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World focus on Burma (26 December 2008)

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Multiple China quakes cause mass evacuations
ABC Online, Australia –
Xinhua news agency reports that an earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck near Ruili, a town on the China-Burma border. …

Thousands evacuated after quakes hit SW China
ABC Online, Australia –
A 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck at 4:20am (local time) about 10 kilometres from Ruili, a town on the China-Burma border, Xinhua said, …

Counterfeit Money is a Genuine Worry for Thailand
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
The informal training will be expanded to Thailand’s border zones, where huge amounts of money changes hands daily during overland trade with Burma, Laos, …

RM1m aid for cyclone victims
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Seck Boon Keng said the committee would channel all the funds through the Burmese Shangha Organisation to launch the Myanmar Cyclone Recovery Project. …

Canada-based Party Linked to Controversial Businessman
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
After the UWSA reached a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s ruling military junta in 1991, Kyaw Myint became the head of Myanmar Kyone Yeom Group, …

Weather Eye: 2008: the tenth hottest year on record
Times Online, UK –
The worst natural disaster of the year struck Burma on May 2, when Cyclone Nargis drove a 3.6m (12ft) storm surge 40km (25 miles) deep inland. …

Warming fuels rise in tropical storms
The Canberra Times, Australia –
… natural disasters were weather-related, with the global damage bill topped by Cyclone Nargis, which left a trail of wreckage across Burma in May. …

Earthquake Hits Ruili
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Nine people were injured when a 4.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the area around Ruili in Yunnan Province on the Burma-China border at 2:30 am …

China Signs Burmese Gas Deal for 30-year Supply
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Under the agreement, which cements a preliminary deal reached in June, pipelines will be constructed to export natural gas from Myanmar [Burma] to China’s …

Chiswick man helps out in cyclone damaged Burma
Richmond and Twickenham Times, UK –
“When the opportunity arose to go back to Myanmar for a five month placement with Merlin, I jumped at the chance. “I certainly miss my family and friends, …

MYANMAR: WFP to launch food-for-work programme
IRINnews.org, NY –
These activities will play a critical role in restoring food security in the wake of Nargis, which left close to 140000 people dead or missing in May 2008. …

China moves to make yuan global currency
domain-B, India –
… to settle trade payments with ASEAN countries like Thailand, Laos, Burma, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam and Indonesia. …

Bangladesh accuses Indian ships of entering its waters
Australia Network News, Australia –
Last month a similar row between Bangladesh and its eastern neighbour Burma flared over another disputed stretch in the bay.

Year of Discovery competition: swept away by the Ayeyarwaddy
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Camera poised in the lifebelt’s centre, I await the dawn of yet another glorious Myanmar day. Only the melodious slap of the river’s current against …

Australia: Growing opposition to Labor’s Internet censorship
World Socialist Web Site, MI –
Stuart Hargreaves: “Every country in the world has been going backwards in terms of fundamental human rights and this is just another example of that. …

2008: The year in review
guardian.co.uk, UK –
As the drought in Australia entered its sixth year, and Cyclone Nargis tore through the rice fields of Burma in May, killing more than 100000, …

The King – Wild, Wild 2008
Cairns Post, Australia –
The world turned a blind eye to China’s human rights abuses and instead watched people run, jump and swim at the Beijing Olympics. …

A pretty good year
Himal Southasian, Nepal –
It is a victory of Nepali democracy, and a sign of its power to accommodate and absorb, that those who viscerally challenged the Nepali state have today …

Daewoo Signs Agreement to Sell Myanmar Gas to China
Bloomberg –
… Thailand, South Korea and Japan for a share of Myanmar’s gas supply. Proven gas reserves in the country formerly known as Burma jumped 39 times to 21.19 …

A Brother’s Plea: Remember Burma
Wall Street Journal –
My brother is the editor in chief of a weekly journal you’ve likely never heard of called the Myanmar Nation. On Feb. 15, the military raided his office and …

Clinton’s wish list for State
Boston Globe, United States –
The State Department should have a seat at the table when US and Chinese officials discuss China’s pursuit of energy resources in places like Sudan, Burma, …

United Nations Condemns Rights Abuses in Burma
조선일보(영문판), South Korea –

It also urged Burma’s military leaders to free Aung San Suu Kyi — the prominent opposition leader and head of the National League for Democracy — and all …

