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World focus on Burma (4 January 2009)

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4, 1948, Burma ended 60 years of colonial rule when it officially declared independence from Britain. In June 1945, Burmese soldiers fought with the British …

Opposition: No hope for future of Myanmar
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s pro-democracy party marked the 61st anniversary of the country’s independence from Great Britain on Sunday, …

Burma Blacklists US Artist
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
An American academic couple abandons a visit to Burma because one of them is blacklisted. BANGKOK—A prominent American professor and human rights advocate …

Three ‘small boys’
Manila Times, Philippines –
In the Burmese-Thai border, Johnny and Luther Htoo, 12-year-old twins, impressively command “God’s Army” of Karen rebels fighting Burma’s despotic military …

Today in History
Boston Globe, United States –
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured …

Myanmar marks 61-year independence
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
Myanmar, the former Burma, has marked the 61st anniversary of its independence with a ceremony and military parade attended by 3000 senior officials. …

Defiant Burmese junta marks independence day
Radio Australia News, Australia –
About 3 thousand ministers, government employees and senior officials attended the ceremony and the formal military parade in the remote capital of …

Colonial-era hotel a reminder of romantic past in neglected Myanmar
Asbury Park Press, NJ –
Before World War II, the Strand was reserved for “whites only,” but during the Japanese occupation of Burma — as Myanmar was formerly known — it became an …

THIS DATE IN HISTORY
Newsday, NY –
1948: Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. 1951: During the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured Seoul …

Myanmar junta condemns ‘neocolonialist’ threat to independence
Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Than Shwe said all Burmese people were duty-bound to safeguard the country’s independence and sovereignty. The military junta is an international pariah for …

Burma Junta marks independence day
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar/Burma marked the 61st anniversary of its independence on Sunday with pomp and defiance, as the military junta called on citizens to support …

Human Rights Abuse in Myanmar?
코리아타임즈, South Korea –

… have breached and will continue to breach a number of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises related to their activities in Burma (Myanmar). .

Marking Burma’s Independence Day
Voice of America –
Sunday, January 4, 2009 marks the 61st anniversary of Burma’s independence from British rule. Yet for most of the years since then, the aspirations of …

US expresses support in Burma anniversary message
Radio Australia News, Australia –
The United States has highlighted its support for efforts to establish democracy in military-run Burma, in a statement marking Burma’s 61st anniversary of …

Every day is special – 04.01.2009
Sunday’s Zaman, Turkey –
Today is Independence Day in Myanmar (Burma). On Jan. 4, 1948, the nation became an independent republic, named the Union of Burma, with Sao Shwe Thaik as …

Don’t be fooled by the ‘little’ woman
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The Burmese dissenter Aung San Suu Kyi could well have been assassinated by now if she were a man. Delicate, slight and fetching, she makes the perfect …

Huge Year for Natural Disasters
Democrat Newspaper, St. Kitts and Nevis –

Cyclone Nargis in Burma killed an estimated 130000 people and devastated much of the low-lying Irrawaddy Delta region, while the earthquake which struck …

Politics still reign over principles at UN, critics say
FinalCall.com, IL –
… France and Britain have continued to protect Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan while Russia and China continue to shield Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) …

State Department Honors General Aung San’s Vision, Calls for More …
NewsBlaze, CA –
By Stephen Kaufman As Burma’s people prepare to mark the 61st anniversary of their country’s independence from British rule on January 4, …

Rats Causing Famine in Myanmar
Christian News Wire (press release), DC –

… plant’s natural growing cycle has caused parts of the region to be overrun with rats, which has caused a famine in the small country of Myanmar (Burma). …

Just one more year of the dreaded Oh-Ohs
Kamloops This Week,  Canada –
In 2008, a cyclone in Burma killed 78000, while a Chinese earthquake killed 50000, but those disasters were pushed from many minds when financial chaos …



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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 4, 2009 at 1:25 am

World focus on Burma (30 December 2008)

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Burma Arrests 9 Pro-Democracy Protesters
Voice of America –
By VOA News Witnesses say Burmese authorities arrested nine members of an opposition political group Tuesday, as they held a protest in Rangoon calling for …

BURMA:: New Thai Policies Not Junta-Friendly
Inter Press Service, Italy –
But a new foreign policy chapter between Thailand and Burma, or Myanmar as the junta renamed the country, emerged in 2001. It came with the electoral …

