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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 (28 August 2008)

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France24, France –
Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 13 of the last 19 years in detention, is said to have started a hunger strike, though a junta …

Human rights at the UN
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
Arbour’s defenders have been equally passionate, pointing to her work on states such as Sudan and Burma. Think tank UN Watch found that of 79 critical …

Burma to Hold Gem Auction

Voice of America –
Gem auctions are a major revenue earner for Burma’s military government. Jewelry companies and human rights groups have urged buyers to boycott Burmese gems …

NLD member attacked by robbers posing as officials
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… but an NLD youth member speculated that they were likely to be members of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association or Swan Arr Shin. …

Five NLD members arrested for peaceful protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… on 15 May they walked from Shwe Yin Aye bus stop to Nyaungdon road in a peaceful protest carrying banners reading ‘Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’,” he said. …

Hands-on care, from the ER to Myanmar’s borders
The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com, MI –
… as well as the refugee camps along the borders of Myanmar, known as Burma until a military junta renamed the country after a 1989 takeover. …

Inner City Press, NY –
UNITED NATIONS, August 28 — In the UN’s continued paralysis about Myanmar, on Wednesday Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson refused to confirm or deny that his …

NLD member sentenced after exposing corruption
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy member who has reported on government corruption cases in the past has been sentenced to 13 months’ …

UN mission in Burma not accomplished
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
By Zin Linn Bangkok, Thailand — UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma on Aug. 23 after failing to secure meetings with senior military leaders or …

Indonesia: Junta and Suu Kyi Urged to Continue Dialog
Tempo Interaktif, Indonesia –
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged the Burma junta military to continue the dialog with democracy leader Aung …

UN Farce: From The Washington Post
South Bend Tribune, IN –
The envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, just finished a sixth fruitless mission to Burma, and it is clear now that UN diplomacy has become a cover for inaction. …

NLD member jailed after photographing polling stations
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“According to his statement, he went to the Myawaddy-Mae Sot area [on the Thai-Burma border] in January 2008 to attend video training and met with some …

It’sa Process Perhaps, but a Failed One
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW UN special envoys to Burma have come and gone over the past 20 years, each time leaving the country empty-handed. There have been eight of them, …

Murder Story Draws Police Wrath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is a common practice in Burma for news of crimes written by independent reporters to be censored. All stories in the print media must pass through the …

Bimstec ministers aim to forge new relations
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Established in 1997, Bimstec was formerly named using the first initial of its founding members – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and Thailand …

Manila to sign ASEAN charter
TVNZ, New Zealand –
Manila had previously insisted that Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi be released from house arrest before it would ratify the charter. …

Chin State: More Deaths Reported from Famine
UNPO, Netherlands –
Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to forage for …

World Forum For Democratization In Asia Issues Statement On …
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… Peace Laureate and Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: “It is no longer acceptable to resolve political disputes through the use of force. …

Myanmar: Cyclone survivors look to radio
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Lawyer Kyi Win asks to visit Daw Suu again
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–U Kyi Win, lawyer for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is waiting to hear if his request for permission to visit the detained National League for …

Sen Santiago to push ratification of ASEAN charter
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
“No wonder that Burma was among the first to ratify…The Charter does not have enough collective teeth to discipline Burma,” said Akbayan party-list …

Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses Provisions
Vatican Radio, The Vatican –
Last week Suu Kyi cancelled meetings with UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his six-day visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Suu Kyi’s message to the world: UN is on the wrong track
OpEdNews, PA –
by Zaw Nay Aung Page 1 of 1 page(s) The UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma without seeing the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the regime’s high …

UN Burma’s Generals — II
Wall Street Journal –
The United Nations has long been an enabler of Burma’s tyrannical leaders. Last week it reached a new low. Ibrahim Gambari, the UN’s special envoy to Burma, …

Embassy Row
Washington Times, DC –
Iraq scored as the world’s third-most corrupt nation, after Burma and Somalia, in a review last year of 180 countries and territories by Transparency …

Burmese refugee stops in Utica after 3000-mile walk
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
… freedom and to witness to Burma,” he said, referring to the widespread persecution and lack of freedom reported in that country, now known as Myanmar. …

Oregon scientists find oldest gecko
Seattle Post Intelligencer –
Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Comuzzi says $2 M will help settle newcomers in the area
Thunder Bay’s Source, Canada –
Wahley Ray has been living in Thunder Bay for the last six years coming here from Burma, also known as Myanmar. He said the services offered by the …

Public Service – International Development Issue 10
Public Servant Online, UK –
This has been particularly true in recent months, with accounts of natural disasters in China and Burma, a growing global food crisis, and political …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 28, 2008 at 3:46 am

World focus on Burma (27 August 2008)

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Liechtenstein Joins International Economic Sanctions In The …
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
… persons, and organizations, based on the Sanctions Act: the States include Iraq, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Myanmar/Burma; …

Bogalay farmers threatened with land confiscation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in cyclone-hit Bogalay township in Irrawaddy division have said that local authorities are threatening to confiscate their land …

Cambodian MP urges UN, ASEAN to fulfill Burma promise
Mizzima.com, India –
… to pay a personal visit to Burma and find a realistic solution to the political crisis in the country. Meanwhile, the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar …

Ore. scientists announce finding of oldest gecko
KTVZ, OR –
Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Gambari meets Indonesian President – ASEAN divided
Mizzima.com, India –
… with Myanmar’s Senior General Shwe.” However, Gambari has recently received mixed messages from ASEAN members Indonesia and Thailand as to what Burma’s …

Politicians defend Daw Suu for not meeting envoy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The problems Burma is facing now could be easily resolved if Daw Suu and Than Shwe could have a talk.” Veteran politician Thakin Chan Htun said he …

More Deaths Reported from Famine in Chin State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Gambari on Wednesday, said that the UN envoy’s mission to Burma had not failed yet, and that the “Group of Friends on Myanmar” still supported his role.

