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World focus on Burma (28 December 2008)

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Turning Racism into International Law: The UN’s Durban II Conference
Washington Examiner, DC –
Recall the military junta that misgoverns Burma and brutally suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations a year ago. Observe the horror of Zimbabwe, …

2008 year in review: Big news, small news and in between
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH –

May 3: Cyclone Nargis slams into Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing an estimated 22000 people. May 4: Ashes to ashes, suds to suds as an Illinois man throws …

2008: Floods, Famine and Pestilence
National Post, Canada –
When comes to loss of life, however, no other event this year tops the cyclone that hit Burma only ten days before the Sichuan earthquake. …

Myanmar refugees celebrate Karen new year
Deseret News, UT –
A few hundred Karen, a minority ethnic group from Myanmar (formerly Burma), gathered in an LDS meetinghouse Saturday to celebrate the 2748th year since …

NK Slammed for Rights Abuses
코리아타임즈, South Korea –
Among those opposing the resolution were China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Russia, Syria and Venezuela. Abstentions included Brazil, Singapore and …

The game of democracy and the facts in Somalia
Garowe Online, Somalia –
Attempting to transform them into direct or indirect colonies, and began to speak of democracy and democratization of non-European and non-Anglo-Saxon …

Eclipses in 2009
Sky & Telescope, FL –
The Moon’s shadow crosses Bhutan and clips Nepal, Bangladesh, and Burma (Myanmar) before reaching China. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, …

Ring the changes: New year, new hope
Daily Mail, UK –

… visit johnbarrowman.com I would like the world’s governments to wake up to the oppression and repression in Burma, before Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer …

UN Mulls Reengaging Burma With More Aid
Washington Post, United States –
The bank left in 1987 because Burma, which is officially known as Myanmar, did not implement economic and political reforms. “It cannot be business as usual …

Cyclone Nargis hits Burma, 2 May
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The night of the cyclone was like hiding beneath a Boeing 747 with all its engines on. The wind was roaring and you could hear trees snapping. …

Columnist Gwynne Dyer’s take on 2008
Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
Dozens died in nationalist demonstrations against the Chinese regime in Tibet in March, and tens of thousands died in the cyclone that struck southern Burma …

Finding freedom: Burmese immigrants say they want help to become …
New Bern Sun Journal, NC –
Eh, who is 53, grew up in Rangoon, a city in the eastern part of the Karen state of Burma. Burma was a democratic country until the military took control …

Families to re-enact wartime great escape from Hong Kong
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
… led by a one-legged Chinese admiral – began a daring escape from the city that would eventually lead some to the safety of Burma (now Myanmar). …

Sojourners are there for detainees
The Associated Press –
Human rights groups argue that jailing detainees amounts to criminalizing them. They condemn the limited right of detainees to appeal their incarceration, …

Japan’s action changes Asia’s image
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Japan also thinks that ASEAN membership should not provide a smokescreen for oppression in Myanmar.” Its engagement policy toward the Burmese military …


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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm

First would-be female PM marks shift in Japan

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By Isabel Reynolds

TOKYO (Reuters) – She’s less likely to hog the headlines than Sarah Palin, but former defence minister Yuriko Koike made an equally bold bid for power on Monday, as she launched an attempt to become Japan’s first woman prime minister.

A telegenic former newscaster fluent in English and Arabic, Koike, 56, emphasized her plans to tackle women’s issues and the environment as well as administrative reform at a news conference in Tokyo.

“Women often want to work while still looking after their families, but it’s hard for them to get the chance,” Koike, who is single and childless, told reporters.

“I want to deal with women’s issues on a cross-party basis. That will unleash the potential energy of women and make Japan an energetic country,” she said.

Koike lags far behind the favorite, former foreign minister Taro Aso, in opinion polls and cannot hope to command the kind of media attention surrounding Palin, Republican John McCain‘s surprise pick for running mate in the November U.S. presidential elections.

Standing for leadership of the tradition-bound ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and thus the premiership, is a daring move for a female, but Koike said she believed she had the necessary backing of 20 lawmakers to stand.