Don’t Panic List Time!
Columbia City Paper, SC –
Burma’s military junta – When Category 4 Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma in May, the goons who run Burma like their plantation were not only unprepared, …

The Best and the Worst of 2008: The World
Century Foundation, NY –
Burma cyclone heightens country’s misery and isolation. Myanmar’s rigid military rulers, whose violent suppression of Buddhist monks’ protests in September …

Busy Year For Natural Disasters
RedOrbit, TX –
China’s Sichuan province was struck with both an earthquake which left nearly 70000 dead and cyclone Nargis which struck Burma killing an estimated 130000. …

Nine arrested in rare protest in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
Nyan Win said, the NLD regularly conducts meetings on Tuesday to discuss current and contemporary politics of Burma. Today’s discussions were led by party …

Julie Benz To Host US Campaign For Burma Dinner
Look To The Stars, UK –
The organization is dedicated to empowering grassroots activists around the world to bring about an end to the military dictatorship in Burma.

Burma activists arrested at march
BBC News, UK –
Nine activists have been arrested in Burma’s main city, Rangoon, during a march calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nine NLD youth members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 30, 2008 (DVB)–Nine National League for Democracy youth members were arrested at around 3pm today as they took part in a peaceful march following a talk …

Restrictions stepped up against Win Tin
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He recently visited the families of political prisoners and has also been working to heal rifts between NLD leaders and youth members.

Burma’s Bleak Prospect in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE All parties in Burma can expect 2009 to be a busier year than the one now ending as the country heads for a general election in 2010, …

Africa: Press Freedom Round-Up 2008
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. “The figures may be lower than last year’s …

Hope Floats in the Burmese Town Near Thailand’s Border
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
Yet, there’s nothing like this in Myawaddy, Burma, the poor town opposite Mae Sot, Thailand. The towns lie across the Moei River, a sluggish brown border …

Nine NLD Members Arrested in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burmese military authorities have transferred political prisoners, including student leaders, members of the 88 Generation Students and NLD …

Poor Maternal Health Care Widespread In Eastern Burma
Medical News Today (press release), UK –
Frequency and types of human rights violations varied across the project sites in Eastern Burma. In the Karen region, more than 10% of household were forced …

Agreement between Myanmar and China: Beijing secures gas supplies …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Humanitarian organizations consider the agreement as the latest concession to the Burmese military dictatorship: none of the countries involved in its rich …

Press freedom report finds 60 journalists killed in 2008
Press Gazette, UK –
Thirty-one media arrests were reported in Iraq, 17 in Burma and 38 in China, which hosted the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. The press freedom …

It was not immediately clear where the NLD members were taken. NLD spokesman Nyan Win said he heard that female party member Htet Htet Oo Wei was among …

Press Freedom Round-up 2008 / Better figures despite a hostile …
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqué de presse), Switzerland –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. “The figures may be lower than last year’s …

New Year’s Event Spotlights Sexual Orientation Issues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By VIOLET CHO RANONG — Burmese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) migrant worker activists in Ranong used the New Year to organize a festival …

Myanmar authorities arrest nine protestors
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
The NLD won the 1990 general election, while Suu Kyi was under detention, but has been denied the right to rule by Myanmar’s junta for the past 18 years.

9 Myanmar activists held
Straits Times, Singapore –
There was no immediate confirmation from the NLD. Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest …

Political prisoner dies of tuberculosis
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… middle school in Mandalay, was arrested under section 5(j) of the Emergency Provision Act in December 2003 and was sentenced to seven years in prison. …

UN General Assembly isn’t the right forum for dealing with Burma …
China Post, Taiwan –
The resolution called for the release of over 2100 political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi. (country’s new) constitution resulted in the de facto …

Americans found allies in Burma villagers
Los Angeles Times, CA –
By A Times Staff Writer Reporting from Myitkyina, Myanmar — Long before war brought Evelio Grillo and his comrades to Burma, they had allies ready to …

Burma’s Stilwell Road: A backbreaking WWII project is revived
Los Angeles Times, CA –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

A more dangerous world as 2008 ends
San Antonio Express, TX –
The ruling junta in Burma turned the natural disaster of Cyclone Nargis into a manmade tragedy. Congo, Zimbabwe and Somalia spiraled further into …

MONKS & AMISH
MorungExpress, India –
In Burma the monks who are not in detention by repressive militaryrulers who call the country Myanmar, have returned to their pagodas. …