… on this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody rulers. …

Iranian leader’s Christmas message prompts outcry
Independent, UK –
The human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell had urged Channel 4 to “pull the plug on this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of …

Burmese struggle to survive
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The storm left 138000 people dead or missing and affected more than 2.5 million, while the Burmese military junta provoked outrage by initially hampering …

Doctors Without Borders Lists Top Ten Humanitarian Crises at End …
CafeSentido.com, NJ –
… severe health risks to the populations of Zimbabwe, Burma (Myanmar) and DR Congo, and the constant danger of violence against civilians in Iraq, …

Decline is far from reality as US set to shine in leading role
The Canberra Times, Australia –
… been bogged down in Iraq; after Cyclone Nargis, US ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s military regime allowed them to proceed. …

Fury at Iran president’s broadcast
The Press Association –
… this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody tyrants”. …

Dealing with neighbour Myanmar
The New Nation, Bangladesh –
But once the war cloud evaporated Bangladesh failed to take any lesson from that incident where Myanmar junta analyzed every aspect and rapidly took …

An undecided question
The Post, Pakistan –
… 1960 declared “…the subjection of people to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights, …

United Nations Condemns Rights Abuses in Burma
Voice of America –
By VOA News The United Nations General Assembly has issued a resolution condemning widespread human rights violations in military-ruled Burma, and urging …

Ahmadinejad C4 speech condemned
BBC News, UK –
… this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody tyrants”. …


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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 26, 2008 at 4:56 am

China Said to Arrest 100 Protesting Monks

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April 19, 2008

China Said to Arrest 100 Protesting Monks

By ANDREW JACOBS

BEIJING — As many as 100 Tibetans were arrested in northwest China on Thursday after they demonstrated against the earlier detention of monks from a nearby monastery, witnesses and a Tibetan human rights group said Friday.

Local residents reached by telephone on Friday said that the police beat and arrested people at an open-air market in Tongren, a town in Qinghai, a western province bordering Tibet, after they refused orders to leave.

The residents said the town was the scene of several disturbances in recent months, including an unauthorized gathering in February involving 300 monks who were dispersed by tear gas as they tried to make their way to a government building.

A police official in Tongren confirmed by telephone that there had been detentions after “unrest,” but said that half of those detained had been released.

The disturbances on Thursday were the latest sign that the continuing turmoil in Tibetan regions of China has yet to be quelled. Since the riots on March 14 in Lhasa, 2,200 people in areas with heavily Tibetan populations, most of them in Qinghai and Gansu Provinces, have been taken into custody, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The authorities said most of those who had been arrested or had surrendered to the police had been released.

At a news conference Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Dalai Lama said that he had taken part in private meetings aimed at quelling the violence, but that they had not borne fruit.

“Soon after the crisis happened, there was some contact, some private channels,” he said, adding, “No signs are positive.” Tibetan exile groups say that 140 people, most of them protesters, have died in the violence in the Tibetan regions; Chinese officials put the number at 19 and say nearly all were victims of the rioting.

Tashi Choephel, a researcher at the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy in India, who said he had spoken to three witnesses in Tongren, said many of those arrested Thursday were monks from the Rong Gonchen Monastery. He said the monks had been at the center of previous clashes with the authorities.

“It’s very, very tense,” Mr. Tashi Choephel said, adding that the police were preventing anyone from entering or leaving the monastery.

The trouble on Thursday began around 11 a.m., he said, when 22 monks staged a quiet protest to demand the release of three monks who had been detained a week earlier for their role in a March 16 demonstration.

A local resident, reached by telephone, said many people were upset by the detentions. “We wanted them to come back home, but the government said no,” said the resident, who refused to give his name, citing fear of punishment by the authorities.

Mr. Tashi Choephel said that armed police officers quickly arrested the monks and that word then spread to the monastery, prompting 80 monks to descend on the marketplace. The gathering turned boisterous, he said, drawing passers-by and provoking a heated confrontation with the police.

The police beat many of those at the scene, Mr. Tashi Choephel said. They were put onto four waiting trucks and taken to the county office of the Public Security Bureau.

The Dalai Lama arrived in Michigan after meeting with Chinese and Tibetan students in Canada, and said that such meetings could be a way to promote understanding between the sides.

“Now that time has come that we should start a Sino-Tibetan friendship group, and meet regularly,” he said.

