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World focus on Burma (24 August 2009)

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BBC slammed for refusing to air Gaza appeal
The Associated Press –
The appeals have raised millions of pounds (dollars) for victims of war and natural disaster in Congo, Myanmar and elsewhere. BBC director-general Mark …

Thailand and Myanmar’s army leaders compared
Global Voices Online, MA –
by Mong Palatino Rule of Lords insists that Thailand’s army leaders are not better than Burma’s. As Awzar Thi of AHRC says, the Thai military is similar in …

Women in Pakistan well represented politically: Sherry Rehman
Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan –
Similarly, the Minister said, Burmese woman political leader Aung San Suu Kyi continues her struggle for democracy and human rights for her country in an …

Indonesia denies asylum to Rohingya survivors
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The odyssey of hundreds of people who fled from Myanmar and landed in Thailand, where the army loaded them onto boats without motors and towed them onto the …

Gambari to visit Myanmar for the seventh time
Merinews, India –
… Myanmar military junta see reason and usher in political reconciliation at the earliest, the United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari is …

Bush should get more credit for fighting terror
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… and action except from a few dictatorial rulers such as those of North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe and a few Arab states. …

DRC: ICC’s First Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari will visit military-ruled Myanmar next week to try to revive negotiations between the junta and detained opposition …

Robbie Burns at 250
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Agitating for democracy in Scotland in the 1790s was as popular with the authorities as it is today in Burma. In an earlier draft of the poem, …

Burma launches new crackdown on religious groups
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The crackdown on Christians comes as the government seeks to consolidate its power in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) …

Republican Senators resort to extortion on Holder nomination
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog, WA –
If the rule of law were not important, what would separate our nation from countries like Myanmar (Burma) or North Korea? If Eric Holder, or any other Obama …

Thailand calls conference on refugees
The Associated Press –
Foreign Ministry officials met envoys from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Myanmar to discuss the exodus of refugees from camps in the …

Burma’s junta does not give honor to whom honor is due
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma (Myanmar) on 22 January 1909. He was the first Asian Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United …

Boat people scandal hits Thai army
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, who has repeatedly stated a commitment to human rights and the rule of law, said on Thursday there were “quite a …

China says 19 nationals freed from Myanmar kidnap
MSNBC – 18 hours ago
China is one of the few nations that stands by the military junta running Myanmar, also called by its former name, Burma. But Chinese officials have also …

US Treasury Blocks Assets of 25 Pursuant to Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY –
The Act forbids import of gemstones from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, to the US, either through direct means or through third-party countries. 1. …

Burma Tightens Restrictions on Christian Worship
Christian Freedom International, MI –
… Christian relief efforts that filtered into the country in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, a hurricane that destroyed much of the region in May 2008. …

Imprisoned monk goes on hunger strike in Myanmar
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Yangon for most of the past 19 years. …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
WebWire (press release), GA –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Indonesia to expel Rohingya boatpeople held at navy base
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
Indonesia will deny political asylum to 193 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are being held at a navy base after they were found stranded off the …

Thai Foreign Ministry invites Ambassadors from concerned countries …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… and Malaysia as well as the Charge d’affaires of Myanmar to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consultations on the issue of Rohingya illegal migrants. …

Another Loss for Burmese Activist’s Family
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
BANGKOK—The 23-year-old wife of a Burmese activist involved in helping victims of Tropical Cyclone Nargis has suffered a second-trimester miscarriage in …

55 Films and 31 Filmmakers Slated for 2009 Boulder International …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
… with Burmese Princess Inge Sargent, author of Twilight over Burma and a recipient of the United Nations Association International Human Rights Award. …

Thailand Asks Neighbors to Cooperate on Illegal Immigration
Voice of America –
Officials from Thailand’s foreign ministry met Friday with ambassadors from Burma, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Malaysia. …

Gambari’s return fails to inspire Burmese Opposition
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – said it does not expect United Nations special envoy …

Will Obama be ready for radical humanitarian intervention in Burma?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… undo the Bush’s era human rights violations, and restore America’s lost moral posture, befitted for a democratic superpower. Meanwhile, Burma has been …

Burma VJ turns Sundance’s eye toward government protests
Paste Magazine, GA –
Myanmar, often referred to as Burma, has been under military control since 1962. The film offers a firsthand account of the protests in the capital city of …

Thailand’s new boat people
GlobalPost –
There are about 1 million Rohingya, with roughly 800000 living along Burma’s coast and another 200000 or so in refugee camps across the Bangladeshi border. …

