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World focus on Burma (13 August 2008)

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Burmese woman journalist awarded ‘Courage in Journalism’ prize

Mizzima.com, India –

Aye Aye Win (54) was selected for the award for her courageous reporting of events in Burma including the monk-led protests in September 2007, …

Medical graduates to appear for tests on politics for placement?

Mizzima.com, India –

The department, however, rubbished the rumors saying though the medical graduates are required to fill in the placement forms at Burma’s new jungle capital …

All it takes is courage

Cape Argus (subscription), South Africa –

On this 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the next generation will demand the freedoms guaranteed by constitutional and …

Fuel price protestors face new charges

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 13, 2008 (DVB)–Eight students and human rights activists arrested during protests against fuel price hikes last year have had five further charges added …

BME club head accused of drug trafficking

Mizzima.com, India –

Aik Hauk, the son-in-law of UWSA leader Bao You-Xiang, owns several properties in Burma’s largest commercial city and former capital including two night …

U Win Tin tells UN’s Quintana of rights abuses

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Veteran journalist U Win Tin met Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, for 45 minutes on 4 August, U Maung Maung Khin …

UN Human Rights Envoy Cancels Press Conference

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO The new UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Burma canceled a press conference in Bangkok on Wednesday, a sign that his first trip to Burma …

“Courage in Journalism” Award for Burmese Woman

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN A Burmese woman journalist, Aye Aye Win, has been awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation “Courage in Journalism” prize for 2008. …

Kids take action for the Burmese

Camden Advertiser, Australia –

The $850 raised will be donated to Catholic aid agency Caritas to support an emergency appeal in Burma following the devastating Cyclone Nargis in May that …

Karen Martyrs’ Day Marked by Calls for Unity

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Although it has taken part in peace talks with the Burmese junta on several occasions, it has never signed a ceasefire agreement. In 2004, Gen Bo Mya, …

Rights abuses dampen Olympic spirit

The Capital Times, WI –

“We are convinced that the Olympic Games will improve the human rights record in China,” said Rogge, who announced that the IOC would rely on international …

Blogging Is Not A Crime

Washington Post, United States –

Hu Jia (China; December, 2007): “For posting his vocal critiques of human rights abuses and environmental degradation in China and calling the Olympics a …

World Briefing 8/13 (Myanmar gen merchants dismiss US embargo threat)

Daily Herald, UT –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, produces up to 90 percent of the world’s rubies and is a top international supplier of other gems and jade. …

Bush repeatedly highlighted Washington’s “deep concerns over religious freedom and human rights” in China. “The United States believes the people of China …

Australia, Indonesia to propose disaster response plan in APEC: Rudd

Antara, Indonesia –

This year, a cyclone in Myanmar, formerly called Burma, and an earthquake in China cost more than 150000 lives, he added. Rudd noted that when natural …

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention illustrates Burmese junta’s …

JURIST –

Aung Din [Executive Director, US Campaign for Burma]: “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since May 30, 2003, under Article 10 (B) of the …

A post-Thaksin Thailand

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

On the Ratchadaphisek land scandal, Mr Thaksin allegedly used his position as prime minister to aid his wife Khunying Potjaman, who won the bid at one third ..

American Baptist leaders organize first-ever Burmese Baptist meeting

Associated Baptist Press, FL –

Burma — also known as Myanmar, the name given to it by the military junta that has ruled the Southeast Asian nation since 1962 — was one of the first …

Cyclone Nargis and the Politics of Relief and Reconstruction Aid …

Journal of American Medical Association (subscription), IL –

In early May 2008, Cyclone Nargis tore across southern coastal areas of Burma (Myanmar), pushing a tidal surge through villages and rice paddies. …

… the Burmese military junta in eastern Burma, rape is being used as a tool of war, as it is in Darfur,” Williams said, using Myanmar’s former name Burma. …

Russia’s Dangerous Hypocrisy

Washington Post, United States –

Countries such as Zimbabwe, Burma and Sudan will continue riding roughshod on their citizens because they know there’s a bird of the same feather at the UN …

Myanmar gem merchants dismiss US embargo threat

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, produces up to 90 percent of the world’s rubies and is a top international supplier of other gems and jade. …

World focus on Burma (12 August 2008)

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DKBA Burmese Army to launch offensive against KNU

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

During the end of June, the DKBA battalion No.907, backed by junta troops captured the KNLA battalion No.201 base. The Bangkok Post had said an estimated …

Thailand: Australian immigration Minister meets Australia-bound …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans this weekend visited IOM’s refugee resettlement operations on the Thai-Myanmar border and met …

Rudd flags Aust, Indonesia natural disaster response pact

ABC Online, Australia –

This year a cyclone in Burma and an earthquake in China cost more than 150000 lives, he added. Mr Rudd noted that when natural calamities strike, …

Minister refuses to accept censor chief’s resignation

Mizzima.com, India –

Major Tint Swe, the Director with the Government’s Office of Press Scrutiny, which censors the contents of all print publications in Burma, submitted his …

Dialogue demands a common vernacular

Mizzima.com, India –

The United Nation’s Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is preparing to make yet another foray into the murky world of Burmese politics. …

Junta arrests two more dissidents

Mizzima.com, India –

Similarly, activists Myo Min and Myint Aye of the ‘Human Rights Defenders and Promoters’ (HRDP), were arrested on August 6 and 8 respectively from their …

HRDP to hire out help to farmers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 12, 2008 (DVB)–The Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network is planning to hire out its services to assist farmers and use the proceeds to fund …

Should President Bush be at the Olympics?

