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World focus on Burma (8 August 2008)

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Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

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

Tears and pride as Games opening is watched in UK

BBC News, UK –

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

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

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

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

New York Times Blogs, NY –

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

Anti-China activists face federal criminal charges

KUTV, UT –

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

Christian Rights Group Wants UN to Intervene in Burma Crisis

Christian Post –

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

Authorities arrest rights activist and ABFSU members

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Burma comic on cyclone charges

The Australian, Australia –

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

Voice of America –

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

RP drops anti-Myanmar stance for ASEAN charter

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

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

Tough words from Mrs Bush for Burmese junta

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

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

No moving backwards for Myanmar

Amnesty International –

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

Bin Laden Driver Given Lenient Sentence

Democracy Now, NY –

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

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

guardian.co.uk, UK –

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

Remembering 88: Fighting for what is ours

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

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

200 anti-Olympic protestors gather at Chinese embassy in London

Monsters and Critics.com –

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

David Cook: Olympics, Day One

The Chattanoogan, TN –

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

Thailand urges US to adjust ‘priority’ ranking

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

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

The 1988 demonstrations in Myanmar

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

AFP/Getty Images

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

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

Crackdown on Burmese aid workers

The Age, Australia –

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

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

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

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

Human rights message as Games begin

The Press Association –

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

Security tight for 20th anniversary of Burma protests

CBC.ca, Canada –

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

Bush criticizes China before Beijing visit

Ocala, FL –

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

Bush Committed to Burma Issue, Say Activists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

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

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

Business Round-up (August 8, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

world briefs

Bryan College Station Eagle, United States –

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

Apprehensive of protests, junta tightens security in Rangoon

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Those who talk, those who walk

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

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

US President Bush visits Bangkok, Thailand

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

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

Laura Bush’s Myanmar crusade

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

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

‘Intl community should push for political reforms in Myanmar’

Economic Times, India –

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

Burma In The Shadow Of The Olympics

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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

CSW wants UN to intervene in Burma crisis

ChristianToday, UK –

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

Searching for Democracy Twenty Years On

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Arakanese Community Stages Protest in Dhaka against 2010 Election

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

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

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

Reuters –

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

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

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

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

Bush Calls On Myanmar, China To Respect Rights

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

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

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

Dallas Morning News, TX –

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

Myanmar activists mark 20th anniversary of crushed democracy

Monsters and Critics.com –

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

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

Press and Journal, UK –

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

Activists rally in Philippines for democracy in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

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

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

guardian.co.uk, UK –

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

Security tight on anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The Associated Press –

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

Dublin event to mark anniversary of Burma uprising

Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –

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

China rebuffs Bush speech

Denver Post, CO –

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

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

SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –

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

Stuck between the summit and the roundtable

Business Day, South Africa –

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

Shame on China — and the IOC

MiamiHerald.com, FL –

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

Myanmar revolt crackdown remembered

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

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

EWEN’S COMPLETES HIS MISSION FOR BURMA

Guide and Gazette, UK –

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

China tells Bush to stay out of its affairs

Dispatch Online, South Africa –

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

The Games They Play in Burma

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

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

Olympic Expectations

Bangor Daily News, ME –

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

Conditions in Myanmar much starker than previously assessed, AP finds

Kansas City Star, MO –

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

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

Rights groups cry for freedom of ‘prisoners of conscience’

Cebu Daily News, Philippines –

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

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

guardian.co.uk, UK –

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

Myanmar Still A Disaster

The Moderate Voice –

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

Chinese FM conveys congratulations on 41st anniversary of ASEAN …

Xinhua, China –

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

Burmese recall uprising

Radio Australia, Australia –

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

Bush Criticizes China In Bangkok Speech

WMUR, NH –

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

Bush annoys Chinese with human rights speech

Birmingham Star, AL –

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

UN rights envoy ends Burma visit

The Standard, Hong Kong –

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

The Sarcasm Revolution

Contra Costa Times, CA –

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

The two sides of 8888

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

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

Ending the junta

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

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

China key to Burma’s ‘survival’