Rohingya Boat People Not to Get Asylum Here
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
One of the boat people, Imam Husen, told the Reuters news agency from his hospital bed that he and about 580 other people had set off from Mundu in Burma in …

The bottom of a burst bubble: depravity and the economic turndown
Gauntlet, Canada –
Within the last months of 2008 and stretching into the New Year, hundreds of economic refugees fleeing from Myanmar and Bangladesh have reportedly reached …

Sister Says Jailed Burmese Monk on Hunger Strike
Voice of America –
By VOA News The sister of a Buddhist monk imprisoned by Burma’s military rulers for pro-democracy activities says her brother is on a hunger strike. …

FDA crackdown dramatically cuts availability of Asian food …
Inside Bay Area, CA –
Among them was Zin Nwe, an ethnic Chinese who recently graduated from medical school in her native Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

My portfolio: Ryan Libre
BBC News, UK –

“The KIO encourages free access to international media, including Human Rights Watch reports.” “The 1994 ceasefire between the KIA and the Burmese military …

Will Obama be able to change things in Burma?
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
One wonders whether the overtures by the Burmese junta could mean a fresh start for reconciliation and the beginning of a win-win situation. …

World focus on Burma (20 December 2008)

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Experiment with democracy ends sadly
Hamilton Spectator, Canada –
Relatively few Asian countries are openly run as dictatorships nowadays — China, Vietnam and Burma (Myanmar) are the main exceptions — but the urban …

I Meant to Do That
Gold Seek –
Most of us are familiar with the devastating hurricane that hit Myanmar (Burma) this last year, and the difficulty in getting aid to those who were …

We must stand by one of our most important allies
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Central News Agency
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
Following is a list of important events that have occurred on this date in the past: 1852: British troops annex Pegu, lower Burma, during a war with Burma. …

Year in Review: World news
St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  United States –

The leaders of the country, formerly known as Burma, came under international criticism after the secretive ruling junta refused to let in aid quickly. …

The Chinese and President-elect Obama
Harvard International Review, MA –
… Iran, Sudan, Burma/Myanmar, and UN reform. Certainly, China would like the institutionalized arrangements set up in the last few years to continue. …

Drawn from all over the world
Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN –
Now he’s on to Myanmar (formally Burma), where the country’s military dictatorship made headlines in 2007 for brutally crushing anti-government protests. …

Human rights and state power
Boston Globe, United States –
… or the horrific rights violations by the military dictatorship in Burma. There is now an assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, …

31st MEU Reflects on ’08
Global Security, Alexandria –
… training during Cobra Gold ’08 in Thailand while the remainder of the MEU supported Operation Caring Response in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. …

Ex-hostage Betancourt to take break from public life
AFP –
… to support the hundreds of hostages in Colombia and elsewhere in the world, citing Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. …

UN slams N. Korean on rights; Defending regime were China, Cuba …
World Tribune –
Among those opposing the resolution were China, Cuba, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Russia, Syria and Venezuela. …

INBOX DELIVERY: Digital Variety Edition only
Variety, CA –
The top prizewinner at Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, “Burma VJ” celebrates the courage of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), …

The old Thailand returns
Tehran Times, Iran –
Relatively few Asian countries are openly run as dictatorships nowadays — China, Vietnam and Burma are the main exceptions — but the urban elites and the …

EarthRights Burma School Courses Underway
Earthrights.org, DC –
… the EarthRights Burma School is making great progress in training the next generation of grassroots human rights and environmental activists. …

Burma: Cyclone Fact Sheet #2 (FY) 2009
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Tripartite Core Group (TCG), composed of representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Government of Burma, and the UN, …

The Legacy Of Condoleezza Rice
CBS News, NY –
“And if I have a real disappointment about this period, it’s about- it’s about Darfur and Zimbabwe and Burma, because these are tyrannical regimes,” she …

India: Brickbat for commercial channel on terror coverage
American Chronicle, CA –
His special focus areas remain the socio-political developments in Northeast India as well as in Burma, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Three villagers arrested after KNU ambush kills at least one junta ...
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
The KNU is one of Burma’s largest armed insurgent groups, and has maintained armed to rule by Burma’s military government for decades.

