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World focus on Burma (13 September 2008)

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Exiled Burmese monks dream of new uprising
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

There are also unconfirmed reports that Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace prize winner who has spent much of the past 20 years …

Newspaper: 2 bomb blasts in central Myanmar kill 2
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
The military, which has ruled Myanmar, also called Burma, since 1962, has been widely criticized for suppressing basic freedoms.

Explosion northeast of Yangon, two dead, ten wounded
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
The Burmese junta has granted a few of the requests made by Aung San Suu Kyi, who will be allowed to receive letters from her relatives, …

Burma arrests 420 drug traffickers
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma arrested 420 drug traffickers last month as it seeks to show that it is cracking down on the narcotics trade. The world’s second-largest opium …

Center organized to assist refugees
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
That is why groups that serve refugees, especially those from Myanmar, formerly Burma, were called together to try to better coordinate services and seek …

Myanmar nabbed 420 drug traffickers in August–state media
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
YANGON — Myanmar arrested 420 drug traffickers last month, state media reported Saturday, as the world’s second-largest opium producer sought to show it …

Myanmar blames “insurgents” for deadly bomb blasts
Reuters –
The military, which has ruled the former Burma since 1962, often points the finger of blame at anti-government dissident groups, comprising ethnic armed …

Marauders’ memories
The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com, MI –
… about the unit’s formation and its strenuous mission to cripple supply lines by capturing the only Japanese airfield in Burma, now known as Myanmar. …

Making a Killing
ZNet, MA –
Chinese military hardware is shipped regularly to Burma, including the 2005 supply of 400 military trucks to Myanmar’s army. Chinese military exports went …

American Revolutionary
Wall Street Journal –

A Burmese exile asked Mr. Sharp to write a short primer on nonviolent struggle. The result was “From Dictatorship to Democracy,” which was initially …

UN envoy defies call to scrap Burma mission
Financial Times, UK –
By Harvey Morris at the United Nations Ibrahim Gambari, the United Nations special envoy to Burma, said on Friday he would continue his role of mediator …

A Monk Remembers
Radio Free Asia, DC –
Nearly one year after the Burmese uprising, a leading monk says the struggle will go on. A leader of the All Burma Monks Union, U Zawana, explained in an …

“Heretic” Bloggers Risk Execution Under Iran’s New Restrictions
NewsBlaze, CA –
Through its annual human rights reports, the State Department has criticized Internet censorship in Burma, China, Cuba, Iran and other countries. …

Remembering Burma’s Saffron Revolution
Radio Free Asia, DC –
In the newspapers, like the Myanmar Ahlin [New Light of Myanmar], it was reported that political activists in Pakokku and the media conspired and made up …

Mittraphap Highway cut by floods
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… lower north and the central provinces will move towards Burma, while a strong southwest monsoon remains over the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf. …

Suu Kyi wins concessions
Scotsman, United Kingdom –
THE Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has wrung concessions from the ruling generals – family letters and some news magazines, her lawyer said …

Myanmar’s colonial-era Strand Hotel in Yangon well preserved
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
Before the Second World War, the Strand was reserved for “whites only,” but during the Japanese occupation of Burma – as Myanmar was formerly known – it …

Indonesia has been described as the bring, between Myanmar’s Eastern neighbors and Westerners who speak of freeing Burma. So after Friday’s meeting, …

THE BLINDNESS OF BIGOTS
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
… whom decency and democracy comes first, even before patriotism (which is why I abhor what we are doing in [promoting a military dictatorship in] Burma). …

Burmese Court Sentences 10
Radio Free Asia, DC –

Burma’s military has ruled the country without interruption since 1962. The NLD, led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won a general election in 1990 but …

Refugee office planned
News Sentinel, IN –
… office will pay for three employees to help Burmese – who have fled their junta-ruled homeland now renamed Myanmar – with self-sufficiency skills, …

UN envoy says it’s time for Myanmar to release political prisoners
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
UN Special envoy Ibrahim Gambari says it’s time for Myanmar leaders to release political prisoners and resume dialogue with opposition leader Daw Aung San …

Politics pulled back from the brink… for now
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
There are other cases, like the scandalous decision to grant government loans from Thailand to the Burmese junta, which would in turn buy equipment from …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 13, 2008 at 2:31 am

World focus on Burma (1 Sept 2008)

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Daw Suu holds third meeting with lawyer
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 1, 2008 (DVB)–Detained democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her lawyer U Kyi Win met for 30 minutes this morning, the National League for Democracy …

Burmese blogger conference banned
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The conference was organised by the Myanmar Computer Experts Association and was to be held at Rangoon’s International Business Centre, situated on the bank …

