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World focus on Burma (5 December 2008)

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CPJ: More online journalists than print journalists in prison
Menassat, Lebanon –
For the first time in history, online journalists represent the largest number of media professionals in prison, according to a census by the Committee to …

Burma among top five in detaining journalists: CPJ
Mizzima.com, India –
The power of online journalism in Burma, a country ruled by the military which has closed almost all connections with the outside world, came to be know

An Elephant’s Dream
Bookslut, IL –
Hannah was born in Burma. Her mother was shot and killed by people working a rubber plantation; Hannah herself, about three years old, was wounded. …

World Leaders Ask For UN Help In Burma
Look To The Stars, UK –
“We write this letter to applaud your public consideration of traveling to Burma, also known as Myanmar, before the end of the year,“ the leaders wrote in …

CPJ: 23 journalists held in African jails
Afrique en ligne, France –
“Thirteen journalists are held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma, CPJ said. …

CPJ warns: Blogging may harm your health
Neweurasia.net, Europe –
China continued to be world’s worst jailer of journalists, a dishonor it has held for 10 consecutive years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out …

Online journalists targeted
American Thinker, WA –
Other countries in the top five are Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan. Twenty-nine nations made the list. The US was not on the list. Whew! …

Win Tin, NLD Leader, Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Win Tin, Burma’s prominent veteran journalist and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was hospitalized in Rangoon on …

China-Europe Row Deepens
CNSNews.com, VA –
China’s communist government is famously hypersensitive about international criticism of its human rights record and what it regards as outside interference …

Today In History
GoErie.com, PA –
2002, former Burma dictator Gen. Ne Win, who ruled the country now known as Myanmar for 26 years after leading a 1962 coup, died in Yangon at age 91. …

Thai protests end, but problems persist
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The takeover of the two largest international airports in Thailand by the People’s Alliance for Democracy underscores the possible decline of a nation …

Commentary on the Endless Dispute Between Evolution and Creationism
ScienceBlogs –
… in closed societies such as Burma. Some of the images, some of the stories that have come out have been by the Internet and by citizen journalists. …

Rangoon firms into lay-off; job seekers mount
Mizzima.com, India –
However, contrary to the claims of the employment agencies, Burma’s Prime Minister Thein Sein said, the country can offer jobs to even up to 100000 …

No Light in Burma
Huffington Post, NY –
The UN added in their statement that Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari would not return to Burma any time soon. (His last trip was August, when Aung San Suu Kyi …

36 people become US citizens
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
And before that, she lived in the “revolutionary area” along the border between Thailand and her native Burma, now called Myanmar. …

More bloggers put behind bars
Washington Times, DC –
China, Cuba and Myanmar, formerly Burma, have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and Uzbekistan. “The United States, which is holding …

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner hospitalized
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… of journalists that the country’s military rule must end, and he will “keep fighting until the emergence of democracy” in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Israel lifts four-week ban, allows foreign journalists and aid ...
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
BBC journalist Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and …

More online journalists in jail than print
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
The newly released Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2008 prison census reports that 45 per cent of imprisoned media workers were bloggers and others …

Study: Nearly half of world’s jailed journalists come from Web
Los Angeles Times, CA –
The study notes that in China, which leads the world in captive journalists, 24 of the 28 currently behind bars did their work online. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea …

Bloggers More Likely To End Up In Jail Than Print Journalists
Silicon Alley Insider, NY –
… worst jailer of journalists, a position it’s held for ten consecutive years. Other danger areas for journalists: Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan.

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The junta, who have had a stranglehold on power since 1963, have sentenced Zargarnar to 59 years in prison, while Nay Phone Latt has been jailed for 20½ …

Online journalists now jailed more than others
Zimbabwe Times, Zimbabwe –
Thirteen journalists were held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma. The survey found more Internet …

Burma comic ‘sent to remote jail’
BBC News, UK –
The BBC’s Burmese Service said Kachin State is a cold and remote region where the military junta sends many of its jailed political opponents. …

KTRU pick of the week: Radio Myanmar
The Rice Thresher, TX –
Radio Myanmar (Burma) opens a door to sounds that are not often heard in this part of the world. The album’s assortment of radio recordings from Yangon, …

Zwelinzima Vavi on the fight against inequality
Politicsweb, South Africa –
We have also condemned the ruthless military regime in Burma which for decades has trampled on the people’s human rights, jailed opposition politicians and …

Birmania. Premio di consolazione (RSF)
Politica e Società, Italy –
Dubbed the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” comedian Zarganar defended human rights and denounced the military government’s abuses in sketches and entries in the …

New hearing set for man charged with killing 7-year-old girl
Deseret News, UT –
Met is from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and needs interpreters who speak Burmese. Defense attorneys have expressed concerns about an interpreter who has …

More online journalists than print journalists behind bars: CPJ
AFP –
For the 10th consecutive year, China was the leading jailer of journalists, the CPJ said, followed by Cuba, Myanmar, Eritrea and Uzbekistan. …

Cuban named ‘journalist of year’
BBC News, UK –
He had angered the government by criticising the speed of their response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma in May, and organising his own …

Google AdSense Publishers can donate their earnings directly
TechWhack (press release), India –
These donations are made to the Tides Foundation’s Relief and Reconstruction Fund for China and Myanmar (Burma) Relief. Users can visit a section on the .

