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World focus on Burma (25 August 2008)

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‘Emergency relief’ for food crisis in Burma’s Chin state, India –
In a meeting on Monday, the six Organizations – WFP, FAO, Groupe d’échange et de Recherche Technologiques (GRET), Care, Karuna Myanmar Social Services …

Lurid trade, Philippines –
Even the Burmese junta went through the exercise of approving in 2005 an anti-persons trafficking law. And in 2007, the Malaysian House of Representatives …

Will it be A Paper Tiger?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Following Burma’s cyclone the regime was incapable of providing relief to millions of affected citizens and it refused to let in international aid and aid …

Suu Kyi Refusal to Meet Envoy Sends a Strong Message, Say Observers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burma’s ruling military regime moved quickly to exploit the situation. State-run television showed Gambari’s aides and Burmese officials standing …

Suu Kyi Refuses to Accept Food: Exiled NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In 2003, soon after Suu Kyi’s motorcade was attacked by junta-backed thugs in Upper Burma, the US State Department said that she had started a hunger …

Burmese Protests 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 …

Snakebite Death Highlights Medicine Shortages
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Snakebite antidote is produced by Burma’s Myanmar Paramedical Factory, which issues more than 40000 bottles annually. Burma’s Minister of Health, …

MorungExpress, India –
-A ‘Look East’ outlook- Myanmar military Junta is like that of thorny porcupine. Should the python India try to swallow it, it can harm GOI’s digestive …

UN Envoy to Burma Criticized for Progress on Reforms

Ibrahim Gambari (2007 File)

Voice of America –
By Ron Corben The UN special envoy on Burma faces criticism over his failure to press the government toward reform during his latest visit. …

Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food: Party sources, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s detained Opposition leader and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has reportedly been refusing food supplies since last week, …

Authorities extort money from cyclone victims
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 25, 2008 (DVB)–Villagers in Irrawaddy division have complained that local authorities have continued to extort money from cyclone victims under various …

Sharing Canada’s Good Fortune Responsibly
Tumbler Ridge News,  Canada –
The following are some recent examples of Canada’s aid to nations and peoples in need: $11.5-million to the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund and $30-million to the …

David Miliband has to go
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
In the wake of the devastating cyclone that hit Burma in May Miliband hinted that he was considering using the British military to deliver aid by force – a …

Morton Abramowitz, Thomas R. Pickering, Foreign Affairs, 8/25/2008
Century Foundation, NY –
In May, Cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar (also known as Burma), killing over 80000 people and leaving millions homeless and in dire conditions. …

Thai PM suggests UN talks with Myanmar on democracy, constitution …
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
If this issue was left out of discussions, the UN could talk a lot with Myanmar, Mr. Samak said. Mrs. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a …

The Cutting Edge, DC –
Instead he spent time talking with groups such as the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), the major funder of the …

Burmese immigrant invests in his neighbors
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, also known as Myanmar, in May _ killing up to 130000. Employing a well-respected, well-educated member of an immigrant community …

BURMA: No Photo Op for Gambari

Inter Press Service News Agency By Marwaan Macan-Markar
BANGKOK, Aug 25 (IPS) – A United Nations-led effort to push political reform in military-ruled Burma plunged to a humiliating low on the weekend, raising questions about the effectiveness of the world body’s special envoy to the country, Ibrahim Gambari.

Ghosts amid the wreckage in Myanmar

International Herald Tribune – Asia-Pacific By Seth Mydans

Nearly four months after the cyclone, the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar is a flat, dark expanse of ruin populated by dazed survivors, unburied bodies and visions of wandering, moaning ghosts.

Different walks of life in Myanmar appraise successful holding of Beijing Olympic Games

Xinhua Online –YANGON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Different walks of life in Myanmar Monday appraised China’s successful hosting of the 29th Beijing Olympic Games with China….

Thai PM Says West Uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi As Political Tool

Nasdaq – Global Markets BANGKOK (AFP)–Thailand’s prime minister on Monday criticized Western nations for pinning their efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar on the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi….

Chinese defense minister meets Myanmar chief of defense industries

Xinhua Online – BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Monday met with Tin Aye, chief of Defense Industries of Myanmar

All that glitters isn’t gold, India –
When the United Nations Security Council held an informal briefing on the situation in Burma for the first time, in December 2006, delegates again urged …

Bond actor to donate boats to Burma
Ninemsn, Australia –
‘His representative came to Myanmar (Burma) and said he will pay for 25 fishing boats, and our committee brought the representative to that village,” a …

Burma Allows Unlimited Fuel Purchase With Foreign Exchange …
RedOrbit, TX –
Rangoon – Burma’s junta authorized the unlimited purchase of diesel and gasoline with Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) at state-owned gas stations on …

Thailand tells the UN to broaden focus in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –
[Reuters] Thailand’s prime minister Samak Sundaravej has told the western countries not to pin their efforts to bring democracy to Burma on the release of …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Mr. Gambari, who concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar last week, thanked Mr. Samak for his help in negotiating with senior Myanmar officials who later …

PM: Meeting with Tea Banh to ease border tension
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Following the discussion on Burma with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, the premier said Mr Gambari plans to propose the idea of having a third party to …

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
These were done to the people while they were still suffering deeply from the devastating effect of the killer cyclone, and while the international …

Aye Hsay Thar Tun
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… in Burma, the country in which she is from. There, the organization is working to make a better life for those left homeless by the recent cyclone. …

Burma’s opposition politician attacked by unknown perpetrator, India –
In March, a Human Rights activist, Myint Aye (57) sustained head injuries from a similar beating by unknown people. Myint Hlaing, chairman of the Hlaing …

