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World focus on Burma (25 January 2009)

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A New US Strategy for Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
In September 2007, I wrote in Mizzima News that the UN approach had failed to secure the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. …

Dr. Sein Win re-elected PM of government in exile
Mizzima.com, India –
Mathematics Professor Dr. Sein Win (64) is the cousin brother of detained Nobel peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and he received his doctoral degree from …

Thailand’s government has come under criticism again for its alleged mistreatment of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. The south-east Asian country has …

Tom Lantos JADE Act Guidelines Released
IDEX Online, Israel –
The Act specifies that all rubies and jadeite originally from Burma (Myanmar) or jewelry containing these gemstones cannot enter the US even if they had …

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

Rights groups demand fair treatment for migrant workers in Thailand
Mizzima.com, India –
We must know that the root cause of this problem is the Burmese junta. As long as the junta rules Burma, these migrant workers will flow to Thailand. …

Thais deny boat people abuse claims
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

The allegations were made as Thailand offered to host a regional conference aimed at stemming the flow of illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. …

FEATURE: Descendents of ‘Orphan Army’ dream of home
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
… thousands of KMT soldiers who had crossed the border to Thailand and Burma (now Myanmar) were isolated there, eventually becoming known as the “Orphan …

REFUGEES STRUGGLE: Economic situation makes life tougher for newcomers
High Point Enterprise (subscription), NC –
The refugees came from Myanmar (Burma), Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan and Burundi, and though currently about 118 refugees are employed, …

‘Women in Pakistan well represented politically’
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Sherry also mentioned Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who continued her struggle for democracy and human rights in her country. …

Burma Clamps Down on Christians
Journal Chrétien, France –

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 …

Learn from Rangoon, but do not involve it
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Whatever the answer, the red-shirts have mocked Thailand, Burma and themselves at the same time. The pro-Thaksin group was effectively telling the world …

Scientist puts mother tongue on academia threshold
Standard, Kenya –
Then, his father, Mbugwa Mwatha, who had served in the King’s African Rifles and fought in World War II in Burma (now Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), …



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January 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

World focus on Burma (28 November 2008)

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New restrictions hamper appeal process
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 28, 2008 (DVB)–The authorities are using new restrictions and delaying tactics to make it difficult for defence lawyers to lodge appeals on behalf of …

Riot police gather at Thai airport
ABC Online, Australia –

Sondhi Limthongkul said demonstrators would not leave until Mr Somchai resigned, adding that the PM should “seek asylum in Myanmar (Burma)”. …

Jet lag a drag on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
China, Burma, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Vietnam, Pakistan – they’ve all been invited, along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. None of these is a bastion of democracy, …

Oo’s efforts result in creation of Burmese Advocacy Center
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, IN –
Oo’s family is from Burma (now Myanmar), but she had an international upbringing. Born to diplomat parents in Bangkok, Thailand, Oo grew up in China, Burma, …

US government taps Facebook, Google, MTV to “Fight Terrorism”
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The list of organizations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown ..

Judicial Crackdown in Burma Continues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thet Zin, 42, an editor for the weekly journal, Myanmar Nation, and his manager, Sein Win Maung, both received seven-year prison sentences on Friday at a …

Burmese Impacted by Thailand’s Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Like other airlines and travelers who use Thai airports, Burma’s Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Burmese who travel abroad have been …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 28, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT One of the more interesting agreements reached at a top-level trade and political relations meeting between India and Burma is a tax …

Long prison terms under Electronic Law intimidate Internet users …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Internet users in Burma claimed they are intimidated from surfing the Web as a result of the long prison terms given to those charged under the Electronic …

Burmese in Thailand cautioned on security concerns
Mizzima.com, India –
Similarly many Burmese citizens wear red dresses in support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They can be misunderstood too as pro-government protesters,” U Khun Sai …

World Digest Yemen protesters attacked by troops
Seattle Times, United States –
In the interviews, he said the government was too slow in responding to a May cyclone that killed more than 84000 people in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Burmese give thanks for old, new homelands
Chicago Tribune, United States –
The Karen are the largest ethnic minority group living in east Myanmar (formerly Burma) and northwest Thailand. Myanmar, a former British colony, …

The Bell Tolls for Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… India are free to move in again and secure their business ties with the Burmese junta, exploiting both the country’s economy and its natural resources. …

To visit or avoid, that’s the Burma guilt trip
The Age, Australia –
Be aware also that anger has deepened since Cyclone Nargis hit the nation in May. However, throughout our trip we never had people telling us our presence …

Recovery fund still insufficient in post-Nargis Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Relief and recovery work for Cyclone Nargis affected victims in the delta region of Burma is insufficient and there …

The road to ruins
The Age, Australia –
The repression in Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a clandestine battle, hidden from the gaze of big-spending tourists on two-week tours. …

Total prison term for Zarganar climbs to 59 years
Mizzima.com, India –
But in Burma, it is rising instead of declining – in prison terms. He cracked this joke at the court.” Zarganar was arrested at his residence in June this …

Burmese days
The Age, Australia –
I broke this within an hour of reaching my hotel in Yangon in Myanmar. The reason was another rule, the over-arching rule that simply says “why not? …

The Great Escape
Forbes, NY –
The world of luxury travel marketing is so reality-free that this last one floated in on a puff of colonial fantasy exactly one month after Cyclone Nargis …

We’re happy to mix with rogue states, says Government trade arm
Tribune, UK –
But Campaign Against Arms Trade accused the Government of “consorting with human rights abusers” after Pakistani media reported that high-level delegations …

US should move beyond just using sanctions in its relations with Burma
China Post, Taiwan –
Without such move from the US, Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Group of Friends of the Secretary General on Myanmar’ will yield little. The most effective UN intervention …

Havel’s Humanity
Wall Street Journal –
(In the play, the leader is attached to a statue of the nonviolent Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi; in the documentary, we see the framed picture of Burmese …

New report reveals shock figures on union murders
Tribune, UK –
… 14 in Morocco and seven in Burma where the junta targeted activists as part of its crackdown on moves for democracy and human rights. …

Mugabe critic wins art prize
ABC Online, Australia –
… worth $US25,000, which went to popular comedian and activist Zarganar. He was sentenced this month in military-ruled Burma to 45 years in prison after …

China’s Prison Labor System Criticized in 2008 US-China Commission …
The Epoch Times, NY –
“Although formal agreements have been made between the US and Chinese governments to stop the export of prison labor goods to the US, the practice …

Court will not intervene in compo case
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Most of the two million migrants in Thailand from Burma, Cambodia and Laos originally entered illegally without documents and cannot produce the documents …

The 13th Amendment and Its Vision of the State
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… that confronted the said dilemma sharply in Asia include India, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and even Japan. …

Myanmar: Unfinished Burmas Jail News; Popular Burmese Comedian …
OpEdNews, PA – by Ashin Mettacara Page

A popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director Zarganar was sentenced today to ..

Zimbabwean playwright, Burmese comedian win Freedom prizes
CBC.ca, Canada –
He was arrested last June after giving statements to foreign media that were critical of the junta’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Burmese Farmers Charged Using the Electronic Act
Global Voices Online, MA –
The Electronic Law has been used by the Junta to prosecute and persecute activists, bloggers and politicians who are critical of the regime. …

Burma’s government in exile condemns Mumbai attack
Mizzima.com, India –
… including members of detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party – the National League for Democracy (NLD), and border-based ethnic armed …

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November 28, 2008 at 4:40 am

Report: Junta distributed land soon after Myanmar cyclone

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Friday, June 13, 2008 – Page updated at 12:00 AM

Just seven days after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar last month, the ruling military junta parceled out key sections of the affected…

The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Just seven days after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar last month, the ruling military junta parceled out key sections of the affected Irrawaddy Delta to favored tycoons and firms, including some facing sanctions from the U.S. Treasury, according to a Myanmar magazine with close ties to the government.

Some of the most notorious business execs, including Tay Za and Steven Law, also known as Tun Myint Naing, were given control of “reconstruction and relief” in critical townships, under the leadership of top generals.

Treasury identified Tay Za as a “regime henchman” this year when it sanctioned hotel enterprises and other businesses he owns.

All told, more than 30 firms and 30 execs are to divide up the business in 11 townships hit by Nargis, the report said.

The document is dated May 9, a time when the United Nations, aid groups and many countries were trying to reach areas affected by the storm, which killed as many as 130,000 people and left 2.5 million homeless. Despite promises of greater openness, Myanmar’s rulers have continued to impose restrictions on relief, according to reports from the region.

The document, which includes the cellphone numbers of many execs, appeared in the weekly Voice, a journal published by Nay Win Maung. A translation was provided by BIT Team, an India-based group that tries to promote information technology in the xenophobic country.

Nay Win Maung, the son of a military officer, was raised among Myanmar’s military elites, giving him good connections, and his magazines can access government-related news and exclusive information.

“The Treasury is targeting the regime’s cronies, and the regime wants its cronies to get the money,” said Tom Malinowski, Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.

Efforts to reach Law or Myanmar representatives in Washington on Thursday were unsuccessful.

While some of the execs awarded contracts are known to human-rights activists and financial-crime experts, others are less prominent, making the document a possible guide to the individuals now in favor with the junta.

The government estimated it needed more than $11 billion in reconstruction aid shortly after the May 2-3 cyclone hit.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is rich in natural resources, but much of the country is poor. The junta has enriched itself with natural-gas fields that bring in $2 billion annually, as well as trade in jewels, heroin, amphetamines, timber and small arms.

Some of the conglomerates given business in the delta, such as Law’s Asia World and Tay Za’s Htoo Trading, were also tasked with building the country’s new capital at Naypyidaw, more than 200 miles from the old capital of Yangon. With little notice three years ago, the junta uprooted the capital to a remote area, requiring massive construction of new government buildings, hotels and housing.

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June 13, 2008 at 10:05 am

World Focus on Burma (2 May 08)

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Bush slams Myanmar vote, orders new sanctions
Forbes, NY –
By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush Thursday said a vote in Myanmar this month would not be “free, fair or credible” and imposed new …
US imposes new sanctions on Burma companies
Radio Australia, Australia –
The sanctions are the latest US effort to increase pressure on Burma after its crackdown against pro-democracy protesters last September. …
Burmese nationals ‘miss out’ on vote
Radio Australia, Australia –
In Singapore, more than 200 Burmese nationals say they’ve been denied their chance to vote in Burma’s national referendum on a new constitution. …
Give Pearls Away and Rubies
Export Law Blog, DC –
Among the three entities was the Myanmar Gem Enterprise, the state-owned monopoly that is in charge of gem sales in Burma. As you may know, Burmese rubies …
Ferrell, Aniston film videos for Myanmar campaign
The Associated Press –
  Jim Carrey previously filmed a public service announcement to raise awareness about the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, and human-rights …
More Myanmar voters turned away
TODAYonline, Singapore –
IT WAS the second last day of voting, but many of the estimated 300-odd Myanmar nationals who turned up at their embassy here yesterday did not get a chance …
US Exands Burma Sanctions
Voice of America –
By Paula Wolfson The United States is increasing sanctions on Burma. VOA White House correspondent Paula Wolfson reports the move is part of an effort to …
 
Samak and his guest
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
They say you can judge a man by his friends. By inviting the Burmese junta’s Prime Minister Thein Sein to his home for a cosy dinner, PM Samak has sent a …
Tropical Cyclone Nargis Gains in Strength on Way Toward Myanmar
Bloomberg –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is regularly hit by cyclones that form in the Bay of Bengal between April and November, bringing devastation and flooding …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press – 
… as gems and timber, exploit the labor of the downtrodden Burmese people, but enrich only the generals,” Bush said about Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
US imposes new sanctions on Myanmar
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
… in property of designated individuals and entities determined to be owned or controlled by the government of Burma (Myanmar),” Bush said in a statement. …
Bush signs executive order to broaden US crackdown on Myanmar generals
Jerusalem Post, Israel –
… exploit the labor of the downtrodden Burmese people, but enrich only the generals,” Bush said Friday about Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
Upcoming Myanmar constitutional referendum ‘sham’: HRW
JURIST –
Under such widespread repression and a pervasive climate of fear, no free and fair referendum can take place in Burma. Since the military crackdown on monks …
Rights group labels Burma referendum a ‘sham’
Radio Australia, Australia –
The US based Human Rights Watch has described Burma’s referendum next week on a new constitution as a “sham”, aimed at entrenching the military junta. …
Senator ties envoy appointment to NK human rights
Yonhap News, South Korea –
… denouncing China for human rights violations against its own people, North Korean refugees and Tibetans and for aiding the junta in Myanmar (Burma). …
Heavy rains cause flooding in Rangoon
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The Tropical Storm Risk group has forecast a severe cyclonic storm to hit Burma on 2 May, bringing with it strong winds and the possibility of flooding on …
Lonely Planet founder defends Burma guide
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
Human rights groups have attacked the Lonely Planet guide, saying tourism income supported the junta’s generals who run Burma, also known as Myanmar, …
 
