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World focus on Burma (9 August 2008)

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The following is a transcript of President Bush’s weekly radio …

FOXNews –

During my time here, I’m expressing America’s deep concerns about freedom and human rights in China. This trip has reaffirmed my belief that men and women …

Laos, Bosnia War Crimes Trials: LPDR Condemned by Hmong National …

PressZoom (press release), Netherlands –

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was recently flown from the Serbian capital Belgrade to the The Hague where he will face trial before a UN …

Sacrifices of Prisoners of Conscience Should Not Be in Vain
NewsBlaze, CA –
The other panelists, who represented Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Eritrea and Uzbekistan, were all former prisoners of conscience or family members of people …

First Lady Laura Bush Urges Burma Reforms

NewsBlaze, CA –

“A lot of these families would rather go home, but because of the situation in Burma, they can’t,” Mrs. Bush told reporters during her August 7 visit to the …

The military junta that took control of Burma in September 1988 changed the name of the country to Myanmar in 1989. However, Maung Htoo said Canada is among …

Radio Address by the President to the Nation

MarketWatch –

During my time here, I’m expressing America’s deep concerns about freedom and human rights in China. This trip has reaffirmed my belief that men and women …

Burmese translator helps refugees find their way

WTTE, OH –

She was part of an ethinc minority in Myanmar, also known as Burma. She says she is still trying to find her own way around while she directs others. …

Burmese must be supported

Irish Times, Ireland –

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democratic movement in Burma, has been placed under house arrest by the military regime since 1989

… changing its name to Myanmar. It is a ruthless military regime that has distinguished itself primarily for its brutal repression of the people of Burma, …

Asia recalls the repression of 8-8-’88 in Myanmar

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

About 100 demonstrators also gathered in front of the Burmese embassy, shouting “freedom for Burma, freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi”, and launching red paper …

Prominent Myanmar human rights activist arrested

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Police in Myanmar arrested a prominent human rights activist on the 20th anniversary of massive pro-democracy protests, a colleague of …

Supersize Games

Irish Independent, Ireland –

… Burma, Tibet, wherever, just be aware that you’re beating an old drum about the cords connecting an Olympic Games with the suppression of human rights. …

Thousands take part in global day of protest as Beijing Games open

Toronto Star, Canada –

… embassy in London was the focus for protests against the country’s treatment of people in Tibet, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Myanmar frees most detained “8-8-88” marchers

路透中国, China –

The protest in the town of Taunggok was virtually the only one in the former Burma in memory of the nationwide revolt, eventually crushed by the army with …

Watching human rites

Reuters UK, UK –

Human Rights Watch put out a statement slamming China for its commercial and diplomatic ties to Myanmar’s junta on the 20th anniversary of the 8-8-88 …

Myanmar anniversary demonstrators freed

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar authorities have released 43 demonstrators who held one of the country’s few protests marking the anniversary of the 1988 …

From the sublime to the ridiculous

Cyprus Mail, Cyprus –

Which other country in the world demands a UN Sec-Gen to ‘tell the truth’? The only people I can think of are despots and dictators – such as Burma’s …

Activists held at rally pver ’88 uprising

Los Angeles Times, CA –

The military government arrested 48 activists on a protest march to mark the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in which an estimated 3000 people …

Burmese junta arrests 48 on uprising anniversary eve

TopNews, India –

: Burma”s military junta have arrested 48 activists during a protest march marking 20 years since the army crushed a pro-democracy uprising, …

Games’ opening day busy time for protests

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

The Beijing Games have become a focus for activists critical of China on issues ranging from its human rights record and heavy-handed rule in Tibet, …

China stages a perfectly choreographed display

Aberdeen Press and Journal, UK –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

US first lady Bush tours Beijing’s Forbidden City

The Associated Press –

Mrs. Bush has become more outspoken herself over the years, especially on the issue of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The isolated Southeast Asian nation is …

Proud moment for sailor flying the flag

Irish Independent, Ireland –

Mr Kilgallen reminded the demonstration that China was a supporter of Burma’s ruthless military junta and had a deplorable human rights record. …

Beijing Olympics: Asia press comment

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The South China Morning Post says it is time to turn the screw on Myanmar’s leaders. “Myanmar’s junta welcomes occasions like the Olympic Games. …

Staying Alive

TIME –

These protests inspired the mass demonstrations led by Burma’s monks, which captured the world’s imagination a month later. Jimmy is still in jail. …

