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World focus on Burma (20 November 2008)

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More than 20 activists were sentenced in Burma on Thursday. A popular Burmese Hip-Hop singer Zay …

Biz Trends: Refugees find home, jobs here
ReporterNews.com, TX –
Refugees arrive from numerous countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Congo, Cuba, Iraq, Iran and Sudan. To date, the IRC has resettled …

Burmese Child Soldier Returns Home
自由亞洲電臺, Washington DC –
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly cited Burma as possibly having the largest number of child soldiers in the world. …

ASEAN for Economic Rescue
Prensa Latina, Cuba –
… are analyzing on Thursday in this capital an economic rescue for regional countries with financial problems composed of Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), …

Estonia Condemns Punishment of Democracy Supporters in Myanmar
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Estonian Foreign Ministry united with the European Union’s standpoint that condemns the decision of Myanmar’s (Burma’s) military regime to sentence more …

MYANMAR: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
IRINnews.org, NY –
Monasteries play a pivotal role in Burmese society and frequently function as schools to thousands of underprivileged children. According to the Post-Nargis …

Charitable Donations Resist Credit Crunch
WebitPR (press release), UK –
… as part of a charitable campaign to support children and families devastated by the natural disasters in China and in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. ..

Burmese woman shares escape story
Prague Post, Czech Republic –

… borders in the trunk of a passenger car, Suizi Bawitlung and her family faced seemingly insurmountable odds when fleeing their native Burma, or Myanmar. ..

Burma: blogger and poet transferred to remote prisons
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Sentenced to 20 years in prison by a special court in Insein prison on 10 November, Nay Phon Latt has been moved to a prison in Pa-an, the capital of the …

Illegal gambling website doesn’t pay off
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
He began his empire nearly 10 years ago in Burma, which borders Yunnan and where many Chinese go to bet in casinos as gambling is illegal in China. …

Military regime puts popular rapper behind bars
First Post, UK –
… the 88 Generation Students group, is now behind bars, including leader Min Ko Naing and the iconic former deputy of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Youth request junta for permission to meet Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
The youth also requested in their letter that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be allowed to come to party headquarters to receive homage paid by these youths,” he said …

ASEAN members to join Army shoot meet in Tarlac
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
ASEAN-member countries include Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Taiwan, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines. …

I Live Here puts human face on oppression
Georgia Straight, Canada –
… where many Chechens have fled the ongoing violence in their own republic; Burma, which many have left for Thailand because of military oppression; …

Hip-hop singer Zeyar Thaw given 6 years
Mizzima.com, India –
GW released an anti-junta album, in cooperation with the clandestine band Freedom Fighter, in which ‘Rise up Burma’ and ‘No No No’, an anti-constitutional …

Unfriendly neighbors in Southeast Asia
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
An editor of the Bangkok Post raised this point when he exposed what Thai schools are teaching his daughter: “Like most Thais, she feels Burma is fierce and …

Sino-Burmese Pipeline Work to Begin Soon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The long-awaited China-Myanmar [Burma] pipeline is expected to provide an alternative route for China’s crude imports from the Middle East and Africa and …

Refugee family still hasn’t made it to city
Owen Sound Sun Times, Canada –
Predominantly members of the Karen ethnic group, 810 refugees from Burma, now renamed Myanmar, have been accepted for resettlement in Canada. …

Economic crisis as a force for change
Mizzima.com, India –
By the harsh sentencing of activist leaders, essentially a life term behind bars, the military generals in Burma have mocked the world by openly brutalizing …

5 Generation Wave activists sentenced
Mizzima.com, India –
All are members of Generation Wave, which has been advocating for an uprising to topple the military junta in Burma.

