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World focus on Burma (22 January 2009)

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Opposition groups expect no change from Obama
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We are sure that the basic policy of the United States to support human rights and democracy in Burma will remain the same,” he said. …

Centennial birthday of Myanmar’s former UN chief marked – Summary
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
U Thant, one of the few Burmese to reach international stature, remains a controversial figure in military-controlled Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

PM vows crackdown on illegal immigrants
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Survivors and a human rights group have accused the army and navy of detaining and beating up to 1000 members of the Rohingya minority from Burma late last …

Burma a workers’ dystopia
Toronto Star,  Canada –
The government of Burma is known by an Orwellian antonym – the “State Peace and Development Council,” or SPDC. In truth, Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

The ties that bind Thailand’s Burma policy
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… slipped through the back door and into the prime minister’s seat in Thailand late last year, exiled democracy advocates from Burma welcomed him. …

Roundtable: A new government in exile?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the majority of MPs are still there. We have to respect the desire of the people inside the country. We cannot accept a unilateral …

Centennial birthday of Myanmar’s former UN chief marked – Summary
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
U Thant, one of the few Burmese to reach international stature, remains a controversial figure in military-controlled Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Detained female activist suffers miscarriage in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
Tun Tun, husband of Kathy Aung and a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), who is on the run from authorities, told Mizzima from his …

Gambira transferred to Hkamti prison: Prison official
Mizzima.com, India –
by Ko Wild Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Detained veteran Monk Gambira, who was allegedly staging a hunger strike in Mandalay prison, has been transferred to the …

Can’t interfere in Lankan affairs: Dalai Lama
Express Buzz, India –
Though I am a Buddhist leader, I am not allowed to enter countries like Sri Lanka and Burma, where there is a large number of Buddhist believers,’’ he said …

Hot Docs: Global Optimism Over President Obama; Women and Cute Babies
U.S. News & World Report, DC –
The eight countries that received the survey’s lowest rankings were North Korea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Libya, Sudan, Burma, Equatorial Guinea, …

AIDS Patients Forced to Leave Monastery
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The patients, including two young children, were from various parts of Burma and were too poor to go to a hospital, the source said. …

UN Seeks Interviews with Rohingyas Held by Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Since the early 1990s, a rising number of Rohingya refugees have taken to boats, many not sea worthy, and fled Burma and Bangladesh for political and …

Men found floating in ice box taken for questioning by Australian …
Visa Bureau, UK –
A helicopter rescued the Myanmar men on Saturday and taken to a hospital on Thursday Island. The pair said they were forced to work aboard a Thai fishing …

Men found floating in ice box taken for questioning by Australian …
Visa Bureau, UK –
A helicopter rescued the Myanmar men on Saturday and taken to a hospital on Thursday Island. The pair said they were forced to work aboard a Thai fishing …

PM vows crackdown on illegal immigrants
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Survivors and a human rights group have accused the army and navy of detaining and beating up to 1000 members of the Rohingya minority from Burma late last …

U Gambira transferred to Khandee prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The All Burmese Monks’ Alliance leader was reported to have been staging a hunger strike in Mandalay prison last week. Mandalay prison officials told the …

The ties that bind Thailand’s Burma policy
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… slipped through the back door and into the prime minister’s seat in Thailand late last year, exiled democracy advocates from Burma welcomed him. …

Democracy Activist Released After 5-Month Interrogation
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
“He was hiding in unknown locations for many months after the Saffron Revolution due to fear of arrest by the Burmese military authority. …

Burmese Monk Suffering After UNHCR Rejection
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… refugees while many other monks and citizens who were victims of the junta had their claims rejected. Many Burmese refugees believe that such decisions …

Pair detained over Burma kidnap scandal
The Age, Australia –
Police in north China have detained two people allegedly linked to the Burma-based kidnapping of at least 50 teenagers whose parents were sent ransom …

Thailand Refuses UN Access To Rohingya Refugees
RTT News, NY –
(RTTNews) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Wednesday refused to grant UN experts access to 126 boat people from Myanmar, following accusations that the Thai …

Obama era challenges SA to change its foreign tune
Business Day, South Africa –
Apart from blocking UN discussions about human rights in Zimbabwe, we voted against imposing sanctions on Burma’s military junta and Iran, for violating …

Thai army admits funding round-up of refugees
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia –
BANGKOK, Jan 22 – A colonel in the Thai army has confirmed its involvement in a programme to round up boatpeople from Myanmar and Bangladesh and send them …

BURMA: AUTHORITIES CLAMP DOWN ON CHRISTIANS
Compass Direct News, CA –
A military dictatorship has ruled Burma since 1962. Following the takeover, the government renamed Burma as the Union of Myanmar and the capital city as …

SA now a ‘rogue democracy’
The Times, South Africa –
Apart from blocking UN discussions about human rights in Zimbabwe, we voted against imposing sanctions on Burma’s rights-delinquent military junta, …

Burma, Myanmar: Sri Lanka-base Burmese Media Website Attacked
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
They are very often hacking the Myanmar news websites because they are scared of monks and medias since last year September. The Indian hackers were also …

A New Government for Burma
Wall Street Journal –
… clusters of Burmese, as well as foreign experts in political, economic, and other fields, to work on a blueprint for a transition to democracy in Burma. …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm

World focus on Burma (8 January 2009)

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Remarks by Henrietta Fore
USAID (press release), DC –
We were among the first to respond to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, the South Asian earthquake of 2005, the cyclones in Bangladesh and Burma …

HRW denies any influence at play in removal of Taiwan
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… work on Taiwan because the abuses there aren’t nearly as acute as they are in many other Asian countries, such as Afghanistan, Burma [Myanmar] or China. …

Land seized and resold at a premium by headman in Karen State
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Kyat-tha are a Burmese measurement used to quantify prices in terms of gold, used by many villages in the area. According to a source in Thanle, …

Humanitarian crisis in Chin state likely to escalate in 2009: NGO
Mizzima.com, India –
Joseph Win Hlaing Oo, director of the Rangoon-based Country Agency for Rural Development in Myanmar (CAD), on Thursday said the humanitarian crisis in Chin …

India: Turmeric exports surge on higher demand
FreshPlaza, Netherlands –
Other major producers are China, Myanmar, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Burma and Indonesia. India is the major exporter of turmeric in …

India & Pakistan: An Uncertain Future
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
The close of the British Empire’s colonial era on the subcontinent of India began with the formation of the self-governing colony of Burma (today Myanmar) …

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS: NEW REPORT REVEALS MASSIVE …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 08 January 2009 — The European Union’s leverage to promote human rights values and its vision of a rules-based …

Did Than Shwe’s Grandson Kidnap Model?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Last year, a YouTube video clip of Sai Sai Khan Hlaing and Wut Hmone Shwe Yee was popular among Burma’s young internet users. Private journals and magazines …

FSA imposes largest fine ever to Aon for ’suspicious payments’
Finance Markets, UK –
The countries were Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Indonesia and Vietnam, and the payments were reported to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). ..

