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World focus on Burma (6 December 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

World focus on Burma (17 November 2008)

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A new way is needed to help Burma’s people
The Age, Australia –
THE SENTENCING of more than 30 Burmese dissidents to up to 65 years in prison for their part in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations sends a strong …

Rights & Wrongs: Burma, China, ‘Mama Africa’ and More
World Politics Review –
BURMA CONVICTIONS RAISE CONCERNS — Burma’s ruling military junta has come in for another round of criticism and condemnation over the recent convictions of …

Bangladesh, Election Preparations Top Meeting Agenda in Naypyidaw
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… might quit as quartermaster-general in the Tatmadaw, [the Burmese armed forces] but he will still hold his post as Secretary 1 of the junta,” he said. …

Asian (con)Fusion: Exclusive – Inside Burma’s notorious jails
Independent, UK –
I have lots of days like that in regard to Burma. Who really knows what is going on in this secretive, isolated country? Because foreign journalists are all …

Making a prison out of Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Gagging the voice of protests and imprisoning dissidents for an incredible 65 years, pairs Burma’s governing junta with some of the most …

Nine More Activists Sentenced in Insein Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Ye Min Oo, Ye Myat Hein and Zin Lin Aung, leading members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), and three activists, Myo Thant, …

Shan migrant workers: We won’t accept junta issued passports
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… channel for each migrant worker to travel to Myanmar National Verification Center at Tachilek, Myawaddy, and Kawthawng at the Thai-Burma border. …

Media groups condemn photography jailing
Amateur Photographer, UK –
Cyclone Nargis left around 130000 people dead or missing when it struck in May. Got an opinion on this story? Why not post a comment on our news message …

Burmese journalist imprisoned for cyclone victim reports
Press Gazette, UK –
… reporter for the weekly Burmese-language magazine Eco Vision, was arrested on 10 June while covering a demonstration by about 20 victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Burma’s Exports Hit by Global Economic Downturn
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

(Photo: The Myanmar Times)

“The effects of the financial crisis in the US have reached China, and now China’s economic difficulties are beginning to impact …

Myanmar disperses dissidents throughout its gulag
Reuters India, India –
Ko Ko Gyi and Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s best known political prisoner after detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Pyapon authorities investigate rice scam
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… division’s Pyapon township have been investigating the misappropriation of nearly 1000 bags of rice donated by Saudi Arabia for Cyclone Nargis victims. …

Committee Assesses CU Investment Ethics
CU Columbia Spectator, NY –
… contractual transfer of millions of dollars to the ruling regime in Burma that they believed implicated the company in human rights violations. …

Activists’ Prison Sentences Setback for UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS The sentencing of pro-democracy activists, from two to 65 years, by special prison courts in Burma last week is a major …

ENVIRONMENT-BURMA: Conflict Threatens Karen Biodiversity
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A great part of this biodiversity is found in Karen State in southeast Myanmar bordering Thailand, now suffering heavily due to the ongoing conflict between …

Burma-Bangladesh Maritime Talks Begin
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
MAK Mahmud said, “Myanmar’s trespass on Bangladesh waters is not on our agenda. We shall focus on setting a method of principles for delimitation. …

Myanmar: Long prison terms for dissidents
Global Voices Online, MA –
Hundreds of ordinary Burmese people joined the protest. The 88 students group members were immediately arrested by the Junta. On Thursday 19 dissidents were …

Myanmar activists moved to separate prisons: relatives
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar authorities have split up pro-democracy activists who were given long jail terms this week and transferred them to different prisons …

Leading Burmese Dissident Jailed For 65 Years
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
One of Burma’s most outspoken opponents of the ruling military junta, Min Ko Naing, was sentenced to a 65-year prison term last week. …

Burma, Myanmar: Convicted Activists Sent to Remote Prison Camps
OpEdNews, PA – By Ashin Mettacara
More than 20 convicted activists have been sent to remote prison camps in this early morning. …

