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World focus on Burma (31 July 2008)

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Private donations for cyclone victims in Burma petering off

Mizzima.com, India –

Rangoon – Three months after the killer cyclone lashed Burma’s coastal regions, survivors said aid from private donors is slowly petering off, …

Expose backers of Burma’

PRWeek UK, UK –

‘People know how brutal the Burma regime can be after coverage of the revolution and Cyclone Nargis,’ he said. ‘They want to know why it is still in power. …

Canadian Trade Controls For US Companies Doing Business In Canada

Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –

Canada’s Burma sanctions program, the most aggressive elements of which came into effect in December 2007, is a case in point. …

2008 Beijing Olympics: China Blames USA

Sports-Odds.com, FL –

… were made after the US House of Representatives passed a resolution, by 419 votes to one on Wednesday that attacked Beijing history of human rights. …

Bomb explodes in Mudon, no casualties

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – A small bomb on Wednesday night exploded at the telecommunication office in Mudon of Southern Burma’s Mon state, sources said. …

Weasels bow to China’s will

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

Giving the Games to China would in fact help human rights, the IOC said. China would be forced to open up and be nice. I mean, those nice Chinese leaders …

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

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

Awareness campaign on Burma’s August uprising in Delhi

Mizzima.com, India –

… of Burma the activists will be conducting a conference; a photo exhibition of protests in September last year and the recent devastation by Cyclone …

China and the West: parallel worlds

The Age, Australia –

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

Bush Heads to Asia For Olympic Games, Talks

Voice of America –

Mr. Bush is expected to shift focus in Thailand to another world trouble spot – neighboring Burma. “Our message is the United States believes in democracy …

THAILAND: Thaksin’s Wife Gets Jail Term For Tax Fraud

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

‘’It was a fair trial and the decision rendered by the court was fair,’’ Somchai Homlaor, a Thai human rights lawyer, told IPS. …

Eritrea “Has Become One Big Jail,” Activist Says

NewsBlaze, CA –

At a panel discussion hosted by the US Mission to the United Nations, she was one of six panelists – the others being from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, …

help: Benefit Concert for Burma and Sichuan

FStation.com, CA –
1000000 people, the populations of Oakland and San Francisco combined, already have or might die in Burma ( Myanmar ) as a result of Cyclone Nargis. …

Thailand’s human rights chief must resign

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. …

Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htway appear in court

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Both Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htway were enthusiastically working to provide aid to cyclone victims before their arrests on 4 and 13 June respectively.

Zarganar Appears in Court in Insein Prison

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – By SAW YAN NAING After nearly two months in detention, Zarganar, Burma’s best-known comedian, and a colleague, appeared in court in Insein Prison in Rangoon …

Christiane Amanpour, CNN Investigate Tibetan Buddhist Struggles ...

RealityTVWebsite.com, IN –

In Myanmar, formerly Burma, Buddhist monks are also at the forefront of political unrest. Amanpour meets the leaders of the September 2007 Saffron …

ASK is answer

News Sentinel, IN –

… and Kyi were dental school classmates in Rangoon, then joined the revolution against the military dictatorship that now runs Burma, also called Myanmar. …

House Resolution Demands China End Human Rights Abuses Before Games

AHN –

Washington, DC (AHN) – The US House approved a resolution on Wednesday asking China to correct its poor human rights record before next week’s Olympics …

Junta Slams Exile Group’s UN Campaign

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The New Light of Myanmar published an article about Maung Maung, the secretary-general of the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) and other groups …

Burma on Bush Agenda while in Thailand

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… that broadcasts into Burma, so he can give a message directly to the Burmese people,” said Dennis Wilder, the senior director for Asian affairs at the …

Burma: Tom Lantos “Block Burmese Jade Act” has been passed by both …

UNPO, Netherlands –

The National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) acclaims the United States Government for enacting the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s …

Reuters –

Another 800000 were displaced in a disaster that the UN says affected 2.4 million people in the former Burma, where most people rely on farming for a living …

ABFSU slams abuse of ten Muslim students

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 31, 2008 (DVB)–The All Burma Federation of Student Unions has criticised the treatment of ten Muslim student activists who have been sent to hard labour …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“On the international front, the Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma.” Pelosi said human …

Will herstory repeat itself?

The Jewish Journal of greater L.A, CA –

Human Rights Watch reports that as a direct result of inequalities found in their countries of origin, women from Ukraine, Moldova, Nigeria, the Dominican …

US House: Statement by Chairman Berman on the House floor in …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Because of China’s failure to improve its record on supporting human rights at home and abroad, now is the time to call on China to take immediate, …

Africa: World Community Renews Call to Free Prisoners of Conscience

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Panelists from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Eritrea, Syria and Uzbekistan spoke to more than 120 diplomats, journalists and representatives of nongovernmental …

Australia rebukes China over reporter internet censorship

The Australian, Australia –

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

Chinese FM Spokesman Urges US to Curb “Odious Conduct” of Anti …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… criticized China on human rights issues and asked the Chinese Government to stop supporting the governments of Sudan and Myanmar [Burma]. …

My Yoke isn’t Easy

Chiang Mai City Life, Thailand –

It is estimated 1500 citizens of Burma are held captive – some have been for many years – for having political credos different from the kleptocrats ruling …

Fresh charge against Maung Weik

Mizzima.com, India –

“He (the businessman) is suspected of allowing the Malaysian to stay in Myanmar (Burma) without informing the immigration authority,” a police source said. …

Myanmar plays the UN and the world for suckers

The Gazette (Montreal), Canada –

It’s hard to say which is more appalling: the way Myanmar’s elite skimmed as much as $10 million from international aid money flowing into the country for …

Letter: Doesn’t trust food statistics

Appeal-Democrat, CA –

Does anyone remember the recent tragedy in Myanmar (formally Burma) when a cyclone killed more than 85000 people. Their government confiscated all the …

Farmers struggle with lack of resources

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 30, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in the cyclone-hit township of Labutta in Irrawaddy division are still struggling to resume their work due to lack of resources, …

Felix Dexter – Comedy shuffle

The List, UK –

Which means that in the guise of a un-PC character, Dexter feels able to make a joke like ‘a lot of people died in Burma recently, but on the good side …

Ex-Thai PM Thaksin’s wife guilty of tax evasion

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

© AP BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – A Thai court has found the wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of tax evasion and has sentenced her …

Ex-Thai PM’s wife guilty of fraud

BBC News, UK –

The wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been convicted of tax fraud by a court in Bangkok. Pojaman Shinawatra was sentenced to three …

Ancient sculptures found in Tripura

Zee News, India –

… Palas and Guptas of Bengal, influence of the Arakan in Mynamar (formerly Burma) and local style, Jawahar Achariya, a historian and numismatist, said. …

Thaksin’s wife awaits ruling on tax evasion case

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP BANGKOK, Thailand: The wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra awaited a court’s verdict Thursday on whether she evaded millions of dollars …

Verdict expected in Thaksin tax evasion case

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

© AP BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – The wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is awaiting a court verdict on whether she evaded millions of …

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

UNICEF’s change for good achieves landmark of £25 million
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition, Australia –
Earlier this year, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma), £300000 was donated to UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, helping to provide .

JVC: US Ban on Rubies, Jadeite Starts Within 60 Days of Enactment

Diamonds.net, NY –

The bill requires that within 60 days of enactment, jadeite or rubies of Burma (Myanmar) origin cannot be imported into the US This importation ban would …

White House says US wants big change from China

The Associated Press –

… lady Laura Bush will visit Thailand’s Mae La camp, home to thousands of refugees who have fled repression in neighboring Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

US Lawmakers Urge Support for Darfur Peacekeepers

Voice of America –

“The Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. Their actions run counter to our interests in …

Press Briefing by Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the …

MarketWatch –

And then he will be interviewed by the press in Thailand that broadcast into Burma, so that he can give a message directly to the Burmese people. …

Leading article: The Burmese deserve better

Independent, UK –

An admission by the UN this week that it had “lost” some $10m in aid to cyclone-stricken Burma must come as a shock to the many donors who forked out …

Medical Teams International volunteers use their unique talents

The Regal Courier, OR –

By Barbara Sherman Toni Miles has become an expert at reading product expiration dates, a skill she never dreamed would be important until she started …

New graft case against Thai PM

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

In the Myanmar case, an army-appointed graft panel accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled …

China gets pre-Olympics rights rap

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

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

Trade of Burmese precious gems banned in US

WiredPRNews.com (press release), TX –

Nevertheless, despite the 2003 ban on trade, a loophole allowed the buying of gems, which originate in Burma and were polished or cut in third world …

Voice of America –

By Dan Robinson US lawmakers, organizations advocating for human rights and religious freedom, and China democracy activists have sharply criticized the …

Trade of Burmese precious gems banned in US

WiredPRNews.com (press release), TX –

The appalling record of the regime, beginning with a massacre in 1988 ending the pro-democracy disputes, has given it a reclusive status in the Western …

Summit gives disaster response leaders ‘Eagle Vision’

Edwards Air Force Base, CA –

… Midwest flooding and California fires, the imagery was used globally for responders to Cyclone Nargis in Burma, recent major earthquakes in China, …

Pelosi Statement on House Resolution Calling on China to Cease …

MarketWatch –

On the international front, the Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. …

Relief Still Spotty For Victims Of Myanmar Cyclone

OPB News, OR –

She was the only official from the Tigard relief agency allowed into Myanmar, or Burma. Dyment spent 2 months there. Dyment said the political situation …

So long bull market, it’s time to live with the bear

Stockhouse, Canada –

“And even North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) haven’t managed that little feat of autarky,” he quips. But on the whole, Canadian financial institutions have not …

Olympic Games show China through a glass, darkly

Times Online, UK –

… against Zimbabwe, not to mention its continued support for the Government of Sudan, its latest big gas deal with Iran or its heavy involvement in Burma.

President Bush Signs Myanmar Gemstone Ban

Luxist, CA –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, produces some of the world’s most beautiful rubies. The rubies from the Mogok region have a deep translucent color often …

Burmese Writers Play Cat-and-Mouse Game with State Censors

NewsBlaze, CA –

After Cyclone Nargis in May, a survivor unveiled a billboard reading, “We want food, not gold.” In Burmese, shwe, means gold, a probable reference to …

Saarc economic agenda all but forgotten
Livemint, India –
Myanmar, or Burma, was after all part of British India till 1935, after which the last king was ordered to live in Ratnagiri (in Maharashtra) where he died.

Canadian aid worker says efforts to help cyclone Nargis victims …

News1130, Canada –

But he expects it will take six months to finish that task in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which was hit by the cyclone May 2-3. …

Burma and Zimbabwe witness the last gasps of the supreme global ...

New Zimbabwe.com, Zimbabwe –

The first was Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known). We can all agree that the regime is odious. The question facing the rest of the world in the …

The Evolution of the National Security Concept of China

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

Asian financial crisis in 1997 startled the Communist leadership since “the fall of Suharto in Indonesia clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of ..

Burma: Slow Start for Free-to-Air Digital TV

RedOrbit, TX –

Consumers have been slow to adopt Myanmar’s first free-to-air digital television channel launched in early February by [army-run] Myawaddy Television (MWD), …

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World Focus on Burma (2 March 08)

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  1. Will the Burmese junta yield to UN envoy’s pragmatic gesture
    Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
    by admin — last modified 2008-03-01 12:14 The latest interview of UN envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari reported in Reuters needs emphasising, given quite a …
  2. Myanmar constitution worries Gambari
    | U.N. special envoy on Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari urged the country’s junta Thursday to “reconsider” and incorporate greater freedoms in a draft constitution it compiled for a referendum planned for May and said …Full Story
  3. Message of the Nagaland People’s Front-
    Nagaland Post, India –
    … People’s Organization for their legitimate rights including the recognition of Nags in Myanmar formerly known as Burma with defined territories. …
  4. Olympics, the rights way
    Financial Express, India –
    … is summoned to the capital of a totalitarian state that oppresses its minorities and makes whoopee with the odious rulers of Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan? …
  5. A Look at Major Drug-Producing Countries
    By The Associated Press | (AP) – Countries the Bush administration identified as major drug producers or hubs for drug transit: | ___ | _ It grew 93 percent of opium poppy in the world in 2007, which was the se…Full Story
  6. USAID Announces New Bureaus for Asia and the Middle East
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced the former bureau for Asia Near East (ANE) which covered the developing world from Morocco to…Full Story
  7. Open government forum relevant to all of us
    Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
    And in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), peaceful protests by monks were met last year with government-led violence. …
  8. Pine-Richland students convert apartment to home for Burma refugees
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA –
    The students worked with Catholic Charities, which will relocate 170 people from Burma — referred to by its military rulers as Myanmar — Burundi or Bhutan …
  9. Junta Sees Friendly Faces in New Thai Government
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    “We are not a headmaster who can tell Myanmar [Burma] what they should do,” he said. “We have to respect their sovereignty.” Actually, no one should be …
  10. The Cyber Dissident
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

    During the September 2007 uprising in Burma, citizen reporters and bloggers played a key role in exposing the junta’s brutality. Burma’s state-controlled …

  11. Burma: The Censored Land
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

    When The Myanmar Times, a weekly newspaper with close connections to leading junta figures, carried a report about the increase in its January 11 issue, …

  12. Tom Lantos: A Champion of Human Rights
    The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
    By THE IRRAWADDY AND AP US Congressman Tom Lantos of California, one of the best friends Burma ever had, died in February. A prominent campaigner for …
  13. Taleban thrives on opium trade
    Arab Times, Kuwait –
    … to both decreased opium poppy cultivation in Burma and increased cultivation in Afghanistan,” the report said, referring to Myanmar by its other name. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

March 2, 2008 at 2:04 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