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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. …



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Singapore: Singapore Asks Burmese Activists To Leave The Country

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SINGAPORE: Persistent defiance of the laws, not political pressure from the Burmese government, was the reason why a number of Burmese nationals working or studying in Singapore were asked to leave when their immigration passes expired.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng said this in a written reply to a question tabled by nominated MP Eunice Olsen at this week’s sitting of Parliament.

She asked if Burma’s military rulers had pressured or requested the government to clamp down on anti-junta activists and deny them residence in Singapore.

In his reply, released Wednesday (17 Sept), Wong said the Burmese nationals disregarded Singapore laws by staging illegal activities, like outdoor protests, to pursue their political agenda.

This was despite repeated police advice to stick to lawful avenues.

Three Burmese nationals left Singapore for countries of their choice after their immigration passes were not renewed by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

When contacted for further details, the Home Affairs Ministry identified the individuals as being members of the Overseas Burmese Patriots (OBP).

An informal grouping of activists, the OBP emerged in October last year to raise awareness about the political situation in Burma.

Citing illegal activities that the group staged, the ministry said: “The OBP is by no means the only patriotic group in Singapore or the only group that has organised activities to express their concern about the situation in Myanmar (Burma). However, unlike other groups which have conducted their activities in a lawful manner, the OBP has chosen to do so in open and persistent defiance of our laws.’

One such activity was a street protest on 20 Nov last year during the Asean Summit. Some 40 people, carrying banners, walked down a pavement outside the Orchard Parade Hotel to voice their discontent with the junta.

Citing the incident, Wong said the group intentionally protested near the summit’s Shangri-La Hotel venue to court public and media attention.

“Their unlawful behaviour was an unnecessary distraction to our security forces and could have compromised the security arrangements for the summit delegates, some of whom were heads of Asean governments.”

Police investigated the incident and, after consulting the Attorney-General’s Chambers, “exercised leniency and administered stern warnings in lieu of prosecuting the offenders in court”, he said.

Reports said the three Burmese activists who left Singapore took part in this protest.

Wong said that while a vast majority of the 50,000-strong Burmese community had been law-abiding and expressed views in a lawful manner, a small group “chose to break the law and yet defiantly demand the right to stay in Singapore as an entitlement”.

“They have tried to politicise the issue through the media and through uninformed foreign groups, in the process distorting the actions to remove them from Singapore as being politically motivated.

“They hope that political pressure will force the authorities to accede to their demands to continue staying in Singapore. The ICA has rightly decided that such persons are undesirable, and that they should leave.”

Foreigners are expected to respect the laws and local sensitivities in the same way that Singaporeans abroad are obliged to do so, he said.

“Some of these Myanmar (Burmese) individuals have enjoyed education subsidies and other benefits but have chosen to repay this with disrespect for our laws and to defy the authorities,” he added.

When told of the latest government statements, OBP spokesman Myo Myint Maung, a Singapore Management University third-year student, indicated that there would be no change in his group’s position: “We will continue with our political agenda in the most appropriate way that will serve justice and democracy without endangering Singapore society.”

(By KOR KIAN BENG/ The Straits Times/ ANN)

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ျမန္မာအခ်ိဳ႕အား ဗီဇာတိုးမေပးသည့္ကိစၥ စင္ကာပူဝန္ႀကီး ရွင္းလင္း

RFA (Burmese)
2008-09-17

စင္ကာပူမွာ အလုပ္လုပ္ေနတဲ့ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားတခ်ိဳ႕ကို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မတိုးေပးတာနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အဲဒီပုဂၢိဳလ္ေတြဟာ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံအတြက္ မလိုလားအပ္သူေတြလို႔ စင္ကာပူ ျပည္ထဲေရးဝန္ႀကီးက Wong Kan Seng က ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။
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စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံရွိ ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုးေရွ႕တြင္ ႀကိဳတင္ ဆႏၵမဲေပးရန္ ဧၿပီ ၂၇ရက္က စု႐ံုးေရာက္ရွိေနေသာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားမၽား ျဖစ္ၿပီး အခၽိဳ႕က NO အမွတ္အသားပါ အနီေရာင္ ဦးထုပ္၊ တီရွပ္မၽား ဝတ္ဆင္ထားပါသည္။ (Photo: AFP)