Myanmar’s ruling junta sends political prisoners to remote areas
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military junta transferred at least seven political prisoners, including a famous comedian and a hip-hop singer, to far-flung …

Lancia Main Sponsor of the 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize …
PaddockTalk –
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Summit is being held in the French capital instead of Rome, …

Out of obscurity
Livemint, India –
… the mahal (palace) to allow elephants to enter, could never be buried in his intended grave because he died in exile in Burma, now Myanmar. …

A look back at the year 2008
Colonnade (subscription), GA –
On May 3, over 133000 people died from Cyclone Nargis in Burma. While reviewing world events before writing this article I came across this and was shocked …

YOU SAY BOMBAY, I SAY MUMBAI, LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.
Tapped, DC –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Asian Chronicles
New Haven Advocate, CT –
I just read Guy Delisle’s brilliant new graphic-novel/memoir of his own recent year of living dangerously next door in Burma, Burma Chronicles (Drawn …

Kyaw Zaw urges perseverance against Burmese regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… for dialogue between the military regime and the National League for Democracy and urged the people of Burma to continue their struggle against the junta.

Zargarnar, Nay Phone Latt awarded ‘Cyber-Dissident’ Award
Mizzima.com, India –
… from Burma, despite the ruling junta’s severe repression during the September monk-led 2007 protests and in the wake of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, …

Press freedom group names jailed Cuban ‘Reporter of the Year’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Known as the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” Zarganar “defended human rights and denounced the military government9s abuses” in comic sketches and entries in the …

Africa: Who’s Normal? Disability, Discrimination, and HIV/Aids
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
This is at a time when there are critical issues of human rights abuses in places like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo and Tibet as well as the looming …

Thai court rewards criminality
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. …

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World focus on Burma (4 December 2008)

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Zarganar and Nay Phone Latt win international prize
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 4, 2008 (DVB)–Reporters Without Borders has awarded one of its annual prizes to Burmese comedian and activist Zarganar and blogger Nay Phone Latt, …

Burmese Try to Anticipate Junta’s Next Election Move
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… sources in Burma said. Meanwhile, the regime is pushing to complete preparations for voter registration. On Thursday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar …

Fiji: How to change the government from within?
Global Voices Online, MA –
Thais are doing it (but we don’t want violence, that I understand), the Burmese monks did it, Pakis did it, etc etc..even the LADIES IN WHITE of Communist …

UAW not to blame for auto woes
Port Huron Times Herald, MI –
East Pakistan shared a border with Burma, now the Union of Myanmar. West Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan. In 1971, East Pakistan separated from …

Rangoon Division PDC office to relocate
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military junta has ordered the office of the Rangoon Division Peace and Development Council (PDC) be shifted …

The Drama of 2008
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By KYAW ZWA MOE Events in Burma during 2008 added up to a drama packed with mixed emotions. They began with an appalling disaster, arousing sympathy and …

Zarganar, Other Dissidents Sent to Remote Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to his outspoken criticism of the Burmese junta, was transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to Myitkyina Prison in Kachin State, the sources said. …

Cuban journalist, North Korean radio station and two Burmese …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
The other 2008 nominees in this category were: Chrono-tm.org (Turkmenistan), Democracy Now! (United States), Contravía (Colombia), Wechange.org (Iran) and …

Who are the Elders, Can They Resolve World Crises?
radiovop.com, Zimbabwe –
… former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and, in absentia, Burmese democracy activist Aung Sun Suu Kyi. …

Ban Rules Out Visit to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy icon, Bush has been instrumental in pushing for US sanctions against the Burmese military junta and its …

Now I’m allowed to be offensive, I realise I’ve got nothing …
New Statesman, UK –
… there was another show to raise money and awareness for the plight of Zarganar, Burma’s most famous comedian. He has just had his 45-year prison …

Israel opens Gaza border to foreign journalists, aid workers
Ha’aretz, Israel –
… Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and Zimbabwe. …

RP hosts 18th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet in Tarlac
Balita.org, UK –
The 10 ASEAN member countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Ban will not visit Burma, despite calls by former world leaders
Mizzima.com, India –
But Montas on said the secretary general “said he would like to visit Myanmar [Burma] again to discuss a broad range of issues but that he will not be able …

Former World Leaders want Political Prisoners Freed in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Burmese pro-democracy supporters in New Delhi hold portraits of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at a protest against the Burmese …

Ethnic leaders dismayed by experts’ dismissal
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-12-04 07:34 Ethnic ceasefire leaders say they are disappointed with “blanket rejection” by Burma experts about the ruling …

Chevron acquitted in Nigeria human rights case
World War 4 Report, NY –
In 2005, Unocal settled a similar lawsuit brought by 15 villagers from Burma alleging the company was responsible for forced labor, rapes and a murder ..

Myanmar appeal by former world leaders
Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –
… appealed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to press for the release of political prisoners in Myanmar, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Bombay vs. Mumbai
The Plank on TNR.com, DC –
The Burma/Myanmar issue hinges on whether you think its ruling military junta is legitimate. No such ambiguity attaches to Mumbai. …

Volunteer — here, there, anywhere
Daily Trojan Online, CA –
Students were preparing to teach English to Burmese refugees. But in true Trojan spirit, university administrators are now attempting to find new …

Milton students’ work ‘amazing”
Danville News, PA –
… newspaper published in Phnom Penh, and he recently began publishing “The Burma Daily,” an online newspaper for the country now known as Myanmar.

