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World focus on Burma (14 November 2008)

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Burma, Myanmar: Young Female Journalist Jailed For 2 Years
OpEdNews, PA –

Eint Khaing Oo, 24, who had been arrested in front of the head office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP in Yangon on July 10, was sentenced to 2 years behind closed doors with no defence lawyer.

… also arrested on 5 November and are being detained in Insein prison. All news media in Burma is strictly censored and tightly controlled by the military.

14.11 – Burma : Female journalist gets two years for taking photos …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
“This unjust sentence comes amid a wave of unprecedented sentences for journalists and activists,” the two organisations said. “We appeal to Burma’s …

Myanmar is also known by its former name Burma. “These peaceful activists should not be on trial in the first place, let alone thrown in prison for years …

They come here in hope of freedom
npTribune, Singapore –
The Myanmar national is one of 7000 Burmese who have come to Singapore to study, according to The Straits Times (ST) on Oct. 11. …

Spirits undeterred despite harsh punishments: NLD youth
Mizzima.com, India –
Over the last week, Burma’s military junta has sentenced numerous detained dissidents – students, activists, monks, writers, journalists and even poets – to …

At least 11 more Burmese activists have received jail sentences for taking part in anti-government protests last year. It brings the total number sentenced …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
… Burma might be mending its vicious ways was crushed this week when the regime handed out 65-year prison sentences to 14 nonviolent democracy activists, …

Paul McCartney’s Charity Work
Look To The Stars, UK –
In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Burma’s junta scorns world opinion
International Herald Tribune, France –
They have called on him to release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners; to engage in serious dialogue with her …

Severe prison sentences for Myanmar protesters expected in coming …
International Herald Tribune, France –
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is resorting to laws covering the use of personal electronics, because such infractions are easy to prove, …

More activists jailed in connection with 2007 protests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Ko Thein Aye who has mental disorders was charged with sheltering Ko Tin Win Lay, member of outlawed All Burma Federation of Student Unions. …

Insein Prison Courts Sentence 17 NLD Members
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Insein Prison special courts sentenced at least 17 members of National League for Democracy (NLD) party to up to 16 years imprisonment on Friday …

Gunboat stand-off sign of tensions in Bay of Bengal
The Age, Australia –
Dhaka then turned to China, which has close links to the Burmese junta, to help resolve the row. Both countries eventually withdrew their vessels when …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 14, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… The Myanmar Times this week the South Korean deal is “an important milestone in the development of renewable energy sources in Myanmar [Burma]. …

UPDATE: 9 Monks Jailed Over Myanmar Protests – Opposition
EasyBourse.com, France –
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that recent weeks “show a more concentrated crackdown on dissent clearly aimed at intimidating the …

COLUMN – Obama represents welcome change for India
Reuters India, India –
After China torpedoed an early 2007 US-led attempt to impose a Security Council diktat on Burma to improve its human-rights record, the junta thanked …

Win Tin, NLD Executive Member, Ill
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The current Burmese regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe ignored the results of the election and refused to transfer power.

Burmese regime continues repression against monks and dissidents
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
… confirm a fresh military crack down by Burma’s ruling junta against dissidents. According to one diplomatic source based in Myanmar, this new wave of …

US Imposes Sanctions on Burma Drug Cartel
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — The United States on Thursday named 26 individuals and 17 companies as “specially designated narcotics traffickers” and imposed …

Commentary: Amid global tensions and uncertainty, US and RP remain …
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
So these are issues that he recognizes as the Philippines and the US sharing common interests, just as they share a common faith in democracy. …

Burma Jails Democracy Pro-Democracy Lawyers
Voice of America –
Meanwhile Burma’s most famous political prisoner and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. She has spent more than 13 of the …

US, EU Lawmakers Condemn Activists’ Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA NEW YORK — US and EU lawmakers on Thursday roundly condemned the harsh sentences recently handed down to pro-democracy activists in Burma, …

9 monks sentenced to jail
Straits Times, Singapore –
YANGON – NINE Buddhist monks were sentenced to between six and eight years in jail by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Nine monks jailed in Myanmar: opposition
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Nine Buddhist monks were jailed for between six and eight years by courts in Myanmar this week for taking part in last year’s anti-junta …

Burma’s junta shows contempt
Boston Globe, United States –
ANY HOPE that the military dictatorship in Burma might be mending its vicious ways in response to pleas from abroad was crushed this week when the regime …

‘Suspend Burma’s membership from BIMSTEC’
Newstrack India, India –

… had sent a memorandum demanding the suspension of the military junta until peace, justice, human rights and democracy is restored in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burmese junta’s action to sentencing 61 democracy activists deplored
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Co-Chairs of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma, condemned the recent harsh and unjust sentencing of 61 democracy …

Laura Bush Condemns Taliban Attack on Schoolgirls
New York Times, United States –
Although she has spoken out on other foreign policy matters, notably human rights abuses in Myanmar, the former Burma, it is unusual for the first lady to …

