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World focus on Burma (25 November 2008)

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Burmese aid for post flood health care in Orissa
Mizzima.com, India –
Speaking on the occasion Kyi Thein said that in May this year when Burma was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis, the worst calamity in the country’s history, …

Prepaid card system for mobile phones in Burma soon
Mizzima.com, India –
An official at the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication told Mizzima that it is all set to introduce a prepaid card system for mobile users, …

Burma’s HIV/AIDS Crisis in Red Alert: MSF
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Geneva-based humanitarian aid organization said in its latest report “A Preventable Fate: The Failure of ART Scale-up in Myanmar,” that the situation …

Enrile’s grim past casts a long shadow
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
He reduced the killings of human rights activists, lawyers, judges and journalists to nothing but a byproduct of insurgency. He even boasted to journalists …

Domestic migrant workers still vulnerable: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
Human Rights Watch, in comments released yesterday, said the problem of abuse of domestic labor is predominantly directed at female employees of individual …

Plight of Abused Burmese Women Highlighted on International Women …
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The WLB also urged the UN to press the Burmese regime to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against women in ethnic areas. …

“Pull Them Out With Tweezers”
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The government’s imprisonment of humanitarian aid workers sends the message that Burmese social organizations must follow the junta’s regulations whether …

Spy identified at opposition meeting
Mizzima.com, India –
… for Democracy and Development (NDD), among others residing in Kuala Lumpur. The meeting discussed and exchanged views on the current situation in Burma.

War on drugs takes a hit
RT, Russia –
A price has been paid: human rights groups and the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights report “widespread and systematic” killings of civilians by the …

Nigerian activists take on Chevron in the US
OneWorld.net, UK –
The Alien Tort Statute has been used in cases charging Unocal with violating the human rights of Burmese villagers during the construction of an oil …

Chechen Republic of Ichkeria: Russian Landmines
UNPO, Netherlands –
No halt for landmine use by Burma and Russia – Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and Karenni State suffer. Turkey, Greece and Belarus have all violated an …

• Freedom is first
Hamilton Spectator, Canada –
Barbarity in Burma (Myanmar) last week served as a reminder that, with or without Barack Obama, the global struggle for liberty will rage on long after …

Burma: UN Resolution Barely Pushed Through
UNPO, Netherlands –

A United Nations resolution on human rights in Burma has been approved but faces diplomatic opposition. The United Nations General Assembly’s Third …

Sakharov Prize at 20: For democracy – against oppression
European Parliament (press release), EU –
Burmese political party the National League for Democracy won the general election in 1990. Instead of its most prominent member Aung San Suu Kyi becoming …

The task of unification
Mizzima.com, India –
Dr. Sein Myint serves as the director of Policy Development of Justice for Human Rights in Burma, located in Maryland, USA. He is an Honorary Member of …

Vulnerability in the spotlight
Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia –

Alongside Hura and Wasif, critically acclaimed photographer James Whitlow Delano also presented his exhibit, “Burma, A Flameless Inferno”. …

Daewoo Aggravating Bay of Bengal Tensions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Just as Daewoo certainly knew of the disputed waters they were entering, they are also well aware of the well-documented human rights abuses associated with …

Tibetan Exiles’ Meeting Produces Comparisons with Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
They fall out from time to time—most recently when the NCGUB failed to cooperate with the NCUB in its action against the Burmese junta seat at the United …

CNPC to invest in Sino-Burma oil, gas pipeline
Your Oil and Gas News (press release), UK –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), parent of the country’s largest oil and gas producer PetroChina will team up with Myanmar Oil and Gas …

New era for human rights
Boston Globe, United States –
… from how to rescue democracy promotion from the stain of Iraq to how best to pressure human-rights abusers such as Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Great Nations & Industry Captains Ignore Thugocracies in Burma …
OpEdNews, PA –
Many took part in protests against the ruling junta sparked by fuel and food price rises in August 2007. Zarganar led a group of entertainers who organised …

Remember, Aung San Suu Kyi’s disengagement is not her choice
guardian.co.uk, UK –
There are several misinterpretations and failures to contextualise in the article on Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (Not such a hero after all, …

The Big Question: Who are the Elders, and can they do anything to …
Independent, UK –
… former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and, in absentia, Burmese democracy activist Aung Sun Suu Kyi. …

