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World focus on Burma (17 January 2009)

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US House International Relations committee chairman Berman …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
Congress passed the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act (HR 3890) last July to stop Burma from importing jade and rubies …

Top Filipino officials trust it will still be business as usual
Manila Times, Philippines –
These include climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), human rights in Burma and …

Iraq signs up to ban use of chemical weapons
Jakarta News, Indonesia –
They are the Bahamas, Myanmar (Burma), the Dominican Republic, Israel, Angola, North Korea, Egypt, Somalia, and Syria. Four of those nations, the Bahamas, …

Battle of the beers
Examiner.com –
Myanmar Lager Beer – brewed in Burma. Clean, low flavor profile, refreshing, fresh, adequate and refreshing hop bite, but minimal. …

Bush Waives Sanctions Under Burma Bill
The Washington Independent, DC –
By Mike Lillis 1/16/09 11:39 PM With just days left in his tenure, President George W. Bush yesterday scrapped a portion of a Burma-sanctions law that was …

2009 World Report: Obama Should Emphasize Human Rights
Pinoy Press, Philippines –
Filipino activists hold demonstrations in front of the Israeli embassy in Manila to protest what they call a massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. …

Sundance Buyers Seek Bargains as Studios Pull Back
Bloomberg –
HBO said yesterday that it acquired a documentary, “Burma VJ,” about journalists in the country now called Myanmar. Also present at Sundance are New …

141 foreign prisoners await release despite terms completion
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Among them are two Indians, one Saudi and an American while the others are Bangladeshi, Burmese, Iraqi, Iranian, South African, Nigerian, Ivory Coast, …

Honoring Martin Luther King done with service, not rest
Deseret News, UT –
“We as people on the face of this earth … we all owe somebody,” said Frank Cordova, who was honored for his work as an Hispanic rights activist. …

China Vows To Keep Up Africa Investment, Aid Despite Fincl Woes
Wall Street Journal –
… the discussion and resolutions around sensitive international issues such as the Zimbabwe crisis and the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

In the line of fire
Times Online, UK –
Not one died in Europe or North America, but from Zimbabwe to China and Egypt to Burma, mainstream media are cowed by the enemies of dissent. …

Dhaka calling
The National, United Arab Emirates –
“I simply wrote a play about what our political leaders were doing in the name of democracy,” he said. “But our government did not like it. …

Caritas pleased with donor response to Burma (Myanmar) appeal
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
New Zealanders have so far given about $130000 to the Burma/Myanmar cyclone appeal run by Catholic aid agency Caritas, and donations continue to flow in. …

S.Africa assures China of political continuity
AFP –
… the discussion and resolutions around sensitive international issues such as the Zimbabwe crisis and the situation in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Why Another Insane Government?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Kanbawza Win The New Year declaration of the National Council of Burma (NCUB) has convinced the international community that the saying of “Putting two …

13227 foreign prisoners in Pakistani jails despite completing sentence: NA informed
Online – International News Network, Pakistan –
Three prisoners of Kyrgyzstan, 2 from Ghana, 1 from Dominique, 2 from Uzbekistan, 1 from Siera Leone, 2 from Zimbabwe while 1 citizen of China, Burma, …

Gaza from our window
The Charlatan, Canada –
… Burma, Zimbabwe and many others. The media is the most powerful aspect of a democracy, but we must hold the powerful accountable and know our own role …

Activists Welcome New Thai Government’s Policy Stance on Burma
Voice of America –
Mr Abhisit, in an address to foreign correspondents this week, said the government would look to encourage reform in Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

PTTEP well misses the mark off Burma
EnergyCurrent, TX –
Upon receiving approval from the Burmese government, CNOOC Myanmar Ltd. will hold the remaining 20 percent interest. Readers are responsible for the content …

Sundance Zooms On As Recession Hits Host City
SHOOT Online (subscription), CT –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 17, 2009 at 4:10 am

World focus on Burma (16 January 2008)

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Indian Vice President to visit Burma to strengthen bilateral relations
Mizzima.com, India –
“Ansari will go on a goodwill visit to Myanmar [Burma] early next month. Preparations are under way,” the report said. Ansari’s visit to Burma, …

The Doctor in Dubia: dubious indeed
guardian.co.uk, UK –

Dubai with its dubious human rights record, appalling treatment of migrant workers and flagrant disregard for the environment. …

Next battle against Karen rebels soon
Mizzima.com, India –
The vicious battle for the region surrounding Thailand’s Phop Phra district has see-sawed back and forth across Thailand’s northern border with Burma since …

