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World focus on Burma (7 January 2009)

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Detained Hip Hop singer Yan Yan Chan released, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities on Tuesday released popular Hip Hop singer Yan Yan Chan, who was arrested in …

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

Angkor Wat observes 30th anniversary of end of Pol Pot’s regime –
… the Taj Mahal; pagodas along Burma’s “Road to Mandalay” — I refuse to use the dictator’s terms like Myanmar; Mayan ruins in Mexico and Guatemala; …

Karen Girl, 7, Raped and Killed: KWO
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The incident follows a report on January 6 by a Mon human rights group that in November a 17-year-old Mon girl was gang-raped in Yephu Township, …

MYANMAR: Farmers lament post-Nargis harvest, NY –
In May, his 4.6 hectares of paddy fields were badly affected by the tidal surge that accompanied Cyclone Nargis. When the donated seeds did not take, …

Palawan river in running for 7 wonders, Philippines –
… Jaco Island in East Timor, the Mergui Archipelago of Burma (Myanmar) and the Mekong River, shared by China and mainland Southeast Asian countries. …

200 people stranded on boat of Sumatra
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
The boat, with 174 people from Burma and 19 from Bangladesh on board, was found at sea by fishermen off Sabang island in Aceh province on Wednesday, …

Junta’s NUP Ready to Open 2010 Election Campaign
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The article claimed the two opposition members were behind a peaceful protest on December 30 seeking the release of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which …

Foreigners stranded near Indonesia
The Age, Australia –
The passengers, believed to be from Burma or Bangladesh, were found in “weak condition” on board the boat on an uninhabited island by a fisherman early on …

Intrepid Journeys
TVNZ, New Zealand –
… ventures beyond Western sanctions into the relatively closed country of Myanmar (Burma) following Rudyard Kipling’s path down the road to Mandalay. …

Thailand shifts 14th Asean summit venue to beach resort
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Asean comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The 14th summit is expected to concentrate …

Aid worker’s efforts to help stricken country
Bath Chronicle, UK –
Frances, who lives in Weston, has been in Myanmar – formerly Burma – for three months helping people affected by the cyclone. The 28-year-old has been……

Natural disasters kill 220k, South Africa –
Most devastating in terms of human fatalities was Cyclone Nargis, which lashed Myanmar on 2-3 May to kill more than 135 000 people and leave more than one …

301 Myanmarese boat people found adrift in Aceh
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
The group had apparently fled Myanmar because of its military junta, and were seeking a better life in Malaysia. A similar incident occurred in 2004 when …

Ways to trim State budget – Stephen Mulholland
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
… the murderous Hamas organisation, Myanmar’s (Burma’s) dictatorial regime and various other unsavoury elements on the world scene. …

Over 7 mln children to be vaccinated against polio in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
7 (Xinhua) — A total of 7.4 million children under five years of age in Myanmar will be given polio vaccination in the first two months of this year as a …

Is Mhada cheating cessed building owners?
Daily News & Analysis, India –
“Materials like Burma teakwood have a good market value. They are probably being sold off without the knowledge of the building owners. …

Reflections for 2008, Predictions for 2009
Best Syndication, CA –
As horrific as the despair in Galveston, it paled in comparison to the cyclone that hit Burma/Mynamar, taking the lives of more than 100000 people in the …

Remember Burma (Myanmar)?
Blogger News Network –
by Jonas Blume in Asian News Burma, or as their military has renamed it, Myanmar is a forgotten country which most people would not even think to look at on …

Bucknell’s ‘Peace & Resistance’ series continues
Bucknell University, PA –
“Burma’s Saffron Revolution: Three Monks Speak Out,” on Feb. 25 at 7 pm in the Forum of the Langone Center. Three monks who led the uprising in Burma in …

Burmese Ethnic Political Leader Saw Mara Aung Dies at 91
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s veteran pro-democracy politician and physician Saw Mara Aung has died at the age of 91. His colleagues said he passed away at his home …

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January 7, 2009 at 6:33 am

World focus on Burma (31 December 2008)

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Dr. King colleague and human rights pioneer to speak at MLK …
Manchester Journal, VT –
… fund the US Campaign for Burma in an effort to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and end the continuing human rights violations in Burma. ..

2008 Natural Disaster Among Deadliest and Costliest On Record
Daily Green –
It left, by some estimates, nearly 150000 dead, making it the most deadly storm since 1991, and the most devastating ever to hit Burma (Myanmar). …

By Ashin Mettacara Nine members of the NLD party were arrested by Burmese police on Tuesday, a witness said. …

MYANMAR: Multi-purpose cyclone shelters needed – UN specialist, NY –
… disaster risk reduction specialist for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar, told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital. …

Myanmar Sends 19 North Korean Refugees To Thailand, Croatia –
The military-ruled former Burma severed its ties with North Korea in 1983 after a major bomb attack in Yangon, allegedly plotted by Pyongyang, …

Ignored story may turn out to be biggest of 2008
Mansfield News Journal, OH –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84000 people were killed in that …

