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World focus on Burma (11 January 2009)

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Karen rebels under the gun along Thai-Burma border
Mizzima.com, India –
From a secret location on the Thai-Burma border, KNU Vice-Chairman David Thackerbaw said government soldiers were maintaining a “scorched earth policy” …

Supersized Kids – Don’t Do What America Does
Desicritics.org, India –
What has happened to the Burmese wrap around ‘longee’, to the elegant sari, to the loose fitting pajama pants and kamiz? “Where have all the chaplis gone, …

The art of the elephant
ohmidog!, MD –
… to the information posted on YouTube with the video, was rescued from abusive treatment in Burma, and now makes a living as an artist in Thailand. …

Epic wartime road project may finally be put to use
TheDay, CT –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

Junta struggling to keep state budget afloat
Mizzima.com, India –
by Moe Thu Rangoon (Mizzima) – Experiencing increased pains related to the global financial crisis, Burma’s military government is struggling to maintain a …

FSA Investigation Finds Aon Payments To Burma
AJC Consultants, UK –
For dealing in business in Burma (also known as Myanmar), which is under US sanctions, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control …

United Nations Worried Over Nigeria’s Donation To Myanmar
The Guardian – Nigeria, Nigeria –
Ki-Moon said last month at the UN that he was “disappointed by the unwillingness of the government of Myanmar (Burma) to deliver on its promises for …

East Timor president opposes international sanctions on Myanmar
Monsters and Critics.com –
Horta last visited Myanmar in 2005 and has lent his support to his fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. He said Sunday that Myanmar’s long-delayed …

In its best year, 1934, when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year …

Dream works are made of these
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Spielberg was inspired to make poignant war movies by his father who had fought in Burma, and who told him: “Nobody ever makes a movie about my war except …

Diaspora studies current situation
E-Pao.net, India –
The seminar held on the topic “HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Social Psychology in the Conflict Situation of Manipur” was participated by many resource persons. …

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January 11, 2009 at 2:52 am

World focus on Burma (17 December 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


World focus on Burma (16 December 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tortured for seeking democracy
St Marys Star, Australia –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



World focus on Burma (11 December 2008)

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi disallowed meeting lawyer
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nem Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has refused a request by opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest, …

Thailand reverts to old-style politics
BBC News, UK –
This constitution was the first to enshrine protection of human rights and freedom of expression. It created a number of independent bodies that were given …

Ali Alatas: In Memoriam
International Crisis Group, Belgium –
… though working against very difficult odds until the end of the Suharto era; to try to sustain external pressure against the Burmese military regime’s …

Obama urged to back UN LGBT rights statement
MWC News, Canada –
“The US government often berates Zimbabwe, Burma and Sudan over their human rights violations. These condemnations will ring hollow if the US refuses to …

A daughter’s undying hope for her detained father
Mizzima.com, India –
“We have lost our human rights in Burma. Even after graduation, it was not possible to work in government departments. Also, nobody was willing to give me a …

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Child trafficking continues, but not fuelled by …
IRINnews.org, NY –
MAE SOT, 11 December 2008 (IRIN) – When Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May, leaving close to 140000 people dead or missing, aid workers feared an increase in …

Nobel Laureates speak out for Suu Kyi
The Age, Australia –
Nobel peace laureates opened a summit in Paris on Thursday to draw world attention to the plight of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, but former Soviet leader …

RIGHTS-BURMA: Junta Turns Blind Eye to Rising Landmine Casualties
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A similar cloak of secrecy confronted researchers trying to get casualty figures from ethnic rebel groups in Burma, or Myanmar, who also use the …

More companies ignore sanctions on Burma: BCUK
Mizzima.com, India –
“To those that claim investment aids the people of Burma, the evidence shows the opposite is true. As investment has increased, the human rights situation …

Suu Kyi Denied Meeting with Her Lawyer
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ( Photo: AP) “According to the correct procedure, I sent a written request to the Special Branch of Burma’s …

Is UWSA Preparing for Clash with Junta?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… near the Thai-Burmese border since the beginning of December, as Burma’s ruling junta steps up its efforts to force the former rebel army to disarm. …

George Bush: “In countries like Belarus fervent pleas for freedom …
Charter 97, Belarus –
President of the United States mentions Belarus as a country where human rights and freedoms are violated in the proclamation on Human Rights Day. …

Junta Demand for Higher Rice Production Derided
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, it can be found that she has not been capable of producing more rice than the nations that are …

Unhappy Human Rights Day in Burma
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… accused of plotting bomb attacks after he spoke out on the need for more emergency relief in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country in May. …

Former Indonesian minister dies
BBC News, UK –
… and he also worked as a UN special envoy to Burma, calling for the release of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Junta Has Crushed Peaceful Dissent: Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Bush said all these female dissidents were following in the footsteps of Aung San Suu Kyi, the world’s only detained Nobel Peace Prize winner. …

MYANMAR: Anyo, “I don’t know whether I will live or die”
IRINnews.org, NY –
Burmese people are honourable people, but this is the only way I can earn some decent money. “Now I receive about 300000 kyat [US$240] per month. …

Indonesian ex-FM Ali Alatas dies
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Mr McMullan said the fact that many non-democracies, such as Burma, China and Vietnam had shown up was a positive sign. “What is welcome about this is that …

You Are Powerful: the promise of the Universal Declaration of …
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Strikingly put together by superimposing actors onto real footage of human rights abuses (the film makers had the unenviable task of wading through hours of …

Sixty Years On, ‘Inalienable Human Rights’ Still out of Reach for Many
The Epoch Times, NY –
Amnesty International Vancouver focused on human rights abuses in Burma, Tibet, Ethiopia and China, while the Falun Gong raised awareness about the …

Uncertainty Surrounds Asean Summit
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Asean chairmanship was cancelled in 2006 because of the political crisis in the military-ruled country. The political turmoil in Thailand has …

New book on the struggle ‘more questions than answers’
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… told fellow exile journalists, most of whom had been ex-rebels fighting against Burma’s ruling military junta like himself, that his book Far from Home: …

Ta-ta to the age of virtue
CBC.ca, Canada –
Gareth Evans, a human rights advocate and former Australian foreign minister, started the proceedings with a five-minute speech. …

The council has hardly challenged the worse abusers, such as China and Burma, and Iran and Uzbekistan have escaped sanctions, says RSF. …

IFEX MEMBERS PROTEST ISRAEL’S BAN OF FOREIGN MEDIA FROM GAZA
IFEX, Canada –
ARTICLE 19 likened the ban to the tactics used by the Burmese military junta. “The lifting of the ban for one day only was yet another cruel twist in the …

Vietnamese Inquisition: Catholic protesters face a show trial as ...
TTX Công Giáo Việt Nam, Vietnam –
Pro-democracy leader in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, has pleaded with tourists not to visit her country, as it merely endows the Than Shwe junta with legitimacy …

US to provide $5 million more for Myanmar relief aid
Reuters –
… leave the White House, Bush pledged she would keep pushing for democratic reforms in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, after leaving Washington. …

