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World focus on Burma (11 September 2008)

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Aung San Suu Kyi meets her lawyer again
Mizzima.com, India –
She was last arrested in May 2003 following a brutal attack by junta-backed mobs on her motorcade in upper Burma’s Depayin town. In May, the junta extended …

Karen Hodges travels to Burma with NCP, offers aid
Etownian, PA –
Burma, the most poverty-ridden location in Southeast Asia, has recently come under devastation from the Cyclone Nargis that struck in May 2008 leaving …

Operation Blessing International mobilizing medical teams and …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Most recently, OBI mobilized teams and funded major relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar, the Sichuan Province of China, Rift Valley in Kenya, Bangladesh, …

Security blanket at hospital where Daw Suu’s aide is admitted
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – A security blanket envelops the Muslim Charity Hospital on Barr Street, Kyauktada Township, Rangoon where Win Pa Pa, daughter of Khin Khin Win, …

Nilar Thein arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
She took part with other 88 generation leaders in the peaceful march in August last year to protest against the military regime’s doubling of fuel prices. …

Burmese PM Outlines Post-Cyclone Relief, Rehabilitation Work …
RedOrbit, TX –
11 (Xinhua) – Over 1 million people in Myanmar’s storm-hit regions have been rescued in time, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar [Burma] quoted …

88 generation activist Nilar Thein arrested
Mizzima.com, India –
… recipients of the Czech Republic’s Homo Homini award for their promotion of democracy, human rights and nonviolent solutions in Burma’s political conflicts.

Cooking lessons, guilty; coup, no problem
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

A Burmese blogger monk wins NP contest
OpEdNews, PA –

This prize is dedicated to my woman hero Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and my country Burma. I will donate it to an organization.Patgarcia also deserves to be a …

Musician Peter Gabriel has been named Ambassador of Conscience 2008 by human rights group Amnesty International. Gabriel was presented with the honour by U2 …

Will the UN unseat the junta?
Mizzima.com, India –
The first claim references the annulled 1990 election results, the latter that of systematic human rights abuses by the junta directed at its own citizenry. …

Exiled opposition MPs contest junta’s UN seat
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
NCUB spokesperson U Myint Thein said the campaign was intended to highlight that the military regime did not legitimately represent the people of Burma. …

Suu Kyi meets again with lawyer
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for two hours with her lawyer on Thursday, witnesses said, amid worries for her health after her …

US voices concern over Aung San Suu Kyi’s health
Merinews, India –
It has been almost a month since Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi stopped receiving food deliveries. Amidst reports that she is on hunger strike …

Nilar Thein Arrested, Sources Say
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Burmese security forces have reportedly hunted down and arrested the prominent woman activist Nilar Thein, who went into hiding one year ago. …

Burma: Status of Aung San Suu Kyi
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
We continue to urge the Burmese regime to release immediately and unconditionally Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as all other political prisoners and begin a …

Swedes mark fifth anniversary of death of Anna Lindh
TopNews, India –
… of Myanmar, a former student activist, who has lived in exile for the past 20 years and is currently based in Thailand where she is active in the Burma …

Burmese Dissidents in Exile Challenge Junta’s UN Seat
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… because it had committed state-sponsored violence, particularly in the brutal ambush on democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters in Depayin, …

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

WEDNESDAY, 10/09/2008 (MaximsNews Network)

The Secretary-General received a letter yesterday from the organization of Myanmar politicians who were elected to Parliament in 1990 seeking to replace the …

Cyclone relief effort boosts Irrawaddy healthcare
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
After the cyclone hit Burma in early May, doctors and surgeons came from all over Burma to treat patients. Ko Vanku of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters …

Gambari to brief Security Council today
Mizzima.com, India –
United Nations Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is poised to meet with Security Council members Thursday morning in New York, according to the …

The voice of art in a battle for freedom
Ode Magazine, CA –
… support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a key political figure who has been under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the past 18 years over her bid …

Vote McCain, Re-Elect Lobbyists
Fog City Journal, CA –
He fired one for ties to Saudi Arabia, two for ties to the military junta in Burma, a lobbyist for energy companies, and one who was with a group attacking …

Campaigning starts in right earnest
South Asian Focus, Canada –
Their response to international crises- conflict in Lebanon, floods in the Philippines, cyclones in Burma and earthquakes in China- has been abysmal. …

Countering the drug menace
Zee News, India –
Burma, Laos and Thailand together constitute the Golden Triangle, which is the world’s largest source of opium. However, the opium crop in this zone has …

A second prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim?
Aliran Monthly, Malaysia –
If Malaysia does not wish to descend to the level of Burma and Zimbabwe, both of which were also British colonies and enjoyed the rule of law and freedom …

Ceasefire groups strengthen forces in Shan state
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Eastern Command leader Ya Pyit also told the Haha Ja group, based in Homong near the Thai-Burma border, that if they did not lay down their arms they could …

Burmese losing the battle against rats
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Four months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma, another natural disaster has struck the country. This time the ruling military regime has had 50 years to …

Junta sets new target for overseas job placement
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s Ministry of Labor has set a new target for overseas employment agencies, looking for each registered agency to place 300 Burmese workers …

NLD members questioned over bombing
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The NLD will never take up arms to win power – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would never accept that. She had said in the past that she doesn’t want to repeat the …


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World focus on Burma (4 August 2008)

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Bush Heads To Asia For Diplomacy And Sports

MyFox Saint Louis, MO –

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

Three months after Burma Cyclone survivors are still in need

ChristianToday, UK –

Rebuilding homes and getting farmers back to work are the urgent priorities for Christian Aid partners working in cyclone-hit areas of Burma. …

Beijing’s Catch-22

International Herald Tribune, France –

In Burma, the Chinese quietly hardened their stance toward the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations. …

Boycott buying blood-Jade from Burma: Campaigners

Mizzima.com, India –

But following a ceasefire agreement with the KIO in 1994, Burma’s military regime passed what is known as the ‘Myanmar Gemstone Law,’ which purportedly …

Foreign Policy In Focus –

Most discussion about China’s Olympics revolves around whether the Olympics should be boycotted in part or as a whole because of China’s human rights abuse, …

Harvesting the Olympics

OpEdNews, PA –

I suddenly find myself wondering if maybe, after all, human rights issues will be given more than incidental treatment by the hordes of media visiting …

New appeal over 8888 uprising Burma prisoners

More than 2,000 political prisoners still languishing in Burmese jails, 20 years after 8888 uprising crushed by junta

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

… ahead of an official visit by the UN secretary general’s special representative Ibrahim Gambari and Thomas Ojea, the UN expert on human rights in Burma. …

Landslide in Phakant kills 20 people

Mizzima.com, India –

Most of the dead hail from central Burma. “People tried to save them that day and the next. They have now stopped the rescue and search operations. …

Thai, Burmese Note 8-8-8 Anniversary

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Ajarn Pornpimon Trichot, a senior researcher at the Institute of Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University, who visited Burma soon after Cyclone Nargis,….

