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World focus on Burma (23 September 2008)

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Fact Sheet: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
There should be a stronger effort to help the people of Burma live free of the repression they have suffered for too long. All nations, especially members …

Bush Presses UN to Do More to Prevent Tyranny
FOXNews –
The president pointed to the UN’s failure to do more for people of Darfur and Myanmar, which is recognized in the world body by the junta-sponsored Burma. …

Bush’s remarks to UN General Assembly
United Press International –
There should be a stronger effort to help the people of Burma live free of the repression they have suffered for too long. …

Building peace and security through democracy (part 2)
Manila Times, Philippines –
We have called on the Burmese Government to live up fully to its own roadmap to democracy—to begin with, freeing and releasing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and …

MP-elect Dr Than Nyein released from prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… night after he had been stopped on the way to a meeting at the Mayangone NLD office with leaders such as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo and U Kyi Maung. …

Human costs of food crisis
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy delta in Burma in May, causing a 1.2m tonne drop in production. Most countries imposed export bans and civil unrest …

The uber-generous Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie announced a $1 million donation to Human Rights Watch, to fund research and advocacy in Zimbabwe and Burma, …

Brad Pitt’s Burma donation
Monsters and Critics.com –
The couple’s non-profit organisation the Jolie-Pitt Foundation has given the generous sum to the Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe. …

BROWN: PM takes on Labour critics with conference speech
The Herald, UK –
Mr Brown made only a passing reference to Mr Miliband in his own speech, saying they would work together to do bring justice and democracy to Burma, …

Gordon Brown’s speech in full
guardian.co.uk, UK –
And David Miliband, Douglas Alexander and I will do everything in our power to bring justice and democracy, to Burma, to Zimbabwe and to Darfur. …

An Interview with Eliana Cuevas
OpEdNews, PA –

Eliana supports the THE FREE BURMA CONCERT @ Lula Lounge, on Dec 2nd, in support of freedom and democracy in Burma. Recently Trinidadian singer/songwriter …

Burma Takes Measures for Wildlife Conservation – Chinese Agency
RedOrbit, TX –
23 (Xinhua) – Myanmar [Burma] has taken measures for wildlife conservation by restricting the catching of elephant in the country’s Bago Yoma mountain range …

Japan: Man Arrested for Extortion Attempt Over Journalist Killed …
RedOrbit, TX –
Nagai was killed while videotaping anti-government demonstrations in Myanmar. The Myanmar government has not returned his video camera and tapes, …

Interview: Engaging with the military regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 23, 2008 (DVB)–Twenty years after the military coup which ended the 8888 uprising, DVB spoke to three former Burmese army officers about the outlook for …

Burma Still at Bottom of List of World’s Dirtiest Countries
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In a press release dated November 1, 2007, TI singled out Burma for its severe violations of human rights, as well as its widespread corruption. …

Five Activists Win Human Rights Awards
SANGONeT, South Africa –
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has awarded five brave and selfless advocates of human rights from Burma, Congo, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan have …

Myanmar’s Win Tin vows to continue democracy fight
Washington Post, United States –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner, journalist Win Tin, vowed Tuesday to continue his struggle against 46 years of military …

MP-elect released in government amnesty
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Burmese state media reported today that 9002 prisoners had been granted amnesty for good behaviour, though it is not yet clear how many political prisoners …

Leaked Document Reveals Burma’s US Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Regarding the US naval ships’ inability to deliver aid to cyclone survivors in the Irrawaddy delta, Maung Oo is reported as saying that the Burmese junta …

Myanmar frees longest-serving political prisoner
ecodiario, Spain –
The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), which tracks inmates of Myanmar’s gulag, said five other prisoners of conscience …

Burmese democracy veteran freed
BBC News, UK –

The Myanmar Times, a state-censored newspaper in Rangoon, said the military government was releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and …

Regime Frees Longest-serving Political Prisoner, Win Tin
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He didn’t need to sign any conditional agreement with the Burmese authorities,” Maung Maung Khin said. The state-run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, …

Stamping out corruption can save lives, watchdog says
AFP –

Myanmar, which received international condemnation for its heavy-handed crackdown on protests in September 2007, was on 1.3 points, as was Iraq, …

