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World focus on Burma (24 August 2009)

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BBC slammed for refusing to air Gaza appeal
The Associated Press –
The appeals have raised millions of pounds (dollars) for victims of war and natural disaster in Congo, Myanmar and elsewhere. BBC director-general Mark …

Thailand and Myanmar’s army leaders compared
Global Voices Online, MA –
by Mong Palatino Rule of Lords insists that Thailand’s army leaders are not better than Burma’s. As Awzar Thi of AHRC says, the Thai military is similar in …

Women in Pakistan well represented politically: Sherry Rehman
Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan –
Similarly, the Minister said, Burmese woman political leader Aung San Suu Kyi continues her struggle for democracy and human rights for her country in an …

Indonesia denies asylum to Rohingya survivors
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The odyssey of hundreds of people who fled from Myanmar and landed in Thailand, where the army loaded them onto boats without motors and towed them onto the …

Gambari to visit Myanmar for the seventh time
Merinews, India –
… Myanmar military junta see reason and usher in political reconciliation at the earliest, the United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari is …

Bush should get more credit for fighting terror
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… 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. …

DRC: ICC’s First Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari will visit military-ruled Myanmar next week to try to revive negotiations between the junta and detained opposition …

Robbie Burns at 250
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Agitating for democracy in Scotland in the 1790s was as popular with the authorities as it is today in Burma. In an earlier draft of the poem, …

Burma launches new crackdown on religious groups
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The crackdown on Christians comes as the government seeks to consolidate its power in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) …

Republican Senators resort to extortion on Holder nomination
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog, WA –
If the rule of law were not important, what would separate our nation from countries like Myanmar (Burma) or North Korea? If Eric Holder, or any other Obama …

Thailand calls conference on refugees
The Associated Press –
Foreign Ministry officials met envoys from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Myanmar to discuss the exodus of refugees from camps in the …

Burma’s junta does not give honor to whom honor is due
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma (Myanmar) on 22 January 1909. He was the first Asian Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United …

Boat people scandal hits Thai army
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, who has repeatedly stated a commitment to human rights and the rule of law, said on Thursday there were “quite a …

China says 19 nationals freed from Myanmar kidnap
MSNBC – 18 hours ago
China is one of the few nations that stands by the military junta running Myanmar, also called by its former name, Burma. But Chinese officials have also …

US Treasury Blocks Assets of 25 Pursuant to Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY –
The Act forbids import of gemstones from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, to the US, either through direct means or through third-party countries. 1. …

Burma Tightens Restrictions on Christian Worship
Christian Freedom International, MI –
… Christian relief efforts that filtered into the country in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, a hurricane that destroyed much of the region in May 2008. …

Imprisoned monk goes on hunger strike in Myanmar
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Yangon for most of the past 19 years. …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
WebWire (press release), GA –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Indonesia to expel Rohingya boatpeople held at navy base
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
Indonesia will deny political asylum to 193 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are being held at a navy base after they were found stranded off the …

Thai Foreign Ministry invites Ambassadors from concerned countries …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… and Malaysia as well as the Charge d’affaires of Myanmar to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consultations on the issue of Rohingya illegal migrants. …

Another Loss for Burmese Activist’s Family
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
BANGKOK—The 23-year-old wife of a Burmese activist involved in helping victims of Tropical Cyclone Nargis has suffered a second-trimester miscarriage in …

55 Films and 31 Filmmakers Slated for 2009 Boulder International …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
… with Burmese Princess Inge Sargent, author of Twilight over Burma and a recipient of the United Nations Association International Human Rights Award. …

Thailand Asks Neighbors to Cooperate on Illegal Immigration
Voice of America –
Officials from Thailand’s foreign ministry met Friday with ambassadors from Burma, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Malaysia. …

Gambari’s return fails to inspire Burmese Opposition
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – said it does not expect United Nations special envoy …

Will Obama be ready for radical humanitarian intervention in Burma?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… undo the Bush’s era human rights violations, and restore America’s lost moral posture, befitted for a democratic superpower. Meanwhile, Burma has been …

Burma VJ turns Sundance’s eye toward government protests
Paste Magazine, GA –
Myanmar, often referred to as Burma, has been under military control since 1962. The film offers a firsthand account of the protests in the capital city of …

Thailand’s new boat people
GlobalPost –
There are about 1 million Rohingya, with roughly 800000 living along Burma’s coast and another 200000 or so in refugee camps across the Bangladeshi border. …

Rohingya Boat People Not to Get Asylum Here
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
One of the boat people, Imam Husen, told the Reuters news agency from his hospital bed that he and about 580 other people had set off from Mundu in Burma in …

The bottom of a burst bubble: depravity and the economic turndown
Gauntlet, Canada –
Within the last months of 2008 and stretching into the New Year, hundreds of economic refugees fleeing from Myanmar and Bangladesh have reportedly reached …

Sister Says Jailed Burmese Monk on Hunger Strike
Voice of America –
By VOA News The sister of a Buddhist monk imprisoned by Burma’s military rulers for pro-democracy activities says her brother is on a hunger strike. …

FDA crackdown dramatically cuts availability of Asian food …
Inside Bay Area, CA –
Among them was Zin Nwe, an ethnic Chinese who recently graduated from medical school in her native Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

My portfolio: Ryan Libre
BBC News, UK –

“The KIO encourages free access to international media, including Human Rights Watch reports.” “The 1994 ceasefire between the KIA and the Burmese military …