Arrested Monks Held in Rangoon Detention Center
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)—the AAPP—reported on Tuesday that at least seven detained monks, …

Dialogue Suu Kyi’s Real Motive
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
She clearly believes a dialogue—with compromise on both sides—is the most effective chance to establish real democracy in Burma, which she has called for …

Myanmar: UN envoy holds talks with Indonesian officials
MyNews.in, India –
The United Nations envoy to Myanmar held talks today in Jakarta with senior Indonesian officials as part of his continuing consultations with regional …

Terror, trade to top BIMSTEC ministers’ agenda
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
The foreign ministers of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand will be participating in the discussions Friday. …

NLD concerned by rumours of Daw Suu hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… special envoy Ibrahim Gambari in his reconciliation efforts and to show that the people of Burma do not accept the unilateral actions of the government. …

Room at the Table hosts meal for Myanmar
Lexington Minuteman,  USA –
On May 3 the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was struck by Cyclone Nargis with devastating results. The winds and rain took the lives of an estimated …

Chin: WFP Assists Victims in Chin State
UNPO, Netherlands –
WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to …

Communicating Culture
Boise Weekly,  USA –
Refugees from Bhutan, Burundi and Burma shuffled in their chairs as interpreters explained how to fill out American job applications. …

Indonesia hopes Myanmar dialog to be resumed
Antara, Indonesia –
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government has expressed hope the dialog between Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the government under …

Laos: Mekong floods leave four dead
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Some local observers suggested that the steady influx was due to the impact of Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma at a time when inflation and unemployment were …

Lack of funds threatens Free Burma Rangers’ aid efforts
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 27, 2008 (DVB)–Relief efforts by the Free Burma Rangers to help cyclone victims in the Irrawaddy delta are under threat due to funding shortages, …

Indonesia says Gambari mission has not failed in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
27 (Xinhua) — Indonesia considered that the UN mission in Myanmar carried out by its special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has not failed yet, supporting the envoy …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction
Diamonds.net, NY –
Myanmar relies on its precious gems trade as a key source of revenue and continues to sell to neighboring China and Thailand. Previous auctions in June and …

Myanmar Plans October Gem Auction IDEX Online, Israel –

Nepal’s rulers must release child soldiers

Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

We’re working on one country, which has some difficulty in this protocol; but we think that it’s within reach” Myanmar’s detained democracy leader, …

President Yudhoyono receives UN special envoy for Myanmar

Antara, Indonesia –

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received the UN secretary general`s special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, …

Clooney helps Darfur victims

Adelaidenow, Australia –

Not On Our Watch has already raised more than $8 million to help victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

China’s Tibet and Indonesia’s West Java hit by powerful earthquakes

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… people were killed by a 5.9-magnitude quake which hit southwestern Yunnan province on Thursday (August 21) near China’s border with Myanmar (Burma). …

Reports of Daw Suu Kyi’s refusal of daily food supplies creating …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus has further urged for a comprehensive assessment of Daw Aung Suu Kyi’s health must be carried out as soon as …

IRINnews.org, NY –

… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Freedom of Religion Poses A Problem for Travelers

Howard University The Hilltop (subscription), DC –

As Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, China’s stance on religious freedom faced much scrutiny from human rights groups and world leaders. …

Gambari’s Myanmar Visit “Disappointing,” UK Mission Says, UN Takes …

Inner City Press, NY –

UNITED NATIONS, August 26 — “Disappointing” is how the UN’s Ibrahim Gambari’s trip to Myanmar was described Tuesday by UK Ambassador John Sawers. …

Taking Names

Washington Times, DC –

Not on Our Watch has raised more than $7 million to help victims of both the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Burma, …

RP docs, others can practice in ASEAN now
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Its other members are military-ruled Burma (Myanmar), oil-rich Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The group aims to achieve …

Burma’s Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s detained opposition leader, is said to be on a hunger strike in protest at her country’s brutal military regime. …

The Peking games
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Scanning these pages the other day, my eye was caught by a reference to “Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known)”. But should it? …

Myanmar: The war criminal was elevated by the United Nations, to …

UN envoy to Myanmar who is a pro-military regime

OpEdNews, PA –
Sani Abacha is like Burma military leader, Than Shwe, who has continued suppression of the free press , and has overseen the detention of journalists and …

UN:Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar, and today he was in Bangkok and met with the …

UN : Top UN envoy concludes latest visit to Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The senior United Nations envoy to Myanmar today wrapped up his six-day visit to the Asian country by meeting with senior members of the Government and the …

People Magazine –
… of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar (also known as Burma), according to executive director Alex Wagner. …

Samak’s remarks on Burma do more damage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By The Nation Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej’s recent comments on Burma were ridiculous, even bordering on absurdity. It showed his total ignorance of the …

George Bush’s Legacy in Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Amidst world political tensions, Burma analysts and observers have begun to question if the Bush’s eight years in office have done enough to advance a …

Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Independent, UK –
An NLD spokesman in Burma said he could not confirm whether she had stopped eating but that bags of food delivered to a checkpoint outside her house in …

World focus on Burma (21 August 2008)

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ASIA: Rock Star’s Expulsion Says No to Child Sex Tourists
Inter Press Service, Italy – By Marwaan Macan-Markar
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 …