Myanmar junta frees 9002 prisoners
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country,” he told reporters outside a friend’s house in the former Burma’s main city, Yangon. …

Myanmar democracy activist freed
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner has been released after the government announced an amnesty that saw more than 9000 inmates freed in advance of …

Burma sets free 9002 prisoners
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
BURMA’S junta is releasing 9002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and goodwill”, official media said today. “We haven’t heard of any political …

U Win Tin released from Insein prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Burmese state media reported today that 9002 prisoners had been granted amnesty for good behaviour. The New Light of Myanmar reported that the prisoners …

China Candy, Milk, Desserts Tested Around the Globe
FLEXNEWS, France –
Chinese producers Yashili and Suncare said last week they would recall milk formula from five countries including Myanmar. There have been no reports of …

The Four Seasons Tented Camp Joins Thailand In Style’s Collection …
PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria –
… Myanmar and Laos—meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers: “If you were doing a foxtrot and stepped forward you’d be in Burma, …

Myanmar: Opposition Wants Review Of Constitution
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
YANGON, MYANMAR: The party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar’s ruling junta on Monday (22 Sept) to set up a committee to …

Bago activists launch banknote campaign
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I obtained one 100 kyat note with the prayer, ‘May Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be free as soon as possible’ from someone who must want her to be freed. …

Election should be welcomed: Writer Maung Suu San
Mizzima.com, India –
… be welcomed for the sake of transition to democracy in Burma. The rebel politician turned writer has not been known to see eye to eye with the junta. …

Dear Mahmoud
Pajamas Media, CA –
Have you polled the Burmese and the Chinese, or the North Koreans? I haven’t heard them singing your praises, frankly). But there’sa big difference between …

The secret arm
Frontline, India –

In those cases where matters went to the UN in the face of US inaction – Burma, Tibet, Cuba – Washington actively discouraged public debate or even vetoed …

How Just the Ten-of-Us 65 Years Ago Got Together to Raise Money …
RedOrbit, TX –
For the first few decades Tenovus concentrated on local community projects and played a leading role in the Burma, Sunshine and Danybryn Homes, …

Human Rights Campaigner Says China Key To A Better Burma

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

… providing funds to the Junta. In particular he is opposed to China and Thailand building dams in Burma which will displace thousands of people while all …

US State Dept.: Religious Freedom Declines in Asia

Catholic Online, CA –

In September of 2007, tens of thousands of Burmese Buddhist monks protested the military dictatorship, which responded with killings, torture, …

Environmental & Human Rights Activists to Testify Before Senate

Earthrights.org, DC –

The hearing will also include testimony from Jeffrey Krilla, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Arvind Ganesan, …

Entries tagged with “climate change” from O’Reilly Radar

O’Reilly Radar, CA –

It’s hard to remember that it wasn’t always this way, anywhere in the world, (and still isn’t, as events in Zimbabwe and Burma remind us so painfully right …

One Million Weapons to Iraq; Many Go Missing

CorpWatch.org, CA –

In Burma (renamed Myanmar by a military junta), despite the dictatorship’s persistent pattern of well-documented human rights violations, China, Russia, …

Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy to attend Presidential event honoring …

Save Tibet, DC –

… include democracy activists from around the world, representing movements in countries as diverse as Tibet and Sierra Leone, and North Korea and Burma. …

World focus on Burma (22 July 2008)

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UN Humanitarian Chief in Burma to Assess Post-Cyclone Need

Voice of America – 1 hour ago
By VOA News United Nations humanitarian chief John Holmes has arrived in Burma for his second visit since Cyclone Nargis devastated parts of the reclusive …

WHO to Rebuild Health Facilities in Burma

Voice of America –

The report assesses damage caused by Cyclone Nargis at $4 billion and estimates Burma, also known as Myanmar, will need $1 billion over the next three years …

WYD Celebrates the Church’s pacific face

National Catholic Register, CT –

Those from Myanmar (Burma), for example, are not free to build new churches or have large religious gatherings without government approval. …

Millions in Myanmar cyclone aid still to be released

AFP –

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

Mapping malaria nets

Nature.com (subscription), UK –

For example, Burma (Myanmar) received US$0.01 for each person at risk, compared to US$147 in Suriname, South America. Certain areas, such as Africa, …