Kelly Rutherford, Blake Lively, Johnny Knoxville
International Herald Tribune, France –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Sundance in 60 Seconds: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Cinematical, CA –
Burma VJ, which first gained notice at IFDA in November, sold US TV rights to HBO, according to indieWIRE, though it won’t air until next year. …

Freezing Temperatures Hit Remote Areas of Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

According to the state-owned New Light of Myanmar, the thermometer reached -2 degrees Celsius in the state capital of Hakah on Sunday. …

Burmese migrant workers evicted from campsite
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Moe Gyo, chairman of the Thailand-based Joint Action Committee for Burma Affairs, said the Thai authorities’ actions were against international human rights …

Through the Director’s Lens
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was previously the chairman of the Myanmar Film Association. Question: Which movie do you think will win a Burmese academy award this year and who are …

Will Obama forgive Britain for his grandfather’s torture?
This is London, UK –

His beatings at the hands of the British Army, alongside whom he’d served in Burma during the Second World War, had left him, his family say, …

North Korean national dies in Meikhtila
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Military analyst and researcher Htay Aung of the Thailand-based Burmese exile group Network for Democracy and Development said the group had received …

Bush Slaps Sanctions on More Junta Cronies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zaw Zaw is the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction and tourism …

Score more than one for first lady
Sauk Valley Newspapers, IL –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government – ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Weekly Business Roundup (January 16, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Burma Campaign UK which lobbies to stop companies doing business with the Burmese junta this week urged the London government to investigate all British …

Burmese weblog wins “Best Asia Blog” award for 2008
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The weblog of venerable Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Mettacara, has bagged the “Best Asia Blog” award for 2008. …

Burmese Junta Destroying Arakanese Businesses, Says Shrimp Farmer
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Rathidaung: The Burmese military government has destroyed Arakanese businesses with many tactics aiming to undeveloped the state of Arakan, said a shrimp …

Bangladesh PM Wants to Settle Maritime Boundary Dispute
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… their neighboring countries Burma and India, a Bangladesh official said. “She said that the government would discuss the issue with India and Myanmar to …

US Treasury freezes assets of more ‘Junta Cronies’
Mizzima.com, India –
… and Myanmar Ivanhoe Copper, owner of the country’s largest copper mine. OFAC has now subjected 100 individuals and entities to its Burma sanctions, …

US freezes assets of 2 Burmese businessmen
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Mark Mcdonald HONG KONG: The United States has frozen the assets of two Burmese businessmen and their companies for aiding the military junta in Myanmar, …

Film Buyers Shop for Bargains at Sundance as Studios Pull Back
Bloomberg –
HBO said yesterday that it acquired a documentary, “Burma VJ,” about journalists in the country now called Myanmar. Also present at Sundance are New …

Burma, Myanmar: The 2008 Weblog Awards Winners
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
The Weblog Award winners for the 2008 announced on Jan 15. Here are the winners of International Weblog Awards: Special thanks to all of the medias, …

Burma Cracks Down on Rangoon Churches
Crosswalk.com, VA –
… and the US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, to put pressure on the Burmese junta to end these violations and to permit churches …

Official Reflects On Foreign Aid Triumphs, Challenges
NPR –
Asked about other difficult days, she laments the fact that it took so long for the military regime in Myanmar, or Burma, to allow in aid after a cyclone …

HRW Sees Progress in Pakistan After Pervez Musharraf
A Pakistan News, Pakistan –

In Myanmar—which HRW said also draws support from China, Russia and Thailand—democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi went into her sixth straight year of house …

Camera-Ready Victims
National Review Online, NY –
Sudan came in second with 61, Myanmar third with 41. The US was No. 4, with 39 actions, tied with the Democratic Republic of the Congo! …

Myanmar documentary gets HBO deal
Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
HBO has nabbed the US TV rights to Anders Ostergaard’s docu “Burma VJ” ahead of its North American preem at Sundance. A chronicle of the 2007 uprising of …

Assessing the Bush Administration: A Foreign Catastrophe at Every Turn
Antiwar.com, CA –
The president “announced steps to help the Burmese people bring peaceful change and democratic transition to their country.” Well, he may have announced …

Rights group criticises SA government
Independent Online, South Africa –
The New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) gives the South African government a pounding in its latest World Report issued this week, saying that its …