Natural disasters claim 220000 lives in 2008 –
German based Re in its annual assessment blamed two events as the primary causes – Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar and China’s Sichuan earthquake. …

More aid from EU seen to pour into South
Business Mirror, Philippines –
The EU also seeks to use the bilateral agreement with the Philippines to discuss the situation on North Korea and on Burma/Myanmar, using the Asean and the …

Protest takes a holiday
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Kungyangon (AFP) – With tents still serving as homes and schools seven months after Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma, survivors say they are struggling to …

2008 NEWS REVIEW: January to June
Yorkshire Evening Post, UK –
More than 133000 Burmese people are killed by Cyclone Nargis, the deadliest natural disaster since the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. …

Financial rumble that turned into a roar
Bradford Telegraph Argus, UK –
Cyclone Nargis followed by a 12ft tidal wave in Burma kills an estimated 130000 people and makes thousands more homeless. Saltaire’s Roberts Park to be …

BURMA: Junta Determined to ‘Guide’ 2010 Polls
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… the world body to a minor irritant became more evident after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon cancelled plans to visit Burma, or Myanmar, in December. …

Cooping up Africa’s coup leaders
Sunday, Sri Lanka –

In Asia, the military has run — and ruined — governments in several countries, including Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and the Philippines …

NLD youth attend talk on independence
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
During the talk, NLD leader Khin Maung Swe said that only the ruling elite had been enjoying the fruits of freedom since Burma won its independence in 1948. …

Can Anyone Explain What Happened Here?
See Magazine, Canada –
In May, a cyclone kills more than 133000 people. in Burma, aka Myanmar. Anybody remember this? Anybody?… Maxime Bernier resigns his federal cabinet post …

Perversion of Justice: Gulag America
Black Agenda Report, NJ –
1, far and away jailing more of its citizens than China, which ranks 118; Burma-Myanmar, at 117; and Zimbabwe, at 104. The Pew Center on the States shocked …

Water shortage in cyclone-hit areas
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 31, 2008 (DVB)–The parts of Burma’s delta region worst hit by Cyclone Nargis in May are facing a shortage of clean water due to delays in cleaning up …

Win Tin Denies NLD Divided Over 2010 Election
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Win Tin, a leading member of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), denied claims that he had said the party …

The Stories We Missed in 2008
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Dr Sein Win, cousin of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Most Burmese exiles agree that Sein Win is a fine person, but they say that he is …

… maintain economic sanctions against Burma – also known as Myanmar – for its human rights record and long detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burmese Migrants Earning, Learning in Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A 56-year-old ethnic Shan migrant worker, Sam Htun, is typical of many Burmese who live in Thailand, grateful for the opportunity to work …

Report: Fewer Journalists Killed in 2008
Voice of America –
The report highlights an increase in Internet repression, with bloggers facing imprisonment in many countries, including Burma, China, Iran and Syria. …

New Year Honours list, United Kingdom –
For services to the Burma Star Association in the South West. (Glastonbury, Somerset) Dr Roger Bevan Williams. Master of Chapel and Ceremonial Music, …

Bangladesh elects new Prime Minister
Wikinews –
It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma (Myanmar) to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south. …

Burmese military arrest nine protesters
Radio Australia News, Australia –
Burma’s military regime has arrested nine protesters who staged an unauthorised march in the capital Rangoon. The group had been calling for the release of …

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

Bangladesh Elections: Secular Party Wins
The Moderate Voice –
Myanmar or Burma remains a sad exception. “Election officials say the Awami League alliance has won more than 250 of the 300 seats in parliament. …

YANGON (AFP) — Nine supporters of detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were arrested on Tuesday as they held a protest in Yangon calling …

Press freedom round-up 2008 – Better figures despite a hostile …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. Reporters Without Borders comment: “The …

Memos to Obama: Wisdom for Leadership
Tikkun, CA –
… no longer bleeding in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can persuade China to stop supporting the genocides in Tibet, Xinjiang, North Korea, Burma, and Darfur. …

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December 31, 2008 at 1:16 am

Bangladesh Election Loser Says Vote Was Rigged, Star Reports

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By Ed Johnson

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) — Khaleda Zia, whose Bangladesh Nationalist Party was defeated by a landslide in national elections this week, said the ballot was rigged, the Daily Star newspaper reported.

“By declaring pre-set results, the Election Commission has shown the polls did not reflect public opinion,” the English- language daily cited Zia as telling reporters early today. There has never been such an instance of such a “massive ballot rigging,” she said.

The Dec. 29 vote, the first national election in Bangladesh since 2001, was won by a political alliance headed by former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed’s Awami League. The alliance won 262 seats in the 300-member parliament, while the BNP and its allies won 32, the Star reported.

