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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

World focus on Burma (4 December 2008)

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Zarganar and Nay Phone Latt win international prize
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 4, 2008 (DVB)–Reporters Without Borders has awarded one of its annual prizes to Burmese comedian and activist Zarganar and blogger Nay Phone Latt, …

Burmese Try to Anticipate Junta’s Next Election Move
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… sources in Burma said. Meanwhile, the regime is pushing to complete preparations for voter registration. On Thursday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar …

Fiji: How to change the government from within?
Global Voices Online, MA –
Thais are doing it (but we don’t want violence, that I understand), the Burmese monks did it, Pakis did it, etc etc..even the LADIES IN WHITE of Communist …

UAW not to blame for auto woes
Port Huron Times Herald, MI –
East Pakistan shared a border with Burma, now the Union of Myanmar. West Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan. In 1971, East Pakistan separated from …

Rangoon Division PDC office to relocate
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military junta has ordered the office of the Rangoon Division Peace and Development Council (PDC) be shifted …

The Drama of 2008
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By KYAW ZWA MOE Events in Burma during 2008 added up to a drama packed with mixed emotions. They began with an appalling disaster, arousing sympathy and …

Zarganar, Other Dissidents Sent to Remote Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to his outspoken criticism of the Burmese junta, was transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to Myitkyina Prison in Kachin State, the sources said. …

Cuban journalist, North Korean radio station and two Burmese …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
The other 2008 nominees in this category were: Chrono-tm.org (Turkmenistan), Democracy Now! (United States), Contravía (Colombia), Wechange.org (Iran) and …

Who are the Elders, Can They Resolve World Crises?
radiovop.com, Zimbabwe –
… former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and, in absentia, Burmese democracy activist Aung Sun Suu Kyi. …

Ban Rules Out Visit to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy icon, Bush has been instrumental in pushing for US sanctions against the Burmese military junta and its …

Now I’m allowed to be offensive, I realise I’ve got nothing …
New Statesman, UK –
… there was another show to raise money and awareness for the plight of Zarganar, Burma’s most famous comedian. He has just had his 45-year prison …

Israel opens Gaza border to foreign journalists, aid workers
Ha’aretz, Israel –
… Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and Zimbabwe. …

RP hosts 18th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet in Tarlac
Balita.org, UK –
The 10 ASEAN member countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Ban will not visit Burma, despite calls by former world leaders
Mizzima.com, India –
But Montas on said the secretary general “said he would like to visit Myanmar [Burma] again to discuss a broad range of issues but that he will not be able …

Former World Leaders want Political Prisoners Freed in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Burmese pro-democracy supporters in New Delhi hold portraits of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at a protest against the Burmese …

Ethnic leaders dismayed by experts’ dismissal
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-12-04 07:34 Ethnic ceasefire leaders say they are disappointed with “blanket rejection” by Burma experts about the ruling …

Chevron acquitted in Nigeria human rights case
World War 4 Report, NY –
In 2005, Unocal settled a similar lawsuit brought by 15 villagers from Burma alleging the company was responsible for forced labor, rapes and a murder ..

Myanmar appeal by former world leaders
Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –
… appealed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to press for the release of political prisoners in Myanmar, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Bombay vs. Mumbai
The Plank on TNR.com, DC –
The Burma/Myanmar issue hinges on whether you think its ruling military junta is legitimate. No such ambiguity attaches to Mumbai. …

Volunteer — here, there, anywhere
Daily Trojan Online, CA –
Students were preparing to teach English to Burmese refugees. But in true Trojan spirit, university administrators are now attempting to find new …

Milton students’ work ‘amazing”
Danville News, PA –
… newspaper published in Phnom Penh, and he recently began publishing “The Burma Daily,” an online newspaper for the country now known as Myanmar.

Polluting, even as he exits
Boston Globe, United States –
But after mobs shut down Bangkok’s international airport last week, stranding 300000 travelers, and a politicized Constitutional Court banned Thailand’s …

The UN’s Racist Conference On Racism
Forbes, NY –
… this was more than twice the number of UNHRC criticisms leveled during that same period at North Korea, Burma and Sudan combined. …

No UN push over Myanmar prisoners
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

She added that Ibrahim Gambari, Ban’s special envoy to Myanmar, would also not return to the country formerly known as Burma, until he had a “real …

Dissent Of The Day
Atlantic Online –
For Hitchens, and now you, to state that the Bombay-Mumbai name change is akin to the Burma-Myanmar change is very insulting to this Mumbaikar proud of her …

World leaders pressure UN on Burmese prisoners
Radio Australia, Australia –
Last month, over 100 Burmese monks, journalists, lawyers and relief workers were each given long sentences in prison. Speaker: Jared Genser, US-based human …

Uncertain Future
AsianWeek, CA –
In Burma, the tolls of Cyclone Nargis became clearer: At least 85000 were killed with thousands more still missing, many probably washed out to sea, …

World leaders press UN chief on Myanmar prisoners
The Associated Press –
Ban traveled to Myanmar, also known as Burma, last May after Cyclone Nargis devastated coastal areas. Setting aside political considerations, he persuaded …

Accused killer’s mental competency delays hearing
Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
The defense has also raised questions about Met’s age, noting that there are no birth records for him in either Burma or Thailand, where Met was confined to …

‘No More Slaves’
The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
Creative World Justice hopes Singapore will lead the way in guaranteeing basic human rights and dignity to its “enslaved” domestic workers. …

Burma Banishes Hip-Hop Star and Others to Remote Prisons
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of imprisoned political dissidents in Burma said the country’s military rulers have dispatched seven more political detainees, …

Yahoo!7 Top Web Search Results Reveal Aussies Interests in 2008
e-Travel Blackboard (press release), Australia –
Chinese earthquake; Cyclone Nargis, the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma; and finally Large Hadron Collier, the world’s largest and ..

Latest news in Regional news brief
MorungExpress, India –
Dimapur, December 3, (MExN): According to police sources, two cadres of GPRN/NSCN were held from Burma Camp today at around 10:30 am and two 9mm (including …

Films in competition
Los Angeles Times, CA –

“Burma VJ” / Denmark (Director: Anders Oestergaard)—In September 2007, Burmese journalists risking life imprisonment to report from inside their sealed-off …

Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills Prove to be the Tipping …
MarketWatch –
One of a few international organizations with an extensive presence in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta region following Cyclone Nargis, Pact was the first on the …

ASEAN projects to push through
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
The ASEAN groups together the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma. …

Gilles Duceppe is not the devil
Canada.com, Canada –
Last night, a friend from Burma commented on how remarkable it is to see opposition parties working together to actually, you know, oppose a government, …

Burma Must Not Be Forgotten
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
The lack of health care, educational facilities, economic mismanagement, and ongoing severe human rights abuses drive many people out of the country. …

A Luxury Cruise in Harm’s Way
New York Times Blogs, NY –
… colony of Burma” — after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar in May and the ruling military junta deepened the crisis by blocking aid efforts afterward. …

Bangkok Tourist Scene Update
Gather.com, MA –
After the court decision the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) declared an end to the occupation of both Bangkok airports, following their withdrawal …

Burma’s Nuclear Temptation
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
At a press conference in Rangoon on January 21, 2002, Vice-Chief of Military Intelligence Major-General Kyaw Win issued a statement: “Myanmar’s …

Energy blues: a comparative analysis
The Post, Pakistan –
The future security of India is fully dependent on nuclear power plants, similar to the French model, and pipelines from Iran or from the areas like Burma …

Asian Chronicles
Hartford Advocate, CT –
They lived a few blocks from Aung San Suu Kyi, the duly elected president of the country who has been under house arrest for 20 years. …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 4, 2008 at 4:10 am

World focus on Burma (8 August 2008)

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Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

Tears and pride as Games opening is watched in UK

BBC News, UK –

Protesters from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to voice their anger about human rights violations. Back in Trafalgar Square, …

20 Years Since Thousands of Pro-Democracy Activists Killed in Burma

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

In Myanmar, also known as Burma, the military junta arrested 48 activists for a protest to mark the anniversary. Mark Farmaner is Director of the Burma …

New York Times Blogs, NY –

“China, more than any other country, has enabled the survival of the brutal Burmese regime,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch …

Anti-China activists face federal criminal charges

KUTV, UT –

A protestor wearing a photograph of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shouts as he stands outside the Chinese Embassy on August 8, …

Christian Rights Group Wants UN to Intervene in Burma Crisis

Christian Post –

The UK-based human rights organization is pressing for key members of the military junta to be brought before the International Criminal Court for crimes …

Authorities arrest rights activist and ABFSU members

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 8, 2008 (DVB)–Three All Burma Federation of Student Union members and a member of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network have been arrested by …

Burma comic on cyclone charges

The Australian, Australia –

Cyclone Nargis left 138000 people dead or missing in early May. After the storm, Burma’s military regime was criticised for blocking foreign relief supplies …

Voice of America –

The protests pushed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi into the political limelight and helped her found the NLD to challenge army rule. Burma’s ruling …

RP drops anti-Myanmar stance for ASEAN charter

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… said Congress would find “extreme difficulty in ratifying the charter” until military-ruled Myanmar (Burma) freed Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Tough words from Mrs Bush for Burmese junta

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

… of the military crackdown that crushed Burma’s nascent democracy and left the leader of the democratic forces, Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest. …

No moving backwards for Myanmar

Amnesty International –

Three months ago, the government wilfully neglected its people when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar. Relief workers, diplomats, journalists, and Burmese …

Bin Laden Driver Given Lenient Sentence

Democracy Now, NY –

Internationally, we wish they use their veto power at the UN Security Council and stop supporting brutality in Tibet, Myanmar and Darfur. …

Burma’s bitter remembrance of ‘8/8/88′

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Burma’s democracy leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) overwhelmingly won the 1990 elections, remains under …

Remembering 88: Fighting for what is ours

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

In September 2007, the people of Burma yet again made an attempt to gain the rights that they deserve and the military government responded to it in the …

Breakfast of Champions 8/8: Burmese Democracy
Minneapolis City Pages, MN –
… of the Olympics in Beijing — another event that affects Burma. I wonder if they ever think about calling off August in the nation now known as Myanmar. ..

200 anti-Olympic protestors gather at Chinese embassy in London

Monsters and Critics.com –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

David Cook: Olympics, Day One

The Chattanoogan, TN –

So, as it hosts the Olympic Games, China also works to shut down democracy in Burma, where human rights violations are commonplace, and Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Thailand urges US to adjust ‘priority’ ranking

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Also, Thailand had expressed concerns to the US on its trade sanctions against Myanmar, Mrs. Nongnut said. The sanctions affected not only the Myanmar …

The 1988 demonstrations in Myanmar

The military rulers fear a repeat of the 1988 demonstrations Photo:

AFP/Getty Images

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Police and militia have staged a show of force in Burma on the eve of the 20th anniversary of a major uprising which left 3000 civilians dead. …

Crackdown on Burmese aid workers

The Age, Australia –

BURMA’S most famous comedian has been charged in a secret court, along with a sports writer and two activists, apparently for their role in delivering aid …

White House Fact Sheet: The United States and Asia: Enduring …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

President Bush will meet with Burmese human rights activists and restate the call on Burma’s military junta rulers to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other …

Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

Security tight for 20th anniversary of Burma protests

CBC.ca, Canada –

About 100 gathered outside the Burma Embassy in Bangkok, chanting “Free Burma, Free Aung San Suu Kyi,” and throwing three red airplanes over the wall that …

Bush criticizes China before Beijing visit

Ocala, FL –

The president planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

Bush Committed to Burma Issue, Say Activists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Thaung Htun, a representative for UN Affairs of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, the government in exile, said, “Since the Burmese …

US First Lady Laura Bush yesterday visited IOM’s refugee …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The First Lady, who was accompanied by her daughter Barbara, saw IOM cultural orientation trainers preparing refugees for resettlement in the US and saw off …

Business Round-up (August 8, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“[The fact] that each dollar of aid must be converted with Myanmar’s [Burma] military government for a foreign exchange certificate with, now, 80 percent of …

world briefs

Bryan College Station Eagle, United States –

Mrs. Bush, who is traveling in Asia with President Bush, flew to the Thai border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, to visit the Mae La refugee camp and a …

Apprehensive of protests, junta tightens security in Rangoon

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Security in Burma’s former capital of Rangoon has been stepped up several notches with rumours of impending protests swirling around the city, …

Those who talk, those who walk

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

That is, Burma will remain immune from Thai and most ASEAN pressure to reform, and Thailand itself will continue to see US military sales to the country …

US President Bush visits Bangkok, Thailand

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. We’ll continue working until the people of …

Laura Bush’s Myanmar crusade

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

In 2003, Congress passed the Freedom and Democracy Act after an attack on pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade by government-organized thugs …

‘Intl community should push for political reforms in Myanmar’

Economic Times, India –

“As the world celebrates the opening of the Beijing Olympics, people should pause to remember the atrocities in Burma 20 years ago,” said Elaine Pearson, …

Burma In The Shadow Of The Olympics

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

All this is so very applicable in the Myanmar of today. Members of the Burmese junta could not have acted out of love when they used naked force to smash …

CSW wants UN to intervene in Burma crisis

ChristianToday, UK –

by Anne Thomas Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for “urgent, specific and meaningful action” from the UN to address Burma’s ongoing political and …

Searching for Democracy Twenty Years On

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Paradoxically, the regime led by Snr-Gen Than Shwe thought it could save the country from “disintegration” and “anarchy.” The most disturbing thing is the …

Arakanese Community Stages Protest in Dhaka against 2010 Election

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

… Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, because their detention is unjust and unfair, and is furthermore against the current laws of Burma,” said Ko Kyaw Myint. …

Myanmar nationals living in Thailand and members of human rights groups chant anti-junta slogans and wave placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok August 8, 2008.

Reuters –

… burnt Myanmar flags and waved placards calling for the release of democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in …

Burmese activists shout a slogan in front of China Embassy in Bangkok on Friday

Chinese embassies were the target of some of Friday’s protests

BBC News, UK –
Until the 8/8/88 protests, Aung San Suu Kyi was only known as the daughter of liberation hero Aung San, but her speech to the assembled protesters during …

Bush Calls On Myanmar, China To Respect Rights

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

“America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners,” he said. “We will continue working until …

William Holston Jr.: Rally tonight in Dallas to support Burmese …

Dallas Morning News, TX –

Within two years, one of the young activists, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, received the Nobel Peace Prize. She was unable to attend the ceremony, however…

Myanmar activists mark 20th anniversary of crushed democracy

Monsters and Critics.com –

… which he promised to ‘seek an end to tyranny in Burma,’ and reiterated the call for Myanmar’s regime to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who …

US president’s trip to China starts off on a frosty note

Press and Journal, UK –

Mr Bush has said he wants to enjoy the 2008 Summer Olympics, but also will talk to President Hu Jintao about human rights and a host of other bilateral …

Activists rally in Philippines for democracy in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

‘Sports, according to the Olympics charter, should promote human rights and social justice,’ said Egoy Bans, spokesman for the Free Burma …

Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88″ uprising remembered

guardian.co.uk, UK –

… laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in Yangon. In the Philippine capital Manila, activists from the Free Burma Coalition and Amnesty …

Security tight on anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The Associated Press –

He later joined about 100 others outside the Myanmar Embassy. They chanted “Free Burma, Free Aung San Suu Kyi” and threw red paper airplanes with the …

Dublin event to mark anniversary of Burma uprising

Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –

An event is due to be held on Dublin’s O’Connell Street this afternoon to mark the 20th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in Burma. …

China rebuffs Bush speech

Denver Post, CO –

By Steven Lee Myers First lady Laura Bush sits with students during a visit to a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border Thursday. …

For peace in Nagaland, dialogue among Nagas must succeed (Commentary)

SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –

But Muivah and Swu stood firm along with Khaplang, their comrade in western Burma (Myanmar), and forced a split in the NNC, one which gave birth to the NSCN …

Stuck between the summit and the roundtable

Business Day, South Africa –

Help to Cuba and the Palestinians, blocking UN managerial reform, and manoeuvring around tougher action on Burma and Iran. None of this does one bit for …

Shame on China — and the IOC

MiamiHerald.com, FL –

When IOC Vice President Kim Un-Yong was jailed a few years ago, charged with embezzling millions and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks …

Myanmar revolt crackdown remembered

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

However, Bush also heard criticism of Washington’s stance towards Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, for forcing the generals into isolation. …

EWEN’S COMPLETES HIS MISSION FOR BURMA

Guide and Gazette, UK –

In June, Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy published a joint statement, in an open letter to Burma’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi: “We wish to use this …

China tells Bush to stay out of its affairs

Dispatch Online, South Africa –

Burma – called Myanmar by the regime – marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists today. Laura Bush flew for the day to …

The Games They Play in Burma

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

by J. Sri Raman, On August 8, a small team of six athletes from Burma is scheduled to participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. …

Olympic Expectations

Bangor Daily News, ME –

… for human rights, harsh treatment of Tibet, its omnipresent censorship and its financial dealings with morally corrupt regimes in Sudan, Burma and Iran. …

Conditions in Myanmar much starker than previously assessed, AP finds

Kansas City Star, MO –

… assistance to enable them to rebuild their lives,” said Andrew Kirkwood, who heads the aid agency Save the Children in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Crazy eights: Chinese, wedding parties and birthday celebrators …
Naples Daily News, FL –
The sole exception would be in Burma, officially known as Myanmar, where such a protest would likely be considered suicide. On August 8, 1988, which has one ..

Rights groups cry for freedom of ‘prisoners of conscience’

Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

At that time in Myanmar, Burmese students gathered and staged demonstrations calling for democracy. These quickly spread in different parts of Myanmar until …

Myanmar’s bloody “8-8-88″ uprising remembered

guardian.co.uk, UK –

After last year’s large-scale fuel-price rallies, the generals in charge of the former Burma are taking no chances, with extra police and pro-government …

Myanmar Still A Disaster

The Moderate Voice –

It is sad to say that there will probably be very little done to help the suffering people of Burma/Myanmar. (1) The Moderate Voice’s comments are hosted by …

Chinese FM conveys congratulations on 41st anniversary of ASEAN …

Xinhua, China –

8, 1967 for boosting regional integration, ASEAN later absorbed Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia as its members. …

Burmese recall uprising

Radio Australia, Australia –

LAMEY: It speaks volumes about Burma that the country of 47 million can muster only 6 athletes to compete in Beijing. And for many in that country, …

Bush Criticizes China In Bangkok Speech

WMUR, NH –

BEIJING — President George W. Bush arrived in China Thursday on a trip that his aides hope will keep a positive focus on the Olympic spirit while showing …

Bush annoys Chinese with human rights speech

Birmingham Star, AL –

… watching Hu’s color on his face, doing nothing to give a hand to help Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi to get released from house-arrest; now visiting China, …

UN rights envoy ends Burma visit

The Standard, Hong Kong –

A United Nations human rights envoy held “constructive” talks with junta leaders in Burma and was allowed to meet with detained pro-democracy activists …

The Sarcasm Revolution

Contra Costa Times, CA –

Political satire remains a dangerous pastime in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. But Maung Yit and two other local Myanmar exiles use their comfortable …

The two sides of 8888

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

But the number eight holds a further significance today, for it is exactly 20 years since the 8888 uprising in Burma. What started out as a student-led …

Ending the junta

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Today the generals of Burma – officially the State Peace and Development Council – mark an unofficial 20th birthday of sorts. Twenty years ago to the day …

China key to Burma’s ‘survival’

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Attempts by the United Nations security council to place limits on the junta have been stymied by China and Russia, who have blocked sanctions and arms …

Philippines: Myanmar Exile Calls For More Pressure On Generals

Khun Myint Tun, right, Member of Parliament Union of Burma who won a seat during the national elections in 1990 but not allowed to assume power, is joined by Filipino supporters during a press conference. (Photo courtesy: AP Photo/Pat Roque)

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Khun Myint Tun, right, Member of Parliament Union of Burma who won a seat during the national elections in 1990 but not allowed to assume power, …

Myanmar: Dissident Myanmar Comic Charged By Court

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The UN estimated Myanmar to have more than 1100 political prisoners. Quintana said he has asked the government to let him return to Myanmar in March 2009 …

Asia after Bush

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The cause of Burma’s freedom, democracy and human rights was poignantly served but whether Mr Bush and his wife’s gestures will make any difference on the …

Secret court may jail Burma comic Maung Thura for helping Cyclone …

Times Online, UK –

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, left Rangoon last night after a four-day visit during which he went to Insein jail …

Myanmar: Dissident Myanmar Comic Charged By Court

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Before he was detained, Zarganar said he and more than 400 entertainers in Myanmar volunteered to help victims of the cyclone, making several trips to …

Bush arrives in Beijing

International Herald Tribune, France –

… his Thursday speech represented criticisms of China, though he also criticized the authoritarian leaders of North Korea and Myanmar, the former Burma. …

PRESS DIGEST – Thai newspapers – Aug 8

Reuters –

US President George W. Bush said the United States sought an end to tyranny in Myanmar as he and first Lady Laura Bush spent much of their time in Thailand …

US to keep pressure on Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

THANIDA TANSUBHAPOL and AP United States President George Bush yesterday vowed to continue exerting pressure on Burma’s military regime. …

Why US president met the Burmese at envoy’s house

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The process was secretly and carefully arranged, given the sensitivity of the issue, which could have affected Thailand’s relations with Burma. …

The First Lady Visits Refugees From Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

Than Shwe, the head of the military junta, that “the time for a free Burma is now.” Another image from Laura Bush’s camp visit. …

No moving backwards, despite the junta

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

If the future is to be better, the United Nations’ Security Council and Burma’s Asian neighbours must cease turning a blind eye to human rights violations …

20th Anniversary of the 8888 Uprising

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

Today (8 08 2008) marks the 20th anniversary of Burma’s largest national democratic uprising when millions of Burmese citizens bravely marched through the …

What if you gave a dinner party and the Axis of Evil came?

USA Today –

Q: Speaking of Burma, what are your thoughts on the ethics of making tourist visits to countries with long, dark records of human-rights abuses? …

Stop the dream, I want to get off

Ha’aretz, Israel –

And the presidents of Zimbabwe, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan and North Korea will also be there – all of them criminals against humanity and bosom buddies of the …

A round-up of today’s world news

Irish Times, Ireland –

RANGOON – The new United Nations human rights envoy to Burma, Argentine lawyer Tomas Ojea Quintana, met five prominent political prisoners on his first trip …

Bush In Bangkok Blasts Burma & China

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

On Thursday (August 6), President Bush visits the Mercy Center, a slum-based group of schools, AIDS hospices, orphanages, and medical clinics in Bangkok run …

Time to unite for real cause

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Dr Thaung Htun is the Representative for United Nations Affairs of the Burma UN Service Office, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, …

Olympics Demonstration in London

Zimbabwejournalists.com, UK –

Representatives of Burma, Sudan, Tibet and Zimbabwe will lay flowers in mourning for the deaths of millions of victims of dictators supported by China. …

Jolie plans to build an AIDS clinic in Ethiopia

Birmingham Star, AL –

“The next trip for our foundation will most likely to be Asia to follow up on the situation in Burma and our work in Cambodia, Jolie said.

Regret, anger for Burma’s ’88 uprising exiles

ABC Online, Australia –

On the day now stamped in his memory as 8.8.88, Nyo Ohn Myint was certain that change was finally within reach in his military-ruled homeland of Burma. …

Voice of America –

Burma’s government also sat on visa applications from the United Nations and humanitarian agencies. It took pressure from the UN and the Association of …

Behind the story: it’s like arresting Rowan Atkinson or Ricky Gervais

Times Online, UK –

But the work to which they committed themselves — raising and distributing aid to the victims of the cyclone — was inescapably political. …

The Hypocrisy of The Democrats

ProLife Blogs –

Excerpts from it show how hypocritical he is: Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe? …

Bush says US firmly opposed to China’s repression

Amador Ledger-Dispatch, CA –

The president plans to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

President and Mrs. Bush Visit USAID Programs in Thailand

MarketWatch –

The Bushes also were briefed on USAID’s ongoing work in Burma to ensure that the survivors of May’s Cyclone Nargis have access to food and the ability to …

UN Envoy Receives ‘Good Signs’ From Burma

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Human Rights Council investigator for Burma, plays with Burmese schoolchildren as he inspects cyclone-davasted Irrawaddy river delta at Kyaukalat village, 05 Aug 2008

Voice of America –

By VOA News The United Nations human rights envoy for Burma says he received “good signs” that the ruling junta accepted his need to investigate allegations …

Bush calls for freedom in China

The Canberra Times, Australia –

The President planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Burma, who live under military rule across the border. …

Voice of America –

By Pros Laput Some Burmese had expressed hope that Cyclone Nargis would lead to the collapse of the military government. The cyclone, which hit Burma three …

The real challenge for China: what does it do after the Games?

The National, United Arab Emirates –

… nuclear concerns, but is increasingly criticised for its silence on Burma and Darfur, treatment of the Tibetan crisis and its own human rights record. …

UN Burma envoy concludes first visit

Radio Australia, Australia –

The new UN human rights envoy for Burma has wound up a five-day visit to the country saying he’s received positive signs the military government accepts his …

Burma: No Rights Reform 20 Years After Massacre

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

China’s actions, such as blocking UN Security Council action on Burma, have frustrated efforts by the Burmese people to enlist other countries and the …

US President Leaves Thailand for China

RedOrbit, TX –

… are different from the US’s interest on Burma,” said Win Min, one of nine Thailand-based Myanmar dissidents who lunched with Bush Thursday in Bangkok.

Bush Goes Looking for Relevance, A Legacy in Asia

Huffington Post, NY –

While in Bangkok, Bush plans to meet Burmese activists, while first lady, Laura — a bit of Burma activist herself — trips up to Mae La, the largest of the …

UN rights envoy meets Myanmar political prisoners

Reuters –

The former Burma’s military rulers are generally impervious to outside pressure, but have allowed in UN representatives since they crushed pro-democracy …

‘India must review its policy on Burma’

Howrah News Service, India –

He felt India’s ties with the junta has not been good for the people of Burma. “There is no trickle-down effect on the people,” he said, alluding to huge …

The Associated Press –

… assistance to enable them to rebuild their lives,” said Andrew Kirkwood, who heads the aid agency Save the Children in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Bush slams China over rights record

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Another focus of Bush’s visit to Thailand is neighboring Burma (Myanmar), which is under heavy US sanctions to try to bring an end to 46 years of unbroken …

McCain’s “League of Democracies” Proposal, Rejected by Allies …

AlterNet, CA –

India, the world’s largest democracy, has also been reluctant to enlist in various campaigns, such as isolating Burma or Iran, which Washington and its …

Beijing holds key to change in Burma

Financial Times, UK –

He had given interviews to foreign media criticising the regime’s slow response to cyclone Nargis, which left 133000 people dead or missing in May this year …

US president affirms commitment to Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The US president spoke of his frustration with the delays in relief supplies getting to Burma after the cyclone, but said he felt it was the right decision …

World focus on Burma (24 July 2008)

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Full script of Obama’s speech

CNN International –

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

Cyclone donors should set up monitoring body: HRW

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – The New York based Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged donors helping Burma’s cyclone victims to form an independent monitoring body to ensure …

JA applauds Burmese gem ban

National Jeweler Network, NY –

The ban places a total embargo on the importation of gemstones from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), including those that are mined in Myanmar and …

Google Knol Launches

WebProNews, KY –

You may also not write anything commercial if you’re in “Cuba, Iran, Burma (Myanmar), North Korea, Syria, or Sudan,” Google says.) Other articles, like the …

South-East Asia ASEAN and the temple of doom

Economist, UK –

Mr Yeo said Myanmar had hinted that Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s opposition leader, might soon be freed from house arrest. Embarrassingly, his Burmese …

ASEAN Countries Criticise Burma for Disaster Response

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

… also criticised Myanmar’s ruling military junta for its response to Cyclone Nargis. The Director of the Burma Campaign UK Anna Roberts gave her reaction …

Court hears case of female reporter covering on Cyclone

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai — Despite of the absence of a key prosecutor’s witness, a township court in Burma’s former capital on Thursday conducted the hearing of the case …

Asia-Pacific countries to co-operate on disaster relief

CBC.ca, Canada –

… like Burma, also known as Myanmar, which feel the presence of foreign troops on their soil, even for relief work, would jeopardize their sovereignty. …

UN acknowledges huge foreign exchange loss in Myanmar relief

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

“This is an extraordinary exchange loss, and where that gain goes I’m not sure,” Holmes said in an interview before departing Myanmar after a three-day …

WFP to Stop Relief Flights to Burma Next Month

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Aid organizations that will have to find their own means of continuing to send relief supplies to the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta include UNICEF and …

The price of being a judge in Rangoon

United Press International, Asia, China –

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

No Political Prisoner in Burma: Junta’s Mouthpieces

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A Burmese human rights group in exile, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP) welcomed the declaration on July 22. encourages all …

Water Buffalo and Beautiful Music

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Foreign groups on the border have concentrated on teaching non-violent methods of dissent, human rights training and techniques of network building inside …

Spotlight on human rights

Huddersfield Examiner, UK –

With the Olympic Games in Beijing drawing close a Huddersfield group is joining the growing clamour bringing the issue of human rights in China to the fore. …

Russia against ‘narrow’ Asia-Pacific military-political groupings

RIA Novosti, Russia –

SINGAPORE, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s foreign minister said on Thursday that Moscow was against “narrowly-defined” military-political structures in …

Asian Nations, Partners Meet at Annual Regional Forum

Voice of America –

… in the wake of two deadly regional disasters in May – a massive earthquake in southwest China, and Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma’s Irrawaddy delta. …

Myanmar ‘badly out of step’ with rule of law: Rice

Business Standard, India –

The regional grouping pursues a controversial policy of “constructive engagement” with Myanmar, a military-run nation formerly known as Burma. …

ASEAN forum endorses disaster relief exercise

Radio Australia, Australia –

Disaster preparedness has risen high on the regional agenda after Cyclone Nargis struck Burma and an earthquake in south-west China together left more than …

Asia-Pacific Powers Finalize Ambitious Joint Disaster Relief Plan

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They called for civilian-military coordination in disaster relief—a need that became evident during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the Burma cyclone in May …

Rice hits out at Burma ‘mockery’

BBC News, UK –

After a meeting with the 10 South East Asian foreign ministers, and other regional powers, the US secretary of state accused Burma – also known as Myanmar …

Asia’s security forum urges ASEAN, China to keep peace in Spratlys

Monsters and Critics.com –

Singapore – Asia’s main security forum on Thursday urged the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to expedite the formulation of …

DEMOCRACY FORCES WILL CHALLENGE THE CREDENTIALS OF THE MILITARY …

UNPO, Netherlands –

The democratic movement of Burma will be challenging the credentials of the Burmese military junta at the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session and …

Burma: Where do we go from here?

UNPO, Netherlands –

The peoples of Burma pleaded to the United Nations, the superpowers, China, Russia, India and ASEAN countries for help. But International countries are …

UN Chief convenes fourth ‘Group of Friends’ meet on Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi — The United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday convened a meeting of the ‘Group of Friends’ to review the situation in Burma and …

FM Urges Aussie Govt. to Ban LTTE

Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka –

Foreign Minister Bogollagama who arrived in Singapore yesterday held bilateral discussions with his counterparts from Australia, Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, …

Cronyism, unhealthy competition in Burma media market

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

… in other business sectors in Myanmar (Burma), due in part to the government’s mismanagement of the country’s business environment,” the editor said. …

US Burmese Gem Ban Approved by Congress

IDEX Online, Israel –

The US Congress this week approved legislation blocking the import of gems from Myanmar ( Burma ). A sister bill was passed in the US House of …

It’s tempting to be isolationist

Paradise Post, CA –

Those idiots in Myanmar (Burma) allowed thousands to die while our relief ships were anchored off their coast – ready to help. …

Asia forum plans multinational disaster exercises

The Standard, Hong Kong –

… disaster management in a region that has seen international aid efforts mounted after a major cyclone in Burma and a devastating earthquake in China. …

US Senate Bans Import of Burmese Gems

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Referring to the crackdown on monks last year and the junta’s decision to place restrictions on international aid for cyclone victims, Berman said: “These …

Rice urges Asean to step up pressure on Burma

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee US States Secretary Condoleezza Rice urged Thursday the Asean to press Burma’s junta towards political reform and a release of …

UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / – 23 July 2008 — Daily …

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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The Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.

MaximsNews Network, NY –
Question: Who are all the countries participating in the meeting on Burma today? Spokesperson: The countries participating are Australia, China, France, ..

Naga border villages depend on Burma villages for survival

Expressindia.com, India –

… cut off from the rest of the world in the absence of motorable road, villages in Myanmar just across the international border have come as a saviour. …

US calls Myanmar’s promise of democracy a ‘mockery'; Asia-Pacific …

International Herald Tribune, France –

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a stinging rebuke to Myanmar, also known as Burma, before attending a security conference hosted by the …

Myanmar ‘badly out f step’ with rule of law: Rice

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

The regional grouping pursues a controversial policy of ‘constructive engagement’ with Myanmar, a military-run nation formerly known as Burma. …

UN Wants ‘Tangible Progress’ in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Second, unlike the UN group, this luncheon meeting includes Myanmar (Burma). So there is a sense of ownership,” Sen said. “Without involving Myanmar …

Asia-Pacific Security Forum Discusses Civilian-Military Relief …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Rice praised ASEAN for forcing Burma’s doors to open to aid. “That was a useful role, but it should never have happened in the first place,” she said. …

Myanmar victims still struggling as emergency aid winds down

Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –

Emergency relief operations are winding down in Myanmar’s cyclone-struck delta, but aid workers say that with many survivors still without enough food or …

Dhaka, Rangoon Agree to Resolve Maritime Dispute

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Dhaka: Two top foreign officials from Burma and Bangladesh pledged on Wednesday during a meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum held in Singapore to resolve …

Sri Lanka Minister at South-East Asian Meet Urges Australia to Ban …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Minister Bogollagama said that there is broad support within SAARC [South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation] for Myanmar’s [Burma] admission as an …

Rice urges countries to settle dispute

The National, United Arab Emirates –

We are concerned about it and there needs to be a way to resolve it peacefully,” she told reporters outside the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting. …

Thai-Cambodia border row should not be pushed to UN : US

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Q : Madame: A question on Burma; I read somewhere you said earlier that you will push Asean to do more on the Burma. Have you done over the past days? …

Malaria Control Goals Are Likely To Be Unachievable

Science Daily (press release) –

For example, Burma (Myanmar) received US$0.01 for each person at risk, compared to US$147 in Suriname, South America. Certain areas, such as Africa, …

Within And Beyond Asean

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The Thai-Cambodian dispute centred on the Preah Vihear temple is flaring so soon after Asean barely managed to tackle the Burma humanitarian situation. …

Rice’s Asean ‘Gardening’

Wall Street Journal –

By DOUGLAS H. PAAL Yesterday US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dropped in on an important Asian political conference she has missed in recent years. …

Singapore: ‘Asean Needs To Find Ways To Resolve Disputes’

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

The Burma crises sorely tested Asean’s principle of non-interference. Now, the Thai-Cambodian spat has put into the spotlight one of the fundamental …

Govt to appoint new ASEAN ambassador

ABC Online, Australia –

Officials have also expressed the need to plan and test how member states could help each other during disasters such as the Burma cyclone, …

Remember Burma’s Child Soldiers

Washington Post, United States –

Children, some as young as 11, are forcibly recruited into Burma’s armed forces. According to a 2002 report from Human Rights Watch, Burma had the largest …

How Hostages, and Nations, Get Liberated

Black and White, AL –

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

US backs ASEAN Burma statement on rights

Radio Australia, Australia –

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged Southeast Asian nations to put more pressure on Burma’s junta to improve human rights and adopt …

US lawmakers consider Olympic rights message to China

AFP –

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

North Korea to Sign Non-Aggression Treaty With ASEAN

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The ASEAN group consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …

UN mediator’s Myanmar trip must yield progress: global group

Straits Times, Singapore –

UNITED NATIONS – A GROUP of countries trying to foster democratic rule in Myanmar said on Wednesday that UN mediator Ibrahim Gambari’s upcoming visit to the …

Letter to donors on reconstruction after Cyclone Nargis

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The Post-Nargis Joint Assessment (PONJA) conducted by ASEAN, Burmese officials, and UN officials, is an important step towards an accurate assessment of the …

NZ offers more aid to Burma cyclone region

Radio Australia, Australia –

New Zealand is to give extra funds to Burma following the devastation caused by cyclone Nargis. Foreign Minister Winston Peters says just under $US2 million …

US praises ASEAN as ‘place to rally’ despite failure to resolve …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria – go

She said ASEAN had an important role to play bringing about change in Myanmar, also known as Burma, whose military rulers have faced severe international …

Congress Passes ‘Burma’ Act

Jewelers Circular Keystone Online, NY –

“In essence, this act closes the loophole that allowed stones to be recut outside of Burma and no longer be considered as “Burmese origin” when imported,” …

HRW Urges Donors to Ensure Burma’s Rulers Do Not Divert Cyclone Aid

Voice of America –

The United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Monday that Burma needs more than $1 billion in aid over the next three years to …

Unique summer camp

Orangeburg Times Democrat, SC –

The children enrolled at the camp were from many different nations including Burma (Myanmar), Somalia and Mexico. A common bond in their lives is that their …

FM urges Aussie govt. to ban LTTE

Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –

Foreign Minister Bogollagama who arrived in Singapore yesterday held bilateral discussions with his counterparts from Australia, Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, …

IB eye on China, NE outfits ‘link’

Howrah News Service, India –

IB sleuths were working on information that arms are being procured by the insurgents from Kunming province in China bordering Burma. …

Pres. Signature is Next Step for Ban on Gems, Jade from Myanmar

Diamonds.net, NY –

The bill, which originated in the House and passed the Senate yesterday, also makes leaders, officers, and their families in Myanmar (also called Burma) …

Burma: Cyclone Donors Should Ensure Transparency and Accountability

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

The Tripartite Core Group (TCG) – comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations and the Burmese ruling State Peace and …

60 years of celebrating human rights

The New Nation, Bangladesh –

“The tragedy of 20 years of isolation of Burma has done no good, even though the politicians have felt good about condemning the human rights record of the …

Back from Burma

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

By Lucy-Claire Saunders The only Canadian Red Cross worker to spend more than a month in Burma arrived back in Canada last week after providing logistical …

Congress Moving to Extend Sanctions Against Myanmar

CQPolitics.com, DC –

The sanctions bar all US imports from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, until its regime improves its record on human rights, moves toward a democratic …

EU-ASEAN meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum (July 23-24, 2008)

France Diplomatie (press release), France –

It will notably be an opportunity to raise the EU’s concerns with respect to the situation in Burma and North Korea. The Minister of State will also have …

At UN, High-Level Friends of Myanmar Meet But Few Speak, As …

Inner City Press, NY –

Practically, in this case silence meant that while the US criticized Gambari performance, or what he has emerged from his previous trips to Myanmar with, …

National Jeweler Network, NY –

… it will hurt small gemstone dealers in Burma and the gem and jewelry industry that processes the goods in Thailand, more than the government of Myanmar. …

Beijing Olympics: To Attend or Not to Attend?

Embassy, Canada –

Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Bob Rae last week argued Canada needs “to engage” with the Asian nation, “don’t rebuff China.” But in an interview with CTV …

Southeast Asia Nations Back Indo-US Nuclear Deal – PTI

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar [Burma], the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Dhaka, Yangon vow to resolve maritime disputes

Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –

Dhaka, July 23 (bdnews24.com)–Bangladesh and Myanmar have pledged to resolve disputes over their maritime borders in the quickest possible time, …

Rice Urges ASEAN to Increase Pressure on Burma

Voice of America –

By VOA News US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the southeast Asian regional bloc has an important role to play in pushing Burma towards democracy. ..

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Burma FM Says Opposition Leader Suu Kyi Could Be Freed in Six Months

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Singapore, July 20 Kyodo – Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win on Sunday indicated his country’s military junta could release Myanmar political dissident Aung …

Thailand stands to miss its chance to shine as asean chair
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
To a certain degree, Asean has regained its creditability after a decade of Burma’s non-compliance by convincing the Burmese junta to loosen up its …
Columns: Catastrophe victims need help
Meadville Tribune, PA –
Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

Myanmar may free Suu Kyi in six months

Reuters South Africa, South Africa –

The document also calls on the military, which has ruled the former Burma since 1962, for the release of all political prisoners and detainees.

Myanmar says Suu Kyi may be freed soon

The Associated Press –

She has now been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Meadville Tribune, PA –

Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

ASEAN foreign ministers urge Burma to release Aung San Suu Kyi

Radio Australia, Australia –

ASEAN foreign ministers have expressed deep disappointment over the extension of the house arrest of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Thais try to calm feud
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Thailand, which is due to take over Asean’s rotating chair after Singapore, placed much effort in bringing the border stand-off to a bilateral discussion …

Japanese Agency Views Issues “Overshadowing” ASEAN’s Singapore Meeting

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… and also political developments in Myanmar [Burma] at their informal working dinner on Sunday, which kicks off this week’s series of ASEAN-led meetings. …

RP to host first ASEAN disaster response exercise

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

“You know, we have been beset by so many natural disasters, recently we have [cyclone] Nargis in Burma, earthquake and floods in China and of course the …

Myanmar: Two very ancient statues of Buddha found in Mandalay city …

OpEdNews, PA –

by Ashin Mettacara Page 1 of 1 page(s) By Ashin Mettacara In Mandalay, the second city of Burma ( also known as Myanmar) three very ancient Buddha statues …

Regional Integration, Disaster Relief, Security Expected to …
Voice of America –
Burma was criticized by the West and human rights groups for restricting access to the hardest hit areas and for refusing direct aid. …
From the Wire
AlterNet, CA –
Cyclone Nargis left an estimated 2.5 million people homeless and dispossessed, and at least 130000 dead. The Burmese military junta continues to obstruct …
ASEAN Begins Annual Security Talks
Voice of America –
High on the agenda will be relief efforts in the military-ruled nation of Burma, which was devastated by cyclone Nargis in May The storm killed 78000 people …

Thai Based Website Urges UN, ASEAN to Be “Proactive” Over Burma …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Meanwhile, the country’s leading pro-democracy figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, remains under house arrest and opposition groups suffer intimidation and the threat …

Asean talks overshadowed by Thai-Cambodia dispute, Myanmar

Straits Times, Singapore –

A TENSE border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, and perennial questions over military-run Myanmar, are overshadowing three-day talks among Asean …

LAWRENCE J. HAAS: Democracies can react to genocide, global …

Fresno Bee (subscription), CA –

… Council could not agree on collective action to stop the killing in Rwanda, the Balkans or Darfur, or the brutal suppression in Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Myanmar: Sui Kyi under restricted residence

Merinews, India –

The SLORC of Myanmar has placed Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of National League of Democracy, under restricted residence, isolating her from any contact …

Asean must move on Human Rights

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The CMLV bloc (Cambodia, Myanmar/Burma, Laos, and Vietnam), who are seen to be less open to human rights, and indeed may view the issue as a non-Asean …

Thailand condemned for kicking out refugees

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New York-based Human Rights Watch yesterday blasted Thailand for forcing 52 Karen refugees to return to a conflict zone in Burma on Asarnha Bucha Day. …

Big Brother Versus YouTube: Let the Beijing Games Commence

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Sousveillance famously made an appearance with the beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, the hanging of Saddam Hussein in 2006 and the protests in Burma in …

World War II museum in New Orleans has new mission

Dallas Morning News, TX –

Plans include an exploration of the great campaigns of the war, including China-Burma-India, Italy and North Africa. Exhibits will detail the support of …

East St. Louis man built roads

Belleville News Democrat, USA –

Instead, they would be working on the Ledo Road, a ground route through the foothills of the Himalayas from India through Burma and on to China. …

Palm Beach Synagogue trip to Israel includes teen’s visit to …

Palm Beach Daily News, FL –

Another memorable experience was traveling the so-called Burma Road, a primitive mountain track the Israelis built and used to carry supplies to Jerusalem …

Around The Globe, Subsidized Gas, Rampant Growth

Hartford Courant, United States –

… last summer when Burma raised fuel prices? A vast popular uprising and crackdown that brought the world’s wrath raining down on the ruling junta. …

ASEAN to continue soft treatment of Myanmar – Feature

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Debbie Stothard, coordinator of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, warned ASEAN against kowtowing to the whims and caprices of the military junta that …

Relief for Red Cross

Tasmanian Government Media Releases (press release), Australia –

Ms Singh said that conditions in both countries remain difficult in the wake of tropical cyclone Nargis which hit Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake that …

North Korea, Myanmar to dominate Asia’s main security dialogue …

International Herald Tribune, France –

Also on the agenda will be the behavior of Myanmar’s junta, which has done little to allow democracy and has refused to free opposition leader Aung San Suu …

ASEAN not shedding kid gloves in treatment of Myanmar – Feature

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Even with the humanitarian effort in Myanmar, formerly Burma, ASEAN treaded carefully and did not ram its way into the situation, coming in only three weeks …

Goals for emissions cuts rely on dictators

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

Remember what happened last summer, when Burma raised fuel prices? A vast popular uprising that brought the world’s wrath raining down on the ruling junta. …

Fanning the Flames of Racism
Town Hall, DC –
Yet, as Brett D. Schaefer explains in hisHeritage Foundation piece,”While the council has passed relatively mild condemnations of Sudanand Burma, …

Fascism in Indonesia, no big deal?

Jakarta Post, Indonesia –

Onghokham contrasted Indonesia’s national struggle and other popular movements in Burma, Vietnam and China. Led respectively by General Aung San, …

ASEAN urged to heap pressure on Myanmar

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Debbie Stothard, of the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, a rights group, said that how Myanmar’s junta “seriously mishandled” the cyclone will be “the …

The comb-over Soviet-style tyrant who could soon be one of the …

This is London, UK –

Since January 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has listed it along with Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, North Korea and Cuba as a five-star pariah nation. …

Asian security talks to tackle NKorea, Myanmar

AFP –

“For the first time in its history, ASEAN was actually effective at something,” said Dave Mathieson, a consultant on Burma for the US-based Human Rights …

Thai Asean chief urges border restraint

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Singapore (dpa) – Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has called for “maximum restraint” in the border dispute …

A New Generation of Activists Arises in Burma

Washington Post, United States –

The most recent statements criticized the junta for holding a referendum on a new constitution while the bodies of cyclone victims were still floating in …

Sanctions; Do They Really Work?

The Standard, Zimbabwe –

Limited sanctions against Burma have not shifted the ruling junta there. The Arab embargo on Israel has not changed Israeli policy. …

Why has China bought Mugabe a mansion?

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

(Mr Howell’s father survived being shot down in one in Burma.) As I reported in February, a 175-page document, known as EC Regulation 1899/2006, …

Irish college accepts Burma refugees

Times Online, UK –

Dundalk Institute of Technology is offering on-line degrees to Karen students living on the Thai-Burma border BURMESE refugees living on the Thai-Burma …

Semi-Synthetic Narcotics Facts

TransWorldNews (press release), GA –

Four foreign source areas produce the heroin available in the United States: South America (Colombia), Mexico, Southeast Asia (principally Burma), …

Fresh Cold War tension heats up Security Council

Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

Judging by the recent political deadlock in the Security Council — over Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Zimbabwe and Sudan — one wonders whether the …

Appeal on behalf of refugees

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

In its statement, the KWO expressed concern about the safety of the Karen, mostly women and children, who were forced by Thai soldiers back into Burma. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 20, 2008 at 5:28 am

World Focus on Burma (6 Jan 08)

  1. EU wants Thailand to turn up the heat on Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    European Union special envoy for Burma Piero Fassino plans to visit Thailand over the next two months to drum up support for coordinated pressure on the … (If the URL is not working, click here.)
  2. Internal affairs (Road to Rangoon)
    Calcutta Telegraph, India –
    So Ramesh enlightened him — CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat was born in Burma (as Myanmar was called then). Pranabda added that former West Bengal CM …
  3. My travel wish list
    Redlands Daily Facts, CA –
    Pagan (Bagan), a series of pagodas and temples built between the 11th and 13th centuries on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). …
  4. Religions find controversy within ranks
    Elmira Star-Gazette, NY –
    •Protests: Buddhist monks prompted the largest pro-democracy protests since 1988 in Burma, also known as Myanmar, when they marched in September to protest …
  5. Tennesseans strive to change the world
    Robertson County Times, TN –
    He’s seen an influx of refugees from his native Burma, now known as Myanmar. Though most are Christian, he’d like the Buddhist center to serve as a cultural …
  6. Scrounging for the generals’ scraps
    Toronto Star, Canada –
    US first lady Laura Bush has urged jewellers not to buy gems from Burma, also known as Myanmar, the name imposed by the generals in 1989. …
  7. Indiana senators back electric-vehicle research James R. Carroll
    Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –
    The Senate has passed legislation to further tighten economic sanctions on the military junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The legislation, sponsored by …
  8. How to brand products through culture
    Spero News –
    Journalists who write about religion chose the Buddhist monks of Myanmar (Burma) and their pro-democracy struggle over Pope Benedict XVI, President Bush, …


    Written by Lwin Aung Soe

    January 6, 2008 at 4:22 am

    World Focus on Burma (5 Jan 08)

    1. Burma’s Junta Oblivious to International Pressure Imposes Media …
      Asian Tribune, Thailand –
      Military junta of Burma made a defiance sign of non-cooperation with the international community on 4th January, the 60th anniversary of independence from …
    2. Myanmar opposition group calls for Suu Kyi release
      JURIST –
      [JURIST] Opposition activists in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] called for the release of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi [Nobel Prize profile; …
    3. Annals of the War on Terror: Speaking Ill of the Dead
      Publius Pundit –
      … to Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. That’s quite true. Because, God bless her, Suu Kyi has never held actual power for one single second in Burma. …
    4. Laura Bush asks Myanmar military regime to free Suu Kyi
      Times of India, India –
      … with Burma’s opposition, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy,” she said. Laura Bush urged the world to condemn the military regime in Myanmar, …
    5. US First Lady Criticizes Burma’s Leaders on Independence Day
      Voice of America –

      By VOA News US First Lady Laura Bush has issued strong criticism of Burma’s military leadership, on the country’s 60th anniversary of independence from …

    6. On Myanmar, EU’s Envoy Supports UN’s Soft Power Approach, “Laura …
      Inner City Press, NY –

      UNITED NATIONS, January 4 — On the sixtieth anniversary of Burma’s independence from the United Kingdom, the range of international reactions to the images …

    7. India should use influence for neighbourhood peace: EU
      Deccan Herald, India –
      Concerned over lack of democracy in Pakistan and Myanmar, the European Union today urged India to use its “influence” in the region to advance peace and …
    8. Letters, faxes, and e-mail
      Press-Register – al.com, AL –
      Her brave counterparts on the international scene include, for instance, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma (Myanmar), …
    9. Myanmar issue must remain a priority: EU envoy
      AFP –
      UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Efforts to promote democracy in Myanmar must remain a priority for the international community, European Union special envoy for …
    10. UN envoy to visit China, India for Myanmar talks
      Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
      New York – UN special envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, plans to visit China and India next week to continue discussion on building up efforts to bring …
    11. Opposition party slams junta over talks with Suu Kyi
      Gulf Times

      YANGON: Myanmar’s opposition party yesterday criticised the ruling junta for “pretence” over meetings with its detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the talks were merely a bid to ease pressure on the regime. ...

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