Many condolences on the death of U Saw Mra Aung
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The organization honoured U Saw Mra Aung as a great leader for his contribution for democracy in Burma. An Arakanese group, All Arakan Students and Youth …

Commodity protestor beaten in Bago prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He was sentenced to 13 and a half years’ imprisonment in December 2008 and has now been sent to Pu-Tao prison on the northern edge of Burma in Kachin state. …

NGOs Question Thai Government Freeze on Migrant Registration
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… drive an increasing number of Burmese to seek work in neighboring Thailand, and the flow of migrants was boosted still further by Cyclone Nargis. …

Global Crisis Hits Junta’s Pockets as Gas Prices Fall
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Almost 50 percent of households in Burma were in debt before Cyclone Nargis devastated the country’s core rice and fishing industries. Despite Burma’s gas …

Running in the Wrong Direction
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
He is not like his cousin, Aung San Suu Kyi. “That’s why that other leading umbrella organization, the National Council of the Union of Burma, announced on …

Top Bush Aide Hopes Obama Will Push Burmese Cause
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… including Aung San Suu Kyi. Although it was not able to achieve any of these objectives, the Bush administration was successful in putting Burma on the …

Detained student leader hospitalized in Insein prison
Mizzima.com, India –
Kyaw Aye, Kyaw Ko Ko’s father, one of the leaders of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), who was arrested and detained for his involvement …

Diary: Emily Maitlis
New Statesman, UK –

… it tells how to make Chemical Ali dessert (mind the E numbers), an Iranian dish called tongue of the judge and a Burmese salad – junta-sponsored, …

The rhetoric of “humanitarian crisis”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Burmese government rejects the idea that there is a chronic emergency in the country, and after Cyclone Nargis initially maintained that it could handle …

New party distributes manifesto among Arakanese for 2010 election
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
It is the only way to democracy in Burma, the pamphlet says,” the elder said. The party seemed to be pro Burmese military junta because they can move in the …

Presuming a democratic Myanmar: Looking beyond election 2010
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
… petition submitted to him by 112 former world leaders asking him to visit Burma (Myanmar) in the wake of widespread arrests in recent weeks and months. …

The world looks away as Burma mocks democracy
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
It came as no surprise then when the ruling military regime in Burma recently sentenced the country’s best known comedian, named Zarganar, to 59 years in …

Remarks by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley at the Center …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
And finally, I hope the new administration will continue pushing the cause of human rights and freedom in Burma. In the Western Hemisphere, President Bush …

ROBERTS: Score one for the first lady
Galesburg Register-Mail, IL –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government — ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Cutting out the tongues of the holy people
NCR Conversation Cafe, MO –
And what of this punishing of holy people whilst living in a world where thugs like Than Shwe (dictator and destroyer of Burma and the Burmese tribal …

Obama Administration Should Pursue New Approach to Promote …
NewsBlaze, CA –
The United States should reinvigorate efforts to advance human rights and democracy in Cuba, Freedom House said today. One key element of a strengthened …

Rights group prods Obama to lift Cuba travel ban
The Associated Press –
Freedom House, founded in 1941, is an independent, non-governmental organization that supports expansion of democracy, in the world. …

Why doesn’t Bush get more credit?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
… and action except from a few dictatorial rulers such as those of North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe, and a few Arab states. …

193 Foreigners Rescued After Boat Becomes Stranded
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
Once the boat arrived at the base, it was found that the passengers were made up of 177 Burmese and 16 Bangladeshis, all of them adult males, except for two …

A forgotten tragedy
Livemint, India –
Tibetan or Burmese activists can only marvel at the Palestinian ability to draw crowds. Why does the Congo conflict not provoke the same moral reactions as …

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley’s Farewell Speech
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –
And finally, I hope the new Administration will continue pushing the cause of human rights and freedom in Burma. In the Western Hemisphere, President Bush …

Rangoon’s Christians banned from worshiping
Mizzima.com, India –
“We need your prayers for Christian communities in Myanmar [Burma],” the youth added. While religious persecution and the prohibition of religious rites are …


World focus on Burma (17 December 2008)

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Rice: Under Bush, The US Has Embaced The UN ‘Maybe’ More Than Any …
Think Progress, DC –

… Council resolutions that have been passed be respected, [or] whether it is seeking to deal with human rights and tyranny cases like Zimbabwe or Burma. …

Year ahead: Increased forced migrations, continued lack of quality …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
In Myanmar (Burma), some three million people have been forced to migrate within the country. Reasons driving the displacement range from conflicts to land …

Dissident’s wife not optimistic about freedom of thought in China
CBC.ca, Canada –

It was given last year to Sudanese human rights lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman. Previous recipients include Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

ECHO hosts 15th Annual International Agricultural Conference
North Fort Myers Neighbor, FL –
I also do development work in Myanmar, the old Burma,” he said. “I come here to learn about crops, technology and to network with other people from around …

Reading letter sent to Than Shwe fetches prison term
Mizzima.com, India –
He was arrested on 31 January and charged under section 42 of Burma’s Jail Manual (BJM), bringing unauthorized documents into the prison. …

Burmese in Singapore find it difficult to get air tickets
Mizzima.com, India –
… Peninsula Plaza in Singapore said that all ‘Myanmar Air International’ (MAI) and Singapore airline owned ‘Silk Air’ flights to Burma are fully booked. …

Thailand’s King May Play Politics (No Offense)
Newsweek –
In the age of the Internet, banning publications anywhere is a tricky – and often futile – proposition, apart from in countries like China, Burma and North …

The need to cry out
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
This does not mean that Taiwan should ignore the poor human rights conditions of Burma, Tibet and other places with human rights problems. …

Israel: Reverse Expulsion of Human Rights Rapporteur
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
With this ill-considered action, Israel put itself in the company of countries like Burma and North Korea in denying entry to UN human rights experts. …