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ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသား အလုပ္သမားနဲ႔ ေကၽာင္းသားတခ်ိဳ႕ ရဲ့ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္းတိုးတဲ့ ကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ပါလီမန္မွာ ေမးျမန္းခ်က္ကို ျပည္ထဲေရးဝန္ႀကီးက စာနဲ႔ ေရးသား ေျဖၾကားခဲ့တာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီေဆာင္႐ြက္ခ်က္ဟာ ဘယ္လို ႏိုင္ငံေရးဖိအားေၾကာင့္ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ျခင္း မဟုတ္ေၾကာင္း၊ ဗီဇာ သက္တမ္းဆက္ၿပီး မတိုးေပးျခင္းဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒကို ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္သူ၊ ႏိုင္ငံအတြက္ မလိုလားအပ္သူေတြ ႏိုင္ငံက ထြက္ခြာသြားသင့္သူေတြသာ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သူတို႔ကို ဗီဇာမေပးတာဟာ လူဝင္မႈႀကီးၾကပ္ေရးဌာနရဲ့ မွန္ကန္တဲ့ ဆံုးျဖတ္ခၽက္ျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔ ပါလီမန္မွာ ေျဖၾကားခဲ့တာပါ။

ခုလို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မေပးသူေတြဟာ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံေရာက္ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ စစ္အစိုးရကို ဆန္႔က်င္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြမွာ ပါဝင္ေနၾကသူေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ စင္ကာပူေရာက္ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ ေျပာျပခၽက္အရ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း ထပ္မတိုးေပးတဲ့ အတြက္ အနည္းဆံုး ျမန္မာသံုးဦး ကေမာၻဒီးယားနဲ႔ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံကို ထြက္ခြာသြားရၿပီး ျဖစ္တယ္လို႔ ဆိဳပါတယ္။

စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံမွာ အျမဲတမ္းေနထိုင္ခြင့္ ရရွိထားသူေတြကို ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း တခါတိုးေပးပါက အရင္က ၅ႏွစ္သက္တမ္း တိုးေပးတာျဖစ္ၿပီး အခုေတာ့ ျမန္မာတခ်ိဳ႕ကို တႏွစ္စီသာ တိုးေပးၿပီး တခ်ဳိဳ႕ကိုေတာ့ ဗီဇာသက္တမ္း လံုးဝ မတိုးေပးတာေၾကာင့္ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံကေန ထြက္ခြာရျခင္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ဒီကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး စင္ကာပူေရာက္ ျမန္မာေကၽာင္းသားတဦးျဖစ္တဲ့ ကိုမ်ိဳးျမင့္ေမာင္ကေတာ့ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံအတြင္း ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ စစ္အစိုးရဆန္႔ကၽင္ေရး လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြထဲမွာ တႀကိမ္တခါပဲ တရားမဝင္ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ခဲ့တာမ်ဳိးရွိတယ္လို႔ ေျပာပါတယ္။

ကိုမၽိဳးျမင့္ေမာင္။         ။ “ဒီ Orchard (ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုးအနီးရွိ လမ္းမႀကီး) မွာ ဆႏၵျပခဲ့တာကလြဲလို႔ ကၽန္တဲ့ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြအားလံုးဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒနဲ႔အညီ ရဲရဲ႕ ပါမစ္ယူၿပီးေတာ့ လုပ္ခဲ့တာေတြ အမ်ားႀကီးပဲ။ ေနာက္ဆံုး Orchard မွာ ဆႏၵမျပခင္ သံုးရက္အလိုမွာ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ Peninsular Excelsior ဟိုတယ္မွာ လုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ပြဲ ဆိုရင္ေတာင္မွ စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံက အေ႐ြးခံထားရတဲ့ အမတ္ PAP အမတ္ေပါ့ေနာ္ မစၥ္ အိုင္ရင္း အန္ဆိုတဲ့ အမၽိဳးသမီးကိုယ္တုိဳင္က တက္ခဲ့တဲ့ ပြဲမ်ိဳးပါ။”

“ဒီဟာေၾကာင့္ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔က police permit (ရဲပါမစ္) ေတြကို ေတာက္ေလွ်ာက္ အျမဲတမ္းယူခဲ့တယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဒီ အာဆီယံ summit (ထိပ္သီးအစည္းအေဝး) လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့ ႏိုဝင္ဘာ ၂ဝ ေပါ့ေနာ္၊ အာဆီယံ summit ပြဲမွာ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ဆႏၵျပမႈ တခုတည္းသာလွ်င္ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ဟာ စင္ကာပူ ဥပေဒကို ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္လိုက္တာ က်သြားတယ္။ သို႔ေသာ္လည္း အဲဒီ ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္ၿပီးတဲ့ေနာက္မွာ စင္ကာပူ အစိုးရဖက္ကေန၊ ရဲဖက္ကေန ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ကို ဝမ္နင္ေတြ ေပးလာတယ္၊ အဲဒါနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္လို႔ ေနာက္မွာ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ အလားတူ ခ်ိဳးေဖာက္တဲ့ အခ်င္းအရာမၽိဳး ဘာမွ ထပ္မလုပ္ေတာ့ဘဴး။”

