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Zarganar, Hold on, We Know You Are Alive: Comedian of Burma Jailed for 45 Years

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January 3rd, 2009
By DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Assistant Editor, TMV Columnist

Writing today about Kathy Griffin and other comedians in the USA, I thought for the millionth time about dear Zarganar; the great comedic heart of Burma who just two months ago was insanely punished by the bloated multi-millionaire dictator of Burma, Than Shwe…

Than Shwe, surely the lost twin brother of Mugabe in Zimbabwe… Than Shwe, the walking talking roasted pig with his rotten teeth stuffed with diamonds from loot taken from his organized cocaine trade …

Than Shwe, it is said, was spiritually eaten by demons via his withholding of foreign aid, medical supplied, rice, water and doctors from the suffering Burmese whom he purposely injured in the Aug 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks and nuns…

and attacked relentlessly by demons again when he, Than Shwe, the walking corpulent corpse denied foreign aid again, denied doctors entry to treat the victims of the Nargis cyclone in 2008 that killed over 100,000 tribal and city Burmese and injured millions more.

And now Than Shwe in another of his Jabba the Hutless excesses, sentences a mere comic soul to 45 years in prison. Zarganar is 47 years old. Oh how great Than Shwe must be the power of the comedic to bring you down, how weak you must be to fear such a mere comic soul.

Could it be Than Shwe, that so fraught is your clawing lust for power, so malignantly filled with dukka is your mind, so bent you are on consigning yourself to everlasting vajra hell, that you have to silence one who makes others laugh?

Little Zarganar was found to have violated a mockery of justice written at Than Shwe’s behest… “the Electronics Act,” which regulates electronic communications in Burma… essentially bleating that no one is allowed to say anything to disparage the demonic infestations of Than Shwe.

Round, diminutive Zarganar was detained earlier in 2008 for criticising the government’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis. More than 100 activists who rose to prod the government and to deliver mercy to the Burmese, have been sentenced over the past 8 weeks in what amounts to a suspension of Burma’s pro-democracy movement.

“Zarganar led a group of entertainers who organised private aid deliveries to victims of Cyclone Nargis, which hit in May 08. An outspoken satirist of the military government, Zarganar had already been arrested and jailed four times before he was forced from his home again by the authorities in June 2008.”

The gentle but sharp witted Zarganar had said just prior to Than Shwe’s flying monkeys coming to arrest him: “No, we never encounter any problems, because we negotiated with [soldiers], and we just want to pass [out] our donation parcels. We just want to encourage our people. This is our duty.”

And Zarganar, through various groups outside Burma, including Amnesty International and PEN, the writers’ group that supports imprisoned artists and petitions for their release, we have a duty too… to not forget you.

Also convicted along with comedian Zarganar, are key members of the so-called ‘88 Generation of activists,’ all sentenced to 65 years… and a total of 68 years imprisonment was brought down against Ashin Gambira, leader of the monks’ alliance that led last year’s anti-government uprising.

I know Kathy Griffin would know just what to say about all this.
All free comedians throughout the world would know just what to say about Than Shwe.
I hope, for Zarganar’s sake, they will say it. Than Shwe needs MORE, not less, comedians on his case. Relentlessly. Publicly.

Comedians have ever been one of the few cultural groups strong enough, equipped enough with the weaponry of wit, to consistently speak truth to lies.

Semper fi.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 4, 2009 at 1:22 am

World focus on Burma (19 December 2008)

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Japan to accept 30 Burmese refugees
Mizzima.com, India –
“They are about 30 Burmese refugees from the Thai-Myanmar [Burma] border. The government is still discussing details on how it will handle the programme and …

ACT Situation Report: Myanmar emergency response operation 19 Dec 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Cyclone Nargis, with wind speeds of 190 km/hr, heavy rain and its associated sea surge, devastated major parts of Myanmar (Burma) causing extensive damage …

Burma likely to announce ‘Election Law’ on Independence Day
Mizzima.com, India –
Aye Lwin, leader of the 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar), a group backed by the junta, during an interview with Mizzima said it would be wiser for …

Burmese Journalist Looks Back at a 20-Year Struggle
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
When the National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi won by a landslide, the SLORC declared the elections void.

