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World focus on Burma (13 January 2009)

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REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH DURING VISIT TO LITTLE FLOWER …
Federal News Service (subscription), DC –
MRS. BUSH: Thank you all. I’m very happy to be here today. One of the things I’ve been most interested in over the last eight years while I’ve had the …

Triple i Logistics sees more M&A activity in the industry
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Will the new 3E road link from the South of China to Thailand via Burma and the R9 route, linking Burma to Vietnam via Thailand and Laos, be positive for …

Kachin party – but not KIO – to contest 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
… groups to surrender, according to Dr. Tu Jar, Vice-Chairman of the KIO, which reached a ceasefire agreement with Burma’s military junta in 1994. …

Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister paid a courtesy call on Thai …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
On 12 January 2009, Mr. U Kyaw Thu, Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya during his study trip to …

Pro-junta party kicks off campaign for 2010 polls in northwestern …
Mizzima.com, India –
The NLD, though it was not abolished, is banned from opening their offices. According to Ling Ha, political parties that have been abolished by the ruling …

Migrants’ work permits being extended
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Instead when the migrant workers returned to their homes in Burma, junta authorities terrorized their families coercing them to pay bribes, …

Do we really need to know what names were ‘formerly known as’?
News Sentinel, IN –
It was bad enough when we had all the stories about Myanmar. You never saw “Myanmar” by itself, did you? It was always “Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Meeting to foster people’s participation in 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
The meeting held at the residence of Nay Myo Wai, who has been writing critical articles against Burma’s mainstream opposition on internet web pages, …

Myanmar closes mosques and churches
EnerPub, TX –
For some time, the Burmese military junta has stopped granting property deeds to religious organizations for the construction of churches or places of …

Thai FM reviews cyclone victims aid with Myanmar official
Mathaba.Net, UK –
BANGKOK, Jan 12 (TNA) – Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya met Monday with a senior Myanmar official to review progress in distributing, delivering and …

Burmese Rice Farmers Struggle to Make a Living
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis, combined with falling world prices, is hitting Burmese rice farmers hard, with many of them …

Rangoon Under Tightened Security: Sources
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The protesters called for the release of NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The parliament building has been unused since the current junta seized power in 1988.

Thailand to Help Rebuild Temples in the Irrawaddy Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

After the meeting, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters that Thailand wanted to see change in Burma. “The goals of Western countries and the …

Roundtable: Youth and leadership
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
DVB: Isn’t it worse for the NLD living under military rule in Burma? WT: “[The military regime] has been trying to tear us and the young people apart. …

Burma, Myanmar: Thank You Google
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
By Ashin Mettacara Today is my happiest day in my life . Because my dream and hope have arrived. Google News starts to include the news from my site for the .

By Ashin Mettacara The first ever Myanmar Blog Award have arrived! Myanmar Blog Academy Award 2008 Programme site mmblogpress.com has announced the winners …

Singaporean Activists Detained after Protesting Burmese Migrants …
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Activists Seelan Palay and Chong Kai Xiong said they felt guilty because their government had refused to extend the work permits of two Burmese migrants who …

Burma ranks among worst nations for civilian freedom: Rights Group
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military rulers have said that the country is building a roadmap to democracy and are gearing up to hold general elections in 2010. …

Supporting Burma Key Achievement of Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

She also protested the violent crackdown of the ruling junta against peaceful protesters and the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Prize …

Ecotourism outweighs irresponsible travel
FemaleFirst.co.uk, UK –
Each year, over $100 million derived from tourism enables Burma’s Junta military regime to continually enforce inhumane working conditions on the local …

Elected MPs’ lawyers denied access to court
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We filled out and submitted forms to gain entry to the courtroom but then we were told by the deputy prison chief and another official we were not allowed …

A tale of two distant war zones
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… cowering under the assault of fighter jets and mortars, with uncounted casualties and warnings of “genocidal” atrocities from human rights activists. …

Global Freedom Fell in 2008 Amid Crackdowns, Rights Group Says
Bloomberg –
Thirty-four percent of the world’s population lives in “not free” countries, which include China, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, Zimbabwe and Vietnam. …

83-Year-Old Man Bicycles to 146 Burmese Towns
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Sittwe: An 83-year-old Arakanese man has already traveled to 146 towns in Burma by bicycle and is currently visiting southern Shan State near the Thai …

Two NLD youth members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nyan Win said the Dala township NLD youth wing coordinator Htet Soe Lin and youth organising wing leader Thet Pain Min were arrested by about 20 Special …

Phuketwan.com Reports the Real Phuket
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