Rambo revels in comeback

The Sun, UK –

He was approached by a group of missionaries who wanted to help the oppressed Karen people in Burma, but Westerners are not welcome in this secretive Asian …

Bush’s Asia agenda: Burma, Thai friendship

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… protests by Buddhist monks and the Burma regime’s initial blockade of aid workers who wanted to help survivors of the devastating cyclone Nargis in May. …

North Korea, Trade to Top Bush’s Asia Trip

Voice of America –

The president will get a briefing on cyclone relief efforts and will meet privately with Burmese activists, while in Bangkok. At the same time, …

UN urged to act on Burmese prisoners of conscience

Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor, Ibrahim Gambari, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, Thomas Ojea Quintana, …

Clean Water & Disaster Recovery Top List of Asia’s Greatest Needs …

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Of the new Greatest Needs projects, four deliver disaster recovery for the Burma cyclone and China earthquake. They include:

Burma’s PM to attend Beijing Olympics

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s media says Prime Minister Thein Sein will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in China. The government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar …

Looking toward the 2010 elections

Mizzima.com, India –

However, because of the limited number of capable political representatives, there would be an influx of political opportunists into Burma’s already …

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, …

President Bush heads to Asia to take on troubles, then to take in …

Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN –

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

Uganda: Do More to Help Darfur, Nobel Laureates Tell China

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Laureates Wangari Maathai and Jody Williams, and American actress turned Darfur activist Mia Farrow visited Juba, as part of a tour starting from Burma and …

Advocacy group appeals for common stance on Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

Issued in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 8-8-88 uprising in Burma, ALTSEAN Burma (Alternative ASEAN network on Burma) asserts that: “Twenty …

Time for Stalling on Human Rights Over

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By BO KYI rapporteur, Tomas Ojea Quintana, to Burma this week to seek improvements on the human rights situation in Burma. One might have expected that Than …

Burma: 2000 forgotten prisoners languish in jail 20 years after …

Amnesty International UK, UK –

… Burma), was imprisoned in 1998 on a 17-year sentence for ‘collaborating with terrorist groups’ and writing a history of the student movement in Myanmar. …

Burma innovation ‘leading recovery’

Charities Aid Foundation, UK –

Innovation and hard work from aid agencies and the Burmese citizens are leading to progress in cyclone-hit Burma, a charity has said. …

Family cannot yet meet Zaw Thet Htwe

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi — Sports columnist Zaw Thet Htwe was arrested while he was into a relief campaign for Cyclone Nargis victims but his family is yet to meet him …

Lloyd?s Faces Campaign in United Kingdom Over Activities in Burma

TMCnet –

(BestWire Services Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Lloyd?s is facing a public campaign in the United Kingdom over its activities in Burma, also known as Myanmar …

UN needs to take stronger stance on Burma: AI

Mizzima.com, India –

“Nothing speaks louder of the government’s poor faith than the fact that there are more long-standing political prisoners in Myanmar [Burma] now than at any …

Call to fight trafficking of unborn

The Australian, Australia –

The practice was a blatant abuse of human rights but difficult to expose and eliminate, he said. Mr Pascoe said Australia could play a role in stamping out …

Arbour’s record as rights boss at UN comes under fire

Ottawa Citizen, Canada –

It said she criticized 39 different countries “many of them ruled by regimes with poor records on human rights and democracy, including Sri Lanka, Burma,

Cyclone Nargis – three months on

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

This weekend marks three months since Cyclone Nargis devastated the Delta region of Myanmar/ Burma. The cyclone obliterated entire towns and villages, …

Junta gives aid to cyclone survivors on credit

Gulf Times, Qatar –

BOGALAY, Myanmar: Myanmar’s military regime is giving desperately needed aid to cyclone survivors on credit, requiring them to pay back to the government …

Bush Heads for Olympics

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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 …

Kind Hearts

Glasgow Daily Record, UK –

DEC Myanmar Burma Cyclone Appeal: £10 Grateful thanks to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, The Holy Trinity, and Saints Anthony, Jude, Theresa and Brigid for …

Olympics Notwithstanding, Trip Won’t Be All Fun and Games

Washington Post, United States –

Political repression in neighboring Burma will be high on Bush’s agenda in Bangkok. He will meet with dissidents at the US Embassy while L aura Bush tours …

Dr Donald Douglas of AM Pow

NeoConstant Journal of Politics and Foreign Affairs, AZ –

And the case could be made that criminal negligence, as in this year’s case of Burma, might be added to the notion triggers on the responsibility to protect …

Envoy expected to meet Myanmar democracy activists

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party hope to meet a UN human rights investigator who was in Myanmar on …

Myanmar asking farmers to repay cyclone aid

Daily Times, Pakistan –

BOGALAY: Myanmar’s military regime is giving desperately needed aid to cyclone survivors on credit, requiring them to pay back to the government any …

One and a half cheers for CNN
OpEdNews, PA –
Monks in Burma have been in the news, due to a crackdown last year and a cyclone this year. Another coalition member, the Montagnard Foundation,

Comment: Parliament and foreign policy —AG Noorani

Daily Times, Pakistan –

This reflects an old South Asian tendency to seek institutional or legislative action to meet a political problem — set up a Committee, or a Commission of …

