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World focus on Burma (23 December 2008)

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Ethnic militia accuses junta of forcing opium cultivation
Mizzima.com, India –
… fields in Mongsert and Mongtong area now,” said Khammwe, referring the Burmese junta by its official name – the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).

Korean Government Rejects OECD Complaint Against Daewoo …
Earthrights.org, DC –
Moreover, the MKE opined that the general situation in Burma and specifically around the Shwe Project does not merit an investigation or arbitration between ..

TOR of Asean rights body done by July
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… atrocities against nationals of Asean members, including those being committed by the military junta in Burma, which the dictators are calling Myanmar. …

Health situation in Burma among top 10 worst humanitarian crises …
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has included Burma in its 11th annual list of the world’s “Top Ten” humanitarian crises 2008, says a press released published …

Than Shwe and team to tour cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta
Mizzima.com, India –
A source in Naypyitaw, Burma’s new jungle capital, said Than Shwe along with a team comprising Thura Shwe Mann, Prime Minister Thein Sein and secretary (1) …

Naypyidaw to Launch New Daily
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In Burma, all media are controlled by the junta. The military government runs three Burmese-language daily newspapers—Rangoon-based Myanma Ahlin and Kyaymon …

Oxfam winds up tsunami relief work
Oxford Mail, UK –
The seven countries Oxfam provided relief in were Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Somalia, the Maldives and Myanmar (Burma). Of the money raised, …

Russia Urges Burma to Cooperate with UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Last week, the UN said there was no immediate plan for Gambari to visit Burma in the near future. “He has no plans immediately to go to Myanmar [Burma],” …

Hundreds Illegally Trafficked Daily from Pakistan to Iran
The Media Line, NY –
… also used as a transit and target country for women and children from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma and former Soviet countries in Central Asia. …

Burma grounds its jumping cats
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Under foreign pressure, the military junta suspended Suu Kyi’s house arrest briefly in 2002. I flew to Rangoon for an interview at the dilapidated …

Doctors aid group lists top 10 humanitarian crises
Reuters South Africa, South Africa –
In Myanmar and Zimbabwe, MSF blamed the governments for failing to provide adequate health care or assist aid workers. “In Myanmar, where MSF is the main …

Sudan maintains defiance
Workers World –
Also: “Western policies in crisis regions as diverse as Georgia, Zimbabwe, Burma or the Balkans are suffering serial defeats. …

MSF Releases 11th annual list of ‘Top 10′ humanitarian crises
Ethiopian Politics, Ethiopia –
The international aid group MSF (Doctors Without Borders) has released its 11th annual list of ‘Top 10′ humanitarian crises. Ethiopia’s Ogaden region is on …

Remembering Burma’s Storm Victims
Voice of America –
The government severely restricted access of aid workers and foreign assistance to the affected areas in the aftermath of the cyclone disaster. …

Myanmar mothers have poor access to healthcare
Reuters India, India –
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the United States and the Burma Medical Association surveyed 3000 women along the border in eastern Myanmar and …

Retired buses find new lives in rural areas
Asahi Shimbun, Japan –
“In recent years, there have also been requests (for used buses) from Russia and Myanmar (Burma),” the dealer said. “We are now suspending exports due to …

New data regarding safety of artemisinin combination therapy for …
EurekAlert (press release), DC –
This trial was conducted on the Thai-Burmese border, an area where malaria transmission is low but highly drug-resistant, meaning that pregnant women who …

Poor maternal health care widespread in eastern Burma
EurekAlert (press release), DC –
Access to maternal health-care is extremely limited and poor nutrition, anemia and malaria are widespread in eastern Burma, which increases the risk of …

Medical aid charity has grim diagnosis on world’s humanitarian crises
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
By MICHAEL ASTOR SPIRALLING violence in Somalia, refugees fleeing violence in eastern Congo, and medical emergencies in Burma and Zimbabwe were among the …

Ticket Replay: Obama wants to be president of all 57 states
Los Angeles Times Blogs, CA –
(UPDATE: At a later stop Obama was talking with reporters and expressed concern he’d also mis-stated the number of potential cyclone victims in Burma. …

Thai cabinet line-up could anger Thaksin’s allies
Financial Times, UK –
Mr Kasit said he was hoping to reengage Burma in dialogue. “We will talk across the board on all issues,” he said. Asean last week adopted a new charter …

Malaysia purrs into action with plan to double rare tiger numbers
Scotsman, United Kingdom –

Substantial trade is done on the black markets – in China for skins and tiger bone wine, in Indonesia for bones, skins, claws and teeth, in Burma for tiger …

In Myanmar and Zimbabwe, MSF blamed the governments for failing to provide adequate health care or assist aid workers. “In Myanmar, where MSF is the main …

Somali violence tops catastrophe list
PRESS TV, Iran –

Leading the dire health conditions in Burma and Zimbabwe, the violence in the Horn of Africa nation topped the list which is annually published by the group …

US jury acquits oil giant in Nigerian deaths
FinalCall.com, IL –
It supports an arrogance and culture of abuse in Nigeria that is repeated in places like Ecuador, Burma and Angola, they insist. “What an American jury has ..