“It is a sign of change in Japanese society, and also of her own qualities,” Kuniko Inoguchi, a fellow female LDP lawmaker and supporter, told reporters after listening to Koike speak.

Japan ranked 54th out of 177 countries in terms of women’s economic and political power in a United Nations survey for 2007-2008 — way behind most major industrialized countries.

Japanese women were granted the right to vote only after Japan’s World War Two defeat and only one woman has ever led a major Japanese political party, the Socialists. A woman currently heads the tiny Social Democratic Party.

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Nevertheless, some voters said they would welcome the fresh outlook a woman might bring.

“I think it would be welcome internationally,” said Takuyuki Nemoto, 58. “It is the first time a female politician is running for prime minister. That in itself is significant,” he added, saying he expected a woman could do better than the current and previous premiers, each of whom stepped down after a year.

Some analysts noted that winning the backing of the male-dominated LDP membership might be harder than gaining acceptance from the general public.

“She needs to be accepted by the LDP first,” said Koichi Nakano, a politics professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. “She is a recent arrival. Being a woman and a recent arrival doesn’t play well in a conservative party. The party needs to be more desperate.”

One other major party has turned to a woman to try to restore its fortunes in Japanese political history.

Takako Doi led the Socialist Party from 1986, and helped the opposition win a historic upper house election victory in 1989, but she stepped down in 1991. In 1993, she was appointed the first female speaker of the lower house.

A second stint as party leader was less successful, and the remnant of her party is now only a minor player.

But even feminists who welcome the advent of a woman candidate for prime minister express doubt about whether Koike, a former environment minister who has served as a national security adviser and briefly as defence minister, is the right choice.

“She is the first woman to stand for the party leadership and I would like to congratulate her on that,” said Mitsuko Yamaguchi, chief executive of the Fusae Ichikawa Memorial Centre, which promotes women’s involvement in politics.

“The problem is what kind of policies she can come up with,” Yamaguchi said. “She didn’t come up through economic policy.

“There are many problems in this election, from huge public debt to the slowing economy and the ageing population. What to do about the economy is an extremely important issue. Other candidates are specialists in the economy.”

(Additional reporting by Naoto Okamura and Linda Sieg; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

© Thomson Reuters 2008. All rights reserved.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

Comparison of two different Prime Ministers

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Japan’s Prime Minister Resigns
New York Times –
By MARTIN FACKLER TOKYO – Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda of Japan abruptly announced his resignation on Monday, ending a short-lived and unpopular government marred by political paralysis.
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Thai PM Hangs on Amid Protests
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By MARGARET CONLEY Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej remained in office today as thousands of protestors in Bangkok continued to demand his resignation,

Thailand’s political stalemate deepens Christian Science Monitor –
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 1, 2008 at 5:54 pm

World focus on Burma (23 July 2008)

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Open China’s great firewall

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Egypt, Syria, Russia, and Burma (Myanmar) are among those countries known to crack down on citizens who use the Internet to protest. …

Southeast Asia Nations Back Indo-US Nuclear Deal – PTI

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar [Burma], the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Discrimination over aid distribution among cyclone victims: new report

Mizzima.com, India –

Ko Shwe, author of the report, said he travelled extensively to cyclone-hit areas, particularly to Laputta and Ngaputaw townships in Burma’s southwestern …

US removes oil giant from Burma sanctions

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The US oil giant Chevron will continue to do business in Burma after a provision to stop it operating there was removed from the latest round of US …

Congress Bows to Big Oil in Burma

The Washington Independent, DC –

More recently, the junta barred most international aid in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta in May. …

Activists urge action after ASEAN charter ratification

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 23, 2008 (DVB)–Burmese rights activists have welcomed Burma’s ratification of the ASEAN charter but urged that public education and an enforcement …

Authorities censor Nargis cartoons

Mizzima.com, India –

The cartoons were exhibited for a fund raising drive in an exhibition entitled ‘Wakeup from Storm’ for Cyclone Nargis victims. Five officials of the Cartoon …

Burmese Junta censors Cyclone cartoons

Mizzima.com, India –

Burma’s military authorities on Tuesday banned several cartoons at a fund raising exhibition for victims of Cyclone-Nargis, for allegedly violating censor …

