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World focus on Burma (14 December 2008)

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The UN and Human Rights: Standing Up for the Values We Share
Democrat Newspaper, St. Kitts and Nevis –
On the contrary, most countries in this region of democratic nations abstained, and one even stood with Iran and Burma to try to block debate that would …


… who cringingly call Bombay Mumbai and Peking Beijing, still refuse to rename Rangoon Yangon and Burma Myanmar, though the logic of doing so is the same. …

China: Two myths and one in the making
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
China supports the Myanmar (Burmese) junta politically, plus with economic aid and arms because of the strategic advantage the country and its offshore …

US First Lady Praises Women Dissidents on International Human …
NewsBlaze, CA –
Burmese female dissidents are “following in the footsteps” of Nobel laureate and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, she said. Suu Kyi was elected …

Journalism Still a Dangerous Profession in Uzbekistan
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, UK –
Uzbekistan comes fifth on the list, following China, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. The report lists Muhammad Bekjonov, editor of the Uzbek opposition newspaper …

Nobel Peace Laureates Launch Appeal for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Voice of America –

… Nations to push harder to bring about national reconciliation in Burma and the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Former Burma Dictator’s Daughter Released from House Arrest
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s military government has released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest. …

Jailed Activist’s Wife Tells Story
Radio Free Asia, DC –
In 1992, when she was 15, her father was in Mandalay Prison, her mother held at Insein Prison in Rangoon, and her brother at Thayet Prison in central Burma. …

Daughter of Burma’s ex-military strongman freed
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The military government released the daughter of Burma’s long time strongman Ne Win from house-arrest on Friday …

Burma’s military government has freed the daughter of the late leader, Ne Win, who has been under house arrest for more than six years, friends said. …

China and Neighbors Agree to Settle Trades in their Own Currencies
ChinaStakes.com, China –
… Mongolia , Vietnam , and Burma , according to which signatories have the freedom in to choose the settlement currency in bilateral trade between them. …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Easier (press release), UK –
Now a prisoner in her homeland, Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This Summit is dedicated to her. With the collaboration of the …

Brisk sale of single use GSM SIM cards
Mizzima.com, India –
Ltd.’, the sales agent for Myanmar Telecom Department, has started to sell the single-use GSM SIM cards. Both Burmese nationals and foreigners are buying …

Thirty more firms financing Burmese junta
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The lack of effective sanctions on Burma’s military rulers has allowed business firms to invest in the Southeast Asian …

Myanmar to hold five-day gems auction: state media
Lanka Business Online, Sri Lanka –
The auction would be held January 5-9 at Myanmar Gems Pavilion in Yangon, the Burmese-language Myanma Ahlin newspaper said. Buyers would have to pay an …

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December 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

World focus on Burma (30 October 2008)

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‘Burma Day’ not encouraging for BCUK
Mizzima.com, India –
European Union Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner explained in a statement, “Burma/ Myanmar should remain in the centre of our attention as a country that is in …

Glenn Cohen: Louise Arbour got the cold shoulder she deserved
National Post, Canada –
We can only hope, therefore, that she undertook many quiet approaches to the likes of Iran, Burma and the many other international human rights abusers. …

Burmese regime plans major offensive against KNU
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htay Aung said a new offensive could lead to human rights abuses and an increased number of displaced people. “If heavy fighting breaks out, the people will …

NLD members praise Win Tin’s negotiation efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 30, 2008 (DVB)–Meikhtila National League for Democracy has praised the efforts of senior NLD member Win Tin to reconcile youth members with the NLD …

Bomb Blasts in Northeast India Kill at Least 56
FOXNews –
Dozens of militant separatist groups are active in India’s northeast, an isolated region wedged between Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar with only a …

Multiple bomb blasts rock India’s Assam state
Times Online, UK –
Ringed by China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan, with only a thin corridor of land connecting it to the rest of India, India’s northeast is home to more …

Jailed activists sentenced for contempt of court
First Post, UK –
All nine have been confined in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for more than a year after they were arrested at the start of the uprising that swept Burma last …

Refugees Are ‘Valued People’ After Resettling Here
Georgia Bulletin, Georgia –
Today, Nicholas and four others who are from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, live together in a modest gated apartment complex in metro Atlanta and are …

Than Shwe’s Daughter Goes Shopping for Gold
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN A BBC radio report that a daughter of Burmese junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe went shopping for gold worth more than US $80000 is a hot topic of …