Post-Nargis periodic review I
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
On 2 May 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck the coast of Myanmar. Over two days, the Cyclone moved across the Ayeyarwady Delta and southern Yangon Division …

EU to give €40.5 million in humanitarian aid to Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – The European Commission on Thursday said it will give another €40.5 million (US$ 58 million) of aid to Burma, …

A Wish for the Year 2009
American Muslim, MO –
The Junta in Burma (Myanmar) perseveres in its horrible record of oppression. The world focused on it for a few weeks, then moved on. …

EU Donates More Funds to Aid Burmese
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The objective of our activities in Myanmar [Burma] is solely humanitarian,” said Michel in the press statement. Michel said his agency worked well with the …

Letters Land Prisoners’ Relatives, Guards in Jail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He was sentenced in November to 65 years imprisonment, which he is currently serving at Mergui Prison in southern Burma’s Tenasserim Division. …

NCGUB marks 18th anniversary
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, Dr Sein Win, expressed his disappointment yesterday in the lack of progress towards democracy in Burma. …

Weekly Business Roundup (December 19, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT A multimillion dollar boost to telecommunications between northeast India and Burma will be completed by next March, according to media …

Where Children Count the Years Before They Rejoin Their Mothers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In Burma’s case, the regime is not only condemning human rights activists to outrageous terms of imprisonment but also punishing members of their families …

Brief Introduction – Yunnan
Alibaba News Channel, NEW YORK –

To expand the burgeoning trade with Burma and India, Emperor Wu also sent Tang Meng (唐蒙) to maintain and expand the Five Foot Way, renaming it “Southwest …

Prospective foreign minister will rebuild good relations
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Mr. Kasit, a former career diplomat, said he will quickly revive and strengthen diplomatic relationships with Cambodia, Myanmar and Malaysia. …

MYANMAR: More cyclone relief needed – report
IRINnews.org, NY –
Comprising three members each from the Myanmar government, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN, the TCG seeks to facilitate …

Will ASEAN’s charter cure Burma’s ills?
Mizzima.com, India –
… including Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. However, ASEAN has often been ridiculed for apparently turning a blind eye to the Burmese regime’s …

Thai Heroin Smuggling Was For Money
Javno.hr, Croatia –

Until the 1990s, Thailand was once a major supplier of heroin from the Golden Triangle, the mountainous and relatively lawless region where it meets Myanmar …

Nine years in prison for attempting to smuggle out letter
Mizzima.com, India –
He was then transferred to the Mergui (Myeik) prison in Tenassarim (Tanintharyi) Division of southern Burma from Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison.

Designated Thai foreign minister pledges ethical approach
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Investigators, appointed by a military junta that overthrew Thaksin in a September 2006 coup, said he had arranged soft state loans to Myanmar on condition …

Pushing Mugabe
Windsor Star,  Canada –
When people in countries like Zimbabwe or Burma stand and fight, they often have lawyers standing beside them. And the remarkable thing is that often, …

Myanmar holds referendum amid cyclone chaos
MSN India, India –
Burma is the old name for Myanmar and is preferred by its pro-democracy movement. The groups urged people to mark their ballots with X, which has become a …

2010 game plan: Clinging to power (Burma)
Himal Southasian, Nepal –
They will do their best to marginalize the ‘National League for Democracy’ (NLD) including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy forces in this …

Myanmar to receive humanitarian aid from EU
New Straits Times, Malaysia –
The European Commission (EC) has decided to provide an additional 40.5 million EUR (US$56.7 million) in humanitarian aid to Myanmar, hard hit by Cyclone …

Laura Bush surprised how far voice carried
USA Today –
… an outspoken supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi, a writer and pro-democracy leader under house arrest by the military junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Family members relieved at Suresh’s acquittal
Express Buzz, India –
… Guruvayoor temple, to be welcomed with the news of their son’s acquittal in the murder case of social activist and advocate Vasantha from Burma. …

Disaster and hope
World Magazine, NC –
… in the winds and floods created by Nargis, a severe cyclone that became the worst natural disaster in the history of Burma, known now as Myanmar. …

ANALYSIS: Burma’s nuclear temptation —Bertil Lintner
Daily Times, Pakistan –
At a press conference in Rangoon on January 21, 2002, Vice-Chief of Military Intelligence Major-General Kyaw Win issued a statement: “Myanmar’s …

‘They Told Me Not to Come Anymore’
Radio Free Asia, DC –
The wife of a jailed activist in Burma talks about her husband’s brutal mistreatment at the hands of his captors. Security officials stay alert as people …

President and Mrs. Bush Host Reception in Honor of the United …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
And the advancement of women’s rights in Afghanistan or freedom in Burma are noble causes that are essential to the peace of the world. …

Insurers hit by hurricanes and financial crisis
Times Online, UK –
In total, catastrophes cost more than 238000 lives globally in 2008, 138400 of them as a result of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. The wind storm registered top …