Remarks at ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference

US Department of State, DC –

We are especially concerned, as you know, about the situation in Burma. And the United States did indeed extend humanitarian assistance. …

Human rights group backs increased pressure on Burma

Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

“Furthermore, we call on the UN Security Council to impose a universal arms embargo on the regime in Burma, and to refer a case against Burma’s Generals to …

US Tamils to Hold Black July Rally and Vigil

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

The joint rally will protest China against its military support to Sri Lanka and Burma whose governments are accused of committing grave human rights …

Relief Must Focus on Remote Areas: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING After visiting cyclone-hit areas of Burma’s Irrawaddy delta on Tuesday, John Holmes, the United Nations’ chief humanitarian relief official …

Speculation Surrounds Future UWSA Leaders

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE As Bao Yuxiang, the chairman of one of the largest armed groups in Burma, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), remains in ill heath, …

Metro Snapshot: July 23, 2008

Metro Canada – Toronto, Canada –

STAYING BEHIND BARS:After word spread that Myanmar’s military may be releasing democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi within six months, a Singapore newspaper …

Burma activist’s trek crosses Morris

Dailyrecord.com, NJ –

His name is simply Athein, a 35-year-old native of Burma, which was renamed Myanmar 20 years ago by the ruling military junta. Athein’s stroll along the …

Washington Post Editor’s Dad Has Anti-Bush Blog

Gawker, NY –

Furthermore, Burma initially rejected all foreign aid whereas Mr. Bush only rejected aid from Cuba. As the recent hearings show, by not tracking the …

Barefoot for Burma

Melton Today, UK –

A teacher walked barefoot through Melton on Monday on his way from Scotland to London to raise the plight of children in Burma. Carrying only salt, rice, …

Great Falls resident helps effort to get life-saving drugs into …

Great Falls Tribune, MT –

Three days after Myanmar, formerly called Burma, was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis, the country’s worst tropical storm in 25 years, Sollid and five other …

Thai Paper Urges More Pressure on Burma

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The foreseeable future for Burma is clear: there will be no opposition to worry the junta. What is emerging from the ASEAN ministerial meeting is an …

China to Strengthen Cooperation With ASEAN

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar [Burma], the Philippines, Singapore, …

Current Affairs Heavy Hearts and High Hopes

Velocity, KY –

But Eh Doh Htoo, a refugee from Myanmar (formerly called Burma), has had plenty of other things on his mind, too, since he arrived in Louisville in March …

Australia to give more aid to Myanmar, US says it’s ready to …

International Herald Tribune, France –

… in addressing the root cause of Burma’s grave problem, the repression of the Burmese democracy movement,” Rice said, using the former name for Myanmar. …

UN Security Council to Discuss Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS NEW YORK — As the United Nations plans to send special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to Burma in September and the Security Council …

Asean EU-style Union Likely to Stumble

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma ratified the charter this week, but immediately declared in Singapore that it will resist any attempt by guardians of a future Asean human rights …

Rice urges ASEAN to push Myanmar to reform

Reuters –

“It was in the interest of ASEAN and the people of Burma to persuade Myanmar’s leaders to free political prisoners and to open up a dialogue with the …

US Senate Bans on Import of Burmese Gems

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Congress began to consider the legislation in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, when the Burmese regime placed restrictions that severely limited the ability …

UN pulls out of cyclone-swamped Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – The United Nations is to stop flying in aid to Myanmar/Burma in August, forcing relief agencies to find another way to bring in vital supplies to …

Singapore And US Reaffirm Their Strong Relations

Bernama, Malaysia –

They also discussed developments in Myanmar and the important mission of United Nations’ Special Envoy Professor Ibrahim Gambari to meet the country’s …

Opposition leader to be freed in six months?