စင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံတြင္းရွိ ျမန္မာေတြရဲ့ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး တခ်ိဳ႕ေသာ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြမွာ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြရဲ့ အားေပးကူညီမႈေတြ ပါဝင္ေနတယ္လို႔ ယူဆႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း ဒါေပမဲ့ ခုလိုစင္ကာပူႏိုင္ငံရဲ့ သေဘာထား ခ်က္ျခင္းေျပာင္းၿပီး ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရကို ဆန္႔က်င္သူေတြကို ဖိႏွိပ္လာတာဟာ ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရရဲ့ ဖိအား ပါႏိုင္တယ္လို႔ သံုးသပ္သူေတြလည္း ရွိေနၾကပါတယ္။

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World focus on Burma (18 September 2008)

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Cyber attacks cripple opposition Myanmar media
International Herald Tribune, France –
“We think it has something to do with the Saffron Revolution,” the anti-government protests by thousands of Buddhist monks in Myanmar on Sept. …

Websites of three Burmese news agencies in exile under attack

Burmese activists protest on 20th anniversary of coup
Mizzima.com, India –
… and Japan held demonstrations condemning the junta for its military coup 20 years ago and call for the immediate political reformation in Burma.

UNITED NATIONS POWER BALANCE SHIFTING TO CHINA, INDIA, RUSSIA …
SanFranciscoSentinel.com, CA –

A sea change in the balance of power in favor of China, India, Russia and other emerging states is wrecking European and US efforts to entrench human rights …

Haul Generals before the ICC: rights groups
Mizzima.com, India –
Villagers are too weak Burma is one of the poorest countries in the world,” continues the organization’s onslaught against the junta. …

Interview: Pinheiro calls for new strategy on Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
I think the creation by the secretary-general of a group of friends of Myanmar to support the activities of Mr. Gambari was a good initiative. …

NLD chairman sentenced to two years’ hard labour
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 18, 2008 (DVB)–San Chaung township National League for Democracy chairman U Thet Wei has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour. …

NLD youth members to quit over committee reform
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“One of the people chosen by the chairman, named Ko Aye Tun, said in the meeting that there is no Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the NLD,” she said. …

Tibet: One diaspora, two paths
ISN, Switzerland –

… among others, wondered if the protests were linked to two other issues that had made the headlines in the preceding months: Kosovo and Burma (Myanmar). …

A civil past and a political future?
Prague Post, Czech Republic –

By Markéta Hulpachová   Days after returning from a covert visit to a cyclone-stricken delta in south Burma, Šimon Pánek sits in his Prague office, …
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Bulgaria Parliament Officially Endorses Prague Declaration
Sofia News Agency, Bulgaria –
The conference also focused on the necessity of EU’s support for those who fight for freedom in countries like Cuba, Belarus and Burma irrespective of any …

Christians launch campaign for lasting change in Burma

ChristianToday, UK –

Change for Burma! aims to raise public awareness of the brutality of the military regime, which it says is “guilty of every possible human rights violation” …

On eve of Saffron Revolution anniversary, Burma’s exiled news …

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

Burmese journalists—both inside and outside the country—have been worried about how Burma’s junta might deal with the anniversary of what has come to be …

A sense of foreboding

National Post, Canada –

We hadn’t forgotten Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ayatollahs, the jihadists, AIDS in Africa, Russia in Georgia, the junta in Burma, infant mortality, …

Freedom in US also brings challenges

Indianapolis Star, United States –

Burma has been renamed Myanmar by the country’s military dictatorship — though many people opposed to that regime continue to call the country by its older …

Singapore: Singapore Asks Burmese Activists To Leave The Country
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
“Some of these Myanmar (Burmese) individuals have enjoyed education subsidies and other benefits but have chosen to repay this with disrespect for our laws …

What’s changed in Burma in the past 20 years?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
They are also beginning to lose confidence in the 20-year-long push for dialogue led by Aung San Suu Kyi. “Metta [negotiation] is not enough, armed struggle …

Uncle Sam, Sugar Daddy
Forbes, NY –
Since the overthrow of Saddam, America has increasingly sidelined the push for democracy, abandoned such terms as “regime change” and stooped to haggling …

Bo Kyi to receive human rights award
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Bo Kyi welcomed the award as an acknowledgement of the work of many activists working for human rights in Burma and said it could bring more international …

Burmese monk, exiled after making stand, adjusts to American life
Oakland Tribune, CA –
Clerics in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, depend on community alms for their survival. And they don’t ride bikes. “This is the United States,” Kovida …

AI seeks global pledge to curb small arms sale
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan –
Whether used by the military in Myanmar to disperse protesters in September 2007, or by Somali armed factions terrorising the streets of Mogadishu, …