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

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

Philippines: Myanmar Exile Calls For More Pressure On Generals

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

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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

Myanmar: Dissident Myanmar Comic Charged By Court

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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

Asia after Bush

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

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

Times Online, UK –

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

Myanmar: Dissident Myanmar Comic Charged By Court

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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

Bush arrives in Beijing

International Herald Tribune, France –

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

PRESS DIGEST – Thai newspapers – Aug 8

Reuters –

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

US to keep pressure on Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

Why US president met the Burmese at envoy’s house

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

The First Lady Visits Refugees From Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

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

No moving backwards, despite the junta

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

20th Anniversary of the 8888 Uprising

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

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

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

USA Today –

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

Stop the dream, I want to get off

Ha’aretz, Israel –

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

A round-up of today’s world news

Irish Times, Ireland –

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

Bush In Bangkok Blasts Burma & China

Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

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

Time to unite for real cause

The Canberra Times, Australia –

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

Olympics Demonstration in London

Zimbabwejournalists.com, UK –

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

Jolie plans to build an AIDS clinic in Ethiopia

Birmingham Star, AL –

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

Regret, anger for Burma’s ’88 uprising exiles

ABC Online, Australia –

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

Voice of America –

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

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

Times Online, UK –

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

The Hypocrisy of The Democrats

ProLife Blogs –

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

Bush says US firmly opposed to China’s repression

Amador Ledger-Dispatch, CA –

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

President and Mrs. Bush Visit USAID Programs in Thailand

MarketWatch –

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

UN Envoy Receives ‘Good Signs’ From Burma

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

Voice of America –

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

Bush calls for freedom in China

The Canberra Times, Australia –

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

Voice of America –

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

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

The National, United Arab Emirates –

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

UN Burma envoy concludes first visit

Radio Australia, Australia –

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

Burma: No Rights Reform 20 Years After Massacre

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

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

US President Leaves Thailand for China

RedOrbit, TX –

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

Bush Goes Looking for Relevance, A Legacy in Asia

Huffington Post, NY –

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

UN rights envoy meets Myanmar political prisoners

Reuters –

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

‘India must review its policy on Burma’

Howrah News Service, India –

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

The Associated Press –

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

Bush slams China over rights record

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

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

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

AlterNet, CA –

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

Beijing holds key to change in Burma

Financial Times, UK –

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

US president affirms commitment to Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

World focus on Burma (29 July 2008)

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Press Gaggle by Dana Perino

MarketWatch –

… on Burma and the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE, which is Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts Act. That will be in the (Oval) Office and pool coverage. …

Bush OKs new sanctions on Myanmar

UPI NewsTrack TopNews

The Tom Lantos Block Burmese Jade Act of 2008 blocks the import of all jade and rubies from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, into the United States — both raw materials and finished jewelry.

Stop insuring “Burmese repression”, report says

Mizzima.com, India –

The Burma Campaign UK, a group advocating for human rights and democracy in Burma, in its new report said, these companies are allowing billions of dollars …

AFP –

WASHINGTON (AFP) — President George W. Bush on Tuesday renewed a ban on imports from military-ruled Myanmar and also signed a new law that aims to keep …

Bush OKs New Sanctions on Myanmar

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… the import of all jade and rubies from Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, into the United States — both raw materials and finished jewelry. …

President Bush Signs HJRes. 93, the Renewal of Import Restrictions …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

… to welcome members of the Lantos family — Mrs. Lantos, thanks for joining us — and members of Congress who care deeply about democracy in Burma. …

UN aims to address foreign exchange losses

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Burmese economist Khin Maung Nyo said the system was intended to allow foreign currency to be used in Burma but could be abandoned if conditions were right. …

Burma Relief Still Needed

The Epoch Times, NY –

(International Aid Agenci/Getty Images) Two months after the worst storm in its history obliterated Myanmar’s (Burma) coastal regions leaving over two …

UN Press Conference on Myanmar by UN Under-Secretary General for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Just back from a three-day visit to assess the situation in Myanmar’s cyclone-devastated Ayeyarwady delta region, the top United Nations humanitarian …