Anniversary of US-China Ties highlights Complex Relationship
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
“America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates, and religious activists,” Bush said. …

Kyaw Thu quits film for art and social work
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The fund also carried out relief work in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis and delivered assistance to survivors. Last month, the FFSS was forced to move out …

Anniversary of US-China Ties highlights Complex Relationship
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
On human rights, President Bush says that America presses for openness and justice not to impose its beliefs, but to allow the Chinese people to express …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 20, 2008 at 6:10 am

World focus on Burma (9 September 2008)

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Opposition in exile launches campaign against Burmese junta’s …
Mizzima.com, India –
… in 2007 that called for a tripartite dialogue between the Junta, the National League for democracy led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic groups. .

Myanmar emergency response continues
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) continues to provide emergency relief in Myanmar (Burma) through the Action by Churches Together (ACT) …

.. would like to request you to reconsider the most effective ways and means appropriate for settlement of political situation in Burma (Myanmar). …

NLD members accused of medical offences
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Everywhere in Burma there are many people who keep syringes to help people in places were there are no doctors or medics,” Dr Aung Moe Nyo said. …

Film director Mike Tee arrested
Mizzima.com, India –
Burmese military junta authorities have arrested Burma’s prominent film director Mike Tee for alleged drug abuse, sources said. Though he was said to have …

Visa-On-Arrival proposal thrills Burmese tour companies
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – A proposal to allow tourists to obtain visas on arrival by the Union of Myanmar Travel Association to the Burmese junta has triggered new hopes …

India Urges South Asian Cooperation Against Poverty, Disease
RedOrbit, TX –
He cited the recent cyclone havoc in Myanmar [Burma] and floods in Nepal and Bihar. Expressing empathy with the flood-affected people, he said the need of …

Angola: A Potential Powerhouse Inches Forward
World Defense Review –
Last month, Human Rights Watch issued a report which, citing intimidation of opposition parties and the media as well as interference with the electoral …

Cyclone refugee charged after submitting petition
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 9, 2008 (DVB)–Cyclone refugee U Nyan Win has been arrested in Naypyidaw where he was trying to secure the right for other survivors of Cyclone Nargis to …

Pakokku residents slam security forces’ inaction

Sep 9, 2008 (DVB)–Residents of Pakokku in Magwe division have criticised the actions of government security forces who failed to respond to an attempted robbery that took place in broad daylight. –

The stuff of nightmares for 21st century kids
International Herald Tribune, France –
The junta in Burma looks downright evil – refusing international aid after a cyclone, and starving its own citizens. Watching the resulting chaos erodes our …

Commemoration of Monk’s Death Muted in Arakan State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Ashin Ottama was born in Arakan State, western Burma. As a child, he was selected to go to England to study, but his mother refused to let him go, …

Thai prime minister toppled by court for hosting cookery show
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
After taking office seven months ago Mr Samak personally cooked dinner for the Burmese prime minister, General Thein Sein, when he visited Thailand. …

RICS Strengthens Its Position in Hong Kong and Asia with More …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
It also has members working across the region such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos PDR, Macao, Mongolia, …

Gambari Should Push for Tripartite Dialogue: UNA
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Unless national reconciliation was established, the UNA warned, there would be no peace and tranquility in Burma. “What are the UN’s mandates assigned upon …

Refugees explain problems getting aid
Indianapolis Star, United States –
Fort Wayne is home to one of the largest communities of refugees from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma. Refugees arrive in the US …

Veteran politicians call for end to hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a true democratic leader whose party won the elections in 1990 and she is loved and respected by the people of Burma,” the …

Dissidents Dismiss Junta’s Allegations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The New Light of Myanmar also claimed that other dissidents, including more than a dozen NLD members, had left Burma to receive training to carry out …

Rambo-type people less likely to survive disasters!
Newstrack India, India –
To reach the conclusion, Gonzales reviewed miraculous tales of survival from catastrophes like the Burmese cyclone, September 11 attacks and the Boxing Day …

Vision Beyond Borders founder shaken by China experience
Billings Gazette,  USA –
The group also visited Myanmar, where Klein said Vision Beyond Borders continues to provide relief and aid to people affected by Cyclone Nargis. …

Mission leaves empty feeling
Jackson Hole Star-Tribune, WY –
“That medicine would have cost us $20000 to $30000 in the US” With about 60000 to 80000 orphans left behind in Burma, Klein said sex slavery is a …

Hawaii Doctors Help Cyclone Hit Myanmar
KGMB9, HI –
“We managed to get in only because we were sponsored by the chief monk in Burma,” said Dr. Carl Lum, Aloha Medical Mission. Two months after the storm, …