Aid Group Helps to Reunite Children with their Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Half a year after Cyclone Nargis hit the country’s Irrawaddy delta on May 2-3, the charity is still bringing families separated by the storm back together. …

Asian (con)Fusion: Tragedy and Farce in Burma
Independent, UK –
They take their name from Burma’s failed democracy uprising in 1988, an uprising that was brutally put down by the regime with the loss of up to 6000 lives. …

Activists Get Six Months for Contempt
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Nine Burmese activists who have been detained for more than a year received six-month prison sentences yesterday after they were found guilty of …

Burma Day Criticized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… invited NGOs, advocacy groups, international organizations and think tanks from Burma and Europe to the conference, titled “Burma/Myanmar- Prospects for …

Myanmar jails activists for “court interruption”
Reuters UK, UK –
The nine, who include Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s most high-profile political prisoner after Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, had argued that …

Thailand court ignores facts of killings
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Some of the evidence it heard but omitted from its verdict included the testimony of a national human rights commissioner. She told the judges that her …

Myanmar court sentences 9 activists to prison
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
AP A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced nine activists to six months in prison for interrupting a judge during a closed trial held inside a prison, …

Burma: Junta Continues To Hold NLD Activists
UNPO, Netherlands –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Influx of refugees strains providers of health care in Rochester
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
One of the health center’s interpreters, herself a refugee from Karen state in Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — said refugees need much help adjusting to …

Nine Myanmar activists get six months for contempt of court
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… terms for contempt of court after complaining of the lack of a free judiciary in military-run Myanmar, a non-governmental organization said Thursday. …

Burma jails pro-democracy activists
The Australian, Australia –
All nine detainees are former student leaders who have already served lengthy prison sentences over earlier protests against Myanmar’s regime. …

Gem traders to fight Burma ban
Radio Australia, Australia –
Previously the law banned gems bought directly from Burma but not those traded via other countries. Dave Mathieson from Human Rights Watch told Radio …

Ghosts of Muldoon and Reagan over Trade
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Free trade had not improved democratic rights in Burma or in China. It had merely improved cash flow for multinational corporations. …

Malaysia’s Authoritarian Resurgence
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
She blends a knack for pop polemics with a commitment to serious human rights causes. In addition to her responsibilities to her constituency, …

Greens: Human Rights Left Out Of Nat’s Foreign Policy
Voxy, New Zealand –
… nations like Burma or Fiji. “National’s motto seems to be: ‘Who cares about human rights, as long as we can get a trade agreement,” Mr Locke says. …

Prowling and Skulking
Ethiopian Review, DC –
Mynamar (Burma): In 1988, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Gandhian, founded the National League for Democracy in Mynamar and was placed under …

US Group Says Burma Detained Opposition Activists’ Lawyer
Voice of America –
… 2007 – the birthday of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The US Campaign for Burma says the activists were not given a fair trial. …

Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron Whitewashes Its Website of Burma
MarketWatch –
… Human Rights Abuse in Military-Ruled Burma (Myanmar)”: “Chevron and its consortium partners continue to rely on the Burmese army for pipeline security, …

Meeting on Post-Nargis Recovery
E-Pao.net, India –
Bangkok, October 29 2008: Six months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, key partners in the country’s recovery process gathered in Bangkok to assess how …

Don’t Forget The Lesson
Times of India, India –
… opened up to the extent that it hosted this month an Asia-Europe conference that focused in several of its sessions on democratisation and human rights. …

Thailand needs to show leadership quality
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
During his visit to Beijing and the Asia-Europe Meeting, he did make comments on the situation in Burma – calling for assistance to help Burma with economic …

Underdevelopment and Aid: Search for a Right Balance – Part II
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
Authoritarian China’s new superpower clout, which disregarded human rights abuses, had reached Africa, and was largely welcomed, especially by authoritarian …

Human Rights First Joins With Internet Companies in Adopting …
Human Rights First, NY –
… rallying support for human rights using the Internet, whether on online newspapers, blogs, email or websites. Just this week, the government in Burma is …

Caught in the clutches: the fight to save child soldier
Mizzima.com, India –
“Though we cannot confirm it, I think the use of child soldiers by the Burmese junta has remained more or less the same,” said Mathieson, adding that the …

Saffron Revolution monks to speak today
The Jersey Journal – NJ.com, NJ –

The monks will answer questions from the audience during the free public forum, which is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights. …



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October 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm

World focus on Burma (28 October 2008)

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Burmese Join US Presidency Debate
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain. (Photo: Reuters)

Both presidential candidates are seen as having similar positions on Burma, in keeping with the tradition of bipartisan support for democratic reform in the …

Than Shwe Watch
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Gen Thura Shwe Mann, the Burmese junta’s No 3, and navy and army commanders also attend the meeting. Snr-Gen Than Shwe meets Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh .

Thai Tensions Form Apt Backdrop for Asean Meeting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… “shift in how people perceive democracy in this region,” says Roshan Jason, executive director of the Asean Inter-parliamentary Myanmar (Burma) Caucus. …

The New KNU?—Let’s Wait and See
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… social activities and the human rights movement, compiling data on human rights abuses committed by the Burmese junta’s soldiers against ethnic Karen. …

Chinese Aid Wins Hearts, Twists Arms in Southeast Asia
World Politics Review –
More controversially, Burma has also received pledges of around $5 billion in loans, equipment, and investment from China since the ruling military junta …

Student group confesses to member’s death
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s state-run media, New Light of Myanmar, on October 21 reported that Thet Oo Win was a drunkard with no proper job, had entered into the Buddhist …

McConnell’s a ‘center-right’ guy
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, activist-rocker Bono and others laud him as America’s foremost advocate for long-oppressed Burma. …

‘Remains to be Seen’
Mizzima.com, India –
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, she won the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award in 2007 for her work in promoting the struggle of women in Burma …

Dear Diary
Globe and Mail, Canada –
… and the actress’s own journals that recount the plight of Karen refugees and child soldiers terrorized by the Myanmarese (Burmese) military Junta, …

Myanmar man held after bomb threat:report
AFP –

The ruling junta has in the past blamed explosions on armed exile groups or ethnic rebels who have been battling the military rulers for decades, …

Checkpoints, Barricades Removed from in Front of Suu Kyi’s Home
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Suu Kyi’s current period of house arrest began in 2003 after she and her supporters were attacked by government backed thugs in upper Burma. …

‘Urgent calls’
Mizzima.com, India –
After his appointment as the UN’s Special Human Rights Envoy for Myanmar (Burma) in May 2008, he officially visited the country in the aftermath of Cyclone …

US enforces moratorium on Burma gems
Radio Australia, Australia –
The United States has begun enforcing a law seeking to tighten an import ban on gems from military-ruled Burma. The law, which closes a loophole that …

A Win-Win for China: Sascha Matuszak
Antiwar.com, CA –
Many of the campaigns to halt human rights abuses in China will migrate to the fringe of US policy, if they haven’t already, and the tone will ease. …

Burma’s opposition-in-exile call for democracy timeframe
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military authorities are reported to have removed barbed wire barriers and reduced security around the home of the detained democracy leader Aung …

UN Expert Says Biofuels Are Like Blood Diamonds, Myanmar and …
Inner City Press, NY –
Inner City Press asked de Schutter about food for work programs, particularly in Myanmar. While de Schutter called such conditional aid defensible in some …

US enforces law barring Burmese gems
The Standard, Hong Kong –
The United States said it began enforcing a law seeking to tighten an import ban on gems from military-ruled Burma in a bid to deprive the junta of precious …

POLITICS: Thai Tensions Form Apt Backdrop for ASEAN Meet
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A key pillar in this makeover is a plan to establish a new regional human rights mechanism. ASEAN has also set its sights on creating a unified, …

… Rights Watch called on US consumers to refuse buying from jewelers unless they ensured their gems were not from Myanmar, previously known as Burma. …

Severe violation of human rights in Burma – At least 66000 are …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
This figure was published this week by a consortium of human rights organisations working in the border area between Thailand and Burma. …

Myanmar opposition activists sentenced to prison for 2007 …
JURIST –
[JURIST] A Myanmar court sentenced six leading opposition activists to prison terms Friday in connection with their involvement in pro-democracy …

Burma’s bloody trade
New Statesman, UK –

… keen to tap into Burma’s natural resources, in order to feed its growing energy needs. “If you really want to understand China’s approach to Myanmar, …

Burma: US Consumers Should Avoid Banned Gems
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
… of Burmese companies that are involved in the gem business, including the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Company (a military-owned conglomerate), …

The engagement fantasy
Canada.com, Canada –
He’s writing about the International Crisis Group’s recommendation that the international community “normalise relations” with Burma’s generals, …

Lungwa: One Village, Two States
MorungExpress, India –
The range, in the background, falls within Burma. (Morung Photos) Dimapur : Scenic beauty is redefined and the magnitude of border lines gets more defined …

Amazon Defense Coalition: High-Stakes Trial in San Francisco …
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
“Of all the US oil companies, Chevron is the most out of step when it comes to human rights issues at a time when those issues are becoming more important …

Human Rights Salon
UN Dispatch –
… including its disproportionate focus on Israel and relative inattention to grave human rights abuses in Burma, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. ..