Nothing funny about Burma’s human rights record
The Canberra Times, Australia –
Zarganar joins Burma’s most famous political prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, in being incarcerated for actions that in any normal …

Czech-led EU must not fail freedom-seeking Burma again
Aktuálně.cz, Czech Republic –


Myanmar as a member of the group is perhaps most likely to listen to their voice. Besides they have signed up to the ASEAN Charter which includes provisions …

Health: Violence creates medical crisis for many, says report
Adnkronos International Italia, Italy –

(AKI) – Iraq, Pakistan, Burma and war-torn Sudan suffered some of the worst medical emergencies in the world during 2008, according to the humanitarian …

USDA members receive training in Naypyidaw
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The member also said that 500 pairs of Buddhist monks’ robes and 500 bamboo sticks have been put aside in Taungoo district USDA office. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 23, 2008 at 7:00 am

World focus on Burma (31 August 2008)

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Karen Refugees’ Rights Fall by the Wayside in Thailand
Ethical Travel News, CA –
“Thailand should raise concern about Burmese human rights violations that cause forced displacement as well as [respond] humanely to its victims seeking …

Afghanistan: Malalai Joya vs Washington’s warlords
Green Left Weekly, Australia –
Understandably, she’s been declared the “bravest woman in Afghanistan” and even compared with Burma’s Aung Sun Suu Kyi. A household name in Afghanistan …

Appeal For Open Trial
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Aung Thein, a lawyer representing some of Burma’s most prominent imprisoned pro-democracy activists, will appeal for an open trial at a hearing scheduled …

Top-Notch Exhibition
The Post-Standard – Syracuse.com, NY –
Chao titles this body of work “What Went Wrong,” alluding to the hardships of the Burmese who have experienced heightened repression by the military junta …

The ungiven gift
Boston Globe, United States –

In Burma, for example – a country isolated by sanctions and its rulers’ own obstinacy – poverty, prostitution, and a brutal human rights climate have …


North Platte Bulletin, NE –
Afghanistan is a major supplier in the international drug trade — the second-largest opium producer after Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Inner City Press, NY –
UNITED NATIONS, August 30 — Having left Myanmar six days about, after not seeing either Aung San Suu Kyi or General Than Shwe, UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari …

Film Review of ‘My Daughter, The Terrorist’
Sri Lanka Watch, Sri Lanka –
… on a much larger scale than any terrorist group: Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Robert Mugabe and the military junta of Burma and North Korea come to mind. …

Gambari ‘wasted precious time’: NLD
Mizzima.com, India –
Gambari, in his last visit to Burma last week, met NLD leaders twice, though he failed to meet detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and junta …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 31, 2008 at 6:39 am

World focus on Burma (26 August 2008)

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MAI to hire F-100 aircraft for Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur flights
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The Myanmar Airways International, one of the few international airlines in Burma will hire a Fokker-100 aircraft from AirBagan, another airline …

Brad Pitt and the Boys Hit Venice

The Gossip Girls –
… more than $7 million to help victims both of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

The Associated Press –
… of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, according to executive director Alex Wagner. …

Afghanistan remains world’s biggest opium producer

999 Today, UK –
The region, where the Taleban still have a stronghold, cultivates more opium than entire countries such as Burma, Morocco and even Colombia. …

You Should Consider North Korea as an Investment
DailyWealth, MD –
He told me I should be going to Myanmar, North Korea, Cambodia, and Taiwan. Myanmar – also known as Burma – was the richest country in Southeast Asia in the …

Self-criticism and Burma’s democracy movement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
In my view, the people inside Burma – despite the oppression – are daring more and more to express their opinions and are becoming more willing to say these …

Ballarat Courier, Australia –
A CONCERT to raise money for cyclone-ravaged Burma last night netted more than $5000 in donations. The Ballarat Schools Bandaid Concert brought together …

The story of Obama

Frontline, India –
In the sits-ins, the marches, jailhouses, songs [of the civil rights movements] I saw the African-American community becoming more than just the place you’d …

Angry Reaction to Samak’s ‘Suu Kyi is a Tool’ Remark

Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej. (Photo: Reuters)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“If it’s not related to Aung San Suu Kyi, you can have deeper discussions with Myanmar [Burma].” Samak also told reporters after meeting Gambari: “Efforts …

FEC Boosted by Change in Fuel Sale Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG THET WINE RANGOON — A decision by Burma’s military regime to allow consumers to buy up to 50 gallons of gasoline using Foreign Exchange Certificates …

Road to Irrawaddy Delta Ruined
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
An engineer from the Public Works Department of the Ministry of Construction said that Asia World, a company closely connected to Burma’s ruling junta, …

WFP assists food crisis victims in Chin state
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to …

Swiss Solidarity hails Myanmar aid success
Swissinfo, Switzerland –
Swiss have given SFr4.5 million ($4 million) to victims of the Myanmar cyclone through an appeal launched by umbrella fund-raising organisation Swiss …

And now it’s London’s turn…

Spectator.co.uk (subscription), UK –
… be ignored or gestured at, but must be worked with, if it is to be influenced on vital issues like its human rights, Tibet, Burma, Darfur and Zimbabwe. …

The UN at dead-end in Myanmar
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
By Larry Jagan BANGKOK – While the United Nations heaps praise on Myanmar’s ruling junta for its collaborative spirit in dealing with the Cyclone Nargis …

