military junta authorities. The checks begin from the onset of their journey till …

On the first anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, despite U Win …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Despite attempts by the military regime to hinder the operations of the traditional media like television and radio, hundreds of Burmese civilians used the …

Tight security in Myanmar
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘Human rights were violated here,’ he said. The protests began sporadically in late August 2007 over a hike in fuel prices, and slowly escalated. …

Unrest in Malaysia, Thailand – The Washington Times
International Analyst Network, NY –
In Thailand, People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protestors have occupied government buildings since August 26, with a state of emergency declared in …

35 NLD members march to detained party leader’s residence, India –
At least 35 members of Burma’s Opposition party the National League for Democracy have begun marching towards detained party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’, …

No progress in Burma, says group
BBC News, UK –
Repression in Burma has increased since the ruling military government crushed pro-democracy protests a year ago, says the US-based Human Rights Watch group …

Police on streets for anniversary of brutal crackdown
First Post, UK –
The date September 26 has entered Burma’s calendar of events commemorating the current regime’s 20-year iron rule – beginning with the September 1988 mass …

EU-India: Time to move from style to substance
New Europe, Belgium –
… its global responsibilities and should stand up more forcefully against violations of democracy and human rights in countries like Burma and Zimbabwe . …

Tight security prevents repeat of Myanmar protests: opposition
The NLD, led by detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won elections in 1990 but was never allowed to take power. Myanmar has been run by the military …

Suu Kyi’s party asked to retract statement
Peninsula On-line, Qatar –
yangon • Myanmar’s police chief held his first meeting with leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party yesterday, asking them to retract their call …

Undercover: Peter Cave interviews a student leader (ABC)
ABC Online, Australia –
In addition, I needed an interview with an official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. It was a tall order but within an hour it had all …

Rights group says Myanmar repression continues year after crackdown
Rather than let Burma’s rulers continue to engage in fruitless dialogue, the international community should demand real action,” she said in a statement. …

Burma’s unfinished revolution
Boston Globe, United States –
… have called for “true democracy” in Burma, appealing for the release of their sister laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and expressing solidarity with all people …

Burma’s Bluff
Wall Street Journal –
Burma’s state media reported 9002 prisoners were released this week as part of the junta’s plan for a “peaceful modern discipline-flourishing democratic …

In Myanmar, cyclone continues to take a toll
Los Angeles Times, CA –
… said Shin Imai, who runs the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s operations in Myanmar, which also is known as Burma. …

Myanmar: Junta Threatens Action Against Opposition
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
YANGON, MYANMAR: Myanmar’s military government has threatened the party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi with legal action unless it …

Assam] Support Burma’s Monks From Your Home
AssamNet, India –
The petition asks Ban Ki-moon to make freeing Burma’s 2130 political prisoners a top priority. Yesterday the regime released 9000 prisoners; however, …

A year has passed since popular protests against Burma’s ruling junta filled the streets of Rangoon. A military crackdown finally brought the demonstrations …

Rampaging rats bring starvation to Burma
BBC News, UK –

Local human rights groups say of an estimated 500000 population, 100000 people are at crisis point. They blame a natural phenomenon, which occurs every 50 …

Generals still rule Myanmar with firm grip
International Herald Tribune, France –
The generals’ domination in Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been tested repeatedly over the past two decades — by the monks last September, by Daw Aung San Suu …

Tradition and technology
Times Online, UK –
While democracy activists and Buddhist monks marched in their hundreds of thousands against Burma’s military regime, it was the country’s internet …

In tiny acts of defiance, a revolution still fickers
Times Online, UK –

… general election in 1990, won by the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent most of the intervening years under house arrest.

Junta’s election road map: political amnesty
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… weekly Myanmar Times reported. Amnesty International estimates there are still more than 2100 political prisoners languishing in Burma’s jails. …

Burma: One Year After Violent Crackdown, Repression Continues
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, made a report after his November 2007 visit, but acknowledged it …

Myanmar’s Release Of Long-Serving Detainee ‘Positive’ Step, Says … (press release), New Zealand –
The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has hailed Myanmar’s release of U Win Tin, a writer and former …

Starving in Burma
BBC News, UK –

One of Burma’s smallest ethnic minorities, the Mara, say hundreds of their people have starved to death. Local human rights groups believe food shortages …

Myanmar’s Release Of Long-Serving Detainee ‘Positive’ Step, Says … (press release), New Zealand –
… vice-chair of Myanmar’s Writers’ Association and a founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD), whose leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house …

S Korean court says Myanmar refugees can stay
Daily Times, Pakistan –
SEOUL: South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that eight men from Myanmar should be granted refugee status since they were likely to face political …

Six hurt as blast rocks Myanmar
The National, United Arab Emirates –
“What happened then has changed Myanmar for ever – the screams of the monks being beaten is indelibly marked in the hearts of all true Burmese,” he said, …


