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World focus on Burma (8 January 2009)

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Remarks by Henrietta Fore
USAID (press release), DC –
We were among the first to respond to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, the South Asian earthquake of 2005, the cyclones in Bangladesh and Burma …

HRW denies any influence at play in removal of Taiwan
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… work on Taiwan because the abuses there aren’t nearly as acute as they are in many other Asian countries, such as Afghanistan, Burma [Myanmar] or China. …

Land seized and resold at a premium by headman in Karen State
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Kyat-tha are a Burmese measurement used to quantify prices in terms of gold, used by many villages in the area. According to a source in Thanle, …

Humanitarian crisis in Chin state likely to escalate in 2009: NGO
Mizzima.com, India –
Joseph Win Hlaing Oo, director of the Rangoon-based Country Agency for Rural Development in Myanmar (CAD), on Thursday said the humanitarian crisis in Chin …

India: Turmeric exports surge on higher demand
FreshPlaza, Netherlands –
Other major producers are China, Myanmar, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Burma and Indonesia. India is the major exporter of turmeric in …

India & Pakistan: An Uncertain Future
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
The close of the British Empire’s colonial era on the subcontinent of India began with the formation of the self-governing colony of Burma (today Myanmar) …

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS: NEW REPORT REVEALS MASSIVE …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 08 January 2009 — The European Union’s leverage to promote human rights values and its vision of a rules-based …

Did Than Shwe’s Grandson Kidnap Model?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Last year, a YouTube video clip of Sai Sai Khan Hlaing and Wut Hmone Shwe Yee was popular among Burma’s young internet users. Private journals and magazines …

FSA imposes largest fine ever to Aon for ’suspicious payments’
Finance Markets, UK –
The countries were Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Indonesia and Vietnam, and the payments were reported to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). ..

Many condolences on the death of U Saw Mra Aung
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The organization honoured U Saw Mra Aung as a great leader for his contribution for democracy in Burma. An Arakanese group, All Arakan Students and Youth …

Commodity protestor beaten in Bago prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He was sentenced to 13 and a half years’ imprisonment in December 2008 and has now been sent to Pu-Tao prison on the northern edge of Burma in Kachin state. …

NGOs Question Thai Government Freeze on Migrant Registration
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… drive an increasing number of Burmese to seek work in neighboring Thailand, and the flow of migrants was boosted still further by Cyclone Nargis. …

Global Crisis Hits Junta’s Pockets as Gas Prices Fall
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Almost 50 percent of households in Burma were in debt before Cyclone Nargis devastated the country’s core rice and fishing industries. Despite Burma’s gas …

Running in the Wrong Direction
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He is not like his cousin, Aung San Suu Kyi. “That’s why that other leading umbrella organization, the National Council of the Union of Burma, announced on …

Top Bush Aide Hopes Obama Will Push Burmese Cause
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… including Aung San Suu Kyi. Although it was not able to achieve any of these objectives, the Bush administration was successful in putting Burma on the …

Detained student leader hospitalized in Insein prison
Mizzima.com, India –
Kyaw Aye, Kyaw Ko Ko’s father, one of the leaders of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), who was arrested and detained for his involvement …

Diary: Emily Maitlis
New Statesman, UK –

… it tells how to make Chemical Ali dessert (mind the E numbers), an Iranian dish called tongue of the judge and a Burmese salad – junta-sponsored, …

The rhetoric of “humanitarian crisis”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Burmese government rejects the idea that there is a chronic emergency in the country, and after Cyclone Nargis initially maintained that it could handle …

New party distributes manifesto among Arakanese for 2010 election
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
It is the only way to democracy in Burma, the pamphlet says,” the elder said. The party seemed to be pro Burmese military junta because they can move in the …

Presuming a democratic Myanmar: Looking beyond election 2010
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
… petition submitted to him by 112 former world leaders asking him to visit Burma (Myanmar) in the wake of widespread arrests in recent weeks and months. …

The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
It came as no surprise then when the ruling military regime in Burma recently sentenced the country’s best known comedian, named Zarganar, to 59 years in …

Remarks by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley at the Center …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
And finally, I hope the new administration will continue pushing the cause of human rights and freedom in Burma. In the Western Hemisphere, President Bush …

ROBERTS: Score one for the first lady
Galesburg Register-Mail, IL –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government — ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Cutting out the tongues of the holy people
NCR Conversation Cafe, MO –
And what of this punishing of holy people whilst living in a world where thugs like Than Shwe (dictator and destroyer of Burma and the Burmese tribal …

Obama Administration Should Pursue New Approach to Promote …
NewsBlaze, CA –
The United States should reinvigorate efforts to advance human rights and democracy in Cuba, Freedom House said today. One key element of a strengthened …

Rights group prods Obama to lift Cuba travel ban
The Associated Press –
Freedom House, founded in 1941, is an independent, non-governmental organization that supports expansion of democracy, in the world. …

Why doesn’t Bush get more credit?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
… and action except from a few dictatorial rulers such as those of North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe, and a few Arab states. …

193 Foreigners Rescued After Boat Becomes Stranded
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
Once the boat arrived at the base, it was found that the passengers were made up of 177 Burmese and 16 Bangladeshis, all of them adult males, except for two …

A forgotten tragedy
Livemint, India –
Tibetan or Burmese activists can only marvel at the Palestinian ability to draw crowds. Why does the Congo conflict not provoke the same moral reactions as …

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley’s Farewell Speech
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –
And finally, I hope the new Administration will continue pushing the cause of human rights and freedom in Burma. In the Western Hemisphere, President Bush …