NLD dismisses Thai PM’s call to sideline Daw Suu
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I take it as Mr Samak is only saying these things to please the Burmese junta as two neighbouring countries that have close economic ties,” Win Min said. …

Burmese Protesters Not Allowed in Singapore
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The activists were part of a larger group of people who demonstrated against the Burmese junta in November 2007 during the Asean Summit meeting in Singapore …

Thai PM says West uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi as political tool
Macau Daily Times, Macau –
The junta says the charter will set the stage for elections in 2010, but the pro-democracy movement say the process simply enshrines the army’s position in …

200 more military trucks delivered from China
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… in the town of Ruili on the China-Burma border, the latest consignment of the 3500 trucks to be sent to the Burmese junta by the Chinese government. …

Mennonite Central Committee pledges $1.1M in cyclone aid
Waterloo Record, Canada –
The Mennonite Central Committee initially sent about $100000 in assistance to the country formally known as Burma and has launched a three-year aid plan …

Burma’s opposition lambasts UN envoy for irrelevant ‘praise’ job
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – on Monday lambasted the United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari for …

UN Denies Its Envoy’s Visit to Myanmar Was Worthless (Update1)
Bloomberg –
… Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, a government-in- exile formed by winners of the 1990 election, said yesterday. Myanmar’s government made the …

Editorial: China’s Olympic Image
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –
China also used its clout as the largest supplier of arms to Burma to get that country to allow United Nations envoys in to investigate last year’s bloody …

Haunted wasteland saps spirits, lives after cyclone

Amid destruction and mud, children walked in a village in Labutta Township. About 50 village residents died in the cyclone. (Photo for the International Herald Tribune)

Boston Globe, United States –
But despite the early demands from around the world that the Burmese government permit open deliveries of aid, the United Nations says that nearly half the …

UN’s Gambari Denied A Meeting with Suu Kyi, Not by Than Shwe But …

Inner City Press, NY –
From the transcript of Monday’s UN noon briefing — Inner City Press: Now that Ibrahim Gambari has left Myanmar, can it be answered one way or another …

Burmese opposition says UN visit achieves nothing
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, has labelled the latest visit by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, …

Submissions sought for Southeast Asian women writers anthology
Asian Reporter, OR –
The organization is seeking submissions from women with ancestry in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, …

Suu Kyi ‘tool of the West’
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej yesterday criticised Western nations for pinning their hopes of bringing democracy to Burma on the release of detained …

Be Sweet to Your Honey: Hunger Site’s Beekeeping Gift Gives More
PR.com (press release), NY –
In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Gives More™ for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70000 for the Foundation for the People of …

Irish Times, Ireland –
The public figure I most admire is Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma. I admire her leadership, her commitment to peace and justice and the self-sacrifice she has …

UN wants to continue mission
Straits Times, Singapore –
UNITED NATIONS – THE UN said on Monday it wanted to continue its good offices mission in Myanmar and refused to say why special envoy Ibrahim Gambari failed …

The US Alliance with Afghanistan and Pakistan has stimulated the …
Bay Area Indymedia, CA –
Even the military dictatorship regime in Burma got into the act, claiming the arrest of over 300 traffickers and multiple opium seizures during the month of …

Telecoms: One man’s vision proves a lifeline in conflict zones and …

After 15 days in Myanmar, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) faced an unprecedented situation and decided to leave the country. TSF’s requests for authorizations to deploy to the Irrawaddy delta were not granted and as the organization was blocked in Yangon, TSF’s teams returned to their bases.
On June 1st, TSF obtained its first visas to enter Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis which hit the south western regions of the country on May 2nd and 3rd after having waited for more (…)

guardian.co.uk, UK –
… (Iraq) phone could attract suicide bombers, and Burma, where the regime refused it access to the Irrawaddy delta after the cyclone hit the region this year. …

Aung Suu Kyi says no to UN envoy
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –
His previous visits to Burma after the brutal crack-down on the massive Buddhist monk-led protests were unsatisfactory for the people of Burma. …

Aiding Burma’s Recovery
Voice of America –
As Burma recovers from the devastation of the May 2nd, Cyclone Nargis, the United States and other international donors continue to provide needed help. …

World focus on Burma (19 August 2008)

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Voters and officials punished for ‘No’ votes

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… while wards inhabited by the authorities and the pro-junta Union and Solidarity and Development Association members have been given 24-hour electricity. …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The message appeared on July 19, Burma’s Martyr Day. The signboard, about 10 X 4-feet, is located on Suu Kyi’s property and can be read from the street in …

International Insurance Companies Leave Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

We strongly condemn all insurers that remain involved in our junta-run country. They help keep the generals in power and condemn Burma’s 50 million people …

Gambari has Big Agenda during Visit

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The UN envoy met with Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win on Monday in hope of continuing the stalled talks between the junta and pro-democracy leader Aung …

President Bush’s Pre-Olympics Speech in Thailand

UNC Chapell Hill –

He recalled responses to natural disasters such as the 2004 tsunami and the recent cyclone in Burma. Bush examined, but not in depth, the ongoing political …

Missing Links: The Hypocrisy Audit

Foreign Policy (subscription) –

… of that regime does not mean that the United States should feel constrained from pressuring the tyrants of Burma to abandon their murderous ways. …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The United Nations Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Rangoon on Monday for a five-day trip to Burma. …

Junta benefits from regional economic tug-of-war

Mizzima.com, India –

China and ASEAN hope to have the world’s largest FTA in working order by 2010 – though ASEAN’s less developed countries, including Burma, are not slated to …

Burma’s Annual Natural Gas Sales Rise 25 Percent

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP RANGOON — Burma’s natural gas sales soared nearly 25 percent to US $2.5 billion in the financial year through March, official statistics seen Tuesday …

Africa: ICC – Will Imposed Justice Solve Continent ‘s Problems?