Zia, also a former premier, and Hasina have dominated Bangladeshi politics for the past decade and rivalry between their supporters led to street fighting, strikes and transport blockades that prompted an army-backed interim government to declare a state of emergency two years ago. Analysts say the country of more than 150 million people could see renewed political violence if the BNP refuses to accept the result.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ed Johnson in Sydney at

Last Updated: December 30, 2008 18:21 EST


Khaleda Zia (C), Bangladeshi former prime minister and the chairperson of major political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), casts her ballot in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, on Dec. 29, 2008.  (Xinhua/Qamruzzaman)
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BNP leader calls Bangladesh poll a farce
PRESS TV, Iran –
Former Bangladesh prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia has rejected the official results of the parliamentary elections, alleging widespread fraud. …

Hasina’s party wins by landslide
AsiaOne, Singapore –
By Ravi Velloor, South Asia Bureau Chief SHEIKH Hasina Wajed has led her party to a landslide win in national elections in Bangladesh, paving the way for …

Historic triumph for Hasina
Hindu, India –
DHAKA: In a landslide victory reminiscent of the historic 1970 election that led to the birth of Bangladesh , the Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina has …

Manmohan for close ties with Bangladesh
Hindu, India –
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her victory in the Bangladesh elections. In a message to Ms. Hasina, …

India pins hope on ‘friend’ Hasina’s second innings
Times of India, India –
NEW DELHI: There was cautious optimism in India as the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League stormed back to power in Bangladesh on Tuesday. …

Bangladesh elections said to be free and fair
The Associated Press –
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s first election in seven years — which returned former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to power in a landslide — was …

Hasina (and democracy) return to Bangladesh
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
By Anuj Chopra | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladesh ended two years of rule by a military-backed caretaker …

Khaleda Zia rejects ‘rigged’ poll
BBC News, UK –
Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, defeated in Monday’s parliamentary elections, has rejected the results saying the vote was rigged. ..

Secular Party Wins Landslide Victory in Bangladesh
New York Times, United States –
By SOMINI SENGUPTA and JULFIKAR ALI MANIK NEW DELHI — After two years of army-backed emergency rule, democracy returned to Bangladesh as the secular Awami …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 31, 2008 at 12:21 am

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World focus on Burma (9 December 2008)

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Laura Bush honored with 2008 Freedom Award, India –
“Together we can fulfill Aung San Suu Kyi’s call to use our freedom to promote freedom and democracy for all Burmese,” Mrs. Bush said in her viddeo message. …

RP, EU to start formal talks on pact for peace, HR, climate
Business Mirror, Philippines –
The EU also seeks to use the bilateral agreement with the Philippines to discuss the situation on North Korea and on Burma/Myanmar using the Asean and the …

Editorial: Candles in the wind
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… as in Marcos’s martial law or Burma under the junta, or as a result of a dangerous two-faced policy, such as what we see now in these parts, …

Eight ministers and Rangoon’s mayor to resign soon, India –
… Burma’s military junta denied power to the NLD, instead placing party leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest.

Expectations high for next first lady
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR –
… delivered some of her husband’s Saturday radio addresses and championed causes like women’s rights in Afghanistan and pro-democracy activists in Burma. …

In vital need of information
France24, France –
The 2004 Tsunami and the Nargis Cyclone in Burma (Myanmar) last June confirmed that information is a vital commodity for populations who are looking to …

Uncertainty Surrounds Asean Summit
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Asean chairmanship was cancelled in 2006 because of the political crisis in the military-ruled country. The political turmoil in Thailand has …

Isolated, but Not Insulated
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Despite being locked out of the US financial system by sanctions designed to force the ruling junta to make democratic reforms, Burmese businesses are …

No Time Like the Present
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Speaking to reporters, he said: “The Government of Myanmar [Burma] has officially declared that cooperation with the United Nations is a cornerstone of …

Obama urged to step up efforts in confronting genocide, India –
Albright, who met with Burmese democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997, is an outspoken critic of the situation in Burma and former US …

One surrender that wasn’t reported
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

by admin — last modified 2008-12-09 10:23 The 8 had surrendered to the Burma Army at a ceremony on 23 November, more than 2 weeks ago, but the junta media …

No Great Wall of China on the Wa front
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Muse, the Shan State town opposite China’s Ruili, is also one of the business centers on the Sino-Burma border. The trade between China and Burma …

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): More online journalists …
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
Burma, the third worst jailer, is holding 14 journalists. Five were arrested while trying to spread news and images from areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

Event highlights abuses of rights in Myanmar
Windsor Star,  Canada –
Residents are invited to a letter writing and fundraising campaign tonight to protest human rights violations in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

America provides refuge, but not always prosperity
Seattle Times, United States –
Some of the most recent have come from the South Asian countries of Bhutan and Myanmar, the former Burma, farmers by trade whose skills are of little use to …

Myanmar plans embassy in Kuwait
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Kuwait was the 73rd country to establish diplomatic ties with Myanmar, once known as Burma, since the country won independence from Britain in 1948. …

Keeping the commitment to dignity for all
Boston Globe, United States –
It was designed to extend the umbrella of human rights to vulnerable populations around the world. On Dec. 10, 1948, it was adopted by the United Nations, …

