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World focus on Burma (7 August 2008)

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Bush off to Beijing with a Myanmar mission

Tajikistan News, Tajikistan –

‘He is going to talk with China about Burma (former name of Myanmar) even though he seems to be worried that China’s interests are different from the US’ …

Beijing holds key to change in Burma

Financial Times, UK –

He had given interviews to foreign media criticising the regime’s slow response to cyclone Nargis, which left 133000 people dead or missing in May this year …

US president affirms commitment to Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The US president spoke of his frustration with the delays in relief supplies getting to Burma after the cyclone, but said he felt it was the right decision …

UN envoy sees ‘good signs’ from Myanmar at end of mission

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar said Thursday he had received “good signs” that the ruling junta accepted the need for his mandate …

In Thailand, Bush keeps focus on rights

International Herald Tribune, France –

“My life in refugee is better than Burma,” the boy wrote, “but I don’t have opportunity to go outside camp.” Sean Turnell, a Myanmar specialist at Macquarie …

40000 Kiwis Sign Petition for Rights in China Before Olympics

The Epoch Times, NY –

For instance it is the main support for the military junta in Burma, in my country.” Mr Ko Ko also spoke about how the Burmese people are struggling under …

Bush chides China on human rights, Beijing tells him to butt out

Los Angeles Times, CA –

Meanwhile the president — and First Lady Laura Bush — made a major push while in Thailand to boost pressure on the military junta in Myanmar (Burma) to …

Bush, Burmese Activists Meet; Vow To End Tyranny In Burma

AHN –

“The American people care deeply about the people of Burma, and we pray for the day in which the people will be free,” Bush said during a luncheon with …

NLD says Bush visit will boost opposition morale

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Political analyst Aung Naing Oo, who was due to meet president Bush today, praised the US commitment to promoting human rights and democracy in Burma. …

Bush Blunt On China Human Rights

Sky News, UK –

First Lady Laura Bush is an outspoken advocate for Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, drawing attention to a southeast Asian nation unfamiliar to many …

Arroyo urged to push for democratic reforms in Myanmar

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

… in a dialogue with China,” he said in a briefing, stressing that ASEAN and China play a key role in restoring democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Bush walks a Burmese tightrope in Bangkok

Mizzima.com, India –

As to whether the refusal of Burmese authorities to permit US aid into the country following Cyclone Nargis in May was in direct response to a hostile US …

Bush Notes Oppression in Asia

Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –

The President also issued a rebuke on authoritarian regimes in North Korea and Myanmar also known as Burma. But the majority of his speech was reserved for …

Bush urges China to pressure Myanmar to end its tyranny

RTT News, NY –

Winding up the second leg of his three-nation Asian tour in Thailand, Bush repeated Washington’s call on Myanmar’s military junta to release Nobel Peace …

US President George Bush chastises China for repression

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

“America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists,” Mr Bush said. …

US President to discuss Myanmar with China

Uzbekistan News, Uzbekistan –

While Bush criticised China’s recent human rights record, he also expressed optimism that the country would move toward political change. …

Will Bush Stay Silent In China About The Sudanese Genocide?

Swampland –

So America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents and human rights advocates and religious activists. …

China’s political games

International Herald Tribune, France –

As the Beijing Games begin, human-rights advocates want China to answer for its suppression of political freedom, its recent crackdown in Tibet, …

Internal displacement to urban areas: The Tufts-IDMC profiling …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Notable recent examples include Sudan, northern Uganda, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Burma and Somalia. Many of these displaced people flee across borders to …

Burmese remain prisoners in their own country

Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –

By correspondent Michel Maas* The military junta in Myanmar celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday. Four months ago, the regime survived cyclone Nargis …

No hearing today in Zarganar case

Mizzima.com, India –

Kyaw Ko Ko and Nyan Linn Aung, members of ‘All Burma Federation of Student Unions’ (ABFSU), who are being charged under the Video Law and tried in Mayangon …

BBC News, UK –

One of Burma’s most popular comedians has been charged with several offences, after he defied the military by giving aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis. …

Avoid ’blood jade’ olympic souvenirs

Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

‘’The working conditions in the mines are dreadful,’’ David Scott Mathieson, Burma consultant for the global rights lobby Human Rights Watch (HRW), …

Dissident Burma comic charged by court

The Age, Australia –

Zarganar was arrested in June after he gave interviews to foreign media in which he criticised the junta’s slow response to the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis, …

Fortress Investment Group 2Q losses remain flat
cbs4denver.com, CO –
”We will continue working until the people of Burma have the freedom they deserve,” Bush said, calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San ..

Fuel price soars 30 percent in Southern Burma

Independent Mon News Agency, WA –

Price of fuel has spiraled by 30 percent in Southern Burma and there is a gap between prices prevailing in Rangoon, the largest city in Burma. …

Bush arrives in Beijing for Summer Olympics

The Associated Press –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists on Friday. The Bush administration has become …

Bush Cites `Deep Concerns’ Over Human Rights in China (Update3)

Bloomberg –

… and later had lunch with Burmese democracy activists, who are pressuring the military junta that rules Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Olympics Extra: President Bush Arrives, Criticizes

WBEN 930, NY –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, marks the 20th anniversary of a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy activists on Friday. The Bush administration has become …

Strategy Memo: Obama’s Bad Week

RealClearPolitics, IL –

… on relief efforts in cyclone-flattened Burma before departing for China, where he meets with IOC chief Jacques Rogge before the opening ceremonies. …

No evidence please, we’re Burmese police

United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

By Awzar Thi Hong Kong, China — Almost a year has passed since the day Burma’s military regime suddenly upped fuel prices without telling anyone, …

Burma: Was Burma’s 1988 uprising worth it?

UNPO, Netherlands –

At the same time, in other townships, everywhere people were marching for the same things, for democracy and human rights.” Another of the marchers was …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE BANGKOK — US President George W Bush traded ideas about US economic sanctions on Burma, humanitarian aid after Cyclone Nargis and Chinese foreign …

Burma’s Saddam: General Than Shwe

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

However, while the junta’s mouthpiece media attempts to please Than Shwe by showcasing Burma’s new roads and bridges and the country’s “prosperity”, …

Remarks by the President in Roundtable Interview with Radio Media …

Business Wire (press release), CA –

China is an important country on the United Nations Security Council, they’re an important country in the world; obviously Burma’s neighbor. …

Trampling on poorer countries to reach podium of world leaders

Herald.ie, Ireland –

Similarly, despite the imposition of trade sanctions on Burma, China has continued to provide loans to help the Burmese government, against which there are …

BEIJING 2008: BUSH, CHINESE NEED FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy –

The US President then praised China’s economic growth, and turned his attention to the military junta of Burma: “Together” he underlined, “we want the end …

Prague Post, Czech Republic –

Two decades ago, at a time when Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe were about to emerge from decades of communism, Burma was plunging into its own dark …

China rejects Bush criticism

Howell Times and Transcript, UT –

Remaining in Bangkok, the president was briefed at the US ambassador‘s residence on recovery from the cyclone that devastated Myanmar‘s heartland and killed …

China rejects Bush criticism

Howell Times and Transcript, UT –

One of the activists, Lway Aye Nang of the Women‘s League of Burma, said rape has long been used “as a weapon of war” in Myanmar and thanked Washington for …

Zarganar Again Before Prison Court

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Burma’s popular satirist Zarganar appeared before a court in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for a second time on Thursday, together with three …

Remarks by the President in Lunch with Burma Activists

MarketWatch –

And secondly, we are also very grateful to have our American friends in helping the Cyclone Nargis survivors, the victims. And we also would like to inform …

Disputes aside on Bush visit to Beijing

International Herald Tribune, France –

US critics accuse China of cultivating dictators in Burma and Sudan, artificially undervaluing its currency to keep its exports cheap, and offering weak …

US President to discuss Myanmar with China (Lead)

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

“He is going to talk with China about Burma (former name of Myanmar), even though he seems to be worried that China’s interests are different from the US’ …

US President Bush heads to China for Olympic opening ceremonies

The Canadian Press, Thailand –

Bush’s wife Laura helped highlight the problems in Myanmar – also known as Burma – by visiting a border camp in northwestern Thailand that houses 38000 …

Jolie plans to build an AIDS clinic in Ethiopia

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

“The next trip for our foundation will most likely to be Asia to follow up on the situation in Burma and our work in Cambodia, Jolie said. (ANI)

Security tight on anniversary of Myanmar protest

International Herald Tribune, France –

His wife, Laura Bush, traveled to a refugee camp elsewhere in Thailand to meet with some of those who have fled Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. …

Bush meets Myanmar activists while keeping heat on human rights ...

China Post, Taiwan –

Mrs. Bush, an outspoken advocate for Myanmar, also known as Burma, visited a border refugee camp in Mae La, home to 38000 Karen, an ethnic minority that …

Bush Supports Malaysia’s Stand Against Extremism
Bernama, Malaysia –
“And we will continue working until the people of Burma have the freedom they deserve,” said Bush, who will be having lunch with a group of Myanmar

RP urged to take lead role in ASEAN against Myanmar junta

ABS CBN News, Philippines –

… to Myanmar, including pressuring the generals to open up dialogue with the opposition. “ASEAN should talk about dialogue. ASEAN should discuss the Burma …

Bush, Beijing and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Even after Cyclone Nargis recently devastated much of Southwestern Burma, the regime continued to line its own pockets, stealing millions of dollars in …

Understanding the Bush interest in Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

And in a further indication of the rift, both domestic and international aid for cyclone victims is falling dramatically. And wait a minute! …

China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

US President praises long standing relations between Thailand and US

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Bush also urged the parties concern to seek an end to “tyranny in Burma.” “The United States reiterates its call on Burma’s military junta to release Aung …

First Lady Laura Bush and United Nations Foundation Announce …

PR Web (press release), WA –

… Foundation announced today that it will provide 10000 anti-malarial bed nets to families living in temporary camps on the border of Thailand and Burma. …

First lady Laura Bush visits with Myanmar refugees

International Herald Tribune, France –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, denies the charges and says it is battling Karen insurgents. Arriving in a light rain, Mrs. Bush was greeted at the camp by …

Actress Mia Farrow Seeks To Cast Pall Over Olympics

New York Sun, United States –

Burma is a difficult issue. Tibet is complicated. Their own internal human rights issues are tricky. But, for Darfur, there was hope they would act,” she….