State media: 5.9-magnitude quake kills 1 in China
The Associated Press –
BEIJING (AP) — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted southern China near the border with Myanmar Thursday, killing a woman — one day after another quake damaged …

One dead as two quakes hit NEWS.com.au, Australia –

5.9-magnitude quake hits China The Standard, Hong Kong –

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Thailand: Flooding in Chiang Rai business districts; Chaiyaphum …
Mathaba.Net, UK –
Greatly over the critical level of 2.50 metres following heavy rain in Thailand and Myanmar, overflowing its banks and flooding residential and business …

ACT Situation Report: Myanmar emergency response operation 21 Aug 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
ACT members and partners continue co-ordination between each other and with other non-governmental organisations and UN agencies. …

Tanzanian refugees settle in Ireland
The Press Association –
Last year, Ireland accepted almost 100 refugees from Burma who were living in hillside camps on the border with Thailand. The Tanzania refugees, who are …

Burma Rights Group Says XL, Chubb to Withdraw; Chubb Charges …
Insurance Journal, CA –
The Burma Campaign UK, a human rights group, has issued a bulletin stating that XL and Chubb have separately announced their withdrawals from the Burmese ..

Appreciating the Spirit of India´s Independence Day
American Chronicle, CA –
The landlocked Northeast, which has been surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet (china), Burma and Bangladesh, is the home for more than 30 active armed groups, …

Dead-end in Burma for UN envoy
Mizzima.com, India – by Larry Jagan
“The SG has also indicated his intention to return to Myanmar (Burma), when conditions are right, to continue his dialogue with the Myanmar leadership,” a …

Myanmar: “I only lost my home,” says cyclone survivor
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
YANGON, MYANMAR (BURMA), August 21, 2008 – Ma Yi* was one of the fortunate ones: all that she lost was her house, and everything in it. …

More US Regional Engagement Needed
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In 2003, the US introduced the Freedom and Democracy Act in response to the ruthless attack on Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters in the central Burmese …

Court charges monk on 10 counts
Mizzima.com, India –
He said ‘even if I did not put on my robe, I am still a monk, it is not necessary to handcuff me, you are violating human rights’, the monk’s sister quoted …

Burma democracy group names insurers on ‘dirty list’
Royal Gazette, Bermuda –
Ace Marine, it added, offered insurance for Burma through its London office. The Burma Campaign, whose aim is to bring democracy to a country currently …

Habeas corpus returns to Burma?
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
(Awzar Thi is the pen name of a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of …

International Text Messaging Approved in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
GSM phones were introduced by Myanmar Post and Telecom in 2002. Despite being more expensive, they’ve quickly become more popular than CDMA and cell phones …

Gambari May Leave Without Seeing Suu Kyi, Than Shwe
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING With one day of his current visit to Burma left, UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari has still not met either opposition leader Aung San Suu …

Migrants Flow out of Burma as Economic Woes Deepen

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Some local observers suggested that the steady influx was due to the impact of Cyclone Nargis, which slammed into Burma’s largely agricultural Irrawaddy …

Gambari Fails to Meet with Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING The United Nations special envoy to Burma failed to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday as scheduled, according to Rangoon sources. …

Solo Protestor and Wife Released
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
During the protest, he demanded the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in a message written on a poster that was hanging around his neck. …

More US Regional Engagement Needed
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In 2003, the US introduced the Freedom and Democracy Act in response to the ruthless attack on Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters in the central Burmese …

U Myint Aye to be charged with misappropriating aid
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 21, 2008 (DVB)–Human rights activist U Myint Aye is to be charged with misappropriating relief funds despite the lack of evidence against him, …

Monsoon floods strand 80000 in India’s northeast
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
South Asia’s monsoon season typically runs from June through September, bringing deadly flooding and landslides to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar (Burma) …

SCR Studios Launches Asian Photo Gallery Web Site Version 2.0
PR Web (press release), WA –
Some upcoming trips that will be incorporated into his online stock include India, Nepal, Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sir Lanka, Malaysia, …

Tsunami warning system improvements stalled
Phuket Gazette, Thailand –
… provinces should a storm similar to Cyclone Nargis, which devastated Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta region, make landfall and cause a storm surge there. …

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV: WEDNESDAY, 20/08/2008 …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
On his third day in Myanmar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Ibrahim Gambari, met with the ministers of Planning and Health with whom he discussed …

Flooding in Chiang Rai business districts; Chaiyaphum prepares
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… of 2.50 metres following heavy rain in Thailand and Myanmar, overflowing its banks and flooding residential and business areas in Mae Sai municipality. …

It’s about time for a fresh look at China
University of North Carolina The Daily Tar Heel, NC –
Unfortunately, that is not the case. Human rights are global rights. What’s good for the Chinese is good for all Zimbabweans, Burmese and Sudanese.

Myanmar: Opposition Leader Misses UN Meeting

New York Times, United States –

The ruling generals in Myanmar, formerly Burma, had thrown a tight security cordon around the state guest house where the envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, …

Myanmar Opposition Concerned About Aung San Suu Kyi’s Health

Bloomberg –

“The government didn’t give an explanation for why she didn’t show up and neither did Mr. Gambari,” Nyan Win said by phone from Myanmar. …

Burma – a genocide of neglect

HUMAN NEED: Pakuranga’s Stuart Corlett with refugee child Tommuang, due to get plastic surgery thanks to Partners Relief and Development. Photo supplied.