Insurers’ disaster losses up 50% in 2008
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The year’s deadliest disaster was Cyclone Nargis, which devastated coastal areas in Burma in early May, killing nearly 85000 people. …

NBC Field Notes
MSNBC –
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured …

China To Build Strategic Oil Reserves (SNP)
24/7 Wall St., NY –
That means expanding opportunities in Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan, both countries that have difficulty attracting investment because of their repressive human …

2008 was bad year for disasters
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 135000 people in Burma in May. An earthquake in the Sichuan province of China on 12 May left 70000 dead, 18000 missing and …

‘Major year for natural disaster’
BBC News, UK –
Cyclone Nargis in Burma killed an estimated 130000 people and devastated much of the low-lying Irrawaddy Delta region, while the earthquake which struck …

The good news for the new year is as follows. –
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –
April: Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest and assumes her rightful place as the democratic head of the government of Burma. …

Natural disasters ‘kill 220000 in 2008’
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Most devastating was Cyclone Nargis, which battered Burma in May to kill more than 135000 people, and the earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province the …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 30, 2008 at 3:53 am

World focus on Burma (14 September 2008)

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The Asian century still a long way off
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
“The Thais, all they care about is money, nothing else,” one Burmese acquaintance told me in Rangoon, despite never having been to Thailand. …

Aung San Suu Kyi meets doctor amid health worries: witnesses
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for several hours with her physician Sunday, witnesses said, amid worries for her …

Myanmar loosens some strictures on Aung San Suu Kyi
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Seth Mydans BANGKOK: Myanmar’s military junta will allow the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to receive letters from her two sons as well as some …

Nobel laureate from Iran urges against military action
Los Angeles Times, CA –
… up political pressure on the military regime to democratize the nation and free Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader and 1991 Nobel laureate. …

Rambo-type people less likely to survive disasters!
Entertainment and Showbiz!, India –
To reach the conclusion, Gonzales reviewed miraculous tales of survival from catastrophes like the Burmese cyclone, September 11 attacks and the Boxing Day …

Newspaper: 2 bomb blasts in central Myanmar kill 2
The Associated Press –
The military, which has ruled Myanmar, also called Burma, since 1962, has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms.

Resources center will aid refugee influx
WTHI, IN –
Some of its programs will be specifically for refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Thousands of refugees from Myanmar have resettled in Fort …

Beloved Leader would be mourned by more than those in North Korea
Sunday Herald, UK –
… event of Kim’s demise – think a military-style junta along the lines of that seen in Burma – there would be inevitable tensions over the nuclear issue. …

Climate change challenges
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
In December last year I visited Bangladesh and met people who had lost their homes, their possessions and in many cases their loved ones in Cyclone Sidr. …

Man sets out to retrace his ancestor’s trek around the world …
Chicago Sun-Times, United States –
Tempas, who has been in touch with the State Department, will skip Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, because of political unrest. …

Suu Kyi to appeal to Myanmar junta for her release: lawyer
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will soon submit her first-ever personal appeal for release to Myanmar’s ruling junta, …

India ‘must not show weakness to China’
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
On India’s eastern flank, China has allied with Burma’s military regime and begun constructing another deep water port on the Bay of Bengal. …

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September 14, 2008 at 1:48 am

World focus on Burma (28 August 2008)

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France24, France –
Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 13 of the last 19 years in detention, is said to have started a hunger strike, though a junta …

Human rights at the UN
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
Arbour’s defenders have been equally passionate, pointing to her work on states such as Sudan and Burma. Think tank UN Watch found that of 79 critical …

Burma to Hold Gem Auction

Voice of America –
Gem auctions are a major revenue earner for Burma’s military government. Jewelry companies and human rights groups have urged buyers to boycott Burmese gems …

NLD member attacked by robbers posing as officials
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… but an NLD youth member speculated that they were likely to be members of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association or Swan Arr Shin. …

Five NLD members arrested for peaceful protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… on 15 May they walked from Shwe Yin Aye bus stop to Nyaungdon road in a peaceful protest carrying banners reading ‘Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’,” he said. …

Hands-on care, from the ER to Myanmar’s borders
The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com, MI –
… as well as the refugee camps along the borders of Myanmar, known as Burma until a military junta renamed the country after a 1989 takeover. …

Inner City Press, NY –
UNITED NATIONS, August 28 — In the UN’s continued paralysis about Myanmar, on Wednesday Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson refused to confirm or deny that his …