Saluting the survivors of the cyclone

Metro, UK –

Mr Dennis said a better warning system needs to be put in place, as well as cyclone shelters, to avoid a similar catastrophe. He said Burma’s military …

China Can’t Control Nature’s 2008 Olympic Rebellion

Pressemeldungen.at (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

The hurricane devastated Myanmar (Burma) and left everyone in the international community wondering how China can continue to provide United Nations …

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

In Thailand, he’ll meet with political refugees from Burma (Myanmar), while first lady Laura Bush will travel to refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border. …

Burma highlights Bush’s visit to Thailand

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

If that is the case, Burma should have since shown some political openness and improvements. After all, Burma joined Asean over a decade ago. …

Common ground

The Herald, UK –

This was crowned last week by Amnesty International’s report saying human rights had deteriorated since China was awarded the 2008 Olympics in 2001. …

RISING from the ruins

Maui News, HI –

Designated a World Heritage site in 1991, Ayutthaya is described as “evidence of the highest prosperity of Southeast Asian civilization in the 14th to 19th …

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World Focus on Burma (29 April 08)

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Killings alleged at Chevron’s Burma pipeline
San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
… real story from the villagers,” Simons said. Burma, also known as Myanmar, has a history of military dictatorship and suppression of democratic uprising.CVXATH:ASCO
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Watchdog group says Chevron complicit in Myanmar
Reuters –
Myanmar was called Burma until 1989, and opposition groups and some countries have not recognized the name change. The country has been under military …CVX
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Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Voting is being held in Singapore as well as Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan ahead of a referendum on May 10, the first in Burma in 18 years. …
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PRESS DIGEST – Singapore newspapers – April 29
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Myanmar nationals living in Singapore have until Friday to vote on a new constitution drawn up by the former Burma’s military regime. …
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Sun-Sentinel.com, FL –
In November 1941 Rossi and his squadron landed in Burma (now called Myanmar). In December, over Kunming, China, the site of devastating attacks by the …
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Burmese stay away from vote
Howrah News Service, India –
“[India has] failed to recognise the sentiment of the people of Burma,” Dr Swe said. The United States has dismissed the referendum as an attempt by the …
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Burmese activists protest as embassy conducts polling
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Burmese activists on Sunday staged a brief protest outside the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, exhorting voters to reject the ..
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Rights group accuses Chevron of complicity in Myanmar abuses
AFP –
“Chevron has tried to distance itself from the Yadana project and Burma and tries to create an image that the abuses notorious during Unocal’s tenure are …
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Ethnic Karen in Myanmar fight for survival
Monsters and Critics.com –
Kaw Poe Kee, Myanmar – Wah Wah Mu, 38, has dressed up her little daughter with a pink chiffon dress, a rare sight in this jungle region of Myanmar (Burma). …
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Myanmar PM leaves for Thailand on official visit
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, April 29 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein left the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw for Bangkok Tuesday afternoon to start an …
Gourmet Thai PM to cook for Myanmar guest AFP
Thailand leader to cook for Myanmar prime minister The Associated Press
Burmese PM Arrives in Thailand to Strengthen Business Ties The Irrawaddy News Magazine
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 29, 2008 at 5:29 am

World Focus on Burma (26-11-2007)

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  1. Too Many States Not on Course to Meet Clearance Deadlines
    Media For Freedom, Nepal –
    Government use of antipersonnel mines declined further, with only Myanmar/Burma and Russia continuing to lay new mines. Non-state armed groups in at least …
  2. Asean members have no time to waste
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Philippine President Gloria Arroyo told Burma’s Thein Sein during a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday: ”The expectation of the Philippines is that if Myanmar …
  3. China must revalue yuan: Sarkozy
    NEWS.com.au, Australia –
    He said he wanted “vigorous” action from China on Myanmar, a close Chinese ally which crushed pro-democracy protests in September, sparking global outrage, …
  4. Burma Mobilizes To Protect 7M Kids Against Polio
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Midwife Daw Kyin Nu is braving the cold rain in the hilly regions of Shan State, Myanmar, as she goes house to house to vaccinate children under the age of …
  5. Networking Central
    Philadelphia Jewish Voice, PA –
    … half way around the world, monks, and crowds of protestors marched in the streets of Yangon fighting for peace, freedom, and democracy in Burma/Myanmar. ..
  6. Sarkozy says China must revalue yuan
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    He said he wanted “vigorous” action from China on Myanmar, a close Chinese ally which crushed pro-democracy protests in September, sparking global outrage, …
  7. UN Burma fact-finder to speak at Brown
    Providence Journal, RI –
    Paulo sérgio Pinheiro, the UN special rapporteur for human rights, said he is hopeful that crisis in Burma (called Myanmar by the country’s ruling generals) …
  8. Myanmar PM to visit Cambodia
    Xinhua, China –
    26 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein will pay a goodwill visit to Cambodia in the near future at the invitation of his Cambodian …
  9. Just words
    Pinoy Press, Philippines –
    Here was the most authoritarian leader the Philippines has ever had since Ferdinand Marcos declaring , albeit indirectly, the members of Burma’s ruling …
  10. Boat sinks near Bangladesh-Burma sea border; 50 people missing
    Toronto Star, Canada –
    Several thousand Burmese refugees, mostly Muslims known as Rohingyas, have fled to Bangladesh over the years, claiming persecution by Burma’s military junta …
  11. Myanmar ruby boycott proposal raises red flag
    Los Angeles Times, CA –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” (Myanmar is also known as Burma.) But a successful boycott of what …
  12. Indian Buddhist monks protest against Myanmar junta
    Reuters –
    … emblems,” Kyaw Than of the All Burma Students League said by phone from the town. A monk-led protest was crushed by Myanmar’s ruling junta in September, …
  13. ASEAN pays price for embracing Burmese junta
    Vancouver Sun, Canada –
    … said: “The credibility and reputation of ASEAN has been called into question because of the situation in Myanmar [the name the junta calls Burma]. …
  14. Thailand’s counterfeit pipeline
    Columbus Dispatch, OH –
    … Thailand shares borders with countries that don’t place a premium on intellectual property rights: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  15. Sarkozy urges Beijing to take on greater global responsibility
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    … and the massacre of Myanmar’s population are the key objectives which French President Nicolas Sarkozy set himself on his arrival in China yesterday, …
  16. ASEAN still toothless after 40 years
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    The senior diplomat, charged with mediating national reconciliation between Myanmar’s ruling generals and its oppressed pro-democracy movement, …
  17. Report: Myanmar monks have vanished
    United Press International –
    The crackdown by the military junta, which has ruled Myanmar, formerly Burma, since 1989, began after pro-democracy protests were taken over by the monks. …
  18. UN asks Vietnam to help rein in Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Noting that Hanoi is close to Burma’s ruling junta, Gambari said he hoped Vietnam’s government would “further encourage the government of Myanmar to …
  19. NLD branch welcomes Suu Kyi’s statement
    Mizzima.com, India –
    On Monday, the Burmese state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, carried statements by the ’88’ generation students (The Union of Myanmar), …
  20. USDA to hold pro-government rallies
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper has been running a number of announcements since early November from ethnic and other political groups who …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 25, 2007 at 7:31 pm

World Focus on Burma (25-11-2007)

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  1. This time, EU hails Arroyo for call to free Suu Kyi
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Ms Arroyo Friday in Malacañang to convey its appreciation for the President’s forceful position on the need for democratic reforms in Burma (Myanmar). …
  2. PM says recent unrest poses no threat
    Taipei Times, Taiwan –
    Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein reassured Southeast Asian leaders at a summit last week that recent unrest in his country posed no threat to the region, …
  3. A trip to enigmatic Myanmar
    Thanh Nien Daily, Vietnam –
    Thanh Nien’s recent fact-finding visit to the two cities in Myanmar (once known as Burma) just scratched the surface, revealing many layers concealing the …
  4. Plotting the American Revolution while soused
    MiamiHerald.com, FL –
    Elements of the American Revolution — such as persistent disobedience — can be spotted in the recent revolution attempt in Myanmar (formerly Burma), …
  5. Burma rebel group denies child soldier claims
    ABC Online, Australia –
    An ethnic rebel group waging a decades-long uprising against Burma’s military regime has denied a United Nations report saying it recruited child soldiers. …
  6. Plotting the American Revolution while soused
    MiamiHerald.com, FL –
    Elements of the American Revolution — such as persistent disobedience — can be spotted in the recent revolution attempt in Myanmar (formerly Burma), …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 25, 2007 at 1:35 am

World Focus on Burma (20-11-2007)

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  1. China backs dialogue between Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    SINGAPORE : Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday backed a fledgling dialogue between Myanmar’s ruling military and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to
  2. EU, US officials eye cooperation on Myanmar crisis
    Reuters UK, UK –
    By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – European Union and US officials discussed ways to increase pressure on Myanmar on Monday, …
  3. South-east Asia’s toothless charter
    Financial Times, UK – Editorial comment
    Recent demonstrations in Burma, led by Buddhist monks and crushed by the military junta, have provided an uncomfortable but useful dose of reality for …
  4. ASEAN Charter OK hinges on Suu Kyi release
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … difficulty” ratifying the group’s landmark charter unless Burma (Myanmar) moved onto the path of democracy and freed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …
  5. EU envoy urges Asia to step up pressure on Myanmar
    EUbusiness (press release), UK –
    But the bloc has so far been reluctant to take any punitive action against Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and a member of the group. …
  6. Two charged with killing and burning 5 Burmese farmhands
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Mae Sot is among districts in the North, well-known for border trade with Burma. The governor yesterday told all employers not to resort to using cruel …
  7. New Asean charter lacks vision
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    The Burma question has become a yearly embarrassment and pressure point for Asean, and everyone is curious whether the collective global indignation after …
  8. US criticises ASEAN as Myanmar overshadows new charter
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    By Neil Chatterjee SINGAPORE, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations called on Myanmar on Monday to move towards democracy after facing criticism and …
  9. ‘Cut off’ Myanmar: rights group
    AFP –
    The group urged the international community to put pressure on countries doing business with Myanmar. “Burma’s generals have used the promise of oil and gas …
  10. ASEAN backs down from Burma action
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    Thein Sein told ASEAN that Burma was capable of handling its political matters on its own. [Reuters file photo] The Association of South East Asian Nations …
  11. ASEAN to stay clear of Myanmar crisis
    Hindu, India –
    SINGAPORE: The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday agreed to “make way” for Myanmar, a member-state, to “deal directly with the United …
  12. EU envoy discusses Myanmar sanctions with Bush administration
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Piero Fassino’s meetings in Washington came as EU foreign ministers approved implementation of new European sanctions against Myanmar, also called Burma. …
  13. Asean kowtows to Rangoon
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore – Nine Southeast Asian leaders have cancelled their briefing on Burma by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari because the Burmese military junta objected. …
  14. ‘Myanmar problems an internal affair’
    The Post, Pakistan –
    SINGAPORE: The situation in Myanmar is an internal matter which the government is able to handle itself, the country’s prime minister Thein Sein told …
  15. ASEAN to sign charter despite Myanmar row
    Reuters –
    In September, just a year after the Thai military overthrew a democratically elected government, the Myanmar military junta ordered soldiers to shoot at …
  16. ASEAN summit opens amid contention over Myanmar, snubbed UN address
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … Southeast Asian nation also known as Burma. European Union foreign ministers approved several additional sanctions against the Myanmar regime on Monday, …
  17. Burma slaps on Asean face
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “Most leaders expressed the view that Myanmar (Burma) could not go back or stay put. The process of national reconciliation had to move forward, …
  18. ‘Asean Charter May Not Have Teeth But It Will Surely Have A Tongue’
    Bru Direct, Brunei Darussalam –
    Myanmar Prime Minister Thien Sein, speaking to the media, confirmed everyone’s hope that “Yes, Myanmar will be signing the Charter”. …
  19. ASEAN leaders open formal summit in Singapore
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    He added that ASEAN leaders will strive to prevent the Myanmar issue from obstructing efforts to deepen integration and build an ASEAN community. …
  20. Myanmar spoils the party
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia – Editorial
    By contrast, Myanmar will celebrate what has, for the past decade, enabled it to hide behind asean’s shield vis- -vis the hostile international community. …
  21. Myanmar a reason for ASEAN to move on
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    If the alphabetical rule is also applied to the photo op, then he might not be standing next to Myanmar’s PM. President Yudhoyono will stand in between the …
  22. Asian Leaders, Seeking Myanmar’s Gas, May Go Soft on Sanctions
    Bloomberg –
    … Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. China said last week it will reject sanctions on Myanmar at the East Asia summit in Singapore and won’t …
  23. Asean grapples with Burma question
    BBC News, UK –
    I am arguing for suspension not because I think it would improve conditions on the ground in Myanmar [Burma], but because of the effect is having on Asean. …
  24. Asean Leaders Agree to Form EU-Style Bloc by 2015 (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean’s members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  25. ANALYSIS: Myanmar emerges unexpected victor of ASEAN leaders summit
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘ASEAN has given the ruling junta carte blanche to do as they like,’ said Debbie Stothard, with the Bangkok-based Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma. …
  26. Philippines salvages Gambari visit after his address to Asian …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP SINGAPORE: UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s planned address on Myanmar to Asian leaders was canceled abruptly, but his trip to Singapore was partly salvaged by …
  27. Arroyo calls for human rights protection at Asean meet
    GMA news.tv, Philippines –
    The President, outgoing Asean chair, said it is expected that Myanmar would work for the release of Suu Kyi once it signs the regional body’s Charter. …
  28. SHABERY: Asean Charter pioneers human rights mechanism in grouping
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    Replying to Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (BN-Santubong) on why there was no strong message from Asean leaders to press the Myanmar military ruler to …
  29. Asian Nations Deal Blow To UN Efforts on Burma
    New York Sun, NY –
    The Singapore gathering yesterday marked the first ASEAN meeting since the latest crisis began in Burma — named Myanmar by the junta — in October. …
  30. Highlights of new Association of Southeast Asian Nations Charter
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    _ ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  31. Music of Nat Pwe
    PopMatters, IL –
    Burma was in the headlines. “More deaths in Myanmar, and defiance”, said the New York Times. “Burma seals off key monasteries”, said the BBC. …
  32. ASEAN adopts roadmap for EU-style economic community by 2015
    Earthtimes, UK –
    … transport links within ASEAN – which consists of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. …
  33. UN envoy ‘disappointed’ over cancelled Myanmar briefing
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    By Ian Timberlake SINGAPORE — The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, said Tuesday he was “disappointed” by the decision to cancel …
  34. Downer hoping for last-minute climate deal
    Ninemsn, Australia –
    Downer said he would also push for separate talks with Myanmar’s foreign minister on the sidelines of the summit. The East Asia Summit brings together …
  35. Asean Leaders Agree to Form EU-Style Bloc by 2015 (Update3)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean’s members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  36. Activists attack ASEAN on lack of Myanmar pressure