Rights & Wrongs: Argentina, Burma, Karadzic and Pakistan

World Politics Review –

BURMA SIGNS ASEAN CHARTER, RESISTS COMPLIANCE MONITORING — Optimism in the wake of the Burmese military junta’s decision last week to sign the new charter …

UN aid disappearing in Burma cash scam

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

“We buy kyats at the market rate using dollars,” Daniel Baker, the humanitarian co-ordinator for Burma said that day. “The government has not benefited. …

Bush heading for Thailand to meet Myanmar activists

Merinews, India –

US President George W Bush, who brought in harsher economic and financial sanctions against the Myanmar military junta, will visit Thailand in early August. …

Labutta cyclone refugees sent back to villages

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Local authorities in Labutta township in Irrawaddy division have in the past week started sending cyclone refugees from temporary camps …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma has three Internet service providers—the state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), BaganNet/Myanmar Teleport (formerly known as Bagan …

Mizzima website under attack

Mizzima.com, India –

Mizzima News Agency, run by Burmese journalists, is an independent Burmese multi-media group focusing on Burma and related news and issues, and maintains …

NAM ministerial meeting begins

Economic Times, India –

The Bandung Conference was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, organized by Egypt, Indonesia, Burma, …

South African Lawyer Confirmed as UN Rights Chief

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

As UN high commissioner for human rights, Navanethem Pillay will oversee a Geneva-based office with almost 1000 employees and a budget approaching $150 …

Christian leaders questioned over anti-dam campaign

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 29, 2008 (DVB)–Christian religious leaders in Kachin state in northern Burma have been interrogated by local authorities about a poster campaign against …

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

There have been two precedents: Both Laos and Burma gave up their turn because of domestic problems. Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda has …

Burma protestors name and shame insurers

Post Magazine (subscription), UK –

The Burma Campaign UK has today published a new report naming and shaming insurers it claims have facilitated the flow of billions of dollars in to the …

10 million dollars in UN aid “disappear” thanks to Burmese Junta’s …

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

The market rate for kyats is around 1100 per dollar but the UN rate established the junta in Myanmar and payment is now around 880, resulting in a “loss of …

World at a glance

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

A military junta has ruled Burma since 1962 and in the last year the eyes of the world have twice focused on its regime. A British soldier has been killed …

Tiffany Applauds Congress’ Ban on Burmese Gemstones

IDEX Online, Israel –
… Monday ran an advertisement in the Washington Post saluting the US Congress for passing an absolute embargo on rubies originating in Burma ( Myanmar ). ..

Tehran meeting crucial for NAM revitalization

Mathaba.Net, UK –

The Bandung Conference was a meeting of Asian and African states, most of which were newly independent, organized by Egypt, Indonesia, Burma, …

Rights group praises US legislation banning Burmese gems

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The European Union and Canada already prohibit the import of Myanmar gems. The change in the US law would stipulate that retailers keep records documenting …

Bush likely to meet Burmese activists during Thailand visit

Mizzima.com, India –
Bush is also expected to raise Burma issue during his talks with Thai officials including Foreign Minister Samak. During his term as the President of the …

Currency Loss Unacceptable, but UN Aid to Continue: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Holmes was in Burma last week visiting parts of the Irrawaddy delta, which was devastated by Cyclone Nargis in the first week of May, to review the progress …

UN loses US$10m in Burma cyclone aid from exchange rate

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The United Nations said it has lost about US$10 million (HK$78 million) in cyclone relief funds in Burma because of the government-set exchange rate and has …

HRDP provides antenatal support for pregnant women

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The shelter was founded by HRDP member Ma Myint Myint Mu, who has been involved in relief work in the region since the cyclone. Ma Win Khine, who lost most …

Urge Thai Business to Indochina Investment

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

In May 2008, the bank extended loans worth a total of 13 billion baht to Thai businesses to invest in international projects in the region: in Burma made up …

New Human Rights Chief Faces Daunting Task

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… a jurist from Canada, who was an equally vociferous defender of human rights and who was refused entry into both North Korea and Myanmar (Burma). …