… shores — the Rohingya of Burma. hundreds over the past few months in a desperate attempt to find better fortunes in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. …

Score one more for first lady
GoErie.com, PA –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government — ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Nigeria’s $500000 gift to junta draws international ire
Mizzima.com, India –
“I am honored to present this cheque for the sum of five hundred thousand dollars, through you, to the government and people of Myanmar [Burma], …

Dishy picks
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
TCM, 8pm: Never So Few – The Kachin natives of Burma were trained in the art of modern warfare, but the Japanese army proved to be a formidable adversary. …

Laura Bush unveils state china
Nashua Telegraph, NH –
By LISA TOLIN AP First lady Laura Bush showed off a new gold-rimmed set of official George W. Bush state china last week, with less than two weeks to use it …

Censored Burmese magazine faces delay in publication
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
The “Myanmar Thit” monthly magazine’s latest issue has been delayed as it was forced to submit another cover design after the Burmese censor board rejected …

Hong Kong named world’s freest economy
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The Heritage Foundation said North Korea was the world’s most restricted economy, followed by Zimbabwe, Cuba, Burma and Eritrea. …

Political protests nixed work permit renewals
Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –
The Singapore government has explained its decision not to renew the work permit of two Myanmar nationals, saying they had gone beyond the law allowed in …

Revesltoke Rotary exchange student shares the joys of Thailand
Revelstoke Times Review, Canada –
… an artistically modern temple still being constructed, and then found ourselves looking into Laos and Myanmar (Burma) at the Golden Triangle. …

2 held over protest
Straits Times, Singapore –
Both men, he added, were part of a group of Myanmar nationals who took part in a protest march against their country’s ruling junta during the Asean summit …

Improved transport links boost thailand-china-laos trade
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
These three ports facilitate commerce among the four riparian countries including Burma. China has dominated water transportation. More Thai tourists also …

Rights Group Condemns Nigeria’s Gift To Myanmar Junta
LeadershipNigeria, Nigeria –
… on Monday, carpeted the Federal Government for the recent reported gift of a whooping sum of $500000 to the military regime in Myanmar (former Burma). …

Assessing Bush: Foreign Policy Jeff Alworth
BlueOregon, OR –
The Bush Doctrine wasn’t a philosophical treatise about bringing democracy to unstable countries. Rather–and it’s right there in the name–it was security …

Two activists arrested for protesting at MOM
TODAYonline, Singapore –
The Myanmar pair were among a group of 40 who took part in a protest against their country’s ruling junta during the Asean Summit here in November 2007. …

Kristof’s got news
GetReligion, DC –
In Thailand’s brothels, for example, Thai girls usually work voluntarily, while Burmese and Cambodian girls are regularly imprisoned. …

CWS appeal update: Myanmar (Burma) cyclone Nargis long-term …
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Nargis struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2-3, 2008, and killed more than 84530 persons. More than 53000 are still reported missing. …

Freedom in the World 2009: Freedom Retreats for Third Year
NewsBlaze, CA –
… Maldives and Bhutan, some progress was also seen in Nepal, Kashmir, Malaysia and Thailand. Declines were registered in Afghanistan, Burma, Fiji, …

Curfew imposed in Magwe oilfields
Mizzima.com, India –
by Zar Ni Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has intervened and imposed curfew in an oilfield, after the dispute between a private oil …

Thailand will not use sanctions to push for change in Burma: Abhisit
Mizzima.com, India –
“The goals of Western countries and the countries in this region for Myanmar are not different – we all want to see some changes,” Abhisit was quoted as …

Asean members eye Asean tourists
Business Mirror, Philippines –
Asean groups the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Burma/Myanmar. E. Torres.

Ramos Horta skeptical about true peace
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
Closer to home, he called the situation in Burma “an embarrassment to all of us in the region” but urged the West to rethink sanctions against the …

The governor
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
In October 1999, Sukhumbhand, then deputy foreign minister, offered himself as a hostage to end a siege at the Burmese Embassy. Burmese dissident students …

Abhisit calls for change in Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
In his first public comments on Burma since he became prime minister, Mr Abhisit said Thailand had to act differently because it was so close to Burma. …



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World focus on Burma (26 November 2008)

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Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
… anti-Milosevic uprising in Serbia, the orange revolution in Ukraine, or the monks ‘Saffron Revolution’ against the junta in Thailand’s neighbour Burma? …

Drug-Dealing Junta Crony Gets 15 Years
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Maung Weik is known as a generous donor to projects sponsored by the Burmese junta, once giving 270 million kyat (nearly US $235000) for restoration work on …

