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World focus on Burma (23- November 2008)

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Cyclone devastation ‘to last another year’
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK – By: George Conger.
Cyclone Nargis came ashore on May 2, destroying over 95 percent of the buildings in the Irrawaddy Delta region. The archbishop said that “official …

Human rights calls on Burma
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –
The long-time issue of Burma would be even more critical now that the military junta has opted for a ruthless approach against its political dissidents. …

Burma: ‘Only 65 years?’
Green Left Weekly, Australia –
One of Burma’s most prominent activists has been sentenced to 65 years jail, along with two other pro-democracy leaders, in connection with anti-government …

Call for education to stop conflicts
The Press Association –
The Nobel Laureates, including former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, have issued their …

Weekly Business Roundup China’s Burma oil conduit threat
The Post, Pakistan –
Nissan and Suzuki have partnership deals with First Myanmar Investment (FMI), a junta-linked leading Burmese business. FMI president Theim Wai announced …

‘China is a threat to democracy’
BBC News, UK –
Most provocative in Asia will be his views on Burma, China and democracy, some of which have sparked anger among Asian governments in the past. …

Sunday, November 30
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
1962 – U Thant of Burma is elected UN Secretary-General, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold. 1964 – Soviet Union launches spacecraft toward Mars in …

The US Should Move Beyond Sanctions
KanglaOnline, India –
In an apparent shift from the policy of traditional sanctions, the US Congress created a post for policy chief for Burma to increase pressure on the …

The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008
Multinational Monitor –
Another of Chevron’s inherited legacies is the Yadana natural gas pipeline in Burma, operated by a consortium in which Unocal was one of the lead partners. …

Burma’s Leader Calls on People to Back Road Map to Democracy
Voice of America –
In an 88th National Day message carried Saturday by the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper, Senior General Than Shwe said the people are duty-bound to …

Hong Kong’s architectural firms are first to feel effects of …
GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
By Raphael Minder, Financial Times Hong Kong: In late August, Woods Bagot, an international architectural firm, invited clients to an office party to …

Playing China Rules and The Illusions Of “Free Trade”
Right Side News, GA –
However, Beijing’s continuing arms sales and military support to rogue regimes, namely Sudan, Burma, and Iran, threaten the stability of fragile regions and …

Tea room pours good cheer: Attendees share laughter, help church …
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a .

President Bush: ‘Economic turmoil’
The Swamp – Tribune’s Washington Bureau, DC –
We’re standing for a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons — and with a Burma free of repression. Above all, we can be confident in the future of this …

Thinned-down demo site still has a flavour all its own
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Goods aside, there’s a shrine to King Taksin the Great (not to be confused with Thaksin), who freed the Thai state from the Burmese yoke more than two …

“The past cannot be rectified but our future can be moulded”
MorungExpress, India –
The endured desire of the Nagas to concertedly expedite a final solution to the protracted Indo-Naga-Burma political imbroglio persisted. …

The Knuckleheads of the Day award
Wizbang, DC –
Today’s winner is Senior General Than Shwe and the rest of Myanmar’s ruling junta. They get the award for the following- Myanmar’s most famous comedian was …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 23, 2008 at 1:28 am

World focus on Burma (22 November 2008)

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South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu Gets Fulbright Award
Voice of America –
… but that the world’s revulsion for human rights violations in places like Darfur, Burma, Zimbabwe and Gaza shows that evil is not the norm. …


“But it’s a bigger joke on those abroad who still think ignoring repression in Burma will bring positive change,” he said.

Myanmar opposition calls for amnesty on national day
TopNews, India –
The National League for Democracy, Myanmar’s main opposition group, demanded the release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and student …

Burmese comic gets 45 years
Chortle, UK –
… June and seized his computer after he organized a group of around 400 volunteers to provide disaster relief in the areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

HMS Westminster arrives in capital for march
Portsmouth News, UK –
Westminster was also sent to offer help with the humanitarian effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The full article contains 182 words and appears in …

Comedian gets 45 years – criticized Burma junta
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… and 14 members of detained Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party got 2 1/2 years each for calling for her release on her birthday in June, …

Comedian gets 45-year term as Burma punishes activism
Boston Globe, United States –
AP / November 22, 2008 RANGOON, Burma – Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists yesterday, giving a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went …

Burma Eats Its Young
New Yorker, United States –
After Aung San Suu Kyi, these two men are the leaders of Burma’s democracy movement, and a source of intense admiration and inspiration among the young …

Opposition big shots spurn 2010 elections
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… the democratic opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi and non-Burman ethnic states, was formed by exiles led by the late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe (1939-2004), …

Myanmar Gives Comedian 45-Year Sentence for Cyclone Comments
New York Times, United States –
Those sentenced have included some 70 members of the opposition National League for Democracy, the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained Nobel …

Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC
JURIST –
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Human rights calls
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Asean governments will be urged next month to call for a Commission of Inquiry on Burma by the UN Human Rights Council. But the new Asean Human Rights Body …

Comedian gets jail for criticizing junta
Washington Times, DC –

AP RANGOON, Burma | Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists Friday, handing out a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went to the delta to …

Importance of ‘responsibility to protect’ outlined at conference
Irish Times, Ireland –
… invoking the principle – for example, in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Burma last spring – had not helped to build wider acceptance of the idea. …

Chinese living longer but wealth gap widening: UN
ABC Online, Australia –
“You’ve also got trafficking of women from even poorer places, for example Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, into these villages in China now to provide wives for …

In short
Irish Times, Ireland –
(Reuters) RANGOON – A hip-hop star in military-ruled Burma has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of …

Burma jails comedian for 45 years
Independent, UK –
More than 100 activists, including Buddhist monks, students and members of the opposition National League for Democracy have been convicted in the past two …

Myanmar on US agenda
Straits Times, Singapore –
The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma, the name used before it was changed by the military junta. Mr Marciel’s visit to Japan will take place on Dec …

Tea room pours good cheer
East Valley Tribune, AZ –
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a …

Journalist gets 45 years in prison, others sentenced
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
New York, November 21, 2008–A Burmese court sentenced entertainer and activist Maung Thura–known by his stage name, “Zarganar”–to 45 years in prison …

Magazine Breaks News on Organ Harvesting in China
The Epoch Times, NY –
24 issue, “China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest ” by Ethan Gutmann, asks why the world’s media, human rights organizations, and governments are not investigating …

RIGHTS: Landmines Banned, And Still Kill Thousands
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Investigations by Human Rights Watch concluded that at least 16 civilians died as a result of these weapons, which are known to tear limbs off a victim’s …

Burma: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
Spero News –
By IRIN Scores of monasteries in cyclone-affected Myanmar are in urgent need of repair almost seven months after the category four storm struck. …

PEN Canada Honorary Member and One Humanity Award winner ZARGANA …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
21 /CNW/ – PEN Canada is appalled by the forty-five year prison sentence handed down today by the Myanmar regime to Burmese poet and comedian Zargana (Maung …

Daily Press Briefing
US Department of State, DC –
Burma will also be discussed. He will travel to Tokyo to consult with Japanese officials regarding human rights, democracy, and other concerns in Burma on …

For Andrew K
The Young Turks, CA –
More than 100 activists have been sentenced over the past two weeks in a judicial crackdown across the spectrum of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. …

Myanmar Junta Jails Comedian for 45 Years
New York Times, United States –
By SHARON OTTERMAN A secret court run by Myanmar’s military leadership sentenced a prominent Burmese comedian and activist to 45 years in prison on Friday, …

Myanmar court hands comedian 45-year prison term
The Associated Press –
… for their jokes about the junta, and several other activists delivered donations of relief supplies to the Cyclone Nargis-shattered Irrawaddy delta. …

Top US Agenda at Asia-Pacific Meeting is the Financial Crisis
NewsBlaze, CA –
Topics of discussion will include follow-up from the G20 meeting; nuclear proliferation challenges from North Korea and Iran; developments in Burma, …

Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
… trade unions and political activists.” They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. …