Metro, UK –

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in about six months, the military junta has suggested. Ms Suu Kyi is approaching the …

New Zealand to Provide Further Funding for Burma Relief

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

New Zealand will provide a further 2m dollars [approx 1.5m US] for ongoing relief efforts in Myanmar [Burma], announced Foreign Minister Winston Peters …

Millions in Myanmar cyclone aid still to be released

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

GENEVA, July 22, 2008 (AFP) – More than 5.8 million dollars in emergency aid for victims of Myanmar’s cyclone Nargis is still to be released by donor …

US Congress approves legislation to bar Myanmar gems

AFP –

… clear message to the junta that the United States stands squarely with the freedom-loving people of Burma,” McConnell said, using Myanmar’s former name. …

Australia to give aid to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday an extra $29 million in aid for survivors of Myanmar’s May cyclone, but pressed its recalcitrant military …

Australia injects 29 million US dollars more for cyclone victims

Monsters and Critics.com –

‘We made this contribution because we are very pleased with the progress that ASEAN and the United Nations have made in conjunction with Myanmar,’ he told …

Burma urged to hold free, fair election

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

AUSTRALIA has repeated its call for Burma to hold free and fair elections and release Aung San Suu Kyi after the junta ratified an ASEAN charter setting …

Australia calls on Myanmar to hold free elections

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Australia has reiterated calls for Myanmar to release Aung San Suu Kyi after the junta ratified an ASEAN charter setting principles of human rights, …

Aus pledges another $30 million in Myanmar cyclone aid

NDTV.com, India –

Australia has committed an extra 30 million dollars (USD 29 million) to Myanmar cyclone relief, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Wednesday. …

US Congress passes new Myanmar gemstone sanctions bill

International Herald Tribune, France –

… a gap in current sanctions, which already bar the importation of gemstones directly from Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. …

Burma, North Korea Top Southeast Asian Security Agenda

Media Newswire (press release), NY –

Rice will meet with ASEAN ministers July 23 to take stock of US-ASEAN cooperation on regional issues, Marciel said, including Burma’s cyclone recovery and …

Suu Kyi: ‘Don’t just sit there. Do something.’

Pacific Daily News, GU –

When the junta organized the “Visit Myanmar Year 1996,” Suu Kyi declared, “we would like potential visitors to Burma to show they are not going to buy their …

Dine out and help a good cause

Camden Haven Courier, Australia –

Her latest project will raise funds for the victims in Burma’s Cyclone Nargis in the Irrawaddy Delta. Tin is a Burma-born Australian and, with her husband …

Burmese still waiting on $6m in cyclone aid

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

MORE than $US5.8 million ($5.94 million) in emergency aid for victims of Burma’s cyclone Nargis is still to be released by donor countries, the World Health …

Flowering Bamboo Leads to Starvation in Burma

The Epoch Times, NY –

“The situation is at a critical point,” said Salai Bawi Lian Mang, head of the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) which is monitoring the situation. …

Burma Dissidents Urge UN Secretary General To Intervene In Crisis

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

The military government of Burma, which it calls Myanmar, has been reluctant to allow foreign Christian groups to enter the country, although some managed …

John McCain’s Remarks on Abortion to National Pro-Life Convention

LifeNews.com, MT –

And I know that I have a personal obligation to advocate human rights wherever they are denied, in Bosnia or Burma, in Cuba or the Middle East, …

SE Asian nations fail to win Thai-Cambodia breakthrough

Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –

The fracas did manage to shove Myanmar out of the spotlight it usually occupies with great uneasiness at Asean meetings. The meetings began with a rare ray …

Japan Vows Additional Aid for Myanmar

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Singapore, July 22 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura on Tuesday promised to provide cyclone-hit Myanmar with additional aid worth 21 …

Local concert raises $11000

Independent and Free Press, Canada –

… John’ United Church, was so moved by the plight of the people of Burma (Myanmar) and China, that she decided to put together a benefit concert to help. …

CPJ calls on Burma donors to consider media access

CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –

Those detained include Aung Kyaw San, editor-in-chief of the Myanmar Tribune; Ma Eine Khine Oo, a journalist with Ecovision Journal; popular commentator, …

Australia gives $30m to Burma

NEWS.com.au, Australia –

AUSTRALIA has boosted its funding to Cyclone Nargis-ravaged Burma by $30 million, the Government has announced. The increase brings Australia’s total …

‘Suu Kyi will not be freed in 6 months’

Howrah News Service, India –

Singapore: Burma’s foreign minister has said pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi can be kept in detention legally until late 2009 and not until December …

ASEAN all talk and no action on temple spat

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Thailand disagreed yesterday and the plan was abandoned. Burma also put its foot down on an ASEAN plan to set up a human rights body. AP.