Two dead as monsoon floods hit northern Thailand
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… to overflow for the second time this year due to heavy rains in Myanmar (Burma) that are causing the Mae Sai River to rise as it drains into the Mekong. …

Locked in Burma
Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
It is hard to imagine what life must be like for Aung San Suu Kyi, locked up inside her Rangoon home, separated from her children, denied visitors, …

Burmese refugees want help getting aid
WTHI, IN –
Fort Wayne is home to 1 of the largest communities of refugees from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma. The News-Sentinel of Fort …

Is Cold War Rhetoric Back at the UN?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Judging by the recent deadlock in the Security Council — over Kosovo, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Zimbabwe, Sudan and most recently Georgia — one wonders …

Analysis and Strategy: My Country First
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Burma is a classic example and now the plight of Burma is the most highlighted in the world, what in Burmese we always boast “Myanmar Ko Kaba Thi Say Mae” . …

Miraculous survivors: Why they live while others die
CNN –
Whenever a disaster hits — a cyclone in Myanmar; an earthquake in China; a climbing accident in Alaska — Gonzales scans the headlines for the stories of …

Samak to ask Burma to let UN play a role in elections
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand will try to convince Burma to allow the United Nations to play a role in its general elections scheduled for 2010, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej …

Appeasing the junta _ the UN’s dangerous detour
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Either way, the UN is taking a dangerous gamble on the goodwill of the Burmese junta. And even if the regime honours any promises that it may have made _ …

Opposition denies junta’s accusation of terrorism
Mizzima.com, India –
Khin Yi said NLD members Yan Shwe, Zaw Zaw Aung and Myint Aye, that last of whom is also a member of the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters Network (HRDP) …

Ex-local to lead Buddhist classes
Vail Daily News, CO –
He has traveled on pilgrimage and for teachings to India, Tibet, Nepal, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. SDC also offers a weekend retreat, “Living Dharma in …

Karachi, a beggar’s paradise, continues to provide for many
Daily Times, Pakistan –
There are around 60 Burmese and Bengali colonies in the city, with a population of approximately 1.5 million. The colonies are spread from Machhar Colony to …

Sept 9, 1951 – Nehru becomes president of Congress party
Sify, India –
1988 – Burma’s former Prime Minister U Nu, toppled in a 1962 military coup, announces formation of a rival government. Burma is now known as Myanmar. …

South Africa’s Human Rights Reputation Tarnished
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
By Carroll Bogert, published in The Sunday Independent Supporters of human rights around the world watched in joy 14 years ago as apartheid ended and a new …

Likewise, Chinese and Thai tourists are going to the Shan state in Myanmar (Burma) to take advantage of child sex workers,” another study by the UN agency …

POLITICS: Is Cold War Rhetoric Back at the UN?
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Judging by the recent deadlock in the Security Council — over Kosovo, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Zimbabwe, Sudan and most recently Georgia — one wonders …

Myanmar’s colonial-era Strand Hotel well preserved
San Jose Mercury News,  USA –
Before World War II, the Strand was reserved for “whites only,” but during the Japanese occupation of Burma—as Myanmar was formerly known—it became an army …

The probing of love in its non-romantic forms is back too — the love of truth, the fearless love of an Aung San Suu Kyi, the love of the divine. …

Burma’s opposition urges UN to take stronger action
Mizzima.com, India –
… spokesperson for the VPC-Myanmar. He added that they would like to see the reformation of Burma under the UN’s initiative and hope that a future UN …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s aide shifted to another hospital
Mizzima.com, India –
Ma Win Pa Pa and her mother Khin Khin Win have been closely serving detained Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and have been detained along …

Arms: Northern Ireland’s import-export business
Open Democracy, UK –

… very measures which would stop Northern Ireland-supplied weaponry ending up in the hands of human rights abusers in countries like Burma and Zimbabwe. …

Conflicting reports over Daw Suu hunger strike rumours
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 8, 2008 (DVB)–The National League for Democracy and the Burmese regime have offered conflicting responses to rumours that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is …

Burmese share aid problems
News Sentinel, IN –
Luse gave details on recent legislation that bans import of jade, rubies and other gems from Burma, now called Myanmar, in hopes it pressure the reigning …

World focus on Burma (5 August 2008)

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Donate $4000 to Project Umbrella Burma