Times Online – Auckland, New Zealand –

… Mr Corlett is back in New Zealand on a five-week journey to bring Burma (also known as Myanmar) back into the minds of New Zealanders. …

Global insurers targeted by human rights activists

Lloyd’s List, UK –

HUMAN rights activists are renewing pressure on the global insurance industry and its leading market place, Lloyd’s of London, to reassess its policy on …

Pacific Team Delivers GEOINT in Paradise

DirectionsMag.com, IL –

When Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck Burma on May 2-3, 2008, causing catastrophic damage and killing tens of thousands, these well-prepared virtual partners …

The Military and the Monetary,

Toward Freedom, VT –

Chinese military hardware is shipped regularly to Burma, including the 2005 supply of 400 military trucks to Myanmar’s army. Chinese military exports went …

ASEAN considers observer status for Burma civilian Govt

ABC Online, Australia –

Elected in 1990 but unable to form government he was driven from Burma by the military junta in 1994. “I’ve been out of Burma for nearly 15 years,” he said. …

Daily Times, Pakistan –

The former Burma’s ruling generals threw a tight security cordon round the state guest house where Ibrahim Gambari and the 63-year-old Nobel laureate have …

Thumbs up for Mandela, down for Geldof

OneWorld.net, UK –

A greater proportion of Londoners also voted for Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi (9 per cent) than any other region. …

Intermountain Catholic, UT –

Aden Batar (back row, second from right) meets in the CCS courtyard with newly arrived refugees from Burma (Myanmar). Most Burmese refugees have spent at …

Johann Hari: John McCain and his secretive plot to ‘kill the UN’

Independent, UK –

For example, the UN is routinely blamed for not intervening in Burma, or Zimbabwe, or Georgia – but the UN has no army of its own; it is only as good as its …

Emergency Appeal update: Myanmar(Burma) Cyclone Nargis response

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3 and, according to figures supplied by the United Nations in July, killed more than 84530 persons; 53836 are still …

Samantha Power’s Special Pleading

The Plank on TNR.com, DC –

… Chinese fleeing the Mao regime, Asian nationals from Uganda, and the avalanche of human wreckage from Paraguay, Guatemala, Burma, Cambodia, …

PMO: No decision yet on Bnei Menashe

Jerusalem Post, Israel –

The Bnei Menashe, who live in the states of Mizoram and Manipur on the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma) claim to be descendants of a lost tribe of …

Myanmar: UN envoy meets with ministers on third day of visit

UN News Centre –

20 August 2008 – The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar met with the country’s planning and health ministers today to discuss ways to tackle the …

Mwanawasa Leaves Mixed Legacy

Inter Press Service, Italy –

Burma and Somalia, ranked 179th in the Index, are the countries viewed as the most corrupt. Zambia is ranked 68 in the latest index measuring the level of …

The Mislabeled “United Nations Human Rights Council”

Post Chronicle –

Well-known human rights abusers Burma, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe voted in favor of the new council and many …

Two international insurance companies to pull out of Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

“…we strongly condemn all insurers that remain involved in our military junta run country. They help keep the generals in power, and condemn Burma’s 50 ..

World focus on Burma (16 August 2008)

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How Pernicious Is Rick Warren?

Atlantic Online –

Why have we not invaded North Korea and Zimbabwe and Burma and … well, you get the picture. When you have had the kind of Christianity that Bush …

The Hunger Site Raises Funds for Displaced Families in Georgia

PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –

In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Give More™ for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70000 for the Foundation for the People of …

5 Myanmar activists sentenced for marking uprising

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Five activists have been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for marching on the 20th anniversary of pro-democracy protests that were …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar on five-day mission

Radio Australia, Australia –

United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari is returning to Burma on Monday for a five-day visit at the invitation of the ruling military regime. …

Business Round-up (August 16, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The paper said the Chinese were accompanied by Burma’s Brig-Gen Maung Shein, commander of the Irrawaddy naval base. “Myanmar would increase its naval troop …

Danish Viewpoint Merits Debate

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Considering the political orientation of the Burmese army and its all-dominant position within the country, her argument should provide the latest impulse …

Time well spent

Stockton Record, CA –

Chester Lum, sends money to aid churches in Myanmar. Three years ago, their pastor visited the former Burma. The Rev. Kien Srey of Central United Methodist, …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar on five-day mission

Economic Times, India –

YANGON: United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari is returning to Myanmar for a five-day visit on Monday at the invitation of the ruling military regime, …

Look to the Left (or to the Right)

Washington Post, United States –

ON STAGE: 48 Hours for Burma This event next month isn’t 48 hours, but it is two nights centered on raising money for the victims of the Burmese cyclone …

In Broken Economy, Burmese Improvise or Flee

Washington Post, United States –

Sixty years ago, Burma, also known as Myanmar, was among the wealthiest countries in Southeast Asia, outshining its neighbors with higher standards of …

RI told to reject Myanmar roadmap

Jakarta Post, Indonesia –

“The referendum, and the elections planned in 2010, would spell disaster for Burma (Myanmar),” Sann Aung of the National League for Democracy in Burma told …

New UN envoy upbeat after Insein visit

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Burma’s human rights record is again under scrutiny by the international community, almost a year after the junta cracked down on the anti-inflation street …

Ignorance is no longer bliss

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… which could flatten coastal communities and potentially cause greater damage than the havoc wrought by Cyclone Nargis on Burma in May. …

Thaksin Is The World’s Newest International Fugitive

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

“Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet holed-up in a mansion near Egham as he awaited extradition to his home country, to answer human rights abuse …

History Does Not Always Favour a Hero

Buzzle, CA –

As Brown told MPs yesterday, Burma’s neighbors are best-placed to help the Burmese people. China is also a key player in Darfur. …

Flower Power

Buzzle, CA –

“This is not Burma or Thailand or Mexico or Colombia. This is a fledgling nation that is just starting to stand up again after 30 years of disarray and …

Asking McCain, Obama the Right Questions

Heritage.org, DC –

The Council has paid scant attention to systematic human rights abusers such as Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Sudan. Also like its predecessor, …

Bernard Kouchner: The healer

Independent, UK –

His attempts to put Kouchnerism into official practice – his suggestions that humanitarian aid should be imposed on Sudan or Burma – came to nothing. …

What Lessons do we get from Georgia in the Burmese Context?