New Internet Censorship Plan Rattles Public
The Epoch Times, NY –
At present, China, Burma, Iran and Saudi Arabia are some of the countries that have mandatory Internet censorship. “The main similarity [with China] is that …

Trials and Prison Transfers Continue in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
More than 30 activists sentenced in the recent series of trials were transferred on Monday and Tuesday from Insein Prison to isolated prisons around Burma. …

MWAF member says women lack protection
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 26, 2008 (DVB)–A senior member of the Kaytumadi township branch of the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation who recently fled Burma has said the …

Mine casualties in Burma nearly double
Mizzima.com, India –
Domestically, Myanmar Defense Products Industries, a state enterprise in Pegu Division, is known to produce non-detectable antipersonnel landmines. …

Shans spinning multiple rings of web
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The rest about 25 websites and blogs are covering political, social and economic developments, human rights abuses and forced labor in Shan State and Burma. …

Blaze destroys church in Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi – A local Church in the town of Hakha in Burma’s western Chin state was burnt to ashes on Monday when a fire broke out, …

Can Asean Learn to Put People First?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2000 other political prisoners, the continuing use of child soldiers, and the recent …

MYANMAR: Thousands dying for lack of treatment
Plus News, South Africa –
JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2008 (PlusNews) – Thousands of people living with HIV in Myanmar (Burma) are dying because the government and international donors …

Kurelek painting exceeds estimate
Toronto Star,  Canada –
… who was PEN Canada’s recipient of the One Humanity Award this year, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison by the rules of Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

Poverty-reduction goals to be hit by global crisis
CSR Asia, Hong Kong –
(Todayonline, November 7) A documentary film showing how Burmese seamen aboard Thai fishing boats are abused, beaten and even murdered is now available for …

Abandoning Burma’s HIV/AIDS afflicted community
Mizzima.com, India –
“More than 25000 people died from AIDS-related diseases last year, and even more will die in the next twelve months, unless the Myanmar government and …

Myanmar AIDS crisis could kill 25000 next year-MSF
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Frank Smithuis, head of the NGO’s mission in the former Burma, urged the government and international community to stop needless deaths in “one of Asia’s …

Thousands may die of AIDS in Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
The international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says up to 25000 may die this year of HIV/AIDS in Myanmar unless help arrives soon. …

The US State Department Promotes On-line Youth Groups The …
Softpedia, Romania –
These groups act against the ruling junta of Burma, for democracy in Israel and for stopping the atrocities that the Lord’s Resistance Army commits in …

Be thankful we can still voice our viewpoints
Asheville Citizen-Times, NC –
Headlines coming out of Burma (aka “Myanmar”) are a reminder of what we have to be thankful for as we head into the Thanksgiving season. On any given day, …

World Briefs….Burma needs ARVs
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-AFP AN ESTIMATED 24000 people will die of HIV/Aids in Burma next year unless the international donor community is willing to provide funds for …

Is There A Decrease In Cancer Rates In The US or Not?
DigitalJournal.com, Canada – 3
Some notable events of 2008 were: Cyclone Nargis battering Burma aka Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, the controversy surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics, …

Rogers Park church embraces Burmese refugees
Chicago Journal, IL –
30, 2007, has come to symbolize the plight of 50 refugees from Burma (Myanmar), including 20 children, who came to Rogers Park from a refugee camp in …

Sushi-specialist refugees from Burma recent additions to area’s …
Palm Beach Post,  United States –
Many are from the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar – also known as Burma – and they form part of a small and specialized minority relatively new to South …

Felt Elephants
East Bay Express, CA –
You’d want 2008’s most gripping international fiction, such as Smile as They Bow, Nu Nu Yi’s novel about a Burmese tranny spirit medium; Breath, …

THE STANLEY FOUNDATION: CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVE MULTILATERALISM …
MaximsNews Network, NY –
For example, Burma’s membership in ASEAN in 1997 was not based on such conditions, though many participants disagreed about the wisdom, in retrospect, …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – NOVEMBER 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-11-26 03:04 After a few years of relative respite, the forcible use of unpaid civilian porters by the Burmese junta’s troops …

Letter of the Rights of the Child Anniversary
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, urged world leaders …

Business Life From Barack to Jack
Philippine Star, Philippines –
I just thought you were Burmese.” Burmese? That’s new. I was psyched for the reunion. The sensible outlook to adopt at these occasions is to manage …

US taps online groups to fight crime
MyADSL, South Africa –
The list of organisations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown …

A Preventable Fate In Burma
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Thousands of people are needlessly dying due to a severe lack of lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment in Myanmar, says international humanitarian organization …

Netherlands: Foreign Minister Verhagen condemns severe prison …
ISRIA (subscription), DC
Zarganar is a famous comedian in Burma (also known as Myanmar), a country governed by a military junta. He was arrested six months ago while running an aid …

45 Years for a Joke
Wall Street Journal –
It’s a concept the people of Burma understand well. One of their most famous celebrities is a comedian known for his antiregime jokes who goes by the name …

A New Approach: Incorporating civilian resistance strategies …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Responses to the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 have served to further polarize international actors on Burma into two camps. …

UN Human Rights Council to probe DR Congo violations
ABC Online, Australia –
Some 50 activist groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, appealed last week to the Council’s President, Nigerian Ambassador Martin …

Digital Influence Group Wins MITX Award for Best Use of Social Media
MarketWatch –
… Action Center and the US Campaign for Burma to build a grassroots movement to free Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. …

Child soldiers
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
According to Human Rights Watch, there are 200000 to 300000 child soldiers in more than 20 countries. No doubt this crime is under sharp spotlight of …

US–India Relations: The China Factor
Heritage.org, DC –
… movement in Burma throughout the 1980s and gave sanctuary to thousands of Burmese refugees following the military junta’s assumption of power in 1988. …

A Disappointing Record
America Magazine (subscription), NY –

True, Burma (now called Myanmar by its military rulers) did receive attention, with calls to expand the political space. There was also a special session on …

Asean lacks credibility |on rights issues
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
We have the generals in Burma happily giving out jail sentences of 65 years to human rights activists. These generals, who brutalise the people of Burma, …

Burma’s tourism industry shows signs of life
Mizzima.com, India –
… Mai – The Burmese tourism industry has picked up a little bit in recent months, after suffering serious losses in the aftermath of May’s Cyclone Nargis …

World focus on Burma (22 August 2008)

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NLD ‘Please’ with second round meeting with UN envoy
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – Ibrahim Gambari, United Nations Special Envoy to on Friday met with leaders of Burma’s main opposition party – National League for Democracy …

Singer Moon Aung to perform in Australia
Mizzima.com, India –
Enthusiastic about politics he fled to the Thai-Burma border after the military assumed power in a coup in 1988. The Kachin ethnic singer joined the ‘All …

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari losing credibility?
Merinews, India –
The Opposition in Myanmar believes that the UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari is drifting from his mission and falling into a neatly laid trap of the crafty military …

UN ends cyclone relief flights into Burma
USA Today –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Regularly scheduled cargo flights arranged by the UN to bring cyclone relief aid into Burma have been concluded after three months. …

Burma monk disrobed over street protests
Independent, UK –
Human rights groups believe that up to 200 people were killed by the subsequent crushing of the demonstrations by the regime. Hundreds of monks and ordinary …

ICA Foresees Collateral Damage from Burmese Ruby Ban
Diamonds.net, NY –
The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) has asked its members to stop buying gemstones from Myanmar (Burma) directly and from third party …

ICA Concerned Over Burma Ban Law
Jewelers Circular Keystone Online, NY –
… and international associations against the violent repression of individuals, human rights and pro-democracy movements in Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

AFP –
If Gambari cannot see Aung San Suu Kyi, his trip is meaningless,” Myanmar analyst Win Min said. Two UN officials spent 30 minutes in a car outside of Aung …

Ansell aroused to halt flagging sales
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
This column’s suspicions that the internal management troubles within ANZ resemble the struggles within the Burmese military junta have been reinforced by a …

Gambari holds second meeting with NLD
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and regime leaders, to improve Burma’s failing economy and to appoint a communications officer based in Burma. …

Ethnic opposition leaders not allowed to meet UN envoy
Independent Mon News Agency, WA –
Ethnic opposition party leaders have not been allowed to meet United Nations special envoy, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari who is in Burma on a five-day visit, …

Sending a Message to the UN
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
If so, the latest visit of UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari could mark the beginning of a subtle but significant shift in the pro-democracy …

Desperate Burmese youth seek greener pastures abroad
Mizzima.com, India –
… anywhere other than Burma, and earn a decent salary to build up his life. An employed information technology (IT) engineer at the Myanmar Information …

Junta bars UN envoy from meeting Suu Kyi
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Rangoon (dpa) – UN special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari, after five days in the country, has failed to see either opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or …