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Only lawyers can really believe that law and politics are two discrete domains: the average person in the street is quick enough to make the connection …

Myanmar natural gas exports jump 25 pc

Economic Times, India –

YANGON: Myanmar’s natural gas exports rose by about 25 per cent to $2.5 billion in the fiscal year ending in March, official statistics showed on Tuesday. …

Gambari’s mission kicks off to little fanfare

Mizzima.com, India –

Inside Burma, the state run press, New Light of Myanmar, attached no visible importance to the proceedings of the Special Advisor. Coverage of his first day …

Combating opium in Afghanistan

ISN, Switzerland –

Even the military dictatorship regime in Burma got into the act, claiming the arrest of over 300 traffickers and multiple opium seizures during the month of …

Looking For Trouble

FrontPage magazine.com, CA –

Democracy is not an ideology–it’s a technique for political organization that uses elections as a tool. Today, we Americans are at our worst (and most …

UN envoy tours Myanmar cyclone zone

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari toured Myanmar’s cyclone-struck delta Tuesday while on a mission to push the junta to re-open talks with detained …

Land of Promise: Refugees rely on faith

Amarillo.com (subscription), TX –

He’s now among some 700 refugees from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), Somalia, the Sudan and elsewhere who have moved to the Texas Panhandle since the …

Wall Street Journal –

Mr. Sitagu Sayadaw was born in 1937 in a small town in central Myanmar, then known as Burma. At age seven, he entered the local monastery to study, …

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

Kyaw Phyoe had been on an inspection trip on the Thai-Burma border since 16 August. He also charged the kingdom of employing the anti-junta Shan State Army …

Zimbabwe crisis a disgrace: Asmal

SABC News, South Africa –

He says Zimbabwe and Burma are examples of countries where passive resistance has failed. Asmal was speaking in Johannesburg last night at the 100th …

RNC: Exporting the “Miami Model” to St. Paul

OpEdNews, PA –

Given that two former top advisers to Republican nominee John McCain have ties to the military junta in Burma, we’ll know where to look first. …

CWS emergency situation report #2: 2008 Tropical Storm Kammuri

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

-Flooding has struck parts of Myanmar (Burma) still trying to recover from Cyclone Nargis, the May storm that killed anywhere between 84000 and more than …

UN envoy begins five-day visit to Myanmar

UN News Centre –

18 August 2008 – The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar kicked off his five-dray trip to the Asian nation today by meeting with Foreign Minister U Nyan Win …

UN envoy makes another visit to Burma Radio Australia, Australia –

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UN, Myanmar resolve aid currency problem

Daily Times, Pakistan –

With little to show from his previous five missions to the former Burma, hopes of a breakthrough on Gambari’s sixth visit are low. reuters.

See images of Burmese currencies BELOW.

Investing in his neighbors: A former dentist helps fellow refugees …

Trading Markets (press release), CA –

Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, also known as Myanmar, in May — killing up to 130000. Employing a well-respected, well-educated member of an immigrant community …

Aung San Suu Kyi (L) holds talks with Ibrahim Gambari in March 2008

YANGON (AFP) — UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari met Monday with Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win, state media said, shortly after he arrived in Yangon on a mission …

Amnesty International, Freedoms Many Voices…Art, Music, Education…

Gather.com, MA –

One strong effort is their support of the plight of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

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Two kinds of Myanmar currencies in use at the same time

Myanmar “Kyat”

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 19, 2008 at 2:40 am

World focus on Burma (15 July 2008)

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Amnesty’s biggest-ever Edinburgh Festival line-up announced

Amnesty International UK, UK –

Other Amnesty highlights this year include two visual exhibitions, a play on Burma (with an exclusive Festival demonstration for human rights), …

Sudan indictment seen as ray of hope

TravelVideo.tv (press release) –

The Sudan development serves also as a warning to other goon regimes, like the one in Burma that their clock is winding down and justice, while often slow …

British MPs call on Govt. to investigation Mahn Sha’s assassination

Mizzima.com, India –

Zoya said, “Though we know that it is the work of the Burmese military junta, there has been no official announcement and we are sad about it. …

Myanmar invites UN envoy for talks on democratic reform

Monsters and Critics.com –

Having recently pushed through a constitution that will assure the military’s control over any elected government, Myanmar’s ruling junta has promised to …

Burma’s outdoor advertising industry in doldrums after Nargis

Mizzima.com, India –

… billboards and other outdoor advertisement have slowly picked up, said Zaw Lin from Myanmar Ganad. But in military-ruled Burma, where the junta keeps a …