The Dalai Lama repeated his support for the Beijing Olympics and said that he would not ask that demonstrations stop, although he did not condone violent protests.

He also said he did not mind criticism of him by Tibetan leaders. “I welcome it,” he said.

Micheline Maynard contributed reporting from Ann Arbor, Mich. Huang Yuanxi and Zhang Jing contributed research from Beijing.

Micheline Maynard contributed reporting from Ann Arbor, Mich. Huang Yuanxi and Zhang Jing contributed research from Beijing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/19/world/asia/19tibet.html?ref=asia

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 19, 2008 at 9:30 am

World Focus on Burma (24 Mar 08)

Burmese Gem Sanctions: Doing Good or Just Feeling Good?
Mizzima.com, India –
“The US embargo has almost nothing to do with the Myanmar side of smuggling. Gems are smuggled by individual miners, private companies that partner with the …
Tibet Unrest May Deter Foreign Investors
Wall Street Journal –
“It’s not like in Burma that there is unanimity that there should be no investment in Tibet,” says John Ackerly, president of the International Campaign for …
Protester sets himself on fire at Burma landmark
Independent, UK –
AP A man set himself on fire at Yangon’s most famous landmark in a political protest against Myanmar’s military junta, witnesses said yesterday. …
Bomber dies in circus blast
First Post, UK –
The New Light of Myanmar made a point of identifying the weapon found on the body of the Pyu bombing as an American-made revolver. When Burma was last hit …
The constitution scam
First Post, UK –
The waiter thrust a copy of the Burmese regime mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar, across the table, stabbed a front page report and said in a hoarse …
Tibet: A familiar path
Seattle Post Intelligencer –
China’s response to the protests has been swift, violent and reminiscent of what we witnessed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in September. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 24, 2008 at 6:53 am

Dalai says his death will beef up struggle

Dalai says his death will beef up struggle

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama

New York: The Dalai Lama has cautioned China that his death may result in the intensification of the struggle by Tibetans against Communist rule in his Himalayan homeland as the younger generation had a “stronger spirit” to fight injustice.

“Both inside and outside (Tibet), the older generation may go away, but the newer generations carry the same spirit. Sometimes it’s even stronger. So after my death a younger generation will come up,” the Tibetan spiritual leader told Newsweek magazine.

He “totally” disagreed with the view that the “Tibet struggle will die” after he passes away, but said he was worried about the possibility of greater violence after him as he was fully committed to amity between Tibetans and Chinese.

The Dalai Lama said people would “laugh” if he said that Tibet has been a part of China for centuries, but added that it was better in today’s world for Tibetans to join China, citing the example of the European Union (EU).

“The past is past, irrespective of whether Tibet was a part of China or not. We are looking to the future. I truly believe that a new reality has emerged. The times are different. Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense.”

“Look at the European Union …..Really great. What is the use of small, small nations fighting each other? Today it’s much better for Tibetans to join (China). That is my firm belief,” he said.

The Chinese government, he said, wants him to say that for many centuries Tibet has been a part of China.

“Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change history. History is history,” the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate said.

“Tibetan people should be satisfied. Eventually they should feel they would get greater benefit if they remain with China. Once that feeling develops, that will be the real guarantee that Tibet will forever remain part of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.

Asked what would he tell Chinese President Hu Jintao or Prime Minister Wen Jiabao if he meets them, the Dalai Lama said he would quote Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping and say “please seek truth from facts.”

“I would urge them to find out what is really going on in Tibetan minds and what is happening on the ground. This I want to tell the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, if he were to come here.”

“Of course, I have great respect for both, particularly Wen Jiabao. He seems very gentle. I would also ask him, ‘Please prove your recent accusations’ (that the Dalai Lama instigated the unrest in Tibet),” he said.

Asked whether he has back channels of communications to the Chinese leadership, the Dalai Lama said the usual channels are still there but not “serious” ones, without elaborating.

The Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since fleeing his Himalayan homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet, replied in affirmative when asked if a significant number of officials in Tibet and other parts of China have expressed sympathy for him in private.

“Many ordinary Chinese, thousands, have come here. And several senior officials have sent messages. I feel very strongly that there will be a change (in the attitude of the Chinese leadership). Now the important thing is the Chinese public should get to know the reality. They should have more information about Tibet,” he said.

Asked what is the difference between the present turmoil and the one in the late 1980s, the Dalai Lama said previously, protests were mainly confined to Lhasa and technologies which enabled images to be seen elsewhere were absent. “But it is mainly the (extent of Tibetan) grievances.

