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World focus on Burma (26 November 2008)

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Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
… anti-Milosevic uprising in Serbia, the orange revolution in Ukraine, or the monks ‘Saffron Revolution’ against the junta in Thailand’s neighbour Burma? …

Drug-Dealing Junta Crony Gets 15 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Maung Weik is known as a generous donor to projects sponsored by the Burmese junta, once giving 270 million kyat (nearly US $235000) for restoration work on …

New Internet Censorship Plan Rattles Public
The Epoch Times, NY –
At present, China, Burma, Iran and Saudi Arabia are some of the countries that have mandatory Internet censorship. “The main similarity [with China] is that …

Trials and Prison Transfers Continue in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
More than 30 activists sentenced in the recent series of trials were transferred on Monday and Tuesday from Insein Prison to isolated prisons around Burma. …

MWAF member says women lack protection
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 26, 2008 (DVB)–A senior member of the Kaytumadi township branch of the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation who recently fled Burma has said the …

Mine casualties in Burma nearly double
Mizzima.com, India –
Domestically, Myanmar Defense Products Industries, a state enterprise in Pegu Division, is known to produce non-detectable antipersonnel landmines. …

Shans spinning multiple rings of web
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The rest about 25 websites and blogs are covering political, social and economic developments, human rights abuses and forced labor in Shan State and Burma. …

Blaze destroys church in Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi – A local Church in the town of Hakha in Burma’s western Chin state was burnt to ashes on Monday when a fire broke out, …

Can Asean Learn to Put People First?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2000 other political prisoners, the continuing use of child soldiers, and the recent …

MYANMAR: Thousands dying for lack of treatment
Plus News, South Africa –
JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2008 (PlusNews) – Thousands of people living with HIV in Myanmar (Burma) are dying because the government and international donors …

Kurelek painting exceeds estimate
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… who was PEN Canada’s recipient of the One Humanity Award this year, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison by the rules of Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

Poverty-reduction goals to be hit by global crisis
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
(Todayonline, November 7) A documentary film showing how Burmese seamen aboard Thai fishing boats are abused, beaten and even murdered is now available for …

Abandoning Burma’s HIV/AIDS afflicted community
Mizzima.com, India –
“More than 25000 people died from AIDS-related diseases last year, and even more will die in the next twelve months, unless the Myanmar government and …

Myanmar AIDS crisis could kill 25000 next year-MSF
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Frank Smithuis, head of the NGO’s mission in the former Burma, urged the government and international community to stop needless deaths in “one of Asia’s …

Thousands may die of AIDS in Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
The international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says up to 25000 may die this year of HIV/AIDS in Myanmar unless help arrives soon. …

The US State Department Promotes On-line Youth Groups The …
Softpedia, Romania –
These groups act against the ruling junta of Burma, for democracy in Israel and for stopping the atrocities that the Lord’s Resistance Army commits in …

Be thankful we can still voice our viewpoints
Asheville Citizen-Times, NC –
Headlines coming out of Burma (aka “Myanmar”) are a reminder of what we have to be thankful for as we head into the Thanksgiving season. On any given day, …

World Briefs….Burma needs ARVs
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-AFP AN ESTIMATED 24000 people will die of HIV/Aids in Burma next year unless the international donor community is willing to provide funds for …

Is There A Decrease In Cancer Rates In The US or Not?
DigitalJournal.com, Canada – 3
Some notable events of 2008 were: Cyclone Nargis battering Burma aka Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, the controversy surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics, …

Rogers Park church embraces Burmese refugees
Chicago Journal, IL –
30, 2007, has come to symbolize the plight of 50 refugees from Burma (Myanmar), including 20 children, who came to Rogers Park from a refugee camp in …

Sushi-specialist refugees from Burma recent additions to area’s …
Palm Beach Post,  United States –
Many are from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar – also known as Burma – and they form part of a small and specialized minority relatively new to South …

Felt Elephants
East Bay Express, CA –
You’d want 2008’s most gripping international fiction, such as Smile as They Bow, Nu Nu Yi’s novel about a Burmese tranny spirit medium; Breath, …

THE STANLEY FOUNDATION: CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVE MULTILATERALISM …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
For example, Burma’s membership in ASEAN in 1997 was not based on such conditions, though many participants disagreed about the wisdom, in retrospect, …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – NOVEMBER 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-11-26 03:04 After a few years of relative respite, the forcible use of unpaid civilian porters by the Burmese junta’s troops …

Letter of the Rights of the Child Anniversary
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, urged world leaders …