Will Obama be able to change things in Burma?
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
One wonders whether the overtures by the Burmese junta could mean a fresh start for reconciliation and the beginning of a win-win situation. …

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World focus on Burma (10 September 2008)

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Student Warriors lambast junta over false accusations
Mizzima.com, India –
The group also lambasted the junta for arresting members of the National League for Democracy and Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network (HRDP) for …

Suu Kyi’s supporters banned from visiting her sick housekeeper
First Post, UK –
Burmese authorities have sealed off a Rangoon hospital to prevent outsiders from visiting a sick woman companion of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San …

Show of solidarity for Suu Kyi
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Burmese nationals form the largest refugee group in Japan, which in a rare break from Western nations maintains friendly relations with the military regime. …

‘Bangladesh on front line of climate change’
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –

… of people face drought in Ethiopia; 11 million people affected by flooding in India; and up to 128000 people killed by the cyclone that struck Burma. …

Pupils’ joy as Burmese friend is found safe
Bolton News, UK –
… at a Bolton primary school are celebrating after a young Burmese girl they sponsor was found alive and well in the aftermath of a deadly cyclone. …

In love with cars
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Officially, Three Pagodas Pass border crossing is closed and the Burmese junta has not permitted border trade with Thailand since 2006. …

Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2007 documents Burmese ruling junta’s …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –

Human Rights Year Book of Burma Twenty years since the brutal suppression of the 1988 uprising, the Burmese military junta continues to exert tight control …

Thai Court Rules Against Samak, Orders his Resignation
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He stressed that he would not mention the position of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in any talks he had with the Burmese junta, the Bangkok Post said. …

Samlee nominated
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The regional committee said its decision was guided by Dr Samlee’s speed in activating emergency funds to help victims hit by Cyclone Nargis in Burma, …

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Myanmar explosion injures 3
Straits Times, Singapore – AP.
The military has ruled Myanmar, also called Burma, since 1962 and has been widely criticised for suppressing basic freedoms. —
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Three injured in a bus explosion in Myanmar: report
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Three passengers were injured when an explosion ripped through the back of a bus at a busy intersection in Myanmar’s main city Yangon, …

US concerned, as hunger strike rumors swirl
Mizzima.com, India –
On Sunday, Police Chief Brigadier General Khin Yi told a press conference in Burma’s capital of Naypyitaw that neither Suu Kyi’s lawyer nor personal …

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FACTBOX-A look at North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Intelligence experts say Kim ordered the 1983 bombing in the capital of Burma, now Myanmar, that killed 17 senior South Korean officials and the bombing of …

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Burma: Cyclone, starvation – now plague of rats devastates Burmese …
guardian.co.uk, UK – Pete Pattisson in Chin state, Burma
A report last month by the Chin Human Rights Organisation estimates that up to 200 villages are affected by severe food shortages and at least 100000 people … (Video included)

Myanmar 1990 election winners want junta’s UN seat
The Associated Press –
The junta has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, ever since. Daw San San, vice president of the Members of Parliament Union (Burma), said in the letter …

US concerned about welfare of Suu Kyi
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Washington (dpa) – The United States expressed concern Tuesday about the health of Burma’s leading democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who reportedly began …

Suu Kyi supporters on hunger strike in Japan
Daily Times, Pakistan –
TOKYO: Some 50 Myanmar nationals in Japan are to stage hunger strikes in solidarity with detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the protesters said …

… a month before she was put under house arrest, but that the Myanmar, also known as Burma, “has severely limited outside contact with her” since then. …

Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. The report finds the distinction between civilians and combatants is …

Fears Aung San Suu Kyi will starve to death
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
By Daniel Pedersen in Mae Sot, Thailand DISSIDENTS from Burma fear that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will starve herself to death. …

Visit Myanmar—That’s an Order
World Hum, CA –
It was November 18, 1996, and at 5:30 that morning, Myanmar’s military junta had rounded up the few foreign journalists in town and bussed us to a stadium …

Missionary trip to China leaves empty feeling
Rapid City Journal, SD –
“That medicine would have cost us $20000 to $30000 in the US” With about 60000 to 80000 orphans left behind in Burma, Klein said sex slavery is a …

World focus on Burma (9 September 2008)

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Opposition in exile launches campaign against Burmese junta’s …
Mizzima.com, India –
… in 2007 that called for a tripartite dialogue between the Junta, the National League for democracy led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic groups. .

Myanmar emergency response continues
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) continues to provide emergency relief in Myanmar (Burma) through the Action by Churches Together (ACT) …

.. would like to request you to reconsider the most effective ways and means appropriate for settlement of political situation in Burma (Myanmar). …

NLD members accused of medical offences
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Everywhere in Burma there are many people who keep syringes to help people in places were there are no doctors or medics,” Dr Aung Moe Nyo said. …

Film director Mike Tee arrested
Mizzima.com, India –
Burmese military junta authorities have arrested Burma’s prominent film director Mike Tee for alleged drug abuse, sources said. Though he was said to have …

Visa-On-Arrival proposal thrills Burmese tour companies
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – A proposal to allow tourists to obtain visas on arrival by the Union of Myanmar Travel Association to the Burmese junta has triggered new hopes …