Thursday, September 25
International Herald Tribune, France –
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 …

Rangoon rent-a-witness
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Among the items seized from Win Maw were some legally-published books, some pictures of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, which are also legal, and a computer hard …

Campaign calls for lasting change for Burma
Inspire Magazine, UK –
The campaign also came one day before the 20th anniversary of the seizure of power by Burma’s current military junta, the latest in a succession of military …

Monk attemps suicide at most sacred temple
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Associated Press, Johannesburg A Buddhist monk slashed his throat in a suicide attempt at Burma’s most sacred temple, the scene of several pro-democracy …

Global Women founds endowment, sets priorities at board meeting
Associated Baptist Press, FL –
… on “creating global friendships among women for shared learning and service while meeting needs of women in Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central Asia, …

Thailand’s Crippled Government Appoints New Prime Minister
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
… on Tuesday (September 16) after he failed to appear at a corruption trial for allegedly arranging a government loan to Burma’s military regime in 2004. …

It’s our collective duty to stand up against abortion
Daily Nation, Kenya –
That’s why the world condemned the despotic Burmese military junta for refusing to allow full-scale international humanitarian intervention to help victims …

World focus on Burma (26 August 2008)

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MAI to hire F-100 aircraft for Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur flights
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The Myanmar Airways International, one of the few international airlines in Burma will hire a Fokker-100 aircraft from AirBagan, another airline …

Brad Pitt and the Boys Hit Venice

The Gossip Girls –
… more than $7 million to help victims both of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

The Associated Press –
… of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, according to executive director Alex Wagner. …

Afghanistan remains world’s biggest opium producer

999 Today, UK –
The region, where the Taleban still have a stronghold, cultivates more opium than entire countries such as Burma, Morocco and even Colombia. …

You Should Consider North Korea as an Investment
DailyWealth, MD –
He told me I should be going to Myanmar, North Korea, Cambodia, and Taiwan. Myanmar – also known as Burma – was the richest country in Southeast Asia in the …

Self-criticism and Burma’s democracy movement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
In my view, the people inside Burma – despite the oppression – are daring more and more to express their opinions and are becoming more willing to say these …

Ballarat Courier, Australia –
A CONCERT to raise money for cyclone-ravaged Burma last night netted more than $5000 in donations. The Ballarat Schools Bandaid Concert brought together …

The story of Obama

Frontline, India –
In the sits-ins, the marches, jailhouses, songs [of the civil rights movements] I saw the African-American community becoming more than just the place you’d …

Angry Reaction to Samak’s ‘Suu Kyi is a Tool’ Remark

Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej. (Photo: Reuters)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“If it’s not related to Aung San Suu Kyi, you can have deeper discussions with Myanmar [Burma].” Samak also told reporters after meeting Gambari: “Efforts …

FEC Boosted by Change in Fuel Sale Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG THET WINE RANGOON — A decision by Burma’s military regime to allow consumers to buy up to 50 gallons of gasoline using Foreign Exchange Certificates …

Road to Irrawaddy Delta Ruined
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
An engineer from the Public Works Department of the Ministry of Construction said that Asia World, a company closely connected to Burma’s ruling junta, …

WFP assists food crisis victims in Chin state
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to …

Swiss Solidarity hails Myanmar aid success
Swissinfo, Switzerland –
Swiss have given SFr4.5 million ($4 million) to victims of the Myanmar cyclone through an appeal launched by umbrella fund-raising organisation Swiss …

And now it’s London’s turn…

Spectator.co.uk (subscription), UK –
… be ignored or gestured at, but must be worked with, if it is to be influenced on vital issues like its human rights, Tibet, Burma, Darfur and Zimbabwe. …

The UN at dead-end in Myanmar
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
By Larry Jagan BANGKOK – While the United Nations heaps praise on Myanmar’s ruling junta for its collaborative spirit in dealing with the Cyclone Nargis …

NLD dismisses Thai PM’s call to sideline Daw Suu
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I take it as Mr Samak is only saying these things to please the Burmese junta as two neighbouring countries that have close economic ties,” Win Min said. …

Burmese Protesters Not Allowed in Singapore
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The activists were part of a larger group of people who demonstrated against the Burmese junta in November 2007 during the Asean Summit meeting in Singapore …

Thai PM says West uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi as political tool
Macau Daily Times, Macau –
The junta says the charter will set the stage for elections in 2010, but the pro-democracy movement say the process simply enshrines the army’s position in …

200 more military trucks delivered from China
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… in the town of Ruili on the China-Burma border, the latest consignment of the 3500 trucks to be sent to the Burmese junta by the Chinese government. …