Suu Kyi Reportedly Refuses to Meet Gambari
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is reportedly refusing to meet UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari because she’s unhappy with …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG THET WINE RANGOON — Burma’s junta authorized the unlimited purchase of diesel and gasoline with Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) at state-owned …

BBC News, UK –
“For WFP and the wider UN and NGO community, the air hub was critical for the provision of vital relief supplies to the people of Myanmar (Burma),” said WFP …

Sudden rise in FEC price
Mizzima.com, India –
The situation worsened after Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma in early May. No one can keep foreign exchange without permission in Burma. …

Burma’s 88 Generation Students complete a year in custody
Mizzima.com, India –
Bo Kyi said, the student leaders continued arrest proves the severe human rights conditions in Burma and the lack of the rule of Law. …

Burma Tourism Report Ignores Cyclone, Demonstrations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burma’s Tourism Entrepreneurs Association is quoted in media reports admitting that the effects of Cyclone Nargis alone have reduced tourist visitors to the …

UN Ends Its Relief Flights from Bangkok to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“The air hub was critical for the provision of vital relief supplies to the people of Myanmar [Burma],” said Tony Banbury, WFP’s Asia regional director. …

Tibetans in Belgium and Austria go on hunger strike
Phayul, Tibet –
The effort is supported by Brigid Weinzinger, human rights speaker of the Green Party in Austria Tseten Zöchbauer started the function and spoke in detail …

THAILAND: Alarm bells over possible tidal surge
IRINnews.org, NY –
“A storm surge in the Gulf could cause greater damage than the one triggered by Cyclone Nargis in Burma last May,” he said. Strong winds could cause the …

WFP Bangkok relief air bridge for Myanmar completes mission
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
In the three months since the opening of the Don Mueang humanitarian air bridge on 24 May, 232 relief flights were dispatched to Cyclone-hit Myanmar. …

UNLD not allowed to meet Gambari

Art of Patience FREE BURMA (Weblog) Supporting IMNA

Ethnic opposition party leaders have not been allowed to meet United Nations special envoy, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari who is in Burma on a five-day visit, though ethnic leaders demanded a meeting….

Three dead in China-Myanmar border quakes

Channel NewsAsia – AsiaPacific

Yangon, Myanmar: U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, hoping to promote democratic reform in Myanmar, will extend his five-day visit until Saturday in an apparent effort to meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi….

Burma: UN food agency sends final aid flight

آكي , Italy –
Bangkok, 22 August (AKI) – The United Nations’ World Food Programme has sent its final humanitarian flight from Thailand to Burma to aid victims of Cyclone …

Burma to Allow International Text Messaging
Cellular-News, UK –
It has been reported that mobile phone users in the reclusive country of Burma (Myanmar) can now send SMSs overseas, but only via a government approved …

Burma: Junta Approves International Text Messaging RedOrbit, TX –

Perspective: The Olympics, political unrest always go hand in hand
SI.com –
The European Union has sanctioned Burma, and banned the granting of visas to various members of the brutal military regime that rules the country. …
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Japan Today – Politics

TOKYO —Japan will introduce the so-called third-country refugee resettlement program as early as fiscal 2010 as the first Asian country to do so in a bid to accept more foreign refugees, government sources….

Rights groups lash out at UN
Mizzima.com, India –
The organization went on to argue that the human rights situation in Burma has actually deteriorated over the course of Gambari’s tenure, citing a doubling …

The Olympic Games: A Propaganda Victory for China?
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
It has paid only lip service on the human rights issues in China, and entirely ignored the illegitimate nature of the Chinese communist regime. …

Community service often viewed as punishment
The Tennessean, TN –
Tyrannical regimes in Burma, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Cuba are guilty of these crimes. Liberals refuse to offer serious proposals that would …

UN ends Bangkok “air bridge” to Burma
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
“For the WFP and the wider UN and NGO community, the air hub was critical for the provision of vital relief supplies to the people of Myanmar,” said Tony …

Burmese Dissidents Call United Nations for Openness and Accountability
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… its recent mission to Burma (Myanmar), the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) called for UN Special Envoy to Burma …

Free Buram’s Political Prisnoers campaign
MyNews.in, India –
For decades the people of Burma have suffered from socio-economic hardship and severe oppression of political and civil rights by its brutal military regime …

88 Gen Student leaders in custody for a year with remands in absentia
Mizzima.com, India –
“It reveals lack of the rule of law in Burma. They fought for democracy and human rights in the 1988 popular uprising. They have served long prison terms …

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …
MaximsNews Network, NY – 3 hours ago
Is that pretty much the way he apportions to the democratically elected leaders of Burma? Deputy Spokesperson: As you know, Mr. Gambari is in Myanmar to …

Report exposes insurance industry Burma links
Union Network International, Switzerland –
It is part of a carefully targeted policy designed by Burma’s democracy movement to cut the junta’s economic lifeline, this will decrease the amount of …

UN special envoy to Myanmar fails to see Aung San Suu Kyi
Monsters and Critics.com –
This week’s visit is Gambari’s fourth since last year to Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he has been handed a mandate by the United Nations to deal with …

UN special envoy to Myanmar fails to see Aung San Suu Kyi
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
The State Peace and Development Council, as Myanmar’s junta calls itself, has shown little willingness to comply with Gambari’s overall mission. …

Flooding kills 74 in northern India
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… Myanmar (Burma) and Pakistan. About 50000 people have been displaced in southeastern Nepal since the Saptakoshi River burst its banks earlier this week. …

Oppressed Burmese deserve better from the world
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
For instance, strong words in the wake of the devastating Cyclone Nargis in May against the inhuman intransigence of the military leaders, …

C’mon, Mr. Chrétien, our voice on China does matter
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Canada speaks out today about injustice in Burma and Zimbabwe. Canadians are fighting and dying for human rights in Afghanistan. …

Asia Beat: Aug 20 08 RANGON, Burma

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

The United Nations has acknowledged that over the past three months some $1.60-million in aid for the victims of the devastating cyclone in May has been lost to Burma’s odd foreign exchange regulations.

The World
TIME –
Meanwhile, in Burma, which is still recovering from a cyclone that killed at least 84000 people in May, torrential rains have forced people to flee their …

Unprecedented search for heroes of ‘the Hump’
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
JPAC’s Troy Kitch said recently that the missing planes included more than 100 in India, about 100 in Myanmar and more than 170 in China. …

A Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered
MorungExpress, India –
… the territory of the Naga people in the border area of North-east India and Myanmar (Burma) appeared as a blank spot on Western world maps” and that …

More help for local refugees
News Sentinel, IN –
Fort Wayne is home to refugees from strife in many parts of the world, including Somalia, Bosnia and Darfur, but the largest wave has been from Burma. …

State media: 5.9-magnitude quake kills 1 in China
The Associated Press –
BEIJING (AP) — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted southern China near the border with Myanmar Thursday, killing a woman — one day after another quake damaged …

Quakes kill one near China, Burma border Radio Australia, Australia –

State media: 5.9-magnitude quake kills 3 in China PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria

Quakes hit China-Myanmar border Straits Times, Singapore –

Three dead in China-Myanmar border quakes Channel NewsAsia – AsiaPacific

World Focus on Burma (14 Mar 08)

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Myanmar dissidents urge voters to reject military-drafted constitution
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria
distributed by the US Campaign for Burma, an advocacy group based in Washington. Myanmar‘s main pro-democracy party, meanwhile, called on the government

United front to combat junta’s referendum?
Mizzima.com, India
The 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar), in a statement released on Thursday, said the referendum is a chance for the people of Burma to build

Christian Group Approves US Dropping China from Rights Blacklist
Christian Post –

She also explained that the top 10 list highlights countries that are extremely closed off to the world, like Burma (Myanmar) and North Korea,

NLD Calls for Constitution to be Made Public
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand
“If Myanmar [Burma] wants assistance from Thailand, we are ready to offer help as a friendly country.” Commenting on Samak’s one-day visit to Burma,

Ban the Dam, Say Activists
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By VIOLET CHO Ethnic Karen people living along Burma’s Salween River gathered today in colorful traditional dress to pray to the spirits of the river and

UN rapporteur ridicules Burma ‘democracy’
Bangkok Post, Thailand
“I am afraid ‘accountability’ does not translate in the Myanmar language,” he said, using the junta’s official name for Burma. The referendum, scheduled for

Don’t Blame Gambari!
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand
When the Security Council refused to pass a resolution on Burma on January 12, it effectively ensured that Gambari’s efforts would become an exercise in

Noppadon rejects sanctions, Burmese to ‘vote no’
Bangkok Post, Thailand
“If Myanmar wants assistance from Thailand (for the referendum), we are ready to offer help as a friendly country,” Noppadon said, using the junta’s

Thai PM visits Myanmar to firm up economic ties with junta
Hindu, India
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has long been under international pressure to make democratic reforms, particularly since it violently crushed peaceful mass

Myanmar Dissidents Make Appeal
The Associated Press –

The 88 Generation Students — named after a pro-democracy uprising in 1988 that was crushed — staged peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar, also known as Burma,

Nine Killed In Burma Truck Crash
AHN –
(AHN) – At least nine people were killed and 49 others injured when a truck flipped over on a highway in central Burma, officially known as Myanmar.