India Urges South Asian Cooperation Against Poverty, Disease
RedOrbit, TX –
He cited the recent cyclone havoc in Myanmar [Burma] and floods in Nepal and Bihar. Expressing empathy with the flood-affected people, he said the need of …

Angola: A Potential Powerhouse Inches Forward
World Defense Review –
Last month, Human Rights Watch issued a report which, citing intimidation of opposition parties and the media as well as interference with the electoral …

Cyclone refugee charged after submitting petition
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 9, 2008 (DVB)–Cyclone refugee U Nyan Win has been arrested in Naypyidaw where he was trying to secure the right for other survivors of Cyclone Nargis to …

Pakokku residents slam security forces’ inaction

Sep 9, 2008 (DVB)–Residents of Pakokku in Magwe division have criticised the actions of government security forces who failed to respond to an attempted robbery that took place in broad daylight. –

The stuff of nightmares for 21st century kids
International Herald Tribune, France –
The junta in Burma looks downright evil – refusing international aid after a cyclone, and starving its own citizens. Watching the resulting chaos erodes our …

Commemoration of Monk’s Death Muted in Arakan State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Ashin Ottama was born in Arakan State, western Burma. As a child, he was selected to go to England to study, but his mother refused to let him go, …

Thai prime minister toppled by court for hosting cookery show
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
After taking office seven months ago Mr Samak personally cooked dinner for the Burmese prime minister, General Thein Sein, when he visited Thailand. …

RICS Strengthens Its Position in Hong Kong and Asia with More …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
It also has members working across the region such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos PDR, Macao, Mongolia, …

Gambari Should Push for Tripartite Dialogue: UNA
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Unless national reconciliation was established, the UNA warned, there would be no peace and tranquility in Burma. “What are the UN’s mandates assigned upon …

Refugees explain problems getting aid
Indianapolis Star, United States –
Fort Wayne is home to one of the largest communities of refugees from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma. Refugees arrive in the US …

Veteran politicians call for end to hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a true democratic leader whose party won the elections in 1990 and she is loved and respected by the people of Burma,” the …

Dissidents Dismiss Junta’s Allegations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The New Light of Myanmar also claimed that other dissidents, including more than a dozen NLD members, had left Burma to receive training to carry out …

Rambo-type people less likely to survive disasters!
Newstrack India, India –
To reach the conclusion, Gonzales reviewed miraculous tales of survival from catastrophes like the Burmese cyclone, September 11 attacks and the Boxing Day …

Vision Beyond Borders founder shaken by China experience
Billings Gazette,  USA –
The group also visited Myanmar, where Klein said Vision Beyond Borders continues to provide relief and aid to people affected by Cyclone Nargis. …

Mission leaves empty feeling
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune, WY –
“That medicine would have cost us $20000 to $30000 in the US” With about 60000 to 80000 orphans left behind in Burma, Klein said sex slavery is a …

Hawaii Doctors Help Cyclone Hit Myanmar
KGMB9, HI –
“We managed to get in only because we were sponsored by the chief monk in Burma,” said Dr. Carl Lum, Aloha Medical Mission. Two months after the storm, …

Two dead as monsoon floods hit northern Thailand
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… to overflow for the second time this year due to heavy rains in Myanmar (Burma) that are causing the Mae Sai River to rise as it drains into the Mekong. …

Locked in Burma
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
It is hard to imagine what life must be like for Aung San Suu Kyi, locked up inside her Rangoon home, separated from her children, denied visitors, …

Burmese refugees want help getting aid
WTHI, IN –
Fort Wayne is home to 1 of the largest communities of refugees from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma. The News-Sentinel of Fort …

Is Cold War Rhetoric Back at the UN?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Judging by the recent deadlock in the Security Council — over Kosovo, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Zimbabwe, Sudan and most recently Georgia — one wonders …

Analysis and Strategy: My Country First
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Burma is a classic example and now the plight of Burma is the most highlighted in the world, what in Burmese we always boast “Myanmar Ko Kaba Thi Say Mae” . …

Miraculous survivors: Why they live while others die
CNN –
Whenever a disaster hits — a cyclone in Myanmar; an earthquake in China; a climbing accident in Alaska — Gonzales scans the headlines for the stories of …

Samak to ask Burma to let UN play a role in elections
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand will try to convince Burma to allow the United Nations to play a role in its general elections scheduled for 2010, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej …

Appeasing the junta _ the UN’s dangerous detour
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Either way, the UN is taking a dangerous gamble on the goodwill of the Burmese junta. And even if the regime honours any promises that it may have made _ …

Opposition denies junta’s accusation of terrorism
Mizzima.com, India –
Khin Yi said NLD members Yan Shwe, Zaw Zaw Aung and Myint Aye, that last of whom is also a member of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters Network (HRDP) …

Ex-local to lead Buddhist classes
Vail Daily News, CO –
He has traveled on pilgrimage and for teachings to India, Tibet, Nepal, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. SDC also offers a weekend retreat, “Living Dharma in …

Karachi, a beggar’s paradise, continues to provide for many
Daily Times, Pakistan –
There are around 60 Burmese and Bengali colonies in the city, with a population of approximately 1.5 million. The colonies are spread from Machhar Colony to …

Sept 9, 1951 – Nehru becomes president of Congress party
Sify, India –
1988 – Burma’s former Prime Minister U Nu, toppled in a 1962 military coup, announces formation of a rival government. Burma is now known as Myanmar. …