NLD member sentenced after exposing corruption
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy member who has reported on government corruption cases in the past has been sentenced to 13 months’ …

UN mission in Burma not accomplished
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
By Zin Linn Bangkok, Thailand — UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma on Aug. 23 after failing to secure meetings with senior military leaders or …

Indonesia: Junta and Suu Kyi Urged to Continue Dialog
Tempo Interaktif, Indonesia –
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged the Burma junta military to continue the dialog with democracy leader Aung …

UN Farce: From The Washington Post
South Bend Tribune, IN –
The envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, just finished a sixth fruitless mission to Burma, and it is clear now that UN diplomacy has become a cover for inaction. …

NLD member jailed after photographing polling stations
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“According to his statement, he went to the Myawaddy-Mae Sot area [on the Thai-Burma border] in January 2008 to attend video training and met with some …

It’sa Process Perhaps, but a Failed One
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW UN special envoys to Burma have come and gone over the past 20 years, each time leaving the country empty-handed. There have been eight of them, …

Murder Story Draws Police Wrath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is a common practice in Burma for news of crimes written by independent reporters to be censored. All stories in the print media must pass through the …

Bimstec ministers aim to forge new relations
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Established in 1997, Bimstec was formerly named using the first initial of its founding members – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and Thailand …

Manila to sign ASEAN charter
TVNZ, New Zealand –
Manila had previously insisted that Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi be released from house arrest before it would ratify the charter. …

Chin State: More Deaths Reported from Famine
UNPO, Netherlands –
Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to forage for …

World Forum For Democratization In Asia Issues Statement On …
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… Peace Laureate and Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: “It is no longer acceptable to resolve political disputes through the use of force. …

Myanmar: Cyclone survivors look to radio
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Lawyer Kyi Win asks to visit Daw Suu again
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–U Kyi Win, lawyer for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is waiting to hear if his request for permission to visit the detained National League for …

Sen Santiago to push ratification of ASEAN charter
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
“No wonder that Burma was among the first to ratify…The Charter does not have enough collective teeth to discipline Burma,” said Akbayan party-list …

Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses Provisions
Vatican Radio, The Vatican –
Last week Suu Kyi cancelled meetings with UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his six-day visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Suu Kyi’s message to the world: UN is on the wrong track
OpEdNews, PA –
by Zaw Nay Aung Page 1 of 1 page(s) The UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma without seeing the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the regime’s high …

UN Burma’s Generals — II
Wall Street Journal –
The United Nations has long been an enabler of Burma’s tyrannical leaders. Last week it reached a new low. Ibrahim Gambari, the UN’s special envoy to Burma, …

Embassy Row
Washington Times, DC –
Iraq scored as the world’s third-most corrupt nation, after Burma and Somalia, in a review last year of 180 countries and territories by Transparency …

Burmese refugee stops in Utica after 3000-mile walk
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
… freedom and to witness to Burma,” he said, referring to the widespread persecution and lack of freedom reported in that country, now known as Myanmar. …

Oregon scientists find oldest gecko
Seattle Post Intelligencer –
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 …

Comuzzi says $2 M will help settle newcomers in the area
Thunder Bay’s Source, Canada –
Wahley Ray has been living in Thunder Bay for the last six years coming here from Burma, also known as Myanmar. He said the services offered by the …

Public Service – International Development Issue 10
Public Servant Online, UK –
This has been particularly true in recent months, with accounts of natural disasters in China and Burma, a growing global food crisis, and political …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 28, 2008 at 3:46 am

World focus on Burma (23 August 2008)

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WFP closes Bangkok relief air bridge for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Don Mueang Airport has been used as a logistic hub to speed up the transfer of humanitarian assistants to the victims in time since cyclone Nargis hit Burma …

It’s a gift – to take extra aid from the Chancellor
Yorkshire Post, UK –
Following the cyclone disaster in Burma in May, both the Red Cross and the British umbrella body for aid organisations, the Disasters Emergency Committee, …

UN envoy leaves Myanmar, fails to meet Suu Kyi

Reuters –

Ibrahim Gambari, on his sixth visit as part of a UN push for reforms in the former Burma, extended his trip by one day in hopes of meeting the Nobel …

UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar International Herald Tribune, France –

UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi in Myanmar elEconomista.es, Spain –