US probes link between Malay officials, trafficking
China Post, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s previous name was Burma. “The allegations include assertions that Burmese and other migrants — whether or not they have UNHCR documentation — are …

Sundance sets sail amid storm clouds
Hollywood Reporter, United States –
The film examines the military junta’s suppression of a 2007 monk-led rebellion in Burma, incorporating footage shot by journalists who risked their lives …

Gentle Questioning for UN Nominee
New York Times, United States –
The hearings ranged widely, touching on virtually every trouble spot in the world including the Congo, Somalia, Burma and North Korea. …

Sundance premieres find buyers as festival opens
The Associated Press –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Ramos-Horta: Only Filipinos can do it
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Horta, who delivered a lecture at a university here Wednesday, said that peace is possible whether in Gaza, in Burma or in the Philippines if people are …

US hits Myanmar with additional sanctions
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control says it has added 100 people and entities to its Myanmar sanctions. Myanmar is also called Burma. …

Zaw Zaw was identified as the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction, …

Boat-people accuse Thai police of uncaring treatment
Cambodia News, Cambodia –
Thai soldiers have forced illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma out to sea in rickety boats. The boats, some without engines, had been used to carry …

Left at sea with just a paddle
Electric New Paper, Singapore –
… sources have said that the Thai army is holding Rohingya – Muslims who come from the border areas of Myanmar and Bangladesh – on Koh Sai Daeng, …

HRW sees progress in Pakistan after Musharraf
The News International, Pakistan –
HRW blamed Asian giants China and India for abuses against their own citizens but also for backing military dictatorships such as Myanmar. …

Treasury Targets Financial Backers Of Myanmar Regime
EasyBourse.com, France –
… as it continues to suppress democratic dissent,” OFAC director Adam Szubin said. Many western governments, including the US, refer to Myanmar as Burma.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila at Sundance
ARTINFO, NY –
… monks who led a rebellion in Burma last year. The monks shot what they were doing with small video cameras and then smuggled the materials to Thailand, …

Susan Rice’s Testimony at Her UN Ambassador Hearing
RealClearPolitics, IL –
It is why efforts to pass Security Council resolutions on abuses in places from Zimbabwe to Burma occasion such fierce debate, and don’t always succeed. …

Ceremony to Commemorate Foreign Policy Achievements (2001-2009)
US Department of State, DC –
Whether working to advance the interests of women in Afghanistan, helping children in Iraq, supporting the righteous struggle of dissidents in Burma, …

The Netherlands supports democratisation in Indonesia
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… human rights, relations with ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the situation in Burma and the violence in the Middle East. …

Student activist jailed for 104 years in Burma
Asian Age, India –
Separately, authorities on Wednesday freed six out of nine members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) who were arrested last month …

Thank you, Laura; please tell Michelle!
KanglaOnline, India –
Among others, her advocacy on behalf of human-rights abuse victims in the Union of Burma has brought tremendous attention from the international community. …

Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States, including the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s …

Origin of the Chakmas
The New Nation, Bangladesh –

Abhi Raja, around 923 BC came to Burma from Kapilavastu and founded a Sakya line of dynasty at Dha-ngya-wa-ti (the capital) in north Arakan called …

Film scholar B. Ruby Rich plays a leading role at Sundance Film …
UC Santa Cruz, CA –
Made up of videos shot by the Democratic Voice of Burma, the footage was smuggled into Thailand, shipped to Norway, and subsequently broadcast around the …

BC aid worker dumped in ditch after robbery
National Post, Canada –
Jiri Zivny and a team of volunteers were distributing medical items and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Critically injured aid worker from BC dies in Cambodian hospital
The Canadian Press,  B.C. –
The group Zivny was part of had also planned to visit Thailand and Burma but most of the volunteers went home because protesters had blockaded Bangkok’s …

Canadian aid worker dies in Cambodia
Calgary Herald,  Canada –
… Humanitarian Hope Society were distributing medical supplies and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Regional Fallout from Thai Turmoil
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar (Burma).” Statements such as these may not be well received by other, more autocratic members of ASEAN such as Laos …

One survey shows liberty shrivelling; another names the “spoilers”
Economist, UK –
A similarly heavyweight annual report from another American outfit, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), takes direct aim at what its director, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 16, 2009 at 2:27 am

US slaps more sanctions on Myanmar regime backers

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States slapped additional sanctions against alleged key financial backers of the Myanmar military regime Thursday, citing the country’s imprisonment of democracy advocates.