India, Pakistan and Kashmir
MWC News, Canada –

Had the Burmese Junta and Thailand reopened a trade route similar to India and Pakistan, the media and international community would not applaud trade while …

Only Peace Protects Freedoms, Says Index
OneWorld US, DC –

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, North Korean foreign ministers meet
The Associated Press –
Then known as Burma, the country severed relations with North Korea in 1983 following a bombing in its largest city by North Korean secret agents targeting …

Storm rumor reignites fear in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
But unlike the fears of villagers and residents in Rangoon, the Myanmar Meteorological Department in Rangoon said there is no danger that a major cyclone as …



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October 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

World focus on Burma (18 October 2008)

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Zarganar’s family anxious about his health
Mizzima.com, India –
The prisoners can’t expect other medicines, ” Teit Naing, Secretary of the Thailand based Association of Assistance to Political Prisoners – Burma’ (AAPP-B) …

Remote Lands Takes The “Rough” Out Of “Roughing It” With Luxury …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Globetrotters can explore the most remote and wild regions of Mongolia, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma) and China while camping in complete comfort with Remote …

Pressure sought on Myanmar over aid
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
There should be an independent system to monitor and evaluate aid distribution to ensure that it reaches the right people,” Khin Ohmar of the Burma …

UC Riverside hosting film festivals that spotlight Asian experience
Press-Enterprise, CA –
Films from Vietnam, Thailand and Burma will be included in the supernatural film festival. Immigrants and students will be able to relate to the stories of .

ECONOMY: Threat of ‘Major Global Recession’ Tied to Bird Flu
IPS, Italy –
… Iran, Israel, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam. The disease has affected chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks. …

Burma earns $175M in sale of gems despite US embargo
CBC.ca, Canada –
Organized by the Mines Ministry, the event is a major revenue earner for Burma, also known as Myanmar, which is one of the biggest jade and gem producing …

Booters face Myanmar
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
… sixth international match against Myanmar, who had won big in the 70s when they were Asia’s one of the top teams under their old name Burma. …

Myanmar Gem Auction Nets $175M
Diamonds.net, NY –
The most recent government sale of gemstones in Myanmar fetched about $175 million during a two-week auction, which ended October 16. …

Enrolment steady but unbalanced
Langley AdvanceNews, Canada –
A number of refugee families from Myanmar (also known as Burma) have been resettled in Langley by the federal government. The number of their children …

Jade and gem sale earns Myanmar $175 million
The Associated Press – 22 hours ago
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar has earned more than $175 million (130 million euros) from its latest government-sponsored sale of gems, despite a US ban on …

Vincent Kavaloski: The unfinished human rights revolution
The Capital Times, WI –
Persecuted dissidents in such places as Zimbabwe, Burma, Tibet, Iran and Iraq appeal to the enumerated “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the …

Christian cemetery being razed in Myitkyinar
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myo Gyi Ruili – Ignoring fervent appeals by Christian church leaders, the Burmese military junta authorities in Myitkyinar, Kachin State continue to raze …

Powerplay behind newest Cold War
cafebabel.com, France –
Empirical evidence shows that authoritarian regimes aren’t necessarily externally aggressive – for example, the dictators in Burma – and that democracies …

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World focus on Burma (29 September 2008)

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Blood Diamonds: The Gem’s Curse
Voice of America –

Human rights activists are working to tighten sanctions against Burmese rubies. But, like with diamonds, the potential profits are large and many are …

Myanmar pledges reform, free and fair general elections in 2010
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
New York – Myanmar put on a good face on Monday before the UN General Assembly, promising far-reaching democratic reforms and use of its rich natural …

EDITORIAL: New Hopes for Democracy in Burma?
istockAnalyst.com (press release), OR –
… first meeting Saturday to advance democratic reforms in Burma. That country, now officially known as Myanmar, has been ruled by the military since 1962. …

Myanmar Urges End to “Unfair and Immoral” Sanctions
ABC News –
Human rights groups say as many as 700 people remain behind bars, although the junta says all but a few dozen have been released.

