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World focus on Burma (15 December 2008)

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Crisis in DRC caused by access to weapons
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… Women in Black – Belgrade [Serbia]; Women of vision association; Women of Vision Association [Nigeria]; Women’s League of Burma. By Emergency:

Abhisit, Chuan’s young protege gets his turn at last
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (as did former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi). …

Still the land of opportunity?, WA –
Some of the most recent have come from the South Asian countries of Bhutan and Myanmar, the former Burma, farmers whose skills are of little use to them in …

Activists urge Canada to assign special envoy to Burma, India –
Canada has long condemned Burma’s military junta for failing to keep its promise to implement changes, and had supported the pro-democracy movement. …

A postcard from prison, India –
The SPDC [Burmese military government] said they will work toward a democratic process and make positive changes in human rights. But the head of the Burma …

… and military-ruled Burma. ASEAN’s Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan says that all members have work to do on the charter’s commitments. “Democracy …

UN to commemorate former Secretary General U Thant, India –
Despite of his popularity, Burma’s military dictator General Newin, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1962, refused to honor him with a state funeral, …

Thailand’s new PM likely to be more ‘pro-Active’ on Burma: Activist, India –
While the election of Abhisit as the new Prime Minister signals an end to the immediate political crisis, Burmese pro-democracy activists based in Thailand …

Burma: Ne Win’s Daughter Freed
UNPO, Netherlands –
Ne Win took power in a bloodless military coup in 1962, and remained in power until 1988, when a pro-democracy uprising forced him to step down and hand …

Ethnic Chin group rejects junta’s 2010 election plans, India –
The CNF passed the resolution during their Fourth Congress held on the Indo-Burma border from the 8th to the 13th of this month, according to the …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for human rights
Autochannel (press release) –
Now a prisoner in her own homeland, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This edition of the Summit is dedicated to her, the utmost example …

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, UK –
The technology also gives organisations like the BBC footage that would be difficult to obtain otherwise, for example the BBC is barred from entering Burma …

Promotions Seen as Part of 2010 Election Plan
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s military government, the State Peace and Development Council, has promoted a number of senior officers and created new positions in what …

Sandar Win Walks Free After 6 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 6

Ironically, the junta has leveled similar accusations at Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who married a British citizen.

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will head the $2.5 billion pipeline project with a 50.9 percent stake, while Burma’s state-run Myanmar Oil and …

St. Catharines Standard, Canada –
In Darfur, Congo, Burma and other nations, human rights abuses occur at disturbing levels with no serious response from international society. …

Asean Charter Comes into Force
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

From left to right, Lotian Deputy Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Rais Yatim, Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win, …

Burmese Defense Lawyer Flees to Thailand, Blasts Regime
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar, Myint Aye funded the bombing, which it said had been carried out by two members of the opposition …

When it was finally signed a year ago, one of its members – Burma – had just made headlines by brutally suppressing pro-democracy demonstrations. …

Turn Left Thailand
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Australia –
After the deliberate chaos created by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) seizure of the airports, the courts stepped in to dissolve the hugely …

Thailand’s Democrat Putsch
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
Chief among them is “Newin Chitchorp”, who was named by his father after the infamous Burmese dictator. The Democrat Party is known among the cyber …

Fresh pressure from junta on UWSA, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …

ASEAN charter comes into force
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The bloc’s proposed new rights body has no teeth and the charter has no provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader …

Treaties lead to world government
Augusta Chronicle, GA –
… Burma, China and Russia. America would be surrendering its freedom of the seas to an “unaccountable international agency,” say US security experts. …

Former Burmese dictator’s daughter released from house arrest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 15, 2008—Officials in Burma have released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest, police said on …

Freedom Fighters Need Not Apply
Washington Post, United States –
The denials have included that of a Burmese lawyer who had smuggled anti-government brochures into Burma from Thailand; an Afghan owner of a muffler shop in …

In Praise Of Laura Bush
Forbes, NY –
That said, she has earned worldwide applause for her stand against the Burmese junta. And she has gone on record, with an unfussy but firm statement on TV, …

The bore’s head in hand bear I
Times Online, UK –
But 2008, as well as being the year of a world financial crisis, was also the year a resurgent Russia attempted to snuff out democracy on its borders, …

Bush arrives in Afghanistan for visit, Australia –
You worry about dictators? the head of the UN is from “Burma”. The 5… Nick Again, Maryborough on Journalist flings shoes at President Bush.