Htoo Comapny to take over Malikha Lodge
Mizzima.com, India –
… tourist spot in northern tip of Burma. The ownership of ‘Malikha Lodge’ of ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ will be transferred to ‘Myanmar Treasure Resorts’, …

Asia review of the year 2008
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The military junta caused international outrage by pressing ahead with a constitutional “referendum” on May 10 and meanwhile delaying and obstructing aid …

Mon political prisoner transferred from Insein to Tharawaddy Prison
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Prisoners in Burma are typically allowed visits from family only once every two months, but they are a crucial contact with the outside world and help …

World Press tells junta to stop repression of media
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) condemned the Burmese military junta for cracking down on freedom of expression, called for the …

Win Tin’s sermon to youth in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
… delivered a lecture to youth members of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in Rangoon, former capital of Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Minister Kenney to meet Rohingya refugees/
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
The ‘Rohingyas’, originally displaced from Burma (also known as Myanmar), have been living in two camps in Bangladesh for 17 years. …

Australian charged with drug smuggling in Thailand: official
ABC Online, Australia –
Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002, but remains a transit point for narcotics produced in neighbouring Burma, the world’s second largest …

Youth meeting held at NLD headquarters
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Around 300 young people from Rangoon, Mandalay, Magwe and Irrawaddy divisions attended a meeting at the National League for Democracy …

NLD members call for offices to reopen
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy members at a monthly meeting in Yenangyaung township, Magwe division, revived their call for party …

No Immediate Plans for Gambari to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He has no plans immediately to go to Myanmar [Burma],” Michele Montas, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters at the UN …

How the Regime Punishes Political Prisoners’ Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… NAING The wife of imprisoned activist Pyone Cho spent about 90000 kyat (US $75) on a 10-day journey to visit him in jail in Kawthaung, southern Burma. …

Weather watch: a record year of extreme events
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

A record three major hurricanes (Gustav, Ike and Paloma) hit Cuba, while the most fatal tropical storm was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, …

A Toast to Asean
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
After all, when Asean debated the new charter that also contains a human rights section, the rogue state of Burma, a full Asean member, was at the table …

Cooler Approach, but Business as Usual with Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Thailand’s mid-to-long term energy needs are linked with projects now under way in Myanmar (Burma), and so I think it would be difficult for new prime …

Regime Shrugs Off Effects on Burma of Global Economic Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Even Prime Minister Thein Sein admitted the scale of the disaster, saying recently: “Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, …

Desperate Decisions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
On top of that, she faced three years in prison if anybody learned the cause of her condition. “Most women in Burma are poor and have little knowledge about …

Military supremo in Bagan
Mizzima.com, India –
Than Shwe, the Burmese military junta supremo is visiting Bagan on a vacation, an eyewitness and sources in Nay Pyi Taw said. Than Shwe (75) arrived in the …

The state of human rights in Burma – 2008: A double disaster in …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Perhaps the two most significant features of the human rights landscape in Burma during 2008 were the morally bankrupt and blatantly repressive response of …

Bagan authorities demand money for security measures
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Authorities have been collecting 200 kyat each from families in Bagan and the surrounding areas to provide security for junta leader …

Report on Christians’ persecutions
Sunday – Catholic Weekly, Poland –
… Bangladesh, Bhutan, Belarus, Burma/Myanmar, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, South Korea, Cuba, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, …

East, West merge; build bridge to the Orient
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI –
To the west, literally and figuratively, were four men who had escaped Myanmar — the country they still call Burma — and sought freedom in America. …

Border pact needed to protect Delta diversity
Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
The Greater Mekong Region comprises the six countries through which the Cuu Long (Mekong) River flows: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the …

MP attends reception to mark Burmese leader’s birthday
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
… at 10 Downing Street, along with female Burmese exiles, to mark the birthday of the democratically-elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Graphic Novel Review: Burma Chronicles
Hillsboro Argus – OregonLive.com, OR –
For 14 months in 2005-06, Delisle hung out in Yangon, the former capital of Burma — now known as Myanmar by the counties that take the current junta …

A Gentler Hegemony
Washington Post, United States –
We might have intervened in Darfur had we not been bogged down in Iraq; after Cyclone Nargis, our ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s …

$A172b Asian Monetary Fund ‘going ahead’
Ninemsn, Australia –
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Share, bookmark, and save your favourite …

Committe to Protect Journalits’ 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
RushPRnews.com (press release), Canada –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has …

Myanmar journalists face intimidation, pressure from junta
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
Mon Mon Myat, of the Burmese Journalist Protection Committee, said the junta had set up rules under a 2006 law on electronic media and 1996 law on film and …

Despite campaigns, battling graft remains an uphill task
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia –
Thailand is more or less the same, while others such as Cambodia and Burma are wallowing at the bottom of the league tables. …

Bums of the Indian Ocean
All At Sea, U.S. Virgin Islands –
Don’t go to Burma: I don’t believe in coddling religious people but using the local Buddhist monks for target practice seems, well, intolerant. …

Preliminary analysis says 2008 tenth hottest year on record
The Tech Herald, IN –

The report said the worst weather-related natural disaster experienced during 2008 was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, killing an estimated 78000 …

Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
In a crackdown that started in October 2008, Burma’s courts have sentenced over 200 political and labor activists, internet bloggers, journalists, …

2008’s Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia
Village Voice, NY –
I Live Here (Pantheon, 320 pp., $29.95) details war in Chechnya, government oppression in Burma, disappearances in Juárez, and Malawi’s AIDS crisis. …

Canada Congratulates Association of Southeast Asian Nations as …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Charter will give ASEAN a legal identity, create an ASEAN human rights body, enact a dispute settlement mechanism, and formalize a system of personal …

US Restricts Aid to Nations Using Child Soldiers
OneWorld US, DC –
Burma remained the most persistent government offender. OneWorld.net reports. Last month, several young people who survived war and have gone on to become …

Antony Loewenstein, author and journalist, discusses blogging and …
Harvard Law School News, MA –
In smaller states such as Burma, repressive leaders can easily catch dissident bloggers, and even shut down the entire country’s access to the web. …


World focus on Burma (16 December 2008)

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Glimmers of hope for Burma
Across the Aisle, DC –
… junta of Burma certainly fits that bill, as demonstrated in its complete disregard for its citizens’ livelihoods in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis that …

Mekong a ‘treasure trove’ of 1000 newly discovered species
CNN –
War is always a threat in countries touched by the Mekong River, particularly Burma. Also known as Myanmar, the largest country by geographical area in …

EarthRights International Special Commentary:
Earthrights.org, DC –
When asked what advice he would give to private businesses invested in Burma’s (Myanmar’s) energy sector, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon firmly stated …

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
MorungExpress, India –
His treatment of the democratic opposition and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and 2000 other political prisoners are also taboo topics. …

ASEAN sets summit, welcomes charter
MorungExpress, India –
… is likely to arise in the case of Myanmar, formerly Burma, where the ruling military junta violently suppressed protests led by Buddhist monks in 2007. …

Vijay Diwas: Maneckshaw stamp released
Times of India, India –
He served in Myanmar, then called Burma, during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross for valour on the battlefield.

