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World focus on Burma (13 January 2009)

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REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH DURING VISIT TO LITTLE FLOWER …
Federal News Service (subscription), DC –
MRS. BUSH: Thank you all. I’m very happy to be here today. One of the things I’ve been most interested in over the last eight years while I’ve had the …

Triple i Logistics sees more M&A activity in the industry
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Will the new 3E road link from the South of China to Thailand via Burma and the R9 route, linking Burma to Vietnam via Thailand and Laos, be positive for …

Kachin party – but not KIO – to contest 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
… groups to surrender, according to Dr. Tu Jar, Vice-Chairman of the KIO, which reached a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s military junta in 1994. …

Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister paid a courtesy call on Thai …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
On 12 January 2009, Mr. U Kyaw Thu, Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya during his study trip to …

Pro-junta party kicks off campaign for 2010 polls in northwestern …
Mizzima.com, India –
The NLD, though it was not abolished, is banned from opening their offices. According to Ling Ha, political parties that have been abolished by the ruling …

Migrants’ work permits being extended
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Instead when the migrant workers returned to their homes in Burma, junta authorities terrorized their families coercing them to pay bribes, …

Do we really need to know what names were ‘formerly known as’?
News Sentinel, IN –
It was bad enough when we had all the stories about Myanmar. You never saw “Myanmar” by itself, did you? It was always “Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Meeting to foster people’s participation in 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
The meeting held at the residence of Nay Myo Wai, who has been writing critical articles against Burma’s mainstream opposition on internet web pages, …

Myanmar closes mosques and churches
EnerPub, TX –
For some time, the Burmese military junta has stopped granting property deeds to religious organizations for the construction of churches or places of …

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

Burmese Rice Farmers Struggle to Make a Living
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis, combined with falling world prices, is hitting Burmese rice farmers hard, with many of them …

Rangoon Under Tightened Security: Sources
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The protesters called for the release of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The parliament building has been unused since the current junta seized power in 1988.

Thailand to Help Rebuild Temples in the Irrawaddy Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

After the meeting, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters that Thailand wanted to see change in Burma. “The goals of Western countries and the …

Roundtable: Youth and leadership
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
DVB: Isn’t it worse for the NLD living under military rule in Burma? WT: “[The military regime] has been trying to tear us and the young people apart. …

Burma, Myanmar: Thank You Google
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
By Ashin Mettacara Today is my happiest day in my life . Because my dream and hope have arrived. Google News starts to include the news from my site for the .

By Ashin Mettacara The first ever Myanmar Blog Award have arrived! Myanmar Blog Academy Award 2008 Programme site mmblogpress.com has announced the winners …

Singaporean Activists Detained after Protesting Burmese Migrants …
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Activists Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong said they felt guilty because their government had refused to extend the work permits of two Burmese migrants who …

Burma ranks among worst nations for civilian freedom: Rights Group
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military rulers have said that the country is building a roadmap to democracy and are gearing up to hold general elections in 2010. …

Supporting Burma Key Achievement of Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

She also protested the violent crackdown of the ruling junta against peaceful protesters and the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Prize …

Ecotourism outweighs irresponsible travel
FemaleFirst.co.uk, UK –
Each year, over $100 million derived from tourism enables Burma’s Junta military regime to continually enforce inhumane working conditions on the local …

Elected MPs’ lawyers denied access to court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We filled out and submitted forms to gain entry to the courtroom but then we were told by the deputy prison chief and another official we were not allowed …

A tale of two distant war zones
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… cowering under the assault of fighter jets and mortars, with uncounted casualties and warnings of “genocidal” atrocities from human rights activists. …

Global Freedom Fell in 2008 Amid Crackdowns, Rights Group Says
Bloomberg –
Thirty-four percent of the world’s population lives in “not free” countries, which include China, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, Zimbabwe and Vietnam. …

83-Year-Old Man Bicycles to 146 Burmese Towns
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Sittwe: An 83-year-old Arakanese man has already traveled to 146 towns in Burma by bicycle and is currently visiting southern Shan State near the Thai …

Two NLD youth members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nyan Win said the Dala township NLD youth wing coordinator Htet Soe Lin and youth organising wing leader Thet Pain Min were arrested by about 20 Special …

