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Measles Outbreaks Highlight Regime’s Irresponsibility

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Measles Outbreaks Highlight Regime’s Irresponsibility


By LEWIS JENNING AND WITHAYA HUANOK Thursday, November 6, 2008

MAE SOT — It was a routine, sweltering mid-April day for Naw Say, a medic treating internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Karen State’s Takreh Township, just one kilometer from the Thai border.

Mothers cradled crying children, giving Naw Say the opportunity to place two drops of polio vaccine into open mouths.

A young measles victim.

Immunization sessions not only prevent crippling diseases like polio, they also give medics an opportunity to gauge the overall health of IDP children, whose families come from far and wide for care. The most common complaints are malnutrition, diarrhea, malaria and respiratory infections.This day appeared at first to be no different from others, until the presence of several children with similar symptoms set alarm bells ringing for Naw Say.

“There were five kids on that first day,” she recalled. “They had a cough, conjunctivitis [pink eye] and a red rash all over the body.” Naw Say asked the parents if there were any more children with these symptoms in their village. “They said yes—many.”

Naw Say’s heart sank. This was almost certainly measles, a vaccine-preventable disease. Although the fatality rate of measles is low, the highly contagious virus can spread quickly, especially where malnutrition is rife and healthcare systems almost non-existent.

Blood samples being prepared for shipment to Bangkok for laboratory testing.

The five children examined by Naw Say that day heralded the start of the largest outbreak of measles documented so far in the IDPs of Karen State, threatening a total population of 16,500.Naw Say and her colleagues quickly collected blood samples to send to a Bangkok laboratory for confirmation. At the same time, a team of medics delivered measles vaccines for a catch-up immunization program, following World Health Organization guidelines.

The tests confirmed a measles outbreak, affecting several districts of Karen State. By the time it was controlled in September, 512 people had fallen ill and four had died.

The outbreak could have been far more severe. In five months, medics immunized over 7,700 children, 87.1 percent of those living in and around the affected areas, including districts deep inside Karen State. The border-based intervention curbed the spread of the virus—at least for the time being.

An IDP child is inoculated against measles.

Burma’s once vaunted healthcare system is yet another casualty of decades of military rule. The current junta, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), spends the equivalent of less than half a US dollar per capita annually on health and provides no childhood vaccines, perhaps the most cost-effective public health intervention available.Today, UNICEF provides 90 percent of the vaccines given to Burmese children. But the vaccines rarely reach children living in the conflict areas of ethnic states. In stark contrast, the Thai government’s equivalent figures are $61 and 100 percent. The result is that 10 percent of Burmese children die before their fifth birthday, the second highest childhood mortality rate in Asia after Afghanistan.

The situation is even more dire in the conflict zones of eastern Burma, where ongoing clashes and widespread abuses of civilians have forced more 500,000 people to live as IDPs, including 66,000 who have been displaced in the past year alone, according to the Thailand Burma Border Consortium.

“When the SPDC forces villagers to flee to the jungle or to IDP camps, their health status falls because they do not have good access to food. Then when they catch diseases like malaria or measles, they have serious complications,” said Saw Eh Kalu, secretary of the Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), a border-based group that led the measles control response.

“In the IDP camps, measles outbreaks also infect many people because everyone is living close together.”

Almost one quarter of IDP children do not survive to see their fifth birthday, a figure comparable to Angola or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and almost all childhood deaths are a result of malnutrition and infectious diseases.

Yet despite the severity of the disaster facing the IDPs of eastern Burma, international humanitarian organizations, including UNICEF, are barred from accessing these people and providing aid. Reminiscent of the junta’s immediate response to the devastation of Cyclone Nargis, an $11 million UNICEF measles immunization campaign in 2006 targeting 13 million Burmese children was threatened and delayed as the Burmese generals ascertained whether it was “politically safe.”

For local health organizations attempting to provide some basic health services in the conflict zones, the consequences are often severe. Since the inception of the Backpack Health Worker Team, which also provides care to Burma’s IDPs, seven staff members have been killed. Intimidation and harassment are common, and clinics and health programs have been forced to cease operating as a result.

“During this outbreak four areas reported measles outbreaks, but we could reach only three areas,” said Saw Eh Kalu. “To get to the fourth area, you have to cross an SPDC road, but this can take several days or even one week because of security. We have to keep the vaccines cold with ice.”