South Africa’s Human Rights Reputation Tarnished
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
By Carroll Bogert, published in The Sunday Independent Supporters of human rights around the world watched in joy 14 years ago as apartheid ended and a new …

Likewise, Chinese and Thai tourists are going to the Shan state in Myanmar (Burma) to take advantage of child sex workers,” another study by the UN agency …

POLITICS: Is Cold War Rhetoric Back at the UN?
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Judging by the recent deadlock in the Security Council — over Kosovo, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Zimbabwe, Sudan and most recently Georgia — one wonders …

Myanmar’s colonial-era Strand Hotel well preserved
San Jose Mercury News,  USA –
Before World War II, the Strand was reserved for “whites only,” but during the Japanese occupation of Burma—as Myanmar was formerly known—it became an army …

The probing of love in its non-romantic forms is back too — the love of truth, the fearless love of an Aung San Suu Kyi, the love of the divine. …

Burma’s opposition urges UN to take stronger action
Mizzima.com, India –
… spokesperson for the VPC-Myanmar. He added that they would like to see the reformation of Burma under the UN’s initiative and hope that a future UN …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s aide shifted to another hospital
Mizzima.com, India –
Ma Win Pa Pa and her mother Khin Khin Win have been closely serving detained Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and have been detained along …

Arms: Northern Ireland’s import-export business
Open Democracy, UK –

… very measures which would stop Northern Ireland-supplied weaponry ending up in the hands of human rights abusers in countries like Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Conflicting reports over Daw Suu hunger strike rumours
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 8, 2008 (DVB)–The National League for Democracy and the Burmese regime have offered conflicting responses to rumours that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is …

Burmese share aid problems
News Sentinel, IN –
Luse gave details on recent legislation that bans import of jade, rubies and other gems from Burma, now called Myanmar, in hopes it pressure the reigning …

World focus on Burma (7 September 2008)

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Digital Influence Group Wins Inbound Marketing Excellence Award
PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria –
… the US Campaign for Burma. Digital Influence Group developed a microsite for the campaign featuring imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

All change as writer gets back on the rails
Shanghai Daily, China –
But Burma, which has renamed itself Myanmar, strikes him as stagnating. Theroux, 67, who exhibits a caustic wit and powers of observation in the tradition …

Next US president should engage Asean more than Bush did
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The first is good for business and is not tough on human rights, while the latter is hard on labour rights and sanctions and is also anti-outsourcing. …

Myanmar police: ringleaders of bomb plot arrested
International Herald Tribune, France –
The military has ruled the Myanmar, also called Burma, since 1962 and has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms. …

Author Theroux revisits world aboard ‘Ghost Train’
Reuters India, India –
But Burma, which has since renamed itself Myanmar, strikes him as stagnating in its isolation. Other places, such as Turkmenistan, were unlike any of the …

Locked in Burma
MorungExpress, India –
Burma’s opposition leader, whose 1990 election victory was annulled by the military, is now in her 13th year of detention. She has been held continually …

Suu Kyi not on hunger strike, says Myanmar junta
Today’s Zaman, Turkey –
It is extremely unlikely that the military, which has run the former Burma for the last 46 years, will pay any attention to the legal arguments and release …

Police ‘known nothing’ of Suu Kyi hunger strike
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, is deemed Burma’s democracy icon and one of the few opposition leaders with enough popular and international …

Burmese junta accuses opposition party for July bombing
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military rulers have arrested two members of the opposition National League of Democracy for the bombing of pro-government offices in July. …

Myanmar police chief denies Suu Kyi hunger strike
AFP –

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AFP) — Myanmar’s police chief on Sunday denied detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on hunger strike after her party said she …

The Palakkad connection to the nuclear deal
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Karat, who belongs to Palakkad’s Nair landlord family, was born in Rangoon, Burma (present day Yangon in Myanmar). Whenever he visits Palakkad for party …

Images of Igloolik Inuit
TheChronicleHerald.ca, Canada –


His work in Burma connects human rights abuse to the high rate of malaria among the Karan people. “If the Burmese government is chasing you around as they …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar junta official said Sunday there is “no indication” that detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is on a hunger strike …

Six dozen Bhutanese refugee resettled in Atlanta
Nepalnews.com, Nepal –
And their numbers are equal to refugees from Iraq and Burma right now. And we are expecting their numbers to increase. They just started coming this year,” …

Pakokku monk vows to continue regime boycott
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The monk said regime officials could begin to redeem themselves by apologising to the monks. “Beating up monks is a mortal sin. If they think about that it …

Serbs look east for 100000 humble, modest brides
Gulf Times, Qatar –
… said Serbia would benefit by bringing in women from “Laos, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Vietnam”. The number of Serbs is dwindling by 30000 each year, …

Aung San Suu Kyi to meet lawyer again
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Detained Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her lawyer Kyi Win will meet again on next week to further discuss of a lawsuit …

General Assembly President comments on Gambari briefing
Mizzima.com, India –
However, several opposition voices to Burma’s ruling junta, most notably the National League for Democracy, have already given notice that they view the …

Confrontational comments laud Nargis relief effort
Mizzima.com, India –
According to the article, the aforementioned tactic, pioneered by Coninx in Burma, calls on “a group of relevant UN agencies and others to coordinate …

Sales hit because of ban on late night business
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Sales have plummeted in shops in Rangoon after local Burmese junta authorities ordered closure of business establishments by 11 pm Earlier, …

Randy Scheunemann: How Mccain Sees the World
Georgiandaily, NY –
If you look at Bosnia, Kosovo, Zimbabwe, Burma—because of the veto power of Russia and China, the UN would be incapable of taking effective action in places …

1988 September 14
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1988 – More than 100000 people march through streets of Yangon, Myanmar, also known as Rangoon, Burma, demanding that President Maung Maung’s authoritarian …

Area calendar
Bloomington Pantagraph,  USA –
“Explaining Doggedness of Dictatorial Rules in Burma/Myanmar?”; noon to 1 pm, Third Floor East Lounge, Bone Student Center, Illinois State University, ..