Hip-Hop Performer among Latest Victims of Court Crackdown
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Burmese authorities transferred 15 of the sentenced prisoners, including the well-known activist Min Zaya and 1l other leading members of 88 Generation …

Experts examine role of ethics in medical research
Nigerian Tribune, Nigeria –
For example, the question of the violation of human rights in Thailand, Nepal and Burma. Also, being raised is the issue of the non-binding nature of some …

Sino-Burmese Pipeline Work to Begin Soon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The long-awaited China-Myanmar [Burma] pipeline is expected to provide an alternative route for China’s crude imports from the Middle East and Africa and …

China revives Burma pipeline plan
BBC News, UK –

… market giant Petrochina, would manage and own a majority share in the joint project with Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise of Burma, the Japanese paper said. …

Standoff in the Bay of Bengal
ISN, Switzerland –
… Bangladesh deployed warships and land forces along its border with Burma (Myanmar) in early November over the latter’s bid to explore oil and gas in a …

For Bush, Asia Pacific Summit Will be More Than a Swan Song
CNSNews.com, VA –
Talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao will likely deal with North Korea, Iran, Burma, Zimbabwe and Sudan, as well as human rights and religious freedom in …

US President to Discuss Tibet with Hu Jintao
Tibetan Culture & News Online, UK –
In his talks with Hu, Bush also expects to discuss Iran’s suspect nuclear program, turmoil in Zimbabwe and Sudan, pressure on Burma’s military rulers to …

Burma Falls Off UN Agenda
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… Council at a time when the Burmese military junta has been indulging in one of the worst ever crackdowns on pro-democracy activists in the country. …

What happened to Mayateh Maranoh?
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The section has attracted growing interest from human rights lawyers and the relatives of illegally detained and disappeared persons in Thailand. …

US President to Discuss Tibet with Hu Jintao
Tibetan Culture & News Online, UK –
Dharamshala: The United States President George W Bush will discuss human rights issues in Tibet and the ongoing discussions between the envoys of His …

Bye Bye Freedom
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
(Remember Daw Aung San Suu Kyi) 3) UMNO need not be answerable to anyone other than the one who gives the most contracts. 4) Laws are immaterial. …

China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
Those without passports make their way through Burma on motorcycles and back roads. Some have been questioned by UN case workers, but few have been …

UN, Asean Must Speak Up
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… statement expressing “deep concern” about the latest round of assaults on the dignity of Burma’s pro-democracy activists, while his Asean counterpart, …

What to do about Burma
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
Without such a move from the US, Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Group of Friends of the Secretary General on Myanmar’ will yield little. The most effective UN intervention …

A sea-route to North East soon!
Rediff, India –
Sittwe port on the Myanmar coast was not long ago a small village of fishing communities and farmers. Now, it could serve as a commercial sea-route to the …

NCGUB seeks ASEAN mobilization as human rights crackdown intensifies
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… UN-backed Commission of Inquiry to investigate the military regime’s latest human rights violations. The call comes as Burma’s junta is intensifying its …

Nobel winners highlight education as tool for peace
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
In a joint statement, the Dalai Lama, former United States president Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, among others, …

Stop use of child soldiers: Rights group
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai – Child soldiers continue to be used in armed conflicts in Burma, a rights group activists said. It called on the international …

A pernicious nexus Maoists, evangelists and jehadis
Organiser, India –
The goal of this organised nexus is to eliminate Hindus and Buddhists from political power from Fiji, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, …

Bush seeks APEC support for rescue plans
Ninemsn, Australia –
“The president will discuss issues of human rights and religious freedom, including the ongoing dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama” on the …

Myanmar court sentences student activists
CNN International –
A protester demonstrates in London to mark the the 20th anniversary of the Uprising in Burma, on August 8, 2008. Colleagues said Di Nyein Lin was one of …

Federation vows stricter monitoring of FOC vessels
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
FOC countries, according to ITF, include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Cayman Island, Comoros, Cyprus, …

SAUDI ARABIA BANS LAWYER FROM RECEIVING AWARD
IFEX, Canada –
I do not want the Burmese regime to find out. But I can tell you that these stories fill the pages of our reports and those of Human Rights Watch . …

Colombia and Guinea worst for unionists’ murders
OneWorld.net, UK –
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its brutal crackdown on any moves for …

Fears grow over surge in trade union murders
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its crackdown on moves for democracy and …