The crises that will challenge Obama
Boston Globe, United States –
9 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10 – a date we now mark as International Human Rights Day. Both documents reflected a deep-seated …

UN was “Disrespectful” In Approach to Aung San Suu Kyi, NLD Leader …
Inner City Press, NY –
UNITED NATIONS, December 8 — As political leaders east and west are calling for the UN to do more about the situation in Myanmar, Monday in New York …

The Iconization Of America
Can’t we get back to Bombay ? Who wants to drink Mumbai Gin? Same with Myanmar . Let’s get back to Burma . Have you ever heard of “Myanmar Shave? …

Many reasons to jail reporters
AsiaOne, Singapore –

Cuba, Myanmar, Eritrea and Uzbekistan, in descending order, helped make up the top five jailers, though 29 nations have journalists in prison. …

Internet journalists most likely to be jailed
AsiaOne, Singapore –
They include activist and blogger Hu Jia, who was recently awarded the prestigious Sakharov prize by the European Parliament. …

‘Tis the season to be healthy
Irish Times, Ireland –
Through Trócaire you can buy school lunches for the 8000 children attending nursery school at Burmese refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border …

A reminder of our obligation to each other
Irish Times, Ireland –
I knew as much about human rights as the next person, if not more. I knew that human rights violations occurred in places like Burma, parts of China, …

“We are not safe” [Ann Jones in Thailand]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –
The greatest of these, the photographers said, is the danger posed by being confined to a camp so close to the Thai-Burma border. …

My 2008 short list of people to remember to hate
The Jewish Journal of greater L.A, CA –

While giving a total pass to such inhumane rights stalwarts as Burma, Cuba, China, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Syria, in 2006 alone Arbour allowed almost half …

Military Diplomacy: The Future of Sino-Indian Military Relations?
Jamestown Foundation, DC –
… China can constrain India’s power and influence and render it helpless as witnessed though its maritime activities off the Myanmar (Burma) coast. …

Christian Group Honors Laura Bush for Burma Advocacy
Christian Post –
The US State Department has designated Myanmar, the official and preferred name of Burma by the junta, as a “country of particular concern” – the worst …

Written out of history
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
All the Asian members present – Afghanistan, China, India, Burma (now Myanmar), Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand – voted for the Universal Declaration …

Happy Birthday, Declaration of Human Rights
Huffington Post, NY –
… encourage them to take the necessary steps to free Aung San Suu Kyi, the present, living-day symbol of Human Rights and the rightful leader of Burma. …

Misses master a RAAF monster
Gold Coast News, Australia –
In May, a C-17A took 31 tonnes of aid at short notice from Australia to Burma following Cyclone Nargis and later transported two Super Puma helicopters from …

UN must be tough on Burma’s dictators
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… from Burma by Dec. 31. This letter expressed the parliamentary members’ concerns about the lack of progress in Myanmar’s human rights situation. …

‘BM’ gets top UN prize in New York rites
Business Mirror, Philippines –
The winners in the other major categories were from the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Radio Serbia and Agence France Presse for their coverages in Burma, …

WFP resumes buying local rice in Burma, India –
It can take several weeks to procure rice from overseas and have that rice shipped to Myanmar [Burma].” WFP was officially requested to stop buying rice …

Asian parliamentarians urge Ban to persuade Burmese junta, India –
… Monday endorsed a letter by the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) which urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Burma and press …

Australia: Celebrating the C-17 Globemaster (press release), Switzerland –
In May, a C-17 took 31 tonnes of aid at short notice from Australia to Burma following Cyclone Nargis, and later transported two Super Puma helicopters from …

Burma’s junta finds no laughs in political satire
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Zargana is no stranger to the inside of a Burmese prison cell. But, this time, the comedian, poet and dissident went too far. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 9, 2008 at 4:38 am

Obama Wins Election


Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States, the first African-American to hold that office.

Obama Wins Election
New York Times –
Supporters of Senator Barack Obama cheered during a rally in Chicago on Tuesday as they heard that he won in Pennsylvania. More Photos > By ADAM NAGOURNEY Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, …
Obama becomes first black president in landslide The Associated Press
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Obama elected next president of United States –
Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States, the first African-American elected to the country’s highest office.
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Impact of Democrats’ gains in Congress
Reuters –
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A more robust Democratic majority will control the US Congress in January, boosting the party’s chances for passing bills to stimulate the economy, repealing some of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich and setting …
Democrats make strong gains in Senate races Los Angeles Times
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Obama wins historic US presidential election AlJazeeraEnglish

In his acceptance speech, US president-elect Barack Obama told supporters that his election was a “defining moment, change has come to America”.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is the place where all things are possible… tonight is your answer,” he said.

He also praised his political opponent, Republican candidate John McCain, as a man who had “fought long and hard” both during the election campaign and for his country.

Obama’s win eclipses national news in Britain
By Jennifer Carlile, reporter LONDON, ENGLAND – Britons awoke Wednesday to headlines like the Daily Express’ “A New World Dawns,” and The Independent’s “Mr.

Barack Obama elected next president of United States

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Democrats still in the quest for 60 Senate seats
CNN International –
(CNN) — Democrats have gained a decisive majority in the US Senate, according to CNN projections, and are still aiming to acquire a filibuster-proof 60 seats.
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Obama (D) – 349 votes
McCain (R) – 147 votes
Barack Obama is the projected winner

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November 5, 2008 at 5:24 am

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World focus on Burma (4 September 2008)

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Red paint campaign commemorates protests

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The former United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, said that at least 31 people were killed, though other …

USDA candidates for 2010 election shortlisted

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The discussion of prospective candidates comes at a time when pro-democracy groups are continuing to protest against the proposed 2010 election. …

Journalist arrested after writing article about a double murder

Reporters without borders (press release), France –

… has voiced support for Burma’s military junta and said that international talks on the future of the country should be held without Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Nightly Noise: Media and Message

Pacific Free Press, Canada –

Historian Mark Curtis explains: “Since 1945, rather than occasionally deviating from the promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and economic …

Joint chiefs chairman expects troop agreement

Coastal Courier, GA –

Mullen cited the US relief roles following earthquakes in China and Pakistan, and a humanitarian mission after a cyclone hit Burma and a tsunami struck …

New report warns of stronger cyclones
Radio Australia, Australia –
In the wake of Hurricane Gustav and earlier this year, Cyclone Nargis in Burma, American scientists say global warming will only boost the power of the …

Victory of Thailand’s coup-makers
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

Growth in visitor figures for Asia Pacific region
Luxury Travel magazine, UK –
… to be on the verge of a tourism revival – saw a 6.9 per cent growth, while unsurprisingly visitor numbers to Myanmar (Burma) dropped almost 29 per cent. …

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda speaks during a news conference in Bangkok March 15, 2006. (REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/Files)

Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Besides minor operations in Vietnam, and the occasional border skirmish with Myanmar, it has fought only one proper war — a three month affair against …

MYANMAR: Government cuts currency red tape for donors?, NY –
YANGON, 4 September 2008 (IRIN) – The UN is calling on donors to give more generously to an international appeal for victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

Reporter Arrested over Murder Story
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is 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 …

Burmese Media Silent on Thai Turmoil
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Samak recently described Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a “political tool” of the West, and suggested that international efforts to engage …

Suu Kyi ready to meet with minister

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

Source ::: AP yangon • A report that detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to meet with the government minister who acts as her …

… were “very fortunate” to unearth in Myanmar (Burma) a piece of fossilized tree sap known as amber containing parts of a hundred-million-year-old gecko. …

Time For A Revision

Times of India, India –

Caught between engagement and isolation, Burma, renamed Myanmar by its dictatorial military junta, is in a state of decline. What was once the richest land …

Dalai Lama, Tsvangirai, Betancourt on 2008 Sakharov prize list


Among the previous winners are former South African leader Nelson Mandela, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-UN secretary general Kofi …

Famous Author Summers in Sandwich

Cape Cod Today, MA –

There is a direct road to Burma from China’s Kumming. They could easily have helped. Burma or Myanmar is very much like North Korea. Ang San Sui Ki, …

Ghana: “Free And Fair Elections, De L’ Afrique”, Washington –

Myanmar , (Formerly Burma) tops the world in that regard!! Truly, those who have studied ancient history and especially European history will easily fish …

Commentary: Burma must stand on its own two feet

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Zin Linn

Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–

The Burmese opposition and pro-democracy forces have lost faith in the good offices of the United Nations after Gambari’s latest futile mission and its exploitation by the military regime.

Burma’s key opposition party, the National League for Democracy, spoke out against UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, stating that his mission to Burma has failed to accomplish anything. People will not rely on the UN as a trustworthy body if they become too accustomed to hearing nothing but rhetoric.

On 29 August, the NLD released a statement criticising the six-day mission of Gambari to Burma from 18 to 23 August. The party states that Gambari has a mandate to realise the resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly between 1994 and 2007, namely “the implementation of the 1990 election results, the establishment of a democratic Burma, the inauguration of meaningful political dialogue and the release of all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi”. The statement also says that the recent mission of the UN special envoy has not brought about any tangible political improvement.

It is clear that Gambari’s recent mission to resolve the political impasse between the military junta and detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi seems to be slowing to a complete standstill. His efforts to create reconciliation talks between the junta and the opposition have fallen apart.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the key stakeholder in the Burma issue, refused to see Gambari during his six-day trip, although he met her on his previous visits. However, the special envoy also failed to meet the senior general or vice-senior general of the country’s ruling junta, the State Peace and Development Council. Gambari’s total failure to accomplish anything at all during this fourth visit now raises grave uncertainties about the future of his mission and about the UN’s arbitration efforts in Burma as a whole.