Business Life From Barack to Jack
Philippine Star, Philippines –
I just thought you were Burmese.” Burmese? That’s new. I was psyched for the reunion. The sensible outlook to adopt at these occasions is to manage …

US taps online groups to fight crime
MyADSL, South Africa –
The list of organisations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown …

A Preventable Fate In Burma
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Thousands of people are needlessly dying due to a severe lack of lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar, says international humanitarian organization …

Netherlands: Foreign Minister Verhagen condemns severe prison …
ISRIA (subscription), DC
Zarganar is a famous comedian in Burma (also known as Myanmar), a country governed by a military junta. He was arrested six months ago while running an aid …

45 Years for a Joke
Wall Street Journal –
It’s a concept the people of Burma understand well. One of their most famous celebrities is a comedian known for his antiregime jokes who goes by the name …

A New Approach: Incorporating civilian resistance strategies …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Responses to the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 have served to further polarize international actors on Burma into two camps. …

UN Human Rights Council to probe DR Congo violations
ABC Online, Australia –
Some 50 activist groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, appealed last week to the Council’s President, Nigerian Ambassador Martin …

Digital Influence Group Wins MITX Award for Best Use of Social Media
MarketWatch –
… Action Center and the US Campaign for Burma to build a grassroots movement to free Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. …

Child soldiers
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
According to Human Rights Watch, there are 200000 to 300000 child soldiers in more than 20 countries. No doubt this crime is under sharp spotlight of …

US–India Relations: The China Factor
Heritage.org, DC –
… movement in Burma throughout the 1980s and gave sanctuary to thousands of Burmese refugees following the military junta’s assumption of power in 1988. …

A Disappointing Record
America Magazine (subscription), NY –

True, Burma (now called Myanmar by its military rulers) did receive attention, with calls to expand the political space. There was also a special session on …

Asean lacks credibility |on rights issues
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
We have the generals in Burma happily giving out jail sentences of 65 years to human rights activists. These generals, who brutalise the people of Burma, …

Burma’s tourism industry shows signs of life
Mizzima.com, India –
… Mai – The Burmese tourism industry has picked up a little bit in recent months, after suffering serious losses in the aftermath of May’s Cyclone Nargis …

World focus on Burma (17 November 2008)

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A new way is needed to help Burma’s people
The Age, Australia –
THE SENTENCING of more than 30 Burmese dissidents to up to 65 years in prison for their part in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations sends a strong …

Rights & Wrongs: Burma, China, ‘Mama Africa’ and More
World Politics Review –
BURMA CONVICTIONS RAISE CONCERNS — Burma’s ruling military junta has come in for another round of criticism and condemnation over the recent convictions of …

Bangladesh, Election Preparations Top Meeting Agenda in Naypyidaw
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… might quit as quartermaster-general in the Tatmadaw, [the Burmese armed forces] but he will still hold his post as Secretary 1 of the junta,” he said. …

Asian (con)Fusion: Exclusive – Inside Burma’s notorious jails
Independent, UK –
I have lots of days like that in regard to Burma. Who really knows what is going on in this secretive, isolated country? Because foreign journalists are all …

Making a prison out of Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Gagging the voice of protests and imprisoning dissidents for an incredible 65 years, pairs Burma’s governing junta with some of the most …

Nine More Activists Sentenced in Insein Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Ye Min Oo, Ye Myat Hein and Zin Lin Aung, leading members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), and three activists, Myo Thant, …

Shan migrant workers: We won’t accept junta issued passports
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… channel for each migrant worker to travel to Myanmar National Verification Center at Tachilek, Myawaddy, and Kawthawng at the Thai-Burma border. …

Media groups condemn photography jailing
Amateur Photographer, UK –
Cyclone Nargis left around 130000 people dead or missing when it struck in May. Got an opinion on this story? Why not post a comment on our news message …

Burmese journalist imprisoned for cyclone victim reports
Press Gazette, UK –
… reporter for the weekly Burmese-language magazine Eco Vision, was arrested on 10 June while covering a demonstration by about 20 victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Burma’s Exports Hit by Global Economic Downturn
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

(Photo: The Myanmar Times)

“The effects of the financial crisis in the US have reached China, and now China’s economic difficulties are beginning to impact …

Myanmar disperses dissidents throughout its gulag
Reuters India, India –
Ko Ko Gyi and Min Ko Naing, the former Burma’s best known political prisoner after detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Pyapon authorities investigate rice scam
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… division’s Pyapon township have been investigating the misappropriation of nearly 1000 bags of rice donated by Saudi Arabia for Cyclone Nargis victims. …