CNPC to invest in Sino-Burma oil, gas pipeline
China Knowledge Online, Singapore –
CNPC will hold 50.9% stake in the project, while Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise will own the remaining. The Chinese oil producer will also be responsible to …

NCGUB seeks ASEAN mobilisation as human rights crackdown intensifies
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
The call comes as Burma’s junta is intensifying its campaign of detaining democracy supporters for lengthy sentences as a means of clearing the ground prior …

UN experts call for retrial of Myanmar activists
JURIST –
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Call for education to stop conflicts
The Press Association –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, have issued their …

Press Briefing by Assistant to the President for International …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
And as the President has always done in all of his meetings with Chinese leaders, the President will discuss issues of human rights and religious freedom, …

Myanmar activist follows dad, grandfather to jail
The Associated Press –
Di Nyein Lin is a leader of the outlawed All Burma Federation of Students Union, to which several of the 88 Generation Students’ members belonged in 1988. …

Burma’s Jail News: Three Jailed Today
OpEdNews, PA –

Ko Kyaw San was given 4 years imprisonment. Burma Jail News is not closed yet. Question: How many activists in Burma will be jailed in this month?

Artistic Expressions Promote Human Rights
NewsBlaze, CA –
In Burma, comedian U Maung Thura (better known by his stage name, Zarganar, or “The Tweezers”) uses sly humor to mock his country’s ruling military junta …

Thailand heads back to the old days
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
It’s a disgrace that will turn Thailand into the new Burma. If there’s anything that represents pure treason, it is this. Thailand is finished. …

Ivanhoe likely to resume mining in December
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Monywa (Mizzima) – Myanmar Ivanhoe is likely to resume its copper mining activities in Monywa next month following suspension of production …

UN experts condemn Burma trials
BBC News, UK –
The junta says the 2010 elections will be part of its “road map to democracy”. But opposition figures and governments, including the European Union, …

Writer Hnin Pan Ein flees to border
Mizzima.com, India –
… being frequently intimidated and harassed by authorities inside Burma. After her husband, Nay Oo, the South Dagon Township National League for Democracy …

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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 (22 August 2008)

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NLD ‘Please’ with second round meeting with UN envoy
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – Ibrahim Gambari, United Nations Special Envoy to on Friday met with leaders of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy …

Singer Moon Aung to perform in Australia
Mizzima.com, India –
Enthusiastic about politics he fled to the Thai-Burma border after the military assumed power in a coup in 1988. The Kachin ethnic singer joined the ‘All …

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari losing credibility?
Merinews, India –
The Opposition in Myanmar believes that the UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari is drifting from his mission and falling into a neatly laid trap of the crafty military …

UN ends cyclone relief flights into Burma
USA Today –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Regularly scheduled cargo flights arranged by the UN to bring cyclone relief aid into Burma have been concluded after three months. …

Burma monk disrobed over street protests
Independent, UK –
Human rights groups believe that up to 200 people were killed by the subsequent crushing of the demonstrations by the regime. Hundreds of monks and ordinary …

ICA Foresees Collateral Damage from Burmese Ruby Ban
Diamonds.net, NY –
The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) has asked its members to stop buying gemstones from Myanmar (Burma) directly and from third party …

ICA Concerned Over Burma Ban Law
Jewelers Circular Keystone Online, NY –
… and international associations against the violent repression of individuals, human rights and pro-democracy movements in Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

AFP –
If Gambari cannot see Aung San Suu Kyi, his trip is meaningless,” Myanmar analyst Win Min said. Two UN officials spent 30 minutes in a car outside of Aung …

Ansell aroused to halt flagging sales
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
This column’s suspicions that the internal management troubles within ANZ resemble the struggles within the Burmese military junta have been reinforced by a …

Gambari holds second meeting with NLD
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and regime leaders, to improve Burma’s failing economy and to appoint a communications officer based in Burma. …

Ethnic opposition leaders not allowed to meet UN envoy
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Ethnic opposition party leaders have not been allowed to meet United Nations special envoy, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari who is in Burma on a five-day visit, …