Polluting, even as he exits
Boston Globe, United States –
But after mobs shut down Bangkok’s international airport last week, stranding 300000 travelers, and a politicized Constitutional Court banned Thailand’s …

The UN’s Racist Conference On Racism
Forbes, NY –
… this was more than twice the number of UNHRC criticisms leveled during that same period at North Korea, Burma and Sudan combined. …

No UN push over Myanmar prisoners
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

She added that Ibrahim Gambari, Ban’s special envoy to Myanmar, would also not return to the country formerly known as Burma, until he had a “real …

Dissent Of The Day
Atlantic Online –
For Hitchens, and now you, to state that the Bombay-Mumbai name change is akin to the Burma-Myanmar change is very insulting to this Mumbaikar proud of her …

World leaders pressure UN on Burmese prisoners
Radio Australia, Australia –
Last month, over 100 Burmese monks, journalists, lawyers and relief workers were each given long sentences in prison. Speaker: Jared Genser, US-based human …

Uncertain Future
AsianWeek, CA –
In Burma, the tolls of Cyclone Nargis became clearer: At least 85000 were killed with thousands more still missing, many probably washed out to sea, …

World leaders press UN chief on Myanmar prisoners
The Associated Press –
Ban traveled to Myanmar, also known as Burma, last May after Cyclone Nargis devastated coastal areas. Setting aside political considerations, he persuaded …

Accused killer’s mental competency delays hearing
Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
The defense has also raised questions about Met’s age, noting that there are no birth records for him in either Burma or Thailand, where Met was confined to …

‘No More Slaves’
The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
Creative World Justice hopes Singapore will lead the way in guaranteeing basic human rights and dignity to its “enslaved” domestic workers. …

Burma Banishes Hip-Hop Star and Others to Remote Prisons
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of imprisoned political dissidents in Burma said the country’s military rulers have dispatched seven more political detainees, …

Yahoo!7 Top Web Search Results Reveal Aussies Interests in 2008
e-Travel Blackboard (press release), Australia –
Chinese earthquake; Cyclone Nargis, the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma; and finally Large Hadron Collier, the world’s largest and ..

Latest news in Regional news brief
MorungExpress, India –
Dimapur, December 3, (MExN): According to police sources, two cadres of GPRN/NSCN were held from Burma Camp today at around 10:30 am and two 9mm (including …

Films in competition
Los Angeles Times, CA –

“Burma VJ” / Denmark (Director: Anders Oestergaard)—In September 2007, Burmese journalists risking life imprisonment to report from inside their sealed-off …

Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills Prove to be the Tipping …
MarketWatch –
One of a few international organizations with an extensive presence in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta region following Cyclone Nargis, Pact was the first on the …

ASEAN projects to push through
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
The ASEAN groups together the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma. …

Gilles Duceppe is not the devil
Canada.com, Canada –
Last night, a friend from Burma commented on how remarkable it is to see opposition parties working together to actually, you know, oppose a government, …

Burma Must Not Be Forgotten
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
The lack of health care, educational facilities, economic mismanagement, and ongoing severe human rights abuses drive many people out of the country. …

A Luxury Cruise in Harm’s Way
New York Times Blogs, NY –
… colony of Burma” — after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar in May and the ruling military junta deepened the crisis by blocking aid efforts afterward. …

Bangkok Tourist Scene Update
Gather.com, MA –
After the court decision the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) declared an end to the occupation of both Bangkok airports, following their withdrawal …

Burma’s Nuclear Temptation
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
At a press conference in Rangoon on January 21, 2002, Vice-Chief of Military Intelligence Major-General Kyaw Win issued a statement: “Myanmar’s …

Energy blues: a comparative analysis
The Post, Pakistan –
The future security of India is fully dependent on nuclear power plants, similar to the French model, and pipelines from Iran or from the areas like Burma …

Asian Chronicles
Hartford Advocate, CT –
They lived a few blocks from Aung San Suu Kyi, the duly elected president of the country who has been under house arrest for 20 years. …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 4, 2008 at 4:10 am

World focus on Burma (15 November 2008)

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Min Ko Naing & ’88 generation students’ given 65 years
Mizzima.com, India –
Additionally, several youth members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy – were also dealt lengthy prison terms. …

Nine more Myanmar activists sentenced to 65 years in jail
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon- Prominent Myanmar dissident Min Ko Naing and eight other student activists have been sentenced to 65 years in prison in an ongoing judicial …

Woman reporter jailed for two years
Merinews, India –
A 24-year old woman reporter of a weekly journal in Myanmar was put away in prison for two years. Her crime? She was covering a gathering of refugees …

A Wanted Man in Burma
Dissident Voice, CA –
Read other articles by Jeremy. This article was posted on Saturday, November 15th, 2008 at 7:00am and is filed under Disinformation, Myanmar/Burma.