Myanmar objects to monitoring powers of new ASEAN human rights body

JURIST –

The comments, made during a Monday meeting to organize the new ASEAN human rights committee, indicate that Myanmar [JURIST news archive] may block attempts …

World Focus on Burma (27-11-2007)

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  1. Former Annapolis High athlete aids Myanmar protesters
    Annapolis Capital, MD –
    On the air, the 22-year-old smoothly expounded as an authority on conditions inside Myanmar, also called Burma, where a military junta has held the country …
  2. UN Envoy Discusses Burma Crisis With Vietnam
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is meeting with officials in Viet Nam as part of his consultations with regional leaders on the situation …
  3. Burmese Government Disconnect Fails
    ThreatsWatch.Org –
    The will to overcome such restrictions however, triumphed to a degree: Savvy young bloggers in Myanmar are breaking through the military junta’s tight …
  4. Myanmar mid-year gems emporium ends in Yangon
    Xinhua, China –
    27 (Xinhua) — A total of 3618 lots of jade, gems and pearls were sold at the 13-day mid-year Myanmar gems emporium which ended here Monday evening, ..
  5. Vietnam expects a stable Myanmar: PM
    Nhan Dan, Vietnam –
    As an ASEAN member and a neighbour of Myanmar, Vietnam expects the situation in the Southeast Asian country to become stable, contributing to the stability …
  6. Search for 50 boat passengers called off
    Brisbane Times, Australia – 8 hours ago
    Jasimuddin said the passengers were Bangladeshi and also Burma refugees from camps at Cox’s Bazar, 300 km south of the national capital, Dhaka. …
  7. New Images from Rambo!
    IESB.NET, CA –
    … aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). …
  8. Myanmar gem auction wrapped up regime says amid boycott calls
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — Military-run Myanmar has wrapped up a gem auction, a major money-spinner for the junta, state media said Tuesday, despite sanctions and calls …
  9. Vietnam can help Myanmar: envoy
    Gulf Times, Qatar –
    … in the country formerly called Burma. Vietnam’s leaders “are listened to by Myanmar, because I think they are among the countries closest to Myanmar, …
  10. Myanmar junta frees ethnic Chin leader
    Reuters India, India –
    Critics have accused the regime of seeking to exploit ethnic divisions in the former Burma, home to a dizzying array of rival tribes, religions, …
  11. Myanmar concludes gems auction with foreign merchants
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP YANGON, Myanmar: More than 2000 foreign merchants attended Myanmar’s major gems auction, state-media reported Tuesday, despite international calls to …
  12. CBS 5 Journalist Ventures Inside Burma
    CBS 5, CA –
    Many in the nation that was called Burma hope 45 years of military rule will end. Sandwiched between China and India, Myanmar is closed to journalists. …
  13. Missed opportunity on Burma
    ISN, Switzerland –
    … in Burma. But no aversion to EU sanctions could deter ASEAN from talking trade with Brussels. Summit host Lee Hsien Loong said that “while Myanmar is …
  14. ‘Our’ dictator gets away with it
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    “Even Burma [Myanmar] is ahead. On the other hand in 2006, Pakistan spent US$ 5.1 billion on arms.” Khan, now released, says he’s in favor of boycotting the …
  15. Junta soldier shot Nagai from 1 meter away : MPD Kyodo News: The Japanese video journalist gunned down in September while covering an antigovernment rally in Myanmar was shot from a meter away by the nearest soldier, Tokyo police said Monday.
  16. Myanmar sells $150 mln of gems at auction: official
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — Military-run Myanmar has sold precious stones worth 150 million dollars during this month’s gem auction, an official said Tuesday, …
  17. Burmese Gem Auction Concludes
    IDEX Online, Israel –
    Myanmar’s (Burma) gem auction ended Monday, after more than 2000 foreign merchants from 16 countries had attended and more than 3500 lots of precious stones …
  18. Panties with Power
    RH Reality Check, DC –
    Currently, activists exasperated at the failure of diplomacy to apply pressure on Burma’s military regime are resorting to a new means of protest against …
  19. Burma’s weekly journals faced with declining readership
    Mizzima.com, India –
    With more publishing license issued by the Burmese junta’s Information Ministry, sources said, new journals such as the Myanmar Times and Mann Daw Yeik will …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 27, 2007 at 4:33 am

World Focus on Burma (19-11-2007)

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  1. Junta wins by playing Suu Kyi card effectively
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By KYAW ZWA MOE Believe it or not, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has prolonged the lifespan of Burma’s repressive junta. …
  2. Toothless charter will hurt Asean credibility
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    This principle has already severely limited what Asean has been willing to do in relation to Burma. Another limitation of the charter is the fact that …
  3. WE DON’T WANT VIOLENCE
    Electric New Paper, Singapore –
    … when Burma finally achieves democracy, foreigners who come to Burma will also show respect for our country,’ he said. Another Myanmar national, mrkyaw …
  4. Activists urge Asean to tighten screws on Yangon as summit kicks …
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    In her speech, Ms Ng reiterated: “My own view is that it (Asean) should not be slow to take Myanmar to task, including suspending it, if its military rulers …
  5. Students defy Myanmar protest ban at ASEAN summit
    Reuters –
    “We want to say that the world is still watching and has not forgotten about Burma,” Muzaffar said. Continued…
  6. THE ASEAN DREAM: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
    Electric New Paper, Singapore –
    Nothing has done more in recent months to give a sense of relevance to Asean among ordinary Singaporeans than the situation in Myanmar, Mr Yeo pointed out. …
  7. China backs ASEAN on Myanmar
    Hindu, India –
    SINGAPORE: China on Sunday threw its weight behind the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) by taking the line that the Myanmar crisis be …
  8. ASEAN Refuses To Accept US Senate’s Resolution To Debar Myanmar
    AHN –
    … Asian countries (ASEAN) on Sunday has refused to accept the US Senate’s resolution for suspending Myanmar (also called Burma) from the regional group. …
  9. Arroyo, Burma PM meet before summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Minister Thein Sein of Burma (Myanmar) — two leaders whose governments have come under international scrutiny over allegations of human rights abuses. …
  10. Myanmar’s neighbours should play greater role
    South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
    Western nations are pressuring the leaders to impose sanctions on the nation’s military rulers or throw Myanmar out of the 10-member Association of …
  11. Southeast Asians finalize landmark constitution that will set up …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … Asian nation once known as Burma. A glimmer of hope for democracy in Myanmar has been raised by the recent efforts of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, ..
  12. ASEAN leaders to tackle Myanmar their way
    ABS CBN News, Philippines –
    … time as the government of Burma has demonstrated improved respect for and commitment to human rights.” Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. …
  13. Asean summit embarrassed by Burma’s rulers
    Financial Times (subscription), UK –
    But many suspect the real rationale is to shield Burma’s military rulers, including Thein Sein, the prime minister, from the public gaze. …
  14. Official media: More peace groups, militia object some points of …
    Xinhua, China –
    The series of statements of the peace groups and militia, carried in the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar in the last two days, include those of …
  15. China to Reject Imposing Sanctions on Myanmar (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    … effort to bring about change in the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. China will say it “is in favor of democratic change in Myanmar, …
  16. Myanmar says it will sign ASEAN Charter
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    SINGAPORE – Myanmar will this week sign a new charter for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which commits members to promote human rights …
  17. Southeast Asian ministers adopt landmark charter
    AFP –
    However, democracy activists have rejected it as inadequate because it does not include a mechanism to suspend or eject Myanmar from the grouping despite …
  18. SBY has chance to make history with Myanmar
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    President Yudhoyono also needs to personally tell Myanmar’s new prime minister, Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, who will also attend a regional summit, to convey the …
  19. UN envoy sees “opportunity” in Myanmar
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    SINGAPORE – UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari sees “a window of opportunity” in Myanmar and hopes to return to the country before year’s end, …
  20. Junta not welcome in Singapore’s Little Burma
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    SINGAPORE – Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein, in Singapore for the ASEAN summit, would not be too welcome at Peninsula Plaza, the hub for the …