It is not clear that why Gambari, as a special envoy of the UN, did not follow his own agenda during his fourth trip. It was shameful to see how he danced to the SPDC’s tune – meeting scores of people chosen by the junta to converse with him – but could not persuade the regime to grant him meetings with any of the regime’s decision makers. Senior General Than Shwe – who hides entrenched in the new capital Naypyidaw some 400 kilometers north of Rangoon – has been using Gambari as a pawn in his time-buying game.

Than Shwe has continued to be too pigheaded to accept the dialogue process and refuses to meet anyone who raises the issue of reconciliation talks with the Lady, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Although Gambari sought a meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, he was unable to fulfil his mission as a result of following the junta’s schedule. Instead he met only with puppet ministers who have no authoritative power and dishonest pro-junta agents who have no real role in politics.

The UN envoy originally planned to meet the Lady at the State Guesthouse in a meeting organised by the junta for 20 August, but she did not show up. Obviously, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi did not want Mr Gambari to overplay the impression that his mission was gradually improving. Many people also take the Lady’s refusal to meet the special envoy as a signal to the nation not to depend too much on international intervention. It was a call to fellow citizens to stand up in unity on their own feet.

However, the junta’s mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar exploited the event in its coverage, claiming that the UN special envoy had voiced his support for the junta’s seven-step roadmap and urged the Burmese regime to ensure free and fair elections in 2010.

According to some analysts, the Nobel laureate refused to see the UN envoy before he had seen the man who calls the shots in the SPDC. She may perhaps be of the opinion that meeting with Gambari in any other circumstances would be futile as he would have no assurances from the senior general of any intention to commence a reconciliation process.

Burma has been under military rule since 1962. The regime has earned the shameful reputation of being one of the world’s worst human rights violators. It brutally suppressed pro-democracy movements in 1988, on 30 May 2003 in the Depayin conspiracy and during the Saffron Revolution in September 2007. There have been many more intermittent crackdowns. The junta has arrested over two thousand political dissidents including the Nobel laureate of Burma, who has been confined to her residence for 13 of the last 19 years. Furthermore, the junta has been intensifying its crackdown on democracy supporters to protect its undemocratic 2010 elections.

Amid the disaster wrought by Cyclone Nargis, the regime held a referendum at gunpoint on 10 and 24 May this year and unilaterally declared a popular mandate for the charter which makes the military the final arbiter of the destiny of the Burmese people. The new elections planned for 2010 will legalise military rule. Needless to say, the processes will not be free and fair any more than the referendum held at gunpoint.

The socio-economic situation is deteriorating fast, and the junta is not able to cope. It will soon come face to face with a depressing future if it continues to reject the national reconciliation process being urged by the opposition National League for Democracy and United Nationalities Alliance.

The NLD and the UNA both point out that the “ratification” of the constitution staged by the junta was invalid. Both assert that it was carried out against the will of the people and with no regard for international norms for referendums. The junta has also ignored the presidential statement of the UN Security Council issued on 11 October 2007.

The regime has turned a deaf ear to successive resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly calling for a return to democracy in Burma through a tripartite dialogue between the junta led by Senior General Than Shwe, democratic forces led by Aung San Suu Kyi, and representatives of ethnic nationalities. From the turn of events so far it is clear that the junta has no plans to heed the UN call or to release political prisoners, a precondition to facilitate a tripartite dialogue.

Many a pro-democracy citizen in Burma no longer trusts the UN envoy or his facilitation process. Quite a lot of Burmese democrats believe that the Lady’s latest political stance may effectively encourage Gambari to find a way of seeing Than Shwe. It seems to be a pragmatic approach by the Lady to show her annoyance at the protocol of the generals who had arranged a meeting with her for the UN envoy while he was only allowed to see non-authoritative, low-ranking members of the regime.

More to the point, the junta put on a show of Gambari’s meeting with the infamous Union Solidarity and Development Association – a bunch of hooligans similar to Hitler’s “Brown Shirts” who carried out an assassination attempt on Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on 30 May 2003 and during the course of that premeditated attack slaughtered scores of NLD supporters.

The worst is that when Gambari met with NLD members, he tried to encourage them by suggesting measures to ensure that the 2010 elections would be free and fair. But when asked about the 1990 elections he would not give an opinion. Furthermore, he did not even focus on resuming political dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the generals.

Burmese people inside and outside the country are beginning to infer that the United Nations and its special envoy Ibrahim Gambari are preparing to support the 2010 elections, with or without the participation of key political parties such as the National League for Democracy, Shan National League for Democracy and other important ethnic parties. Such an act by the UN would mean effectively approving the seven-step roadmap strategy of the military regime.

Consequently, a question has been emerging for the world body: Will the UN recognise the 2008 military-dominated constitution unilaterally approved by the junta and its consequences?

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Right and wrong and ridiculous

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Bangkok Post, 2 September 2008


Right and wrong and ridiculous


Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej made two serious mistakes last week.

The first has already become a hot topic. Last Tuesday he urged the media to make a decision between staying with the government side, or with the People’s Alliance for Democracy camp.

For him the answer to his call might appear simple, given what the PAD was doing – occupying Government House for eight days now. The prime minister on Sunday questioned the media about the principle of balanced reporting, which he said should not apply to street gangsters like the PAD.

But the press, like many people on the streets, will be very uncomfortable when it comes to picking either one: the elected government or the PAD. Mr Samak has said time and again that his work is supported by a mandate from voters who selected the People Power party as their No. 1 choice in the Dec 23 elections. The government is a legitimate body running the country. So why does he have to listen to the voices of those PAD members shouting for his resignation?

The prime minister is right. The government has come about through the democratic process. But this does not mean he can do anything at will. The mandate should be used to serve the public interest. But the faces in his cabinet clearly show that public benefit comes after his own survival, as he has to keep all factions in the PPP happy by rewarding them with cabinet portfolios.

What the PAD has been doing is also disappointing. It is ridiculous to consider the seizure of Government House as showing the “progress of democracy”. PAD members would also be happy to see army generals intervene by staging another coup, so long as it is aimed at kicking Mr Samak out of office.

So far, the anti-government group cannot supply a rationale for its decision to keep the rally going – even though its demands, particularly the one for the government to step back from any attempt to kill the charter, have been met. The PAD is showing that it is good at making both friends and foes. Those siding with the PAD are praised for their courage and fighting spirit. Anybody complaining about the PAD rally – from students fed up with noisy campaigns, to drivers tired of traffic jams – are branded as immature because they lack the spirit of democracy.

Another mistake of PM Samak is his idea for restoring democracy in Burma. He told visiting UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Aug 25, that Aung San Suu Kyi should be put aside if other countries want to see a return of democracy to Burma. “Aung San Suu Kyi is one thing. The international community should talk about how to bring about democracy in Burma and focus on the constitution and the elections,” he said.

Mr Samak will try to sell this idea to the United Nations this month, when he takes the podium at the UN General Assembly in New York. And as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to what extent will his idea shape the direction of the regional grouping, remains to be seen.

Thinking about what the prime minister plans to do with this idea is already scary and should be good news for the Burmese military generals. The reality is that it is not logical to separate the Nobel peace prize laureate from democracy in Burma, just like it does not make sense trying to separate ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra from the PPP. Mrs Suu Kyi is the symbol of democracy in Burma. She led the National League for Democracy to a landslide victory in the 1990 elections. But 18 years later, she is still under arrest.

As long as she is not included in talks about democracy in Burma, the problem will never end.

In fact, it is very surprising to see Mr Samak think the way he does. The prime minister should have more understanding and should sympathise with Mrs Suu Kyi, instead of alienating her from the political picture in Burma.

Mr Samak complains about the threat from outside parliament against his government, which was elected under the democratic process. Mrs Suu Kyi was also democratically elected, but the Burmese generals intentionally ignored the poll results.

Saritdet Marukatat is News Editor, Bangkok Post.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 2, 2008 at 6:29 am

World focus on Burma (1 Sept 2008)

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Daw Suu holds third meeting with lawyer
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 1, 2008 (DVB)–Detained democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her lawyer U Kyi Win met for 30 minutes this morning, the National League for Democracy …

Burmese blogger conference banned
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The conference was organised by the Myanmar Computer Experts Association and was to be held at Rangoon’s International Business Centre, situated on the bank …

Mandalay puppeteers raise funds for cyclone victims
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aid donations to victims of the cyclone which swept the Irrawaddy delta area of Burma and killed more than 100000 in early May have been gradually …

Business Roundup (September 1, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Asean aspires to become an EU-like entity but that’s going to be impossible as long as member Myanmar [Burma] is controlled by a military dictatorship. …

Solo demonstrator sentenced to 2 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
U Kyaw Ho, a National League for Democracy leader in Bassein, said Aye Win was first charged under sections 505(b) and 143 of the penal code for disturbing …

Free movie, popcorn offered at Pilgrim Congregational
Lexington Minuteman,  USA –
Perhaps one of the most beautiful anti-war movies, the Burmese Harp is set in Myanmar (formerly Burma) during World War II’s last days. …

Burma: Joe Biden and Burma
UNPO, Netherlands –
He met detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the 1990s in Rangoon. In May [2008], McCain said of the Cyclone Nargis disaster: “It does highlight the …

Between McCain and Obama, an Energy Gap
Human Events, DC –
McCain is suspicious of Beijing’s significant military buildup and its “…relations with pariah states such as Burma, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer says she’s lost weight
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not allowed to …

Lawyer meets Suu Kyi, says she is thin but well
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has lost some weight but is feeling well, her lawyer said after a 30-minute meeting with her today. …

Democracy, voting and informed consent
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Burma is an easy example; but it is also not difficult to judge whether Thailand’s elections are democratic or not. The answer is a resounding “no” if …