In Picture: Junta’s crackdown during the Saffron Revolution in 2007

World focus on Burma (22 September 2008)

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Burmese women’s group in exile concerned about Nilar Thein, India –
… to the United Nations Security Council to intervene in Burma’s political crisis and urged them to take a stronger stand against Burma’s ruling junta. …

Event: Salman Rushdie and Acclaimed Authors Join Burmese Monks One ...
MarketWatch –
On Tuesday, September 23, at 7 pm, renowned authors, journalists, and human rights experts will join Burmese monks on the anniversary of the military’s …

Building peace and security through democracy
Manila Times, Philippines –
Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League of Democrat stood up for democracy in Burma’s 1988 elections and won overwhelmingly—and until today she remains …

Burmese currency notes used to demand Suu Kyi’s freedom, India –
Activists have launched a campaign for the freedom of the Burmese democracy icon and Noble Peace Laureate by writing: ‘May Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be free as …

Commentary: Burma’s collective action problem
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Particularly pertinent for the pro-democracy movement are the combined repressive activities of the Swan Arr Shin and USDA – the pro-junta militia. …

Daw Suu’s appeal finalised
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 22, 2008 (DVB)–Detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal against her house arrest is to be submitted to Naypyidaw …

Americans concerned about loss of world standing: poll
… Washington to take a new tack in foreign policy by talking to enemies like the leaders of Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Hamas and Hezbollah. …

Burma tests Chinese milk powder in laboratories, India –
“But so far, I have not seen the government making any kind of announcement to avoid the use of milk powder, though the New Light of Myanmar carried a few …

Alliance into the 21st century
The Australian, Australia –
… I believe it is incumbent on the US to stand with those who struggle for freedom, whether it is Aung San Suu Kyi’s non-violent resistance in Burma or …

Burma / China / Côte d’Ivoire
Freemuse, Denmark –
2008 is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which protects freedom of expression under Article 19.

Burma Tops US Agenda at Upcoming UN General Assembly
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… will make it a point to seek cooperation of the international community to help in the restoration of democracy in Burma and protection of human rights. …

Religious freedom hanging in the balance in Burma, India –
With specific reference to the monk-led protests of 2007, the report calls out the generals on their attempt to “systematically restrict efforts by Buddhist …

Jolie-Pitt Foundation Gives $1m to Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
Human Rights Watch has long called for a return to civilian rule and a genuine political dialogue that includes Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Web Sites Back Online, but Fears of Further Attacks Remain
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma currently has three ISPs—the state-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), which operates Myanmar Info-tech; the semi-government-owned Myanmar …

Taking a Deep Breath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
I took on this assignment in May 2006 as Under Secretary General for Political Affairs, but I was not designated as special advisor on Myanmar [Burma] until …

Rohingya Group Jailed for Seeking Work in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Rohingya minority are prohibited from travelling outside Arakan State and are further marginalized by other discriminatory regime laws. …

Afghanistan, Belarus, Indonesia and Seven Other Countries …
The Cutting Edge News, DC –
In addition, the following countries designated in 2006 should remain as CPCs: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan. …

Mbeki: The last of a dying breed
Thought Leader, South Africa –
It is a time when the citizens of the world — from the US to the UK, Burma to Zimbabwe, the Muslim world to the rest of the African continent — are …

Searching for Track II, India –
And perhaps even more significantly, NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to meet with Gambari, apparently in a show of discontent with the progress of the …

UN challenges to help Asia’s displaced
Radio Australia, Australia –
There are an estimated eight-million people in Asia, displaced this year by conflict and natural disasters like Burma’s Cyclone Nargis and China’s Sichuan …

Health agencies fear poison milk may enter Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
“In all the countries in our region including Myanmar, we are actively working with the ministries of health and others to promote exclusive breast feeding. …

Fox-Davies Capital: Fox-Davies Capital Monday News Wrap
Proactive Investors UK, UK –
UK AIM listed D1 Oils and BP have been active in various regions in India, whilst Burma’s Junta issued a mass cultivation initiative to reach up to 3.25m …

Burmese dictators launch cyberwars
IT Examiner, India –
By Examiner Staff @ Monday, September 22, 2008 9:04 AM Exiled dissidents running web sites attacking the ruling Burmese junta have been subjected to a …

Human rights the loser at UN — report
Business Day, South Africa –
… funders of UN programmes, they have suffered defeats on Kosovo, Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe in the past year and lost control of the Human Rights Council. …

Is Sri Lanka China’s Georgia?
Groundviews, Sri Lanka –
… and food security, climate change and global warming, humanitarian responses to flooding in Bihar and Haiti and Burma, Russia’s invasion of Georgia. …

Monks jailed, disrobed for challenging junta
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