The Moment

TIME –

In Bangkok, he praised Southeast Asia’s economic progress while slamming Burma for human-rights abuses. But the most urgent business was in Beijing, …

Beijing Olympics draws much concern of Myanmar people

Xinhua, China –

8 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Olympic Games has drawn much concern of Myanmar people over the last few days ahead of the opening ceremony of the world event in …

Beijing Olympics spark global protests

Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –

“The Olympics shouldn’t have been offered to China on the basis of their human rights record,” said Liawang Tsang, whose family fled Tibet nine years ago. …

The Government will continue to help the Burmese people in their …

Irish Times, Ireland –

… changing its name to Myanmar. It is a ruthless military regime that has distinguished itself primarily for its brutal repression of the people of Burma, …

Burmese ‘grateful’ for Irish support

Irish Times, Ireland –

Thanking the Lord Mayor for receiving the refugees, he pointed out that Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a freewoman of Dublin city and that …

Protest marks Myanmar uprising annniversary

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

Shouting “Free Burma” the protestors, brandishing the red and yellow flags of the Myanmar opposition, called for the release of political prisoners in the …

Bush chides China over human rights

Financial Times, UK –

By Chawadee Nualkhair in Bangkok US President George W. Bush condemned China’s treatment of political dissidents and pressed for an unfettered Chinese press …

The Nelson Mail, New Zealand –

On August 8, 1988, pro-democracy supporters in Burma, now known as Myanmar, took to the streets to call for an end to the country’s military dictatorship. …

Population paradox: Europe’s time bomb

Independent, UK –

Singapore, Taiwan and Burma are similar. The lowest is South Korea with only 1.1 children per couple. “South East Asia has plummeted to levels it took …

Hundreds march in Tokyo on 20th anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The News – International, Pakistan –

She happened to be in Myanmar — then known as Burma — to care for her ailing mother when the uprising erupted. On Aug 26, 1988, she spoke to the crowds …

Myanmar comic charged over cyclone aid

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s most famous comedian has been charged in a secret court, along with a sports writer and two activists, for delivering aid to survivors of …

Burmese junta arrest 48 on uprising anniversary eve

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who met Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein in Beijing ahead of the Olympic Games, said he hoped Myanmar could sort out its …

New Yorkers Mark Olympics With Protests

New York Times Blogs, NY –

… to protest Chinese support of the military junta that has ruled Myanmar since 1962. Cristina Moon, executive director of 8/8/08 for Burma, …

Scots activist thrown out of China

The Herald, UK –

He said: “We are here together today because we need the Chinese government to talk about human rights, the situation in Tibet and media freedom. …

GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

The promises about access made to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he saw Myanmar’s head of state, Senior Gen Than Shwe, in late May have essentially …

Human Rights Call Sets Frosty Tone to Bush Trip

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

PRESIDENT George Bush arrived in Beijing amid an atmosphere of tension with China’s leaders over his high-profile criticism of the country’s human rights …

Reactions mixed on US Burmese ruby ban

National Jeweler Network, NY –

Mumbai, India—The recent US ban on rubies and jadeite from Myanmar (formerly Burma), including stones that were processed in third-party countries, …

Friday, August 8, 2008

Free Speech Radio News, CA –

… League for Democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate who remains under house arrest on the orders of leader General Than Shwe. …

8/8 – 20 years after the Burmese democracy protests

Foreign Policy (subscription) –

With all eyes on China this week, it’s refreshing to see George and Laura Bush noting that today is the 20th anniversary of pro-democracy protests in Burma …

Pro-Tibet protests europe-wide as Olympics open 08/08 20:30 CET

euronews, France –

… Union was beseiged in Brussels, with the Tibetan contingent joined by protestors also denouncing the military rulers of Myanmar, the former Burma. …

Arrests on anniversary on uprising

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –

Activists outside Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, are marking the anniversary with demonstrations. The 1988 protests drew hundreds of thousands of people …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Tibet, Burma, Sudan and the colonisation of Africa are the issues routinely raised to keep the dragon in check; human rights the moral stick to beat the….

An Inescapable History

Harvard Crimson, MA –

… the human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and the CIA’s “black sites” hampered our ability to stem atrocities in countries like Sudan, Burma, …

Anniversary of the 1988 Popular Democratic Uprising in Burma

US Department of State, DC –

Twenty years ago today, the people of Burma bravely rose up together to call for the restoration of democracy in Burma and an end to misrule and the abuse …

BURMA: Expats Keep Democracy Hopes Alive

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

By Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Aug 8 (IPS) – Aung Moe Zaw still lives in the hope that democracy will take root in Burma, 20 years after hundreds of …

Masked activists in Cebu weigh in on China’s record

Sun.Star, Philippines –

… people of Tibet and Burma. They later broke their silence as they read “In the Quiet Land,” a poem by imprisoned Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Events mark ’88 Burma brutality

Howrah News Service, India –

The programmes were to focus on the brutal regime of the military junta in Burma and has seminars, talks, photo exhibition and also a candle vigil at the …

McDonald’s sponsorship of Games spurs protest

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

… a member of the Taiwan Free Burma Network. “It also violently cracks down on Tibetan demonstrators and supports authoritarian regimes in Myanmar and …

Beijing Olympics: Protests around the world as Games open in style

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

In London, more than 200 demonstrators from Tibet, Burma, Zimbabwe and Sudan joined forces for a noisy demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy. …

Zimbabweans in Chinese embassy demonstration

SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe –

By Lance Guma Zimbabwean activists in the United Kingdom on Friday teamed up with protesters from Burma, Tibet and Sudan to demonstrate at the Chinese …

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Myanmar says Suu Kyi may be freed soon

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Myanmar says Suu Kyi may be freed soon

SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar’s military junta has indicated to its Southeast Asian neighbors that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in about six months, Singapore’s foreign minister said Sunday.

The hint came as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations expressed “deep disappointment” at the decision by the junta in May to extend Suu Kyi’s detention by another year. It was an unusually frank criticism of Myanmar by the region’s main bloc, whose members usually stick to a policy of not interfering in each other’s affairs.

The comment by Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win to ASEAN is the most optimistic assessment of Suu Kyi’s future by the junta, and the closest to a definite timetable for her release, which has been demanded by the international community.

Nyan Win made the hint during a dinner hosted by Singapore’s Foreign Minister George Yeo for the foreign ministers of the ten member countries of ASEAN.

Yeo said Nyan Win explained that under Myanmar law a political detainee can be held for a maximum of six years. “And he told us that the six-year limit will come up in about half a year’s time,” Yeo said.

Asked if this meant Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, could be released in six months, Yeo said: “That is not an inaccurate inference.”

The military regime extended Suu Kyi’s house arrest May 27 for the sixth straight year. She has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party has denounced the extension as illegal, saying its interpretation of the law is that she could be held only up to five years and not six.

After the dinner meeting, the ASEAN members issued a statement critical of Myanmar.

“The foreign ministers expressed their deep disappointment that … Suu Kyi’s detention has been extended by the Myanmar government,” it said, adding that the ministers repeated a call by their governments for her to be released.

The ministers urged the junta to engage in a “meaningful dialogue with all political groups and work toward a peaceful transition to democracy in the near future.”

ASEAN also urged the junta to give U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari access to senior leaders and to allow meetings with “the widest possible range of contacts including Suu Kyi.”

ASEAN has never made so many demands on Myanmar, and its willingness to do so now is a reflection of its frustration.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jgl0dMVy3IB6IUmgtJpnoxQn6BXAD921MI0G3

Myanmar may free Suu Kyi in six months

Sun 20 Jul 2008, 15:45 GMT

By Melanie Lee

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Military-ruled Myanmar could release detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in about half a year, once a maximum detention period of six years has expired, Singapore’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

The Nobel peace laureate’s confinement to her lakeside home in Yangon was extended in May despite international pleas to the generals to end her latest stretch of detention, which began in May 2003.

“Under their law the maximum period of detention for Daw Sang Suu Kyi is one year as approved by the home ministry and five more years as approved by the prime minister as a cabinet decision … meaning a maximum of six years,” Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo quoted Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win as saying.

“And he told us the six-year limit will come up in about half a year,” Yeo said after a dinner with his Southeast Asian counterparts in Singapore.

Asked whether this meant Suu Kyi could be released in six months, he said: “I am just repeating to you what he (Nyan Win) told me and I think that is not an inaccurate inference.”

Suu Kyi has been confined for nearly 13 of the past 19 years, with her telephone line cut and all visitors barred apart from her cook and occasionally her doctor. It was not clear what the expiry of the six-year period Nyan Win referred to would have in practice.

Yeo’s comments come as Southeast Asian nations prepare for a series of meetings this week amid political and economic turmoil that may slow, though not derail, the region’s lofty dream of creating a European Union-style community.

Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will discuss the early ratification of a charter and establishment of a human rights body, whose 10-member nations includes juntas and kingdoms, democracies and communist states.

ASEAN has long been dismissed as a talking shop and the group’s meeting have in the past often been overshadowed by disagreement over how to convince Myanmar’s junta to start democratic reforms.

“We urge Myanmar to take bolder steps toward a peaceful transition to democracy in the near future, and working toward free and fair general elections in 2010,” ASEAN’s foreign ministers said in the draft of a communique to be finalised tomorrow.

The document also calls on the military, which has ruled the former Burma since 1962, for the release of all political prisoners and detainees.

(Additional reporting by Manny Mogato; Writing by Jan Dahinten)

http://africa.reuters.com/world/news/usnSP237599.html

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Myanmar says Suu Kyi may be freed soon
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SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar’s military junta has indicated to its Southeast Asian neighbors that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house …
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 20, 2008 at 5:47 pm

World focus on Burma (20 July 2008)

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Burma FM Says Opposition Leader Suu Kyi Could Be Freed in Six Months

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Singapore, July 20 Kyodo – Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win on Sunday indicated his country’s military junta could release Myanmar political dissident Aung …

Thailand stands to miss its chance to shine as asean chair
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
To a certain degree, Asean has regained its creditability after a decade of Burma’s non-compliance by convincing the Burmese junta to loosen up its …
Columns: Catastrophe victims need help
Meadville Tribune, PA –
Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

Myanmar may free Suu Kyi in six months

Reuters South Africa, South Africa –

The document also calls on the military, which has ruled the former Burma since 1962, for the release of all political prisoners and detainees.

Myanmar says Suu Kyi may be freed soon

The Associated Press –

She has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Meadville Tribune, PA –

Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

ASEAN foreign ministers urge Burma to release Aung San Suu Kyi

Radio Australia, Australia –

ASEAN foreign ministers have expressed deep disappointment over the extension of the house arrest of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Thais try to calm feud
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Thailand, which is due to take over Asean’s rotating chair after Singapore, placed much effort in bringing the border stand-off to a bilateral discussion …

Japanese Agency Views Issues “Overshadowing” ASEAN’s Singapore Meeting

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… and also political developments in Myanmar [Burma] at their informal working dinner on Sunday, which kicks off this week’s series of ASEAN-led meetings. …

RP to host first ASEAN disaster response exercise

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

“You know, we have been beset by so many natural disasters, recently we have [cyclone] Nargis in Burma, earthquake and floods in China and of course the …

Myanmar: Two very ancient statues of Buddha found in Mandalay city …

OpEdNews, PA –

by Ashin Mettacara Page 1 of 1 page(s) By Ashin Mettacara In Mandalay, the second city of Burma ( also known as Myanmar) three very ancient Buddha statues …

Regional Integration, Disaster Relief, Security Expected to …
Voice of America –
Burma was criticized by the West and human rights groups for restricting access to the hardest hit areas and for refusing direct aid. …
From the Wire
AlterNet, CA –
Cyclone Nargis left an estimated 2.5 million people homeless and dispossessed, and at least 130000 dead. The Burmese military junta continues to obstruct …
ASEAN Begins Annual Security Talks
Voice of America –
High on the agenda will be relief efforts in the military-ruled nation of Burma, which was devastated by cyclone Nargis in May The storm killed 78000 people …

Thai Based Website Urges UN, ASEAN to Be “Proactive” Over Burma …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Meanwhile, the country’s leading pro-democracy figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, remains under house arrest and opposition groups suffer intimidation and the threat …

Asean talks overshadowed by Thai-Cambodia dispute, Myanmar

Straits Times, Singapore –

A TENSE border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, and perennial questions over military-run Myanmar, are overshadowing three-day talks among Asean …

LAWRENCE J. HAAS: Democracies can react to genocide, global …

Fresno Bee (subscription), CA –

… Council could not agree on collective action to stop the killing in Rwanda, the Balkans or Darfur, or the brutal suppression in Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Myanmar: Sui Kyi under restricted residence

Merinews, India –

The SLORC of Myanmar has placed Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of National League of Democracy, under restricted residence, isolating her from any contact …

Asean must move on Human Rights

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The CMLV bloc (Cambodia, Myanmar/Burma, Laos, and Vietnam), who are seen to be less open to human rights, and indeed may view the issue as a non-Asean …

Thailand condemned for kicking out refugees

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New York-based Human Rights Watch yesterday blasted Thailand for forcing 52 Karen refugees to return to a conflict zone in Burma on Asarnha Bucha Day. …

Big Brother Versus YouTube: Let the Beijing Games Commence

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Sousveillance famously made an appearance with the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, the hanging of Saddam Hussein in 2006 and the protests in Burma in …

World War II museum in New Orleans has new mission

Dallas Morning News, TX –

Plans include an exploration of the great campaigns of the war, including China-Burma-India, Italy and North Africa. Exhibits will detail the support of …

East St. Louis man built roads

Belleville News Democrat, USA –

Instead, they would be working on the Ledo Road, a ground route through the foothills of the Himalayas from India through Burma and on to China. …

Palm Beach Synagogue trip to Israel includes teen’s visit to …

Palm Beach Daily News, FL –

Another memorable experience was traveling the so-called Burma Road, a primitive mountain track the Israelis built and used to carry supplies to Jerusalem …

Around The Globe, Subsidized Gas, Rampant Growth

Hartford Courant, United States –

… last summer when Burma raised fuel prices? A vast popular uprising and crackdown that brought the world’s wrath raining down on the ruling junta. …

ASEAN to continue soft treatment of Myanmar – Feature

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Debbie Stothard, coordinator of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, warned ASEAN against kowtowing to the whims and caprices of the military junta that …

Relief for Red Cross

Tasmanian Government Media Releases (press release), Australia –

Ms Singh said that conditions in both countries remain difficult in the wake of tropical cyclone Nargis which hit Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake that …

North Korea, Myanmar to dominate Asia’s main security dialogue …

International Herald Tribune, France –

Also on the agenda will be the behavior of Myanmar’s junta, which has done little to allow democracy and has refused to free opposition leader Aung San Suu …

ASEAN not shedding kid gloves in treatment of Myanmar – Feature

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Even with the humanitarian effort in Myanmar, formerly Burma, ASEAN treaded carefully and did not ram its way into the situation, coming in only three weeks …

Goals for emissions cuts rely on dictators

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

Remember what happened last summer, when Burma raised fuel prices? A vast popular uprising that brought the world’s wrath raining down on the ruling junta. …

Fanning the Flames of Racism
Town Hall, DC –
Yet, as Brett D. Schaefer explains in hisHeritage Foundation piece,”While the council has passed relatively mild condemnations of Sudanand Burma, …

Fascism in Indonesia, no big deal?

Jakarta Post, Indonesia –

Onghokham contrasted Indonesia’s national struggle and other popular movements in Burma, Vietnam and China. Led respectively by General Aung San, …

ASEAN urged to heap pressure on Myanmar

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Debbie Stothard, of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, a rights group, said that how Myanmar’s junta “seriously mishandled” the cyclone will be “the …

The comb-over Soviet-style tyrant who could soon be one of the …

This is London, UK –

Since January 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has listed it along with Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, North Korea and Cuba as a five-star pariah nation. …

Asian security talks to tackle NKorea, Myanmar

AFP –

“For the first time in its history, ASEAN was actually effective at something,” said Dave Mathieson, a consultant on Burma for the US-based Human Rights …

Thai Asean chief urges border restraint

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Singapore (dpa) – Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has called for “maximum restraint” in the border dispute …

A New Generation of Activists Arises in Burma

Washington Post, United States –

The most recent statements criticized the junta for holding a referendum on a new constitution while the bodies of cyclone victims were still floating in …

Sanctions; Do They Really Work?

The Standard, Zimbabwe –

Limited sanctions against Burma have not shifted the ruling junta there. The Arab embargo on Israel has not changed Israeli policy. …

Why has China bought Mugabe a mansion?

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

(Mr Howell’s father survived being shot down in one in Burma.) As I reported in February, a 175-page document, known as EC Regulation 1899/2006, …

Irish college accepts Burma refugees

Times Online, UK –

Dundalk Institute of Technology is offering on-line degrees to Karen students living on the Thai-Burma border BURMESE refugees living on the Thai-Burma …

Semi-Synthetic Narcotics Facts

TransWorldNews (press release), GA –

Four foreign source areas produce the heroin available in the United States: South America (Colombia), Mexico, Southeast Asia (principally Burma), …

Fresh Cold War tension heats up Security Council

Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

Judging by the recent political deadlock in the Security Council — over Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Zimbabwe and Sudan — one wonders whether the …

Appeal on behalf of refugees

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

In its statement, the KWO expressed concern about the safety of the Karen, mostly women and children, who were forced by Thai soldiers back into Burma. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 20, 2008 at 5:28 am

World Focus on Burma (5 Jan 08)

  1. Burma’s Junta Oblivious to International Pressure Imposes Media …
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    Military junta of Burma made a defiance sign of non-cooperation with the international community on 4th January, the 60th anniversary of independence from …
  2. Myanmar opposition group calls for Suu Kyi release
    JURIST –
    [JURIST] Opposition activists in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] called for the release of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi [Nobel Prize profile; …
  3. Annals of the War on Terror: Speaking Ill of the Dead
    Publius Pundit –
    … to Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. That’s quite true. Because, God bless her, Suu Kyi has never held actual power for one single second in Burma. …
  4. Laura Bush asks Myanmar military regime to free Suu Kyi
    Times of India, India –
    … with Burma’s opposition, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy,” she said. Laura Bush urged the world to condemn the military regime in Myanmar, …
  5. US First Lady Criticizes Burma’s Leaders on Independence Day
    Voice of America –

    By VOA News US First Lady Laura Bush has issued strong criticism of Burma’s military leadership, on the country’s 60th anniversary of independence from …

  6. On Myanmar, EU’s Envoy Supports UN’s Soft Power Approach, “Laura …
    Inner City Press, NY –

    UNITED NATIONS, January 4 — On the sixtieth anniversary of Burma’s independence from the United Kingdom, the range of international reactions to the images …

  7. India should use influence for neighbourhood peace: EU
    Deccan Herald, India –
    Concerned over lack of democracy in Pakistan and Myanmar, the European Union today urged India to use its “influence” in the region to advance peace and …
  8. Letters, faxes, and e-mail
    Press-Register – al.com, AL –
    Her brave counterparts on the international scene include, for instance, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma (Myanmar), …
  9. Myanmar issue must remain a priority: EU envoy
    AFP –
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Efforts to promote democracy in Myanmar must remain a priority for the international community, European Union special envoy for …
  10. UN envoy to visit China, India for Myanmar talks
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    New York – UN special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, plans to visit China and India next week to continue discussion on building up efforts to bring …
  11. Opposition party slams junta over talks with Suu Kyi
    Gulf Times

    YANGON: Myanmar’s opposition party yesterday criticised the ruling junta for “pretence” over meetings with its detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the talks were merely a bid to ease pressure on the regime. ...

World Focus on Burma (11-12-2007)

  1. Burma: Suu Kyi must be freed for political reform, says EU envoy
    آكي, Italy –
    Fassino, a former Italian justice minister , was appointed by the EU to focus attention on Burma (also known as Myanmar) and support the efforts of UN …
  2. Ban Ki-moon asked to initiate concrete steps on Burma on Human …
    Mizzima.com, India –
    December 10, 2007 – United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon has been asked to initiate concrete steps on Burma for ushering in changes instead of wasting time in …
  3. World’s patience wearing thin: UN
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “Therefore, again I urge the Myanmar [Burma] authorities to fully respect the principles and all of the UN charters by fully engaging with the international …
  4. Lantos’ Burma Human Rights Act Moves to House Floor
    Earthtimes, UK –
    10 /prnewswire-usnewswire/ — This week Congress is expected to consider tightened, targeted sanctions against Burma, where a recent violent crackdown …
  5. Secretary-General’s joint press conference with the Prime Minister …
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The situation in Burma still has tension going on, with arrests and perhaps crackdowns. Would you have any further comments on how to stop this tense …
  6. Memo From Kuala Lumpur A Growing Source of Fear for Migrants in …
    New York Times, United States – 6 hours ago
    Most migrant workers come from Indonesia, while others come from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Vietnam as well as from Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  7. Bush marks Human Rights Day
    United Press International –
    The first lady led a discussion on Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country former known as Burma. “For nearly 20 years, Burma’s military regime has crushed …
  8. Laura Bush Urges Burma’s Junta to Open Democratic Path
    Voice of America –
    By Michael Bowman First Lady Laura Bush is urging Burma’s military junta to forge a path to democracy or step aside. voa’s Michael Bowman reports from the …
  9. Efforts To Expose Atrocities in Burma Win US Envoy Recognition
    US Department of State, DC –
    The demonstrations in Burma, which began in late August, are believed to have been the largest since August 1988, when hundreds of thousands of people …
  10. First Lady Marks Human Rights Day By Calling On Myanmar To Release …
    AHN –
    … and Myanmar, the first lady continued her strong criticism of Myanmar’s military generals, and called on “all nations, especially Burma’s neighbors, …
  11. UN Secretary-General calls for increased involvement in Myanmar
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Mr. Ban told the Prime Minister that the UN is planning to exert pressure on the military government of Myanmar and asked that General Surayud’s government …
  12. Burmese leader receives UCT honorary doctorate
    SABC News, South Africa –
    Suu Kyi is currently under house arrest in Myanmar – formally known as Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi is the Nobel Prize-winning peace activist who’s being …
  13. YEARENDER: Myanmar’s people rise to the occasion
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Bangkok – If anyone deserves a Nobel peace prize this year, it’s Myanmar’s people and the Buddhist monkhood for daring to take to the streets against a …
  14. The first non-Chinese director of AI Hong Kong is Pinay
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Hong Kong people interested in issues such as violence against women, torture and terror, human dignity, and the crises in Burma (Myanmar) and Pakistan. …
  15. How Do We Walk The Burmese Road?
    Huffington Post, NY –
    The championing for incentive-based policies is also echoed by UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who stated, “The world is not just there to punish Myanmar, …
  16. Patience ebbing with Myanmar: Ban Ki-Moon
    Merinews, India –
    Meanwhile Ban Ki-moon had to face hostile crowds of activists who protested outside the UN office and demanded that he take concrete steps on Burma instead …
  17. North Korea Still Lambastes US in Media
    The Associated Press –
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Bush wrote a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The North even thanked the US Navy last month for …
  18. Growing anxiety with lack of reforms in Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    … and promoting and protecting human rights in Myanmar.” Meanwhile Thai Prime Minister Surayudh Chulanont told the Secretary General that Burma can again…
  19. Somali pirates threaten to kill tanker crew
    Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
      Negotiations have been under way to free the vessel, currently anchored off north-east Somalia, with crew members from Burma (also known as Myanmar), …
  20. Bush urging focus on Myanmar junta
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
    AP Video: Mummified Dinosaur Unlocks Old Secrets (12/10) AP news headlines Latest from AP By Sylvia A. Smith WASHINGTON – Myanmar’s military dictators ..
  21. Burma stepping up attacks on insurgents
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Dec 10, 2007 (AFP)–Military-ruled Burma has stepped up its offensive against ethnic Karen rebels following a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in …
  22. Assam] Book on Railways in Assam
    Assam Times, India –
    The original motive for having a railway trunk route in Assam was to ultimately connect it to the Burma Railway Systems. This grand scheme was conceived by …
  23. Human rights failures go unchecked in Myanmar and Darfur, UN told
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Geneva – The governments of Sudan and Myanmar were condemned before the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday for failing to improve human rights in their …
  24. When Revolutions Run Out Of Steam
    CBS News, NY –
      The United Nations hastily sent its special envoy into Burma. Both President Bush and the First Lady seemed personally affected – Laura Bush, …

World Focus on Burma (17-11-2007)

