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World focus on Burma (18 January 2009)

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Bringing light into Myanmar’s darkness: Group helps political prisoners in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar’s most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the pro-democracy movement, is barred by the military government from leaving her …

ASEAN calls for $700m for Burmese cyclone victims
Australia Network News, Australia –
“The TCG, the Tripartite Core Group, which we established in order to do the day to day work in Myanmar, in Yangon overseeing the assistance to the victims …

Backbreaking project from World War II is revived
Baltimore Sun, United States –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

Christians struggling to aid lepers in Burma
Spero News –
A group of nuns in Kengtung, Myanmar, struggles to find the funds to treat over 520 leprosy patients and aid 44 children. By UCA News Nan Shan Kham says she …

Casting Light on Plight of Burmese Dissidents
New York Times, United States –
… to a reporter and a handful of former political prisoners who have settled in this small Thai city on the border with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

VIEW: Regional fallout from Thai turmoil —Bertil Lintner
Daily Times, Pakistan –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar (Burma).” Statements such as these may not be well received by other, more autocratic members of ASEAN such as Laos …

Sri Lanka-based Burmese political weblog wins “Best Asia Blog …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Democratic norms, human rights, counter-terrorism, refugees, civilian casualties in domestic battles between warring factions etc. …

Treat refugees humanely, process them transparently
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
A tragedy was always likely given the heartless way in which the migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were treated after arriving on Thailand’s Andaman …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

World focus on Burma (12 January 2009)

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Two Singaporeans defending Burmese workers arrested
Mizzima.com, India –
Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong, who were demonstrating outside the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) office in Singapore, to highlight the plight of Burmese …

MYANMAR: Capacity challenges remain
IRINnews.org, NY –
… told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital. More than two million people were affected when Nargis struck Myanmar’s low-lying Ayeyarwady Delta on 2 …

East Timor President Calls for Review of Burma Sanctions Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said, “The goals of Western countries and the countries in the region for Myanmar [Burma] are not different – we all want …

State of Exception
Webdiary, Australia –
… putting an immediate distance between her and Howard – took up the issue of women, and support for Burma ’s silenced democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nationwide polio campaign launched
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dr Myint Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Medical Association (Upper Burma), said the country had been declared polio-free in 2003 but the disease had …

Messenger in the Dark
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Fear follows Burmese artists even when they venture abroad, according to the leading painter Chaw Ei Thein. The self-censorship they practice within Burma …

Warrants Issued for Santika Owner, Manager
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Among the dead were three Singaporeans, one Japanese and one Burmese national, Win Kyaw Phyo, 26, a graduate student at Assumption University of Thailand …

When the Market Speaks
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The junta undertook a partial “liberalization” of Burma’s energy market by allowing Myanmar Economic Holding, Ltd, which is owned by the military, …

New Bangkok Governor has Big Plans
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Sukhumbhand Paribatra has also been a strong critic of the military regime in Burma. The Democrat Party-led coalition won 20 of the 29 House seats in the …

Thai FM reviews cyclone victims aid with Myanmar official
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, Jan 12 (TNA) – Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya met Monday with a senior Myanmar official to review progress in distributing, delivering and …

Malaysians want what we want
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Parts of Sarawak and neighbouring Saba are still pretty remote and much of the peninsula – the long finger down from Thailand and Burma – are not as …

Myanmar rat infestation causing food crisis: NGO
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
YANGON – Tens of thousands of people in remote northwestern Myanmar faced a food crisis after their farmlands were destroyed by a rat infestation, …

Burma needs reform, unified and balanced structure
Mizzima.com, India –
“Myanmar is highly expected to make an exit from those similar circles in history,” the observer remarked, adding that new actors/agents or new …

Urbane Nomads Organizes Tour to Remote North-Eastern Myanmar by …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Some of the tours Urbane Nomads is promoting in 2009 include a private jet tour covering Golden Triangle Thailand and Myanmar, before moving on to Putao, …

Political prisoners denied family visits
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 12, 2009 (DVB)–Families of political inmates in various remote prison across Burma said they were refused permission to see their detained relatives …

2 arrested for protest
Straits Times, Singapore –

They wore red T-shirts and held a banner that read ‘Stop ill-treatment of Burmese activists’. The protest was in support of two Myanmar nationals, …

Authorities crack down on Myaing oil workers’ protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Four young villagers named Yeh Htut Win, Yazar Aung, Myo Aung and Than Shwe were arrested the following morning on suspicion of arson and taken to Pakokku …

Lawyer plans to appeal sentences of 11 students
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Federation of Student Unions for Upper Burma, Bo Min Yu. “The ABFSU leader, Bo Min Yu, was sentenced to over 100 years in prison,” Myint Thwin said. …

Cambodia’s PM to attend summit in Thailand
Australia Network News, Australia –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, which groups it with Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, …

“International Artists Collaborate in Fight for Freedom”
Absolutearts.com –
… a key political figure who was placed under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) 19 years ago over her bid for political freedom. …

VDO – Andaman News Monday 12 January 2009; 6 items
Thailand National News Bureau, Thailand –
Item—2— Thai hospitality operators are participating in the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Vietnam held during January 5-12. The Tourism Authority of Thailand …

Twittering away
New Europe, Belgium –
YouTube was used by Burmese bloggers to bear witness on the crackdown of the Saffron Revolution in lieu of world media who were banned from entering the …

Global freedom on the slide: report
The Age, Australia –
… Maldives and Bhutan, some progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, …

Crisis may lead to more non-tariff barriers
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
A new FTA is likely to be negotiated in cooperation with the Asean countries, in line with the bloc’s plan to integrate its 10 member states into an Asean …

Bid to boost trade with neighbours to life exports
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Cross-border trade covers Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. According to the Foreign Trade Department, in the first 11 months of last year, …

Today in History
Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck, ND –
In 1909, actress Ann Sothern was born in Valley City, ND; UN Secretary-General U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson …

Not standing up and being counted on Burma
Manila Times, Philippines –
THE Philippines missed out on a gilt-edged chance to make a principled stand on the burning question of Myanmar—or Burma as the civilized world remembers …

World focus on Burma (9 January 2009)

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Visitation rights denied to families of political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
However, military authorities instead responded with the arrest of Buddhist monks, students, human right activists and National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Burmese blogger in running to win “Best Asian Blog”
Mizzima.com, India –
On his blog, he has chosen to post a popular line that states, “Burma, Myanmar: Yes, We can win this Award”. The world’s largest blog competition, …

Muslims proscribed from worshipping in residential flats
Mizzima.com, India –
Thai-based Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) Director Aung Myo Min said the position of the government is a clear violation of human rights …

Top International Weather Events: 2008
Washington Post Blogs, DC –
Cyclone Nargis, a monstrous Category 4 hurricane that developed over the North Indian Ocean, struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) on May 2. …

Resolution cites increased religious persecution
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –

In 2008, China, Burma, and North Korea were among those listed as “Countries of Particular Concern.” Representatives Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA), …

Ethnic Kachin rebel vow to oppose junta held elections
Mizzima.com, India –
Colonel Lamang Brang Seng, in-charge of the military wing of the KNO on Friday said his group along with other Burmese pro-democracy outfits and other …

Ban must visit Burma to begin the end-game
European Voice, Belgium –
In backing a visit to Burma (Myanmar) by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the EU’s envoy, Peiro Fassino, in mid-December added to the …

Burmese Abbot’s Birthday Draws Thousands to Thailand Celebrations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… also among his followers at the time.” Sein Kyi said Kyaing Kyaing, the wife of junta head Snr-Gen Than Shwe, had tried to coax the abbot back to Burma.