Mennonite Central Committee pledges $1.1M in cyclone aid
Waterloo Record, Canada –
The Mennonite Central Committee initially sent about $100000 in assistance to the country formally known as Burma and has launched a three-year aid plan …

Burma’s opposition lambasts UN envoy for irrelevant ‘praise’ job
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – on Monday lambasted the United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari for …

UN Denies Its Envoy’s Visit to Myanmar Was Worthless (Update1)
Bloomberg –
… Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, a government-in- exile formed by winners of the 1990 election, said yesterday. Myanmar’s government made the …

Editorial: China’s Olympic Image
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –
China also used its clout as the largest supplier of arms to Burma to get that country to allow United Nations envoys in to investigate last year’s bloody …

Haunted wasteland saps spirits, lives after cyclone

Amid destruction and mud, children walked in a village in Labutta Township. About 50 village residents died in the cyclone. (Photo for the International Herald Tribune)

Boston Globe, United States –
But despite the early demands from around the world that the Burmese government permit open deliveries of aid, the United Nations says that nearly half the …

UN’s Gambari Denied A Meeting with Suu Kyi, Not by Than Shwe But …

Inner City Press, NY –
From the transcript of Monday’s UN noon briefing — Inner City Press: Now that Ibrahim Gambari has left Myanmar, can it be answered one way or another …

Burmese opposition says UN visit achieves nothing
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, has labelled the latest visit by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, …

Submissions sought for Southeast Asian women writers anthology
Asian Reporter, OR –
The organization is seeking submissions from women with ancestry in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, …

Suu Kyi ‘tool of the West’
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej yesterday criticised Western nations for pinning their hopes of bringing democracy to Burma on the release of detained …

Be Sweet to Your Honey: Hunger Site’s Beekeeping Gift Gives More
PR.com (press release), NY –
In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Gives More™ for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70000 for the Foundation for the People of …

Irish Times, Ireland –
The public figure I most admire is Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma. I admire her leadership, her commitment to peace and justice and the self-sacrifice she has …

UN wants to continue mission
Straits Times, Singapore –
UNITED NATIONS – THE UN said on Monday it wanted to continue its good offices mission in Myanmar and refused to say why special envoy Ibrahim Gambari failed …

The US Alliance with Afghanistan and Pakistan has stimulated the …
Bay Area Indymedia, CA –
Even the military dictatorship regime in Burma got into the act, claiming the arrest of over 300 traffickers and multiple opium seizures during the month of …

Telecoms: One man’s vision proves a lifeline in conflict zones and …

After 15 days in Myanmar, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) faced an unprecedented situation and decided to leave the country. TSF’s requests for authorizations to deploy to the Irrawaddy delta were not granted and as the organization was blocked in Yangon, TSF’s teams returned to their bases.
On June 1st, TSF obtained its first visas to enter Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis which hit the south western regions of the country on May 2nd and 3rd after having waited for more (…)

guardian.co.uk, UK –
… (Iraq) phone could attract suicide bombers, and Burma, where the regime refused it access to the Irrawaddy delta after the cyclone hit the region this year. …

Aung Suu Kyi says no to UN envoy
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –
His previous visits to Burma after the brutal crack-down on the massive Buddhist monk-led protests were unsatisfactory for the people of Burma. …

Aiding Burma’s Recovery
Voice of America –
As Burma recovers from the devastation of the May 2nd, Cyclone Nargis, the United States and other international donors continue to provide needed help. …

World focus on Burma (25 August 2008)

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‘Emergency relief’ for food crisis in Burma’s Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
In a meeting on Monday, the six Organizations – WFP, FAO, Groupe d’échange et de Recherche Technologiques (GRET), Care, Karuna Myanmar Social Services …

Lurid trade
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even the Burmese junta went through the exercise of approving in 2005 an anti-persons trafficking law. And in 2007, the Malaysian House of Representatives …

Will it be A Paper Tiger?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Following Burma’s cyclone the regime was incapable of providing relief to millions of affected citizens and it refused to let in international aid and aid …

Suu Kyi Refusal to Meet Envoy Sends a Strong Message, Say Observers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burma’s ruling military regime moved quickly to exploit the situation. State-run television showed Gambari’s aides and Burmese officials standing …

Suu Kyi Refuses to Accept Food: Exiled NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In 2003, soon after Suu Kyi’s motorcade was attacked by junta-backed thugs in Upper Burma, the US State Department said that she had started a hunger …

Burmese Protests Not Allowed in Singapore
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The activists were part of a larger group of people who demonstrated against the Burmese junta in November 2007 during the Asean Summit meeting in Singapore …

Snakebite Death Highlights Medicine Shortages
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Snakebite antidote is produced by Burma’s Myanmar Paramedical Factory, which issues more than 40000 bottles annually. Burma’s Minister of Health, …