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

With the current situation in Burma, it will not be so much of a problem to deliver a coup de grace to the Burmese Junta. But after that what? …

Analysis: Russia is a foe to be reckoned with

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

If we are seeing a return to 19th century power politics, as politicians like Henry Kissinger believes, that will not make the world a more stable place, …

UN envoy Gambari to return to Myanmar Monday

Reuters –

… which had brought in millions of dollars in foreign aid. The military has ruled Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, since 1962. (Reporting by Patrick Worsnip)

Fishkeeper breeds Botia kubotai

Practical Fishkeeping, UK –

The species, which typically reaches around 10-12cm/4-5″ is endemic to the Ataran River in Myanmar (Burma) and has been imported relatively regularly since …

Obama or McCain? For Burma more of the same

Mizzima.com, India –

American moral interests, couched in the language of democracy and human rights, versus American geopolitical and economic interests. …

Gambari will arrive on Monday in Yangon to begin his visit in the country formerly known as Burma. It will be his fourth visit to the country since last …

UNICEF Receives $7.7 Million From Canada to Aid Disaster Relief

MarketWatch –

CIDA’s contribution matches funds donated to UNICEF by Canadians who promptly responded to the disasters in Myanmar and China, which occurred within days of …

Ethnic Kachin teenage girl raped and murdered

Mizzima.com, India –

The Burma Campaign UK, a group advocating for human rights and democracy in Burma, said the girl’s naked body was found along with her clothes, slippers, …

Bill Kristol on Victory in Iraq and Impotence In Georgia

The Moderate Voice –

China props up the regimes in Burma and North Korea.”), Kristol both celebrates: The further good news is that 2008 has been, in one respect, an auspicious …

On the way to Mandalay

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Journalist George Ernest Morrison’s great trek across China into Burma inspires Hamish McDonald and photographer Kate Geraghty. They don’t make journalists …

Air Mandalay denies rumours of take over by Air Bagan

Mizzima.com, India –

Similarly, Air Bagan owned by Burmese business tycoon Tayza, who is close to the ruling junta supremo Snr. Gen. Than Shwe, has also been forced to suspend …

August 15, 1947 – From Bondage to Freedom

Daijiworld.com, India –

As the War was at its height, and the Japanese forces were fast advancing in South East Asia towards Burma and India, in August 1942, Mahatma Gandhi gave a …

The 7th Anniversary Of 9-11 And The Cycle Of War

The People’s Voice, TN –

… the Japanese attacked us in the first place was because our submarine fleet, as well as British fleets, were bombing Japan’s oil tankers in Burma. …


World focus on Burma (15 August 2008)

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Beijing Olympics: China using Myanmar ‘Blood Jade’?

Merinews, India –

… jade from the Sino-Burma border jade markets much before the Beijing Olympic Games were inaugurated on August 8, the Myanmar media in exile reports. …

Junta officials release opposition youth arrested by mistake

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon released a youth member of Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy …

Steep rise in food prices continues

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Economist Dr Khin Maung Nyo said the Burmese government had predicted a further rise in prices due to the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis. …

Emergency phase not yet over for cyclone survivors in Burma: WFP

Mizzima.com, India – 2 hours ago

Three months after the cyclone struck Burma leaving more than 2.4 million people homeless and hungry, WFP said “The emergency phase is not yet over,” as …

Former child soldier re-arrested for desertion

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Ye Tun Zaw said Htut San Oo managed to escape from the work camp when Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in early May, and began to assemble documents to report his …

Junta Braces for Anniversary of Monk-led Uprising

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO The mayor of Rangoon has confirmed that security will be heightened in the former capital in the coming weeks, as Burma approaches another …

Burmese Exiled Politicians Invited to Indonesian Parliament

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Roshan Jason, executive director of Asean’s Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), told The Irrawaddy on Friday that this was the first time Burmese …

UN Claims only $1.5 Million Lost in Cyclone Relief Effort

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We are very pleased with Canada’s quick response to the cyclone victims in Burma,” said Tin Maung Htoo, executive director of Canadian Friends of Burma.

Landslide disrupts Thai-Burmese border trade

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… cutting the main trading route from Mae Sot into Burma, which had also been used to carry relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta. …

Heavy Rains, Chinese Dams Lead to Flooding

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… told The Irrawaddy that flooding is affecting farmland regions in Laos and Burma. On Thursday, Tuenjai Deetes, a Thai human rights activist and former …

USDA Expected to Form Proxy Parties for 2010 Election

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Burma’s military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) is reportedly planning to form proxy parties to contest the proposed …

Ina speech to the Values Voter Summit last November, John McCain …

National Review Online, NY –

I am pro-life because I know what it is like to live without human rights, where human life is accorded no inherent value, and I know that I have a personal …

Burmese dissidents charged in court

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar were arrested in June this year while conducting relief operations in the cyclone-hit region. Zaw Thet Htwe was first arrested …