They are among the 1004 political prisoners who have been arrested in Burma, or Myanmar, since the protests, the largest number detained in nearly two …

Mbeki’s Legacy
Wall Street Journal –
At the UN, his diplomats worked with China to prevent a debate on human rights abuses in Burma. South Africa’s intelligence minister visited Iran last year, …

Eight million displaced this year in Asia
Radio Australia, Australia –
They’re among an estimated eight million people in Asia, displaced this year by conflict and natural disasters like the cyclone in Burma and China’s Sichuan …

Dark Burmese days, UK –
Fearful of further unrest during the anniversary of the saffron revolution, the junta appears to be doing its utmost to continue silencing Burmese media. …

Burmese refugees have right to phone home

Bangkok Post- ……refugees who have escaped persecution by the criminal rulers of their country have every right to call home to their friends and advise them on how to resist …..

What if India were not partitioned?
The News International, Pakistan –
Many Indians fantasize about such a nation, stretching from Iran to Burma, from the Middle East to the Far East, and the maps of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak …

Campaigning Harper hands off UN speech to envoy, Canada –
Political clout is also useful in the promotion of what has become one of Canada’s most important diplomatic roles – highlighting Iran’s poor human rights …

Reporters on the Job
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Journalism 101: To report today’s story about secret Burmese schools, correspondent Anand Gopal went deep into the jungle along the Thailand-Burma (Myanmar) …

Burma’s secret schools of dissent
Christian Science Monitor, MA –

By Anand Gopal | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor Mae Sot, Thailand; and Rangoon, Burma – Deep in the Thai jungle bordering Burma (Myanmar), …

The Burmese Junta looks to the stars
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Burma became Myanmar and the names of many towns changed too. They imposed these changes at the UN, just as the Khmer Rouge had done changing Cambodia into …

Thai-Based Website Believes Burma Behind Denial of Service Attacks
RedOrbit, TX –
The military junta is determined to prevent the flow of information in and out of Burma. The attack will only make us more determined to focus on our …

Dissident websites crippled by Burma
Times Online, UK –
The attacks coincided with the first anniversary of the “saffron uprising” — ten days of mass demonstrations by Buddhist monks and student activists that …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews
United Press International –
… Singapore, Malaysia, Burma and Bangladesh as well as Hong Kong have banned Chinese dairy products, BizChinaUpdate reported Sunday. …

Does the UN Abet Burmese Generals?
PoliGazette, Netherlands –
… justifies his trips to mediate between Than Shwe and Aung San Suu Kyi as a way to get a deal on Suu Kyi’s release or another round of elections. …

Detained Rangoon-based journalist transferred to Insein prison
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 22, 2008 at 3:23 am

Video: Junta oppression remembered

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Junta oppression remembered
Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88” uprising remembered in Thailand and Philippines on the 20th anniversary.
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August 9, 2008 at 4:04 am

In shadow of Olympics, Myanmar mourns failed ‘88 uprising

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In shadow of Olympics, Myanmar mourns failed ‘88 uprising

Demonstrators gather in central Rangoon to protest against the government, in 1988

Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protestors take it to streets of downtown Rangoon (Yagon)

Exiled Myanmar students hold a rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok

Ne Win


6 August 2008

BANGKOK (AFP) — As China celebrates the start of the Olympics on Friday with much fanfare, activists in neighbouring Myanmar will silently mourn the bloody end of an uprising that crushed their dreams of democracy 20 years ago.

In August 1988, cities and villages across the country then known as Burma were bursting with optimism.

The military dictator Ne Win had just stepped down after decades of iron-fisted rule, and Burma was inspired by a prophecy that it would become a free nation on August 8 — known as 8-8-88.

Students who had already protested for almost a year against Ne Win’s socialist government called for a national uprising on the auspicious date, drawing activists, Buddhist monks, and even young military cadets into the streets clamouring for freedom.

“On August 8, it was not just one city or one area, it was all over Burma — everywhere, even the remote villages. It was not just students or monks or workers. Everybody was there,” said Win Min, then a medical student who helped organise the protests, and now a university professor in Thailand.

“We had high hopes that the situation could change, high hopes that democracy could come to Burma, high hopes that our economic problems would be solved,” he said.

But the euphoria was short-lived.

After dark on August 8, soldiers began shooting protesters in the streets of the then-capital Rangoon, beginning six weeks of bloodshed that left an estimated 3,000 dead.

The protests rumbled on amid the violence, powered by anger at the regime and the once-promising economy it had hammered into the ground.

In the swirl of near-anarchy, a new national leadership emerged in a country under dictatorship since 1962.

The previously obscure and expatriate daughter of a liberation hero, Aung San Suu Kyi, stood before crowds outside the golden Shwedagon Pagoda on August 26, making an eloquent call for democracy and instantly becoming the public face of the movement.

She was joined by veteran politicians and ethnic leaders, including some top generals who had grown disillusioned with the regime.

Without Ne Win, the government struggled to contain the unrest. A series of leaders within the regime rose and fell, until finally a group of generals seized power in a coup on September 18.

The new regime, calling itself the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), officially allowed the creation of opposition parties and moved to create a market economy.

But in reality, the junta clamped down on the democracy movement, placing Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in July 1989. Twenty years later, she is still confined to her home, having only enjoyed a few brief years of freedom.

Even with their leader locked away, her followers in the new National League for Democracy (NLD) won elections in 1990, but were never allowed to govern.

Many student leaders were imprisoned and only released in 2005, when they quickly returned to activism.

They launched new protests against the ruling junta last August, only to be arrested again. Buddhist monks took over the protest movement, but were shot and beaten by security forces in September.

Tun Myint Aung is among the activists, now known as the ’88 Generation, who escaped arrest and continues to try to campaign against the regime while living in hiding.

“The only change has been to a worse condition,” he told AFP, when asked to asses his country’s progress in the past 20 years.

“Now the military junta and their relatives and cronies, this small group exploits our country’s riches. There are great gaps between a handful of military troops and the masses of people.”

The situation in Myanmar now appears worse than ever.

The democracy movement is in shambles after last year’s protests were crushed. The economy is moribund, and huge swathes of the country are still reeling from a devastating cyclone that hit three months ago.

Despite the grim outlook, Win Min says he still believes his country can change — eventually.

“Look at China’s progress,” Win Min said. “Myanmar is where China was 30 years ago.”

“If the economic situation of the people is not improved, there will be demonstrations again.”

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 6, 2008 at 3:41 am

The IOC dictatorship: let the Olympic muzzling begin

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Last night on the news, I saw a story on the Olympics which mentioned that the International Olympic Committee, has stated that any athlete who makes any sort of political statement from the podium in Beijing will be sent home. It seems they don’t want China to be embarrassed in any way. Not about Tibet, not about Darfur, not about anything.

You may say to yourself that that sounds reasonable since the Olympics aren’t supposed to be political. However, I’d say that the Olympics being nonpolitical is the farthest thing from the truth. The Olympics are extremely political, no matter what any individual athlete may or may not do.

The simple fact is the Chinese government is using the Games to legitimize its illegitimate dictatorship, both in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of its own people: “Hey, look what we can do. We’re not such a bad government after all, are we? Look at the big show we’re putting on.”

There’s simply no denying that this is the Party’s big party. The Communist Dictatorship of the Proletariat (or of the rice farmers or whatever) is reaching its pinnacle and these great Olympic Games will finally show the world just how glorious that dictatorship really is.

And if everyone could just forget for the moment that the Chinese government’s rule is, in fact, completely illegitimate–that no one ever elected any of these self-serving corrupt buffoons and that they remain in power only through force and intimidation, no different than in Burma or North Korea–well, that’d be much appreciated.

It would also be extremely helpful if no one mentioned the killing and repression in Tibet or anything at all about the Chinese-armed and -backed states of Burma, Sudan, and North Korea, which, somewhat embarrassingly for their sponsors in Beijing, keep on slaughtering and horrifically repressing their own people. It should be noted, however, that no matter how embarrassing that horrific repression and slaughter may be, China will always be there to veto any and all attempted action by the U.N. Security Council.

Olympic boycott?
I understand why most people don’t support a full Olympic boycott, since that’d be unfair to the athletes, who’ve spent their whole lives training for this. However, I find it more than just a little ridiculous that the IOC thinks it must protect a tyrannical regime from embarrassment. I’d say it’s hardly the IOC’s business whether or not athletes express solidarity with oppressed peoples in places such as Tibet, Darfur and Burma… or China, for that matter.

I mean, why does the IOC care if someone waves a Tibetan flag from the podium?

Well, there are those billions of dollars in revenue, of course. That may have something to do with it.

Can you imagine if an athlete had made an explicit anti-Nazi statement from the podium in Berlin back in 1936? Man, would that ever have wrecked the whole show Hitler was putting on.

Seriously, can you imagine how horrible it would have been had anyone been so rude and inconsiderate as to dare embarrass those poor Nazis? It would have been so tragic, especially after all the work they’d put into preparing for those oh-so-unpolitical games? Thank God no one did anything inappropriate, and the IOC didn’t have to punish any of the athletes for any inexcusable behaviour.

Let’s just hope that all morality can once again be suppressed in Beijing as well.

Come on people, really now, lighten up. Slaughter, repression, genocide, these things are irrelevant. There’s a sporting festival to be held and billions in advertising revenues to be made. Let the Games begin!

Mike Cowie is a writer currently embarked on a book about his three-year trip across Asia with his wife, Sonoko. Read more of Mike’s views on his Web site.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 26, 2008 at 6:49 am