Teenage Activist Transferred to Labor Camp
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… transferred to labor camps across Burma. “Several political prisoners, especially NLD party members, have been transferred to labor camps,” said Bo Kyi. …

Business Roundup (January 9, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT A new study of Burma’s economy reveals several trends in terms of the military regime’s foreign trading partners. …

Falling Fuel Prices Have No Effect on Gov’t Pumps
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In early 2008, The Myanmar Times, a semi-official weekly, reported that the government had undertaken a partial liberalization of Burma’s energy market by …

Nowhere to Hide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Several organizations have recorded the staggering amount of human rights abuses, killings and rapes that are perpetuated by soldiers of the Burmese army …

Regional NLD members disillusioned with party leaders
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The NLD is slowly fading away in every township in Burma.” NLD information wing member Nyan Win said party leaders were open to suggestions from members. …

Police fail to investigate stabbing in Laiza
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Most of the vehicles passing through the area are delivering goods, which have not been cleared by customs when they came into Burma from China,” he said. …

Fall in rice price hurts Myanmar exporters, farmers
Reuters –
… when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year. Myanmar had stood …

Relatives blocked from attending NLD member’s funeral
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Hlaing Aye, a member of Hlaing Tharyar township NLD’s organising wing, passed away on Tuesday in Rangoon at the age of 70. NLD information wing member Nyan …

Two soldiers accused of rape and murder attempt
Mizzima.com, India –
A 21 year old ethnic Kachin woman hailing from Hsa Hmaw Township, Kachin State in northern Burma was raped by two soldiers at knife point. …

300 migrants arrested in raid in Kuala Lumpur
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 9, 2009 (DVB)–Around 300 Burmese migrant workers were arrested in a raid by Malaysian police and immigration authorities on Wednesday, according to …

Meikhtila local official sells off communal land
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The resident said Win Myint’s sisters were also running a gambling business in the ward, which had led to an increase in crime in the neighbourhood, …

Immigration Act changes permit Tibetans to stay
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
The amendments will also benefit about 800 descendants of Chinese Nationalist soldiers who fled to Thailand and present-day Myanmar, the former Burma, …

Maternal health care ‘extremely limited’ in Eastern Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Thousands of people in eastern Burma are regularly subjected to human rights violations, according to several Karen relief groups and international human …

CWS emergency appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Nargis
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. Relief and early recovery …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 9, 2009 at 2:36 am

World focus on Burma (24 December 2008)

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88 Generation Students’ member tortured by prison authority
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Htay Kywe has been tortured physically and mentally by authorities, according to sources close to Buthidaung prison in northwest Burma. …

Oxfam review of the year: what was HOT and what was NOT in 2008?
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
NOT Burma cyclone renders thousands homeless. Aid agencies face difficulties with access. Oxfam works through partners to help the victims. …

Korea rejects complaint against Daewoo and KOGAS
Mizzima.com, India –
“They [MEK] rejected the complaint about the gas exploration and developing project of two Korean corporations in Burma saying it is in keeping with the …

S. Korean Lawyers Seek to Help North Korean Defectors in Burma
Voice of America –
The South Korean Bar Association of Human Rights lawyers says it will file a petition to a Burma court, in hopes of securing the release of 19 North Korean …

Maternal health-care inadequate in eastern Burma: Report
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi – Women in eastern Burma only have limited access to maternal-health care during pregnancy and most women expecting, …

Corrupt officials earning 100 million baht a month from illegal …
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
The HURFOM report is also careful to highlight the human rights impacts of the border trade and corruption. In an ironic twist, taxation of the border trade …

Year in review: May
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Just two days into the month of May further tragedy struck the people of Burma in the form of Cyclone Nargis. Burma, which has suffered under an oppressive …

More International Pressure in 2009: Burmese Diplomat
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… met with three Burmese diplomats—Kyaw Tint Swe, Than Swe and Tin Maung Naing—to explain the meeting of the “Friend of the Secretary-General on Myanmar. …

Offering Hope for the Year Ahead
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is a sad statement on UN efforts to end Burma’s political deadlock that this year, for the first time ever, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi also saw no …

NMSP Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He immediately joined forces with the Karen National Union (KNU) and took up arms to fight to fight the Burmese government for the autonomy of Mon State in …

Political Prisoner Commits Suicide
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A Burmese political prisoner, Maung San, committed suicide in Pegu Prison in central Burma on Dec. 19, according to sources in Pegu …

Junta Militants Arrested in Thailand: BBC
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… the Burmese junta has targeted prominent opposition leaders in exile in the past, as well as leaders of armed ethnic groups, pro-democracy organizations …

US to Fund Afghan Militias
Democracy Now, NY –
A new study by Brazil’s Catholic Land Commission has found that hundreds of Brazilian human rights and environmental activists still face the threat of …

New form to hire migrant workers issued
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… to travel to Myanmar National Verification Center at Tachilek, Myawaddy and Kawthawng at the Thai-Burma border, according to SHAN report on 17 November. …

Maternal health problems in Myanmar widespread and unreported
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Health indicators are poor and human rights violations are widespread in eastern Burma. In conflict-affected regions of Burma, research indicates that …

CRPP call for unity in Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
After initial successes, CRPP’s activities were curtailed by further arrests, including of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Aye Thar Aung, but after she …

A Week to Reflect and Get Involved!
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
Natural disasters ravaged innocent victims from Burma to the Caribbean. The world participated in and protested one of the most anticipated Olympics in …

Voice of the Martyrs Alert
Crosswalk.com, VA –
About 70 ethnic Karen from Myanmar began coming to the financially-struggling church earlier this year, and have since helped the church by volunteering to …

What’s your year-end list?
Creative Loafing Atlanta, GA –
Burma’s military junta — When Category 4 Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma in May, the goons who run Burma were not only unprepared but refused to admit …

Inaugural Sao Thusandi Award Given in Chiang Mai
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The first awardee, Sai Phu Murng, was one of the founders of the Migrant Justice Program of the Human Rights Development Foundation (HRDF), …

Defectors Awaited Children in South Korea
自由亞洲電臺, Washington DC –
Four children in a group of would-be North Korean defectors arrested in Burma had mothers waiting for them in South Korea. A Thai Navy boat patrols the …

Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
… conferred upon the President by section 14(b) of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts (JADE) Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-286).