Former Czech president criticises EU for relations with Russia
Czech Happenings, Czech Republic –
The European Union should pay more attention to human rights questions on the international scene, starting with Cuba and ending with Burma, Havel said. …

Egat upbeat on Hatgyi prospects
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… organisations on concern that it will violate human rights, given that part of the project lies in an area occupied by minority groups in Burma. …

Afro-Asian organization demands release of Burmese political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
… (NGOs) today collectively called for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Exiled lawyer slams Burmese legal system
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–A defence lawyer who fled Burma in October under threat of a prison sentence has detailed numerous unnecessary delays and restrictions in …

Junta bans popular Buddhist monk’s sermon
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon Division have banned a sermon by abbot U Thumingla, organizers and …

Thailand to host ASEAN summit
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
One of the ASEAN members is the military-ruled Myanmar, formerly called Burma. The junta in 2007 brutally put down protests led by Buddhist monks. …

NLD meeting banned
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– A meeting to prepare for Burma’s Independence Day by a branch of the National League for Democracy was banned by local …

Eight migrant workers killed in truck crash
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htoo Chit, director of the Grassroots Human Rights Education and Development, said the cause of the accident was not yet known. …

Pro-junta group gearing up to contest elections
Mizzima.com, India –
… for transforming Burma to a multi-party democracy. But he later turned against and became a critic of main opposition forces including Aung San Suu Kyi …

AK-47s—Made in Wa State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The United Wa State Army (UWSA), an armed ethnic ceasefire group based in Shan State, northern Burma, is manufacturing arms and ammunition for …

Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Condemned
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The World Association of Newspapers condemned the crackdown on freedom of expression in Burma, in a press statement released on Monday. …

More Calls for Ban to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of December to persuade the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Thailand to Host Postponed Asean Summit in February
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Military-ruled Burma strongly opposes giving the human rights body the power of even monitoring or investigating violations. Asean secretary-general Surin …

Burmese women in exile honoured with Madeleine K. Albright Award
Mizzima.com, India –
She also met Burmese democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997. Madeleine Albright, in recently released report on preventing genocide, urged US, …

Biggest ever Burma ‘Dirty List’ published
World Travel Guide, UK –
Burma Campaign UK has published a list of 170 companies that directly or indirectly help to finance the military junta ruling Burma (Mynamar). …

Holiday greetings from Burma….
OpEdNews, PA –
“But what about the Junta,” you might ask. “We’ve heard that Myanmar a military state. Are you safe?” Apparently the generals all live in some new capital …

Rice yield down in Bogalay after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–The rice yield in areas of Bogalay township in Burma’s delta region has dropped this year in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, …

60 years on, UN rights declaration faces new challenges
Monday Morning, Lebanon –

“Today no government denies that human rights are a valid concern of the international community. They may fail to respect human rights but they can’t deny …

Fugitive lawyer defending political prisoners flees to Thai border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Young lawyer Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min who represented political prisoners fled to the Thai-Burma border in the wake of an …

Myanmar in an hour and a half
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Then there is Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, a notoriously corrupt

Bush met the writer and bloggers
OpEdNews, PA –
… marked Human Rights Day on Wednesday by meeting with a writer from Sudan and six bloggers from Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, and Myanmar(Burma). …

More than 1000 previously unknown species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong, a region comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, …

Tortured for seeking democracy
St Marys Star, Australia –

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BY KYLIE STEVENS But it’s been a serious crime in Burma [Myanmar] since the military seized power in 1988. More than 2000 political prisoners are currently …

Over 1000 New Species Found: World’s Largest Huntsman Spider …
Associated Content, CO –
World Wildlife Foundation researchers reported in First Contact: New Species Discoveries that the area, which is comprised of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, …

Asia’s bio-frontier at risk
MSNBC –
First, the Greater Mekong – which takes in areas of China’s Yunnan Province as well as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – includes some …

Biggest Burma ‘Dirty List’ Exposes New Companies
OneWorld US, DC –
“To those that claim investment aids the people of Burma, the evidence shows the opposite is true. As investment has increased, the human rights situation …

The dangerous vacuum at the end of Pax Americana
Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede a Highlight of New Species Finds
International Business Times, NY –
There are already twenty-three other dragon millipedes of the genus Desmoxytes in the Southeast Asia area from southeaster China, south through Myanmar, …

Dragon Millipede, Laotian Rock Rat Only Some of Species Found in …
Associated Content, CO –
A majority of the creatures were found in rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which goes through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, …

Gwynne Dyer: Democracy fails in Thailand
Georgia Straight, Canada –
Relatively few Asian countries are openly run as dictatorships nowadays—China, Vietnam and Burma are the main exceptions—but the urban elites and the big …

ASEAN steps out in European style
The Standard, Hong Kong –
… provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for most of the past 18 years. …

The junta changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, partly in order to legitimize their rule over parts of the country like Kachin, …

Rights & Wrongs: New Media Targeted, Sonic Torture, US Arms Deals …
World Politics Review –
… the anniversary to call on the world community, and the UN in particular, to secure the release from house arrest of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Activist Calls for Wife’s Release
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –

A Burmese social activist wanted for helping the victims of Cyclone Nargis says they have sentenced his pregnant wife to 26 years in jail. …

Smuggling Elephants Out of Myanmar
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
United Nations, 16 December (Asiantribune.com) : About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar (Burma) in the past decade, mostly destined …

Abhisit, Chuan’s young protege gets his turn at last
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (as did former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi). …

More Than 1000 New Species Discovered in Rivers, Jungles…and …
MarketWatch –
The region comprises the six countries through which the Mekong River flows including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese …

More than 1000 species discovered in Mekong: WWF
AFP –
The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the …

One thousand new species found in Greater Mekong region: WWF
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… four birds, four turtles, two salamanders and a toad, in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. …