Sioux City Journal, IA –

He went to Thailand to draw attention to the repressed people in nearby Myanmar (aka Burma). While in Beijing, he plans on speaking privately with Chinese …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state arrested a member of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party Tuesday, …

The Chinese Olympics are distracting from real issues

Phoenixville News, PA –

… look like a Nathan Lane Musical Comedy Summer Camp was supposed to be a pledge by the Chinese leaders that they would implement human rights reforms. …

Two NLD representatives arrested

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… Ban Ki-moon at the end of July, in which they declared their opposition to the 2010 elections and expressed concern about the UN stance on Burma. …

Support games, not China

Times-Standard, CA –

The military junta in Burma is still in power to this day, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China’s support. …

The Politics of the Olympics

Town Hall, DC –

He could make a definitive statement on human rights while attending the Olympics. I think the President did the right thing. Had he boycotted the Olympics, …

Justice for Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
These groups include the International Burmese Monks Organization, 88 Generation Students, the Women’s League of Burma, the National Coalition for the Union …

Drug officials off to Burma on inspection

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Burmese junta gave permission to the ONCB and the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, which runs the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai, to help with a …

Call for Action Against Military Junta in Burma

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

From the brutal crackdown on a peaceful protest by monks last September to blockage of international aid for victims rendered homeless by Cyclone Nargis …

Will US – China Engagement Succeed in Stopping Darfur Violence?

Voice of America –

Addressing human rights in Beijing last Thursday, the president said America stands firm in opposing China’s detention of dissidents, human rights advocates …

Soap opera involving Thaksin Shinawatra and Manchester City …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

When Thaksin Shinawatra bought Manchester City, the Premier League were warned by everyone from club supporters to human rights groups that the …

Mary Dejevsky: Intervention may breed instability

Independent, UK –

Burma after Cyclone Nargis was one example: France – which, in Bernard Kouchner, has a foreign minister who is humanitarian intervention personified – kept …

Interview of the First Lady by Ann Curry, NBC’s Today Show

MarketWatch –

And on the border of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, you called on China to do more to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar. MRS. …

Bushes engage China on human rights issues

United Press International –

… China’s handling of human rights and the first lady called on China to do more to stop human rights abuses in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

US Democrats Support Rights in N.Korea

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

The US Democratic Party stresses human rights in North Korea, denuclearization and the importance of the South Korea-US alliance in a draft national …

Hays brings comfort to Burmese

Washington Evening Journal, IA –

… system for purifying any kind of water, was asked last month to take his invention to cyclone-devastated Burma, officially the Republic of Myanmar. …

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World focus on Burma (5 August 2008)

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Donate $4000 to Project Umbrella Burma

Orillia Packet & Times, Canada –

It provides shelter for tens of thousands of mainly Karen refugees from Burma/Myanmar. The Karen minority has been at odds with the central government for …

US Drug Enforcement Agency Trains Vietnamese Counter-Narcotics Agents

Voice of America –

Heroin enters over the border from Laos, and most probably comes from Burma, the world’s number two heroin producer after Afghanistan. …

Detained sport editor allowed a rare meeting with family

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – Sports columnist Zaw Thet Htwe, who was arrested for assisting cyclone victims in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta, was finally allowed to meet his …

Survivors of Burma’s Cyclone Say They Need Aid

Voice of America –

By Pros Laput Three months ago, Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, leaving more than 144000 people dead or missing. …

President Bush Begins Weeklong Tour of Asia

NewsHour –

The president’s next stop is Bangkok on Wednesday, where he will highlight conditions in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which is still recovering from a …

Local, Foreign IT Companies to Operate in Burma’s New Cyber City

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

(Xinhua) – About a dozen local and foreign information technology companies have been granted to operate in northern Myanmar’s [Burma] new Yadanabon cyber …

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

First Lady Laura Bush, who has campaigned for human rights in Burma for years, will meet separately with Dr Cynthia Maung at her border clinic in Mae Sot. …

KWAT: Women enslaved due to economic hardships

Mizzima.com, India –

Shirley Seng said the international community should carefully study the continuous human trafficking cases in Burma and not be misled by the bogus …

Debate on the Albert Einstein Institution and its Involvement in …

Venezuelanalysis.com, Venezuela –

One Burmese human rights activist, referring to his country’s centuries-old tradition of popular resistance, noted how the very idea of an outsider having …

Call for boycott of ‘blood jade’ at the Olympics

Merinews, India –

… of jade products from Myanmar,” the report widely quoted in the Myanmar media in exile said. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But how can Burma’s …

China urged to change Burma policy before Olympics

Mizzima.com, India –

“China must stop protecting Burma at the UN Security Council,” the joint statement added. Soe Aung said, Burma’s military rulers are continuing with their …

What is the Community Civil Protection Mechanism?