Burmese Lawyer Flees, Speaks Out
Radio Free Asia, DC –
The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper said Myint Aye had funded the bombing and Zaw Zaw Aung and Yan Shwe carried it out. …

The tragedy of Greek apathy
guardian.co.uk, UK –
… pro-democracy marches in Burma in 1988, and more demonstrations – this time against the Islamic Republic that succeeded the Shah – in Tehran in 1998. …

Laura Bush speaks out on shoe-throwing incident
USA Today –
A month before returning to private life, Bush said she will continue her public advocacy of women’s rights in Afghanistan and democracy for Burma. …


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December 19, 2008 at 2:09 am

World focus on Burma (16 December 2008)

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Glimmers of hope for Burma
Across the Aisle, DC –
… junta of Burma certainly fits that bill, as demonstrated in its complete disregard for its citizens’ livelihoods in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis that …

Mekong a ‘treasure trove’ of 1000 newly discovered species
CNN –
War is always a threat in countries touched by the Mekong River, particularly Burma. Also known as Myanmar, the largest country by geographical area in …

EarthRights International Special Commentary:
Earthrights.org, DC –
When asked what advice he would give to private businesses invested in Burma’s (Myanmar’s) energy sector, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon firmly stated …

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
MorungExpress, India –
His treatment of the democratic opposition and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and 2000 other political prisoners are also taboo topics. …

ASEAN sets summit, welcomes charter
MorungExpress, India –
… is likely to arise in the case of Myanmar, formerly Burma, where the ruling military junta violently suppressed protests led by Buddhist monks in 2007. …

Vijay Diwas: Maneckshaw stamp released
Times of India, India –
He served in Myanmar, then called Burma, during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross for valour on the battlefield.

Former Czech president criticises EU for relations with Russia
Czech Happenings, Czech Republic –
The European Union should pay more attention to human rights questions on the international scene, starting with Cuba and ending with Burma, Havel said. …

Egat upbeat on Hatgyi prospects
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… organisations on concern that it will violate human rights, given that part of the project lies in an area occupied by minority groups in Burma. …

Afro-Asian organization demands release of Burmese political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
… (NGOs) today collectively called for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Exiled lawyer slams Burmese legal system
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–A defence lawyer who fled Burma in October under threat of a prison sentence has detailed numerous unnecessary delays and restrictions in …

Junta bans popular Buddhist monk’s sermon
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon Division have banned a sermon by abbot U Thumingla, organizers and …

Thailand to host ASEAN summit
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
One of the ASEAN members is the military-ruled Myanmar, formerly called Burma. The junta in 2007 brutally put down protests led by Buddhist monks. …

NLD meeting banned
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– A meeting to prepare for Burma’s Independence Day by a branch of the National League for Democracy was banned by local …

Eight migrant workers killed in truck crash
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htoo Chit, director of the Grassroots Human Rights Education and Development, said the cause of the accident was not yet known. …

Pro-junta group gearing up to contest elections
Mizzima.com, India –
… for transforming Burma to a multi-party democracy. But he later turned against and became a critic of main opposition forces including Aung San Suu Kyi …

AK-47s—Made in Wa State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The United Wa State Army (UWSA), an armed ethnic ceasefire group based in Shan State, northern Burma, is manufacturing arms and ammunition for …

Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Condemned
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The World Association of Newspapers condemned the crackdown on freedom of expression in Burma, in a press statement released on Monday. …

More Calls for Ban to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of December to persuade the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Thailand to Host Postponed Asean Summit in February
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Military-ruled Burma strongly opposes giving the human rights body the power of even monitoring or investigating violations. Asean secretary-general Surin …

Burmese women in exile honoured with Madeleine K. Albright Award
Mizzima.com, India –
She also met Burmese democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997. Madeleine Albright, in recently released report on preventing genocide, urged US, …

Biggest ever Burma ‘Dirty List’ published
World Travel Guide, UK –
Burma Campaign UK has published a list of 170 companies that directly or indirectly help to finance the military junta ruling Burma (Mynamar). …

Holiday greetings from Burma….
OpEdNews, PA –
“But what about the Junta,” you might ask. “We’ve heard that Myanmar a military state. Are you safe?” Apparently the generals all live in some new capital …

Rice yield down in Bogalay after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–The rice yield in areas of Bogalay township in Burma’s delta region has dropped this year in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, …

60 years on, UN rights declaration faces new challenges
Monday Morning, Lebanon –