Phuketwan.com Reports the Real Phuket
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

… shores — the Rohingya of Burma. hundreds over the past few months in a desperate attempt to find better fortunes in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. …

Score one more for first lady
GoErie.com, PA –
… 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, …

Nigeria’s $500000 gift to junta draws international ire
Mizzima.com, India –
“I am honored to present this cheque for the sum of five hundred thousand dollars, through you, to the government and people of Myanmar [Burma], …

Dishy picks
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
TCM, 8pm: Never So Few – The Kachin natives of Burma were trained in the art of modern warfare, but the Japanese army proved to be a formidable adversary. …

Laura Bush unveils state china
Nashua Telegraph, NH –
By LISA TOLIN AP First lady Laura Bush showed off a new gold-rimmed set of official George W. Bush state china last week, with less than two weeks to use it …

Censored Burmese magazine faces delay in publication
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The “Myanmar Thit” monthly magazine’s latest issue has been delayed as it was forced to submit another cover design after the Burmese censor board rejected …

Hong Kong named world’s freest economy
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The Heritage Foundation said North Korea was the world’s most restricted economy, followed by Zimbabwe, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. …

Political protests nixed work permit renewals
Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –
The Singapore government has explained its decision not to renew the work permit of two Myanmar nationals, saying they had gone beyond the law allowed in …

Revesltoke Rotary exchange student shares the joys of Thailand
Revelstoke Times Review, Canada –
… an artistically modern temple still being constructed, and then found ourselves looking into Laos and Myanmar (Burma) at the Golden Triangle. …

2 held over protest
Straits Times, Singapore –
Both men, he added, were part of a group of Myanmar nationals who took part in a protest march against their country’s ruling junta during the Asean summit …

Improved transport links boost thailand-china-laos trade
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
These three ports facilitate commerce among the four riparian countries including Burma. China has dominated water transportation. More Thai tourists also …

Rights Group Condemns Nigeria’s Gift To Myanmar Junta
LeadershipNigeria, Nigeria –
… on Monday, carpeted the Federal Government for the recent reported gift of a whooping sum of $500000 to the military regime in Myanmar (former Burma). …

Assessing Bush: Foreign Policy Jeff Alworth
BlueOregon, OR –
The Bush Doctrine wasn’t a philosophical treatise about bringing democracy to unstable countries. Rather–and it’s right there in the name–it was security …

Two activists arrested for protesting at MOM
TODAYonline, Singapore –
The Myanmar pair were among a group of 40 who took part in a protest against their country’s ruling junta during the Asean Summit here in November 2007. …

Kristof’s got news
GetReligion, DC –
In Thailand’s brothels, for example, Thai girls usually work voluntarily, while Burmese and Cambodian girls are regularly imprisoned. …

CWS appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) cyclone Nargis long-term …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. …

Freedom in the World 2009: Freedom Retreats for Third Year
NewsBlaze, CA –
… Maldives and Bhutan, some progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, …

Curfew imposed in Magwe oilfields
Mizzima.com, India –
by Zar Ni Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has intervened and imposed curfew in an oilfield, after the dispute between a private oil …

Thailand will not use sanctions to push for change in Burma: Abhisit
Mizzima.com, India –
“The goals of Western countries and the countries in this region for Myanmar are not different – we all want to see some changes,” Abhisit was quoted as …

Asean members eye Asean tourists
Business Mirror, Philippines –
Asean groups the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Burma/Myanmar. E. Torres.

Ramos Horta skeptical about true peace
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Closer to home, he called the situation in Burma “an embarrassment to all of us in the region” but urged the West to rethink sanctions against the …

The governor
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
In October 1999, Sukhumbhand, then deputy foreign minister, offered himself as a hostage to end a siege at the Burmese Embassy. Burmese dissident students …

Abhisit calls for change in Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
In his first public comments on Burma since he became prime minister, Mr Abhisit said Thailand had to act differently because it was so close to Burma. …



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World focus on Burma (12 January 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Messenger in the Dark
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 arrested for protest
Straits Times, Singapore –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World focus on Burma (3 December 2008)

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ExWeb interview with Scott Mortensen, final: “Freedom of …
Mounteverest, NY –
But even though the situation was stifling it wasn’t oppressive. I would reserve that word for places like Burma, Darfur, and Iran. …