World focus on Burma (15 December 2008)

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Crisis in DRC caused by access to weapons
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… Women in Black – Belgrade [Serbia]; Women of vision association; Women of Vision Association [Nigeria]; Women’s League of Burma. By Emergency:

Abhisit, Chuan’s young protege gets his turn at last
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (as did former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi). …

Still the land of opportunity?
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
Some of the most recent have come from the South Asian countries of Bhutan and Myanmar, the former Burma, farmers whose skills are of little use to them in …

Activists urge Canada to assign special envoy to Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Canada has long condemned Burma’s military junta for failing to keep its promise to implement changes, and had supported the pro-democracy movement. …

A postcard from prison
Mizzima.com, India –
The SPDC [Burmese military government] said they will work toward a democratic process and make positive changes in human rights. But the head of the Burma …

… and military-ruled Burma. ASEAN’s Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan says that all members have work to do on the charter’s commitments. “Democracy …

UN to commemorate former Secretary General U Thant
Mizzima.com, India –
Despite of his popularity, Burma’s military dictator General Newin, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1962, refused to honor him with a state funeral, …

Thailand’s new PM likely to be more ‘pro-Active’ on Burma: Activist
Mizzima.com, India –
While the election of Abhisit as the new Prime Minister signals an end to the immediate political crisis, Burmese pro-democracy activists based in Thailand …

Burma: Ne Win’s Daughter Freed
UNPO, Netherlands –
Ne Win took power in a bloodless military coup in 1962, and remained in power until 1988, when a pro-democracy uprising forced him to step down and hand …

Ethnic Chin group rejects junta’s 2010 election plans
Mizzima.com, India –
The CNF passed the resolution during their Fourth Congress held on the Indo-Burma border from the 8th to the 13th of this month, according to the …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for human rights
Autochannel (press release) –
Now a prisoner in her own homeland, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This edition of the Summit is dedicated to her, the utmost example …

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, UK –
The technology also gives organisations like the BBC footage that would be difficult to obtain otherwise, for example the BBC is barred from entering Burma …

Promotions Seen as Part of 2010 Election Plan
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s military government, the State Peace and Development Council, has promoted a number of senior officers and created new positions in what …

Sandar Win Walks Free After 6 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 6

Ironically, the junta has leveled similar accusations at Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who married a British citizen.

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will head the $2.5 billion pipeline project with a 50.9 percent stake, while Burma’s state-run Myanmar Oil and …

Posted By ROBERT W. MURRAY AND DAVID SIEGEL
St. Catharines Standard, Canada –
In Darfur, Congo, Burma and other nations, human rights abuses occur at disturbing levels with no serious response from international society. …

Asean Charter Comes into Force
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

From left to right, Lotian Deputy Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Rais Yatim, Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win, …

Burmese Defense Lawyer Flees to Thailand, Blasts Regime
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar, Myint Aye funded the bombing, which it said had been carried out by two members of the opposition …

When it was finally signed a year ago, one of its members – Burma – had just made headlines by brutally suppressing pro-democracy demonstrations. …

Turn Left Thailand
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Australia –
After the deliberate chaos created by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) seizure of the airports, the courts stepped in to dissolve the hugely …

Thailand’s Democrat Putsch
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
Chief among them is “Newin Chitchorp”, who was named by his father after the infamous Burmese dictator. The Democrat Party is known among the cyber …

Fresh pressure from junta on UWSA
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …

ASEAN charter comes into force
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The bloc’s proposed new rights body has no teeth and the charter has no provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader …

Treaties lead to world government
Augusta Chronicle, GA –
… Burma, China and Russia. America would be surrendering its freedom of the seas to an “unaccountable international agency,” say US security experts. …

Former Burmese dictator’s daughter released from house arrest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 15, 2008—Officials in Burma have released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest, police said on …

Freedom Fighters Need Not Apply
Washington Post, United States –
The denials have included that of a Burmese lawyer who had smuggled anti-government brochures into Burma from Thailand; an Afghan owner of a muffler shop in …

In Praise Of Laura Bush
Forbes, NY –
That said, she has earned worldwide applause for her stand against the Burmese junta. And she has gone on record, with an unfussy but firm statement on TV, …

The bore’s head in hand bear I
Times Online, UK –
But 2008, as well as being the year of a world financial crisis, was also the year a resurgent Russia attempted to snuff out democracy on its borders, …

Bush arrives in Afghanistan for visit
LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
You worry about dictators? the head of the UN is from “Burma”. The 5… Nick Again, Maryborough on Journalist flings shoes at President Bush.

Cost of Bangkok Airport Closures Estimated at 540 Million Baht
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition, Australia –
The consequences of the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) week-long siege of Bangkok’s two main airports will affect AoT’s operation for six months. …

Monday, December 22
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1942 – US heavy bombers raid Japanese-occupied Rangoon, Burma _ now Myanmar, in World War II. 1944 – During the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans demand the …

Asean’s charter has to negotiate uncharted waters
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
That is no surprise as many Asean members such as Burma, Laos and Vietnam are under dictatorial rule. They do not want the people’s participation. …

Airlines seek redress for PAD action
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… resolved to sue leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for compensation equivalent to its disruption costs and loss of future revenue. …

UWSA faces renewed pressures
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …


World focus on Burma (6 December 2008)

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Children typically make obedient soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Since 1994, Human Rights Watch has reported on the recruitment and use of child soldiers in more than a dozen countries including Angola, Burma, Burundi, …

UN chief turns heat on Burma
The Press Association –
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is “growing frustration” around the world with Burma’s ruling generals. He spoke to reporters after emerging from a …

Man unable to see Burmese parents
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY –
The conditions in Myanmar are drastic, according to organizations that monitors global hot spots. “Burma is suffering from the longest-running civil war in …

Don’t mess with Mia
Globe and Mail, Canada –
To be resolved: If countries like Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should. …

Ban expresses “growing frustration” over Myanmar situation
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Dec 6 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the first time has expressed his “growing frustration” over failure of the Myanmar military …

Indonesia defeat Myanmar 3-0 in ASEAN soccer tournament
Balita.org, UK –
I was very nervous before the match, as we lost twice to Burma in two weeks,” Indonesia coach Benny Dollo said after the game. …

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN chief Ban Ki-moon voiced growing frustration at the failure by Myanmar’s military regime to restore democracy and ruled out a …