Beatings, Protests, Arrests Mark 60th Annual Human Rights Day
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
10th December 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. To commemorate the day, activists around the world have staged protests …

Burma-Thailand elephant smuggling accusation
OneWorld.net, UK –
Asian elephants are being smuggled from Myanmar into neighbouring Thailand for “elephant trekking” tourism, a new report by the wildlife trade monitoring …

Nearly one-fifth of coral reefs lost and more threatened
Irish Times, Ireland –
They included Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma last May, claiming 84500 lives. Mr Loster said extreme weather events accounted for nine out of every 10 …

Bush talks with international bloggers
CNET News, CA –
… he also advocates using the Internet to facilitate democracy. President Bush, in recognition of Human Rights Day, met with bloggers from Belarus, Burma, …

UN appeals for funds to meet health needs in cyclone-battered Myanmar
UN News Centre –
10 December 2008 – The United Nations has called for funding to help meet health needs in areas of Myanmar that are rebuilding after this May’s devastating …

UN appeals for funds to meet health needs in cyclone-battered Myanmar
UN News Centre –
… in areas of Myanmar that are rebuilding after this May’s devastating Cyclone Nargis which claimed some 140000 lives and left 800000 others homeless. …

UN in Myanmar focuses on Dignity for Women
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
(Yangon: 10 December 2008): The United Nations in Myanmar and partners have joined its colleagues around the world in marking the annual global campaign ’16 …

First Lady Campaigns For Human Rights
WBKO, KY –
Mrs. Bush says she will continue to fight for human rights after leaving the White House, especially for women in Afghanistan and Myanmar, also known as Burma.

… where the US-backed government is fighting Taliban militants, and Myanmar, also known as Burma, where harsh treatment of dissidents has earned worldwide …

Laura Bush in NYC discusses human rights
Houston Chronicle, United States –
The women of Burma have responded to this brutality with inspiring courage.” Bush said she would remain involved in struggles in Afghanistan and Myanmar …

RIGHTS: Politics Still Reign Over Principles at UN
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… France and Britain have continued to protect Israel, Iraq and Afghanistan while Russia and China continue to shield Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) …

Human Face : ‘Droits de l’homme’: best-kept secret / Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi came out bigger than life on the video screen to deliver her message. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and France’s President …

Big task to tackle at Bali forum
The Canberra Times, Australia –
In the name of inclusiveness, the forum includes some of Asia’s most repressive regimes, including Burma, China and Vietnam. At the same time, …

UN must be tough on Burma’s dictators
OpEdNews, PA –
… should make good on the Security Council’s call in Oct. 2007 for Burma to release the prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

RIGHTS: Politics Still Reign Over Principles at UN
Inter Press Service, Italy –
… Iraq and Afghanistan while Russia and China continue to shield Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma (Myanmar) against any strictures or sanctions for human rights …

US, world influence over Mugabe limited
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Singling out the cases of Zimbabwe and Burma (Myanmar), Ms. Rice said the world remains unable to mobilize “international will” to take on tyrants. …

WWF: Border Guard Funds World Cup Soccer Trips Through Elephant …
MarketWatch –
The border official in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, openly shared details with TRAFFIC investigators on his role in moving live elephants across the …

Couple’s efforts take photography to whole new level
Nova News Now, Canada – 7
The classes were linked to a free clinic called Mae Tao that treats thousands of refugees from Burma each year for malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, landmine injuries …

Fact Sheet: Promoting Human Rights Worldwide
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
She discussed efforts by the United States to help women in Afghanistan and Burma overcome oppression to secure basic rights. The Administration has helped …

Laura Bush promises to continue work on human rights
Boston Herald, United States –
… from the audience, said she was particularly concerned about promoting the rights of women in Afghanistan and Myanmar, previously known as Burma. …

Taking Responsibility
Campus Progress, DC –
But when I deny my role in global issues such as human rights violations and climate change, I am shirking my social responsibility—and this is …

Laura Bush in NYC to discuss human rights
Newsday, NY –
NEW YORK – First lady Laura Bush is visiting New York City and will give a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations. The first lady is discussing human …

After Pax Americana?
The Guatemala Times, Guatemala –
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Burma accused of elephant smuggling
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Burma is at the centre of an illegal trade in elephants and ivory, with more than 250 live animals smuggled out of the country in the past decade, …

India, Burma to change transaction currency to Euro or Singapore …
Mizzima.com, India –
… a Burmese Trade Union official said. An official at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) said, the two countries …

UN calls for more support to the health sector in Myanmar
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Disease outbreaks and malnutrition have been averted through the establishment, in conjunction with the Myanmar Ministry of Health, …

CIA Drug Trafficking and remembering Gary Webb
Capitol Hill Blue, VA –
{3} The Nationalist Chinese army, organized by the CIA to wage war against Communist China, became the opium barons of The Golden Triangle (parts of Burma, …

Russian business presence becoming stronger in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Moe Thu Rangoon (Mizzima) – With several Russian firms directly investing or having businesses interests in Burma and with the closer cooperation between …

Bush to Meet Activists, Bloggers to Mark Human Rights Day
Voice of America –
… meet with an activist from Sudan’s troubled Darfur region and bloggers from China, Burma, Egypt and other countries Wednesday to mark Human Rights Day. …

Interview With Michele Kelemen of NPR
US Department of State, DC –
And I wonder if you think some of this made it more difficult for you as the Secretary of State to talk about human rights. SECRETARY RICE: No, of course …

World focus on Burma (8 December 2008)

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Comedian says Zarganar will boost prison morale
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Activist and comedian Zarganar was sentenced to 59 years in prison last month and sent to the remote Myitkyina prison in Kachin state. …

The Dalai Lama blames “greed” for financial crisis
New Europe, Belgium –
“Because of its very poor record on human rights and religious freedom and freedom of expression and freedom of the press — too much censorship — the image …

Burma to introduce single-use GSM Sim Cards
Mizzima.com, India –
… Burmese nationals in possession of FECs and a valid national identity card, Ko Sai added. Chief of Engineers from Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, …

Price of Burmese Mobiles Slashed, but Call Charges Soar
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The service, which will become available from December 12 on a trial basis, is being offered in collaboration with the state-owned Myanmar Post and …

Asian Lawmakers Push UN Chief on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Ban Ki-moon to press Burma’s junta for the release of all political prisoners in the country. The Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Weekly Business Roundup (December 8, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… and which has been found to hold large reserves of gas. Burma’s junta controlled Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise is a silent partner in both blocks.