Tension between Myanmar-Bangladesh festers on border
Merinews, India –
Burma had earlier rejected Bangladesh’s claim and said the area where exploration was is in its territorial waters. The Bangladesh authorities in south of …

Myanmar Court Jails More Pro-Democracy Activists
Gant Daily, PA –
Yangon, Myanmar (AHN) – A special court in junta-ruled Myanmar sentenced Friday at least 15 members of the opposition party to a prison term of two to 16 …

Myanmar Opposition Leaders Get Long Jail Sentences – Relatives
EasyBourse.com, France –
YANGON, Myanmar (AFP)–One of Myanmar’s most prominent activists was sentenced to 65 years in jail along with two other pro-democracy leaders in connection …

Myanmar jails democracy activists
Reuters –
The nine include Min Ko Naing, leader of a 1988 pro-democracy uprising that was brutally suppressed and the former Burma’s highest profile dissident after …

Head held high Ashin Gambira will never bow to junta
Mizzima.com, India –
… the current crisis of Burma originated because of the junta’s one-sided bullying tactics and refusal to resolve the political crisis by political means. …

New approach in US Burma policy?
Mizzima.com, India –
by Dr. Sein Myint The nomination by outgoing US President George Bush of Michael Green as Special Envoy and Policy Chief for Burma will likely be swiftly …

Myanmar jails cyclone journalist
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

“We appeal to Burma’s military authorities to free Ein Khaing Oo, whose only crime was to cover the humanitarian disaster in the Irrawaddy delta. …

Myanmar sentences journalist to 2 years in prison
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced a journalist to two years in prison for her coverage of a protest over the lack of …

Myanmar jails more democracy activists: sources
Reuters –
Many of those jailed for up to 65 years were involved in last year’s mass protests against rising fuel and food prices in the former Burma, which has been …

Relentless punitive sentences for opposition members continue
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai – The spate of sentences of dissidents and activists by the Burmese military junta continues to be relentless, with 16 more, …

Myanmar: 14 in Opposition Sentenced
New York Times, United States –
By AP Courts in Myanmar sentenced 14 members of the opposition National League for Democracy party to lengthy prison terms on Friday, bringing to more than …

In London, Lord Levene Continues in Myanmar with Lloyds and Total …
Inner City Press, NY –

LONDON, November 13 — While at the UN in New York, UK Ambassador John Sawers thunders about human rights abuses in Myanmar, which he calls Burma, …

Myanmar activists losing powerful ally: LAURA BUSH
Northwest Asian Weekly, WA –
… which has large economic interests in Myanmar, “to do what other countries have done — to sanction, to put a financial squeeze on the Burmese generals. …

Pro-democracy activists jailed
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
COURTS in Burma sentenced 14 members of the National League for Democracy party to 65-year prison terms yesterday. More than 50 pro-democracy activists have …

Shock tactics in Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
What started as an outcry against sudden, ill-thought-out fuel price increases by the Burmese junta in August last year, culminated in thousands of people …

Burmese Blogger Sentenced to 20 Years For Reporting on Protests
MediaShift, CA – by Lucie Morillon, November 14, 2008


In many countries, you have to commit a serious crime to be sentenced to 20 years in jail, but in Burma this can happen …

Burma: mapping the challenges and opportunities for dialogue and …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Union of Myanmar (Burma) has suffered political and ethnic conflict for more than half a century, which continues to hamper the country’s social, …

Burma Jails More Dissidents
Voice of America – By VOA News
Courts in military-ruled Burma sentenced at least 14 members of the opposition party to prison terms Friday, bringing to more than 60 the number …




Junta’s oppressive rule of law – Blogger Nay Phone Latt sentenced to over 20 years

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Burma blogger jailed for 20 years: opposition
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Burma has been ruled by the military since 1962. Human rights groups estimate that there are more than 2000 political prisoners in Burma.

20 years for blogger Nay Phone Latt
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
11 Nov, 2008 (DVB)-Burmese authorities on Monday sentenced blogger Nay Phone Latt who was arrested early this year to 20 years in prison, his family said. …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years
CNN –
… year to suppress anti-government demonstrations, said The Irrawaddy, an online newspaper published by exiles from Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …

Simply put, Latt is going to prison because the military junta became outraged by his reporting of actual events and circumstances in Burma (Myanmar) on his …

Blogger jailed for 20 years over poem that mocked Burmese dictator
Times Online, UK –
They join more than 2000 other political prisoners in Burma’s jails, half of whom have been incarcerated since last September’s “Saffron Revolution”, …

Blogger jailed for 20 years in Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Military censors in Burma – also known as Myanmar – launched an investigation in January after a poem by Saw Wai appeared in a newspaper. …

Blogger gets 20 years in jail
News24.com, South Africa –
Yangon – A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced a prominent blogger to more than 20 years in jail on Monday for his internet activities. …

Internet newsman arrested in Myanmar
Pakistan News, Pakistan –
A Myanmar man has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for posting a cartoon of the military leader Than Shwe on the Internet. …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
The post was created by the US congress with an eye on increasing pressure on the military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Than Shwe: “Foolish with power”, says Nay Phone Latt

A Burmese blogger has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for posting a cartoon of the military leader Than Shwe. Nay Phone Latt, 28, was sentenced by a …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years: opposition
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — A popular Myanmar blogger arrested after massive anti-junta protests last year has been jailed for 20 years at Yangon’s notorious Insein …

Protests urged as Myanmar jails blogger
NDTV.com, India –
In a statement in Montreal, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association in Canada said that a Myanmar court on Monday jailed blogger Nay Phone …

Burmese democracy blogger sentenced
EnerPub, TX – In September of 2007, on the pages of his website, the young man recounted the massacres carried out by the junta against Burmese monks, becoming a valuable …

Court sentenced blogger for over 20 years, poet for two years
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, media watchdogs the Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF) and Burma Media Association (BMA) has slam the junta for its unfair trials on the two …

Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for “mocking” General Than Shwe
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
In September of 2007, on the pages of his website, the young man recounted the massacres carried out by the junta against Burmese monks, becoming a valuable …

Myanmar hands blogger 20-year prison sentence
International Herald Tribune, France –
Blogger Nay Phone Latt, 28, was arrested in January this year and given 15 years under the Electronics Law, two years for “creating public alarm,” and 3 1/2 …

Dissident blogger given 20 years
First Post, UK –

A young Burmese blogger who fed the outside world news from a locked-down country on the September 2007 uprising was sentenced to 20 years and six months …

Young Burmese Blogger Sentenced to more than 20 Years in Jail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was convicted of contravening Public Offense Act 505 B by posting a cartoon depicting junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe on his blog site. …

Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years
Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled by the combined sentence of 20 years and six months in prison that a special court in …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 11, 2008 at 12:29 pm

World focus on Burma (10 November 2008)

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Defense counsels behind bars
Mizzima.com, India –
… Burma’s military rulers have charged lawyers defending the rights of political detainees, critics and observers said the actions indicate the junta’s …

EU: Burma vote illegitimate unless Suu Kyi freed
USA Today –

BRUSSELS (AP) — Multiparty elections scheduled for 2010 in Burma will be seen as illegitimate unless the ruling military junta frees all political prisoners …

Myanmar vote illegitimate: EU
Straits Times, Singapore –
The junta came to power in 1988 in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – after crushing a nationwide pro-democracy uprising, killing as many as 3000 people. …

Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for “mocking” General Than Shwe
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
In September of 2007, on the pages of his website, the young man recounted the massacres carried out by the junta against Burmese monks, becoming a valuable …

Myanmar hands blogger 20-year prison sentence
International Herald Tribune, France –
Blogger Nay Phone Latt, 28, was arrested in January this year and given 15 years under the Electronics Law, two years for “creating public alarm,” and 3 1/2 …

Dissident blogger given 20 years
First Post, UK –

A young Burmese blogger who fed the outside world news from a locked-down country on the September 2007 uprising was sentenced to 20 years and six months …

Young Burmese Blogger Sentenced to more than 20 Years in Jail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was convicted of contravening Public Offense Act 505 B by posting a cartoon depicting junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe on his blog site. …

Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years
Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled by the combined sentence of 20 years and six months in prison that a special court in …

BDR chief visits Myanmar border as tension eases
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (bdnews24.com) – Local administration has said that the situation at Naikkhongchhari in Bandera bordering Myanmar remained normal since Monday …

Withdrawal of Myanmar’s warships ends crisis in “Bay”
Hindu, India –
Dhaka (PTI): Bangladesh on Monday announced that its stand-off with Myanmar over hydrocarbon exploration rig ended after Yangon’s two warships left disputed …

Mynamar withdrawal a ‘win-win’ outcome: Iftekhar
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (bdnews24.com)–Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Monday the withdrawal of Daewoo’s oil rig and Myanmar vessels from the disputed …

Myanmar pulls out from Bangladesh waters
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –

Myanmar on Sunday pulled back its warship and started withdrawing hydrocarbon exploration equipment from the disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal after …

EU ministers urge Myanmar junta to free political prisoners
EUbusiness (press release), UK –
… year towards a genuine transition to democracy in Burma/Myanmar since the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations by the military authorities. …

Funding remains major concern for UN
Myanmar Times, Burma –
An October 20 report by the Brussels-based think tank International Crisis Group (ICG) titled Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations …

Troops Line Up Along Burma-Bangladesh Border
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Over the weekend, the Burmese government rejected the Bangladesh government’s demand to stop exploration immediately, the state-run New Light of Myanmar …

EU ready to boost sanctions onMyanmar, ministers say
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Brussels – The European Union is ready to toughen its sanctions on Myanmar if no progress is made on democracy, but would consider easing them if the …

Burma: Crimes Against Humanity
UNPO, Netherlands –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …

Burma Resolution Introduced in the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The resolution called on the junta to fully implement previous recommendations of the UN special rapporteur on Burma, the General Assembly, …

EU ready to boost sanctions on Myanmar, ministers say
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Brussels – The European Union is ready to toughen its sanctions on Myanmar if no progress is made on democracy, but would consider easing them if the …

Funding remains major concern for UN
Myanmar Times, Burma –
… International Crisis Group (ICG) titled Burma/Myanmar After Nargis: Time to Normalise Aid Relations said international aid donors should view cyclone …

Press freedom rankings show Africa has long way to go
journalism.co.za, South Africa –
In Burma (170th), run by a xenophobic and inflexible junta, journalists and intellectuals, even foreign ones, have for years been viewed as enemies by the …

Boycotters welcome Cotton Traders Burma U-turn
Community News Group, UK –
The Burma Campaign UK, which aims to restore human rights and democracy in the country, called for consumers not to buy from Cotton Traders and the Atlantic …

SEAPA: Reason to celebrate
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… and low cost expansion of the media network, which came to light during the Saffron Revolution (September 2007) and Cyclone Nargis (May 2008). …

Press freedom rankings show Africa has long way to go
journalism.co.za, South Africa –
In Burma (170th), run by a xenophobic and inflexible junta, journalists and intellectuals, even foreign ones, have for years been viewed as enemies by the …

Myanmar exits disputed waters, troops alert – Bangladesh
Reuters India, India –
By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh kept troops on high alert along its border with Myanmar on Monday, while pulling back naval ships from the Bay …

A nice little earner
First Post, UK –

It seems to jar with most people’s view of Burma, or Myanmar as we should now call it. An authoritarian junta, with little time for consumerism, …

Bangladesh Football Team Leaves for Burma
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The Bangladesh football team left for Burma from Dhaka on 8 November to take part in the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup. The six nation tournament will begin …

Myanmar halts gas exploration in disputed waters: Bangladesh
Zee News, India –
Dhaka, Nov 10: Authorities in Bangladesh on Sunday claimed that Myanmar has suspended oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters in Bay of Bengal as a …

Once Allied army launching pad, Pangsau Pass now a drug route
Press Trust of India, India –
… the border with Myanmar in the Arunachal Pradesh sector and had played a prominent role in the Allied campaign against Japan in Burma (now Myanmar). …

The unvarnished truth
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –

“I know that it’s really overwhelming to think about every woman in Burma or every woman killed in Juarez,” Kirshner said. “But the book isn’t really about …

Six Months Later, Burma Still Suffers
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –

Even worse, international human rights groups have reported an increase in forced labor, forced relocations and extensive land confiscation by the country’s …

Myanmar Removes Gas Equipment From Zone Disputed by Bangladesh
Bloomberg –
Bangladesh summoned Myanmar’s ambassador before sending envoys to the nation formerly known as Burma. Foreign Secretary Touhid Hossain said yesterday after …

Myanmar halts gas exploration in disputed waters: Bangladesh
Smash Hits, India –
Dhaka, Nov 10 (DPA) Authorities in Bangladesh Sunday claimed that Myanmar has suspended oil and gas exploration in the disputed waters in Bay of Bengal as a …

What kind of first lady will Michelle Obama be?
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… of women in Afghanistan, delivered some her husband’s weekly radio addresses and spoke out against the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Burma. …

Bangladesh says Myanmar vacating disputed sea patch
Daily Times, Pakistan –
DHAKA: Bangladesh said on Sunday that Myanmar had started withdrawing oil and gas exploration equipment from disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal. …

The right to food
Canada.com, Canada –
I do buy the economic-rights argument, but only to a point. If we look at places like Zimbabwe and Burma, the connection between food and freedom, …

Will Arroyo meet Obama this time?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Such issues included “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of the [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], human rights in Burma, ..

Michelle Obama’s focus is on daughters
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

.. some of her her husband’s weekly radio addresses and spoke out against the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in the southeast Asian nation of Burma. …

Myanmar worked in that area from before?
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar’s attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary …

Myanmar worked in that area from before?
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
With Korean, Chinese and Indian companies in the field, Myanmar’s attempt to drill an exploratory oil and gas well within Bangladesh maritime boundary …

Myanmar withdraws warships
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

This photo sent by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) shows two Bangladesh Navy ships positioned near Korean rig Trans Ocean Legend in the disputed waters of the Bay of Bengal. Photo: ISPR

Myanmar withdrew its warships, the oil and gas exploration rig and the fossil fuel exploration vessels from Bangladesh waters yesterday but tension between …

Expert lists to-do’s for RP, Asean in face of crisis
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma/Myanmar with Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, China and South Korea. …

Bangla, Myanmar mobilise troops over maritime dispute
Press Trust of India, India –
Dhaka, Nov 9 (PTI) Bangladesh and Myanmar have mobilised their frontier forces following a tense stand-off in the Bay of Bengal, even as the Yangon-engaged …

Obama, GMA have ‘meeting of the minds’
Philippine Star, Philippines –
“These important issues and challenges include ‘climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma, …

Mbeki’s self-fulfilling prophecy
Politicsweb, South Africa –
His diplomats provided protection to the thugs in uniform who rule Myanmar/Burma and elsewhere. He fluffed plans he had co-authored to ensure good …

No further entry to disputed waters: Dhaka to ask Daewoo
Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –
Daewoo has assured Dhaka that the rig used in the recent oil and gas exploration activities in disputed Bay waters would be shifted to other Myanmar blocks, …

President off tonight for US to join world leaders in UN meet
Manila Bulletin, Philippines –
These important issues include “climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma and defense reform,” the letter …

Bangladesh, Myanmar mobilise troops over maritime dispute
Zee News, India –
Bangladesh earlier explored diplomatic channels engaging South Korea and China, a close ally of junta-ruled Myanmar, to dispel tensions. …

Greece: Briefing of diplomatic correspondents by Foreign Ministry …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… a discussion of European Security and Defence Policy, developments in the Western Balkans, the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and Burma/Myanmar. …

RIGHTS-BURMA: Military Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… of refugees have been crossing over to northern Thailand from among the Karen ethnic community, the second largest ethnic group in Burma, or Myanmar. …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 10, 2008 at 4:29 am

Military government paralyses Internet

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9 October 2008

Reporters without borders

Reporters Without Borders condemns the way the Burmese military government has paralysed the Internet, silencing online dissidents and carrying out regular raids on Internet cafés, while hacker attacks have blocked access to the leading websites with news and information about Burma for the past few weeks.