Hillary Clinton decides to accept the role of Secretary of State

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Hillary Clinton reportedly accepts Barack Obama’s Cabinet offer
Los Angeles Times –
Hillary Clinton has decided to accept the role of secretary of state, the New York Times reports. It also means that Clinton will give up her New York Senate seat to become the nation’s top diplomat in an administration led by her former rival,

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November 22, 2008 at 2:18 am

World focus on Burma (21 November 2008)

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

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

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

Myanmar comedian sentenced to 45 years in jail
AFP –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 21, 2008 at 3:09 am

World focus on Burma (13 November 2008)

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Long prison terms for 15 more activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Phanida – Chiang Mai –
Protests from the international community notwithstanding the Burmese military junta turns a deaf ear and continues to hand out long …

Coastal CDMA phones popular in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
The mobile phones used in Burma are GSM ones having numbers starting with 09 80 xxxxx, wireless CDMA with base unit (popularly known in Burma as basket …

Army watcher says Burma navy can’t compete with Bangladesh’s
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… an activist group based in Bangladesh confirmed that both sides had stepped up security in the border areas. “[The Burmese authorities] are not allowing …

UN rights envoy says Burma’s judiciary system flawed
Mizzima.com, India –
“He calls once again for all political prisoners to be released and for all citizens of Myanmar [Burma] to be allowed to freely participate in their …

Regime Tightens Reins on the Internet
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – By MIN LWIN
Burma’s military government has turned to a 12-year-old law to justify its latest crackdown on dissidents, about 60 of whom have received …

Rangoon Trials Continue—at least 19 Condemned Today
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
At least three members of Burma’s Human Rights Defenders and Promoters group were also sentenced on Thursday, said one source close to the group. …

Harsh sentences for Myanmar dissidents
Amnesty International –


Min Zeya was chairperson of the All Burma Students’ Union Reconstruction Committee which was founded after the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. …

Getting out the stories of Burmese prisoners–an heroic feat
The Patriot-News – PennLive.com, PA –
George Packer’s Interesting Times blog from The New Yorker yesterday discussed Human Rights Watch’s honoring of a Burmese hero, Bo Kyi. …

Hate Crimes
American Free Press, DC –
This belittles individual survivors; it categorizes them based on their group identity, not their personal rights as a human being. …

Myanmar’s roadmap to undemocratic polls
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – By Larry Jagan
More than 15 journalists are also still in detention awaiting trial, according to the Burma Media Association. Most of them are accused of publishing …

Signs of Insecurity in Burma Crackdown
TIME – By Hannah Beech
Last year, the generals who control Burma, also known as Myanmar, violently crushed a peaceful, monk-led protest movement calling for economic and political …

Myanmar sentences Buddhist monks to more than six years in prison
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“They will charge whoever opposes them with a long time in jail,” said said Aye Thar Aaung secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy (CRPP). …

Asian rights body urges BIMSTEC to reject Myanmar as chair
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
New Delhi, Nov.13 (ANI): The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned the decision of the 11th summit of the Bengal Initiative for …

UN concerned about harsh prison terms in Myanmar
GMA news.tv, Philippines –
YANGON, Myanmar – The United Nations expressed concern Thursday over long prison terms given to more than 30 democracy activists in military-run Myanmar …

Burmese refugees face ‘critical’ Christmas
Ekklesia, UK –
… who have fled to camps on the Thailand-Burma border in an effort to escape the horror of the persecution imposed by a brutal and violent military Junta. …

UN expresses concerns about long prison sentences against …
3 News NZ, New Zealand –
The United Nations has expressed concerns after military-run Myanmar sentenced dozens of pro-democracy activists to long prison terms earlier this week. …

International Condemnation of Harsh Prison Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… with the peaceful demonstrations of last year in Myanmar [Burma],” said Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. …

Ban asks Myanmar’s Junta to free political prisoners
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Nov 13 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Myanmar’s military government to release all political prisoners issued lengthy jail …

Canada Condemns Long Sentencing of Activists in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Security forces march down a street in Rangoon, Burma, in September 2007 in a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests. …

Burma junta jails activists
Business Day, South Africa –
YANGON — Burma’s ruling junta is stepping up its efforts to curb dissent ahead of elections due in 2010, rights groups said yesterday after a labour …