7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –

Other 2008 expert operations include an intervention in Burma during a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the country’s …

Abusing the Olympic Spirit

The Epoch Times, NY –

The Chinese Government exports its human rights abuses to other countries, such as Zimbabwe, Burma and Darfur. There is also emerging evidence that Chinese …

Mon 04 Aug 2008, Joi Htaw

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

The United Nations and the United States cannot bring in changes in Burma, even though Burmese people keep hoping, according to Dr.Thaung Htun, …

UN envoy meets top Myanmar political prisoners: spokesman

Straits Times, Singapore –

YANGON – THE new United Nations human rights envoy for Myanmar met on Tuesday with some of the nation’s most prominent political prisoners inside the feared …

Bush Says It’s ‘Important to Engage’ China

Washington Post, United States –

Bush said that he speaks candidly with Chinese President Hu Jintao about human rights, particularly religious freedom, and that he has shared his religious …

Chevron Lobbies White House to Pressure Ecuador to Stop $12 …

Bay Area Indymedia, CA –

Last month, the Senate dropped an effort to penalize Chevron for maintaining extensive ties to the military junta in Burma. We turn now to Chevron. …

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar on Tuesday toured remote parts of the Irrawaddy Delta still reeling from a killer cyclone that …

20 years on: How much closer to the goals of 8888?

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

There have been at least three UN special envoys to Burma, including Gambari who is heading to Burma later this month. Even the UNSC has discussed Burma, …

Activists stress need for free access for rights envoy

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 5, 2008 (DVB)–Rights activists have stressed the need for the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma to be given the freedom to work …

An Olympian question of legitimacy for Burma’s generals

Mizzima.com, India –

Twenty years ago on 8 August 1988, the Burmese people rose up and ended the first chapter of military dictatorship in Burma, the Burma Socialist Programme …

UN says Burma’s cyclone recovery underfunded

Radio Australia, Australia –

The United Nations says Burma’s cyclone recovery effort is underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars. It says restoring rice paddies in Burma’s …

Technology and transport outweigh tariffs in trade

guardian.co.uk, UK –

For instance the cost of shipping rice from Burma (now known as Myanmar) to Europe fell to 18 from 74 percent of the price of the rice itself between 1882 …

Security Tightened in Sittwe After Anti-Government Posters Spread

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Sittwe: The authorities in Sittwe have increase security after the spread of anti-government posters calling for people to fight the junta for democracy on …

UN envoy tours Myanmar cyclone zone: official

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

YANGON – The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar on Tuesday toured remote parts of the Irrawaddy Delta still reeling from a killer cyclone that struck the …

At least 20 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Reuters –

Official media in the former Burma have made no mention of the tragedy, which the source said occurred at the Hmawzizar Jade Mine in Phakant, …

Island feet and dollars to fight hunger

Block Island Times, USA –

… D. Fund and delivered food and water to survivors of the cyclones in Burma before the United Nations could negotiate permission to enter the country. …

Bush Set to Meet Burmese Activists

US President George W. Bush, left, and first lady Laura Bush wave upon their arrival at a Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, the first stop on their week-long visit to Asia. (Photo: AP)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Deadly Cyclone Nargis hammered Burma on May 2-3, causing an estimated 134000 deaths. The junta stalled for weeks, blocking large shipments of foreign aid …

Foreign governments act to recover missing aid millions

First Post, UK –

The UN appealed for nearly $500m for the Burma cyclone relief fund, and has so far raised nearly $200m. Britain’s Disaster Emergency Committee raised more …

A Farewell To Arms

Slate –

Bush said that it is “really hard to tell” whether the human rights situation in China has improved during his administration. And while he praised China’s …

Roundtable Interview of the President of the US with foreign media

eGov monitor, UK –

I included Burma in my last United Nations address, and it was a pretty strong statement. And she was in the audience there at the UN And just as soon as …

We welcome the upcoming visit to Burma by the new UN Special …

France Diplomatie (press release), France –

We ask the Burmese authorities to allow the Special Rapporteur to fulfill his mission in the best possible conditions and to cooperate with him fully and …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

That and the tragedy of the cyclone. The junta’s failure to admit assistance was something that Americans were just shocked at. So Burma has defined itself …

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Metapsychology, NY –

… of the spider’s gauzy web, but perhaps we’re reading up on the genocide in Darfur or investigating ways to help the victims of the cyclone in Burma. …

Human Righst on the table

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

First Lady Laura Bush, who has campaigned for human rights in Burma for years, will meet separately with Dr Cynthia Maung at her border clinic in Mae Sot. …

Burmese translator helps refugees find their way

The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH – 23 minutes ago

She had achieved something special in the jungle camp on the border with Myanmar, also known as Burma. Thanks to Christian missionaries, she finished high …