MSF’s Top Ten – How Disconnection Affects Public Health
WorldChanging –
This helps explain why Burma, still recovering from Cyclone Nargis, makes MSF’s list. It’s not a surprise that MSF hasn’t been able to send international …

Editorial: Texan of the Year finalist No. 4, Laura Bush
Dallas Morning News, TX –
Along one side lay Burma, whose government the first lady had scolded for its abuses, including the house arrest of democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Maternal health problems in Myanmar widespread
Eureka! Science News, Canada –
The maternal health care issues facing women in eastern Burma (also known as Myanmar) are widespread and underreported, according to surveys by researchers …

Where Have All the Neocons Gone?
American Conservative Magazine, VA –
Power declared in Time in 2007 that as abuses mount in Burma and Darfur “a coalition of the concerned must insist that what is manifestly true of the …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 24, 2008 at 5:38 am

Petition to UN to help political prisoners in Burma

Source: Burma Digest

To:  United Nations

In November 2008 about seventy pro-democracy activists were given very long and harsh prison sentences of upto 65 years. Those convicted include members of the National League for Democracy, pro-democracy student activists, labour rights activists, social activists, and even some musicians, poets, bloggers, comedians and Buddhist monks. Those sentenced have committed no crime, apart from exercising their right to express themselves and have at all times underlined their willingness to work with others for a better Burma.They did not receive a fair trial, and many now face spending the rest of their lives in jail. Judges did not allow the defendants to question prosecution witnesses, many defendants did not have legal representation and those that did were not permitted to meet with their lawyers in private. According to United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Tom?s Ojea Quintana, regarding these convictions, there is no independent and impartial judiciary system in Burma.

And even the defendants? lawyers were sentenced to between four and six months imprisonment for submitting a complaint about the unfair trial conditions.

Moreover, the recent constitutional referendum had produced very few rules to promote and protect free and equitable elections, and to provide for freedom of expression and assembly. No attempt had been made to prosecute those guilty of repressing the acts of peaceful protest from a year ago, and to halt the use of arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance. There had been other human rights violations, including the recruitment of child solders, the use of forced labour and instances of forced displacements.

These situations again demonstrate that the Junta ruling Burma tolerates no dissent and have no respect for human rights, and it underlines the need for a genuine and inclusive political process starting with the lifting of restrictions placed on political parties and the early release of those in detention.

Here, we, the National League for Democracy (exile-UK branch), urge the international community to deal with that worrying situation and to call on Burmese military regime to ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by the population.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm

World focus on Burma (24 November 2008)

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India-Burma holds another round of bilateral talks
Mizzima.com, India –
But, he said, India should look into longer terms and implement a policy that would nurture democracy in neighbouring Burma, which in turn would be a new …

Burma: Rangoon strengthens trade ties with India
آكي, Italy –

India is Burma’s fourth largest trading partner, after Thailand, China and Singapore. Meanwhile the country is continuing its crackdown on democracy …

Mizzima.com, India –
The Asia Human Right Commission (AHRC) during a consultation meeting concluded on Sunday called for the release of Burma’s Supreme Court advocates Khin …

DQ Entertainment concludes licensing deals with broadcasters
Business of Cinema, India –
… rights for the TV Series Casper’s –Scare School for India, and non exclusive rights for Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma and the Maldives….

Another changing of the guards for Burma’s junta
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s rulers have announced that they will hold a general election as part of their roadmap to democracy and will allow the winning party to assume power …

Nuclear Disarmement and Demilitarization
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
… and an inability to cope with natural disasters like the cyclone in Myanmar/Burma and the earthquake in China – much less global climate change. …

40 Burmese given prison terms of up to 65 years, blogger gets 20 …
Anarkismo.net –
Now is definitely the time for the South African Government to consider changing its stance towards Burma (Myanmar). The people of Burma have been suffering….

Woodland Travels taken over by Htoo Company
Mizzima.com, India –
Pyinoolwin botanical garden is the best forest reserve in Burma which with diverse and rare flora and fauna. According to the Myanmar Tourism Corporation, …

Eighteen More Political Prisoners Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Another 18 political prisoners were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Monday, and family members are …

NLD marks National Day
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 24, 2008 (DVB)–The 88th Burmese National Day was marked at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Rangoon and in other towns in central Burma …

General Assembly approves Burma resolution, debate intensifies
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee on Friday approved a draft resolution on the human rights situation inside Burma, …

Eighteen More Political Prisoners Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Another 18 political prisoners were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Monday, and family members are ..

A Coup Against Than Shwe
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is probably fair to say that these moderate forces within the military, whoever they are, are not necessarily supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi or the …

Two Taiwan drug dealers sentenced to death in east China
Xinhua, China –
Police told the court that the dealers bought 39 parcels of heroin from Burma in early September and sold four of them for 400000 yuan (60000 US dollars) in …

Are you still buying a blood diamond?
Commodity Online, India –
Before the blood diamond scenario emerged, it was known that Burma’s military junta survived by trading in rubies. And it is not a mean figure. …

Feast bridges culture gap in church merger
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
Myanmar is the name for the country formerly known as Burma. But the influx of members has breathed new life into the First Baptist Church, whose membership …

He’s ‘prophetic and poetic’
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
His past influences those he serves through the program, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said. McGill doesn’t try to hide his criminal history, …

No activities planned by exile groups during ASEAN Summit
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) also told SHAN that the group was not planning any activities and any campaigns during the summit, according to Nang Yen, …

Burma needs a pragmatic solution
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma, the official added, was going to be a democracy in its own way. The international community has since continuously recognized the NLD’s commitment to …

At least 15 activists transferred to remote prisons
Mizzima.com, India –
He also said that he learned from family members that NLD member Tun Tun Naing was sent to Meiktila prison, ‘All Burma Federation of Students Union’ (ABFSU) …

Bush’s Legacy in India
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
… allowing the Chinese more freedom of action in Southeast Asia, where it is the main source of support for the military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma). …

Opposition holds National Day celebration
Mizzima.com, India –
… of Myanmar, Senior General Than Shwe said that some foreign powers were trying to intervene in Burma’s domestic affairs by exercising neo-colonialism. …

Zarganar and U Gambira jailed for over 40 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 24, 2008 (DVB)–The Burmese regime has continued its crackdown against activists, handing down a 45-year sentence to Zarganar and extending monk leader U …

The Freedom Challenge
Washington Post, United States –
The regime negated the results, and the league’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest for most of the time since. …

Myanmar lawyers’ convictions criticised
Legal Business Online, Australia –
By George Beveridge | Monday, 24 November 2008 The jailing of Burmese pro-democracy lawyers has been criticised by an association concerned for the …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
“I initially decided to stay inside Burma for as long as I could, even after my husband had gone into exile. But when they [the authorities] hinted that …

More environmental initiatives
The News International, Pakistan –
Do the Indian and Burmese economies have the capacity to deal with such a refugee situation? To what extent are developed countries, whose emissions over …

Myanmar Explorations and Sovereign Rights of Bangladesh
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –
… of Myanmar remains yet inflexible on its earlier position. Burma cannot unilaterally go ahead with the exploration in the disputed sea blocks. …

Rice lauds GMA: You are US’ best friend
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Rice also expressed appreciation for the Philippine position on Burma (Myanmar). “There’s only one doing this (in Asia),” she said. …

A journey across the Ground Zero of global warming
Huffington Post, NY –
India is already building a border fence to keep them out; I can’t imagine the country’s other neighbour – Burma – will offer much refuge. …

PAD set to launch ‘king taksin operation’
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
King Taksin was the great king who liberated Ayutthaya from Burma but is not related to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, PAD’s sworn enemy. …


World focus on Burma (2 October 2008)

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Developing our Way out of WMD Terror
Across the Aisle, DC –
When the current nonproliferation regime was designed, the Cold War raged. Only a handful of countries had developed nuclear weapons. …

Bharat Bhagya Vidhata
Central Chronicle, India –
Our small neighbours Burma and Ceylon have proudly renamed themselves by native names of Myanmar and Sri Lanka and erstwhile East Pakistan as Bangladesh. …

US must send China a clear signal
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
However, in December 2003 he somehow got weak knees and started to oppose Taiwan’s evolution toward a full democracy. He opposed a referendum held in …

Journalist and opposition member Ohn Kyaing arrested again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
A member of the National League for Democracy, the main opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, he was freed in 2005 after spending 15 years in prison for …

Burma’s economy: Does sanctions hinder development?
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese junta is annoyed with the west because of the sanctions but are even more so on the opposition led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for urging the west …

Llyod’s writes to all agents to ‘reconsider’ business deals with Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“The British government clearly wants them to pull out, we want them to pull out,” said Chatterton adding that the Burmese regime could lose tens of …

Conflict predominant in our world
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Burma, or what is now called Myanmar, has been under military rule since 1962 and is one of the most undeveloped countries in Asia. …

A 15-year trial is not a fair trial
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The United Nations Human Rights Committee, which deliberates on cases under the covenant, found that the trial of Lalith Rajapakse in a Sri Lankan high …

Elected MP Ohn Kyaing arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 2, 2008 (DVB)–U Ohn Kyaing, a National League for Democracy member and dedicated participant in cyclone relief efforts, was arrested last night at about …

Burma opposition figure arrested
BBC News, UK –
A prominent political ally of the detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been arrested in Burma. Ohn Kyaing was taken from his home on …

Jenks missionary updates on Myanmar (Burma)
Jenks Journal, OK –
Dr. Chin Do Kham, president of Global Outreach & Community Development, Inc based in Jenks who is a native of Myanmar (Burma) recently came back from a one …

Lawyer Aung Thein withdraws representation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The lawyer was particularly dismayed by the one-sided decisions passed against political prisoners by Ahlon township judge Daw Thiri Tin in Insein prison. …

Publishing license of two Burmese weekly journals’ suspended
Mizzima.com, India –
However, it appeared in the journal as ‘Sayagyi U Win Tin’. The journal was banned for this,” an editor of a weekly journal said on condition of anonymity. …

Monk Escapes from Lantalang Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING A 28-year-old Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Pannasiri, has successfully escaped from Lantalang Prison in Chin State and arrived in Delhi, …

Myanmar, Kachin rebels oppose dams on Chinese border
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
This is revealed by sources close to the ethnic rebel group which, despite signing a peace agreement with the Burmese junta in 1994, exercises substantial …

The Strange World of Burma’s Home Affairs Minister
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to infiltrate Burma by using the UN and the “Responsibility to Protect” paradigm as part of an agenda to accuse the regime of “crimes against humanity. …

CNN- October 2, 2008
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military authorities have detained a prominent former journalist and political ally of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition party said Thursday. Police took 64-year-old Ohn Kyaing from his home Wednesday evening, said Nyan Win, the spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy….
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Prominent former journalist detained by Burma junta
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burmese authorities have detained a prominent former journalist and member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy opposition movement, the party said. …

Burma Stonewalls at the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Obliquely responding to the General Assembly ministers, he said only that “the international community can best assist Myanmar’s [Burma’s] democratization …

Veteran NLD MP Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
However, the Burmese military regime refused to recognize the result of the election. Ohn Kyaing was imprisoned in September 1990 and sentenced to 17 years …

US Challenges to Democratic Governance
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
In this, the 60th year since the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we must counter challenges to the very human rights that we as …

Junta arrests another opposition MP, Ohn Kyaing
Mizzima.com, India –
The detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party spokesperson, however, said details of the arrest of the MP are still not known. …

Elected MP’s health deteriorates in detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Separately, U Aung Thein, the lawyer who represents National League for Democracy member Ko Thein Swe, has asked the court to release his client now that …

One year later: petitioners commemorate Burma protests
Record-Harvard Law School, MA –

Imprisoned in her Yangon home, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi looked out on a nation that remained in the bloody hands of her jailers. …

Swan Ahr Shin and Police Support Sittwe Monks
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
During last year’s Saffron Revolution, members of Swan Ahr Shin along with the police and riot police attacked many democratic and human rights activists. …

Banning jade from Burma hurts monks and jewelers
Denver Post, CO –
The stated purpose of the JADE Act is to punish the repressive Burmese regime for its crackdown on the demonstrating monks, for the continued detention of …

The currency debate re-ignites? (Chinal Financial Markets)
ChinaStakes.com, China –
I have argued for a long time that as long as China maintained its currency regime it forced a trade deficit onto the rest of the world, which for the most …

Burma’s Censors Suspend Two Publications
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG and MOE MYINT YAN Two weekly publications have been suspended by Burma’s notorious censorship board, after being accused of violating rules and …

Mindanao is focus of US for Southeast Asia peace and stability
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
He cited ASEAN’s role in convincing Burma’s junta to accept much-needed international aid after a devastating cyclone and the contribution of various …

Than Shwe Delays Signing Election Law
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The head of the Burmese military regime, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, has still not approved the country’s election law, which authorizes an election in …

“The Voice of Art in a Battle for Freedom: International Artists … (Freedom and Art)
Absolutearts.com –
… a key political figure who has been under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the past 18 years over her bid for political freedom. …

Nargis recovery proceeding, $240 million still needed
Mizzima.com, India –
In an international funding conference held in Rangoon three weeks following Nargis, Burma’s ruling junta originally appealed for international aid to the …

Breastfeeding, safest for infants
Mizzima.com, India –
The announcement of the joint action plan came a day after Burma’s military government ran a warning message on its mouth-piece newspaper on the use of …

ENSURE SAFE FEEDING FOR INFANTS AND INCREASE VIGILANCE

Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO Myanmar statement on safe feeding for infants

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Ministry of Health, Government of Myanmar is taking prompt actions in response to contaminated milk powder issue. The Government of Myanmar has …

‘The Revolving Door’: Plight of Burmese refugees in Malaysia
Mizzima.com, India –
We feel like it is a ray of hope for Burmese in Malaysia, who are out of range of protection both from workers’ rights and human rights groups,” said Ye Min …

NLD youth member reported dead in custody
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 1, 2008 (DVB)–Aung Moe Lwin, a 36-year-old youth member of the National League for Democracy in Natmauk township, Magwe division, is said to have died …

Thursday, October 9
AP-
1983 – A powerful bomb, believed planted by North Korean agents, explodes in Rangoon, Burma, killing 18 members of South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan’s entourage.

One year on in Burma
Irish Times, Ireland –
… but has made little progress on political prisoners or human rights, including release of the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Low-key celebration for 48 years of ineptitude (Nigeria)
The Punch, Nigeria –
When Burma (Myanmar) too turned 60 recently, the citizens did not feel like celebrating either. The celebration had to be low keyed because the general mood …

‘Militant monks’ or agents of change?
Times of India, India –
In Thailand, monks led a revolt against the corrupt regime of Thaksin Shinawatra; in Myanmar, thousands of them walked the streets, challenging the brutal …

China’s Quest for Moral Authority
The Nation., NY –
China, replete with human rights abuses at home and allied with many of the world’s unsavory regimes abroad–from Gen. Than Schwe in Burma and Kim Jong Il …

UK Express, UK –
It was in conditions such as these that the men of the Third Battalion of the Sixth Gurkha Rifles fought the three-day battle for Mongaung in Northern Burma …

Escapee Describes Torture in Burma
Radio Free Asia, DC –
NEW DELHI—The only leader of Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution to escape from a junta prison camp has described torture and backbreaking hard labor in custody …

TJA all stirred up (Loud in rhetoric)
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Not the needs of the American people or American citizens, but the human conditions, rights and abuses pertaining to Burmese, Tibetans, North Koreans and …

Why India Became Free
Mainstream, India –
… Indian Army who were taken prisoner by the Japanese when the British withdrew helter-skelter from Burma (now Myanmar) and other South Asian countries. …

Should Asia brace for more mega storms?
The Japan Times, Japan –
However, Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar last May, appears to be the first high-strength storm recorded in the populous Irrawaddy River Delta in Burma, …

Burma prisoner release masks absence of legitimate legal and …
JURIST –
That to do this contradicts an article of a judiciary law that it itself introduced is no obstacle for a regime that understands legality only in terms of …

Democracies Are Driven By Positive Language Skills
Huffington Post, NY –
The Burmese generals who killed the last generation of Buddhist monks will likely kill the next generation with less fuss and muss. But in a democracy …

David Cameron’s speech in full
guardian.co.uk, UK –
This attitude, this whole health and safety, human rights act culture, has infected every part of our life. If you’re a police officer you now cannot pursue …

Burma: two weeklies suspended, jailed blogger appears in court again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Only Burma’s privately-owned press has covered China’s baby formula scandal, the political crisis in Thailand or the release of journalist U Win Tin …

Rights group to probe Burma war crimes
Adelaidenow, Australia –
Burma also houses more than 2100 political prisoners, including democracy icon and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 12 of …

World focus on Burma (29 September 2008)

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Blood Diamonds: The Gem’s Curse
Voice of America –

Human rights activists are working to tighten sanctions against Burmese rubies. But, like with diamonds, the potential profits are large and many are …

Myanmar pledges reform, free and fair general elections in 2010
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
New York – Myanmar put on a good face on Monday before the UN General Assembly, promising far-reaching democratic reforms and use of its rich natural …

EDITORIAL: New Hopes for Democracy in Burma?
istockAnalyst.com (press release), OR –
… first meeting Saturday to advance democratic reforms in Burma. That country, now officially known as Myanmar, has been ruled by the military since 1962. …

Myanmar Urges End to “Unfair and Immoral” Sanctions
ABC News –
Human rights groups say as many as 700 people remain behind bars, although the junta says all but a few dozen have been released.

Myanmar urges end to “unfair and immoral” sanctions
Reuters –

On Saturday, a UN group on Myanmar vowed to keep the world spotlight on the troubled country and to press the military rulers of the former Burma to comply …

Myanmar Urges End to ´Unfair And Immoral´ Sanction
Javno.hr, Croatia –

The UN Security Council has urged Myanmar to release all political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar could be the rice …

Ryan Giggs: Wallpaper

The Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was nominated by the Salford City Unison for her relentless fight for freedom and democracy in Burma.

Comics Panel: September 29, 2008
A.V. Club –
… in The Burma Chronicles (D&Q). Delisle accompanied his wife—a Doctors Without Borders administrator—on her 14-month posting in The Union Of Myanmar, …

Vancouver Radar: Mission of Burma, Still On a Mission
Martiniboys.com, Canada –

By Richard Trapunski in Attractions Burma (aka Myanmar) has had a rough run as of late; it needs a little mad guitar-heavy post-punk (though, …

NLD youth members pay respects to U Win Tin
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Thirty National League for Democracy members from Lower Burma went to pay their respects to newly-released political prisoners U Win Tin and Kyauktan …

Junta releases three NLD youth members
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta blames student activists and dissident groups based along the Thai-Burmese border for the act. But on the day following the blast an armed student …

Five simple questions about a not so simple election
National Union of Public and General Employees, Canada –
… regard to objective is all we value, then Joseph Stalin would qualify as a strong leader, as would the leaders of the brutal military regime in Burma. …

EU-India Joint Press Communique
Press Information Bureau (press release), India –
They discussed the situation in Burma/Myanmar, agreed on the need to strengthen efforts towards national reconciliation and reaffirmed the need for an …

Ban Ki-moon seen struggling in UN role
United Press International –

… Britain, Singapore and other countries are also displeased by Ban’s refusal to travel to Myanmar, the former Burma, and meet military ruler Gen. …

Three NLD members released after anniversary arrests
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–Three of the nine people arrested at the National League for Democracy’s 20th anniversary ceremony on Saturday have now been released, …

‘Group of Friends’ fails to resolve internal differences
Mizzima.com, India –
… in Myanmar to seize the opportunity of the UN good offices,” in the words of Ban Ki-moon, “while stressing the responsibility of the Myanmar [Burma] …

Three more political prisoners released
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–Three more political prisoners have been released by the Burmese military regime, bringing the total number of political detainees freed …

Junta Amends Historical Commission Law
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s military government has amended the Myanmar [Burmese] Historical Commission Law, transferring authority for historical research from the …

Package Tour Available to Irrawaddy Delta in October
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Tourist companies in Burma say they are starting ad campaigns to draw more tourists to as the peak tourist season runs from October to February. …

Opposition Must Cooperate: Win Tin
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burmese residents in Japan hold a giant flag as they stage a rally on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of detained Aung San Suu Kyi’s …

Activist Han Lin dies in New York
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 29, 2008 (DVB)–U Han Lin, who led the “long march to freedom and democracy” campaign in 2005 to highlight the plight of Burma, died from lung cancer on …

State Violence in Thailand and Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Members of the panel agreed that Thai military leaders are more business-minded than their counterparts in Burma. According to Jagan, the Burmese regime …

Asian (con)Fusion: In and out of jail in Burma
Independent, UK –
… adviser to the imprisoned democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was rearrested just one day after being released. The Washington-based US Camaign for Burma …

China’s Grip on Burma ‘Cause for Concern’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“CNPC has signed a MoU with MOGE [Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise] for a detailed assessment of the potential construction of a crude oil terminal off the …

Burma: Monks stage quiet protest as world powers call for Burma to …
UNPO, Netherlands –
The anniversary coincided with UN talks, which Mr Ban’s spokeswoman, Michele Montas, said underlined “the responsibility of the Myanmar (Burma) Government …

Library exhibit focuses on Myanmar
Ithaca Journal, NY –
The Cornell Southeast Asia Program and the library present, “Burma/Myanmar: Creativity, Diversity, and Everyday Life and Karen Textiles from Burma and the …

Myanmar: Aid still needed
Global Voices Online, MA –
… into the Tatmadaw, Burma’s armed forces. New Mandala interviewed an aid worker who provided us with a believable and concrete situation inside Myanmar. …

Increased Chinese Involvement Raises Concerns Over Potential Social and Environmental Impacts
Earthrights.org, DC –
The report, China in Burma (Myanmar): The Increasing Involvement of Chinese Multinational Corporations in Burma’s Hydropower, Oil and Natural Gas, ..

MYANMAR: THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT ARRESTED THREE NLD SUPPORTERS
Culturalnews.it, Italy –

While the junta holds absolute power in Burma, the international community still supports Suu Kyi as the most credible leader of the country. …

Indo-French civil N-pact may be inked during PM visit
A Pakistan News, Pakistan –
Regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Burma are also expected to figure in the discussions. …

Low-Profile UN Chief Struggles as Diplomatic Peacemaker
Washington Post, United States –

… Burma’s generals to democratize the country and to secure the release of nearly 2000 political prisoners, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nigeria Is A False Democracy– Human Rights Watch
LeadershipNigeria, Nigeria –
Nigeria’s democratic credentials were questioned once again yesterday by Human Rights Watch, which noted that autocrats posing as democrats are underming …

Pyongyang is true to form
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
So are reports Pyongyang may be helping Burma with its secretive nuclear ambitions. More diplomatic effort must be put into convincing its leaders to act in …

World focus on Burma (28 September 2008)

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Correspondent visits Burma on anniversary of Saffron Revolution
ABC Online, Australia –
I also needed an interview with an official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. It was a tall order, but within an hour it had all been …

Transcript of Sarkozy’s interview
India Today, India –
We shall further raise regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran or Burma. We shall discuss Euro-Indian …

Rebuke for Burma from world powers
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The talks on Saturday underlined “the responsibility of the Myanmar [Burma] Government to demonstrate its stated commitment to co-operation with the good …

Monks stage quiet protest as world powers call for Burma reform
The Age, Australia –

Women in bamboo hats,  symbol of the National League for Democracy, gather outside the organisation's Rangoon headquarters to mark its 20th anniversary.

Women in bamboo hats, symbol of the National League for Democracy, gather outside the organisation’s Rangoon headquarters to mark its 20th anniversary. Photo: AP

… four visits to Burma since the protests a year ago but failed to restart a dialogue between detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the junta or …

Venezuela Doubles Up On Chinese Jets
Strategy Page –
China has exported K-8s to several other countries (often at bargain prices), including Myanmar (Burma). The K8 (also called JL-8) is a 4.3 ton, two seat, …

In Self Defense
Brussels Journal, Belgium –
You see, the picture includes a failed government that is inspired by the Burmese junta when it resorts to its riot police. Then there is an opposition with …

Burmese Muslims appreciate Turkey’s aid during Ramadan
http://www.worldbulletin.net, Turkey –

Muslim families in Myanmar, a country which lost over 150000 citizens to the Cyclone Nargis, were delivered food packages by the IHH officials. …

Sunday newspaper round-up: Bradford and Bingley, US bailout plan, WPP
ShareCast, UK –
The Foreign Office has written to Lloyd’s of London chairman Lord Levene to outline its disapproval that Lloyd’s brokers are trading with the Burmese …

France will launch nuke cooperation with India: Sarkozy
Deccan Herald, India –
Regional issues of common interest, such as the situation in Afghanistan , Pakistan , Iran and Burma are also expected to figure in the discussions. …

In case you were on Mars the past week …
Edmonton Sun,  Canada –
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have donated $1 million to Human Rights Watch for their efforts in Burma and Zimbabwe. – Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have …

Burma: Political prisoner released but thousands remain
Green Left Weekly, Australia –
This is the result of struggles by solidarity and civil society groups alongside exiled Burmese activists, responding to Aung San Suu Kyi’s call for a total …

Asean’s man of passion at the helm
Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –
“He’s a very smart guy,” said Dave Mathieson, a consultant on Burma for the US-based Human Rights Watch. “He’s a good diplomat. …

Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Last year, my office dedicated the 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report to a group of Burmese fishermen who were trafficked on fishing boats. …

Myanmar’s junta asked to expedite political dialogue
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Sept 28 (PTI) Members of a group of nations, including India who are aiding efforts of the UN in expediting political dialogue in Myanmar …

The Power of Elections: Photo Exhibit Captures Pivotal Campaigns
PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –
… including Aung San Suu Kyi’s struggle against the Burmese junta, ending in her house arrest, and opposition rallies in Zimbabwe before Robert Mugabe’s …

US Cuba policy: Aid needed, but sanctions must remain
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL –
Similar to pressure applied to the Burmese junta after the cyclone that ravaged that country earlier this year, it is imperative for all Americans to join …

Cuba Vs. Blockade
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… its MasterCard credit cards could not be used in Cuba, North Korea, Burma, Iran or the Sudan, as part of the economic sanctions imposed by Washington. …

UK: World ready to help Zim if democracy respected
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
It is the result of mismanagement by the Mugabe regime,” Miliband told reporters after attending a ministerial session on Burma hosted by United Nations …