Sending a Message to the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
If so, the latest visit of UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari could mark the beginning of a subtle but significant shift in the pro-democracy …

Desperate Burmese youth seek greener pastures abroad
Mizzima.com, India –
… anywhere other than Burma, and earn a decent salary to build up his life. An employed information technology (IT) engineer at the Myanmar Information …

Junta bars UN envoy from meeting Suu Kyi
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Rangoon (dpa) – UN special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari, after five days in the country, has failed to see either opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or …

Suu Kyi Reportedly Refuses to Meet Gambari
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is reportedly refusing to meet UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari because she’s unhappy with …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG THET WINE RANGOON — Burma’s junta authorized the unlimited purchase of diesel and gasoline with Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) at state-owned …

BBC News, UK –
“For WFP and the wider UN and NGO community, the air hub was critical for the provision of vital relief supplies to the people of Myanmar (Burma),” said WFP …

Sudden rise in FEC price
Mizzima.com, India –
The situation worsened after Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma in early May. No one can keep foreign exchange without permission in Burma. …

Burma’s 88 Generation Students complete a year in custody
Mizzima.com, India –
Bo Kyi said, the student leaders continued arrest proves the severe human rights conditions in Burma and the lack of the rule of Law. …

Burma Tourism Report Ignores Cyclone, Demonstrations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Tourism Entrepreneurs Association is quoted in media reports admitting that the effects of Cyclone Nargis alone have reduced tourist visitors to the …

UN Ends Its Relief Flights from Bangkok to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The air hub was critical for the provision of vital relief supplies to the people of Myanmar [Burma],” said Tony Banbury, WFP’s Asia regional director. …

Tibetans in Belgium and Austria go on hunger strike
Phayul, Tibet –
The effort is supported by Brigid Weinzinger, human rights speaker of the Green Party in Austria Tseten Zöchbauer started the function and spoke in detail …

THAILAND: Alarm bells over possible tidal surge
IRINnews.org, NY –
“A storm surge in the Gulf could cause greater damage than the one triggered by Cyclone Nargis in Burma last May,” he said. Strong winds could cause the …

WFP Bangkok relief air bridge for Myanmar completes mission
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
In the three months since the opening of the Don Mueang humanitarian air bridge on 24 May, 232 relief flights were dispatched to Cyclone-hit Myanmar. …

UNLD not allowed to meet Gambari

Art of Patience FREE BURMA (Weblog) Supporting IMNA

Ethnic opposition party leaders have not been allowed to meet United Nations special envoy, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari who is in Burma on a five-day visit, though ethnic leaders demanded a meeting….

Three dead in China-Myanmar border quakes

Channel NewsAsia – AsiaPacific

Yangon, Myanmar: U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, hoping to promote democratic reform in Myanmar, will extend his five-day visit until Saturday in an apparent effort to meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi….

Burma: UN food agency sends final aid flight

آكي , Italy –
Bangkok, 22 August (AKI) – The United Nations’ World Food Programme has sent its final humanitarian flight from Thailand to Burma to aid victims of Cyclone …

Burma to Allow International Text Messaging
Cellular-News, UK –
It has been reported that mobile phone users in the reclusive country of Burma (Myanmar) can now send SMSs overseas, but only via a government approved …

Burma: Junta Approves International Text Messaging RedOrbit, TX –

Perspective: The Olympics, political unrest always go hand in hand
SI.com –
The European Union has sanctioned Burma, and banned the granting of visas to various members of the brutal military regime that rules the country. …
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Japan Today – Politics

TOKYO —Japan will introduce the so-called third-country refugee resettlement program as early as fiscal 2010 as the first Asian country to do so in a bid to accept more foreign refugees, government sources….