Thailand’s Premier meets Burmese junta supremo
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Thailand’s newly elected Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej arrived in Burma’s new jungle capital Nay Pyi Taw on Friday on a one-day ‘good will’

Nine killed, 49 hurt in Myanmar truck crash
Canada.com, Canada –
YANGON, Myanmar – Nine people were killed and 49 others injured when a truck flipped over on a highway in central Myanmar as it was taking passengers to a

Than Shwe Meets New Thai PM
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Burmese junta’s mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar, reported on March 11 that at the invitation of Burma’s prime minister, Samak would pay a

Thailand opposes sanctions on Myanmar: FM
AFP –

BANGKOK (AFP) — Thailand opposes Western sanctions on neighbouring Myanmar and is ready to help the military-run country hold a referendum on a new …

Pro-democracy group urges ‘No’ on Myanmar constitution
AFP –

“This constitution will allow the military dictatorship to perpetuate in Burma,” it added, using the country’s previous name. The 88 Generation Students’ …

MYANMAR MAY PULL OUT OF SA REGION
Bosco Information Service, India
By CM Paul Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. It is the 40th-territorially …

Myanmar activists launch “vote no” referendum campaign
Monsters and Critics.com –
The last general election held in Myanmar, also known as Burma, was in 1990. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Suu Kyi won that election …

PM visits Burma, expected to discuss democracy
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
(BangkokPost.com) – Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and his team left Thailand to Burma on Friday morning, with the aim to strengthen ties with the …

Asian nations cultivate new sense of democracy
USA Today –
Meantime, the military rulers of Burma, also known as Myanmar, have shrugged off international condemnation after last fall’s bloody crackdown on protesting …

Crackdown fallout hits Myanmar tourism hard
Guardian, UK
The former Burma‘s rigidly controlled domestic newspapers admit tourism almost halved in the three months after the crackdown, in which the United Nations …

Thai PM to skirt political issues on Myanmar visit
Daily Times, Pakistan
BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej will not discuss politics when he visits Myanmar on Friday, but will congratulate the regime on the …

Myanmar nationals stage anti-junta rally in Tokyo
The Daily Star, Bangladesh
Hundreds of Myanmar nationals marched through Tokyo yesterday demanding the release of political detainees including opposition democratic leader Aung San …

 

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March 14, 2008 at 6:41 am

World Focus on Burma (4 Feb 08)

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  1. SOE’s Myanmar venture queried
    Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The work had been done for Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, an agency of the Myanmar government. Mr McCully said the military dictatorship in Burma was …
  2. Govt takes hands-off stance on SOE contract with Myanmar
    Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
    The lobby group says the Government is immoral to allow an SOE to work in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Burma Campaign New Zealand says the towers will help the …
  3. Clark defends Kordia work in Myanmar
    National Business Review, New Zealand –
    “It is hard to reconcile these actions with the decision to allow a wholly taxpayer-owned company to carry out engineering work for the Butchers of Burma, …
  4. NZ Opposition Questions State-Owned Kordia’s Work in Myanmar
    Bloomberg –
    The government of Myanmar, formerly Burma, was condemned around the world in September after at least 31 people were killed as soldiers crushed protests. …
  5. New Zealand justifies investment in Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    … the firm had installed mobile base-station equipment for Myanmar Post and Telecommunications. Naing Ko Ko, a spokesman for Burma Campaign New Zealand, ..
  6. New Zealand leader defends telco’s contract in Myanmar
    TREND Information, Azerbaijan –

    (photo: US Defense Dept. by R. D. Ward )

    Naing Ko Ko , a spokesman for Burma Campaign New Zealand, told Radio New Zealand that the cellphone towers would help the military government continue its …

  7. Rambo Star Wants to Confront Burma’s Generals
    Voice of America –
    By VOA News American movie star Sylvester Stallone says he wants to go to Burma to confront the ruling generals face-to-face about their human rights .
  8. Myanmar nationals remember demo victims with ‘Rambo’ screening
    AFP –
    “Just like Rambo is in the movie, Burma is waiting for a hero or someone to lead the revolution,” said engineer Maung Zaw, one of the Myanmar nationals who …
  9. Myanmar tourism down
    Feb 4, 2008 10:56 PM | Tourist arrivals in Myanmar almost halved in the last three months of 2007 after the military junta crushed popular monk-led protests, killing at least 31 people, a weekly journal reporte…Full Story
  10. Bangladesh mulls gas import from Myanmar

    | DHAKA: Bangladesh’s interim government is planning to import gas from Myanmar to meet its immediate demands, a step which is also likely to help it achieve its target to overcome the gas deficit by 2009. | “W…Full Story