THE ORIGIN OF DISHES
Tampa Tribune, FL –
Orange – cultivated for more than 4000 years, the fruit probably is native to India, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Southwest China. …

Burma summit unable to
Washington Times, DC –

Saturday’s high-level meeting on Burma, also known as Myanmar, produced little agreement about the next steps beyond a wary but ill-defined engagement by …

Key nations call on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi
The Associated Press –
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations concerned about Myanmar called on its military government Saturday to release all political prisoners, including pro-democracy …

Monks March in Myanmar on Anniversary of Crackdown
New York Times, United States –
By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 100 Buddhist monks in a western city in Myanmar staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of …

FO warns Lloyd’s over Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Lloyd’s has historically been involved in Burma, despite international boycotts. Its syndicates reinsure the junta’s aviation and shipping interests, …

Aggression, Retaliatory Behavior, and the Buddhist Sangha
OpEdNews, PA –
It is a great irony that while Burma sells unrefined natural gas to neighboring countries, due to lack of capacity to purify such gas domestically, …

“That degree of cooperation has not been forthcoming from the Burmese (Myanmar) regime and remains the fundamental tenet of the friends of the secretary …

UN group aims to keep world focus on Myanmar
Reuters –
… UN group on Myanmar vowed on Saturday to keep the world spotlight on the troubled country and to press the military rulers of the former Burma to comply …

Democracy more important in Sweden´s new international aid policy
Stockholm News, Sweden –
The main message in the new policy is that poverty is not only measured in money, but also in terms of basic liberties meaning human rights. …

The UN secretary-general convened the first ministerial level meeting of the so-called “Friends of Myanmar” – the other name by which Burma is known. …

Freedom of movement in Sri Lanka and registration of new residents …
Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka –
Syria and Myanmar (Burma) too have recognised the principle though cautious in the process of implementation. Article 12 of the African Charter on Human …

27 September 2008 – Members of a group of nations helping Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his efforts to spur change in Myanmar today encouraged the …

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 100 Buddhist monks in a western Myanmar city staged a peaceful protest march Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s …

New hopes for democracy in Burma?
Manila Times, Philippines –
… first meeting Saturday to advance democratic reforms in Burma. That country, now officially known as Myanmar, has been ruled by the military since 1962. …

Monks protest in Sittwe, western Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
But activists and opposition political groups said, the number of deaths following the junta’s brutal crackdown could be hundreds if not thousands.



World focus on Burma (25 September 2008)

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The new Asia crisis
Sify, India –
Meanwhile the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma), which stubbornly stood by while nature wiped out parts of its population, keeps its democratically …

The Best Progressive Media Rises to the Top
Huffington Post, NY –
… articles and videos about the monks rising up to challenge the military junta. Within days, the Burma NewsLadder was the top source of Burma news, …

US Urged to Keep Eye on US Firms Abroad
OneWorld US, DC –
In Burma, where Chevron has a contract with the ruling military junta, soldiers providing security for the company’s operations along the Yadana pipeline …

Candidates Set to Debate on Foreign Policy
NPR –
Both have criticized China for its human-rights record and its relations with repressive governments in Sudan and Burma. US policy on North Korea may enter …

The Best Progressive Media Rises to the Top
Huffington Post, NY –
Approximately one year ago, James Boyce launched the very NewsLadder, for Burma where people literally from all around the world linked up all the top …

Bomb Explodes in Burma on Anniversary of Crackdown
Voice of America –
… blast in the main Burmese city of Rangoon Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the ruling military’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. …

Burma’s dictatorship turns 50
MyNews.in, India –
It is also 20 years since the extinguishing of the 1988 uprising by a newly comprised and utterly ruthless junta, which has since reincarnated itself a …

Myanmar junta threatens action against opposition
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military government has threatened the party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi with legal action unless …

One on One with Henry Rollins
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL –
In Burma, the Junta, they’ve done the people a great disservice. Again, wonderful people with this idiot, Than Shwe, for a ruler. …

Next US President Likely Will Have More Use for the UN
World Politics Review –
Bolton, McCain argued, was the “hard, dedicated individual” needed to shakeup a body marred by Sudan’s election to the Human Rights Commission, …

Neil Hrab: Conservative war room sees no benefit in Harper …
National Post, Canada –
… on the struggle to bring democracy to Burma, for example — or that Stephan Harper has forgotten Canada’s obligation to end the civil war in Sri Lanka. …

Burma’s Democracy Roadmap Back on Track?
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong – Written by Larry Jagan
“It is our sincere hope that the government of Myanmar will listen to the voices of the international community. As long as political prisoners including …

Trevor Manuel
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
by the numbers This week’s third place is awarded to the Burmese government, following its decision to release some 9000 prisoners including seven jailed …

Tim McGarry joins campaigners in welcoming release of Burma’s …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
TV comedian Tim McGarry has joined local Amnesty International campaigners in welcoming the release of U Win Tin, a 78-year-old Burmese journalist who has …

Jacob Blaustein Institute: Lantos Commission Elevates Human Rights …
MarketWatch –
He shed a spotlight on well-known and lesser-known causes ranging from abuses against Tibetans, Kurds, Burmese, Uighurs, and other peoples throughout the ..

Burma releases political prisoners
The Australian, Australia –
The junta’s charity did not extend to releasing 73-year-old Shan political leader, Sao Hso Ten, sentenced to 106 years in Hkamti prison, said Charm Tong, …

One year after Burma crackdown monks’ demands unmet
National Catholic Reporter, Missouri –

Burma, also called Myanmar, is designated as one of the least developed countries in Asia with 90 percent of the population living on less than one US …-

NLD ordered to withdraw statement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 25, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy leaders have been told by Burma’s police chief to retract a statement they issued on 18 September calling …

Released Dissident’s Call For Talks
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
He also pledged unswerving support for Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is herself under house arrest at her Rangoon home. …

MOST E-MAILED
RTT News, NY –
… pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, along with 9000 other prisoners — a gesture that the state media described as “loving kindness and goodwill”. …

UN welcomes release of political prisoners
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 25, 2008 (DVB)–The United Nations secretary-general and special rapporteur on Burma have welcomed the release of seven political prisoners, …

Security Clampdown Follows Rangoon Bombing
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The rumors were accompanied by speculation that the bombing could have been orchestrated by the regime to justify a security clampdown in anticipation of an …

Su Su Nway’s Sister Banned from Visiting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The sister of jailed Burmese human rights activist, Su Su Nway, said she has not been allowed to see her sister for two months by prison …

SKorea upholds asylum for Myanmar refugees
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
Myanmar’s military junta routinely jails dissidents. Opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi has been detained for 13 of the past 19 years, …