“The Burmese can no longer obtain information about the situation in their own country because the main news websites have been blocked by repeated hacker attacks,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Access to online information deteriorated sharply in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the September 1988 opposition uprising and the situation continues. The Internet is now under the government’s heel, just like the traditional media.”

For the past three months or so, four news websites based abroad have been the target of regular Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, in which web servers are blocked by an automated flood of contact requests. The Irrawaddy (http://www.irrawaddy.org), a magazine whose site is hosted on servers in Thailand, has been inaccessible in Burma since 16 September. Although it set up a mirror site (http://theirrawaddy.blogspot.com), it has lost nearly half of its visitors in the past three months (see Reporters Without Borders site).

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The websites of the exile radio station, Democratic Voice of Burma, and the exile news agency, Mizzima, which are both dedicated to news about Burma, have been the target of DDoS attacks since August. These stepped up between 15 and 22 September, with the result that they were also inaccessible outside of Burma during that week. They are still being attacked and are still inaccessible within Burma.

The New Era (http://www.khitpyaing.org), an online daily newspaper based in Thailand, was the victim of the same kind of attack from 15 to 17 September. It is now accessible again, after changing its hosting company.

Three countries have been identified as the geographical origins of there hacker attacks – Russia, China and Singapore.

“These DDoS attacks from abroad are targeting websites providing news about Burma,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We do not think these attacks are random, and we strongly suspect the military of trying to control the Internet. The authorities already demonstrated their stranglehold by cutting all access to the Internet at the same moment in 2007. They now suspect Internet users of sending information to exile media, as already happened last year.”

According to The Irrawaddy, soldiers began inspecting Internet cafés in the capital at the start of October. They questioned clients about the sites they visit and the people with whom they have online contact. Internet café owners say connection speeds have declined considerably, making it almost impossible to send or receive photos and videos.

The Internet was introduced in Burma in 1997, but access for individuals was not permitted until 2000 as the government feared being unable to keep the Internet under its total control. There are two access providers, MPT and Bagan Cybertech. MPT is state-owned. Bagan Cybertech’s services are hosted on MPT servers. The authorities acknowledge filtering email messages sent by such services as Yahoo!, Gmail and Hotmail. Only 0.1 per cent of Burmese inside connect to the Internet.

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Two cyber-dissidents are currently in prison for using their right to freedom of expression online. One is the Nay Phone Latt, the owner of two Rangoon Internet cafés, who has been held since 29 January in Rangoon’s Insein prison. He appeared before a Rangoon court on 30 September on a charge of undermining the social order under section 505 (b) of the criminal code.

The other is the comedian Zarganar, also known as the Burmese Charlie Chaplin, who had been keeping a blog since August 2007 in which he criticised the government. He has been held in Insein prison since 5 June, probably because of his criticism of the government’s handling of the relief efforts after Cyclone Nargis, which devastated the country a month before his arrest.

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Around 3,000 people died when the security forces cracked down on the widespread pro-democracy protests of September 1988. The victims included many of the Buddhist monks who joined the uprising by students and activists. For the first time since then, monks demonstrated again on 26 September 2007, this time against Gen. Than Shwe’s government. The authorities cut off Burma from the rest of the world when they cracked down on last September’s protests.

Read more about the situation in 2007

Report on the Internet in Burma

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=28883

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 11, 2008 at 7:37 am

World focus on Burma (10 July 2008)

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Additional £17.5 million by DFID to help Burmese cyclone survivors

Mizzima.com, India –

“We have assessment teams in Burma, they are looking at where the fund is needed for each organization,” he added. On May 2 and 3, Cyclone Nargis hit …

European NGOs condemn putting aid at the service of immigration …

EUbusiness (press release), UK –

“A hundred thousand estimated dead in Burma, food prices rocketing and a woman dying every minute in pregnancy or childbirth. Now, more than ever, …

CARTOONISTS TACKLE THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, by KATHY …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

For example, two cartoons were sent from Burma, where a cyclone earlier this year tore through five regions, killing at least 100000 people, …

The Web Will Not Kill Traditional Organizing

The Nation., 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. …

UN appeals for more Burma aid

Irish Times, Ireland –

The United Nations today appealed for more than $300 million (€190 million) in additional aid for Burma to cope with the effects of a cyclone two months ago …

Cyclone damaged rice acreage in Myanmar

Delta Farm Press, NE –

The commodity intelligence reports issued for the country formerly known as Burma focus on Myanmar’s major rice-producing areas, which have suffered …

Malikha Lodge in Burma’Â’s Northern Kachin State Offers Luxury …

TravelVideo.tv (press release) –

(balloons@myanmar.com.mm). A 100 percent private Myanmar company, Melzer views Malikha Lodge and the access it provides to cultural and wilderness …

Red Cross Issues Multi-Million Dollar Appeal For Cyclone Nargis …

Voice of America –

The cyclone, which struck Burma on May 2, was the worst to hit the country in 40 years. An estimated 130000 people were killed or reported missing. …