Decisions Needed: ASEAN and Asian Regionalism
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
7) Prevent Burma/Myanmar from inhibiting deeper US-ASEAN relations by seeking an understanding with Congress to support Cyclone Nargis reconstruction, …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Boston Globe, United States –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Burma sentences dozens to lengthy prison terms
China Post, Taiwan –
After the brutal crushing of last year’s Saffron Revolution, the military rulers of Burma sought to deflect international repercussions by promising to stop …

Kingpin crackdown
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Washington – US authorities on Thursday froze the assets and slapped sanctions on 26 individuals and 17 firms tied to drug trafficking in Burma, …

Police: Neighbors didn’t call about captive girl
WSBT-TV, IN –
According to the affidavit, Soe and Sullivan sometimes spoke in a foreign language the girl believed to be Burmese. Soe was born in Myanmar but had lived …

Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Announces …
RTT News, NY –
The OFAC named 26 individuals and 17 companies tied to Burma’s Wei Hsueh Kang and the United Wa State Army as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… are wrong to only characterize his orders as ranging “from restrictions on striped bass fishing to sanctions against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government. …

Burma Extends Crackdown on Dissidents
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of Burmese dissidents say courts in Rangoon have sentenced at least 20 more activists to prison in a sweeping crackdown on dissent. …

Shilo and Ogilvy Amsterdam Win Gold for MTV Burma PSA at …
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –

… of The Burma Arts Board, activist Sam Roddick and others has earned the 2008 London International Awards Gold Statue for Television/Cinema Animation. …

2008 Freedom Award goes to Kofi Annan [Photos]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –

Previous winners of the Freedom Award have included Winston Churchill (1958), Burmese Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1995), and Liberian president …

Treasury adds to Myanmar drug trafficker list
Reuters –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, shares the notorious Golden Triangle region with Laos and Thailand, a mountainous opium-producing area that has seen its …

Turning Hope into Reality: Overturning Bush’s Executive Orders
OpEdNews, PA –
… against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government.” There’s much more to Bush’s use of executive orders than saving striped bass or promoting human rights in Burma …


Last May, Cyclone Nargis ripped through Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing almost 85000 people and leaving 50000 missing. Initially, foreign aid was blocked …

Oddball summit has limits
The Japan Times, Japan –
Narrow nationalism and dictatorial tendencies run deep, evidenced by the failure to bring even minimum human rights to Darfur, Burma or Zimbabwe. …

What will Obama mean for Asia?
South Asian Post, Canada, Canada –
They point to his China-excluded campaign speech in Berlin where he asked: “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in …

Slovakia: The Statement of Slovak MFA on political processes in Burma/Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
This action of the authorities of Burma/Myanmar demonstrates again the lack of will toward transiton to democracy and their contempt for the rule of law. …

The Burmese junta’s true color
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
By The Nation When the Burmese junta decided to jail the 14 pro-democracy leaders of the 1988 generation to 65 years old each, or in other word life …

U Win Tin says Ban Ki Moon should not visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… journalist and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin said the visit of United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Burma could end up as a nod to tyranny. …


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Courts in Myanmar sentenced more than a dozen activists to prison Thursday in a continued judicial crackdown on the country’s …

Jailed poet gets HIV virus from forcible injection in Insein prison
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled to learn that detained poet Aung Than, a member of the opposition National League for …

Burma should be suspended from BIMSTEC: activists
Mizzima.com, India –
“The continued human rights violations by Burma’s military junta are a disgrace for the grouping,” Dr. Alana Golmei, coordinator of the BCD told Mizzima. …

UN SG concerned at ‘severe’ prison terms for Myanmar dissidents
JURIST –
Human rights groups have estimated that more than 2100 Burmese have been imprisoned for their religious and political beliefs despite the release [JURIST …

Everyone’s Eyes on Burma
Christian Today — Australia, Australia –

The suffering of the people of Burma became even greater in 2008, when Cyclone Nargis devastated the lives of those living in the Irrawaddy Delta, …


Kingpin crackdown

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Bangkok Post – 14-11-2008

Washington – US authorities on Thursday froze the assets and slapped sanctions on 26 individuals and 17 firms tied to drug trafficking in Burma, and put bounties on some.

The order prohibited US citizens from dealing with the men or companies.

Targetted were those linked to the United Wa State Army (UWSA), the most powerful drug trafficking organisation in southeast Asia, and Wei Hsueh Kang, a senior UWSA commander, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

They were named “Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers” by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

The Treasury said its “action freezes any assets the 43 designees may have under US jurisdiction and prohibits US persons from conducting transactions or dealings in the property interests of the designated individuals and entities.”

Corporations found violating the Kingpin Act could be fined up to $10 million while corporate officers could be fined up to $5 million and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines.

The United Wa State Army “is a major producer and exporter of synthetic drugs, including methamphetamine,” according to OFAC Deputy Director Barbara Hammerle who was quoted in the department’s statement.