Burma makes us all look like fools again

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Now, Asean and the international community are committed to help revitalise Burma after Cyclone Nargis. An assessment report by Asean, the UN and Burma said …

Breakfast to raise funds for number of worthy causes

Inside Toronto, Canada –

Last month, the busy restaurant raised $7000 to help victims of an earthquake in Sichaun, China and a cyclone in Burma. This Monday, July 28, …

Burma pulls down ASEAN

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burmese Foreign Minister, Nyan Win has reportedly hinted at Burma’s opposition to empowering a Southeast Asian human rights body with …

UN Humanitarian chief visits Burma to assess post-cyclone situation

Mizzima.com, India –

Holmes is visiting Burma a day after overseeing the release of the UN-spearheaded latest report on the post-cyclone situation in Burma’s Irrawaddy and …

Australia boosts cyclone aid to Burma

NEWS.com.au, Australia –

The increase brings Australia’s total contribution to $55 million, making it one of the largest individual donors, a statement from the office of Minister …

Govt pledges $30m for Burma cyclone aid

ABC Online, Australia –

Australia will donate a further $30 million in aid money to help Burma recover from the cyclone that devastated parts of the country earlier this year. …

`Death deprived Mahatma Gandhi of Nobel Peace Prize’

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

Perhaps the junta in Myanmar would have permitted her to leave the country and go to Norway? However, Mjos said that unless she was to have a guarantee that …

Help still needed in Burma

Charities Aid Foundation, UK –
People living in the cyclone-hit regions of Burma still need aid, according to Save the Children. The charity is calling on donors to give another £150 …

UN Official Observes Burmese Relief Efforts

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING The United Nations’ chief humanitarian relief official, John Holmes, started a three-day visit to Burma on Tuesday to observe post-cyclone …

Burma: A Human Rights Supporter?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Ironically, Burma, in terms of human rights and Asean, has garnered phrases like “hot potato,” “problem child” and “thorn” ever since it joined Asean in …

Families of suffocated Myanmar workers’ awarded Bt35,000

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Of the remaining survivors, Thai police investigators have taken 10 of them as witnesses, while others have been repatriated to Myanmar, also known as Burma …

Burma Opposes Asean Investigative Powers

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By JIM GOMEZ / AP WRITER SINGAPORE — Burma’s junta has indicated it will oppose any effort to give a Southeast Asian human rights body the power to monitor …

Nobel Laureate Doubts Suu Kyi Will Be Released

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams has condemned a decision by Burma’s junta to extend the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San …

ASEAN Turns Blind Eye to Burma Rights

TIME –

Since Burma’s junta took over the country, also known as Myanmar, in 1962, its people have gone from some of the richest in Asia to among its poorest. …

Time for donors to give more to Burma says Save the Children

Politics.co.uk, UK –

World governments had pledged to give more money to Burma on condition that an independent assessment of the needs was carried out and that international …

Charcoal Price Hike Leads to More Firewood Use

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The sale of firewood in Rangoon has increased two fold since deadly storm hit Burma. Before the cyclone, dealers mainly sold low and medium grade wood. …

ANALYSIS: ASEAN risks being sidelined without fulfilling goals

Monsters and Critics.com –

The charter, signed by the 10 ASEAN leaders in November, seeks to commit the disparate nations to promote human rights and democratic ideals. …

Interview: Mario Bello Takes on THE MUMMY!

IESB.NET, CA –

And I think it’s insane that we’re in Iraq, we’re in Afghanistan, and the people of Burma are suffering so much. The people of Darfur are suffering so much. …

Burma: Efforts to help cyclone victims still in relief phase, says UN

آكي,

Italy –

“Nearly three months after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma), the Government and its humanitarian partners are continuing to assist the humanitarian …

UN Humanitarian Chief in Burma to Look at Post-Disaster Relief …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

YANGON, July 22 (Xinhua) – United Nations Humanitarian Chief John Holmes arrived here Tuesday on a re-visit to Myanmar to look into post-disaster relief and …

When, and How, to Spread Democracy?

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Those thoughts were in keeping with Bush’s and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s emphasis on promoting democratic government and human rights in …

UN humanitarian chief visits Burma cyclone zone

The Standard, Hong Kong –

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes arrived in Burma for a three-day trip to see how the military-run nation is coping after a devastating cyclone, …

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Offer to Release Suu Kyi a Ploy?