UN chief frustrated by lack of progress in Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I urge the government of Myanmar to respond positively without further delay to our specific suggestions, as endorsed by the Group of Friends, …

Burma’s junta finds no laughs in political satire
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Craig and Marc Kielburger are children’s rights activists and co-founded Free The Children, which is active in the developing world. …

The gift of freedom is an early present
Allentown Morning Call, PA –
Many came from war-torn countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan, while others came from counties besieged by oppression or famine, such as Burma and Darfur. …

Over 200 Asian Legislators urge UN Sec-Gen to travel to Myanmar,
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
We are writing to you on a matter of grave concern: the ongoing imprisonment of over 2100 political prisoners in Burma/Myanmar. …

Asian Debate: Did Myanmar Go Too Far?
Goal.com, Switzerland –
After being caught cold with two early goals, Myanmar had fought their way back into the game. Then with 16 minutes remaining, the boys from Burma had to …

Kosovo: A European Narco State
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
At one end of the crescent lies Afghanistan, which in 1999 surpassed Burma as the world’s largest producer of opium poppies. From there, the heroin base …

Online journalists now jailed more often than other media
Ars Technica, MA –
China continues its ten-year winning streak when it comes to tossing writers into jail, with Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan next in line. …

“We’re seeing it in Burma,” Rice said of the country in Southeast Asia now called Myanmar. “We are now seeing it, I think, in a very, very sad way in …

Blogging dangerous for foreign journalists
Neftegaz.RU, Russia –
At least 16 journalists worldwide are being held in secret locations. China, Cuba and Burma have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and …


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World focus on Burma (24 November 2008)

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India-Burma holds another round of bilateral talks
Mizzima.com, India –
But, he said, India should look into longer terms and implement a policy that would nurture democracy in neighbouring Burma, which in turn would be a new …

Burma: Rangoon strengthens trade ties with India
آكي, Italy –

India is Burma’s fourth largest trading partner, after Thailand, China and Singapore. Meanwhile the country is continuing its crackdown on democracy …

Mizzima.com, India –
The Asia Human Right Commission (AHRC) during a consultation meeting concluded on Sunday called for the release of Burma’s Supreme Court advocates Khin …

DQ Entertainment concludes licensing deals with broadcasters
Business of Cinema, India –
… rights for the TV Series Casper’s –Scare School for India, and non exclusive rights for Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma and the Maldives….

Another changing of the guards for Burma’s junta
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s rulers have announced that they will hold a general election as part of their roadmap to democracy and will allow the winning party to assume power …

Nuclear Disarmement and Demilitarization
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
… and an inability to cope with natural disasters like the cyclone in Myanmar/Burma and the earthquake in China – much less global climate change. …

40 Burmese given prison terms of up to 65 years, blogger gets 20 …
Anarkismo.net –
Now is definitely the time for the South African Government to consider changing its stance towards Burma (Myanmar). The people of Burma have been suffering….

Woodland Travels taken over by Htoo Company
Mizzima.com, India –
Pyinoolwin botanical garden is the best forest reserve in Burma which with diverse and rare flora and fauna. According to the Myanmar Tourism Corporation, …

Eighteen More Political Prisoners Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Another 18 political prisoners were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Monday, and family members are …

NLD marks National Day
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 24, 2008 (DVB)–The 88th Burmese National Day was marked at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Rangoon and in other towns in central Burma …

General Assembly approves Burma resolution, debate intensifies
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee on Friday approved a draft resolution on the human rights situation inside Burma, …

Eighteen More Political Prisoners Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Another 18 political prisoners were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Monday, and family members are ..

A Coup Against Than Shwe
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is probably fair to say that these moderate forces within the military, whoever they are, are not necessarily supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi or the …

Two Taiwan drug dealers sentenced to death in east China
Xinhua, China –
Police told the court that the dealers bought 39 parcels of heroin from Burma in early September and sold four of them for 400000 yuan (60000 US dollars) in …

Are you still buying a blood diamond?
Commodity Online, India –
Before the blood diamond scenario emerged, it was known that Burma’s military junta survived by trading in rubies. And it is not a mean figure. …

Feast bridges culture gap in church merger
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
Myanmar is the name for the country formerly known as Burma. But the influx of members has breathed new life into the First Baptist Church, whose membership …

He’s ‘prophetic and poetic’
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
His past influences those he serves through the program, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said. McGill doesn’t try to hide his criminal history, …

No activities planned by exile groups during ASEAN Summit
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) also told SHAN that the group was not planning any activities and any campaigns during the summit, according to Nang Yen, …

Burma needs a pragmatic solution
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma, the official added, was going to be a democracy in its own way. The international community has since continuously recognized the NLD’s commitment to …

At least 15 activists transferred to remote prisons
Mizzima.com, India –
He also said that he learned from family members that NLD member Tun Tun Naing was sent to Meiktila prison, ‘All Burma Federation of Students Union’ (ABFSU) …

Bush’s Legacy in India
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
… allowing the Chinese more freedom of action in Southeast Asia, where it is the main source of support for the military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma). …

Opposition holds National Day celebration
Mizzima.com, India –
… of Myanmar, Senior General Than Shwe said that some foreign powers were trying to intervene in Burma’s domestic affairs by exercising neo-colonialism. …

Zarganar and U Gambira jailed for over 40 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 24, 2008 (DVB)–The Burmese regime has continued its crackdown against activists, handing down a 45-year sentence to Zarganar and extending monk leader U …

The Freedom Challenge
Washington Post, United States –
The regime negated the results, and the league’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest for most of the time since. …

Myanmar lawyers’ convictions criticised
Legal Business Online, Australia –
By George Beveridge | Monday, 24 November 2008 The jailing of Burmese pro-democracy lawyers has been criticised by an association concerned for the …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
“I initially decided to stay inside Burma for as long as I could, even after my husband had gone into exile. But when they [the authorities] hinted that …

More environmental initiatives
The News International, Pakistan –
Do the Indian and Burmese economies have the capacity to deal with such a refugee situation? To what extent are developed countries, whose emissions over …

Myanmar Explorations and Sovereign Rights of Bangladesh
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –
… of Myanmar remains yet inflexible on its earlier position. Burma cannot unilaterally go ahead with the exploration in the disputed sea blocks. …

Rice lauds GMA: You are US’ best friend
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Rice also expressed appreciation for the Philippine position on Burma (Myanmar). “There’s only one doing this (in Asia),” she said. …

A journey across the Ground Zero of global warming
Huffington Post, NY –
India is already building a border fence to keep them out; I can’t imagine the country’s other neighbour – Burma – will offer much refuge. …

PAD set to launch ‘king taksin operation’
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
King Taksin was the great king who liberated Ayutthaya from Burma but is not related to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, PAD’s sworn enemy. …


World focus on Burma (1 August 2008)

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Burmese cruises cancelled

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The 108-passenger riverboat was to resume trips in September, following repairs to damage caused during May’s devastating cyclone. …

New UN Rights Rapporteur to visit Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi — The newly appointed United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur for Burma will embark on his first visit to the Southeast Asian nation next week, …

Pelosi to Bush: It Is Essential That You Speak Out for Human …

MarketWatch –

On the eve of your trip to China to attend the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the human rights situation in China and Tibet is worsening and new restrictions …

Advertisers try to do good!