This outbreak and the ongoing crisis facing IDPs of eastern Burma have implications for health that extend beyond the Burmese-Thai border, especially in light of ongoing restrictions on humanitarian aid for these populations. An estimated 2 million Burmese migrants live in Thailand, including many who have fled from conflict and abuses at home. The vast majority are undocumented and unable to access healthcare services, including preventive programs such as childhood immunizations.

Until the underlying realities of Burma’s health vulnerabilities are addressed, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses will continue to serve as deadly reminders of the junta’s failure to govern responsibly, said Saw Eh Kalu.

“The international community needs to think about the dignity of IDPs and their right to a life of peace and progress,” he said. “We need assistance not only to solve the IDPs’ health problems, but also to cure Burma’s deeper political illness.”

Copyright © 2008 Irrawaddy Publishing Group | http://www.irrawaddy.org

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 6, 2008 at 12:32 pm

World focus on Burma (7 August 2008)

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Bush off to Beijing with a Myanmar mission

Tajikistan News, Tajikistan –

‘He is going to talk with China about Burma (former name of Myanmar) even though he seems to be worried that China’s interests are different from the US’ …

Beijing holds key to change in Burma

Financial Times, UK –

He had given interviews to foreign media criticising the regime’s slow response to cyclone Nargis, which left 133000 people dead or missing in May this year …

US president affirms commitment to Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The US president spoke of his frustration with the delays in relief supplies getting to Burma after the cyclone, but said he felt it was the right decision …

UN envoy sees ‘good signs’ from Myanmar at end of mission

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar said Thursday he had received “good signs” that the ruling junta accepted the need for his mandate …

In Thailand, Bush keeps focus on rights

International Herald Tribune, France –

“My life in refugee is better than Burma,” the boy wrote, “but I don’t have opportunity to go outside camp.” Sean Turnell, a Myanmar specialist at Macquarie …

40000 Kiwis Sign Petition for Rights in China Before Olympics

The Epoch Times, NY –

For instance it is the main support for the military junta in Burma, in my country.” Mr Ko Ko also spoke about how the Burmese people are struggling under …

Bush chides China on human rights, Beijing tells him to butt out

Los Angeles Times, CA –

Meanwhile the president — and First Lady Laura Bush — made a major push while in Thailand to boost pressure on the military junta in Myanmar (Burma) to …

Bush, Burmese Activists Meet; Vow To End Tyranny In Burma

AHN –

“The American people care deeply about the people of Burma, and we pray for the day in which the people will be free,” Bush said during a luncheon with …

NLD says Bush visit will boost opposition morale

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Political analyst Aung Naing Oo, who was due to meet president Bush today, praised the US commitment to promoting human rights and democracy in Burma. …

Bush Blunt On China Human Rights

Sky News, UK –

First Lady Laura Bush is an outspoken advocate for Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, drawing attention to a southeast Asian nation unfamiliar to many …

Arroyo urged to push for democratic reforms in Myanmar

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… in a dialogue with China,” he said in a briefing, stressing that ASEAN and China play a key role in restoring democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Bush walks a Burmese tightrope in Bangkok

Mizzima.com, India –

As to whether the refusal of Burmese authorities to permit US aid into the country following Cyclone Nargis in May was in direct response to a hostile US …

Bush Notes Oppression in Asia

Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –

The President also issued a rebuke on authoritarian regimes in North Korea and Myanmar also known as Burma. But the majority of his speech was reserved for …

Bush urges China to pressure Myanmar to end its tyranny

RTT News, NY –

Winding up the second leg of his three-nation Asian tour in Thailand, Bush repeated Washington’s call on Myanmar’s military junta to release Nobel Peace …

US President George Bush chastises China for repression

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

“America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists,” Mr Bush said. …

US President to discuss Myanmar with China

Uzbekistan News, Uzbekistan –

While Bush criticised China’s recent human rights record, he also expressed optimism that the country would move toward political change. …

Will Bush Stay Silent In China About The Sudanese Genocide?