JUNTA-AHIMSA AGREED UNDERGROUND RULES
MorungExpress, India –
-A ‘Look East’ outlook- Myanmar military Junta is like that of thorny porcupine. Should the python India try to swallow it, it can harm GOI’s digestive …

UN Envoy to Burma Criticized for Progress on Reforms

Ibrahim Gambari (2007 File)

Voice of America –
By Ron Corben The UN special envoy on Burma faces criticism over his failure to press the government toward reform during his latest visit. …

Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food: Party sources
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s detained Opposition leader and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has reportedly been refusing food supplies since last week, …

Authorities extort money from cyclone victims
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 25, 2008 (DVB)–Villagers in Irrawaddy division have complained that local authorities have continued to extort money from cyclone victims under various …

Sharing Canada’s Good Fortune Responsibly
Tumbler Ridge News,  Canada –
The following are some recent examples of Canada’s aid to nations and peoples in need: $11.5-million to the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund and $30-million to the …

David Miliband has to go
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
In the wake of the devastating cyclone that hit Burma in May Miliband hinted that he was considering using the British military to deliver aid by force – a …

Morton Abramowitz, Thomas R. Pickering, Foreign Affairs, 8/25/2008
Century Foundation, NY –
In May, Cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar (also known as Burma), killing over 80000 people and leaving millions homeless and in dire conditions. …

Thai PM suggests UN talks with Myanmar on democracy, constitution …
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
If this issue was left out of discussions, the UN could talk a lot with Myanmar, Mr. Samak said. Mrs. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a …

The Cutting Edge, DC –
Instead he spent time talking with groups such as the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), the major funder of the …

Burmese immigrant invests in his neighbors
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, also known as Myanmar, in May _ killing up to 130000. Employing a well-respected, well-educated member of an immigrant community …

BURMA: No Photo Op for Gambari

Inter Press Service News Agency By Marwaan Macan-Markar
BANGKOK, Aug 25 (IPS) – A United Nations-led effort to push political reform in military-ruled Burma plunged to a humiliating low on the weekend, raising questions about the effectiveness of the world body’s special envoy to the country, Ibrahim Gambari.

Ghosts amid the wreckage in Myanmar

International Herald Tribune – Asia-Pacific By Seth Mydans

Nearly four months after the cyclone, the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar is a flat, dark expanse of ruin populated by dazed survivors, unburied bodies and visions of wandering, moaning ghosts.

Different walks of life in Myanmar appraise successful holding of Beijing Olympic Games

Xinhua Online –YANGON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Different walks of life in Myanmar Monday appraised China’s successful hosting of the 29th Beijing Olympic Games with China….

Thai PM Says West Uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi As Political Tool

Nasdaq – Global Markets BANGKOK (AFP)–Thailand’s prime minister on Monday criticized Western nations for pinning their efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar on the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi….

Chinese defense minister meets Myanmar chief of defense industries

Xinhua Online – BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Monday met with Tin Aye, chief of Defense Industries of Myanmar

All that glitters isn’t gold
Mizzima.com, India –
When the United Nations Security Council held an informal briefing on the situation in Burma for the first time, in December 2006, delegates again urged …

Bond actor to donate boats to Burma
Ninemsn, Australia –
‘His representative came to Myanmar (Burma) and said he will pay for 25 fishing boats, and our committee brought the representative to that village,” a …

Burma Allows Unlimited Fuel Purchase With Foreign Exchange …
RedOrbit, TX –
Rangoon – Burma’s junta authorized the unlimited purchase of diesel and gasoline with Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) at state-owned gas stations on …

Thailand tells the UN to broaden focus in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –
[Reuters] Thailand’s prime minister Samak Sundaravej has told the western countries not to pin their efforts to bring democracy to Burma on the release of …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Mr. Gambari, who concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar last week, thanked Mr. Samak for his help in negotiating with senior Myanmar officials who later …

PM: Meeting with Tea Banh to ease border tension
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Following the discussion on Burma with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, the premier said Mr Gambari plans to propose the idea of having a third party to …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – AUGUST 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
These were done to the people while they were still suffering deeply from the devastating effect of the killer cyclone, and while the international …

Aye Hsay Thar Tun
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… in Burma, the country in which she is from. There, the organization is working to make a better life for those left homeless by the recent cyclone. …

Burma’s opposition politician attacked by unknown perpetrator
Mizzima.com, India –
In March, a Human Rights activist, Myint Aye (57) sustained head injuries from a similar beating by unknown people. Myint Hlaing, chairman of the Hlaing …

Human rights violations
Muncie Star Press, IN –
The first was a promise of improved human rights. Just before the games began, China incarcerated individuals who jeopardized the impression of calm accord …