Police incompetence; multiple murderers still at large

Mizzima.com, India –

Lack of media freedom in Burma worsens the rising crime rate in Burma. The media in Burma could write about the aforesaid multi-murder case only several …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

Sales of arms to Burma’s military junta receded after last September’s bloody crackdown of dissidents, and China took a more prominent role in UN attempts …

Attitude on fresh election: contest or not

Mizzima.com, India –

The strongest armed force only after the Burmese Army having even anti-aircraft guns and has a reached ceasefire agreement with the junta. …

Donated fishing equipment taken back from villagers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The donor also said that local authorities had skimmed off some of the money given by private donors to help cyclone victims. …

Bush Vows to Push China to Honor Religious Freedom

Christian Post –

In his speech, Bush specifically mentioned religious freedom violators Iran, Eritrea, Sudan, North Korea, Burma, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. …

Support plea for repressed kingdom in the clouds

Inverness Courier, UK –

It borders India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and China. It is split into three provinces Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang, which together with western Kham is referred to …

Journeys Within Announces Plan to Continue Myanmar Help

MarketWatch –

… planning a custom tour for January 2009, including Myanmar. Journeys Within offers customized trips to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. …

Thai ministers fear to sign ASEAN pacts after court defeats

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

BANGKOK, July 15 (TNA) – After losing several rounds of court battles in recent weeks at home, Thai Cabinet ministers say they are reluctant to sign any …

June 2008 US-EU Summit Declaration

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Separately, we remain deeply concerned at continued repression in Burma/Myanmar as well as the lack of progress toward national reconciliation and a …

Agriculture in action

Centre Daily Times, PA –

By Gail Franklin Local residents helped fill rice bowls at the dinner tables of 11 orphanages in Myanmar after deadly Cyclone Nargis hit the country May 2. …

Htein Lin: A Moving Monument

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Perhaps his message was that the “Saffron Revolution” had been as devastating to the military regime as Cyclone Nargis was to the people of lower Burma. …

A Call to Arms?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By KYAW ZWA MOE “Nothing can defeat Burma’s military regime—at least to date.” I wrote those words in a commentary after the monk-led uprising was crushed …

Thai Embassy Raises the Bar for Burmese Seeking Visas

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Nowadays very few people are applying for Thai visas—far fewer than before Nargis,” she said, referring to the devastating cyclone that hit Burma on May …

CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO CONSERVATIONIST

South Devon Herald Express, UK –

“Some experts suggest that the effect of the recent Burma cyclone would have been greatly reduced had areas of mangrove not been developed. …

VITAL CLEETHORPES WORK HELPS SAVE LIVES IN BURMA

Grimsby Evening Telegraph, UK –

Since a cyclone devastated Burma, Cleethorpes Rotary, along with fellow groups in District 1270 – including Louth and Mablethorpe – have raised enough for …

Gambari’s Burma Visit Postponed

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Officials said one factor was that at a time when the UN and Asean are busy coordinating humanitarian relief work in the cyclone-hit area of the Irrawaddy …

Tutu renews his appeal to Anglicans to end their factionalism

Ekklesia, UK –

He is an outspoken advocate for peace, justice and human rights – with HIV/AIDS, global poverty and oppression in Burma, Zimbabwe and Tibet being among his …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

And various human-rights groups, not to mention the exploding international blogging community, have called for disruptions at the Games if China’s …

Lecture: Democracy, security and rule of law in Ghana

Joy Online, Ghana –

Democracy, free market, human resource development, human rights, rule of law and social justice have steadfastly remained our Party’s creed since August 4, …

Aid workers vital to rebuilding Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military junta has been trumpeting the fact that more than 1500 international aid workers have been granted visas to the country to assist in the …

Buddhist Monks and Bloggers Band Together in Burma

OpEdNews, PA –

Buddhist monks have given food and shelter to the cyclone survivors. They’ve raised money , medicine, and aid, by preaching Dhamma in public to help the …

Burmese artwork to be given to Pope

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Julien Porteous said the Church shared a close bond with the people of Burma, who had suffered greatly in the wake of the cyclone …

RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

Right now the only country using landmines is Burma. Even countries like Israel that did not sign the landmine treaty do not use them. …

From opium to arabica

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Born to parents who had emigrated from Burma, he grew up in Doi Tung. His parents worked in reforestation, which was one of Somdej Yah’s first projects …

Lord Alton reflects on world food summit

Independent Catholic News, UK –

… disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the Sichuan earthquake in China, flooding and droughts and by crop failures in countries like Ethiopia. …

Pope beams in Sydney

CathNews, Australia –

However, 33 pilgims from Burma have arrived after receiving their visas Friday. Thirty three pilgrims, six priests, three mauve nuns – each left a Burma …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

By Joshua Goldberg The Baptist World Alliance announced this week that groups of its volunteers, in a special partnership with the Myanmar Baptist …

India Needs To Reconsider Foreign Policy Following Kabul Embassy …

South Asian Link, Canada –

None of the neighbors such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Burma is willing to support India against China. India should clearly understand …

Why Are Red Cross Reports Confidential?