Reconstruction work of Maung Weik Co. falters

Mizzima.com, India –

But the Myanmar Times journal, a privately owned Weekly, which has both English and Burmese version, on Thursday reported that a Malaysian national is among …

Pupils aid Far East

ChesterChronicle.co.uk, UK –

The presentation continued with the cyclone which ripped across the Burmese coast, also in May. Students were given information on the extreme conditions …

CRPP rejects junta’s election challenge

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The CRPP secretary said he did not believe the military regime was going the right way about bringing democracy to Burma. “We are not interested in the …

World’s Press Calls for Release of Burmese Journalist

World Association of Newspapers, France –

“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 …

Blogger Nay Phone Latt produced before court for first time

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – Blogger and author Nay Phone Latt was produced in court for the first time on July 8 in Insein prison precincts. The judge told him that he was …

Rise of Factions Roils Relations within Burmese Junta

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Myint Swe has been seen in the state-run media more frequently since Cyclone Nargis slammed into Burma in early May, prompting observers to wonder if he is …

Monks are heroes in Burma

St. George Daily Spectrum, UT –

The devastation of Cyclone Nargis in May (more than 80000 dead and about 50000 missing) and the despicable reaction of the government has increased the …

Burmese Needs Divide the Aid Industry

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Because of the attention claimed by Cyclone Nargis, it is feared that there will be less money available to help more than 100000 Burmese refugees living in …

Asean chief calls for quick appointment of Thai FM

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

… as soon as possible to get acquaint with the major issues the grouping is dealing with. He said that the reconstruction of Burma (Myanmar) and other issues.

Maung Weik Charged with Trafficking Drugs

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Myanmar Times weekly journal also reported that the seven named suspects had been charged with engaging in drug trafficking from Malaysia to Burma since …

Honolulu volunteers helping cyclone-hit Myanmar victims

Honolulu Advertiser, HI –

Money raised from fundraising goes toward medicine and supplies; the Burma Association of Hawai’i also made a donation, Lum said. …

Hawaii medical team on Myanmar mission

Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –

They purchased medicines and supplies for Myanmar through fundraising efforts and a donation from the Burma Association of Hawaii, headed by Tin Myaing …

Workers’ rights seditious in Burma

United Press International, Asia, China –

“The attendees were divided into small groups, each of which was made up of about ten,” the New Light of Myanmar reported of the May 1 event. …

UN to Continue Bangkok Briefings: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Obviously, the government of Myanmar [Burma] would prefer that press briefings be given in Yangon [Rangoon] when they can be,” said UN …

Thousands of Cyclone Survivors Unable to Return Home

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By IRIN / LAPUTTA, BURMA Thousands of cyclone survivors living in displaced persons camps in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta worry about the prospects of returning …

Top UN Relief Official Plans to Visit Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The White House said the G-8 leaders expressed their commitment to ensure that aid reaches those affected by Cyclone Nargis. The leaders called on the …

How do you solve a problem like Mugabe?

Toronto Star, Canada –

In Burma, where the ruling generals killed, tortured or imprisoned pro-democracy monks and demonstrators – and initially blocked aid from reaching cyclone …

Indian state facing famine after plague

The Age, Australia –

The 2007 infestation spread to the border areas of Bangladesh and Burma in early 2008, “increasing fears of widespread food shortages”, …

Yunnan – Western China’s fascinating province

The Union of Grass Valley, CA –

Old timers may remember this city as the terminus of the WW II Flying Tigers “Over The Hump” from India and Burma to supply the Chinese forces fighting the …

On this day

News24.com, South Africa –

1995 – Opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is freed from house arrest in Rangoon, Burma, now known as Yangon, Myanmar, …

School provides glimpse of routine for Burma kids

ABC Online, Australia –

Under the guidance of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations there’s been an influx of foreign expertise in recent weeks …

Local church leaders help rebuild
Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –
Ministry partners are building houses and providing basic necessities like plates, bowls, and shoes in Burma. n China, its partners are helping with …

The food crisis in Asia: A humanitarian overview

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Traditionally a net exporter of rice, Myanmar was devastated by Cyclone Nargis on May 2nd-3rd of this year. Prior to that, information was difficult to …

UK Government to give additional aid to relief efforts in Burma

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Over two months since Cyclone Nargis caused devastation across southern Burma, International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander has announced that a …

Hijacked Communications?

Winston-Salem Chronicle, NC –

Russia and Myanmar (Burma) have state television. State run television does not fit the American consumer. American consumers should not be compelled to …

Temple spat rages in Thailand

The News – International, Pakistan –

His friend Thin July Kyaw was also charged on Tuesday with violating video and electronic laws in the former Burma, where the media is tightly controlled by …

Indian Company to Start Drilling Gas in Burma

RedOrbit, TX –

YANGON, July 9 (Xinhua) – An Indian oil company, the Essar, will start drilling test well at an inland block in Myanmar’s western coastal Rakhine state to …

Asia’s security threats, real and perceived

EnerPub, TX –

The 2008 survey and report were completed well before the cyclone that hit Burma/Myanmar in May. However, an additional short survey conducted on that …

Calendar of events

Billings Outpost, MT –

… Wyo., gives a presentation on Cyclone Nargis in Burma, which destroyed entire villages and left more than 2 million people without food or shelter. …

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July 10, 2008 at 1:39 am