Burma to Destroy 16 Metric Tons of Chinese Milk
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP RANGOON — Burma’s authorities said it would destroy 17 1/2 tons (16 metric tons) of powdered milk made by one of 22 Chinese dairy companies found to …

New Wave of Dissent Comes to Myanmar
findingDulcinea, New York –

… in a flutter of new tactics for dissent, reports The Christian Science Monitor in a three-part series about activism in Myanmar (also known as Burma). …

China tainted milk crisis causes more global recalls
USA Today –
Burma’s state media said authorities will destroy 17 1/2 tons of Chinese powdered milk, valued at $50000, because it was made by one of 22 dairy companies …

INFORMATION WARFARE: Cyber War Mercenaries
Strategy Page –
September 25, 2008: In Myanmar (Burma), the military dictatorship has used Cyber War techniques to shut down the three opposition web sites that provide the …

Mon State ID holders being arrested in Kaw Thaung
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

In the wake of 54 Burmese migrants being asphyxiated to death in a ten-wheel container truck last April, the Burmese military junta authorities in Tenasserm …

Shans show their true colors
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
9.25% of the 162 respondents had also wanted blue and white for the cover of SHAN’s bilingual (Shan and Burmese) Independence and 1.85% black. …

Than Shwe’s Gambit
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Besides trying to win support for the planned election, the regime may also be obliquely responding to the demands of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Burma: Dissident Freed After 19 Years
UNPO, Netherlands –
U Win Tin, 78, a poet and editor who had been a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy advocate, was released after 19 years in prison. …

Congo church leader wins Rafto Prize
Aftenposten, Norway –
Many Rafto winners have gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, including Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Kim Dae-jung of South Korea and Shirin Ebadi of Iran.

Help Burma situation
Harlow Herald 24, UK –
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (Human Rights Charity) is launching a campaign called Change for Burma! – we’ve set up our website so you can e-mail your …

Myanmar Junta Rules Roost 1 Year After Crackdown
ABC News –

Provisions of the new constitution would also bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding any kind of political office in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

False Amnesty: Burmese activist arrested 24 hours after release
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
U Win Htein was released two days ago as part of a general amnesty granted by the junta in power in Myanmar. The military regime allowed the release of over ……..With this latest arrest order for Win Htein, the junta has once again clarified that that individual freedom, and more importantly human rights, are not the nation’s political agenda.

Sustained effort from all quarters needed in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
However, the United Nations envoy expects to meet all the primary players on his next trip, saying, “When I visit Myanmar the next time, I hope I will be …

Conversation with ‘Man of Steel’

Mizzima.com, India –

Q: Don’t you want to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi? A: I think you must talk of releasing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She hasn’t yet been released and I cannot meet …

Myanmar junta rules roost 1 year after crackdown
The Associated Press –
… of the new constitution would also bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding any kind of political office in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

RI welcomes release of Myanmar political prisoners
Antara, Indonesia –
New York, (ANTARA News) – Indonesia welcomes the release of a number of Myanmar political prisoners but still feels mystified about what the Myanmar …

Former Fairport family use small donations to change lives in …
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
When a cyclone hit Myanmar (still better known as Burma) this May, Nat Yogachandra immediately sought a visa that would allow him to cross the border with …

On this day
News24.com, South Africa –
1988 – Security forces kill 12 people and injure five others in Rangoon, Burma, as political unrest continues. 1992 – The first contingent of a 600-member …

The Hunger Site Works with Zardozi to Help Afghan Women
PR.com (press release), NY –
In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Gives MoreTM for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70000 for the Foundation for the People …

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Photo – Nicknayman, AljaeeraMizzima and AFP.

Rangoon Bomb Blast

Blast in Burma’s Rangoon Injures Three – Kyodo RedOrbit, TX –

Burma: Deadly bomb attack in Rangoon on protest anniversary آكي, Italy –

Myanmar explosion injures seven United Press International –

Bomb blast in Yangon injures seven (Roundup) Monsters and Critics.com –

Bomb goes off in Rangoon Turkmenistan News, Turkmenistan –

MOST E-MAILED RTT News, NY –

Bomb explodes in Burma on anniversary of government crackdown Times Online, UK –

Six injured in Myanmar bomb blast: police AFP –

Yangon blast wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Reuters UK, UK –

Yangon bomb wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Boston Globe, United States –

Bomb blast in Rangoon injures seven Bangkok Post, Thailand

Explosion hits Rangoon on anniversary of protests InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Yangon bomb wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Swissinfo, Switzerland –

Blast rattles Yangon on anniversary eve CNN International –

Small explosion hits Burma’s capital Radio Australia, Australia –

Explosion hits Myanmar city GulfNews, United Arab Emirates

6 hurt in Myanmar bomb blast–police Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Blast rocks central Yangon Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Blast injures three in Yangon: police The News International, Pakistan –

Blast in central Yangon, one injured – witnesses Reuters India, India

Bomb Blast in Rangoon Park Injures Three The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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Angelina Jolie – ‘Changeling’ Poster – FIRST LOOK
Just Jared, NY –

In other news, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently gave $1 million to fund Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe. The gift will help to continue …

Full Story A 78-year-old journalist and prominent dissident who was the longest-serving political prisoner in Burma has been released after 19 years of …

UN PLEASED AT FREEING OF DETAINEES BUT SAYS “ALL POLITICAL …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 24 September 2008 — In a positive development, the government of Myanmar let seven prominent political prisoners …

UN welcomes Burma prisoner release
Radio Australia, Australia –
The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the release of seven political prisoners in Burma as part of an amnesty for more than 9000 inmates. …

IFEX MEMBERS HAIL RELEASE OF JOURNALIST U WIN TIN
IFEX, Canada –
IFEX members welcomed Tuesday’s release of U Win Tin, the longest-serving political prisoner in Burma. The frail 79-year-old journalist and founding member …

HIV Continues To Rise Among Self-Injecting Drug Users
RedOrbit, TX –
… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

Release of Burmese Political Prisoners Positive but Overdue
NewsBlaze, CA –
By Stephen Kaufman The State Department welcomes the release of 9000 Burmese prisoners, including the journalist Win Tin, but urges the country’s military …

Burma frees dissident detained for 19 years
Financial Times, UK –
By Amy Kazmin in Bangkok Burma’s ruling military junta yesterday freed its longest-serving political prisoner in an amnesty for 9002 inmates that state …

Burmese democracy activist: ‘I don’t know how I kept my sanity’
Independent, UK –
By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent He spoke against a noisy background of friends celebrating his release, but the Burmese journalist Win Tin – freed …

Gender inequalities must be tackled immediately
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Women accounted for approximately 61% of deaths from Cyclone Nargis in Burma and more than 70% of fatalities from the Indian Ocean tsunami. …

Reporters on the Job
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
… plight of illegal Burmese migrants inside Thailand, reporter Anand Gopal saw just how dangerous life can be for those who have fled Burma (Myanmar) in …