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World focus on Burma (15 January 2009)

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WJA and GIA to host lecture for gemstones
Diamond World Magazine, India –
Also, the speaker will take the audience through some of his experiences at various gemstone hubs of the world, like Myanmar (Burma), East Africa, India, …

By Subir Bhaumik Thai soldiers are detaining illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma and forcing them back out to sea in boats without engines, …

East Timor’s dream: Zone of peace
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… include the dictatorial rule in Burma, the former trouble in Aceh in Indonesia, the Moro conflict in Mindanao, and the insurgency in Southern Thailand. …

Burma’s Human Rights conditions deepens in 2008: HRW
Mizzima.com, India –
Another point that the HRW noted was the extension of the detention period of Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest. …

Kerry praises Rice for UN ambassador
Boston Globe, United States –
Sometimes, working through the United Nations has proved frustrating when it comes to addressing humanitarian crises in places like Burma, Darfur, …

The sentencing of the young student is only the latest in Myanmar, headed by a military dictatorship that cuts off any form of dissent by imprisoning its …

Myanmar: Cyclone recovery “will take up to four years”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… citing the importance of the TCG – comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the government of Myanmar and UN – in facilitating access and …

Freedom House Report Shows Setbacks in Global Freedom
UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma was also rated amongst the “worst of the worst” for political and civil liberties, largely due to severe crackdowns on political activists in the …

Thailand Urged to Stop Pushing Refugees Out to Sea
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –


By LAWI WENG A refugee rights organization has called on the Thai government to stop stranding Rohingya boat people from western Burma’s Arakan State at sea …

Murders in Nepal, Sri Lanka Underscore Dangers for Journalists in Asia
findingDulcinea, New York –
In nearby Burma, where media and access to the Internet are severely restricted, the military government recently released a list of rules that editors must …

Six opposition party members freed
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military junta on Wednesday released six members of the opposition party, who had been arrested and detained for …

Thailand persecutes Muslim minority
Spero News –
The issue of Rohingya refugees from Burma, arrested in Thailand and abandoned on the high seas after seeking refuge, will be an issue discussed at the ASEAN …

Non-military Pilots to be Trained in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Military-ruled Burma is set to open a pilot ground training school at Hmawbi Air Force Base in Rangoon Division that—for the first time—will …

Ramos-Horta: Help, yes, but not mediate
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Ramos-Horta said the continued conflict in various parts of the world — in Gaza, Somalia, Sudan, and Burma/Myanmar — is “an indictment of all of us. …

Burma Situation Affects Region: Thai PM
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Wednesday that because the situation in Burma could affect other countries in the region, …

Change required in Burma: Thai PM
Mizzima.com, India –
He told reporters that whatever happened in Burma had an impact on the region as a whole, and that was the reason why Thailand would persuade the military …

Officials sacked after Than Shwe visit
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 15, 2009 (DVB)–Provincial and township administration officials in Zalun township have been dismissed after junta leader senior general Than Shwe was …

Human Rights in Burma Deteriorating: Report
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China, Russia, India and Thailand continue to provide diplomatic support for the Burmese junta and are major trade and investment partners, the report said. …

Burmese Schoolteacher and Family Repatriated
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Ko Gyi has previously been interviewed by BBC Burmese Service and The Irrawaddy. Thai authorities also raided his home and school in Ranong and seized some …

Six NLD members released
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I told them it was my own decision to get involved in politics as I used to be a soldier and I love Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is the daughter of the …

Daw Suu’s lawyer frustrated by appeal delays
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 15, 2009 (DVB)–Kyi Win, lawyer for detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has expressed his frustration with the authorities’ slow response to her …

Hope for India’s ‘broken’ Buddhists
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
“Buddhist communities here are still very poor,” explains Fulzele, “We can’t build huge monasteries like in Burma [Myanmar], Sri Lanka or Thailand, …

Activist sent to 104 years in jail by Myanmar junta
Merinews, India –
The activist, also known as Phyo Gyi, is a member of the All Burma Federation of Students Union (ABFSU) in Upper Myanmar and was picked up by the police on …

THAILAND: Addressing sexual violence in Mae La refugee camp
IRINnews.org, NY –
MAE LA, 15 January 2009 (IRIN) – Mae La camp, the largest of nine for Burmese refugees on the Thai border, resembles a small thatched city, now more than a …

Burma: India Uncut congratulates Ashin Mettacara
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
India Uncut was also Nominated for best Asian blog and has been selected the finalist 2008 weblog awards. The blog was leading over Ashin Mettacara’s blog …

LARRY LITTLE: Bush Years: the Good, Bad and Ugly
Kitsap Sun,  United States –
3) Laura Bush as been truly a First “Lady,” and even Edith Wilson-like in her quietly handling point on crises such as Burma. 4) He has been a statesman in …

