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World focus on Burma (17 December 2008)

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Rice: Under Bush, The US Has Embaced The UN ‘Maybe’ More Than Any …
Think Progress, DC –

… Council resolutions that have been passed be respected, [or] whether it is seeking to deal with human rights and tyranny cases like Zimbabwe or Burma. …

Year ahead: Increased forced migrations, continued lack of quality …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
In Myanmar (Burma), some three million people have been forced to migrate within the country. Reasons driving the displacement range from conflicts to land …

Dissident’s wife not optimistic about freedom of thought in China
CBC.ca, Canada –

It was given last year to Sudanese human rights lawyer Salih Mahmoud Osman. Previous recipients include Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

ECHO hosts 15th Annual International Agricultural Conference
North Fort Myers Neighbor, FL –
I also do development work in Myanmar, the old Burma,” he said. “I come here to learn about crops, technology and to network with other people from around …

Reading letter sent to Than Shwe fetches prison term
Mizzima.com, India –
He was arrested on 31 January and charged under section 42 of Burma’s Jail Manual (BJM), bringing unauthorized documents into the prison. …

Burmese in Singapore find it difficult to get air tickets
Mizzima.com, India –
… Peninsula Plaza in Singapore said that all ‘Myanmar Air International’ (MAI) and Singapore airline owned ‘Silk Air’ flights to Burma are fully booked. …

Thailand’s King May Play Politics (No Offense)
Newsweek –
In the age of the Internet, banning publications anywhere is a tricky – and often futile – proposition, apart from in countries like China, Burma and North …

The need to cry out
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
This does not mean that Taiwan should ignore the poor human rights conditions of Burma, Tibet and other places with human rights problems. …

Israel: Reverse Expulsion of Human Rights Rapporteur
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –
With this ill-considered action, Israel put itself in the company of countries like Burma and North Korea in denying entry to UN human rights experts. …

Htoo Comapny to take over Malikha Lodge
Mizzima.com, India –
… tourist spot in northern tip of Burma. The ownership of ‘Malikha Lodge’ of ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ will be transferred to ‘Myanmar Treasure Resorts’, …

Asia review of the year 2008
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The military junta caused international outrage by pressing ahead with a constitutional “referendum” on May 10 and meanwhile delaying and obstructing aid …

Mon political prisoner transferred from Insein to Tharawaddy Prison
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Prisoners in Burma are typically allowed visits from family only once every two months, but they are a crucial contact with the outside world and help …

World Press tells junta to stop repression of media
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) condemned the Burmese military junta for cracking down on freedom of expression, called for the …

Win Tin’s sermon to youth in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
… delivered a lecture to youth members of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in Rangoon, former capital of Burma. …

/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Minister Kenney to meet Rohingya refugees/
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
The ‘Rohingyas’, originally displaced from Burma (also known as Myanmar), have been living in two camps in Bangladesh for 17 years. …

Australian charged with drug smuggling in Thailand: official
ABC Online, Australia –
Thailand toughened its stance on illegal drugs in 2002, but remains a transit point for narcotics produced in neighbouring Burma, the world’s second largest …

Youth meeting held at NLD headquarters
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Around 300 young people from Rangoon, Mandalay, Magwe and Irrawaddy divisions attended a meeting at the National League for Democracy …

NLD members call for offices to reopen
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–National League for Democracy members at a monthly meeting in Yenangyaung township, Magwe division, revived their call for party …

No Immediate Plans for Gambari to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“He has no plans immediately to go to Myanmar [Burma],” Michele Montas, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters at the UN …

How the Regime Punishes Political Prisoners’ Families
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… NAING The wife of imprisoned activist Pyone Cho spent about 90000 kyat (US $75) on a 10-day journey to visit him in jail in Kawthaung, southern Burma. …

Weather watch: a record year of extreme events
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

A record three major hurricanes (Gustav, Ike and Paloma) hit Cuba, while the most fatal tropical storm was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, …

A Toast to Asean
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
After all, when Asean debated the new charter that also contains a human rights section, the rogue state of Burma, a full Asean member, was at the table …

Cooler Approach, but Business as Usual with Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Thailand’s mid-to-long term energy needs are linked with projects now under way in Myanmar (Burma), and so I think it would be difficult for new prime …

Regime Shrugs Off Effects on Burma of Global Economic Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Even Prime Minister Thein Sein admitted the scale of the disaster, saying recently: “Although Myanmar’s [Burma’s] rice production has increased, …

Desperate Decisions
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
On top of that, she faced three years in prison if anybody learned the cause of her condition. “Most women in Burma are poor and have little knowledge about …

Military supremo in Bagan
Mizzima.com, India –
Than Shwe, the Burmese military junta supremo is visiting Bagan on a vacation, an eyewitness and sources in Nay Pyi Taw said. Than Shwe (75) arrived in the …

The state of human rights in Burma – 2008: A double disaster in …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Perhaps the two most significant features of the human rights landscape in Burma during 2008 were the morally bankrupt and blatantly repressive response of …

Bagan authorities demand money for security measures
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 17, 2008 (DVB)–Authorities have been collecting 200 kyat each from families in Bagan and the surrounding areas to provide security for junta leader …

Report on Christians’ persecutions
Sunday – Catholic Weekly, Poland –
… Bangladesh, Bhutan, Belarus, Burma/Myanmar, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, South Korea, Cuba, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, …

East, West merge; build bridge to the Orient
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI –
To the west, literally and figuratively, were four men who had escaped Myanmar — the country they still call Burma — and sought freedom in America. …

Border pact needed to protect Delta diversity
Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
The Greater Mekong Region comprises the six countries through which the Cuu Long (Mekong) River flows: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the …

MP attends reception to mark Burmese leader’s birthday
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
… at 10 Downing Street, along with female Burmese exiles, to mark the birthday of the democratically-elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Graphic Novel Review: Burma Chronicles
Hillsboro Argus – OregonLive.com, OR –
For 14 months in 2005-06, Delisle hung out in Yangon, the former capital of Burma — now known as Myanmar by the counties that take the current junta …

A Gentler Hegemony
Washington Post, United States –
We might have intervened in Darfur had we not been bogged down in Iraq; after Cyclone Nargis, our ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s …

$A172b Asian Monetary Fund ‘going ahead’
Ninemsn, Australia –
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Share, bookmark, and save your favourite …

Committe to Protect Journalits’ 2008 prison census: Online and in jail
RushPRnews.com (press release), Canada –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has …

Myanmar journalists face intimidation, pressure from junta
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
Mon Mon Myat, of the Burmese Journalist Protection Committee, said the junta had set up rules under a 2006 law on electronic media and 1996 law on film and …

Despite campaigns, battling graft remains an uphill task
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia –
Thailand is more or less the same, while others such as Cambodia and Burma are wallowing at the bottom of the league tables. …

Bums of the Indian Ocean
All At Sea, U.S. Virgin Islands –
Don’t go to Burma: I don’t believe in coddling religious people but using the local Buddhist monks for target practice seems, well, intolerant. …

Preliminary analysis says 2008 tenth hottest year on record
The Tech Herald, IN –

The report said the worst weather-related natural disaster experienced during 2008 was Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May, killing an estimated 78000 …