Burmese comedian charged on seven counts

Mizzima.com, India –

The authorities arrested Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htwe in June this year while they were participating in relief operations in the cyclone hit regions. …

Summit of EAC heads of State

Uganda Media Centre, Uganda –

While they bully smaller countries like Burma, they unconditionally work with China, their diametrically opposed politics notwithstanding. …

Joel Brinkley: Misery and oppression continue in Burma while the …

Sacramento Bee,  USA –

… Thitinan Pongsudhirak of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University told the Burmese exile press, “The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was …

UN envoy’s top priority is political prisoners languishing in …

Mizzima.com, India –

By Larry Jagan Bangkok – Burma’s human rights record is again under scrutiny by the international community, almost a year after the junta cracked down on …

The Westender, Australia –

“There are more than 40 000 people in the Mae La refugee camp, mostly people of Karen ethnicity who faced persecution by the Burmese military junta,” …

UN envoy’s top priority is political prisoners languishing in …

Mizzima.com, India –

By Larry Jagan Bangkok – Burma’s human rights record is again under scrutiny by the international community, almost a year after the junta cracked down on …

Benchmarking Burma

Wall Street Journal – By BENEDICT ROGERS

Since 1990, UN envoys have made 37 visits to Burma. The Human Rights Council and General Assembly between them have passed more than 30 resolutions, …

Don’t quit, Burmese junta tells underperforming chief censor

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

The Burmese junta’s Minister of Information refused to accept the resignation of the regime’s chief censor, said a government official who requested …

Cambodian ruling party re-elected with increased majority

World Socialist Web Site, MI –

The Human Rights Party, which was formed in 2007 by a former Funcinpec leader, Kem Sokha, won 6.62 percent of the vote in its first election, …

Landslide disrupts Thai-Burmese border trade

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… cutting the main trading route from Mae Sot into Burma, which had also been used to carry relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta. …

Understanding Zhongguo

Media Monitors Network, CA –

China claims to be slowly but surely balancing its political reforms with the expansion of grassroots democracy and corporate capitalism, all the while …

Canada announces more disaster aid for Chinese quake victims

Xinhua, China –

… that Canada is also matching more than 11.6 million for people affected by the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, which killed nearly 85, 000 people in May. …

‘The forgotten army’

Peace Arch News, Canada –

… ‘For your tomorrow, we gave ours today.’” Editor’s note: Percy Smith was a chief steward with the British Merchant Navy in Burma (now Myanmar).

Myanmar dissidents stay out of sight
United Press International –
On the 20th anniversary last week, demonstrations were held around the world against the military junta, except in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …

UNICEF: RP children in peril in war zones

Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

The low-performing countries were Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos and Timor-Leste, while the high-performing ASEAN members were Brunei, Malaysia, …

The massive 8.0 tremor that hit China’s Sichuan province on May 12 left nearly 70000 dead and 18000 missing while the Nargis cyclone in Myanmar left 138000 …

The mislabeled “United Nations Human Rights Council”

Right Side News, GA –

Well-known human rights abusers Burma, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe voted in favor of the new council and many …

Remembering Democracy’s Martyrs In Burma

Voice of America –

In March 1988, student-led protests began against a junta that had taken power in the early 1960s and whose xenophobic policies had devastating effects on …

Feds match Chinese, Burma aid donations

insideTORONTO.com, Canada –

Getting disaster aid to Burma, also known as Myanmar, was difficult because of obstruction by the country’s military regime. Canadian law does not normally …

Asean at 41

Manila Times, Philippines –

… and Thailand—the organization was joined later by Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (former Burma) and Cambodia to become a 10-nation group. …

Veterans Affairs Canada: Minister Issues Statement on the Occasion …

NewsBlaze, CA –

More than a million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served overseas during the Second World War, more than 10000 of them in Hong Kong, Burma and other Far …

JOEL BRINKLEY: Misery, oppression continue in Burma while the …

The Olympian, WA –

… Thitinan Pongsudhirak of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University told the Burmese exile press, “The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was …

Olympics may not change world but do allow a moment of hope

Times & Star, UK –

I was going to talk about the evil of holding them in a country where human rights count for nothing and I was going to talk about drug abuse and politics …

Government of Canada Helps Victims of China Earthquake and Burma …

Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

The Burma cyclone in May left nearly 140000 dead or missing. The humanitarian response by Canadians was immediate, and several organizations raised funds to …

After The Cold War

Atlantic Online –

And so American power must be brought to bear in Georgia and Iraq and Iran and Burma and Darfur and Bosnia and anyplace else where American interests are …

Indonesia invites Burmese MPs to Independence Day celebration

Mizzima.com, India –

The invitation is an act of recognition of Burmese MPs, who have been denied by Burma’s military regime from convening the parliament despite being …

Suu Suu Nwe and Hanny Oo appear before court

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – A human rights activist under detention was produced before court yesterday, but family members are worried as they were not allowed to meet …

The 3 am Phone Call is Real

RealClearPolitics, IL –

As Claudia Rosett of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies put it: “UN mediators can’t even protect the dissident monks of Burma or the opposition in …

Asia needs a new rule-of-law debate

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

An Atlanta school makes a community from a world of difference

Daily Herald, UT –

… staff includes many for whom bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and disasters like the Chinese earthquake and the cyclone in Burma, hit close to home. …

Trade, aid fail Cambodia’s poor

The Age, Australia –

Burma is possibly heading in the same direction. As Burma bows to pressure from the West to allow aid into the country after cyclone Nargis, critics argue …

On Thin Ice

The National Interest Online, DC –

When a major cyclone created widespread devastation in Burma earlier this year, some proponents of humanitarian aid urged the US military to compel delivery …