The Best of Olympic Spirit Transferred and the Worst Purified for …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Most recently, PFC has been providing direct humanitarian relief to the victims of Cyclone Nagris in Burma. PFC recently raised support for and money to …

Media Power and People Power
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Aung San, the leader of the independence movement in Burma and father of the currently jailed leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was the editor of …

Global vision – Cardiff eye man speaks out
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
In sub-Saharan Africa, in the poor countries of the Far East, parts of India or Bangladesh, in Myanmar [Burma] and in countless other places you can only …

After the Games, China stays on world’s stage
Indianapolis Star, United States –
Meanwhile, the human-rights situation in China remains troublesome — undemocratic governance, discrimination toward ethnic minorities, with limits on …

Burma: 2092 Political Prisioners In Prison
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
In the last year there have been around 900 arrests of activists, some for things like helping the relief operation following Cyclone Nargis. …

Insurers consider storm surge threat
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… a storm surge in the Gulf of Thailand could cause greater damage than the one triggered by Cyclone Nargis on the central plain of Burma in early May. …

NGOs hold satiric closing ceremony for Olympics
China Post, Taiwan –
As the Beijing Olympics officially closed, groups such as Friends of Tibet, Taiwan Free Burma Network, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Taiwan Labor …

Have you met our new friends?
The Times, South Africa –
Instead, let us now be proud of the democratic states of China and Russia, who stood by us like good friends at the UN when we refused to impose sanctions …

Gambari Burma Mission Not Accomplished, UNSC should intervene more …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
This was Gambari’s fourth trip to Burma since the deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators led by Buddhist-monks last September. …

McDonald’s, Ma and Hu awarded ‘Olympic’ golds
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
“Abuses not only increased, but China has also exported abuses by supporting authoritarian regimes in Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe,” Yang said. …

China won the gold for human rights abuses
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
The medals go to appalling attacks on human freedom and dignity. Start, though, with a special honor for pre-game enabling. The champion in this event was …

Myanmar opposition criticizes UN envoy
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not …

Gambari ‘wasting his time’ in Burma
The Standard, Hong Kong –
UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari was “wasting his time” in Burma because he did nothing to end the political stalemate there, the opposition party of Aung …

UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –

World focus on Burma (25 July 2008)

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Buzz Briefs: Phil Spector, Mia Farrow

CBS News, NY –

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

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

The Register-Guard, OR –

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

Regime pocketing Burma aid, say exiles

Financial Times, UK –

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

America Must Continue to Stand for Freedom, Bush Says

NewsBlaze, CA –

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

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

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Human rights commissioner fought a long battle for her own rights

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

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

Mia Farrow slams Myanmar post-cyclone rights record

AFP –

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

Fishing Families Struggle to Survive After Burma Cyclone

FOXNews –

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

CRPP meets to discuss election and envoy visit

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Billboards removed by Mandalay authorities

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Families forced out of homes in Ton Tay

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Ten Students Sentenced to Hard Labor

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Cross-border Trade in Mae Sot

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Indonesia Taking an Active Role in Burma’s Affairs

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Archbishop of Canterbury Seeks Lambeth Compliant Partners from …

Virtue Online, PA –

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

Mia Farrow Calls for Global Pressure at Olympics for Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

UN Aid Chief Acknowledges Access, Exchange Rate Issues

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

US Rally to commemorate Black July draws over 600

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

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

Burmese junta pockets millions in foreign aid currency scam

First Post, UK –

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

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

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Compensation awarded to migrants’ families

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

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

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

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

1990 representatives call for dialogue

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Press Release: DVB web site hit by DDoS attack

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

UN: Burmese exchange gains on aid ‘unsustainable’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

The Associated Press –

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

US To Myanmar: Cooperate Or …

RTT News, NY –

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

US Wants Results in Burma; China Wants Patience

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Beijing denounces proposed US resolution on human rights

Macau Daily Times, Macau –

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

Out of Myanmar

BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT –

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

Glamour on the menu at city charity night

ChesterChronicle.co.uk, UK –

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

Shortfall In Current Funding Commitments To Halve Malaria …

Medical News Today, UK –

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

A distressing record of siding with the bad guys

Business Day, South Africa –

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

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

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

UN demands concrete Myanmar reforms

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

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

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

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Burma’s Battered Fisheries Worsen