Today even Tibetan monks in Chinese areas carry Tibetan flags. I am quite surprised (by the prevalence of Tibetan dissatisfaction in areas far from Lhasa).

“Now the entire Tibetan people have strong feelings. If (Chinese authorities) truly treated the Tibetans as brothers and sisters and as equals, giving them trust, then this would not happen,” he said.

The Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage, he opined, can eventually help bring “some deeper values” to million of Chinese youth who are lost in a moral vacuum. “After all China is traditionally a Buddhist country.”

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http://news.in.msn.com/international/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1302197

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Protests may greet Olympic torch lighting
CNN International –
BEIJING, China (AP) — China’s Olympic officials braced Monday for a protest by Tibetan activists in Greece, a day after accusing the Dalai Lama of stoking Tibetan unrest to sabotage the Beijing Olympics.
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 24, 2008 at 6:29 am

World Focus on Burma (13 Mar 08)

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Myanmar Security Tight for Anniversary
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in military-ruled Myanmar stepped up security in the country’s biggest city Thursday on the anniversary of a police

 

United States and China: two-sided weakness over human rights
AsiaNews.itItaly –
All of this is taking place in Burma as well. And yet Myanmar is considered a “systemic” oppressor of rights, and appears on the list of the “top 10”;

 

Looking Back at Myanmar’s Political Struggles
Statesman, NY –
Htay Hlaing, a Burmese graduate student in physics at Stony Brook who left Myanmar in 2002, pointed out that the recent protests in Myanmar are similar to

 

Gold has grip on Myanmar – in more ways than one
Reuters –
Anger at 75-year-old Senior General Than Shwe is easy to grasp — he sits at the top of a military machine that has run the former Burma with a mixture of

 

Change in Burma?
Foreign Policy In Focus –
If these peoples are to live in a country called the “Union of Myanmar,” there must be a realistic recognition of their autonomous status and their right to

 

Stopping the Flow of Information
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Myanmar Info-Tech Corporation Ltd announced earlier this month a plan to compile and update a list of Internet cafés throughout Burma.

 

Trade, not democracy, focus of Thai trip to Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
“It is not on the agenda,” spokesman Wichianchot Sukchotrat told reporters who asked if Samak planned to discuss democratisation plans in the former Burma,

 

Authors on Asia: Pierre Odier
Pasadena Now, CA –
He will focus on the Wa people, a little-known group from the remote upland region of eastern Myanmar (Burma); their costumes, headdresses,

 

Human rights inside Burma continue their slide
Mizzima.comIndia –
The latest UN report accuses Burma‘s generals of being unwilling to confront a deteriorating human rights situation inside the country.

 

PM going to Burma, but human rights off agenda
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Samak, who became Thailand’s 25th prime minister on January 28, will depart for Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s new military capital, on a special Thai Air Force

MYANMAR PULLS OUT OF SA REGION, GC 26 May Endorse
Bosco Information Service, India –
By CM Paul Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. It is the 40th-territorially

 

Chinese influx stirs hatred in Myanmar
Peninsula On-line, Qatar –
Even though the former Burma’s second city is one of the few places where the economy appears to be going somewhere, thanks mainly to Chinese capital and

 

Contractors want steel prices capped
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Local contractors yesterday called on the government to control steel prices and liberalise steel imports to help curb sharp price increases that may cause

 

Gambari leaves Burma empty-handed but undeterred
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The UN’s special adviser to Burma Ibrahim Gambari left Rangoon empty-handed earlier this week. ”There has been no progress on any of the substantive issues

 

special article
The Statesman, India –
Persistent efforts by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to encourage political change in Myanmar seem to have had some impact but the further outcome still remains

 

Day set for protest of Internet censorship
United Press International –
Other countries listed as cyberprisons are Myanmar, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Vietnam. In addition to celebrating free

 

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Inquirer.netPhilippines –
It does not include, for instance, some of the most corrupt economies in the region, such as Burma (Myanmar) and North Korea. Thus, it is best to qualify

 

 

‘Web enemies’ targeted in cyber-protests
CNN –
As well as China, Cuba and North Korea, the list highlighted 12 other countries where Internet freedoms are restricted: Belarus, Myanmar, Egypt, Ethiopia,

 

 

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 13, 2008 at 4:08 pm