Slate –

According to ICRC protocol (PDF), the committee can publicly denounce specific human rights breaches if four conditions are met: The violations are major …

China’s war on nature

Business Spectator, Australia –

Indeed, environmental concerns may soon replace human rights as the principal bone of contention between China and the west, now that the People’s Republic …

Bush Calls for Religious Freedom In China, Iran

Voice of America –

Mr. Bush spoke about his recent meeting in Washington with a Chinese human-rights lawyer named Li Baiguang who is a devout Protestant. …

Sf Government InAction: Is Ross Mirkarimi Captain Ahab? Is Burma a …

SF Weekly Blogs, CA –

This isn’t the belief of a Chris Daly who, for all that he is an honorable man (very rare in politics) and by all accounts a better-than-average human being …

RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

According to Marc Garlasco, a military analyst at Human Rights Watch, evolving international norms are shaping the way the US and other states are using …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

Remarks by the President on the 10th Anniversary of the …

MarketWatch –

So a decade ago, members of Congress — I suspect some of the members here — and religious leaders and human rights activists came together to advance …

Burmese pilgrims overjoyed to arrive in Sydney for World Youth Day …

Catholic News Agency, CO –

Dominic Ych Thiha Saw, one of the Burmese pilgrims carried a box marked with the name “Pope Benedict XVI” containing a painting of a famous lake in Myanmar, …

Family feels persecuted by vandalism attacks

The Dominion Post, New Zealand –

Swastikas and obscenities greeted a Myanmar (formerly Burma) family last Wednesday when they went out to use their car. The Cenhrang family found their car …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

… Myanmar Baptist Convention, were steadily making headway in combating the “huge unmet basic needs for the victims of the disaster†in Burma. “The …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

World’s Former Only Hindu Country Opens to Christianity

Christian Post –

Missionaries from Myanmar (also known as Burma), Sri Lanka, India, and the United States also spoke. The Myanmar missionary shared about how locals saw the …

World focus on Burma (14 July 2008)

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Mysterious murder of elderly woman in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – An elderly woman in Burma’s former capital Rangoon was found dead in her residence-cum tailoring shop in Hledan Street in Kamayut Township on …

Thailand’s trafficking shame

United Press International, Asia, China –

These people are forced to enter the trade, often because of poor economic conditions coupled with a lack of local human rights protections. …

A new John Woo Chinese movie, “Red Cliffs” and the profound …

Capitol Hill Blue, VA –

The Modus Operandi of the present junta of military dictators in Burma (Myanmar) is also like that of Mao’s posing as the great strategist Chuko-Liang …

Damaged rice production regions monitored with GIS

Western Farm Press –

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

The boss who sweeps the floor

NW Evening Mail, UK –

It was one of the few organisations to have staff allowed into Burma early after the recent Cyclone Nargis to help organise relief operations, …

Save the Children smash two world records in record time!

Politics.co.uk, UK –

For further information about our work please visit http://www.savethechildren.org.uk *** CHINA earthquake and BURMA cyclone – We`re helping children and their …

A once in a lifetime chance

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – o

Thirty-three pilgrims, six priests, three mauve nuns – each left a Burma where churches cannot be rebuilt and large gatherings are still outlawed. …

Children give up their beds for ‘Giant Sleepover’ world record attempt

24dash, UK –

The recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake in China continue to affect the lives of millions of children. Each night many children in Myanmar …

Benefit Concert in San Francisco on August 2 to Provide Aid for …

U.S. Asian Wire (press release), NJ –

SAN FRANCISCO—(US ASIAN WIRE)— Touched by the destruction left by the cyclone in Burma (Myanmar) and the earthquake in Sichuan province, China, …

Disney Interactive Studios Partners With Music for Relief for …

Business Wire (press release), CA –

… or know someone abroad that has suffered from the cyclone that devastated Burma/Myanmar this past spring, teens are eager to band together and support a …

Thailand: Refugee policy gets mixed reviews

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Since early 2005, UNHCR has been involved in the resettlement of more than 30000 Burmese refugees from camps on the Thai/Myanmar border to third countries. …

Armed Burmese Uprising “Likely Consequence”: Chomsky

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Chomsky said that China, the biggest supporter of the Burmese generals, would likely tolerate the overthrow of the junta. “Maybe even welcome it,” he said. …

Six Burmese Athletes to Compete in Olympics

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Six Burmese athletes will be sent to Beijing next month for the 2008 Olympic Games, according to the Myanmar Olympic Committee (MOC). …

More Relief Effort Needed: Asean Secretary-General

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Meanwhile, a top UN official in Burma said the biggest challenge in the cyclone-devastated area is how to keep the relief work moving forward. …

Aceh Fishermen Serving Jail Terms in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We have a directorate of protection in the Indonesian embassy in Myanmar [Burma] that will follow up any information on Indonesian citizens being detained …

Junta plans to pull strings to win elections

Mizzima.com, India –

… any potential political party or political figures who are really seeking a free and fair election to usher in democracy in Myanmar (Burma),” he said. …

First the storm, then the plague

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

When asked how things are in the Cylone-affected Irrawaddy delta of Myanmar, the first thing that they describe is the flies. Thick clouds of biting flies …