Ode Magazine, CA –

However with the natural disasters in both Burma and China rightfully dominating the world media – and thus eclipsing the Tibet issue – we felt the need to …

Burma Organizes Field Trip to Cyclone-Affected Areas for Foreign …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The Government of Myanmar organized a field trip involving more than 148 representatives of foreign missions, UN agencies, international non-governmental …

Burma: UN Revises Relief Funds, Recovery Projects in Wake of Cyclone

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s revised US$33.5 million appeal for Myanmar will directly target more than 150000 delta households the …

Burma Signs Landmark ASEAN Charter at Foreign Ministers’ Meeting …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… Mr Lee Hsien Loong, highlighted the important role ASEAN has played in helping Myanmar deal with the devastation caused by the cyclone. …

Monks and students object to 2010 elections

Mizzima.com, India –

In the meantime, the junta has invited UN special envoy Mr. Ibrahim Gambari to visit to Burma in mid-August. But pro-democracy opposition forces do not …

Between old and new

The Australian, Australia –

And the contrast between a truly totalitarian country such as Burma and contemporary China was made clear by their governments’ responses to their …

Another “Bright Shining Lie”

Huffington Post, NY –

If the communists took Indochina, Thailand would fall, then Burma and on across the Asian sub-continent. Jingoists, confused over which way the dominoes …

Hmong: Repatriation by Laotian Government Condemned

UNPO, Netherlands –

It is also know as the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (LPDR) and is ruled by a military junta which remains a staunch ally of Burma and North Korea. …

Bush looks to Thai trip to raise Burma awareness

Mizzima.com, India –

Burma’s generals have long drawn the ire of the human rights community, most recently over the inadequate and inefficient handling of relief operations in …

Myanmar cyclone disaster funding falls flat

Monsters and Critics.com –

Yangon – While the 2004 tsunami that killed a quarter of a million people in Asia sparked a tidal wave of aid from the world community, so far Myanmar’s …

Actor who helped cyclone Nargis victims could get two years in prison

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

… CDs (showing cyclone-hit areas in Irrawaddy and Yangon) and about a thousand dollars for cyclone victims. In the last few days Burma’s military junta, …

Scotland: Burma Demo August 9th 12.30pm

Amnesty International UK, UK –

On 8 August 1988 (8/8/88) hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Burma to protest against human rights abuses by the ruling military junta.

Exile says democracy in Myanmar needs new military

International Herald Tribune, France –

He was speaking ahead of demonstrations planned in Manila to mark the 20th anniversary of a failed student-led uprising in Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Rice Supplies Stable, Prices Falling

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma lost many of its paddy farms and thousands of tons of stored rice following Cyclone Nargis. A canoe unload rice husks from Rangoon river on July 24 in …

Press for Release of Political Prisoners, Say Activists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Benjamin Zawacki, an Amnesty International researcher on Burma, said, “We will hope that the special rapporteur can persuade the government of Myanmar to …

Living through the age of denial

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

By then, my father, a major in the US Army Air Corps and operations officer for the 1st Air Commando Group in Burma (now Myanmar), had, I believe, …

Business Roundup (August 1, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Progress on this front is being seen as a big positive in the bilateral ties between the two countries, which had soured after Myanmar [Burma] decided to …

Junta May Allow More Daily Newspapers

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Myanmar Times was formed in 2000 by Ross Dunkley and Sunny Swe, a son of one of Burma’s then high ranking military intelligence officers, Brig-Gen Thein …

Bush and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AUNG ZAW US President George W Bush has never been to Burma, and he once called the country’s detained Nobel Peace Prize laureate “Aung Suu San Kyi,” …

‘You could still see bodies floating about’

Filey Today, UK –

Rev Hattan said: “After the cyclone, in one sense I wanted to go even more and stand with those people who had a hard enough life as it was. …

Teacher makes final push in barefoot trek

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

A TEACHER who is walking barefoot to London to raise funds and awareness of human rights abuses in Burma is set to arrive on Monday.

Bomb blasts in two states in Burma

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The blasts, hitting an electricity pylon and telephone operator office, were blamed on ethnic Karen anti-government insurgents by the New Light of Myanmar …

Cyclone Nargis Response Update, 01 Aug 2008

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Delta region and Yangon township on the 2nd of May, 2008. At last count, 138000 people were left dead or missing …

China Farms Abroad

Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –

This is especially true in Southeast Asia, with its operations extending into Burma, Laos, the Philippines and Indonesia. As evidence of the country’s …

Identity Crisis

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Because of lack of basic rights and opportunities, hilltribes like the Karen see tourism as a way of living. (Photo courtesy: JAOWATANA/ The Nation) A Hmong …

From power plants to planning board

Laconia Citizen, NH –

Favorite trip ever was a monthlong visit to the countries of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) in 2004. Mountain hiking was my sport for many years and I earned …

Moving Too Slowly

THE BIRTH: A signing ceremony at the very first meeting of the Asean in Bangkok on 8 Aug 1967. (Photo courtesy: AFP)

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

For instance, Burma’s record on human rights and democratic advancement is quite distinct. Indonesia will certainly strive to make respect for democracy, …

Myanmar charges comedian with public order offence

Reuters –

As one of the former Burma’s most recognised public faces, Zarganar had been a focal point of the informal relief effort by private citizens into the delta. …

Bush: Burma’s Neighbors Not Interested in Sanctions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON — US President George W Bush said on Thursday that neighboring countries do not favor economic sanctions against Burma, …

President Bush: US not neglecting Asia

The Associated Press –

He is to meet with activists opposed to the military regime in Myanmar during his Bangkok stay and will raise human rights and religious issues when he …

China in ‘No Mood for Criticism’

No one will be able to say there’s a shortage of ‘security’ at the

2008 Olympic Games WATCH

Worldmeets.us, NY –

And on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on China to end its human rights abuses and stop supporting the regime in …

President Bush: US not neglecting Asia

The Associated Press –

Another theme of his trip will be human rights: He plans to meet with activists opposed to Myanmar’s ruling junta while in Bangkok and raise human rights …

Richard Weiner, Managing Partner of Sidley Austin’s Brussels Office

Law.com (subscription), CA –

National Foreign Trade Council], was about whether the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could have its own foreign policy with respect to Burma when it was in …

UN rights envoy travels to Burma before uprising anniversary

The Standard, Hong Kong –

A United Nations human rights envoy is heading to Burma for meetings with junta officials in a visit that comes days before the 20th anniversary of a …

An ill wind that blows good

CanadianChristianity.com, Canada –

Witnessing For Christ, an indigenous ministry based in Burma (Myanmar) that is assisted by Intercede International based in Fort Erie, Ontario, …

Group reflects on a busy year

Wellington Times, Australia –

… the primary school breakfast program, Meals on Wheels and the appeal for the Burma cyclone which was closely followed by the China earthquake appeal. …

Bush picks Bangkok to declare US-asia links

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Asked whether First Lady Laura Bush will be speaking on behalf of democracy fighters in Burma, Bush replied: “I have no doubt about that. …

Bush Issues Another Executive Order Concerning Intelligence

OpEdNews, PA –

… are wrong to only characterize his orders as ranging “from restrictions on striped bass fishing to sanctions against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government. …

Bush vows to ‘press hard’ for democracy

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

”[But] there’s a difference [between us] about how hard people should push for democracy in Burma. I’m at one end of the ledger. …