Burma: Lawyer’s Testimony Highlights Distorted Justice
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
In a crackdown that started in October 2008, Burma’s courts have sentenced over 200 political and labor activists, internet bloggers, journalists, …

2008’s Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia
Village Voice, NY –
I Live Here (Pantheon, 320 pp., $29.95) details war in Chechnya, government oppression in Burma, disappearances in Juárez, and Malawi’s AIDS crisis. …

Canada Congratulates Association of Southeast Asian Nations as …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
The Charter will give ASEAN a legal identity, create an ASEAN human rights body, enact a dispute settlement mechanism, and formalize a system of personal …

US Restricts Aid to Nations Using Child Soldiers
OneWorld US, DC –
Burma remained the most persistent government offender. OneWorld.net reports. Last month, several young people who survived war and have gone on to become …

Antony Loewenstein, author and journalist, discusses blogging and …
Harvard Law School News, MA –
In smaller states such as Burma, repressive leaders can easily catch dissident bloggers, and even shut down the entire country’s access to the web. …


World focus on Burma (16 December 2008)

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Glimmers of hope for Burma
Across the Aisle, DC –
… junta of Burma certainly fits that bill, as demonstrated in its complete disregard for its citizens’ livelihoods in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis that …

Mekong a ‘treasure trove’ of 1000 newly discovered species
CNN –
War is always a threat in countries touched by the Mekong River, particularly Burma. Also known as Myanmar, the largest country by geographical area in …

EarthRights International Special Commentary:
Earthrights.org, DC –
When asked what advice he would give to private businesses invested in Burma’s (Myanmar’s) energy sector, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon firmly stated …

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
MorungExpress, India –
His treatment of the democratic opposition and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and 2000 other political prisoners are also taboo topics. …

ASEAN sets summit, welcomes charter
MorungExpress, India –
… is likely to arise in the case of Myanmar, formerly Burma, where the ruling military junta violently suppressed protests led by Buddhist monks in 2007. …

Vijay Diwas: Maneckshaw stamp released
Times of India, India –
He served in Myanmar, then called Burma, during World War II and was awarded the Military Cross for valour on the battlefield.

Former Czech president criticises EU for relations with Russia
Czech Happenings, Czech Republic –
The European Union should pay more attention to human rights questions on the international scene, starting with Cuba and ending with Burma, Havel said. …

Egat upbeat on Hatgyi prospects
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… organisations on concern that it will violate human rights, given that part of the project lies in an area occupied by minority groups in Burma. …

Afro-Asian organization demands release of Burmese political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
… (NGOs) today collectively called for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, including democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Exiled lawyer slams Burmese legal system
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–A defence lawyer who fled Burma in October under threat of a prison sentence has detailed numerous unnecessary delays and restrictions in …

Junta bans popular Buddhist monk’s sermon
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities in Rangoon Division have banned a sermon by abbot U Thumingla, organizers and …

Thailand to host ASEAN summit
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
One of the ASEAN members is the military-ruled Myanmar, formerly called Burma. The junta in 2007 brutally put down protests led by Buddhist monks. …

NLD meeting banned
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– A meeting to prepare for Burma’s Independence Day by a branch of the National League for Democracy was banned by local …

Eight migrant workers killed in truck crash
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Htoo Chit, director of the Grassroots Human Rights Education and Development, said the cause of the accident was not yet known. …

Pro-junta group gearing up to contest elections
Mizzima.com, India –
… for transforming Burma to a multi-party democracy. But he later turned against and became a critic of main opposition forces including Aung San Suu Kyi …

AK-47s—Made in Wa State
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG The United Wa State Army (UWSA), an armed ethnic ceasefire group based in Shan State, northern Burma, is manufacturing arms and ammunition for …

Crackdown on Freedom of Speech Condemned
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The World Association of Newspapers condemned the crackdown on freedom of expression in Burma, in a press statement released on Monday. …

More Calls for Ban to Visit Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of December to persuade the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, including detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Thailand to Host Postponed Asean Summit in February
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Military-ruled Burma strongly opposes giving the human rights body the power of even monitoring or investigating violations. Asean secretary-general Surin …

Burmese women in exile honoured with Madeleine K. Albright Award
Mizzima.com, India –
She also met Burmese democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997. Madeleine Albright, in recently released report on preventing genocide, urged US, …

Biggest ever Burma ‘Dirty List’ published
World Travel Guide, UK –
Burma Campaign UK has published a list of 170 companies that directly or indirectly help to finance the military junta ruling Burma (Mynamar). …

Holiday greetings from Burma….
OpEdNews, PA –
“But what about the Junta,” you might ask. “We’ve heard that Myanmar a military state. Are you safe?” Apparently the generals all live in some new capital …

Rice yield down in Bogalay after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 16, 2008 (DVB)–The rice yield in areas of Bogalay township in Burma’s delta region has dropped this year in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, …

60 years on, UN rights declaration faces new challenges
Monday Morning, Lebanon –

“Today no government denies that human rights are a valid concern of the international community. They may fail to respect human rights but they can’t deny …

Fugitive lawyer defending political prisoners flees to Thai border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Young lawyer Saw Kyaw Kyaw Min who represented political prisoners fled to the Thai-Burma border in the wake of an …

Myanmar in an hour and a half
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Then there is Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, a notoriously corrupt

Bush met the writer and bloggers
OpEdNews, PA –
… marked Human Rights Day on Wednesday by meeting with a writer from Sudan and six bloggers from Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, and Myanmar(Burma). …

More than 1000 previously unknown species have been discovered in the Greater Mekong, a region comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, …

Tortured for seeking democracy
St Marys Star, Australia –

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BY KYLIE STEVENS But it’s been a serious crime in Burma [Myanmar] since the military seized power in 1988. More than 2000 political prisoners are currently …

Over 1000 New Species Found: World’s Largest Huntsman Spider …
Associated Content, CO –
World Wildlife Foundation researchers reported in First Contact: New Species Discoveries that the area, which is comprised of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, …

Asia’s bio-frontier at risk
MSNBC –
First, the Greater Mekong – which takes in areas of China’s Yunnan Province as well as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – includes some …

Biggest Burma ‘Dirty List’ Exposes New Companies
OneWorld US, DC –
“To those that claim investment aids the people of Burma, the evidence shows the opposite is true. As investment has increased, the human rights situation …

The dangerous vacuum at the end of Pax Americana
Daily Star – Lebanon, Lebanon –
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede a Highlight of New Species Finds
International Business Times, NY –
There are already twenty-three other dragon millipedes of the genus Desmoxytes in the Southeast Asia area from southeaster China, south through Myanmar, …

Dragon Millipede, Laotian Rock Rat Only Some of Species Found in …
Associated Content, CO –
A majority of the creatures were found in rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which goes through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, …

Gwynne Dyer: Democracy fails in Thailand
Georgia Straight, Canada –
Relatively few Asian countries are openly run as dictatorships nowadays—China, Vietnam and Burma are the main exceptions—but the urban elites and the big …

ASEAN steps out in European style
The Standard, Hong Kong –
… provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for most of the past 18 years. …