Deconstructing: Crab Rangoon

Tampabay.com, FL –

The cream cheese in the filling is the tip-off (Today’s world geography lesson: Burma is now called Myanmar; Rangoon is now Yangon. …

Amnesty calls on Myanmar to free 2000 political prisoners

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

BANGKOK — Twenty years after Myanmar’s military crushed a national pro-democracy uprising, Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the junta to release more …

“Colombo Declaration” calls for united efforts against terrorism

People’s Daily Online, China –

They also inked an agreement on granting Australia and Myanmar (or Burma) the observer status in the SAARC organization. Meanwhile, the summit meeting …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

The United Nations reports Mae La as having a population of somewhat over 35000 persons, while the Burma Border Consortium, an umbrella-organisation, …

Pillay faces a political minefield

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

And when she met US congressional leaders, they turned the question around: why is she not visiting Burma, which has been roundly criticised by the UN for …

Burma Food Shortages “Significant”

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The situation in Myanmar [Burma] remains dire,” Chris Kaye, World Food Programme (WFP) country director, said. “The vast majority of families simply don’t …

The Associated Press –

He will also meet with activists who oppose the repression of the military junta in neighboring Myanmar. That country, also known as Burma, …

Bush’s Asia agenda: Thai friendship

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Burma’s political situation will be on the agenda, with Bush planning to have lunch with Burmese democracy activists and to offer broadcast interviews with …

The Karen Community in St. Paul

Twin Cities Planet, Minnesota –

In 1948, Burma (also known as Myanmar) received independence from Britain. In 1949, an ethnic minority called the Karen began fighting for independence. …

Kyi’s party hope for UN meeting

Independent ie.

Leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party hope to meet a UN human rights investigator who is in Burma.

A UN statement said Human Rights Council investigator for Burma Tomas Ojea Quintana has asked to meet government officials, representatives of ethnic groups and political parties.

Focus on Olympics, not China’s leaders

Arizona Republic, AZ –

Human-rights activists inside Burma have called on people around the world to not watch the Olympic ceremonies because of China’s support for the Burmese …

Bush Says It’s ‘Important to Engage’ China

Washington Post, United States –

Bush said he speaks candidly with Chinese President Hu Jintao about human rights, particularly religious freedom, and said he has shared his own religious …

UN envoy visits cyclone-hit region in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A United Nations human rights envoy left Tuesday to inspect the devastation from the cyclone that struck Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river …

The Associated Press –

He will also meet with activists who oppose the repression of neighboring Myanmar’s military junta. That country, also known as Burma, sustained a cyclone …

China Olympics Human Rights Act Passed in Congress

New California Media, CA –

Editor’s Note: In an effort to ensure that China stop violating human rights and conduct the Beijing Olympic in a free and open spirit, the US Congress last …

Iran Paper Accuses British Government of Foreign Policy Failures

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

From the crises in Myanmar (Burma) to Zimbabwe, Tibet and Darfur, Brown’s government has made use of human rights issues to accuse China of the violation of …

The Tripping President

Washington Post, United States –

But his three-nation Asian trip also takes him to the doorsteps of two troublesome regimes while forcing him to balance the Olympic spirit with the …

Groups call for boycott of Myanmar’s jade at Beijing Olympics

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

“The generals will keep using their jade profits to buy weapons and crush dissent in Burma unless individuals take a stand.” US President George W Bush last …

Outside View: ASEAN lessons — Part 1

United Press International –

The United States and the 27-nation European Union accused one of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, Myanmar — formerly Burma — of …

Bush to walk diplomatic tightrope on Asia trip

CNN –

He’s expected to denounce the military regime in neighboring Myanmar — also known as Burma — for its human rights abuses. First lady Laura Bush has …

Burmese activists urge UN Rights Rapporteur to meet detainees

Mizzima.com, India –

… including Burma’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kyaw Thu, who also chairs the Tripartite Core Group formed with the UN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations …

Bogalay authorities demand construction tax

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 4, 2008 (DVB)–Residents of Irrawaddy’s cyclone-devastated Bogalay township have complained that local authorities have been pressuring them to pay a …

World focus on Burma (29 July 2008)

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Press Gaggle by Dana Perino

MarketWatch –

… on Burma and the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE, which is Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts Act. That will be in the (Oval) Office and pool coverage. …

Bush OKs new sanctions on Myanmar

UPI NewsTrack TopNews

The Tom Lantos Block Burmese Jade Act of 2008 blocks the import of all jade and rubies from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, into the United States — both raw materials and finished jewelry.