Junta reveals its true colors in sentencing activists: AI
Mizzima.com, India –
He said the sentences and the ongoing trials should relieve anyone of the notion that the Burmese junta has any intention of honoring its assurances to the …

Crackdown by junta
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
Sapa-DPA BURMA’S ruling junta is stepping up efforts to curb dissent ahead of 2010 elections, rights groups said yesterday after a labour activist became …

F24 journalist’s prize-winning Burma reportage
France24, France – By Cyril PAYEN
(Text) 27 September – Defying threats and warnings from the hardline military junta, angry protestors took to the streets of Rangoon. …

Beyond the life sentence: Imprisoning the revolutionary souls
OpEdNews, PA – by Zaw Nay Aung
Page 1 of 1 page(s) Burma’s leading pro-democracy activists were charged the heaviest sentences of up to 65 years imprisonment. …

Burma rights sentences condemned
BBC News, UK –

Human rights groups and Western governments have condemned the harsh sentences handed to pro-democracy activists in Burma. Dissidents were this week given …

US Condemns Myanmar Junta’s `Harsh Sentencing’ of Dissidents
Bloomberg –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Elaine Pearson, …

Burma, Myanmar: 5 monks get 6 years; 1 monk gets 19 years
OpEdNews, PA –

… and relatives are not allowed to appear in court. Burma’s Army raided many monasteries at 2007 September’s midnights and arrested more than 700 monks.

In Burma, business ventures start with military
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –


At least 900 have been locked up in the past year, and 14 pro-democracy activists were given harsh prison sentences on Tuesday. Yet, Burma is also a nation …

BURMA: Polls in View Junta Stifles All Dissent
Inter Press Service, Italy –
On Tuesday, 14 leading Burmese political activists, including five women from the ‘88 Generation’ students group, were each sentenced to 65-years in jail …

Burmese fight democracy
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Burmese courts have also been handing out harsh sentences on other dissidents this week. The prominent labour rights activist Su Su Nway was sentenced to …

World’s most influential women honoured by Glamour
Pakistan Daily Mail, Pakistan –
The seventh laureate, Burma’s Aug San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. Together the women are working to fight violence and inequality, this year calling …

Rangzen: The Case for Independent Tibet (2008 edition)-Jamyang Norbu
Phayul, Tibet –
We must also bear in mind that at present the most repressive and murderous regimes in the world: Kim Jong Il’s North Korea, the military junta of Burma, …

IPI LAUNCHES JUSTICE DENIED CAMPAIGN, TELLING “STORIES OF IMPUNITY …
IFEX, Canada –
… photographer in 1997 and was sentenced to life imprisonment was freed, while a Burmese blogger who criticised the military junta got 20 years in jail. …

BLOGGER JAILED FOR 20 YEARS, POET GETS TWO YEARS
IFEX, Canada –
Nay Phone Latt’s mother, Aye Than, who was not allowed to attend the trial, said, “He is the first ever blogger to be arrested in Burma. …

US Condemns Jailing Of Pro-Democracy Activists In Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
… to over two-dozen political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in military-ruled Myanmar. “The United States strongly condemns the Burmese regime’s …

Aung San Suu Kyi and western intervention in Burma
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy are to be commended for their unusually frank reporting on Aung San Suu Kyi’s weak leadership of Burma’s democratic …

Bangladesh, Burma hold border talks in India
Radio Australia, Australia –
The foreign ministers of Bangladesh and Burma have held talks in the Indian capital, New Delhi, in a bid to solve a territorial dispute in the Bay of Bengal …

US Condemns Harsh Sentences for Burmese Dissidents
Voice of America – By David Gollust
The United States has joined human rights advocates in condemning long prison terms handed down against at least 30 Burmese dissidents on …

Saffron Rebellion Activists Receive Lengthy Prison Terms
Pacifica Radio Network’s Election Center 2008, CA –
Human rights groups are criticizing the Junta of Myanmar, or Burma, for handing down 65-year sentences to 14 activists. Amnesty International claims they …