‘It’s not special to me’ First Monday in September not a holiday …
Waukegan News Sun, IL –
“It’s not special to me,” said Chit Po, a native of Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also known through history as Burma. “I’ve been here almost five …

Authorities ban Taunggok NLD meeting
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 1, 2008 (DVB)–Local authorities in Arakan state’s Taunggok township prevented the local National League for Democracy from holding their regular monthly …

4 Political Prisoners Expected to be Used for Forced Labor at …
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The associate said, “They are politicians and they are supporters of the Burma democracy movement, so authorities want to give them a lesson on avoiding …

ENC: Rigged election results won’t make lawful regime

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
“Unless and until the people of Burma can freely and fairly express their true will, there can be no legitimate government.” It instead urges the people “to …

CINEMA ‘59 – Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet –
An interesting film on the conflict in Burma between the military junta and the dissident democracy movement. Ignore the contrived story of the “troubled” …

UN’s Burma envoys have been a complete failure
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The meeting would then be in the nature of a prison visit, as undertaken by UN human rights investigators in Burma. A free and frank discussion could then …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –
BIMSTEC’s members today consist of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand ( the original members) who have now been joined by Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar. …

7 top Asians, group receive RM Awards for 2008
Manila Bulletin, Philippines –
Other winners have come from Bangladesh, with nine; Sri Lanka, eight; Hong Kong, six; Vietnam and Nepal, with four each; Burma and Cambodia, …

There’s The Rub : Winds of change / Conrado De Quiros, Philippines –
He vows to liberalize Malaysia and turn it into a full-blown democracy. I met Anwar’s wife and daughter when they came here many years ago, seeking support …

Cambodia’s Hun Sen, one-eyed guerrilla turned to statesman

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Monday, July 21, 2008
By Patrick Falby, AFP

PHNOM PENH — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lost an eye as a Khmer Rouge guerrilla in the 1970s, but later abandoned the movement in his own ruthless drive to secure power and undercut all his rivals.

The 55-year-old premier has vowed to remain Cambodia’s head of state until he is 90, and has been on top so long that many fear the country will collapse if he is suddenly removed.

Voters appear unlikely to end Hun Sen’s 23-year rule when they go to the polls on July 27, with his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) expected to romp to victory.

His confidence is so complete that he has taken the unusual tactic of not campaigning for his re-election.

“I will not participate during the campaign. I don’t want to face confrontation because during that time of year many people will criticize the CPP,” he said.

And yet Hun Sen’s presence is felt everywhere.

Outside of campaign season, Hun Sen appears in public almost every day. He is flown throughout the countryside in his helicopter to give televised speeches at the openings of pagodas, schools and bridges.

The message: Hun Sen brought you this.

“If I vote for a new political party, there might be chaos,” said Say Phumivaun, a 19-year-old student from western Battambang province, voicing a familiar sentiment.

To rural villagers, Hun Sen is also the Cambodian everyman. His sharp, populist wit and humble upbringing making him one of their own.

He often veers from prepared remarks — launching into coarsely-worded rants against phantom coups, arrogant foreigners or international demands for reform.

Born the third of six children to peasant farmers in central Cambodia, Hun Sen moved to the capital Phnom Penh at age 12, where he was so poor he was forced to live in a Buddhist pagoda while attending school.

When Cambodia fell into civil war in 1970, he became a foot soldier for what later emerged as the Khmer Rouge — the genocidal regime behind Cambodia’s killing fields.

Hun Sen claims he opposed the Khmer Rouge as early as 1975. But he remained with the movement, losing an eye in the fighting and rising to the rank of deputy regional commander.

He married field nurse Bun Rany in a mass ceremony in 1976, but fled a year later to Vietnam as the regime that killed up to two million people was consumed by its own paranoia, purging thousands.

Hun Sen returned in 1978 with other Cambodian defectors and Vietnamese troops who pushed the Khmer Rouge into the country’s far northwest, where fighting lasted for another two decades.

He quickly rose to the top of the Hanoi-installed government of the 1980s, becoming the world’s youngest prime minister in 1985.

As his country emerged from conflict, he abandoned the communist dogma of his Vietnamese patrons, embracing the free market and seeking out alliances with more powerful nations.

Today, the strongman has maneuvered his country from civil war into a position of growing regional influence and an avid partner with China and the United States.

Garment exports and tourism have brought double-digit economic growth, but Cambodia remains one of the world’s poorest countries.

His administration is mired in corruption and Hun Sen is frequently the target of criticism that he tramples basic rights to keep his grip on power.

In 1993, he manhandled victory away from the country’s royalists following Cambodia’s first elections, backed by the United Nations.

He secured a power-sharing deal with the royalists, but ultimately ousted them in a bloody 1997 coup.

Hundreds of people were killed in the run-up to elections the following year. Protests against Hun Sen’s victory were put down violently.

The last national election in 2003 was far less violent, but plunged the kingdom into a year of political stalemate as parties wrangled over forming a coalition.

This year’s campaign is much calmer than the past, possibly because Hun Sen no longer faces any major rivals.

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