World focus on Burma (25 July 2008)

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Buzz Briefs: Phil Spector, Mia Farrow

CBS News, NY –

Farrow also said US President George W. Bush missed an opportunity to take a strong stand against China’s ties with Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Quenching thirst A couple’s factories use clay to make water …

The Register-Guard, OR –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a poor country in Southeast Asia ruled by a military junta. Controversy erupted in the storm’s aftermath when …

Regime pocketing Burma aid, say exiles

Financial Times, UK –

By Harvey Morris at the United Nations As much as a fifth of the tens of millions of dollars in international aid sent to Burma’s cyclone victims is being …

America Must Continue to Stand for Freedom, Bush Says

NewsBlaze, CA –

Honoring a group of democracy activists from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe, Bush urged the release of all prisoners of …

UN relief chief admits to “loss” of aid money in exchange duplicity

Mizzima.com, India –

The source, who wished not to be named for fear of reprisal told Mizzima, aid money transferred to Burma has to go through the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, …

Human rights commissioner fought a long battle for her own rights

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE new United Nations high commissioner for human rights,the South African judge Navanethem Pillay, has spent a lifetime toppling barriers and exceeding …

Mia Farrow slams Myanmar post-cyclone rights record

AFP –

The US actress-turned-activist spoke to reporters as she returned from visiting the Thai border with Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — where she met …

Fishing Families Struggle to Survive After Burma Cyclone

FOXNews –

Last year, Burma exported some 350000 tons of seafood to European and Asian countries, much of it from the vast delta with its long coastline and spider web …

CRPP meets to discuss election and envoy visit

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

CRPP secretary Aye Thar Aung, who is also secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy and an ethnic people’s representative, said the group had not yet …

Billboards removed by Mandalay authorities

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… that Mandalay authorities had not taken down signs the group has been hanging at its offices for the past year saying, “Oppose sanctions against Burma”. …

Families forced out of homes in Ton Tay

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… in Rangoon’s Ton Tay township have been ordered to move out so the properties can be demolished and the land used for new homes for cyclone victims. …

Ten Students Sentenced to Hard Labor

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Ten students—mostly Muslims—who were active in the Buddhist monk-led peaceful demonstrations in September 2007 in Burma were each sentenced …

Cross-border Trade in Mae Sot

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The other passengers are neither foreigners nor Thai tourists, keen to explore the beauty of the Burma’s natural environment in the southeastern frontier. …

Indonesia Taking an Active Role in Burma’s Affairs

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“No Asean country can influence Burma,” said Roshan Jason, executive director of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus. “If they could, monks would …

Archbishop of Canterbury Seeks Lambeth Compliant Partners from …

Virtue Online, PA –

The list of 17 provinces includes Hong Kong, South Korea, North India, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, Myanmar (Burma) Papua New Guinea, …

Mia Farrow Calls for Global Pressure at Olympics for Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Farrow also said US President George W Bush missed an opportunity to take a strong stand against China’s ties with Burma by agreeing to attend the opening …

UN Aid Chief Acknowledges Access, Exchange Rate Issues

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING The United Nations’ top humanitarian relief official, completing a three-day tour of cyclone-hit areas of Burma’s Irrawaddy delta on …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We fully understand that the people of Burma/Myanmar are solely responsible for bringing about change in our country. However, when we are faced with the …

US Rally to commemorate Black July draws over 600

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

The rally also protested the financial support provided by the Chinese Government to the Governments of Sri Lanka and Burma. ..

Burmese junta pockets millions in foreign aid currency scam

First Post, UK –

Representatives of several Western governments and Burma’s partners within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations baulked at the idea of committing …

Singapore Says Burma Yet to Rule Whether Aung Suu Kyi Can Contest …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Speaking to reporters at the closing ceremony of four-day Asean meetings here, Mr Yeo said: ‘Myanmar Foreign Minister (Mr Nyan Win) informed us that …

Compensation awarded to migrants’ families

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Htoo Chit, director of the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma in Phang Nga province, Thailand, praised the work of NGOs in bringing about the …

Roundtable of US Secretary Condoleezza Rice with Press, 24 July 2008

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

It was a meeting that took place just shortly before I had the US-ASEAN ministerial. And so we talked principally about regional issues, and about Burma and …

1990 representatives call for dialogue

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… Irrawaddy, said current international policies towards Burma were misguided. The five said they appreciated calls by world leaders for the Burmese junta …

Press Release: DVB web site hit by DDoS attack

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 25, 2008 (DVB)–The website run by the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma radio and TV station has been hit by a persistent and severe Distributed …

UN: Burmese exchange gains on aid ‘unsustainable’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

“A lot of the assistance we supply would be purchased overseas, so there is no foreign exchange loss on that,” said Daniel Baker, the Myanmar-based …

The Associated Press –

Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. Farrow also lamented President Bush’s decision to attend the opening ceremonies, saying it was “a missed opportunity …

US To Myanmar: Cooperate Or …

RTT News, NY –

(RTTNews) – The United States Thursday warned Myanmar’s military junta that it would seek to impose “stronger measures” if it does not cooperate with UN …

US Wants Results in Burma; China Wants Patience

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS Differences on Burma between key members of the Security Council reappeared on Thursday as Ibrahim Gambari, …

Beijing denounces proposed US resolution on human rights

Macau Daily Times, Macau –

… rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma (Myanmar). …

Out of Myanmar

BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT –

Three were from Myanmar — formerly Burma — and three from Iraq, which, with Bhutan, has become another major source of refugees in northern Vermont. …