Myanmar to remove ‘provocative’ billboards

International Herald Tribune – Asia-Pacific

YANGON, Myanmar: Billboards in Myanmar’s commercial capital that feature scantily clad women will be torn down and replaced with advertisements featuring more culturally appropriate images, the government said ……

Business Roundup (August 23, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Myanmar [Burma] and the executive board receive regular reports. Independent assessments have all found that the programme is in full compliance with the …

Transnational Institute, Netherlands –
Meanwhile, current levels of development assistance for Burma and Laos remain low. The decline has led users to shift from smoking opium to injecting heroin …

Singapore rejects visa extension of six Burmese Citizens
Mizzima.com, India –
… 2007 during the ASEAN summit, and also held ‘Vote No’ campaigns against the Burmese junta’s ‘sham’ referendum in April and May 2008. …

175000 Strong global handshake to land in Beijing ahead of Olympic …
MyNews.in, India –
“Some in China have slandered human rights activism as violent and anti-Chinese. Our handshake campaign is an attempt to reach out to Chinese people and …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, Aug 23 (TNA) — Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag left Bangkok Saturday for a three-day official visit to neighbouring Myanmar and to inspect …

Seeming is believing in Beijing
Boston Globe, United States –
The crucial period, it seems, for human rights activists or the United States to have influenced the communist government in Beijing was before it won its …

Anniversary of the Arrest of Pro-Democracy Activists in Burma
US Department of State, DC –
….to release all political prisoners, including Aing San Suu Kyi, Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, and an end to the regime’s attempts to intimidate and silence those who seek the promotion of democracy and human rights in Burma. …

Inner City Press, NY –
Is that pretty much the way he apportions to the democratically elected leaders of Burma? Deputy Spokesperson: As you know, Mr. Gambari is in Myanmar to …

UN makes last cyclone aid flight to Myanmar
Daily Times, Pakistan –
BANGKOK: The last UN aid flight taking supplies to Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta took off from its base in Thailand, the World Food Programme …

China Daily –

KUNMING: At least a dozen earthquakes hit Yingjiang county in western Yunnan province, on the border with Myanmar, on Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Administration…..

Grist Magazine

Natural disasters made more severe by climate change will hit especially hard in regions with shaky political, economic, and security situations, says a new report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and relief agency CARE International. Vulnerable areas include central Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Sahel; Afghanistan, the Caspian region, India, Iran, and Pakistan; and Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar…..

The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Myanmar has made it easier for foreign aid to reach Cyclone Nargis victims, says Mercy Malaysia general manager Mona Hanim Sheikh Mahmud…..

ICA International Poster Competition
Jewelers Circular Keystone Online, NY –
The International Colored Gemstone Association will conduct its fifth international poster competition at its next congress, May 5-10, 2009, in Panyu, …

ICA worried about collateral damage at Myanmar Diamond World Magazine, India –

CWS appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Nargis response

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3 and, according to figures supplied by the United Nations in July, killed more than 84530 persons; 53836 are still …

Voice of America –
By VOA News United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has extended a five-day visit to Burma until Saturday, in hopes that he will be able to meet with …

UN envoy aims for second chance Suu Kyi meeting San Diego Union Tribune, United States –

UN envoy extends Burma visit WalesOnline, United Kingdom

World focus on Burma (13 August 2008)

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Burmese woman journalist awarded ‘Courage in Journalism’ prize

Mizzima.com, India –

Aye Aye Win (54) was selected for the award for her courageous reporting of events in Burma including the monk-led protests in September 2007, …

Medical graduates to appear for tests on politics for placement?

Mizzima.com, India –

The department, however, rubbished the rumors saying though the medical graduates are required to fill in the placement forms at Burma’s new jungle capital …

All it takes is courage

Cape Argus (subscription), South Africa –

On this 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the next generation will demand the freedoms guaranteed by constitutional and …

Fuel price protestors face new charges

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 13, 2008 (DVB)–Eight students and human rights activists arrested during protests against fuel price hikes last year have had five further charges added …

BME club head accused of drug trafficking

Mizzima.com, India –

Aik Hauk, the son-in-law of UWSA leader Bao You-Xiang, owns several properties in Burma’s largest commercial city and former capital including two night …

U Win Tin tells UN’s Quintana of rights abuses

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Veteran journalist U Win Tin met Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, for 45 minutes on 4 August, U Maung Maung Khin …

UN Human Rights Envoy Cancels Press Conference

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO The new UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Burma canceled a press conference in Bangkok on Wednesday, a sign that his first trip to Burma …

“Courage in Journalism” Award for Burmese Woman

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN A Burmese woman journalist, Aye Aye Win, has been awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation “Courage in Journalism” prize for 2008. …

Kids take action for the Burmese

Camden Advertiser, Australia –

The $850 raised will be donated to Catholic aid agency Caritas to support an emergency appeal in Burma following the devastating Cyclone Nargis in May that …

Karen Martyrs’ Day Marked by Calls for Unity

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Although it has taken part in peace talks with the Burmese junta on several occasions, it has never signed a ceasefire agreement. In 2004, Gen Bo Mya, …

Rights abuses dampen Olympic spirit

The Capital Times, WI –

“We are convinced that the Olympic Games will improve the human rights record in China,” said Rogge, who announced that the IOC would rely on international …

Blogging Is Not A Crime

Washington Post, United States –

Hu Jia (China; December, 2007): “For posting his vocal critiques of human rights abuses and environmental degradation in China and calling the Olympics a …

World Briefing 8/13 (Myanmar gen merchants dismiss US embargo threat)

Daily Herald, UT –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, produces up to 90 percent of the world’s rubies and is a top international supplier of other gems and jade. …

Bush repeatedly highlighted Washington’s “deep concerns over religious freedom and human rights” in China. “The United States believes the people of China …

Australia, Indonesia to propose disaster response plan in APEC: Rudd

Antara, Indonesia –

This year, a cyclone in Myanmar, formerly called Burma, and an earthquake in China cost more than 150000 lives, he added. Rudd noted that when natural …

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention illustrates Burmese junta’s …

JURIST –

Aung Din [Executive Director, US Campaign for Burma]: “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since May 30, 2003, under Article 10 (B) of the …

A post-Thaksin Thailand

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

On the Ratchadaphisek land scandal, Mr Thaksin allegedly used his position as prime minister to aid his wife Khunying Potjaman, who won the bid at one third ..

American Baptist leaders organize first-ever Burmese Baptist meeting

Associated Baptist Press, FL –

Burma — also known as Myanmar, the name given to it by the military junta that has ruled the Southeast Asian nation since 1962 — was one of the first …

Cyclone Nargis and the Politics of Relief and Reconstruction Aid …

Journal of American Medical Association (subscription), IL –

In early May 2008, Cyclone Nargis tore across southern coastal areas of Burma (Myanmar), pushing a tidal surge through villages and rice paddies. …

… the Burmese military junta in eastern Burma, rape is being used as a tool of war, as it is in Darfur,” Williams said, using Myanmar’s former name Burma. …

Russia’s Dangerous Hypocrisy

Washington Post, United States –

Countries such as Zimbabwe, Burma and Sudan will continue riding roughshod on their citizens because they know there’s a bird of the same feather at the UN …

Myanmar gem merchants dismiss US embargo threat

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, produces up to 90 percent of the world’s rubies and is a top international supplier of other gems and jade. …

World focus on Burma (11-8-2008)

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… staff includes many for whom bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and disasters like the Chinese earthquake and the cyclone in Burma, hit close to home. …

First fund raising Music album for Nargis released

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s prominent Rock singer, Lay Phyu and several others has release a Music album, of which the proceedings will go for a charity fund to …

The Politics of the Beijing Olympics

National Ledger, AZ –

He could make a definitive statement on human rights while attending the Olympics. I think the President did the right thing. Had he boycotted the Olympics, …

Intermountain Catholic

Intermountain Catholic, UT –

The board reveals that refugees are coming from Burma (Myanmar), Congo, Malaysia, Bhutan, Iran, and Jordan. This month alone will see 63 refugees, …

Questions and Answers on the Community Civil Protection Mechanism

eGov monitor, UK –

Other 2008 expert operations include an intervention in Burma during a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the country’s …

Myanmar activist Suu Kyi meets with lawyer to discuss detention

JURIST –

In May, the junta announced that Myanmar’s draft constitution [JURIST news archive] had been overwhelmingly approved [JURIST report] in a national …

Detained Suu Kyi allowed rare meeting with lawyer

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday was allowed a rare meeting by the military junta with her lawyer Kyi Win, …

Burmese tourism industry in doldrums

Mizzima.com, India –

An official at the government run ‘Myanmar Hotel and Tourism Corporation’, who wished not to be named, said they are also engaging in sales promotion and …

