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Posts Tagged ‘McCain

World focus on Burma (26 October 2008)

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Asia likes McCain’s free trade, Obama’s diplomacy
Economic Times, India –
… Bush and wife Laura were staunch supporters of the pro-democracy struggle led by Aung San Suu Kyi in military-run Myanmar, still called Burma by some. …

Security relaxed at Suu Kyi’s home
The Age, Australia –
Authorities in military-run Burma removed barbed wire barriers and reduced security around the Rangoon home of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Chevron faces suit over Nigerian violence
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
A victory in this case, he said, would send a message to corporations operating abroad that “if they are complicit in human rights abuses, they can expect …

New calls for Burma to release detained opposition members
Radio Australia, Australia –
Asian and European leaders have urged Burma’s junta to release detained opposition members and implement democracy in the poverty-stricken Southeast Asian …

Asian favourite
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
“Both Republican and Democrat agree on strong US policy on Burma, which include imposing strong economic sanctions against the junta; increasing strong …

European Award Shows World Esteem for Chinese Dissident
NewsBlaze, CA –
Previous winners of the Sakharov Prize include Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, former South African leader Nelson Mandela and former UN …

EU urged to support Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
“I welcome the increased emphasis of the EU on extending help to the people of Myanmar in the areas of humanitarian assistance, public health, …

HIV on rise among self-injecting drug users
Windsor Star,  Canada –

… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

A call for a non-violent defence to help humanity
Borglobe, Sudan –
The European Parliament, by a vote of 533-63, has approved a report assessing the state of Human Rights in the World in 2007, asking for a continued …

BEIJING (AFP) — Asian and European leaders urged Myanmar’s ruling junta on Saturday to release detained opposition members and implement democracy in the …


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October 26, 2008 at 11:48 am

World focus on Burma (17 September 2008)

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NLD leader sentenced for trying to complain to ILO on use of child …
Mizzima.com, India –
… was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday for trying to lodge a complaint to the ILO on the use of child soldiers by the Burmese military junta. …

Human Rights Council holds general debate on human rights …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
People in Burma/Myanmar continued to suffer in dire poverty and insecurity. The practice of child soldiers, forced labour and attacks on civilians were …

Action over Burma situation
Harlow Herald 24, UK –
The ruling military junta has also passed a new constitution that will serve only to institutionalise the army’s control over the state. …

Web Campaign Fights Brutal Regime in Burma
Christian Post –
… Worldwide and Partners Relief and Development – that are calling the United Nations to increase pressure for change in Burma (also known as Myanmar). …

Global week of action to support Arms Trade Treaty
UN Observer –
The ATT week of action is part of Amnesty International’s celebration of the 60th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. …

EU Faces Diminished Status in UN Human Rights Debates
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
Recent damaging defeats over human rights issues concerning Iran, Burma and Belarus — where the EU managed to gain just 80 votes in support of its motions …

A trade with deadly consequences
guardian.co.uk, UK –
And in the fragile state of Somalia, which has been blighted by conflict and where the general population has been subjected to widespread human rights …

Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi Halts Food Rations Boycott
UNPO, Netherlands –
Nyan Win, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD), said Suu Kyi had decided to resume collecting the supplies after the regime granted some …

Shelterbox offers hope when disaster strikes
Lethbridge Herald, Canada –
Shelterbox was one of the first organizations on the ground in Burma after Cyclone Nargis devastated the country in May. The organization’s lack of a …

Sakharov award winners call for release of Aung San Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
The European Union in 1990 awarded the Sakhrov prize to Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Su Kyi for her unwavering commitment to usher in …

Burma monk attempts suicide at famous temple
USA Today –
RANGOON, Burma (AP) — A Buddhist monk has tried to kill himself at Burma’s most sacred temple in an apparent protest against economic hardship. …

Salt prices remain trebled following Nargis
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The price of salt remains up to 300 percent higher from rates prior to Cyclone Nargis, which destroyed over 60 percent of the salt industry in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, according to salt producers. While the prices of salt immediately after the storm rose to 800 kyat from 100 kyat (1 dollar = 1200 kyat) …