An Opec of Rice?
Inc.com, NY –
The consortium would include Laos, Vietnam, Burma (Myanmar), and Cambodia. Other major rice exporters include Egypt and Brazil. China and India are major …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
Interactive Investor, UK –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Bush broadens sanctions on Myanmar, freezes assets
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Bush ordered the new sanctions because the regime in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has failed to repond to international demands to release …
United States Congress Rejects Burmese Military Junta’s Constitution
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
“I am hopeful that the United States, joined by the United Nations, can shed more light on the human rights abuses of Burma’s military junta and their …
Burmese to express anger with ‘no’ vote on referendum
Brisbane Times, Australia –
It was also an attempt by the junta to appease international calls for increased democratic rights for Burma’s people, he said. If approved at referendum …
Burmese-style democracy
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
by the numbers Politics is poised for change, of sorts, as a constitution is put to Burmese voters next week. It guarantees the military a significant …
Vote to nowhere: The May 2008 constitutional referendum in Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
However, the generals’ referendum, reflecting 46 years of brutal military rule, will not bring the people of Burma any closer to a democratic and …
Hollywood stars campaign for Myanmar activist
Monsters and Critics.com –
‘This moment belongs to Burma (Myanmar), and to Aung San Suu Kyi. Please, honour her courage, honor your compassion and let this be the month you join an …
Critics: Myanmar biofuel drive uses forced labor
The Associated Press –
… by the Ethnic Community Development Forum, a self-described alliance of seven community development organizations from Myanmar — also known as Burma. …
Burma’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’ Receives US Congressional Gold Medal
Salem-News.Com, OR –
“To have Aung San Suu Kyi as a leader is like at one time when we had a leader like General Aung San,” Burma’s independence hero and Aung San Suu Kyi’s …
 
Organize now against oppression in Burma
The Jewish Journal of greater L.A, CA –
By Dan Adler We never hear much about Burma, officially known today as Myanmar, until it’s too late. Take, for example, last fall. …
Bush unveils new US sanctions on Myanmar
AFP –
The United States refers to the country as Burma, not Myanmar. The measure targets three specific firms: Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Pearl Enterprise …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Bush said in a statement that the regime “exploits and oppresses the people of Burma,” the former name of the country now called Myanmar. …
Myanmar vote a ‘sham’ to entrench military rule, says rights group
AFP –
… that we expect there to be change, that we expect these generals to honour the will of the people,” he added. The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma.
Targeting the LTTE’s global network
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
… has its front organizations now operating from countries that also include India, Botswana, Burma, Cambodia, Denmark, Germany, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, …OTC:GLNW
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Executive Order: Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
(d) the term “Government of Burma” means the Government of Burma (sometimes referred to as Myanmar), its agencies, instrumentalities and controlled entities …
Bush Orders Burma State Companies’ Assets Frozen
The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland –
(Burma is called “Myanmar” by the ruling junta.) “Today I’ve issued a new executive order that instructs the Treasury Department to freeze the assets of …
Bush orders Myanmar state companies’ assets frozen
Reuters –
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush said on Thursday he has ordered a new round of sanctions on Myanmar state companies to pressure the …
Bush unveils new Burma sanctions
BBC News, UK –
… to freeze the financial assets of members of the military regime. That move followed a violent suppression of anti-government protests in Burma (Myanmar).
 
Thailand Says Burma Open for Business
Energy Tribune, TX – o
One of the first official duties for Samak Sundaravej, Thailand’s new prime minister, was an official visit to Burma. The nation, also known as Myanmar, …
May Day celebrations in Thailand, India and Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“Migrant workers feel that there will be a significant turning point soon in Burma and they discussed the topic actively. They realized that they must cast …
Cyclone More Likely to Hit Burma Than Bangladesh
Voice of America –
By Steve Herman A cyclone is moving towards Burma, but it has the people of Bangladesh on edge, as well. Nargis is the first cyclonic storm in the Bay of …
 
Aniston, Ferrell, Stallone, Page Among Those in new Burmese …
Hollywood Today Newsmagazine, CA –
By Jeffrey Jolson HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 5/1/08 – Hollywood stars are coming to the defense of the people of Burma, now called Myanmar. …
The Fed as The Big Easy, Voting in Burma, and Tariq Aziz on Trial
Council on Foreign Relations, NY –
Southeast Asia correspondent Amy Kazmin, writing about an imminent referendum in Myanmar on a new military-backed constitution, says the vote presents a …

Dangerous Cyclone Raking Across Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
Burma’s department of Meteorology and Hydrology, according to the state-own newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar. …