Human rights violations
Muncie Star Press, IN –
The first was a promise of improved human rights. Just before the games began, China incarcerated individuals who jeopardized the impression of calm accord …

The Best of Olympic Spirit Transferred and the Worst Purified for …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Most recently, PFC has been providing direct humanitarian relief to the victims of Cyclone Nagris in Burma. PFC recently raised support for and money to …

Media Power and People Power, Philippines –
Aung San, the leader of the independence movement in Burma and father of the currently jailed leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was the editor of …

Global vision – Cardiff eye man speaks out
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
In sub-Saharan Africa, in the poor countries of the Far East, parts of India or Bangladesh, in Myanmar [Burma] and in countless other places you can only …

After the Games, China stays on world’s stage
Indianapolis Star, United States –
Meanwhile, the human-rights situation in China remains troublesome — undemocratic governance, discrimination toward ethnic minorities, with limits on …

Burma: 2092 Political Prisioners In Prison (press release), New Zealand –
In the last year there have been around 900 arrests of activists, some for things like helping the relief operation following Cyclone Nargis. …

Insurers consider storm surge threat
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… a storm surge in the Gulf of Thailand could cause greater damage than the one triggered by Cyclone Nargis on the central plain of Burma in early May. …

NGOs hold satiric closing ceremony for Olympics
China Post, Taiwan –
As the Beijing Olympics officially closed, groups such as Friends of Tibet, Taiwan Free Burma Network, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Taiwan Labor …

Have you met our new friends?
The Times, South Africa –
Instead, let us now be proud of the democratic states of China and Russia, who stood by us like good friends at the UN when we refused to impose sanctions …

Gambari Burma Mission Not Accomplished, UNSC should intervene more …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
This was Gambari’s fourth trip to Burma since the deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators led by Buddhist-monks last September. …

McDonald’s, Ma and Hu awarded ‘Olympic’ golds
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
“Abuses not only increased, but China has also exported abuses by supporting authoritarian regimes in Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe,” Yang said. …

China won the gold for human rights abuses, WA –
The medals go to appalling attacks on human freedom and dignity. Start, though, with a special honor for pre-game enabling. The champion in this event was …

Myanmar opposition criticizes UN envoy
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not …

Gambari ‘wasting his time’ in Burma
The Standard, Hong Kong –
UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari was “wasting his time” in Burma because he did nothing to end the political stalemate there, the opposition party of Aung …

UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –


Myanmar politics roiled, but junta grip firm

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In this Oct. 18, 2006 file photo, a Buddhist monk prays at the Swedagon pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. While Myanmar’s ruling generals show no signs of losing a decades-old grip on power despite their handling of the recent cyclone disaster many experts see the 500,000-strong Buddhist monkhood as the only viable national institution after the army. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)

In this Oct. 12, 2006 file photo, Buddhist Monks prepare to make their rounds in Yangon, Myanmar. While Myanmar’s ruling generals show no signs of losing a decades-old grip on power despite their handling of the recent cyclone disaster many experts see the 500,000-strong Buddhist monkhood as the only viable national institution after the army. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — The cyclone that devastated Myanmar’s heartland has also roiled a political landscape dominated by the military for more than four decades.

Buddhist monks are regrouping after the battering they took nine months ago, civil society groups are emerging and foreign aid workers — often agents of political change in the wake of humanitarian crises — are present in unprecedented numbers.

The junta’s grip on power remains absolute. But anger against the regime has probably never run so high.

“Perhaps incremental change will emerge from engagement on humanitarian problems,” said Joel Charny, vice president of U.S.-based Refugees International who visited Myanmar just before the cyclone struck.

People were already incensed by the brutal suppression last September of anti-government demonstrators, including the country’s revered, saffron-robed Buddhist monks.

Then came Cyclone Nargis, exposing the junta as inept and heartless, initially blocking international aid efforts and even now still hampering them.

“The people are blaming the government. They are responsible for many deaths. They don’t care about right or wrong and they let people die just to hold onto power,” said Aung Myoe, a 32-year-old driver in a comment typical of the mood in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

“In the `Saffron Revolution’ they lost their Buddhist legitimacy; with the cyclone they lost whatever concept of efficacy they had with the public,” said David Steinberg, a Myanmar expert at Georgetown.

Steinberg said the junta constantly trumpet achievements in modernizing the isolated and impoverished Southeast Asian nation formerly named Burma.

Analysts say these passions and emerging trends may in the longer term loosen the junta’s grip on power. But for now it’s business as usual: dissidents are arrested, a brutal campaign against ethnic minorities rages on and the military strides toward elections guaranteed to perpetuate its control.

But the 500,000-strong Buddhist monkhood, the only viable national institution after the army, is regaining strength and cohesion by assuming a leading role in helping cyclone survivors.

Their work is seconded by quietly burgeoning civil society groups, which Steinberg said could foster pluralism and democracy in the future. These groups include professional guilds, including those of actors and singers, charity organizations and loose associations of like-minded citizens.

So could the influx of foreign aid workers and agencies in what may be the most intense interaction Myanmar has experienced with the outside world since gaining independence from Great Britain in 1948.

The operative word is “incremental.” Analysts don’t foresee meaningful political changes in the short run, discounting a dramatic turn of events, such as social upheaval in face of cyclone-induced rice shortages, or a split within the military.

The regime will be hard-pressed to provide enough rice to keep its 400,000 troops and their families loyal and ensure that shortages, which could last several years, don’t trigger major popular unrest as they have in the past, said Donald Seekins, a Myanmar watcher at Japan’s Meio University.