Bush: US remains very engaged in Far East

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

There’s a difference about how hard people should push for democracy in Burma. I’m at one end of the ledger. And we’ll continue to press hard. …

Burma junta gives go-ahead for visit by new UN Human rights rapporteur

Radio Australia, Australia –

The new UN Human Rights rapporteur for Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, will conduct his first mission next week after getting the go-ahead from the military …

Olympics: US resolution upsets China

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The exiles include Wei Jingsheng, a democracy activist who spent nearly 20 years in prison before seeking exile in the US, and a Uighur rights campaigner, …

Brown’s courage and vision deficit knows no borders

guardian.co.uk, UK –

As for Zimbabwe and Burma, it might feel good to express fury about human rights abuses but having an effect is another matter. …

New UN rapporteur to vist Burma next week

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… the people of Myanmar,” the council said in a press release announcing the visit. The UN uses the name for Burma adopted by the military dictatorship. …

UN human rights expert to visit Myanmar next week

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

31 July 2008 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar will conduct his first mission to the Asian country next week …

Roundtable Interview of the President by Foreign Print Media

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

There’s a difference about how hard people should push for democracy in Burma. I’m at one end of the ledger. And we’ll continue to press hard. …

What better time than the Olympics to extinguish the flames of …

J. – the Jewish News weekly of Northern California, CA –

But it is also a time to remind the Chinese government of their responsibility to address the human rights violations in Tibet, Burma and Sudan, …

Burmese monks and students lashes at the UN for back stepping

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

We expect that he will similarly employ his moral authority in Burma/Myanmar, stand up for the rights of the people of Burma/Myanmar and call the outcome of …

Months after Myanmar cyclone, one million yet to receive help, aid …

Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is ruled by a junta that is leery of outsiders, and initially international aid agencies also had trouble getting …

Beijing Olympics: Myanmar to send six athletes to the Games

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

… the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising led by students in Myanmar. The military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since …

“Dr. No” stands alone yet again

Campaign for Liberty Blog, Va. –

Certainly I do not condone human rights abuses, wherever they may occur, but as Members of the US House of Representatives we have no authority over the

Asia Beat: Jul 31 08

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada

MIa-FarrowRangoon, Burma

Actress Mia Farrow has joined other prominent female activists to slam Burma’s ruling junta on its human rights record in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The women’s groups called for better protection from violence, an end to forced labour and better safeguarding of their human rights. Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma’s southwestern delta region in May leaving 138,000 people dead or missing.

World focus on Burma (25 July 2008)

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Buzz Briefs: Phil Spector, Mia Farrow

CBS News, NY –

Farrow also said US President George W. Bush missed an opportunity to take a strong stand against China’s ties with Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Quenching thirst A couple’s factories use clay to make water …

The Register-Guard, OR –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a poor country in Southeast Asia ruled by a military junta. Controversy erupted in the storm’s aftermath when …

Regime pocketing Burma aid, say exiles

Financial Times, UK –

By Harvey Morris at the United Nations As much as a fifth of the tens of millions of dollars in international aid sent to Burma’s cyclone victims is being …

America Must Continue to Stand for Freedom, Bush Says

NewsBlaze, CA –

Honoring a group of democracy activists from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe, Bush urged the release of all prisoners of …

UN relief chief admits to “loss” of aid money in exchange duplicity

Mizzima.com, India –

The source, who wished not to be named for fear of reprisal told Mizzima, aid money transferred to Burma has to go through the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, …

Human rights commissioner fought a long battle for her own rights

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE new United Nations high commissioner for human rights,the South African judge Navanethem Pillay, has spent a lifetime toppling barriers and exceeding …

Mia Farrow slams Myanmar post-cyclone rights record

AFP –

The US actress-turned-activist spoke to reporters as she returned from visiting the Thai border with Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — where she met …

Fishing Families Struggle to Survive After Burma Cyclone

FOXNews –

Last year, Burma exported some 350000 tons of seafood to European and Asian countries, much of it from the vast delta with its long coastline and spider web …

CRPP meets to discuss election and envoy visit

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

CRPP secretary Aye Thar Aung, who is also secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy and an ethnic people’s representative, said the group had not yet …

Billboards removed by Mandalay authorities

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… that Mandalay authorities had not taken down signs the group has been hanging at its offices for the past year saying, “Oppose sanctions against Burma”. …

Families forced out of homes in Ton Tay

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… in Rangoon’s Ton Tay township have been ordered to move out so the properties can be demolished and the land used for new homes for cyclone victims. …

Ten Students Sentenced to Hard Labor

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Ten students—mostly Muslims—who were active in the Buddhist monk-led peaceful demonstrations in September 2007 in Burma were each sentenced …

Cross-border Trade in Mae Sot

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The other passengers are neither foreigners nor Thai tourists, keen to explore the beauty of the Burma’s natural environment in the southeastern frontier. …

Indonesia Taking an Active Role in Burma’s Affairs

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“No Asean country can influence Burma,” said Roshan Jason, executive director of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus. “If they could, monks would …

Archbishop of Canterbury Seeks Lambeth Compliant Partners from …

Virtue Online, PA –

The list of 17 provinces includes Hong Kong, South Korea, North India, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, Myanmar (Burma) Papua New Guinea, …

Mia Farrow Calls for Global Pressure at Olympics for Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Farrow also said US President George W Bush missed an opportunity to take a strong stand against China’s ties with Burma by agreeing to attend the opening …

UN Aid Chief Acknowledges Access, Exchange Rate Issues

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING The United Nations’ top humanitarian relief official, completing a three-day tour of cyclone-hit areas of Burma’s Irrawaddy delta on …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We fully understand that the people of Burma/Myanmar are solely responsible for bringing about change in our country. However, when we are faced with the …

US Rally to commemorate Black July draws over 600

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

The rally also protested the financial support provided by the Chinese Government to the Governments of Sri Lanka and Burma. ..

Burmese junta pockets millions in foreign aid currency scam

First Post, UK –

Representatives of several Western governments and Burma’s partners within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations baulked at the idea of committing …

Singapore Says Burma Yet to Rule Whether Aung Suu Kyi Can Contest …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Speaking to reporters at the closing ceremony of four-day Asean meetings here, Mr Yeo said: ‘Myanmar Foreign Minister (Mr Nyan Win) informed us that …

Compensation awarded to migrants’ families

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Htoo Chit, director of the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma in Phang Nga province, Thailand, praised the work of NGOs in bringing about the …

Roundtable of US Secretary Condoleezza Rice with Press, 24 July 2008

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

It was a meeting that took place just shortly before I had the US-ASEAN ministerial. And so we talked principally about regional issues, and about Burma and …

1990 representatives call for dialogue

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… Irrawaddy, said current international policies towards Burma were misguided. The five said they appreciated calls by world leaders for the Burmese junta …

Press Release: DVB web site hit by DDoS attack

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 25, 2008 (DVB)–The website run by the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma radio and TV station has been hit by a persistent and severe Distributed …