Burmese papers report losses due to deputy censor chief’s strict …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The censorship chief is a writer of the junta’s propaganda and is known to use the pen name Ye Yint Tint Swe. Maj. Tint Swe is still in Naypyitaw (the new …

Burma again singled out for anti-narcotics negligence
Mizzima.com, India –
For the seventh year running, Burma has been labeled as having “failed demonstrably” in its efforts to combat illicit narcotics, according to the United …

A “Golden Rule” on human rights is essential for an effective
Amnesty International, Netherlands –
From the ongoing conflict in Darfur, military crackdowns in Myanmar and Guinea to the proliferation of sectarian violence in Iraq, the report shows how and …

UN president: World powers ‘addicted to war’
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
… ministerial session to hold talks with world leaders on issues ranging from climate change to the detention of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

EU facing ‘slow motion crisis’ in UN
EUobserver.com, Belgium –
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The EU is losing its ability to push through human rights projects at the UN, with Islamic, African and Latin American states …

McCain’s White House quest affected by US economy crunch
IBNLive.com, India –

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Burma are also among the countries on list. Washington : The financial crisis on Wall Street could derail Republican John McCain’s …

US puts India on 20 major illicit drug transit list
Economic Times, India –
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Burma also figured among the countries so identified for fiscal year 2009 in a report sent to Congress on Tuesday by President …

Amnesty urges arms sales treaty
PRESS TV, Iran –

Amnesty warned that small weapons had “catastrophic” effects worldwide, whether used by the military in Myanmar to disperse protesters (in September 2007), …

Amnesty International UK says global arms treaty needed to end conflict in Darfur and human rights abuse in Burma

Amnesty International UK said the arms trade was helping disgraced regimes such as Burma suppress human rights via brutal military crackdowns. …

Toyota: Auto Industry Race to the Bottom
CorpWatch.org, CA –

Around the world, the company has been complicit in union busting in the Philippines, and engages in cozy relationships with Burma/Myanmar’s military ..

End small weapons sales, Amnesty urges
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
World governments should pledge to actively prevent sales of weapons that are likely to be used in human rights violations in a new arms treaty under …

Today’s Zaman, Turkey –
In March 2008 an annual human rights report released by the US State Department said the Turkish government had generally respected the human rights of its …

UN Assembly President Scores US on Cuba Embargo
New York Sun, United States –
… session to hold talks with world leaders on issues ranging from climate change to the detention of the Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Bolivia joins Myanmar, Venezuela on drugs blacklist: Bush
Times of India, India –
“I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries: Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma …

Bush adds Bolivia to drug blacklist (Roundup) Monsters and Critics.com –

US puts Bolivia on drugs blacklist The Associated Press –

Bush adds Bolivia to drug blacklist – Summary Earthtimes (press release), UK –

US faults Myanmar for drug production International Herald Tribune, France –

US puts Bolivia on drugs blacklist The Associated Press –

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Laura Bush Poses For Harper’s Bazaar
Huffington Post, NY –

But when a cousin suggested I read [Burmese Nobel prizewinner and activist] Aung San Suu Kyi’s Freedom from Fear, and I started realizing the military …

Burmese Children Seek Education over the Border
Free Speech Radio News, CA –
The repressive Burmese military regime spends one of the lowest amounts of money on health care and education in the world. Even basic education is very …

US gets tough on child soldier recruitment
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
Both the LTTE and the TMVP have been listed by several human rights groups as well as UN organizations as being among the outfits that recruit and use child …

Manipulative Extraterrestrials and Canadian Naomi Klein’s Shock …
Cité Libre Magazine, Canada –
These include private firefighters already on the scene in Northern California’s wildfires, to land grabs in

cyclone-hit Burma, to the housing bill making …

Offshore Exploration: Bangladesh Perspective
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

This plate meets the Burma Micro plate at the Sunda Trench. The Nicobar Islands, and the Andaman Islands are part of the Burma Micro plate. …