Moulamein – Culture and History
The Age, Australia –
Some claim the town’s name is Aboriginal and some argue it is an Indian word (Moulmein is a seaport in Burma), though the translation is consistently given …

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

Rebel vigil talks with Myanmar
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
24: India and Myanmar have agreed to enhance security co-operation and border vigil to check Northeast insurgent groups that have bases in the region. …

Human Rights undermines public safety, says Tory
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
“Terrible human rights abuses in the world are taking place as we sit here today – in Zimbabwe, in Iran, in Sudan, in Burma. …

India, Myanmar to up security cooperation
Indian Express, India –
New Delhi, November 24 : Emphasising the need for “greater vigilance” at the border, India and Myanmar agreed to “enhance security cooperation to combat …

Good to speak about it. Even better to apply it!
FIDH (Communiqué de presse), France –
In 1948 the then UN member states adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. “Never again” were the words they proclaimed at the end of a conflict …

India-Burma holds another round of bilateral talks
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi – Burma and India on Sunday concluded the 9th foreign office consultation agreeing to cooperate in wide range of bilateral issues and to …

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November 25, 2008 at 3:29 am

World focus on Burma (18 November 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burma, Myanmar: At least 9 activists Sentenced Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World focus on Burma (14 November 2008)

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Burma, Myanmar: Young Female Journalist Jailed For 2 Years
OpEdNews, PA –

Eint Khaing Oo, 24, who had been arrested in front of the head office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP in Yangon on July 10, was sentenced to 2 years behind closed doors with no defence lawyer.

… also arrested on 5 November and are being detained in Insein prison. All news media in Burma is strictly censored and tightly controlled by the military.

14.11 – Burma : Female journalist gets two years for taking photos …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
“This unjust sentence comes amid a wave of unprecedented sentences for journalists and activists,” the two organisations said. “We appeal to Burma’s …

Myanmar is also known by its former name Burma. “These peaceful activists should not be on trial in the first place, let alone thrown in prison for years …

They come here in hope of freedom
npTribune, Singapore –
The Myanmar national is one of 7000 Burmese who have come to Singapore to study, according to The Straits Times (ST) on Oct. 11. …

Spirits undeterred despite harsh punishments: NLD youth
Mizzima.com, India –
Over the last week, Burma’s military junta has sentenced numerous detained dissidents – students, activists, monks, writers, journalists and even poets – to …

At least 11 more Burmese activists have received jail sentences for taking part in anti-government protests last year. It brings the total number sentenced …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
… Burma might be mending its vicious ways was crushed this week when the regime handed out 65-year prison sentences to 14 nonviolent democracy activists, …

Paul McCartney’s Charity Work
Look To The Stars, UK –
In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
They have called on him to release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners; to engage in serious dialogue with her …

Severe prison sentences for Myanmar protesters expected in coming …
International Herald Tribune, France –
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is resorting to laws covering the use of personal electronics, because such infractions are easy to prove, …

More activists jailed in connection with 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Ko Thein Aye who has mental disorders was charged with sheltering Ko Tin Win Lay, member of outlawed All Burma Federation of Student Unions. …

Insein Prison Courts Sentence 17 NLD Members
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Insein Prison special courts sentenced at least 17 members of National League for Democracy (NLD) party to up to 16 years imprisonment on Friday …

Gunboat stand-off sign of tensions in Bay of Bengal
The Age, Australia –
Dhaka then turned to China, which has close links to the Burmese junta, to help resolve the row. Both countries eventually withdrew their vessels when …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 14, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… The Myanmar Times this week the South Korean deal is “an important milestone in the development of renewable energy sources in Myanmar [Burma]. …

UPDATE: 9 Monks Jailed Over Myanmar Protests – Opposition
EasyBourse.com, France –
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that recent weeks “show a more concentrated crackdown on dissent clearly aimed at intimidating the …

COLUMN – Obama represents welcome change for India
Reuters India, India –
After China torpedoed an early 2007 US-led attempt to impose a Security Council diktat on Burma to improve its human-rights record, the junta thanked …

Win Tin, NLD Executive Member, Ill
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The current Burmese regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe ignored the results of the election and refused to transfer power.