Olympics Draw Harvest of Online Protests

Media Channel, NY –

Human rights advocates have criticised other countries’ seeming inaction and unwillingness to question China’s policies on Darfur, Burma and Tibet. …

Thailand’s ex-prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, and wife jump bail

Los Angeles Times, CA –

… a state-run lottery created to fund education, and in a $120-million loan to neighboring Myanmar, also know as Burma, by Thailand’s Export-Import Bank. …

Junta continues to detain five protesters for marching on 8888 …

Mizzima.com, India –

“We are only promoting and defending human rights in Burma not working for political power. I think the authorities want to weaken our human right awareness …

Worth it: Moments like these is what keeps a dozen or so locals …

Waterbury Republican American, CT –

Today is the second day these 11 Karen (ka-REN) refugees from Burma, now settled in Waterbury, have been immersed in an American institution: Camp. …

The Olympic Spirit is bleeding

OpEdNews, PA –

Its not only China’s controversy with Tibet or the situation in Burma; furthermore, the present armed conflict between Russian and Georgian forces show us …

“China Go For Gold! Give Human Rights in Beijing A Chance …

UNPO, Netherlands –

The Burma Centre, Tibet Support Group, and International Campaign for Tibet hosted a peaceful demonstration calling for sustained attention to human rights …

Rights activist U Myint Aye arrested

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway – 3 hours ago

“They seized some appeal letters for donations sent to us by Cyclone Nargis victims – they usually send us these so that we know what they need,” she said. …

Meeting President Bush

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Months of preparation went into the meeting, which was intended to give Bush an opportunity to learn more about Burma’s current political situation. …

Danish Minster Slams Burma Boycott, Sanctions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The minister for developmental cooperation in Denmark said recently that economic sanctions on Burma and tourism boycott are counter productive, …

Suu Kyi Discusses Detention with her Lawyer

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had a rare meeting with her lawyer to discuss her continuing house arrest, a National League …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi allowed visit by lawyer

Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

HONG KONG – The Associated Press Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with her lawyer for the first time in five years, a colleague of …

House-bound leader allowed to meet lawyer

Edmonton Journal, Canada –

YANGON / Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a rare meeting with her lawyer following a visit to the country by a UN rights expert, …

Aung San Suu Kyi detention extended

CNN International –

(CNN) — Myanmar’s military rulers have extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another year, a source who spoke to a member …

Burmese comedian maybe jailed for helping Cyclone Nargis victims

Fresh News, India –

By ANI on Sunday, August 10, 2008 One of Burma’s most famous comedians went on trial yesterday for providing aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis. …

Will Russia Get Away With It?

New York Times, United States – WILLIAM KRISTOL

China props up the regimes in Burma and North Korea. The United States, of course, is not without resources and allies to deal with these problems and …

Five Myanmar activists still in detention

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

YANGON • Five of 48 activists arrested as they marched to mark a 1988 pro-democracy uprising remain locked away in military-run Myanmar, an opposition ..

Policy Paper: Will America ever wake up to the Burmese Clarion Call?

Asian Tribune, Thailand – Prof. Kanbawza Win

… which had opposed prior action on Burma — must be reminded of their subsequent agreement with this roadmap. Foreign investment in Myanmar plummeted by …

Suu Kyi allowed to meet lawyer

The News – International, Pakistan –

YANGON: Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with her lawyer for the first time in five years, one of her colleagues said on Sunday. …

Suu Kyi holds rare meeting with her lawyer

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a rare meeting with her lawyer following a visit to the country by a UN rights expert, …

Open to the voice of Truth

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Humanitarian aid to the suffering in China and Burma (Myanmar) are another. In the American Midwest, sandbaggers – and other helpers – saved at least some …

Burma’s democratic revolution

The Daily Star, Bangladesh – LARRY JAGAN

These protests grew, bringing Burma to a standstill for weeks and threatening to topple the country’s one-party state. The universities had been shut …

Meticulous, caring party atmosphere; plus dog meat off the menu

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand – Eleanor Ainge Roy

… and praised widely by humanitarian groups, especially in contrast to the junta’s lethargic and inept handling of Cyclone Nargis’ destruction in Burma. …

Playing games

International Herald Tribune, France –

8, 2008, the date of the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics, was not a day of celebration for the people of Burma. Rather, it marked the 20th …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 11, 2008 at 4:18 am