Meanwhile, the junta marches forward along its so-called “road map to democracy.” Elections are scheduled in 2010, based on a referendum-approved Constitution which guarantees the military 25 percent of parliamentary seats and power to run the country in event of a national emergency.

The cyclone response, the referendum and the extension of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention for a sixth year all sparked international outcry, but the absence of U.N. or other foreign action reassured the junta it needn’t fear outside intervention.

“The people of Myanmar would have been happy if the United States or France invaded,” said Ye Htun, a 30-year-old English teacher. “In Myanmar, the government is too strong and people are too scared. We can’t do it alone.”

Denis Gray, AP bureau chief in Bangkok, has covered Myanmar since the mid-1970s.

Soldiers march during 62nd annual Armed Forces Day ceremonies Tuesday, March 27, 2007, in the capital city of Naypyidaw, Myanmar. The cyclone that devastated Myanmar’s heartland has also roiled a political landscape dominated by the military for more than four decades. But the ruling junta’s grip on power remains. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

In this March 27, 2007 file photo, Myanmar’s ruling leader Senior Gen Than Shwe salutes soldiers during 62nd annual Armed Forces Day ceremonies in the capital city of Naypyidaw, Myanmar. People rage against them and the outside world adds a chorus of damning criticism, but Myanmar’s ruling generals show no signs of losing a decades-old grip on power despite their inept and heartless handling of the cyclone disaster. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)

Myanmar junta leaders Gen. Thura Shwe, left, Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, center and Lt. Gen Kyaw Win, right, look on during 62nd annual Armed Forces Day ceremonies Tuesday, March 27, 2007, in the capital city of Naypyidaw, Myanmar. The cyclone that devastated Myanmar’s heartland has also roiled a political landscape dominated by the military for more than four decades. But the ruling junta’s grip on power remains. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 3, 2008 at 1:14 am

World Focus on Burma (31 May 08)

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Weekly Business Roundup (May 31, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The deal was brokered by the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, which is a nominal partner in all oil and gas ventures in Burma. Daewoo is the lead developer …



Burma: Asean Steps in Where Others May Not Tread

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –
The junta has hoodwinked Asean before and it could happen again,” says Roshan Jason, spokesman for the Asean Inter-parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, a group of South-east Asian parliamentarians championing political reform in Burma. “Asean’s credibility is …
Officials say Myanmar junta is evicting storm victims from shelters NBC 29 News
UN: Myanmar funding conference “success” Xinhua
ABS CBN NewsForbesReuters UKReliefWeb (press release)
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Chinese medics ends Myanmar mission to treat cyclone victims

Xinhua –
YANGON, May 31 (Xinhua) — Chinese medics, who worked in Myanmar for the relief of cyclone victims, ended its two-week mission and left Yangon Saturday morning for home.
More Cyclone-hard-hit Township In Myanmar Starts With Paddy Ploughing Bernama
Japan medical team arrives in cyclone-hit Myanmar Thai News Agency MCOT
People’s Daily OnlineXinhuaXinhuaThai News Agency MCOT
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Global Buddhist event comes to Hoagland

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
They include groups established by natives of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and Laos, Devananda says. Buddhists from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois are …


Many Burmese Still Awaiting Aid

Washington Post, United States –
AP PYINMAGON, Burma, May 30 — This rice-farming village in the Irrawaddy Delta, one of countless communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Nargis, …

Humanitarian Vanities

New York Times, United States –

… to stand by knowing that the dictatorship of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, showed few signs of caring about the victims of Cyclone Nargis? …

Cyclone Caused More Damage Than Tsunami In Myanmar, Says Mercy …

Bernama, Malaysia –
KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) — Cyclone Nargis which slammed into Myanmar on May 2 and 3 inflicted damage much worse than that caused by the 2004 Indian …

First Thai medics return after treating Myanmar cyclone victims

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Four Thai medical doctors, under the patronage of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, in former Burma to treat Myanmar cyclone victims since May 17, …

Redlander grieves current events in childhood home of Burma

Redlands Daily Facts, CA –
(CATHERINE GARCIA / Redlands Daily Facts) Burma, which is called Myanmar by its current government, has been under military rule since 1962. …

Ethnic rebels torch sawmill, kill 8 workers in Myanmar

Times of India, India –
The ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has reached peace agreements with 17 armed ethnic groups. But others are still fighting for autonomy from …

US Defence Secretary Gates assures enduring role in Asia

Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“We continue to get help into Burma (Myanmar) and remain poised to provide more” for the victims of the May 3 cyclone that left 133000 dead or missing. …

United Sikhs Expands Aid Efforts in Burma

Panthic Weekly, CA –
He said, “I was encouraged by the relief effort, but that rapid reinforcements were needed” As of this week, the government of Myanmar has allowed all aid …

What in the World?

Irish Independent, Ireland –
But when Burma gained independence from the British in 1948, the Karen people were abandoned to their fate. In recent decades the Burmese army has practised …

Two catastrophes, two approaches

Trinidad & Tobago Express, Trinidad and Tobago –
A wicked cyclone struck Myanmar, formerly Burma, on May 12 leaving death and destruction in its wake. It was the sixth worse cyclone in history with an …

Those Hardest Hit Can Fend For Themselves, Says Burma’s Junta, Canada –
If you think Burma’s junta could not do or say anything else to warrant further backlash from the international community, you may want to reconsider that …

US blames Burma for thousands of deaths

The Age, Australia –
The Burma military’s obstruction of international aid after Cyclone Nargis has come “at a cost of tens of thousands of lives,” US Secretary of Defence …

Junta blamed for thousands dead in Myanmar Radio New Zealand, New Zealand

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with …

Myanmar Races to Plant Delta Rice Crops Before Monsoon Rains

Bloomberg –
… as Burma, the UN says. The International Development Enterprises, a non-government organization working to boost agricultural production in Myanmar, …

Why Child Abuse by Peacekeepers, Aid Workers Often Goes Unreported

Voice of America –
The report says Burma, also known as Myanmar, remained the worst government offender. And that’s IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written by Brianna …

Aid agencies urge Burma not to build orphanages, UK –
International relief agencies bringing aid to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis are trying to persuade the Burmese regime not to build orphanages for children …

Cowardice of silence, UK –
And yet the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, could not bring himself to utter her name on his recent, grovelling tour of Burma. …

Cyclone victims being evicted, Australia –
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator has raised concerns about victims of cyclone Nargis being evicted from emergency accommodation in Burma. …

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States –
More important, though, is the frustration of the sailors stationed on a ship near Burma, who are hoping to help, Keating said. While China has been more …

Burma: Stop Forced Evictions

Human Rights Watch (press release) –
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. …

Myanmar: Monks succeed where generals falter

Minneapolis Star Tribune –
The people have grown much closer to Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, who provide care, aid and solace, while their alienation from the military junta has grown.
Aid Agencies Say Logistical Difficulties Hamper Burma Aid Deliveries Voice of America
Burma ‘forcing refugees from camps’ The Press Association
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Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power

Voice of America –
He promises the United Nations will continue to press Burma, also known as Myanmar, to free political activists. “The sooner restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards …
US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution AFP
Burma arrest condemned Scotsman Associated PressEdmonton Sun
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Boston Globe

Burma cyclone aid agencies make plea for orphans –
“Institutionalisation really is the last resort,” said Guy Cave, Save the Children’s Burma deputy country director.
UN urges donors to fund relief efforts in Myanmar without delay (press release)
Aid donors press Burma for access Toronto Star
ReutersBoston GlobeReliefWeb (press release)The Age
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Burma’s junta evict families from relief centres

Radio Australia –
The United Nations says leaving people on the streets is unacceptable and has called for Burma to keep the centres open. Unicef’s regional director, Anupama Rao Singh, says the move risks creating a second wave of disease and disaster.
UN condemns Burma ‘camp closures’ BBC News
UN warns Burma it is endangering its citizens Bangkok Post
Radio Australia
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US says Myanmar stonewalling left thousands dead

International Herald Tribune –
By Andrew Gray Reuters SINGAPORE: Tens of thousands of people died because Myanmar’s government rejected offers of foreign aid for cyclone victims, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Saturday.

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, UN and church officials said Friday.

New arrival aboard Scotsman’s floating clinic in flood-hit Burma

Scotsman –
By Tristan Stewart-Robertson A FLOATING clinic donated to the Burma cyclone relief effort by a Scottish businessman has seen its first birth.
Baby born on boat donated to Burma relief by businessman Scotsman
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Seattle Post Intelligencer

Gates: Obstructed efforts in Myanmar cost lives

The Associated Press –
SINGAPORE (AP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Myanmar’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims has cost “tens of thousands of lives.
US blames Burma for thousands of deaths The Age
Gates says Myanmar aid obstruction cost tens of thousands of lives International Herald Tribune
Christian Science Monitor
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Singapore regrets Burma’s refusal of foreign aid

Radio Australia –
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Burma’s response to foreign offers of emergency aid is ‘regrettable.
Myanmar afraid cyclone handling will show up junta-Singapore Reuters
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Catholic News Agency

Give aid workers in Myanmar effective access–Pope

Reuters –
The Pope made his indirect appeal in an address to the Catholic bishops of the former Burma, who are winding up a visit to the Vatican, and urged them to be strong in the face of “distress, persecution and famine”.
Pope expresses hope victims of Myanmar’s cyclone will receive aid Catholic News Service
Church in Myanmar shows signs of hope despite difficulties, Pope says Catholic News Agency
Catholic World NewsInternational Herald Tribune
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Burma’s cyclone survivors face a life of debt

Times Online –
There was the disaster of her fisherman son, drowned at sea in a storm that was never noticed outside Burma. There was the disaster of widowhood: her husband died six years ago of an illness to which Daw Aye cannot even put a name.
The politics of rice in Burma
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RP chessers still pulling away vs Myanmar –
TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippies–IM candidate Rolando Nolte, former national junior champion Oliver Barbosa and Reggie Olay provided the decisive wins for the Philippines as they beat their Myanmar counterparts, 4.5-1.5, to fortify their hold on the lead …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 31, 2008 at 3:20 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (31 May 2008)

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The Southern Ledger

Mulish Myanmar

Seattle Times –
The ruling generals of Myanmar try the world’s patience with their cruel indifference in the face of the country’s humanitarian crisis.
Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power Voice of America
US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution AFP
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US Defence Secretary criticises Burma’s junta over cyclone relief

Radio Australia –
America’s Defence Secretary Robert Gates says the delay by Burma’s junta in allowing international aid into the cyclone-hit country cost tens of thousands of lives.
Burma’s rejection of aid has led to death of thousands, says US
Gates slams Myanmar’s response to Nargis Radio Netherlands
all 192 news articles »


The Daily Star

Poor access irks RP, SEA aid workers in Myanmar

ABS CBN News –
YANGON – Myanmar has asked Southeast Asian nations to coordinate the international cyclone relief effort, but regional officials here said Saturday they are frustrated by the regime’s handling of the crisis.
Myanmar warned against premature resettlement The Associated Press
Myanmar Delays Cost `Thousands of Lives,’ Gates Says (Update2) Bloomberg
Washington PostHinduMinneapolis Star TribuneThe Press Association
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Help is scant in Myanmar village deep inside delta

A man looks out at damaged roof sections being used to gather storm water into large jugs  in Pyinmagon village on an island in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta, Thursday, May 29, 2008. Due to the lack of aid and relief after the cyclone that ravaged Myanmar many survivors are forced to resort to making make shift fresh water gathering solutions to get by. (AP Photo)

AP Photo: A man looks out at damaged roof sections being used to gather storm water into...

PYINMAGON, Myanmar – Peering out from under the hood of his raincoat, the boat skipper squinted as he tried to steer his small wooden boat through the narrow, twisting channel leading to a village deep in Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy delta…..


UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

People displaced by Cyclone Nargis line up by their tents for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a refugee camp in Kyondah village, Myanmar May 22, 2008. (Stan Honda/Pool/Reuters)AP – 2

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, U.N. and church officials said Friday.


Myanmar Races to Plant Delta Rice Crops Before Monsoon Rains Bloomberg
Aid Agencies Say Logistical Difficulties Hamper Burma Aid Deliveries Voice of America
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Gates: Obstructed efforts in Myanmar cost lives

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, center, speaks with China's Deputy Chief of the People's Liberation Army staff, Ma Xiaotian, right, at the opening session of the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference, Friday May 30, 2008 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Stefen Chow) AP –
SINGAPORE – Myanmar’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims cost “tens of thousands of lives,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday, reflecting the widespread frustration with the military government there.


Myanmar starts mass evictions from cyclone camps

Fri May 30, 2:05 PM ETKYAUKTAN, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta started evicting destitute families from government-run cyclone relief centers on Friday, apparently fearing the ‘tented villages’ might become permanent.


BBC News

Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power

Voice of America –
He promises the United Nations will continue to press Burma, also known as Myanmar, to free political activists. “The sooner restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards …
Burma arrest condemned Scotsman
Cowardice of silence
Aljazeera.netEdmonton SunABS CBN NewsWashington Post
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 31, 2008 at 3:02 am

World Focus on Burma (21-11-2007)

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  1. Than Shwe: the man in the iron mask
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By AUNG ZAW In order to see positive political change in Burma it’s clearly necessary to understand the psyche of Than Shwe and his men. …
  2. Activists: Thai firms must halt investments
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Environmentalists have called on two SET-listed companies to halt their investments in Burma, saying they only serve to fatten the junta’s purse while …
  3. Burma is the unexpected victor at summit
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By RUTH YOUNGBLOOD Singapore _ The signing of the Asean Charter, long anticipated as a moment of triumph, turned out to be a face-saving occasion with Burma …
  4. UN chief lauds Asean democracy, human rights
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The 10-nation Asean met in Singapore in the wake of pro-democracy demonstrations in Burma, one of the members. Burma pledged, however, to abide by the human …
  5. In Singapore, Burma activists keep within the law
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    About 40 Burma nationals were having coffee at the Starbucks cafe at Orchard Parade Hotel, or standing around nearby. As the clock struck 7pm Tuesday night, …
  6. Activists attack Asean over inaction on Burma, United Kingdom –
    By Thomas Bell in Singapore Burma’s neighbours were accused of hypocrisy as they announced a new charter on human rights yesterday while failing to pressure ...
  7. TRANSCRIPT: Charles Gibson Interviews President George W. Bush and …
    ABC News –
    Why is Myanmar and different than Pakistan? FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH: Well, that isn’t my … I can’t answer that. I can talk to you about Burma, because that’s …
  8. ASEAN leaders adopt criticized charter, establish human rights body
    JURIST –
    Critics have also been skeptical of allowing military-ruled Myanmar to join the charter [JURIST report], citing the country’s poor human rights record. …
  9. Dissent but no discord as Arroyo raises doubts
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    THE glittering ceremony went ahead without a glitch as all 10 leaders of the Association of South-east Asian Nations, including Myanmar’s, inked the Asean …
  10. PGMA reiterates need for democratic reforms in Myanmar, UK –
    Among the topics discussed was the issue of democratic reforms in Myanmar after its political junta cracked down on pro-democracy protesters there two …
  11. UN envoy meets Arroyo, other leaders, Philippines –
    By Norman Bordadora, Tetch Torres SINGAPORE – United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s address on Burma (Myanmar) to Asian leaders was canceled abruptly, …
  12. KP Yohannan, the quiet revolutionary
    Journal Chrétien, France –
    His 16500 native missionaries are based in10 countries that include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal and India. …
  13. UN’s Myanmar envoy holds talks with regional leaders in Singapore
    UN News Centre –
    20 November 2007 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is in Singapore, where he is meeting with various regional leaders taking part …
  14. Take emotion out of view to give Burma a chance
    The Canberra Times, Australia –
    Many observers would ask why the world should care about Burma, notwithstanding the widespread sense of moral outrage prompted by the military regime’s …
  15. UN rights panel rebukes Myanmar, Iran, North Korea
    Reuters South Africa, South Africa –
    Another resolution strongly condemning the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was passed by 88-24, …
  16. UN condemns Burmese rights violations
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    New York (dpa) – The UN General Assembly’s human-rights committee adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning Burma’s use of force against peaceful …
  17. UN panel slams Myanmar crackdown on protests
    AFP –
    But Myanmar’s UN envoy Kyaw Tint Swe immediately brushed off the vote of censure saying: “We are not surprised by the result of the vote nor are we …
  18. UN envoy ‘disappointed’ over cancelled Myanmar briefing
    Tehran Times, Iran –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, said Tuesday he was disappointed”” by the decision to cancel his briefing …
  19. Adoption of landmark ASEAN Charter overshadowed by lack of …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP SINGAPORE: Southeast Asian leaders signed a landmark charter to promote free trade and human rights, but troublesome neighbor Myanmar undercut their …
  20. Abdullah: Charter will be a boon for SE Asia
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    By Wan Hamidi Hamid SINGAPORE: Despite pressure from the United States and European Union as well as human rights organisations over Myanmar’s military rule …
  21. Myanmar cloud could complicate FTA with ASEAN
    National Business Review, New Zealand –
    The Philippines, an ASEAN member, has warned that its parliament will not ratify the bloc’s new charter unless Burma shows that it is committed to returning …
  22. Burma warned over ASEAN charter
    Tehran Times, Iran –
    Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has said her country is unlikely to sign a new ASEAN charter unless Burma frees the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  23. Charter of ASEAN endorsed
    Xinhua, China –
    BEIJING, Nov. 21 — Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have endorsed the Charter of ASEAN in Singapore. .
  24. Downer Wants `Dialogue and Success’ on Myanmar (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    “Action means dialogue of substance that leads to constitutional reforms in Burma.” Myanmar, which has been ruled by the junta for 45 years, ..
  25. Historic ASEAN Charter Signed []
    RTT News, NY –
    The charter signing was conducted amid criticism over the absence of any real authority to enforce the rules – especially with member Myanmar, ..
  26. Gambari says UN can ‘make a difference’ in Myanmar
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Singapore – The United Nations can “make a difference” in Myanmar, where others have failed, with the support of East Asian countries and the international …
  27. India tells Myanmar to intensify reforms
    Assam Tribune, India –
    SINGAPORE, Nov 20 – India refrained from adopting a tough position on the military crackdown in Myanmar urging the neighbouring country to opt for a broad …
  28. Burma’s Big Break
    Wall Street Journal –
    At a summit in Singapore the 10-member group kept Burma’s junta in its fold while simultaneously inking a charter to strengthen its enforcement of human …
  29. ASEAN rights body told to protect members from foreign interference
    Hindu, India –
    Its recommendations confirm that the human rights agency would be a toothless body with no power to rein in blatant violators such as Myanmar. …
  30. LABOUR: ASEAN Charter Skirts Rights For Migrant Workers
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    “Burma (Myanmar) is getting special attention and it is deflecting the broader issue of human rights in the region,” added Jenina Joy Chavez, …
  31. UN’s Envoy Tells Myanmar to Speed Talks With Suu Kyi (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Calls for penalties on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have increased after General Than Shwe’s regime cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators in …
  32. East Asian leaders focus on emissions, free trade
    Reuters –
    … Myanmar opposed that and Gambari is talking to individual delegations instead. “Progress on Burma…has been as slow as glue up a hill,” said Downer. …
  33. UN Committee Approves Myanmar Resolution
    FOX News –
    Myanmar, also known as Burma, tried to block a vote on the draft resolution, proposing a motion of “no action” instead. It was defeated by a vote of 88 …
  34. Myanmar “Welcome” for Korean hits
    Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
    HONG KONG – Military crackdown notwithstanding, Myanmar (Burma) is to hold a festival of South Korean films at the end of the month (Nov 30 – Dec 4). …
  35. un’s Envoy Tells Myanmar to Speed Talks With Suu Kyi (Update3)
    Bloomberg –
    Calls for penalties on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, increased after General Than Shwe’s regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters in September, …
  36. East Asian leaders pledge emissions cuts
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    … Myanmar opposed that and Gambari is talking to individual delegations instead. “Progress on Burma…has been as slow as glue up a hill,” said Downer. …
  37. China’s power — and will — to push for change in Myanmar limited …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … the isolated country, also known as Burma. The sticky issue of Myanmar is often a hot topic at meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. …
  38. Bucking a global trend
    Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica –
    … Myanmar (Burma), Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Quatar, Brunei, Egypt and Indonesia.