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

For the military rulers in Burma, or Myanmar, have a notorious record of sounding soft and appearing to compromise when they are under political heat from …

Myanmar needs more aid

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

By Vijay Joshi AP SINGAPORE – Survivors of Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis face a “second emergency” unless relief efforts receive $1 billion in international aid …

Iran’s gasoline imports prime target for sanctions

Globe and Mail, Canada –

The same caution would also apply to Zimbabwe, North Korea and Myanmar, also known as Burma. Left largely unsaid in the book is what the United States …

Burmese MPs Urge UN to Reject New Constitution

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We expect that secretary-general will also stand for the rights of the people of Burma/Myanmar, who were unable to express their real aspirations in the …

Rock Band to Help Out Refugees

RedOrbit, TX –

Funds will support families like the Bays, who came to St. Charles after suffering years of persecution in Myanmar which was formerly known as Burma. …

ASEAN karaoke night cancelled

NEWS.com.au, Australia –

Ministers from the 10 ASEAN countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – plus dialogue …

Myanmar denies Suu Kyi release

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Myanmar’s military government has denied that the country’s opposition leader will be freed by the end of the year, saying that reports of her early release …

Bombers target Chinese buses

Dispatch Online, South Africa –

The agency said border guards had tightened security at all exit and entry points in Yunnan, which has long borders with Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Vietnam. …

South-east Asian nations express “disappointment” at Burma

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –
“They repeated the call by Asean leaders for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees as part of Myanmar’s [Burma’s] national

ASEAN Plays a Major Role in Responding to Burmese Cyclone Disaster

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The international community has expressed their support that ASEAN continues its presence in Myanmar for the relief and early recovery phase in the next 12 …

Burma survivors face ‘second emergency’

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The United Nations’ humanitarian chief, John Holmes, noted that while Myanmar eventually cooperated with the UN in humanitarian operations, it was unclear …

Japan Presses Burma on Democratization, Shooting of Journalist

istockAnalyst.com, OR –
The talks in Singapore came on the heels of a joint communique by ASEAN foreign ministers on Monday [21 July] that urged Myanmar [Burma] to free all

The Associated Press –

… hopes of an early release for Suu Kyi, who has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

scam busters

Irish Independent, Ireland –

Days after Burma was struck by a cyclone that killed tens of thousands and left many more homeless, emails were winging their way around the internet …

Nobel laureate meets Burmese women

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Nobel Women’s Initiative delegation focused on the plight of Burmese women in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis during their information-gathering trip to …

ASEAN has tough talk, little action on Myanmar: observers

AFP –

Egoy Bans, spokesman for the Free Burma Coalition in the Philippines, said the comment was the latest in a series of jabs that ASEAN has made at the regime …

Myanmar ratifies ASEAN pact on democracy, rights

China Post, Taiwan –

Myanmar pledged to abide by the EU-style charter at the annual meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers, which was also …

ASEAN demands action on soaring commodity prices

China Post, Taiwan –

On rogue member Myanmar, the ministers “took note” of a referendum which passed a new constitution in May in the aftermath of killer Cyclone Nargis, …

Burma signs up to rights charter

The Canberra Times, Australia –

BY CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Burma’s military junta said yesterday it would abide by a regional charter calling for a human rights body, a day after being slammed …

Youthful activism takes root in Burma

Irish Times, Ireland –

The security apparatus of Burma’s military junta was thought to have largely shattered the opposition last August and September, in a crackdown that …

Malaria control goals are likely to be unachievable

EurekAlert (press release), DC –

While Myanmar (Burma) received an average of US$0.01 per capita-at-risk of malaria by the GFATM, the northern South American country Suriname was awarded …

Malaria Millennium Development Goal ‘unlikely to be met’

EurekAlert (press release), DC –

For example, Burma (Myanmar) received US$0.01 for each person at risk, compared to US$147 in Suriname, South America. Certain areas, such as Africa, …

Zimbabwe: The getaway plan

ZimDaily, UK –

… “the band wagon is getting bigger and bigger, its not too late to save yourself by quitting mediation, we can always become a proper junta like Burma”. …

PRESS DIGEST-Financial Times, Wall St Journal Asia editions

Reuters –

Cyclone Nargis, which swept across Burma in May, caused more than $4 billion in damage and losses to the country, according to an international assessment. …

Countdown Beijing 2008: 2 die in Chinese bus blasts

Nigerian Tribune, Nigeria –

… on Saturday, rubber farmers clashed with police in Menglian county, in the south-west of the province close to the border with Burma (Myanmar).