“Today no government denies that human rights are a valid concern of the international community. They may fail to respect human rights but they can’t deny …

Fugitive lawyer defending political prisoners flees to Thai border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Young lawyer Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min who represented political prisoners fled to the Thai-Burma border in the wake of an …

Myanmar in an hour and a half
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Then there is Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, a notoriously corrupt

Bush met the writer and bloggers
OpEdNews, PA –
… marked Human Rights Day on Wednesday by meeting with a writer from Sudan and six bloggers from Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, and Myanmar(Burma). …

More than 1000 previously unknown species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong, a region comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, …

Tortured for seeking democracy
St Marys Star, Australia –

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BY KYLIE STEVENS But it’s been a serious crime in Burma [Myanmar] since the military seized power in 1988. More than 2000 political prisoners are currently …

Over 1000 New Species Found: World’s Largest Huntsman Spider …
Associated Content, CO –
World Wildlife Foundation researchers reported in First Contact: New Species Discoveries that the area, which is comprised of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, …

Asia’s bio-frontier at risk
MSNBC –
First, the Greater Mekong – which takes in areas of China’s Yunnan Province as well as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – includes some …

Biggest Burma ‘Dirty List’ Exposes New Companies
OneWorld US, DC –
“To those that claim investment aids the people of Burma, the evidence shows the opposite is true. As investment has increased, the human rights situation …

The dangerous vacuum at the end of Pax Americana
Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede a Highlight of New Species Finds
International Business Times, NY –
There are already twenty-three other dragon millipedes of the genus Desmoxytes in the Southeast Asia area from southeaster China, south through Myanmar, …

Dragon Millipede, Laotian Rock Rat Only Some of Species Found in …
Associated Content, CO –
A majority of the creatures were found in rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which goes through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, …

Gwynne Dyer: Democracy fails in Thailand
Georgia Straight, Canada –
Relatively few Asian countries are openly run as dictatorships nowadays—China, Vietnam and Burma are the main exceptions—but the urban elites and the big …

ASEAN steps out in European style
The Standard, Hong Kong –
… provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for most of the past 18 years. …

The junta changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, partly in order to legitimize their rule over parts of the country like Kachin, …

Rights & Wrongs: New Media Targeted, Sonic Torture, US Arms Deals …
World Politics Review –
… the anniversary to call on the world community, and the UN in particular, to secure the release from house arrest of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Activist Calls for Wife’s Release
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –

A Burmese social activist wanted for helping the victims of Cyclone Nargis says they have sentenced his pregnant wife to 26 years in jail. …

Smuggling Elephants Out of Myanmar
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
United Nations, 16 December (Asiantribune.com) : About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar (Burma) in the past decade, mostly destined …

Abhisit, Chuan’s young protege gets his turn at last
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (as did former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi). …

More Than 1000 New Species Discovered in Rivers, Jungles…and …
MarketWatch –
The region comprises the six countries through which the Mekong River flows including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese …

More than 1000 species discovered in Mekong: WWF
AFP –
The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the …

One thousand new species found in Greater Mekong region: WWF
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… four birds, four turtles, two salamanders and a toad, in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. …



World focus on Burma (6 December 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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December 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

World focus on Burma (5 December 2008)

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CPJ: More online journalists than print journalists in prison
Menassat, Lebanon –
For the first time in history, online journalists represent the largest number of media professionals in prison, according to a census by the Committee to …

Burma among top five in detaining journalists: CPJ
Mizzima.com, India –
The power of online journalism in Burma, a country ruled by the military which has closed almost all connections with the outside world, came to be know

An Elephant’s Dream
Bookslut, IL –
Hannah was born in Burma. Her mother was shot and killed by people working a rubber plantation; Hannah herself, about three years old, was wounded. …

World Leaders Ask For UN Help In Burma
Look To The Stars, UK –
“We write this letter to applaud your public consideration of traveling to Burma, also known as Myanmar, before the end of the year,“ the leaders wrote in …

CPJ: 23 journalists held in African jails
Afrique en ligne, France –
“Thirteen journalists are held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma, CPJ said. …

CPJ warns: Blogging may harm your health
Neweurasia.net, Europe –
China continued to be world’s worst jailer of journalists, a dishonor it has held for 10 consecutive years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out …

Online journalists targeted
American Thinker, WA –
Other countries in the top five are Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan. Twenty-nine nations made the list. The US was not on the list. Whew! …

Win Tin, NLD Leader, Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Win Tin, Burma’s prominent veteran journalist and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was hospitalized in Rangoon on …