Cost of Bangkok Airport Closures Estimated at 540 Million Baht
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition, Australia –
The consequences of the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) week-long siege of Bangkok’s two main airports will affect AoT’s operation for six months. …

Monday, December 22 (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1942 – US heavy bombers raid Japanese-occupied Rangoon, Burma _ now Myanmar, in World War II. 1944 – During the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans demand the …

Asean’s charter has to negotiate uncharted waters
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
That is no surprise as many Asean members such as Burma, Laos and Vietnam are under dictatorial rule. They do not want the people’s participation. …

Airlines seek redress for PAD action
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… resolved to sue leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for compensation equivalent to its disruption costs and loss of future revenue. …

UWSA faces renewed pressures, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …

World focus on Burma (14 December 2008)

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The UN and Human Rights: Standing Up for the Values We Share
Democrat Newspaper, St. Kitts and Nevis –
On the contrary, most countries in this region of democratic nations abstained, and one even stood with Iran and Burma to try to block debate that would …

… who cringingly call Bombay Mumbai and Peking Beijing, still refuse to rename Rangoon Yangon and Burma Myanmar, though the logic of doing so is the same. …

China: Two myths and one in the making
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
China supports the Myanmar (Burmese) junta politically, plus with economic aid and arms because of the strategic advantage the country and its offshore …

US First Lady Praises Women Dissidents on International Human …
NewsBlaze, CA –
Burmese female dissidents are “following in the footsteps” of Nobel laureate and political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, she said. Suu Kyi was elected …

Journalism Still a Dangerous Profession in Uzbekistan
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, UK –
Uzbekistan comes fifth on the list, following China, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. The report lists Muhammad Bekjonov, editor of the Uzbek opposition newspaper …

Nobel Peace Laureates Launch Appeal for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi
Voice of America –

… Nations to push harder to bring about national reconciliation in Burma and the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Former Burma Dictator’s Daughter Released from House Arrest
Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s military government has released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest. …

Jailed Activist’s Wife Tells Story
Radio Free Asia, DC –
In 1992, when she was 15, her father was in Mandalay Prison, her mother held at Insein Prison in Rangoon, and her brother at Thayet Prison in central Burma. …

Daughter of Burma’s ex-military strongman freed, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The military government released the daughter of Burma’s long time strongman Ne Win from house-arrest on Friday …

Burma’s military government has freed the daughter of the late leader, Ne Win, who has been under house arrest for more than six years, friends said. …

China and Neighbors Agree to Settle Trades in their Own Currencies, China –
… Mongolia , Vietnam , and Burma , according to which signatories have the freedom in to choose the settlement currency in bilateral trade between them. …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
Easier (press release), UK –
Now a prisoner in her homeland, Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This Summit is dedicated to her. With the collaboration of the …

Brisk sale of single use GSM SIM cards, India –
Ltd.’, the sales agent for Myanmar Telecom Department, has started to sell the single-use GSM SIM cards. Both Burmese nationals and foreigners are buying …

Thirty more firms financing Burmese junta, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The lack of effective sanctions on Burma’s military rulers has allowed business firms to invest in the Southeast Asian …

Myanmar to hold five-day gems auction: state media
Lanka Business Online, Sri Lanka –
The auction would be held January 5-9 at Myanmar Gems Pavilion in Yangon, the Burmese-language Myanma Ahlin newspaper said. Buyers would have to pay an …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

World focus on Burma (13 December 2008)

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Asia Pacific League For Freedom And Democracy Meets On Guam
Pacific News Center –
Guam – 60 delegates from 17 Asian and Pacific countries are on Guam this weekend for the 54th gathering of the Asia Pacific League for Freedom and Democracy …

Myanmar releases former dictator’s daughter from house arrest
Monsters and –
Ne Win came to power in 1962 after a coup against Myanmar’s first elected post-independence prime minister U Nu. He launched Myanmar, also called Burma, …