UN: Burmese exchange gains on aid ‘unsustainable’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

“A lot of the assistance we supply would be purchased overseas, so there is no foreign exchange loss on that,” said Daniel Baker, the Myanmar-based …

The Associated Press –

Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. Farrow also lamented President Bush’s decision to attend the opening ceremonies, saying it was “a missed opportunity …

US To Myanmar: Cooperate Or …

RTT News, NY –

(RTTNews) – The United States Thursday warned Myanmar’s military junta that it would seek to impose “stronger measures” if it does not cooperate with UN …

US Wants Results in Burma; China Wants Patience

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS Differences on Burma between key members of the Security Council reappeared on Thursday as Ibrahim Gambari, …

Beijing denounces proposed US resolution on human rights

Macau Daily Times, Macau –

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

Out of Myanmar

BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT –

Three were from Myanmar — formerly Burma — and three from Iraq, which, with Bhutan, has become another major source of refugees in northern Vermont. …

Glamour on the menu at city charity night

ChesterChronicle.co.uk, UK –

The fundraiser, organised by Eileen Owens of Bollicini, raised funds for cyclone and earthquake victims in Burma and China through the themed evening, …

Shortfall In Current Funding Commitments To Halve Malaria …

Medical News Today, UK –

Suriname in northern South America received from GFATM US$147 per person at risk of malaria, while Myanmar (Burma) received about US$0.01 per person-at-risk …

A distressing record of siding with the bad guys

Business Day, South Africa –

As a consequence, SA’s international reputation as a guardian of human rights and democracy suffered enormously. While Russia and China’s “no” votes on such …

Pre-Olympic Contest to Win Public Opinion over China’s Rights Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Darfur and Burma, and groups championing religious freedom and human rights are all delighted …

UN demands concrete Myanmar reforms

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

But on Thursday several members of the UN Security Council warned Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, that it could face increased pressure if it did not move …

Pre-Olympic Contest to Win Public Opinion over China’s Rights Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Darfur and Burma, and groups championing religious freedom and human rights are all delighted …

Burma’s Battered Fisheries Worsen

TIME –

In the first full assessment of the disaster, the UN, Burma government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, this week warned of a …

South African Named UN Commissioner for Human Rights

Washington Post, United States –
By Colum Lynch UNITED NATIONS, July 24 — South African judge Navanethem Pillay was named Thursday as the UN high commissioner for human rights, …

Asean on the Rocks

Wall Street Journal –

Asean isn’t the only group that has failed to engage Burma effectively; the UN has hardly done better. But it’s telling that during the relief efforts after …

US Congress renews Myanmar import ban legislation

AFP –

“Today, the United States Senate sent an unmistakable message to the military junta in Burma — America continues to stand squarely with the people of Burma …

BURMA: UN Missions Draw Derision

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

‘’We fully understand that the people of Burma/Myanmar are solely responsible for bringing about change in our country. However, when we are faced with the …

UN aid chief warns still much to be done in Burma

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Survivors of Burma’s devastating cyclone will be dependent on aid for at least another six months, the United Nations humanitarian chief has warned. …

Myanmar cyclone ‘air bridge’ to end next month

AsiaOne, Singapore –

‘It doesn’t mean there will be no more aid flights,’ Mr Holmes told reporters in Bangkok after a 3-day trip to assess aid operations in the former Burma. …

US to renew ban on Myanmar imports

Times of India, India –

“Today, the United States Senate sent an unmistakable message to the military junta in Burma — America continues to stand squarely with the people of Burma …

US threatens if Burma rejects UN demands

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New York (dpa) – The United States said Thursday that it would seek to impose “stronger measures” if Burma’s military regime continues to refuse to …

Myanmar Must Make Positive Proposals to UN Envoy, US Says

Bloomberg –

“Is there a way to move Burma to a political track that would finally make something of what is right now a kind of mockery?” she said, adding that the …

AFP –

“Things have gone backwards in Burma (Myanmar) over the last six months,” British Ambassador John Sawers said ahead of the council meeting. …

More Australian aid for Burma

ABC Online, Australia –

This week Burma ratified the charter set down by the ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) which will include provisions for greater human rights …

In Burma, Foreign Aid Agencies Now Wrestling With Loss Of Funds

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

The situation in Burma after getting hit by Cyclone Nargis is back in the headlines. This time, it has much to do with money issues. …

US Congressional Panel Advances Rights Measure Linked to Olympics

Voice of America –

“The situation in Tibet and the support for the PRC for those regimes in Myanmar [Burma] and of course its horrendous policy in Sudan, that it is a shame …

UN Security Council split on how to deal with Myanmar

Reuters –

“Things have gone backwards in Burma over the last six months or so.” But China’s UN Ambassador Wang Guangya said there was no need for council action and …

Burmese aid cash lost to exchange rate trick

Times Online, UK –

This week a joint report by the Burmese Government, the UN and South-East Asian governments said that $1 billion (£500million) one billion US dollars would …

USAID Hosts President Bush to Discuss the Freedom Agenda

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

The President has more than doubled funding for democracy, governance, and human rights programs since taking office, and his Budget continues to increase …

Obama Speaks in Berlin, McCain Focuses on Economic Issues at Home

Voice of America –

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, …

UN envoy says aid getting to Burma’s cyclone victims

ABC Online, Australia –

By South East Asia correspondent Karen Percy The United Nation’s humanitarian envoy John Holmes says aid money for Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis is …

Myanmar cyclone “air bridge” to end next month

Reuters –

“It doesn’t mean there will be no more aid flights,” Holmes told reporters in Bangkok after a 3-day trip to assess aid operations in the former Burma. …

Western Interests Dictate Security Council Agenda

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

United Nations, 24 July, (IPS): The continued political deadlock over a rash of ongoing crises — including Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Kosovo, …

Rice: Burma’s Democracy Restoration Efforts A ‘Mockery’

RTT News, NY –

Addressing a ministerial gathering of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Rice said that Myanmar is “badly out of step” with the …

Bush asks Myanmar to set free Aung San Suu Kyi

Hindu, India –

He stressed on release of all prisoners of conscience including Ayman Nour of Egypt, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Oscar Bisset of Cuba and Riad Sief of Syria. …

Blu-ray REVIEW

DVDTOWN.com –

The picture opens with a haunting prologue taking place roughly twenty years ago somewhere in one of the exotic jungles close to Burma. …

Bush Promotes Freedom Agenda

Voice of America –

… once again called for the release of prisoners of conscience around the world – such as Burmese Nobel Laureate and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

World focus on Burma (24 July 2008)

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Full script of Obama’s speech

CNN International –

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

Cyclone donors should set up monitoring body: HRW

Mizzima.com, India –

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

JA applauds Burmese gem ban

National Jeweler Network, NY –

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

Google Knol Launches

WebProNews, KY –

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

South-East Asia ASEAN and the temple of doom

Economist, UK –

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

ASEAN Countries Criticise Burma for Disaster Response

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

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

Court hears case of female reporter covering on Cyclone

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Asia-Pacific countries to co-operate on disaster relief

CBC.ca, Canada –

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

UN acknowledges huge foreign exchange loss in Myanmar relief

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

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

WFP to Stop Relief Flights to Burma Next Month

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

The price of being a judge in Rangoon

United Press International, Asia, China –

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

No Political Prisoner in Burma: Junta’s Mouthpieces

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Water Buffalo and Beautiful Music

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Spotlight on human rights

Huddersfield Examiner, UK –

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

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

RIA Novosti, Russia –

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

Asian Nations, Partners Meet at Annual Regional Forum

Voice of America –

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

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

Business Standard, India –

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

ASEAN forum endorses disaster relief exercise

Radio Australia, Australia –

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

Asia-Pacific Powers Finalize Ambitious Joint Disaster Relief Plan

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Rice hits out at Burma ‘mockery’

BBC News, UK –

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

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

Monsters and Critics.com –

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

DEMOCRACY FORCES WILL CHALLENGE THE CREDENTIALS OF THE MILITARY …

UNPO, Netherlands –

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

Burma: Where do we go from here?