Burmese regime continues repression against monks and dissidents
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
… confirm a fresh military crack down by Burma’s ruling junta against dissidents. According to one diplomatic source based in Myanmar, this new wave of …

US Imposes Sanctions on Burma Drug Cartel
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — The United States on Thursday named 26 individuals and 17 companies as “specially designated narcotics traffickers” and imposed …

Commentary: Amid global tensions and uncertainty, US and RP remain …
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
So these are issues that he recognizes as the Philippines and the US sharing common interests, just as they share a common faith in democracy. …

Burma Jails Democracy Pro-Democracy Lawyers
Voice of America –
Meanwhile Burma’s most famous political prisoner and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. She has spent more than 13 of the …

US, EU Lawmakers Condemn Activists’ Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — US and EU lawmakers on Thursday roundly condemned the harsh sentences recently handed down to pro-democracy activists in Burma, …

9 monks sentenced to jail
Straits Times, Singapore –
YANGON – NINE Buddhist monks were sentenced to between six and eight years in jail by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Nine monks jailed in Myanmar: opposition
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Nine Buddhist monks were jailed for between six and eight years by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Burma’s junta shows contempt
Boston Globe, United States –
ANY HOPE that the military dictatorship in Burma might be mending its vicious ways in response to pleas from abroad was crushed this week when the regime …

‘Suspend Burma’s membership from BIMSTEC’
Newstrack India, India –

… had sent a memorandum demanding the suspension of the military junta until peace, justice, human rights and democracy is restored in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burmese junta’s action to sentencing 61 democracy activists deplored
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Co-Chairs of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma, condemned the recent harsh and unjust sentencing of 61 democracy …

Laura Bush Condemns Taliban Attack on Schoolgirls
New York Times, United States –
Although she has spoken out on other foreign policy matters, notably human rights abuses in Myanmar, the former Burma, it is unusual for the first lady to …

Decisions Needed: ASEAN and Asian Regionalism
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
7) Prevent Burma/Myanmar from inhibiting deeper US-ASEAN relations by seeking an understanding with Congress to support Cyclone Nargis reconstruction, …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Boston Globe, United States –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Burma sentences dozens to lengthy prison terms
China Post, Taiwan –
After the brutal crushing of last year’s Saffron Revolution, the military rulers of Burma sought to deflect international repercussions by promising to stop …

Kingpin crackdown
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Washington – US authorities on Thursday froze the assets and slapped sanctions on 26 individuals and 17 firms tied to drug trafficking in Burma, …

Police: Neighbors didn’t call about captive girl
WSBT-TV, IN –
According to the affidavit, Soe and Sullivan sometimes spoke in a foreign language the girl believed to be Burmese. Soe was born in Myanmar but had lived …

Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Announces …
RTT News, NY –
The OFAC named 26 individuals and 17 companies tied to Burma’s Wei Hsueh Kang and the United Wa State Army as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… are wrong to only characterize his orders as ranging “from restrictions on striped bass fishing to sanctions against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government. …

Burma Extends Crackdown on Dissidents
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of Burmese dissidents say courts in Rangoon have sentenced at least 20 more activists to prison in a sweeping crackdown on dissent. …

Shilo and Ogilvy Amsterdam Win Gold for MTV Burma PSA at …
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –

… of The Burma Arts Board, activist Sam Roddick and others has earned the 2008 London International Awards Gold Statue for Television/Cinema Animation. …

2008 Freedom Award goes to Kofi Annan [Photos]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –

Previous winners of the Freedom Award have included Winston Churchill (1958), Burmese Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1995), and Liberian president …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Reuters –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government.” There’s much more to Bush’s use of executive orders than saving striped bass or promoting human rights in Burma …


Last May, Cyclone Nargis ripped through Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing almost 85000 people and leaving 50000 missing. Initially, foreign aid was blocked …

Oddball summit has limits
The Japan Times, Japan –
Narrow nationalism and dictatorial tendencies run deep, evidenced by the failure to bring even minimum human rights to Darfur, Burma or Zimbabwe. …

What will Obama mean for Asia?
South Asian Post, Canada, Canada –
They point to his China-excluded campaign speech in Berlin where he asked: “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in …