Swampland –

So America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents and human rights advocates and religious activists. …

China’s political games

International Herald Tribune, France –

As the Beijing Games begin, human-rights advocates want China to answer for its suppression of political freedom, its recent crackdown in Tibet, …

Internal displacement to urban areas: The Tufts-IDMC profiling …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Notable recent examples include Sudan, northern Uganda, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burma and Somalia. Many of these displaced people flee across borders to …

Burmese remain prisoners in their own country

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

By correspondent Michel Maas* The military junta in Myanmar celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday. Four months ago, the regime survived cyclone Nargis …

No hearing today in Zarganar case

Mizzima.com, India –

Kyaw Ko Ko and Nyan Linn Aung, members of ‘All Burma Federation of Student Unions’ (ABFSU), who are being charged under the Video Law and tried in Mayangon …

BBC News, UK –

One of Burma’s most popular comedians has been charged with several offences, after he defied the military by giving aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis. …

Avoid ’blood jade’ olympic souvenirs

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

‘’The working conditions in the mines are dreadful,’’ David Scott Mathieson, Burma consultant for the global rights lobby Human Rights Watch (HRW), …

Dissident Burma comic charged by court

The Age, Australia –

Zarganar was arrested in June after he gave interviews to foreign media in which he criticised the junta’s slow response to the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis, …

Fortress Investment Group 2Q losses remain flat
cbs4denver.com, CO –
”We will continue working until the people of Burma have the freedom they deserve,” Bush said, calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San ..

Fuel price soars 30 percent in Southern Burma

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

Price of fuel has spiraled by 30 percent in Southern Burma and there is a gap between prices prevailing in Rangoon, the largest city in Burma. …

Bush arrives in Beijing for Summer Olympics

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists on Friday. The Bush administration has become …

Bush Cites `Deep Concerns’ Over Human Rights in China (Update3)

Bloomberg –

… and later had lunch with Burmese democracy activists, who are pressuring the military junta that rules Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Olympics Extra: President Bush Arrives, Criticizes

WBEN 930, NY –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists on Friday. The Bush administration has become …

Strategy Memo: Obama’s Bad Week

RealClearPolitics, IL –

… on relief efforts in cyclone-flattened Burma before departing for China, where he meets with IOC chief Jacques Rogge before the opening ceremonies. …

No evidence please, we’re Burmese police

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

By Awzar Thi Hong Kong, China — Almost a year has passed since the day Burma’s military regime suddenly upped fuel prices without telling anyone, …

Burma: Was Burma’s 1988 uprising worth it?

UNPO, Netherlands –

At the same time, in other townships, everywhere people were marching for the same things, for democracy and human rights.” Another of the marchers was …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE BANGKOK — US President George W Bush traded ideas about US economic sanctions on Burma, humanitarian aid after Cyclone Nargis and Chinese foreign …

Burma’s Saddam: General Than Shwe

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

However, while the junta’s mouthpiece media attempts to please Than Shwe by showcasing Burma’s new roads and bridges and the country’s “prosperity”, …

Remarks by the President in Roundtable Interview with Radio Media …

Business Wire (press release), CA –

China is an important country on the United Nations Security Council, they’re an important country in the world; obviously Burma’s neighbor. …

Trampling on poorer countries to reach podium of world leaders

Herald.ie, Ireland –

Similarly, despite the imposition of trade sanctions on Burma, China has continued to provide loans to help the Burmese government, against which there are …

BEIJING 2008: BUSH, CHINESE NEED FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy –

The US President then praised China’s economic growth, and turned his attention to the military junta of Burma: “Together” he underlined, “we want the end …

Prague Post, Czech Republic –

Two decades ago, at a time when Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe were about to emerge from decades of communism, Burma was plunging into its own dark …

China rejects Bush criticism

Howell Times and Transcript, UT –

Remaining in Bangkok, the president was briefed at the US ambassador‘s residence on recovery from the cyclone that devastated Myanmar‘s heartland and killed …

China rejects Bush criticism

Howell Times and Transcript, UT –

One of the activists, Lway Aye Nang of the Women‘s League of Burma, said rape has long been used “as a weapon of war” in Myanmar and thanked Washington for …

Zarganar Again Before Prison Court

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Burma’s popular satirist Zarganar appeared before a court in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for a second time on Thursday, together with three …

Remarks by the President in Lunch with Burma Activists

MarketWatch –

And secondly, we are also very grateful to have our American friends in helping the Cyclone Nargis survivors, the victims. And we also would like to inform …

Disputes aside on Bush visit to Beijing

International Herald Tribune, France –

US critics accuse China of cultivating dictators in Burma and Sudan, artificially undervaluing its currency to keep its exports cheap, and offering weak …

US President to discuss Myanmar with China (Lead)

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

“He is going to talk with China about Burma (former name of Myanmar), even though he seems to be worried that China’s interests are different from the US’ …

US President Bush heads to China for Olympic opening ceremonies

The Canadian Press, Thailand –

Bush’s wife Laura helped highlight the problems in Myanmar – also known as Burma – by visiting a border camp in northwestern Thailand that houses 38000 …

Jolie plans to build an AIDS clinic in Ethiopia

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

“The next trip for our foundation will most likely to be Asia to follow up on the situation in Burma and our work in Cambodia, Jolie said. (ANI)

Security tight on anniversary of Myanmar protest

International Herald Tribune, France –

His wife, Laura Bush, traveled to a refugee camp elsewhere in Thailand to meet with some of those who have fled Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …

Bush meets Myanmar activists while keeping heat on human rights ...