After Buddhist monks, bloggers are second helpful in Burma

OpEdNews, PA –

Buddhist monks have given food and shelter to the cyclone survivors and have raised money, medicine and aid by preaching Dhamma in public to help the people …

Burmese politics: road ahead

Mizzima.com, India –

Burma’s main political opposition, the National League for Democracy, which has opposed every step of the junta’s road map, said it is still undecided …

Poll reveals most Burmese ignorant about constitution

Mizzima.com, India –

Despite the junta’s claim that its draft constitution has been overwhelmingly supported by 92.48 per cent of all eligible voters, a random survey conducted …

What if Thailand Wants ‘Migrant Problems’?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The media and NGOs usually focus more on “problem” migrant issues, such as work permits, medical care, education of children and human rights. …

High-mindedness didn’t save hostages – ‘hard power’ did

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

Before that, the cause du jour was Burma, where a vicious dictatorship allowed thousands of cyclone victims to die by denying them independently delivered …

Agencies Seek to Protect Cyclone Orphans

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Tin Yain, 58, gathers her granddaughters as she narrates how the kids’ parents were killed during the cyclone. With thousands of casualties from the cyclone, a great number of children were orphaned and are now living with their relatives or neighbors that care for them. (Photo: AP)
“The goal is to put in place a mechanism to protect children from neglect, violence, abuse and exploitation,” says a statement from the UN Children’s Fund, …

Cyclone-hit Burma farmers unable to return to fields

ABC Online, Australia –

More than 138000 people are dead or missing after the cyclone struck Burma on May 2, washing away entire villages and flooding fields. …

Two months after cyclone, Myanmar farmers still can’t return to fields
Straits Times, Singapore –
KANYINKONE (Myanmar) – MR Kyaw Lwin and his wife stitched together thatch to make a new roof for the bamboo shack they now call home, after their farm was …

The UN and Comrade Bob

Wall Street Journal –

As with Darfur and Burma, the depredations of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe have become a target of the world’s moral outrage. …

‘Emission cuts will lead to a clean energy economy’

IndiaPost.com, CA –

The cyclone that caused massive devastation in Burma and the extensive floods in Iowa, for instance are linked in the public perception to climate change, …

Nineteen Docs Set for Sundance Support

Indie Wire –

Myo Myint’s dramatic transformation from a soldier of Burma’s junta to a pro-democracy activist; from a tortured political prisoner to a refugee making a …

The tilt towards a new Pan-Asianism

China Post, Taiwan –

It was able to create a Great East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, which encompassed the whole of Southeast Asia and Burma as well. …

You cannot sow prosperity with seeds of destruction !

Gather.com, MA –

President Bush provided insight into this policy shift when he went on television to offer supportive disaster relief to millions of people in Burma/Myanmar …

Opium poppy fields increasing in North

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Although Burma has 100 times more land planted with poppy, the problem in Thailand is no less serious, he said, citing statistics from other Southeast Asian …

Durban II: trashing human rights

Washington Times, DC –

A recent resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate instances where freedom of expression may have discriminated against race or …

‘Resonant and unwavering’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

You have said the US played a significant role in actions that led to the installation of the Burmese junta back in 1962. What’s the subtext, the background …

Miracle plant’s monstrous potential

Eureka Street, Australia –

The military regime of Burma has ordered poor subsistence farmers to stop growing rice, once a major export crop, and plant Jatropha as biofuel for domestic …

Due in paperback: Obama’s ‘The Audacity of Hope’ and McCain’s ‘Why Courage Matters

Los Angeles Times, CA –
… says character and courage can affect history, profiling activists such as civil rights leader John Lewis and Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Defeating Mugabe

The Herald, UK –

… and the power it hands to those who subvert democracy and human rights. The same two countries last year rejected measures to curb repression in Burma. …

Myanmar Christian tells conference how God is changing lives after …

Dallas Baptist Standard, TX –

By Staff, The Baptist Standard DALLAS–A Christian leader from Myanmar (Burma) told a missions conference in Dallas July 11 that despite the sobering …

Region to practice disaster relief preparation

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

It will set the stage for real emergency response to disasters, such as the recent cyclone that ravaged Burma and left 138000 dead or missing as its ruling ...

World focus on Burma (7 July 2008)

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Adaptation is key to survival

guardian.co.uk, UK –

When asked specifically about the current Disasters and Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for the victims of the cyclone in Burma, 68% said they’d given less …

Press, politics and public response

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Annie Kelly reports On May 3 2008, the first reports that a massive cyclone had slammed into Burma started filtering through to news agencies and the UK …

Development in a downturn

ISN, Switzerland –

The same ethos is reflected in public concern for the victims of cyclone Nargis in Burma and the Sichuan earthquake in China. The threads of humanity cross …

Hope blooms for Burma

Digital Arts Online, UK –

US studio Shilo has created a viral message in support of the Burmese people against the twin horrors of the recent cyclone and the continued oppression by …

Local Authorities Borrow Rice and Medicine to Show as Cyclone Relief

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Maungdaw: Authorities in Maungdaw Township have borrowed rice and medicine from local traders to show as Nargis relief aid when the new western commander …

Disaster capitalism: State of extortion

Rabble.ca, Canada –

… already on the scene in Northern California’s wildfires, to land grabs in cyclone-hit Burma, to the housing bill making its way through Congress. …