Committee Assesses CU Investment Ethics
CU Columbia Spectator, NY –
… contractual transfer of millions of dollars to the ruling regime in Burma that they believed implicated the company in human rights violations. …

Activists’ Prison Sentences Setback for UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS The sentencing of pro-democracy activists, from two to 65 years, by special prison courts in Burma last week is a major …

ENVIRONMENT-BURMA: Conflict Threatens Karen Biodiversity
Inter Press Service, Italy –
A great part of this biodiversity is found in Karen State in southeast Myanmar bordering Thailand, now suffering heavily due to the ongoing conflict between …

Burma-Bangladesh Maritime Talks Begin
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
MAK Mahmud said, “Myanmar’s trespass on Bangladesh waters is not on our agenda. We shall focus on setting a method of principles for delimitation. …

Myanmar: Long prison terms for dissidents
Global Voices Online, MA –
Hundreds of ordinary Burmese people joined the protest. The 88 students group members were immediately arrested by the Junta. On Thursday 19 dissidents were …

Myanmar activists moved to separate prisons: relatives
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar authorities have split up pro-democracy activists who were given long jail terms this week and transferred them to different prisons …

Leading Burmese Dissident Jailed For 65 Years
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
One of Burma’s most outspoken opponents of the ruling military junta, Min Ko Naing, was sentenced to a 65-year prison term last week. …

Burma, Myanmar: Convicted Activists Sent to Remote Prison Camps
OpEdNews, PA – By Ashin Mettacara
More than 20 convicted activists have been sent to remote prison camps in this early morning. …

Burma’s junta gets brutal on prison terms
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The family members of 39 Burmese dissidents had tears in their eyes on Tuesday. Fourteen leading activists of the 88 Generation Students group, …

… according to Aung Din, co-founder of the Washington-based US Campaign for Burma, which lobbies for political change in Myanmar, also called Burma. …

88 generation leaders also receive 65 years’ jail terms
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 15, 2008 (DVB)-Nine leading members of the 88 Generation Students, including Min Ko Naing, were sentenced to serve 65 years in prison on 11 November, …



World focus on Burma (25 September 2008)

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The new Asia crisis
Sify, India –
Meanwhile the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma), which stubbornly stood by while nature wiped out parts of its population, keeps its democratically …

The Best Progressive Media Rises to the Top
Huffington Post, NY –
… articles and videos about the monks rising up to challenge the military junta. Within days, the Burma NewsLadder was the top source of Burma news, …

US Urged to Keep Eye on US Firms Abroad
OneWorld US, DC –
In Burma, where Chevron has a contract with the ruling military junta, soldiers providing security for the company’s operations along the Yadana pipeline …

Candidates Set to Debate on Foreign Policy
NPR –
Both have criticized China for its human-rights record and its relations with repressive governments in Sudan and Burma. US policy on North Korea may enter …

The Best Progressive Media Rises to the Top
Huffington Post, NY –
Approximately one year ago, James Boyce launched the very NewsLadder, for Burma where people literally from all around the world linked up all the top …

Bomb Explodes in Burma on Anniversary of Crackdown
Voice of America –
… blast in the main Burmese city of Rangoon Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the ruling military’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. …

Burma’s dictatorship turns 50
MyNews.in, India –
It is also 20 years since the extinguishing of the 1988 uprising by a newly comprised and utterly ruthless junta, which has since reincarnated itself a …

Myanmar junta threatens action against opposition
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military government has threatened the party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi with legal action unless …

One on One with Henry Rollins
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL –
In Burma, the Junta, they’ve done the people a great disservice. Again, wonderful people with this idiot, Than Shwe, for a ruler. …

Next US President Likely Will Have More Use for the UN
World Politics Review –
Bolton, McCain argued, was the “hard, dedicated individual” needed to shakeup a body marred by Sudan’s election to the Human Rights Commission, …

Neil Hrab: Conservative war room sees no benefit in Harper …
National Post, Canada –
… on the struggle to bring democracy to Burma, for example — or that Stephan Harper has forgotten Canada’s obligation to end the civil war in Sri Lanka. …

Burma’s Democracy Roadmap Back on Track?
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong – Written by Larry Jagan
“It is our sincere hope that the government of Myanmar will listen to the voices of the international community. As long as political prisoners including …

Trevor Manuel
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
by the numbers This week’s third place is awarded to the Burmese government, following its decision to release some 9000 prisoners including seven jailed …

Tim McGarry joins campaigners in welcoming release of Burma’s …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
TV comedian Tim McGarry has joined local Amnesty International campaigners in welcoming the release of U Win Tin, a 78-year-old Burmese journalist who has …

Jacob Blaustein Institute: Lantos Commission Elevates Human Rights …
MarketWatch –
He shed a spotlight on well-known and lesser-known causes ranging from abuses against Tibetans, Kurds, Burmese, Uighurs, and other peoples throughout the ..