The junta changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, partly in order to legitimize their rule over parts of the country like Kachin, …

Rights & Wrongs: New Media Targeted, Sonic Torture, US Arms Deals …
World Politics Review –
… the anniversary to call on the world community, and the UN in particular, to secure the release from house arrest of Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Activist Calls for Wife’s Release
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –

A Burmese social activist wanted for helping the victims of Cyclone Nargis says they have sentenced his pregnant wife to 26 years in jail. …

Smuggling Elephants Out of Myanmar
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
United Nations, 16 December (Asiantribune.com) : About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar (Burma) in the past decade, mostly destined …

Abhisit, Chuan’s young protege gets his turn at last
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (as did former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi). …

More Than 1000 New Species Discovered in Rivers, Jungles…and …
MarketWatch –
The region comprises the six countries through which the Mekong River flows including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese …

More than 1000 species discovered in Mekong: WWF
AFP –
The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the …

One thousand new species found in Greater Mekong region: WWF
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… four birds, four turtles, two salamanders and a toad, in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. …



World focus on Burma (15 December 2008)

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Crisis in DRC caused by access to weapons
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… Women in Black – Belgrade [Serbia]; Women of vision association; Women of Vision Association [Nigeria]; Women’s League of Burma. By Emergency:

Abhisit, Chuan’s young protege gets his turn at last
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
… a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (as did former Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi). …

Still the land of opportunity?
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
Some of the most recent have come from the South Asian countries of Bhutan and Myanmar, the former Burma, farmers whose skills are of little use to them in …

Activists urge Canada to assign special envoy to Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
Canada has long condemned Burma’s military junta for failing to keep its promise to implement changes, and had supported the pro-democracy movement. …

A postcard from prison
Mizzima.com, India –
The SPDC [Burmese military government] said they will work toward a democratic process and make positive changes in human rights. But the head of the Burma …

… and military-ruled Burma. ASEAN’s Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan says that all members have work to do on the charter’s commitments. “Democracy …

UN to commemorate former Secretary General U Thant
Mizzima.com, India –
Despite of his popularity, Burma’s military dictator General Newin, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1962, refused to honor him with a state funeral, …

Thailand’s new PM likely to be more ‘pro-Active’ on Burma: Activist
Mizzima.com, India –
While the election of Abhisit as the new Prime Minister signals an end to the immediate political crisis, Burmese pro-democracy activists based in Thailand …

Burma: Ne Win’s Daughter Freed
UNPO, Netherlands –
Ne Win took power in a bloodless military coup in 1962, and remained in power until 1988, when a pro-democracy uprising forced him to step down and hand …

Ethnic Chin group rejects junta’s 2010 election plans
Mizzima.com, India –
The CNF passed the resolution during their Fourth Congress held on the Indo-Burma border from the 8th to the 13th of this month, according to the …

Lancia and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for human rights
Autochannel (press release) –
Now a prisoner in her own homeland, Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This edition of the Summit is dedicated to her, the utmost example …

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, UK –
The technology also gives organisations like the BBC footage that would be difficult to obtain otherwise, for example the BBC is barred from entering Burma …

Promotions Seen as Part of 2010 Election Plan
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burma’s military government, the State Peace and Development Council, has promoted a number of senior officers and created new positions in what …

Sandar Win Walks Free After 6 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – 6

Ironically, the junta has leveled similar accusations at Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who married a British citizen.

Isolation or Engagement? It’s Than Shwe’s Choice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will head the $2.5 billion pipeline project with a 50.9 percent stake, while Burma’s state-run Myanmar Oil and …

Posted By ROBERT W. MURRAY AND DAVID SIEGEL
St. Catharines Standard, Canada –
In Darfur, Congo, Burma and other nations, human rights abuses occur at disturbing levels with no serious response from international society. …

Asean Charter Comes into Force
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

From left to right, Lotian Deputy Foreign Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Rais Yatim, Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win, …

Burmese Defense Lawyer Flees to Thailand, Blasts Regime
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
According to the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar, Myint Aye funded the bombing, which it said had been carried out by two members of the opposition …

When it was finally signed a year ago, one of its members – Burma – had just made headlines by brutally suppressing pro-democracy demonstrations. …

Turn Left Thailand
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Australia –
After the deliberate chaos created by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) seizure of the airports, the courts stepped in to dissolve the hugely …

Thailand’s Democrat Putsch
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
Chief among them is “Newin Chitchorp”, who was named by his father after the infamous Burmese dictator. The Democrat Party is known among the cyber …

Fresh pressure from junta on UWSA
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …

ASEAN charter comes into force
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The bloc’s proposed new rights body has no teeth and the charter has no provision to sanction members like Burma, where the junta has kept democracy leader …

Treaties lead to world government
Augusta Chronicle, GA –
… Burma, China and Russia. America would be surrendering its freedom of the seas to an “unaccountable international agency,” say US security experts. …

Former Burmese dictator’s daughter released from house arrest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 15, 2008—Officials in Burma have released the daughter of the country’s former dictator Ne Win after six years under house arrest, police said on …

Freedom Fighters Need Not Apply
Washington Post, United States –
The denials have included that of a Burmese lawyer who had smuggled anti-government brochures into Burma from Thailand; an Afghan owner of a muffler shop in …

In Praise Of Laura Bush
Forbes, NY –
That said, she has earned worldwide applause for her stand against the Burmese junta. And she has gone on record, with an unfussy but firm statement on TV, …

The bore’s head in hand bear I
Times Online, UK –
But 2008, as well as being the year of a world financial crisis, was also the year a resurgent Russia attempted to snuff out democracy on its borders, …

Bush arrives in Afghanistan for visit
LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
You worry about dictators? the head of the UN is from “Burma”. The 5… Nick Again, Maryborough on Journalist flings shoes at President Bush.

Cost of Bangkok Airport Closures Estimated at 540 Million Baht
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition, Australia –
The consequences of the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) week-long siege of Bangkok’s two main airports will affect AoT’s operation for six months. …

Monday, December 22
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1942 – US heavy bombers raid Japanese-occupied Rangoon, Burma _ now Myanmar, in World War II. 1944 – During the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans demand the …

Asean’s charter has to negotiate uncharted waters
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
That is no surprise as many Asean members such as Burma, Laos and Vietnam are under dictatorial rule. They do not want the people’s participation. …

Airlines seek redress for PAD action
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… resolved to sue leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for compensation equivalent to its disruption costs and loss of future revenue. …

UWSA faces renewed pressures
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military junta has announced that as the fifth step of its seven-step roadmap to democracy, a general election will be held in 2010, in accordance …


World focus on Burma (29 November 2008)

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POLITICS-THAILAND: Status as Regional Leader in Doubt
IPS, Italy –
It includes Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The call to postpone the summit comes after …

Myanmar leader says 2010 election plans on course
AFP –
The United States, European Union and United Nations have dismissed the lengthy “road map” in Myanmar, formerly Burma, as a sham due to the absence of …

Escaping the past, believing in the future
Rocky Mountain News, CO –
Htoo, 20, is from Myanmar, the nation once known as Burma. He fled his village at 13 to escape forceful recruitment into the same military that was …]