China-Europe Row Deepens
CNSNews.com, VA –
China’s communist government is famously hypersensitive about international criticism of its human rights record and what it regards as outside interference …

Today In History
GoErie.com, PA –
2002, former Burma dictator Gen. Ne Win, who ruled the country now known as Myanmar for 26 years after leading a 1962 coup, died in Yangon at age 91. …

Thai protests end, but problems persist
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The takeover of the two largest international airports in Thailand by the People’s Alliance for Democracy underscores the possible decline of a nation …

Commentary on the Endless Dispute Between Evolution and Creationism
ScienceBlogs –
… in closed societies such as Burma. Some of the images, some of the stories that have come out have been by the Internet and by citizen journalists. …

Rangoon firms into lay-off; job seekers mount
Mizzima.com, India –
However, contrary to the claims of the employment agencies, Burma’s Prime Minister Thein Sein said, the country can offer jobs to even up to 100000 …

No Light in Burma
Huffington Post, NY –
The UN added in their statement that Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari would not return to Burma any time soon. (His last trip was August, when Aung San Suu Kyi …

36 people become US citizens
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
And before that, she lived in the “revolutionary area” along the border between Thailand and her native Burma, now called Myanmar. …

More bloggers put behind bars
Washington Times, DC –
China, Cuba and Myanmar, formerly Burma, have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and Uzbekistan. “The United States, which is holding …

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner hospitalized
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… of journalists that the country’s military rule must end, and he will “keep fighting until the emergence of democracy” in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Israel lifts four-week ban, allows foreign journalists and aid ...
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
BBC journalist Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and …

More online journalists in jail than print
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
The newly released Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2008 prison census reports that 45 per cent of imprisoned media workers were bloggers and others …

Study: Nearly half of world’s jailed journalists come from Web
Los Angeles Times, CA –
The study notes that in China, which leads the world in captive journalists, 24 of the 28 currently behind bars did their work online. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea …

Bloggers More Likely To End Up In Jail Than Print Journalists
Silicon Alley Insider, NY –
… worst jailer of journalists, a position it’s held for ten consecutive years. Other danger areas for journalists: Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan.

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The junta, who have had a stranglehold on power since 1963, have sentenced Zargarnar to 59 years in prison, while Nay Phone Latt has been jailed for 20½ …

Online journalists now jailed more than others
Zimbabwe Times, Zimbabwe –
Thirteen journalists were held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma. The survey found more Internet …

Burma comic ‘sent to remote jail’
BBC News, UK –
The BBC’s Burmese Service said Kachin State is a cold and remote region where the military junta sends many of its jailed political opponents. …

KTRU pick of the week: Radio Myanmar
The Rice Thresher, TX –
Radio Myanmar (Burma) opens a door to sounds that are not often heard in this part of the world. The album’s assortment of radio recordings from Yangon, …

Zwelinzima Vavi on the fight against inequality
Politicsweb, South Africa –
We have also condemned the ruthless military regime in Burma which for decades has trampled on the people’s human rights, jailed opposition politicians and …

Birmania. Premio di consolazione (RSF)
Politica e Società, Italy –
Dubbed the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” comedian Zarganar defended human rights and denounced the military government’s abuses in sketches and entries in the …

New hearing set for man charged with killing 7-year-old girl
Deseret News, UT –
Met is from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and needs interpreters who speak Burmese. Defense attorneys have expressed concerns about an interpreter who has …

More online journalists than print journalists behind bars: CPJ
AFP –
For the 10th consecutive year, China was the leading jailer of journalists, the CPJ said, followed by Cuba, Myanmar, Eritrea and Uzbekistan. …

Cuban named ‘journalist of year’
BBC News, UK –
He had angered the government by criticising the speed of their response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma in May, and organising his own …

Google AdSense Publishers can donate their earnings directly
TechWhack (press release), India –
These donations are made to the Tides Foundation’s Relief and Reconstruction Fund for China and Myanmar (Burma) Relief. Users can visit a section on the .

Myanmar’s ruling junta sends political prisoners to remote areas
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military junta transferred at least seven political prisoners, including a famous comedian and a hip-hop singer, to far-flung …

Lancia Main Sponsor of the 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize …
PaddockTalk –
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Summit is being held in the French capital instead of Rome, …

Out of obscurity
Livemint, India –
… the mahal (palace) to allow elephants to enter, could never be buried in his intended grave because he died in exile in Burma, now Myanmar. …

A look back at the year 2008
Colonnade (subscription), GA –
On May 3, over 133000 people died from Cyclone Nargis in Burma. While reviewing world events before writing this article I came across this and was shocked …

YOU SAY BOMBAY, I SAY MUMBAI, LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.
Tapped, DC –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Asian Chronicles
New Haven Advocate, CT –
I just read Guy Delisle’s brilliant new graphic-novel/memoir of his own recent year of living dangerously next door in Burma, Burma Chronicles (Drawn …

Kyaw Zaw urges perseverance against Burmese regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… for dialogue between the military regime and the National League for Democracy and urged the people of Burma to continue their struggle against the junta.

Zargarnar, Nay Phone Latt awarded ‘Cyber-Dissident’ Award
Mizzima.com, India –
… from Burma, despite the ruling junta’s severe repression during the September monk-led 2007 protests and in the wake of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, …

Press freedom group names jailed Cuban ‘Reporter of the Year’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Known as the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” Zarganar “defended human rights and denounced the military government9s abuses” in comic sketches and entries in the …

Africa: Who’s Normal? Disability, Discrimination, and HIV/Aids
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
This is at a time when there are critical issues of human rights abuses in places like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo and Tibet as well as the looming …

Thai court rewards criminality
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. …

World focus on Burma (4 December 2008)

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Zarganar and Nay Phone Latt win international prize
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 4, 2008 (DVB)–Reporters Without Borders has awarded one of its annual prizes to Burmese comedian and activist Zarganar and blogger Nay Phone Latt, …

Burmese Try to Anticipate Junta’s Next Election Move
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… sources in Burma said. Meanwhile, the regime is pushing to complete preparations for voter registration. On Thursday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar …

Fiji: How to change the government from within?
Global Voices Online, MA –
Thais are doing it (but we don’t want violence, that I understand), the Burmese monks did it, Pakis did it, etc etc..even the LADIES IN WHITE of Communist …

UAW not to blame for auto woes
Port Huron Times Herald, MI –
East Pakistan shared a border with Burma, now the Union of Myanmar. West Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan. In 1971, East Pakistan separated from …

Rangoon Division PDC office to relocate
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military junta has ordered the office of the Rangoon Division Peace and Development Council (PDC) be shifted …

The Drama of 2008
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By KYAW ZWA MOE Events in Burma during 2008 added up to a drama packed with mixed emotions. They began with an appalling disaster, arousing sympathy and …

Zarganar, Other Dissidents Sent to Remote Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to his outspoken criticism of the Burmese junta, was transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to Myitkyina Prison in Kachin State, the sources said. …

Cuban journalist, North Korean radio station and two Burmese …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
The other 2008 nominees in this category were: Chrono-tm.org (Turkmenistan), Democracy Now! (United States), Contravía (Colombia), Wechange.org (Iran) and …

Who are the Elders, Can They Resolve World Crises?
radiovop.com, Zimbabwe –
… former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and, in absentia, Burmese democracy activist Aung Sun Suu Kyi. …

Ban Rules Out Visit to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy icon, Bush has been instrumental in pushing for US sanctions against the Burmese military junta and its …

Now I’m allowed to be offensive, I realise I’ve got nothing …
New Statesman, UK –
… there was another show to raise money and awareness for the plight of Zarganar, Burma’s most famous comedian. He has just had his 45-year prison …

Israel opens Gaza border to foreign journalists, aid workers
Ha’aretz, Israel –
… Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and Zimbabwe. …

RP hosts 18th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet in Tarlac
Balita.org, UK –
The 10 ASEAN member countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Ban will not visit Burma, despite calls by former world leaders
Mizzima.com, India –
But Montas on said the secretary general “said he would like to visit Myanmar [Burma] again to discuss a broad range of issues but that he will not be able …

Former World Leaders want Political Prisoners Freed in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Burmese pro-democracy supporters in New Delhi hold portraits of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at a protest against the Burmese …

Ethnic leaders dismayed by experts’ dismissal
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-12-04 07:34 Ethnic ceasefire leaders say they are disappointed with “blanket rejection” by Burma experts about the ruling …

Chevron acquitted in Nigeria human rights case
World War 4 Report, NY –
In 2005, Unocal settled a similar lawsuit brought by 15 villagers from Burma alleging the company was responsible for forced labor, rapes and a murder ..

Myanmar appeal by former world leaders
Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –
… appealed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to press for the release of political prisoners in Myanmar, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Bombay vs. Mumbai
The Plank on TNR.com, DC –
The Burma/Myanmar issue hinges on whether you think its ruling military junta is legitimate. No such ambiguity attaches to Mumbai. …

Volunteer — here, there, anywhere
Daily Trojan Online, CA –
Students were preparing to teach English to Burmese refugees. But in true Trojan spirit, university administrators are now attempting to find new …

Milton students’ work ‘amazing”
Danville News, PA –
… newspaper published in Phnom Penh, and he recently began publishing “The Burma Daily,” an online newspaper for the country now known as Myanmar.

Polluting, even as he exits
Boston Globe, United States –
But after mobs shut down Bangkok’s international airport last week, stranding 300000 travelers, and a politicized Constitutional Court banned Thailand’s …

The UN’s Racist Conference On Racism
Forbes, NY –
… this was more than twice the number of UNHRC criticisms leveled during that same period at North Korea, Burma and Sudan combined. …

No UN push over Myanmar prisoners
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

She added that Ibrahim Gambari, Ban’s special envoy to Myanmar, would also not return to the country formerly known as Burma, until he had a “real …

Dissent Of The Day
Atlantic Online –
For Hitchens, and now you, to state that the Bombay-Mumbai name change is akin to the Burma-Myanmar change is very insulting to this Mumbaikar proud of her …

World leaders pressure UN on Burmese prisoners
Radio Australia, Australia –
Last month, over 100 Burmese monks, journalists, lawyers and relief workers were each given long sentences in prison. Speaker: Jared Genser, US-based human …

Uncertain Future
AsianWeek, CA –
In Burma, the tolls of Cyclone Nargis became clearer: At least 85000 were killed with thousands more still missing, many probably washed out to sea, …

World leaders press UN chief on Myanmar prisoners
The Associated Press –
Ban traveled to Myanmar, also known as Burma, last May after Cyclone Nargis devastated coastal areas. Setting aside political considerations, he persuaded …

Accused killer’s mental competency delays hearing
Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
The defense has also raised questions about Met’s age, noting that there are no birth records for him in either Burma or Thailand, where Met was confined to …

‘No More Slaves’
The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
Creative World Justice hopes Singapore will lead the way in guaranteeing basic human rights and dignity to its “enslaved” domestic workers. …

Burma Banishes Hip-Hop Star and Others to Remote Prisons
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of imprisoned political dissidents in Burma said the country’s military rulers have dispatched seven more political detainees, …

Yahoo!7 Top Web Search Results Reveal Aussies Interests in 2008
e-Travel Blackboard (press release), Australia –
Chinese earthquake; Cyclone Nargis, the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma; and finally Large Hadron Collier, the world’s largest and ..

Latest news in Regional news brief
MorungExpress, India –
Dimapur, December 3, (MExN): According to police sources, two cadres of GPRN/NSCN were held from Burma Camp today at around 10:30 am and two 9mm (including …

Films in competition
Los Angeles Times, CA –

“Burma VJ” / Denmark (Director: Anders Oestergaard)—In September 2007, Burmese journalists risking life imprisonment to report from inside their sealed-off …

Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills Prove to be the Tipping …
MarketWatch –
One of a few international organizations with an extensive presence in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta region following Cyclone Nargis, Pact was the first on the …

ASEAN projects to push through
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
The ASEAN groups together the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma. …

Gilles Duceppe is not the devil
Canada.com, Canada –
Last night, a friend from Burma commented on how remarkable it is to see opposition parties working together to actually, you know, oppose a government, …

Burma Must Not Be Forgotten
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
The lack of health care, educational facilities, economic mismanagement, and ongoing severe human rights abuses drive many people out of the country. …

A Luxury Cruise in Harm’s Way
New York Times Blogs, NY –
… colony of Burma” — after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar in May and the ruling military junta deepened the crisis by blocking aid efforts afterward. …

Bangkok Tourist Scene Update
Gather.com, MA –
After the court decision the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) declared an end to the occupation of both Bangkok airports, following their withdrawal …

Burma’s Nuclear Temptation
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
At a press conference in Rangoon on January 21, 2002, Vice-Chief of Military Intelligence Major-General Kyaw Win issued a statement: “Myanmar’s …

Energy blues: a comparative analysis
The Post, Pakistan –
The future security of India is fully dependent on nuclear power plants, similar to the French model, and pipelines from Iran or from the areas like Burma …

Asian Chronicles
Hartford Advocate, CT –
They lived a few blocks from Aung San Suu Kyi, the duly elected president of the country who has been under house arrest for 20 years. …


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December 4, 2008 at 4:10 am

World focus on Burma (27-11-2008)

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Thailand considering postponing ASEAN summit: Thai FM

Mizzima.com, India

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thailand’s Foreign Minister, Sompong Amornviwat, on Thursday said the upcoming 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, scheduled to be held in Chiang Mai beginning December 15,…….