The US Treasury Department announced its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) had added two people and 14 companies to its lists of sanctions targets for Myanmar, which the US government identifies by its pre-junta name of Burma.

“Congress and the administration have made clear the need to apply vigorous sanctions against the Burmese junta as long as it continues to suppress democratic dissent,” said OFAC director Adam Szubin in a statement.

“The junta’s imprisonment of prominent democracy advocates confirms Burma’s unwillingness to abide by international commitments and underscores the need to maintain pressure against one of the world’s worst violators of human rights.”

OFAC has now imposed sanctions on 100 people and entities, “targeting key state-owned enterprises, senior junta officials, regime cronies and their business networks,” the Treasury said.

The action freezes any assets the designees have under US jurisdiction and bars any US citizen from having any financial and commercial transactions with the sanction targets.

The latest move targets “regime cronies” Zaw Zaw and Win Aung and their business networks, as well as the business networks of two already-designated cronies of the Burmese junta, Tay Za and Steven Law, the department said.

Zaw Zaw was identified as the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction, and tourism industries.

The Treasury targeted eight companies of the group and Zaw Zaw’s Singapore-based company, Max Singapore International.

Win Aung allegedly made large financial donations to the Myanmar junta and has been a major support on construction projects. He was designated along with two of his companies, Dagon International Limited and Dagon Timber Limited.

The financial network of Tay Za, “a notorious regime henchman and arms dealer,” was hit with a third round of sanctions.

Thursday’s action targeted Espace Avenir, a Rangoon hotel owned or controlled by Tay Za, the Treasury said.

Also targeted were Sentosa Treasure Pte. Ltd., a Singaporean firm owned by Cecilia Ng, who was designated on February 25, 2008, along with her husband, Steven Law.

Nine firms that previously had been identified as being owned by Ng were also designated.

OFAC targeted Myanmar Ivanhoe Copper Company Limited (MICCL), a joint venture owned or controlled by the state-owned No. 1 Mining Enterprise, which was designated on July 29, 2008.

MICCL controls the Monywa copper project, the biggest of its kind in the country, located in Myanmar’s northwestern Sagaing division, the department said.

The action came in the waning days of President George W. Bush’s administration. President-elect Barack Obama is to be sworn into office Tuesday as the 44th US president.

The military-ruled Myanmar has been under international fire for years over human rights abuses and many citizens had fled the impoverished nation to neighboring countries, where they mostly stay illegally or apply for refugee status and seek resettlement in the West.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 16, 2009 at 2:09 am

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World focus on Burma (13 January 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Score one more for first lady
GoErie.com, PA –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government — ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



World focus on Burma (12 January 2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Messenger in the Dark
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 arrested for protest
Straits Times, Singapore –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World focus on Burma (23- November 2008)

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Cyclone devastation ‘to last another year’
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK – By: George Conger.
Cyclone Nargis came ashore on May 2, destroying over 95 percent of the buildings in the Irrawaddy Delta region. The archbishop said that “official …

Human rights calls on Burma
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
The long-time issue of Burma would be even more critical now that the military junta has opted for a ruthless approach against its political dissidents. …

Burma: ‘Only 65 years?’
Green Left Weekly, Australia –
One of Burma’s most prominent activists has been sentenced to 65 years jail, along with two other pro-democracy leaders, in connection with anti-government …

Call for education to stop conflicts
The Press Association –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, have issued their …

Weekly Business Roundup China’s Burma oil conduit threat
The Post, Pakistan –
Nissan and Suzuki have partnership deals with First Myanmar Investment (FMI), a junta-linked leading Burmese business. FMI president Theim Wai announced …

‘China is a threat to democracy’
BBC News, UK –
Most provocative in Asia will be his views on Burma, China and democracy, some of which have sparked anger among Asian governments in the past. …

Sunday, November 30
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1962 – U Thant of Burma is elected UN Secretary-General, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold. 1964 – Soviet Union launches spacecraft toward Mars in …

The US Should Move Beyond Sanctions
KanglaOnline, India –
In an apparent shift from the policy of traditional sanctions, the US Congress created a post for policy chief for Burma to increase pressure on the …

The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008
Multinational Monitor –
Another of Chevron’s inherited legacies is the Yadana natural gas pipeline in Burma, operated by a consortium in which Unocal was one of the lead partners. …

Burma’s Leader Calls on People to Back Road Map to Democracy
Voice of America –
In an 88th National Day message carried Saturday by the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper, Senior General Than Shwe said the people are duty-bound to …

Hong Kong’s architectural firms are first to feel effects of …
GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
By Raphael Minder, Financial Times Hong Kong: In late August, Woods Bagot, an international architectural firm, invited clients to an office party to …

Playing China Rules and The Illusions Of “Free Trade”
Right Side News, GA –
However, Beijing’s continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and …

Tea room pours good cheer: Attendees share laughter, help church …
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a .

President Bush: ‘Economic turmoil’
The Swamp – Tribune’s Washington Bureau, DC –
We’re standing for a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons — and with a Burma free of repression. Above all, we can be confident in the future of this …

Thinned-down demo site still has a flavour all its own
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Goods aside, there’s a shrine to King Taksin the Great (not to be confused with Thaksin), who freed the Thai state from the Burmese yoke more than two …

“The past cannot be rectified but our future can be moulded”
MorungExpress, India –
The endured desire of the Nagas to concertedly expedite a final solution to the protracted Indo-Naga-Burma political imbroglio persisted. …

The Knuckleheads of the Day award
Wizbang, DC –
Today’s winner is Senior General Than Shwe and the rest of Myanmar’s ruling junta. They get the award for the following- Myanmar’s most famous comedian was …

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World focus on Burma (21 November 2008)

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The US Should Move Beyond Sanctions
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Years of sanctions after sanctions, this is a new birth in the American policy toward Burma. Sanctions, however, still remain the popular way of punishing …

Julia Reed: Laura Bush Has a Thankless Job
Women on the Web, NY –
She has actively supported the people of Burma, speaking out against the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi and protesting the treatment of peaceful …

Junta directs UMFCCI to probe pulse-bean scam
Mizzima.com, India –
The major purchaser of Burmese pulses and beans, India, is currently buying the produce from Canada but a member of UMFCCI CEC said that India assured Burma …

Myanmar comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
AFP –

On Friday, the National League for Democracy party, led by detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, issued a statement urging the ruling junta to …

Celebrity Burmese comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
France24, France –
By AFP (text) Myanmar’s most famous comedian was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison, in the latest and most high-profile case of citizens given long …

Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese …
OpEdNews, PA –

Ashin Gambira is the pseudonym of one of the leaders of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA). He was arrested in Mandalay Division’s Sintgaing Township on …

Pro-Democracy Monk, Comedian Get Long Myanmar Prison Sentences
FOXNews –
YANGON, Myanmar — Courts in military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, have handed long prison sentences to a prominent Buddhist monk and a popular …

Myanmar-China Pipeline to Start Construction in 2009
ChinaStakes.com, China –
It is reported that PetroChina will be the holding company for the pipeline constructed jointly by China , Burma , India , and Korea . …

Burma’s courts have sentenced nearly 90 other pro-democracy activists to lengthy prison terms in recent weeks. Last week, a group of at least 14 dissidents …

Forty-Five Years For Burmese Comic
UNPO, Netherlands –
In the latest spate of arrests, the Bumese Junta have sentenced comedian Zarganar to a staggering 45 years in jail. A popular comedian active in Burma’s …

A long week in Burma
ISN, Switzerland –
At least 2000 political prisoners languish in Burmese prisons, with pro-democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi well into her second decade …

Dissident Myanmar comedian, monk sentenced to decades in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. The country’s best known opposition figure, Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since May 2003.

U Gambira to serve total of 68 years in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
The monk who stirred the conscience of the anti-regime masses by his political activity became the leading Sayadaw of ‘All Burma Monks Alliance’ (ABMA) …

Comedian becomes latest victim of the kangaroo courts
First Post, UK –
Burma’s best known satirist and comedian, Zarganar (pictured), was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment today by a kangaroo court ordered by the country’s …

Myanmar jails comedian for 45 years
Canada.com, Canada –
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

Burmese comedian, sports writer jailed
The Age, Australia –
Friday’s sentences come after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime last …

Zarganar, Ashin Gambira Get Long Prison Terms
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They included the Burmese hip-hop star Zayar Thaw, who is a leading member of Generation Wave, a dissidents group founded by young Burmese activists during …

Army frames charges against ILO complainants
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– Burma’s Army has framed charges, under the Electronic Act, against farmers from Natmauk Township who lodged a complaint …

Burma’s National Day Fading from Memory
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Some of the country’s greatest national heroes, including U Razak, Thakin Mya and Aung San, father of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, graduated from the …

Comedian sentenced to 45 years prison in Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
Friday’s sentencing comes after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime …

Myanmar junta jails comedian for 45 years
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

At the mercy of Mother Nature and Burma’s generals
Mizzima.com, India –
In a twisted tale of bad luck, for a region which the World Food Programme describes as “one of the poorest and most isolated states in Myanmar,” once the …

Burma comic jailed for 45 years
BBC News, UK –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Burmese court. Zarganar was found to have violated the …

Singing for love
Port Huron Times Herald, MI –
The song reveals Tuptim’s inner feelings, but not about the king to whom she was given as a gift from the King of Burma in order to form a union between the …

HIV/AIDS Risk High Among Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Political prisoners in Burma run a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS because of unhygienic medical treatment, according to reports from inside …

Nobel prize winners call for education in war zones
guardian.co.uk, UK –

The Dalai Lama, the former US president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi are among the signatories of …

Burma: Child Soldier Returned Home
UNPO, Netherlands –
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly cited Burma as possibly having the largest number of child soldiers in the world. …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 21, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT China’s confirmation that it will use Burma as a conduit to ship oil from the Middle East and Africa into its southwestern provinces has …

Burma / Myanmar: 27-year-old hip-hop performer sentenced to six …
Freemuse, Denmark –
Zayar Thaw was among at least 20 detainees sentenced on 18 November 2008 in Burma’s continuing trials of opposition activists and members of the National …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Governments and business collude in deaths of trade unionists …
Namibian, Namibia –
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its brutal crackdown on any moves for …

Stop use of child soldiers: Rights group
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
by Phanida Chiang Mai – Child soldiers continue to be used in armed conflicts in Burma, a rights group activists said. The Thai based ‘Human Right Education …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

China to build pipeline through Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
China is a major trading partner of Myanmar, formerly called Burma, which has been under military rule since the 1960s. The junta last year brutally put …


Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Cisco Needs To Step Up To Reduce Net Censorship, Says Net Freedom ...
BusinessWeek –
If Cisco readily admits that it’s helping build a system that could enable surveillance of anti-government activists, would a Cisco salesman really refuse …

FEC slumps in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta has started a new scheme of selling fuel at the rate of four FEC units per gallon at government-run filling stations since August 22. …

Ashoka Pillar now stands tall in Australia
Times of India, India –
“Emperor Ashoka fostered democratic rule and it is a privilege to dedicate the Ashoka Pillar at a Buddhist monastery in a fellow democracy such as Australia …

Yunnan to build new gas pipeline
Your Project News (press release), UK –
Construction of an oil and gas pipeline linking Myanmar and Chinas Yunnan province is expected to start next year, said an official with the local …

Refugees experience first Thanksgiving in New York City
USA Today –
“Even now I can’t describe my feelings when I first landed at Kennedy Airport,” says Dee, whose family fled to Thailand from Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

DEVELOPMENT-VIETNAM: Rare Criticism of Dams Surface
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Some 60 million people along the 4800-kilometre path of the Mekong, which flows from Tibet, through Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before flowing out to …

‘Gift’ for Queen Victoria helped Penang’s cause
New Straits Times, Malaysia –
The Burmese and Thais built temples in the Pulau Tikus area while Indians built Hindu temples around the island. The South Indians built rows of shophouses …

HK internet gambling boss jailed in Yunnan
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Tam’s racket started nearly 10 years ago in Burma, where many mainlanders go to bet in casinos. He and his team set up several gambling websites and had …

US Congress warned of Chinese cyber, space threats
AFP –
Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Yes, Minister. Let’s meet
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –

Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible and inter-related. In part, this is why Malaysia voices its concern about the situations in Burma and …

Myanmar awards China pipeline rights
Oil & Gas Journal, TX –
20 — Myanmar has awarded China the right to manage planned pipelines that will transport crude oil and natural gas from the Bay of Bengal across Myanmar to ..

UN Should Refer Burma To Int. Criminal Court
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Burma Lawyers’ Council and Global Justice Center urge the international community to expose the regime’s criminal partnership with members of the judiciary …

China inks pipeline deal with Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
China has signed two deals that will allow it to use ports in Burma to unload its oil and gas supplies rather than shipping them through the pirate-infested …

Burma tries to silence opposition
Index On Censorship, UK –
It is the biggest crackdown on the opposition in Burma since the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in 1988. All activists who the regime believes pose a …

Throwing Away the Key in Burma
American Spectator –
This land of rich resources, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military dictatorship, delivered last week the verdicts of several prisoners — many of them …


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November 21, 2008 at 3:09 am