Refugees languish in limbo
The National, United Arab Emirates –

“In Burma [also known as Myanmar], the students have to buy everything like books and school supplies so [their parents] cannot support them,” Mr Kyaw said. …

Myanmar crackdown intensifies as labour activist jailed
AFP –
“Burma’s leaders are clearing the decks of political activists before they announce the next round of sham political reforms,” Pearson said, referring to …

US condemns Burma for lengthy sentences of activists
Mizzima.com, India – by Mungpi New Delhi –
The United States on Wednesday condemned Burma’s military rulers for harshly sentencing over 30 dissidents to long prison terms of up …

Lawmakers urge UN to enquire into excessive prison sentences in …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Parliamentarians from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, who make up the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Gas influx inhibits oil-mining
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –

MYANMAR’S drilling for oil in the disputed water-zone of the Bay of Bengal has probably been accelerated by similar activities by Bangladesh in the …

US condemns Myanmar jailings
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Washington – The United States strongly condemned the long prison sentences handed down in Myanmar to more than two dozen political dissidents and …

Cardinal Martino with Thai Church in Burmese border refugee camps
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Bangkok (AsiaNews) – “Although life in Thailand is more comfortable than in Myanmar, living in refugee camps is like being a bird in a cage; …

US condemns Myanmar sentences
AFP –
The State Department refers to Myanmar as Burma, the country’s name before the military junta started calling it Myanmar in 1989. …



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 13, 2008 at 3:44 am

Obama Wins Election

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Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States, the first African-American to hold that office.

Obama Wins Election
New York Times –
Supporters of Senator Barack Obama cheered during a rally in Chicago on Tuesday as they heard that he won in Pennsylvania. More Photos > By ADAM NAGOURNEY Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday, …
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Obama elected next president of United States
Bizjournals.com –
Barack Obama has been elected president of the United States, the first African-American elected to the country’s highest office.
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Impact of Democrats’ gains in Congress
Reuters –
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A more robust Democratic majority will control the US Congress in January, boosting the party’s chances for passing bills to stimulate the economy, repealing some of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich and setting …
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In his acceptance speech, US president-elect Barack Obama told supporters that his election was a “defining moment, change has come to America”.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is the place where all things are possible… tonight is your answer,” he said.

He also praised his political opponent, Republican candidate John McCain, as a man who had “fought long and hard” both during the election campaign and for his country.


Obama’s win eclipses national news in Britain
MSNBC –
By Jennifer Carlile, msnbc.com reporter LONDON, ENGLAND – Britons awoke Wednesday to headlines like the Daily Express’ “A New World Dawns,” and The Independent’s “Mr.

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Democrats still in the quest for 60 Senate seats
CNN International –
(CNN) — Democrats have gained a decisive majority in the US Senate, according to CNN projections, and are still aiming to acquire a filibuster-proof 60 seats.
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Obama (D) – 349 votes
McCain (R) – 147 votes
Barack Obama is the projected winner

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 5, 2008 at 5:24 am

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World focus on Burma (18 September 2008)

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Cyber attacks cripple opposition Myanmar media
International Herald Tribune, France –
“We think it has something to do with the Saffron Revolution,” the anti-government protests by thousands of Buddhist monks in Myanmar on Sept. …

Websites of three Burmese news agencies in exile under attack

Burmese activists protest on 20th anniversary of coup
Mizzima.com, India –
… and Japan held demonstrations condemning the junta for its military coup 20 years ago and call for the immediate political reformation in Burma.

UNITED NATIONS POWER BALANCE SHIFTING TO CHINA, INDIA, RUSSIA …
SanFranciscoSentinel.com, CA –

A sea change in the balance of power in favor of China, India, Russia and other emerging states is wrecking European and US efforts to entrench human rights …

Haul Generals before the ICC: rights groups
Mizzima.com, India –
Villagers are too weak Burma is one of the poorest countries in the world,” continues the organization’s onslaught against the junta. …

Interview: Pinheiro calls for new strategy on Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
I think the creation by the secretary-general of a group of friends of Myanmar to support the activities of Mr. Gambari was a good initiative. …

NLD chairman sentenced to two years’ hard labour
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Sep 18, 2008 (DVB)–San Chaung township National League for Democracy chairman U Thet Wei has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour. …