  21. Stubborn Myanmar question looms over ASEAN signing – Feature
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Despite the international uproar over the crackdown, ASEAN has rejected calls to suspend Myanmar until the crisis is resolved. The Free Burma Coalition, …
  22. Adieu to the ‘Asean Way’
    Wall Street Journal –
    If these recommendations are adopted, Asean’s commitment to reform will immediately be tested by how it will deal with Myanmar’s generals. ..
  23. CWS Hotline 19 Nov 2007: Dominican Republic, Myanmar
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is worsening. Poverty in some regions has reached critical levels, with severe food insecurity and many landless …
  24. Students defy police, march along Singapore’s premier boulevard
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘We also hope that more people will come out and show solidarity with Burma.’ Myanmar has become the focus of protests worldwide after a violent crackdown …
  25. China backs UN efforts in Myanmar, hopes for national …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … first led the peaceful demonstrations against the fuel hikes and inflation that were pummeling the impoverished people of Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
  26. Protest Singapore Style; 3 Marchers, 19 Media, 1000 Police
    Bloomberg –
    19 (Bloomberg) — A planned protest in Singapore against Asian leaders’ “tacit” approval of Myanmar’s fatal crackdown on demonstrations fizzled today when …
  27. Asian path to assistance
    Washington Times, DC –
    Following an Asian path is likely to be a more effective way of promoting positive change in Burma. The military regime that came to power in Burma/Myanmar …
  28. US says ASEAN reputation at stake over handling of Myanmar
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … ASEAN has been called into question because of the situation in Burma … It just can’t be business as usual,» she said. Myanmar is also known as Burma.
  29. Nations in need of stability
    Indianapolis Star, United States –
    Earlier this month, two leading United Nations officials seeking to bring peace and stability to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan incurred the wrath of …
  30. India’s Myanmar policy could provoke the Northeast
    Merinews, India –
    Things went well for New Delhi until the sudden uprising in adjoining Burma (also known as Myanmar). While New Delhi invited critical comments from …
  31. Shades of Tiananmen Square return
    Elmira Star-Gazette, NY –
    In Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), a small country in South Asia, civilians calling for democracy have suffered similar consequences. …
  32. ASEAN leaders to confront Myanmar
    AFP –
    … to push Myanmar’s generals towards democracy, but so far it has been reluctant to take any punitive action against the nation formerly known as Burma. …
  33. Asean under pressure over Myanmar
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    Leaders from the Association of South-East Asian Nations are facing renewed pressure to take action against Myanmar as they gather for an annual summit in …
  34. US Says Possible to Finish Trade Talks in 14 Months (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar is a member of Asean, which has rebuffed calls for sanctions against the military-ruled country, formerly known as Burma. …
  35. Myanmar supports ASEAN Charter after human rights body neutered
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    SINGAPORE (AP): Myanmar gave its full backing Monday to a landmark Southeast Asian charter that will create an agency to review the region’s human rights …
  36. Asean finalises historic charter
    BBC News, UK –
    “If you make all these fierce statements and supposing we say we expel Myanmar [Burma] from Asean, what difference does it make?” Mr Lee told the BBC. …
  37. EU, ASEAN scratch each other’s backs
    Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
    The latter is all the more imperative following the sad events in Myanmar. The EU has a strong interest that Burma/Myanmar develops into a democratic and …
  38. Burma ‘must comply’ with pact
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations expects Burma to comply with a landmark charter after the military-ruled country made no objections …
  39. Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Meets Liaison Minister
    The Associated Press –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …
  40. Myanmar’s detained Suu Kyi taken to state guesthouse
    Reuters UK, UK –
    Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein was due later on Monday to brief his counterparts on events in the former Burma for the first time since the crackdown. …
  41. Detained Suu Kyi taken to govt guesthouse
    ABC Online, Australia –
    There are reports that Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been taken from the Rangoon villa where she has been held for the past four years to a …