Round Table for Saturday, November 29, 2008
Capitol Hill Blue, VA –
1987 – A Korean jetliner disappeared off Burma, with 115 people aboard. 1988 – The US Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not …

31 literatus win literature house manuscript awards in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
The Sarpay Beikman was founded as the “Burma (now Myanmar) Translation Society” in 1947 and has published numerous magazines, lexicons, illustrated journals …

Brace for Thailand
La Stampa, Italy –
… so eager to help the lost cause of the Burmese dissidents or the Tibetan independence, willing to push for the winnable cause of the Thai democracy? …

Mumbai it is – but don’t expect Myanmar
Times Online, UK –
Before you all raise it, however, we have no plans – yet – to alter our preference for Burma over Myanmar, largely on the “greatest familiarity” principle, …

Commentary : ASEAN: people-oriented or disoriented?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Burma have been calling international attention to the plight of pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and more than …

TV must advise tourists
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
If they were in Burma, all the PAD core leaders would have been under house arrest and the protesters rounded up and jailed or put in concentration camps. …

From Surrey to Thailand, with VitaGoat
Surrey Now,  Canada –
The Karens are a people oppressed by the military in Burma (aka Myanmar). Those who’ve crossed into Thailand live in refugee camps along the border. …

Myanmar: Recovery fund still insufficient in post-Nargis Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
New Delhi (Mizzima) – Relief and recovery work for Cyclone Nargis affected victims in the delta region of Burma is insufficient and there remains much work …

SF: HUMAN RIGHTS CASE AGAINST CHEVRON IS SECOND TO GO TO TRIAL …
CBS 5, CA –
A human rights lawsuit by Burmese villagers against Unocal Corp. was settled in 2005. In order to rule in favor of the Nigerians on any of the claims, .


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November 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm

World focus on Burma (24 November 2008)

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India-Burma holds another round of bilateral talks
Mizzima.com, India –
But, he said, India should look into longer terms and implement a policy that would nurture democracy in neighbouring Burma, which in turn would be a new …

Burma: Rangoon strengthens trade ties with India
آكي, Italy –

India is Burma’s fourth largest trading partner, after Thailand, China and Singapore. Meanwhile the country is continuing its crackdown on democracy …

Mizzima.com, India –
The Asia Human Right Commission (AHRC) during a consultation meeting concluded on Sunday called for the release of Burma’s Supreme Court advocates Khin …

DQ Entertainment concludes licensing deals with broadcasters
Business of Cinema, India –
… rights for the TV Series Casper’s –Scare School for India, and non exclusive rights for Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma and the Maldives….

Another changing of the guards for Burma’s junta
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s rulers have announced that they will hold a general election as part of their roadmap to democracy and will allow the winning party to assume power …

Nuclear Disarmement and Demilitarization
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
… and an inability to cope with natural disasters like the cyclone in Myanmar/Burma and the earthquake in China – much less global climate change. …

40 Burmese given prison terms of up to 65 years, blogger gets 20 …
Anarkismo.net –
Now is definitely the time for the South African Government to consider changing its stance towards Burma (Myanmar). The people of Burma have been suffering….

Woodland Travels taken over by Htoo Company
Mizzima.com, India –
Pyinoolwin botanical garden is the best forest reserve in Burma which with diverse and rare flora and fauna. According to the Myanmar Tourism Corporation, …

Eighteen More Political Prisoners Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Another 18 political prisoners were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Monday, and family members are …

NLD marks National Day
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 24, 2008 (DVB)–The 88th Burmese National Day was marked at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Rangoon and in other towns in central Burma …

General Assembly approves Burma resolution, debate intensifies
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee on Friday approved a draft resolution on the human rights situation inside Burma, …

Eighteen More Political Prisoners Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Another 18 political prisoners were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Monday, and family members are ..

A Coup Against Than Shwe
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is probably fair to say that these moderate forces within the military, whoever they are, are not necessarily supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi or the …

Two Taiwan drug dealers sentenced to death in east China
Xinhua, China –
Police told the court that the dealers bought 39 parcels of heroin from Burma in early September and sold four of them for 400000 yuan (60000 US dollars) in …

Are you still buying a blood diamond?
Commodity Online, India –
Before the blood diamond scenario emerged, it was known that Burma’s military junta survived by trading in rubies. And it is not a mean figure. …

Feast bridges culture gap in church merger
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
Myanmar is the name for the country formerly known as Burma. But the influx of members has breathed new life into the First Baptist Church, whose membership …

He’s ‘prophetic and poetic’
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
His past influences those he serves through the program, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said. McGill doesn’t try to hide his criminal history, …

No activities planned by exile groups during ASEAN Summit
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) also told SHAN that the group was not planning any activities and any campaigns during the summit, according to Nang Yen, …

Burma needs a pragmatic solution
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma, the official added, was going to be a democracy in its own way. The international community has since continuously recognized the NLD’s commitment to …

At least 15 activists transferred to remote prisons
Mizzima.com, India –
He also said that he learned from family members that NLD member Tun Tun Naing was sent to Meiktila prison, ‘All Burma Federation of Students Union’ (ABFSU) …

Bush’s Legacy in India
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
… allowing the Chinese more freedom of action in Southeast Asia, where it is the main source of support for the military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma). …

Opposition holds National Day celebration
Mizzima.com, India –
… of Myanmar, Senior General Than Shwe said that some foreign powers were trying to intervene in Burma’s domestic affairs by exercising neo-colonialism. …

Zarganar and U Gambira jailed for over 40 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 24, 2008 (DVB)–The Burmese regime has continued its crackdown against activists, handing down a 45-year sentence to Zarganar and extending monk leader U …

The Freedom Challenge
Washington Post, United States –
The regime negated the results, and the league’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest for most of the time since. …

Myanmar lawyers’ convictions criticised
Legal Business Online, Australia –
By George Beveridge | Monday, 24 November 2008 The jailing of Burmese pro-democracy lawyers has been criticised by an association concerned for the …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
“I initially decided to stay inside Burma for as long as I could, even after my husband had gone into exile. But when they [the authorities] hinted that …

More environmental initiatives
The News International, Pakistan –
Do the Indian and Burmese economies have the capacity to deal with such a refugee situation? To what extent are developed countries, whose emissions over …

Myanmar Explorations and Sovereign Rights of Bangladesh
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –
… of Myanmar remains yet inflexible on its earlier position. Burma cannot unilaterally go ahead with the exploration in the disputed sea blocks. …

Rice lauds GMA: You are US’ best friend
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Rice also expressed appreciation for the Philippine position on Burma (Myanmar). “There’s only one doing this (in Asia),” she said. …

A journey across the Ground Zero of global warming
Huffington Post, NY –
India is already building a border fence to keep them out; I can’t imagine the country’s other neighbour – Burma – will offer much refuge. …

PAD set to launch ‘king taksin operation’
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
King Taksin was the great king who liberated Ayutthaya from Burma but is not related to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, PAD’s sworn enemy. …


World focus on Burma (23- November 2008)

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Cyclone devastation ‘to last another year’
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK – By: George Conger.
Cyclone Nargis came ashore on May 2, destroying over 95 percent of the buildings in the Irrawaddy Delta region. The archbishop said that “official …