    Demonstrators staging a skit / Reuters – “Burma has been a major shame for ASEAN,” Khin Omar said. “The social, economic and security aspects that it’s looking to resolve and promote in the region, …
  37. Lesson from Myanmar: Sharing matters
    Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX –
    Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), in the heart of Southeast Asia, a country ruled by terror — murder of pacifists and those desiring democracy — is the …
  38. Protesters barred from giving Suu Kyi card to ASEAN leaders
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Wearing T-shirts with the message “We pursue peace, justice and democracy for Burma,” they proceeded down the famed Orchard Road shopping strip under the …
  39. Restore democracy in Myanmar
    NDTV.com, India –
    PTI ASEAN countries mounted pressure on Myanmar to free political detainees and start talks with Aung San Suu Kyi for a peaceful transition to democracy …
  40. Manmohan arrives in Singapore to attend ASEAN summit (Lead: PM visit)
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Another issue, which is likely to dominate at the summit, is the ongoing turmoil in Myanmar, where the military junta launched a crackdown on pro-democracy …
  41. ASEAN Chairman’s statement on Myanmar
    Thaindian.com, Thailand –
    Prime Minister Thein Sein made clear that the situation in Myanmar was a internal Myanmar affair and that Myanmar is competent in handling the situation of …
  42. Refugees find First Coast to be a welcoming place
    Florida Times-Union, FL –
    … plenty of jobs and compassionate people, such as the several Southern Baptist congregations who have adopted Christians from Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  43. Southeast Asian Nations Balk at Upsetting Burma
    CNSNews.com, VA –
    She said she had told the ministers that ASEAN had a special responsibility when it came to Burma, which is also known as Myanmar. …
  44. Asean grapples with Burma question
    BBC News, UK –
    I am arguing for suspension not because I think it would improve conditions on the ground in Myanmar [Burma], but because of the effect is having on Asean. …
  45. Southeast Asian Leaders Adopt Charter
    The Associated Press –
    The Philippines has warned that its Congress would be hard-pressed do so unless Myanmar upholds the charter’s principles of democracy and human rights and …
  46. Asian Leaders Sign Pact to Form EU-Style `East Asia Community’
    Bloomberg –
    Asean is made up of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. “The formation of an East Asia …
  47. ASEAN leaders sign charter amid Myanmar row
    ABC News –
    He was followed by the leaders of the young democracies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines; the leaders of one-party states Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and …
  48. Southeast Asian summit soured by Myanmar row
    AFP –
    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a plea for the crisis in Myanmar, which has exposed divisions within the Association of Southeast Asian …
  49. UN special envoy arrives to disappointment at Singapore summit
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “We tried to give Myanmar (Burma) a chance to reform, but it has come to a point where we now have to push them,” the official said.
  50. ASEAN faces tough road to become EU-style economic bloc
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Myanmar’s poor human rights records and political problems are also barriers to asean’s plans to boost linkages with its key trading partners, …
  51. ASEAN members sign economic treaty
    ABC Online, Australia –
    “Prime Minister Thein Sein of Myanmar [Burma] made clear that the situation in Myanmar was a domestic Myanmar affair and that Myanmar was fully capable of …
  52. UN Study Spotlights Development Gaps Among ASEAN Member Countries
    AHN –
    According to ESCAP, the disparities in health are stark, with child and maternal mortality rates of Cambodia, Laos and Burma officially known as Myanmar …
  53. Singapore: ASEAN historic charter is toothless, say critics
    آكي, Italy –
    The military junta in Burma (also known as Myanmar), sparked international outrage when it violently suppressed anti-government protests in September …
  54. Asean leaders sign historic charter
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … that the brutal September crackdown against protest marches by the military rulers of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, had poisoned the proceedings. …
  55. ASEAN leaders sign milestone charter
    The Age, Australia –
    “And he has told Japan to support Myanmar (Burma) should it move in the good direction towards democratisation.” A Japanese Foreign Ministry official proved …
  56. Burma deals blow to asean’s credibility
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    “ASEAN leaders will strive to prevent the Myanmar [Burma] issue from obstructing our efforts to deepen integration and build an ASEAN community,” the host …
  57. Burmese Opposition Groups Disappointed by asean’s Cancellation of …
    Voice of America –
    By Claudia Blume A Burmese political activist says opposition groups are disappointed by asean’s giving in to Burma’s military government. …
  58. EU – US turn up pressure on junta and ASEAN
    Mizzima.com, India –
    European Union ministers saw the move as inevitable, given that: “The EU remains concerned by the situation in Burma/Myanmar and reiterated its call on the …
  59. Myanmar citizens mount protest at ASEAN summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    Many held small printed leaflets that read “ASEAN — Act with Honour, Action on Burma Now”. Three people in front of the group held a large banner that read …
  60. Historic ASEAN Charter signed
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Monday night that the Philippines expects that if Myanmar signed the Charter the latter would return to the path of …
  61. PGMA calls for release of Aung San Suu Kyi, return to democracy in …
    Philippine Information Agency, Philippines –
    “They have tasked me to express their fundamental concerns” over the prolonged detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Myanmar. …
  62. Burma Gets Away With It Again at ASEAN
    Asia Sentinel, China –
    “Myanmar feels that they deal with the UN and it is their own domestic matter. This evening, Myanmar objected and we base our decisions on consensus. …
  63. ASEAN says no to Gambari to please Myanmar
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    Leaders from Malaysia and Indonesia however backed Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein’s view that Gambari’s visit amounted to interfering with Burma’s …
  64. US Schwab Optimistic On Doha; Scolds Asean On Myanmar
    Truth about Trade & Technology, IA –
    Separately, Schwab criticized the Association of the South East Asian Nations, or Asean, for failing to take strong action against member Myanmar over the …
  65. Southeast Asian Pact Exposes Rifts
    New York Times, United States –
    Thailand’s military leaders have close professional ties with their counterparts in Myanmar, and Thailand depends on Burmese natural gas for much of its …
  66. Asean bows to Myanmar, won’t hear UN envoy’s report
    Philippine Star, Philippines –
    By Pia Lee-Brago SINGAPORE (via PLDT) – Bending to the wishes of Myanmar, ASEAN leaders called off on Monday night a briefing by United Nations special …
  67. Clark confident China is behind UN role in Myanmar
    TV3 News, New Zealand –
    Prime Minister Helen Clark is confident China will use its diplomatic muscle to pressure Myanmar to engage with the United Nations. …
  68. Southeast Asian Leaders Adopt Charter
    The Associated Press –
    asean’s Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong insisted the body was not kowtowing to Myanmar, also known as Burma, by shelving Gambari’s scheduled address on …
  69. ASEAN leaders adopt historic charter – 2
    RIA Novosti, Russia –
    The first member of the association to come under consideration for human rights violations is Myanmar, whose leaders used force to suppress mass protest …
  70. Burma PM opposes Asean on UN envoy
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    “Most leaders expressed the view that Myanmar [Burma] cannot go back or stay put. The process of national reconciliation has to move forward, and the UN has …
  71. Chinese make move
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    In china’s quest for energy security, Chinese companies have penetrated into the power-generating business in Burma and Laos, a move which could threaten …
  72. Asean mired in Burma quagmire
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand – Editorial
    Lee chose his words carefully when he talked about Burma and what it plans to do. Indeed, when Lee held a press conference right after an informal dinner, …
  73. NZ PM to meet UN envoy re Myanmar
    Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
    New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will have a one-on-one meeting with the United Nations envoy to Myanmar, after his briefing to the East Asia Summit …
  74. Southeast Asian nations meet: A future for …
    San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
    Take, for example, Thein Sein, the prime minister of Myanmar (formerly Burma), who “stood stiff and stern” throughout the charter-signing ceremony. …
  75. SE Asian leaders back nuclear energy
    AFP –
    SINGAPORE (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders offered their backing Tuesday for the use of nuclear energy despite concerns over safety in a region prone to …
  76. Issue of Burma Dogs Southeast Asian Summit
    Voice of America –
    … which calls for the establishment of a human rights body, Burma agrees to do more to protect human rights. “If we sign the charter…so, …
  77. ASEAN leaders disallow UN envoy to brief them on Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    Myanmar [ Burma] has every confidence in managing Professor Gambari’s mission and the good offices of the UN,” the grouping said. “In view of …
  78. NLD welcomes Suu Kyi, Aung Kyi meetings
    Mizzima.com, India –
    November 20, 2007- Burma’s main opposition political party, the National League for Democracy today welcomed the meetings between the ruling Burmese junta’s …
  79. CWS appeal: Burma (Myanmar) humanitarian assistance
    Reuters AlertNet, UK –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is growing. Poverty in some regions has already reached critical levels. In mountainous regions, there is severe …
  80. New Proposed US Sanctions Target Burmese Gems
    Voice of America –
    By Bill Rodgers A major gem auction is underway in Burma despite tightening Western sanctions that include calls for a boycott of Burmese gems. …
  81. Watch Those Mobiles
    Outlook (subscription), India –
    It is learnt that taking advantage of the inability of the Myanmar military junta to provide satisfactory and affordable mobile phone services in the Shan …
  82. Myanmar citizens mount protest at ASEAN summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE — About 40 Myanmar residents of Singapore held a brief vigil Tuesday night to protest what they said was an inadequate response to the crisis in …
  83. Manmohan pushes Myanmar to work for national reconciliation
    DailyIndia.com, FL –
    “In view of Myanmar’s position, Gambari will not brief ASEAN or East Asia Summit leaders. Singapore will facilitate meetings with interested parties,” Lee …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 20, 2007 at 7:07 am

World Focus on Burma (19-11-2007)

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  1. Junta wins by playing Suu Kyi card effectively
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    By KYAW ZWA MOE Believe it or not, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has prolonged the lifespan of Burma’s repressive junta. …
  2. Toothless charter will hurt Asean credibility
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    This principle has already severely limited what Asean has been willing to do in relation to Burma. Another limitation of the charter is the fact that …
  3. WE DON’T WANT VIOLENCE
    Electric New Paper, Singapore –
    … when Burma finally achieves democracy, foreigners who come to Burma will also show respect for our country,’ he said. Another Myanmar national, mrkyaw …
  4. Activists urge Asean to tighten screws on Yangon as summit kicks …
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    In her speech, Ms Ng reiterated: “My own view is that it (Asean) should not be slow to take Myanmar to task, including suspending it, if its military rulers …
  5. Students defy Myanmar protest ban at ASEAN summit
    Reuters –
    “We want to say that the world is still watching and has not forgotten about Burma,” Muzaffar said. Continued…
  6. THE ASEAN DREAM: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
    Electric New Paper, Singapore –
    Nothing has done more in recent months to give a sense of relevance to Asean among ordinary Singaporeans than the situation in Myanmar, Mr Yeo pointed out. …
  7. China backs ASEAN on Myanmar
    Hindu, India –
    SINGAPORE: China on Sunday threw its weight behind the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) by taking the line that the Myanmar crisis be …
  8. ASEAN Refuses To Accept US Senate’s Resolution To Debar Myanmar
    AHN –
    … Asian countries (ASEAN) on Sunday has refused to accept the US Senate’s resolution for suspending Myanmar (also called Burma) from the regional group. …
  9. Arroyo, Burma PM meet before summit
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Minister Thein Sein of Burma (Myanmar) — two leaders whose governments have come under international scrutiny over allegations of human rights abuses. …
  10. Myanmar’s neighbours should play greater role
    South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
    Western nations are pressuring the leaders to impose sanctions on the nation’s military rulers or throw Myanmar out of the 10-member Association of …
  11. Southeast Asians finalize landmark constitution that will set up …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … Asian nation once known as Burma. A glimmer of hope for democracy in Myanmar has been raised by the recent efforts of UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, ..
  12. ASEAN leaders to tackle Myanmar their way
    ABS CBN News, Philippines –
    … time as the government of Burma has demonstrated improved respect for and commitment to human rights.” Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. …
  13. Asean summit embarrassed by Burma’s rulers
    Financial Times (subscription), UK –
    But many suspect the real rationale is to shield Burma’s military rulers, including Thein Sein, the prime minister, from the public gaze. …
  14. Official media: More peace groups, militia object some points of …
    Xinhua, China –
    The series of statements of the peace groups and militia, carried in the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar in the last two days, include those of …
  15. China to Reject Imposing Sanctions on Myanmar (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    … effort to bring about change in the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. China will say it “is in favor of democratic change in Myanmar, …
  16. Myanmar says it will sign ASEAN Charter
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    SINGAPORE – Myanmar will this week sign a new charter for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which commits members to promote human rights …
  17. Southeast Asian ministers adopt landmark charter
    AFP –
    However, democracy activists have rejected it as inadequate because it does not include a mechanism to suspend or eject Myanmar from the grouping despite …
  18. SBY has chance to make history with Myanmar
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    President Yudhoyono also needs to personally tell Myanmar’s new prime minister, Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, who will also attend a regional summit, to convey the …
  19. UN envoy sees “opportunity” in Myanmar
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    SINGAPORE – UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari sees “a window of opportunity” in Myanmar and hopes to return to the country before year’s end, …
  20. Junta not welcome in Singapore’s Little Burma
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    SINGAPORE – Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein, in Singapore for the ASEAN summit, would not be too welcome at Peninsula Plaza, the hub for the …
  21. Stubborn Myanmar question looms over ASEAN signing – Feature
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Despite the international uproar over the crackdown, ASEAN has rejected calls to suspend Myanmar until the crisis is resolved. The Free Burma Coalition, …
  22. Adieu to the ‘Asean Way’
    Wall Street Journal –
    If these recommendations are adopted, Asean’s commitment to reform will immediately be tested by how it will deal with Myanmar’s generals. ..
  23. CWS Hotline 19 Nov 2007: Dominican Republic, Myanmar
    ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is worsening. Poverty in some regions has reached critical levels, with severe food insecurity and many landless …
  24. Students defy police, march along Singapore’s premier boulevard
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘We also hope that more people will come out and show solidarity with Burma.’ Myanmar has become the focus of protests worldwide after a violent crackdown …
  25. China backs UN efforts in Myanmar, hopes for national …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    … first led the peaceful demonstrations against the fuel hikes and inflation that were pummeling the impoverished people of Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
  26. Protest Singapore Style; 3 Marchers, 19 Media, 1000 Police
    Bloomberg –
    19 (Bloomberg) — A planned protest in Singapore against Asian leaders’ “tacit” approval of Myanmar’s fatal crackdown on demonstrations fizzled today when …
  27. Asian path to assistance
    Washington Times, DC –
    Following an Asian path is likely to be a more effective way of promoting positive change in Burma. The military regime that came to power in Burma/Myanmar …
  28. US says ASEAN reputation at stake over handling of Myanmar
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    … ASEAN has been called into question because of the situation in Burma … It just can’t be business as usual,» she said. Myanmar is also known as Burma.
  29. Nations in need of stability
    Indianapolis Star, United States –
    Earlier this month, two leading United Nations officials seeking to bring peace and stability to Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sudan incurred the wrath of …
  30. India’s Myanmar policy could provoke the Northeast
    Merinews, India –
    Things went well for New Delhi until the sudden uprising in adjoining Burma (also known as Myanmar). While New Delhi invited critical comments from …
  31. Shades of Tiananmen Square return
    Elmira Star-Gazette, NY –
    In Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), a small country in South Asia, civilians calling for democracy have suffered similar consequences. …
  32. ASEAN leaders to confront Myanmar
    AFP –
    … to push Myanmar’s generals towards democracy, but so far it has been reluctant to take any punitive action against the nation formerly known as Burma. …
  33. Asean under pressure over Myanmar
    Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
    Leaders from the Association of South-East Asian Nations are facing renewed pressure to take action against Myanmar as they gather for an annual summit in …
  34. US Says Possible to Finish Trade Talks in 14 Months (Update2)
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar is a member of Asean, which has rebuffed calls for sanctions against the military-ruled country, formerly known as Burma. …
  35. Myanmar supports ASEAN Charter after human rights body neutered
    Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
    SINGAPORE (AP): Myanmar gave its full backing Monday to a landmark Southeast Asian charter that will create an agency to review the region’s human rights …
  36. Asean finalises historic charter
    BBC News, UK –
    “If you make all these fierce statements and supposing we say we expel Myanmar [Burma] from Asean, what difference does it make?” Mr Lee told the BBC. …
  37. EU, ASEAN scratch each other’s backs
    Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
    The latter is all the more imperative following the sad events in Myanmar. The EU has a strong interest that Burma/Myanmar develops into a democratic and …
  38. Burma ‘must comply’ with pact
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations expects Burma to comply with a landmark charter after the military-ruled country made no objections …
  39. Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Meets Liaison Minister
    The Associated Press –
    The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962, crushing periodic rounds of dissent. It held elections in 1990 but refused to hand over …
  40. Myanmar’s detained Suu Kyi taken to state guesthouse
    Reuters UK, UK –
    Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein was due later on Monday to brief his counterparts on events in the former Burma for the first time since the crackdown. …
  41. Detained Suu Kyi taken to govt guesthouse
    ABC Online, Australia –
    There are reports that Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been taken from the Rangoon villa where she has been held for the past four years to a …
  42. ASEAN urged to put rights component of new charter in separate treaty
    JURIST –
    ASEAN is facing criticism for allowing military-ruled Myanmar to sign the Charter, but a split such as described might save face by allowing Myanmar to …
  43. EU confirms tougher Myanmar sanctions
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    ‘The EU looks forward to Mr Gambari’s return and reiterates its call on the government of Burma/Myanmar to afford him all possible assistance, …
  44. EU Tightens Sanctions as Myanmar Is Set to Sign Asian Charter
    Bloomberg –
    “Asean has special responsibility when it comes to the situation in Burma,” US Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today in Singapore. …
  45. Japan, Myanmar pms may discuss reforms, killing: aides
    Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
    … and opponents led by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. ‘I cannot specifically predict what they will discuss but in recent meetings with Myanmar, …
  46. ASEAN countries oppose Singapore’s plan for UN envoy to brief …
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    Myanmar objected to the briefing and other ASEAN countries, except Singapore, supported Myanmar, a senior Malaysian official told Malaysian journalists. …
  47. Myanmar crackdown tests a core value of Asean
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    “The reputation and credibility of Asean as an organization has been called into question because of the situation in Burma.” Many analysts predict that …
  48. US optimistic about Doha trade talks
    BusinessWeek –
    … deal done,” said US Trade Representative Susan Schwab on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore. …
  49. US Trade Representative Says Situation in Burma Undermining …
    Voice of America –
    Ambassador Schwab told VOA that ASEAN has, in her words, a special responsibility when it comes to Burma. “I think the key is business as usual just doesn’t …
  50. Philippines Could Block New Asia Charter
    The Associated Press –
    The US and other nations have strongly criticized ASEAN for its relatively conciliatory approach toward the junta controlling Myanmar, a bloc member that …
  51. Philippines want Myanmar to restore democracy
    Pravda, Russia –
    Unless Myanmar restores democracy and frees Aung San Suu Kyi, opposition leader, it is unlikely to ratify a landmark Southeast Asian charter, …
  52. UN envoy Gambari briefing on Myanmar to Asian leaders cancelled …
    ABCmoney.co.uk, UK –
    By : Agencies SINGAPORE (Thomson Financial) – Southeast Asian leaders have called off a briefing by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari on the situation in Myanmar …
  53. Pressuring ASEAN on Burma
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    The extrajudicial killings here and the slaying of pro-democracy protesters in Burma (Myanmar) have roused virulent reactions. …
  54. US envoy won’t address Asian summit as planned after Myanmar objects
    PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
    It is a difficult problem for Myanmar,» Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the chairman of ASEAN, told reporters, after reading out the statement. …
  55. Burma: Targeted Sanctions Needed on Petroleum Industry
    Reuters AlertNet, UK –
    These entities include the Burmese government’s Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), a state company under the Ministry of Energy whose earnings benefit …
  56. UPADTE 1-ASEAN calls for democracy in Myanmar, bars UN envoy
    Reuters –
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations said on Monday that Myanmar should work with the United Nations on democracy and release political detainees, …
  57. ASEAN calls off UN envoy briefing on Myanmar at summit (Extra)
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK –
    Singapore – The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday abruptly called off a scheduled address by UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari at a …
  58. UN study spotlights serious development gaps among ASEAN members
    UN News Centre –
    19 November 2007 – As the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) get set to discuss a plan for greater regional integration at …
  59. Junta seizes Chinese mobile phones in northern Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    While Burmese mobile phones (operated by the Myanmar Post and Telecommunication) cost about 3000000 kyat the Chinese mobile phones cost about 100000 kyats. …
  60. US criticises ASEAN as Myanmar overshadows new charter
    Guardian Unlimited, UK –
    By Neil Chatterjee SINGAPORE, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations called on Myanmar on Monday to move towards democracy after facing criticism and …
  61. ASEAN stands ready to help Myanmar: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    By Valarie Tan, Channel newsasia | Posted: 20 November 2007 0247 hrs SINGAPORE : ASEAN leaders have agreed to let Myanmar deal with the United Nations on …