US Students Turn to Entrepreneurship to Help Poor
NewsBlaze, CA –
… in 2008 by a partner, International Development Enterprises (IDE), to help provide clean water to the residents of Burma affected by Cyclone Nargis. …

Is Global Warming Worsening Hurricanes?
TIME –
Last May in the Pacific, the massive Cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 100000 people in the Southeast Asian nation of Burma. Rather than focusing on scary …

Amra is useful in bilious dyspepsia
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
By some of the Shan tribes in Burma the fruit is considered an antidote for wounds from poisoned arrows, and for this purpose is eaten either green or dry. …

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
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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
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… 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, …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal battle and junta’s report

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Daw Suu’s lawyer disputes regime account of meeting

DVB News

Sep 3, 2008 (DVB)–U Kyi Win, lawyer for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has said that government reports of his meeting with the detained democracy leader were misleading, in an interview with DVB.

Daw Suu reportedly apologised that she would not be able to meet liaison minister U Aung Kyi under the present circumstances and spoke of her concern about the restrictions on her assistant Daw Khin Khin Win.

She refused to confirm or deny rumours that she was on a hunger strike but said that she did not need a visit from her doctor any sooner than her next scheduled monthly check-up.

Kyi Win gave a detailed account of his meeting with the National League for Democracy leader at her residence on University Avenue in Rangoon where she is held under house arrest.

The state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on the meeting, stating that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had had her request granted to meet her lawyer for 55 minutes on 1 September.

Kyi Win responded to the article, and to claims that the NLD leader had rejected the government’s offer of a meeting with relations minister U Aung Kyi on 2 September and a check-up with her doctor on 1 September.

“The phrase ‘at Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s request’ is not quite accurate; in fact, I submitted the application form,” he said.

“We were to submit the draft of her appeal and she would amend it and add what was needed, then after the draft had been verified, we would write a final version and submit it.”

Kyi Win said he had applied for permission to discuss the appeal with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 27 August, proposing 29 August or 1 September for a meeting.

“As the 29th was not convenient – I don’t know why it was not convenient, let it be, this is their job – I was told on the evening of the 31st that I could see her on the 1st,” he said.

Kyi Win said he was delayed in getting to the special branch office and was given a strict limitation on the timing of the meeting.

“Having arrived there late, we had discussions and what transpired was that we would only be given 30 minutes for the meeting,” he said.

“I told them we wouldn’t be able to do anything within half an hour, it is not sufficient,” he went on.

“But they couldn’t change it – they said to get Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to confirm as much as possible within the half hour on that day, bring back the draft of the appeal and as a favour, they would do all the print-outs and so on at their office.”

During the meeting, Kyi Win passed on the proposed schedule for a meeting with general Aung Kyi and a visit from Dr Tin Myo Win, the NLD leader’s doctor.

He also tried to discuss Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal, but said the strict time limit on the meeting meant that he did not have time to explain the legal background of each of the nine grounds for appeal.

Despite the time limit, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave Kyi Win several instructions and messages, which he said he had noted down.

With regard to her appeal, the NLD leader said that everything should be done according to the law and that she wanted to make arrangements to give power of attorney to Kyi Win and U Nyan Win of the NLD.

She also said that she wanted to meet with liaison minister Aung Kyi but that certain issues needed to be resolved before she could do so.

“I will read the words she used: She has the desire to see U Aung Kyi and wants to me to convey her regards to him,” Kyi Win said.

“But there are matters that are not resolved yet and as they have not yet been resolved she asked his forgiveness and understanding,” he said.

Kyi Win refuted the government’s implication that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was unwilling to meet the minister.

“They make it appear as though it is her who doesn’t want to meet. She didn’t say that she only wanted to see me and not other people, that was not part of it,” he said.

“If it were true, it would be something to be proud of. But it is not good to be proud of something which is not true.”

With regard to the offer of a visit from her physician, Kyi Win said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had said it was unnecessary given that he had visited her on 17 August and was only supposed to be carrying out monthly check-ups.

Kyi Win said he had told Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that people inside and outside Burma were concerned about widespread reports that she was on a hunger strike and he asked her how he should respond to such questions.

“She said, ‘Oh, Uncle, just say, I am well. I am well but I have lost some weight’,” he said.

Kyi Win said that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was also worried about the restrictions placed on Daw Khin Khin Win, her assistant and companion.

“The [restriction] order does apply to Daw Khin Khin Win and her child. Even when they go out, they are not allowed to move freely,” Kyi Win said.

“So on the day I dealt with the special branch, I took it on board and made a deal with them openly. [Government agents] followed her to the dental surgery and took photographs and the dentist didn’t dare to tell them off as they were from the special branch,” he said.