UNPO, Netherlands –

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

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

Mizzima.com, India –

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

FM Urges Aussie Govt. to Ban LTTE

Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka –

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

Cronyism, unhealthy competition in Burma media market

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

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

US Burmese Gem Ban Approved by Congress

IDEX Online, Israel –

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

It’s tempting to be isolationist

Paradise Post, CA –

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

Asia forum plans multinational disaster exercises

The Standard, Hong Kong –

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

US Senate Bans Import of Burmese Gems

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Rice urges Asean to step up pressure on Burma

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naga border villages depend on Burma villages for survival

Expressindia.com, India –

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

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

International Herald Tribune, France –

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

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

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

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

UN Wants ‘Tangible Progress’ in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Asia-Pacific Security Forum Discusses Civilian-Military Relief …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Myanmar victims still struggling as emergency aid winds down

Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –

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

Dhaka, Rangoon Agree to Resolve Maritime Dispute

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

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

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

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Rice urges countries to settle dispute

The National, United Arab Emirates –

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

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

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

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

Malaria Control Goals Are Likely To Be Unachievable

Science Daily (press release) –

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

Within And Beyond Asean

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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

Rice’s Asean ‘Gardening’

Wall Street Journal –

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

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

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

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

Govt to appoint new ASEAN ambassador

ABC Online, Australia –

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

Remember Burma’s Child Soldiers

Washington Post, United States –

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

How Hostages, and Nations, Get Liberated

Black and White, AL –

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

US backs ASEAN Burma statement on rights

Radio Australia, Australia –

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

US lawmakers consider Olympic rights message to China

AFP –

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

North Korea to Sign Non-Aggression Treaty With ASEAN

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

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

Straits Times, Singapore –

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

Letter to donors on reconstruction after Cyclone Nargis

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

NZ offers more aid to Burma cyclone region

Radio Australia, Australia –

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

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

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

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

Congress Passes ‘Burma’ Act

Jewelers Circular Keystone Online, NY –

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

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

Voice of America –

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

Unique summer camp

Orangeburg Times Democrat, SC –

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

FM urges Aussie govt. to ban LTTE

Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –

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

IB eye on China, NE outfits ‘link’

Howrah News Service, India –

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

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

Diamonds.net, NY –

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

Burma: Cyclone Donors Should Ensure Transparency and Accountability

Human Rights Watch (press release) –

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

60 years of celebrating human rights

The New Nation, Bangladesh –

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

Back from Burma

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

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

Congress Moving to Extend Sanctions Against Myanmar

CQPolitics.com, DC –

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

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

France Diplomatie (press release), France –

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

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

Inner City Press, NY –

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

National Jeweler Network, NY –

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

Beijing Olympics: To Attend or Not to Attend?

Embassy, Canada –

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

Southeast Asia Nations Back Indo-US Nuclear Deal – PTI

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Dhaka, Yangon vow to resolve maritime disputes

Bangladesh News 24 hours (subscription), Bangladesh –

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

Rice Urges ASEAN to Increase Pressure on Burma

Voice of America –

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

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World focus on Burma (23 July 2008)

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Open China’s great firewall

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Egypt, Syria, Russia, and Burma (Myanmar) are among those countries known to crack down on citizens who use the Internet to protest. …

Southeast Asia Nations Back Indo-US Nuclear Deal – PTI

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Discrimination over aid distribution among cyclone victims: new report

Mizzima.com, India –

Ko Shwe, author of the report, said he travelled extensively to cyclone-hit areas, particularly to Laputta and Ngaputaw townships in Burma’s southwestern …

US removes oil giant from Burma sanctions

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The US oil giant Chevron will continue to do business in Burma after a provision to stop it operating there was removed from the latest round of US …

Congress Bows to Big Oil in Burma

The Washington Independent, DC –

More recently, the junta barred most international aid in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta in May. …

Activists urge action after ASEAN charter ratification

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 23, 2008 (DVB)–Burmese rights activists have welcomed Burma’s ratification of the ASEAN charter but urged that public education and an enforcement …

Authorities censor Nargis cartoons

Mizzima.com, India –

The cartoons were exhibited for a fund raising drive in an exhibition entitled ‘Wakeup from Storm’ for Cyclone Nargis victims. Five officials of the Cartoon …

Burmese Junta censors Cyclone cartoons

Mizzima.com, India –

Burma’s military authorities on Tuesday banned several cartoons at a fund raising exhibition for victims of Cyclone-Nargis, for allegedly violating censor …

Remarks at ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference

US Department of State, DC –

We are especially concerned, as you know, about the situation in Burma. And the United States did indeed extend humanitarian assistance. …

Human rights group backs increased pressure on Burma

Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

“Furthermore, we call on the UN Security Council to impose a universal arms embargo on the regime in Burma, and to refer a case against Burma’s Generals to …

US Tamils to Hold Black July Rally and Vigil

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

The joint rally will protest China against its military support to Sri Lanka and Burma whose governments are accused of committing grave human rights …

Relief Must Focus on Remote Areas: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING After visiting cyclone-hit areas of Burma’s Irrawaddy delta on Tuesday, John Holmes, the United Nations’ chief humanitarian relief official …

Speculation Surrounds Future UWSA Leaders

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE As Bao Yuxiang, the chairman of one of the largest armed groups in Burma, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), remains in ill heath, …

Metro Snapshot: July 23, 2008

Metro Canada – Toronto, Canada –

STAYING BEHIND BARS:After word spread that Myanmar’s military may be releasing democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi within six months, a Singapore newspaper …

Burma activist’s trek crosses Morris

Dailyrecord.com, NJ –

His name is simply Athein, a 35-year-old native of Burma, which was renamed Myanmar 20 years ago by the ruling military junta. Athein’s stroll along the …

Washington Post Editor’s Dad Has Anti-Bush Blog

Gawker, NY –

Furthermore, Burma initially rejected all foreign aid whereas Mr. Bush only rejected aid from Cuba. As the recent hearings show, by not tracking the …