UN reports losses due to Myanmar exchange rate

Los Angeles Times, CA –

Inner City Press reported last week that the military government in Myanmar, also known as Burma, had changed the official exchange rate since the cyclone …

Drugs, sports and human rights

WalesOnline, United Kingdom –

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

Obama Should Stand Up to Russia’s Regime

Wall Street Journal –

Mr. Obama also asked if the West would stand up for “the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe. …

US: Burma Gem Ban Strengthened

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

Burmese gemstones are tainted by gross human rights abuses. The jewelry industry should take firm action to assure its customers – as well as law …

Time for change’s Journal

Democratic Underground, DC –

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

Preserving THE PAST

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

This development of cultural diversity, combined with the economic influence from Chinese merchants and the Shan and Burmese teak loggers from British Burma …

Washington Times, DC –

UNITED NATIONS | Burma is forcing UN aid agencies to convert cash to local currency at below-market rates, costing the world body $10 million so far and …

Constitutional dance makes way for a populist jig

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

The government’s foreign affairs policy, not only on Zimbabwe but also on other dictatorships like Burma, reveals that foreign policy and the Constitution …

Official: UN Lost $10M in Burma

New York Sun, United States –

He promised to raise the issue with Burma’s government to ensure that losses could be cut down in the future. But evidence emerged yesterday that the UN …

The darker side of landscape art

Fresno Bee (subscription), CA –

… considered one of the most prestigious awards in photography, for his 1990 coverage of the ethnic civil war in Burma, now Myanmar. …

Myanmar aid losses ‘unacceptable:’ UN aid coordinator

AFP –

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN aid operation in cyclone-hit Myanmar has lost around 10 million dollars due to distortions in the country’s official exchange …

UN credits Burma for post-cyclone rebuilding

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

United Nations (dpa) – The government in Burma has made “quite a lot of progress” in post-Cyclone Nargis reconstruction efforts since the disaster struck in …

Activists accuse insurers on Burma

Financial Times, UK –

By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi Activists pressing for an end to military rule in Burma have accused global insurance groups of “underwriting” the Burmese junta …

Insurance giants urged to stop business with Burma

MyFinances.co.uk, UK –

Sixteen of the world’s biggest insurance companies have been called on to stop trading in Burma. A new report says companies are allowing billions of …

Progress being made on Myanmar aid effort, says UN’s top relief …

UN News Centre –

28 July 2008 – A degree of normality has returned to some areas affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and there are visible signs of progress in ..

UN admits “significant” Myanmar exchange rate loss

Reuters –

Earlier this month the United Nations issued an appeal for over $300 million in additional aid for Myanmar to cope with the effects of a cyclone in May that …

Changing Course On Burma

Voice of America –

She said the group was instrumental in persuading the junta to reverse its initial obstruction of assistance and accept international aid after Cyclone …

Eureka Street, Australia –

In a small dimly-lit room at the Burmese immigration office, on the border of northern Thailand and Burma, there is a large, luminous portrait of General …

Fighter for the oppressed

Manly Daily, Australia –

“There are times when I wonder how human beings could be so evil,” she said. “The ones that make me most upset are the ones that are planned, where someone …

China, protesters may play cat-and-mouse during Olympics

McClatchy Washington Bureau, DC –

Activist groups that oppose China’s policies in Sudan’s Darfur region, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Zimbabwe or in China’s own Tibet and Xinjiang regions …

Gay human rights violations don’t sway state lawmakers on Iran …

Bay Windows, MA –

Burma, China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan … why Iran versus these other countries? There are a lot of countries that have human rights issues . …

Academic insights

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The new books follows the series on understanding East and Southeast Asia, which covered 11 countries including Vietnam, Myanmar (also known as Burma), …

The Epoch Times, NY –

Moreover, Dr. Trey notes that the Internet offers are surprising in that Asian countries are reluctant to donate organs, unlike western cultures, …

The Return of History and the End of Dreams

The Age, Australia –

Their support for autocratic regimes in North Korea, Burma, Sudan and Iran is all about the pursuit of what great powers have always pursued: power and …

Burma: Three Months Of Quiet Repression & Arrests

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Burma: Three Months Of Quiet Repression & Arrests

Burma: Three months of quiet repression, arrests, censorship and propaganda

The military government has constantly hounded Burma’s journalists during the three months that have gone by since 27 September 2007, the day that Japanese video reporter Kenji Nagai was murdered by a soldier in Rangoon, report RSF and the Burma Media Association.

The police and army continue to hunt for journalists and activists who photographed and filmed the crackdown on the pro-democracy demonstrations. At least nine have had to flee to Thailand. The privately-owned media have resumed publishing but the Censorship Board has stepped up its control.

“The impression that things are back to normal is false,” the two organisations said. “The security services are still looking for the underground journalists who let the world know about the violence against monks and pro-democracy activists. We call for an end to the intimidation of the press and for the release of the six journalists currently held. The international community must find a way to get UN special rapporteur Sergio Pinheiro’s recommendations implemented.”

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Burma on 14 December that calls on the government to guarantee the freedom of the independent media. An RSF representative addressed the council, calling for the release of Burma’s journalists and an end to the censorship.

Ko Aung Gyi, the former editor of the sports magazine “90 Minutes”, is one of the latest journalists to be detained. It is not known why he was arrested in Rangoon. Two other former journalists, Ko Win Maw and Ko Aung Aung, have also been arrested without being charged. At least 15 other journalists have been arrested since September and then released. The six currently in prison include Win Tin, a prominent journalist held since July 1989.

People who have been arrested and then released say the police ask everyone for the names of the “cameramen,” meaning the journalists who work clandestinely for foreign news media or Democratic Voice of Burma, an exile radio and TV station based in Oslo. Many photographers and cameramen who contributed to exile media have stopped working altogether for fear of being identified and some have even thrown away their equipment.

The Union Solidarity anda Development Association (USDA), a pro-government militia, continues to be hostile towards journalists. “The Myanmar Nation” photographer Aung Khine Nyunt was beaten by thugs believed to be USDA members while taking photos of a march on 21 October. In all, about 10 journalists were beaten or roughed up during the demonstrations.

At least nine Burmese journalists have fled the country because of the repression, and have sought refuge in Thailand. Most of them left the capital during the first wave of arrests at the end of September.

The Censorship Board has had no qualms about asserting itself. The weekly “News Watch” was banned for a week in mid-November after proposing the publication of photos that displeased the military. The military censors have even forced editors to resign. In early December, the authorities punished the magazine “Action” for failing to withdraw articles censored by the government. A censorship official publicly criticised “Action” for not being “constructive.”

The newspaper “Middle Line” also got into trouble. It was suspended after its editor, Oo Swe, complained that some media were getting favourable treatment from the censors, according to the exile magazine and website “Irrawaddy”.

To prevent Burmese from seeing reports and pictures of the crackdown in September, the military government has controlled the sale of foreign publications very strictly since mid-October. The magazines “Time” and “Newsweek” and Thai newspapers have not been seen in newsstands for the past few weeks. The Internet has been restored but surveillance has been stepped up in Internet cafés. For fear of reprisals, many Internet café owners have removed the programmes from their computers that allowed users to circumvent the government’s filters.

Around 10 journalists suspected of sympathizing with the pro-democracy protests have been banned from being published or interviewed. They include sports reporter Zaw Thet Htwe, cartoonist Au Pi Kyee and writer Pe Myint. The censorship is not limited to political topics. The military government, for example, banned coverage of a new outbreak of bird flu on 20 October, although the outbreak was announced by the government agency responsible for dealing with it.

Anyone who criticises the government can be the target of repression. This is why the authorities banned a video of a show by the comic troupe “Say Young Sone.” According to Democratic Voice of Burma, which decided to televise it, the DVD is selling very well on the streets of Rangoon. Similarly, a spokesman for the Zantila Rama monastery was sentenced to two years in prison in December for complaining that military personnel stole money during a search. Democratic Voice of Burma said he was found guilty of defamation. A Burmese rapper was arrested in November for paying tribute to the monks at a concert. And “Irrawaddy” reported in early November that Tin Yu, a resident of a Rangoon suburb, was arrested for “talking to foreign media.”