China Post, Taiwan –

Mrs. Bush, an outspoken advocate for Myanmar, also known as Burma, visited a border refugee camp in Mae La, home to 38000 Karen, an ethnic minority that …

Bush Supports Malaysia’s Stand Against Extremism
Bernama, Malaysia –
“And we will continue working until the people of Burma have the freedom they deserve,” said Bush, who will be having lunch with a group of Myanmar

RP urged to take lead role in ASEAN against Myanmar junta

ABS CBN News, Philippines –

… to Myanmar, including pressuring the generals to open up dialogue with the opposition. “ASEAN should talk about dialogue. ASEAN should discuss the Burma …

Bush, Beijing and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Even after Cyclone Nargis recently devastated much of Southwestern Burma, the regime continued to line its own pockets, stealing millions of dollars in …

Understanding the Bush interest in Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

And in a further indication of the rift, both domestic and international aid for cyclone victims is falling dramatically. And wait a minute! …

China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

US President praises long standing relations between Thailand and US

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Bush also urged the parties concern to seek an end to “tyranny in Burma.” “The United States reiterates its call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung …

First Lady Laura Bush and United Nations Foundation Announce …

PR Web (press release), WA –

… Foundation announced today that it will provide 10000 anti-malarial bed nets to families living in temporary camps on the border of Thailand and Burma. …

First lady Laura Bush visits with Myanmar refugees

International Herald Tribune, France –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, denies the charges and says it is battling Karen insurgents. Arriving in a light rain, Mrs. Bush was greeted at the camp by …

Actress Mia Farrow Seeks To Cast Pall Over Olympics

New York Sun, United States –

Burma is a difficult issue. Tibet is complicated. Their own internal human rights issues are tricky. But, for Darfur, there was hope they would act,” she….

China’s political Games

Boston Globe, United States –

The panel isn’t alone in its reluctance to press China on human rights. While President Bush was expected to criticize China’s record in a speech in Bangkok …

Internet Freedom: Google, Microsoft and Yahoo Near Agreement

Redmond Channel Partner, CA –

Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Durbin, who chairs the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, part of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, held hearings on the …

US Has `Deep Concerns’ Over Human Rights in China (Update1)

Bloomberg –

He will then have lunch with Burmese democracy activists, who are pressuring the military junta that rules Myanmar, a country formerly called Burma. …

Fact Sheet: the United States and Asia: Enduring Freedom and …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

The region has come together to respond to natural disasters, from the tsunami of 2004 to this year’s cyclone. President Bush, along with leaders from Korea …

Burma Cyclone and Jessie Sparks, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

She has an upcoming gig for Burma Band-Aid, which is dedicated to relief for people in that country devastated by the recent cyclone. …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews ( Bush, Thai PM discuss peace, future)

United Press International –

… spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the avian flu, as well as working to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

Bush sharpens China critique on eve of Olympics

guardian.co.uk, UK –

“Together we seek an end to tyranny in Burma,” he will say in his speech to Thai officials, business leaders and foreign diplomats. …

Bush to Sharpen Critique of China Before Visit Voice of America –

Bush Blunt On China Human Rights Sky News, UK

Bush sees “change” coming to China Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –

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Taiwanese to demand China hold a “human right Olympics”

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Representatives from various groups will make speeches to demand China respect human rights during the August 8-24 Beijing Olympics, light candles for …

Bush: America seeks an end to tyranny in Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

United States President George W. Bush has vowed to ”seek an end to tyranny” in Burma and called on the regime to free democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Superstition, numerology and the curviest of numbers factor into …

La Jolla Light, CA –

8/8/1988 saw the start of the popular 8888 Uprising against the Burma’s socialist regime, for example. But those who have planned weddings, gambling junkets …

Security stepped up ahead of 8888 anniversary

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 6, 2008 (DVB)–As the anniversary of the 8888 uprising draws near, the Burmese military regime has deployed troops and security officials in major cities …