Burma sentences student to 104 years jail
Australia Network News, Australia –
Bo Min Yu Ko was sentenced at a Mandalay court for his political activities which included going to the Thai border to contact an exile group. …

Activist jailed 104 years
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘He was sentenced for his political activities as he went to the border (with Thailand) to contact an exile group,’ a Myanmar official told AFP on condition …

British minister calls for a new approach to EU-ASEAN trade pact
Monsters and Critics.com –
… Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by 24.2 per cent and the region’s exports to the EU by 18.5 per cent. …

UniNet aims to be R&D hub in Indochina
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
We will then begin negotiation and cooperation with Burma and Cambodia to connect their education networks with UniNet,” Wichan said. “The Thai government …

Jose Ramos-Horta on my mind
Minda News, Philippines –
The same principle has been lately challenged in ASEAN with another monstrosity that is Burma. It was but natural then, nay, imperative to bring back “home” …

Thank you, Laura; please tell Michelle!
Washington Times, DC –
Among others, her advocacy on behalf of human-rights abuse victims in the Union of Burma has brought tremendous attention from the international community. …

Myanmar’s previous name was Burma. “The allegations include assertions that Burmese and other migrants — whether or not they have UNHCR documentation …

Asean a diplomatic ‘superpower’
AsiaOne, Singapore –
But the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is a diplomatic superpower compared to the EU, argued an eminent political analyst, adding that Asean …

Questions Asians ask about America
Redwood Times, CA –
Editor’s note: In the next Letter from Asia, Stephens will take us deep into the heart of Burma, into an area up the Chindwan River where no foreigner has……

Bahrain among freest in region
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –
“At a time when democracy’s antagonists are increasingly assertive and its supporters are in disarray, the new administration must focus on the need to …

Burmese Labor Activist Describes Kidnapping
Radio Free Asia, DC –
A Burmese labor activist in Malaysia describes how he was kidnapped and intimidated for speaking out against human trafficking. Burmese labor activist Ye …

Obama urged to act on human rights
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

… decision-making processes let countries such as Sudan and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, carry out rights abuses behind claims of sovereignty. …

Legacy of 50 years, 1900-1950 AD
Modern Ghana, Ghana –
African youth, as soldiers, are marched to Burma, and die aplenty for the British Crown. America stays strongly opposed to joining the war that she sees as …

Key Questions for Susan E. Rice, Nominee for US Ambassador to the United Nations
Heritage.org, DC –
[14] In Burma, UNDP was accused by local NGOs of allowing the regime to use its funds to further its political agenda and undermine the rights of its …

Group criticizes China’s human rights record
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
In Myanmar, an “already dismal human rights record” got worse last year after a huge cyclone killed more than 84000 people. Human Rights Watch criticized …

Report: US needs to reclaim human rights agenda from ‘spoilers’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… Egypt for encouraging less scrutiny of the Darfur conflict, and India and China for staying silent on repression in Myanmar (Burma). …

My shock at rough treatment of refugees on Thai holiday beach
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
… Thai navy guards beat scores of Rohingya refugees, who hail from the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, on a busy tourist beach in the Similan Islands. …

Repugnant refugee policy must be disowned
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
They bring to life a witness’ account of the rough reception that awaits Muslims from Myanmar who take to the sea in small boats in the hope of escaping …

Refugees in ordeal on Thai island
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group who hail from an area along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Mr Jones, his girlfriend and parents were among a boatload …

Reason’s Howley Banned in Burma
Reason Online, CA –
… and critical writings on the nation’s tyrannous regime in our pages. (Howley lived in and worked as a journalist in Burma before joining Reason. …

China criticised over human rights
The Press Association –
In Burma, an “already dismal human rights record” got worse last year after a huge cyclone killed more than 84000 people. Human Rights Watch criticised the …

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World focus on Burma (14 January 2009)

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End ‘ugly’ human rights record, group urges Obama
CBC.ca, Canada –
Human Rights Watch is urging Barack Obama to end the “ugly record” of complacency and abuse under US President George W. Bush and make human rights a top …

Junta sentences activist to 104 years in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
… a total of 104 years in prison, the longest term so far, early in January, the Thailand based Assistant Association of Political Prisoners (Burma) said. …

Our foreign policy challenges
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Over the last 38 years, we have behaved like a country with one neighbour (we took Burma for granted) — a compulsion brought about by many factors, …

Burma’s gem industry: profit that fills the generals’ pockets
Mizzima.com, India –
He also insists that a part of the high-quality gems produced is also smuggled directly to China, Thailand and Hong Kong. “The mining scene in Mogoke today …

Conflicts, crackdowns mar 2008 Asian rights record: HRW
AFP –

In Myanmar, also known as Burma — which HRW said also draws support from China, Russia and Thailand — democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi went into her …

Myanmar Rat Infestation Causing Food Crisis – NGO
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
YANGON (AFP)–Tens of thousands of people in remote northwestern Myanmar faced a food crisis after their farmlands were destroyed by a rat infestation, …

18 Detainees Escape Kupang Immigration
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
… from Afghanistan and Burma to escape early on Wednesday morning. Rochmadi, head of the Kupang branch office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, …

Burma, Myanmar: Religion cannot be separated from politics; what …
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
Myanmar has a long way to go in this regard, and the Burmese Generals, if they were smart and wanted to survive as a government, would work at a …

Campaigners urge UK to investigate firms investing in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
But such insurance companies have to go through the Myanmar Insurance Enterprise (MIE), which takes commission from the insurance companies. …

Obama pressed over human rights
BBC News, UK –

A leading advocacy group called today for US President-elect Barack Obama to put human rights at the centre of US foreign, domestic and security policy. …

Group urges Obama to focus on human rights
Kansas City Star, MO –
… to deal with Zimbabwe, Egypt as trying to limit scrutiny of abuses in Sudan’s Darfur region, and India and China as not addressing repression in Burma. …

Group urges Obama to focus on human rights
The Associated Press –

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama should put human rights at the center of US foreign, domestic and security policy to undo “the enormous …

2009 World Report: Obama Should Emphasize Human Rights
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
… addressing repression in Burma. Human Rights Watch commends southern governments that have bucked the trend and spoken out in support of human rights, …

2008 – A Year In The Laundry
Mondaq News Alerts (registration), UK –
The report lists the following as Jurisdictions of Primary Concern – Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Burma, …

He has traveled to many remote regions that are the sources of highly treasured gemstones; these include Myanmar (Burma), East Africa, India, Thailand, …

US accused of abdicating role as human rights defender
guardian.co.uk, UK –

In what HRW calls a “misplaced southern solidarity”, India failed to speak out against repression in Burma, harbouring a “deeply ingrained view that …

THAILAND – MYANMAR The tragedy of Rohingya refugees, arrested in …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
“They have no hope for a better life in Burma. Pushing them back out to sea is not an effective deterrent,” Mr Garcia explained. …

Going organic
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… 56.6), India (123rd, 54.4), Indonesia (131st, 53.4), China (132nd, 53.2), Vietnam (145th, 51), Laos (150th, 50.4) and Burma (176th, 37.7). …

Report Myanmar activist gets 104 years in jail
The Southern Ledger, TN –
… said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Thailand-based group of Myanmar activists. It said Bo Min Yu Ko of the All Burma Federation …

Illegal immigrants break out of Indonesian centre
The Australian, Australia –
EIGHTEEN illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Burma, who were caught trying to enter Australia illegally, have overpowered their guards and escaped from …

Report: Myanmar activist gets 104 years in jail
The Associated Press –
… said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Thailand-based group of Myanmar activists. It said Bo Min Yu Ko of the All Burma Federation …

Burma, Myanmar: Blog Award Confirms Final Result For Best Asian Blog
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
But the opponents did not know medias and supporters were 100% behind me and my country (Burma). Today we show the world our unity, and we get the power to ...

The Post-Presidency of George W. Bush
Canada Free Press, Canada –
One such place is Myanmar (formerly known as Burma.) It has been ruled by a military junta since 1962. Its populace has almost no freedom to speak of and is …

Burmese Journalists Look Back at 2008—or was it 1984?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… reprimanded by authorities after writing a story about the murder of five people in a house near the residence of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

RELIGION-INDIA: Reviving Buddhism Where It Was Born
Inter Press Service, Italy –
“Buddhist communities here are still very poor,” explains Fulzele, “We can’t build huge monasteries like in Burma, Sri Lanka or Thailand, where there follow …

Abhisit Needs to Set a New Course on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW Here’s some good news: Thailand’s new prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, says he shares the West’s desire for change in Burma. …

Burma’s Economy Feeling the Pain
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… according to sources with the Myanmar Garment Manufactures Association. Meanwhile, the powerful Burmese businessman, Tay Za, told senior officials at …

104 Years Given to Political Dissident
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN A Burmese court sentenced Bo Min Yu Ko, a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (Upper Burma, ABFSU), to a total of 104 years in …

Mark My Words
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
What can he do to win greater credibility for his mission and to achieve political reconciliation in Burma? A: The UN is playing a key role and we support …

Myanmar dissident gets 104 years in jail
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
Bo Min Yo Ko is a member of the Upper Burma (Mandalay) branch of the All Burma Federation of Students Unions. He was denied a defence lawyer and his family …

Basu: State still needs to help vulnerable
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA –
Noting reports of workplace discrimination from recent Burmese refugees, Chen called for more tools to help acculturate refugees. …