Myanmar urges end to “unfair and immoral” sanctions
Reuters –

On Saturday, a UN group on Myanmar vowed to keep the world spotlight on the troubled country and to press the military rulers of the former Burma to comply …

Myanmar Urges End to ´Unfair And Immoral´ Sanction
Javno.hr, Croatia –

The UN Security Council has urged Myanmar to release all political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar could be the rice …

Ryan Giggs: Wallpaper

The Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was nominated by the Salford City Unison for her relentless fight for freedom and democracy in Burma.

Comics Panel: September 29, 2008
A.V. Club –
… in The Burma Chronicles (D&Q). Delisle accompanied his wife—a Doctors Without Borders administrator—on her 14-month posting in The Union Of Myanmar, …

Vancouver Radar: Mission of Burma, Still On a Mission
Martiniboys.com, Canada –

By Richard Trapunski in Attractions Burma (aka Myanmar) has had a rough run as of late; it needs a little mad guitar-heavy post-punk (though, …

NLD youth members pay respects to U Win Tin
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Thirty National League for Democracy members from Lower Burma went to pay their respects to newly-released political prisoners U Win Tin and Kyauktan …

Junta releases three NLD youth members
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta blames student activists and dissident groups based along the Thai-Burmese border for the act. But on the day following the blast an armed student …

Five simple questions about a not so simple election
National Union of Public and General Employees, Canada –
… regard to objective is all we value, then Joseph Stalin would qualify as a strong leader, as would the leaders of the brutal military regime in Burma. …

EU-India Joint Press Communique
Press Information Bureau (press release), India –
They discussed the situation in Burma/Myanmar, agreed on the need to strengthen efforts towards national reconciliation and reaffirmed the need for an …

Ban Ki-moon seen struggling in UN role
United Press International –

… Britain, Singapore and other countries are also displeased by Ban’s refusal to travel to Myanmar, the former Burma, and meet military ruler Gen. …

Three NLD members released after anniversary arrests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–Three of the nine people arrested at the National League for Democracy’s 20th anniversary ceremony on Saturday have now been released, …

‘Group of Friends’ fails to resolve internal differences
Mizzima.com, India –
… in Myanmar to seize the opportunity of the UN good offices,” in the words of Ban Ki-moon, “while stressing the responsibility of the Myanmar [Burma] …

Three more political prisoners released
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–Three more political prisoners have been released by the Burmese military regime, bringing the total number of political detainees freed …

Junta Amends Historical Commission Law
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s military government has amended the Myanmar [Burmese] Historical Commission Law, transferring authority for historical research from the …

Package Tour Available to Irrawaddy Delta in October
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Tourist companies in Burma say they are starting ad campaigns to draw more tourists to as the peak tourist season runs from October to February. …

Opposition Must Cooperate: Win Tin
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burmese residents in Japan hold a giant flag as they stage a rally on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of detained Aung San Suu Kyi’s …

Activist Han Lin dies in New York
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–U Han Lin, who led the “long march to freedom and democracy” campaign in 2005 to highlight the plight of Burma, died from lung cancer on …

State Violence in Thailand and Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Members of the panel agreed that Thai military leaders are more business-minded than their counterparts in Burma. According to Jagan, the Burmese regime …

Asian (con)Fusion: In and out of jail in Burma
Independent, UK –
… adviser to the imprisoned democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was rearrested just one day after being released. The Washington-based US Camaign for Burma …

China’s Grip on Burma ‘Cause for Concern’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“CNPC has signed a MoU with MOGE [Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise] for a detailed assessment of the potential construction of a crude oil terminal off the …

Burma: Monks stage quiet protest as world powers call for Burma to …
UNPO, Netherlands –
The anniversary coincided with UN talks, which Mr Ban’s spokeswoman, Michele Montas, said underlined “the responsibility of the Myanmar (Burma) Government …

Library exhibit focuses on Myanmar
Ithaca Journal, NY –
The Cornell Southeast Asia Program and the library present, “Burma/Myanmar: Creativity, Diversity, and Everyday Life and Karen Textiles from Burma and the …

Myanmar: Aid still needed
Global Voices Online, MA –
… into the Tatmadaw, Burma’s armed forces. New Mandala interviewed an aid worker who provided us with a believable and concrete situation inside Myanmar. …

Increased Chinese Involvement Raises Concerns Over Potential Social and Environmental Impacts
Earthrights.org, DC –
The report, China in Burma (Myanmar): The Increasing Involvement of Chinese Multinational Corporations in Burma’s Hydropower, Oil and Natural Gas, ..

MYANMAR: THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT ARRESTED THREE NLD SUPPORTERS
Culturalnews.it, Italy –

While the junta holds absolute power in Burma, the international community still supports Suu Kyi as the most credible leader of the country. …

Indo-French civil N-pact may be inked during PM visit
A Pakistan News, Pakistan –
Regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Burma are also expected to figure in the discussions. …

Low-Profile UN Chief Struggles as Diplomatic Peacemaker
Washington Post, United States –

… Burma’s generals to democratize the country and to secure the release of nearly 2000 political prisoners, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nigeria Is A False Democracy– Human Rights Watch
LeadershipNigeria, Nigeria –
Nigeria’s democratic credentials were questioned once again yesterday by Human Rights Watch, which noted that autocrats posing as democrats are underming …

Pyongyang is true to form
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
So are reports Pyongyang may be helping Burma with its secretive nuclear ambitions. More diplomatic effort must be put into convincing its leaders to act in …

World focus on Burma (2 August 2008)

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Monks demonstrate against the government prior to the 1988 massacre Photo: GETTY

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

A shopping centre in Mandalay burned down earlier this year, and many of the city’s trees were felled by the cyclone in May. Burmese gossips claim that …

Comedy show to benefit Burmese kids

Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
All proceeds from the show will go towards the charity, which is helping child refugees in Burma in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis.

Bush sees sports, but politics abound at Olympics

The Associated Press –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed citizens in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in …

Burma’s Archbishop thanks Lichfield churches for Cyclone Nargis help

Diocese of Lichfield, UK –

The Primate of the Anglican Province of Myanmar, the Most Revd Stephen Than Myot Oo, has thanked the churches of Lichfield Diocese for their prayers and …

Myanmar detains comedian who delivered cyclone aid

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A famous Myanmar comedian and three other activists who helped deliver relief supplies to cyclone victims could be imprisoned for two …

White House: Interview of US President Bush by Suthichai Sae-Yoon …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Q Why haven’t the sanctions against Burma worked? THE PRESIDENT: Because not every country is applying them. And sanctions — the idea of unilateral ..

The Associated Press –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed people in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in the …

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

“Save the Children has clearly demonstrated that aid given to Myanmar can be effective and make a dramatic difference, whilst still meeting international …

Proposal sealed with a kiss as sailors arrive

Portsmouth News, UK –

The crew of HMS Edinburgh were involved in everything from drug busts to the mercy mission in Burma after Cyclone Nargis. Edinburgh’s commanding officer …

Rice Elevates New Zealand from ‘Friend’ to ‘Ally’

The Public Record, California –

… the Sudan and Burma, and the serious erosion of human rights in her own jurisdiction, not least at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. …

US 1st lady to visit Mae Sot

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

… activists and human rights advocates. “She has found the people of Burma to be lovely with a gentle manner,” she said, responding to written questions. …

Berlin to Beijing

New Yorker, United States –

When I was in Burma in June, where China is deeply resented for propping up the military regime, an outspoken woman told me, “We hope the Olympics go a-flop …

Asean Charter A No-go In Jakarta?

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
… Thailand and the Philippines were ‘real’ parliaments—“unlike the ones in Singapore and Myanmar (Burma) which follow whatever their governments wish …

Vialuxe News, CA –

… Block Burmese JADE act of 2008″ into law on Tuesday, effectively banning the importation of ruby and jadeite from Burma/Myanmar into the United States. …

Laura Bush to visit border area

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) has welcomed a planned meeting between Mr Bush and Burmese dissidents in Bangkok on Aug 6. Hseng Noung, a member of the …

Corporations And Human Rights Abuses In Burma

Huffington Post, NY –

The oil and natural gas industry earned the government of Burma (through the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise ‘MOGE’) approximately 2.16 billion …

Beijing’s catch-22

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

In Burma, the Chinese cut arms sales to the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations, and Beijing played an …

Winter Sports School to act globally

Park Record, UT –

After Myanmar (formerly Burma) was hit by a catastrophic cyclone this spring, Guetschow and her peers were rocked by reports saying that aid was not getting …

Olympic colour cannot hide grey of Mao suit

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

Few would regard such widespread human rights abuses as compatible with loftiest of the Olympic ideals, especially in a country which backs Burma and …

Islamic Malaysia in Asean club?

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei remain predominantly Muslim, but they are flanked by predominantly Buddhist Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and even Vietnam. …

A case of dignity

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

The Chinese government has failed to live up to the commitments it made before being awarded the Olympic Games to improve its human rights situation and to …

SF Chronicle Submissions

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

Beyond its borders, China also regularly uses its UN veto power to support everything from genocide in Darfur and Burma and nuclear proliferation in Iran to …

Conrad Black: The West is confronted by opportunity, not a retreat

National Post, Canada –

Kagan is right that rulers like, and populations, tolerate autocracies, and that China and Russia won’t help overthrow despots, as in Iran and Burma. …

Bush visit comes at a low ebb for democracy

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

More than 1 million people from Burma are working in Thailand, taking up jobs that Thais do not want. Along the way, their cheap labour is helping this …

US sanctions target gem industry

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

“We are tightening financial sanctions against Burma’s repressive junta and the companies that finance it,” Szubin said. “The regime’s refusal to protect …

UN investigator to assess human rights in Myanmar

Reuters –

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta has invited a UN investigator to make his first visit next week so he can assess the human rights …

ChevronTexaco Lobbies Bush Administration In an Effort to Avoid …

Earthrights.org, DC –

Washington, DC, August 1, 2008 – Mired in controversies over its global human rights and environmental record, Chevron Corporation announced today that ..

Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi: Beijing’s It-couple

Times Online, UK –

Her parents were Chinese immigrants in Burma who returned to Beijing in the Fifties; they were translators at the Bureau of Foreign Languages, …

Club vs country row on show in AFC

Howrah News Service, India –

Previously teams from Myanmar (formerly Burma) played a fast paced game with little variations. Falopa’s Brazilian influence is obvious. …

Three months after cyclone, children in Myanmar face long-term …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

(August 1, 2008) — Save the Children continues to assist children and their families three months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar. …

US Asked UN About Exchange Rate Issues in Burma Year Before Latest …

MyFox Milwaukee, WI –

… spending in Burma, which the country’s military regime renamed Myanmar, had soared spectacularly, totaling more than $74 million between 2002 and 2006. …

To go or not go, what the travel experts say

Globe and Mail, Canada –

Defending Lonely Planet’s Myanmar (Burma), for example, publisher Alex Fenby has written that the guide “is one of only a very few sources of information …

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World focus on Burma (24 June 2008)

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Burma Urgently Needs Democratic Reforms Sponsored by the UN

OpEdNews, PA –

Poor people in Myanmar spend on average 70 percent of their household budget on food, and they cannot afford to buy the same quantities of food at the …

Myanmar: 1st press release of Tripartite Core Group

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The aim of the TCG is to act as an ASEAN-led mechanism to facilitate trust, confidence and cooperation between Myanmar and the international community in …

Burma: Exiled opposition leader calls for meetings with China and …

Adnkronos International Italia, Italy –

Win is a cousin of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest. Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League of …

CWS assisting one million people in Myanmar, now shifting focus to …

Church World Service (press release), IN –

… it has provided temporary shelter and fresh water supplies sufficient for nearly one million Myanmar (Burma) cyclone survivors. …

Tripartite core group completes joint assessment on cyclone impact …

Xinhua, China –

According to the press release, 350 officials and volunteers from the Myanmar government, ASEAN and UN,, supported by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank …

Myanmar continues to suffer after cyclone

NDTV.com, India –

The official toll has reached tens of thousands, and the cyclone and its aftermath are still taking a toll on Burma. And there is no one to tell the tale to …

South Korean Paper Notes “Disappointment” Over China-Burma Gas Deal

RedOrbit, TX –

Regarding the decision, Yim Chae-mun, vice president of Daewoo International, said, “To deliver the natural gas from Myanmar to Korea, we would need …SEO:047050

Work-shy Myanmar buffaloes add to farmers’ woes

elEconomista.es, Spain –

By Aung Hla Tun DEDAYE, Myanmar (Reuters) – With a planting deadlinelooming, rice farmers in cyclone-hit parts of Myanmar’sIrrawaddy delta have hit a …