NLD youth members to quit over committee reform
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“One of the people chosen by the chairman, named Ko Aye Tun, said in the meeting that there is no Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the NLD,” she said. …

Tibet: One diaspora, two paths
ISN, Switzerland –

… among others, wondered if the protests were linked to two other issues that had made the headlines in the preceding months: Kosovo and Burma (Myanmar). …

A civil past and a political future?
Prague Post, Czech Republic –

By Markéta Hulpachová   Days after returning from a covert visit to a cyclone-stricken delta in south Burma, Šimon Pánek sits in his Prague office, …
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Bulgaria Parliament Officially Endorses Prague Declaration
Sofia News Agency, Bulgaria –
The conference also focused on the necessity of EU’s support for those who fight for freedom in countries like Cuba, Belarus and Burma irrespective of any …

Christians launch campaign for lasting change in Burma

ChristianToday, UK –

Change for Burma! aims to raise public awareness of the brutality of the military regime, which it says is “guilty of every possible human rights violation” …

On eve of Saffron Revolution anniversary, Burma’s exiled news …

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

Burmese journalists—both inside and outside the country—have been worried about how Burma’s junta might deal with the anniversary of what has come to be …

A sense of foreboding

National Post, Canada –

We hadn’t forgotten Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ayatollahs, the jihadists, AIDS in Africa, Russia in Georgia, the junta in Burma, infant mortality, …

Freedom in US also brings challenges

Indianapolis Star, United States –

Burma has been renamed Myanmar by the country’s military dictatorship — though many people opposed to that regime continue to call the country by its older …

Singapore: Singapore Asks Burmese Activists To Leave The Country
Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
“Some of these Myanmar (Burmese) individuals have enjoyed education subsidies and other benefits but have chosen to repay this with disrespect for our laws …

What’s changed in Burma in the past 20 years?
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
They are also beginning to lose confidence in the 20-year-long push for dialogue led by Aung San Suu Kyi. “Metta [negotiation] is not enough, armed struggle …

Uncle Sam, Sugar Daddy
Forbes, NY –
Since the overthrow of Saddam, America has increasingly sidelined the push for democracy, abandoned such terms as “regime change” and stooped to haggling …

Bo Kyi to receive human rights award
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Bo Kyi welcomed the award as an acknowledgement of the work of many activists working for human rights in Burma and said it could bring more international …

Burmese monk, exiled after making stand, adjusts to American life
Oakland Tribune, CA –
Clerics in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, depend on community alms for their survival. And they don’t ride bikes. “This is the United States,” Kovida …

AI seeks global pledge to curb small arms sale
Pakistan Dawn, Pakistan –
Whether used by the military in Myanmar to disperse protesters in September 2007, or by Somali armed factions terrorising the streets of Mogadishu, …

Thursday, September 25
International Herald Tribune, France –
1988 – Security forces kill 12 people and injure five others in Rangoon, Burma, as political unrest continues. 1992 – The first contingent of a 600-member …

Rangoon rent-a-witness
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
Among the items seized from Win Maw were some legally-published books, some pictures of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, which are also legal, and a computer hard …

Campaign calls for lasting change for Burma
Inspire Magazine, UK –
The campaign also came one day before the 20th anniversary of the seizure of power by Burma’s current military junta, the latest in a succession of military …

Monk attemps suicide at most sacred temple
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Associated Press, Johannesburg A Buddhist monk slashed his throat in a suicide attempt at Burma’s most sacred temple, the scene of several pro-democracy …

Global Women founds endowment, sets priorities at board meeting
Associated Baptist Press, FL –
… on “creating global friendships among women for shared learning and service while meeting needs of women in Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Central Asia, …

Thailand’s Crippled Government Appoints New Prime Minister
Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
… on Tuesday (September 16) after he failed to appear at a corruption trial for allegedly arranging a government loan to Burma’s military regime in 2004. …

It’s our collective duty to stand up against abortion
Daily Nation, Kenya –
That’s why the world condemned the despotic Burmese military junta for refusing to allow full-scale international humanitarian intervention to help victims …