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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 (16 January 2008)

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Indian Vice President to visit Burma to strengthen bilateral relations
Mizzima.com, India –
“Ansari will go on a goodwill visit to Myanmar [Burma] early next month. Preparations are under way,” the report said. Ansari’s visit to Burma, …

The Doctor in Dubia: dubious indeed
guardian.co.uk, UK –

Dubai with its dubious human rights record, appalling treatment of migrant workers and flagrant disregard for the environment. …

Next battle against Karen rebels soon
Mizzima.com, India –
The vicious battle for the region surrounding Thailand’s Phop Phra district has see-sawed back and forth across Thailand’s northern border with Burma since …

Kelly Rutherford, Blake Lively, Johnny Knoxville
International Herald Tribune, France –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Sundance in 60 Seconds: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Cinematical, CA –
Burma VJ, which first gained notice at IFDA in November, sold US TV rights to HBO, according to indieWIRE, though it won’t air until next year. …

Freezing Temperatures Hit Remote Areas of Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

According to the state-owned New Light of Myanmar, the thermometer reached -2 degrees Celsius in the state capital of Hakah on Sunday. …

Burmese migrant workers evicted from campsite
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Moe Gyo, chairman of the Thailand-based Joint Action Committee for Burma Affairs, said the Thai authorities’ actions were against international human rights …

Through the Director’s Lens
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He was previously the chairman of the Myanmar Film Association. Question: Which movie do you think will win a Burmese academy award this year and who are …

Will Obama forgive Britain for his grandfather’s torture?
This is London, UK –

His beatings at the hands of the British Army, alongside whom he’d served in Burma during the Second World War, had left him, his family say, …

North Korean national dies in Meikhtila
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Military analyst and researcher Htay Aung of the Thailand-based Burmese exile group Network for Democracy and Development said the group had received …

Bush Slaps Sanctions on More Junta Cronies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Zaw Zaw is the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction and tourism …

Score more than one for first lady
Sauk Valley Newspapers, IL –
… had spent many months relentlessly calling for the overthrow of the repressive Burmese government – ever since she had read a book by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Weekly Business Roundup (January 16, 2009)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The Burma Campaign UK which lobbies to stop companies doing business with the Burmese junta this week urged the London government to investigate all British …

Burmese weblog wins “Best Asia Blog” award for 2008
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The weblog of venerable Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Mettacara, has bagged the “Best Asia Blog” award for 2008. …

Burmese Junta Destroying Arakanese Businesses, Says Shrimp Farmer
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
Rathidaung: The Burmese military government has destroyed Arakanese businesses with many tactics aiming to undeveloped the state of Arakan, said a shrimp …

Bangladesh PM Wants to Settle Maritime Boundary Dispute
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –
… their neighboring countries Burma and India, a Bangladesh official said. “She said that the government would discuss the issue with India and Myanmar to …

US Treasury freezes assets of more ‘Junta Cronies’
Mizzima.com, India –
… and Myanmar Ivanhoe Copper, owner of the country’s largest copper mine. OFAC has now subjected 100 individuals and entities to its Burma sanctions, …

US freezes assets of 2 Burmese businessmen
International Herald Tribune, France –
By Mark Mcdonald HONG KONG: The United States has frozen the assets of two Burmese businessmen and their companies for aiding the military junta in Myanmar, …

Film Buyers Shop for Bargains at Sundance as Studios Pull Back
Bloomberg –
HBO said yesterday that it acquired a documentary, “Burma VJ,” about journalists in the country now called Myanmar. Also present at Sundance are New …

Burma, Myanmar: The 2008 Weblog Awards Winners
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
The Weblog Award winners for the 2008 announced on Jan 15. Here are the winners of International Weblog Awards: Special thanks to all of the medias, …

Burma Cracks Down on Rangoon Churches
Crosswalk.com, VA –
… and the US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, to put pressure on the Burmese junta to end these violations and to permit churches …

Official Reflects On Foreign Aid Triumphs, Challenges
NPR –
Asked about other difficult days, she laments the fact that it took so long for the military regime in Myanmar, or Burma, to allow in aid after a cyclone …

HRW Sees Progress in Pakistan After Pervez Musharraf
A Pakistan News, Pakistan –

In Myanmar—which HRW said also draws support from China, Russia and Thailand—democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi went into her sixth straight year of house …