Human rights calls on Burma
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
The long-time issue of Burma would be even more critical now that the military junta has opted for a ruthless approach against its political dissidents. …

Burma: ‘Only 65 years?’
Green Left Weekly, Australia –
One of Burma’s most prominent activists has been sentenced to 65 years jail, along with two other pro-democracy leaders, in connection with anti-government …

Call for education to stop conflicts
The Press Association –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, have issued their …

Weekly Business Roundup China’s Burma oil conduit threat
The Post, Pakistan –
Nissan and Suzuki have partnership deals with First Myanmar Investment (FMI), a junta-linked leading Burmese business. FMI president Theim Wai announced …

‘China is a threat to democracy’
BBC News, UK –
Most provocative in Asia will be his views on Burma, China and democracy, some of which have sparked anger among Asian governments in the past. …

Sunday, November 30
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1962 – U Thant of Burma is elected UN Secretary-General, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold. 1964 – Soviet Union launches spacecraft toward Mars in …

The US Should Move Beyond Sanctions
KanglaOnline, India –
In an apparent shift from the policy of traditional sanctions, the US Congress created a post for policy chief for Burma to increase pressure on the …

The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008
Multinational Monitor –
Another of Chevron’s inherited legacies is the Yadana natural gas pipeline in Burma, operated by a consortium in which Unocal was one of the lead partners. …

Burma’s Leader Calls on People to Back Road Map to Democracy
Voice of America –
In an 88th National Day message carried Saturday by the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper, Senior General Than Shwe said the people are duty-bound to …

Hong Kong’s architectural firms are first to feel effects of …
GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
By Raphael Minder, Financial Times Hong Kong: In late August, Woods Bagot, an international architectural firm, invited clients to an office party to …

Playing China Rules and The Illusions Of “Free Trade”
Right Side News, GA –
However, Beijing’s continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and …

Tea room pours good cheer: Attendees share laughter, help church …
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a .

President Bush: ‘Economic turmoil’
The Swamp – Tribune’s Washington Bureau, DC –
We’re standing for a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons — and with a Burma free of repression. Above all, we can be confident in the future of this …

Thinned-down demo site still has a flavour all its own
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Goods aside, there’s a shrine to King Taksin the Great (not to be confused with Thaksin), who freed the Thai state from the Burmese yoke more than two …

“The past cannot be rectified but our future can be moulded”
MorungExpress, India –
The endured desire of the Nagas to concertedly expedite a final solution to the protracted Indo-Naga-Burma political imbroglio persisted. …

The Knuckleheads of the Day award
Wizbang, DC –
Today’s winner is Senior General Than Shwe and the rest of Myanmar’s ruling junta. They get the award for the following- Myanmar’s most famous comedian was …

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November 23, 2008 at 1:28 am

World focus on Burma (22 November 2008)

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South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu Gets Fulbright Award
Voice of America –
… but that the world’s revulsion for human rights violations in places like Darfur, Burma, Zimbabwe and Gaza shows that evil is not the norm. …


“But it’s a bigger joke on those abroad who still think ignoring repression in Burma will bring positive change,” he said.

Myanmar opposition calls for amnesty on national day
TopNews, India –
The National League for Democracy, Myanmar’s main opposition group, demanded the release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and student …

Burmese comic gets 45 years
Chortle, UK –
… June and seized his computer after he organized a group of around 400 volunteers to provide disaster relief in the areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

HMS Westminster arrives in capital for march
Portsmouth News, UK –
Westminster was also sent to offer help with the humanitarian effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The full article contains 182 words and appears in …

Comedian gets 45 years – criticized Burma junta
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… and 14 members of detained Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party got 2 1/2 years each for calling for her release on her birthday in June, …

Comedian gets 45-year term as Burma punishes activism
Boston Globe, United States –
AP / November 22, 2008 RANGOON, Burma – Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists yesterday, giving a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went …

Burma Eats Its Young
New Yorker, United States –
After Aung San Suu Kyi, these two men are the leaders of Burma’s democracy movement, and a source of intense admiration and inspiration among the young …

Opposition big shots spurn 2010 elections
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… the democratic opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi and non-Burman ethnic states, was formed by exiles led by the late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe (1939-2004), …

Myanmar Gives Comedian 45-Year Sentence for Cyclone Comments
New York Times, United States –
Those sentenced have included some 70 members of the opposition National League for Democracy, the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained Nobel …

Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC
JURIST –
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Human rights calls
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Asean governments will be urged next month to call for a Commission of Inquiry on Burma by the UN Human Rights Council. But the new Asean Human Rights Body …

Comedian gets jail for criticizing junta
Washington Times, DC –

AP RANGOON, Burma | Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists Friday, handing out a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went to the delta to …

Importance of ‘responsibility to protect’ outlined at conference
Irish Times, Ireland –
… invoking the principle – for example, in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Burma last spring – had not helped to build wider acceptance of the idea. …

Chinese living longer but wealth gap widening: UN
ABC Online, Australia –
“You’ve also got trafficking of women from even poorer places, for example Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, into these villages in China now to provide wives for …

In short
Irish Times, Ireland –
(Reuters) RANGOON – A hip-hop star in military-ruled Burma has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of …

Burma jails comedian for 45 years
Independent, UK –
More than 100 activists, including Buddhist monks, students and members of the opposition National League for Democracy have been convicted in the past two …

Myanmar on US agenda
Straits Times, Singapore –
The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma, the name used before it was changed by the military junta. Mr Marciel’s visit to Japan will take place on Dec …

Tea room pours good cheer
East Valley Tribune, AZ –
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a …

Journalist gets 45 years in prison, others sentenced
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
New York, November 21, 2008–A Burmese court sentenced entertainer and activist Maung Thura–known by his stage name, “Zarganar”–to 45 years in prison …

Magazine Breaks News on Organ Harvesting in China
The Epoch Times, NY –
24 issue, “China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest ” by Ethan Gutmann, asks why the world’s media, human rights organizations, and governments are not investigating …

RIGHTS: Landmines Banned, And Still Kill Thousands
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Investigations by Human Rights Watch concluded that at least 16 civilians died as a result of these weapons, which are known to tear limbs off a victim’s …

Burma: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
Spero News –
By IRIN Scores of monasteries in cyclone-affected Myanmar are in urgent need of repair almost seven months after the category four storm struck. …

PEN Canada Honorary Member and One Humanity Award winner ZARGANA …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
21 /CNW/ – PEN Canada is appalled by the forty-five year prison sentence handed down today by the Myanmar regime to Burmese poet and comedian Zargana (Maung …

Daily Press Briefing
US Department of State, DC –
Burma will also be discussed. He will travel to Tokyo to consult with Japanese officials regarding human rights, democracy, and other concerns in Burma on …

For Andrew K
The Young Turks, CA –
More than 100 activists have been sentenced over the past two weeks in a judicial crackdown across the spectrum of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. …

Myanmar Junta Jails Comedian for 45 Years
New York Times, United States –
By SHARON OTTERMAN A secret court run by Myanmar’s military leadership sentenced a prominent Burmese comedian and activist to 45 years in prison on Friday, …

Myanmar court hands comedian 45-year prison term
The Associated Press –
… for their jokes about the junta, and several other activists delivered donations of relief supplies to the Cyclone Nargis-shattered Irrawaddy delta. …

Top US Agenda at Asia-Pacific Meeting is the Financial Crisis
NewsBlaze, CA –
Topics of discussion will include follow-up from the G20 meeting; nuclear proliferation challenges from North Korea and Iran; developments in Burma, …

Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
… trade unions and political activists.” They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. …

Junta’s oppressive rule of law – Blogger Nay Phone Latt sentenced to over 20 years

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Burma blogger jailed for 20 years: opposition
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Burma has been ruled by the military since 1962. Human rights groups estimate that there are more than 2000 political prisoners in Burma.

20 years for blogger Nay Phone Latt
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
11 Nov, 2008 (DVB)-Burmese authorities on Monday sentenced blogger Nay Phone Latt who was arrested early this year to 20 years in prison, his family said. …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years
CNN –
… year to suppress anti-government demonstrations, said The Irrawaddy, an online newspaper published by exiles from Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …

Simply put, Latt is going to prison because the military junta became outraged by his reporting of actual events and circumstances in Burma (Myanmar) on his …

Blogger jailed for 20 years over poem that mocked Burmese dictator
Times Online, UK –
They join more than 2000 other political prisoners in Burma’s jails, half of whom have been incarcerated since last September’s “Saffron Revolution”, …

Blogger jailed for 20 years in Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Military censors in Burma – also known as Myanmar – launched an investigation in January after a poem by Saw Wai appeared in a newspaper. …

Blogger gets 20 years in jail
News24.com, South Africa –
Yangon – A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced a prominent blogger to more than 20 years in jail on Monday for his internet activities. …

Internet newsman arrested in Myanmar
Pakistan News, Pakistan –
A Myanmar man has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for posting a cartoon of the military leader Than Shwe on the Internet. …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
The post was created by the US congress with an eye on increasing pressure on the military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Than Shwe: “Foolish with power”, says Nay Phone Latt

A Burmese blogger has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for posting a cartoon of the military leader Than Shwe. Nay Phone Latt, 28, was sentenced by a …

Myanmar blogger jailed for 20 years: opposition
AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — A popular Myanmar blogger arrested after massive anti-junta protests last year has been jailed for 20 years at Yangon’s notorious Insein …

Protests urged as Myanmar jails blogger
NDTV.com, India –
In a statement in Montreal, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association in Canada said that a Myanmar court on Monday jailed blogger Nay Phone …

Burmese democracy blogger sentenced
EnerPub, TX – In September of 2007, on the pages of his website, the young man recounted the massacres carried out by the junta against Burmese monks, becoming a valuable …

Court sentenced blogger for over 20 years, poet for two years
Mizzima.com, India –
Meanwhile, media watchdogs the Reporters Without Frontiers (RSF) and Burma Media Association (BMA) has slam the junta for its unfair trials on the two …

Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for “mocking” General Than Shwe
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
In September of 2007, on the pages of his website, the young man recounted the massacres carried out by the junta against Burmese monks, becoming a valuable …

Myanmar hands blogger 20-year prison sentence
International Herald Tribune, France –
Blogger Nay Phone Latt, 28, was arrested in January this year and given 15 years under the Electronics Law, two years for “creating public alarm,” and 3 1/2 …

Dissident blogger given 20 years
First Post, UK –

A young Burmese blogger who fed the outside world news from a locked-down country on the September 2007 uprising was sentenced to 20 years and six months …

Young Burmese Blogger Sentenced to more than 20 Years in Jail
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was convicted of contravening Public Offense Act 505 B by posting a cartoon depicting junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe on his blog site. …

Prison court sentences blogger to 20 years, poet to two years
Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are appalled by the combined sentence of 20 years and six months in prison that a special court in …

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World focus on Burma (3 October 2008)

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Green Politics
The Smart Set, PA –
Last year, following Burma’s brutal suppression of monks leading pro-democracy protests, an activist in Britain pointed a finger at Gary Player over a golf …

DPRK-ja-vu, all over again
Across the Aisle, DC –
Without nukes, the DPRK becomes Burma, just another small country ruled by a dictatorial regime that is a nuisance for its neighbors but otherwise can be …

Ailing political detainee forced to stand trial
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Political prisoner Aung Zaw Oo was forced to stand trial at Kyauktada township court despite his pleas to be tried at a later date…

CORRECTING and REPLACING Chevron Loses Major Lobbying Battle In …
MarketWatch –
… operated in Burma, which has caused Chevron a spate of bad publicity for generating billions in hard currency for the repressive military regime there. …

Chevron Loses Major Lobbying Battle In Congress Over Ecuador Trade …
MarketWatch –
… operated in Burma, which has caused Chevron a spate of bad publicity for generating billions in hard currency for the repressive military regime there. …

Than Shwe’s Health Again in Question
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Burma’s 75-year-old leader, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, is undergoing medical treatment at his Rangoon residence near Tooth Relic Pagoda in Mayangone …

The currency debate re-ignites?
RGE Monitor, NY –
I have argued for a long time that as long as China maintained its currency regime it forced a trade deficit onto the rest of the world, which for the most …

From a close friend of mine:
National Review Online Blogs, NY –
… me to Afghanistan”, and all that stuff, and it’s their CENTRAL riposte for the Iraq war so it’s not like some bizarre point about Burma foreign aid. …

Chinese investments in Myanmars energy, mining sectors of concern
Your Mining News (press release), UK –
The ERI report, aptly titled China in Burma: The Increasing Involvement of Chinese Multinational Corporations in Burma’s Hydropower, Oil and Natural Gas, .

I, Ashin Pannasiri, dissident monk escaped from Burmese prison
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
From New Delhi, the “struggle for freedom and peace in Burma” will continue. Yangon (AsiaNews) – Ashin Pannasiri, a 28-year-old Buddhist monk arrested on …

Perestroika, SA style
Thought Leader, South Africa –
… Libya, Burma, Iran, Zimbabwe and others. This has accomplished little other than calling South Africa’s judgement and own commitment to democracy into …

Aung San Suu Kyi visited by eye-specialist
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi – Detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday was visited by an eye-specialist for a check-up, …

Thai company to pay compensation to next of kin of 54 workers
Mizzima.com, India –
The Human Rights organization is cooperating with Thai lawyers and attended the court hearing in Ranong in September 22. Two defendants in this case …

Former journalist and ally of Aung San Suu Kyi detained, says NLD
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Burma’s military authorities have detained U Onh Kyaing, former journalist and important member of the National League for Democracy (NLD), says NLD party …

Advancing Democracy through the UN: The Challenges on the Ground
US Department of State, DC –
By addressing country-specific topics such as human rights abuses in Iran, Burma, or North Korea or thematic issues such as freedom of expression or …

Catching Up With… Henry Rollins
Paste Magazine, GA –

… for the Independent Film Channel, while two others—one on Burma and the other, shot in Thailand, about worldwide hunger and famine—round out the list. …

US financial crisis may impact foreign aid
Mizzima.com, India –
Biden, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of last year’s Burma Democracy Promotion Act, which built on existing banking and …

Eye Specialist Calls on Suu Kyi
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A medical specialist visited pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her Rangoon home on Thursday and conducted an eye examination. …

Where Would Burma Be without Suu Kyi?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
What would happen if Suu Kyi died or became so unhealthy that she couldn’t continue her role as the political leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement? …

Weekly Business Roundup (October 3, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
JETRO, a Tokyo government-funded business development agency, had advised companies planning to invest in Burma to wait in the wake of the violence, …

Safe Drinking Water Ever Scarcer in Irrawaddy Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By VIOLET CHO Clean drinking water is becoming ever scarcer in Burma’s cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta as the country heads into the dry season. …

UN Rights Commissioner urges Burma to free more political prisoners
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi – The United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay on Thursday urged Burma’s military junta to free all political …

Burmese asked to leave ward in Mizoram
Mizzima.com, India –
This is violation of human rights”. “Most of the Burmese nationals living in Mizoram State are economic migrants. They migrated here after suffering …

When Burmese citizenship is no longer attractive
Mizzima.com, India –
In contrast to their life in Singapore, Burmese recall the Burmese junta’s treatment of Buddhist monks following last year’s Saffron Revolution, …

Eye specialist examines Aung San Suu Kyi
Independent Online, South Africa –
… and the junta’s liaison officer, labour minister Aung Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD won 1990 elections but the military, which has ruled Burma since 1962, …

Former Fairbanksan overcomes odds, turns to missionary work
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, AK –
Because of the on-going 50-year civil war in Burma and the unrelenting human rights abuses perpetrated on its own people by the ruling junta, …

New world, new leadership
Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia –
Natural disasters have global impacts: the Southeast Asian tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in the US in 2005, Cyclone Nargis in Burma in May 2008 and the …

NLD youth member given four-year jail term
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 3, 2008 (DVB)–Mya Than Htike, a National League for Democracy youth member who was hit by a bullet when government troops opened fire on protestors last …

NLD youth member feared dead is found alive
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 3, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy youth member who went missing in August and was reported dead was found alive by his father at a police …

Myanmar Should Free 2000 Political Prisoners, Suu Kyi, UN Says
Bloomberg –
By James Peng Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — The top United Nations human rights official called on Myanmar’s military junta to free the estimated 2000 political …

Health imperative ‘justifies interventionism’
InTheNews.co.uk, UK –
… intervene beyond their borders to safeguard health and human rights.” The writers suggest leaders who fail to refuse aid to those in need, as in Burma, …

‘Continued Commitment is key to sustained assistance to cyclone …
Balita.org, UK –
MYANMAR, Oct. 3 — Nearly five months into the post disaster response in Myanmar, more than 33000 metric tonnes of food have reached over 733000 people …

Junta suspends two Burmese journals
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The published version referred to U Win Tin, who had been until his release last week Burma’s longest serving political prisoner, as “Sayagyi” (“Great …

Cuisines of the Axis of Evil
Wall Street Journal –
Accompanying the axis are nuclear states Israel, India and Pakistan, along with human-rights abusers Cuba, Burma and China. Bringing up the rear is the …

UN calls for the release of Myanmar’s political prisoners
AFP –

The High Commissioner also called the detention of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi “completely illegal, even in respect of the country’s law …

Journalist and opposition member Ohn Kyaing arrested again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
It will be an outrage if he is sent back to prison for helping Cyclone Nargis victims, as it would be punishing humanitarian activity. …

Primate of Burma: ‘Do not forget the cyclone victims’
Church Times, UK –
by Ed Beavan ALMOST five months to the day since Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma, the Archbishop of Myanmar, the Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo, …

Justice for migrant labour
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Without assistance from human and labour rights organisations, their misery would have been swept under the carpet. Although some believe the …

Home Blog Zone DC Download Gwen Ifill: VP debate moderator, author
St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  United States –
… like the repressive government of Burma tried to destroy the innocent and truthful voice of Aung San Suu Kyi, Yes, they are weary, but they are resolved …

Other Campaigns and Projects
Earthrights.org, DC –
The Yadana pipeline, running across Burma and into Thailand, is a project of US company Unocal, French Total, and the Burmese military regime, among others. …

It is a puzzle as to why the regime released me now, but it was almost impossible for them to keep me longer. I was sentenced to 20 years and I had served …

Other Areas of Work
Earthrights.org, DC –
… designed to raise awareness and strengthen the capacity of communities to address the varied human rights dimensions of environmental degradation in Burma.

ERS – Mekong
Earthrights.org, DC –
ERI opened its inaugural EarthRights School-Mekong program in June 2006, drawing from the success of the EarthRights School- Burma model. …

Other Campaigns and Projects
Earthrights.org, DC –
Furthermore, it would be built with assistance from the Burmese military, that has a well-documented record of brutal human rights and environmental abuses. …

A tribute to Shelton Kodikara – III
The Island (subscription), Sri Lanka –
The rice market situation also eased as early as 1957 when Burma’s (Myanmar) five-year commitment to China in 1952 which had partly caused the world …


World focus on Burma (2 October 2008)

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Developing our Way out of WMD Terror
Across the Aisle, DC –
When the current nonproliferation regime was designed, the Cold War raged. Only a handful of countries had developed nuclear weapons. …

Bharat Bhagya Vidhata
Central Chronicle, India –
Our small neighbours Burma and Ceylon have proudly renamed themselves by native names of Myanmar and Sri Lanka and erstwhile East Pakistan as Bangladesh. …

US must send China a clear signal
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
However, in December 2003 he somehow got weak knees and started to oppose Taiwan’s evolution toward a full democracy. He opposed a referendum held in …

Journalist and opposition member Ohn Kyaing arrested again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
A member of the National League for Democracy, the main opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, he was freed in 2005 after spending 15 years in prison for …

Burma’s economy: Does sanctions hinder development?
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese junta is annoyed with the west because of the sanctions but are even more so on the opposition led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for urging the west …

Llyod’s writes to all agents to ‘reconsider’ business deals with Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“The British government clearly wants them to pull out, we want them to pull out,” said Chatterton adding that the Burmese regime could lose tens of …

Conflict predominant in our world
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Burma, or what is now called Myanmar, has been under military rule since 1962 and is one of the most undeveloped countries in Asia. …

A 15-year trial is not a fair trial
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The United Nations Human Rights Committee, which deliberates on cases under the covenant, found that the trial of Lalith Rajapakse in a Sri Lankan high …

Elected MP Ohn Kyaing arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 2, 2008 (DVB)–U Ohn Kyaing, a National League for Democracy member and dedicated participant in cyclone relief efforts, was arrested last night at about …

Burma opposition figure arrested
BBC News, UK –
A prominent political ally of the detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been arrested in Burma. Ohn Kyaing was taken from his home on …

Jenks missionary updates on Myanmar (Burma)
Jenks Journal, OK –
Dr. Chin Do Kham, president of Global Outreach & Community Development, Inc based in Jenks who is a native of Myanmar (Burma) recently came back from a one …

Lawyer Aung Thein withdraws representation
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The lawyer was particularly dismayed by the one-sided decisions passed against political prisoners by Ahlon township judge Daw Thiri Tin in Insein prison. …