Slovakia: The Statement of Slovak MFA on political processes in Burma/Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
This action of the authorities of Burma/Myanmar demonstrates again the lack of will toward transiton to democracy and their contempt for the rule of law. …

The Burmese junta’s true color
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
By The Nation When the Burmese junta decided to jail the 14 pro-democracy leaders of the 1988 generation to 65 years old each, or in other word life …

U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny. …


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Courts in Myanmar sentenced more than a dozen activists to prison Thursday in a continued judicial crackdown on the country’s …

Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled to learn that detained poet Aung Than, a member of the opposition National League for …

Burma should be suspended from BIMSTEC: activists
Mizzima.com, India –
“The continued human rights violations by Burma’s military junta are a disgrace for the grouping,” Dr. Alana Golmei, coordinator of the BCD told Mizzima. …

UN SG concerned at ‘severe’ prison terms for Myanmar dissidents
JURIST –
Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the release [JURIST …

Everyone’s Eyes on Burma
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –

The suffering of the people of Burma became even greater in 2008, when Cyclone Nargis devastated the lives of those living in the Irrawaddy Delta, …


World focus on Burma (12 August 2008)

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DKBA Burmese Army to launch offensive against KNU

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

During the end of June, the DKBA battalion No.907, backed by junta troops captured the KNLA battalion No.201 base. The Bangkok Post had said an estimated …

Thailand: Australian immigration Minister meets Australia-bound …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans this weekend visited IOM’s refugee resettlement operations on the Thai-Myanmar border and met …

Rudd flags Aust, Indonesia natural disaster response pact

ABC Online, Australia –

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

Minister refuses to accept censor chief’s resignation

Mizzima.com, India –

Major Tint Swe, the Director with the Government’s Office of Press Scrutiny, which censors the contents of all print publications in Burma, submitted his …

Dialogue demands a common vernacular

Mizzima.com, India –

The United Nation’s Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is preparing to make yet another foray into the murky world of Burmese politics. …

Junta arrests two more dissidents

Mizzima.com, India –

Similarly, activists Myo Min and Myint Aye of the ‘Human Rights Defenders and Promoters’ (HRDP), were arrested on August 6 and 8 respectively from their …

HRDP to hire out help to farmers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 12, 2008 (DVB)–The Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network is planning to hire out its services to assist farmers and use the proceeds to fund …

Should President Bush be at the Olympics?

Sioux City Journal, IA –

He went to Thailand to draw attention to the repressed people in nearby Myanmar (aka Burma). While in Beijing, he plans on speaking privately with Chinese …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state arrested a member of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party Tuesday, …

The Chinese Olympics are distracting from real issues

Phoenixville News, PA –

… look like a Nathan Lane Musical Comedy Summer Camp was supposed to be a pledge by the Chinese leaders that they would implement human rights reforms. …

Two NLD representatives arrested

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… Ban Ki-moon at the end of July, in which they declared their opposition to the 2010 elections and expressed concern about the UN stance on Burma. …

Support games, not China

Times-Standard, CA –

The military junta in Burma is still in power to this day, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China’s support. …

The Politics of the Olympics

Town Hall, DC –

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, …

Justice for Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
These groups include the International Burmese Monks Organization, 88 Generation Students, the Women’s League of Burma, the National Coalition for the Union …

Drug officials off to Burma on inspection

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Burmese junta gave permission to the ONCB and the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, which runs the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai, to help with a …

Call for Action Against Military Junta in Burma

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

From the brutal crackdown on a peaceful protest by monks last September to blockage of international aid for victims rendered homeless by Cyclone Nargis …

Will US – China Engagement Succeed in Stopping Darfur Violence?

Voice of America –

Addressing human rights in Beijing last Thursday, the president said America stands firm in opposing China’s detention of dissidents, human rights advocates …

Soap opera involving Thaksin Shinawatra and Manchester City …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

When Thaksin Shinawatra bought Manchester City, the Premier League were warned by everyone from club supporters to human rights groups that the …

Mary Dejevsky: Intervention may breed instability

Independent, UK –

Burma after Cyclone Nargis was one example: France – which, in Bernard Kouchner, has a foreign minister who is humanitarian intervention personified – kept …

Interview of the First Lady by Ann Curry, NBC’s Today Show

MarketWatch –

And on the border of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, you called on China to do more to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar. MRS. …