The government media continue to pump out their propaganda, putting all of the activities of the military government’s leaders on the front page. The government’s TV stations have on several occasions vilified the reporting of the foreign media, such as the BBC, RFA and VOA, accusing them of trying to “destabilise” Burma. The government media have been ordered to praise the return to normality and the country’s economic progress. At the end of November, the USDA militia announced the launch of a new daily newspaper to reinforce the public’s support for the regime.

Finally, many Rangoon-based journalists have criticised Myat Khaine, the editor of the weekly “Snap Shot”, for voluntarily giving the information ministry photos of protesters.

Français: Rapport Capsule: Trois mois de répression silencieuse: censure, propagande et détentions

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World Focus on Burma (10-12-2007)

  1. Repression unrelenting in Myanmar
    Amnistía Internacional –
    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma), where she has been for 12 of the past 18 years. Aung San Suu Kyi is one of a …
  2. Studying diversity, conflict and internationalizing Burma
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    … the Union of Burma on 23rd September 1988. On 18th June 1989, the State Law and Order Restoration Council adopted a new name called ‘Union of Myanmar’ …
  3. The Nagas and their Nation-
    Nagaland Post, India –
    … belonging to the Tibeto-Burman stock with an approximate 4 million in population and live along the tri-junction of Burma (Myanmar), China, and India. …
  4. Nagaland CM’s request puts MEA in a fix
    The Tribune, India –
    Rio wants New Delhi to persuade Myanmar to declare a ceasefire with the Khapland faction of the NSCN instead of going hammers and tongs against the militant …
  5. China-Myanmar trade increased in 2007
    United Press International –
    9 (UPI) — Trade between China and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, increased dramatically in 2007, incomplete officials from the emerging Asian nation …
  6. Judicial Officers Support A Pacific Regional Human Rights Commission
    pacific, HI –
    … to set up an Asian regional human rights commission, a concept under consideration for several years and expedited by recent events in Myanmar [Burma]. …
  7. Nobel Peace Prize winners since 1975
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, Israel. _ 1993: Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk, South Africa. _ 1991: Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar (also known as Burma).
  8. Activists hope pen still mighty
    Providence Journal, RI –
    PROVIDENCE — In Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, people can be arrested for displaying photos of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …
  9. A Growing Source of Fear for Migrants in Malaysia
    New York Times, United States –
    Most migrant workers come from Indonesia, while others come from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Vietnam as well as from Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  10. UN Myanmar rights expert ups estimate of death toll from protests …
    JURIST –
    [JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro [official profile; JURIST news archive] has conclud…
  11. Burmese refugees to settle in Brisbane ‘by Christmas’
    Brisbane Times, Australia –
    Seven asylum seekers from Myanmar (Burma) will be resettled in Brisbane, as the new Rudd Government begins unwinding tough immigration laws which force …
  12. un’s Ban says patience running out with Myanmar
    Reuters –
    … of which the former Burma is a member, to play a “special political role”. “The people of Myanmar have suffered from isolation for such a long time and …
  13. UN Secretary-General Says World Running Out of Patience With …
    Voice of America –
    By Luis Ramirez UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the international community is running out of patience with Burma’s repressive military government. ..
  14. Revisiting intelligence reform
    Spero News –
    Similarly, human rights groups are today using unclassified commercial imagery to track ethnic cleansing in Darfur and Burma (or Myanmar, as that country’s …
  15. UN sec-gen emphasises Myanmar in meeting Thai PM
    Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
    Surayud Chulanont, focusing on the unresolved situation in Myanmar. After arriving in Bangkok Sunday for a three-day official visit en route to the UN ..
  16. UN call for faster Burma reform
    BBC News, UK –
    “The people of Myanmar have suffered from isolation for such a long time and it’s high time now that the Myanmar authorities and the people… enjoy ..
  17. UN urged to push for release of Myanmar political prisoners
    Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
    … access to all parts of Burma (Myanmar) to UN agencies and other international humanitarian organisations” to provide emergency needs to its people, …
  18. Biofuels: Let’s look before we leap
    Checkbiotech.org (press release), Switzerland –
    Several years ago, faced with growing food shortages, the government of Burma — now Myanmar — ordered farmers throughout the country to start growing rice, …
  19. Clock ticks for likely Kosovo bid
    Mirror.co.uk, UK –
    “I hope the Myanmar authorities will take it very seriously,” Ban said during a visit to Thailand, where he urged the Association of South East Asian …
  20. Elders mark 60th year of Declaration of Human Rights
    Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
    “The deteriorating situation in Burma means we have to work for a situation where these principles [of human rights] will be recognised and respected,” Tutu …
  21. Tutu, elder statesmen denounce rights abuses
    Business Day, South Africa –
    ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu and other elder statesmen today denounced the rights records of Myanmar, Sudan, Chad and Zimbabwe at the launch of a new human …
  22. UN warns Burma over slow progress on democracy
    ABC Online, Australia –
    United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has warned Burma’s military rulers that the patience of the international community is running out. …
  23. Rambo film ‘was under threat’
    This is North Scotland, UK –
    Filming the new Rambo film on the war-torn border between Thailand and Myanmar (formerly Burma) was a risky business, star Sylvester Stallone has apparently
  24. Amnesty International hosts 20th annual “write-a-thon”
    Providence Eyewitness News, RI –
    This year’s focus will be on monks tortured, killed or detained during protests earlier this year in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation also known as Burma …
  25. Minister Kubis to Lead the Slovak Delegation at the GAERC Session
    SK Today, Slovakia –
    … current situation in Lebanon, along with Iran’s nuclear programme and the latest developments in Myanmar (Burma) and the Sudanese province of Darfur. …
  26. Relate as trained professionals, PM urges officers, troops
    IndiaEduNews.net, India –
    … batch – Sam Manekshaw, Muhammad Musa and Smith Dun – went on to head the armies of India, Pakistan and Burma (as Myanmar was then called), respectively. …
  27. First Lady Criticizes Myanmar’s Generals
    Washington Post, United States –
    10, 2007, during a video teleconference with Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand, regarding the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in recognition of …
  28. Laura Bush calls for democracy in Myanmar
    Raw Story, MA –
    … from Myanmar in a videoconference call marking International Human Rights Day. “President Bush and I call on all nations, especially Burma’s neighbors, …

World Focus on Burma (5-12-2007)

  1. US says Myanmar junta obstructing negotiations on new constitution
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    “It is Than Shwe and his senior generals who are obstructing progress toward democratization in Burma,” Casey said, using another name for the Asian nation. …
  2. UN envoy to visit Myanmar anew
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Gambari had visited Myanmar, formerly Burma, twice this year and last week toured some Asian capitals in an effort to canvas support for democratic change …
  3. Blood Rubies Come to Town
    The Santa Barbara Independent, CA –
    According to the United Nations, more than 90 percent of the world’s rubies come from Myanmar, or Burma as it is commonly known. Unlike the sale of diamonds …
  4. Myanmar monks set to battle junta again
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    Mr Aung Din, the executive director of the US Campaign for Burma group, urged Washington to appoint a sanctions coordinator for Myanmar as it did in the …
  5. Burma: ASEAN Should Not Go Against the UN
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    By Zin Linn Although UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has made two trips to Myanmar (Burma) to promote political reconciliation, it seems to be in vain. …
  6. Repression revives business debate
    CNN –
    France’s Total contends that cutting off Myanmar, also known as Burma, hurts ordinary people more than it harms the military regime and could hinder moves …
  7. US Condemns Myanmar Excluding Suu Kyi From Democracy Talks
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar’s military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma for 45 years, was condemned around the world for deploying soldiers Sept. …
  8. Burmese Opposition Marks National Day, Calls for Leader’s Release
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News The party of Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for the immediate and unconditional release of its leader and …
  9. Chased from streets, Myanmar monks get out message on video
    AFP –
    … Thitagu World Buddha University in northern Myanmar, which is popular among foreigners who come to Myanmar, the former Burma, to study the religion. …
  10. Myanmar urges ASEAN media persons to resist influence of some …
    Xinhua, China –
    5 (Xinhua) – A Myanmar high-ranking information official has urged media persons of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to unitedly …
  11. Today in History – Dec. 5
    The Associated Press –
    Ne Win, former dictator of Myanmar, also called Burma, died in Yangon at age 91. ABC executive Roone Arledge died in New York at age 71. …
  12. China Wins Rights to Myanmar’s Gas, Beating India (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar’s military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma for 45 years, was condemned around the world for deploying soldiers Sept. …
  13. US Senate Hears Testimony of Venerable Ashin Nayaka on Burma
    Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
    He also said that he discussed the issue of religion in Burma, the repression of the people by the military, and US police options for Burma after the …
  14. Group: China to Evict 1.5M for Olympics
    The Associated Press –
    COHRE also criticized Myanmar and Slovakia on Thursday for “pervasive housing rights violations” in 2007. It said Myanmar, also known as Burma, …
  15. University of San Francisco to Honor Buddhist Monks Who Fought for …
    Earthtimes, UK –
    5 /prnewswire-usnewswire/ — The University of San Francisco will honor the Buddhist monks of Burma (Myanmar) for their courage and nonviolent …
  16. Reporters Without Borders names Eritrean Seyoum Tsehaye its …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Voice of Burma as media outlet of the year. The tiny, shoestring radio and television network was founded in Norway in 1992 by exiled Myanmar students. …