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  1. CBC.ca

    Myanmar expats raise Rambo battle-cry in Singapore
    Reuters India, India –
    The critics may have turned up their noses at the latest Rambo offering, but for 600 Myanmar nationals in Singapore, the Vietnam War veteran’s single-handed …
    Myanmar nationals remember demo victims with ‘Rambo’ screening AFP
    Stallone threatens to expose Myanmar atrocities Malaysia Sun
    News – Music, movie, Entertainment STALLONE UPSET OVER POTENTIAL … PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
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  2. TV3 News

    NZ telco work in Burma slammed
    TVNZ, New Zealand –
    Pro-democracy campaigners and the opposition have slammed a State Owned Enterprise for doing work in Myanmar which is ruled by a military junta widely …
    Questions over Kordia, Myanmar link TVNZ
    NZ Opposition Questions State-Owned Kordia’s Work in Myanmar Bloomberg
    SOE’s Myanmar venture queried Stuff.co.nz
    National Business ReviewThe Age
    all 55 news articles »

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February 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm

World Focus on Burma (21-12-2007)

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  1. US Senate approves tougher sanctions against Myanmar
    JURIST –
    The bill also creates a new position of Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma. The Special Representative will work with Burma’s neighbors …
  2. UN Chief convenes first meeting ‘Groups of Friends’ on Burma
    Mizzima.com, India –
    … General-Secretary on Myanmar’, is the latest move by the World body chief for changes in Burma, critics said, all plans and action must bring result. …
  3. UN secretary-general forms group to discuss Burma
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    A spokesperson for the secretary-general said that the group would support the good offices mandate on Burma. “[T]he Secretary-General wanted a broadly …
  4. First Meeting Of ‘Group Of Friends’ On Burma
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The “Group of Friends of the Secretary-General on Myanmar” will be “a consultative forum for developing a shared approach in support of the implementation …
  5. China Keeps Ailing US Resident And Rights Activist Behind Bas …
    BosNewsLife, Hungary –
    “At some point during his travels Mr. Peng was lured into [neighboring] Myanmar” also known as Burma, “where he was kidnapped at gunpoint by eight Chinese …
  6. EU provides emergency aid to Myanmar
    Xinhua, China –
    20 (Xinhua) — The European Commission announced on Thursday a new emergency aid of 18 million euros (about 25.6 million US dollars) for Myanmar to meet the …
  7. INTERVIEW: Dr Cyntia Maung discusses the plight of political exiles
    Taipei Times, Taiwan –
    Just like hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing to the Thai-Burma border after the 1988 crackdown on the pro-democracy uprising, the physician, …
  8. Condé Nast Traveler Recent Strife Raises Myanmar Travel Questions
    Concierge, NY –

    Susan Hack reports The ethical concerns and safety issues surrounding travel to Myanmar (still widely known as Burma) are receiving renewed attention …

  9. Editorial: The year of living dangerously
    The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
    The actual death toll and the number of people still in prison in Myanmar remains a mystery. The mass protests in Myanmar (formerly Burma) during August and …
  10. South Asia: Dangerous democracy deficit
    ISN, Switzerland –
    Political instability returned to Burma in October when an alliance of Buddhist monks and pro-democracy activists mounted a challenge against the rule of …
  11. Sri Lanka, third most dangerous country in the world for journalists
    Lanka Everything, UK –
    One journalist was killed in each of the following countries: Honduras, Uzbekistan, Salvador, Burma/Myanmar, United States, Paraguay, Gaza, Zimbabwe, …
  12. Documentary puts human trafficking in focus
    Viet Nam News, Vietnam –
    Anna, a young Filipino girl, talks about how she was tricked into prostitution and Min Aung from Myanmar tells how he was sold to Thailand and imprisoned …
  13. YEARENDER: Myanmar’s people rise to the occasion
    Monsters and Critics.com, UK -(also published on 11-12-2007)

    Bangkok – If anyone deserves a Nobel peace prize this year, it’s Myanmar’s people and the Buddhist monkhood for daring to take to the streets against a …

  14. DKBA soldiers killed by regime troops
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    Dec 21, 2007 (DVB)–Five soldiers from the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army were reportedly shot dead by government troops after the DKBA refused to attack a …

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December 21, 2007 at 3:18 am