Bushes engage China on human rights issues

United Press International –

… China’s handling of human rights and the first lady called on China to do more to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

US Democrats Support Rights in N.Korea

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

The US Democratic Party stresses human rights in North Korea, denuclearization and the importance of the South Korea-US alliance in a draft national …

Hays brings comfort to Burmese

Washington Evening Journal, IA –

… system for purifying any kind of water, was asked last month to take his invention to cyclone-devastated Burma, officially the Republic of Myanmar. …

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Chin Face Food Shortages

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that the infestation of rats spread over the border areas of Bangladesh and Burma earlier this year …

The last word: Disaster relief – Helping others to help yourself

Ethical Corporation Magazine, UK –

Three major disasters have to be dealt with: the Burma cyclone, the Sichuan earthquake and the renewed onset of famine and disease in North Korea. …

Manipuri rebels commit abuses against Chin villagers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 16, 2008 (DVB)–Manipuri separatist rebels have been committing human rights abuses against local Zomi ethnic people in northern Chin state’s Ton Zan …

Nargis Refugees Offered Low-Cost Housing

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Houses have already been built in Kyae Chaung Gyi village by Htoo Trading Company, owned by Burmese tycoon Tay Za, a business crony of junta chief Snr-Gen …

Corruption Scandal Prevents Timber Trade in Muse

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A local man at the Burma-China border told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that hundreds of logs marked with the logo of the military government’s Burmese Timber …

Regime’s Right to Represent Burma Challenged

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

We want the UN to reject them based on the very recent human rights violations in combination with the junta’s past atrocities,” said Myint Thein. …

Commentary: Let’s hope the UN gets it right this time

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The UN made two proposals to the junta, namely that Burma should set up a broad-based constitutional revision commission in order to ensure an inclusive …

Singapore welcomes Myanmar’s invitation to UN special envoy

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Singapore – Singapore welcomed Myanmar’s invitation to UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to visit the country in August and urged Myanmar’s authorities to …

The Dark Side of the Toyota Prius

In These Times, IL –

The charges arise from an agreement between Tsusho, Suzuki and the junta to set up parts and material plants in Burma, and produce vehicles for the military …

Nargis Refugees Offered Low-Cost Housing

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They [the authorities] should aid the victims,” he said. Houses have already been built in Kyae Chaung Gyi village by Htoo Trading Company, owned by Burmese …

Second Life

Willamette Week, OR –

She also lived with the terrible knowledge that she could be killed just because of who she is in Myanmar—the Southeast Asian country her parents call Burma …

Client Case Studies

CSR Asia, China –

(Channel NewsAsia, July 11) More aid needed for Myanmar’s cyclone victims The UN is hiking its aid appeal to help Cyclone Nargis victims in Myanmar from an …

Column: Olympics worth trouble

The Northeastern News (subscription), MA –

Another area of concern at the Olympics every year is the potential for protest and boycott of the event by human rights leaders. The issue of independence …

‘The Most Vulnerable Were Swept Away, Killed’

Embassy, Canada –

Mr. Bociurkiw said the UN estimates that some 2.4 million Burmese were affected by the cyclone and its aftermath, and the effects are spread over an area …

Two months after cyclone, Myanmar farmers still can’t return to fields

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

More than 138000 people are dead or missing after the cyclone struck Myanmar on May 2, washing away entire villages and flooding fields. …

Centre pays tribute to conservationist

South Devon Herald Express, UK –

“Some experts suggest that the effect of the recent Burma cyclone would have been greatly reduced had areas of mangrove not been developed. …

Exclusive: Can Democracy Deliver the Goods

Family Security Matters, NJ –

… its crackdown on human rights activists before the Olympics, and its support for other dictatorships around the world, from Burma to Zimbabwe to Cuba, …

CHINA: War on Drugs Prompts More Executions

IPS, Italy –

China has frequently come under fire by overseas human rights organisations for its broad use of the death penalty. More than 60 offences in the country, …

Burma: Democracy Forces to Challenge Junta at GA

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

The democratic movement of Burma will be challenging the credentials of the Burmese military junta at the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session and …

Amnesty wants Bush to speak out on human rights in Beijing

AFP –

He said that Amnesty would be among a dozen human rights groups scheduled to meet with Bush’s National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley on July 28 ahead of …