Rights groups lash out at UN
Mizzima.com, India –
The organization went on to argue that the human rights situation in Burma has actually deteriorated over the course of Gambari’s tenure, citing a doubling …

The Olympic Games: A Propaganda Victory for China?
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
It has paid only lip service on the human rights issues in China, and entirely ignored the illegitimate nature of the Chinese communist regime. …

Community service often viewed as punishment
The Tennessean, TN –
Tyrannical regimes in Burma, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Cuba are guilty of these crimes. Liberals refuse to offer serious proposals that would …

UN ends Bangkok “air bridge” to Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
“For the WFP and the wider UN and NGO community, the air hub was critical for the provision of vital relief supplies to the people of Myanmar,” said Tony …

Burmese Dissidents Call United Nations for Openness and Accountability
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… its recent mission to Burma (Myanmar), the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) called for UN Special Envoy to Burma …

Free Buram’s Political Prisnoers campaign
MyNews.in, India –
For decades the people of Burma have suffered from socio-economic hardship and severe oppression of political and civil rights by its brutal military regime …

88 Gen Student leaders in custody for a year with remands in absentia
Mizzima.com, India –
“It reveals lack of the rule of law in Burma. They fought for democracy and human rights in the 1988 popular uprising. They have served long prison terms …

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …
MaximsNews Network, NY – 3 hours ago
Is that pretty much the way he apportions to the democratically elected leaders of Burma? Deputy Spokesperson: As you know, Mr. Gambari is in Myanmar to …

Report exposes insurance industry Burma links
Union Network International, Switzerland –
It is part of a carefully targeted policy designed by Burma’s democracy movement to cut the junta’s economic lifeline, this will decrease the amount of …

UN special envoy to Myanmar fails to see Aung San Suu Kyi
Monsters and Critics.com –
This week’s visit is Gambari’s fourth since last year to Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he has been handed a mandate by the United Nations to deal with …

UN special envoy to Myanmar fails to see Aung San Suu Kyi
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
The State Peace and Development Council, as Myanmar’s junta calls itself, has shown little willingness to comply with Gambari’s overall mission. …

Flooding kills 74 in northern India
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… Myanmar (Burma) and Pakistan. About 50000 people have been displaced in southeastern Nepal since the Saptakoshi River burst its banks earlier this week. …

Oppressed Burmese deserve better from the world
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
For instance, strong words in the wake of the devastating Cyclone Nargis in May against the inhuman intransigence of the military leaders, …

C’mon, Mr. Chrétien, our voice on China does matter
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Canada speaks out today about injustice in Burma and Zimbabwe. Canadians are fighting and dying for human rights in Afghanistan. …

Asia Beat: Aug 20 08 RANGON, Burma

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

The United Nations has acknowledged that over the past three months some $1.60-million in aid for the victims of the devastating cyclone in May has been lost to Burma’s odd foreign exchange regulations.

The World
TIME –
Meanwhile, in Burma, which is still recovering from a cyclone that killed at least 84000 people in May, torrential rains have forced people to flee their …

Unprecedented search for heroes of ‘the Hump’
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
JPAC’s Troy Kitch said recently that the missing planes included more than 100 in India, about 100 in Myanmar and more than 170 in China. …

A Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered
MorungExpress, India –
… the territory of the Naga people in the border area of North-east India and Myanmar (Burma) appeared as a blank spot on Western world maps” and that …

More help for local refugees
News Sentinel, IN –
Fort Wayne is home to refugees from strife in many parts of the world, including Somalia, Bosnia and Darfur, but the largest wave has been from Burma. …

State media: 5.9-magnitude quake kills 1 in China
The Associated Press –
BEIJING (AP) — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted southern China near the border with Myanmar Thursday, killing a woman — one day after another quake damaged …

Quakes kill one near China, Burma border Radio Australia, Australia –

State media: 5.9-magnitude quake kills 3 in China PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria

Quakes hit China-Myanmar border Straits Times, Singapore –

Three dead in China-Myanmar border quakes Channel NewsAsia – AsiaPacific

World focus on Burma (15 August 2008)

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Beijing Olympics: China using Myanmar ‘Blood Jade’?

Merinews, India –

… jade from the Sino-Burma border jade markets much before the Beijing Olympic Games were inaugurated on August 8, the Myanmar media in exile reports. …

Junta officials release opposition youth arrested by mistake

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon released a youth member of Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy …

Steep rise in food prices continues

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Economist Dr Khin Maung Nyo said the Burmese government had predicted a further rise in prices due to the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis. …

Emergency phase not yet over for cyclone survivors in Burma: WFP

Mizzima.com, India – 2 hours ago

Three months after the cyclone struck Burma leaving more than 2.4 million people homeless and hungry, WFP said “The emergency phase is not yet over,” as …

Former child soldier re-arrested for desertion

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Ye Tun Zaw said Htut San Oo managed to escape from the work camp when Cyclone Nargis hit Burma in early May, and began to assemble documents to report his …

Junta Braces for Anniversary of Monk-led Uprising

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By VIOLET CHO The mayor of Rangoon has confirmed that security will be heightened in the former capital in the coming weeks, as Burma approaches another …

Burmese Exiled Politicians Invited to Indonesian Parliament

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Roshan Jason, executive director of Asean’s Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), told The Irrawaddy on Friday that this was the first time Burmese …

UN Claims only $1.5 Million Lost in Cyclone Relief Effort

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We are very pleased with Canada’s quick response to the cyclone victims in Burma,” said Tin Maung Htoo, executive director of Canadian Friends of Burma.

Landslide disrupts Thai-Burmese border trade

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… cutting the main trading route from Mae Sot into Burma, which had also been used to carry relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta. …

Heavy Rains, Chinese Dams Lead to Flooding

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… told The Irrawaddy that flooding is affecting farmland regions in Laos and Burma. On Thursday, Tuenjai Deetes, a Thai human rights activist and former …

USDA Expected to Form Proxy Parties for 2010 Election

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Burma’s military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) is reportedly planning to form proxy parties to contest the proposed …

Ina speech to the Values Voter Summit last November, John McCain …

National Review Online, NY –

I am pro-life because I know what it is like to live without human rights, where human life is accorded no inherent value, and I know that I have a personal …

Burmese dissidents charged in court

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar were arrested in June this year while conducting relief operations in the cyclone-hit region. Zaw Thet Htwe was first arrested …

Burmese comedian charged on seven counts

Mizzima.com, India –

The authorities arrested Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htwe in June this year while they were participating in relief operations in the cyclone hit regions. …

Summit of EAC heads of State

Uganda Media Centre, Uganda –

While they bully smaller countries like Burma, they unconditionally work with China, their diametrically opposed politics notwithstanding. …

Joel Brinkley: Misery and oppression continue in Burma while the …

Sacramento Bee,  USA –

… Thitinan Pongsudhirak of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University told the Burmese exile press, “The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was …

UN envoy’s top priority is political prisoners languishing in …

Mizzima.com, India –

By Larry Jagan Bangkok – Burma’s human rights record is again under scrutiny by the international community, almost a year after the junta cracked down on …

The Westender, Australia –

“There are more than 40 000 people in the Mae La refugee camp, mostly people of Karen ethnicity who faced persecution by the Burmese military junta,” …

UN envoy’s top priority is political prisoners languishing in …

Mizzima.com, India –

By Larry Jagan Bangkok – Burma’s human rights record is again under scrutiny by the international community, almost a year after the junta cracked down on …

Benchmarking Burma

Wall Street Journal – By BENEDICT ROGERS

Since 1990, UN envoys have made 37 visits to Burma. The Human Rights Council and General Assembly between them have passed more than 30 resolutions, …

Don’t quit, Burmese junta tells underperforming chief censor

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

The Burmese junta’s Minister of Information refused to accept the resignation of the regime’s chief censor, said a government official who requested …

Cambodian ruling party re-elected with increased majority

World Socialist Web Site, MI –

The Human Rights Party, which was formed in 2007 by a former Funcinpec leader, Kem Sokha, won 6.62 percent of the vote in its first election, …

Landslide disrupts Thai-Burmese border trade

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… cutting the main trading route from Mae Sot into Burma, which had also been used to carry relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta. …

Understanding Zhongguo

Media Monitors Network, CA –

China claims to be slowly but surely balancing its political reforms with the expansion of grassroots democracy and corporate capitalism, all the while …

Canada announces more disaster aid for Chinese quake victims

Xinhua, China –

… that Canada is also matching more than 11.6 million for people affected by the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, which killed nearly 85, 000 people in May. …

‘The forgotten army’

Peace Arch News, Canada –

… ‘For your tomorrow, we gave ours today.’” Editor’s note: Percy Smith was a chief steward with the British Merchant Navy in Burma (now Myanmar).

Myanmar dissidents stay out of sight
United Press International –
On the 20th anniversary last week, demonstrations were held around the world against the military junta, except in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …

UNICEF: RP children in peril in war zones

Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

The low-performing countries were Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos and Timor-Leste, while the high-performing ASEAN members were Brunei, Malaysia, …

The massive 8.0 tremor that hit China’s Sichuan province on May 12 left nearly 70000 dead and 18000 missing while the Nargis cyclone in Myanmar left 138000 …

The mislabeled “United Nations Human Rights Council”

Right Side News, GA –

Well-known human rights abusers Burma, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe voted in favor of the new council and many …

Remembering Democracy’s Martyrs In Burma

Voice of America –

In March 1988, student-led protests began against a junta that had taken power in the early 1960s and whose xenophobic policies had devastating effects on …

Feds match Chinese, Burma aid donations

insideTORONTO.com, Canada –

Getting disaster aid to Burma, also known as Myanmar, was difficult because of obstruction by the country’s military regime. Canadian law does not normally …

Asean at 41

Manila Times, Philippines –

… and Thailand—the organization was joined later by Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (former Burma) and Cambodia to become a 10-nation group. …

Veterans Affairs Canada: Minister Issues Statement on the Occasion …

NewsBlaze, CA –

More than a million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served overseas during the Second World War, more than 10000 of them in Hong Kong, Burma and other Far …

JOEL BRINKLEY: Misery, oppression continue in Burma while the …

The Olympian, WA –

… Thitinan Pongsudhirak of Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University told the Burmese exile press, “The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was …

Olympics may not change world but do allow a moment of hope

Times & Star, UK –

I was going to talk about the evil of holding them in a country where human rights count for nothing and I was going to talk about drug abuse and politics …

Government of Canada Helps Victims of China Earthquake and Burma …

Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

The Burma cyclone in May left nearly 140000 dead or missing. The humanitarian response by Canadians was immediate, and several organizations raised funds to …

After The Cold War

Atlantic Online –

And so American power must be brought to bear in Georgia and Iraq and Iran and Burma and Darfur and Bosnia and anyplace else where American interests are …

Indonesia invites Burmese MPs to Independence Day celebration

Mizzima.com, India –

The invitation is an act of recognition of Burmese MPs, who have been denied by Burma’s military regime from convening the parliament despite being …

Suu Suu Nwe and Hanny Oo appear before court

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – A human rights activist under detention was produced before court yesterday, but family members are worried as they were not allowed to meet …

The 3 am Phone Call is Real

RealClearPolitics, IL –

As Claudia Rosett of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies put it: “UN mediators can’t even protect the dissident monks of Burma or the opposition in …

Asia needs a new rule-of-law debate

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

An Atlanta school makes a community from a world of difference

Daily Herald, UT –

… staff includes many for whom bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and disasters like the Chinese earthquake and the cyclone in Burma, hit close to home. …

Trade, aid fail Cambodia’s poor

The Age, Australia –

Burma is possibly heading in the same direction. As Burma bows to pressure from the West to allow aid into the country after cyclone Nargis, critics argue …

On Thin Ice

The National Interest Online, DC –

When a major cyclone created widespread devastation in Burma earlier this year, some proponents of humanitarian aid urged the US military to compel delivery …

Video: Junta oppression remembered

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VIDEO: Junta oppression remembered

MYANMAR: ANNIVERSARY
Junta oppression remembered
Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88” uprising remembered in Thailand and Philippines on the 20th anniversary.
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 9, 2008 at 4:04 am