Stop insuring “Burmese repression”, report says

Mizzima.com, India –

The Burma Campaign UK, a group advocating for human rights and democracy in Burma, in its new report said, these companies are allowing billions of dollars …

AFP –

WASHINGTON (AFP) — President George W. Bush on Tuesday renewed a ban on imports from military-ruled Myanmar and also signed a new law that aims to keep …

Bush OKs New Sanctions on Myanmar

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… the import of all jade and rubies from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, into the United States — both raw materials and finished jewelry. …

President Bush Signs HJRes. 93, the Renewal of Import Restrictions …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

… to welcome members of the Lantos family — Mrs. Lantos, thanks for joining us — and members of Congress who care deeply about democracy in Burma. …

UN aims to address foreign exchange losses

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Burmese economist Khin Maung Nyo said the system was intended to allow foreign currency to be used in Burma but could be abandoned if conditions were right. …

Burma Relief Still Needed

The Epoch Times, NY –

(International Aid Agenci/Getty Images) Two months after the worst storm in its history obliterated Myanmar’s (Burma) coastal regions leaving over two …

UN Press Conference on Myanmar by UN Under-Secretary General for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Just back from a three-day visit to assess the situation in Myanmar’s cyclone-devastated Ayeyarwady delta region, the top United Nations humanitarian …

Rights & Wrongs: Argentina, Burma, Karadzic and Pakistan

World Politics Review –

BURMA SIGNS ASEAN CHARTER, RESISTS COMPLIANCE MONITORING — Optimism in the wake of the Burmese military junta’s decision last week to sign the new charter …

UN aid disappearing in Burma cash scam

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

“We buy kyats at the market rate using dollars,” Daniel Baker, the humanitarian co-ordinator for Burma said that day. “The government has not benefited. …

Bush heading for Thailand to meet Myanmar activists

Merinews, India –

US President George W Bush, who brought in harsher economic and financial sanctions against the Myanmar military junta, will visit Thailand in early August. …

Labutta cyclone refugees sent back to villages

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Local authorities in Labutta township in Irrawaddy division have in the past week started sending cyclone refugees from temporary camps …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Mizzima website under attack

Mizzima.com, India –

Mizzima News Agency, run by Burmese journalists, is an independent Burmese multi-media group focusing on Burma and related news and issues, and maintains …

NAM ministerial meeting begins

Economic Times, India –

The Bandung Conference was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, organized by Egypt, Indonesia, Burma, …

South African Lawyer Confirmed as UN Rights Chief

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

As UN high commissioner for human rights, Navanethem Pillay will oversee a Geneva-based office with almost 1000 employees and a budget approaching $150 …

Christian leaders questioned over anti-dam campaign

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Christian religious leaders in Kachin state in northern Burma have been interrogated by local authorities about a poster campaign against …

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

There have been two precedents: Both Laos and Burma gave up their turn because of domestic problems. Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda has …

Burma protestors name and shame insurers

Post Magazine (subscription), UK –

The Burma Campaign UK has today published a new report naming and shaming insurers it claims have facilitated the flow of billions of dollars in to the …

10 million dollars in UN aid “disappear” thanks to Burmese Junta’s …

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

The market rate for kyats is around 1100 per dollar but the UN rate established the junta in Myanmar and payment is now around 880, resulting in a “loss of …

World at a glance

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

A military junta has ruled Burma since 1962 and in the last year the eyes of the world have twice focused on its regime. A British soldier has been killed …

Tiffany Applauds Congress’ Ban on Burmese Gemstones

IDEX Online, Israel –
… Monday ran an advertisement in the Washington Post saluting the US Congress for passing an absolute embargo on rubies originating in Burma ( Myanmar ). ..

Tehran meeting crucial for NAM revitalization

Mathaba.Net, UK –

The Bandung Conference was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, organized by Egypt, Indonesia, Burma, …

Rights group praises US legislation banning Burmese gems

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The European Union and Canada already prohibit the import of Myanmar gems. The change in the US law would stipulate that retailers keep records documenting …

Bush likely to meet Burmese activists during Thailand visit

Mizzima.com, India –
Bush is also expected to raise Burma issue during his talks with Thai officials including Foreign Minister Samak. During his term as the President of the …

Currency Loss Unacceptable, but UN Aid to Continue: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Holmes was in Burma last week visiting parts of the Irrawaddy delta, which was devastated by Cyclone Nargis in the first week of May, to review the progress …

UN loses US$10m in Burma cyclone aid from exchange rate

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The United Nations said it has lost about US$10 million (HK$78 million) in cyclone relief funds in Burma because of the government-set exchange rate and has …

HRDP provides antenatal support for pregnant women

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The shelter was founded by HRDP member Ma Myint Myint Mu, who has been involved in relief work in the region since the cyclone. Ma Win Khine, who lost most …

Urge Thai Business to Indochina Investment

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

In May 2008, the bank extended loans worth a total of 13 billion baht to Thai businesses to invest in international projects in the region: in Burma made up …

New Human Rights Chief Faces Daunting Task

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… a jurist from Canada, who was an equally vociferous defender of human rights and who was refused entry into both North Korea and Myanmar (Burma). …

UN reports losses due to Myanmar exchange rate

Los Angeles Times, CA –

Inner City Press reported last week that the military government in Myanmar, also known as Burma, had changed the official exchange rate since the cyclone …

Drugs, sports and human rights

WalesOnline, United Kingdom –

… of the human rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma”. …

Obama Should Stand Up to Russia’s Regime

Wall Street Journal –

Mr. Obama also asked if the West would stand up for “the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe. …