Foreign press issues plea to reopen Gaza crossing

The Benton Crier, IA –

Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Burma and Zimbabwe. ..

Zarganar and Journalist Associates Receive Additional Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, and two journalist friends were given additional prison terms by a special court in Rangoon’s Insein …

Burmese fishery export hit hard
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi (Mizzima) – An official from the Myanmar Fishery Department said that exports of fishery products to Bangladesh have fallen by about …

Internet users increasingly concerned over security
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nam Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – A sense of insecurity is developing among Internet users in Burma after seeing the long prison terms given to dissidents …

Burma Crackdown Could be Convenient for China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Myanmar [Burma] is part and parcel of China’s grand strategic design to achieve its goal of becoming a great power in the 21st century,” said Poon Kim Shee …

Mhlanga and Zarganar win arts awards for human rights
guardian.co.uk, UK –
A Zimbabwean playwright who has repeatedly challenged the Mugabe regime and a Burmese comedian who has recently been sentenced to 45 years in prison have …

Final battle in Bangkok a Pyrrhic victory
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. …

Letter from the Zimbabwe Vigil to South Africa and the Elders …
The Zimbabwean, Africa –
China, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba? The $30million offered by South Africa will not go far given the mendacity and greed of the Mugabe …

No Laughing Matter
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW Be warned—if you crack a joke, Burma’s military leaders usually don’t laugh. Instead, they send you to prison. Burma’s most famous comedian, …

Who’s behind the Thai protests?
New Statesman, UK –

… and Burma, where the military junta recently jailed a comedian for 45 years for criticising the generals’ slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Imprisoned Burmese comedian honored
Mizzima.com, India –
… and satirist Zargarnar, who was recently sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for his social activism and critical voice against Burma’s military rulers. …

Listen To A Voice Of Gratitude
Hartford Courant, United States –
His earliest memories of Myanmar (The Karen people call it Burma) are far worse than that. “I remember one thing — the military, they came and attacked our …

Two youth activists handed eight year prison terms
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo New Delhi – Continuing a series of handing down long prison terms to dissidents, Burma’s military authorities on Monday sentenced two …

Mizoram shows how to hold election
MorungExpress, India –
The Assam Rifles mans the international border with Burma and the Border Security Force is deployed on the Bangladesh border. The low decibel campaign, …

JUNTA HANDS DOWN RIDICULOUS PRISON SENTENCES IN LATEST CRACKDOWN …
IFEX, Canada –

Meanwhile, ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship note that the states with the largest influence on the Burmese junta – China, India and Thailand – have …

Junta Hands Down Ridiculous Prison Sentences
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement was sentenced to 45 years in jail on 21 November for criticising the junta’s slow response to the …

We must heed the sage advice of our elders
The Herald, UK –
During their twice-yearly meetings, a symbolic empty chair is always reserved for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s easy to mock the idea. …

Open-entry system reducing fishing resources
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Today majority of Bengalis are in fishing business and then come the Burmese, while in the past the fishermen of Sindh were at the top in this field, …

Disagreements between India, China surfacing
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Beijing is developing strategic port facilities in Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in order to protect sea lanes and ensure uninterrupted energy …

Obama the Realist
The Weekly Standard –
Democracy activists were slaughtered in Burma. The administration has removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terror in exchange for what …

Burma and a Task Unfinished: Considering the Options
OpEdNews, PA –
… the UN on the situation in Burma, the 28 February 2008 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, reports on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. …

Zimbabwe writer Mhlanga honoured (Zarganar awarded Imprisoned Artist Prize)
BBC News, UK –

Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Burmese Comedian Gets 45-Year Prison Sentence
OneWorld.net, UK –

HRW says the increased efforts to prosecute political activists “confirm that Burma’s rulers are undermining basic freedoms more strongly than ever as they …

Refugee youths in county schools fled repression
Explore Howard County, MD –
… began for Hammond High School senior Sui Hnem Iang Ngun Hei when her father became a wanted man in their native Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Competence Over Ideology
The National Interest Online, DC –
… watched and measured America’s shifting stance on apartheid, so it will measure the next administration’s commitment to democracy in Burma and beyond. …

Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Thailand, currently reaching the apex of months-long political turmoil, has taken this concept one step further, as the People’s Alliance for Democracy …

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November 27, 2008 at 3:05 am