Mia farrow to attend thai seminar

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

By Subhatra Bhumiprabhas Chiang Mai University will host a special event to discuss the political-rights crises faced by women in Thailand and Burma. …

Community center honors dead child

LocalNews8.com, ID –

The community center will be named for Hser Ner Moo, whose family came here from Myanmar, formerly Burma. Dozens of children joined adult volunteers in …

Burma introduces WCDMA

Mizzima.com, India –

… Burma’s military junta authorities have started distributing Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) telephones, an official at the Myanmar Posts …

Burma: Military junta challenges opposition to contest elections

Adnkronos International Italia, Italy –

In an article published in the pro-government English language daily, New Light of Myanmar , the military junta also told Suu Kyi’s National League for …

NLD critical of junta’s barbs on 1990 polls

Mizzima.com, India –

… New Light of Myanmar said the overwhelming approval of the draft constitution in May shows that the people of Burma no longer consider the 1990 election …

Motorcycle owners face travel and fuel restrictions

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

An official from the Customs Department said there were currently over 500000 unregistered motorbikes in Burma and the registration fee for each will be …

UNICEF says Myanmar’s recovery from cyclone proceeding effectively

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Disaster recovery and relief efforts are progressing well in Myanmar’s cyclone-hit areas, despite logistical obstacles, a United Nations …

UNICEF identifies Nargis orphans

Independent Online, South Africa –

Yangon – Two months after Cyclone Nargis smashed into Myanmar’s/Burma’s central coast leaving at least 138 000 dead or missing, the number of children still …

Burma outlaws 1990 poll results

Independent Online, South Africa –

Yangon – The victory by democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in 1990 elections was “no longer legal”, Myanmar/Burma state media said on Sunday, …

Resentment against violence growing in NSCN & NNC Church and China …

Organiser, India –

These disillusioned NNC leaders crossed the international border and sneaked into Chinese territory via Burma, now Myanmar. It is not that they had come in …

Vietnam’s children get ready for climate disasters

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

The experience of Bangladesh contrasts strongly with Myanmar (Burma) in May, where there was very little preparation, and a much higher death toll. …

A green card, and a wife overseas

San Jose Mercury News, USA –

Moe, a San Jose resident, came in 1995 as a 20-year-old student from Burma, also known as Myanmar. Because he was involved in protests against the …

NLD Challenged to Contest 2010 Election

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

An article, “Goodbye 1990 Election Results,” published in the state-backed New Light of Myanmar, said the landslide victory of the NLD in the 1990 general …

Dengue Fever Outbreak Feared

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

One of Burma’s official newspapers, The New Light of Myanmar, reported on Monday that authorities have begun prevention work against outbreaks of dengue …

UNICEF praises Myanmar cyclone recovery

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A UN agency says the recovery effort in Myanmar’s cyclone-hit regions is progressing well despite logistical problems reaching remote …

Myanmar PM promises better homes for cyclone victims

Straits Times, Singapore –

YANGON – MYANMAR’s premier promised better housing for cyclone victims in the devastated Irrawaddy Delta, where many people have received only a plastic …

Government accountability remains elusive

The Langar Hall, CA –

“I recently had a meeting with a group of Congressional aides,” she said, “and they complained, ‘Why aren’t you criticizing Myanmar instead of spending your …

USA hoops has dual Olympic missions

WRAL.com, NC –

There may be modest efforts next month in Beijing to call attention to China’s support of genocide in Darfur and repression in Burma (Myanmar), …

Who will give attention to the issue of Burma’s longest serving …

OpEdNews, PA –

He was thrown into jail for additional years because of attempting to inform the United Nations about human rights violations in prisons under the military …

Bush: Boycotting Olympics would be ‘affront’ to Chinese

USA Today –

Bush said that he “doesn’t need the Olympics to express my concerns” about China’s human rights record, something he said he has consistently done in past …

Outgoing HRC head urges review of envoy’s mandate

Jerusalem Post, Israel –

He pointed to other mandates, such as the one to investigate human rights abuses in Burma, established in 1995, which was never reviewed until the March …

Burma: On the Occasion of 7th July Anniversary

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

What we want is democracy, freedom, Human Rights and free economy, to rebuild our country under the Rule of Law, not permanent army rule for bullying the …

Third of Burmese fail to return home

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The education office responsible for Mae Sot area said foreign students in five border districts rose from 7000 to 10000 after the cyclone struck Burma.

CAFOD urges G8 not to water down promises

Independent Catholic News, UK –

Over the past year we have witnessed the devastating affects of cyclones in Bangladesh and Burma, as the world heats up more extreme weather patterns are …

Trade, climate change high on agenda: Bush

The News – International, Pakistan –

Bush also expressed deep concern about Myanmar, or Burma, faulting the country’s military regime for its unwarranted” limited response to Cyclone Nargis, …

The New Light of Myanmar newspaper says Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy should prepare for new elections in 2010 instead of clinging to the …

Opium flowers

The Post, Pakistan –

… equalling over 52 percent of the country’s legal GDP in 2002 (compared with 24.4 percent for Burma/Myanmar and three percent for Colombia). …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 7, 2008 at 1:42 am