  42. ASEAN urged to put rights component of new charter in separate treaty
    JURIST –
    ASEAN is facing criticism for allowing military-ruled Myanmar to sign the Charter, but a split such as described might save face by allowing Myanmar to …
  43. EU confirms tougher Myanmar sanctions
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘The EU looks forward to Mr Gambari’s return and reiterates its call on the government of Burma/Myanmar to afford him all possible assistance, …
  44. EU Tightens Sanctions as Myanmar Is Set to Sign Asian Charter
    Bloomberg –
    “Asean has special responsibility when it comes to the situation in Burma,” US Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today in Singapore. …
  45. Japan, Myanmar pms may discuss reforms, killing: aides
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    … and opponents led by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. ‘I cannot specifically predict what they will discuss but in recent meetings with Myanmar, …
  46. ASEAN countries oppose Singapore’s plan for UN envoy to brief …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    Myanmar objected to the briefing and other ASEAN countries, except Singapore, supported Myanmar, a senior Malaysian official told Malaysian journalists. …
  47. Myanmar crackdown tests a core value of Asean
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    “The reputation and credibility of Asean as an organization has been called into question because of the situation in Burma.” Many analysts predict that …
  48. US optimistic about Doha trade talks
    BusinessWeek –
    … deal done,” said US Trade Representative Susan Schwab on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore. …
  49. US Trade Representative Says Situation in Burma Undermining …
    Voice of America –
    Ambassador Schwab told VOA that ASEAN has, in her words, a special responsibility when it comes to Burma. “I think the key is business as usual just doesn’t …
  50. Philippines Could Block New Asia Charter
    The Associated Press –
    The US and other nations have strongly criticized ASEAN for its relatively conciliatory approach toward the junta controlling Myanmar, a bloc member that …
  51. Philippines want Myanmar to restore democracy
    Pravda, Russia –
    Unless Myanmar restores democracy and frees Aung San Suu Kyi, opposition leader, it is unlikely to ratify a landmark Southeast Asian charter, …
  52. UN envoy Gambari briefing on Myanmar to Asian leaders cancelled …
    ABCmoney.co.uk, UK –
    By : Agencies SINGAPORE (Thomson Financial) – Southeast Asian leaders have called off a briefing by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari on the situation in Myanmar …
  53. Pressuring ASEAN on Burma
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    The extrajudicial killings here and the slaying of pro-democracy protesters in Burma (Myanmar) have roused virulent reactions. …
  54. US envoy won’t address Asian summit as planned after Myanmar objects
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    It is a difficult problem for Myanmar,» Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the chairman of ASEAN, told reporters, after reading out the statement. …
  55. Burma: Targeted Sanctions Needed on Petroleum Industry
    Reuters AlertNet, UK –
    These entities include the Burmese government’s Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), a state company under the Ministry of Energy whose earnings benefit …
  56. UPADTE 1-ASEAN calls for democracy in Myanmar, bars UN envoy
    Reuters –
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations said on Monday that Myanmar should work with the United Nations on democracy and release political detainees, …
  57. ASEAN calls off UN envoy briefing on Myanmar at summit (Extra)
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Singapore – The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday abruptly called off a scheduled address by UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari at a …
  58. UN study spotlights serious development gaps among ASEAN members
    UN News Centre –
    19 November 2007 – As the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) get set to discuss a plan for greater regional integration at …
  59. Junta seizes Chinese mobile phones in northern Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    While Burmese mobile phones (operated by the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication) cost about 3000000 kyat the Chinese mobile phones cost about 100000 kyats. …
  60. US criticises ASEAN as Myanmar overshadows new charter
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    By Neil Chatterjee SINGAPORE, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations called on Myanmar on Monday to move towards democracy after facing criticism and …
  61. ASEAN stands ready to help Myanmar: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    By Valarie Tan, Channel newsasia | Posted: 20 November 2007 0247 hrs SINGAPORE : ASEAN leaders have agreed to let Myanmar deal with the United Nations on …