Burma/Myanmar: Survival In The Cyclone’s Shadow

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

While emergency relief remains essential to Cyclone Nargis survivors, longer-term support is required in the Ayeyarwady delta. Destitute Myanmar villagers …

Demand for humanitarian assistance will continue to rise worldwide …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burma/Myanmar, which were the site of some of the most worrying food crisis situations in the world, and underscored the …

Thailand: Mixed review for refugee policy

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

Since early 2005, UNHCR has been involved in the resettlement of more than 30000 Burmese refugees from camps on the Thai/Myanmar border to third countries. …

Burmese refugee is state’s adult student of the year

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –

Tau was among the first of a wave of recent immigrants from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to settle in Rochester. The district estimates at least 300 …

Disney Interactive Studios Partners

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

… or know someone abroad that has suffered from the cyclone that devastated Burma/Myanmar this past spring, teens are eager to band together and support a …

Demand for humanitarian assistance will continue to rise worldwide …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burma/Myanmar, which were the site of some of the most worrying food crisis situations in the world, and underscored the …

The Imperialism of Good Intentions

Embassy, Canada –

By Richard Gwyn Two months ago, the world looked on in shock and disbelief as, after typhoon Nargis had smashed ashore in Burma (Myanmar), that country’s …

Myanmar urges donations for cyclone rebuilding

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

YANGON, July 14, 2008 (AFP) – Myanmar’s military government on Monday urged the world to donate building supplies rather than food to help victims of the …

When Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, also known as Burma, on May 2 and 3, a 12-foot wall of saltwater and heavy rains soaked the low-lying delta region, …

High time King steps in

Malaysia Kini, Malaysia –

Our BN government is not much different from the junta which administers Burma except that they (the junta) run the army and we are run by the police. …

Disney Interactive Studios Partners

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

… or know someone abroad that has suffered from the cyclone that devastated Burma/Myanmar this past spring, teens are eager to band together and support a …

US to export cluster bombs in bid to make its arsenal ‘safer’

Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –

According to Marc Garlasco, a military analyst at Human Rights Watch, evolving international norms are shaping the way the US and other states are using …

US House veto, Burma and Chevron

House votes to punish ruling junta in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

The bill also gives Chevron incentives to divest its natural gas program in Myanmar. It aims to bring more pressure against the junta to restore democratic …

“One of the things it does is it removes the part about tax incentives that affect US companies who might do business in Burma (Myanmar),” a congressional …

House passes bill against Myanmar

PRESS TV, Iran –

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to ‘hurt the Myanmar regime in the wallet’, a move that will be endorsed by President Bush. …

US House To Strike Burma’s Junta In The ‘Wallet’ DigitalJournal.com

House votes to punish ruling junta in Myanmar The Associated Press

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Burma and Gambari

Can we talk about human rights yet?

UN Dispatch –

… “enough time” after a major humanitarian disaster to continue promoting human rights and democracy in a member country. Myanmar’s obstruction of relief …

Voice of America –

By VOA News The United Nations says Burma has invited Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special envoy to make a return visit to the country next month. …

UN envoy planning Myanmar trip in mid-August

AFP –

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN troubleshooter Ibrahim Gambari is planning a return visit to Myanmar in mid-August at the invitation of the military regime, …

Myanmar invites UN envoy

The Associated Press –

Weeks after the cyclone hit, Ban traveled to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to press the military junta leader, Senior General Than Shwe, …

Gambari to Visit Burma in August

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 1 hour ago

“This [letter] is consistent with the standing invitation extended to Gambari by the Myanmar [Burma] authorities; he was initially invited to visit in late …

Myanmar invites UN envoy to visit as pressure mounts Reuters UK

Burma Invites UN Special Envoy to Visit in August Voice of America

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World Bank Backs ASEAN Aid Team in Burma

Voice of America –

By VOA News The World Bank has agreed to give funding to a team that is working to assess the impact of Cyclone Nargis on Burma’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta …

Bush neglects Myanmar’s suffering

Daily Hampshire Gazette (subscription), MA –

By VIJAY PRASHAD Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar (Burma). The Burmese military regime estimates that the cyclone killed 78000 people. …