Burma’s junta gets brutal on prison terms
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The family members of 39 Burmese dissidents had tears in their eyes on Tuesday. Fourteen leading activists of the 88 Generation Students group, …

… according to Aung Din, co-founder of the Washington-based US Campaign for Burma, which lobbies for political change in Myanmar, also called Burma. …

88 generation leaders also receive 65 years’ jail terms
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 15, 2008 (DVB)-Nine leading members of the 88 Generation Students, including Min Ko Naing, were sentenced to serve 65 years in prison on 11 November, …



World focus on Burma (4 September 2008)

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Red paint campaign commemorates protests

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The former United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, said that at least 31 people were killed, though other …

USDA candidates for 2010 election shortlisted

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The discussion of prospective candidates comes at a time when pro-democracy groups are continuing to protest against the proposed 2010 election. …

Journalist arrested after writing article about a double murder

Reporters without borders (press release), France –

… has voiced support for Burma’s military junta and said that international talks on the future of the country should be held without Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Nightly Noise: Media and Message

Pacific Free Press, Canada –

Historian Mark Curtis explains: “Since 1945, rather than occasionally deviating from the promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and economic …

Joint chiefs chairman expects troop agreement

Coastal Courier, GA –

Mullen cited the US relief roles following earthquakes in China and Pakistan, and a humanitarian mission after a cyclone hit Burma and a tsunami struck …

New report warns of stronger cyclones
Radio Australia, Australia –
In the wake of Hurricane Gustav and earlier this year, Cyclone Nargis in Burma, American scientists say global warming will only boost the power of the …

Victory of Thailand’s coup-makers
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

Growth in visitor figures for Asia Pacific region
Luxury Travel magazine, UK –
… to be on the verge of a tourism revival – saw a 6.9 per cent growth, while unsurprisingly visitor numbers to Myanmar (Burma) dropped almost 29 per cent. …

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda speaks during a news conference in Bangkok March 15, 2006. (REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom/Files)

Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Besides minor operations in Vietnam, and the occasional border skirmish with Myanmar, it has fought only one proper war — a three month affair against …

MYANMAR: Government cuts currency red tape for donors?
IRINnews.org, NY –
YANGON, 4 September 2008 (IRIN) – The UN is calling on donors to give more generously to an international appeal for victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

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

Burmese Media Silent on Thai Turmoil
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Samak recently described Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as a “political tool” of the West, and suggested that international efforts to engage …

Suu Kyi ready to meet with minister

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

Source ::: AP yangon • A report that detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to meet with the government minister who acts as her …

… were “very fortunate” to unearth in Myanmar (Burma) a piece of fossilized tree sap known as amber containing parts of a hundred-million-year-old gecko. …

Time For A Revision

Times of India, India –

Caught between engagement and isolation, Burma, renamed Myanmar by its dictatorial military junta, is in a state of decline. What was once the richest land …

Dalai Lama, Tsvangirai, Betancourt on 2008 Sakharov prize list

AFP –

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

Famous Author Summers in Sandwich

Cape Cod Today, MA –

There is a direct road to Burma from China’s Kumming. They could easily have helped. Burma or Myanmar is very much like North Korea. Ang San Sui Ki, …

Ghana: “Free And Fair Elections, De L’ Afrique”

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Myanmar , (Formerly Burma) tops the world in that regard!! Truly, those who have studied ancient history and especially European history will easily fish …

World focus on Burma (30 July 2008)

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Cyclone relief in Burma going slowly: Canadian

CTV.ca, Canada –

TORONTO — Three months after cyclone Nargis swept into Burma, a Canadian aid worker says initial relief efforts to help its victims will take three months …

Thai Supreme Court to open new trial against Thaksin on state loan …

Xinhua, China –

… against coup-ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra on charges of abuse of power in pushing a state loan to Myanmar allegedly to benefit his family business. …

Burmese rock star Lay Phyu to sing for cyclone victims

Mizzima.com, India –

Cyclone Nargis, which lashed Burma on May 2 and 3, left at least 138000 dead and missing, and devastated the lives of more than 2.4 million people.

