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World Focus on Burma (14 and 15 May 2008) part 1

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MYANMAR: Cyclone devastates rice market
IRINnews.org, NY –
“I think the overall projection is of incredible hardship,” said Sean Turnell, a Macquarie University expert on Myanmar and editor of Burma Economic Watch. …

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Burma approves pro-military constitution in referendum
AOL Canada, Canada –
However, Ban said he has now secured support from Burma, also known as Myanmar, its neighbours and key donors to increase the flow of cyclone relief aid and …

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Reporters in Burma live in fear
Media Guardian, UK – May 14, 2008
… according to Aung Zaw, editor of Irrawaddy, a magazine and website produced by exiled Myanmar journalists in neighbouring Thailand. …
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AFP
Pressure on Myanmar to open up to cyclone aid
AFP – May 14, 2008
YANGON (AFP) — Top foreign officials headed Wednesday to Myanmar to press the defiant junta to open the doors to a massive cyclone relief effort for two …
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Deadbolt
… the world stage in the last week to share his thoughts about the human rights, humanitarian crisis in the country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …
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The United Nations has sharply increased its estimate of those severely affected by Burma’s cyclone to 2.5m people up from the 1.5m previously thought to be …
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Prayer service for Myanmar victims set for Friday
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI – May 14, 2008
Laisum said those who attend Friday’s service may make donations to help pay for relief efforts in Burma, which the military regime renamed Myanmar in 1989. …
Myanmar: Welthungerhilfe starts distributing supplies in the …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
“This guarantees that our aid is received by the people who really need it,” says Angela Schwarz, Welthungerhilfe’s Regional Co-ordinator in Myanmar/Burma. …

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We’re all human
Stockton Record, CA –
First, two weeks ago, it was a cyclone that swept across Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – that killed at least 32000 people. More than 29000 people are …
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Myanmar: Trucks with aid reaching the needy
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – Despite roadblocks and bad weather conditions DanChurchAid’s partners are able to gain access to some of the worst hit areas in Burma. …
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BBC News
First Burma aid plane to leave UK
BBC News, UK –
The DEC Myanmar (Burma) cyclone appeal has received donations of over £6mn since it was launched last week. Among those who have contributed to the fund are …
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in aid of the Myanmar cyclone Phayul
Red Cross estimates up to 128000 died in Myanmar cyclone as heavy … International Herald Tribune
Aid beginning to trickle through to Burma cyclone victims ABC Online
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Church World Service (press release)
CWS – Local Organizations Make Difference in Relief Delivery in …
Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –
BANGKOK, May 13, 2008–Ten days after cyclone Nargis devastated parts of Myanmar (Burma), as tens of thousands of people still wait for assistance, …
Myanmar: MCC seeks $200000 for cyclone relief and recovery ReliefWeb (press release)
MCC launches cyclone relief for Burma Abbotsford Times
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Singapore: Myanmar to attend ASEAN emergency meeting to discuss …
International Herald Tribune, France – Myanmar, also called Burma, has long been a source of embarrassment to ASEAN, largely because of its junta’s failure to fulfill promises to restore …
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The Associated Press
UN chief secures support for more access in Myanmar
The Associated Press –
… who proposed that the UN convene an emergency summit on Myanmar, which is formerly known as Burma, and that Ban possibly visit the country. …
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Voices from Myanmar: How the cyclone first hit
Seattle Times, United States –
It is where Cyclone Nargis first struck land in Myanmar, also known as Burma, about midnight Nov. 2. The storm went on to clear a path through the delta, …
Curfew in Myanmar villages News24
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 15, 2008 at 11:05 am

World Focus on Burma (5 May 08)

Myanmar cyclone stirs more rice supply fears
Reuters India, India –
Risley said it was too early yet to assess the damage to crops in the Irrawaddy delta and Bago division, the main rice-producing regions in the former Burma …
Killer cyclone Nargis leaves at least 350 dead in Burma, relief …
IBTimes India, CA –
A cyclone killed more than 350 people in military-ruled Myanmar, ripping through Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta where it flattened at least two towns, …
Cyclone plunges Myanmar into primitive existence
Biloxi Sun Herald,  USA –
AP In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, an electricity pole is seen knocked out after tropical cyclone Nargis hit Yangon , Myanmar on …
‘Vote No’ Demonstrations in World Capitals
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burmese communities in several world capitals staged demonstrations at the weekend appealing for a “No” vote in Burma’s constitutional referendum on May 10. …
Stricken Myanmar seeks international aid
CNN International –
“The entire lower Burma is affected. In some areas, entire villages disappeared.” The activist group opposes military rule in Myanmar, formerly known as …
Cyclone plunges Myanmar into primitive existence
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Thailand donates cash, necessities to cyclone-hit Myanmar
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, May 5 (TNA) – The Thai Foreign Ministry has donated US$50000 while the military has offered dried food and medicines to Myanmar which was hit by …
Aust considering aid options for devastated Burmese
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
“The government of Myanmar (Burma) has announced that a referendum for the draft constitution will be held on 10 May, 2008, and that multi-party democracy …
Rangoon airport closed due to signal failure
Mizzima.com, India –
The airlines that are scheduled to fly from Thailand to Burma have been temporarily rescheduled to today afternoon and even the rescheduled flights are not …
Gas prices spiral to all-time high
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Gas prices have risen nearly 20 percent over the past week, reaching an all-time high of 7000 kyat per gallon in Burma. …
Internet likely down at least 2 more days
Mizzima.com, India –
Government-owned Bagan Cyber’s office, the only other Internet service provider in Burma besides Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, was also damaged in …
Referendum Must Take Second Place Now in Regime Priorities
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Monday’s issue of the official government newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, carried the statement, together with an attack on last Friday’s pronouncement …
Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll at Least 350
findingDulcinea, New York –
Cyclone Nargis hit the Asian country of Myanmar with wind speeds of 120 mph. Some say such extreme weather is indicative of climate change. …
Hundreds of thousands without shelter in Myanmar: UN
Washington Post, United States –
Aid agencies scrambled to deliver plastic sheeting, water and cooking equipment from stockpiles in the former Burma. The government says at least 351 died …
Aid trickling to cyclone-ravaged Burma
CBC.ca, Canada –
Cyclone Narghis came ashore Saturday across a wide area of the coast of Burma, also known as Myanmar, and the capital Rangoon was among the places hit …
Burmese Search for Supplies, Aid After Cyclone Kills More Than 350
Wall Street Journal –
AP YANGON, Myanmar — Residents of Myanmar’s biggest city on Monday lit candles, lined up to buy water and hacked their way through trees felled in a …
Hundreds of thousands without shelter in Myanmar: UN
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
Aid agencies scrambled to deliver plastic sheeting, water and cooking equipment from stockpiles in the former Burma. The government says at least 351 died …
Burma’s farcical referendum highlights junta’s absurdity
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
Even so, it is hard not to laugh out loud at the insistence by the military regime running Burma that next Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution for …
Cyclone blows cold on Myanmar’s referendum plan
TopNews, India –
In any other country, the postponement of a national vote would be inevitable after such a devastating natural disaster, but Myanmar, also called Burma, …
Killer cyclone leaves Yangon in the dark, hundreds dead date; epa …
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon – Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, was without electricity and water Monday in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which killed hundreds at the weekend and …
UN offers help after Burma cyclone
RTE.ie, Ireland –
UN aid workers in Burma say they have yet to receive a response from the military junta to their official offer to help in relief efforts after a …
Canada to honour icon of democracy
Toronto Star,  Canada –
The military junta that rules Burma, which it calls Myanmar, has planned a referendum Saturday on a new constitution that bars people who have been married …
Selected highlights of the Brussels plenary session 7-8 May 2008 …
European Parliament (press release), EU –
The members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …
Cyclone Nargis, pressure on the junta to accept international aid
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
According to Naing Aung, secretary general of the Forum for Democracy in Myanmar – based in Thailand – “the intervention of international experts is vital, …
Economy on voters’ minds ahead of Myanmar poll
AFP –
He told AFP in Bangkok that rice prices had gone up by about 50 percent in a year in impoverished Myanmar, where any increase has a huge impact. “Burma’s …
Global community should decry Burma referendum
UNM Daily Lobo (subscription), NM –
Eastward, as the sun rises, Burma will hold a constitutional referendum on May 10 and, like the sun, its fate may set in the West. …
Cambodia says rice cartel would ensure global food security
AFP –
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said last week that his country had agreed in principle to form a rice price-fixing cartel with Myanmar, Laos, …
Cyclone kills 243 in Myanmar city
L’express.mu, Mauritius –
… the BBC said yesterday, citing a state television report in the army-ruled former Burma. Myanmar’s military government declared disaster areas in five …
Burma cyclone damage assessed
ITV.com, UK –
The movements of foreign aid workers are restricted by the military, which has ruled the former Burma for 46 years. A new policy imposed on foreign aid …
Burma’s ‘sham’ referendum may be deferred
Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –
Much of Rangoon is still suffering water shortages and lack of electricity, two days after a cyclone hit Myanmar‘s coastal regions. (AAP) Voting in Burma’s …
Agencies rush emergency aid to Myanmar cyclone victims
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Aid agencies Monday rushed emergency food and water into Myanmar after a cyclone tore into the southwest of the impoverished nation, …
Burglar killed with own gun
Philadelphia Daily News, PA –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. SAO PAULO, Brazil – A boat with 110 people aboard sank in the Brazilian Amazon …
UN ready to assist Myanmar after cyclone disaster: Ban
Khabrein.info, India –
The military has controlled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962 and has been blamed for wide-spread human rights abuses and violent crackdowns on …
Red Cross rushes aid to Burma cyclone victims
The West Australian, Australia –
Aid agencies today rushed emergency food and water supplies to victims of a devastating cyclone in Burma that killed hundreds of people and left tens of …
Cyclone fails to halt referendum in Myanmar
Euronews.net, France –
Nargis gathered steam for several days in the Bay of Bengal before devastating the former Burma’s main city, littering the streets with fallen trees and …
Referendum plans unaffected by cyclone or UN
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Despite the devastation wrought upon Burma by Cyclone Nargis and a Security Council statement calling for an inclusive polling …
Referendum ‘to be held’ despite deadly cyclone in Burma
France24, France –
(Report: N.Rushworth) By Reuters Myanmar’s junta will go ahead with Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution despite a massive storm which killed …
UN Assesses Myanmar Damage as Cyclone Kills Hundreds (Update2)
Bloomberg –
The UN Children’s Fund and its Development Program, which have offices in the country formerly known as Burma, stockpiled food, water and medicine before …
Burma referendum condemned as a ‘farce’ by EU
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
Burma’s “constitutional referendum process is devoid of any democratic legitimacy, as Burmese citizens lack all basic democratic rights that would allow …
Myanmar urged to allow aid in
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Aid agencies and rights groups have called on Myanmar’s military government to allow free movement so help can be given to victims of a deadly cyclone. …
Aid agencies struggle with Myanmar cyclone damage
Reuters –
The death toll is likely to climb as the authorities slowly make contact with islands and villages in the delta, the rice bowl of the former Burma. …
Cyclone disrupts Myanmar communications
United Press International –
The cyclone that hit the military-controlled Asian nation, formerly called Burma, during the weekend triggered flooding, which blocked roads and cut off …
Burma referendum to go ahead, despite cyclone damage
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military junta says it will press ahead with the constitutional referendum scheduled for May 10 despite the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. …
Killer cyclone leaves Yangon in the dark, 351 dead (1st Lead)
Monsters and Critics.com –
The Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) is one of many Myanmar political organizations struggling to bring democracy to the country, which has been under …
State media: Referendum to go ahead in Myanmar as scheduled
Xinhua, China –
At least 351 people died in the violent cyclone storm Nargis that swept Myanmar’s five divisions and states on Friday and Saturday, according to the latest …
Hundreds killed in Burma cyclone
Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –
MAY.08 At least 351 people have reportedly been killed across Burma after tropical cyclone Nargis swept through a large part of the country. …
Local humility in Myanmar inspires student
Tennessee Journalist, TN –
For five days I backpacked through Myanmar in the fall of 2006. The things I saw troubled and inspired me. Until 1989 the country was known as Burma, …
Myanmar cyclone kills at least 351
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — At least 351 people were killed and nearly 100000 left homeless when tropical cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar, razing thousands of …
Cyclone wrecks havoc in Myanmar; more than 350 killed
All India Radio, India –
United Nations aid workers in Burma say they are ready to send help to those worst affected by a cyclone on Saturday, but so far the Burmese military …
Cyclone-hit Myanmar says May 10 vote still on
Reuters –
YANGON, May 5 (Reuters) – Military-ruled Myanmar will press ahead with a referendum on a new constitution on May 10 despite a devastating cyclone that …
Avril ‘rasps’ regrets for nixed concert
Arizona Republic, AZ –
Jim Carrey previously filmed a public-service announcement to raise awareness about the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, and human-rights …
Cyclone Kills More Than 350 in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Myanmar, a country of about 48 million people that was formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely …
More than 350 reported dead as cyclone hits Myanmar
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
The military regime is ill-prepared to deal with the aftermath of the cyclone,” said Naing Aung, secretary general of the Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) …
UN to Assess Cyclone Damage in Myanmar as 351 Killed, AP Says
Bloomberg –
The cyclone swept across Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, two days ago, with winds as strong as 190 kilometers (118 miles) per hour, according to the …
Cyclone Kills More Than 350 in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Myanmar, a country of about 48 million that was formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized …
Myanmar: Situation Report No. 1 – Cyclone Nargis, 04 May, 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
This situation report is based on information received from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Myanmar, UN agencies and media sources. 1. …
Rescue crews take over in Rangoon
Australian News, Australia –
Rescue operations are under way in Myanmar after cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 350 people and causing widespread damage. The country’s military rulers …
351 perish as cyclone hits Myanmar
The News – International, Pakistan –
The Forum for Democracy in Burma and other dissident groups outside of Myanmar called on the international community to provide urgent humanitarian …
Hundreds dead in Myanmar cyclone disaster
Australian News, Australia –
Officials in Myanmar, also known as Burma, say more than 350 people have been killed by a powerful tropical cyclone that slammed into the Irrawaddy delta …
Death Toll Rises To At Least 351 From Cyclone Nargis In Burma
AHN –
Burma, officially known as Myanmar, government has already declared its five regions as disaster zones after tropical cyclone hit the country. …
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Star power for human-rights drive
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
NEW YORK: “Hitler is alive in Burma” reads the words scrawled on a cardboard sign, held aloft by Ellen Page, the Juno star, in a 90-second human-rights …
Cyclone kills at least 351 in Myanmar, state-run TV reports
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
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Nargis passes away
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Bangladesh’s sense of relief at the passage of Nargis away from its coastal line is as profound as its sorrow at the devastating sweep of Myanmar has been …
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VIDEO: Cyclone devastates Myanmar
Reuters –
4 – Hundreds of people have been killed after a powerful cyclone pounded parts of Myanmar. Myanmar’s military government declared disaster areas in five …
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Int’l flights to resume in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, May 4 (Xinhua) — All international and domestic flights through Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport will resume on Monday, the State Radio …
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Rangoon airport closed due to signal failure
Mizzima.com, India –
The airlines that are scheduled to fly from Thailand to Burma have been temporarily rescheduled to today afternoon and even the rescheduled flights are not …
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Myanmar: Commodity prices rise in devastated Rangoon
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
By SAW YAN NAIGN The devastating cyclone that slammed into mainland Burma on Saturday will only increase the economic woes and suffering of the Burmese …
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No Thais reported hurt in Myanmar cyclone
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… 4 (TNA) – While news media reported that as many as 243 persons have already been reported dead as a result of Cyclone Nargis’ weekend visit to Myanmar, ..
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AP Top News at 8:28 am EDT
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s state-run television is reporting that more than 240 people have died from a powerful cyclone, a UN official says. …
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Burma declares five regions disaster areas after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Furthermore, road traffic is almost non-existent in Rangoon city, Internet services are down, and the MRTV [Myanmar Radio and Television] and Rangoon City …
Gas prices spiral to all-time high
Mizzima.com, India –
Due to limited domestic oil production cash-starved Burma has been selling gasoline and diesel under a rationing system since 1980. …
Feature: Daily life partly resumes in cyclone-hit Myanmar former …
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, May 4 (Xinhua) — A minor part of the daily life started to resume in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon Sunday, the first day in the aftermath of …
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Mekong mafia
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even without the participation of the three other countries invited to join Orec-Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Laos-a cartel that includes Thailand and …
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Birmania. Diluvia sul bagnato/3
Il Centro Sinistra dei Giovani, Italy –
Myanmar’s infrastructure has been run into the ground by decades of mismanagement by the military, which has ruled since 1962. A Western diplomat, who spoke …
Stars’ campaign for Burma gets help from NZ activists
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
… spokesman for Burma Campaign New Zealand. An estimated 90 per cent of the population in Myanmar lives on about US$1 ($1.25) a day, and the International …
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Burma’s referendum: A done deal
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
“I think it would be unfair to compare the political system in Thailand with the military government in Myanmar,” he said. “After decades without election …
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Market Sensitive Global News
RTT News, NY –
5/4/2008 9:41:06 AM A devastating cyclone hit Myanmar killing more than 243 people and rendering many homeless. The tropical cyclone, named Cyclone Nargis, …
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Philippines Proposes ASEAN Rice Talks In The Face Of Rice Cartel …
AHN –
The request comes amid calls by Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to form a rice cartel similar to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting …
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Burma’s sham vote
Sunday Mirror, UK –
Six months af ter the bloody crackdown on Burma’s protesting monks, this week the pariah state’s mili tary regime is holding a referendum to pave the way …
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Clemson’s Kriese leaves for Thailand
The State, SC –
… top players from nine additional countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Brunei. …
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Suu Kyi remains junta’s main challenger, even in detention
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
BANGKOK–When Myanmar’s voters last went to the polls in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy to a landslide victory, despite being …
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 5, 2008 at 2:31 am

World Focus on Burma (2 May 08)

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Bush slams Myanmar vote, orders new sanctions
Forbes, NY –
By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush Thursday said a vote in Myanmar this month would not be “free, fair or credible” and imposed new …
US imposes new sanctions on Burma companies
Radio Australia, Australia –
The sanctions are the latest US effort to increase pressure on Burma after its crackdown against pro-democracy protesters last September. …
Burmese nationals ‘miss out’ on vote
Radio Australia, Australia –
In Singapore, more than 200 Burmese nationals say they’ve been denied their chance to vote in Burma’s national referendum on a new constitution. …
Give Pearls Away and Rubies
Export Law Blog, DC –
Among the three entities was the Myanmar Gem Enterprise, the state-owned monopoly that is in charge of gem sales in Burma. As you may know, Burmese rubies …
Ferrell, Aniston film videos for Myanmar campaign
The Associated Press –
  Jim Carrey previously filmed a public service announcement to raise awareness about the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, and human-rights …
More Myanmar voters turned away
TODAYonline, Singapore –
IT WAS the second last day of voting, but many of the estimated 300-odd Myanmar nationals who turned up at their embassy here yesterday did not get a chance …
US Exands Burma Sanctions
Voice of America –
By Paula Wolfson The United States is increasing sanctions on Burma. VOA White House correspondent Paula Wolfson reports the move is part of an effort to …
 
Samak and his guest
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
They say you can judge a man by his friends. By inviting the Burmese junta’s Prime Minister Thein Sein to his home for a cosy dinner, PM Samak has sent a …
Tropical Cyclone Nargis Gains in Strength on Way Toward Myanmar
Bloomberg –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is regularly hit by cyclones that form in the Bay of Bengal between April and November, bringing devastation and flooding …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press – 
… as gems and timber, exploit the labor of the downtrodden Burmese people, but enrich only the generals,” Bush said about Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
US imposes new sanctions on Myanmar
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
… in property of designated individuals and entities determined to be owned or controlled by the government of Burma (Myanmar),” Bush said in a statement. …
Bush signs executive order to broaden US crackdown on Myanmar generals
Jerusalem Post, Israel –
… exploit the labor of the downtrodden Burmese people, but enrich only the generals,” Bush said Friday about Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
Upcoming Myanmar constitutional referendum ‘sham’: HRW
JURIST –
Under such widespread repression and a pervasive climate of fear, no free and fair referendum can take place in Burma. Since the military crackdown on monks …
Rights group labels Burma referendum a ‘sham’
Radio Australia, Australia –
The US based Human Rights Watch has described Burma’s referendum next week on a new constitution as a “sham”, aimed at entrenching the military junta. …
Senator ties envoy appointment to NK human rights
Yonhap News, South Korea –
… denouncing China for human rights violations against its own people, North Korean refugees and Tibetans and for aiding the junta in Myanmar (Burma). …
Heavy rains cause flooding in Rangoon
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The Tropical Storm Risk group has forecast a severe cyclonic storm to hit Burma on 2 May, bringing with it strong winds and the possibility of flooding on …
Lonely Planet founder defends Burma guide
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
Human rights groups have attacked the Lonely Planet guide, saying tourism income supported the junta’s generals who run Burma, also known as Myanmar, …
 
An Opec of Rice?
Inc.com, NY –
The consortium would include Laos, Vietnam, Burma (Myanmar), and Cambodia. Other major rice exporters include Egypt and Brazil. China and India are major …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
Interactive Investor, UK –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Bush broadens sanctions on Myanmar, freezes assets
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Bush ordered the new sanctions because the regime in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has failed to repond to international demands to release …
United States Congress Rejects Burmese Military Junta’s Constitution
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
“I am hopeful that the United States, joined by the United Nations, can shed more light on the human rights abuses of Burma’s military junta and their …
Burmese to express anger with ‘no’ vote on referendum
Brisbane Times, Australia –
It was also an attempt by the junta to appease international calls for increased democratic rights for Burma’s people, he said. If approved at referendum …
Burmese-style democracy
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
by the numbers Politics is poised for change, of sorts, as a constitution is put to Burmese voters next week. It guarantees the military a significant …
Vote to nowhere: The May 2008 constitutional referendum in Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
However, the generals’ referendum, reflecting 46 years of brutal military rule, will not bring the people of Burma any closer to a democratic and …
Hollywood stars campaign for Myanmar activist
Monsters and Critics.com –
‘This moment belongs to Burma (Myanmar), and to Aung San Suu Kyi. Please, honour her courage, honor your compassion and let this be the month you join an …
Critics: Myanmar biofuel drive uses forced labor
The Associated Press –
… by the Ethnic Community Development Forum, a self-described alliance of seven community development organizations from Myanmar — also known as Burma. …
Burma’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’ Receives US Congressional Gold Medal
Salem-News.Com, OR –
“To have Aung San Suu Kyi as a leader is like at one time when we had a leader like General Aung San,” Burma’s independence hero and Aung San Suu Kyi’s …
 
Organize now against oppression in Burma
The Jewish Journal of greater L.A, CA –
By Dan Adler We never hear much about Burma, officially known today as Myanmar, until it’s too late. Take, for example, last fall. …
Bush unveils new US sanctions on Myanmar
AFP –
The United States refers to the country as Burma, not Myanmar. The measure targets three specific firms: Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Pearl Enterprise …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Bush said in a statement that the regime “exploits and oppresses the people of Burma,” the former name of the country now called Myanmar. …
Myanmar vote a ‘sham’ to entrench military rule, says rights group
AFP –
… that we expect there to be change, that we expect these generals to honour the will of the people,” he added. The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma.
Targeting the LTTE’s global network
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
… has its front organizations now operating from countries that also include India, Botswana, Burma, Cambodia, Denmark, Germany, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, …OTC:GLNW
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Executive Order: Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
(d) the term “Government of Burma” means the Government of Burma (sometimes referred to as Myanmar), its agencies, instrumentalities and controlled entities …
Bush Orders Burma State Companies’ Assets Frozen
The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland –
(Burma is called “Myanmar” by the ruling junta.) “Today I’ve issued a new executive order that instructs the Treasury Department to freeze the assets of …
Bush orders Myanmar state companies’ assets frozen
Reuters –
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush said on Thursday he has ordered a new round of sanctions on Myanmar state companies to pressure the …
Bush unveils new Burma sanctions
BBC News, UK –
… to freeze the financial assets of members of the military regime. That move followed a violent suppression of anti-government protests in Burma (Myanmar).
 
Thailand Says Burma Open for Business
Energy Tribune, TX – o
One of the first official duties for Samak Sundaravej, Thailand’s new prime minister, was an official visit to Burma. The nation, also known as Myanmar, …
May Day celebrations in Thailand, India and Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“Migrant workers feel that there will be a significant turning point soon in Burma and they discussed the topic actively. They realized that they must cast …
Cyclone More Likely to Hit Burma Than Bangladesh
Voice of America –
By Steve Herman A cyclone is moving towards Burma, but it has the people of Bangladesh on edge, as well. Nargis is the first cyclonic storm in the Bay of …
 
Aniston, Ferrell, Stallone, Page Among Those in new Burmese …
Hollywood Today Newsmagazine, CA –
By Jeffrey Jolson HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 5/1/08 – Hollywood stars are coming to the defense of the people of Burma, now called Myanmar. …
The Fed as The Big Easy, Voting in Burma, and Tariq Aziz on Trial
Council on Foreign Relations, NY –
Southeast Asia correspondent Amy Kazmin, writing about an imminent referendum in Myanmar on a new military-backed constitution, says the vote presents a …

Dangerous Cyclone Raking Across Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
Burma’s department of Meteorology and Hydrology, according to the state-own newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar. …

… areas where the storm strikes, warned

Cyclone Nargis heads towards Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
A large cyclone in the Bay of Bengal that was expected to hit Bangladesh is changing direction towards Burma. Weather forcasters in Bangladesh revised their …
Junta allows Suu Kyi to register to vote
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
An estimated 30 million out of Burma’s 56 million population will be eligible to vote in the upcoming referendum on a military-sponsored constitution that …

Burma’s referendum: a done deal that may yet unravel
Mizzima.comIndia –
“I think it would be unfair to compare the political system in
Thailand with the military government in Myanmar,” he said. “After decades without an …

 

Myanmar voters lists released
The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the country’s military-backed draft

Myanmar biofuel drive contributes to food shortage
EnergyCurrentTX –
BURMA: A plan by Burma‘s junta government to grow a biofuel crop is contributing to food shortages in the country, an Associated Press report said citing a …

Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi can vote
Monsters and Critics.com –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962, when General Ne Win staged a coup d’etat that overthrew the country’s first …

Myanmar’s detained democracy leader will be able to vote in …
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON,
Myanmar: Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the country’s military-backed draft …

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
… to the fate of
Burma’s detained democracy activists when he reiterated that Thailand sees the referendum as “a step toward democracy in Myanmar. …

State owned entities added to US sanctions list
Mizzima.comIndia –
By Mizzima News United States President George Bush on Thursday piled on further sanctions directed at the interests of
Burma‘s military leaders, …

Thailand Floats Idea of OPEC-style Cartel for Rice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thai Commerce Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan plans to talk with his counterparts in Laos, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam about forming a cartel to gain more …

Bush Slaps another Round of Sanctions on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
The companies are Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Timber
Enterprise and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise. “Today I’ve issued a new executive order that instructs …

Ruby – one of worlds most precious gemstone
Free press releases (press release), UK –
Primarily mined in Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, and Cambodia, Rubies have also been found in the US states of Montana, …

Southeast Asian rice cartel plan “going nowhere”
Reuters India, 
India –
Samak said on Wednesday after talks with visiting
Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein. Samak said Thein Sein had agreed in principle to the idea, …

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter
Canada.com, Canada –
The worker did not want to be identified for fear of recriminations from the former Burma’s military rulers. A Myanmar protester residing in Japan holds a …

Q & A: Samak Sundaravej
TIME –
After just three months in office, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has already bested naysayers who predicted his coalition government wouldn’t last …

The stars align on Myanmar
Politico, DC –
… by organizers in hopes of attracting attention to the cause and taking action against the military junta that controls
Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Stars speak out on Burma in video campaign
Toronto Star, 
Canada –
Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston and
Halifax‘s Ellen Page are among those lending their celebrity status to a new campaign focusing attention on Burma‘s …

Suu Kyi among 100 Most Influential People: Time magazine
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
Terming the current regime as extremely brutal,
Houston said: “It took decades for us to come to Mandela’s aid. Suu Kyi—and the people of Burma—are waiting …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on voter list for referendum
Reuters South Africa, 
South Africa –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest for the last five years, should be able to vote in a May constitutional …

Senate panel approves shifting more costs to Iraq
Baltimore Sun, United States –
Bush said in a statement that the regime “exploits and oppresses the people of
Burma,” the former name of the country now called Myanmar. …

Thailand offers to sell rice at friendly price to Indonesia
Nation Multimedia, 
Thailand –
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Friday offered to sell rice to
Indonesia at a friendly price in case of shortage in the country, Government Spokesman …

Bush condemns Myanmar vote
Aljazeera.netQatar –
On Thursday, Bush signed an order to freeze the assets of state-owned firms in
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “These companies, in industries such as …

US is working with India to promote democracy in Asia: Bush
Press Trust of India, India –
Washington, May 2 (PTI) Expressing concern over the situations in Tibet and Myanmar, President George W Bush has said that the United States is working with …

Protest reaches across world
North Platte Telegraph, NE –
Burma is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. Officially, the country is known as the Union of Myanmar, although protestors …

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter
Reuters South Africa, 
South Africa –
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of government workers in
Myanmar were forced to vote in favour of an army-drafted constitution in non-secret …

Roundup: Myanmar PM Thailand visit paves way for furthering ...
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
YANGON, May 2, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein’s three-day official visit to Thailand, which ended on Thursday, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 2, 2008 at 4:44 am