US: Burma Gem Ban Strengthened

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

Burmese gemstones are tainted by gross human rights abuses. The jewelry industry should take firm action to assure its customers – as well as law …

Time for change’s Journal

Democratic Underground, DC –

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words “never again” …

Preserving THE PAST

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

This development of cultural diversity, combined with the economic influence from Chinese merchants and the Shan and Burmese teak loggers from British Burma …

Washington Times, DC –

UNITED NATIONS | Burma is forcing UN aid agencies to convert cash to local currency at below-market rates, costing the world body $10 million so far and …

Constitutional dance makes way for a populist jig

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

The government’s foreign affairs policy, not only on Zimbabwe but also on other dictatorships like Burma, reveals that foreign policy and the Constitution …

Official: UN Lost $10M in Burma

New York Sun, United States –

He promised to raise the issue with Burma’s government to ensure that losses could be cut down in the future. But evidence emerged yesterday that the UN …

The darker side of landscape art

Fresno Bee (subscription), CA –

… considered one of the most prestigious awards in photography, for his 1990 coverage of the ethnic civil war in Burma, now Myanmar. …

Myanmar aid losses ‘unacceptable:’ UN aid coordinator

AFP –

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN aid operation in cyclone-hit Myanmar has lost around 10 million dollars due to distortions in the country’s official exchange …

UN credits Burma for post-cyclone rebuilding

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

United Nations (dpa) – The government in Burma has made “quite a lot of progress” in post-Cyclone Nargis reconstruction efforts since the disaster struck in …

Activists accuse insurers on Burma

Financial Times, UK –

By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi Activists pressing for an end to military rule in Burma have accused global insurance groups of “underwriting” the Burmese junta …

Insurance giants urged to stop business with Burma

MyFinances.co.uk, UK –

Sixteen of the world’s biggest insurance companies have been called on to stop trading in Burma. A new report says companies are allowing billions of …

Progress being made on Myanmar aid effort, says UN’s top relief …

UN News Centre –

28 July 2008 – A degree of normality has returned to some areas affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and there are visible signs of progress in ..

UN admits “significant” Myanmar exchange rate loss

Reuters –

Earlier this month the United Nations issued an appeal for over $300 million in additional aid for Myanmar to cope with the effects of a cyclone in May that …

Changing Course On Burma

Voice of America –

She said the group was instrumental in persuading the junta to reverse its initial obstruction of assistance and accept international aid after Cyclone …

Eureka Street, Australia –

In a small dimly-lit room at the Burmese immigration office, on the border of northern Thailand and Burma, there is a large, luminous portrait of General …

Fighter for the oppressed

Manly Daily, Australia –

“There are times when I wonder how human beings could be so evil,” she said. “The ones that make me most upset are the ones that are planned, where someone …

China, protesters may play cat-and-mouse during Olympics

McClatchy Washington Bureau, DC –

Activist groups that oppose China’s policies in Sudan’s Darfur region, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Zimbabwe or in China’s own Tibet and Xinjiang regions …

Gay human rights violations don’t sway state lawmakers on Iran …

Bay Windows, MA –

Burma, China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan … why Iran versus these other countries? There are a lot of countries that have human rights issues . …

Academic insights

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The new books follows the series on understanding East and Southeast Asia, which covered 11 countries including Vietnam, Myanmar (also known as Burma), …

The Epoch Times, NY –

Moreover, Dr. Trey notes that the Internet offers are surprising in that Asian countries are reluctant to donate organs, unlike western cultures, …

The Return of History and the End of Dreams

The Age, Australia –

Their support for autocratic regimes in North Korea, Burma, Sudan and Iran is all about the pursuit of what great powers have always pursued: power and …

World focus on Burma (28 July 2008)

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Thai firms say crisis will pass

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Deputy Commerce Minister Viroon Tejapaiboon said the Asean Economic Cooperation would focus on strengthening relations with Cambodia, Laos, Burma and …

Outlook: Middle Kingdom, Middle Power

Washington Post, United States –

Burma? Not what I’d call a cosmic threat to our way of life. These are tinpot dictatorships. Now if Kenya or Brazil began to embrace the Chinese way of …

Global Faith and Justice Student Conference in Montreal

Anglican Church of Canada, Canada –

Issues likely to top the Assembly’s agenda are advocacy and support for people’s movements in Burma/Myanmar, Zimbabwe and the Philippines and long-term …

British Airways commemorates UNICEF’s Change For Good achievement …

ASIATravelTips.com, Thailand –
Earlier this year, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma), £300000 was donated to UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, helping to provide ..