… areas where the storm strikes, warned

Cyclone Nargis heads towards Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
A large cyclone in the Bay of Bengal that was expected to hit Bangladesh is changing direction towards Burma. Weather forcasters in Bangladesh revised their …
Junta allows Suu Kyi to register to vote
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
An estimated 30 million out of Burma’s 56 million population will be eligible to vote in the upcoming referendum on a military-sponsored constitution that …

Burma’s referendum: a done deal that may yet unravel
Mizzima.comIndia –
“I think it would be unfair to compare the political system in
Thailand with the military government in Myanmar,” he said. “After decades without an …

 

Myanmar voters lists released
The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the country’s military-backed draft

Myanmar biofuel drive contributes to food shortage
EnergyCurrentTX –
BURMA: A plan by Burma‘s junta government to grow a biofuel crop is contributing to food shortages in the country, an Associated Press report said citing a …

Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi can vote
Monsters and Critics.com –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962, when General Ne Win staged a coup d’etat that overthrew the country’s first …

Myanmar’s detained democracy leader will be able to vote in …
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON,
Myanmar: Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the country’s military-backed draft …

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
… to the fate of
Burma’s detained democracy activists when he reiterated that Thailand sees the referendum as “a step toward democracy in Myanmar. …

State owned entities added to US sanctions list
Mizzima.comIndia –
By Mizzima News United States President George Bush on Thursday piled on further sanctions directed at the interests of
Burma‘s military leaders, …

Thailand Floats Idea of OPEC-style Cartel for Rice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thai Commerce Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan plans to talk with his counterparts in Laos, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam about forming a cartel to gain more …

Bush Slaps another Round of Sanctions on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
The companies are Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Timber
Enterprise and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise. “Today I’ve issued a new executive order that instructs …

Ruby – one of worlds most precious gemstone
Free press releases (press release), UK –
Primarily mined in Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, and Cambodia, Rubies have also been found in the US states of Montana, …

Southeast Asian rice cartel plan “going nowhere”
Reuters India, 
India –
Samak said on Wednesday after talks with visiting
Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein. Samak said Thein Sein had agreed in principle to the idea, …

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter
Canada.com, Canada –
The worker did not want to be identified for fear of recriminations from the former Burma’s military rulers. A Myanmar protester residing in Japan holds a …

Q & A: Samak Sundaravej
TIME –
After just three months in office, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has already bested naysayers who predicted his coalition government wouldn’t last …

The stars align on Myanmar
Politico, DC –
… by organizers in hopes of attracting attention to the cause and taking action against the military junta that controls
Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Stars speak out on Burma in video campaign
Toronto Star, 
Canada –
Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston and
Halifax‘s Ellen Page are among those lending their celebrity status to a new campaign focusing attention on Burma‘s …

Suu Kyi among 100 Most Influential People: Time magazine
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
Terming the current regime as extremely brutal,
Houston said: “It took decades for us to come to Mandela’s aid. Suu Kyi—and the people of Burma—are waiting …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on voter list for referendum
Reuters South Africa, 
South Africa –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest for the last five years, should be able to vote in a May constitutional …

Senate panel approves shifting more costs to Iraq
Baltimore Sun, United States –
Bush said in a statement that the regime “exploits and oppresses the people of
Burma,” the former name of the country now called Myanmar. …

Thailand offers to sell rice at friendly price to Indonesia
Nation Multimedia, 
Thailand –
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Friday offered to sell rice to
Indonesia at a friendly price in case of shortage in the country, Government Spokesman …

Bush condemns Myanmar vote
Aljazeera.netQatar –
On Thursday, Bush signed an order to freeze the assets of state-owned firms in
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “These companies, in industries such as …

US is working with India to promote democracy in Asia: Bush
Press Trust of India, India –
Washington, May 2 (PTI) Expressing concern over the situations in Tibet and Myanmar, President George W Bush has said that the United States is working with …

Protest reaches across world
North Platte Telegraph, NE –
Burma is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. Officially, the country is known as the Union of Myanmar, although protestors …

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter
Reuters South Africa, 
South Africa –
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of government workers in
Myanmar were forced to vote in favour of an army-drafted constitution in non-secret …

Roundup: Myanmar PM Thailand visit paves way for furthering ...
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
YANGON, May 2, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein’s three-day official visit to Thailand, which ended on Thursday, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 2, 2008 at 4:44 am

World Focus on Burma (21-12-2007)

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 21, 2007 at 3:18 am