Mandalay puppeteers raise funds for cyclone victims
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aid donations to victims of the cyclone which swept the Irrawaddy delta area of Burma and killed more than 100000 in early May have been gradually …

Business Roundup (September 1, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Asean aspires to become an EU-like entity but that’s going to be impossible as long as member Myanmar [Burma] is controlled by a military dictatorship. …

Solo demonstrator sentenced to 2 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
U Kyaw Ho, a National League for Democracy leader in Bassein, said Aye Win was first charged under sections 505(b) and 143 of the penal code for disturbing …

Free movie, popcorn offered at Pilgrim Congregational
Lexington Minuteman,  USA –
Perhaps one of the most beautiful anti-war movies, the Burmese Harp is set in Myanmar (formerly Burma) during World War II’s last days. …

Burma: Joe Biden and Burma
UNPO, Netherlands –
He met detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the 1990s in Rangoon. In May [2008], McCain said of the Cyclone Nargis disaster: “It does highlight the …

Between McCain and Obama, an Energy Gap
Human Events, DC –
McCain is suspicious of Beijing’s significant military buildup and its “…relations with pariah states such as Burma, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. …

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer says she’s lost weight
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not allowed to …

Lawyer meets Suu Kyi, says she is thin but well
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has lost some weight but is feeling well, her lawyer said after a 30-minute meeting with her today. …

Democracy, voting and informed consent
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Burma is an easy example; but it is also not difficult to judge whether Thailand’s elections are democratic or not. The answer is a resounding “no” if …

‘It’s not special to me’ First Monday in September not a holiday …
Waukegan News Sun, IL –
“It’s not special to me,” said Chit Po, a native of Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also known through history as Burma. “I’ve been here almost five …

Authorities ban Taunggok NLD meeting
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 1, 2008 (DVB)–Local authorities in Arakan state’s Taunggok township prevented the local National League for Democracy from holding their regular monthly …

4 Political Prisoners Expected to be Used for Forced Labor at …
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
The associate said, “They are politicians and they are supporters of the Burma democracy movement, so authorities want to give them a lesson on avoiding …

ENC: Rigged election results won’t make lawful regime

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
“Unless and until the people of Burma can freely and fairly express their true will, there can be no legitimate government.” It instead urges the people “to …

CINEMA ‘59 – Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet –
An interesting film on the conflict in Burma between the military junta and the dissident democracy movement. Ignore the contrived story of the “troubled” …

UN’s Burma envoys have been a complete failure
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The meeting would then be in the nature of a prison visit, as undertaken by UN human rights investigators in Burma. A free and frank discussion could then …

SAARC-BIMSTEC LINK COULD Help Realise Pious Goals
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
BIMSTEC’s members today consist of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand ( the original members) who have now been joined by Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar. …

7 top Asians, group receive RM Awards for 2008
Manila Bulletin, Philippines –
Other winners have come from Bangladesh, with nine; Sri Lanka, eight; Hong Kong, six; Vietnam and Nepal, with four each; Burma and Cambodia, …

There’s The Rub : Winds of change / Conrado De Quiros
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
He vows to liberalize Malaysia and turn it into a full-blown democracy. I met Anwar’s wife and daughter when they came here many years ago, seeking support …

Gambari’s mission to Burma ‘disappointing’: opposition

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Gambari’s mission to Burma ‘disappointing’: opposition

Nem Davies

Wednesday, 20 August 2008 21:56

Mizzima

New Delhi – Leaders of Burma’s main opposition party –the National League for Democracy – on Wednesday met visiting United Nations special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, but said the meeting was ‘disappointing’.

The NLD leaders’ statement came after five members of the NLD Central Executive Committee led by party chairman Aung Shwe on Wednesday afternoon met Gambari at the government guest house for a brief 20 minutes.

Nyan Win, the NLD spokesperson, who was not at the meeting but was assigned to speak on behalf of those attending, said the meeting started at 3 p.m. (local time) and lasted for 20 minutes.

“It is disappointing. We want things implemented in keeping with the resolutions passed by the United Nations. We want to kick start national reconciliation,” Nyan Win told Mizzima over telephone.

The Nigerian diplomat, who arrived in Rangoon on Monday, has so far met Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win, Information Minister Brig Gen. Kyaw San and toured cyclone-hit areas in Rangoon division.

On Wednesday, he also met pro-junta student group the 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar) led by Aye Lwin.

Nyan Win said Gambari is drifting away from his main mission by meeting groups that the junta wants him to meet and not finding ways and means to meet key political players.

“He [Gamabri] just met social groups like 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar). These groups are all pro-junta groups,” Nyan Win said.

“We are disappointed to see that he [Gambari] is drifting away from his main mission of facilitating national reconciliation. If we look at where he is going and who he is meeting, it is hardly encouraging,” Nyan Win added.

During the meeting with the NLD leaders, Gambari said he will continue to call for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Win Tin and other political prisoners, and call for direct talks between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the regime.

Gambari also said that he will call on the Burmese government to implement economic reforms and urge it to allow him to open a liaison office in Rangoon so that he can maintain constant communication with the Burmese government.

But Nyan Win said, while Gambari told party leaders he will urge the government to conduct free and fair election in 2010, he failed to give his views on the results of the 1990 elections, when asked by the NLD leaders.

“When he talked about free and fair elections in 2010, we asked him about his views on the results of the 1990 elections. But he did not answer. He also declined to answer when we asked him what his mission was. And when we asked him whether he had met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, he said no, he is still trying,” Nyan Win said of the discussion between the NLD leaders and Gambari.

The meeting was attended by NLD chairman Aung Shwe, Secretary U Lwin, Thakhin Soe Myint, Than Tun and Nyunt Wai.

During his last visit in March, while Gambari was allowed to meet detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, he was barred from meeting junta supremo Snr. Gen. Than Shwe.

Gambari is currently visiting Burma for the fourth time since military rulers resorted to violence when it cracked down on peaceful protesters in September 2007.

http://www.mizzima.com/news/world/6-world/929-gambaris-mission-to-burma-disappointing-opposition-

UN envoy Gambari meets NLD leaders

Democratic Voice of Burma

Aug 20, 2008 (DVB)�National League for Democracy leaders told the United Nations special envoy in a meeting today that he should not discuss the 2010 elections, an NLD spokesperson said.

UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari met U Aung Shwe, U Lwin, U Nyunt Wei, U Than Htun and U Soe Myint at 3pm today for a 20-minute discussion.

NLD spokesperson U Nyan Win said Gambari had set out his objectives for his visit as pushing for the release of all political prisoners, negotiating for a direct dialogue between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and regime leaders and improving the country�s failing economic system.

Gambari also told the NLD leaders he planned to appoint a communications officer based in Burma to facilitate contact when the special envoy is out of the country himself.

The special envoy added that UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon would be visiting Burma again in December and this time would focus on political issues, in contrast with the humanitarian focus of his previous trip.

He also said the UN wanted international observers present for the 2010 elections.

Nyan Win said the special envoy did not answer the NLD leaders� questions on his opinion of the 1990 elections and the purpose of his current mission.

The party leaders were unhappy that Gambari had raised the issue of the 2010 elections, suggesting that he would support the elections despite the reports of vote-rigging and intimidation that marred the constitutional referendum.

“The NLD still refuses to accept the constitution which was approved by a referendum where there were several issues that still need to be talked about � we told Mr Gambari he should not discuss the 2010 election in these circumstances,” Nyan Win said.

Nyan Win said the NLD supported Gambari�s stated aims, but could not support the junta�s plans for the 2010 election.

“We have nothing to protest against his five-step plan for this trip � we actually like it,� Nyan Win said.

�But we were forced to have such a discussion only because he started talking about the 2010 elections. This leads us to think he agrees with the upcoming elections.�

The NLD spokesperson added that the party understood the difficulties the UN faced but called for action rather than rhetoric.

�We explained to him that we understood the limits of how far the UN can get involved in the situation and that there was nothing they can do about the two big powers,” Nyan Win said.

“We told him to stick to the purpose of his mission and that we will try very hard to keep understanding the UN,” he said.

“The pro-democracy forces in Burma, including the NLD, have told the UN special envoy their opinions during his previous trips, and now the next step is to actually put the ideas into action,� he continued.

�But now, we are only seeing more talking rather than action.”

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

http://english.dvb.no/news.php?id=1652

Gambari Fails to Meet with Suu Kyi

By SAW YAN NAING

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Irrawaddy

The United Nations special envoy to Burma failed to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday as scheduled, according to Rangoon sources.

No reason was given for the failure, and there was speculation he could meet with her before his trip ends on Friday.

Rumors spread that Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader, was seriously ill. However, a National League of Democracy (NLD) official said she was well.

Meanwhile, five members of the central executive committee of Burma’s main opposition group, the National League for Democracy, and Gambari discussed issues including the release of political prisoners and reconciliation talks between Suu Kyi and the military regime, said Ohn Kyaing, an NLD member.

NLD executive committee members who met with Gambari included Chairman Aung Shwe, Secretary U Lwin and spokesperson Nyan Win. The meeting started at 3 p.m. and lasted about 20 minutes.

During the meeting, the UN envoy said he will try to obtain the release of political prisoners and the formation of genuine talks between Suu Kyi and regime leaders.

The UN envoy said he had already discussed several issues—including the release of political prisoners and a genuine dialogue with Suu Kyi—with Information Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan in their meeting on Tuesday.

Gambari said he had not received any response so far for the government, said Ohn Kyaing.

The envoy also discussed the junta’s scheduled general election in 2010 with NLD leaders, telling them he urged the regime to conduct open and fair elections.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is scheduled to visit Burma again in December to discuss the election and other issues with the military regime.

The envoy also told NLD members he was scheduled to meet a wide range of parties during his visit this week, said Farhan Haq, a UN spokesperson, including parties he has met on previous occasions.

During past trips, the UN envoy met Burmese generals including Snr-Gen Than Shwe, leaders of the NLD, Suu Kyi and junta-backed ethnic leaders.

Meanwhile, Burmese dissidents in exile have sent a petition to Gambari urging him to make efforts to move the junta toward a genuine democratic transition that goes beyond the scheduled 2010 elections.

They also asked Gambari to urge the regime to allow newspapers and other media to report news and information without censorship in order to educate the people about Burmese politics and the rest of the world.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article1.php?art_id=13947

World focus on Burma (20 August 2008)

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Gambari’s mission to Burma ‘disappointing’: opposition
Mizzima.com, India –
On Wednesday, he also met pro-junta student group the 88 generation students (Union of Myanmar) led by Aye Lwin. Nyan Win said Gambari is drifting away from …

UN envoy meets Suu Kyi’s party, but fails to see her

AFP –
The Nigerian diplomat expressed concern over Myanmar’s crumbling economy, and said that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon could visit the country in December …

UN envoy Gambari meets NLD leaders

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Gambari also told the NLD leaders he planned to appoint a communications officer based in Burma to facilitate contact when the special envoy is out of the …

Burmese junta prevents Christians and Buddhists from providing …

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Even the iconic figure of Myanmar’s pro-democracy struggle, Nobel prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is in a “civilian no-man’s-land as a result of her long …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi skips meeting with UN envoy

Reuters –

The former Burma’s ruling generals threw a tight security cordon round the state guest house where Ibrahim Gambari and the 63-year-old Nobel laureate have …

UN chief expected to visit Myanmar in December

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Suu Kyi’s party won a general election but was not allowed to take power by …

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88 Generation leaders mark 1 year in detention

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The price of commodities has doubled since the demonstrators’ arrests and the price of consumer goods continued to increase since Cyclone Nargis hit Burma …

UN envoy Gambari expected to meet Daw Suu

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Pro-democracy groups have criticised Gambari for a lack of tangible success in his efforts to date to bring about political dialogue in Burma, and political …

Gambari Fails to Meet with Suu Kyi

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING The United Nations special envoy to Burma failed to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday as scheduled, according to Rangoon sources. …

UN Envoy Visits Bring Less Interest

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

.. Generation Student Youths (Union of Myanmar). The National Unity Party, a transformation of the Burma Socialist Programme Party which ruled the country …

Channel 4 News, UK –

Burma’s military junta had sought to impose total control over aid operations. And three months on, the United Nations says recovery assistance remains a …

Children Die in Chin State Famine

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Another Chin group, the Chin Human Rights Organization, said the famine had hit about 20 percent of the state’s population, or at least 100000 people. …

Insurers dispute facts regarding ties to Burma

Business Insurance, IL –

The Burma Campaign UK, which seeks to restore democracy to Burma, said on Tuesday that two insurers—XL Capital Ltd. in Hamilton, Bermuda and the Chubb Corp. …

Teacher goes to the aid of Burma’s needy

Sunderland Echo, UK –

The Karen area of Burma was devastated when Cyclone Nargis hit the country on May 2 this year, unleashing 120mph winds, torrential rain and flooding that …

Earthquake hits Yunnan, south-west China

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

The US Geological Survey claims the epicentre was 140 miles west of Dali, in Yunnan and 40 miles south east of Myitkyina in Burma. …

Earthquake hits China-Burma border Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Earthquake hits China’s border with Burma ABC Online, Australia –

Bangladesh Keen to Solve Maritime Border Issue

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

… Bangladesh was keen to solve the maritime border dispute with Burma as soon as possible. “Finalization of the country’s maritime border with Myanmar is …

Myanmar teen refugees look for foster homes

Worcester Telegram, MA –

Myanmar, formerly Burma, has been in political turmoil since 1962 when a general staged a coup, banning political opposition and suspending the constitution …

Refugees from Iraq, Burma set to arrive

The Republican – MassLive.com, MA –

More than a half million refugees from Burma, also called Myanmar, have fled their homeland because of ethnic persecution. Nearly 200000 have been living in …

Resentment simmers in Burma a year after unabated crackdown

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – The unabated crackdown by the military junta notwithstanding, resentment against the regime is not likely to diminish, activists and opposition …

UN envoy set to meet Suu Kyi: party

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari was expected to meet Wednesday with Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, sources in her National …

ASEAN considers observer status for Burma’s elected government

Radio Australia, Australia –

“We got invited officially, which reflects, we believe, Indonesia’s support for the Burmese democracy movement and that it also wants to see change in Burma …

The North Korean Prison State

American Spectator –

She even charged that “There is a holocaust going on,” an overstatement, but an understandable one, since the North’s human rights abuses are grotesque and …

PEACETALK: Mindanao is not alone. By Kristian Herbolzheimer

Minda News, Philippines –

… politics; but others continued their armed struggle, claiming a greater Naga homeland extending over adjacent states and even into neighboring Burma. …

Diplomacy and Democracy

KanglaOnline, India –

… is still this element of suspicion and disguised hostility in the befriending of the military junta in Burma first by China and then followed by India. …

Olympic tally: RP trails SEA neighbors

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The other SEA Games nations still struggling to land a medal, apart from the Philippines, are Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Cambodia, East Timor and Brunei. …

Myanmar: Not enough cash grant for cyclone victims

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Cyclone Nargis that lashed Burma in early May left at least 100000 households in Burma’s Irrawaddy …

Apocalypse Now? Miami Model Applied to Republican National …

Toward Freedom, VT –

Given that two former top advisers to Republican nominee John McCain have ties to the military junta in Burma, we’ll know where to look first. …

Sikhs in the Freedom Struggle

Mainstream, India –

They were expelled from the country and imprisoned in Mandalay in Burma. After their release Ajit Singh went to Canada and joined the Ghadar Party of which …

Report: Myanmar refugees waiting months for aid

Chicago Tribune, United States –

Fort Wayne is home to one of the largest communities of refugees from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma. …

UN Envoy Tours Cyclone-Struck Areas in Burma

Voice of America –

By VOA News UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari toured Burma’s cyclone-struck Irrawaddy Delta Tuesday to observe recovery and reconstruction efforts. …

Kuwait Presents Result of Asia Trip

The Media Line, NY –

… of businessmen from the oil rich kingdom in the Gulf, visited Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Brunei and the Philippines. …

Ancient Parable, Urgent Time

ChristianityToday.com, IL –

Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma’s low-lying Irrawaddy Delta on May 2. The 2004 Asian tsunami had stripped the terrain of much of its protective …

Rocked out!

Australian Star, Australia –

Children from the school recently belted out some tunes to aid cyclone ravaged Burma. Parents watched on as students performed songs and dance routines. …

Burmese MPs urge recognition of ASEAN parliamentarians

Mizzima.com, India –

… accepting Burma as a member, the ASEAN has attracted severe condemnation by the international community for Burma’s failure to improve its human rights …

In pictures: Sketching Burma’s cyclone

BBC News, UK –

In the weeks following Cyclone Nargis, Burma’s military rulers refused to let foreigners into the devastated Irrawaddy Delta. …

World focus on Burma (19 August 2008)

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Voters and officials punished for ‘No’ votes

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… while wards inhabited by the authorities and the pro-junta Union and Solidarity and Development Association members have been given 24-hour electricity. …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The message appeared on July 19, Burma’s Martyr Day. The signboard, about 10 X 4-feet, is located on Suu Kyi’s property and can be read from the street in …

International Insurance Companies Leave Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

We strongly condemn all insurers that remain involved in our junta-run country. They help keep the generals in power and condemn Burma’s 50 million people …

Gambari has Big Agenda during Visit

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The UN envoy met with Burma’s Foreign Minister Nyan Win on Monday in hope of continuing the stalled talks between the junta and pro-democracy leader Aung …

President Bush’s Pre-Olympics Speech in Thailand

UNC Chapell Hill –

He recalled responses to natural disasters such as the 2004 tsunami and the recent cyclone in Burma. Bush examined, but not in depth, the ongoing political …

Missing Links: The Hypocrisy Audit

Foreign Policy (subscription) –

… of that regime does not mean that the United States should feel constrained from pressuring the tyrants of Burma to abandon their murderous ways. …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The United Nations Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Rangoon on Monday for a five-day trip to Burma. …

Junta benefits from regional economic tug-of-war

Mizzima.com, India –

China and ASEAN hope to have the world’s largest FTA in working order by 2010 – though ASEAN’s less developed countries, including Burma, are not slated to …

Burma’s Annual Natural Gas Sales Rise 25 Percent

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP RANGOON — Burma’s natural gas sales soared nearly 25 percent to US $2.5 billion in the financial year through March, official statistics seen Tuesday …

Africa: ICC – Will Imposed Justice Solve Continent ‘s Problems?

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Only lawyers can really believe that law and politics are two discrete domains: the average person in the street is quick enough to make the connection …

Myanmar natural gas exports jump 25 pc

Economic Times, India –

YANGON: Myanmar’s natural gas exports rose by about 25 per cent to $2.5 billion in the fiscal year ending in March, official statistics showed on Tuesday. …

Gambari’s mission kicks off to little fanfare

Mizzima.com, India –

Inside Burma, the state run press, New Light of Myanmar, attached no visible importance to the proceedings of the Special Advisor. Coverage of his first day …

Combating opium in Afghanistan

ISN, Switzerland –

Even the military dictatorship regime in Burma got into the act, claiming the arrest of over 300 traffickers and multiple opium seizures during the month of …

Looking For Trouble

FrontPage magazine.com, CA –

Democracy is not an ideology–it’s a technique for political organization that uses elections as a tool. Today, we Americans are at our worst (and most …

UN envoy tours Myanmar cyclone zone

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari toured Myanmar’s cyclone-struck delta Tuesday while on a mission to push the junta to re-open talks with detained …

Land of Promise: Refugees rely on faith

Amarillo.com (subscription), TX –

He’s now among some 700 refugees from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), Somalia, the Sudan and elsewhere who have moved to the Texas Panhandle since the …

Wall Street Journal –

Mr. Sitagu Sayadaw was born in 1937 in a small town in central Myanmar, then known as Burma. At age seven, he entered the local monastery to study, …

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

Kyaw Phyoe had been on an inspection trip on the Thai-Burma border since 16 August. He also charged the kingdom of employing the anti-junta Shan State Army …

Zimbabwe crisis a disgrace: Asmal

SABC News, South Africa –

He says Zimbabwe and Burma are examples of countries where passive resistance has failed. Asmal was speaking in Johannesburg last night at the 100th …

RNC: Exporting the “Miami Model” to St. Paul

OpEdNews, PA –

Given that two former top advisers to Republican nominee John McCain have ties to the military junta in Burma, we’ll know where to look first. …

CWS emergency situation report #2: 2008 Tropical Storm Kammuri

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

-Flooding has struck parts of Myanmar (Burma) still trying to recover from Cyclone Nargis, the May storm that killed anywhere between 84000 and more than …

UN envoy begins five-day visit to Myanmar

UN News Centre –

18 August 2008 – The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar kicked off his five-dray trip to the Asian nation today by meeting with Foreign Minister U Nyan Win …

UN envoy makes another visit to Burma Radio Australia, Australia –

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UN, Myanmar resolve aid currency problem

Daily Times, Pakistan –

With little to show from his previous five missions to the former Burma, hopes of a breakthrough on Gambari’s sixth visit are low. reuters.

See images of Burmese currencies BELOW.

Investing in his neighbors: A former dentist helps fellow refugees …

Trading Markets (press release), CA –

Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, also known as Myanmar, in May — killing up to 130000. Employing a well-respected, well-educated member of an immigrant community …

Aung San Suu Kyi (L) holds talks with Ibrahim Gambari in March 2008

YANGON (AFP) — UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari met Monday with Myanmar Foreign Minister Nyan Win, state media said, shortly after he arrived in Yangon on a mission …

Amnesty International, Freedoms Many Voices…Art, Music, Education…

Gather.com, MA –

One strong effort is their support of the plight of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

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Two kinds of Myanmar currencies in use at the same time

Myanmar “Kyat”

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World focus on Burma (18 August 2008)

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New Talks In Myanmar

Vatican Radio, The Vatican –

Mark Farmaner is the Director of the Burma Campaign in the UK. He says that hopes of a breakthrough in negotiations are low.

Gambari’s visit has created no political breakthrough: Burmese …

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League fro Democracy – on Monday said it welcomed another round of visit by the United Nations …

Aung San Suu Kyi in another rare meeting with lawyer

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday was allowed another meeting with her lawyer, Kyi Win, …

Burmese MPs in exile call for ASEAN support

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… for the Philippine and other ASEAN governments to censure SPDC for its human rights violations and suppression of democratic forces in Burma,” he said. …

Support athletes, but not China

Ukiah Daily Journal, CA –

The military junta in Burma is still in power to this day, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China’s support. …

Six killed in a landslide in Upper Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

“The heavy and incessant rainfall in Mogoke has been on for about three months now and started even before Cyclone Nargis hit Burma. …

A Cambodian woman swims with her cattle to higher ground. Photo: Reuters

Flooding has also hit parts of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos as well as Burma, where waters rose in the Irrawaddy Delta, still recovering from a cyclone that …

Five Taunggok activists jailed for 8 August march

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… including members of the 88 Generation Students group, the All Burma Federation Of Student Unions and the Human Rights Defenders and Promoters network, …

Daw Suu receives visits from lawyer and doctor

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… League for Democracy leader is intended to create a positive impression for United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who arrives in Burma today.

Gambari Arrives in Burma

United Nations special envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari speaks during an interview on February at the United Nations information center in Tokyo. (Photo: Reuters)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The United Nations Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Rangoon on Monday for a five-day trip to Burma. …

UN envoy visits Myanmar Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

UN envoy makes another visit to Burma Radio Australia, Australia –

UN Envoy Begins Burma Visit Voice of America –

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Six Die and Thousands Flee Torrential Rain in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Last Saturday, the state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported that the floods hit areas of Rangoon and the Irrawaddy delta, where Cyclone Nargis left a …

Nobel Peace Laureates Offer a Message of Hope on America’s Most …

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

The ten core issues that the Nobel Peace Laureates have designated for projects include: — Ending racism and hate — Social justice and human rights for …

Myanmar Gem Sellers Disregard US Ban

Israel Diamond Portal, Israel –

Myanmar, (formerly Burma), produces almost 90% of the world’s rubies and is a leading international supplier of other gems and jade. …

China’s iron Olympic grip starts to

Times Online, UK –

They rejected criticism of their policies on Darfur, Burma and Zimbabwe, brushing aside foreign demonstrators complaining about Tibet. …

Bridging the gap: Myanmar refugees and members of Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church enjoy a game Sunday. The children threw themselves into the games, but language gaps slowed interaction between adults.

… Nationalities Christian Fellowship, a congregation of immigrants, most of them refugees, from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country once known as Burma. …

A Burmese woman deals her Jade stones with a shopkeeper at the Jade market June 15, 2003 in Mandalay, Myanmar. The country generates a considerable income from the mining of precious stones mostly from the northern part of Myanmar. Its a government run mo (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Although both European countries and the United States have placed severe restrictions on the import of gems from Burma (also called Myanmar), …

AtHoc IWSAlerts Achieves “Positive Military Utility” Rating by US …

PR Web (press release), WA –

… joint military forces also used AtHoc IWSAlerts in preparation for relief efforts when Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, Burma in May. …

Suu Kyi meets lawyer on eve of UN envoy visit: spokesman

AFP –

A protester carries a photo of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

YANGON (AFP) — Detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed a rare meeting with her lawyer on the eve of a UN envoy’s visit to push Myanmar’s …

UN envoy begins Myanmar reconciliation mission

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Myanmar’s capital Monday on a five-day mission to promote national reconciliation and …

UN envoy in Myanmar amid waning hopes for reform

International Herald Tribune, France –

With little to show from his previous five missions to the former Burma, hopes of a breakthrough on Gambari’s sixth visit are low. “Frankly, we don’t expect …

Severe Flooding Hits Burma and Neighboring Countries

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AP BANGKOK — Severe flooding triggered by torrential rains has struck areas of Burma still reeling from Cyclone Nargis, a state-run newspaper said …

A boy played in flood waters yesterday at a shop east of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Officials there said the flooding of the Mekong River was the worst in memory.

A boy played in flood waters yesterday at a shop east of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Officials there said the flooding of the Mekong River was the worst in memory. (Reuters)

Flooding has also hit parts of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos as well as Burma, where waters rose in the Irrawaddy Delta. The delta region is still recovering …

UN special envoy arrives in Myanmar

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The visit is Gambari’s fourth since last year to Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he has been handed a mandate by the UN to deal with the country’s …

UN special envoy visits Myanmar for reconciliation efforts

Xinhua, China –

18 (Xinhua) — United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived here Monday on a re-visit to Myanmar to goon with UN’s efforts for the country’s …

Letter from Rangoon

New Yorker, United States –

Soldiers about to close off access to Rangoon’s Sule Pagoda, during the protests of September, 2007. Increasingly, dissidents are questioning the utility of direct confrontation with the government. Photograph by Christian Holst.

Soldiers about to close off access to Rangoon’s Sule Pagoda, during the protests of September, 2007. Increasingly, dissidents are questioning the utility of direct confrontation with the government. Photograph by Christian Holst.

… “Aung San Suu Kyi is the new leader of our country. American troops will come liberate us.” But Suu Kyi—the daughter of the general who led Burma to …

Australia helps refugees rebuild their lives

TamilSydney.com, Australia –

‘There are more than 40 000 people in the Mae La refugee camp, mostly people of Karen ethnicity who faced persecution by the Burmese military junta,’ …

Junta allows Suu Kyi to meet with lawyer again

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

YANGON, Aug 18 (Kyodo) – Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed Sunday to meet with her lawyer for the second time in 10 days, …

Begging won’t save Burma

Boston Globe, United States –

Nowhere has that failure been more flagrant than in Burma, where a vicious military junta continues to deceive and defy the world body. …

China undeserving

Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY –

The military junta in Burma is still in power, despite strong and continuous resistance by the people of Burma, because of China´s support. …

Burma opposition lauds UN visit

BBC News, UK –

Aung San Suu Kyi and Ibrahim Gambari (March 2008)

Mr Gambari met Aung San Suu Kyi in March but not key military leaders

By Brenda Marshall Burma’s National League for Democracy has said it hopes a visit by the UN’s special envoy will revive talks between its detained leader …

Moral lessons

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… cited as models of moral courage peace advocate Mahatma Gandhi, human rights leader Martin Luther King, and Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks

Myanmar party hopes envoy visit will revive talks – © AP

Gambari last visited Myanmar in March, a trip he described as a disappointment. Although he was allowed to meet Suu Kyi he had no access to senior junta …

Hopes for talks on Burma democracy

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

BURMA’S main opposition party said yesterday that it hopes a visit today by a United Nations special envoy will help restart talks between the pro-democracy …

Myanmar activists sentenced to prison for protest commemoration march

JURIST –

[JURIST] Officials of Myanmar opposition group the National League for Democracy (NLD) said Sunday that the government has sentenced five of its members to …

NLD hopes Gambari’s visit will revive talks with junta

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s main opposition party said Sunday that it hopes a visit this week by a UN special envoy will help restart stalled talks between …

The new gold standard

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… missing the opening rites in Beijing as a protest against the Chinese government’s continuing support of the military junta in Burma or Sudan. ..

Myanmar opposition hopes UN envoy’s visit will spur talks

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: The main Myanmar main opposition party said Sunday that it hoped a visit this week by a special envoy from the United Nations would help …

Detained Suu Kyi meets lawyer as release speculation grows

Monsters and Critics.com –

Yangon – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been permitted a rare meeting with her lawyer, the second this month, giving rise to speculation …

Wife of Solo Protester Arrested in Arakan

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

The poster contained writing demanding the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. “He wrote a sentence on the poster that read, ‘Our mother Daw Aung Suu Kyi must …

For Australia foreign aid, like charity, begins

The Age, Australia –

Since May, Australia has given more than $55 million in the aftermath of Burma’s cyclone Nargis and more than $2 million to China’s earthquake recovery. …

World focus on Burma (17 August 2008)

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McCain Releases Technology Platform

Slashdot –

But who decides how much humanitarian aid to fly off of an aircraft carrier into Burma after a disaster? Who made the decision to land aid-payload by …

Most Popular Opinion

The Zimbabwe Standard, Zimbabwe –

In this insensitive and tardy response to a threat to its population, the government shares an odious position with the military junta in Burma that was …

UN envoy to visit Myanmar

KGAN, IA –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An opposition party in Myanmar is hoping a visiting UN envoy can restart dialogue between it and the reclusive government. …

A home on the range

Amarillo.com (subscription), TX –

… of an estimated 700 refugees who have moved to the Amarillo area since January, most from Somalia, Iran, the Sudan and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Flooding hits parts of Southeast Asia

Arkansas Online (subscription), AR –

AP BANGKOK, Thailand — Severe flooding triggered by torrential rains has struck areas of Burma still recovering from a cyclone that killed more than 84000 …

Myanmar jails five activists for ’88 memorial march: opposition

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s military authorities have jailed five young activists for taking part in a small street rally marking the anniversary of a 1988 …

Myanmar opposition hopes UN envoy can revive talks

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s main opposition party said Sunday that it hopes a visiting UN special envoy can help restart talks between detained …

Looking Away From Beauty

Infoshop News –

Or its complicity in human rights violations in Africa, Asia, and South America. Then there’s Nike, one of many apparel manufacturers that would rather you …

Burmese exiles seem resigned to status quo

San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –

…..”I want the people of your country to know, the American people care deeply about the people of Burma, and we pray for the day in which the people will be free,” Bush told a group of Burmese dissidents…..

Difficult Passage

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Mr Vitit conceded that we should not be too ambitious in hoping that Asean will come up with an ”EU- or US-type human rights commission”, but stressed …

Georgia and the return of the Cold War at UN

Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –

By ensuring the presence of President George Bush at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics last week and by stalling moves by human rights organisation to …

Olympic Reality Management

OpEdNews, PA –

He is concerned about depleted uranium, repression in Burma, stolen elections, organ harvesting, aspartame, sugar, species depletion, animal abuse, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 17, 2008 at 6:17 am