Barack Obama trimmings on President Bush’s Christmas tree
CNN Political Ticker –
The first lady also opened up about her service to the plight of women in Burma and Myanmar and how she plans to continue her work after her husband’s …

Corrupt clerk yet to be punished
Mizzima.com, India –
He added that so far the accused has not been prosecuted nor tried in any court. “All investigations were done by the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) …

Burma’s jailed hip hop singers shifted to remote prisons
Mizzima.com, India –
Zeya Thaw, (27), who was sentenced to six years in prison in November, was transferred from Rangoon’s Insein prison to Kawthaung prison in Burma’s southern …

Burmese comedian & blogger nominated for RSF award
Mizzima.com, India –
… freedom of information. “Both are listed among the nominees because despite suppression they have managed to provide information to both people in Burma …

Ex-presidents, premiers urge UN chief to intervene in Myanmar
AFP –

“This is an unprecedented outpouring of global support for the people of Burma (Myanmar), and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this …

Mandalay NLD members’ appeal denied
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 3, 2008 (DVB)–Mandalay divisional court yesterday summarily rejected the appeal of six Mandalay National League for Democracy members including …

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Cyclone migrants face challenges
IRINnews.org, NY –
Local aid workers told IRIN that while Cyclone Nargis boosted the flow of Burmese through the town, they were only a small proportion of the tens of …

Will Ferrell Launches Human Rights Awareness Month
Look To The Stars, UK –
… woman called Aung San Suu Kyi, ” said Ferrell. “She sacrificed her freedom to lead a non-violent protest movement against oppression in Burma. …

Hip-hop Star Banished to Remote Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of this year and called for renewed efforts to secure the release of all political prisoners, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Grandfather’s torture by the British must have influenced Obama’s …
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Grandfather Obama’s widow, Sarah, 87, is still alive and was able to recall how her husband had served with the British army in Burma in the second world …

Ins and outs of a China courtship
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
More recently, Beijing provided over $10 million to the government of Burma to assist regional reconstruction in areas that were devastated by Cyclone …

Burmese PM Says Jobs Aplenty for Returnees
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Last year, Thailand alone paid the Burmese junta at least US $2.5 million for natural gas. Since October, however, the price of oil and natural gas has …

Former world leaders urge Ban to visit Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – More than 100 former state leaders of several nations have called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Burma …

Annual general meeting 2008: DLR presents its research of the past …
German Aerospace Centre, Germany –
On 2 May 2008, tropical cyclone ‘Nargis’ swept over Myanmar (Burma) and left behind a path of destruction. Official reports noted a death toll of more than …

Local WWII veterans get together, recall wartime experience
Reno Gazette Journal, NV –
After a roundabout trip more than halfway around the world, Downar arrived at an air base in Burma (now called Myanmar). He received the Distinguished …

STANDFast for Darfur
Tufts Daily, MA –
Four months ago, the International Criminal Court demanded an arrest warrant for Bashir on 10 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in …

Reuters Southeast Asia News Highlights 0900 GMT Dec 3
Yahoo, Thailand –
… Ban to carry out a plan he has already floated of visiting the country, also known as Burma, before the end of December for his second trip this year. …

Former Leaders Urge UN to Press Burma on Prisoner Releases
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“On Myanmar [Burma], no delegation gave any comment. But it is in the footnotes and could be raised anytime during the month of December,” said the UNSC …

Barack Obama’s grandfather ‘tortured by the British’ during …
Mail on Sunday, UK –
Hussein Onyango was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high security prison as the British struggled to quell one of Africa’s bloodiest and most …

UN urged to intervene
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘This is an unprecedented outpouring of global support for the people of Burma (Myanmar), and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this …

Work starts at modern memorial site
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
It is being erected next to the Burma Star memorial at the Gnoll Gates. It pays tributes to those who died in service after 1945 in conflicts such as Korea, …

Bleak Economic Prospects in Store for Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… 1 million Burmese workers, legal and illegal, are employed in Thailand, the majority found in occupations labor rights activists describe as the ”three …

More prisoners transferred to remote jails
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
U Gambira was transferred to Sagaing Division’s Khamti prison while his brother Aung Kyaw Kyaw was sent to Shan State’s Taunggyi jail. …