City group to help Myanmar refugees
Canoe.ca, Canada –
… Medical Mercy Canada Society (MMC) is taking medicine, equipment, clothes and baby supplies for Myanmar refugees in India, Thailand and Burma. …

Child Labour in Vietnam
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
Jackie Pollock, a founding member of the Thailand-based Migrant Assistance Programme (MAP) said some officials feared that Burmese migrants, if registered, …

BC aid worker dumped in ditch after robbery
The Province, Canada –
Jiri Zivny and a team of volunteers were distributing medical items and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Singapore / China Singapore and China sign free agreement
JEC Composites, France –
China and Singapore signed the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (CSFTA) on October 23, 2008, a key step forward that will further enhance bilateral …

Russia ranks low in Freedom in the World 2009 report
Russia-InfoCenter, Russia –
… Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Libya, Sudan, Burma, Equatorial Guinea and Somalia. Russia’s Chechnya territory is in the same category.

Macau ranks sixth freest economy in Asia-Pacific
Macau Daily Times, Macau –
Another finding is that economies classified as free or mostly free also do a much better job promoting human development, reducing poverty and protecting …

New approach to Asean-EU trade?
Straits Times, Singapore –
He said the human rights situation in Myanmar, formerly called Burma, remains an issue of concern for the EU. ‘There’s got to be change in Burma on human …

Which Nations Are Freer Than Others?
TIME –
The remaining worst-rated states are Burma, a tightly-controlled military dicatorship; Equatorial Guinea, a highly repressive regime with one of the worst …

The CIA and Narco-Imperialism
Black Agenda Report, NJ –
During the Vietnam War, the CIA organized the Southeast Asian heroin trade, centered in Burma’s Golden Triangle, creating a global empire with profit …

MP’s to elect new NCGUB PM in exile
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, Dr. San Aung also said that the recent announcement made by exile based alliance, ‘National Council of Union of Burma’ (NCUB), announcing its …

Illegal migrants flee Indonesian prison
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Eighteen nationals from Afghanistan and Burma detained while trying to illegally enter Australia have escaped from an Indonesian detention centre, …

Clinton Makes No Remarks on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Mrs. Bush has been outspoken on behalf of the plight of Afghan women, on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, and other women facing oppression around the …

Funeral tomorrow for Shan rebel “minister”
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… entity from Burma. Known as a brilliant student at the Rangoon University, he had worked at the Thai embassy in Rangoon before coming to Thailand. …

INTERVIEW: Freedom House stresses safeguarding of democracy
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… and Burma is not Taiwan in terms of what the conditions are on the ground, what the circumstances are, same thing for what’s going on in Thailand, …

Cambridge Council Votes on Gaza
Harvard Crimson, MA – 1
… support of a bill in the state legislature that would use the Commonwealth’s pension fund investments “to promote democracy and human rights in Burma. …

Photo: Sun News Publishing
Daily Sun, Nigeria –
… whopping sum of $500000 to the military regime in Myanmar [former Burma] and demanded immediate explanation from President Umaru Yar’Adua to Nigerians. …

Clinton Challenged On Foreign Donations To Library
Free Internet Press, NY –
Clinton also praised outgoing first lady Laura Bush for her advocacy on behalf of Afghan women and the detained Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.


World focus on Burma (10 January 2009)

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Fresh offensive on Thai-Burmese border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A fresh offensive has broken out along the Thai-Burmese border between ethnic Karen guerillas of the Karen National …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Volunteers head back to Thailand
Malvern Gazette, UK –
These are supporting the displaced Shan people of Burma, who have been forced to move from their native land into Thailand, and running a hostel for those …

Managing the message
St. John’s Telegram, Canada –
Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, writes that there are countries like Cuba and Burma where journalists are routinely …

Failure of international community before drama of Burmese people
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Pascal Khoo Thwe, a Burmese dissident, adds up the balance of a tragic 2008: Nargis and the military dictatorship have pushed the population to the breaking …

CRITIC OF MUGABE WINS INAUGURAL ART PRIZE
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Obama’s Change?
ZNet, MA –
He should bring to book, bring to account all of those American officials who were responsible for the torture and the abuse of in many instances of totally ...

The spectacular three metre high Mandalay Shrine, a rare surviving piece from the now destroyed royal palace at Mandalay in Burma, will go on display in the …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

World focus on Burma (1 January 2009)

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in good health, says her doctor

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

… constitution needed to be drafted before civilian rule could take place in Myanmar. Myanmar, also called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962.

Burma frees North Korean refugees

BBC News, UK –

The Burmese authorities have released 19 North Korean refugees at the border with Thailand, a South Korean diplomat has said. The diplomat, speaking on …

Sheikh Hasina wants release of Suu Kyi

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

When Burmese journalist Ko Soe Min from Democratic Voice of Burma asked her to explain her stand on the detained Burmese democracy leader Suu Kyi, …

All wishes whacky and wonderful

Times of India, India –

April: Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest and assumes her rightful place as the democratic head of the government of Burma. …

While You Were Sleeping
Chronogram, NY –
According to Doctors Without Borders, Myanmar’s government spends 70 cents per citizen for health care each year while thousands of Burmese citizens are …

William Rivers Pitt: A Very Bad Year
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
Cyclone Nargis killed nearly 30000 people in Burma, dozens were killed and wounded in Iraq during fighting between Iraqi militias and US forces, …

2008: ABC 4’s year in review
ABC 4, Salt Lake City –
Not many people in Utah knew of a little refugee girl from Burma (Myanmar) by early April, but Hser Ner Moo would soon become a reminder of how fragile a …

Epic wartime work finally may be put to use
Contra Costa Times, CA –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

What Is Peace?
San Antonio Express, TX –
11 and the War on Terror, Sudan, Congo, Somalia, Mumbai, Beslan, Georgia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda, Burma, Tibet — ad infinitum. For the past five years, …

North Korean Defectors Released From Burmese Detention
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burmese officials say that some North Korean defectors have been released from detention and have been sent to neighboring Thailand. …

N.Korean Defectors Released from Burmese Detention
조선일보(영문판), South Korea –
… recognized as citizens under the constitution. International human rights groups say tens of thousands of others are living illegally in China.

Leading article: We must not succumb to a counsel of despair in 2009
Independent, UK –
Then there is cholera-ridden Zimbabwe and the starving prison states of Burma and North Korea; nations crushed by isolated and criminal regimes; …

PERISCOPE: The year of living dangerously —Mahmud Sipra
Daily Times, Pakistan –
It finally turned towards the Burma/Thailand border and was downgraded to a low intensity tropical storm”. On May 12, a massive earthquake measuring 8.0 on …

Role Of Sangitis In Maintaining Purity Of Buddhavacana
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… in day to day life’, U Janakabhivamsa writes: “Myanmar Sangha has had a succession of trained teachers, since the Buddhism was introduced in Burma. …

10 Questions for Ban Ki-Moon
TIME –
I’m willing to visit Myanmar again to urge them to accelerate the process and release all political prisoners–particularly Aung San Suu Kyi. …

ADRA Expands Recovery Phase in Post-Cyclone Myanmar
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Silver Spring, Maryland—Seven months after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta in southern Myanmar, killing at least 140000 people and affecting …

WORLD NEWS
Windy City Times, IL –
… Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Myanmar ( Burma ) , Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, …

Thai turmoil tops list of 2008 world events
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Other events included in the list were the sharp fluctuation in oil prices that left the world in jitters; the Nargis Cyclone that ravaged Burma; …

Journalist Deaths Hit Five-Year Low
Editor & Publisher –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government.” One media assistant killed, …

Number of journalists killed falls in 2008
Hollywood Reporter, United States –
Publishing its annual press freedom round-up Tuesday, the Paris-based organization said 60 journalists were killed in 2008, down from 86 in 2007, with Iraq, …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 1, 2009 at 5:48 am

World focus on Burma (31 December 2008)

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Dr. King colleague and human rights pioneer to speak at MLK …
Manchester Journal, VT –
… fund the US Campaign for Burma in an effort to free Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and end the continuing human rights violations in Burma. ..

2008 Natural Disaster Among Deadliest and Costliest On Record
Daily Green –
It left, by some estimates, nearly 150000 dead, making it the most deadly storm since 1991, and the most devastating ever to hit Burma (Myanmar). …

By Ashin Mettacara Nine members of the NLD party were arrested by Burmese police on Tuesday, a witness said. …

MYANMAR: Multi-purpose cyclone shelters needed – UN specialist
IRINnews.org, NY –
… disaster risk reduction specialist for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar, told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital. …

Myanmar Sends 19 North Korean Refugees To Thailand
Javno.hr, Croatia –
The military-ruled former Burma severed its ties with North Korea in 1983 after a major bomb attack in Yangon, allegedly plotted by Pyongyang, …

Ignored story may turn out to be biggest of 2008
Mansfield News Journal, OH –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84000 people were killed in that …

Natural disasters claim 220000 lives in 2008
Examiner.com –
German based Re in its annual assessment blamed two events as the primary causes – Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar and China’s Sichuan earthquake. …

More aid from EU seen to pour into South
Business Mirror, Philippines –
The EU also seeks to use the bilateral agreement with the Philippines to discuss the situation on North Korea and on Burma/Myanmar, using the Asean and the …

Protest takes a holiday
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Kungyangon (AFP) – With tents still serving as homes and schools seven months after Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma, survivors say they are struggling to …

2008 NEWS REVIEW: January to June
Yorkshire Evening Post, UK –
More than 133000 Burmese people are killed by Cyclone Nargis, the deadliest natural disaster since the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. …

Financial rumble that turned into a roar
Bradford Telegraph Argus, UK –
Cyclone Nargis followed by a 12ft tidal wave in Burma kills an estimated 130000 people and makes thousands more homeless. Saltaire’s Roberts Park to be …

BURMA: Junta Determined to ‘Guide’ 2010 Polls
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… the world body to a minor irritant became more evident after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon cancelled plans to visit Burma, or Myanmar, in December. …

Cooping up Africa’s coup leaders
Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

In Asia, the military has run — and ruined — governments in several countries, including Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand and the Philippines …

NLD youth attend talk on independence
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
During the talk, NLD leader Khin Maung Swe said that only the ruling elite had been enjoying the fruits of freedom since Burma won its independence in 1948. …

Can Anyone Explain What Happened Here?
See Magazine, Canada –
In May, a cyclone kills more than 133000 people. in Burma, aka Myanmar. Anybody remember this? Anybody?… Maxime Bernier resigns his federal cabinet post …

Perversion of Justice: Gulag America
Black Agenda Report, NJ –
1, far and away jailing more of its citizens than China, which ranks 118; Burma-Myanmar, at 117; and Zimbabwe, at 104. The Pew Center on the States shocked …

Water shortage in cyclone-hit areas
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 31, 2008 (DVB)–The parts of Burma’s delta region worst hit by Cyclone Nargis in May are facing a shortage of clean water due to delays in cleaning up …

Win Tin Denies NLD Divided Over 2010 Election
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Win Tin, a leading member of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), denied claims that he had said the party …

The Stories We Missed in 2008
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Dr Sein Win, cousin of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Most Burmese exiles agree that Sein Win is a fine person, but they say that he is …

… maintain economic sanctions against Burma – also known as Myanmar – for its human rights record and long detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burmese Migrants Earning, Learning in Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A 56-year-old ethnic Shan migrant worker, Sam Htun, is typical of many Burmese who live in Thailand, grateful for the opportunity to work …

Report: Fewer Journalists Killed in 2008
Voice of America –
The report highlights an increase in Internet repression, with bloggers facing imprisonment in many countries, including Burma, China, Iran and Syria. …

New Year Honours list
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
For services to the Burma Star Association in the South West. (Glastonbury, Somerset) Dr Roger Bevan Williams. Master of Chapel and Ceremonial Music, …

Bangladesh elects new Prime Minister
Wikinews –
It is bordered by India on all sides except for a small border with Burma (Myanmar) to the far southeast and by the Bay of Bengal to the south. …

Burmese military arrest nine protesters
Radio Australia News, Australia –
Burma’s military regime has arrested nine protesters who staged an unauthorised march in the capital Rangoon. The group had been calling for the release of …

Today in History
IBTimes Australia, Australia –
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured …

Bangladesh Elections: Secular Party Wins
The Moderate Voice –
Myanmar or Burma remains a sad exception. “Election officials say the Awami League alliance has won more than 250 of the 300 seats in parliament. …

YANGON (AFP) — Nine supporters of detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were arrested on Tuesday as they held a protest in Yangon calling …

Press freedom round-up 2008 – Better figures despite a hostile …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. Reporters Without Borders comment: “The …

Memos to Obama: Wisdom for Leadership
Tikkun, CA –
… no longer bleeding in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can persuade China to stop supporting the genocides in Tibet, Xinjiang, North Korea, Burma, and Darfur. …

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World focus on Burma (17 December 2008)

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Rice: Under Bush, The US Has Embaced The UN ‘Maybe’ More Than Any …
Think Progress, DC –

… Council resolutions that have been passed be respected, [or] whether it is seeking to deal with human rights and tyranny cases like Zimbabwe or Burma. …

Year ahead: Increased forced migrations, continued lack of quality …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
In Myanmar (Burma), some three million people have been forced to migrate within the country. Reasons driving the displacement range from conflicts to land …

Dissident’s wife not optimistic about freedom of thought in China
CBC.ca, Canada –

It was given last year to Sudanese human rights lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman. Previous recipients include Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

ECHO hosts 15th Annual International Agricultural Conference
North Fort Myers Neighbor, FL –
I also do development work in Myanmar, the old Burma,” he said. “I come here to learn about crops, technology and to network with other people from around …

Reading letter sent to Than Shwe fetches prison term
Mizzima.com, India –
He was arrested on 31 January and charged under section 42 of Burma’s Jail Manual (BJM), bringing unauthorized documents into the prison. …

Burmese in Singapore find it difficult to get air tickets
Mizzima.com, India –
… Peninsula Plaza in Singapore said that all ‘Myanmar Air International’ (MAI) and Singapore airline owned ‘Silk Air’ flights to Burma are fully booked. …

Thailand’s King May Play Politics (No Offense)
Newsweek –
In the age of the Internet, banning publications anywhere is a tricky – and often futile – proposition, apart from in countries like China, Burma and North …

The need to cry out
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
This does not mean that Taiwan should ignore the poor human rights conditions of Burma, Tibet and other places with human rights problems. …

Israel: Reverse Expulsion of Human Rights Rapporteur
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
With this ill-considered action, Israel put itself in the company of countries like Burma and North Korea in denying entry to UN human rights experts. …

Htoo Comapny to take over Malikha Lodge
Mizzima.com, India –
… tourist spot in northern tip of Burma. The ownership of ‘Malikha Lodge’ of ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ will be transferred to ‘Myanmar Treasure Resorts’, …

Asia review of the year 2008
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The military junta caused international outrage by pressing ahead with a constitutional “referendum” on May 10 and meanwhile delaying and obstructing aid …

Mon political prisoner transferred from Insein to Tharawaddy Prison
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Prisoners in Burma are typically allowed visits from family only once every two months, but they are a crucial contact with the outside world and help …

World Press tells junta to stop repression of media
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) condemned the Burmese military junta for cracking down on freedom of expression, called for the …

Win Tin’s sermon to youth in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
… delivered a lecture to youth members of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in Rangoon, former capital of Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Minister Kenney to meet Rohingya refugees/
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
The ‘Rohingyas’, originally displaced from Burma (also known as Myanmar), have been living in two camps in Bangladesh for 17 years. …

Australian charged with drug smuggling in Thailand: official
ABC Online, Australia –
Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002, but remains a transit point for narcotics produced in neighbouring Burma, the world’s second largest …

Youth meeting held at NLD headquarters
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Around 300 young people from Rangoon, Mandalay, Magwe and Irrawaddy divisions attended a meeting at the National League for Democracy …

NLD members call for offices to reopen
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy members at a monthly meeting in Yenangyaung township, Magwe division, revived their call for party …

No Immediate Plans for Gambari to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He has no plans immediately to go to Myanmar [Burma],” Michele Montas, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters at the UN …

How the Regime Punishes Political Prisoners’ Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… NAING The wife of imprisoned activist Pyone Cho spent about 90000 kyat (US $75) on a 10-day journey to visit him in jail in Kawthaung, southern Burma. …

Weather watch: a record year of extreme events
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

A record three major hurricanes (Gustav, Ike and Paloma) hit Cuba, while the most fatal tropical storm was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, …

A Toast to Asean
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
After all, when Asean debated the new charter that also contains a human rights section, the rogue state of Burma, a full Asean member, was at the table …

Cooler Approach, but Business as Usual with Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Thailand’s mid-to-long term energy needs are linked with projects now under way in Myanmar (Burma), and so I think it would be difficult for new prime …

Regime Shrugs Off Effects on Burma of Global Economic Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Even Prime Minister Thein Sein admitted the scale of the disaster, saying recently: “Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, …

Desperate Decisions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
On top of that, she faced three years in prison if anybody learned the cause of her condition. “Most women in Burma are poor and have little knowledge about …

Military supremo in Bagan
Mizzima.com, India –
Than Shwe, the Burmese military junta supremo is visiting Bagan on a vacation, an eyewitness and sources in Nay Pyi Taw said. Than Shwe (75) arrived in the …

The state of human rights in Burma – 2008: A double disaster in …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Perhaps the two most significant features of the human rights landscape in Burma during 2008 were the morally bankrupt and blatantly repressive response of …

Bagan authorities demand money for security measures
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Authorities have been collecting 200 kyat each from families in Bagan and the surrounding areas to provide security for junta leader …

Report on Christians’ persecutions
Sunday – Catholic Weekly, Poland –
… Bangladesh, Bhutan, Belarus, Burma/Myanmar, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, South Korea, Cuba, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, …

East, West merge; build bridge to the Orient
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI –
To the west, literally and figuratively, were four men who had escaped Myanmar — the country they still call Burma — and sought freedom in America. …

Border pact needed to protect Delta diversity
Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
The Greater Mekong Region comprises the six countries through which the Cuu Long (Mekong) River flows: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the …

MP attends reception to mark Burmese leader’s birthday
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
… at 10 Downing Street, along with female Burmese exiles, to mark the birthday of the democratically-elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Graphic Novel Review: Burma Chronicles
Hillsboro Argus – OregonLive.com, OR –
For 14 months in 2005-06, Delisle hung out in Yangon, the former capital of Burma — now known as Myanmar by the counties that take the current junta …