TIME –

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

South African Named UN Commissioner for Human Rights

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

Asean on the Rocks

Wall Street Journal –

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

US Congress renews Myanmar import ban legislation

AFP –

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

BURMA: UN Missions Draw Derision

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

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

UN aid chief warns still much to be done in Burma

The Standard, Hong Kong –

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

Myanmar cyclone ‘air bridge’ to end next month

AsiaOne, Singapore –

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

US to renew ban on Myanmar imports

Times of India, India –

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

US threatens if Burma rejects UN demands

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

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

Myanmar Must Make Positive Proposals to UN Envoy, US Says

Bloomberg –

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

AFP –

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

More Australian aid for Burma

ABC Online, Australia –

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

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

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

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

US Congressional Panel Advances Rights Measure Linked to Olympics

Voice of America –

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

UN Security Council split on how to deal with Myanmar

Reuters –

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

Burmese aid cash lost to exchange rate trick

Times Online, UK –

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

USAID Hosts President Bush to Discuss the Freedom Agenda

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

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

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

Voice of America –

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words, …

UN envoy says aid getting to Burma’s cyclone victims

ABC Online, Australia –

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

Myanmar cyclone “air bridge” to end next month

Reuters –

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

Western Interests Dictate Security Council Agenda

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

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

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

RTT News, NY –

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

Bush asks Myanmar to set free Aung San Suu Kyi

Hindu, India –

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

Blu-ray REVIEW

DVDTOWN.com –

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

Bush Promotes Freedom Agenda

Voice of America –

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

World focus on Burma (23 July 2008)

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Open China’s great firewall

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

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

Southeast Asia Nations Back Indo-US Nuclear Deal – PTI

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Discrimination over aid distribution among cyclone victims: new report

Mizzima.com, India –

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

US removes oil giant from Burma sanctions

guardian.co.uk, UK –

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

Congress Bows to Big Oil in Burma

The Washington Independent, DC –

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

Activists urge action after ASEAN charter ratification

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Authorities censor Nargis cartoons

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Burmese Junta censors Cyclone cartoons

Mizzima.com, India –

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

Remarks at ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference

US Department of State, DC –

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

Human rights group backs increased pressure on Burma

Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

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

US Tamils to Hold Black July Rally and Vigil

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

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

Relief Must Focus on Remote Areas: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Speculation Surrounds Future UWSA Leaders

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Metro Snapshot: July 23, 2008

Metro Canada – Toronto, Canada –

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

Burma activist’s trek crosses Morris

Dailyrecord.com, NJ –

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

Washington Post Editor’s Dad Has Anti-Bush Blog

Gawker, NY –

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

Barefoot for Burma

Melton Today, UK –

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

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

Great Falls Tribune, MT –

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

Thai Paper Urges More Pressure on Burma

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

China to Strengthen Cooperation With ASEAN

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Current Affairs Heavy Hearts and High Hopes

Velocity, KY –

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

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

International Herald Tribune, France –

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

UN Security Council to Discuss Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Asean EU-style Union Likely to Stumble

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Rice urges ASEAN to push Myanmar to reform

Reuters –

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

US Senate Bans on Import of Burmese Gems

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

UN pulls out of cyclone-swamped Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

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

Singapore And US Reaffirm Their Strong Relations

Bernama, Malaysia –

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

Opposition leader to be freed in six months?

Metro, UK –

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

New Zealand to Provide Further Funding for Burma Relief

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Millions in Myanmar cyclone aid still to be released

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

US Congress approves legislation to bar Myanmar gems

AFP –

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

Australia to give aid to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

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

Australia injects 29 million US dollars more for cyclone victims

Monsters and Critics.com –

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

Burma urged to hold free, fair election

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

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

Australia calls on Myanmar to hold free elections

The Standard, Hong Kong –

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

Aus pledges another $30 million in Myanmar cyclone aid

NDTV.com, India –

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

US Congress passes new Myanmar gemstone sanctions bill

International Herald Tribune, France –

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

Burma, North Korea Top Southeast Asian Security Agenda

Media Newswire (press release), NY –

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

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

Pacific Daily News, GU –

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

Dine out and help a good cause

Camden Haven Courier, Australia –

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

Burmese still waiting on $6m in cyclone aid

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

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

Flowering Bamboo Leads to Starvation in Burma

The Epoch Times, NY –

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

Burma Dissidents Urge UN Secretary General To Intervene In Crisis

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

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

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

LifeNews.com, MT –

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

SE Asian nations fail to win Thai-Cambodia breakthrough

Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –

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

Japan Vows Additional Aid for Myanmar

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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

Local concert raises $11000

Independent and Free Press, Canada –

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

CPJ calls on Burma donors to consider media access

CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –

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

Australia gives $30m to Burma

NEWS.com.au, Australia –

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

‘Suu Kyi will not be freed in 6 months’

Howrah News Service, India –

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

ASEAN all talk and no action on temple spat

The Standard, Hong Kong –

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

Myanmar objects to monitoring powers of new ASEAN human rights body

JURIST –

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