Dictators are second to Americans

Chicago Tribune, United States –

We still have hundreds of millions of dollars in US Navy ships off the shore of dictatorial Burma. It is time that Americans came first and let the …

Floods and an ‘ark’ state of thought

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

From the American Midwest to Burma (Myanmar), China, and India, serious floods are proving to be a major challenge, forcing people to leave their homes and …

Gallaudet community aids deaf cyclone victims

Gallaudet University Inside Gallaudet, DC –

Dr. Owen Wrigley (back, third from left) stands with aid recipients and staff of the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf in Myanmar. Wrigley worked with the school staff to disburse funds given by the Gallaudet community to victims of the May 2008 Cyclone Nargis.

The military junta changed the name of Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Although the name change has been adopted by the United Nations system, the US government …

With Anti-US Propaganda, Amnesty International Mocks Itself

American Chronicle, CA –

Had only the United States shut down its detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Burma’s cruel military Junta would have seen the error of its ways, …

Foto Musica

Yahoo! Italia Notizie, Italy –

AP – da 3 minuti In this photo released by Handy Myanmar .”Budget huts,” temporary wood shelters for survivors, built earlier this month in Myanmar’s Kokko …

Dinner to celebrate refugee success stories

Greater Milwaukee Today, USA –

See Nay is of the Burmese Karen ethnicity and in 1997, he left Burma after the Myanmar army destroyed his village. While he did not lose family members, …

Relief teams work to prevent inundation of farmlands in Irrawaddy …

Mizzima.com, India –

Domestic emergency relief operation network for cyclone victims— the ‘Myanmar/Burma Emergency Aid Network’ (M/BEAN) has invited well-wishers to donate for …

Myanmar cyclone survivors holding their own

International Herald Tribune, France –

They just did the best they could,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking US diplomat in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “I’m not getting the sense …

WHO says Myanmar health system back on its feet

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

GENEVA – The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday that the health system in cyclone-battered Myanmar was “back on its feet,” but warned that disease …

Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth Warmest for May

Kansas City infoZine, MO –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis brought heavy rain, strong winds, and high storm surge waters to Burma (Myanmar) in early May, destroying thousands of homes and …

Gov’t Tightens Restrictions on Relief Efforts

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… of Myanmar, cash donations should be made to Col Hla Thein Swe, the deputy finance and revenue minister, or to two high-ranking officials of Burma’s …

Renew Focus on Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Issues of assistance and aid in Myanmar [Burma] should not be politicized,” he said before his first meeting with the regime’s leader, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, …

Namibia: Govt Follows Up Red Cross Official’s Deportation

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

THE Namibian Government is to approach their Ethiopian counterparts over the deportation of the Red Cross deputy chairperson, Lorrette van Zyl, …

India at Bangladesh’s democracy

Newstrack India, India –

However, New Delhi’s handling of foreign relations with neighbouring countries, especially with Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh in the past did not …

A mercy dash to aid devastated Myanmar

Northern Advocate, New Zealand –

When Cyclone Nargis struck, the couple – who were unable to contact relatives in the country they still call Burma – booked air tickets to Yangon via …

Strong typhoon may hit Southern Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge, Vietnam –

Violent storm like Cyclone Nargis, a strong tropical cyclone that caused the deadliest natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma (Myanmar),

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Asian Clearing Union Central Bank Chiefs Meet In Myanmar To Make …

Gant Daily, PA –

Bangladesh and Burma, officially known as Myanmar, joined the forum as the sixth and the seventh members in 1976 and 1977 respectively. …

Myanmar Cyclone Survivors Left Without Shelter, Aid Workers Say

Bloomberg –

The military junta in the country formerly known as Burma is still complicating the relief effort by imposing restrictions on international aid workers, …

AID WORKERS NEED MORE SUSTAINED ACCESS TO CYCLONE-HIT AREAS OF …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 16 June 2008 — The United Nations humanitarian wing says authorities in Myanmar are making some progress in …

Drug threats from Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said that the Wa increased opium cultivation by 20% in Burma last year. In one of their rare public discussions …

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Myanmar farmers fret over post-storm rice harvest

The Associated Press –

KYUNG GWIN, Myanmar (AP) — Farmer Zaw Naing was puzzled as he stared at the brand new, unassembled tilling machine — equipment not seen in most of Myanmar’s …

Junta throws more hurdles into the mix

United Press International, Asia, China –

By Khin Ohmar Bangkok, Thailand — Six weeks after Cyclone Nargis struck the coast of Burma, the international community is still wrangling with the Burmese …

Call for release of magazine chief editor and blogger held for …

Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association condemn the arrest of Love Journal chief editor Zaw Thet Htwe on 13 June for assisting in the …

Diesel fuel needed to restart farming

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jun 16, 2008 (DVB)–A senior United Nations official has said that Burma needs one million gallons of diesel fuel to restart rice production in the …

Burma cyclone: UN tackles dengue threat

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Photograph: AP The UN is to launch a massive programme to combat dengue fever in Burma amid fears that victims of the deadly cyclone could be more …

Up To 35000 Pregnant Women Affected By Myanmar Cyclone In Need Of …

Medical News Today (press release), UK –

Of the estimated 2.4 million survivors of last month’s cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, as many as 35000 are pregnant women are in need of adequate …

Military junta orders foreign medics to leave cyclone-hit areas

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

“Doctors from India, Japan and the Philippines have already left Myanmar [Burma,” Surachet Satitniramai, a coordinator for the Thai team, told Reuters. …

NOAA: Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth …

AlaskaReport, AK –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis brought heavy rain, strong winds, and high storm surge waters to Burma (Myanmar) in early May, destroying thousands of homes and …

More than 1M homeless from flooding in China
The Associated Press –

FOSHAN, China (AP) – Weeks of rain pushed rivers over their banks in southern China, displacing more than 1.27 million people and forcing some to huddle on rooftops Monday as the region braced for more downpours.

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World Focus on Burma (2 March 08)

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  1. Will the Burmese junta yield to UN envoy’s pragmatic gesture
    Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
    by admin — last modified 2008-03-01 12:14 The latest interview of UN envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari reported in Reuters needs emphasising, given quite a …
  2. Myanmar constitution worries Gambari
    | U.N. special envoy on Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari urged the country’s junta Thursday to “reconsider” and incorporate greater freedoms in a draft constitution it compiled for a referendum planned for May and said …Full Story
  3. Message of the Nagaland People’s Front-
    Nagaland Post, India –
    … People’s Organization for their legitimate rights including the recognition of Nags in Myanmar formerly known as Burma with defined territories. …
  4. Olympics, the rights way
    Financial Express, India –
    … is summoned to the capital of a totalitarian state that oppresses its minorities and makes whoopee with the odious rulers of Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan? …
  5. A Look at Major Drug-Producing Countries
    By The Associated Press | (AP) – Countries the Bush administration identified as major drug producers or hubs for drug transit: | ___ | _ It grew 93 percent of opium poppy in the world in 2007, which was the se…Full Story
  6. USAID Announces New Bureaus for Asia and the Middle East
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced the former bureau for Asia Near East (ANE) which covered the developing world from Morocco to…Full Story
  7. Open government forum relevant to all of us
    Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
    And in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), peaceful protests by monks were met last year with government-led violence. …
  8. Pine-Richland students convert apartment to home for Burma refugees
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA –
    The students worked with Catholic Charities, which will relocate 170 people from Burma — referred to by its military rulers as Myanmar — Burundi or Bhutan …
  9. Junta Sees Friendly Faces in New Thai Government
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “We are not a headmaster who can tell Myanmar [Burma] what they should do,” he said. “We have to respect their sovereignty.” Actually, no one should be …
  10. The Cyber Dissident
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

    During the September 2007 uprising in Burma, citizen reporters and bloggers played a key role in exposing the junta’s brutality. Burma’s state-controlled …

  11. Burma: The Censored Land
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

    When The Myanmar Times, a weekly newspaper with close connections to leading junta figures, carried a report about the increase in its January 11 issue, …

  12. Tom Lantos: A Champion of Human Rights
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    By THE IRRAWADDY AND AP US Congressman Tom Lantos of California, one of the best friends Burma ever had, died in February. A prominent campaigner for …
  13. Taleban thrives on opium trade
    Arab Times, Kuwait –
    … to both decreased opium poppy cultivation in Burma and increased cultivation in Afghanistan,” the report said, referring to Myanmar by its other name. …

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