More funding required to help cyclone victims: private donors …

Mizzima.com, India –

Following the onslaught of Cyclone Nargis on Burma’s coastal divisions on May 2 and 3, the country’s military rulers initially were reluctant to allow …

Don’t let junta off the hook

The Australian, Australia –

It’s a perfect backdrop to ASEAN’s listless approach. So, for Burma’s generals, ratifying the human rights statement was a no-brainer. …

China’s new nationalism may require careful negotiation

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Economic and trade tensions with Europe and the US, the environmental impact of its rapid development, authoritarian governance and human rights abuses, …

Kachin Leaders to Form Political Party

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

However, the group is not yet sure that it will be permitted by Burma’s ruling junta to form a political party to contest the general election scheduled to …

Karen Villagers Flee Burmese Forces

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The report also said the Burmese army has ordered people in Shan State to grow castor oil and rubber plants, in a junta-imposed project to produce biofuel. …

Chinese face tough human rights questions on eve of Games

Statesman Journal, OR –

Since its founding in 1999, the foundation has sought to improve human rights in China through a “dialogue based on equality and mutual respect. …

Olympics bring pride to Chinese Americans

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

Instead, their demonstration was demonstrated against by protesters assailing China’s human rights record. The torch itself was a no-show, …

An Interview with Jody Williams

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 1 hour ago

When it cannot respond to crises like the [Burma] cyclone, when it cannot respond to the crisis of dictatorship there for 50 years, when it cannot respond …

ASEAN needs vision to face growing challenges

Vancouver Sun, Canada –

After signing Nyan Win told his colleagues, that Burma, of course, objected to any investigations. It was just such a development that has raised concerns …

US president likely to meet Burmese activists during visit Thailand

Mizzima.com, India –

Bush is also expected to raise Burma issue during his talks with Thai officials including Foreign Minister Samak. During his term as the President of the …

Vancouver Sun, Canada –

After signing Nyan Win told his colleagues, that Burma, of course, objected to any investigations. It was just such a development that has raised concerns …

Hope for Burma’s cyclone survivors

Independent Online, South Africa –

Auk Pyon Wa, Myanmar – Nearly three months after a cyclone devastated Myanmar’s/Burma’s southern Irrawaddy delta, local firms are helping survivors replace …

Pentagon flexes its altruism muscle

Boston Globe, United States –

There are landslides in the Philippines, floods in Vietnam and Burma. India and Bangladesh deal with flooding, cyclones, typhoons. …

Farmers in Burma go back to work

Boston Globe, United States –

In 1988, demonstrations against Burma’s military junta over rice prices and other issues ended in heavy bloodshed. The United Nations World Food Program has …

Moderate Quake 5.5 Richter struck Myanmar

Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by the People’s …

China Post, Taiwan –

But the cattle, brought in from a mountainous region of Myanmar, proved ill-suited to the work, and fewer than half the donated seeds sprouted. …

Spielberg pulls out of the Olympics

Insider Media Group, Canada –

His decision to withdraw came as a result of China’s foreign policy on political events in Burma and human rights violations in the Darfur region of Sudan. …

Bush Should Go to the Olympics, by Victor D. Cha

조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

In Burma, the Chinese have quietly hardened their stance toward the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations. …

NEWS IN BRIEF

Al Watan Daily, Kuwait –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, requires foreign aid money to be converted first into foreign exchange certificates at a fixed price and then into the …

Hardened old scribes share hot night in Bangkok

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –

A conversation begins about who got into Myanmar/Burma for Cyclone Nargis, who tried, and who was too scared. Of course the best in the business had no …

Her people’s voice: American citizen bears witness to the tragedy …

Waterbury Republican American, CT –

… fighting the government of Myanmar for about 60 years, since shortly after the departure of the British from the country, then known as Burma, in 1948. …

UK underwriters ‘helping Myanmar’s brutal regime’

New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –

The Burma Campaign report will expose eight other insurance companies. By Myanmar law, all insurance has to goes through Myanma Insurance, …

Abusing the Olympic spirit

Phayul, Tibet –

The Chinese government exports its human rights abuses to other countries such as Zimbabwe, Burma and Dafur. There is also emerging evidence that Chinese …

women in black weekly vigil and some Zionist propaganda

Bay Area Indymedia, CA –

Many of the weapons deals are with corrupt and dictatorial governments such as Burma and China. Furthermore, Israeli Army personal trained the South African …

Artist auction pulls in $13000

The Press, New Zealand –

Carolyn Chisholm said she was so moved by the havoc wreaked in Myanmar, formerly Burma, in May that she decided to use her skills and connections to do …

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July 28, 2008 at 5:09 am

World focus on Burma (27 July 2008)

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NEWSWEEK COVER: What Drives China

MarketWatch –

By dealing with pariah states like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Iran in order to feed the country’s voracious appetite for oil, timber and metals, …

More money for displaced Iraqis

The Age, Australia –

The UNHCR in Bangladesh will receive $950000 to build 180 shelters to house 1000 Rohingya families who have fled neighbouring Burma. …

Outmanoeuvred at every turn

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Bangkok succeeded last Tuesday, at least temporarily, in blocking Phnom Penh’s effort to ask for Asean intervention, saying that bilateral diplomatic …

BURMA: Females Hit Worst by Cyclone Nargis – Report

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

He conceded, however, that the political climate in Burma is challenging. ‘’The political situation in Myanmar makes any choices we make very difficult,’’ …