Orillia Packet & Times, Canada –

It provides shelter for tens of thousands of mainly Karen refugees from Burma/Myanmar. The Karen minority has been at odds with the central government for …

US Drug Enforcement Agency Trains Vietnamese Counter-Narcotics Agents

Voice of America –

Heroin enters over the border from Laos, and most probably comes from Burma, the world’s number two heroin producer after Afghanistan. …

Detained sport editor allowed a rare meeting with family

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – Sports columnist Zaw Thet Htwe, who was arrested for assisting cyclone victims in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta, was finally allowed to meet his …

Survivors of Burma’s Cyclone Say They Need Aid

Voice of America –

By Pros Laput Three months ago, Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, leaving more than 144000 people dead or missing. …

President Bush Begins Weeklong Tour of Asia

NewsHour –

The president’s next stop is Bangkok on Wednesday, where he will highlight conditions in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which is still recovering from a …

Local, Foreign IT Companies to Operate in Burma’s New Cyber City

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

(Xinhua) – About a dozen local and foreign information technology companies have been granted to operate in northern Myanmar’s [Burma] new Yadanabon cyber …

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

First Lady Laura Bush, who has campaigned for human rights in Burma for years, will meet separately with Dr Cynthia Maung at her border clinic in Mae Sot. …

KWAT: Women enslaved due to economic hardships

Mizzima.com, India –

Shirley Seng said the international community should carefully study the continuous human trafficking cases in Burma and not be misled by the bogus …

Debate on the Albert Einstein Institution and its Involvement in …

Venezuelanalysis.com, Venezuela –

One Burmese human rights activist, referring to his country’s centuries-old tradition of popular resistance, noted how the very idea of an outsider having …

Call for boycott of ‘blood jade’ at the Olympics

Merinews, India –

… of jade products from Myanmar,” the report widely quoted in the Myanmar media in exile said. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But how can Burma’s …

China urged to change Burma policy before Olympics

Mizzima.com, India –

“China must stop protecting Burma at the UN Security Council,” the joint statement added. Soe Aung said, Burma’s military rulers are continuing with their …

What is the Community Civil Protection Mechanism?

7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –

Other 2008 expert operations include an intervention in Burma during a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the country’s …

Abusing the Olympic Spirit

The Epoch Times, NY –

The Chinese Government exports its human rights abuses to other countries, such as Zimbabwe, Burma and Darfur. There is also emerging evidence that Chinese …

Mon 04 Aug 2008, Joi Htaw

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

The United Nations and the United States cannot bring in changes in Burma, even though Burmese people keep hoping, according to Dr.Thaung Htun, …

UN envoy meets top Myanmar political prisoners: spokesman

Straits Times, Singapore –

YANGON – THE new United Nations human rights envoy for Myanmar met on Tuesday with some of the nation’s most prominent political prisoners inside the feared …

Bush Says It’s ‘Important to Engage’ China

Washington Post, United States –

Bush said that he speaks candidly with Chinese President Hu Jintao about human rights, particularly religious freedom, and that he has shared his religious …

Chevron Lobbies White House to Pressure Ecuador to Stop $12 …

Bay Area Indymedia, CA –

Last month, the Senate dropped an effort to penalize Chevron for maintaining extensive ties to the military junta in Burma. We turn now to Chevron. …

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar on Tuesday toured remote parts of the Irrawaddy Delta still reeling from a killer cyclone that …

20 years on: How much closer to the goals of 8888?

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

There have been at least three UN special envoys to Burma, including Gambari who is heading to Burma later this month. Even the UNSC has discussed Burma, …

Activists stress need for free access for rights envoy

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 5, 2008 (DVB)–Rights activists have stressed the need for the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma to be given the freedom to work …

An Olympian question of legitimacy for Burma’s generals

Mizzima.com, India –

Twenty years ago on 8 August 1988, the Burmese people rose up and ended the first chapter of military dictatorship in Burma, the Burma Socialist Programme …

UN says Burma’s cyclone recovery underfunded

Radio Australia, Australia –

The United Nations says Burma’s cyclone recovery effort is underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars. It says restoring rice paddies in Burma’s …

Technology and transport outweigh tariffs in trade

guardian.co.uk, UK –

For instance the cost of shipping rice from Burma (now known as Myanmar) to Europe fell to 18 from 74 percent of the price of the rice itself between 1882 …