A Gentler Hegemony
Washington Post, United States –
We might have intervened in Darfur had we not been bogged down in Iraq; after Cyclone Nargis, our ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s …

$A172b Asian Monetary Fund ‘going ahead’
Ninemsn, Australia –
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Share, bookmark, and save your favourite …

Committe to Protect Journalits’ 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
RushPRnews.com (press release), Canada –
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 …

Myanmar journalists face intimidation, pressure from junta
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
Mon Mon Myat, of the Burmese Journalist Protection Committee, said the junta had set up rules under a 2006 law on electronic media and 1996 law on film and …

Despite campaigns, battling graft remains an uphill task
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia –
Thailand is more or less the same, while others such as Cambodia and Burma are wallowing at the bottom of the league tables. …

Bums of the Indian Ocean
All At Sea, U.S. Virgin Islands –
Don’t go to Burma: I don’t believe in coddling religious people but using the local Buddhist monks for target practice seems, well, intolerant. …

Preliminary analysis says 2008 tenth hottest year on record
The Tech Herald, IN –

The report said the worst weather-related natural disaster experienced during 2008 was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, killing an estimated 78000 …

Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
In a crackdown that started in October 2008, Burma’s courts have sentenced over 200 political and labor activists, internet bloggers, journalists, …

2008’s Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia
Village Voice, NY –
I Live Here (Pantheon, 320 pp., $29.95) details war in Chechnya, government oppression in Burma, disappearances in Juárez, and Malawi’s AIDS crisis. …

Canada Congratulates Association of Southeast Asian Nations as …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Charter will give ASEAN a legal identity, create an ASEAN human rights body, enact a dispute settlement mechanism, and formalize a system of personal …

US Restricts Aid to Nations Using Child Soldiers
OneWorld US, DC –
Burma remained the most persistent government offender. OneWorld.net reports. Last month, several young people who survived war and have gone on to become …

Antony Loewenstein, author and journalist, discusses blogging and …
Harvard Law School News, MA –
In smaller states such as Burma, repressive leaders can easily catch dissident bloggers, and even shut down the entire country’s access to the web. …


World focus on Burma (14 December 2008)

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The UN and Human Rights: Standing Up for the Values We Share
Democrat Newspaper, St. Kitts and Nevis –
On the contrary, most countries in this region of democratic nations abstained, and one even stood with Iran and Burma to try to block debate that would …


… who cringingly call Bombay Mumbai and Peking Beijing, still refuse to rename Rangoon Yangon and Burma Myanmar, though the logic of doing so is the same. …

China: Two myths and one in the making
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
China supports the Myanmar (Burmese) junta politically, plus with economic aid and arms because of the strategic advantage the country and its offshore …

US First Lady Praises Women Dissidents on International Human …
NewsBlaze, CA –
Burmese female dissidents are “following in the footsteps” of Nobel laureate and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, she said. Suu Kyi was elected …

Journalism Still a Dangerous Profession in Uzbekistan
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, UK –
Uzbekistan comes fifth on the list, following China, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. The report lists Muhammad Bekjonov, editor of the Uzbek opposition newspaper …

Nobel Peace Laureates Launch Appeal for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Voice of America –

… Nations to push harder to bring about national reconciliation in Burma and the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Former Burma Dictator’s Daughter Released from House Arrest
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s military government has released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest. …

Jailed Activist’s Wife Tells Story
Radio Free Asia, DC –
In 1992, when she was 15, her father was in Mandalay Prison, her mother held at Insein Prison in Rangoon, and her brother at Thayet Prison in central Burma. …

Daughter of Burma’s ex-military strongman freed
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The military government released the daughter of Burma’s long time strongman Ne Win from house-arrest on Friday …

Burma’s military government has freed the daughter of the late leader, Ne Win, who has been under house arrest for more than six years, friends said. …

China and Neighbors Agree to Settle Trades in their Own Currencies
ChinaStakes.com, China –
… Mongolia , Vietnam , and Burma , according to which signatories have the freedom in to choose the settlement currency in bilateral trade between them. …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Easier (press release), UK –
Now a prisoner in her homeland, Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This Summit is dedicated to her. With the collaboration of the …

Brisk sale of single use GSM SIM cards
Mizzima.com, India –
Ltd.’, the sales agent for Myanmar Telecom Department, has started to sell the single-use GSM SIM cards. Both Burmese nationals and foreigners are buying …

Thirty more firms financing Burmese junta
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The lack of effective sanctions on Burma’s military rulers has allowed business firms to invest in the Southeast Asian …

Myanmar to hold five-day gems auction: state media
Lanka Business Online, Sri Lanka –
The auction would be held January 5-9 at Myanmar Gems Pavilion in Yangon, the Burmese-language Myanma Ahlin newspaper said. Buyers would have to pay an …

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