Myanmar junta eases some restrictions on Suu Kyi
SmartBrief, DC –
Authorities in Myanmar have begun to slightly ease restrictions placed on Aung San Suu Kyi in her house arrest, allowing the pro-democracy leader to receive …

Suu Kyi accepts first food delivery in a month
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader has accepted two deliveries of fresh food supplies after rejecting such offerings for the past month, …

Let’s celebrate the great divide and grand paradox
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By Tulsathit Tapptim Barring a court adjournment, today will be another fascinating moment in Thai politics. As the judiciary is poised to hand down a …

No hard evidence against Thaksin leaves court in a quandry
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By Pravit Rojanaphruk The key issues that will likely be touched upon during the Ratchadaphisek case against Thaksin Shinawatra and Khunying Pojaman would …

Ratchadaphisek vase verdict will only widen political divide
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
By Pravit Rojanaphruk It will be another big blow for ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman if they are found guilty today of abuse …



World focus on Burma (7 September 2008)

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Digital Influence Group Wins Inbound Marketing Excellence Award
PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria –
… the US Campaign for Burma. Digital Influence Group developed a microsite for the campaign featuring imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

All change as writer gets back on the rails
Shanghai Daily, China –
But Burma, which has renamed itself Myanmar, strikes him as stagnating. Theroux, 67, who exhibits a caustic wit and powers of observation in the tradition …

Next US president should engage Asean more than Bush did
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The first is good for business and is not tough on human rights, while the latter is hard on labour rights and sanctions and is also anti-outsourcing. …

Myanmar police: ringleaders of bomb plot arrested
International Herald Tribune, France –
The military has ruled the Myanmar, also called Burma, since 1962 and has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms. …

Author Theroux revisits world aboard ‘Ghost Train’
Reuters India, India –
But Burma, which has since renamed itself Myanmar, strikes him as stagnating in its isolation. Other places, such as Turkmenistan, were unlike any of the …

Locked in Burma
MorungExpress, India –
Burma’s opposition leader, whose 1990 election victory was annulled by the military, is now in her 13th year of detention. She has been held continually …

Suu Kyi not on hunger strike, says Myanmar junta
Today’s Zaman, Turkey –
It is extremely unlikely that the military, which has run the former Burma for the last 46 years, will pay any attention to the legal arguments and release …

Police ‘known nothing’ of Suu Kyi hunger strike
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, is deemed Burma’s democracy icon and one of the few opposition leaders with enough popular and international …

Burmese junta accuses opposition party for July bombing
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military rulers have arrested two members of the opposition National League of Democracy for the bombing of pro-government offices in July. …

Myanmar police chief denies Suu Kyi hunger strike
AFP –

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AFP) — Myanmar’s police chief on Sunday denied detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on hunger strike after her party said she …

The Palakkad connection to the nuclear deal
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Karat, who belongs to Palakkad’s Nair landlord family, was born in Rangoon, Burma (present day Yangon in Myanmar). Whenever he visits Palakkad for party …

Images of Igloolik Inuit
TheChronicleHerald.ca, Canada –


His work in Burma connects human rights abuse to the high rate of malaria among the Karan people. “If the Burmese government is chasing you around as they …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar junta official said Sunday there is “no indication” that detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is on a hunger strike …

Six dozen Bhutanese refugee resettled in Atlanta
Nepalnews.com, Nepal –
And their numbers are equal to refugees from Iraq and Burma right now. And we are expecting their numbers to increase. They just started coming this year,” …

Pakokku monk vows to continue regime boycott
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The monk said regime officials could begin to redeem themselves by apologising to the monks. “Beating up monks is a mortal sin. If they think about that it …

Serbs look east for 100000 humble, modest brides
Gulf Times, Qatar –
… said Serbia would benefit by bringing in women from “Laos, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Vietnam”. The number of Serbs is dwindling by 30000 each year, …

Aung San Suu Kyi to meet lawyer again
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Detained Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her lawyer Kyi Win will meet again on next week to further discuss of a lawsuit …

General Assembly President comments on Gambari briefing
Mizzima.com, India –
However, several opposition voices to Burma’s ruling junta, most notably the National League for Democracy, have already given notice that they view the …