UN needs £500m for Burmese cyclone relief

The Herald, UK –

… the report prepared by the United Nations, the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) and the military junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Myanmar ‘breakthrough’ may not be all it appears

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

When it comes to Asean and its bete noire, Myanmar, it is a struggle to be optimistic. On the surface, the past two days have proved fruitful for the …

By VOA News Burma’s military government has ratified the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ new charter, which commits ASEAN members to observe …

Canadian National Newspaper, 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 …

TWO VIEWS: Democracies can react to genocide, global disasters …

Fresno Bee (subscription), CA –

They have far different notions of freedom, democracy and human rights and, left to their own devices, they would create a world far less hospitable to our …

Junta must show commitment to change

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

The reaction of the junta to Cyclone Nargis in May showed a lack of concern for the people of Myanmar. Its initial refusal to let international aid agencies …

The Standard, Hong Kong –

And a joint report by ASEAN, the United Nations and the Burmese government said that rebuilding Burma’s cyclone-devastated south and delivering aid to …

A Year Long and Still Strong: One Person’s Tireless Dedication …

Sudbury Star, Canada –

For Dr. Kevin McCormick, an inspirational human rights advocate, this day is celebrated as an opportunity to get involved in the flight against conflict, …

Reconciling Evil With Faith

American Enterprise Institute, DC –

They usually cite the natural evils that too often crash upon humans–in China a stupefying earthquake, in Burma a cyclone, elsewhere tsunami, or tornado, …

Reuters Wins Pulitzer for Rangoon Death Picture

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By REUTERS

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Reuters news agency photographer won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography on Monday for a picture of a Burmese soldier shooting dead a Japanese video cameraman during a last September’s demonstrations in Rangoon.

The news agency’s Adrees Latif won for “his dramatic photograph of the Japanese videographer, sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar [Burma],” the Pulitzer Prize board said.

The 92nd annual Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, letters, drama and music were announced at Columbia University in New York City. The Public Service winner receives a gold medal, while winners in the remaining 20 categories receive $10,000.

Reuters carried news of the award together with a firsthand account by its Bangkok senior photographer Adrees Latif of how he took the pictures which won him a Pulitzer Prize. The pictures were taken in Burma during the protests in September last year and include the photo of Japanese video journalist Kenji Nagai being shot.

“Tipped off by protests against soaring fuel prices, I landed in Yangon [Rangoon] on 23 September, 2007, with some old clothes, a Canon 5D camera, two fixed lenses and a laptop.

“For the next four days, I went to Shwedagon Pagoda, two-three kilometers from the center of town and waited for the monks who had been gathering there daily at noon.

“Since I was at the same pagoda every day, dozens of people, including monks, asked me who I was and what I was doing. As the ruling military regime is notoriously secretive, my replies were guarded.

“Barefoot in maroon robes, and ringed by civilians, the monks chanted and prayed before starting their two-kilometer march to the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon [Rangoon]. Each day their numbers grew, from hundreds to thousands.

“By 27 September, the city had become packed with troops. Soldiers and government agents stood at street corners.

“Finding the Shwedagon Pagoda sealed off, I went to the middle of town to find groups of young people taunting soldiers at Sule.

“Within minutes, the crowd swelled from hundreds to a few thousand. The soldiers threw barbed wire coils across the roads.

“Knowing that hundreds of people were gunned down in similar circumstances in a 1988 uprising, I climbed an old crosswalk directly overhead, to get to one of the few spots offering a clear view.

“Below me, protesters were singing and waving flags; to the side, young men were thrusting their pelvises at the soldiers.

“At about 1.30 p.m. local time, two dark green, open-top army trucks approached, followed by dozens more packed with riot police. They were hit by a barrage of water bottles, fruit and abuse from the crowd.

“I had already locked on my 135mm lens and set my camera shutter speed to 1000, aperture to F/7.1 and ISO at 800. With the camera on manual, I wanted to stop any movement while offering as much depth-of-field as possible.

“Two minutes later, the shooting started. My eye caught a person flying backwards through the air. Instinctively, I started photographing, capturing four frames of the man on his back.

“The entry point of the bullet is clear in the first frame, with a soldier in flip flops standing over the man and pointing a rifle. In the second frame, the man is reaching over to try and film.

“More shots rang out. I flinched before getting off two more frames—one of the man pointing the camera at the soldier, and one of his face contorted in pain.

“Beyond him, the crowd scattered before the advancing soldier. The whole incident, which went on to reverberate around the world, was over in two seconds.

“I kept low on the bridge, capturing some more images from among a crowd taking cover. However, with soldiers firing shots and smoke grenades below, I had to get off the bridge.

“With adrenaline pumping through my body, I put my camera in my bag and followed the protests for another hour and a half. Feeling the demonstration had lost its strength, I made my way back to my hotel via backstreets and along a railway line.

“My initial caption read: “An injured man tries to photograph after police and military officials fired upon and then charged a crowd of thousands protesting in Yangon’s city center September 27, 2007.” Initially, I thought he was merely trampled. I had no idea he was dead.

“Two of the frames showed the man’s face. A few hours later his colleagues in Japan had identified him as Japanese video journalist Kenji Nagai.

“The images dominated front pages across the US and the world. Mourners at Nagai’s funeral in Japan clutched the picture, which played a role in the public outrage that prompted Tokyo to scale back aid to the ruling military junta.”

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Myanmar Security police officer shot Japanese journalist during crackdown in September

MATSUYAMA, Japan, Dec. 15 (Kyodo) – Myanmar police have told the Japanese government that it was a security police officer, not a soldier, who fatally shot Japanese video journalist Kenji Nagai during an antigovernment rally in Myanmar in September, Nagai’s father said Saturday.

Hideo Nagai, 83, said at a press conference in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, that the Myanmar police told the Japanese Embassy in the country that a police officer who was a little more than 10 meters away from the journalist fired the shot.

Japanese police said last month after analyzing footage of the shooting that Kenji Nagai, 50, was shot within a 1-meter range by the nearest military personnel.

But the Myanmar police said it was not the soldier who was shown in the footage who fired the shot, according to Hideo Nagai, who received a fax Friday from the Japanese Foreign Ministry containing the explanation by the Myanmar police.

“Kenji fulfilled his mission as a journalist,” the father said, adding he wants Myanmar’s junta to return the video camera with which his son was taking scenes of the rally and to arrest the perpetrator.

Members of the Tokyo-based APF News Inc. said at the same news conference that the organization has gained witness accounts from Myanmar locals that Nagai was shot while recording the shooting of a man and a woman who were shot near him.

Nagai was on contract with APF News when he was fatally shot Sept. 27 in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, while covering a violent crackdown on protests by Buddhist monks and ordinary citizens against the military government.

An autopsy showed he died from loss of blood as a bullet passed through his body.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 15, 2007 at 9:31 pm

World Focus on Burma (27-11-2007)

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 27, 2007 at 4:33 am

World Focus on Burma (19-11-2007)

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

600 people rally in Tokyo for democracy in Myanmar

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Monday, Nov. 12, 2007

Kyodo News

Around 600 people gathered at a park in Tokyo on Sunday for a rally calling for democratization in Myanmar.

People march through the streets of Tokyo's Shibuya district, calling for democracy in Myanmar
People march through the streets of Tokyo’s Shibuya district, calling for democracy in Myanmar. KYODO PHOTO

On the death of Kenji Nagai, a 50-year-old video journalist who was gunned down in Yangon in September, Tsuyoshi Takagi, chief of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, known as Rengo, told the participants, “Japan should review its official development assistance policy (to Myanmar) and consider economic sanctions.”

Toru Yamaji, president of Tokyo-based APF News Inc., which had a contract with the slain journalist, said in his message that he believes that Nagai’s efforts will stir democracy in the country.

Nagai was covering a violent crackdown on protests by Buddhist monks and ordinary citizens against the military government when he was shot.

The meeting was sponsored by a group of Japanese lawmakers who support democratization in Myanmar and civil organizations. The participants included people from Myanmar who live in Japan.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/rss/nn20071112a5.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 12, 2007 at 5:19 pm