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World focus on Burma (26 November 2008)

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Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
… anti-Milosevic uprising in Serbia, the orange revolution in Ukraine, or the monks ‘Saffron Revolution’ against the junta in Thailand’s neighbour Burma? …

Drug-Dealing Junta Crony Gets 15 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Maung Weik is known as a generous donor to projects sponsored by the Burmese junta, once giving 270 million kyat (nearly US $235000) for restoration work on …

New Internet Censorship Plan Rattles Public
The Epoch Times, NY –
At present, China, Burma, Iran and Saudi Arabia are some of the countries that have mandatory Internet censorship. “The main similarity [with China] is that …

Trials and Prison Transfers Continue in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
More than 30 activists sentenced in the recent series of trials were transferred on Monday and Tuesday from Insein Prison to isolated prisons around Burma. …

MWAF member says women lack protection
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 26, 2008 (DVB)–A senior member of the Kaytumadi township branch of the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation who recently fled Burma has said the …

Mine casualties in Burma nearly double
Mizzima.com, India –
Domestically, Myanmar Defense Products Industries, a state enterprise in Pegu Division, is known to produce non-detectable antipersonnel landmines. …

Shans spinning multiple rings of web
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The rest about 25 websites and blogs are covering political, social and economic developments, human rights abuses and forced labor in Shan State and Burma. …

Blaze destroys church in Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi – A local Church in the town of Hakha in Burma’s western Chin state was burnt to ashes on Monday when a fire broke out, …

Can Asean Learn to Put People First?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2000 other political prisoners, the continuing use of child soldiers, and the recent …

MYANMAR: Thousands dying for lack of treatment
Plus News, South Africa –
JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2008 (PlusNews) – Thousands of people living with HIV in Myanmar (Burma) are dying because the government and international donors …

Kurelek painting exceeds estimate
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… who was PEN Canada’s recipient of the One Humanity Award this year, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison by the rules of Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

Poverty-reduction goals to be hit by global crisis
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
(Todayonline, November 7) A documentary film showing how Burmese seamen aboard Thai fishing boats are abused, beaten and even murdered is now available for …

Abandoning Burma’s HIV/AIDS afflicted community
Mizzima.com, India –
“More than 25000 people died from AIDS-related diseases last year, and even more will die in the next twelve months, unless the Myanmar government and …

Myanmar AIDS crisis could kill 25000 next year-MSF
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Frank Smithuis, head of the NGO’s mission in the former Burma, urged the government and international community to stop needless deaths in “one of Asia’s …

Thousands may die of AIDS in Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
The international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says up to 25000 may die this year of HIV/AIDS in Myanmar unless help arrives soon. …

The US State Department Promotes On-line Youth Groups The …
Softpedia, Romania –
These groups act against the ruling junta of Burma, for democracy in Israel and for stopping the atrocities that the Lord’s Resistance Army commits in …

Be thankful we can still voice our viewpoints
Asheville Citizen-Times, NC –
Headlines coming out of Burma (aka “Myanmar”) are a reminder of what we have to be thankful for as we head into the Thanksgiving season. On any given day, …

World Briefs….Burma needs ARVs
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-AFP AN ESTIMATED 24000 people will die of HIV/Aids in Burma next year unless the international donor community is willing to provide funds for …

Is There A Decrease In Cancer Rates In The US or Not?
DigitalJournal.com, Canada – 3
Some notable events of 2008 were: Cyclone Nargis battering Burma aka Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, the controversy surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics, …

Rogers Park church embraces Burmese refugees
Chicago Journal, IL –
30, 2007, has come to symbolize the plight of 50 refugees from Burma (Myanmar), including 20 children, who came to Rogers Park from a refugee camp in …

Sushi-specialist refugees from Burma recent additions to area’s …
Palm Beach Post,  United States –
Many are from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar – also known as Burma – and they form part of a small and specialized minority relatively new to South …

Felt Elephants
East Bay Express, CA –
You’d want 2008’s most gripping international fiction, such as Smile as They Bow, Nu Nu Yi’s novel about a Burmese tranny spirit medium; Breath, …

THE STANLEY FOUNDATION: CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVE MULTILATERALISM …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
For example, Burma’s membership in ASEAN in 1997 was not based on such conditions, though many participants disagreed about the wisdom, in retrospect, …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – NOVEMBER 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-11-26 03:04 After a few years of relative respite, the forcible use of unpaid civilian porters by the Burmese junta’s troops …

Letter of the Rights of the Child Anniversary
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, urged world leaders …

Business Life From Barack to Jack
Philippine Star, Philippines –
I just thought you were Burmese.” Burmese? That’s new. I was psyched for the reunion. The sensible outlook to adopt at these occasions is to manage …