Lending a hand in Malaysia

Arab Tribune, AL –

A military junta launched a coup in 1962 and took over Burma. Renaming it Myanmar was the least of their crimes. The military abolished the constitution and …

The Frank Marshall Davis Network in Hawaii

Canada Free Press, Canada –

After graduating from the MIS Language School, Yoneda served in the China-Burma-India Office of the War Information Psychological Warfare Team. …

Why the Media Fears John McCain

Huffington Post, NY –

asked the Time Magazine Editor (who caused a storm earlier this year for his calls to invade Burma). Obama’s progressive side flashed, and the Illinois …

Burma Permits 12 Local, Foreign Companies to Invest in Cyber City

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Burma has three Internet service providers – the state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), BaganNet/Myanmar Teleport (formerly known as Bagan …

Asia Gets Mixed Review in Global Fight against HIV/AIDS Spread

An unidentified abandoned baby girl, who nurses said was HIV infected, lies on the floor at the Phnom Penh Nutrition Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (File)

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

Sun says there has been a decline in overall prevalence rates in Cambodia, Burma and Thailand. But Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Pakistan …

UN calls for doubled aid to Burma

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

Ibrahim Gambari, special envoy of the UN secretary-general to Myanmar, met with ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan to express his appreciation for the …

The Evolution of the National Security Concept of China

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

[7] In 1999, the then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin proclaimed at a UN Conference that “the new international situation has called for a new security …

Burmese junta skimming UN aid

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE United Nations has admitted that £5 million ($10.4 million) of aid intended for Burmese cyclone survivors has been skimmed off by banks run by the …

Thaksin faces new charge

The Age, Australia –

The investigators claim Thaksin wrongly ordered another bank to increase a 3 billion baht ($A94 million) loan to 4 billion baht so that Burma’s ruling junta …

What Will ASEAN say to a Malaysian Islamic State?

American Muslim, MO –

Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei remain predominantly Muslim, but they are flanked by predominantly Buddhist Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and even Vietnam. …

London’s Link to Burmese Junta Revealed

Buzzle, CA –

… the generals running the oppressed south-east Asian nation. The London insurance involvement, to be exposed this week in a report by Burma Campaign UK, …

Thailand Court Agrees to Hear Case Against Thaksin in New Blow to …

Voice of America –

The case against Thaksin Shinawatra alleges that he used his influence as Prime Minister to arrange low-interest loans to Burma so that the military …

Millions In Aid For Myanmar Disappears

Evening Bulletin, PA –

Mr. Holmes explained that roughly a third of approximately $200 million so far spent by UN agencies in Myanmar had been used to buy local products and …

Burma’s Fishery Industry near Standstill

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A barrel of diesel is around 320000 kyat (US $273)” According to the Myanmar Offshore Fishing Vessel Owners Association, there are 536 registered offshore …

Bush Signs Burma Jade Act, Adds to Sanction’s List

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Department of Treasury said the sanctions target two conglomerates, the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEH) and the Myanmar Economic …

Thai Court Agrees to Hold Trial on Thaksin’s Burma Loan

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The funds were earmarked for improvements to Burma’s Internet system. The loan approval drew criticism that Thaksin, who supervised the bank at the time, …

UN’s Lost Aid May Be Tip of the Iceberg

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

It was instrumental in forcing the UN this week to admit to losses to the junta of at least US$10 million on cyclone cash aid transmitted into Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Relief for Cyclone Survivors Continues …

Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –

Threats to children’s wellbeing remain three months after storm Andrew Kirkwood, Save the Children Myanmar Country Director, discusses humanitarian efforts …

(Re)insurers fingered for ‘insuring repression’ in Burma – report

Post Magazine (subscription), UK –

The Burma Campaign UK has fingered some of the world’s biggest insurers, accusing them of facilitating the “flow of billions of dollars to the Burmese …

Burmese loan case is fourth supreme court charge against Thaksin

Crain’s Manchester Business, UK –

Thailand’s Supreme Court today agreed to hear another case against Manchester City Football Club owner Thaksin Shinawatra, the second time a new charge has …

US renews Myanmar sanctions

PRESS TV, Iran –

President Bush has signed a punitive legislation against Myanmar, freezing assets of its leaders and banning import of its gems into US. …

Thai court to hear another case against Thaksin

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

Thailand’s Supreme Court has decided to hear a case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The former prime minister, who was ousted in a …

US extends Myanmar gem sanctions

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

The Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, referring to Myanmar’s former name, renews a sanctions regime imposed since 2003 over the suppression of the …

Burmese exiles’ leading media websites under attack

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

… hundreds of thousands during the September protests in Burma last year and in May and June this year, following the destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis.

Junta censors magazine story on Burmese journalist

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Junta skims UN cash aid

The Province, Canada –

BANGKOK — The United Nations has admitted that $10 million of aid intended for Myanmar cyclone survivors has been skimmed off by banks run by the country’s …

Price rise force farmers to reduce fertilizer use

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi — Several farmers Cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta’s Bogale Township, said they are forced to reduce the use of fertilizers on their paddy fields to …

Supreme Court opens new case against Thaksin

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… to open a new case against ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been accused of abuse of power in pushing a state loan to neighbouring Burma. …

UDPATE 1-Top Thai court hits Thaksin over Myanmar loans

Reuters India, India –

In the Myanmar case, an army-appointed graft panel accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled …

Supreme Court accepts Myanmar EXIM loan case against Thaksin

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

The EXIM Bank loan scandal originated in the bank’s decision to lend B t4 billion to Myanmar for the purchase of machinery for national development during …

Rep. Pitts key in new Myanmar sanctions

U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, third from right, watches President Bush on Tuesday sign a bill that renews import restrictions on Myanmar. Also watching the ceremony are, from left, Rep. Don Mansullo, R-Ill.; Rep. Chris Smith,R-N.J.; first lady Laura Bush; Annette Lantos; Shiloh Tilleman; Rep. Rush Holt, DN. J.; and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.

Lancaster Newspapers, PA –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. The current government took power in 1988 after crushing prodemocracy demonstrations …

The Al-Jazeera Effect

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The last time we were in Burma was not only during the crackdown (in October last year). We were in Burma a week before Cyclone Nargis, and we have been …

Aid work opens ‘positive door’ for UN, Myanmar cooperation

Myanmar Times, Burma –

With a full assessment completed, monitoring schemes in place and wide access for aid workers, the conditions requested by donors at the ASEAN Donors …

Thai court accepts another case against Thaksin

International Herald Tribune, France –
The complaint, brought by the Assets Examination Committee, said a 2004 low-interest loan to Myanmar by the state-controlled Export-Import Bank of Thailand …

Top Thai court hits Thaksin over Myanmar loans

Reuters –

An army-appointed graft panel has accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled former Burma to buy …

Court agrees to hear Exim bank loan against Thaksin

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… decided Wednesday to hear a case against ex-premier Thaksin Shianwatra, which involved a four-billion-baht loan given Burma during his administration. …

Thai court takes new case against Thaksin over Myanmar loan

AFP –

… agreed Wednesday to hear new corruption charges against deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, involving a controversial loan to military-ruled Myanmar. …

Supreme Court decides to consider the Exim Bank loan case against …

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

AEC accused Thaksin of abusing his position to order a Bt1 billion increase in the amount of loans to Burma, allegedly for the benefit of his family’s …

Supreme Court accepts to consider Exim Bank case against Thaksin

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

The Supreme Court decided on Wednesday to consider the Exim Bank loan to Burma against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. …

World’s Press Calls for Release of Burmese Journalist

Media Newsline, India –

“The continued imprisonment of U Win Tin constitutes a deep blemish on the international standing of Myanmar (Burma) which can only be erased by his release …

Aid work opens ‘positive door’ for UN, Myanmar cooperation

Myanmar Times, Burma –

Mr Holmes told The Myanmar Times in an interview on Thursday that the UN wants to expand the level of “trust and confidence” already reached with the …

UN Says Millions in Cyclone Aid Lost From Interference by Burmese …

MyFox Spokane, WA –

… who called the losses “unacceptable” and said he raised the issue with the leaders of Burma, also called Myanmar, during a recent trip. …

Bush signs sanctions against Myanmar into law

AFP –
But Congress moved in the aftermath of this year’s devastating cyclone, when the junta blocked entry to many foreign aid workers and relief shipments. …

Sanctions: US puts more pressure on Myanmar regime

Cheif Officers’ Network, Malaysia –
“We are tightening financial sanctions against Burma’s repressive junta and the companies that finance it,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. …

Bush Tightens Sanctions on Myanmar Junta, Targets Gem Trade

Bloomberg –

New York-based Human Rights Watch welcomed the steps against Myanmar’s gem trade. “Since 2003, the US government has banned products from Burma, …

Official confesses world body ‘arguably a bit slow to recognize …

WorldNetDaily, OR –

By Matt Sanchez NEW YORK – As much as $10 million of United Nations relief funds designated for Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis have been siphoned off …

Unjust Chinese policies cannot be divorced from Olympics

Irish Times, Ireland –
It has also repeatedly called for the release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was honoured some years ago with the Freedom of Dublin …

Burma and Zimbabwe witness the last gasps of the supreme global …

guardian.co.uk, UK –
The first was Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known). We can all agree that the regime is odious. The question facing the rest of the world in the …

UN loses $10m aid in Burma exchange rate scam

Independent, UK –

… certificates with a nominal value of $1 each that are then exchanged for the local currency, the kyat, at a rate set by Burma’s military government. …

Myanmar: A month in the Delta

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

‘Some villages were literally erased from the landscape,’ says Mascall, Merlin’s logistics manager in Myanmar. He went on to spend a gruelling and demanding …

Is the Philippines a failed state?

Manila Times, Philippines –
Among ASEAN member states, we are a little better than Burma, Timor Leste, Laos, and Cambodia. However, we are worse than Muslim majority countries …

Taiwan Records Dengue Infection Charity Workers Caught in Burma

RedOrbit, TX –

A subsequent investigation conducted by health authorities found that she and 10 other members of her group had visited Myanmar to help with the aftermath …

US Tightens Burma Sanctions

Voice of America –

By Michael Bowman President Bush has signed bills to renew and extend sanctions on Burma in hopes of prodding the country’s military junta towards democracy …

Mobile Medical Teams Help Cyclone Victims in Burma

Voice of America –

It is part of a broader health program for Myanmar. We have also, with our partners, set up 15 temporary clinics, these are tented clinics in places where …

Khalizad: Low rates for UN aid troubling

United Press International –

… reportedly acknowledged a $10 million loss in currency exchange in Myanmar because government officials for the country formerly known as Burma tell the …

Bush signs Myanmar sanctions bill

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. The current junta took power in 1988 after crushing pro-democracy demonstrations at a …

UPDATE 1-US Treasury imposes new sanctions on Myanmar firms

Reuters –

The legislation bans the import of Myanmar rubies and jade, freezes assets of the military leaders and aims to stop the country, formerly known as Burma, …

US clamps down on firms linked to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

It marked the latest administration move to financially punish the repressive junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and its backers for a crackdown on …

Julie Benz in the Warzone

Crave Online, CA –
I do a lot of work for the US Campaign for Burma because of my experience with the movie. And I’ve become very involved in what’s going on over in that part …

UN loses US $ 10 million in distorted Burmese official exchange rate

Mizzima.com, India –
In Burma, foreign aid groups, including UN agencies that are directly transferring money, have to go through the government-owned Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank …

N Korea coming in from the cold

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Close ties to Asean will help North Korea usher itself into a new era. Asean members Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Burma, Indonesia and Vietnam have good ties …

Quest for freedom and justice has no end

Pacific Daily News, GU –

Last week, I quoted Burma’s dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who advised those feeling “hopeless and despairing: ‘Don’t just sit there. Do something. …

Cash scam in Myanmar swallowing UN cyclone aid: Report

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

A joint assessment report by Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN has estimated the total damage and losses at 4.4 to 4.5 …

World focus on Burma (8 June 2008)

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Myanmar tightens security but denies evicting cyclone victims

Myanmar Red Cross volunteers distributing relief supplies to families and community members in Mawlamyinegyun in the Irrawaddy Delta division. Myanmar has tightened security across the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta and has denied evicting storm victims from emergency shelters and forcing them to return to ruined villages(AFP/FRC-HO)

BOGALAY, Myanmar (AFP) – Myanmar has tightened security across the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta but on Sunday denied evicting storm victims from emergency shelters and forcing them to return to ruined villages.

Myanmar tourism sector reels after cyclone

An empty Chaungtha beach is seen in the Irrawaddy Delta region, Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Chaungtha beach is know as a popular tourist spot for both Myanmar residents and foreign visitors, but since cyclone Nargis, on May 2-3 that left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, there have been no holiday makers at all causing the entire village to suffer.(AP Photo)

YANGON, Myanmar – When a taxi carrying two Westerners pulled up this past week at the Shwe Sin hotel at the Chaung Tha beach resort in Myanmar’s cyclone-stricken Irrawaddy delta region, cheers rang out from local residents and workers.

Burma rates foreign media ‘worst than cycline’
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The New Light of Myanmar attributed such negative reports to foreign plots to undermine the government. It cited a recent broadcast by “certain foreign …
Red Cross: Myanmar dead may never be identified
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Tens of thousands of people killed in last month’s cyclone may never be identified because their bodies have decomposed so badly and …
Asia-focused Australian PM heads to Japan and Indonesia
International Herald Tribune, France –
“Natural disasters in Burma and China in recent weeks… death tolls, have reminded us of the need for regional cooperation to have practical results, …
Myanmar Denies Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters, AFP Says
Bloomberg –
By Glenys Sim June 8 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar denied forcing survivors of Cyclone Nargis out of emergency shelters and back to their flattened villages, …
Myanmar denies evicting cyclone survivors from shelters
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s junta denied on Sunday forcing survivors of Cyclone Nargis out of emergency shelters and back to their flattened villages, …
MERCY CORPS AND MYANMAR
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com, OR –
asked Jeremy Woodrum, director of the US Campaign for Burma, referring to Mercy Corps and Chevron. “Yes.” Woodrum quickly noted that Mercy Corps isn’t at …
• K-College grads-to-be to provide aid in Myanmar
Kalamazoo Gazette – MLive.com, MI –
Worldwide attention turned to Myanmar, formerly Burma, in May when its military junta leaders refused to accept humanitarian aid after a cyclone hit. …
Carr: Slaughter continues in Darfur
MetroWest Daily News, MA –
While the the country and the world’s attention is rightfully focused on matters such as the US Presidential election, the tragedy in Burma/Myanmar, …
Only the International Court can Determine if George Bush is a War …
Political Cortex, NY –
In Myanmar (Burma) the leaders who are busily building luxury dwellings for themselves have made it very difficult for relief agencies to deliver food to …
Homeless cyclone survivors now face monsoon
Scotland on Sunday, UK –
By Pat Wilde A SEVERE shortage of housing has left hundreds of thousands of cyclone survivors in Burma exposed to heavy rains as the monsoon season begins. …
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New boss is determined to keep the faith at Al-Jazeera
guardian.co.uk, UK –
‘Our coverage of the Chinese earthquake, Myanmar (Burma) tsunami and Zimbabwe have been extraordinary.’ That may be true, but for reporters, …
Aquino, Estrada, Anwar: Evening of memories
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
She once read a letter smuggled out of Burma (Myanmar) on behalf of detained Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Aquino also gave Azizah a political …
Cyclone aid organizer arrested in Myanmar
United Press International –
… Country Director Guy Chase told the Post many victims have yet to receive any aid following the May 3 disaster in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …
On Phway to change the world
Manawatu Standard, New Zealand –
The Gorge is about a girl who’s working on getting over her fear, while Paypay is about Shwedagon Pagoda, a golden temple in Burma (Myanmar). …
Despite Rebuff, US Helicopters Stand by to Help Burma
NewsBlaze, CA –
The offer of aid continues even though the US Navy ordered its ships to sail away from Burma after an earlier offer to fly aid inland to people in need was …
More UN support arrives in Burma
The Age, Australia –
Five UN-chartered helicopters have arrived in Burma’s main city Rangoon, to boost efforts to deliver aid to victims of the cyclone that tore through the …
Barbecue to aid cyclone victims
London Free Press, Canada –
“Everybody is really excited,” said Emily Htoo, who is from Burma, also known as Myanmar, and works with refugees originally from that country’s Karen state …
Storm victims face new misery
Toronto Star, Canada –
… tightly controlled by the military government, which also severely restricts international media access to Burma, which the generals renamed Myanmar. …
Burmese refugees sent home
San Jose Mercury News, USA –
LABUTTA, Burma – Within a week of the storm that flooded the delta in May with waves as high as 20 feet, the monasteries in this village were swarming with …
Wasting time waiting to help
News-Leader.com, MO –
Front page again in News-Leader dated May 29 are photos of weary and homeless survivors in Burma (Myanmar). Their government controlled by military won’t …
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Leaving Burma crisis behind
Watford Observer, UK –
Cheques for the Myanmar Cyclone Appeal can also be sent to ADRA-UK, Stanborough Park, Watford, Herts, WD25 9JZ. n Watch out for next week’s special feature …
Myanmar or Burma? Apple’s dictionary had an opinion
CNET News, CA – o
1.02 running in Tiger) gave an interesting pronunciation for “Myanmar:” It’s pronounced “Burma.” I would tend to think this is an accident, …
Burma’s rulers castigate media over coverage
San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
AP The US military said Friday it is keeping 22 helicopters on standby in case Burma’s ruling junta reverses its rejection of such help for cyclone victims, …
Cyclone Relief Reaching Burma, But UN Says It’s Not Enough
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has sent 200 personnel to Burma, also known as Myanmar, while Japan and Germany have teams working on …
Karen refugees a ‘forgotten story’
CNN International –
… non-governmental organizations that provide food, shelter and non food items to refugees and displaced people from Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 8, 2008 at 6:18 am

Burma: Updated top news (7 June 2008)

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Mirror.co.uk

Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online –
Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food supplies, a Thailand-based watchdog said on Friday.
UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners Reuters South Africa
Myanmar police fired on prisoners during cyclone: UN rights report JURIST
The Epoch Times IrelandThe Associated PressPR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
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The Southern Ledger

International Aid’s eyes in Myanmar see vast need

MLive.com –
During his trip, Enriquez focused on building relationships with organizations already stationed in and around Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “Our strategy is not to be on the ground, but to look for capable organizations that would be the ones to …
Myanmar Junta Begins Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters New York Times
With more access, more progress in Myanmar, says CARE worker Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Associated PressIndian CatholicGrand Haven TribuneThe Associated Press
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Myanmar junta slams citizens over cyclone report

A family looks for traces of their house, on a marooned embankment, in the village of Pay Kunhnasay in the Kawhmu township, Myanmar, May 30, 2008. (Aung Hla Tung/Reuters)

Fri Jun 6, 8:14 AM ETYANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta attacked “unscrupulous” citizens and foreign media on Friday for presenting a false picture of the devastation left by….



Voice of America

Myanmar’s leaders have politicised aid effort: Amnesty

Hindu –

The article Myanmar’s cyclone crisis and India’s aid by PS Suryanarayana published in The Hindu on 30 May 2008 quotes India’s Minister of State Jairam Ramesh as having “saluted the people and the Government of Myanmar for their resilience and fortitude …

Amnesty Accuses Burma of Human Rights Abuses Since Cyclone Nargis Voice of America

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor The Associated Press

ABC OnlineDigitalJournal.comThe Irrawaddy News Magazine

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National Post

Myanmar Junta Begins Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters

New York Times –

By THE NEW YORK TIMES LABUTTA, Myanmar – Within a week of the storm that flooded the delta here last month with waves as high as 20 feet, the monasteries in this village were swarming with 14000 people who had lost their families, homes and livelihoods …

US military copters still ready to help Myanmar The Associated Press

With more access, more progress in Myanmar, says CARE worker Atlanta Journal Constitution

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US military copters still ready to help Myanmar

Fri Jun 6, 4:16 PM ET
U.S. soldiers from Marine Aircraft Group 36 adjust flags on a cargo of UNICEF aid after loading it onto a cargo plane for cyclone victims in Myanmar, Friday, June 6, 2008, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.  The plane was due to fly the aid first to Thailand from where it would be flown into Yangon.  (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

YANGON, Myanmar – The U.S. military said Friday it is keeping 22 helicopters on standby in case Myanmar’s ruling junta reverses its rejection of such help for cyclone victims, saying the aircraft could ferry emergency supplies to most survivors within three days.

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave AFP

Organization heads to Myanmar to aid survivors The Coloradoan

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BBC News

Burma condemns foreign media reports

Radio Australia –
Burma’s state-run media has strongly condemned foreign media reports of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. An article in the state daily, The New Light of Myanmar, accuses self-seekers of Faking video footage of the destruction and selling it to …
The right to food in Myanmar Radio Netherlands
Burma hits out at cyclone reports BBC News
France24Bangkok PostNewsBlazeRadio Australia
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 7, 2008 at 1:38 am

World Focus on Burma (5 Jan 08)

  1. Burma’s Junta Oblivious to International Pressure Imposes Media …
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    Military junta of Burma made a defiance sign of non-cooperation with the international community on 4th January, the 60th anniversary of independence from …
  2. Myanmar opposition group calls for Suu Kyi release
    JURIST –
    [JURIST] Opposition activists in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] called for the release of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi [Nobel Prize profile; …
  3. Annals of the War on Terror: Speaking Ill of the Dead
    Publius Pundit –
    … to Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. That’s quite true. Because, God bless her, Suu Kyi has never held actual power for one single second in Burma. …
  4. Laura Bush asks Myanmar military regime to free Suu Kyi
    Times of India, India –
    … with Burma’s opposition, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy,” she said. Laura Bush urged the world to condemn the military regime in Myanmar, …
  5. US First Lady Criticizes Burma’s Leaders on Independence Day
    Voice of America –

    By VOA News US First Lady Laura Bush has issued strong criticism of Burma’s military leadership, on the country’s 60th anniversary of independence from …

  6. On Myanmar, EU’s Envoy Supports UN’s Soft Power Approach, “Laura …
    Inner City Press, NY –

    UNITED NATIONS, January 4 — On the sixtieth anniversary of Burma’s independence from the United Kingdom, the range of international reactions to the images …

  7. India should use influence for neighbourhood peace: EU
    Deccan Herald, India –
    Concerned over lack of democracy in Pakistan and Myanmar, the European Union today urged India to use its “influence” in the region to advance peace and …
  8. Letters, faxes, and e-mail
    Press-Register – al.com, AL –
    Her brave counterparts on the international scene include, for instance, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma (Myanmar), …
  9. Myanmar issue must remain a priority: EU envoy
    AFP –
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Efforts to promote democracy in Myanmar must remain a priority for the international community, European Union special envoy for …
  10. UN envoy to visit China, India for Myanmar talks
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    New York – UN special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, plans to visit China and India next week to continue discussion on building up efforts to bring …
  11. Opposition party slams junta over talks with Suu Kyi
    Gulf Times

    YANGON: Myanmar’s opposition party yesterday criticised the ruling junta for “pretence” over meetings with its detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the talks were merely a bid to ease pressure on the regime. ...