Camera-Ready Victims
National Review Online, NY –
Sudan came in second with 61, Myanmar third with 41. The US was No. 4, with 39 actions, tied with the Democratic Republic of the Congo! …

Myanmar documentary gets HBO deal
Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
HBO has nabbed the US TV rights to Anders Ostergaard’s docu “Burma VJ” ahead of its North American preem at Sundance. A chronicle of the 2007 uprising of …

Assessing the Bush Administration: A Foreign Catastrophe at Every Turn
Antiwar.com, CA –
The president “announced steps to help the Burmese people bring peaceful change and democratic transition to their country.” Well, he may have announced …

Rights group criticises SA government
Independent Online, South Africa –
The New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) gives the South African government a pounding in its latest World Report issued this week, saying that its …

US probes link between Malay officials, trafficking
China Post, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s previous name was Burma. “The allegations include assertions that Burmese and other migrants — whether or not they have UNHCR documentation — are …

Sundance sets sail amid storm clouds
Hollywood Reporter, United States –
The film examines the military junta’s suppression of a 2007 monk-led rebellion in Burma, incorporating footage shot by journalists who risked their lives …

Gentle Questioning for UN Nominee
New York Times, United States –
The hearings ranged widely, touching on virtually every trouble spot in the world including the Congo, Somalia, Burma and North Korea. …

Sundance premieres find buyers as festival opens
The Associated Press –
… “Burma VJ,” which uses footage from underground video journalists capturing the 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks against the Myanmar government. …

Ramos-Horta: Only Filipinos can do it
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Horta, who delivered a lecture at a university here Wednesday, said that peace is possible whether in Gaza, in Burma or in the Philippines if people are …

US hits Myanmar with additional sanctions
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control says it has added 100 people and entities to its Myanmar sanctions. Myanmar is also called Burma. …

Zaw Zaw was identified as the managing director of the Max Myanmar Group of Companies, a Burmese entity with interests in the gem, timber, construction, …

Boat-people accuse Thai police of uncaring treatment
Cambodia News, Cambodia –
Thai soldiers have forced illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma out to sea in rickety boats. The boats, some without engines, had been used to carry …

Left at sea with just a paddle
Electric New Paper, Singapore –
… sources have said that the Thai army is holding Rohingya – Muslims who come from the border areas of Myanmar and Bangladesh – on Koh Sai Daeng, …

HRW sees progress in Pakistan after Musharraf
The News International, Pakistan –
HRW blamed Asian giants China and India for abuses against their own citizens but also for backing military dictatorships such as Myanmar. …

Treasury Targets Financial Backers Of Myanmar Regime
EasyBourse.com, France –
… as it continues to suppress democratic dissent,” OFAC director Adam Szubin said. Many western governments, including the US, refer to Myanmar as Burma.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila at Sundance
ARTINFO, NY –
… monks who led a rebellion in Burma last year. The monks shot what they were doing with small video cameras and then smuggled the materials to Thailand, …

Susan Rice’s Testimony at Her UN Ambassador Hearing
RealClearPolitics, IL –
It is why efforts to pass Security Council resolutions on abuses in places from Zimbabwe to Burma occasion such fierce debate, and don’t always succeed. …

Ceremony to Commemorate Foreign Policy Achievements (2001-2009)
US Department of State, DC –
Whether working to advance the interests of women in Afghanistan, helping children in Iraq, supporting the righteous struggle of dissidents in Burma, …

The Netherlands supports democratisation in Indonesia
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
… human rights, relations with ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the situation in Burma and the violence in the Middle East. …

Student activist jailed for 104 years in Burma
Asian Age, India –
Separately, authorities on Wednesday freed six out of nine members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) who were arrested last month …

Thank you, Laura; please tell Michelle!
KanglaOnline, India –
Among others, her advocacy on behalf of human-rights abuse victims in the Union of Burma has brought tremendous attention from the international community. …

Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States, including the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s …

Origin of the Chakmas
The New Nation, Bangladesh –

Abhi Raja, around 923 BC came to Burma from Kapilavastu and founded a Sakya line of dynasty at Dha-ngya-wa-ti (the capital) in north Arakan called …

Film scholar B. Ruby Rich plays a leading role at Sundance Film …
UC Santa Cruz, CA –
Made up of videos shot by the Democratic Voice of Burma, the footage was smuggled into Thailand, shipped to Norway, and subsequently broadcast around the …

BC aid worker dumped in ditch after robbery
National Post, Canada –
Jiri Zivny and a team of volunteers were distributing medical items and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Critically injured aid worker from BC dies in Cambodian hospital
The Canadian Press,  B.C. –
The group Zivny was part of had also planned to visit Thailand and Burma but most of the volunteers went home because protesters had blockaded Bangkok’s …

Canadian aid worker dies in Cambodia
Calgary Herald,  Canada –
… Humanitarian Hope Society were distributing medical supplies and Christmas gifts to orphanages in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma in December. …

Regional Fallout from Thai Turmoil
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar (Burma).” Statements such as these may not be well received by other, more autocratic members of ASEAN such as Laos …

One survey shows liberty shrivelling; another names the “spoilers”
Economist, UK –
A similarly heavyweight annual report from another American outfit, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), takes direct aim at what its director, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 16, 2009 at 2:27 am

World focus on Burma (11 January 2009)

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Karen rebels under the gun along Thai-Burma border
Mizzima.com, India –
From a secret location on the Thai-Burma border, KNU Vice-Chairman David Thackerbaw said government soldiers were maintaining a “scorched earth policy” …

Supersized Kids – Don’t Do What America Does
Desicritics.org, India –
What has happened to the Burmese wrap around ‘longee’, to the elegant sari, to the loose fitting pajama pants and kamiz? “Where have all the chaplis gone, …

The art of the elephant
ohmidog!, MD –
… to the information posted on YouTube with the video, was rescued from abusive treatment in Burma, and now makes a living as an artist in Thailand. …

Epic wartime road project may finally be put to use
TheDay, CT –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

Junta struggling to keep state budget afloat
Mizzima.com, India –
by Moe Thu Rangoon (Mizzima) – Experiencing increased pains related to the global financial crisis, Burma’s military government is struggling to maintain a …

FSA Investigation Finds Aon Payments To Burma
AJC Consultants, UK –
For dealing in business in Burma (also known as Myanmar), which is under US sanctions, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control …

United Nations Worried Over Nigeria’s Donation To Myanmar
The Guardian – Nigeria, Nigeria –
Ki-Moon said last month at the UN that he was “disappointed by the unwillingness of the government of Myanmar (Burma) to deliver on its promises for …

East Timor president opposes international sanctions on Myanmar
Monsters and Critics.com –
Horta last visited Myanmar in 2005 and has lent his support to his fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. He said Sunday that Myanmar’s long-delayed …

In its best year, 1934, when it was called Burma, it exported 3.4 million tonnes. Thailand, today’s top exporter, shipped around 10 million tonnes last year …

Dream works are made of these
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
Spielberg was inspired to make poignant war movies by his father who had fought in Burma, and who told him: “Nobody ever makes a movie about my war except …

Diaspora studies current situation
E-Pao.net, India –
The seminar held on the topic “HIV/AIDS, Human Rights and Social Psychology in the Conflict Situation of Manipur” was participated by many resource persons. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 11, 2009 at 2:52 am

World focus on Burma (3 January 2009)

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Most important story of ’08 may have been overlooked
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum,  United States –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84000 people were killed in that …

:. India, a serious threat to Pakistan
Kashmir Watch, Pakistan –
… own India may be able to make significant headway with the Junta and obtain a greater stake in the development of Burma’s oil and natural gas fields, …

Zarganar, Hold on, We Know You Are Alive: Comedian of Burma Jailed ...
The Moderate Voice –
More than 100 activists who rose to prod the government and to deliver mercy to the Burmese, have been sentenced over the past 8 weeks in what amounts to a …

Jeffrey Hellman
Change.org, CA –
US Campaign for Burma, International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma, World Dharma’s Burma Project International, Coalition Against …

Fancy felines know their way to San Jose cat show
The Argus, CA –
… from Russia and the gentle Birmans, which are believed to have originated in Burma, now called Myanmar, where the species was considered sacred. …


By David Gollust The United States Friday expressed hope for an early transition to democracy in Burma, also called Myanmar, marks the 61st anniversary of …

Bush to host UN chief before leaving White House
Xinhua, China –
… a United Nations “that can act effectively to promote freedom, democratic governance, human rights, and a world free from terror,” the spokesman added.

Bush and Ban to hold farewell lunch at WHouse: spokesman
AFP –
The pair “will discuss the future of the United Nations and the challenges that remain, such as UN reform, the Middle East, Burma, Somalia, and peacekeeping …

US backs democracy in Myanmar ahead of anniversary
AFP –
… to the people of Burma on this occasion,” McCormack said in a statement, referring to the country’s name before the junta changed it to Myanmar in 1989. …

CPJ’s 2008 prison census finds online journalists most likely to …
Bay Area Indymedia, CA –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has …

Bush to host UN leader for a final time
International Herald Tribune, France –
Johndroe said the two leaders will discuss the future of the United Nations, the Middle East, Somalia, Darfur and Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

US notes Myanmar independence anniversary
International Herald Tribune, France –
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States wants “to express our warmest wishes to the people of Burma on this occasion. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 3, 2009 at 12:07 am

World focus on Burma (30 December 2008)

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Burma Arrests 9 Pro-Democracy Protesters
Voice of America –
By VOA News Witnesses say Burmese authorities arrested nine members of an opposition political group Tuesday, as they held a protest in Rangoon calling for …

BURMA:: New Thai Policies Not Junta-Friendly
Inter Press Service, Italy –
But a new foreign policy chapter between Thailand and Burma, or Myanmar as the junta renamed the country, emerged in 2001. It came with the electoral …

Don’t Panic List Time!
Columbia City Paper, SC –
Burma’s military junta – When Category 4 Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma in May, the goons who run Burma like their plantation were not only unprepared, …

The Best and the Worst of 2008: The World
Century Foundation, NY –
Burma cyclone heightens country’s misery and isolation. Myanmar’s rigid military rulers, whose violent suppression of Buddhist monks’ protests in September …

Busy Year For Natural Disasters
RedOrbit, TX –
China’s Sichuan province was struck with both an earthquake which left nearly 70000 dead and cyclone Nargis which struck Burma killing an estimated 130000. …

Nine arrested in rare protest in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
Nyan Win said, the NLD regularly conducts meetings on Tuesday to discuss current and contemporary politics of Burma. Today’s discussions were led by party …

Julie Benz To Host US Campaign For Burma Dinner
Look To The Stars, UK –
The organization is dedicated to empowering grassroots activists around the world to bring about an end to the military dictatorship in Burma.

Burma activists arrested at march
BBC News, UK –
Nine activists have been arrested in Burma’s main city, Rangoon, during a march calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Nine NLD youth members arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 30, 2008 (DVB)–Nine National League for Democracy youth members were arrested at around 3pm today as they took part in a peaceful march following a talk …

Restrictions stepped up against Win Tin
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
He recently visited the families of political prisoners and has also been working to heal rifts between NLD leaders and youth members.

Burma’s Bleak Prospect in 2009
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE All parties in Burma can expect 2009 to be a busier year than the one now ending as the country heads for a general election in 2010, …

Africa: Press Freedom Round-Up 2008
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. “The figures may be lower than last year’s …

Hope Floats in the Burmese Town Near Thailand’s Border
Jakarta Globe, Indonesia –
Yet, there’s nothing like this in Myawaddy, Burma, the poor town opposite Mae Sot, Thailand. The towns lie across the Moei River, a sluggish brown border …

Nine NLD Members Arrested in Rangoon
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burmese military authorities have transferred political prisoners, including student leaders, members of the 88 Generation Students and NLD …

Poor Maternal Health Care Widespread In Eastern Burma
Medical News Today (press release), UK –
Frequency and types of human rights violations varied across the project sites in Eastern Burma. In the Karen region, more than 10% of household were forced …

Agreement between Myanmar and China: Beijing secures gas supplies …
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Humanitarian organizations consider the agreement as the latest concession to the Burmese military dictatorship: none of the countries involved in its rich …

Press freedom report finds 60 journalists killed in 2008
Press Gazette, UK –
Thirty-one media arrests were reported in Iraq, 17 in Burma and 38 in China, which hosted the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. The press freedom …

It was not immediately clear where the NLD members were taken. NLD spokesman Nyan Win said he heard that female party member Htet Htet Oo Wei was among …

Press Freedom Round-up 2008 / Better figures despite a hostile …
Organisation de la Presse Africaine (Communiqué de presse), Switzerland –
In Burma (17 arrests), outspoken journalists and bloggers were jailed in a crackdown by the military government. “The figures may be lower than last year’s …

New Year’s Event Spotlights Sexual Orientation Issues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By VIOLET CHO RANONG — Burmese lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) migrant worker activists in Ranong used the New Year to organize a festival …

Myanmar authorities arrest nine protestors
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
The NLD won the 1990 general election, while Suu Kyi was under detention, but has been denied the right to rule by Myanmar’s junta for the past 18 years.

9 Myanmar activists held
Straits Times, Singapore –
There was no immediate confirmation from the NLD. Myanmar’s military rulers have kept 63-year-old Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest …

Political prisoner dies of tuberculosis
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… middle school in Mandalay, was arrested under section 5(j) of the Emergency Provision Act in December 2003 and was sentenced to seven years in prison. …

UN General Assembly isn’t the right forum for dealing with Burma …
China Post, Taiwan –
The resolution called for the release of over 2100 political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi. (country’s new) constitution resulted in the de facto …

Americans found allies in Burma villagers
Los Angeles Times, CA –
By A Times Staff Writer Reporting from Myitkyina, Myanmar — Long before war brought Evelio Grillo and his comrades to Burma, they had allies ready to …

Burma’s Stilwell Road: A backbreaking WWII project is revived
Los Angeles Times, CA –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

A more dangerous world as 2008 ends
San Antonio Express, TX –
The ruling junta in Burma turned the natural disaster of Cyclone Nargis into a manmade tragedy. Congo, Zimbabwe and Somalia spiraled further into …

MONKS & AMISH
MorungExpress, India –
In Burma the monks who are not in detention by repressive militaryrulers who call the country Myanmar, have returned to their pagodas. …

Insurers’ disaster losses up 50% in 2008
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
The year’s deadliest disaster was Cyclone Nargis, which devastated coastal areas in Burma in early May, killing nearly 85000 people. …

NBC Field Notes
MSNBC –
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule. In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured …

China To Build Strategic Oil Reserves (SNP)
24/7 Wall St., NY –
That means expanding opportunities in Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan, both countries that have difficulty attracting investment because of their repressive human …

2008 was bad year for disasters
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 135000 people in Burma in May. An earthquake in the Sichuan province of China on 12 May left 70000 dead, 18000 missing and …

‘Major year for natural disaster’
BBC News, UK –
Cyclone Nargis in Burma killed an estimated 130000 people and devastated much of the low-lying Irrawaddy Delta region, while the earthquake which struck …

The good news for the new year is as follows. –
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –
April: Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest and assumes her rightful place as the democratic head of the government of Burma. …

Natural disasters ‘kill 220000 in 2008’
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Most devastating was Cyclone Nargis, which battered Burma in May to kill more than 135000 people, and the earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province the …



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December 30, 2008 at 3:53 am

World focus on Burma (29 December 2008)

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UN Offers Development Aid in Exchange for Political Prisoners
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

However, this would not be the first time that financial carrots have been offered to the Burmese junta in exchange for political development in the country …

Wundwin NLD urges UN chief to visit Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Wundwin NLD members also called on the ruling State Peace and Development Council to release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi to start the …

Political Prisoner Htay Lwin Oo Dies
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By MIN LWIN Burmese labor rights activist Htay Lwin Oo has died in Mandalay prison—the second political prisoner known to have died in Burma this month. …

Natural disasters ‘kill 220000 in 2008’
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Most devastating was Cyclone Nargis, which battered Burma in May to kill more than 135000 people, and the earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province the …

UN’s ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ Won’t Work in Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
We need new thinking on how to engage with Myanmar [Burma] in a way that will bring tangible results.” The UN, he said, cannot rely simply on “the power of …

Fury at Iran president’s broadcast
The Press Association –
… this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world’s most bloody tyrants”. …

The US and Europe maintain economic sanctions against Burma – also known as Myanmar – for its human rights record and long detention of democracy leader …

• Down, but not out
Waterloo Record, Canada –
… and after Cyclone Nargis, American ships would have provided large-scale relief, had Burma’s military government allowed them to proceed. …

India initiates search for missing migrants
Independent Online, South Africa –
The migrants were from Bangladesh and Burma/Myanmar and were trying to get to Thailand, said Kripa Nautiyal, the deputy inspector-general of the Coast Guard …

Browse by week posted:
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH –
May 3: Cyclone Nargis slams into Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing an estimated 22000 people. May 4: Ashes to ashes, suds to suds as an Illinois man throws …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – DECEMBER 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
Incidents of disappearance of villagers after being arrested by the Burmese junta’s troops in Shan State are still more or less frequent occurrences. …

Manipuri killed in Myanmar
E-Pao.net, India –
New Delhi, December 28 2008: AN UNIDENTIFIED gunman on Saturday shot dead an Indian from Manipur at his rented house in Kalemyo town of North-western Burma, …

“Burma VJ”
Variety Asia, Hong Kong –
… of the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a group of underground journalists who risked their lives to document the 2007 uprising against the junta. …

A review of how the year panned out
Irish Times, Ireland –
Cyclone devastates Burma, killing 78000 people but ruling junta seizes aid and goes ahead with a constitutional referendum to cement its grip on power. …

People from 80 nations working in Pakistan
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Addressing a seminar on human trafficking, arranged by Basic Education for Awareness Reforms and Empowerment (BEFARe), NARA DG Gul Mohammad Rind said that a …

Park boon for Manipur pony
Calcutta Telegraph, India –
The ponies were used as mounts for the Manipur cavalry, which was respected and feared throughout upper Burma during the 17th century. …

New govt’s foreign policy puts a high premium on asean ties
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Former prime minister Samak Sundraravej was similar even though he boasted endlessly how close he was with Asean leaders, especially the Burmese junta …

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December 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm

World focus on Burma (28 December 2008)

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Turning Racism into International Law: The UN’s Durban II Conference
Washington Examiner, DC –
Recall the military junta that misgoverns Burma and brutally suppressed pro-democracy demonstrations a year ago. Observe the horror of Zimbabwe, …

2008 year in review: Big news, small news and in between
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH –

May 3: Cyclone Nargis slams into Myanmar (formerly Burma), killing an estimated 22000 people. May 4: Ashes to ashes, suds to suds as an Illinois man throws …

2008: Floods, Famine and Pestilence
National Post, Canada –
When comes to loss of life, however, no other event this year tops the cyclone that hit Burma only ten days before the Sichuan earthquake. …

Myanmar refugees celebrate Karen new year
Deseret News, UT –
A few hundred Karen, a minority ethnic group from Myanmar (formerly Burma), gathered in an LDS meetinghouse Saturday to celebrate the 2748th year since …

NK Slammed for Rights Abuses
코리아타임즈, South Korea –
Among those opposing the resolution were China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Russia, Syria and Venezuela. Abstentions included Brazil, Singapore and …

The game of democracy and the facts in Somalia
Garowe Online, Somalia –
Attempting to transform them into direct or indirect colonies, and began to speak of democracy and democratization of non-European and non-Anglo-Saxon …

Eclipses in 2009
Sky & Telescope, FL –
The Moon’s shadow crosses Bhutan and clips Nepal, Bangladesh, and Burma (Myanmar) before reaching China. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, …

Ring the changes: New year, new hope
Daily Mail, UK –

… visit johnbarrowman.com I would like the world’s governments to wake up to the oppression and repression in Burma, before Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer …

UN Mulls Reengaging Burma With More Aid
Washington Post, United States –
The bank left in 1987 because Burma, which is officially known as Myanmar, did not implement economic and political reforms. “It cannot be business as usual …

Cyclone Nargis hits Burma, 2 May
guardian.co.uk, UK –
The night of the cyclone was like hiding beneath a Boeing 747 with all its engines on. The wind was roaring and you could hear trees snapping. …

Columnist Gwynne Dyer’s take on 2008
Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
Dozens died in nationalist demonstrations against the Chinese regime in Tibet in March, and tens of thousands died in the cyclone that struck southern Burma …

Finding freedom: Burmese immigrants say they want help to become …
New Bern Sun Journal, NC –
Eh, who is 53, grew up in Rangoon, a city in the eastern part of the Karen state of Burma. Burma was a democratic country until the military took control …

Families to re-enact wartime great escape from Hong Kong
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
… led by a one-legged Chinese admiral – began a daring escape from the city that would eventually lead some to the safety of Burma (now Myanmar). …

Sojourners are there for detainees
The Associated Press –
Human rights groups argue that jailing detainees amounts to criminalizing them. They condemn the limited right of detainees to appeal their incarceration, …

Japan’s action changes Asia’s image
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Japan also thinks that ASEAN membership should not provide a smokescreen for oppression in Myanmar.” Its engagement policy toward the Burmese military …


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December 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm