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World focus on Burma (24 August 2009)

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BBC slammed for refusing to air Gaza appeal
The Associated Press –
The appeals have raised millions of pounds (dollars) for victims of war and natural disaster in Congo, Myanmar and elsewhere. BBC director-general Mark …

Thailand and Myanmar’s army leaders compared
Global Voices Online, MA –
by Mong Palatino Rule of Lords insists that Thailand’s army leaders are not better than Burma’s. As Awzar Thi of AHRC says, the Thai military is similar in …

Women in Pakistan well represented politically: Sherry Rehman
Associated Press of Pakistan, Pakistan –
Similarly, the Minister said, Burmese woman political leader Aung San Suu Kyi continues her struggle for democracy and human rights for her country in an …

Indonesia denies asylum to Rohingya survivors
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The odyssey of hundreds of people who fled from Myanmar and landed in Thailand, where the army loaded them onto boats without motors and towed them onto the …

Gambari to visit Myanmar for the seventh time
Merinews, India –
… Myanmar military junta see reason and usher in political reconciliation at the earliest, the United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari is …

Bush should get more credit for fighting terror
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… and action except from a few dictatorial rulers such as those of North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe and a few Arab states. …

DRC: ICC’s First Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari will visit military-ruled Myanmar next week to try to revive negotiations between the junta and detained opposition …

Robbie Burns at 250
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Agitating for democracy in Scotland in the 1790s was as popular with the authorities as it is today in Burma. In an earlier draft of the poem, …

Burma launches new crackdown on religious groups
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The crackdown on Christians comes as the government seeks to consolidate its power in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) …

Republican Senators resort to extortion on Holder nomination
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog, WA –
If the rule of law were not important, what would separate our nation from countries like Myanmar (Burma) or North Korea? If Eric Holder, or any other Obama …

Thailand calls conference on refugees
The Associated Press –
Foreign Ministry officials met envoys from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Myanmar to discuss the exodus of refugees from camps in the …

Burma’s junta does not give honor to whom honor is due
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
U Thant was born in Pantanaw, Burma (Myanmar) on 22 January 1909. He was the first Asian Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United …

Boat people scandal hits Thai army
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Thai prime minister, who has repeatedly stated a commitment to human rights and the rule of law, said on Thursday there were “quite a …

China says 19 nationals freed from Myanmar kidnap
MSNBC – 18 hours ago
China is one of the few nations that stands by the military junta running Myanmar, also called by its former name, Burma. But Chinese officials have also …

US Treasury Blocks Assets of 25 Pursuant to Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY –
The Act forbids import of gemstones from Myanmar, formerly called Burma, to the US, either through direct means or through third-party countries. 1. …

Burma Tightens Restrictions on Christian Worship
Christian Freedom International, MI –
… Christian relief efforts that filtered into the country in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, a hurricane that destroyed much of the region in May 2008. …

Imprisoned monk goes on hunger strike in Myanmar
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Yangon for most of the past 19 years. …

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness on Burma
WebWire (press release), GA –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Indonesia to expel Rohingya boatpeople held at navy base
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
Indonesia will deny political asylum to 193 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are being held at a navy base after they were found stranded off the …

Thai Foreign Ministry invites Ambassadors from concerned countries …
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… and Malaysia as well as the Charge d’affaires of Myanmar to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consultations on the issue of Rohingya illegal migrants. …

Another Loss for Burmese Activist’s Family
自由亚洲电视, Washington DC –
BANGKOK—The 23-year-old wife of a Burmese activist involved in helping victims of Tropical Cyclone Nargis has suffered a second-trimester miscarriage in …

55 Films and 31 Filmmakers Slated for 2009 Boulder International …
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
… with Burmese Princess Inge Sargent, author of Twilight over Burma and a recipient of the United Nations Association International Human Rights Award. …

Thailand Asks Neighbors to Cooperate on Illegal Immigration
Voice of America –
Officials from Thailand’s foreign ministry met Friday with ambassadors from Burma, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Malaysia. …

Gambari’s return fails to inspire Burmese Opposition
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – said it does not expect United Nations special envoy …

Will Obama be ready for radical humanitarian intervention in Burma?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… undo the Bush’s era human rights violations, and restore America’s lost moral posture, befitted for a democratic superpower. Meanwhile, Burma has been …

Burma VJ turns Sundance’s eye toward government protests
Paste Magazine, GA –
Myanmar, often referred to as Burma, has been under military control since 1962. The film offers a firsthand account of the protests in the capital city of …

Thailand’s new boat people
GlobalPost –
There are about 1 million Rohingya, with roughly 800000 living along Burma’s coast and another 200000 or so in refugee camps across the Bangladeshi border. …

Rohingya Boat People Not to Get Asylum Here
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
One of the boat people, Imam Husen, told the Reuters news agency from his hospital bed that he and about 580 other people had set off from Mundu in Burma in …

The bottom of a burst bubble: depravity and the economic turndown
Gauntlet, Canada –
Within the last months of 2008 and stretching into the New Year, hundreds of economic refugees fleeing from Myanmar and Bangladesh have reportedly reached …

Sister Says Jailed Burmese Monk on Hunger Strike
Voice of America –
By VOA News The sister of a Buddhist monk imprisoned by Burma’s military rulers for pro-democracy activities says her brother is on a hunger strike. …

FDA crackdown dramatically cuts availability of Asian food …
Inside Bay Area, CA –
Among them was Zin Nwe, an ethnic Chinese who recently graduated from medical school in her native Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

My portfolio: Ryan Libre
BBC News, UK –

“The KIO encourages free access to international media, including Human Rights Watch reports.” “The 1994 ceasefire between the KIA and the Burmese military …

Will Obama be able to change things in Burma?
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
One wonders whether the overtures by the Burmese junta could mean a fresh start for reconciliation and the beginning of a win-win situation. …

World focus on Burma (23 January 2009)

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Burmese monks and activists mistreated and tortured
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Myanmar’s military junta is making political prisoners live in unhealthy living conditions, depriving them of adequate food and …

Thailand offers to host regional meeting on Rohingyas
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… Burma, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. The ministry invited the ambassadors to meet after pres¬sure on the government over the Navy’s alleged humanrights …

You wouldn’t read about it
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

On Wednesday, this newspaper reported that the Thai army had – on two separate occasions – pushed about 1000 Burmese boat people back into international …

Thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas — members of a stateless, Muslim ethnic group that fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar — leave …

Thailand proposes regional workshop on Rohingya migrants
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… Indonesia, India and the charge d’affaires of Myanmar on the problem of illegal Rohingya migrants fleeing Myanmar by boat in large numbers recently. …

Than Shwe congratulates Obama
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s official newspaper New Light of Myanmar on Friday reported in its front page that Senior General Than Shwe “has sent a message of congratulations to …

Thailand says 126 Rohingya boat people ‘escorted’ to sea already
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
On Tuesday the UNHCR requested access to 126 Rohingyas, members of a Muslim minority group from the North Arakan State in Myanmar, and said they should be …

Child Labor Widespread in Delta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Myo Min lost his mother when Cyclone Nargis slashed through southwestern Burma on May 2-3. He now lives with his brother and works full-time aboard a …

No Great Expectations
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The former political prisoner, who has been a critic of Burma’s authoritarian rulers since the socialist era of late dictator Ne Win, cautioned against …

On the Road to Labutta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

One foreigner was wearing Burmese clothes and pretending to be local, but he was easily identified and could not speak Burmese, so he was taken off the bus …

Migrant Crackdown Won’t Solve Problem: Rights Groups
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Adisorn Kerdmongkol, a team organizer with the Migrant Working Group (MWG) based in Bangkok, said, “The root cause of the problem for illegal Burmese …

Weekly Business Roundup (January 23, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… which potentially offer a new buyer for surplus Burmese bean crops in return for much-needed agricultural fertilizer. The Myanmar Federation of Chambers …

Junta collects details from parties to contest 2010 election
Mizzima.com, India –
Ye Tun, a member of ’88 Generation Students and Youth (Union of Burma)’, a junta-backed group, which had announced that it will contest the 2010 elections, …

UN envoy Gambari to revisit Burma soon
Mizzima.com, India –
But during his last visit in August 2008, he failed to meet the Burmese junta supremo Snr. Gen Than Shwe while detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Kolkata celebrates Netaji’s birth anniversary
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
Later, Gandhi released a new paperback edition of Netaji’s collected works titled “In Burma Prisons”. The chief guest at the function was Italian ambassador …

Netaji’s rare letters to be on display
Express Buzz, India –
These and several other rare letters written by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to his father Janakinath Bose from prison cells in India and Myanmar (then Burma) …

‘Superman’ on a crusade to find justice
Metro, UK –

… Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former US President Jimmy Carter, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi, …

UN envoy to test waters in Burma’s political quagmire
Mizzima.com, India –
by Larry Jagan Bangkok (Mizzima) – The United Nation’s special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari will make another visit to Burma at the end of the month on what may …

UN seeks access to Burmese boat people
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The United Nations is concerned over the plight of 174 Burmese boat people in Indonesian custody who were allegedly left to die at sea by the Thai military. …

Dala NLD youth member jailed
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway
Tun Lwin said Htet Soe Linn’s case was another example of the dysfunctional justice system in Burma. “This is a very ugly incident and discredits the image …

UDD asks Asean members to skip summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
More than 100 supporters of United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) handed letters to the Burma and Singapore embassies in Bangkok on Friday, …

Monk Gambira began to refuse food ten days ago, said Bo Kyi of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma. …

Go! Arts Highlights: Jan. 23-29
Times Herald-Record, NY –
… about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a political figure who was placed under house arrest in Burma almost two decades ago because of her political activism. …

DRC: ICC’s First Trial Focuses on Child Soldiers
منظمة هيومان رايتس ووتش – حقوق الانسان –

Children are currently recruited and used in armed conflict in at least 15 countries and territories: Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic …

2008 one of worst years for natural disasters this decade
CBC.ca, Canada –
The UN estimates that nearly 84000 people died and 54000 went missing after Cyclone Nargis came crashing into Burma, also known as Myanmar, last May 3. …

2008 one of worst years for natural disasters this decade
CBC.ca, Canada –
The UN estimates that nearly 84000 people died and 54000 went missing after Cyclone Nargis came crashing into Burma, also known as Myanmar, last May 3. …

Activists mark U Thant’s centenary birthday
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We mark the event because the military junta has been trying to wipe out the memory of the Burmese and world leader U Thant from the consciousness of the …

Ethnic Minorities Hold the Key to Burma’s Future
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Burmese junta has accepted this situation for at least three reasons. First, the ceasefire accords have allowed the military to avoid multiple enemy …

The Burma Road, known to have helped supply China during World War II, passes through the region. Burma, or Myanmar, borders on the East. …

Myanmar junta congratulates Obama: state media
Emirates Business 24/7, United Arab Emirates –
Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has been ruled by the military since 1962, and is under economic sanctions from the United States and Europe over rights …

Indonesia refuses Rohingya asylum
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
But according to Human Rights Watch, more than 250000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in 1992 amid a campaign of persecution and what many have …

Judgment for Mugabe
Boston Globe, United States –
At present, comparable crimes are being committed by the military junta in Burma and the genocidal regime in Sudan. The best hope to save lives in the …

Burma’s government-in-exile mulls future
Radio Australia, Australia –
Many belonged to Nobel laureate and detained Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, the NLD. Speaker: Dr. Sein Winn, Burma’s prime …

China says 18 nationals freed from Myanmar kidnap
Reuters India, India –
China is one of the few nations that stands by the military junta running Myanmar, also called by its former name Burma. But Chinese officials have also …

Myanmar: UN Envoy To Visit Myanmar At Month’s End, Says Diplomat
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
YANGON, MYANMAR: The special United Nations envoy tasked with promoting political reconciliation in Myanmar will visit the military-ruled country at the end …

Malaysia Crackdown
Buzzle, CA –
In Burma, the Rohingya are considered stateless with few rights. Their circumstances have prompted many to seek a better life in prosperous Muslim Malaysia. …

Burmese refugees fearful of new life in USA
USA Today –
Those who have escaped from Burma, also known as Myanmar, are in many respects a special case: They have fled a military regime that the Bush administration …

Report Says Deaths, Economic Losses Jump in 2008
Voice of America –
The Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters reports 2008 was one of the deadliest years on record, with two disasters, Cyclone Nargis in Burma and …

Can the ILO Be Saved from Itself?
Heritage.org, DC –
For example: In Burma, the ILO is the sole UN agency that plays a useful role on the ground. It has been directly responsible for enabling victims of forced …

A Thai Democrat?
Wall Street Journal –
It’s an increasingly important strategic ally for the West as China expands its influence and Burma’s generals drive that country deeper into chaos. …

Interview: Anders Østergaard and Joshua on “Burma VJ”
IFC –

Of course, we have the NLD, which was the official opposition organization spearheaded by Aung San Suu Kyi, but they were out of the game for a good while …

Life in a fishing village behind Myanmar’s walls
Worldfocus, NY –

The SPDC unilaterally changed the name in 1989 from Burma to Myanmar without consulting its citizens. Most opposition groups use Burma, …

PM PROPOSES COASTAL SECURITY UNIT TO PREVENT ILLEGAL MIGRATION
Pattaya Daily News, Thailand –
“This follows our expression of strong concern to the government last week over allegations that large groups of Rohingya boat people from Myanmar were …


World focus on Burma (22 January 2009)

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Opposition groups expect no change from Obama
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We are sure that the basic policy of the United States to support human rights and democracy in Burma will remain the same,” he said. …

Centennial birthday of Myanmar’s former UN chief marked – Summary
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
U Thant, one of the few Burmese to reach international stature, remains a controversial figure in military-controlled Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

PM vows crackdown on illegal immigrants
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Survivors and a human rights group have accused the army and navy of detaining and beating up to 1000 members of the Rohingya minority from Burma late last …

Burma a workers’ dystopia
Toronto Star,  Canada –
The government of Burma is known by an Orwellian antonym – the “State Peace and Development Council,” or SPDC. In truth, Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

The ties that bind Thailand’s Burma policy
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… slipped through the back door and into the prime minister’s seat in Thailand late last year, exiled democracy advocates from Burma welcomed him. …

Roundtable: A new government in exile?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the majority of MPs are still there. We have to respect the desire of the people inside the country. We cannot accept a unilateral …

Centennial birthday of Myanmar’s former UN chief marked – Summary
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
U Thant, one of the few Burmese to reach international stature, remains a controversial figure in military-controlled Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Detained female activist suffers miscarriage in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
Tun Tun, husband of Kathy Aung and a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), who is on the run from authorities, told Mizzima from his …

Gambira transferred to Hkamti prison: Prison official
Mizzima.com, India –
by Ko Wild Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Detained veteran Monk Gambira, who was allegedly staging a hunger strike in Mandalay prison, has been transferred to the …

Can’t interfere in Lankan affairs: Dalai Lama
Express Buzz, India –
Though I am a Buddhist leader, I am not allowed to enter countries like Sri Lanka and Burma, where there is a large number of Buddhist believers,’’ he said …

Hot Docs: Global Optimism Over President Obama; Women and Cute Babies
U.S. News & World Report, DC –
The eight countries that received the survey’s lowest rankings were North Korea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Libya, Sudan, Burma, Equatorial Guinea, …

AIDS Patients Forced to Leave Monastery
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The patients, including two young children, were from various parts of Burma and were too poor to go to a hospital, the source said. …

UN Seeks Interviews with Rohingyas Held by Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Since the early 1990s, a rising number of Rohingya refugees have taken to boats, many not sea worthy, and fled Burma and Bangladesh for political and …

Men found floating in ice box taken for questioning by Australian …
Visa Bureau, UK –
A helicopter rescued the Myanmar men on Saturday and taken to a hospital on Thursday Island. The pair said they were forced to work aboard a Thai fishing …

Men found floating in ice box taken for questioning by Australian …
Visa Bureau, UK –
A helicopter rescued the Myanmar men on Saturday and taken to a hospital on Thursday Island. The pair said they were forced to work aboard a Thai fishing …

PM vows crackdown on illegal immigrants
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Survivors and a human rights group have accused the army and navy of detaining and beating up to 1000 members of the Rohingya minority from Burma late last …

U Gambira transferred to Khandee prison
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The All Burmese Monks’ Alliance leader was reported to have been staging a hunger strike in Mandalay prison last week. Mandalay prison officials told the …

The ties that bind Thailand’s Burma policy
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… slipped through the back door and into the prime minister’s seat in Thailand late last year, exiled democracy advocates from Burma welcomed him. …

Democracy Activist Released After 5-Month Interrogation
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
“He was hiding in unknown locations for many months after the Saffron Revolution due to fear of arrest by the Burmese military authority. …

Burmese Monk Suffering After UNHCR Rejection
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… refugees while many other monks and citizens who were victims of the junta had their claims rejected. Many Burmese refugees believe that such decisions …

Pair detained over Burma kidnap scandal
The Age, Australia –
Police in north China have detained two people allegedly linked to the Burma-based kidnapping of at least 50 teenagers whose parents were sent ransom …

Thailand Refuses UN Access To Rohingya Refugees
RTT News, NY –
(RTTNews) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Wednesday refused to grant UN experts access to 126 boat people from Myanmar, following accusations that the Thai …

Obama era challenges SA to change its foreign tune
Business Day, South Africa –
Apart from blocking UN discussions about human rights in Zimbabwe, we voted against imposing sanctions on Burma’s military junta and Iran, for violating …

Thai army admits funding round-up of refugees
The Malaysian Insider, Malaysia –
BANGKOK, Jan 22 – A colonel in the Thai army has confirmed its involvement in a programme to round up boatpeople from Myanmar and Bangladesh and send them …

BURMA: AUTHORITIES CLAMP DOWN ON CHRISTIANS
Compass Direct News, CA –
A military dictatorship has ruled Burma since 1962. Following the takeover, the government renamed Burma as the Union of Myanmar and the capital city as …

SA now a ‘rogue democracy’
The Times, South Africa –
Apart from blocking UN discussions about human rights in Zimbabwe, we voted against imposing sanctions on Burma’s rights-delinquent military junta, …

Burma, Myanmar: Sri Lanka-base Burmese Media Website Attacked
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
They are very often hacking the Myanmar news websites because they are scared of monks and medias since last year September. The Indian hackers were also …

A New Government for Burma
Wall Street Journal –
… clusters of Burmese, as well as foreign experts in political, economic, and other fields, to work on a blueprint for a transition to democracy in Burma. …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm

World focus on Burma (21 January 2009)

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Human Rights Stagnate in 2008 Say Reports
The Epoch Times, NY –
… China, North Korea, Burma, Vietnam, and Laos. Surprisingly, India, the world’s largest democracy, seems less interested in promoting democracy and human …

Burmese refugees protest in front of UN office in Malaysia
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima) – Nearly three hundred Burmese refugees on Wednesday demonstrated in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for …

Thai government to investigate Rohingya abuse claims
Mizzima.com, India –
The Rohingya live in northern Arakan state, in western Burma, bordering Bangladesh. For decades, many have fled social and religious persecution by Burmese …

9 tips for verboten vacations
CNN –
Going to Myanmar? Add a vaccine for Japanese encephalitis and take your malaria pills, please. “We very rarely tell people that they should not go to a …

Burma, Myanmar: How many of us have to die for your diplomatic game?
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
The United Nations has been diplomatically trying to persuade Burma leaders for a long time. They tried by sending envoys. They talked with beautiful …

Obama to discuss war issues on first day in office
Mangalorean.com, India –
Onyango was a cook for a British army officer and had served in Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and the Middle East during World War II but was incarcerated in a …

From the bench
Register-Herald, OH –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84, 000 people were killed in that …

Victor hails Obama: ‘It’s a great day in America’
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –
Fifty years ago, Vardon immigrated to the United States from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and he appreciated Obama’s call for “mutual respect. …

Authorities Suspicious After 2 Men Found Floating In Ice Cooler On …
CityNews, Canada –
It involves two fishermen from Myanmar who claim they survived nearly a month in shark-infested waters floating only in a large ice cooler (top left). …

Working with Democracy
World Sikh News, CA –

Another heroic Asian democrat is Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, who has spent most of 18 years under house arrest in Burma. …

NLD member jailed for two years for disturbing officials
Mizzima.com, India –
… security and information officers into recording events during the detained Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s political tour in upper Burma in 2003.

Lawyer appeals to PM to meet Suu Kyi
Mizzima.com, India –
The leader of the ‘National League for Democracy’ (NLD) submitted her appeal through her lawyer U Kyi Win to Naypyitaw on October 9 last year objecting …

HEALTH-THAILAND: Burmese Migrant Workers Key to Fighting Bird Flu
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Labour rights activists reveal that the information available for Burmese migrant workers to cope with and respond to bird flu is limited to some material …

Burmese official downplays cold weather warning
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Before Cyclone Nargis hit Burma last year, the department dismissed warnings from its Indian counterparts and the American naval typhoon warning centre in …

Editorial: Pure inspiration
Business Mirror, Philippines –
… or why Burmese students and Buddhist monks risked torture and long jail terms for supporting the democratic cause of Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Thai PM: Gov’t ready to cooperate with int’l bodies on migrant problem
Xinhua, China –
16 dismissed a BBC’s report claiming the Thai Navy had ill-treated the Rohingyas from Myanmar and Bangladesh who sought work or asylum by pushing them out …

Imprisoned Monk Leader Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Family members are not usually informed about prison transfers in Burma. Gambira’s sister said prison authorities had told them that Gambira had been …

Burmese Hear an Echo of Their Own Hopes in Obama
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
For Burmese, Obama’s sobering message contains echoes of some of Aung San Suu Kyi’s speeches, which have inspired a generation of her compatriots to …

Chinese Youth Kidnapped in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Chinese reports say there have been numerous kidnappings of Chinese youth in northern Burma, where ethnic insurgent ceasefire groups allow …

Obama’s Inauguration Attracts Big Interest in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING A Rangoon monk who watched the entire US presidential inauguration on TV summed up the feelings of countless Burmese when he said …

Chinese teenagers kidnapped by Burma militants
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
… when 16-year-old Zhou Dawei told his parents he was travelling to the southern province of Yunnan, which borders Burma – also known as Myanmar – to take …

EU to Give Burma US $52 Million in Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Surin Pitsuwan told Radio Australia the regional bloc needs to raise another $700m for a three-year recovery program in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Monk given 14-year jail term
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“We think the court dropped these charges so they could just send him to prison as a common criminal, so that he could be sent off to a prison labour camp …

EU to Give Burma US $52 Million in Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, the head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) says Burmese victims of Cyclone Nargis are in desperate need of help. …

Karen revolution and the legacy of General Bo Mya
Mizzima.com, India –
It is also just one day after Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Trumpet of Conscience Award, which commemorates the late Martin Luther King, Jr. US Campaign …

Obama’s tortured grandfather casts shadow over US-British ties
Economic Times, India –
Onyango was a cook for a British army officer and had served in Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and the Middle East during World War II but was incarcerated in a …

Thai PM pledges to work with UN refugee agency
The Associated Press –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — International agencies can talk to Thai authorities about their alleged abuse of illegal migrants, the prime minister said …

SA on collision course with Obama administration – Tony Leon
Politicsweb, South Africa –
Apart from blocking UN discussions about human rights in Zimbabwe, we voted against imposing sanctions on Burma’s rights-delinquent military junta and Iran, …

Myanmar Refugees Protest Alleged UN Discrimination
EasyBourse.com, France –
The UNHCR had said there were about 45400 refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia, of whom 40400 are from Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Not Right To Link Rohingyas With Southern Insurgency
Bernama, Malaysia –
He said the Rohingyas, a minority group estimated at 800000 in the northern part of Arakan state in Myanmar adjacent to Bangladesh, were running from …

Bird vomit saved our lives – sailors
Independent Online, South Africa –
The pair, who are aged 22 and 24 and thought to be from Burma, said that 18 of their crew mates from Thailand and Burma were lost when the 10m wooden …

“The Myitkyina area is controlled by militants who don’t even listen to the Burmese (Myanmar) government,” the policemen said, according to the China Daily. …

Chinese sites cut ‘communism’ from Obama speech
Ninemsn, Australia –
Doubts over esky tale of survivalA rescue expert has cast doubts over the claims of two Burmese men who say they survived 25 days floating in an esky off …

Security Tight on Western Burmese Border
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… current Bangladesh government on Burma because some of the leaders have supported the Burmese democracy movement and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Obama to receive Singapore plea
BBC News, UK –

Mr Chee then spoke of the many men and women around Asia suffering in that struggle, notably Burmese opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under …

Canadian Support for Israel at UN Rights Council May Hurt Review …
Embassy, Canada –
Mr. Machon said Canada’s support for Israel, as well as its strong stands on Darfur and against Burma and Iran, have netted it many enemies. …

Burmese Days
OhmyNews International, South Korea –

The SPDC unilaterally changed the name in 1989 from Burma to Myanmar without consulting its citizens. Most opposition groups use Burma, …

How world leaders see Obama’s coming
The Guardian – Nigeria, Nigeria –
… the support of regional powers as a measure to put pressure on the Burmese junta to release political prisoners and restore democracy in the country. …

America’s Future Is Tied to Asia’s
Far Eastern Economic Review (subscription), Hong Kong –

However, outstanding differences over policy toward Burma and Tibet, along with the continued Chinese military buildup, may make managing relations more …

Do boycotts work?
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –


The Burma Campaign maintains a “Dirty List” of businesses with ties to Myanmar’s military government. It has shamed companies such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers …

Keep Watching the Skies
Headway, Canada –
In a year that saw tens of thousands of deaths in Burma from the cyclone Nargis, that would seem to be an obvious statement, but too often Canadians forget …

Obama’s Speech Impresses His Youngest Citizens
Brandon News and Tribune, FL –
The boy from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, arriv

ed less than two weeks ago and speaks no English but watched the television intently. …

Christians in Rangoon avoid churches
Mizzima.com, India –
… in its report in 2007 said they have received a document that reveals the Burmese junta’s policy to wipe out the Christian population in Burma. …

Travel Troubleshooter: Advice for going to “forbidden places”
Seattle Times, United States –
Going to Myanmar? Add a vaccine for Japanese encephalitis and take your malaria pills, please. “We very rarely tell people that they should not go to a …

European Commission Announces Burma Aid Package
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
The European Commission has agreed to provide 40.5 million euros ($52.4 million) in humanitarian aid to Myanmar this year, with some of the money aimed at …

Thai King, PM congratulate US president-elect Obama
Xinhua, China – 23 hours ago
BANGKOK, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) — Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadejand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva have sent congratulation messages to President-elect of …

AQ & A with cartoonist David Rees: Get Your War On!
National Post, Canada –
This isn’t Burma, and it’s not the Soviet Union and so I really am not impressed…In the big picture, whatever great trenchant culture we made that calls …

Opposition Leaders Expect Obama to Stick to Burma Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to see the new US administration continue to pressure the Burmese junta to release all political prisoners, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …




World focus on Burma (19 January 2009)

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Burmese Army confiscates land for brick kiln: No compensation paid
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Sittwe: The Burmese Army has confiscated over seven acres of farm land from two farmers in Siittwe Township to set up a brick kiln. No compensation was paid …

2010 election, a game played by Burmese junta
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
It has not allowed the NLD and the ALD to engage in politics in Arakan state but it has allowed the UNP, USDA and the Amyo Thar Yi party to campaign,” he …

Shoot at sight order to BDR on smugglers
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
A BRD team stationed in Tekaf on the Bangladesh-Burma border fired at a boat carrying fertilizers on January 13. The boat managed to flee to Burmese …

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
MWC News, Canada –
Democracy and human rights mean nothing if we don’t have a planet where we can enjoy these freedoms. Preserving our fragile biosphere is the precondition …

Fishermen survive almost a month in esky
Ninemsn, Australia –
Two Burmese fishermen survived almost a month floating in a large esky after their small wooden boat sank in the Torres Strait two days before Christmas. …

Lawyer charged with obstructing an official
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… been released on bail until his trial. San Maung has represented various human rights activists in the past, including fellow Guiding Star lawyer Aye Myint.

Burmese Lawyer Detained
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… As the Burmese regime intensifies its crackdown on dissidents, Poe Phyu, a young Burmese lawyer, who has represented farmers and labor rights activists, …

Shan: Villager Arrested for Carrying Paper
UNPO, Netherlands –
The newsletter was featuring articles on politics, literature, opinion columns and human rights situation occurring in Shan State and Burma that is …

Lawyer Pho Phyu arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–Lawyer Pho Phyu, who is well known for representing political activists in various trials across Burma, has been arrested by Magwe …

Bangladesh asks border troops to shoot smugglers
Reuters India, India –
Government officials said they feared the price cuts could lead to more smuggling of those commodities to neighbouring India and Myanmar, where prices for …

Suu Kyi Wins ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ Award
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The award was accepted by Aung Ding, the executive director of US Campaign for Burma, on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi epitomizes the …

A challenge to power
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–Professor Josef Silverstein called on the Burmese democracy movement to unite and take action to challenge the military government’s …

U Gambira reportedly on hunger strike
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jan 19, 2009 (DVB)–The family of high-profile monk activist U Gambira, who is being detained in Mandalay prison, said they had heard reports the monk had …

Homesick: Vacation on the Thai-Burma Border
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
For me, as an activist turned journalist, I wanted to learn what was going on in the dissident movement in Mae Sot and the rebel-controlled areas. …

King’s Anti-Imperialism and the Challenge for Obama
Agoravox, France –
… along with Burma (Myanmar), what is now Malaysia, Australia, some part of China, and large swaths of Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Gambia, Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe, …

Obama wrestles the ox
ISN, Switzerland –
However, in wrestling with this ox, Obama may have to rein in his lofty human rights rhetoric and keep mum about Chinese-backed tyrants in Burma, Sudan, …

Thai minister calls ambassadors to discuss migrant abuse claims
The News International, Pakistan –
PATTANI: Thailand’s foreign minister said Monday he would meet ambassadors from Malaysia, Myanmar, India and Bangladesh to discuss claims that authorities …

Toward the Union of a Divided Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“I’ve just come from a meeting at the offices of Myanmar Economic Holdings. They were asking about the jade and comparing the collateral from the mines to …

Army’s opium taxation forays led to clashes
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2009-01-19 08:38 Ambushes staged by the Shan State Army (SSA) South on Burma Army units on their opium taxing expeditions had …

Aung San Suu Kyi receives Trumpet of Conscience Award
Hindu, India –
Washington (PTI): Burmese democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been presented with the prestigious Trumpet of Conscience Award for leading the people of her …

Cyclone help effort to continue
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The international community will keep backing Cyclone Nargis rehabilitation efforts in Burma as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations humanitarian task …

Anger Myanmar’s rulers, and lose all

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL –

… to a reporter and a handful of former political prisoners who have settled in this small Thai city on the border with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

World focus on Burma (2 December 2008)

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Monk jailed for defaming the Sasana
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 2, 2008 (DVB)–Lawyer Aye Myint of Bago legal aid group Guiding Star said the group is currently working on the case of a monk who was imprisoned after …

Amnesty International India presents the ‘International Week of Justice Festival
India PRwire (press release), India –
Its ‘Neighborhood Spotlight’ on Tibet, Afghanistan and Burma focuses on the right to protest, fair trials and other freedoms in the aforementioned region. …

South Asian Women’s Day observed in city
Indian Express, India –
… programme coordinators under the banner of South Asian Network of Gender Activists and Trainees (SANGAT), NGOs across South Asia — Afghanistan, Burma, …

The future of Burma’s nonviolent campaign for democracy
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
For some, these emotions have led to demands for a reappraisal of activist methods. The same despair that led many to hope for an unlikely Iraq-style …

Children as Weapons of War
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
… and Democracy (LURD) in Liberia, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Sudan, and several ethnic armed opposition groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Burma: AIDS Epidemic
UNPO, Netherlands –
Burma’s junta didn’t listen to the world post cyclone Nargis. What makes you think they will change their minds now and start listening now? …

United States: Bush Signs Law on Child Soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

SF jury clears Chevron of protest shootings
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… courts for violations of international human rights. A similar suit by villagers in Burma against Unocal for allegedly encouraging brutality by soldiers ..

Failed states rule conversation at debate launch
National Post, Canada –
The resolution was, “If countries like Sudan, Somalia and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should. …

An unnatural disaster in Burma
Boston Globe, United States –
At least four civilian volunteers who tried to help the victims of Burma’s ferocious Cyclone Nargis were sentenced to 15- to 59-year prison terms for their …

Political Crisis in the Kingdom Won’t Benefit Anyone
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
We may even have suggested that the incompetent generals in Burma should learn from Thailand on how to reconcile with the opposition. …

American Foreign Policy and Women’s Global Health: The WIP hosts …
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
Cheery Zahau is a Burmese Chin activist who works extensively on women’s rights and capacity building within Chin communities in Burma. …

Tuesday, December 9
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
1996 – Riot police chase protesting students through the streets of Rangoon, Burma, and the military government closes universities. …

“Our Friends In Bombay”
Power Line, MN –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Going global [Ann Jones in Thailand]
International Rescue Committee (press release), NY –
… fighters and the military regime that renamed the country “Myanmar.” To the refugees, the country they left is still Burma, and it’s still theirs. …

Federal jury clears Chevron in Nigerian shootings
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… courts for violations of international human rights. A similar suit by villagers in Burma against Unocal for allegedly encouraging brutality by soldiers ..

Ashin Gambira, the Imprisoned Buddhist
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) says that more than 136 of the 215 dissidents convicted so far have been sent to …

International Activists Use Facebook To Fight Terrorism
FOXNews –
They include: the Burma Global Action Network, which promoted democracy in Burma in the aftermath of the military junta’s oppression of monks and other …

Corrections and clarifications
guardian.co.uk, UK –
… affairs spokesman for Burma’s National League for Democracy, said the sanctions policy advanced by the NLD’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi was “extreme”. …

Why I am Proud Being an Indian!
American Chronicle, CA –
Pro-democracy leader of Burma [Myanmar], Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest in her own country, receives people´s support in India. …

Dog meat not a palatable issue
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
There are “just too many” unrecognised abattoirs employing “non-local” children, forcing even the Human Rights Law Network to act. “We have been campaigning …

And where’s that?
Albany Democrat Herald, OR –
The same thing happened when the ancient country of Burma suddenly became Myanmar. Some years before that, English speakers changed the name of the capital …

Myanmar refugees reinvigorate Tenn. church
USA Today –
The Karen group had come here mainly from refugee camps in Thailand, after being forced out of Myanmar — once known as Burma — by that country’s military. …

‘Burma VJ’ wins Amsterdam prize
Variety, CA –
… the military dictatorship in Burma in September 2007, also picked up the fest’s Movies that Matter human rights prize at a ceremony Saturday night. …

Make a Donation
FIDH (Communiqué de presse), France –
Urgent appeals by the Observatory for the Protection of Defenders of Human Rights are a warning system for the international community about cases of …

Add one extra card to your list, says Amnesty as Greetings Card …
Amnesty International UK, UK –
This year’s campaign includes appeals for a Burmese man who was arrested after he led a peaceful protest in August 2007 and has been in prison since, …

Live Coverage: Clinton as Secretary of State
WNYC, NY –
President-elect Obama and his new administration need to honor the platform that he ran on, which included strong support for human rights. …

Burma’s hardwood resources facing dangerous shortages
Mizzima.com, India –
Additionally, at least 37800 hectares of forest in and around Rangoon and Irrawaddy Divisions were destroyed during Cyclone Nargis this May, …

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World focus on Burma (1 December 2008)

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Burma’s junta blocking treatment for AIDS
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The report, “A Preventable Fate: The Failure of ART Scale-up in Myanmar,” states that Médecins Sans Frontières is providing treatment to about 11000 …

Flight chaos
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
By Jeerawat Na Thalang My visit to Burma last week to attend an Asean round-table on the post-Cyclone Nargis recovery effort, which was supposed to be a …

91 Trade Unionists Murdered in 2007
AFL-CIO, DC –
… in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its brutal crackdown on any moves for democracy and human rights. …

Rights activists given life sentences
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 1, 2008 (DVB)–Northern Rangoon Provincial court handed down life sentences to Human Rights Defendants and Protectors network member Myint Aye and two of …

Rights & Wrongs: Child Soldiers, Mexico Passes ‘Right to Die’ Law …
World Politics Review –
Most of the children fight in Africa but the use of child soldiers is not uncommon in Asian countries as well, such as in Afghanistan, Nepal and Burma. …

Silencing Burma’s Monks
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The 68-year prison sentence handed down to Ashin Gambira for his role in last year’s monk-led protests shows that Burma’s brutal junta now …

Gambira, Five Others Sent to Remote Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The five were arrested by Burmese authorities after they staged a protest in Rangoon calling for the release of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Burmese dying of AIDS ‘needlessly’ warns charity
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s junta didn’t listen to the world post cyclone Nargis. What makes you think they will change their minds now and start listening now? …

You are in: Home/News/Hope for stranded Thailand …
Wanderlust, UK –
No flights have departed Suvarnabhumi international airport since anti-government protestors from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) occupied it last …

Burmese Migrants Mark World Aids Day
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, in Burma, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported World AIDS Day with a commentary declaring, “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise. …

Junta Orders Major Air Force Base Relocated
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN The chief Air Force base in Burma, Mingalardon Air Force Base, has been ordered to relocate to Seikpyingone in Meiktila Township in central …

Myanmar refugees save dying congregation
The Tennessean, TN –
The Karen group had come here mainly from refugee camps in Thailand, after being forced out of Myanmar — once known as Burma — by that country’s military. …

India’s shifting policy on Burma
Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –
From 1988 to 1992, India’s policy vacillated between support for the democracy movement and diplomatic isolation. PV Narasimha Rao, India’s prime minister …

South Asian Women’s Day observed in city
Kolkata Newsline, India –
Marking the South Asian Women’s Day for peace, justice, human rights and democracy, the NGOs also remembered those who lost their lives in the Mumbai terror …

Burmese court jails two journalists
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
TWO journalists have been jailed for seven years each on charges of undermining Burma’s military junta after they were caught with a UN human rights report. …

On their day, South Asian women talk of regional unity in times of …
Indian Express, India –
And the countries here are similarly affected by increasing violence — which has given way to violations of human rights.” The day was marked by songs, …

Burma: Unpreventable Death Under Military Boots
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Burma (Myanmar), which faces economic sanctions in the West because of its poor human rights record, earned 2.7 billion dollars from natural gas exports to …

Nabulivou gets credit for defending women’s rights
Fiji Daily Post, Fiji –
SATURDAY, November 29 was International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, a special day to recognised the work of those who fight for the rights of women. …

Corporate democracy: The winner takes all
Thought Leader, South Africa –
The matrix of the US commercial-military empire is oil, and the presence of conflict from Burma to the DRC and Sudan, proves the existence of resources …

Lectures of Prof. Win : In Response to Burma Digest
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Progress and reform in all aspects has long been an imperative – not a dream as the cyclone Nargis has demonstrated. At least it drives home to the Burmese …

The unquenchable fire in Burmese hearts
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
By the time I returned home in November 2007, Burma had faded fast from the news. Then, tragically, cyclone Nargis hit this past May and again the troubled …

Oslo calling … with all the news from the land ruled by junta
Sunday Herald, UK –
THIDA THIN Myat Thu was just an 18-year-old marine biology student when she got involved with the 1988 uprising in Burma. She managed to keep her activism a …


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World focus on Burma (24 November 2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese Comedian Gets 45 Years

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By Ashin Mettacara

A prominent leader and spokesmonk for the Saffron Revolution Ashin Gambira was sentenced to total of 68 years imprisonment. He has already been sentenced to 12 years on November 12th, 44 years on November 20th and 12 years on November 21th. His case is now closed with total of 68 years imprisoment for his involvement in last year Saffron Revolution.

Ashin Gambira is the pseudonym of one of the leaders of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA). He was arrested in Mandalay Division’s Sintgaing Township on November 4th, 2007. His tireless hard work is a wonder. As a consequence, he was able to unify the clergy nationwide leading to the successful launching of 2007 Saffron Revolution.

A popular Burmese comedian Zarganar was also sentenced today to 45 years for speaking to foreign media about the situation of millions of people left homeless in Cyclone devastated Irrawaddy delta. But his case is not closed yet. It is still proceeding. He may get another more years. He was arrested on June 4th.

Zarganar is a popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director as well as a fierce critic and frequent political prisoner of the Burmese military government. Known for his wicked puns against the government, Zarganar, whose name translates to “tweezers”, is widely considered to be the most popular comedian and satirist in Burma.

Nine other monks were also sentenced today. Ashin Kelasa from Mandalay has alredy been sentenced to 35 years , he gets today another 4 years. His case is now closed with total of 39 years. The chief monk of Maggin Monastery U Indaka was sentenced to 20 1/2 years. U Indariya was given 14 years and U Sumana was given 6 years. Five other monks from Sasana Theik Pan Monastery: U Pannasiha, U Narapati, U Ukkamsamala, U Pannadipa and U Janeyya. The sentences handed out to these five monks are not yet known.

14 activist were also sentenced to up to 29 years. Ko Tin Maung Aye was sentenced to 29 years, Ko Zaw Thet Htwe and Ko Thant Zin Aung were sentenced to 15 years each. But they are still proceeding, not closed yet.

Ko Aung Kyaw Kyaw( Brother of Ashin Gambira) and Ko Kyaw Naing were sentenced to 14 years each. Ko Swe Maung (Mandalay), U Zaw Win( Mandalay) and Ko Wanna Aung were sentenced to 4 years each, they have been sentenced to 4 years each on November 14th. Their case is now closed with total of 8 years each imprisoment. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years, Ko Tun Tun Naing, Ko Than Htay , Ko Nge Soe and Ko Kyaw San were sentenced to 4 years each. Ko Khin Tun was sentenced to 4 1/2 years. Ko Soe Swe’s sentence is not yet known.

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November 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm

World focus on Burma (21 November 2008)

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The US Should Move Beyond Sanctions
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Years of sanctions after sanctions, this is a new birth in the American policy toward Burma. Sanctions, however, still remain the popular way of punishing …

Julia Reed: Laura Bush Has a Thankless Job
Women on the Web, NY –
She has actively supported the people of Burma, speaking out against the prolonged detainment of Aung San Suu Kyi and protesting the treatment of peaceful …

Junta directs UMFCCI to probe pulse-bean scam
Mizzima.com, India –
The major purchaser of Burmese pulses and beans, India, is currently buying the produce from Canada but a member of UMFCCI CEC said that India assured Burma …

Myanmar comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
AFP –

On Friday, the National League for Democracy party, led by detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, issued a statement urging the ruling junta to …

Celebrity Burmese comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
France24, France –
By AFP (text) Myanmar’s most famous comedian was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison, in the latest and most high-profile case of citizens given long …

Burma, Myanmar: Leader Monk Gets Total 68 Years; Popular Burmese …
OpEdNews, PA –

Ashin Gambira is the pseudonym of one of the leaders of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA). He was arrested in Mandalay Division’s Sintgaing Township on …

Pro-Democracy Monk, Comedian Get Long Myanmar Prison Sentences
FOXNews –
YANGON, Myanmar — Courts in military-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, have handed long prison sentences to a prominent Buddhist monk and a popular …

Myanmar-China Pipeline to Start Construction in 2009
ChinaStakes.com, China –
It is reported that PetroChina will be the holding company for the pipeline constructed jointly by China , Burma , India , and Korea . …

Burma’s courts have sentenced nearly 90 other pro-democracy activists to lengthy prison terms in recent weeks. Last week, a group of at least 14 dissidents …

Forty-Five Years For Burmese Comic
UNPO, Netherlands –
In the latest spate of arrests, the Bumese Junta have sentenced comedian Zarganar to a staggering 45 years in jail. A popular comedian active in Burma’s …

A long week in Burma
ISN, Switzerland –
At least 2000 political prisoners languish in Burmese prisons, with pro-democracy icon and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi well into her second decade …

Dissident Myanmar comedian, monk sentenced to decades in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962. The country’s best known opposition figure, Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since May 2003.

U Gambira to serve total of 68 years in prison
Mizzima.com, India –
The monk who stirred the conscience of the anti-regime masses by his political activity became the leading Sayadaw of ‘All Burma Monks Alliance’ (ABMA) …

Comedian becomes latest victim of the kangaroo courts
First Post, UK –
Burma’s best known satirist and comedian, Zarganar (pictured), was sentenced to 45 years imprisonment today by a kangaroo court ordered by the country’s …

Myanmar jails comedian for 45 years
Canada.com, Canada –
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

Burmese comedian, sports writer jailed
The Age, Australia –
Friday’s sentences come after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime last …

Zarganar, Ashin Gambira Get Long Prison Terms
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

They included the Burmese hip-hop star Zayar Thaw, who is a leading member of Generation Wave, a dissidents group founded by young Burmese activists during …

Army frames charges against ILO complainants
Mizzima.com, India –
by Myint Maung New Delhi (Mizzima)– Burma’s Army has framed charges, under the Electronic Act, against farmers from Natmauk Township who lodged a complaint …

Burma’s National Day Fading from Memory
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Some of the country’s greatest national heroes, including U Razak, Thakin Mya and Aung San, father of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, graduated from the …

Comedian sentenced to 45 years prison in Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
Friday’s sentencing comes after the courts last week imposed prison terms of up to 65 years on democracy activists who joined protests against the regime …

Myanmar junta jails comedian for 45 years
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Police seized his computer and several banned films, including the latest Rambo movie, featuring the US Vietnam War veteran taking on the former Burma’s …

At the mercy of Mother Nature and Burma’s generals
Mizzima.com, India –
In a twisted tale of bad luck, for a region which the World Food Programme describes as “one of the poorest and most isolated states in Myanmar,” once the …

Burma comic jailed for 45 years
BBC News, UK –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Burmese court. Zarganar was found to have violated the …

Singing for love
Port Huron Times Herald, MI –
The song reveals Tuptim’s inner feelings, but not about the king to whom she was given as a gift from the King of Burma in order to form a union between the …

HIV/AIDS Risk High Among Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Political prisoners in Burma run a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS because of unhygienic medical treatment, according to reports from inside …

Nobel prize winners call for education in war zones
guardian.co.uk, UK –

The Dalai Lama, the former US president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi are among the signatories of …

Burma: Child Soldier Returned Home
UNPO, Netherlands –
Human rights groups and the United Nations have repeatedly cited Burma as possibly having the largest number of child soldiers in the world. …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 21, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT China’s confirmation that it will use Burma as a conduit to ship oil from the Middle East and Africa into its southwestern provinces has …

Burma / Myanmar: 27-year-old hip-hop performer sentenced to six …
Freemuse, Denmark –
Zayar Thaw was among at least 20 detainees sentenced on 18 November 2008 in Burma’s continuing trials of opposition activists and members of the National …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
A SEAPA partner, it aims to promote awareness about the situation in Burma and promote democracy and freedom of expression in the country.

Governments and business collude in deaths of trade unionists …
Namibian, Namibia –
Fourteen unionists were jailed in Morocco and seven in Burma, where the junta targeted union activists as part of its brutal crackdown on any moves for …

Stop use of child soldiers: Rights group
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
by Phanida Chiang Mai – Child soldiers continue to be used in armed conflicts in Burma, a rights group activists said. The Thai based ‘Human Right Education …

Myanmar junta jails hip hop star for 6 years
International Herald Tribune, France –
YANGON: A hip-hop star in military-ruled Myanmar has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of hefty …

China to build pipeline through Myanmar
Times of the Internet, Ohio –
China is a major trading partner of Myanmar, formerly called Burma, which has been under military rule since the 1960s. The junta last year brutally put …


Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Cisco Needs To Step Up To Reduce Net Censorship, Says Net Freedom ...
BusinessWeek –
If Cisco readily admits that it’s helping build a system that could enable surveillance of anti-government activists, would a Cisco salesman really refuse …

FEC slumps in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
The junta has started a new scheme of selling fuel at the rate of four FEC units per gallon at government-run filling stations since August 22. …

Ashoka Pillar now stands tall in Australia
Times of India, India –
“Emperor Ashoka fostered democratic rule and it is a privilege to dedicate the Ashoka Pillar at a Buddhist monastery in a fellow democracy such as Australia …

Yunnan to build new gas pipeline
Your Project News (press release), UK –
Construction of an oil and gas pipeline linking Myanmar and Chinas Yunnan province is expected to start next year, said an official with the local …

Refugees experience first Thanksgiving in New York City
USA Today –
“Even now I can’t describe my feelings when I first landed at Kennedy Airport,” says Dee, whose family fled to Thailand from Burma, also known as Myanmar, …

DEVELOPMENT-VIETNAM: Rare Criticism of Dams Surface
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Some 60 million people along the 4800-kilometre path of the Mekong, which flows from Tibet, through Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before flowing out to …

‘Gift’ for Queen Victoria helped Penang’s cause
New Straits Times, Malaysia –
The Burmese and Thais built temples in the Pulau Tikus area while Indians built Hindu temples around the island. The South Indians built rows of shophouses …

HK internet gambling boss jailed in Yunnan
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Tam’s racket started nearly 10 years ago in Burma, where many mainlanders go to bet in casinos. He and his team set up several gambling websites and had …

US Congress warned of Chinese cyber, space threats
AFP –
Beijing’s “continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and hinder …

Yes, Minister. Let’s meet
The Nut Graph, Malaysia –

Human rights are universal, inalienable, indivisible and inter-related. In part, this is why Malaysia voices its concern about the situations in Burma and …

Myanmar awards China pipeline rights
Oil & Gas Journal, TX –
20 — Myanmar has awarded China the right to manage planned pipelines that will transport crude oil and natural gas from the Bay of Bengal across Myanmar to ..

UN Should Refer Burma To Int. Criminal Court
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
Burma Lawyers’ Council and Global Justice Center urge the international community to expose the regime’s criminal partnership with members of the judiciary …

China inks pipeline deal with Burma
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
China has signed two deals that will allow it to use ports in Burma to unload its oil and gas supplies rather than shipping them through the pirate-infested …

Burma tries to silence opposition
Index On Censorship, UK –
It is the biggest crackdown on the opposition in Burma since the massive pro-democracy demonstrations in 1988. All activists who the regime believes pose a …

Throwing Away the Key in Burma
American Spectator –
This land of rich resources, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military dictatorship, delivered last week the verdicts of several prisoners — many of them …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 21, 2008 at 3:09 am