British soldiers beat and tortured Obama’s grandfather
The Times, South Africa –
… that ‘a lot of what see in Obama, was made not in America, but in Kenya’: ‘his political convictions and principled activism’. He may have a point. …

Malaysia. Truly Headache…
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
Copying the Cruel Junta of the Burmese Regime, Opposition leaders are arrested and detained without rhyme or reason. Taking after the Khmer Rouge, …

Ex-world leaders urge UN’s Ban to go to Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
It said that since June 2007 the number of political prisoners in Myanmar, which has been ruled for more than four decades by the military, …

Beatings and abuse made Barack Obama’s grandfather loath the British
Times Online, UK –
Mr Onyango served with the British Army in Burma during the Second World War and, like many army veterans, he returned to Africa hoping to win greater …

Problems abroad
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand is thus being put on a par with Burma, whose government was forced to relinquish its chairmanship in 2005 because of its legitimacy crisis. …

The Future of Asia: Whither Nation or State?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… and their compatriots then painted the region pink, adding Burma and what they then called Malaya, and Singapore, to their dominions while France’s …

Mia’s Munky business
Eye Weekly, Canada –
“If countries like Sudan, Somalia and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should.” Arguing the Pro side with …

China, Burma take steps to strengthen military cooperation
Mizzima.com, India –
… the Burmese regime in the international arena,” said Nyo Ohn Myint, in-charge of Foreign Affairs for the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area. …

people who were there for the Mau Mau revolt
Times Online, UK –
In a sworn statement collected by human rights activists, he details other abuses at Manyani, which he described as “hell on earth”. …

Having answered the call to join the British Army during the Second World War, Barack Obama’s grandfather was among 75000 Kenyans who served in Burma. …

Airport protests a royal pain
Eureka Street, Australia –

Together they co-founded New Mandala, a website that provides ongoing commentary on developments in Thailand, Burma, Laos and Cambodia.

RPF bans export of local rice
E-Pao.net, India –
This figure is exclusive of the rice imported from the neighbouring country of Myanmar, the outfit elaborated. Accusing the Government of India of scheming …

The World This Week: Asian Chronicles
Valley Advocate, MA –
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. …

‘Asset sale can’t cover for revenue gap’
Business Mirror, Philippines –
Asean groups the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar and Singapore. Members of the East Asia Summit, …

Fire breaks out at Moulmein market
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The fire started in the market’s food court and it was quite small at first,” the shop owner said. “But the market security did not allow outsiders to come …

Junta begins dam construction amid protests in Kachin state
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military government, in collaboration with CPI and AWC, plan to construct at least seven dams on the Mali Hka and Nmai Hka Rivers, in addition to …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Thai court disbands governing party

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Thai court disbands governing party
International Herald Tribune –
By Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller BANGKOK: A Thai court disbanded the governing party on Tuesday and barred the prime minister and other party executives from politics, but the party said it was set to reconstitute itself under another name and hold on

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December 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm

World focus on Burma (2 December 2008)

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Monk jailed for defaming the Sasana
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 2, 2008 (DVB)–Lawyer Aye Myint of Bago legal aid group Guiding Star said the group is currently working on the case of a monk who was imprisoned after …

Amnesty International India presents the ‘International Week of Justice Festival
India PRwire (press release), India –
Its ‘Neighborhood Spotlight’ on Tibet, Afghanistan and Burma focuses on the right to protest, fair trials and other freedoms in the aforementioned region. …

South Asian Women’s Day observed in city
Indian Express, India –
… programme coordinators under the banner of South Asian Network of Gender Activists and Trainees (SANGAT), NGOs across South Asia — Afghanistan, Burma, …

The future of Burma’s nonviolent campaign for democracy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
For some, these emotions have led to demands for a reappraisal of activist methods. The same despair that led many to hope for an unlikely Iraq-style …

Children as Weapons of War
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
… and Democracy (LURD) in Liberia, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Sudan, and several ethnic armed opposition groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burma: AIDS Epidemic
UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma’s junta didn’t listen to the world post cyclone Nargis. What makes you think they will change their minds now and start listening now? …

United States: Bush Signs Law on Child Soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

SF jury clears Chevron of protest shootings
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… courts for violations of international human rights. A similar suit by villagers in Burma against Unocal for allegedly encouraging brutality by soldiers ..