Burma releases political prisoners
The Australian, Australia –
The junta’s charity did not extend to releasing 73-year-old Shan political leader, Sao Hso Ten, sentenced to 106 years in Hkamti prison, said Charm Tong, …

One year after Burma crackdown monks’ demands unmet
National Catholic Reporter, Missouri –

Burma, also called Myanmar, is designated as one of the least developed countries in Asia with 90 percent of the population living on less than one US …-

NLD ordered to withdraw statement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 25, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy leaders have been told by Burma’s police chief to retract a statement they issued on 18 September calling …

Released Dissident’s Call For Talks
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
He also pledged unswerving support for Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is herself under house arrest at her Rangoon home. …

MOST E-MAILED
RTT News, NY –
… pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, along with 9000 other prisoners — a gesture that the state media described as “loving kindness and goodwill”. …

UN welcomes release of political prisoners
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 25, 2008 (DVB)–The United Nations secretary-general and special rapporteur on Burma have welcomed the release of seven political prisoners, …

Security Clampdown Follows Rangoon Bombing
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The rumors were accompanied by speculation that the bombing could have been orchestrated by the regime to justify a security clampdown in anticipation of an …

Su Su Nway’s Sister Banned from Visiting
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The sister of jailed Burmese human rights activist, Su Su Nway, said she has not been allowed to see her sister for two months by prison …

SKorea upholds asylum for Myanmar refugees
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
Myanmar’s military junta routinely jails dissidents. Opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi has been detained for 13 of the past 19 years, …

Burma to Destroy 16 Metric Tons of Chinese Milk
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP RANGOON — Burma’s authorities said it would destroy 17 1/2 tons (16 metric tons) of powdered milk made by one of 22 Chinese dairy companies found to …

New Wave of Dissent Comes to Myanmar
findingDulcinea, New York –

… in a flutter of new tactics for dissent, reports The Christian Science Monitor in a three-part series about activism in Myanmar (also known as Burma). …

China tainted milk crisis causes more global recalls
USA Today –
Burma’s state media said authorities will destroy 17 1/2 tons of Chinese powdered milk, valued at $50000, because it was made by one of 22 dairy companies …

INFORMATION WARFARE: Cyber War Mercenaries
Strategy Page –
September 25, 2008: In Myanmar (Burma), the military dictatorship has used Cyber War techniques to shut down the three opposition web sites that provide the …

Mon State ID holders being arrested in Kaw Thaung
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

In the wake of 54 Burmese migrants being asphyxiated to death in a ten-wheel container truck last April, the Burmese military junta authorities in Tenasserm …

Shans show their true colors
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
9.25% of the 162 respondents had also wanted blue and white for the cover of SHAN’s bilingual (Shan and Burmese) Independence and 1.85% black. …

Than Shwe’s Gambit
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Besides trying to win support for the planned election, the regime may also be obliquely responding to the demands of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Burma: Dissident Freed After 19 Years
UNPO, Netherlands –
U Win Tin, 78, a poet and editor who had been a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, the democracy advocate, was released after 19 years in prison. …

Congo church leader wins Rafto Prize
Aftenposten, Norway –
Many Rafto winners have gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, including Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Kim Dae-jung of South Korea and Shirin Ebadi of Iran.

Help Burma situation
Harlow Herald 24, UK –
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (Human Rights Charity) is launching a campaign called Change for Burma! – we’ve set up our website so you can e-mail your …

Myanmar Junta Rules Roost 1 Year After Crackdown
ABC News –

Provisions of the new constitution would also bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding any kind of political office in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

False Amnesty: Burmese activist arrested 24 hours after release
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
U Win Htein was released two days ago as part of a general amnesty granted by the junta in power in Myanmar. The military regime allowed the release of over ……..With this latest arrest order for Win Htein, the junta has once again clarified that that individual freedom, and more importantly human rights, are not the nation’s political agenda.

Sustained effort from all quarters needed in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
However, the United Nations envoy expects to meet all the primary players on his next trip, saying, “When I visit Myanmar the next time, I hope I will be …

Conversation with ‘Man of Steel’

Mizzima.com, India –

Q: Don’t you want to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi? A: I think you must talk of releasing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She hasn’t yet been released and I cannot meet …

Myanmar junta rules roost 1 year after crackdown
The Associated Press –
… of the new constitution would also bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from holding any kind of political office in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

RI welcomes release of Myanmar political prisoners
Antara, Indonesia –
New York, (ANTARA News) – Indonesia welcomes the release of a number of Myanmar political prisoners but still feels mystified about what the Myanmar …

Former Fairport family use small donations to change lives in …
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
When a cyclone hit Myanmar (still better known as Burma) this May, Nat Yogachandra immediately sought a visa that would allow him to cross the border with …

On this day
News24.com, South Africa –
1988 – Security forces kill 12 people and injure five others in Rangoon, Burma, as political unrest continues. 1992 – The first contingent of a 600-member …

The Hunger Site Works with Zardozi to Help Afghan Women
PR.com (press release), NY –
In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Gives MoreTM for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70000 for the Foundation for the People …

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Photo – Nicknayman, AljaeeraMizzima and AFP.

Rangoon Bomb Blast

Blast in Burma’s Rangoon Injures Three – Kyodo RedOrbit, TX –

Burma: Deadly bomb attack in Rangoon on protest anniversary آكي, Italy –

Myanmar explosion injures seven United Press International –

Bomb blast in Yangon injures seven (Roundup) Monsters and Critics.com –

Bomb goes off in Rangoon Turkmenistan News, Turkmenistan –

MOST E-MAILED RTT News, NY –

Bomb explodes in Burma on anniversary of government crackdown Times Online, UK –

Six injured in Myanmar bomb blast: police AFP –

Yangon blast wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Reuters UK, UK –

Yangon bomb wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Boston Globe, United States –

Bomb blast in Rangoon injures seven Bangkok Post, Thailand

Explosion hits Rangoon on anniversary of protests InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Yangon bomb wounds 4 as protest anniversary looms Swissinfo, Switzerland –

Blast rattles Yangon on anniversary eve CNN International –

Small explosion hits Burma’s capital Radio Australia, Australia –

Explosion hits Myanmar city GulfNews, United Arab Emirates

6 hurt in Myanmar bomb blast–police Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Blast rocks central Yangon Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Blast injures three in Yangon: police The News International, Pakistan –

Blast in central Yangon, one injured – witnesses Reuters India, India

Bomb Blast in Rangoon Park Injures Three The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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Angelina Jolie – ‘Changeling’ Poster – FIRST LOOK
Just Jared, NY –

In other news, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently gave $1 million to fund Human Rights Watch’s work in Burma and Zimbabwe. The gift will help to continue …

Full Story A 78-year-old journalist and prominent dissident who was the longest-serving political prisoner in Burma has been released after 19 years of …

UN PLEASED AT FREEING OF DETAINEES BUT SAYS “ALL POLITICAL …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 24 September 2008 — In a positive development, the government of Myanmar let seven prominent political prisoners …

UN welcomes Burma prisoner release
Radio Australia, Australia –
The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the release of seven political prisoners in Burma as part of an amnesty for more than 9000 inmates. …

IFEX MEMBERS HAIL RELEASE OF JOURNALIST U WIN TIN
IFEX, Canada –
IFEX members welcomed Tuesday’s release of U Win Tin, the longest-serving political prisoner in Burma. The frail 79-year-old journalist and founding member …

HIV Continues To Rise Among Self-Injecting Drug Users
RedOrbit, TX –
… among these kind of users topped 40 percent in nine nations: Estonia, Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma), Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil and Kenya. …

Release of Burmese Political Prisoners Positive but Overdue
NewsBlaze, CA –
By Stephen Kaufman The State Department welcomes the release of 9000 Burmese prisoners, including the journalist Win Tin, but urges the country’s military …

Burma frees dissident detained for 19 years
Financial Times, UK –
By Amy Kazmin in Bangkok Burma’s ruling military junta yesterday freed its longest-serving political prisoner in an amnesty for 9002 inmates that state …

Burmese democracy activist: ‘I don’t know how I kept my sanity’
Independent, UK –
By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent He spoke against a noisy background of friends celebrating his release, but the Burmese journalist Win Tin – freed …

Gender inequalities must be tackled immediately
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Women accounted for approximately 61% of deaths from Cyclone Nargis in Burma and more than 70% of fatalities from the Indian Ocean tsunami. …

Reporters on the Job
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
… plight of illegal Burmese migrants inside Thailand, reporter Anand Gopal saw just how dangerous life can be for those who have fled Burma (Myanmar) in …

World focus on Burma (5 September 2008)

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Hereford Wye Valley Rotary (Shelter boxes go to Burma)

Hereford Times, UK –
By May 9, Shelter Box had successfully delivered £300000-worth of survival kit to Myamar (Burma) to help victims of Cyclone Nargis and visas for aid workers …

Troops extort money from passengers at check points

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Burmese troops manning gates along Mon to Karen State southern Burma (Myanmar) have been extorting money from passengers in vehicles and strictly checking …

Burmese jail over 700 monks
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The dam project is a joint venture between a Chinese company and a military controlled Burmese concern, Myanmar-Asia World Company. Kachin farmers have been …

Suu Kyi refuses most food rations for three weeks: party
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to accept food rations for three weeks, her party said Friday, …

BURMA: AUNG SAN SUU KYI REFUSES FOOD SINCE 3 WEEKS
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy –
This news came from her party, the National League for Democracy, which said the 63-year-old dissident hasn’t accepted her daily food rations brought by the …

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food for three weeks
SINDH TODAY, Pakistan –
Yangon, Sep 5 (DPA) Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has for the past three weeks refused food deliveries to her home-cum-jail in a hunger strike …

What do the Thai demonstrations mean for Burma?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 5, 2008 (DVB)–Political tensions are running high in Thailand, with demonstrators from the People’s Alliance for Democracy calling for the resignation …

Free Trade Agreement With ASEAN Countries Announced
Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –
For these purposes, Australia and New Zealand will typically have the shortest implementation timeframes and the 3 least developed countries (Burma, …

Exiled Dissident Visits Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zaw Oo, head of the Vahu Development Institute, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, told The Irrawaddy that he made a four-day trip to Burma in July as an …

Myanmar Airways Unsafe: UK Gov’t
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The British foreign office has issued an advisory warning it staff not to use flights operated by Myanmar Airways, Burma’s state-owned domestic …

iAfrica.com, South Africa –
Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to accept food rations for three weeks, her party said Friday, calling on the military …

TYC President Attends IUSY Meeting
Phayul, Tibet –
The 2007 Asia Pacific Meeting asked for help to restore human rights in Tibet and support the freedom movement of Tibetan people and to put pressure on …

Aung San Suu Kyi ‘on hunger strike’
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Last month she refused to meet Ibrahim Gambari, the UN special envoy to Burma. Her refusal was interpreted at the time as a sign of frustration that his Mr …

AIPMC Appeals to Surin, Ban Ki-moon to Visit Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The letter told Surin and Ban: “We remind you that her continued well-being is vital for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Burma. …

Hunger strike
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The detention followed an attack by pro-military thugs on Suu Kyi’s convoy in Tepeyin, Sagaing division in northern Burma on May 30, 2003. …

Suu Kyi’s party expresses concern for her health
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The political party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar’s military government Friday to ensure her …

UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet with the junta’s liaison officer and declined a visit from her personal physician, …

Olympic hero Hoy set to receive top honour
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
They are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Sir Sean Connery, Nelson Mandela and Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Warning to Chauk monks to stay away from politics and protests
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – A letter to 70 monasteries in Chauk Township, Magwe Division by the Burmese junta authorities has warned monks to steer clear of politics and …

Myanmar responded well to cyclone victims: WHO
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
GENEVA, Sept 4, 2008 (AFP) – Myanmar’s military rulers provided a rapid response to victims of Cyclone Nargis last May despite criticism for shunning …

Myanmar responded well to cyclone victims: WHO
AFP –

Last month, the United Nations said 1.56 million dollars (about one million euros) of international cyclone aid has been lost due to the military regime’s …

Exotissimo Creates Trips to Irrawaddy Delta
PR Web (press release), WA –
According to Mrs. Su Su Tin, Managing Director of Exotissimo Myanmar, “Many people want to visit the Delta, see the situation with their own eyes and lend a …

Myanmar opens to cyclone relief
Seattle Times, United States –
The report said Myanmar, also known as Burma, has now more opened to international relief than at any time in the past two decades, and that the unfolding …

Vets value candidate’s experiences
Stamford Advocate, CT –
Ericsson, who served in Burma during World War II, said the US military has been worn thin by successive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and will be broken by …

Atlantic storms devastate Haiti
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Volunteer mappers were despatched following the Bolivia floods in January, and then in response to Cyclone Nargis that impacted Myanmar (Burma) in May. …

Unnoticed by world, Myanmar opens up to cyclone relief
College Times, AZ –
The report said Myanmar, which is widely known as Burma, has now more opened to international relief than at any time in the past two decades, …

David Cameron: We cannot impose democracy at the barrel of a gun
Independent, UK –
Liberal because I believe in freedom, human rights and democracy, and I want to see more of these things in our world. But Conservative, because I believe …

Sino-Indian Competition for Burmese Oil and Natural Gas
Harvard International Review, MA –
… has begun to heavily invest in Burma’s oil and natural sector. A man selling gas at a market near Inle Lake, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of FLICKR/geminder. ..

Bride import for love-sick bachelors
Daily News & Analysis, India –
Social services chiefs are already in talks with neighbours like the Ukraine, Moldova and Russia and with Far Eastern countries like Vietnam, Burma and …

Tsvangirai nominated for EU courage award
ZimDaily, UK –

Among the previous winners are former South African leader Nelson Mandela, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-UN secretary general Kofi Anan. …

Myanmar Silence at UN Half-Broken by Kerim, Mysteries Continue …
Inner City Press, NY –

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Inner City Press asked if Gambari had told Kerim why he had not met with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. “Yes,” the spokesman said, then declined to …

The Naga internal Problem The Subalterns begin to speak
MorungExpress, India –
The political suffering of the Nagas Burma needed to be highlighted, debated and deliberated. But one thing that is very clear is that unless a form of …

Georgia: Good Humanitarian Donorship Betrayed
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
… for returning refugees and internally displaced people in southern Sudan, and for cyclone survivors in Burma, among many other critical situations. …

Designer bottled water: It’s not altruism
Village Times Herald, NY –
It would truly be lifesaving in the cyclone-torn Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake-devastated Sichuan province in China. So why not effectively help the …

WHO praises Burma cyclone response
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Coninx was the only official from WHO’s headquarters in Geneva who was immediately able to go to Burma straight after the cyclone struck on May 2-3 as he …

Europe Undergoing Severe Demographic Crisis
The Epoch Times, NY –
He proposes Serbia to import women from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Bulgaria, Romania, or Moldova to marry the many single men, whose number is …

Digital Influence Group Wins Inbound Marketing Excellence Award
MarketWatch –
… the US Campaign for Burma. Digital Influence Group developed a microsite for the campaign featuring imprisoned Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Tsvangirai nominated for Sakharov prize
SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe –
Among the previous winners are the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

Directionless Thailand falters on world stage
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… was given a full range of powers to keep public order, has refused to use force to purge the People’s Alliance for Democracy from Government House. …

Hurricane Gustav losses could reach $10 billion
Environmental Finance, UK –
The highest death tolls were in the Sichuan earthquake and the Burma cyclone. Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environmental Programme warned …

Ceasefire groups in Shan State face renewed pressure to surrender
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The Burmese ruling junta has mounted fresh pressure on ceasefire armed rebel groups in Shan State to surrender arms latest by the end of 2009, …

Junta arrests two more activists
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – In another round of crackdown on dissidence, Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon on Wednesday arrested two political activists, …

Video-inside of Burma: In Shanland – Children of Loi Tailang

In this new video release, host Antonio Graceffo takes you back inside of Burma, to meet the children, orphans, and students of Loi Tailang. Their parents were murdered by the Burmese army (SPDC). Their villages were burned. But their education continues at Loi Tailang, under the protection of the Shan State Army (SSA), where they try to continue living their lives as normal, happy young people.

The cost of war is far more reaching than the thousands killed. Also includes the millions displaced, marginalized and relegated to a fringe existence, living just over the border from humanity.

Checkout Antonio’s website http://speakingadventure.com/ 

This post is grabbed from Burma Digest.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 13, 2008 at 2:56 am

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World Focus on Burma (8 Jan 08)

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  1. Gunning for democracy
    Varsity (subscription), Canada –
    Five provinces, 13 states, and over 15000 kilometres later, the car is still emblazoned with the words “Free Burma,” the country’s flag, and photos of Aung …
  2. Art Summary 2007
    Artfacts.Net, UK –

    Two new books were published in 2007: Pham An Hai – Expressions & Abstractions and Aung Kyaw Htet – Myanmar Inspirations, and Youtube videos of artists have …

  3. Thai PTTEP Signs Bangladesh Gas Deal With Total, Tullow
    AHN –
    … now in operation and 80 kilometers (49.60 miles) north of Shwe gas field in Block A1 in Burma, officially known as Myanmar, according to the statement. …
  4. Australian interests take over Phnom Penh Post
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    Two Australian businessmen with stakes in Burma’s media have announced they have taken control of Cambodia’s main English-language newspaper, The Phnom Penh …
  5. Junta Deploys Riot Squads on Independence Day
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

    Burma’s brutal military junta deployed riot squads at Shwedagon and Sule pagodas last Friday to prevent pro-democracy protests on the country’s 60th …

  6. S’pore’s Lee criticises Myanmar military rulers
    Reuters India, India –

    Myanmar, formerly Burma, moved its capital city from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw, about 390 kilometres to the north of the old capital, in 2005. Continued…

  7. “Burma’s Sixty Years of Independence”
    Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

    With an ideology of extreme Nationalism, multi-nationalism was unimaginable; in Myanmar there must only be one single nation, one language, one culture and …

  8. Turmoil at the international level continued throughout the past year
    The Gateway, Canada –
    … but this year it was Myanmar, a small dictatorship in Southeast Asia (previously known as Burma), that made front pages throughout the world. …
  9. Revered Shan monk prays for Burma’s generals
    Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

    by admin — last modified 2008-01-08 06:45 “I pray for the well-being of the people of Shan State and Burma as well as the country’s rulers,” Krubar …

  10. Burmese celebrate new home, new year
    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
    The first arrivals to Rochester from the refugee camps in Thailand near the border of Myanmar, which some natives still call Burma, came here in late 2006. …
  11. Indonesia urges Myanmar to do more on democracy
    Reuters –
    Indonesia urged military-ruled Myanmar on Tuesday to take more credible steps towards democratization, including releasing political prisoners.
  12. US diplomat urges Myanmar leaders to start talks with opposition AOL
    Nicholas Burns

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior U.S. diplomat urged Myanmar’s ruling military junta on Tuesday to begin talks with opposition leaders and release political prisoners. | Nicholas Burns, the State Department… (photo: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  13. Myanmar Moved Away From Democracy After Protests, Burns Says
    By Paul Tighe

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    Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar’s junta has rejected taking any steps toward democracy since pledging to open talks with the opposition after September’s anti-government protests, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said.

    While the regime “made a few unremarkable gestures,” such as appointing a minister to meet with opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, “it has since halted even this hint of progress and, in fact, has moved backward,” Burns wrote in an article for the Washington Post yesterday.

    China, Myanmar’s closest ally, and the Association of South East Asian nations must use their influence to support United Nations efforts to persuade the junta to release political prisoners and begin discussions on democratic changes, he wrote.

    The U.S. tightened sanctions on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, after the crackdown on protests, imposing an asset freeze on junta officials and blacklisting companies and individuals linked to the regime. The military rejected a UN report criticizing the use of “excessive force” when soldiers crushed the most serious demonstrations in 20 years, killing an estimated 31 protesters.

    “The world must not turn its back on the people of Burma and allow the regime’s disregard for human dignity to continue,” Burns wrote. “Together, we must apply sustained and strong pressure while making clear that a successful dialogue leading to a political transition would enable Burma to make a full return to the international system.”

    Regime Leaders

    The U.S. will continue to target regime leaders “and their cronies” with sanctions, Burns said in the article. The military is still arresting pro-democracy activists and harassing Buddhist monks and Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy, remains under house arrest, he said.

    The U.S. will press for more international sanctions unless Myanmar’s leaders begin a process for democratic change and free political prisoners, President George W. Bush said Dec. 11.

    China and Russia in January last year vetoed a U.S. resolution at the UN Security Council to press Myanmar to make democratic changes. China repeated its opposition to sanctions in November.

    “The reality is that the regime and its policies are the greatest threat to Burma’s unity, stability and prosperity,” Burns wrote. “This is a horrendous track record.”

    Suu Kyi and other democratic leaders have said the military has a role to play in a peaceful transition to democracy. As junta leaders show no willingness to make changes, “many in their regime should be increasingly uncomfortable with their policies and the country’s direction,” Burns said.

    National Convention

    Myanmar’s National Convention, begun in 2004, completed its work on proposed democratic changes in September last year. The U.S. and UN denounced the process for failing to include the NLD and ethnic groups.

    The people of Myanmar are “greatly concerned about threats of national disintegration,” the official New Light of Myanmar cited Senior General Maung Aye, deputy commander-in-chief of defense services, as telling military graduates two days ago.

    Myanmar’s unity has been threatened regularly since independence in 1948 by separatist ethnic groups trying to divide the country, he said, according to a report on the newspaper’s Web site.

    “With the large number of minorities in our country, the disintegration of the union would mean splintering and general weakness, which may even lead to the loss of nationhood,” the general added.

    The military has ruled the nation of 47 million people since 1962. In 1990, the junta rejected the results of parliamentary elections won by the NLD. Suu Kyi has spent 12 of the past 17 years in detention and is under house arrest at her home in Yangon.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Tighe in Sydney at ptighe@bloomberg.net

    Last Updated: January 8, 2008 19:39 EST

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 8, 2008 at 2:28 am