Myanmar cyclone report to be presented in Singapore – Summary

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Yangon – Results of an assessment of the damage wrought by Cyclone Nargis on Myanmar will be presented next month at an Association of South-East Asian …

Myanmar: Cyclone Toll Crosses 138000

RTT News, NY –

The latest estimate comes even as a massive international effort is on to bring provide relief to some 2.4 million survivors of Myanmar’s worst natural …

Burma Drops New Operating Guidelines

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The United Nations agencies and international nongovernmental organizations will return to the old operating guidelines in effect before Burma …

Burma cyclone deaths rise to 84500

CBC.ca, Canada –

Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma, also known as Myanmar, on May 2 and 3, cutting large swaths in the Irrawaddy River Delta and the area around Rangoon, …

South Korean, Chinese Firms Sign Burma Gas Deal

RedOrbit, TX –

Daewoo International predicts the deal will allow it to make profits of more than US$1 billion for 25 years from 2012 when the gas blocks in Myanmar will …SEO:047050

Myanmar cyclone toll rises to 138000 dead, missing

Reuters –

YANGON, June 24 (Reuters) – More than 138000 are dead or missing from the devastating cyclone that struck Myanmar last month, the government said on Tuesday …

Getting Away With Murder

Strategy Page –

June 14, 2008: In Myanmar (Burma) the military dictatorship decided to get rid of foreign relief workers by simply closing the refugee camps and ordering …

Burma deports South Korean journalist, reports Mizzima.com

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

A South Korean journalist was deported from Burma by the ruling military junta on 22 June 2008 for visiting the office of the opposition National League for …

Myanmar launches 11-day gems auction: report

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Military-run Myanmar on Tuesday launched an 11-day auction of precious gems in Yangon, state media said, as the country struggles to recover …

Myanmar Keeps the Wheels On With China’s Help

Wall Street Journal –

… former name of Burma. Other international companies that do business with Myanmar include Thai oil and gas producer PTT Exploration & Production PCL, …

Myanmar cyclone toll tops 138000 dead and missing: official

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — More than 84000 people died in last month’s deadly cyclone, while nearly 54000 were still missing, a Myanmar official said Tuesday, …

Myanmar: How many of us have to die for your diplomatic game?

OpEdNews, PA –

By Ashin Metacarra The United Nations has been diplomatically trying to persuade Burma leaders for a long time. They tried by sending envoys. …

Cyclone death toll rises to 84500

The Press Association –

Burma has announced that 84500 people perished in last month’s cyclone, up from its earlier toll of 77700. Deputy Foreign Minister Kyaw Thu told reporters …

International war deaths tally triples prior estimates: study

Gulf Times, Qatar –

But in the other countries examined – Burma (now Myanmar), Ethiopia, Guatemala, Namibia and the Philippines – death tolls dropped compared to earlier …

Myanmar appreciates int’l medics for cyclone healthcare services

Xinhua, China –

YANGON, June 24 (Xinhua) — Myanmar appreciated international medics including those of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for their …

Myanmar: 84500 confirmed dead from cyclone

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling junta has announced that 84500 people perished in Cyclone Nargis in May, up from an earlier confirmed toll of 77700. …

Myanmar’s new capital: Out of sight

Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN –

Myanmar, formerly Burma, has no sitting parliament; so the building, once completed, may sit empty for a while. The generals have vowed to hold “multiparty, …

Volunteer groups lead Myanmar aid efforts

Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

Myanmar (MNN) ― Nearly two months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, the struggle to get aid to the rural areas continues. Many foreign relief groups were …

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Turkish Press

Burma cyclone deaths rise to 84500

CBC.ca, Canada –

Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma, also known as Myanmar, on May 2 and 3, cutting large swaths in the Irrawaddy River Delta and the area around Rangoon, …

Deaths in Burma cyclone increase to 84500 USA Today

Tripartite core group completes joint assessment on cyclone impact … Xinhua

Myanmar cyclone toll rises to 138000 dead, missing Reuters

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NDTV.com

Myanmar continues to suffer after cyclone

NDTV.com, India –

The official toll has reached tens of thousands, and the cyclone and its aftermath are still taking a toll on Burma. And there is no one to tell the tale to …

Myanmar’s new capital: Out of sight Minneapolis Star Tribune

Myanmar’s new capital: Remote, lavish, off-limits International Herald Tribune

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