Latest ‘Rambo’ hit home with young Burmese peace walker

Dailyrecord.com, NJ –

… to help stop human rights violations in his homeland. His journey, a Walk for Peace designed to draw attention to Burma’s struggles, began March 1. …

‘Managed democracy’ in action in Cambodian vote

Toronto Star, Canada –

He’s not as heavy-handed as Burma’s military rulers, nor as sophisticated as Singapore’s premier. But Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen – once a …

South Asia Summit Begins in Sri Lanka Capital

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

He announced that Australia has already requested observer status as has Myanmar [Burma]. A decision on the request is expected at the forthcoming summit. …

Give human rights body teeth

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

If Burma s wishes are honoured by the panel – and to be sure, Burma is not alone in its position – what exactly will the human rights body be able to …

Give human rights body teeth

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

If Burma s wishes are honoured by the panel – and to be sure, Burma is not alone in its position – what exactly will the human rights body be able to …

Cyclone-hit fields left idle as Myanmar planting season ends

AFP –

LABUTTA, Myanmar (AFP) — Kyaw Thein thought his problems were solved when Myanmar’s government delivered seeds, cattle and tillers to his village to help …

London’s link to Burmese junta revealed

guardian.co.uk, UK –

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

China: Pride, Protest and the Olympic Games

Newsweek –

By dealing with pariah states like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Iran in order to feed the country’s voracious appetite for oil, timber and metals, …

Burma’s cyclone survivors are left to struggle with their fate

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Last week Surin Pitsuwan, the secretary-general of Asean, the body that represents south-east Asian nations, described the situation in the delta as “a …

Bush Asked to Pressure Olympic Committee Regarding Iraqi Athletes

The Conservative Voice, NC –

… the IOC would reject athletes from a democratic Iraq, and at the same time, embrace those from repressive regimes like North Korea, Burma and Sudan. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 26, 2008 at 11:45 pm

The IOC dictatorship: let the Olympic muzzling begin

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Last night on the news, I saw a story on the Olympics which mentioned that the International Olympic Committee, has stated that any athlete who makes any sort of political statement from the podium in Beijing will be sent home. It seems they don’t want China to be embarrassed in any way. Not about Tibet, not about Darfur, not about anything.

You may say to yourself that that sounds reasonable since the Olympics aren’t supposed to be political. However, I’d say that the Olympics being nonpolitical is the farthest thing from the truth. The Olympics are extremely political, no matter what any individual athlete may or may not do.

The simple fact is the Chinese government is using the Games to legitimize its illegitimate dictatorship, both in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of its own people: “Hey, look what we can do. We’re not such a bad government after all, are we? Look at the big show we’re putting on.”

There’s simply no denying that this is the Party’s big party. The Communist Dictatorship of the Proletariat (or of the rice farmers or whatever) is reaching its pinnacle and these great Olympic Games will finally show the world just how glorious that dictatorship really is.

And if everyone could just forget for the moment that the Chinese government’s rule is, in fact, completely illegitimate–that no one ever elected any of these self-serving corrupt buffoons and that they remain in power only through force and intimidation, no different than in Burma or North Korea–well, that’d be much appreciated.

It would also be extremely helpful if no one mentioned the killing and repression in Tibet or anything at all about the Chinese-armed and -backed states of Burma, Sudan, and North Korea, which, somewhat embarrassingly for their sponsors in Beijing, keep on slaughtering and horrifically repressing their own people. It should be noted, however, that no matter how embarrassing that horrific repression and slaughter may be, China will always be there to veto any and all attempted action by the U.N. Security Council.

Olympic boycott?
I understand why most people don’t support a full Olympic boycott, since that’d be unfair to the athletes, who’ve spent their whole lives training for this. However, I find it more than just a little ridiculous that the IOC thinks it must protect a tyrannical regime from embarrassment. I’d say it’s hardly the IOC’s business whether or not athletes express solidarity with oppressed peoples in places such as Tibet, Darfur and Burma… or China, for that matter.

I mean, why does the IOC care if someone waves a Tibetan flag from the podium?

Well, there are those billions of dollars in revenue, of course. That may have something to do with it.

Can you imagine if an athlete had made an explicit anti-Nazi statement from the podium in Berlin back in 1936? Man, would that ever have wrecked the whole show Hitler was putting on.

Seriously, can you imagine how horrible it would have been had anyone been so rude and inconsiderate as to dare embarrass those poor Nazis? It would have been so tragic, especially after all the work they’d put into preparing for those oh-so-unpolitical games? Thank God no one did anything inappropriate, and the IOC didn’t have to punish any of the athletes for any inexcusable behaviour.

Let’s just hope that all morality can once again be suppressed in Beijing as well.

Come on people, really now, lighten up. Slaughter, repression, genocide, these things are irrelevant. There’s a sporting festival to be held and billions in advertising revenues to be made. Let the Games begin!

Mike Cowie is a writer currently embarked on a book about his three-year trip across Asia with his wife, Sonoko. Read more of Mike’s views on his Web site.

http://www.straight.com/article-155469/the-ioc-dictatorship-let-olympic-muzzling-begin#comment-1757

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 26, 2008 at 6:49 am