Burma beefs up border troops

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

”The US president plans to address the problems in Burma, so this might irritate the Burmese authorities,” said the source. It is reported that Burmese …

Desert storm

The List, UK –

With the aim of bringing advocacy and humanitarian aid to Darfur and Burma, it secured a position as UN Messenger of Peace for the ex-ER actor and bought …

US First Lady to Visit Burmese Refugee Camp on Thai-Burma Border

Voice of America –

Some have been living there for 20 years, waiting either to return to Burma, or be resettled in a third country, including the United States. …

Twenty years on, Burma’s opposition lacks unity

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

There have been at least three UN special envoys to Burma, including Gambari, who is heading back to Burma later this month. Even though the UNSC discusses …

‘Make Burma free’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… Gold joint military exercise and praised the kingdom for restoring democracy and its quick humanitarian response for victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. …

UN envoy meets leader of Suu Kyi party

The News – International, Pakistan –

YANGON: Three top leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) met on Wednesday with the new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar at a …

DISARMAMENT: China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

US, Thai leaders agree to strengthen cooperation

Radio Australia, Australia –

Mr Bush heaped praise on his Thai hosts, thanking them for their help in coordinating the international relief response for Burma after Cyclone Nargis …

China, Tibet, and the Olympics

The Phoenix, MA –

(Although it is true that Southeast Asian governments like the military junta in Burma or the more militant new government in Sri Lanka — both funded by the …

Author : CA-JESSIE-SPARKS

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

She has an upcoming gig for Burma Band-Aid, which is dedicated to relief for people in that country devastated by the recent cyclone. …

Bush, Thai PM Discuss Peace, Future

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the avian flu, as well as working to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

BURMA REVISITED.

Tapped, DC –

Via Mark Goldberg, John Holmes (UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs) has a Washington Post op-ed updating the situation in Burma. …

Reporters Without Borders calls for a demonstration in front of …

Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –

The aim of our demonstration in Ottawa is to call for the release of imprisoned Chinese journalists and human rights activists. We will also be demanding …

Telappliant VoIP News, UK –

… Bgan, which has been heavily used by charities, UN officials and aid workers to ease communications after the typhoon in Burma and earthquake in China.

Burma: “If we had guns we would fight back”

Real News Network, NY –

VOICEOVER: I entered Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history. In Mandalay, Burma’s religious capital, …

A country transforming: the eyes of the world turn to its biggest …

The Herald, UK –

International scrutiny, the theory went, would mean the Games brought a huge boost to human rights. Did they? “If anything, things are worse,” said John …

First lady Laura Bush visit highlights need for aid to Burmese

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The United Nations and aid agencies working inside the country report steady progress in accessing disaster affected areas after the cyclone, …

The Associated Press –

The president planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

Mao’s ghost

The Phoenix, MA –

… favors that sharpen its economic might, China sponsors terror in the Sudan and Zimbabwe and props up dictatorships in Myanmar (Burma) and North Korea…

Indians look for final push

Howrah News Service, India –

6: Hosts India will look to pull out their best as they take on Burma in the first semifinal of the AFC Challenge Cup at the Gachibowli stadium on Thursday. …

Human spirit fights back in Burma

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Hundreds of people are returning to villages devastated by Cyclone Nargis in Burma/Myanmar – and experiencing mixed feelings of joy and pain. …

Burma: Twenty Years of military rule, the youth and alternative …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The United Nations needs to focus on Burma and start thinking of playing a crucial role for the return of democracy to Burma. Otherwise, another civil war …

Bush in Thailand for Foreign Policy Speech, Meetings on Burma

Voice of America –

In a major foreign policy speech he is scheduled to deliver on Thursday, he is expected to criticize Beijing’s human rights record and the plight of the …

UN envoy meets Suu Kyi’s party leaders

Radio Australia, Australia –

Three senior leaders of Burma’s National League for Democracy have met the new UN human rights envoy for Burma. The members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party met…

McCain’s foreign policy in a league of its own

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The group has done little to advance democracy abroad except to scold Burma in 2003 about its lack of elections. A lot of good that did. …

Voice of America –

By VOA News The new United Nations human rights envoy to Burma met Wednesday with leaders of the Burmese opposition for talks on the military government’s …

2ND LD: Bush meets Thailand’s leader, reaffirms close cooperation

Yahoo, Thailand –

While in Thailand, Bush is set to deliver a speech on US policy toward Asia, meet with some Myanmar dissidents and visit the largest slum area of Bangkok. …