Barefoot for Burma

Melton Today, UK –

A teacher walked barefoot through Melton on Monday on his way from Scotland to London to raise the plight of children in Burma. Carrying only salt, rice, …

Great Falls resident helps effort to get life-saving drugs into …

Great Falls Tribune, MT –

Three days after Myanmar, formerly called Burma, was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis, the country’s worst tropical storm in 25 years, Sollid and five other …

Thai Paper Urges More Pressure on Burma

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The foreseeable future for Burma is clear: there will be no opposition to worry the junta. What is emerging from the ASEAN ministerial meeting is an …

China to Strengthen Cooperation With ASEAN

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar [Burma], the Philippines, Singapore, …

Current Affairs Heavy Hearts and High Hopes

Velocity, KY –

But Eh Doh Htoo, a refugee from Myanmar (formerly called Burma), has had plenty of other things on his mind, too, since he arrived in Louisville in March …

Australia to give more aid to Myanmar, US says it’s ready to …

International Herald Tribune, France –

… in addressing the root cause of Burma’s grave problem, the repression of the Burmese democracy movement,” Rice said, using the former name for Myanmar. …

UN Security Council to Discuss Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS NEW YORK — As the United Nations plans to send special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to Burma in September and the Security Council …

Asean EU-style Union Likely to Stumble

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma ratified the charter this week, but immediately declared in Singapore that it will resist any attempt by guardians of a future Asean human rights …

Rice urges ASEAN to push Myanmar to reform

Reuters –

“It was in the interest of ASEAN and the people of Burma to persuade Myanmar’s leaders to free political prisoners and to open up a dialogue with the …

US Senate Bans on Import of Burmese Gems

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Congress began to consider the legislation in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, when the Burmese regime placed restrictions that severely limited the ability …

UN pulls out of cyclone-swamped Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – The United Nations is to stop flying in aid to Myanmar/Burma in August, forcing relief agencies to find another way to bring in vital supplies to …

Singapore And US Reaffirm Their Strong Relations

Bernama, Malaysia –

They also discussed developments in Myanmar and the important mission of United Nations’ Special Envoy Professor Ibrahim Gambari to meet the country’s …

Opposition leader to be freed in six months?

Metro, UK –

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in about six months, the military junta has suggested. Ms Suu Kyi is approaching the …

New Zealand to Provide Further Funding for Burma Relief

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

New Zealand will provide a further 2m dollars [approx 1.5m US] for ongoing relief efforts in Myanmar [Burma], announced Foreign Minister Winston Peters …

Millions in Myanmar cyclone aid still to be released

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

GENEVA, July 22, 2008 (AFP) – More than 5.8 million dollars in emergency aid for victims of Myanmar’s cyclone Nargis is still to be released by donor …

US Congress approves legislation to bar Myanmar gems

AFP –

… clear message to the junta that the United States stands squarely with the freedom-loving people of Burma,” McConnell said, using Myanmar’s former name. …

Australia to give aid to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday an extra $29 million in aid for survivors of Myanmar’s May cyclone, but pressed its recalcitrant military …

Australia injects 29 million US dollars more for cyclone victims

Monsters and Critics.com –

‘We made this contribution because we are very pleased with the progress that ASEAN and the United Nations have made in conjunction with Myanmar,’ he told …

Burma urged to hold free, fair election

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

AUSTRALIA has repeated its call for Burma to hold free and fair elections and release Aung San Suu Kyi after the junta ratified an ASEAN charter setting …

Australia calls on Myanmar to hold free elections

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Australia has reiterated calls for Myanmar to release Aung San Suu Kyi after the junta ratified an ASEAN charter setting principles of human rights, …

Aus pledges another $30 million in Myanmar cyclone aid

NDTV.com, India –

Australia has committed an extra 30 million dollars (USD 29 million) to Myanmar cyclone relief, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Wednesday. …

US Congress passes new Myanmar gemstone sanctions bill

International Herald Tribune, France –

… a gap in current sanctions, which already bar the importation of gemstones directly from Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. …

Burma, North Korea Top Southeast Asian Security Agenda

Media Newswire (press release), NY –

Rice will meet with ASEAN ministers July 23 to take stock of US-ASEAN cooperation on regional issues, Marciel said, including Burma’s cyclone recovery and …

Suu Kyi: ‘Don’t just sit there. Do something.’

Pacific Daily News, GU –

When the junta organized the “Visit Myanmar Year 1996,” Suu Kyi declared, “we would like potential visitors to Burma to show they are not going to buy their …

Dine out and help a good cause

Camden Haven Courier, Australia –

Her latest project will raise funds for the victims in Burma’s Cyclone Nargis in the Irrawaddy Delta. Tin is a Burma-born Australian and, with her husband …

Burmese still waiting on $6m in cyclone aid

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

MORE than $US5.8 million ($5.94 million) in emergency aid for victims of Burma’s cyclone Nargis is still to be released by donor countries, the World Health …

Flowering Bamboo Leads to Starvation in Burma

The Epoch Times, NY –

“The situation is at a critical point,” said Salai Bawi Lian Mang, head of the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) which is monitoring the situation. …

Burma Dissidents Urge UN Secretary General To Intervene In Crisis

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

The military government of Burma, which it calls Myanmar, has been reluctant to allow foreign Christian groups to enter the country, although some managed …

John McCain’s Remarks on Abortion to National Pro-Life Convention

LifeNews.com, MT –

And I know that I have a personal obligation to advocate human rights wherever they are denied, in Bosnia or Burma, in Cuba or the Middle East, …

SE Asian nations fail to win Thai-Cambodia breakthrough

Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –

The fracas did manage to shove Myanmar out of the spotlight it usually occupies with great uneasiness at Asean meetings. The meetings began with a rare ray …

Japan Vows Additional Aid for Myanmar

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Singapore, July 22 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura on Tuesday promised to provide cyclone-hit Myanmar with additional aid worth 21 …

Local concert raises $11000

Independent and Free Press, Canada –

… John’ United Church, was so moved by the plight of the people of Burma (Myanmar) and China, that she decided to put together a benefit concert to help. …

CPJ calls on Burma donors to consider media access

CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –

Those detained include Aung Kyaw San, editor-in-chief of the Myanmar Tribune; Ma Eine Khine Oo, a journalist with Ecovision Journal; popular commentator, …

Australia gives $30m to Burma

NEWS.com.au, Australia –

AUSTRALIA has boosted its funding to Cyclone Nargis-ravaged Burma by $30 million, the Government has announced. The increase brings Australia’s total …

‘Suu Kyi will not be freed in 6 months’

Howrah News Service, India –

Singapore: Burma’s foreign minister has said pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi can be kept in detention legally until late 2009 and not until December …

ASEAN all talk and no action on temple spat

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Thailand disagreed yesterday and the plan was abandoned. Burma also put its foot down on an ASEAN plan to set up a human rights body. AP.

Myanmar objects to monitoring powers of new ASEAN human rights body

JURIST –

The comments, made during a Monday meeting to organize the new ASEAN human rights committee, indicate that Myanmar [JURIST news archive] may block attempts …