Rangoon’s Christians banned from worshiping
Mizzima.com, India –
“We need your prayers for Christian communities in Myanmar [Burma],” the youth added. While religious persecution and the prohibition of religious rites are …


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World focus on Burma (26 December 2008)

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Multiple China quakes cause mass evacuations
ABC Online, Australia –
Xinhua news agency reports that an earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck near Ruili, a town on the China-Burma border. …

Thousands evacuated after quakes hit SW China
ABC Online, Australia –
A 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck at 4:20am (local time) about 10 kilometres from Ruili, a town on the China-Burma border, Xinhua said, …

Counterfeit Money is a Genuine Worry for Thailand
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
The informal training will be expanded to Thailand’s border zones, where huge amounts of money changes hands daily during overland trade with Burma, Laos, …

RM1m aid for cyclone victims
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Seck Boon Keng said the committee would channel all the funds through the Burmese Shangha Organisation to launch the Myanmar Cyclone Recovery Project. …

Canada-based Party Linked to Controversial Businessman
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
After the UWSA reached a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s ruling military junta in 1991, Kyaw Myint became the head of Myanmar Kyone Yeom Group, …

Weather Eye: 2008: the tenth hottest year on record
Times Online, UK –
The worst natural disaster of the year struck Burma on May 2, when Cyclone Nargis drove a 3.6m (12ft) storm surge 40km (25 miles) deep inland. …

Warming fuels rise in tropical storms
The Canberra Times, Australia –
… natural disasters were weather-related, with the global damage bill topped by Cyclone Nargis, which left a trail of wreckage across Burma in May. …

Earthquake Hits Ruili
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Nine people were injured when a 4.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the area around Ruili in Yunnan Province on the Burma-China border at 2:30 am …

China Signs Burmese Gas Deal for 30-year Supply
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Under the agreement, which cements a preliminary deal reached in June, pipelines will be constructed to export natural gas from Myanmar [Burma] to China’s …

Chiswick man helps out in cyclone damaged Burma
Richmond and Twickenham Times, UK –
“When the opportunity arose to go back to Myanmar for a five month placement with Merlin, I jumped at the chance. “I certainly miss my family and friends, …

MYANMAR: WFP to launch food-for-work programme
IRINnews.org, NY –
These activities will play a critical role in restoring food security in the wake of Nargis, which left close to 140000 people dead or missing in May 2008. …

China moves to make yuan global currency
domain-B, India –
… to settle trade payments with ASEAN countries like Thailand, Laos, Burma, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam and Indonesia. …

Bangladesh accuses Indian ships of entering its waters
Australia Network News, Australia –
Last month a similar row between Bangladesh and its eastern neighbour Burma flared over another disputed stretch in the bay.

Year of Discovery competition: swept away by the Ayeyarwaddy
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Camera poised in the lifebelt’s centre, I await the dawn of yet another glorious Myanmar day. Only the melodious slap of the river’s current against …

Australia: Growing opposition to Labor’s Internet censorship
World Socialist Web Site, MI –
Stuart Hargreaves: “Every country in the world has been going backwards in terms of fundamental human rights and this is just another example of that. …

2008: The year in review
guardian.co.uk, UK –
As the drought in Australia entered its sixth year, and Cyclone Nargis tore through the rice fields of Burma in May, killing more than 100000, …

The King – Wild, Wild 2008
Cairns Post, Australia –
The world turned a blind eye to China’s human rights abuses and instead watched people run, jump and swim at the Beijing Olympics. …

A pretty good year
Himal Southasian, Nepal –
It is a victory of Nepali democracy, and a sign of its power to accommodate and absorb, that those who viscerally challenged the Nepali state have today …

Daewoo Signs Agreement to Sell Myanmar Gas to China
Bloomberg –
… Thailand, South Korea and Japan for a share of Myanmar’s gas supply. Proven gas reserves in the country formerly known as Burma jumped 39 times to 21.19 …

A Brother’s Plea: Remember Burma
Wall Street Journal –
My brother is the editor in chief of a weekly journal you’ve likely never heard of called the Myanmar Nation. On Feb. 15, the military raided his office and …

Clinton’s wish list for State
Boston Globe, United States –
The State Department should have a seat at the table when US and Chinese officials discuss China’s pursuit of energy resources in places like Sudan, Burma, …

United Nations Condemns Rights Abuses in Burma
조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

It also urged Burma’s military leaders to free Aung San Suu Kyi — the prominent opposition leader and head of the National League for Democracy — and all …

… on this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody rulers. …

Iranian leader’s Christmas message prompts outcry
Independent, UK –
The human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell had urged Channel 4 to “pull the plug on this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of …

Burmese struggle to survive
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The storm left 138000 people dead or missing and affected more than 2.5 million, while the Burmese military junta provoked outrage by initially hampering …

Doctors Without Borders Lists Top Ten Humanitarian Crises at End …
CafeSentido.com, NJ –
… severe health risks to the populations of Zimbabwe, Burma (Myanmar) and DR Congo, and the constant danger of violence against civilians in Iraq, …

Decline is far from reality as US set to shine in leading role
The Canberra Times, Australia –
… been bogged down in Iraq; after Cyclone Nargis, US ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s military regime allowed them to proceed. …

Fury at Iran president’s broadcast
The Press Association –
… this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody tyrants”. …

Dealing with neighbour Myanmar
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
But once the war cloud evaporated Bangladesh failed to take any lesson from that incident where Myanmar junta analyzed every aspect and rapidly took …

An undecided question
The Post, Pakistan –
… 1960 declared “…the subjection of people to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights, …

United Nations Condemns Rights Abuses in Burma
Voice of America –
By VOA News The United Nations General Assembly has issued a resolution condemning widespread human rights violations in military-ruled Burma, and urging …

Ahmadinejad C4 speech condemned
BBC News, UK –
… this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody tyrants”. …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 26, 2008 at 4:56 am

World focus on Burma (6 December 2008)

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Children typically make obedient soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Since 1994, Human Rights Watch has reported on the recruitment and use of child soldiers in more than a dozen countries including Angola, Burma, Burundi, …

UN chief turns heat on Burma
The Press Association –
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is “growing frustration” around the world with Burma’s ruling generals. He spoke to reporters after emerging from a …

Man unable to see Burmese parents
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY –
The conditions in Myanmar are drastic, according to organizations that monitors global hot spots. “Burma is suffering from the longest-running civil war in …

Don’t mess with Mia
Globe and Mail, Canada –
To be resolved: If countries like Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should. …

Ban expresses “growing frustration” over Myanmar situation
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Dec 6 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the first time has expressed his “growing frustration” over failure of the Myanmar military …

Indonesia defeat Myanmar 3-0 in ASEAN soccer tournament
Balita.org, UK –
I was very nervous before the match, as we lost twice to Burma in two weeks,” Indonesia coach Benny Dollo said after the game. …

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN chief Ban Ki-moon voiced growing frustration at the failure by Myanmar’s military regime to restore democracy and ruled out a …

Myanmar is the other name by which Burma is known. He said since the group last met in September, there is a growing frustration among himself and members …

But Mr Ban, speaking to reporters at the United Nations on Friday, said: “As I have said repeatedly, I am ready to visit Myanmar [Burma] again, …

THAILAND: So the suffering is not forgotten
Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –
The destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the struggle for order and human rights in Afghanistan, the ongoing conflict and chaos in Thailand’s deep …

UN’s Ban says world frustration with Myanmar growing
Reuters UK, UK –
… in the so-called Group of Friends on Myanmar. Last month relatives of popular comedian and activist Zarganar said a secret court in the former Burma had …

Radio Free North Korea
동아일보, South Korea –
Joy and sorrow crossed the minds of North Korean defectors and anti-North Korea activists struggling to let the North Korean people know about their leader …

UNITED NATIONS, December 5 — As Myanmar has stepped up the pace of its imprisonment of political opponents, bloggers and journalists, the UN’s Ban Ki-moon …

Online media workers top journalists’ prison census
Daily Times, Pakistan –
“Cuba, Burma, Eritrea and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists.” Each of the top five nations has .

Coming Soon: UN Racists to convene conference on racism
American Thinker, WA –
Back in 2003, she chaired the UN’s former Human Rights Commission, which discredited itself not only by picking Al-Hajjaji, envoy of Libya’s despotic regime …

Christian Freedom International Presents 2008 Freedom Award to …
Christian Freedom International, MI –
… over five decades, and has also called for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democratic leader who has been under house arrest since 1989. …

Aid to Asia their Christmas wish
Vancouver Courier,  Canada –
The victims of Cyclone Nargis remain in dire straights, with 500000 families in Myanmar without aid. To focus on helping those families, Cassils and CW Asia …

Survey says: More reporters online and in jail
Michigan Messenger, Michigan –
By Eartha Jane Melzer 12/5/08 1:58 PM The rise of online journalism is reflected in the Committee to Protect Journalists annual prison census report which …

Online Journalists Now The Most Jailed
WebProNews, KY –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. There are at least 56 online journalists …

Burma : Zarganar and other political prisoners transferred to …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association strongly condemn comedian and blogger Zarganar’s transfer yesterday from Insein prison, …

The Year in Review: Lessons from 2008
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
Elsewhere, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Pakistan have recently had governments in which the military held the reigns. Since the Tower of Babel, …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

World focus on Burma (13 November 2008)

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Long prison terms for 15 more activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Phanida – Chiang Mai –
Protests from the international community notwithstanding the Burmese military junta turns a deaf ear and continues to hand out long …

Coastal CDMA phones popular in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
The mobile phones used in Burma are GSM ones having numbers starting with 09 80 xxxxx, wireless CDMA with base unit (popularly known in Burma as basket …

Army watcher says Burma navy can’t compete with Bangladesh’s
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… an activist group based in Bangladesh confirmed that both sides had stepped up security in the border areas. “[The Burmese authorities] are not allowing …

UN rights envoy says Burma’s judiciary system flawed
Mizzima.com, India –
“He calls once again for all political prisoners to be released and for all citizens of Myanmar [Burma] to be allowed to freely participate in their …

Regime Tightens Reins on the Internet
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – By MIN LWIN
Burma’s military government has turned to a 12-year-old law to justify its latest crackdown on dissidents, about 60 of whom have received …

Rangoon Trials Continue—at least 19 Condemned Today
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
At least three members of Burma’s Human Rights Defenders and Promoters group were also sentenced on Thursday, said one source close to the group. …

Harsh sentences for Myanmar dissidents
Amnesty International –


Min Zeya was chairperson of the All Burma Students’ Union Reconstruction Committee which was founded after the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. …

Getting out the stories of Burmese prisoners–an heroic feat
The Patriot-News – PennLive.com, PA –
George Packer’s Interesting Times blog from The New Yorker yesterday discussed Human Rights Watch’s honoring of a Burmese hero, Bo Kyi. …

Hate Crimes
American Free Press, DC –
This belittles individual survivors; it categorizes them based on their group identity, not their personal rights as a human being. …

Myanmar’s roadmap to undemocratic polls
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – By Larry Jagan
More than 15 journalists are also still in detention awaiting trial, according to the Burma Media Association. Most of them are accused of publishing …

Signs of Insecurity in Burma Crackdown
TIME – By Hannah Beech
Last year, the generals who control Burma, also known as Myanmar, violently crushed a peaceful, monk-led protest movement calling for economic and political …

Myanmar sentences Buddhist monks to more than six years in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“They will charge whoever opposes them with a long time in jail,” said said Aye Thar Aaung secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy (CRPP). …

Asian rights body urges BIMSTEC to reject Myanmar as chair
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
New Delhi, Nov.13 (ANI): The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned the decision of the 11th summit of the Bengal Initiative for …

UN concerned about harsh prison terms in Myanmar
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
YANGON, Myanmar – The United Nations expressed concern Thursday over long prison terms given to more than 30 democracy activists in military-run Myanmar …

Burmese refugees face ‘critical’ Christmas
Ekklesia, UK –
… who have fled to camps on the Thailand-Burma border in an effort to escape the horror of the persecution imposed by a brutal and violent military Junta. …

UN expresses concerns about long prison sentences against …
3 News NZ, New Zealand –
The United Nations has expressed concerns after military-run Myanmar sentenced dozens of pro-democracy activists to long prison terms earlier this week. …

International Condemnation of Harsh Prison Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… with the peaceful demonstrations of last year in Myanmar [Burma],” said Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. …

Ban asks Myanmar’s Junta to free political prisoners
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Nov 13 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Myanmar’s military government to release all political prisoners issued lengthy jail …

Canada Condemns Long Sentencing of Activists in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Security forces march down a street in Rangoon, Burma, in September 2007 in a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests. …

Burma junta jails activists
Business Day, South Africa –
YANGON — Burma’s ruling junta is stepping up its efforts to curb dissent ahead of elections due in 2010, rights groups said yesterday after a labour …

Junta reveals its true colors in sentencing activists: AI
Mizzima.com, India –
He said the sentences and the ongoing trials should relieve anyone of the notion that the Burmese junta has any intention of honoring its assurances to the …

Crackdown by junta
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-DPA BURMA’S ruling junta is stepping up efforts to curb dissent ahead of 2010 elections, rights groups said yesterday after a labour activist became …

F24 journalist’s prize-winning Burma reportage
France24, France – By Cyril PAYEN
(Text) 27 September – Defying threats and warnings from the hardline military junta, angry protestors took to the streets of Rangoon. …

Beyond the life sentence: Imprisoning the revolutionary souls
OpEdNews, PA – by Zaw Nay Aung
Page 1 of 1 page(s) Burma’s leading pro-democracy activists were charged the heaviest sentences of up to 65 years imprisonment. …

Burma rights sentences condemned
BBC News, UK –

Human rights groups and Western governments have condemned the harsh sentences handed to pro-democracy activists in Burma. Dissidents were this week given …

US Condemns Myanmar Junta’s `Harsh Sentencing’ of Dissidents
Bloomberg –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Elaine Pearson, …

Burma, Myanmar: 5 monks get 6 years; 1 monk gets 19 years
OpEdNews, PA –

… and relatives are not allowed to appear in court. Burma’s Army raided many monasteries at 2007 September’s midnights and arrested more than 700 monks.

In Burma, business ventures start with military
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –


At least 900 have been locked up in the past year, and 14 pro-democracy activists were given harsh prison sentences on Tuesday. Yet, Burma is also a nation …

BURMA: Polls in View Junta Stifles All Dissent
Inter Press Service, Italy –
On Tuesday, 14 leading Burmese political activists, including five women from the ‘88 Generation’ students group, were each sentenced to 65-years in jail …

Burmese fight democracy
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Burmese courts have also been handing out harsh sentences on other dissidents this week. The prominent labour rights activist Su Su Nway was sentenced to …

World’s most influential women honoured by Glamour
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
The seventh laureate, Burma’s Aug San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. Together the women are working to fight violence and inequality, this year calling …

Rangzen: The Case for Independent Tibet (2008 edition)-Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet –
We must also bear in mind that at present the most repressive and murderous regimes in the world: Kim Jong Il’s North Korea, the military junta of Burma, …

IPI LAUNCHES JUSTICE DENIED CAMPAIGN, TELLING “STORIES OF IMPUNITY …
IFEX, Canada –
… photographer in 1997 and was sentenced to life imprisonment was freed, while a Burmese blogger who criticised the military junta got 20 years in jail. …

BLOGGER JAILED FOR 20 YEARS, POET GETS TWO YEARS
IFEX, Canada –
Nay Phone Latt’s mother, Aye Than, who was not allowed to attend the trial, said, “He is the first ever blogger to be arrested in Burma. …

US Condemns Jailing Of Pro-Democracy Activists In Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
… to over two-dozen political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in military-ruled Myanmar. “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese regime’s …

Aung San Suu Kyi and western intervention in Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are to be commended for their unusually frank reporting on Aung San Suu Kyi’s weak leadership of Burma’s democratic …

Bangladesh, Burma hold border talks in India
Radio Australia, Australia –
The foreign ministers of Bangladesh and Burma have held talks in the Indian capital, New Delhi, in a bid to solve a territorial dispute in the Bay of Bengal …

US Condemns Harsh Sentences for Burmese Dissidents
Voice of America – By David Gollust
The United States has joined human rights advocates in condemning long prison terms handed down against at least 30 Burmese dissidents on …

Saffron Rebellion Activists Receive Lengthy Prison Terms
Pacifica Radio Network’s Election Center 2008, CA –
Human rights groups are criticizing the Junta of Myanmar, or Burma, for handing down 65-year sentences to 14 activists. Amnesty International claims they …

Refugees languish in limbo
The National, United Arab Emirates –

“In Burma [also known as Myanmar], the students have to buy everything like books and school supplies so [their parents] cannot support them,” Mr Kyaw said. …

Myanmar crackdown intensifies as labour activist jailed
AFP –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Pearson said, referring to …

US condemns Burma for lengthy sentences of activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Mungpi New Delhi –
The United States on Wednesday condemned Burma’s military rulers for harshly sentencing over 30 dissidents to long prison terms of up …

Lawmakers urge UN to enquire into excessive prison sentences in …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Parliamentarians from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, who make up the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Gas influx inhibits oil-mining
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

MYANMAR’S drilling for oil in the disputed water-zone of the Bay of Bengal has probably been accelerated by similar activities by Bangladesh in the …

US condemns Myanmar jailings
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Washington – The United States strongly condemned the long prison sentences handed down in Myanmar to more than two dozen political dissidents and …

Cardinal Martino with Thai Church in Burmese border refugee camps
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Bangkok (AsiaNews) – “Although life in Thailand is more comfortable than in Myanmar, living in refugee camps is like being a bird in a cage; …

US condemns Myanmar sentences
AFP –
The State Department refers to Myanmar as Burma, the country’s name before the military junta started calling it Myanmar in 1989. …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 13, 2008 at 3:44 am

World focus on Burma (10 November 2008)

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Defense counsels behind bars
Mizzima.com, India –
… Burma’s military rulers have charged lawyers defending the rights of political detainees, critics and observers said the actions indicate the junta’s …

EU: Burma vote illegitimate unless Suu Kyi freed
USA Today –

BRUSSELS (AP) — Multiparty elections scheduled for 2010 in Burma will be seen as illegitimate unless the ruling military junta frees all political prisoners …

Myanmar vote illegitimate: EU
Straits Times, Singapore –
The junta came to power in 1988 in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – after crushing a nationwide pro-democracy uprising, killing as many as 3000 people. …

Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for “mocking” General Than Shwe
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
In September of 2007, on the pages of his website, the young man recounted the massacres carried out by the junta against Burmese monks, becoming a valuable …

Myanmar hands blogger 20-year prison sentence
International Herald Tribune, France –
Blogger Nay Phone Latt, 28, was arrested in January this year and given 15 years under the Electronics Law, two years for “creating public alarm,” and 3 1/2 …

Dissident blogger given 20 years
First Post, UK –

A young Burmese blogger who fed the outside world news from a locked-down country on the September 2007 uprising was sentenced to 20 years and six months …

Young Burmese Blogger Sentenced to more than 20 Years in Jail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was convicted of contravening Public Offense Act 505 B by posting a cartoon depicting junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe on his blog site. …

Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years
Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled by the combined sentence of 20 years and six months in prison that a special court in …

BDR chief visits Myanmar border as tension eases
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (bdnews24.com) – Local administration has said that the situation at Naikkhongchhari in Bandera bordering Myanmar remained normal since Monday …

Withdrawal of Myanmar’s warships ends crisis in “Bay”
Hindu, India –
Dhaka (PTI): Bangladesh on Monday announced that its stand-off with Myanmar over hydrocarbon exploration rig ended after Yangon’s two warships left disputed …

Mynamar withdrawal a ‘win-win’ outcome: Iftekhar
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (bdnews24.com)–Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Monday the withdrawal of Daewoo’s oil rig and Myanmar vessels from the disputed …

Myanmar pulls out from Bangladesh waters
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

Myanmar on Sunday pulled back its warship and started withdrawing hydrocarbon exploration equipment from the disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal after …

EU ministers urge Myanmar junta to free political prisoners
EUbusiness (press release), UK –
… year towards a genuine transition to democracy in Burma/Myanmar since the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by the military authorities. …

Funding remains major concern for UN
Myanmar Times, Burma –
An October 20 report by the Brussels-based think tank International Crisis Group (ICG) titled Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations …

Troops Line Up Along Burma-Bangladesh Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Over the weekend, the Burmese government rejected the Bangladesh government’s demand to stop exploration immediately, the state-run New Light of Myanmar …

EU ready to boost sanctions onMyanmar, ministers say
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Brussels – The European Union is ready to toughen its sanctions on Myanmar if no progress is made on democracy, but would consider easing them if the …

Burma: Crimes Against Humanity
UNPO, Netherlands –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …

Burma Resolution Introduced in the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The resolution called on the junta to fully implement previous recommendations of the UN special rapporteur on Burma, the General Assembly, …

EU ready to boost sanctions on Myanmar, ministers say
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Brussels – The European Union is ready to toughen its sanctions on Myanmar if no progress is made on democracy, but would consider easing them if the …

Funding remains major concern for UN
Myanmar Times, Burma –
… International Crisis Group (ICG) titled Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations said international aid donors should view cyclone …

Press freedom rankings show Africa has long way to go
journalism.co.za, South Africa –
In Burma (170th), run by a xenophobic and inflexible junta, journalists and intellectuals, even foreign ones, have for years been viewed as enemies by the …

Boycotters welcome Cotton Traders Burma U-turn
Community News Group, UK –
The Burma Campaign UK, which aims to restore human rights and democracy in the country, called for consumers not to buy from Cotton Traders and the Atlantic …

SEAPA: Reason to celebrate
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… and low cost expansion of the media network, which came to light during the Saffron Revolution (September 2007) and Cyclone Nargis (May 2008). …

Press freedom rankings show Africa has long way to go
journalism.co.za, South Africa –
In Burma (170th), run by a xenophobic and inflexible junta, journalists and intellectuals, even foreign ones, have for years been viewed as enemies by the …

Myanmar exits disputed waters, troops alert – Bangladesh
Reuters India, India –
By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh kept troops on high alert along its border with Myanmar on Monday, while pulling back naval ships from the Bay …

A nice little earner
First Post, UK –

It seems to jar with most people’s view of Burma, or Myanmar as we should now call it. An authoritarian junta, with little time for consumerism, …

Bangladesh Football Team Leaves for Burma
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The Bangladesh football team left for Burma from Dhaka on 8 November to take part in the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup. The six nation tournament will begin …

Myanmar halts gas exploration in disputed waters: Bangladesh
Zee News, India –
Dhaka, Nov 10: Authorities in Bangladesh on Sunday claimed that Myanmar has suspended oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters in Bay of Bengal as a …

Once Allied army launching pad, Pangsau Pass now a drug route
Press Trust of India, India –
… the border with Myanmar in the Arunachal Pradesh sector and had played a prominent role in the Allied campaign against Japan in Burma (now Myanmar). …

The unvarnished truth
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –

“I know that it’s really overwhelming to think about every woman in Burma or every woman killed in Juarez,” Kirshner said. “But the book isn’t really about …

Six Months Later, Burma Still Suffers
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –

Even worse, international human rights groups have reported an increase in forced labor, forced relocations and extensive land confiscation by the country’s …

Myanmar Removes Gas Equipment From Zone Disputed by Bangladesh
Bloomberg –
Bangladesh summoned Myanmar’s ambassador before sending envoys to the nation formerly known as Burma. Foreign Secretary Touhid Hossain said yesterday after …

Myanmar halts gas exploration in disputed waters: Bangladesh
Smash Hits, India –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (DPA) Authorities in Bangladesh Sunday claimed that Myanmar has suspended oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters in Bay of Bengal as a …

What kind of first lady will Michelle Obama be?
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… of women in Afghanistan, delivered some her husband’s weekly radio addresses and spoke out against the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Burma. …

Bangladesh says Myanmar vacating disputed sea patch
Daily Times, Pakistan –
DHAKA: Bangladesh said on Sunday that Myanmar had started withdrawing oil and gas exploration equipment from disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal. …

The right to food
Canada.com, Canada –
I do buy the economic-rights argument, but only to a point. If we look at places like Zimbabwe and Burma, the connection between food and freedom, …

Will Arroyo meet Obama this time?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Such issues included “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of the [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], human rights in Burma, ..

Michelle Obama’s focus is on daughters
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

.. some of her her husband’s weekly radio addresses and spoke out against the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in the southeast Asian nation of Burma. …

Myanmar worked in that area from before?
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar’s attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary …

Myanmar worked in that area from before?
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar’s attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary …

Myanmar withdraws warships
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

This photo sent by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) shows two Bangladesh Navy ships positioned near Korean rig Trans Ocean Legend in the disputed waters of the Bay of Bengal. Photo: ISPR

Myanmar withdrew its warships, the oil and gas exploration rig and the fossil fuel exploration vessels from Bangladesh waters yesterday but tension between …

Expert lists to-do’s for RP, Asean in face of crisis
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma/Myanmar with Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, China and South Korea. …

Bangla, Myanmar mobilise troops over maritime dispute
Press Trust of India, India –
Dhaka, Nov 9 (PTI) Bangladesh and Myanmar have mobilised their frontier forces following a tense stand-off in the Bay of Bengal, even as the Yangon-engaged …

Obama, GMA have ‘meeting of the minds’
Philippine Star, Philippines –
“These important issues and challenges include ‘climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma, …

Mbeki’s self-fulfilling prophecy
Politicsweb, South Africa –
His diplomats provided protection to the thugs in uniform who rule Myanmar/Burma and elsewhere. He fluffed plans he had co-authored to ensure good …

No further entry to disputed waters: Dhaka to ask Daewoo
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Daewoo has assured Dhaka that the rig used in the recent oil and gas exploration activities in disputed Bay waters would be shifted to other Myanmar blocks, …

President off tonight for US to join world leaders in UN meet
Manila Bulletin, Philippines –
These important issues include “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma and defense reform,” the letter …

Bangladesh, Myanmar mobilise troops over maritime dispute
Zee News, India –
Bangladesh earlier explored diplomatic channels engaging South Korea and China, a close ally of junta-ruled Myanmar, to dispel tensions. …

Greece: Briefing of diplomatic correspondents by Foreign Ministry …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… a discussion of European Security and Defence Policy, developments in the Western Balkans, the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and Burma/Myanmar. …

RIGHTS-BURMA: Military Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …


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November 10, 2008 at 4:29 am

World focus on Burma (5 September 2008)

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Hereford Wye Valley Rotary (Shelter boxes go to Burma)

Hereford Times, UK –
By May 9, Shelter Box had successfully delivered £300000-worth of survival kit to Myamar (Burma) to help victims of Cyclone Nargis and visas for aid workers …

Troops extort money from passengers at check points

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Burmese troops manning gates along Mon to Karen State southern Burma (Myanmar) have been extorting money from passengers in vehicles and strictly checking …

Burmese jail over 700 monks
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The dam project is a joint venture between a Chinese company and a military controlled Burmese concern, Myanmar-Asia World Company. Kachin farmers have been …

Suu Kyi refuses most food rations for three weeks: party
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to accept food rations for three weeks, her party said Friday, …

BURMA: AUNG SAN SUU KYI REFUSES FOOD SINCE 3 WEEKS
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy –
This news came from her party, the National League for Democracy, which said the 63-year-old dissident hasn’t accepted her daily food rations brought by the …

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food for three weeks
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
Yangon, Sep 5 (DPA) Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has for the past three weeks refused food deliveries to her home-cum-jail in a hunger strike …

What do the Thai demonstrations mean for Burma?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 5, 2008 (DVB)–Political tensions are running high in Thailand, with demonstrators from the People’s Alliance for Democracy calling for the resignation …

Free Trade Agreement With ASEAN Countries Announced
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
For these purposes, Australia and New Zealand will typically have the shortest implementation timeframes and the 3 least developed countries (Burma, …

Exiled Dissident Visits Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zaw Oo, head of the Vahu Development Institute, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, told The Irrawaddy that he made a four-day trip to Burma in July as an …

Myanmar Airways Unsafe: UK Gov’t
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The British foreign office has issued an advisory warning it staff not to use flights operated by Myanmar Airways, Burma’s state-owned domestic …

iAfrica.com, South Africa –
Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to accept food rations for three weeks, her party said Friday, calling on the military …

TYC President Attends IUSY Meeting
Phayul, Tibet –
The 2007 Asia Pacific Meeting asked for help to restore human rights in Tibet and support the freedom movement of Tibetan people and to put pressure on …

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Last month she refused to meet Ibrahim Gambari, the UN special envoy to Burma. Her refusal was interpreted at the time as a sign of frustration that his Mr …

AIPMC Appeals to Surin, Ban Ki-moon to Visit Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The letter told Surin and Ban: “We remind you that her continued well-being is vital for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Burma. …

Hunger strike
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The detention followed an attack by pro-military thugs on Suu Kyi’s convoy in Tepeyin, Sagaing division in northern Burma on May 30, 2003. …

Suu Kyi’s party expresses concern for her health
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The political party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar’s military government Friday to ensure her …

UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet with the junta’s liaison officer and declined a visit from her personal physician, …

Olympic hero Hoy set to receive top honour
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
They are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Sean Connery, Nelson Mandela and Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Warning to Chauk monks to stay away from politics and protests
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – A letter to 70 monasteries in Chauk Township, Magwe Division by the Burmese junta authorities has warned monks to steer clear of politics and …

Myanmar responded well to cyclone victims: WHO
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
GENEVA, Sept 4, 2008 (AFP) – Myanmar’s military rulers provided a rapid response to victims of Cyclone Nargis last May despite criticism for shunning …

Myanmar responded well to cyclone victims: WHO
AFP –

Last month, the United Nations said 1.56 million dollars (about one million euros) of international cyclone aid has been lost due to the military regime’s …

Exotissimo Creates Trips to Irrawaddy Delta
PR Web (press release), WA –
According to Mrs. Su Su Tin, Managing Director of Exotissimo Myanmar, “Many people want to visit the Delta, see the situation with their own eyes and lend a …

Myanmar opens to cyclone relief
Seattle Times, United States –
The report said Myanmar, also known as Burma, has now more opened to international relief than at any time in the past two decades, and that the unfolding …

Vets value candidate’s experiences
Stamford Advocate, CT –
Ericsson, who served in Burma during World War II, said the US military has been worn thin by successive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and will be broken by …

Atlantic storms devastate Haiti
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Volunteer mappers were despatched following the Bolivia floods in January, and then in response to Cyclone Nargis that impacted Myanmar (Burma) in May. …

Unnoticed by world, Myanmar opens up to cyclone relief
College Times, AZ –
The report said Myanmar, which is widely known as Burma, has now more opened to international relief than at any time in the past two decades, …

David Cameron: We cannot impose democracy at the barrel of a gun
Independent, UK –
Liberal because I believe in freedom, human rights and democracy, and I want to see more of these things in our world. But Conservative, because I believe …

Sino-Indian Competition for Burmese Oil and Natural Gas
Harvard International Review, MA –
… has begun to heavily invest in Burma’s oil and natural sector. A man selling gas at a market near Inle Lake, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of FLICKR/geminder. ..

Bride import for love-sick bachelors
Daily News & Analysis, India –
Social services chiefs are already in talks with neighbours like the Ukraine, Moldova and Russia and with Far Eastern countries like Vietnam, Burma and …

Tsvangirai nominated for EU courage award
ZimDaily, UK –

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

Myanmar Silence at UN Half-Broken by Kerim, Mysteries Continue …
Inner City Press, NY –

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Inner City Press asked if Gambari had told Kerim why he had not met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “Yes,” the spokesman said, then declined to …

The Naga internal Problem The Subalterns begin to speak
MorungExpress, India –
The political suffering of the Nagas Burma needed to be highlighted, debated and deliberated. But one thing that is very clear is that unless a form of …

Georgia: Good Humanitarian Donorship Betrayed
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
… for returning refugees and internally displaced people in southern Sudan, and for cyclone survivors in Burma, among many other critical situations. …

Designer bottled water: It’s not altruism
Village Times Herald, NY –
It would truly be lifesaving in the cyclone-torn Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake-devastated Sichuan province in China. So why not effectively help the …

WHO praises Burma cyclone response
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Coninx was the only official from WHO’s headquarters in Geneva who was immediately able to go to Burma straight after the cyclone struck on May 2-3 as he …

Europe Undergoing Severe Demographic Crisis
The Epoch Times, NY –
He proposes Serbia to import women from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Bulgaria, Romania, or Moldova to marry the many single men, whose number is …

Digital Influence Group Wins Inbound Marketing Excellence Award
MarketWatch –
… the US Campaign for Burma. Digital Influence Group developed a microsite for the campaign featuring imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Tsvangirai nominated for Sakharov prize
SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe –
Among the previous winners are the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

Directionless Thailand falters on world stage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… was given a full range of powers to keep public order, has refused to use force to purge the People’s Alliance for Democracy from Government House. …