Confrontational comments laud Nargis relief effort
Mizzima.com, India –
According to the article, the aforementioned tactic, pioneered by Coninx in Burma, calls on “a group of relevant UN agencies and others to coordinate …

Sales hit because of ban on late night business
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Sales have plummeted in shops in Rangoon after local Burmese junta authorities ordered closure of business establishments by 11 pm Earlier, …

Randy Scheunemann: How Mccain Sees the World
Georgiandaily, NY –
If you look at Bosnia, Kosovo, Zimbabwe, Burma—because of the veto power of Russia and China, the UN would be incapable of taking effective action in places …

1988 September 14
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1988 – More than 100000 people march through streets of Yangon, Myanmar, also known as Rangoon, Burma, demanding that President Maung Maung’s authoritarian …

Area calendar
Bloomington Pantagraph,  USA –
“Explaining Doggedness of Dictatorial Rules in Burma/Myanmar?”; noon to 1 pm, Third Floor East Lounge, Bone Student Center, Illinois State University, ..

US Students Turn to Entrepreneurship to Help Poor
NewsBlaze, CA –
… in 2008 by a partner, International Development Enterprises (IDE), to help provide clean water to the residents of Burma affected by Cyclone Nargis. …

Is Global Warming Worsening Hurricanes?
TIME –
Last May in the Pacific, the massive Cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 100000 people in the Southeast Asian nation of Burma. Rather than focusing on scary …

Amra is useful in bilious dyspepsia
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
By some of the Shan tribes in Burma the fruit is considered an antidote for wounds from poisoned arrows, and for this purpose is eaten either green or dry. …

World focus on Burma (5 September 2008)

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Hereford Wye Valley Rotary (Shelter boxes go to Burma)

Hereford Times, UK –
By May 9, Shelter Box had successfully delivered £300000-worth of survival kit to Myamar (Burma) to help victims of Cyclone Nargis and visas for aid workers …

Troops extort money from passengers at check points

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Burmese troops manning gates along Mon to Karen State southern Burma (Myanmar) have been extorting money from passengers in vehicles and strictly checking …

Burmese jail over 700 monks
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The dam project is a joint venture between a Chinese company and a military controlled Burmese concern, Myanmar-Asia World Company. Kachin farmers have been …

Suu Kyi refuses most food rations for three weeks: party
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to accept food rations for three weeks, her party said Friday, …

BURMA: AUNG SAN SUU KYI REFUSES FOOD SINCE 3 WEEKS
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy –
This news came from her party, the National League for Democracy, which said the 63-year-old dissident hasn’t accepted her daily food rations brought by the …

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food for three weeks
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
Yangon, Sep 5 (DPA) Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has for the past three weeks refused food deliveries to her home-cum-jail in a hunger strike …

What do the Thai demonstrations mean for Burma?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 5, 2008 (DVB)–Political tensions are running high in Thailand, with demonstrators from the People’s Alliance for Democracy calling for the resignation …

Free Trade Agreement With ASEAN Countries Announced
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
For these purposes, Australia and New Zealand will typically have the shortest implementation timeframes and the 3 least developed countries (Burma, …

Exiled Dissident Visits Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zaw Oo, head of the Vahu Development Institute, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, told The Irrawaddy that he made a four-day trip to Burma in July as an …

Myanmar Airways Unsafe: UK Gov’t
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The British foreign office has issued an advisory warning it staff not to use flights operated by Myanmar Airways, Burma’s state-owned domestic …

iAfrica.com, South Africa –
Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to accept food rations for three weeks, her party said Friday, calling on the military …

TYC President Attends IUSY Meeting
Phayul, Tibet –
The 2007 Asia Pacific Meeting asked for help to restore human rights in Tibet and support the freedom movement of Tibetan people and to put pressure on …

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Last month she refused to meet Ibrahim Gambari, the UN special envoy to Burma. Her refusal was interpreted at the time as a sign of frustration that his Mr …

AIPMC Appeals to Surin, Ban Ki-moon to Visit Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The letter told Surin and Ban: “We remind you that her continued well-being is vital for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Burma. …

Hunger strike
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The detention followed an attack by pro-military thugs on Suu Kyi’s convoy in Tepeyin, Sagaing division in northern Burma on May 30, 2003. …

Suu Kyi’s party expresses concern for her health
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The political party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar’s military government Friday to ensure her …

UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet with the junta’s liaison officer and declined a visit from her personal physician, …

Olympic hero Hoy set to receive top honour
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
They are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Sean Connery, Nelson Mandela and Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Warning to Chauk monks to stay away from politics and protests
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – A letter to 70 monasteries in Chauk Township, Magwe Division by the Burmese junta authorities has warned monks to steer clear of politics and …

Myanmar responded well to cyclone victims: WHO
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
GENEVA, Sept 4, 2008 (AFP) – Myanmar’s military rulers provided a rapid response to victims of Cyclone Nargis last May despite criticism for shunning …

Myanmar responded well to cyclone victims: WHO
AFP –

Last month, the United Nations said 1.56 million dollars (about one million euros) of international cyclone aid has been lost due to the military regime’s …

Exotissimo Creates Trips to Irrawaddy Delta
PR Web (press release), WA –
According to Mrs. Su Su Tin, Managing Director of Exotissimo Myanmar, “Many people want to visit the Delta, see the situation with their own eyes and lend a …

Myanmar opens to cyclone relief
Seattle Times, United States –
The report said Myanmar, also known as Burma, has now more opened to international relief than at any time in the past two decades, and that the unfolding …

Vets value candidate’s experiences
Stamford Advocate, CT –
Ericsson, who served in Burma during World War II, said the US military has been worn thin by successive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and will be broken by …

Atlantic storms devastate Haiti
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Volunteer mappers were despatched following the Bolivia floods in January, and then in response to Cyclone Nargis that impacted Myanmar (Burma) in May. …

Unnoticed by world, Myanmar opens up to cyclone relief
College Times, AZ –
The report said Myanmar, which is widely known as Burma, has now more opened to international relief than at any time in the past two decades, …

David Cameron: We cannot impose democracy at the barrel of a gun
Independent, UK –
Liberal because I believe in freedom, human rights and democracy, and I want to see more of these things in our world. But Conservative, because I believe …

Sino-Indian Competition for Burmese Oil and Natural Gas
Harvard International Review, MA –
… has begun to heavily invest in Burma’s oil and natural sector. A man selling gas at a market near Inle Lake, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of FLICKR/geminder. ..

Bride import for love-sick bachelors
Daily News & Analysis, India –
Social services chiefs are already in talks with neighbours like the Ukraine, Moldova and Russia and with Far Eastern countries like Vietnam, Burma and …

Tsvangirai nominated for EU courage award
ZimDaily, UK –

Among the previous winners are former South African leader Nelson Mandela, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-UN secretary general Kofi Anan. …

Myanmar Silence at UN Half-Broken by Kerim, Mysteries Continue …
Inner City Press, NY –

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Inner City Press asked if Gambari had told Kerim why he had not met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “Yes,” the spokesman said, then declined to …

The Naga internal Problem The Subalterns begin to speak
MorungExpress, India –
The political suffering of the Nagas Burma needed to be highlighted, debated and deliberated. But one thing that is very clear is that unless a form of …

Georgia: Good Humanitarian Donorship Betrayed
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
… for returning refugees and internally displaced people in southern Sudan, and for cyclone survivors in Burma, among many other critical situations. …

Designer bottled water: It’s not altruism
Village Times Herald, NY –
It would truly be lifesaving in the cyclone-torn Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake-devastated Sichuan province in China. So why not effectively help the …

WHO praises Burma cyclone response
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Coninx was the only official from WHO’s headquarters in Geneva who was immediately able to go to Burma straight after the cyclone struck on May 2-3 as he …

Europe Undergoing Severe Demographic Crisis
The Epoch Times, NY –
He proposes Serbia to import women from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Bulgaria, Romania, or Moldova to marry the many single men, whose number is …

Digital Influence Group Wins Inbound Marketing Excellence Award
MarketWatch –
… the US Campaign for Burma. Digital Influence Group developed a microsite for the campaign featuring imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Tsvangirai nominated for Sakharov prize
SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe –
Among the previous winners are the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

Directionless Thailand falters on world stage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… was given a full range of powers to keep public order, has refused to use force to purge the People’s Alliance for Democracy from Government House. …

Hurricane Gustav losses could reach $10 billion
Environmental Finance, UK –
The highest death tolls were in the Sichuan earthquake and the Burma cyclone. Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environmental Programme warned …

Ceasefire groups in Shan State face renewed pressure to surrender
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The Burmese ruling junta has mounted fresh pressure on ceasefire armed rebel groups in Shan State to surrender arms latest by the end of 2009, …

Junta arrests two more activists
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – In another round of crackdown on dissidence, Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon on Wednesday arrested two political activists, …

World focus on Burma (2 September 2008)

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Simon Tisdall
While uncertainty surrounds Suu Kyi’s plight, there is nothing at all ambiguous about Burma’s political, social and human rights situation one year after …

‘The greatest single truth to declare itself in the wake of 1989 …
London Review of Books (subscription), UK –
What better prophylactic against it than to embrace a staunch Muslim democracy within the EU, functioning as both beacon of a liberal order to a region in …

Security tightened in Bago ahead of protest anniversary
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… up around the country as a precaution against commemorative protests one year after mass public demonstrations were brutally crushed by the military regime.

Rice farmers struggling with lack of fertiliser
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in the Irrawaddy delta who have been facing various difficulties since Cyclone Nargis are in danger of losing their young rice …

286 activists arrested so far in 2008
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–At least 39 human rights and pro-democracy activists were arrested during August this year and 21 were given prison sentences, …

Township police stations told not to release crime information
Mizzima.com, India –
Rangoon – Burmese junta authorities in former capital Rangoon have stopped township police stations from disseminating information on crimes since the end …

Burmese crisis remains static: ICG
Mizzima.com, India –
… of the 8-8-88 nationwide uprising and the much maligned visits of the United Nations Special Envoy to Burma and Human Rights Rapporteur to the country, …

Old problems to revisit new gas pipeline
Mizzima.com, India –
The pipeline will transport natural gas from the newly discovered gas project in M-9 block in Mattaban Gulf of Burma to Thailand. …

Natural gas favours regime, not national interest
Mizzima.com, India –
While Burma’s economy is largely pushed forward by the sale of its natural gas reserves, the military regime has failed to develop gas related industries …

Suu Kyi supporters lambast Gambari and Samak
Mizzima.com, India –
Samak after meeting with UN special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari on August 25, told reporters in Bangkok that European nations are using Aung San Suu Kyi …

Key world dates for the rest of 2008

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Burma – First anniversary of the Burmese junta’s crackdown against democracy demonstrations by students and monks in Rangoon. …

Commentary: Burma must stand on its own two feet

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

However, the junta’s mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar exploited the event in its coverage, claiming that the UN special envoy had voiced his support for …

Canada Free Press, Canada –

The United Nations ranked Burma among the 20 poorest countries of the world and for the economic distress of the country, many including the UN blamed the …

League of Demagoguery

The National Interest Online, DC –

The same would be true today if a US-led coalition invaded Burma, for example. Having set out his dubious premises, Kagan breaks off short, without a single …

Shan State: Villagers Forced Into Local Militia
UNPO, Netherlands –
The Burma Army has been forcing villagers in Shan State to join pro-junta local militia forces, according to reliable sources. …

Taung Twin Gyi NLD chairman dies aged 70
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 2, 2008 (DVB)–U Myat Saing, 70, chairman of the National League for Democracy in Magwe division’s Taung Twin Gyi township, passed away at his home in …

Obama vs. McCain
코리아타임즈, South Korea –
It stated, “We will stand up for oppressed people from Cuba to North Korea and from Burma to Zimbabwe and Sudan.” The Republican platform also mentioned …

Waking up from nightmares
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
We can’t. We don’t watch out, the winds of change will blow us in the direction of Burma. Maybe all the way to Zimbabwe. – Conrado de Quiros, Inquirer.