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  1. Will the generals dare release the Lady?
    Bangkok Post, Thailand – By LARRY JAGAN
    Tentative talks between Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military rulers have begun, raising hopes that …
  2. ”Pipeline politics: India and Myanmar”
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    Recent developments in the gas field projects of Myanmar have served to highlight the intense resource diplomacy that is ongoing in the region. …
  3. Myanmar claims no Buddhist monks killed in democracy protests
    Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
    BANGKOK, Nov 16 (TNA) – The military government of Myanmar has admitted to a higher death toll during the recent democracy demonstrations than it had done …
  4. Myanmar admits nexus with ugs
    E-Pao.net, India –
    Shillong, November 16: Myanmar (Burma) has formally admitted that its proposed crackdown on the North East insurgents in its soil suffered due the tacit …
  5. CWS appeal: Burma (Myanmar) humanitarian assistance
    Church World Service (press release), IN –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is growing. Poverty in some regions has already reached critical levels. In mountainous regions, there is severe …
  6. Laura Bush urges Myanmar gem boycott
    AFP –
    Washington refers to the country as “Burma.” Bush said that Myanmar’s military rulers had just opened a potentially lucrative gem auction show in the …
  7. China unwavering in support for Myanmar
    Daily Times, Pakistan –
    “I don’t think there is any change in substantive issues in the Chinese stand on Burma,” R. Hariharan, a Myanmar expert at the Chennai Centre for Chinese …
  8. Congress urges ASEAN to suspend Myanmar
    Reuters –
    The military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was quoted by UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro on Friday as acknowledging that at …
  9. US Senate asks ASEAN leaders to suspend Myanmar
    AFP –
    “I appreciate the strong comments from ASEAN member nations condemning the junta’s violent suppression of peaceful protesters in Burma (Myanmar),” said …
  10. Opinion: A corner of India that holds the key to Asia
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    The Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front (IBRF), founded in 1990, went defunct for lack of co-ordinated action and changing loyalties. Now, groups from Assam, …
  11. The Dictator Penalty
    Huffington Post, NY –
    Myanmar: Chevron refuses to withdraw from its partial ownership of natural gas fields and pipelines in the former Burma. Gas money supports one of the …
  12. Myanmar, the UN, and ASEAN
    Foreign Policy In Focus –
    Indonesia and the former Burma fraternized in the Asian-African Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Cold War’s Nonaligned Movement. …
  13. Situation in Myanmar ‘not sustainable’–Singapore PM
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Lee Hsien Loong said the bloc had “no choice” but to condemn the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests in member Myanmar (formerly Burma). …
  14. No exact figures on Burma crackdown
    PRESS TV, Iran –
    At least 15 people have been killed in the recent pro-democracy demonstrations in Myanmar’s biggest city, a UN human rights envoy says. …
  15. Asean to Keep Engaging Myanmar; US Urges Suspension (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean leaders will meet in a few days and they’ll discuss” the Myanmar issue. The military regime in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …
  16. Students wonder, ‘Asean, what’s that?’
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore (dpa) – Most students in Asean countries are familiar with the grouping, but nearly half have not visited another country in the bloc and 25 per …
  17. Asian leaders aim for green region, promote nuclear energy
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE–Asian leaders from 16 countries will pledge to increase the region’s forest cover by 2020 and promote the use of nuclear energy during their …
  18. More ethnic groups in Myanmar dispute Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement
    Xinhua, China –
    17 (Xinhua) — More ethnic peace groups in Myanmar are expressing disagreement over a recent statement by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …
  19. Singapore PM urges ASEAN nations to boost economic ties, address …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  20. Asean Needs More Integration to Attract Investment, Lee Says
    Bloomberg –
    Asean members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  21. Myanmar junta chief sticks to “democracy roadmap”
    Reuters India, India –
    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar supremo Than Shwe, leader of the ruling military, has vowed that the only path to political reform is via the …
  22. The broken promises of military rule
    Boston Globe, United States –
    The scary part: comparing the off and on detention of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto with the longstanding house arrest of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma makes …
  23. (France joins Canada in imposing sanctions on Myanmar) French co-operation applauded
    Edmonton Journal, Canada –
    Bernier pointed out that Canada has implemented “the most severe economic sanctions in the world” against Myanmar, also known as Burma, and expressed his …
  24. China tells Burma to speed up its democratic reforms
    USA Today –
    YANGON, Burma (AP) — China called on Burma to speed up democratic reforms, state media reported Saturday — an unusual move for Beijing, …
  25. Students plan to protest Burma crackdown during ASEAN summit
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    Singapore – University students plan to “make their voices heard” over Burma’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests while ASEAN leaders sign a landmark …
  26. Answers In The Past
    Tehelka, India –
    Full of counterintuitive views (he’s opposed to sanctions and wants tourists to visit Burma) historian Thant Myint-U is a former UN official and the author …
  27. ASEAN plays low against Myanmar
    Newstrack India, India –
    ASEAN accepted Burma’s membership downplaying US and European Union’s opposition. Singapore Prime Minister and Chairman of the association Lee Hsien Loong …
  28. Nobody in Asia supports sanctions against Myanmar: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    By S Ramesh, Channel newsasia | Posted: 17 November 2007 2109 hrs SINGAPORE: Nobody in Asia supports sanctions against Myanmar, Singapore’s Prime Minister …
  29. Myanmar set to sign rights charter at ASEAN summit
    Reuters –
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is unlikely to suspend Myanmar and the military-ruled country is set to sign the …
  30. Total petrol station demo in Wrexham
    Indymedia UK, UK –
    Wrexham Women for Peace and supporters held a demonstration at a local TOTAL petrol station in support of the people of Burma (Myanmar) this morning in …