“Today OFAC is targeting the Wa’s lieutenants and the financial holdings of this massive drug trafficking organisation. We call on other nations to do the same,” Hammerle was quoted as saying.

Under the Kingpin Act, US President George W Bush identified as significant foreign narcotics traffickers Wei Hsueh Kang, in 2000, and the UWSA, around three years later, it added.

In January 2005, federal prosecutors in New York “unsealed a criminal indictment charging Wei, along with his brothers Wei Hsueh Lung and Wei Hsueh Ying, who are designated today, for narcotics trafficking,” it said.

The US State Department is offering a reward of up to $2 million for tips leading to Wei’s capture.

Others named by the OFAC are Pao Yu Hsiang, Ho Chun Ting and Shih Kuo Neng.

Pao Yu Hsiang, indicted in 2005 with Wei Hsueh Kang, is the commander-in-chief of the UWSA, the treasury said.

In 2005, prosecutors in New York charged Ho Chun Ting and Shih Kuo Neng, among others, with money laundering and narcotics trafficking, it said.

In 2007, Hong Kong authorities arrested Ho Chun Ting, a partner of Wei Hsueh Kang, but Hong Kong later released him for unknown reasons, the treasury said.

Shih Kuo Neng is the manager of the Hong Pang conglomerate of companies, many of which were also named Wednesday. (AFP)

http://www.bangkokpost.com/topstories/topstories.php?id=132023

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 14, 2008 at 1:33 am

World focus on Burma (5 July 2008)

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Burnham charity cycle ride for Burma appeal

Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News, UK –

Seven cyclists tackled the 85-mile journey for the Myanmar Cyclone Appeal – setting off from Burnham and finishing at Exmouth, on the south coast. …

Myanmar’s plight touches local man

Buffalo News, United States –

… struck by the sight of thousands of trees broken in half and strewn all around the streets of Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

The Menacing Monks Of Myanmar

Strategy Page –

Meanwhile, the military dictatorship in Burma (Myanmar) survived the damage (both domestic and diplomatic) from the recent typhoon. …

Brothers come to aid of Myanmar victims

Times Daily (subscription), AL –

Most people would probably think twice before making a trip to Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. It’s a region devastated by death, …

Burma charges 14 Suu Kyi supporters

NEWS.com.au, Australia –

Burma has been ruled by the military since 1962. Aung San Suu Kyi, the world’s only Nobel Peace Prize winner currently in detention, has spent most of the …

Delta farmers’ woes continue

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Meanwhile, the Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank plans to disburse a loan of over 441 million kyat (US $375000) to farmers in Laputta Township. …

BURMA: Scholar to talk

York Daily Record, PA –

… will host a Burmese scholar, who will talk Thursday about human rights in his native country of Burma, officially named the Union of Myanmar. …

Construction sites abandoned in Naypyidaw

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

By MIN LWIN Construction in Burma’s capital, Naypyidaw, is practically at a standstill and many buildings have been left half-built as construction …

Doctors invited to provide free medical care to Myanmar’s cyclone …

Xinhua, China –

Myanmar Medical Association (MMA) has invited doctors in the country to volunteer to provide free medical treatment to cyclone victims in Yangon and …

$10000 for Burma appeal

Fiji Times, Fiji –

Save the Children Fiji collected $10659.97 in its 14-day nationwide appeal to help children affected by Cyclone Nargis that killed thousands of people. …

Chevron’s dilemma over its stake in Myanmar
San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, that would have revoked a tax benefit for Chevron to pressure the company to divest from Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Burma Imprisons 4 Activists for Campaigning Against Draft Constitution

Voice of America –

By VOA News Burmese authorities have sentenced four opposition members to prison for campaigning against the military government’s new constitution. …

Millennials need to know change happens off-line

Ithaca Journal, NY –

… the intransigence of racism and discrimination, the abuses from Iraq to Burma (Myanmar) — won’t politely go away with a few clicks of a mouse. …

At UN, of Dressed Dogs and Ban’s Beef, Nigeria Reviewed under …

Inner City Press, NY –

Next stop Myanmar? Pushing loudly for inclusion of Myanmar, or Burma, on the Security Council agenda is the United States, represented at the UN by Zalmay …

Burma: Four opposition activists jailed

Adnkronos International Italia, Italy –

The NLD activists from Taungup, a town in the Arakan state in north-west Myanmar, were transferred from the prison in Taungup to the one in Sittwe, …

Mugabe’s Not Quite Done With Making Zimbabwe’s People Suffer

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

Perhaps the situation in Zimbabwe has turned out to be just as worse if not anymore worse than the situation in Burma. In Burma, the junta said that the …

Everything that we need costs 40% more

Daily News & Analysis, India –

The major pulses produce are imported from Burma. On the other hand, traders feel oilseed prices will always see a rise as their demand is ever-increasing, …

Faces in a billion

guardian.co.uk, UK –

“Preventing drugs is everyone’s responsibility” reads a propaganda slogan, hinting at the influx of cheap narcotics from nearby Burma. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 5, 2008 at 3:00 am