Security Tightened in Sittwe After Anti-Government Posters Spread

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Sittwe: The authorities in Sittwe have increase security after the spread of anti-government posters calling for people to fight the junta for democracy on …

UN envoy tours Myanmar cyclone zone: official

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

YANGON – The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar on Tuesday toured remote parts of the Irrawaddy Delta still reeling from a killer cyclone that struck the …

At least 20 killed in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Reuters –

Official media in the former Burma have made no mention of the tragedy, which the source said occurred at the Hmawzizar Jade Mine in Phakant, …

Island feet and dollars to fight hunger

Block Island Times, USA –

… D. Fund and delivered food and water to survivors of the cyclones in Burma before the United Nations could negotiate permission to enter the country. …

Bush Set to Meet Burmese Activists

US President George W. Bush, left, and first lady Laura Bush wave upon their arrival at a Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, the first stop on their week-long visit to Asia. (Photo: AP)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Deadly Cyclone Nargis hammered Burma on May 2-3, causing an estimated 134000 deaths. The junta stalled for weeks, blocking large shipments of foreign aid …

Foreign governments act to recover missing aid millions

First Post, UK –

The UN appealed for nearly $500m for the Burma cyclone relief fund, and has so far raised nearly $200m. Britain’s Disaster Emergency Committee raised more …

A Farewell To Arms

Slate –

Bush said that it is “really hard to tell” whether the human rights situation in China has improved during his administration. And while he praised China’s …

Roundtable Interview of the President of the US with foreign media

eGov monitor, UK –

I included Burma in my last United Nations address, and it was a pretty strong statement. And she was in the audience there at the UN And just as soon as …

We welcome the upcoming visit to Burma by the new UN Special …

France Diplomatie (press release), France –

We ask the Burmese authorities to allow the Special Rapporteur to fulfill his mission in the best possible conditions and to cooperate with him fully and …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

That and the tragedy of the cyclone. The junta’s failure to admit assistance was something that Americans were just shocked at. So Burma has defined itself …

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Metapsychology, NY –

… of the spider’s gauzy web, but perhaps we’re reading up on the genocide in Darfur or investigating ways to help the victims of the cyclone in Burma. …

Human Righst on the table

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

First Lady Laura Bush, who has campaigned for human rights in Burma for years, will meet separately with Dr Cynthia Maung at her border clinic in Mae Sot. …

Burmese translator helps refugees find their way

The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH – 23 minutes ago

She had achieved something special in the jungle camp on the border with Myanmar, also known as Burma. Thanks to Christian missionaries, she finished high …

Deconstructing: Crab Rangoon

Tampabay.com, FL –

The cream cheese in the filling is the tip-off (Today’s world geography lesson: Burma is now called Myanmar; Rangoon is now Yangon. …

Amnesty calls on Myanmar to free 2000 political prisoners

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

BANGKOK — Twenty years after Myanmar’s military crushed a national pro-democracy uprising, Amnesty International on Tuesday urged the junta to release more …

“Colombo Declaration” calls for united efforts against terrorism

People’s Daily Online, China –

They also inked an agreement on granting Australia and Myanmar (or Burma) the observer status in the SAARC organization. Meanwhile, the summit meeting …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

The United Nations reports Mae La as having a population of somewhat over 35000 persons, while the Burma Border Consortium, an umbrella-organisation, …

Pillay faces a political minefield

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

And when she met US congressional leaders, they turned the question around: why is she not visiting Burma, which has been roundly criticised by the UN for …

Burma Food Shortages “Significant”

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The situation in Myanmar [Burma] remains dire,” Chris Kaye, World Food Programme (WFP) country director, said. “The vast majority of families simply don’t …

The Associated Press –

He will also meet with activists who oppose the repression of the military junta in neighboring Myanmar. That country, also known as Burma, …

Bush’s Asia agenda: Thai friendship

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Burma’s political situation will be on the agenda, with Bush planning to have lunch with Burmese democracy activists and to offer broadcast interviews with …

The Karen Community in St. Paul

Twin Cities Planet, Minnesota –

In 1948, Burma (also known as Myanmar) received independence from Britain. In 1949, an ethnic minority called the Karen began fighting for independence. …

Kyi’s party hope for UN meeting

Independent ie.

Leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party hope to meet a UN human rights investigator who is in Burma.

A UN statement said Human Rights Council investigator for Burma Tomas Ojea Quintana has asked to meet government officials, representatives of ethnic groups and political parties.

Focus on Olympics, not China’s leaders

Arizona Republic, AZ –

Human-rights activists inside Burma have called on people around the world to not watch the Olympic ceremonies because of China’s support for the Burmese …

Bush Says It’s ‘Important to Engage’ China

Washington Post, United States –

Bush said he speaks candidly with Chinese President Hu Jintao about human rights, particularly religious freedom, and said he has shared his own religious …

UN envoy visits cyclone-hit region in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A United Nations human rights envoy left Tuesday to inspect the devastation from the cyclone that struck Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river …

The Associated Press –

He will also meet with activists who oppose the repression of neighboring Myanmar’s military junta. That country, also known as Burma, sustained a cyclone …

China Olympics Human Rights Act Passed in Congress

New California Media, CA –

Editor’s Note: In an effort to ensure that China stop violating human rights and conduct the Beijing Olympic in a free and open spirit, the US Congress last …

Iran Paper Accuses British Government of Foreign Policy Failures

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

From the crises in Myanmar (Burma) to Zimbabwe, Tibet and Darfur, Brown’s government has made use of human rights issues to accuse China of the violation of …

The Tripping President

Washington Post, United States –

But his three-nation Asian trip also takes him to the doorsteps of two troublesome regimes while forcing him to balance the Olympic spirit with the …

Groups call for boycott of Myanmar’s jade at Beijing Olympics

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

“The generals will keep using their jade profits to buy weapons and crush dissent in Burma unless individuals take a stand.” US President George W Bush last …

Outside View: ASEAN lessons — Part 1

United Press International –

The United States and the 27-nation European Union accused one of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, Myanmar — formerly Burma — of …

Bush to walk diplomatic tightrope on Asia trip

CNN –

He’s expected to denounce the military regime in neighboring Myanmar — also known as Burma — for its human rights abuses. First lady Laura Bush has …

Burmese activists urge UN Rights Rapporteur to meet detainees

Mizzima.com, India –

… including Burma’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kyaw Thu, who also chairs the Tripartite Core Group formed with the UN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations …

Bogalay authorities demand construction tax

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 4, 2008 (DVB)–Residents of Irrawaddy’s cyclone-devastated Bogalay township have complained that local authorities have been pressuring them to pay a …

World Focus on Burma (27 June 2008)

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Myanmar Refutes Claims It Is Not Doing Enough To Help Cyclone Victims

Bernama, Malaysia – Jun 27, 2008

By D. Arul Rajoo SATSAN, (Delta Irrawaddy, Myanmar), June 27 (Bernama) — The Myanmar Government has refuted claims that it was not doing enough to help …

Removing North Korea from the Terrorism List Stirs Opposition

Counterterrorism Blog, NJ – Jun 27, 2008

… were also behind a 1983 attempt to kill South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan, who was scheduled to visit a memorial in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar. …

Hero Aung San stricken from the school books

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

The news comes from the agency Democratic Voice of Burma. But rather than having educational purposes, the initiative seems to be motivated by a clear …

INTERVIEW-Southeast Asia body key to prising open Myanmar

Reuters –

… the Myanmar disaster was a “historic moment for ASEAN” to show it could lead an international humanitarian effort. He said many in the former Burma’s …

European MPs form Burma caucus

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus welcomed the creation of the EPCP in a statement and said it believed effective cooperation between the two …

Weekly Business Roundup (June 27, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“If India and Myanmar [Burma] continue work and do not respond to our letter, Bangladesh will resume its activities as well.” Industry analysts doubt if …

Zimbabwe: Burma, Zimbabwe and How Not to Rule

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Earlier in the year, violent protests broke out in Burma or Myanmar as its leaders prefer to call it. Here, expressing dissenting views of any kind amounts …

Celebrity spotlight

Times and Transcript, Canada –

George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt are helping launch an ad campaign to raise awareness for Myanmar (formerly Burma), which was devastated by a …

G8 pleads for Burma survivors

Independent Online, South Africa –

Kyoto, Japan – The Group of Eight foreign ministers called on Friday on Myanmar/Burma to lift all remaining restrictions on cyclone aid and to free …

G8 Pushes Burma to Accept Foreign Cyclone Aid

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“In order to improve the current situation, it is also important for us, the G8, to apply not only pressure but if Myanmar [Burma] side shows any forward …

Authorities collect money and paddy for rice cultivation

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jun 26, 2008 (DVB)–On the pretext of helping cyclone-affected farmers resume their rice cultivation, authorities have been collecting money and paddy in …