“Whatever it is, even if she has a broken tooth she feels pestered. Khin Khin Win is a free person. She went to help out of loving kindness.”

Kyi Win said Daw Suu had questioned how far she could accept the restrictions on Khin Khin Win, and had said she would stay in the house alone if it could protect them from such infringements of their rights.

Kyi Win said that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was also upset not to be able to read letters from her family.

“She has sons in England – she can’t read their letters. And normal magazines and so on are prohibited – she can’t read them,” Kyi Win said.

“Daw Suu told me: ‘Uncle, I accept the censorship. Censor them, I don’t mind. But after they have been censored, I should be allowed to read them.”

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

http://english.dvb.no/news.php?id=1703

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Aung San Suu Kyi refuses to meet her doctor: Junta media

Mizzima News

Mungpi

Wednesday, 03 September 2008 21:25

New Delhi – Burma’s state controlled media on Wednesday said detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet her family doctor, Tin Myo Win, and the government’s Liaison Minister appointed to mediate between her and junta supremo Than Shwe.

The Myanma Ahlin daily on Wednesday said on the request of Aung San Suu Kyi, the government had arranged the third meeting, within two months, with her lawyer Kyi Win on Sunday.

Though the government had also planned to send her family doctor on the same day and arrange another meeting with the Liaison Minister Aung Kyi on Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi had refused meeting both the doctor and the minister, the paper said.

“The government had asked Kyi Win to inform Aung San Suu Kyi, of the planned meetings but Kyi Win after meeting her, brought back her reply that she will only meet her lawyer and is also not ready to meet her doctor,” the paper said.

The Nobel Peace Laureate’s party spokesperson Nyan Win, who was briefed by Kyi Win after his meeting, told Mizzima that he had also heard that Aung San Suu Kyi would be visited by her lawyer on Sunday.

“But due to some reason, Dr. Tin Myo Win did not visit her, and when we asked Kyi Win, he said he is not aware of it,” Nyan Win said.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s personal lawyer Kyi Win was unreachable of Wednesday for comment.

Nyan Win, the National League for Democracy’s spokesperson, also said he was not aware of the government’s arrangement for a meeting with the Liaison Minister Aung Kyi.

Labor Minister Aung Kyi was appointed the Laison Minister in October last year after the United Nations pressured the government to kick-start the process of reconciliation following the junta’s brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters in September.

Nyan Win said, lawyer Kyi Win and Aung San Suu Kyi are in the process of preparing a lawsuit against her continued detention and during their last meeting Kyi Win had given her the petition letter to be approved.

The Burmese democracy icon has been under some form of detention pr the other for more than 12 of the past 19 years. Her latest arrest was in May 2003 and though under the Burmese law, she cannot be detained continuously for more than five years, the junta in May extended her detention.

Following Aung San Suu Kyi’s abrupt refusal to meet visiting UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, a shocking but unconfirmed information that suggests the detained Burmese democracy icon is on a hunger strike, has been circulating both among the Burmese and international communities.

While the information remains unconfirmed, Nyan Win said Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to receive her weekly food supplies since mid-August.

Sources said, Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta had agreed on her food being sent to her on a weekly basis by her supporters.

“We don’t know if she is on hunger strike, but if it is true, we are really concerned about her health,” Nyan Win said.

Win Min, a Thailand based Burmese analyst, said the situation is getting complex as access to information is slow and uncertain so it is difficult to speculate on the intentions of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as well as the motive behind the news carried by the Junta’s mouthpiece newspaper.

“But definitely it is a matter of grave concern,” Win Min said.

Win Min also said, “it could be possible that the junta is trying to paint an unseemly picture of her [Aung San Suu Kyi] by saying that she refuses to meet the Liaison Minister for talks.”

But he added that it could also have other motives, as the information could not be verified.

“What is certainly significant is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to meet Gambari,” he added.

Win Min added that this clearly indicates Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s frustration with the UN envoy in particular and the junta’s reluctance to kick-start a process of dialogue.

Nyo Ohn Myint, foreign Affiars in-charge of the exiled NLD, however, told Mizzima in an earlier interview that Aung San Suu Kyi might be demanding negotiations on the junta’s planned 2010 election, which is part of the junta’s so-called roadmap to democracy.

“It could be that she [Aung San Suu Kyi] wants the junta to discuss matters relating to the 2010 election,” Nyo Ohn Myint said.

He added that the junta should officially negotiate or discuss with the NLD the ensuing 2010 elections.

The NLD, which won over 80 per cent of the parliamentary seats in the last general elections in 1990, has clung to the election results though the junta has denied it a chance to rule. However, the NLD has time and again reiterated the need for negotiation to solve the political deadlock, which the junta deliberately turns a deaf ear to.

Gambari, during his last visit to Burma in August, failed to convince the NLD leaders that he had urged the government to conduct free and fair elections.

“I think Gambari’s role is more or less over,” said Win Min, adding that he has not been able to change the junta’s behaviour while the opposition including the NLD remains unconvinced of his process.

“But I think Gambari might have chosen the moderate way, though not in favour of the junta, when he said he had urged for free and fair elections,” Win Min said.

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/989-aung-san-suu-kyi-refuses-to-meet-her-doctor-junta-media.html

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Suu Kyi Continues Legal Battle

Irrawaddy

By WAI MOE

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Burma’s detained democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, met with her lawyer yesterday to discuss a legal challenge to the ruling junta’s decision to extend her house arrest earlier this year.

NLD spokesman Nyan Win told The Irrawaddy on Monday that Suu Kyi’s meeting with her lawyer—the third since early August—concerned a lawsuit that she is mounting against her continuing detention, which was extended in May. She has been under house arrest since May 2003.

Nyan Win said that time constraints made it impossible for Suu Kyi and her lawyer to finish their business.

“Her discussions with her lawyer couldn’t conclude because the meeting was limited to just 30 minutes,” he said, adding that it was not clear when the authorities would allow Suu Kyi and her lawyer to meet again to discuss her case.

Political observers in Rangoon noted that this was the first time that Suu Kyi had attempted to use the courts to challenge the junta’s right to keep her under house arrest. Some also said that she was in touch with members of her  party and the authorities to discuss the case.

Meanwhile, a diplomatic source suggested that Suu Kyi could be released before the end of this year. However, other sources said that Suu Kyi would also demand the release of all political prisoners if the junta decides to free her.

Suu Kyi’s meeting with her lawyer came amid rumors that she had begun a hunger strike.

Her lawyer, Kyi Win, said that Suu Kyi made no mention of a hunger strike, and in response to questions about her condition, quoted her as saying: “I am well, but I have lost some weight. I am a little tired and I need to rest.”

This was not the first time that Suu Kyi was rumored to be on a hunger strike. There were reports in September 2003 that she was refusing food. Those rumors proved to be inaccurate.

Observers suggested that the current rumors were also unlikely to be true, since the junta wouldn’t allow her to meet with her lawyer if she were staging a hunger strike.

Suu Kyi’s colleague, veteran journalist Ohn Kyaing, said that she takes meditation and other Buddhist practices seriously, and may be losing weight because she is abstaining from eating dinner for religious reasons during the three-month Buddhist Lent.

Thakin Chun Tun, a veteran politician in Rangoon, said Suu Kyi needed to be healthy so she could engage in a genuine dialogue with the regime to break the ongoing crises in the country.

“Burma’s crises can only be resolved through a genuine dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Snr-Gen Than Shwe, head of the ruling junta,” he said. “I hope she will take care of her health.”

The veteran politician said that while hunger strikes were an effective non-violent tactic during the country’s colonial period, they are less likely to succeed today.

“The current political environment is totally different from the colonial period,” he said.
“Burma is now ruled by the military—human life has less value now than under British rule.”

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article4.php?art_id=14157

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Suu Kyi’s refusals indicate anger over slow reform

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet her personal physician and a top government minister, indicating her continued frustration at the slow pace of reform in the military-ruled country, her spokesman said Wednesday.

Suu Kyi refused to attend a Tuesday meeting with Relations Minister Aung Kyi at a government guest house in the city of Yangon, according to Nyan Win, a spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

Myanmar’s junta appointed Aung Kyi last year to facilitate talks aimed at bringing democratic reforms to the impoverished and isolated country.

Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years, also declined a checkup from her personal physician, Dr. Tin Myo Win, Nyan Win said. The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s last checkup was Aug. 17, when her doctor said she was well.

Nyan Win said he did not know for certain why Suu Kyi had refused the meetings but that it was likely to do with the government’s failure to embrace a timetable for democratic reform.

“Aung San Suu Kyi is dissatisfied with the lack of progress from the talks and also unhappy with the lack of a timeframe,” he said.

The 63-year-old Suu Kyi has repeatedly turned away food deliveries to her house in recent weeks and refused to meet U.N. Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari when he visited Myanmar last month.

Suu Kyi’s lawyer Kyi Win visited her on Monday and later said she had lost weight and was shunning food deliveries. He would not comment on rumors that the opposition leader had gone on a hunger strike.

She has been detained under house arrest for years and relies on food delivered to her home by her party. Supporters said last week she had not accepted food deliveries since Aug. 15.

Kyi Win declined to say why Suu Kyi was refusing food deliveries.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not allowed to take power by the military.

The United Nations has tried with little success to nudge the government toward talks with the opposition. But the junta has not responded to international pressure to embrace national reconciliation following its violent suppression of massive anti-government protests last year.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iKfP16GILRwcflRnKJi6FNE4d2cQD92V3RIO0


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Burma‘s Suu Kyi refuses to see government liaison

Updated September 4, 2008 11:43:15

Burma’s detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet her doctor and a government minister who is in charge of liaising with her.

Burmese state-controlled media reports Ms Suu Kyi has refused to see anyone except her lawyer Kyi Win.

Kyi Win met her on Monday amid reports that the 63-year-old Nobel laureate had refused food supplies since August 15.

“I am well, but I have lost some weight.

“I am a little tired and I need to rest,” Kyi Win quoted her as saying during their 30-minute meeting.

Kyi Win is working on an appeal of the latest extension of Ms Suu Kyi’s detention order.

She has been in prison or under house arrest for nearly 13 of the past 19 years.

A spokesman for her National League for Democracy, the party that won a 1990 election landslide only to be denied power by the military, says he had also heard from the lawyer that Ms Suu Kyi had refused to meet Minister of Relations Aung Kyi on Tuesday.

“I think she’s unhappy about not receiving any reply from the regime in response to her suggestions for a reconciliation process,” the spokesman said.

“She had given hers to Aung Kyi in their previous meetings.”