Failed states rule conversation at debate launch
National Post, Canada –
The resolution was, “If countries like Sudan, Somalia and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should. …

An unnatural disaster in Burma
Boston Globe, United States –
At least four civilian volunteers who tried to help the victims of Burma’s ferocious Cyclone Nargis were sentenced to 15- to 59-year prison terms for their …

Political Crisis in the Kingdom Won’t Benefit Anyone
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
We may even have suggested that the incompetent generals in Burma should learn from Thailand on how to reconcile with the opposition. …

American Foreign Policy and Women’s Global Health: The WIP hosts …
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
Cheery Zahau is a Burmese Chin activist who works extensively on women’s rights and capacity building within Chin communities in Burma. …

Tuesday, December 9
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
1996 – Riot police chase protesting students through the streets of Rangoon, Burma, and the military government closes universities. …

“Our Friends In Bombay”
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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. …

Going global [Ann Jones in Thailand]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –
… fighters and the military regime that renamed the country “Myanmar.” To the refugees, the country they left is still Burma, and it’s still theirs. …

Federal jury clears Chevron in Nigerian shootings
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… courts for violations of international human rights. A similar suit by villagers in Burma against Unocal for allegedly encouraging brutality by soldiers ..

Ashin Gambira, the Imprisoned Buddhist
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) says that more than 136 of the 215 dissidents convicted so far have been sent to …

International Activists Use Facebook To Fight Terrorism
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They include: the Burma Global Action Network, which promoted democracy in Burma in the aftermath of the military junta’s oppression of monks and other …

Corrections and clarifications
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… affairs spokesman for Burma’s National League for Democracy, said the sanctions policy advanced by the NLD’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi was “extreme”. …

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American Chronicle, CA –
Pro-democracy leader of Burma [Myanmar], Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest in her own country, receives people´s support in India. …

Dog meat not a palatable issue
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
There are “just too many” unrecognised abattoirs employing “non-local” children, forcing even the Human Rights Law Network to act. “We have been campaigning …

And where’s that?
Albany Democrat Herald, OR –
The same thing happened when the ancient country of Burma suddenly became Myanmar. Some years before that, English speakers changed the name of the capital …

Myanmar refugees reinvigorate Tenn. church
USA Today –
The Karen group had come here mainly from refugee camps in Thailand, after being forced out of Myanmar — once known as Burma — by that country’s military. …

‘Burma VJ’ wins Amsterdam prize
Variety, CA –
… the military dictatorship in Burma in September 2007, also picked up the fest’s Movies that Matter human rights prize at a ceremony Saturday night. …

Make a Donation
FIDH (Communiqué de presse), France –
Urgent appeals by the Observatory for the Protection of Defenders of Human Rights are a warning system for the international community about cases of …

Add one extra card to your list, says Amnesty as Greetings Card …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
This year’s campaign includes appeals for a Burmese man who was arrested after he led a peaceful protest in August 2007 and has been in prison since, …

Live Coverage: Clinton as Secretary of State
WNYC, NY –
President-elect Obama and his new administration need to honor the platform that he ran on, which included strong support for human rights. …

Burma’s hardwood resources facing dangerous shortages
Mizzima.com, India –
Additionally, at least 37800 hectares of forest in and around Rangoon and Irrawaddy Divisions were destroyed during Cyclone Nargis this May, …

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December 2, 2008 at 3:57 am

Thailand shuts down second airport in capital

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Thailand shuts down second airport in capital
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BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Thai authorities have closed a second airport in the capital after anti-government protesters stormed the terminal.
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Japan Air, Singapore Air Cancel Flights to Bangkok (Update1)
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By Chris Cooper Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) — Japan Airlines Corp., Singapore Airlines Ltd. and other Asian carriers canceled flights to Bangkok for a second day today after the city’s two main airports were shut down due to anti-government protesters.
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 27, 2008 at 3:04 am

Protesters shut down Bangkok’s international airport / Thai army chief asks PM to step down

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Voice of America

Thai Army Chief Urges Government to Step Down, Call Snap Elections
Voice of America –
By VOA News Thailand’s army commander has told the country’s elected government that it should step down and call a snap election to resolve a deepening political crisis.

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November 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm