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World focus on Burma (15 November 2008)

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Min Ko Naing & ’88 generation students’ given 65 years
Mizzima.com, India –
Additionally, several youth members of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy – were also dealt lengthy prison terms. …

Nine more Myanmar activists sentenced to 65 years in jail
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon- Prominent Myanmar dissident Min Ko Naing and eight other student activists have been sentenced to 65 years in prison in an ongoing judicial …

Woman reporter jailed for two years
Merinews, India –
A 24-year old woman reporter of a weekly journal in Myanmar was put away in prison for two years. Her crime? She was covering a gathering of refugees …

A Wanted Man in Burma
Dissident Voice, CA –
Read other articles by Jeremy. This article was posted on Saturday, November 15th, 2008 at 7:00am and is filed under Disinformation, Myanmar/Burma.

Tension between Myanmar-Bangladesh festers on border
Merinews, India –
Burma had earlier rejected Bangladesh’s claim and said the area where exploration was is in its territorial waters. The Bangladesh authorities in south of …

Myanmar Court Jails More Pro-Democracy Activists
Gant Daily, PA –
Yangon, Myanmar (AHN) – A special court in junta-ruled Myanmar sentenced Friday at least 15 members of the opposition party to a prison term of two to 16 …

Myanmar Opposition Leaders Get Long Jail Sentences – Relatives
EasyBourse.com, France –
YANGON, Myanmar (AFP)–One of Myanmar’s most prominent activists was sentenced to 65 years in jail along with two other pro-democracy leaders in connection …

Myanmar jails democracy activists
Reuters –
The nine include Min Ko Naing, leader of a 1988 pro-democracy uprising that was brutally suppressed and the former Burma’s highest profile dissident after …

Head held high Ashin Gambira will never bow to junta
Mizzima.com, India –
… the current crisis of Burma originated because of the junta’s one-sided bullying tactics and refusal to resolve the political crisis by political means. …

New approach in US Burma policy?
Mizzima.com, India –
by Dr. Sein Myint The nomination by outgoing US President George Bush of Michael Green as Special Envoy and Policy Chief for Burma will likely be swiftly …

Myanmar jails cyclone journalist
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

“We appeal to Burma’s military authorities to free Ein Khaing Oo, whose only crime was to cover the humanitarian disaster in the Irrawaddy delta. …

Myanmar sentences journalist to 2 years in prison
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced a journalist to two years in prison for her coverage of a protest over the lack of …

Myanmar jails more democracy activists: sources
Reuters –
Many of those jailed for up to 65 years were involved in last year’s mass protests against rising fuel and food prices in the former Burma, which has been …

Relentless punitive sentences for opposition members continue
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai – The spate of sentences of dissidents and activists by the Burmese military junta continues to be relentless, with 16 more, …

Myanmar: 14 in Opposition Sentenced
New York Times, United States –
By AP Courts in Myanmar sentenced 14 members of the opposition National League for Democracy party to lengthy prison terms on Friday, bringing to more than …

In London, Lord Levene Continues in Myanmar with Lloyds and Total …
Inner City Press, NY –

LONDON, November 13 — While at the UN in New York, UK Ambassador John Sawers thunders about human rights abuses in Myanmar, which he calls Burma, …

Myanmar activists losing powerful ally: LAURA BUSH
Northwest Asian Weekly, WA –
… which has large economic interests in Myanmar, “to do what other countries have done — to sanction, to put a financial squeeze on the Burmese generals. …

Pro-democracy activists jailed
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
COURTS in Burma sentenced 14 members of the National League for Democracy party to 65-year prison terms yesterday. More than 50 pro-democracy activists have …

Shock tactics in Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
What started as an outcry against sudden, ill-thought-out fuel price increases by the Burmese junta in August last year, culminated in thousands of people …

Burmese Blogger Sentenced to 20 Years For Reporting on Protests
MediaShift, CA – by Lucie Morillon, November 14, 2008


In many countries, you have to commit a serious crime to be sentenced to 20 years in jail, but in Burma this can happen …

Burma: mapping the challenges and opportunities for dialogue and …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The Union of Myanmar (Burma) has suffered political and ethnic conflict for more than half a century, which continues to hamper the country’s social, …

Burma Jails More Dissidents
Voice of America – By VOA News
Courts in military-ruled Burma sentenced at least 14 members of the opposition party to prison terms Friday, bringing to more than 60 the number …




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Day of action for Burma in Chester

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wrexham woman | 19.07.2008 21:33 | Anti-militarism | Repression | Liverpool

Wrexham Women for Peace and supporters held a stall for Burma in Chester city centre today, to encourage people to boycott TOTAL petrol stations, to call for the release of all political prisoners in Burma, and to support those affected by Cyclone Nargis. In the afternoon, there was a demo outside Hoole TOTAL petrol station.

A rather damp and windswept stall
A rather damp and windswept stall

Outside Hoole TOTAL petrol station
Outside Hoole TOTAL petrol station

Nearly everyone beeped to show their support
Nearly everyone beeped to show their support

Free Burma!
Free Burma!

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The morning sunshine was punctuated by torrential downpours and high winds, so it was a bit of a challenge to keep the stall upright and the leaflets dry. Nevertheless, Chester was packed with people for the Lord Mayor’s parade, so we weren’t short of punters.

In the afternoon, in slightly kinder weather, we held a noisy demo outside Hoole TOTAL petrol station. The response to our ‘beep for burma’ banners and placards was overwhelming. An irate TOTAL worker came out to shout at us for venturing onto the forecourt and to defend her employer on the spurious grounds that Shell – who she used to work for – is just as unethical. Yeah, we know that, but today is about Burma and TOTAL is the main culprit there.

It would be great if these demos were held at a frequency to cause real concern to TOTAL, and with the aim of shutting the petrol station down. Anyone in Chester or nearby up for this?

wrexham woman
- e-mail: wrexhamwomen_at_yahoo.co.uk

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 20, 2008 at 5:15 am

World Focus on Burma (24 Feb 08)

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Inner peace in a conflict zone
Jerusalem Post, Israel
Decades ago, Kornfield spent five years as a Buddhist monk in various monasteries around Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and India.

Sylvester Stallone Deserves a Special Academy Award
American Thinker, WA –
Approached at his home in southern Thailand, Rambo is cajoled into taking a group of non violent missionaries in his boat into Myanmar, (formerly Burma),

Burma’s Charade
Washington Post, United States
IF YOU haven’t been paying close attention, you might think some recent announcements out of Burma denoted progress in this broken Southeast Asian state.

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – FEBRUARY 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
By doing this, the junta hope to be able to block any intervention by the international community and at the same time ease the ire of the people of Burma

Paper Hails Bangladesh’s Energy Joint Ventures With Burma
RedOrbit, TX
We still have three other alternatives — introduction of nuclear energy into the power grid, coal-based power plants and obtaining of from Myanmar.

Kidman takes an acidic turn
St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Australia –
In the new Rambo, Stallone is rumbling in the jungles of Myanmar (formally Burma), where the film is officially banned. According to one internet site,

Marylebone Road protest against Total Oppression in Burma
Indymedia UK, UK

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Myanmar/Burma Embassy 19A, Charles St, London W1J 5DX. Protests are held weekly but locations may change. For information and reports on protests in London

Miliband opposes boycott
Foreign Secretary David Miliband is opposed to a boycott of the Beijing Olympics but wants to discuss political and civil rights with Chinese officials during a visit to Asia. | Rights groups are pressing Milib…Full Story

Rambo, a hero to many Burmese – but a fat lunatic to others
| (02-23) 04:00 PST Rangoon, Burma — | Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo character looks like a fat lunatic in his new movie, a Burmese magazine said this week, bucking local public opinion that has glorified him for…Full Story

War-scarred children embrace new life
Alameda Times-Star, CA –
By Rebecca Rosen Lum Kate Mawi, an orphan from Burma, helps prepare dinner at her new home in San Jose on Tuesday, January 29. Kate’s smooth brow buckles

The Burmese junta and the world’s conscience
International Herald Tribune, France

This was never more true than in the statement on Myanmar issued last week by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and signed by eight of his fellow

POLITICS-BURMA: UN Envoy’s Next Visit May Turn Farcical
Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –
The junta, which has renamed the country Myanmar, has a new political reality for the UN envoy to grapple with. In addition to making a sudden announcement

Britain Against Olympics Boycott Despite Crackdown On Christians
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
including a reported crackdown on devoted Christians and other religious groups, or its stance on Darfur and Burma, also known as Myanmar.

 

Tibetan activists stage symbolic torch relay in Taiwan
Beijing 2008 Tiananmen Square2 – China – Olympics – Sports/wam2 …Full Story

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

February 24, 2008 at 11:39 am

World Focus on Burma (8 Jan 08)

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  1. Gunning for democracy
    Varsity (subscription), Canada –
    Five provinces, 13 states, and over 15000 kilometres later, the car is still emblazoned with the words “Free Burma,” the country’s flag, and photos of Aung …
  2. Art Summary 2007
    Artfacts.Net, UK –

    Two new books were published in 2007: Pham An Hai – Expressions & Abstractions and Aung Kyaw Htet – Myanmar Inspirations, and Youtube videos of artists have …

  3. Thai PTTEP Signs Bangladesh Gas Deal With Total, Tullow
    AHN –
    … now in operation and 80 kilometers (49.60 miles) north of Shwe gas field in Block A1 in Burma, officially known as Myanmar, according to the statement. …
  4. Australian interests take over Phnom Penh Post
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    Two Australian businessmen with stakes in Burma’s media have announced they have taken control of Cambodia’s main English-language newspaper, The Phnom Penh …
  5. Junta Deploys Riot Squads on Independence Day
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –

    Burma’s brutal military junta deployed riot squads at Shwedagon and Sule pagodas last Friday to prevent pro-democracy protests on the country’s 60th …

  6. S’pore’s Lee criticises Myanmar military rulers
    Reuters India, India –

    Myanmar, formerly Burma, moved its capital city from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw, about 390 kilometres to the north of the old capital, in 2005. Continued…

  7. “Burma’s Sixty Years of Independence”
    Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

    With an ideology of extreme Nationalism, multi-nationalism was unimaginable; in Myanmar there must only be one single nation, one language, one culture and …

  8. Turmoil at the international level continued throughout the past year
    The Gateway, Canada –
    … but this year it was Myanmar, a small dictatorship in Southeast Asia (previously known as Burma), that made front pages throughout the world. …
  9. Revered Shan monk prays for Burma’s generals
    Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

    by admin — last modified 2008-01-08 06:45 “I pray for the well-being of the people of Shan State and Burma as well as the country’s rulers,” Krubar …

  10. Burmese celebrate new home, new year
    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
    The first arrivals to Rochester from the refugee camps in Thailand near the border of Myanmar, which some natives still call Burma, came here in late 2006. …
  11. Indonesia urges Myanmar to do more on democracy
    Reuters –
    Indonesia urged military-ruled Myanmar on Tuesday to take more credible steps towards democratization, including releasing political prisoners.
  12. US diplomat urges Myanmar leaders to start talks with opposition AOL
    Nicholas Burns

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior U.S. diplomat urged Myanmar’s ruling military junta on Tuesday to begin talks with opposition leaders and release political prisoners. | Nicholas Burns, the State Department… (photo: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  13. Myanmar Moved Away From Democracy After Protests, Burns Says
    By Paul Tighe

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    Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar’s junta has rejected taking any steps toward democracy since pledging to open talks with the opposition after September’s anti-government protests, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said.

    While the regime “made a few unremarkable gestures,” such as appointing a minister to meet with opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, “it has since halted even this hint of progress and, in fact, has moved backward,” Burns wrote in an article for the Washington Post yesterday.

    China, Myanmar’s closest ally, and the Association of South East Asian nations must use their influence to support United Nations efforts to persuade the junta to release political prisoners and begin discussions on democratic changes, he wrote.

    The U.S. tightened sanctions on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, after the crackdown on protests, imposing an asset freeze on junta officials and blacklisting companies and individuals linked to the regime. The military rejected a UN report criticizing the use of “excessive force” when soldiers crushed the most serious demonstrations in 20 years, killing an estimated 31 protesters.

    “The world must not turn its back on the people of Burma and allow the regime’s disregard for human dignity to continue,” Burns wrote. “Together, we must apply sustained and strong pressure while making clear that a successful dialogue leading to a political transition would enable Burma to make a full return to the international system.”

    Regime Leaders

    The U.S. will continue to target regime leaders “and their cronies” with sanctions, Burns said in the article. The military is still arresting pro-democracy activists and harassing Buddhist monks and Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy, remains under house arrest, he said.

    The U.S. will press for more international sanctions unless Myanmar’s leaders begin a process for democratic change and free political prisoners, President George W. Bush said Dec. 11.

    China and Russia in January last year vetoed a U.S. resolution at the UN Security Council to press Myanmar to make democratic changes. China repeated its opposition to sanctions in November.

    “The reality is that the regime and its policies are the greatest threat to Burma’s unity, stability and prosperity,” Burns wrote. “This is a horrendous track record.”

    Suu Kyi and other democratic leaders have said the military has a role to play in a peaceful transition to democracy. As junta leaders show no willingness to make changes, “many in their regime should be increasingly uncomfortable with their policies and the country’s direction,” Burns said.

    National Convention

    Myanmar’s National Convention, begun in 2004, completed its work on proposed democratic changes in September last year. The U.S. and UN denounced the process for failing to include the NLD and ethnic groups.

    The people of Myanmar are “greatly concerned about threats of national disintegration,” the official New Light of Myanmar cited Senior General Maung Aye, deputy commander-in-chief of defense services, as telling military graduates two days ago.

    Myanmar’s unity has been threatened regularly since independence in 1948 by separatist ethnic groups trying to divide the country, he said, according to a report on the newspaper’s Web site.

    “With the large number of minorities in our country, the disintegration of the union would mean splintering and general weakness, which may even lead to the loss of nationhood,” the general added.

    The military has ruled the nation of 47 million people since 1962. In 1990, the junta rejected the results of parliamentary elections won by the NLD. Suu Kyi has spent 12 of the past 17 years in detention and is under house arrest at her home in Yangon.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Tighe in Sydney at ptighe@bloomberg.net

    Last Updated: January 8, 2008 19:39 EST

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 8, 2008 at 2:28 am

World Focus on Burma (5-12-2007)

  1. US says Myanmar junta obstructing negotiations on new constitution
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    “It is Than Shwe and his senior generals who are obstructing progress toward democratization in Burma,” Casey said, using another name for the Asian nation. …
  2. UN envoy to visit Myanmar anew
    Earthtimes, UK –
    Gambari had visited Myanmar, formerly Burma, twice this year and last week toured some Asian capitals in an effort to canvas support for democratic change …
  3. Blood Rubies Come to Town
    The Santa Barbara Independent, CA –
    According to the United Nations, more than 90 percent of the world’s rubies come from Myanmar, or Burma as it is commonly known. Unlike the sale of diamonds …
  4. Myanmar monks set to battle junta again
    TODAYonline, Singapore –
    Mr Aung Din, the executive director of the US Campaign for Burma group, urged Washington to appoint a sanctions coordinator for Myanmar as it did in the …
  5. Burma: ASEAN Should Not Go Against the UN
    Asian Tribune, Thailand –
    By Zin Linn Although UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has made two trips to Myanmar (Burma) to promote political reconciliation, it seems to be in vain. …
  6. Repression revives business debate
    CNN –
    France’s Total contends that cutting off Myanmar, also known as Burma, hurts ordinary people more than it harms the military regime and could hinder moves …
  7. US Condemns Myanmar Excluding Suu Kyi From Democracy Talks
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar’s military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma for 45 years, was condemned around the world for deploying soldiers Sept. …
  8. Burmese Opposition Marks National Day, Calls for Leader’s Release
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News The party of Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for the immediate and unconditional release of its leader and …
  9. Chased from streets, Myanmar monks get out message on video
    AFP –
    … Thitagu World Buddha University in northern Myanmar, which is popular among foreigners who come to Myanmar, the former Burma, to study the religion. …
  10. Myanmar urges ASEAN media persons to resist influence of some …
    Xinhua, China –
    5 (Xinhua) – A Myanmar high-ranking information official has urged media persons of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to unitedly …
  11. Today in History – Dec. 5
    The Associated Press –
    Ne Win, former dictator of Myanmar, also called Burma, died in Yangon at age 91. ABC executive Roone Arledge died in New York at age 71. …
  12. China Wins Rights to Myanmar’s Gas, Beating India (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    Myanmar’s military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma for 45 years, was condemned around the world for deploying soldiers Sept. …
  13. US Senate Hears Testimony of Venerable Ashin Nayaka on Burma
    Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
    He also said that he discussed the issue of religion in Burma, the repression of the people by the military, and US police options for Burma after the …
  14. Group: China to Evict 1.5M for Olympics
    The Associated Press –
    COHRE also criticized Myanmar and Slovakia on Thursday for “pervasive housing rights violations” in 2007. It said Myanmar, also known as Burma, …
  15. University of San Francisco to Honor Buddhist Monks Who Fought for …
    Earthtimes, UK –
    5 /prnewswire-usnewswire/ — The University of San Francisco will honor the Buddhist monks of Burma (Myanmar) for their courage and nonviolent …
  16. Reporters Without Borders names Eritrean Seyoum Tsehaye its …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    Voice of Burma as media outlet of the year. The tiny, shoestring radio and television network was founded in Norway in 1992 by exiled Myanmar students. …

World Focus on Burma (30-11-2007)

  1. Total plans work on installations in Myanmar
    AFP –
    PARIS (AFP) — The French energy group Total said Thursday it planned to carry out work on installations in the Yadana gas field in Myanmar, where according …
  2. Myanmar Crackdown Sparks Ethics Debate On Investing There
    CNNMoney.com –
    France’s Total SA (TOT) contends that cutting off Myanmar , also known as Burma, hurts ordinary people more than it harms the military regime and could …
  3. Myanmar Arrests, Harassment of Monks Is `Troubling,’ US Says
    Bloomberg –
    The monastery was a sanctuary for people with AIDS in the country formerly known as Burma, the news agency said. The US “condemns the Burmese regime’s …
  4. Deuces High: How the US Can Bring an End to Myanmar’s Crackdown on …
    World Press Review – 2 hours ago
    Since late September, the world’s eyes have been fixed on the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and just about every observer in the United …
  5. Burma Crisis Tops Talks Between Gambari, Cambodia
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Continuing his consultations with regional leaders, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar today conferred with Cambodia’s Foreign Minister on …
  6. Two dead, monk wounded in Myanmar rebel attack
    Times of India, India –
    YANGON: A Buddhist monk and a 45-year-old woman were killed when ethnic Karen rebels in eastern Myanmar opened fire on a passenger bus, state media said on
  7. UN envoy continues Asian talks on Burma
    Radio Australia, Australia –
    United Nations envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, has held talks with top Cambodian officials on Burma’s political crisis as he tries to rally regional support for his …
  8. Miss World targets AIDS battle in 2007 pageant
    AFP –
    Of the nations not represented, there is no Miss Myanmar (formerly Burma) and most Muslim-majority countries do not take part, although Miss Malaysia, ..
  9. Resentment among monks spills over to Bodhgaya
    Merinews, India –
    The seething anger among Buddhist monks over the Myanmar military junta’s brutality on the men in crimson has far from died down, if anything, …
  10. Small farmers hurt by bird flu measures
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    The Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries issued a public warning in the state-run New Light of Myanmar …
  11. Myanmar junta shuts AIDS monastery, expels monks
    Reuters –
    “And I’d like to repeat that,” he told reporters during a visit to Cambodia on a regional tour before going back to the former Burma next month for more …
  12. Myanmar’s missing monks still a mystery months after crackdown
    Earthtimes, UK –
    … they were everywhere, but now you only see one or two,” said Shari Villarosa, charge d’affaires of the US embassy in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
  13. Call for Burma to free opposition leader
    ic Wales, United Kingdom –
    Cambodian foreign minister Hor Namhong said today that his country supports the “steps taken by Myanmar (Burma) in cooperation with the United Nations to …
  14. Burma need gradual approach to democracy: Cambodia FM
    Mizzima.com, India –
    “I told Gambari that we don’t have to talk about the sanction on Myanmar any more from now on, but we have to provide humanitarian aid for the Myanmar …
  15. Pinheiro challenges international community
    Mizzima.com, India –
    Pinheiro also has little patience for a debate over whether the Southeast Asian nation should be referred to as Burma or Myanmar, as the generals renamed …
  16. US diplomat: Myanmar junta shuts AIDS monastery, continues arrests
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP BANGKOK, Thailand: Myanmar’s military junta has closed a monastery that served as a hospice for AIDS patients and is continuing to arrest dissidents, …
  17. ASEAN needs to invest in its people: incoming chief
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    The only thing is – how many potshots ASEAN will receive as a result of political issues such as Myanmar or whatever come our way? …
  18. UN Watch Briefing
    Media For Freedom, Nepal –
    As South Africa faced new questions over its UN voting record against human rights resolutions for victims in Burma and elsewhere, UN Watch found itself at …
  19. India: Marching in step with Burma’s generals
    SAHRDC, India –
    … himself witnessed protests in Burma’s streets when he signed a $150 million deal with the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise in September 2007. …
  20. Junta shuts down monastery close to pro-democracy movement
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    Yangon (asianews) – Myanmar’s military regime continues to blatantly crack down on Buddhist monks, guilty in its eyes for last September anti-government …
  21. Vengeful junta shuts down monastery in Rangoon
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    IN AN unprecedented move, Burma’s military junta has shut down a Rangoon monastery linked to the recent uprising and warned other temples not to offer …
  22. UN Envoy Demands Release of Burmese Democracy Leader
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News The United Nations’ special envoy to Burma says that the country’s ruling military junta must release detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …
  23. General safer sex rules
    Health24.com, South Africa –
    Although abstinence and condoms are the best way of preventing HIV/Aids, there are a lot of general safer sex rules that one should follow. …
  24. ‘Democracy can only be a transition in Myanmar’
    Tehelka, India –
    ... of Myanmar’s Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) that visited India recently at the invitation of Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Democracy in Burma …
  25. AIDS Monastery Ordered Shut in Myanmar
    The Associated Press –
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — A Buddhist monastery that provided a hospice for AIDS patients has been closed down by the regime in Myanmar, which is also still …
  26. World AIDS Day Marks Day of Both Sadness and Hope, Says Bush

    30 November 2007
     

    President Bush makes remarks during a World AIDS Day ceremony, 30 Nov 2007
    President Bush makes remarks during a World AIDS Day ceremony, 30 Nov 2007

    President Bush is urging Congress to approve the doubling of the U.S. commitment in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

    Mr. Bush Friday said he was confident …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 29, 2007 at 11:51 pm

World Focus on Burma (17-11-2007)

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  1. Will the generals dare release the Lady?
    Bangkok Post, Thailand – By LARRY JAGAN
    Tentative talks between Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military rulers have begun, raising hopes that …
  2. ”Pipeline politics: India and Myanmar”
    The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
    Recent developments in the gas field projects of Myanmar have served to highlight the intense resource diplomacy that is ongoing in the region. …
  3. Myanmar claims no Buddhist monks killed in democracy protests
    Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
    BANGKOK, Nov 16 (TNA) – The military government of Myanmar has admitted to a higher death toll during the recent democracy demonstrations than it had done …
  4. Myanmar admits nexus with ugs
    E-Pao.net, India –
    Shillong, November 16: Myanmar (Burma) has formally admitted that its proposed crackdown on the North East insurgents in its soil suffered due the tacit …
  5. CWS appeal: Burma (Myanmar) humanitarian assistance
    Church World Service (press release), IN –
    The humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) is growing. Poverty in some regions has already reached critical levels. In mountainous regions, there is severe …
  6. Laura Bush urges Myanmar gem boycott
    AFP –
    Washington refers to the country as “Burma.” Bush said that Myanmar’s military rulers had just opened a potentially lucrative gem auction show in the …
  7. China unwavering in support for Myanmar
    Daily Times, Pakistan –
    “I don’t think there is any change in substantive issues in the Chinese stand on Burma,” R. Hariharan, a Myanmar expert at the Chennai Centre for Chinese …
  8. Congress urges ASEAN to suspend Myanmar
    Reuters –
    The military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was quoted by UN human rights envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro on Friday as acknowledging that at …
  9. US Senate asks ASEAN leaders to suspend Myanmar
    AFP –
    “I appreciate the strong comments from ASEAN member nations condemning the junta’s violent suppression of peaceful protesters in Burma (Myanmar),” said …
  10. Opinion: A corner of India that holds the key to Asia
    New Straits Times, Malaysia –
    The Indo-Burma Revolutionary Front (IBRF), founded in 1990, went defunct for lack of co-ordinated action and changing loyalties. Now, groups from Assam, …
  11. The Dictator Penalty
    Huffington Post, NY –
    Myanmar: Chevron refuses to withdraw from its partial ownership of natural gas fields and pipelines in the former Burma. Gas money supports one of the …
  12. Myanmar, the UN, and ASEAN
    Foreign Policy In Focus –
    Indonesia and the former Burma fraternized in the Asian-African Bandung Conference of 1955 and the Cold War’s Nonaligned Movement. …
  13. Situation in Myanmar ‘not sustainable’–Singapore PM
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    … Lee Hsien Loong said the bloc had “no choice” but to condemn the bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests in member Myanmar (formerly Burma). …
  14. No exact figures on Burma crackdown
    PRESS TV, Iran –
    At least 15 people have been killed in the recent pro-democracy demonstrations in Myanmar’s biggest city, a UN human rights envoy says. …
  15. Asean to Keep Engaging Myanmar; US Urges Suspension (Update1)
    Bloomberg –
    Asean leaders will meet in a few days and they’ll discuss” the Myanmar issue. The military regime in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …
  16. Students wonder, ‘Asean, what’s that?’
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Singapore (dpa) – Most students in Asean countries are familiar with the grouping, but nearly half have not visited another country in the bloc and 25 per …
  17. Asian leaders aim for green region, promote nuclear energy
    Inquirer.net, Philippines –
    SINGAPORE–Asian leaders from 16 countries will pledge to increase the region’s forest cover by 2020 and promote the use of nuclear energy during their …
  18. More ethnic groups in Myanmar dispute Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement
    Xinhua, China –
    17 (Xinhua) — More ethnic peace groups in Myanmar are expressing disagreement over a recent statement by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …
  19. Singapore PM urges ASEAN nations to boost economic ties, address …
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  20. Asean Needs More Integration to Attract Investment, Lee Says
    Bloomberg –
    Asean members are Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
  21. Myanmar junta chief sticks to “democracy roadmap”
    Reuters India, India –
    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar supremo Than Shwe, leader of the ruling military, has vowed that the only path to political reform is via the …
  22. The broken promises of military rule
    Boston Globe, United States –
    The scary part: comparing the off and on detention of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto with the longstanding house arrest of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma makes …
  23. (France joins Canada in imposing sanctions on Myanmar) French co-operation applauded
    Edmonton Journal, Canada –
    Bernier pointed out that Canada has implemented “the most severe economic sanctions in the world” against Myanmar, also known as Burma, and expressed his …
  24. China tells Burma to speed up its democratic reforms
    USA Today –
    YANGON, Burma (AP) — China called on Burma to speed up democratic reforms, state media reported Saturday — an unusual move for Beijing, …
  25. Students plan to protest Burma crackdown during ASEAN summit
    Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
    Singapore – University students plan to “make their voices heard” over Burma’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests while ASEAN leaders sign a landmark …
  26. Answers In The Past
    Tehelka, India –
    Full of counterintuitive views (he’s opposed to sanctions and wants tourists to visit Burma) historian Thant Myint-U is a former UN official and the author …
  27. ASEAN plays low against Myanmar
    Newstrack India, India –
    ASEAN accepted Burma’s membership downplaying US and European Union’s opposition. Singapore Prime Minister and Chairman of the association Lee Hsien Loong …
  28. Nobody in Asia supports sanctions against Myanmar: PM Lee
    Channel News Asia, Singapore –
    By S Ramesh, Channel newsasia | Posted: 17 November 2007 2109 hrs SINGAPORE: Nobody in Asia supports sanctions against Myanmar, Singapore’s Prime Minister …
  29. Myanmar set to sign rights charter at ASEAN summit
    Reuters –
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is unlikely to suspend Myanmar and the military-ruled country is set to sign the …
  30. Total petrol station demo in Wrexham
    Indymedia UK, UK –
    Wrexham Women for Peace and supporters held a demonstration at a local TOTAL petrol station in support of the people of Burma (Myanmar) this morning in …