US taps online groups to fight crime
MyADSL, South Africa –
The list of organisations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown …

A Preventable Fate In Burma
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Thousands of people are needlessly dying due to a severe lack of lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar, says international humanitarian organization …

Netherlands: Foreign Minister Verhagen condemns severe prison …
ISRIA (subscription), DC
Zarganar is a famous comedian in Burma (also known as Myanmar), a country governed by a military junta. He was arrested six months ago while running an aid …

45 Years for a Joke
Wall Street Journal –
It’s a concept the people of Burma understand well. One of their most famous celebrities is a comedian known for his antiregime jokes who goes by the name …

A New Approach: Incorporating civilian resistance strategies …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Responses to the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 have served to further polarize international actors on Burma into two camps. …

UN Human Rights Council to probe DR Congo violations
ABC Online, Australia –
Some 50 activist groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, appealed last week to the Council’s President, Nigerian Ambassador Martin …

Digital Influence Group Wins MITX Award for Best Use of Social Media
MarketWatch –
… Action Center and the US Campaign for Burma to build a grassroots movement to free Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. …

Child soldiers
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
According to Human Rights Watch, there are 200000 to 300000 child soldiers in more than 20 countries. No doubt this crime is under sharp spotlight of …

US–India Relations: The China Factor
Heritage.org, DC –
… movement in Burma throughout the 1980s and gave sanctuary to thousands of Burmese refugees following the military junta’s assumption of power in 1988. …

A Disappointing Record
America Magazine (subscription), NY –

True, Burma (now called Myanmar by its military rulers) did receive attention, with calls to expand the political space. There was also a special session on …

Asean lacks credibility |on rights issues
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
We have the generals in Burma happily giving out jail sentences of 65 years to human rights activists. These generals, who brutalise the people of Burma, …

Burma’s tourism industry shows signs of life
Mizzima.com, India –
… Mai – The Burmese tourism industry has picked up a little bit in recent months, after suffering serious losses in the aftermath of May’s Cyclone Nargis …

Than Shwe’s Grandson in Drug Scandal

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By WAI MOE

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Irrawaddy

Nay Shwe Thway Aung, until now the favorite grandson of Burmese head of state Snr-Gen Than Shwe, is reportedly at the center of a drug scandal in Rangoon.

A source close to the military elite told The Irrawaddy on Monday that two men close to Than Shwe’s grandson were arrested by police on suspicion of procuring ecstasy pills for him.

“I heard the family found some ecstasy pills on Nay Shwe Thway Aung last month,” the source said. “Then Aung Zaw Ye Myint [the son of Lt-Gen Ye Myint, a high-ranking general] and Maung Waik [a well-known business crony] were arrested in connection with the drugs.”

While rumors of the scandal began circulating the former capital, there were no birthday celebrations for Than Shwe’s grandson on May 22, the day he turned 17.

“Normally they have a big birthday party for the grandson every year,” said the source. “But this year, there was not even a small party among relatives.”

Last year, a birthday party was reportedly held in honor of Nay Shwe Thway Aung at Rangoon’s exclusive Sedona Hotel. Among the party guests were the wives of top junta leaders Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye and Gen Shwe Mann, as well as Zaw Zaw, a well-known business crony and director of Max Co, and popular rock musician Zaw Win Htut.

Two weeks ago, sources told The Irrawaddy, a family religious ceremony was held at one of Than Shwe’s houses in Rangoon, but Nay Shwe Thway Aung was conspicuously absent.

Nay Shwe Thway Aung is a familiar face in Burma because he usually accompanies his grandfather on inspection tours throughout the country and enjoys red-carpet treatment wherever he goes.

Aung Zaw Ye Myint and Maung Waik were detained in May accused of selling drugs to Rangoon’s elite. At that time, several Burmese celebrities and businessmen were reportedly interrogated by a special drugs task force.

Last year, a famous actor, Dwe, died of heart failure caused by a drugs overdose, according to various sources.

But Rangoon residents have been surprised by the amount of rumors and gossip surrounding the recent drug scandal and a crackdown which appears related to the military elite and their cronies.

Some observers in Burma have suggested the drugs arrests were a smokescreen for a fresh power struggle within the military hierarchy. They claimed that Maung Waik is close to Gen Shwe Mann, the number 3 man in the junta.

Drug use among high-society families and celebrities has been an open secret for years in Burma. Late dictator Gen Ne Win’s three favorite grandsons—Aye Ne Win, Kyaw Ne Win and Zwe Ne Win— also enjoyed considerable family perks and were constantly rumored to be addicted to ecstasy pills.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 23, 2008 at 12:33 pm

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