Publishing license of two Burmese weekly journals’ suspended
Mizzima.com, India –
However, it appeared in the journal as ‘Sayagyi U Win Tin’. The journal was banned for this,” an editor of a weekly journal said on condition of anonymity. …

Monk Escapes from Lantalang Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING A 28-year-old Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Pannasiri, has successfully escaped from Lantalang Prison in Chin State and arrived in Delhi, …

Myanmar, Kachin rebels oppose dams on Chinese border
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
This is revealed by sources close to the ethnic rebel group which, despite signing a peace agreement with the Burmese junta in 1994, exercises substantial …

The Strange World of Burma’s Home Affairs Minister
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to infiltrate Burma by using the UN and the “Responsibility to Protect” paradigm as part of an agenda to accuse the regime of “crimes against humanity. …

CNN- October 2, 2008
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military authorities have detained a prominent former journalist and political ally of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition party said Thursday. Police took 64-year-old Ohn Kyaing from his home Wednesday evening, said Nyan Win, the spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy….
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Prominent former journalist detained by Burma junta
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burmese authorities have detained a prominent former journalist and member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy opposition movement, the party said. …

Burma Stonewalls at the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Obliquely responding to the General Assembly ministers, he said only that “the international community can best assist Myanmar’s [Burma’s] democratization …

Veteran NLD MP Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
However, the Burmese military regime refused to recognize the result of the election. Ohn Kyaing was imprisoned in September 1990 and sentenced to 17 years …

US Challenges to Democratic Governance
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
In this, the 60th year since the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we must counter challenges to the very human rights that we as …

Junta arrests another opposition MP, Ohn Kyaing
Mizzima.com, India –
The detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party spokesperson, however, said details of the arrest of the MP are still not known. …

Elected MP’s health deteriorates in detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Separately, U Aung Thein, the lawyer who represents National League for Democracy member Ko Thein Swe, has asked the court to release his client now that …

One year later: petitioners commemorate Burma protests
Record-Harvard Law School, MA –

Imprisoned in her Yangon home, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi looked out on a nation that remained in the bloody hands of her jailers. …

Swan Ahr Shin and Police Support Sittwe Monks
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
During last year’s Saffron Revolution, members of Swan Ahr Shin along with the police and riot police attacked many democratic and human rights activists. …

Banning jade from Burma hurts monks and jewelers
Denver Post, CO –
The stated purpose of the JADE Act is to punish the repressive Burmese regime for its crackdown on the demonstrating monks, for the continued detention of …

The currency debate re-ignites? (Chinal Financial Markets)
ChinaStakes.com, China –
I have argued for a long time that as long as China maintained its currency regime it forced a trade deficit onto the rest of the world, which for the most …

Burma’s Censors Suspend Two Publications
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG and MOE MYINT YAN Two weekly publications have been suspended by Burma’s notorious censorship board, after being accused of violating rules and …

Mindanao is focus of US for Southeast Asia peace and stability
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
He cited ASEAN’s role in convincing Burma’s junta to accept much-needed international aid after a devastating cyclone and the contribution of various …

Than Shwe Delays Signing Election Law
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The head of the Burmese military regime, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, has still not approved the country’s election law, which authorizes an election in …

“The Voice of Art in a Battle for Freedom: International Artists … (Freedom and Art)
Absolutearts.com –
… a key political figure who has been under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the past 18 years over her bid for political freedom. …

Nargis recovery proceeding, $240 million still needed
Mizzima.com, India –
In an international funding conference held in Rangoon three weeks following Nargis, Burma’s ruling junta originally appealed for international aid to the …

Breastfeeding, safest for infants
Mizzima.com, India –
The announcement of the joint action plan came a day after Burma’s military government ran a warning message on its mouth-piece newspaper on the use of …

ENSURE SAFE FEEDING FOR INFANTS AND INCREASE VIGILANCE

Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO Myanmar statement on safe feeding for infants

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Ministry of Health, Government of Myanmar is taking prompt actions in response to contaminated milk powder issue. The Government of Myanmar has …

‘The Revolving Door’: Plight of Burmese refugees in Malaysia
Mizzima.com, India –
We feel like it is a ray of hope for Burmese in Malaysia, who are out of range of protection both from workers’ rights and human rights groups,” said Ye Min …

NLD youth member reported dead in custody
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Oct 1, 2008 (DVB)–Aung Moe Lwin, a 36-year-old youth member of the National League for Democracy in Natmauk township, Magwe division, is said to have died …

Thursday, October 9
AP-
1983 – A powerful bomb, believed planted by North Korean agents, explodes in Rangoon, Burma, killing 18 members of South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan’s entourage.

One year on in Burma
Irish Times, Ireland –
… but has made little progress on political prisoners or human rights, including release of the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Low-key celebration for 48 years of ineptitude (Nigeria)
The Punch, Nigeria –
When Burma (Myanmar) too turned 60 recently, the citizens did not feel like celebrating either. The celebration had to be low keyed because the general mood …

‘Militant monks’ or agents of change?
Times of India, India –
In Thailand, monks led a revolt against the corrupt regime of Thaksin Shinawatra; in Myanmar, thousands of them walked the streets, challenging the brutal …

China’s Quest for Moral Authority
The Nation., NY –
China, replete with human rights abuses at home and allied with many of the world’s unsavory regimes abroad–from Gen. Than Schwe in Burma and Kim Jong Il …

UK Express, UK –
It was in conditions such as these that the men of the Third Battalion of the Sixth Gurkha Rifles fought the three-day battle for Mongaung in Northern Burma …

Escapee Describes Torture in Burma
Radio Free Asia, DC –
NEW DELHI—The only leader of Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution to escape from a junta prison camp has described torture and backbreaking hard labor in custody …

TJA all stirred up (Loud in rhetoric)
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Not the needs of the American people or American citizens, but the human conditions, rights and abuses pertaining to Burmese, Tibetans, North Koreans and …

Why India Became Free
Mainstream, India –
… Indian Army who were taken prisoner by the Japanese when the British withdrew helter-skelter from Burma (now Myanmar) and other South Asian countries. …

Should Asia brace for more mega storms?
The Japan Times, Japan –
However, Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar last May, appears to be the first high-strength storm recorded in the populous Irrawaddy River Delta in Burma, …

Burma prisoner release masks absence of legitimate legal and …
JURIST –
That to do this contradicts an article of a judiciary law that it itself introduced is no obstacle for a regime that understands legality only in terms of …

Democracies Are Driven By Positive Language Skills
Huffington Post, NY –
The Burmese generals who killed the last generation of Buddhist monks will likely kill the next generation with less fuss and muss. But in a democracy …

David Cameron’s speech in full
guardian.co.uk, UK –
This attitude, this whole health and safety, human rights act culture, has infected every part of our life. If you’re a police officer you now cannot pursue …

Burma: two weeklies suspended, jailed blogger appears in court again
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Only Burma’s privately-owned press has covered China’s baby formula scandal, the political crisis in Thailand or the release of journalist U Win Tin …

Rights group to probe Burma war crimes
Adelaidenow, Australia –
Burma also houses more than 2100 political prisoners, including democracy icon and Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent more than 12 of …