In September 2003, the US government reported Ms Suu Kyi had gone on a hunger strike, although the Burmese regime and the International Committee of the Red Cross said it was untrue.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/200809/s2355229.htm?tab=latest

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 4, 2008 at 3:35 am

World focus on Burma (29 August 2008)

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India’s Myanmar Policy An Alternative Roadmap
MorungExpress, India –
At least twelve groups are believed to have bases in Myanmar. India has already provided Burma with military equipment but Burma has also requested …

Suu Kyi party: UN trip yields no results
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s main opposition party lashed out Friday at UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, saying his visits to Myanmar have failed to …

NLD Criticizes Gambari
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has slammed UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari’s mission to Burma …

Soldiers Still Watch Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The officer told The Irrawaddy that most soldiers believe that the political situation in Burma cannot improve without Suu Kyi’s involvement and that even …

Ten jailed for September 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 29, 2008 (DVB)–Ten people, including Bogalay township National League for Democracy chairman U Aung Khin Bo, have been sentenced to 30 months’ …

Public Servant Online, UK –
The complete lock-down in Tibet mirrors that of Burma, a country whose ruling junta is actively supported by the Chinese authorities, including, …

Ukraine, Russia and European stability
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Leave to one side that Russia spends a lot of time arguing in the UN and elsewhere against “interference” in internal affairs, whether in Zimbabwe or Burma. …

US ‘Deeply Disappointed’ about Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Improved relations between Burma and the international community depend on the Burmese regime taking concrete and sincere steps in this direction. …

Joe Biden and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“As far as I know, the US government knows that they need to have dialogue with the Burmese junta,” said Aung Naing Oo, a Burmese political commentator in …

Anger in New Zealand over Deal Easing Trade with Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Free trade here will mean choice New Zealand products will serve at the tables of the fascist junta of Myanmar [Burma], while we get cheap products …

New Zealand labour union attacks ASEAN trade deal
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Hanson cited the murder of Ko Moe Naung, a Seafarers’ Union of Burma (Myanmar) organizer in the Ranong region, who he said was killed by Burmese military …

Sri Mulyani Indrawati: Indonesia’s Woman of Substance
Tempo Interaktif, Indonesia –
… former IMF director for Asia, defeated Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Prize winner who is currently under home arrest by order of Burma’s military regime. …

Suu Kyi 38th most powerful woman in world
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the 38th most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes magazine. …

Lakelanders return from cyclone relief effort
Westmorland Gazette, UK –
Hamish Wilson and Rupert Miller travelled to Burma immediately after Cyclone Nargis struck the west coast of Myanmar on May 2 effecting over 2.5 million …

Five, last year’s protesters, arrested again
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – As news of democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to accept food supplies spreads among people, Burmese junta authorities are taking no …

Maritime Union Criticizes Myanmar Connection In Free Trade Deal
Voxy, New Zealand –
The Maritime Union has previously spoken out about the murder of Ko Moe Naung, a Seafarers’ Union of Burma (Myanmar) organizer in the Ranong region, …

Remarkable women
Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –
Take a look at the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner closeted for years in her home in Burma/Myanmar on orders from the evil junta. …

Burmese singer highlights junta abuse
Radio Australia, Australia –
In the west we have Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Billy Bragg but in Burma, there’s Moon Aung, a folksy-pop protest singer. His concerts feature on-stage …

US lashes Burmese junta’s refusal to cooperate with UN
The Standard, Hong Kong –
The US said it was “deeply disappointed” that Burma’s military regime failed to cooperate with United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who visited the nation …

Russia, China Alliance Weakening Over Georgia
New York Sun, United States –
By Staff Reporter of the Sun | August 29, 2008 UNITED NATIONS — An alliance between two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, …

Burma’s Activists Still In Prison
Voice of America –
According to the human rights group Amnesty International, there are still more than two-thousand political prisoners in Burma. And there seems to be no end …

Gecko Fossil Discovered In Amber
OPB News, OR –
It’s embedded in a piece of amber unearthed in Myanmar that dates back some 100 million years. Researchers say it’s possible the gecko ran into a resin pit …

Ancient geckos Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Former Amherst resident goes global: Qing Zhang joins Nobel group …
Amherst Bulletin, MA –
In July and August, she joined activist/actress Mia Farrow and eight women who have won the Nobel Prize on a trip to Sudan and Burma, countries with close …

When the military takes power
Al-Ahram Weekly, Egypt –
In Myanmar, historically Burma, the military has ruled for more than 45 years after toppling the civilian government of Prime Minister U Nu in 1962. …

People Against Democracy
New America Media, CA –
Thailand is not a Republic but is governed by a monarchy backed by a military junta (as in Burma). These protests represent another military coup, …

Refugee’s new home comes into focus through new lens
Tampabay.com, FL –
Mai Ra Hay was born in Myanmar, a military-led nation once known as Burma, bordered by China, Thailand and India. He was an infant when his family fled …

UK: Foreign Secretary David Miliband speech in Ukraine
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Leave to one side that Russia spends a lot of time arguing in the UN and elsewhere against “interference” in internal affairs, whether in Zimbabwe or Burma. …

US concerned about detained Suu Kyi’s diet
USA Today –
State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters that Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in the military-run country, also known as Burma, …

Refusal of the Burmese Regime to Cooperate with the United Nations
US Department of State, DC –
Improved relations between Burma and the international community depend on the Burmese regime taking concrete and sincere steps in this direction.