Literacy camp works on English basics
The Tennessean, TN –
Others fled their country, formerly referred to as Burma, as political refugees, escaping from the military dictatorship. The children, ages 5 to 9, …

Kudos to the Warrior Queens
Seattle Times, United States –
Take a look at the heroic Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner closeted for years in her home in Burma/Myanmar on orders from the evil junta. …

Center opens for immigrants
University of North Carolina The Daily Tar Heel, NC –
The majority of the students are civil war refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Growing up at refugee camps in Thailand, many may have only had …

Marionettes enjoy revival
Myanmar Times, Burma –
But the first recorded mention of puppet theatre was found in an inscription at the Htupayan Pagoda in Sagaing, Upper Burma in 1444. …

Right and wrong and ridiculous
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Another mistake of PM Samak is his idea for restoring democracy in Burma. He told visiting UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Aug 25, that Aung San Suu Kyi …

Schools prepare for more refugees
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
In just the past few years, refugees from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have become one of the largest refugee groups that has relocated to the area …

Meet World’s 8th Most Powerful Woman
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
They include US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, No 35; Burma’s Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, No 38; Philippine President Gloria …

Tuesday, September 9
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1988 – Burma’s former Prime Minister U Nu, toppled in a 1962 military coup, announces formation of a rival government. Burma is now known as Myanmar. …

India: From Bamboo huts to Class C drugs
Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
The warning, from Bishop Stephen Rotluanga of Aizawl, close to the border with Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh, comes amid statistics showing that up to one …

Raising heat in hope of a crack
The Canberra Times, Australia –
Recently, he expressed sympathy for the ”good Buddhists” who run the military dictatorship in Burma. The current situation in Bangkok should not, however, …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer says she’s lost weight
San Diego Union Tribune, United States –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was prevented from …

Our prime minister and the rest of the world: The odd couple
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
During his first visit to Burma in March, he returned with much praise for the Burmese junta leader, General Than Shwe, saying he is a Buddhist who …

International media groups urge release of Burmese journalists
Mizzima.com, India –
“So whatever Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar were charged with are unlawful in the eyes of international laws and Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which …

ENC reiterates call for tripartite dialogue
Mizzima.com, India –
… Council (ENC) has said that a political dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ethnic leaders and the military regime is crucial for Burma. …

World focus on Burma (1 Sept 2008)

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Daw Suu holds third meeting with lawyer
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 1, 2008 (DVB)–Detained democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her lawyer U Kyi Win met for 30 minutes this morning, the National League for Democracy …

Burmese blogger conference banned
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The conference was organised by the Myanmar Computer Experts Association and was to be held at Rangoon’s International Business Centre, situated on the bank …

Mandalay puppeteers raise funds for cyclone victims
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aid donations to victims of the cyclone which swept the Irrawaddy delta area of Burma and killed more than 100000 in early May have been gradually …

Business Roundup (September 1, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Asean aspires to become an EU-like entity but that’s going to be impossible as long as member Myanmar [Burma] is controlled by a military dictatorship. …

Solo demonstrator sentenced to 2 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
U Kyaw Ho, a National League for Democracy leader in Bassein, said Aye Win was first charged under sections 505(b) and 143 of the penal code for disturbing …

Free movie, popcorn offered at Pilgrim Congregational
Lexington Minuteman,  USA –
Perhaps one of the most beautiful anti-war movies, the Burmese Harp is set in Myanmar (formerly Burma) during World War II’s last days. …

Burma: Joe Biden and Burma
UNPO, Netherlands –
He met detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the 1990s in Rangoon. In May [2008], McCain said of the Cyclone Nargis disaster: “It does highlight the …

Between McCain and Obama, an Energy Gap
Human Events, DC –
McCain is suspicious of Beijing’s significant military buildup and its “…relations with pariah states such as Burma, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer says she’s lost weight
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not allowed to …