  39. UN-doing Human Rights
    FrontPage, CA –
    The two notable positive actions by the Council on human rights violations resulted from two special sessions–one on Sudan and the other on Burma. …
  40. Laura Bush supports boycott of rubies, gems from Myanmar
    Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX – Editorial
    The military junta that rules over the nation once known as Burma has routinely used the truncheon and the bullet to crush any opposition. …
  41. Myanmar envoy wants stronger role, Qatar –
    The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar has said he wants to see his role “beefed up” to increase its chances of success. Ibrahim Gambari, who has gone …
  42. Gambari: UN can make a difference in Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Gambari said his dialogues with Burma will “have timelines.” “We want democracy and a stable and prosperous Myanmar,” he said, using the military regime’s …
  43. UN special envoy to go to Burma again
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    United Nations special envoy for Burma affairs Ibrahim Gambari said Wednesday he would make his next visit to the military ruled country before the end of …
  44. Asean’s common charter, a triumph of “modest expectations”, Italy –
    Myanmar also voted in favour of the charter, a country well known for its systematic violation of freedom and fundamental rights. The Charter which now must …
  45. Activists Defy Protest Ban At ASEAN Summit In Singapore
    AHN –
    The third protest at 7 pm (11 am GMT) on Tuesday came from 40 Myanmar citizens, who carried a large banner with the words “Listen to Burma’s Desires, …
  46. Myanmar nationals continue to press for change months after …
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    A “peace concert for Burma” was held at Singapore Substation. More than 60 people turned up to show their support. It was an overwhelming show of support by …
  47. Philippine President Rebukes Burma
    TIME –
    (SINGAPORE) — The president of the Philippines took a parting shot at Burma’s junta Wednesday, deploring the pace of democratic reforms in the Southeast …
  48. Myanmar faces calls for Suu Kyi release
    France24, France –
    “It’s very important that there is real and genuine progress… in Burma,” he said, referring to Myanmar by its former name. “Professor Gambari thinks he’s …
  49. Burma’s Forest Shrinking
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “In misgoverned Asian countries, like Myanmar [Burma] and Cambodia, there are impressive conservation laws on paper, but in practice illegal logging, …
  50. HIV/AIDS Down in Some Asian Countries but Rising in Others, Says …
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    The report said that Burma’s HIV epidemic “is also showing signs of a decline,” though was still a matter for concern. Indonesia and Vietnam are two …
  51. Arroyo Takes Parting Shot at Burma with Strong Criticism
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    We … remain concerned about the pace of progress of Myanmar [Burma] on the issue of human rights,” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said. …
  52. Gambari Says Burma Has Made Slow Progress
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    Qin also insisted that there have been positive developments in Burma, but he declined to elaborate. “Just compare the situation now in Myanmar with a month …
  53. Gambari Should Brief Asean: Ban Ki-moon
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    … Ban said: “It would have been desirable and better for Gambari to report and brief Asean leaders on the situation in Myanmar [Burma]. …
  54. ASEAN: human rights in the Charter and beyond, New Zealand –
    The current crisis in Myanmar, which is in fact a continuation of decades of serious human rights violations, some of which constitute crimes against …
  55. 21 – PGMA returns to RP with mixed emotions, UK –
    Also during the Summit, the President held bilateral talks with several of the member-nations, notably Myanmar whose military-backed junta came under …
  56. Philippine Calls Myanmar Junta ‘Forces Of Authoritarianism’
    AHN –
    Singapore (AHN) – The Philippines issues its strongest condemnation of Myanmar Wednesday calling its military leaders “forces of authoritarianism,” and at …
  57. AP Exclusive: ASEAN human rights body told to protect members from … (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … also known as Burma. Myanmar sparked global anger in September when the nation’s military leaders crushed pro-democracy protests lead by Buddhist monks, ..
  58. Asian leaders reject calls for Myanmar sanctions
    Forbes, NY –
    … brief the Asian leaders on the situation in the former Burma — forcing ASEAN into an embarrassing last-minute cancellation. But Lee described …
  59. POLITICS: ASEAN Family Gets ‘Protective’ About Burma
    Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
    ASEAN leaders’ views on Burma, also known as Myanmar, removed all doubts as to whose interests the governments have in mind when they talk about regional …
  60. New Southeast Asian Human Rights Body Likely to Keep Hands Off Burma
    Voice of America –
    But an internal document shows the organization is more likely to protect its members – including Burma – from outside interference on human rights matters. …
  61. UN Special Envoy to Burma Wants Stronger Role to Resolve Crisis
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News The United Nations special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is telling Asian leaders that his role in helping resolve Burma’s political crisis …
  62. ASEAN summit in S’pore achieves significant steps forward: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The Myanmar issue has also taken centre stage in this summit. ASEAN has made its position clear on the issue that Myanmar cannot go back to the status quo. …
  63. ASEAN summit in S’pore achieves significant steps forward: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The Myanmar issue has also taken centre stage in this summit. ASEAN has made its position clear on the issue that Myanmar cannot go back to the status quo. ..
  64. ASEAN, Japan conclude negotiations for partnership agreement
    Xinhua, China –
    SINGAPORE, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The heads of state or government of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan gathered …
  65. Asia.view Realpolitik rules
    Economist, UK –
    Take its reaction to recent events in Myanmar and Pakistan. When General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan imposed, in effect, martial law on November 3rd, …
  66. ASEAN statement on Burma met with criticism
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Teresa Kok of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus said that ASEAN leaders were not taking a strong enough stand on Burma, and needed to hear from …
  67. Junta releases demonstrators but only so that they can die at home, Italy –
    … who has pledged to work on behalf of all groups in Myanmar, including ethnic minorities. According to the Democratic Voice of Burma, the military are in …
  68. Gem sales continue despite calls for boycott
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Nov 21, 2007 (DVB)–A Burmese gem auction at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Mayangon township, Rangoon, has attracted 3596 local and international …
  69. Downer hits ASEAN silence over Burma
    The Australian, Australia –
    AUSTRALIA yesterday lashed out at Burma’s sabotage of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s planned briefing for ASEAN and East Asia Summit leaders on any moves by the …
  70. EU backs ‘carrot and stick’ approach towards Myanmar
    Reuters –
    By Jan Dahinten SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The European Union wants to keep up the pressure on military-ruled Myanmar to bring about democratic reforms and …
  71. Japan pledges Asia aid to fight climate change
    Citizen, South Africa –
    Pollution hovers over eastern Beijing’s developing skyline. Japan’s Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has pledged a two-billion-dollar aid package to help …
  72. POLITICAL TIDBITS Baby steps for Burma, Philippines –
    By Belinda Olivares-Cunanan It looks like the 10-nation ASEAN has decided in Singapore to treat Burma (Myanmar) like a baby learning to take small steps, …
  73. Clark leaves UN talks confident of progress in Myanmar, New Zealand –
    Prime Minister Helen Clark has completed talks with the United Nations special envoy to Myanmar confident progress can be made in the repressive and …
  74. China leaning on Myanmar: PM
    New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
    Photo / AP Prime Minister Helen Clark is confident China will use its diplomatic muscle to pressure Myanmar to engage with the United Nations. …
  75. Southeast Asian nations split over treatment of Burma
    Christian Science Monitor, MA –
    By Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar Divisions over Burma (Myanmar) overshadowed the 40th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, …

World Focus on Burma (13-11-2007)

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  1. Redoubled Efforts Needed To Resolve Burma Crisis, New Zealand –
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the Myanmar authorities and all relevant parties to redouble their efforts towards achieving national …
  2. Burma: Gem Trade Bolsters Military Regime, Fuels Atrocities
    Human Rights Watch (press release) –
    Burma’s military junta has organized the auction, which is scheduled to run from November 14 to 26 at the Myanmar Convention Center. …
  3. Ban urges Myanmar parties to speed up reconciliation efforts
    AFP –
    “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that the trade in these stones supports human rights abuses,” said Arvind Ganesan …
  4. Myanmar Should Agree on Timetable for Political Change, UN Says
    Bloomberg –
    More than 90 percent of the world’s rubies originate in Myanmar, it said. “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that …
  5. UN Secretary-General Hopeful After Special Envoy’s Briefing on Burma
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is hopeful a process initiated by his special envoy to Burma will lead to meaningful …
  6. Myanmar gem auction to top up junta coffers despite sanctions
    AFP –
    … increasingly difficult for the Burmese generals to move their money around,” said Sean Turnell, an expert on Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma. …
  7. Gambari to brief UNSC on Myanmar, India –
    UN Special Envoy on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, would brief the UN Security Council on Wednesday morning (IST) on his five-day visits to the country last week. …
  8. Myanmar to put over $200 mln gems, jade for bidding
    Xinhua, China –
    13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will put quality gems, jade, pearl and jewelry worth about 230 million US dollars at floor prices on sale at a mid-year gems emporium
  9. Military presence swept under carpet before UN rights probe, India –
    November 13, 2007 – Troops of the Burma Army were conspicuous by their absence in Rangoon on the eve of the arrival of the UN rights expert, Paulo Sergio …
  10. Myanmar Should Agree on Change Timetable, UN Says (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    More than 90 percent of the world’s rubies originate in Myanmar, it said. “Burma’s rubies and jade are prized for their beauty but the ugly truth is that …
  11. How Myanmar spins its grip on power
    Globe and Mail, Canada –
    A recent flurry of diplomatic activity in Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – including meetings between Ms. Suu Kyi and a government minister have sparked …
  12. The Lessons from Myanmar
    Just International, Malaysia –
    Suu Kyi s fight platform, in the 1990 elections, was extremely ingenious in the sense of trying to take from Myanmar s cultural tradition, the fundamental …
  13. India stands by Myanmar status quo
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    India’s relations with Myanmar are even more troubled and delicate than China’s. During the British colonial era, Myanmar, then known as Burma, …
  14. India Cuts Them Off At The Free Pass
    Strategy Page –
    Then India made deals with Bangladesh and Myanmar to shut down ULFA camps there. Inside India, life was much more dangerous for ULFA fighters, …
  15. Reporter details censorship
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
    As a result of the government’s tight rein on newspapers, magazines and electronic communication, Hein said, “most people in Burma do not know what’s going …
  16. Foreigners flock to Myanmar gems auction despite calls for a boycott (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    «The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.» Myanmar is also called Burma. The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said …
  17. Burma: Junta Diversionary Tactics?
    UNPO, Netherlands –
    Tentative talks in Myanmar between pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military rulers have raised hopes in some quarters of a possible …
  18. Assure medical care and human rights in Burma
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI –
    By any measure, the country called Myanmar by its military junta but Burma by the democratic party that legitimately and overwhelmingly won the 1990 …
  19. The Geopolitics and Economics of Burma’s Military Regime, 1962-2007
    ZNet, MA –
    [34] Most fundamentally, the SLORC passed the Union of Burma (Myanmar) Foreign Investment Law in November 1988 that allowed foreign companies to establish …
  20. Myanmar gems auction shrugs off Western sanctions
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    Human Rights Watch has called for a total ban on precious stones from the former Burma, where state-controlled mines supply sapphires, pearls, …
  21. Fugitive Myanmar Dissident Arrested
    The Associated Press –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27 she laid lay flowers at the spot where …
  22. Myanmar activist arrested during UN envoy visit
    Reuters –
    The Brazilian law professor, on his first trip to the former Burma in four years, visited Yangon’s notorious Insein prison and other sites on Monday where
  23. Prominent Myanmar Activists Arrested
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based radio station run by Myanmar dissidents, reported that on Oct. 27, she laid flowers at the spot where Japanese …
  24. Pinheiro waiting to meet generals as they keep arresting activists …, Italy –
    The 88 Generation student group confirmed that U Gambira, a leader of the Alliance of All Burma Buddhist Monks who played a key role in the anti-fuel price …
  25. Myanmar Gem Show to Draw Merchants
    Houston Chronicle, United States –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” Myanmar is also called Burma. The state-run Myanmar Gems Enterprise said …
  26. Thailand: Migrant workers unprotected and uninformed
    YubaNet, CA –
    Seven years ago, in her small Myanmar hometown, Tha Zin, 30, a garment factory worker, watched as one of her closest friends – a girl just a few years
  27. Burmese Monk, Labor Activist Arrested In Burma, New Zealand –
    The arrests come as a United Nations human rights envoy is in Burma to investigate the September crackdown by the country’s military government.
  28. Asian rly routes inspire Dhaka’s plan for highway
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    However, Dhaka joined the Trans-Asian Railway network on November 9 as it goes through India-Bangladesh-Myanmar and will not serve as a corridor for India.