Glamour on the menu at city charity night

ChesterChronicle.co.uk, UK –

The fundraiser, organised by Eileen Owens of Bollicini, raised funds for cyclone and earthquake victims in Burma and China through the themed evening, …

Shortfall In Current Funding Commitments To Halve Malaria …

Medical News Today, UK –

Suriname in northern South America received from GFATM US$147 per person at risk of malaria, while Myanmar (Burma) received about US$0.01 per person-at-risk …

A distressing record of siding with the bad guys

Business Day, South Africa –

As a consequence, SA’s international reputation as a guardian of human rights and democracy suffered enormously. While Russia and China’s “no” votes on such …

Pre-Olympic Contest to Win Public Opinion over China’s Rights Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Darfur and Burma, and groups championing religious freedom and human rights are all delighted …

UN demands concrete Myanmar reforms

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

But on Thursday several members of the UN Security Council warned Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, that it could face increased pressure if it did not move …

Pre-Olympic Contest to Win Public Opinion over China’s Rights Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Darfur and Burma, and groups championing religious freedom and human rights are all delighted …

Burma’s Battered Fisheries Worsen

TIME –

In the first full assessment of the disaster, the UN, Burma government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, this week warned of a …

South African Named UN Commissioner for Human Rights

Washington Post, United States –
By Colum Lynch UNITED NATIONS, July 24 — South African judge Navanethem Pillay was named Thursday as the UN high commissioner for human rights, …

Asean on the Rocks

Wall Street Journal –

Asean isn’t the only group that has failed to engage Burma effectively; the UN has hardly done better. But it’s telling that during the relief efforts after …

US Congress renews Myanmar import ban legislation

AFP –

“Today, the United States Senate sent an unmistakable message to the military junta in Burma — America continues to stand squarely with the people of Burma …

BURMA: UN Missions Draw Derision

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

‘’We fully understand that the people of Burma/Myanmar are solely responsible for bringing about change in our country. However, when we are faced with the …

UN aid chief warns still much to be done in Burma

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Survivors of Burma’s devastating cyclone will be dependent on aid for at least another six months, the United Nations humanitarian chief has warned. …

Myanmar cyclone ‘air bridge’ to end next month

AsiaOne, Singapore –

‘It doesn’t mean there will be no more aid flights,’ Mr Holmes told reporters in Bangkok after a 3-day trip to assess aid operations in the former Burma. …

US to renew ban on Myanmar imports

Times of India, India –

“Today, the United States Senate sent an unmistakable message to the military junta in Burma — America continues to stand squarely with the people of Burma …

US threatens if Burma rejects UN demands

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New York (dpa) – The United States said Thursday that it would seek to impose “stronger measures” if Burma’s military regime continues to refuse to …

Myanmar Must Make Positive Proposals to UN Envoy, US Says

Bloomberg –

“Is there a way to move Burma to a political track that would finally make something of what is right now a kind of mockery?” she said, adding that the …

AFP –

“Things have gone backwards in Burma (Myanmar) over the last six months,” British Ambassador John Sawers said ahead of the council meeting. …

More Australian aid for Burma

ABC Online, Australia –

This week Burma ratified the charter set down by the ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) which will include provisions for greater human rights …

In Burma, Foreign Aid Agencies Now Wrestling With Loss Of Funds

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

The situation in Burma after getting hit by Cyclone Nargis is back in the headlines. This time, it has much to do with money issues. …

US Congressional Panel Advances Rights Measure Linked to Olympics

Voice of America –

“The situation in Tibet and the support for the PRC for those regimes in Myanmar [Burma] and of course its horrendous policy in Sudan, that it is a shame …

UN Security Council split on how to deal with Myanmar

Reuters –

“Things have gone backwards in Burma over the last six months or so.” But China’s UN Ambassador Wang Guangya said there was no need for council action and …

Burmese aid cash lost to exchange rate trick

Times Online, UK –

This week a joint report by the Burmese Government, the UN and South-East Asian governments said that $1 billion (£500million) one billion US dollars would …

USAID Hosts President Bush to Discuss the Freedom Agenda

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

The President has more than doubled funding for democracy, governance, and human rights programs since taking office, and his Budget continues to increase …

Obama Speaks in Berlin, McCain Focuses on Economic Issues at Home

Voice of America –

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words, …

UN envoy says aid getting to Burma’s cyclone victims

ABC Online, Australia –

By South East Asia correspondent Karen Percy The United Nation’s humanitarian envoy John Holmes says aid money for Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis is …

Myanmar cyclone “air bridge” to end next month

Reuters –

“It doesn’t mean there will be no more aid flights,” Holmes told reporters in Bangkok after a 3-day trip to assess aid operations in the former Burma. …

Western Interests Dictate Security Council Agenda

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

United Nations, 24 July, (IPS): The continued political deadlock over a rash of ongoing crises — including Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Kosovo, …

Rice: Burma’s Democracy Restoration Efforts A ‘Mockery’

RTT News, NY –

Addressing a ministerial gathering of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Rice said that Myanmar is “badly out of step” with the …

Bush asks Myanmar to set free Aung San Suu Kyi

Hindu, India –

He stressed on release of all prisoners of conscience including Ayman Nour of Egypt, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Oscar Bisset of Cuba and Riad Sief of Syria. …

Blu-ray REVIEW

DVDTOWN.com –

The picture opens with a haunting prologue taking place roughly twenty years ago somewhere in one of the exotic jungles close to Burma. …

Bush Promotes Freedom Agenda

Voice of America –

… once again called for the release of prisoners of conscience around the world – such as Burmese Nobel Laureate and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. …