Lawyer meets Suu Kyi, says she is thin but well
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has lost some weight but is feeling well, her lawyer said after a 30-minute meeting with her today. …

Democracy, voting and informed consent
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Burma is an easy example; but it is also not difficult to judge whether Thailand’s elections are democratic or not. The answer is a resounding “no” if …

‘It’s not special to me’ First Monday in September not a holiday …
Waukegan News Sun, IL –
“It’s not special to me,” said Chit Po, a native of Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also known through history as Burma. “I’ve been here almost five …

Authorities ban Taunggok NLD meeting
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 1, 2008 (DVB)–Local authorities in Arakan state’s Taunggok township prevented the local National League for Democracy from holding their regular monthly …

4 Political Prisoners Expected to be Used for Forced Labor at …
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The associate said, “They are politicians and they are supporters of the Burma democracy movement, so authorities want to give them a lesson on avoiding …

ENC: Rigged election results won’t make lawful regime

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
“Unless and until the people of Burma can freely and fairly express their true will, there can be no legitimate government.” It instead urges the people “to …

CINEMA ‘59 – Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet –
An interesting film on the conflict in Burma between the military junta and the dissident democracy movement. Ignore the contrived story of the “troubled” …

UN’s Burma envoys have been a complete failure
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The meeting would then be in the nature of a prison visit, as undertaken by UN human rights investigators in Burma. A free and frank discussion could then …

SAARC-BIMSTEC LINK COULD Help Realise Pious Goals
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
BIMSTEC’s members today consist of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand ( the original members) who have now been joined by Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar. …

7 top Asians, group receive RM Awards for 2008
Manila Bulletin, Philippines –
Other winners have come from Bangladesh, with nine; Sri Lanka, eight; Hong Kong, six; Vietnam and Nepal, with four each; Burma and Cambodia, …

There’s The Rub : Winds of change / Conrado De Quiros
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
He vows to liberalize Malaysia and turn it into a full-blown democracy. I met Anwar’s wife and daughter when they came here many years ago, seeking support …

World focus on Burma (16 August 2008)

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How Pernicious Is Rick Warren?

Atlantic Online –

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

The Hunger Site Raises Funds for Displaced Families in Georgia

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

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

5 Myanmar activists sentenced for marking uprising

The Associated Press –

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

UN envoy to visit Myanmar on five-day mission

Radio Australia, Australia –

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

Business Round-up (August 16, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Danish Viewpoint Merits Debate

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Time well spent

Stockton Record, CA –

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

UN envoy to visit Myanmar on five-day mission

Economic Times, India –

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

Look to the Left (or to the Right)

Washington Post, United States –

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

In Broken Economy, Burmese Improvise or Flee

Washington Post, United States –

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

RI told to reject Myanmar roadmap

Jakarta Post, Indonesia –

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

New UN envoy upbeat after Insein visit

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

Ignorance is no longer bliss

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

Thaksin Is The World’s Newest International Fugitive

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

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

History Does Not Always Favour a Hero

Buzzle, CA –

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

Flower Power

Buzzle, CA –

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

Asking McCain, Obama the Right Questions

Heritage.org, DC –

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

Bernard Kouchner: The healer

Independent, UK –

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

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

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

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

Analysis: Russia is a foe to be reckoned with

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

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

UN envoy Gambari to return to Myanmar Monday

Reuters –

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

Fishkeeper breeds Botia kubotai

Practical Fishkeeping, UK –

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

Obama or McCain? For Burma more of the same

Mizzima.com, India –

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

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

UNICEF Receives $7.7 Million From Canada to Aid Disaster Relief

MarketWatch –

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

Ethnic Kachin teenage girl raped and murdered

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Bill Kristol on Victory in Iraq and Impotence In Georgia

The Moderate Voice –

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

On the way to Mandalay

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

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

Air Mandalay denies rumours of take over by Air Bagan

Mizzima.com, India –

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

August 15, 1947 – From Bondage to Freedom

Daijiworld.com, India –

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

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

The People’s Voice, TN –

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