Hurricane Gustav losses could reach $10 billion
Environmental Finance, UK –
The highest death tolls were in the Sichuan earthquake and the Burma cyclone. Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environmental Programme warned …

Ceasefire groups in Shan State face renewed pressure to surrender
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The Burmese ruling junta has mounted fresh pressure on ceasefire armed rebel groups in Shan State to surrender arms latest by the end of 2009, …

Junta arrests two more activists
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – In another round of crackdown on dissidence, Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon on Wednesday arrested two political activists, …

World focus on Burma (19 August 2008)

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Voters and officials punished for ‘No’ votes

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… while wards inhabited by the authorities and the pro-junta Union and Solidarity and Development Association members have been given 24-hour electricity. …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The message appeared on July 19, Burma’s Martyr Day. The signboard, about 10 X 4-feet, is located on Suu Kyi’s property and can be read from the street in …

International Insurance Companies Leave Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

We strongly condemn all insurers that remain involved in our junta-run country. They help keep the generals in power and condemn Burma’s 50 million people …

Gambari has Big Agenda during Visit

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The UN envoy met with Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win on Monday in hope of continuing the stalled talks between the junta and pro-democracy leader Aung …

President Bush’s Pre-Olympics Speech in Thailand

UNC Chapell Hill –

He recalled responses to natural disasters such as the 2004 tsunami and the recent cyclone in Burma. Bush examined, but not in depth, the ongoing political …

Missing Links: The Hypocrisy Audit

Foreign Policy (subscription) –

… of that regime does not mean that the United States should feel constrained from pressuring the tyrants of Burma to abandon their murderous ways. …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The United Nations Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Rangoon on Monday for a five-day trip to Burma. …

Junta benefits from regional economic tug-of-war

Mizzima.com, India –

China and ASEAN hope to have the world’s largest FTA in working order by 2010 – though ASEAN’s less developed countries, including Burma, are not slated to …

Burma’s Annual Natural Gas Sales Rise 25 Percent

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP RANGOON — Burma’s natural gas sales soared nearly 25 percent to US $2.5 billion in the financial year through March, official statistics seen Tuesday …

Africa: ICC – Will Imposed Justice Solve Continent ‘s Problems?

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Only lawyers can really believe that law and politics are two discrete domains: the average person in the street is quick enough to make the connection …

Myanmar natural gas exports jump 25 pc

Economic Times, India –

YANGON: Myanmar’s natural gas exports rose by about 25 per cent to $2.5 billion in the fiscal year ending in March, official statistics showed on Tuesday. …

Gambari’s mission kicks off to little fanfare

Mizzima.com, India –

Inside Burma, the state run press, New Light of Myanmar, attached no visible importance to the proceedings of the Special Advisor. Coverage of his first day …

Combating opium in Afghanistan

ISN, Switzerland –

Even the military dictatorship regime in Burma got into the act, claiming the arrest of over 300 traffickers and multiple opium seizures during the month of …

Looking For Trouble

FrontPage magazine.com, CA –

Democracy is not an ideology–it’s a technique for political organization that uses elections as a tool. Today, we Americans are at our worst (and most …

UN envoy tours Myanmar cyclone zone

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari toured Myanmar’s cyclone-struck delta Tuesday while on a mission to push the junta to re-open talks with detained …

Land of Promise: Refugees rely on faith

Amarillo.com (subscription), TX –

He’s now among some 700 refugees from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), Somalia, the Sudan and elsewhere who have moved to the Texas Panhandle since the …

Wall Street Journal –

Mr. Sitagu Sayadaw was born in 1937 in a small town in central Myanmar, then known as Burma. At age seven, he entered the local monastery to study, …

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

Kyaw Phyoe had been on an inspection trip on the Thai-Burma border since 16 August. He also charged the kingdom of employing the anti-junta Shan State Army …

Zimbabwe crisis a disgrace: Asmal

SABC News, South Africa –

He says Zimbabwe and Burma are examples of countries where passive resistance has failed. Asmal was speaking in Johannesburg last night at the 100th …

RNC: Exporting the “Miami Model” to St. Paul

OpEdNews, PA –

Given that two former top advisers to Republican nominee John McCain have ties to the military junta in Burma, we’ll know where to look first. …

CWS emergency situation report #2: 2008 Tropical Storm Kammuri

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

-Flooding has struck parts of Myanmar (Burma) still trying to recover from Cyclone Nargis, the May storm that killed anywhere between 84000 and more than …

UN envoy begins five-day visit to Myanmar

UN News Centre –

18 August 2008 – The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar kicked off his five-dray trip to the Asian nation today by meeting with Foreign Minister U Nyan Win …

UN envoy makes another visit to Burma Radio Australia, Australia –

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UN, Myanmar resolve aid currency problem

Daily Times, Pakistan –

With little to show from his previous five missions to the former Burma, hopes of a breakthrough on Gambari’s sixth visit are low. reuters.

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Investing in his neighbors: A former dentist helps fellow refugees …

Trading Markets (press release), CA –

Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, also known as Myanmar, in May — killing up to 130000. Employing a well-respected, well-educated member of an immigrant community …

Aung San Suu Kyi (L) holds talks with Ibrahim Gambari in March 2008

YANGON (AFP) — UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari met Monday with Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win, state media said, shortly after he arrived in Yangon on a mission …

Amnesty International, Freedoms Many Voices…Art, Music, Education…

Gather.com, MA –

One strong effort is their support of the plight of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

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Two kinds of Myanmar currencies in use at the same time

Myanmar “Kyat”

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 19, 2008 at 2:40 am