Ban Discusses Burma with Indian, China, Indonesian Ambassadors

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Responding to a question on the humanitarian aid effort, Ban said: “I think the Myanmar [Burma] authorities are moving toward the right direction to allow …

Insurgencies blamed for rise in opium, coca production

Radio Australia, Australia –

… lack control of the territory, of course illegal activity tends to spread, and this has been the case in Afghanistan, in Colombia, in Myanmar [Burma]. …

Bangladesh’s Forex Reserve Crosses $6 Billion Again

AHN –

The ACU comprises Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Burma (officially known as Myanmar), Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It is an arrangement for settling …

The World’s Most Corrupt Countries

Forbes, NY –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, probably wins the prize for worst public relations of the year. Last fall, the military-led government cracked down on …

Disasters and the right to interfere

GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

… recognise NGOs’ right to interfere in some countries to save victims, without the government’s consent, and this is not the case with Burma (Myanmar). …

Razzi Snap: Greenpeace Picks Up A Vectrix Electric bike

Ecorazzi, NY –

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon have lent their star power to an advertising campaign aimed at boosting aid for Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), …

What Kind of Terrorism Does North Korea Sponsor?

Slate –

… also behind a 1983 attempt on the life of South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan, who was scheduled to visit a memorial in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar). …

UN drug chief: Insurgents complicating drug war

The Associated Press –

In Myanmar, also known as Burma, it increased 29 percent. The UN said most of the gains were in southern Shan state, where rebels seeking autonomy from …

G8 Pushes Burma to Accept Foreign Cyclone Aid

The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland –

Survivors of Cyclone Nargis are seen in a makeshift shelter in Tontay, 15 miles from Yangon, Burma, on June 17, 2008.(Khin Maung Win/AFP/Getty Images) KYOTO …

STA – Slovenska tiskovna agencija / Slovenian Press Agency

STA – Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija, Slovenia –

Touching on Myanmar, Rupel expressed solidarity with the victims of Nargis cyclone and noted that the state of emergency was still far from over, …

HIAS Helps Myanmar Refugees Make Philly Their New Home

Jewish Exponent, PA –

When the Pei family, refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma), arrived at their new residence in South Philadelphia on March 5, they discovered a …

ASEAN convenes roundtable for post-nargis joint assessment in Yangon

Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –

The Roundtable is part of ASEAN’s efforts to help Myanmar deal with the impact of Cyclone Nargis. The Secretary-General of ASEAN and Chairman of the HTF, …

Burma aid efforts press on despite blocks

United Press International, Asia, China –

By Khin Ohmar Bangkok, Thailand — The patience of the international community appears to be wearing thin as the delivery of aid to cyclone victims in Burma …

In Shillong, Dylan Blows in the Wind

RedOrbit, TX –

Mashangva bought his first guitar at age 15 from a trader who ferried it on his shoulder across the border from what was then Burma on a buffalo caravan. …

Myanmar Blocks Telecom Relief

Post Chronicle –

by Staff An international aid organization providing telecom support says it has been forced to leave cyclone-ravaged Myanmar. Members of Telecoms Sans …

UN And Asean Officials Tour Cyclone-affected Areas

Bernama, Malaysia –

The duo, accompanied by Myanmar’s Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Thu Thu who chairs the Asean Humanitarian Task Force, took a 40-minute helicopter ride from …

For exiled PM only China and India can end Burma’s crisis

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Washington (AsiaNews) – The solution to Myanmar’s crisis goes through China and India, Burmese prime minister in exile Sein Win told The Irrawaddy newspaper …

War hero Sam Manekshaw dies

Reuters India, India –

Manekshaw fought for the British forces in the Second World War in Burma (now Myanmar), where he survived serious injuries while battling Japanese forces as …

Distinguished Indian army chief Sam Manekshaw dies of lung disease

International Herald Tribune, France –

He served in Myanmar, then called Burma, during World War II. He became chief of the Indian army in 1969 and went on to lead troops to victory in a 1971 war …

Field Marshal Manekshaw, hero of 1971 war, is dead (Second Lead)

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, and won the Military Cross for his role in Myanmar, then Burma, during the Second …

Manekshaw battling for life in hospital

Hindustan Times, India –

… Military Academy, Dehradun, in 1934. He saw action in Burma, now Myanmar, during the Second World War and became the Indian Army chief on June 7, 1969.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 27, 2008 at 8:13 am