Saturday, December 20
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
1852 – British forces annex Pegu, lower Burma, in war with Burmese. 1860 – South Carolina becomes the first US state to secede from the Union. …

Christina Patterson: Blog and be damned – and thrown into prison
Independent, UK –
A trio of comedians in Burma joked about their time in prison, being tortured. Now, they do illegal shows on Monday nights in their front room. …

Silence raises questions of relevance
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… by protesters going under the banner of the People’s Alliance for Democracy. “Thailand and Burma are adequate test cases for the toothless Asean. …

Mia Kirshner Declares: “I Live Here”
Comic Book Resources, Ca –
For example, sexual violence against women in Burma and an unspoken genocide within Burma. In Chechnya, a population of people who, post-9/11, …

Burma’s Junta Doesn’t See Humor in Zargana’s Comedy
Huffington Post, NY –
He was incarcerated for criticizing the government’s response to Cyclone Nargis and leading a private relief effort. On Nov. …

Hope for Suu Kyi release
Hindu, India –
SINGAPORE: Myanmar’s military government has informed democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi that her “appeal for release is being considered. …

Looking Beyond 2010 Election in Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
If Ban were to go to Burma without having to achieve any substantive results, he could demean the Secretary General’s office. His basic demands, such as the …

Community leaders: Five notable nominees
Dallas Morning News, TX –
Second, she really is the highest-level person in the world to stand up to the generals in Burma. The Burmese activists are terribly sad she’s leaving the …

The UN must not admit defeat under the military dictators of Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Afterwards he told the media that he will only go to Burma (Myanmar) if there are some positive growths by the Than Shwe regime, including release of …

Nobel laureates launch appeal for Aung San Suu Kyi
They also urged world leaders to “force the Burma regime to start a peaceful reconciliation process in order to restore democracy and respect for …

CFI gives 2008 Freedom Award to Laura Bush
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News, MI –
… over five decades, and has also called for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democratic leader who has been under house arrest since 1989. …

Jackson Diehl: The door that Bush kept open
Arizona Republic, AZ –
On Wednesday, in honor of the 60th Human Rights Day, Bush did it one more time, inviting dissident bloggers from China, Burma, Iran, Cuba, Belarus, …

The importance of universality
Index On Censorship, UK –
… in pessimism unrelieved’, others were fomenting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an unparalleled statement of optimism and faith in humanity. …

Solidarity vs. the infernal spiral of terrorism
International Viewpoint, UK –
Other military conflicts engulf South Asia and a veritable arc of crisis has formed from Afghanistan in the west, to the Burmese frontier via Sri Lanka to …

Junta rejects Aung San Suu Kyi’s petition: NLD-LA, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has rejected outright a petition by the lawyer of detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung …

Illegal elephant trade flourishes in Burma: TRAFFIC, India –
Chris R. Shepherd, TRAFFIC’s Southeast Asia Senior Program Officer, said, “The elephant population in Myanmar [Burma] is declining due to poaching and …

Opposition MP released, India –
The Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi led party won the elections in 1990 but the military regime not only refused to hand over power but put the party under …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 13, 2008 at 5:53 am

In shadow of Olympics, Myanmar mourns failed ‘88 uprising

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In shadow of Olympics, Myanmar mourns failed ‘88 uprising

Demonstrators gather in central Rangoon to protest against the government, in 1988

Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protestors take it to streets of downtown Rangoon (Yagon)

Exiled Myanmar students hold a rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok

Ne Win


6 August 2008

BANGKOK (AFP) — As China celebrates the start of the Olympics on Friday with much fanfare, activists in neighbouring Myanmar will silently mourn the bloody end of an uprising that crushed their dreams of democracy 20 years ago.

In August 1988, cities and villages across the country then known as Burma were bursting with optimism.

The military dictator Ne Win had just stepped down after decades of iron-fisted rule, and Burma was inspired by a prophecy that it would become a free nation on August 8 — known as 8-8-88.

Students who had already protested for almost a year against Ne Win’s socialist government called for a national uprising on the auspicious date, drawing activists, Buddhist monks, and even young military cadets into the streets clamouring for freedom.

“On August 8, it was not just one city or one area, it was all over Burma — everywhere, even the remote villages. It was not just students or monks or workers. Everybody was there,” said Win Min, then a medical student who helped organise the protests, and now a university professor in Thailand.

“We had high hopes that the situation could change, high hopes that democracy could come to Burma, high hopes that our economic problems would be solved,” he said.

But the euphoria was short-lived.

After dark on August 8, soldiers began shooting protesters in the streets of the then-capital Rangoon, beginning six weeks of bloodshed that left an estimated 3,000 dead.

The protests rumbled on amid the violence, powered by anger at the regime and the once-promising economy it had hammered into the ground.

In the swirl of near-anarchy, a new national leadership emerged in a country under dictatorship since 1962.

The previously obscure and expatriate daughter of a liberation hero, Aung San Suu Kyi, stood before crowds outside the golden Shwedagon Pagoda on August 26, making an eloquent call for democracy and instantly becoming the public face of the movement.

She was joined by veteran politicians and ethnic leaders, including some top generals who had grown disillusioned with the regime.

Without Ne Win, the government struggled to contain the unrest. A series of leaders within the regime rose and fell, until finally a group of generals seized power in a coup on September 18.

The new regime, calling itself the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), officially allowed the creation of opposition parties and moved to create a market economy.

But in reality, the junta clamped down on the democracy movement, placing Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in July 1989. Twenty years later, she is still confined to her home, having only enjoyed a few brief years of freedom.

Even with their leader locked away, her followers in the new National League for Democracy (NLD) won elections in 1990, but were never allowed to govern.

Many student leaders were imprisoned and only released in 2005, when they quickly returned to activism.

They launched new protests against the ruling junta last August, only to be arrested again. Buddhist monks took over the protest movement, but were shot and beaten by security forces in September.

Tun Myint Aung is among the activists, now known as the ’88 Generation, who escaped arrest and continues to try to campaign against the regime while living in hiding.

“The only change has been to a worse condition,” he told AFP, when asked to asses his country’s progress in the past 20 years.

“Now the military junta and their relatives and cronies, this small group exploits our country’s riches. There are great gaps between a handful of military troops and the masses of people.”

The situation in Myanmar now appears worse than ever.

The democracy movement is in shambles after last year’s protests were crushed. The economy is moribund, and huge swathes of the country are still reeling from a devastating cyclone that hit three months ago.

Despite the grim outlook, Win Min says he still believes his country can change — eventually.

“Look at China’s progress,” Win Min said. “Myanmar is where China was 30 years ago.”

“If the economic situation of the people is not improved, there will be demonstrations again.”

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 6, 2008 at 3:41 am

Myanmar: What is the 8888 demonstration and what was General Ne Win’s reaction?

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July 30, 2008 at 21:15:20

by Ashin Mettacara

General Ne Win, the first military ruler of Myanmar

8888 was the largest demonstration that took place in Burma. 8888 derives from the date when the demonstration began: on 8th of August 1988.

In 1987, before the 8888 uprising, the head of state General Ne Win replaced the currency notes (Kyat in Burmese), 75, 35 and 25 with newly currency notes, 45 and 90. The equation of 4+5 and 9+0 = 9. Ne Win was advised to consider 9 as lucky number by his astrologer. But General Ne Win”-s decision to replace newly currency made the economic crisis in the country worse. People were suffering more and more because of the government changing the currency.

In this regard, all students of Yangon Technological University gathered and protested on campus. But the military responded to the students by killing. A student named Phone Maw was killed in this protest. The death of Phone Maw led the 8888 demonstration on August 8, 1988 to begin. The demonstration was widespread. Buddhist monks and citizens from all walks of life came to the streets and joined in demanding for the restoration of democracy and to bring an end to the military dictatorship in Burma.

The military opened fire on the demonstrators and more than 3000 people were killed. But the military government said as usual that the death toll was only a few.

There was a remarkable word said by General Ne Win: “Guns were not to shoot upwards” which means that the military is ordered to shoot directly to the people who are opposing.–What-is-the-8888–by-Ashin-Mettacara-080730-376.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 31, 2008 at 4:42 am