News on Burma’s Geoplotics (29-11-2007)

Top news only

  1. Musharraf to Take Oath as Civilian Leader
    Washington Post, United States –
    By Pamela Constable ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 28 — President Pervez Musharraf, after formally stepping down as the chief of Pakistan’s powerful army,
  2. FACTBOX-Five facts on Pakistan’s new army chief, Kayani
    Reuters –
    Nov 28 (Reuters) – Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf stepped down as army chief on Wednesday, as his hand-picked successor, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani,
  3. Manila gives rebel soldiers deadline to surrender
    Reuters –
    By Karen Lema and Raju Gopalakrishnan MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine police gave around two dozen rebel soldiers until 3 pm (2 am EST) on Thursday to halt their attempted mutiny in a luxury hotel in Manila’s financial district.
  4. Pall of Rioting Greets Sarkozy
    Washington Post –
    By Molly Moore PARIS, Nov. 28 — President Nicolas Sarkozy received no celebratory homecoming when he returned from Beijing on Wednesday with $30 billion in new business deals between France and China.
  5. US protests China’s port refusal
    CNN –
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States has filed a formal protest with China over the decision to deny port visits to a US aircraft carrier and two other ships last week, an incident a Pentagon spokesman Wednesday called “baffling.
  6. Two Injured as Hotel Standoff in Manila Ends
    New York Times –
    Government soldiers prepare to the Peninsula Hotel in Manila. The hotel had been taken over earlier by dissident military officers who demanded that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo resign.
  7. Musharraf Is Sworn In as a Civilian President
    New York Times –
    By CARLOTTA GALL and JANE PERLEZ ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 29 – A day after resigning as army chief, Pervez Musharraf was sworn in as a civilian president today.
  8. China Explains Decision to Block US Ships
    New York Times –
    By DAVID LAGUE Beijing, Nov. 29 – China blocked the visit to Hong Kong last week of a United States aircraft carrier battle group and other American warships in retaliation against the Bush administration’s proposed upgrading of Taiwan’s Patriot
  9. Vietnam caught between repression and reform
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    The ethnic Vietnamese activists, among them a US national mathematics researcher, a French national journalist and a Thai citizen, were arrested while handing our fliers that explained and promoted non-violent struggle for democratic change.
  10. Musharraf Defends Actions After Taking Oath
    New York Times –
    bkbangash/AP Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf gave an emotional speech after he was sworn in as the country’s civilian president today in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  11. Why Musharraf is Ending the Emergency
    TIME –
    President Pervez Musharraf speaks after taking the oath of office for a five-year term as a civilian president November 29, 2007 at the presidential palace in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 29, 2007 at 7:12 am