Myanmar is the other name by which Burma is known. He said since the group last met in September, there is a growing frustration among himself and members …

But Mr Ban, speaking to reporters at the United Nations on Friday, said: “As I have said repeatedly, I am ready to visit Myanmar [Burma] again, …

THAILAND: So the suffering is not forgotten
Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –
The destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the struggle for order and human rights in Afghanistan, the ongoing conflict and chaos in Thailand’s deep …

UN’s Ban says world frustration with Myanmar growing
Reuters UK, UK –
… in the so-called Group of Friends on Myanmar. Last month relatives of popular comedian and activist Zarganar said a secret court in the former Burma had …

Radio Free North Korea
동아일보, South Korea –
Joy and sorrow crossed the minds of North Korean defectors and anti-North Korea activists struggling to let the North Korean people know about their leader …

UNITED NATIONS, December 5 — As Myanmar has stepped up the pace of its imprisonment of political opponents, bloggers and journalists, the UN’s Ban Ki-moon …

Online media workers top journalists’ prison census
Daily Times, Pakistan –
“Cuba, Burma, Eritrea and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists.” Each of the top five nations has .

Coming Soon: UN Racists to convene conference on racism
American Thinker, WA –
Back in 2003, she chaired the UN’s former Human Rights Commission, which discredited itself not only by picking Al-Hajjaji, envoy of Libya’s despotic regime …

Christian Freedom International Presents 2008 Freedom Award to …
Christian Freedom International, MI –
… over five decades, and has also called for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democratic leader who has been under house arrest since 1989. …

Aid to Asia their Christmas wish
Vancouver Courier,  Canada –
The victims of Cyclone Nargis remain in dire straights, with 500000 families in Myanmar without aid. To focus on helping those families, Cassils and CW Asia …

Survey says: More reporters online and in jail
Michigan Messenger, Michigan –
By Eartha Jane Melzer 12/5/08 1:58 PM The rise of online journalism is reflected in the Committee to Protect Journalists annual prison census report which …

Online Journalists Now The Most Jailed
WebProNews, KY –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. There are at least 56 online journalists …

Burma : Zarganar and other political prisoners transferred to …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association strongly condemn comedian and blogger Zarganar’s transfer yesterday from Insein prison, …

The Year in Review: Lessons from 2008
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
Elsewhere, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Pakistan have recently had governments in which the military held the reigns. Since the Tower of Babel, …


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World focus on Burma (5 December 2008)

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CPJ: More online journalists than print journalists in prison
Menassat, Lebanon –
For the first time in history, online journalists represent the largest number of media professionals in prison, according to a census by the Committee to …

Burma among top five in detaining journalists: CPJ
Mizzima.com, India –
The power of online journalism in Burma, a country ruled by the military which has closed almost all connections with the outside world, came to be know

An Elephant’s Dream
Bookslut, IL –
Hannah was born in Burma. Her mother was shot and killed by people working a rubber plantation; Hannah herself, about three years old, was wounded. …

World Leaders Ask For UN Help In Burma
Look To The Stars, UK –
“We write this letter to applaud your public consideration of traveling to Burma, also known as Myanmar, before the end of the year,“ the leaders wrote in …

CPJ: 23 journalists held in African jails
Afrique en ligne, France –
“Thirteen journalists are held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma, CPJ said. …

CPJ warns: Blogging may harm your health
Neweurasia.net, Europe –
China continued to be world’s worst jailer of journalists, a dishonor it has held for 10 consecutive years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out …

Online journalists targeted
American Thinker, WA –
Other countries in the top five are Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan. Twenty-nine nations made the list. The US was not on the list. Whew! …

Win Tin, NLD Leader, Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Win Tin, Burma’s prominent veteran journalist and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was hospitalized in Rangoon on …

China-Europe Row Deepens
CNSNews.com, VA –
China’s communist government is famously hypersensitive about international criticism of its human rights record and what it regards as outside interference …

Today In History
GoErie.com, PA –
2002, former Burma dictator Gen. Ne Win, who ruled the country now known as Myanmar for 26 years after leading a 1962 coup, died in Yangon at age 91. …

Thai protests end, but problems persist
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The takeover of the two largest international airports in Thailand by the People’s Alliance for Democracy underscores the possible decline of a nation …

Commentary on the Endless Dispute Between Evolution and Creationism
ScienceBlogs –
… in closed societies such as Burma. Some of the images, some of the stories that have come out have been by the Internet and by citizen journalists. …

Rangoon firms into lay-off; job seekers mount
Mizzima.com, India –
However, contrary to the claims of the employment agencies, Burma’s Prime Minister Thein Sein said, the country can offer jobs to even up to 100000 …

No Light in Burma
Huffington Post, NY –
The UN added in their statement that Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari would not return to Burma any time soon. (His last trip was August, when Aung San Suu Kyi …

36 people become US citizens
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
And before that, she lived in the “revolutionary area” along the border between Thailand and her native Burma, now called Myanmar. …

More bloggers put behind bars
Washington Times, DC –
China, Cuba and Myanmar, formerly Burma, have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and Uzbekistan. “The United States, which is holding …

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner hospitalized
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… of journalists that the country’s military rule must end, and he will “keep fighting until the emergence of democracy” in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Israel lifts four-week ban, allows foreign journalists and aid ...
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
BBC journalist Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and …

More online journalists in jail than print
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
The newly released Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2008 prison census reports that 45 per cent of imprisoned media workers were bloggers and others …

Study: Nearly half of world’s jailed journalists come from Web
Los Angeles Times, CA –
The study notes that in China, which leads the world in captive journalists, 24 of the 28 currently behind bars did their work online. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea …

Bloggers More Likely To End Up In Jail Than Print Journalists
Silicon Alley Insider, NY –
… worst jailer of journalists, a position it’s held for ten consecutive years. Other danger areas for journalists: Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan.

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The junta, who have had a stranglehold on power since 1963, have sentenced Zargarnar to 59 years in prison, while Nay Phone Latt has been jailed for 20½ …

Online journalists now jailed more than others
Zimbabwe Times, Zimbabwe –
Thirteen journalists were held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma. The survey found more Internet …

Burma comic ‘sent to remote jail’
BBC News, UK –
The BBC’s Burmese Service said Kachin State is a cold and remote region where the military junta sends many of its jailed political opponents. …

KTRU pick of the week: Radio Myanmar
The Rice Thresher, TX –
Radio Myanmar (Burma) opens a door to sounds that are not often heard in this part of the world. The album’s assortment of radio recordings from Yangon, …

Zwelinzima Vavi on the fight against inequality
Politicsweb, South Africa –
We have also condemned the ruthless military regime in Burma which for decades has trampled on the people’s human rights, jailed opposition politicians and …

Birmania. Premio di consolazione (RSF)
Politica e Società, Italy –
Dubbed the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” comedian Zarganar defended human rights and denounced the military government’s abuses in sketches and entries in the …

New hearing set for man charged with killing 7-year-old girl
Deseret News, UT –
Met is from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and needs interpreters who speak Burmese. Defense attorneys have expressed concerns about an interpreter who has …

More online journalists than print journalists behind bars: CPJ
AFP –
For the 10th consecutive year, China was the leading jailer of journalists, the CPJ said, followed by Cuba, Myanmar, Eritrea and Uzbekistan. …

Cuban named ‘journalist of year’
BBC News, UK –
He had angered the government by criticising the speed of their response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma in May, and organising his own …

Google AdSense Publishers can donate their earnings directly
TechWhack (press release), India –
These donations are made to the Tides Foundation’s Relief and Reconstruction Fund for China and Myanmar (Burma) Relief. Users can visit a section on the .

Myanmar’s ruling junta sends political prisoners to remote areas
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military junta transferred at least seven political prisoners, including a famous comedian and a hip-hop singer, to far-flung …

Lancia Main Sponsor of the 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize …
PaddockTalk –
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Summit is being held in the French capital instead of Rome, …

Out of obscurity
Livemint, India –
… the mahal (palace) to allow elephants to enter, could never be buried in his intended grave because he died in exile in Burma, now Myanmar. …

A look back at the year 2008
Colonnade (subscription), GA –
On May 3, over 133000 people died from Cyclone Nargis in Burma. While reviewing world events before writing this article I came across this and was shocked …

YOU SAY BOMBAY, I SAY MUMBAI, LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.
Tapped, DC –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Asian Chronicles
New Haven Advocate, CT –
I just read Guy Delisle’s brilliant new graphic-novel/memoir of his own recent year of living dangerously next door in Burma, Burma Chronicles (Drawn …

Kyaw Zaw urges perseverance against Burmese regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… for dialogue between the military regime and the National League for Democracy and urged the people of Burma to continue their struggle against the junta.

Zargarnar, Nay Phone Latt awarded ‘Cyber-Dissident’ Award
Mizzima.com, India –
… from Burma, despite the ruling junta’s severe repression during the September monk-led 2007 protests and in the wake of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, …

Press freedom group names jailed Cuban ‘Reporter of the Year’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Known as the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” Zarganar “defended human rights and denounced the military government9s abuses” in comic sketches and entries in the …

Africa: Who’s Normal? Disability, Discrimination, and HIV/Aids
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
This is at a time when there are critical issues of human rights abuses in places like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo and Tibet as well as the looming …

Thai court rewards criminality
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

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 (28 November 2008)

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New restrictions hamper appeal process
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 28, 2008 (DVB)–The authorities are using new restrictions and delaying tactics to make it difficult for defence lawyers to lodge appeals on behalf of …

Riot police gather at Thai airport
ABC Online, Australia –

Sondhi Limthongkul said demonstrators would not leave until Mr Somchai resigned, adding that the PM should “seek asylum in Myanmar (Burma)”. …

Jet lag a drag on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
China, Burma, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Vietnam, Pakistan – they’ve all been invited, along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. None of these is a bastion of democracy, …

Oo’s efforts result in creation of Burmese Advocacy Center
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, IN –
Oo’s family is from Burma (now Myanmar), but she had an international upbringing. Born to diplomat parents in Bangkok, Thailand, Oo grew up in China, Burma, …

US government taps Facebook, Google, MTV to “Fight Terrorism”
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The list of organizations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown ..

Judicial Crackdown in Burma Continues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thet Zin, 42, an editor for the weekly journal, Myanmar Nation, and his manager, Sein Win Maung, both received seven-year prison sentences on Friday at a …

Burmese Impacted by Thailand’s Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Like other airlines and travelers who use Thai airports, Burma’s Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Burmese who travel abroad have been …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 28, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT One of the more interesting agreements reached at a top-level trade and political relations meeting between India and Burma is a tax …

Long prison terms under Electronic Law intimidate Internet users …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Internet users in Burma claimed they are intimidated from surfing the Web as a result of the long prison terms given to those charged under the Electronic …

Burmese in Thailand cautioned on security concerns
Mizzima.com, India –
Similarly many Burmese citizens wear red dresses in support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They can be misunderstood too as pro-government protesters,” U Khun Sai …

World Digest Yemen protesters attacked by troops
Seattle Times, United States –
In the interviews, he said the government was too slow in responding to a May cyclone that killed more than 84000 people in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Burmese give thanks for old, new homelands
Chicago Tribune, United States –
The Karen are the largest ethnic minority group living in east Myanmar (formerly Burma) and northwest Thailand. Myanmar, a former British colony, …

The Bell Tolls for Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… India are free to move in again and secure their business ties with the Burmese junta, exploiting both the country’s economy and its natural resources. …

To visit or avoid, that’s the Burma guilt trip
The Age, Australia –
Be aware also that anger has deepened since Cyclone Nargis hit the nation in May. However, throughout our trip we never had people telling us our presence …

Recovery fund still insufficient in post-Nargis Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Relief and recovery work for Cyclone Nargis affected victims in the delta region of Burma is insufficient and there …

The road to ruins
The Age, Australia –
The repression in Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a clandestine battle, hidden from the gaze of big-spending tourists on two-week tours. …

Total prison term for Zarganar climbs to 59 years
Mizzima.com, India –
But in Burma, it is rising instead of declining – in prison terms. He cracked this joke at the court.” Zarganar was arrested at his residence in June this …

Burmese days
The Age, Australia –
I broke this within an hour of reaching my hotel in Yangon in Myanmar. The reason was another rule, the over-arching rule that simply says “why not? …

The Great Escape
Forbes, NY –
The world of luxury travel marketing is so reality-free that this last one floated in on a puff of colonial fantasy exactly one month after Cyclone Nargis …

We’re happy to mix with rogue states, says Government trade arm
Tribune, UK –
But Campaign Against Arms Trade accused the Government of “consorting with human rights abusers” after Pakistani media reported that high-level delegations …

US should move beyond just using sanctions in its relations with Burma
China Post, Taiwan –
Without such move from the US, Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Group of Friends of the Secretary General on Myanmar’ will yield little. The most effective UN intervention …

Havel’s Humanity
Wall Street Journal –
(In the play, the leader is attached to a statue of the nonviolent Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi; in the documentary, we see the framed picture of Burmese …

New report reveals shock figures on union murders
Tribune, UK –
… 14 in Morocco and seven in Burma where the junta targeted activists as part of its crackdown on moves for democracy and human rights. …

Mugabe critic wins art prize
ABC Online, Australia –
… worth $US25,000, which went to popular comedian and activist Zarganar. He was sentenced this month in military-ruled Burma to 45 years in prison after …

China’s Prison Labor System Criticized in 2008 US-China Commission …
The Epoch Times, NY –
“Although formal agreements have been made between the US and Chinese governments to stop the export of prison labor goods to the US, the practice …

Court will not intervene in compo case
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Most of the two million migrants in Thailand from Burma, Cambodia and Laos originally entered illegally without documents and cannot produce the documents …

The 13th Amendment and Its Vision of the State
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… that confronted the said dilemma sharply in Asia include India, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and even Japan. …

Myanmar: Unfinished Burmas Jail News; Popular Burmese Comedian …
OpEdNews, PA – by Ashin Mettacara Page

A popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director Zarganar was sentenced today to ..

Zimbabwean playwright, Burmese comedian win Freedom prizes
CBC.ca, Canada –
He was arrested last June after giving statements to foreign media that were critical of the junta’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Burmese Farmers Charged Using the Electronic Act
Global Voices Online, MA –
The Electronic Law has been used by the Junta to prosecute and persecute activists, bloggers and politicians who are critical of the regime. …

Burma’s government in exile condemns Mumbai attack
Mizzima.com, India –
… including members of detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party – the National League for Democracy (NLD), and border-based ethnic armed …

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November 28, 2008 at 4:40 am

World focus on Burma (27-11-2008)

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Thailand considering postponing ASEAN summit: Thai FM

Mizzima.com, India

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thailand’s Foreign Minister, Sompong Amornviwat, on Thursday said the upcoming 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, scheduled to be held in Chiang Mai beginning December 15,…….

Foreign press issues plea to reopen Gaza crossing

The Benton Crier, IA –

Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Burma and Zimbabwe. ..

Zarganar and Journalist Associates Receive Additional Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, and two journalist friends were given additional prison terms by a special court in Rangoon’s Insein …

Burmese fishery export hit hard
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi (Mizzima) – An official from the Myanmar Fishery Department said that exports of fishery products to Bangladesh have fallen by about …

Internet users increasingly concerned over security
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nam Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – A sense of insecurity is developing among Internet users in Burma after seeing the long prison terms given to dissidents …

Burma Crackdown Could be Convenient for China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Myanmar [Burma] is part and parcel of China’s grand strategic design to achieve its goal of becoming a great power in the 21st century,” said Poon Kim Shee …

Mhlanga and Zarganar win arts awards for human rights
guardian.co.uk, UK –
A Zimbabwean playwright who has repeatedly challenged the Mugabe regime and a Burmese comedian who has recently been sentenced to 45 years in prison have …

Final battle in Bangkok a Pyrrhic victory
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

Letter from the Zimbabwe Vigil to South Africa and the Elders …
The Zimbabwean, Africa –
China, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba? The $30million offered by South Africa will not go far given the mendacity and greed of the Mugabe …

No Laughing Matter
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW Be warned—if you crack a joke, Burma’s military leaders usually don’t laugh. Instead, they send you to prison. Burma’s most famous comedian, …

Who’s behind the Thai protests?
New Statesman, UK –

… and Burma, where the military junta recently jailed a comedian for 45 years for criticising the generals’ slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Imprisoned Burmese comedian honored
Mizzima.com, India –
… and satirist Zargarnar, who was recently sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for his social activism and critical voice against Burma’s military rulers. …

Listen To A Voice Of Gratitude
Hartford Courant, United States –
His earliest memories of Myanmar (The Karen people call it Burma) are far worse than that. “I remember one thing — the military, they came and attacked our …

Two youth activists handed eight year prison terms
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo New Delhi – Continuing a series of handing down long prison terms to dissidents, Burma’s military authorities on Monday sentenced two …

Mizoram shows how to hold election
MorungExpress, India –
The Assam Rifles mans the international border with Burma and the Border Security Force is deployed on the Bangladesh border. The low decibel campaign, …

JUNTA HANDS DOWN RIDICULOUS PRISON SENTENCES IN LATEST CRACKDOWN …
IFEX, Canada –

Meanwhile, ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship note that the states with the largest influence on the Burmese junta – China, India and Thailand – have …

Junta Hands Down Ridiculous Prison Sentences
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement was sentenced to 45 years in jail on 21 November for criticising the junta’s slow response to the …

We must heed the sage advice of our elders
The Herald, UK –
During their twice-yearly meetings, a symbolic empty chair is always reserved for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s easy to mock the idea. …

Open-entry system reducing fishing resources
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Today majority of Bengalis are in fishing business and then come the Burmese, while in the past the fishermen of Sindh were at the top in this field, …

Disagreements between India, China surfacing
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Beijing is developing strategic port facilities in Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in order to protect sea lanes and ensure uninterrupted energy …

Obama the Realist
The Weekly Standard –
Democracy activists were slaughtered in Burma. The administration has removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terror in exchange for what …

Burma and a Task Unfinished: Considering the Options
OpEdNews, PA –
… the UN on the situation in Burma, the 28 February 2008 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, reports on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. …

Zimbabwe writer Mhlanga honoured (Zarganar awarded Imprisoned Artist Prize)
BBC News, UK –

Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Burmese Comedian Gets 45-Year Prison Sentence
OneWorld.net, UK –

HRW says the increased efforts to prosecute political activists “confirm that Burma’s rulers are undermining basic freedoms more strongly than ever as they …

Refugee youths in county schools fled repression
Explore Howard County, MD –
… began for Hammond High School senior Sui Hnem Iang Ngun Hei when her father became a wanted man in their native Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Competence Over Ideology
The National Interest Online, DC –
… watched and measured America’s shifting stance on apartheid, so it will measure the next administration’s commitment to democracy in Burma and beyond. …

Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Thailand, currently reaching the apex of months-long political turmoil, has taken this concept one step further, as the People’s Alliance for Democracy …

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November 27, 2008 at 3:05 am