China’s political Games

Boston Globe, United States –

The panel isn’t alone in its reluctance to press China on human rights. While President Bush was expected to criticize China’s record in a speech in Bangkok …

Internet Freedom: Google, Microsoft and Yahoo Near Agreement

Redmond Channel Partner, CA –

Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Durbin, who chairs the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, part of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, held hearings on the …

US Has `Deep Concerns’ Over Human Rights in China (Update1)

Bloomberg –

He will then have lunch with Burmese democracy activists, who are pressuring the military junta that rules Myanmar, a country formerly called Burma. …

Fact Sheet: the United States and Asia: Enduring Freedom and …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

The region has come together to respond to natural disasters, from the tsunami of 2004 to this year’s cyclone. President Bush, along with leaders from Korea …

Burma Cyclone and Jessie Sparks, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter

Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung), Germany –

She has an upcoming gig for Burma Band-Aid, which is dedicated to relief for people in that country devastated by the recent cyclone. …

UPI NewsTrack TopNews ( Bush, Thai PM discuss peace, future)

United Press International –

… spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the avian flu, as well as working to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

Bush sharpens China critique on eve of Olympics

guardian.co.uk, UK –

“Together we seek an end to tyranny in Burma,” he will say in his speech to Thai officials, business leaders and foreign diplomats. …

Bush to Sharpen Critique of China Before Visit Voice of America –

Bush Blunt On China Human Rights Sky News, UK

Bush sees “change” coming to China Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –

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Taiwanese to demand China hold a “human right Olympics”

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Representatives from various groups will make speeches to demand China respect human rights during the August 8-24 Beijing Olympics, light candles for …

Bush: America seeks an end to tyranny in Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

United States President George W. Bush has vowed to ”seek an end to tyranny” in Burma and called on the regime to free democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Superstition, numerology and the curviest of numbers factor into …

La Jolla Light, CA –

8/8/1988 saw the start of the popular 8888 Uprising against the Burma’s socialist regime, for example. But those who have planned weddings, gambling junkets …

Security stepped up ahead of 8888 anniversary

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 6, 2008 (DVB)–As the anniversary of the 8888 uprising draws near, the Burmese military regime has deployed troops and security officials in major cities …

Burma beefs up border troops

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

”The US president plans to address the problems in Burma, so this might irritate the Burmese authorities,” said the source. It is reported that Burmese …

Desert storm

The List, UK –

With the aim of bringing advocacy and humanitarian aid to Darfur and Burma, it secured a position as UN Messenger of Peace for the ex-ER actor and bought …

US First Lady to Visit Burmese Refugee Camp on Thai-Burma Border

Voice of America –

Some have been living there for 20 years, waiting either to return to Burma, or be resettled in a third country, including the United States. …

Twenty years on, Burma’s opposition lacks unity

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

There have been at least three UN special envoys to Burma, including Gambari, who is heading back to Burma later this month. Even though the UNSC discusses …

‘Make Burma free’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… Gold joint military exercise and praised the kingdom for restoring democracy and its quick humanitarian response for victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. …

UN envoy meets leader of Suu Kyi party

The News – International, Pakistan –

YANGON: Three top leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) met on Wednesday with the new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar at a …

DISARMAMENT: China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… out that China is currently “an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers”, including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma). …

US, Thai leaders agree to strengthen cooperation

Radio Australia, Australia –

Mr Bush heaped praise on his Thai hosts, thanking them for their help in coordinating the international relief response for Burma after Cyclone Nargis …

China, Tibet, and the Olympics

The Phoenix, MA –

(Although it is true that Southeast Asian governments like the military junta in Burma or the more militant new government in Sri Lanka — both funded by the …

Author : CA-JESSIE-SPARKS

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

She has an upcoming gig for Burma Band-Aid, which is dedicated to relief for people in that country devastated by the recent cyclone. …

Bush, Thai PM Discuss Peace, Future

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the avian flu, as well as working to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

BURMA REVISITED.

Tapped, DC –

Via Mark Goldberg, John Holmes (UN Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs) has a Washington Post op-ed updating the situation in Burma. …

Reporters Without Borders calls for a demonstration in front of …

Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –

The aim of our demonstration in Ottawa is to call for the release of imprisoned Chinese journalists and human rights activists. We will also be demanding …

Telappliant VoIP News, UK –

… Bgan, which has been heavily used by charities, UN officials and aid workers to ease communications after the typhoon in Burma and earthquake in China.

Burma: “If we had guns we would fight back”

Real News Network, NY –

VOICEOVER: I entered Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history. In Mandalay, Burma’s religious capital, …

A country transforming: the eyes of the world turn to its biggest …

The Herald, UK –

International scrutiny, the theory went, would mean the Games brought a huge boost to human rights. Did they? “If anything, things are worse,” said John …

First lady Laura Bush visit highlights need for aid to Burmese

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The United Nations and aid agencies working inside the country report steady progress in accessing disaster affected areas after the cyclone, …

The Associated Press –

The president planned to quickly pivot from his speech to a full day of outreach toward the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, who live under military …

Mao’s ghost

The Phoenix, MA –

… favors that sharpen its economic might, China sponsors terror in the Sudan and Zimbabwe and props up dictatorships in Myanmar (Burma) and North Korea…

Indians look for final push

Howrah News Service, India –

6: Hosts India will look to pull out their best as they take on Burma in the first semifinal of the AFC Challenge Cup at the Gachibowli stadium on Thursday. …

Human spirit fights back in Burma

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Hundreds of people are returning to villages devastated by Cyclone Nargis in Burma/Myanmar – and experiencing mixed feelings of joy and pain. …

Burma: Twenty Years of military rule, the youth and alternative …

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

The United Nations needs to focus on Burma and start thinking of playing a crucial role for the return of democracy to Burma. Otherwise, another civil war …

Bush in Thailand for Foreign Policy Speech, Meetings on Burma

Voice of America –

In a major foreign policy speech he is scheduled to deliver on Thursday, he is expected to criticize Beijing’s human rights record and the plight of the …

UN envoy meets Suu Kyi’s party leaders

Radio Australia, Australia –

Three senior leaders of Burma’s National League for Democracy have met the new UN human rights envoy for Burma. The members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party met…

McCain’s foreign policy in a league of its own

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The group has done little to advance democracy abroad except to scold Burma in 2003 about its lack of elections. A lot of good that did. …

Voice of America –

By VOA News The new United Nations human rights envoy to Burma met Wednesday with leaders of the Burmese opposition for talks on the military government’s …

2ND LD: Bush meets Thailand’s leader, reaffirms close cooperation

Yahoo, Thailand –

While in Thailand, Bush is set to deliver a speech on US policy toward Asia, meet with some Myanmar dissidents and visit the largest slum area of Bangkok. …

World focus on Burma (6 August 2008)

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Remarks by President Bush and Prime Minister Samak of Thailand

MarketWatch –

We’re working together to help the people of Burma. We responded very quickly when Burma was struck by the terrible cyclone, and I want to thank you very …

UN rights envoy has brief meeting with NLD

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 6, 2008 (DVB)–United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Burma Tomas Ojea Quintana spent ten minutes meeting three members of the National …

Emergency relief still a far cry for many cyclone survivors
Mizzima.com, India –
“We still need more funding from donors for emergency relief operations and early recovery efforts,” said Laksmita Noviera, spokesperson of UNOCHA in Burma.

Olympics: China revokes visa of US Olympic medallist and activist

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Still, other human-rights campaigners are using the Olympics to play up China’s alignment with the abusive military regime in Burma and its suppression of …

Guardian Weekly, UK –

Many people have requested me not to go back to Burma but I want to, 100% sure. I tried going back after the Nargis cyclone but I could not. …

Bush Addresses Human Rights Issues In China On Way To Olympics

RTT News, NY –

In what will likely be his last visit to the region while still in office, the President also urged China to respect human rights, a sensitive issue in the …

UN envoy meets Opposition party

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights met senior members of Burma’s major opposition party the National League for …

The Associated Press –

Bush’s Bangkok remarks devote only a few sentences to criticism for the “tyranny” in Myanmar, Thailand’s neighbor, which is ruled by a military junta. …

New refugee community center dedicated

LocalNews8.com, ID –

Moo, who emigrated with her family from Myanmar – the former Burma – was found dead in April. Salt Lake County prosecutors have charged 21-year-old Esar Met …

An auspicious, bloodstained day

International Herald Tribune, France –

8, 1988, in Burma, the day that changed my life and that of countless compatriots. Since eight is a lucky number in much of Asia, the Burmese people chose …

Bush to Reassure Asian Allies In Key Policy Speech in Bangkok
Wall Street Journal –
That collaborative approach is echoed in Mr. Bush’s planned remarks about Myanmar, also known as Burma. Myanmar’s repressive military regime is a source of ..

Myanmar Three Months Later

UN Dispatch –

For one, it shows that pundits who said that only forced intervention could help the people of Burma were wrong: [t]he aid operation in Myanmar — as is …

Disaster lessons

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Three months have passed since Cyclone Nargis and an accompanying tidal surge swept across Myanmar’s fertile Irrawaddy Delta region, claiming nearly 140000 …

Challenging prejudice: Thai attitudes to Burmese migrants

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

“People separate the cyclone from the other problems in Burma,” said Aphatsorn. At the end of December 2006 the ILO and the United Nations Development Fund …

US President Bush in Bangkok but with Myanmar in his sights (Roundup)

Monsters and Critics.com –

… visit Dr Cynthia Maung, who runs a clinic for Karen victims of the Myanmar military campaign in the Karen State of eastern Myanmar, also called Burma. …

St. Paul’s Karen refugees

MinnPost.com, MN –

In 1948, Burma (also known as Myanmar) received independence from Britain. In 1949, an ethnic minority called the Karen began fighting for independence. …

Bush’s Thailand trip turns heat on Myanmar

Reuters –

As well as the start of the Olympics in Beijing, Friday is the 20th anniversary of the former Burma’s “8-8-88” democracy uprising, when an estimated 3000 …

Burma’s social volcano ready to erupt

Mizzima.com, India –

Twenty years after the mass pro-democracy demonstrations brought Burma to a standstill for months and threatened to topple the country’s one-party state, …

Bush arrives in Bangkok on working visit

People’s Daily Online, China –

Bush is also expected to deliver a statement on the US stance regarding the political situation in Thailand’s neighbor — Myanmar, Thai Foreign Minister Tej …

Press Gaggle by Dana Perino and Anita McBride, Chief of Staff to …

Business Wire (press release), CA –

Thailand was an essential player in our efforts to get humanitarian assistance to the Burmese people after the cyclone, called Cyclone Nargis.

Students celebrate 1988 Burma protests with spray-paint campaign

First Post, UK –

Win Tin was visited in Rangoon’s notorious Insein Prison this week by the UN’s new human rights rapporteur on Burma, Argentina’s Tomas Ojea Quintana. …

Burma Puppetry Show enthralls shoppers at Lamcy Plaza

Al-Bawaba, Jordan –

Lamcy Plaza, the country’s popular family shopping destination and a member of Dubai Shopping Malls Group, recently hosted the Burma Puppetry Show, …

Burmese Junta Fulfilled its Obligations, Time for International …

Embassy, Canada –

As country director for Save the Children in Burma, which the ruling military junta calls Myanmar, Mr. Kirkwood was at the forefront of organizing the …

Myanmar (Burma) Telecoms Market Overview & Statistics is Battling …

MarketWatch –

… Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/846c71/myanmar_burma) has announced the addition of the “Myanmar (Burma) – Telecoms …

Bush Arrives in Thailand on Second Leg of Asian Tour

Voice of America –

By VOA News US President George Bush has arrived in Thailand, where he will criticize China’s human rights record on the eve of his attending the opening …

Text of Bush’s planned remarks in Thailand

The Associated Press –

And the region has come together to respond to natural disasters, from the tsunami of 2004 to this year’s cyclone. With all these partnerships, …

Bush, First Lady’s Busy Days in Thailand

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The first lady has waged a vigorous campaign for human rights in Burma. Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag said Bush is expected to deliver a statement on the …

Bush vows to seek end to ‘tyranny’ in Myanmar

Straits Times, Singapore –

‘We seek an end to tyranny in Burma,’ he was to say, referring to the country by its previous name. ‘America reiterates our call on Burma’s military junta …

Myanmar’s Economic Woes Widen as Neighbors Thrive: Chart of Day

Bloomberg –

6 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar, already one of the world’s poorest nations, will lose about one-third of its normal food production this year because of a cyclone …

Inmarsat betting that airline broadband will take off

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

… Bgan, as charities, aid workers and the UN officials used satellite phones and internet connections during natural disasters in Burma and China. …

Maggots and MRSA

Channel 4 News, UK –

Meanwhile Asia correspondent and international editor Lindsey Hilsum will be reporting on repression in Tibet, and as new UN representative visits Burma …

Come Rain or Shine

Mizzima.com, India –

As your interest in Burma’s trials and travails is well documented, we would like to take this opportunity to alert you to the release of a new book …

Thailand hopes Bush visit will strengthen bilateral ties

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Mr. Tej said it is expected that Mr. Bush would deliver a statement on the US stance regarding the political situation in Myanmar. The Thai foreign minister …

Councilman’s aide, 3 others indicted in fraud

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

The Chawlas, who fled the military regime in Burma (now Myanmar) as children and now live in Bucks County, are among the city’s most active developers. …

UN Human Rights Envoy Meets Political Prisoners

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN The new UN human rights envoy for Burma has met five prominent political prisoners in Rangoon’s Insein Prison, according to Aye Win, …

Thailand: Bush To Criticize Myanmar During Asia Trip

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

“If there is going to be any real change in Burma, China has to be on board,” said Larry Jagan, a Bangkok-based newspaper columnist and Myanmar analyst. …

US, S.Korea push North Korea on nuclear verification

Malaysia Star, Malaysia –

… the former Burma’s army killed an estimated 3000 people. First Lady Laura Bush will separately visit a refugee camp near the Thai border with Myanmar. …

Exiles Try to Rekindle Hopes for Change in Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

“We had a big hope that we would succeed,” said Mr. Win Min, who was a student leader in Myanmar, which was then known as Burma. …

UN Human Rights Envoy Meets Political Prisoners

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN The new UN human rights envoy for Burma has met five prominent political prisoners in Rangoon’s Insein Prison, according to Aye Win, …

America to ban Myanmar rubies

Diamond World Magazine, India –

Clarifying the outlines of the Bill, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee noted that the bill requires that within 60 days, jadeite or rubies of Burma origin …

UN envoy meets top political prisoners in Myanmar

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

yangon • The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar yesterday met some of the nation’s most prominent political prisoners inside the feared Insein Prison, …

SEAPA Newsletter: A review of Burma

Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –

August 8, 2008, marks the 20th anniversary of an important and tragic people’s uprising in Burma that resulted in the killing of an estimated 3000 people, …

Burma Without Blinkers

Washington Post, United States –

… are about to draw the world’s attention to persistent problems in Burma (also known as Myanmar), Thailand’s neighbor in Southeast Asia. …

When it Comes to China, Obama is Sounding Bush

The Epoch Times, NY –

He asked: “Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe?” Of course we should. …

AFP –

In August 1988, cities and villages across the country then known as Burma were bursting with optimism. The military dictator Ne Win had just stepped down …

Myanmar Cyclone Survivors Living in `Dire Conditions,’ UN Says

Bloomberg –

6 (Bloomberg) — Villagers in areas of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River Delta are living in “dire conditions” three months after Tropical Cyclone Nargis …

Burmese refugees coming to Rome; relocation efforts expanding …

Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –

In just the past few years, refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, have become one of the largest refugee groups that have relocated to the Utica area over …

Bush’s genuinely principled stand

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

On May 3, one week before a planned referendum on a military-drafted constitution, Burma was hit by its worst natural disaster in living memory. But Cyclone …

Aid Delivery In Burma/Myanmar Still A Challenge, United Nations Says

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

5 August 2008 – Three months after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, delivery of sufficient relief and early recovery assistance remains a challenge, …

When justice becomes political

Arab News, Saudi Arabia –

What is the difference between what is happening in Darfur and Tibet, Zimbabwe and Burma? Legal experts will waste much ink explaining the differences and …

Burmese still struggling after cyclone

BBC News, UK –

By Nga Pham It has been three months since Cyclone Nargis struck Burma, leaving 130000 people dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. …

UN says aid to Myanmar still a challenge

United Press International –

The military government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, have insisted on overseeing the flow of aid into the country after Cyclone Nargis struck. …

Voice of America –

By VOA News A United Nations official says that three months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma’s Irrawaddy delta, aid workers still face a challenge in…..

US Drug Enforcement Agency Trains Vietnamese Counter-Narcotics Agents

Voice of America –

Heroin enters over the border from Laos, and most probably comes from Burma, the world’s number two heroin producer after Afghanistan. …

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August 6, 2008 at 2:05 am

World focus on Burma (3 August 2008)

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New UN rapporteur arrives in Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Rangoon (dpa) – A United Nations rapporteur arrived in Burma Sunday to discuss human-rights concerns, diplomatic officials said. Tomas Ojea Quintana, on his …

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Might is no longer just right

The Age, Australia –

Burma’s closest ally is China, with whom it shares a long border, while it is also a member of ASEAN. China, India and ASEAN — who largely make up the …

Politics part of arena in which Bush attends games

News & Observer, NC –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed citizens in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in …

New faces in new places

Schenectady Gazette, NY –

The Asian population in the Capital Region has increased about 150 percent from 1990 to 2006. The Capital Region had a small base of about 10388 Asians in …

CHINA’S OLYMPIC CHALLENGE A CASE OF DIGNITY

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

… poor human rights situation in China, the crackdown in Tibet, and Beijing’s support for the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. …

Insein Prison (round complex) is shown in a satellite image. “Prison happens to be the longest-running political seminar in Burma,” a former inmate says. (Digital Globe Via Google Earth)

Washington Post, United States –

Human rights groups say more than 1800 political detainees languish long-term in about 20 prisons and labor camps in Burma, also called Myanmar. …

US Must Give UN The Boot

Tampa Tribune, FL –

Or, wring its hands when Burma suffered through a devastating hurricane. Humanitarian aid? Obviously not the UN’s table. Instead, the UN elected Zimbabwe to …

Myanmar Muslims stay put despite Bangladesh misery

Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan –

A Rohingya elder, Suriyaya Begam said returning to Myanmar would make life worse for her people. “We were tortured in Burma. Our mosque was attacked. …

Turkey: A battle in the war of elites

Arab News, Saudi Arabia –

… individuals from participating in presidential or parliamentary elections; or as Burma, which is ruled by a pernicious and corrupt military junta. …

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow

Huffington Post, NY –
It was a missed opportunity for the United States of America to stand strong for the anguished people of Darfur and Burma as well as for the Tibetans in …

Iran to attend its first SAARC summit

Tehran Times, Iran –

Australia and Burma have shown interest in becoming a part of the South Asian regional bloc. Accordingly the Colombo Summit is likely to consider their …

:. Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir

Kashmir Watch, Pakistan –

The torture and imprisonment in Indian-occupied Kashmir is no less intense as it is in Burma. In fact the pain, suffering and humiliation in Kashmir is …

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August 3, 2008 at 2:44 am

World focus on Burma (2 August 2008)

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Monks demonstrate against the government prior to the 1988 massacre Photo: GETTY

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

A shopping centre in Mandalay burned down earlier this year, and many of the city’s trees were felled by the cyclone in May. Burmese gossips claim that …

Comedy show to benefit Burmese kids

Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
All proceeds from the show will go towards the charity, which is helping child refugees in Burma in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis.

Bush sees sports, but politics abound at Olympics

The Associated Press –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed citizens in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in …

Burma’s Archbishop thanks Lichfield churches for Cyclone Nargis help

Diocese of Lichfield, UK –

The Primate of the Anglican Province of Myanmar, the Most Revd Stephen Than Myot Oo, has thanked the churches of Lichfield Diocese for their prayers and …

Myanmar detains comedian who delivered cyclone aid

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A famous Myanmar comedian and three other activists who helped deliver relief supplies to cyclone victims could be imprisoned for two …

White House: Interview of US President Bush by Suthichai Sae-Yoon …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Q Why haven’t the sanctions against Burma worked? THE PRESIDENT: Because not every country is applying them. And sanctions — the idea of unilateral ..

The Associated Press –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed people in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in the …

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

“Save the Children has clearly demonstrated that aid given to Myanmar can be effective and make a dramatic difference, whilst still meeting international …

Proposal sealed with a kiss as sailors arrive

Portsmouth News, UK –

The crew of HMS Edinburgh were involved in everything from drug busts to the mercy mission in Burma after Cyclone Nargis. Edinburgh’s commanding officer …

Rice Elevates New Zealand from ‘Friend’ to ‘Ally’

The Public Record, California –

… the Sudan and Burma, and the serious erosion of human rights in her own jurisdiction, not least at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. …

US 1st lady to visit Mae Sot

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

… activists and human rights advocates. “She has found the people of Burma to be lovely with a gentle manner,” she said, responding to written questions. …

Berlin to Beijing

New Yorker, United States –

When I was in Burma in June, where China is deeply resented for propping up the military regime, an outspoken woman told me, “We hope the Olympics go a-flop …

Asean Charter A No-go In Jakarta?

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
… Thailand and the Philippines were ‘real’ parliaments—“unlike the ones in Singapore and Myanmar (Burma) which follow whatever their governments wish …

Vialuxe News, CA –

… Block Burmese JADE act of 2008″ into law on Tuesday, effectively banning the importation of ruby and jadeite from Burma/Myanmar into the United States. …

Laura Bush to visit border area

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) has welcomed a planned meeting between Mr Bush and Burmese dissidents in Bangkok on Aug 6. Hseng Noung, a member of the …

Corporations And Human Rights Abuses In Burma

Huffington Post, NY –

The oil and natural gas industry earned the government of Burma (through the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise ‘MOGE’) approximately 2.16 billion …

Beijing’s catch-22

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

In Burma, the Chinese cut arms sales to the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations, and Beijing played an …

Winter Sports School to act globally

Park Record, UT –

After Myanmar (formerly Burma) was hit by a catastrophic cyclone this spring, Guetschow and her peers were rocked by reports saying that aid was not getting …

Olympic colour cannot hide grey of Mao suit

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

Few would regard such widespread human rights abuses as compatible with loftiest of the Olympic ideals, especially in a country which backs Burma and …

Islamic Malaysia in Asean club?

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei remain predominantly Muslim, but they are flanked by predominantly Buddhist Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and even Vietnam. …

A case of dignity

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

The Chinese government has failed to live up to the commitments it made before being awarded the Olympic Games to improve its human rights situation and to …

SF Chronicle Submissions

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

Beyond its borders, China also regularly uses its UN veto power to support everything from genocide in Darfur and Burma and nuclear proliferation in Iran to …

Conrad Black: The West is confronted by opportunity, not a retreat

National Post, Canada –

Kagan is right that rulers like, and populations, tolerate autocracies, and that China and Russia won’t help overthrow despots, as in Iran and Burma. …

Bush visit comes at a low ebb for democracy

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

More than 1 million people from Burma are working in Thailand, taking up jobs that Thais do not want. Along the way, their cheap labour is helping this …

US sanctions target gem industry

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

“We are tightening financial sanctions against Burma’s repressive junta and the companies that finance it,” Szubin said. “The regime’s refusal to protect …

UN investigator to assess human rights in Myanmar

Reuters –

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta has invited a UN investigator to make his first visit next week so he can assess the human rights …

ChevronTexaco Lobbies Bush Administration In an Effort to Avoid …

Earthrights.org, DC –

Washington, DC, August 1, 2008 – Mired in controversies over its global human rights and environmental record, Chevron Corporation announced today that ..

Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi: Beijing’s It-couple

Times Online, UK –

Her parents were Chinese immigrants in Burma who returned to Beijing in the Fifties; they were translators at the Bureau of Foreign Languages, …

Club vs country row on show in AFC

Howrah News Service, India –

Previously teams from Myanmar (formerly Burma) played a fast paced game with little variations. Falopa’s Brazilian influence is obvious. …

Three months after cyclone, children in Myanmar face long-term …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

(August 1, 2008) — Save the Children continues to assist children and their families three months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar. …

US Asked UN About Exchange Rate Issues in Burma Year Before Latest …

MyFox Milwaukee, WI –

… spending in Burma, which the country’s military regime renamed Myanmar, had soared spectacularly, totaling more than $74 million between 2002 and 2006. …

To go or not go, what the travel experts say

Globe and Mail, Canada –

Defending Lonely Planet’s Myanmar (Burma), for example, publisher Alex Fenby has written that the guide “is one of only a very few sources of information …

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August 2, 2008 at 3:50 am

World focus on Burma (1 August 2008)

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Burmese cruises cancelled

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The 108-passenger riverboat was to resume trips in September, following repairs to damage caused during May’s devastating cyclone. …

New UN Rights Rapporteur to visit Burma

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi — The newly appointed United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur for Burma will embark on his first visit to the Southeast Asian nation next week, …

Pelosi to Bush: It Is Essential That You Speak Out for Human …

MarketWatch –

On the eve of your trip to China to attend the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the human rights situation in China and Tibet is worsening and new restrictions …

Advertisers try to do good!

Ode Magazine, CA –

However with the natural disasters in both Burma and China rightfully dominating the world media – and thus eclipsing the Tibet issue – we felt the need to …

Burma Organizes Field Trip to Cyclone-Affected Areas for Foreign …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The Government of Myanmar organized a field trip involving more than 148 representatives of foreign missions, UN agencies, international non-governmental …

Burma: UN Revises Relief Funds, Recovery Projects in Wake of Cyclone

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

THE United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s revised US$33.5 million appeal for Myanmar will directly target more than 150000 delta households the …

Burma Signs Landmark ASEAN Charter at Foreign Ministers’ Meeting …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… Mr Lee Hsien Loong, highlighted the important role ASEAN has played in helping Myanmar deal with the devastation caused by the cyclone. …

Monks and students object to 2010 elections

Mizzima.com, India –

In the meantime, the junta has invited UN special envoy Mr. Ibrahim Gambari to visit to Burma in mid-August. But pro-democracy opposition forces do not …

Between old and new

The Australian, Australia –

And the contrast between a truly totalitarian country such as Burma and contemporary China was made clear by their governments’ responses to their …

Another “Bright Shining Lie”

Huffington Post, NY –

If the communists took Indochina, Thailand would fall, then Burma and on across the Asian sub-continent. Jingoists, confused over which way the dominoes …

Hmong: Repatriation by Laotian Government Condemned

UNPO, Netherlands –

It is also know as the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (LPDR) and is ruled by a military junta which remains a staunch ally of Burma and North Korea. …

Bush looks to Thai trip to raise Burma awareness

Mizzima.com, India –

Burma’s generals have long drawn the ire of the human rights community, most recently over the inadequate and inefficient handling of relief operations in …

Myanmar cyclone disaster funding falls flat

Monsters and Critics.com –

Yangon – While the 2004 tsunami that killed a quarter of a million people in Asia sparked a tidal wave of aid from the world community, so far Myanmar’s …

Actor who helped cyclone Nargis victims could get two years in prison

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

… CDs (showing cyclone-hit areas in Irrawaddy and Yangon) and about a thousand dollars for cyclone victims. In the last few days Burma’s military junta, …

Scotland: Burma Demo August 9th 12.30pm

Amnesty International UK, UK –

On 8 August 1988 (8/8/88) hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Burma to protest against human rights abuses by the ruling military junta.

Exile says democracy in Myanmar needs new military

International Herald Tribune, France –

He was speaking ahead of demonstrations planned in Manila to mark the 20th anniversary of a failed student-led uprising in Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Rice Supplies Stable, Prices Falling

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma lost many of its paddy farms and thousands of tons of stored rice following Cyclone Nargis. A canoe unload rice husks from Rangoon river on July 24 in …

Press for Release of Political Prisoners, Say Activists

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Benjamin Zawacki, an Amnesty International researcher on Burma, said, “We will hope that the special rapporteur can persuade the government of Myanmar to …

Living through the age of denial

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

By then, my father, a major in the US Army Air Corps and operations officer for the 1st Air Commando Group in Burma (now Myanmar), had, I believe, …

Business Roundup (August 1, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Progress on this front is being seen as a big positive in the bilateral ties between the two countries, which had soured after Myanmar [Burma] decided to …

Junta May Allow More Daily Newspapers

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Myanmar Times was formed in 2000 by Ross Dunkley and Sunny Swe, a son of one of Burma’s then high ranking military intelligence officers, Brig-Gen Thein …

Bush and Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By AUNG ZAW US President George W Bush has never been to Burma, and he once called the country’s detained Nobel Peace Prize laureate “Aung Suu San Kyi,” …

‘You could still see bodies floating about’

Filey Today, UK –

Rev Hattan said: “After the cyclone, in one sense I wanted to go even more and stand with those people who had a hard enough life as it was. …

Teacher makes final push in barefoot trek

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

A TEACHER who is walking barefoot to London to raise funds and awareness of human rights abuses in Burma is set to arrive on Monday.

Bomb blasts in two states in Burma

The Standard, Hong Kong –

The blasts, hitting an electricity pylon and telephone operator office, were blamed on ethnic Karen anti-government insurgents by the New Light of Myanmar …

Cyclone Nargis Response Update, 01 Aug 2008

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy Delta region and Yangon township on the 2nd of May, 2008. At last count, 138000 people were left dead or missing …

China Farms Abroad

Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong –

This is especially true in Southeast Asia, with its operations extending into Burma, Laos, the Philippines and Indonesia. As evidence of the country’s …

Identity Crisis

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

Because of lack of basic rights and opportunities, hilltribes like the Karen see tourism as a way of living. (Photo courtesy: JAOWATANA/ The Nation) A Hmong …

From power plants to planning board

Laconia Citizen, NH –

Favorite trip ever was a monthlong visit to the countries of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) in 2004. Mountain hiking was my sport for many years and I earned …

Moving Too Slowly

THE BIRTH: A signing ceremony at the very first meeting of the Asean in Bangkok on 8 Aug 1967. (Photo courtesy: AFP)

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –

For instance, Burma’s record on human rights and democratic advancement is quite distinct. Indonesia will certainly strive to make respect for democracy, …

Myanmar charges comedian with public order offence

Reuters –

As one of the former Burma’s most recognised public faces, Zarganar had been a focal point of the informal relief effort by private citizens into the delta. …

Bush: Burma’s Neighbors Not Interested in Sanctions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON — US President George W Bush said on Thursday that neighboring countries do not favor economic sanctions against Burma, …

President Bush: US not neglecting Asia

The Associated Press –

He is to meet with activists opposed to the military regime in Myanmar during his Bangkok stay and will raise human rights and religious issues when he …

China in ‘No Mood for Criticism’

No one will be able to say there’s a shortage of ‘security’ at the

2008 Olympic Games WATCH

Worldmeets.us, NY –

And on Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on China to end its human rights abuses and stop supporting the regime in …

President Bush: US not neglecting Asia

The Associated Press –

Another theme of his trip will be human rights: He plans to meet with activists opposed to Myanmar’s ruling junta while in Bangkok and raise human rights …

Richard Weiner, Managing Partner of Sidley Austin’s Brussels Office

Law.com (subscription), CA –

National Foreign Trade Council], was about whether the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could have its own foreign policy with respect to Burma when it was in …

UN rights envoy travels to Burma before uprising anniversary

The Standard, Hong Kong –

A United Nations human rights envoy is heading to Burma for meetings with junta officials in a visit that comes days before the 20th anniversary of a …

An ill wind that blows good

CanadianChristianity.com, Canada –

Witnessing For Christ, an indigenous ministry based in Burma (Myanmar) that is assisted by Intercede International based in Fort Erie, Ontario, …

Group reflects on a busy year

Wellington Times, Australia –

… the primary school breakfast program, Meals on Wheels and the appeal for the Burma cyclone which was closely followed by the China earthquake appeal. …

Bush picks Bangkok to declare US-asia links

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Asked whether First Lady Laura Bush will be speaking on behalf of democracy fighters in Burma, Bush replied: “I have no doubt about that. …

Bush Issues Another Executive Order Concerning Intelligence

OpEdNews, PA –

… are wrong to only characterize his orders as ranging “from restrictions on striped bass fishing to sanctions against Myanmar’s [Burma’s] government. …

Bush vows to ‘press hard’ for democracy

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

”[But] there’s a difference [between us] about how hard people should push for democracy in Burma. I’m at one end of the ledger. …

Bush: US remains very engaged in Far East

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

There’s a difference about how hard people should push for democracy in Burma. I’m at one end of the ledger. And we’ll continue to press hard. …

Burma junta gives go-ahead for visit by new UN Human rights rapporteur

Radio Australia, Australia –

The new UN Human Rights rapporteur for Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, will conduct his first mission next week after getting the go-ahead from the military …

Olympics: US resolution upsets China

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The exiles include Wei Jingsheng, a democracy activist who spent nearly 20 years in prison before seeking exile in the US, and a Uighur rights campaigner, …

Brown’s courage and vision deficit knows no borders

guardian.co.uk, UK –

As for Zimbabwe and Burma, it might feel good to express fury about human rights abuses but having an effect is another matter. …

New UN rapporteur to vist Burma next week

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… the people of Myanmar,” the council said in a press release announcing the visit. The UN uses the name for Burma adopted by the military dictatorship. …

UN human rights expert to visit Myanmar next week

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –

31 July 2008 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar will conduct his first mission to the Asian country next week …

Roundtable Interview of the President by Foreign Print Media

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

There’s a difference about how hard people should push for democracy in Burma. I’m at one end of the ledger. And we’ll continue to press hard. …

What better time than the Olympics to extinguish the flames of …

J. – the Jewish News weekly of Northern California, CA –

But it is also a time to remind the Chinese government of their responsibility to address the human rights violations in Tibet, Burma and Sudan, …

Burmese monks and students lashes at the UN for back stepping

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

We expect that he will similarly employ his moral authority in Burma/Myanmar, stand up for the rights of the people of Burma/Myanmar and call the outcome of …

Months after Myanmar cyclone, one million yet to receive help, aid …

Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is ruled by a junta that is leery of outsiders, and initially international aid agencies also had trouble getting …

Beijing Olympics: Myanmar to send six athletes to the Games

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

… the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising led by students in Myanmar. The military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since …

“Dr. No” stands alone yet again

Campaign for Liberty Blog, Va. –

Certainly I do not condone human rights abuses, wherever they may occur, but as Members of the US House of Representatives we have no authority over the

Asia Beat: Jul 31 08

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada

MIa-FarrowRangoon, Burma

Actress Mia Farrow has joined other prominent female activists to slam Burma’s ruling junta on its human rights record in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The women’s groups called for better protection from violence, an end to forced labour and better safeguarding of their human rights. Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma’s southwestern delta region in May leaving 138,000 people dead or missing.

World focus on Burma (25 July 2008)

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Buzz Briefs: Phil Spector, Mia Farrow

CBS News, NY –

Farrow also said US President George W. Bush missed an opportunity to take a strong stand against China’s ties with Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Quenching thirst A couple’s factories use clay to make water …

The Register-Guard, OR –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a poor country in Southeast Asia ruled by a military junta. Controversy erupted in the storm’s aftermath when …

Regime pocketing Burma aid, say exiles

Financial Times, UK –

By Harvey Morris at the United Nations As much as a fifth of the tens of millions of dollars in international aid sent to Burma’s cyclone victims is being …

America Must Continue to Stand for Freedom, Bush Says

NewsBlaze, CA –

Honoring a group of democracy activists from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe, Bush urged the release of all prisoners of …

UN relief chief admits to “loss” of aid money in exchange duplicity

Mizzima.com, India –

The source, who wished not to be named for fear of reprisal told Mizzima, aid money transferred to Burma has to go through the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, …

Human rights commissioner fought a long battle for her own rights

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

THE new United Nations high commissioner for human rights,the South African judge Navanethem Pillay, has spent a lifetime toppling barriers and exceeding …

Mia Farrow slams Myanmar post-cyclone rights record

AFP –

The US actress-turned-activist spoke to reporters as she returned from visiting the Thai border with Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — where she met …

Fishing Families Struggle to Survive After Burma Cyclone

FOXNews –

Last year, Burma exported some 350000 tons of seafood to European and Asian countries, much of it from the vast delta with its long coastline and spider web …

CRPP meets to discuss election and envoy visit

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

CRPP secretary Aye Thar Aung, who is also secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy and an ethnic people’s representative, said the group had not yet …

Billboards removed by Mandalay authorities

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… that Mandalay authorities had not taken down signs the group has been hanging at its offices for the past year saying, “Oppose sanctions against Burma”. …

Families forced out of homes in Ton Tay

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… in Rangoon’s Ton Tay township have been ordered to move out so the properties can be demolished and the land used for new homes for cyclone victims. …

Ten Students Sentenced to Hard Labor

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Ten students—mostly Muslims—who were active in the Buddhist monk-led peaceful demonstrations in September 2007 in Burma were each sentenced …

Cross-border Trade in Mae Sot

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The other passengers are neither foreigners nor Thai tourists, keen to explore the beauty of the Burma’s natural environment in the southeastern frontier. …

Indonesia Taking an Active Role in Burma’s Affairs

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“No Asean country can influence Burma,” said Roshan Jason, executive director of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus. “If they could, monks would …

Archbishop of Canterbury Seeks Lambeth Compliant Partners from …

Virtue Online, PA –

The list of 17 provinces includes Hong Kong, South Korea, North India, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, Myanmar (Burma) Papua New Guinea, …

Mia Farrow Calls for Global Pressure at Olympics for Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Farrow also said US President George W Bush missed an opportunity to take a strong stand against China’s ties with Burma by agreeing to attend the opening …

UN Aid Chief Acknowledges Access, Exchange Rate Issues

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING The United Nations’ top humanitarian relief official, completing a three-day tour of cyclone-hit areas of Burma’s Irrawaddy delta on …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We fully understand that the people of Burma/Myanmar are solely responsible for bringing about change in our country. However, when we are faced with the …

US Rally to commemorate Black July draws over 600

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

The rally also protested the financial support provided by the Chinese Government to the Governments of Sri Lanka and Burma. ..

Burmese junta pockets millions in foreign aid currency scam

First Post, UK –

Representatives of several Western governments and Burma’s partners within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations baulked at the idea of committing …

Singapore Says Burma Yet to Rule Whether Aung Suu Kyi Can Contest …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Speaking to reporters at the closing ceremony of four-day Asean meetings here, Mr Yeo said: ‘Myanmar Foreign Minister (Mr Nyan Win) informed us that …

Compensation awarded to migrants’ families

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Htoo Chit, director of the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma in Phang Nga province, Thailand, praised the work of NGOs in bringing about the …

Roundtable of US Secretary Condoleezza Rice with Press, 24 July 2008

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

It was a meeting that took place just shortly before I had the US-ASEAN ministerial. And so we talked principally about regional issues, and about Burma and …

1990 representatives call for dialogue

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

… Irrawaddy, said current international policies towards Burma were misguided. The five said they appreciated calls by world leaders for the Burmese junta …

Press Release: DVB web site hit by DDoS attack

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 25, 2008 (DVB)–The website run by the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma radio and TV station has been hit by a persistent and severe Distributed …

UN: Burmese exchange gains on aid ‘unsustainable’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

“A lot of the assistance we supply would be purchased overseas, so there is no foreign exchange loss on that,” said Daniel Baker, the Myanmar-based …

The Associated Press –

Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. Farrow also lamented President Bush’s decision to attend the opening ceremonies, saying it was “a missed opportunity …

US To Myanmar: Cooperate Or …

RTT News, NY –

(RTTNews) – The United States Thursday warned Myanmar’s military junta that it would seek to impose “stronger measures” if it does not cooperate with UN …

US Wants Results in Burma; China Wants Patience

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS Differences on Burma between key members of the Security Council reappeared on Thursday as Ibrahim Gambari, …

Beijing denounces proposed US resolution on human rights

Macau Daily Times, Macau –

… rights of its citizens, to cease repression of Tibetan and Uighur citizens, and to end its support for the governments of Sudan and Burma (Myanmar). …

Out of Myanmar

BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT –

Three were from Myanmar — formerly Burma — and three from Iraq, which, with Bhutan, has become another major source of refugees in northern Vermont. …

Glamour on the menu at city charity night

ChesterChronicle.co.uk, UK –

The fundraiser, organised by Eileen Owens of Bollicini, raised funds for cyclone and earthquake victims in Burma and China through the themed evening, …

Shortfall In Current Funding Commitments To Halve Malaria …

Medical News Today, UK –

Suriname in northern South America received from GFATM US$147 per person at risk of malaria, while Myanmar (Burma) received about US$0.01 per person-at-risk …

A distressing record of siding with the bad guys

Business Day, South Africa –

As a consequence, SA’s international reputation as a guardian of human rights and democracy suffered enormously. While Russia and China’s “no” votes on such …

Pre-Olympic Contest to Win Public Opinion over China’s Rights Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Darfur and Burma, and groups championing religious freedom and human rights are all delighted …

UN demands concrete Myanmar reforms

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

But on Thursday several members of the UN Security Council warned Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, that it could face increased pressure if it did not move …

Pre-Olympic Contest to Win Public Opinion over China’s Rights Record

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, activists for Darfur and Burma, and groups championing religious freedom and human rights are all delighted …

Burma’s Battered Fisheries Worsen

TIME –

In the first full assessment of the disaster, the UN, Burma government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, this week warned of a …

South African Named UN Commissioner for Human Rights

Washington Post, United States –
By Colum Lynch UNITED NATIONS, July 24 — South African judge Navanethem Pillay was named Thursday as the UN high commissioner for human rights, …

Asean on the Rocks

Wall Street Journal –

Asean isn’t the only group that has failed to engage Burma effectively; the UN has hardly done better. But it’s telling that during the relief efforts after …

US Congress renews Myanmar import ban legislation

AFP –

“Today, the United States Senate sent an unmistakable message to the military junta in Burma — America continues to stand squarely with the people of Burma …

BURMA: UN Missions Draw Derision

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

‘’We fully understand that the people of Burma/Myanmar are solely responsible for bringing about change in our country. However, when we are faced with the …

UN aid chief warns still much to be done in Burma

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Survivors of Burma’s devastating cyclone will be dependent on aid for at least another six months, the United Nations humanitarian chief has warned. …

Myanmar cyclone ‘air bridge’ to end next month

AsiaOne, Singapore –

‘It doesn’t mean there will be no more aid flights,’ Mr Holmes told reporters in Bangkok after a 3-day trip to assess aid operations in the former Burma. …

US to renew ban on Myanmar imports

Times of India, India –

“Today, the United States Senate sent an unmistakable message to the military junta in Burma — America continues to stand squarely with the people of Burma …

US threatens if Burma rejects UN demands

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

New York (dpa) – The United States said Thursday that it would seek to impose “stronger measures” if Burma’s military regime continues to refuse to …

Myanmar Must Make Positive Proposals to UN Envoy, US Says

Bloomberg –

“Is there a way to move Burma to a political track that would finally make something of what is right now a kind of mockery?” she said, adding that the …

AFP –

“Things have gone backwards in Burma (Myanmar) over the last six months,” British Ambassador John Sawers said ahead of the council meeting. …

More Australian aid for Burma

ABC Online, Australia –

This week Burma ratified the charter set down by the ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) which will include provisions for greater human rights …

In Burma, Foreign Aid Agencies Now Wrestling With Loss Of Funds

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

The situation in Burma after getting hit by Cyclone Nargis is back in the headlines. This time, it has much to do with money issues. …

US Congressional Panel Advances Rights Measure Linked to Olympics

Voice of America –

“The situation in Tibet and the support for the PRC for those regimes in Myanmar [Burma] and of course its horrendous policy in Sudan, that it is a shame …

UN Security Council split on how to deal with Myanmar

Reuters –

“Things have gone backwards in Burma over the last six months or so.” But China’s UN Ambassador Wang Guangya said there was no need for council action and …

Burmese aid cash lost to exchange rate trick

Times Online, UK –

This week a joint report by the Burmese Government, the UN and South-East Asian governments said that $1 billion (£500million) one billion US dollars would …

USAID Hosts President Bush to Discuss the Freedom Agenda

PR Newswire (press release), NY –

The President has more than doubled funding for democracy, governance, and human rights programs since taking office, and his Budget continues to increase …

Obama Speaks in Berlin, McCain Focuses on Economic Issues at Home

Voice of America –

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran or the voter in Zimbabwe? Will we give meaning to the words, …

UN envoy says aid getting to Burma’s cyclone victims

ABC Online, Australia –

By South East Asia correspondent Karen Percy The United Nation’s humanitarian envoy John Holmes says aid money for Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis is …

Myanmar cyclone “air bridge” to end next month

Reuters –

“It doesn’t mean there will be no more aid flights,” Holmes told reporters in Bangkok after a 3-day trip to assess aid operations in the former Burma. …

Western Interests Dictate Security Council Agenda

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

United Nations, 24 July, (IPS): The continued political deadlock over a rash of ongoing crises — including Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Kosovo, …

Rice: Burma’s Democracy Restoration Efforts A ‘Mockery’

RTT News, NY –

Addressing a ministerial gathering of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Rice said that Myanmar is “badly out of step” with the …

Bush asks Myanmar to set free Aung San Suu Kyi

Hindu, India –

He stressed on release of all prisoners of conscience including Ayman Nour of Egypt, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, Oscar Bisset of Cuba and Riad Sief of Syria. …

Blu-ray REVIEW

DVDTOWN.com –

The picture opens with a haunting prologue taking place roughly twenty years ago somewhere in one of the exotic jungles close to Burma. …

Bush Promotes Freedom Agenda

Voice of America –

… once again called for the release of prisoners of conscience around the world – such as Burmese Nobel Laureate and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. …

World focus on Burma (23 July 2008)

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Open China’s great firewall

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Egypt, Syria, Russia, and Burma (Myanmar) are among those countries known to crack down on citizens who use the Internet to protest. …

Southeast Asia Nations Back Indo-US Nuclear Deal – PTI

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar [Burma], the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Discrimination over aid distribution among cyclone victims: new report

Mizzima.com, India –

Ko Shwe, author of the report, said he travelled extensively to cyclone-hit areas, particularly to Laputta and Ngaputaw townships in Burma’s southwestern …

US removes oil giant from Burma sanctions

guardian.co.uk, UK –

The US oil giant Chevron will continue to do business in Burma after a provision to stop it operating there was removed from the latest round of US …

Congress Bows to Big Oil in Burma

The Washington Independent, DC –

More recently, the junta barred most international aid in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta in May. …

Activists urge action after ASEAN charter ratification

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 23, 2008 (DVB)–Burmese rights activists have welcomed Burma’s ratification of the ASEAN charter but urged that public education and an enforcement …

Authorities censor Nargis cartoons

Mizzima.com, India –

The cartoons were exhibited for a fund raising drive in an exhibition entitled ‘Wakeup from Storm’ for Cyclone Nargis victims. Five officials of the Cartoon …

Burmese Junta censors Cyclone cartoons

Mizzima.com, India –

Burma’s military authorities on Tuesday banned several cartoons at a fund raising exhibition for victims of Cyclone-Nargis, for allegedly violating censor …

Remarks at ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference

US Department of State, DC –

We are especially concerned, as you know, about the situation in Burma. And the United States did indeed extend humanitarian assistance. …

Human rights group backs increased pressure on Burma

Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

“Furthermore, we call on the UN Security Council to impose a universal arms embargo on the regime in Burma, and to refer a case against Burma’s Generals to …

US Tamils to Hold Black July Rally and Vigil

TamilNet, Sri Lanka –

The joint rally will protest China against its military support to Sri Lanka and Burma whose governments are accused of committing grave human rights …

Relief Must Focus on Remote Areas: Holmes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING After visiting cyclone-hit areas of Burma’s Irrawaddy delta on Tuesday, John Holmes, the United Nations’ chief humanitarian relief official …

Speculation Surrounds Future UWSA Leaders

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE As Bao Yuxiang, the chairman of one of the largest armed groups in Burma, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), remains in ill heath, …

Metro Snapshot: July 23, 2008

Metro Canada – Toronto, Canada –

STAYING BEHIND BARS:After word spread that Myanmar’s military may be releasing democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi within six months, a Singapore newspaper …

Burma activist’s trek crosses Morris

Dailyrecord.com, NJ –

His name is simply Athein, a 35-year-old native of Burma, which was renamed Myanmar 20 years ago by the ruling military junta. Athein’s stroll along the …

Washington Post Editor’s Dad Has Anti-Bush Blog

Gawker, NY –

Furthermore, Burma initially rejected all foreign aid whereas Mr. Bush only rejected aid from Cuba. As the recent hearings show, by not tracking the …

Barefoot for Burma

Melton Today, UK –

A teacher walked barefoot through Melton on Monday on his way from Scotland to London to raise the plight of children in Burma. Carrying only salt, rice, …

Great Falls resident helps effort to get life-saving drugs into …

Great Falls Tribune, MT –

Three days after Myanmar, formerly called Burma, was ravaged by Cyclone Nargis, the country’s worst tropical storm in 25 years, Sollid and five other …

Thai Paper Urges More Pressure on Burma

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

The foreseeable future for Burma is clear: there will be no opposition to worry the junta. What is emerging from the ASEAN ministerial meeting is an …

China to Strengthen Cooperation With ASEAN

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar [Burma], the Philippines, Singapore, …

Current Affairs Heavy Hearts and High Hopes

Velocity, KY –

But Eh Doh Htoo, a refugee from Myanmar (formerly called Burma), has had plenty of other things on his mind, too, since he arrived in Louisville in March …

Australia to give more aid to Myanmar, US says it’s ready to …

International Herald Tribune, France –

… in addressing the root cause of Burma’s grave problem, the repression of the Burmese democracy movement,” Rice said, using the former name for Myanmar. …

UN Security Council to Discuss Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS NEW YORK — As the United Nations plans to send special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to Burma in September and the Security Council …

Asean EU-style Union Likely to Stumble

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Burma ratified the charter this week, but immediately declared in Singapore that it will resist any attempt by guardians of a future Asean human rights …

Rice urges ASEAN to push Myanmar to reform

Reuters –

“It was in the interest of ASEAN and the people of Burma to persuade Myanmar’s leaders to free political prisoners and to open up a dialogue with the …

US Senate Bans on Import of Burmese Gems

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Congress began to consider the legislation in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, when the Burmese regime placed restrictions that severely limited the ability …

UN pulls out of cyclone-swamped Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – The United Nations is to stop flying in aid to Myanmar/Burma in August, forcing relief agencies to find another way to bring in vital supplies to …

Singapore And US Reaffirm Their Strong Relations

Bernama, Malaysia –

They also discussed developments in Myanmar and the important mission of United Nations’ Special Envoy Professor Ibrahim Gambari to meet the country’s …

Opposition leader to be freed in six months?

Metro, UK –

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest in about six months, the military junta has suggested. Ms Suu Kyi is approaching the …

New Zealand to Provide Further Funding for Burma Relief

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

New Zealand will provide a further 2m dollars [approx 1.5m US] for ongoing relief efforts in Myanmar [Burma], announced Foreign Minister Winston Peters …

Millions in Myanmar cyclone aid still to be released

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

GENEVA, July 22, 2008 (AFP) – More than 5.8 million dollars in emergency aid for victims of Myanmar’s cyclone Nargis is still to be released by donor …

US Congress approves legislation to bar Myanmar gems

AFP –

… clear message to the junta that the United States stands squarely with the freedom-loving people of Burma,” McConnell said, using Myanmar’s former name. …

Australia to give aid to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

SINGAPORE (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday an extra $29 million in aid for survivors of Myanmar’s May cyclone, but pressed its recalcitrant military …

Australia injects 29 million US dollars more for cyclone victims

Monsters and Critics.com –

‘We made this contribution because we are very pleased with the progress that ASEAN and the United Nations have made in conjunction with Myanmar,’ he told …

Burma urged to hold free, fair election

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

AUSTRALIA has repeated its call for Burma to hold free and fair elections and release Aung San Suu Kyi after the junta ratified an ASEAN charter setting …

Australia calls on Myanmar to hold free elections

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Australia has reiterated calls for Myanmar to release Aung San Suu Kyi after the junta ratified an ASEAN charter setting principles of human rights, …

Aus pledges another $30 million in Myanmar cyclone aid

NDTV.com, India –

Australia has committed an extra 30 million dollars (USD 29 million) to Myanmar cyclone relief, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Wednesday. …

US Congress passes new Myanmar gemstone sanctions bill

International Herald Tribune, France –

… a gap in current sanctions, which already bar the importation of gemstones directly from Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. …

Burma, North Korea Top Southeast Asian Security Agenda

Media Newswire (press release), NY –

Rice will meet with ASEAN ministers July 23 to take stock of US-ASEAN cooperation on regional issues, Marciel said, including Burma’s cyclone recovery and …

Suu Kyi: ‘Don’t just sit there. Do something.’

Pacific Daily News, GU –

When the junta organized the “Visit Myanmar Year 1996,” Suu Kyi declared, “we would like potential visitors to Burma to show they are not going to buy their …

Dine out and help a good cause

Camden Haven Courier, Australia –

Her latest project will raise funds for the victims in Burma’s Cyclone Nargis in the Irrawaddy Delta. Tin is a Burma-born Australian and, with her husband …

Burmese still waiting on $6m in cyclone aid

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

MORE than $US5.8 million ($5.94 million) in emergency aid for victims of Burma’s cyclone Nargis is still to be released by donor countries, the World Health …

Flowering Bamboo Leads to Starvation in Burma

The Epoch Times, NY –

“The situation is at a critical point,” said Salai Bawi Lian Mang, head of the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) which is monitoring the situation. …

Burma Dissidents Urge UN Secretary General To Intervene In Crisis

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

The military government of Burma, which it calls Myanmar, has been reluctant to allow foreign Christian groups to enter the country, although some managed …

John McCain’s Remarks on Abortion to National Pro-Life Convention

LifeNews.com, MT –

And I know that I have a personal obligation to advocate human rights wherever they are denied, in Bosnia or Burma, in Cuba or the Middle East, …

SE Asian nations fail to win Thai-Cambodia breakthrough

Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –

The fracas did manage to shove Myanmar out of the spotlight it usually occupies with great uneasiness at Asean meetings. The meetings began with a rare ray …

Japan Vows Additional Aid for Myanmar

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Singapore, July 22 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura on Tuesday promised to provide cyclone-hit Myanmar with additional aid worth 21 …

Local concert raises $11000

Independent and Free Press, Canada –

… John’ United Church, was so moved by the plight of the people of Burma (Myanmar) and China, that she decided to put together a benefit concert to help. …

CPJ calls on Burma donors to consider media access

CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –

Those detained include Aung Kyaw San, editor-in-chief of the Myanmar Tribune; Ma Eine Khine Oo, a journalist with Ecovision Journal; popular commentator, …

Australia gives $30m to Burma

NEWS.com.au, Australia –

AUSTRALIA has boosted its funding to Cyclone Nargis-ravaged Burma by $30 million, the Government has announced. The increase brings Australia’s total …

‘Suu Kyi will not be freed in 6 months’

Howrah News Service, India –

Singapore: Burma’s foreign minister has said pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi can be kept in detention legally until late 2009 and not until December …

ASEAN all talk and no action on temple spat

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Thailand disagreed yesterday and the plan was abandoned. Burma also put its foot down on an ASEAN plan to set up a human rights body. AP.

Myanmar objects to monitoring powers of new ASEAN human rights body

JURIST –

The comments, made during a Monday meeting to organize the new ASEAN human rights committee, indicate that Myanmar [JURIST news archive] may block attempts …

World focus on Burma (15 July 2008)

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Amnesty’s biggest-ever Edinburgh Festival line-up announced

Amnesty International UK, UK –

Other Amnesty highlights this year include two visual exhibitions, a play on Burma (with an exclusive Festival demonstration for human rights), …

Sudan indictment seen as ray of hope

TravelVideo.tv (press release) –

The Sudan development serves also as a warning to other goon regimes, like the one in Burma that their clock is winding down and justice, while often slow …

British MPs call on Govt. to investigation Mahn Sha’s assassination

Mizzima.com, India –

Zoya said, “Though we know that it is the work of the Burmese military junta, there has been no official announcement and we are sad about it. …

Myanmar invites UN envoy for talks on democratic reform

Monsters and Critics.com –

Having recently pushed through a constitution that will assure the military’s control over any elected government, Myanmar’s ruling junta has promised to …

Burma’s outdoor advertising industry in doldrums after Nargis

Mizzima.com, India –

… billboards and other outdoor advertisement have slowly picked up, said Zaw Lin from Myanmar Ganad. But in military-ruled Burma, where the junta keeps a …

Police incompetence; multiple murderers still at large

Mizzima.com, India –

Lack of media freedom in Burma worsens the rising crime rate in Burma. The media in Burma could write about the aforesaid multi-murder case only several …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

Sales of arms to Burma’s military junta receded after last September’s bloody crackdown of dissidents, and China took a more prominent role in UN attempts …

Attitude on fresh election: contest or not

Mizzima.com, India –

The strongest armed force only after the Burmese Army having even anti-aircraft guns and has a reached ceasefire agreement with the junta. …

Donated fishing equipment taken back from villagers

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

The donor also said that local authorities had skimmed off some of the money given by private donors to help cyclone victims. …

Bush Vows to Push China to Honor Religious Freedom

Christian Post –

In his speech, Bush specifically mentioned religious freedom violators Iran, Eritrea, Sudan, North Korea, Burma, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. …

Support plea for repressed kingdom in the clouds

Inverness Courier, UK –

It borders India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and China. It is split into three provinces Amdo, Kham and U-Tsang, which together with western Kham is referred to …

Journeys Within Announces Plan to Continue Myanmar Help

MarketWatch –

… planning a custom tour for January 2009, including Myanmar. Journeys Within offers customized trips to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. …

Thai ministers fear to sign ASEAN pacts after court defeats

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

BANGKOK, July 15 (TNA) – After losing several rounds of court battles in recent weeks at home, Thai Cabinet ministers say they are reluctant to sign any …

June 2008 US-EU Summit Declaration

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

Separately, we remain deeply concerned at continued repression in Burma/Myanmar as well as the lack of progress toward national reconciliation and a …

Agriculture in action

Centre Daily Times, PA –

By Gail Franklin Local residents helped fill rice bowls at the dinner tables of 11 orphanages in Myanmar after deadly Cyclone Nargis hit the country May 2. …

Htein Lin: A Moving Monument

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Perhaps his message was that the “Saffron Revolution” had been as devastating to the military regime as Cyclone Nargis was to the people of lower Burma. …

A Call to Arms?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By KYAW ZWA MOE “Nothing can defeat Burma’s military regime—at least to date.” I wrote those words in a commentary after the monk-led uprising was crushed …

Thai Embassy Raises the Bar for Burmese Seeking Visas

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Nowadays very few people are applying for Thai visas—far fewer than before Nargis,” she said, referring to the devastating cyclone that hit Burma on May …

CENTRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO CONSERVATIONIST

South Devon Herald Express, UK –

“Some experts suggest that the effect of the recent Burma cyclone would have been greatly reduced had areas of mangrove not been developed. …

VITAL CLEETHORPES WORK HELPS SAVE LIVES IN BURMA

Grimsby Evening Telegraph, UK –

Since a cyclone devastated Burma, Cleethorpes Rotary, along with fellow groups in District 1270 – including Louth and Mablethorpe – have raised enough for …

Gambari’s Burma Visit Postponed

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Officials said one factor was that at a time when the UN and Asean are busy coordinating humanitarian relief work in the cyclone-hit area of the Irrawaddy …

Tutu renews his appeal to Anglicans to end their factionalism

Ekklesia, UK –

He is an outspoken advocate for peace, justice and human rights – with HIV/AIDS, global poverty and oppression in Burma, Zimbabwe and Tibet being among his …

Sam Donnellon: Refuse to cover the Olympics? Not for all the tea …

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

And various human-rights groups, not to mention the exploding international blogging community, have called for disruptions at the Games if China’s …

Lecture: Democracy, security and rule of law in Ghana

Joy Online, Ghana –

Democracy, free market, human resource development, human rights, rule of law and social justice have steadfastly remained our Party’s creed since August 4, …

Aid workers vital to rebuilding Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military junta has been trumpeting the fact that more than 1500 international aid workers have been granted visas to the country to assist in the …

Buddhist Monks and Bloggers Band Together in Burma

OpEdNews, PA –

Buddhist monks have given food and shelter to the cyclone survivors. They’ve raised money , medicine, and aid, by preaching Dhamma in public to help the …

Burmese artwork to be given to Pope

The Canberra Times, Australia –

Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Julien Porteous said the Church shared a close bond with the people of Burma, who had suffered greatly in the wake of the cyclone …

RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

Right now the only country using landmines is Burma. Even countries like Israel that did not sign the landmine treaty do not use them. …

From opium to arabica

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Born to parents who had emigrated from Burma, he grew up in Doi Tung. His parents worked in reforestation, which was one of Somdej Yah’s first projects …

Lord Alton reflects on world food summit

Independent Catholic News, UK –

… disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the Sichuan earthquake in China, flooding and droughts and by crop failures in countries like Ethiopia. …

Pope beams in Sydney

CathNews, Australia –

However, 33 pilgims from Burma have arrived after receiving their visas Friday. Thirty three pilgrims, six priests, three mauve nuns – each left a Burma …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

By Joshua Goldberg The Baptist World Alliance announced this week that groups of its volunteers, in a special partnership with the Myanmar Baptist …

India Needs To Reconsider Foreign Policy Following Kabul Embassy …

South Asian Link, Canada –

None of the neighbors such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Burma is willing to support India against China. India should clearly understand …

Why Are Red Cross Reports Confidential?

Slate –

According to ICRC protocol (PDF), the committee can publicly denounce specific human rights breaches if four conditions are met: The violations are major …

China’s war on nature

Business Spectator, Australia –

Indeed, environmental concerns may soon replace human rights as the principal bone of contention between China and the west, now that the People’s Republic …

Bush Calls for Religious Freedom In China, Iran

Voice of America –

Mr. Bush spoke about his recent meeting in Washington with a Chinese human-rights lawyer named Li Baiguang who is a devout Protestant. …

Sf Government InAction: Is Ross Mirkarimi Captain Ahab? Is Burma a …

SF Weekly Blogs, CA –

This isn’t the belief of a Chris Daly who, for all that he is an honorable man (very rare in politics) and by all accounts a better-than-average human being …

RIGHTS: Cluster Bomb Treaty’s Moral Force May Deter US

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

According to Marc Garlasco, a military analyst at Human Rights Watch, evolving international norms are shaping the way the US and other states are using …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

Remarks by the President on the 10th Anniversary of the …

MarketWatch –

So a decade ago, members of Congress — I suspect some of the members here — and religious leaders and human rights activists came together to advance …

Burmese pilgrims overjoyed to arrive in Sydney for World Youth Day …

Catholic News Agency, CO –

Dominic Ych Thiha Saw, one of the Burmese pilgrims carried a box marked with the name “Pope Benedict XVI” containing a painting of a famous lake in Myanmar, …

Family feels persecuted by vandalism attacks

The Dominion Post, New Zealand –

Swastikas and obscenities greeted a Myanmar (formerly Burma) family last Wednesday when they went out to use their car. The Cenhrang family found their car …

Baptists Bring Comfort to Burma

Christian Post –

… Myanmar Baptist Convention, were steadily making headway in combating the “huge unmet basic needs for the victims of the disaster†in Burma. “The …

BREAKING NEWS: Bush Condemns Religious Rights Abuses In Iran …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

Bush also lashed out at Burma, also known as Myanmar, saying he remembered “especially the nation’s Buddhist monks, who have endured brutal raids on their …

World’s Former Only Hindu Country Opens to Christianity

Christian Post –

Missionaries from Myanmar (also known as Burma), Sri Lanka, India, and the United States also spoke. The Myanmar missionary shared about how locals saw the …

Armed Burmese Uprising Morally Justified: Chomsky

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Armed Burmese Uprising Morally Justified: Chomsky


By WAI MOE

Monday, July 14, 2008


Noam Chomsky, one of the most well-known political and social critics in the world, said an armed uprising against Burma’s military regime is a “likely consequence” for the hardships inflicted upon the Burmese people.

Chomsky, in an interview with the Bangkok Post published on Monday, said, “An armed uprising would have to evaluate with care the likely consequences for the people who are suffering.”

The ruling generals have “a good thing going for themselves,” he said. They have nothing to gain by yielding power, and they appear capable of holding on to their power, he said.

“So that’s what they’ll probably do,” he said, “until the military erodes from within.”

Asked if a popular uprising could be successful in Burma, he said it would be a massacre.

“Mass non-violent protests are predicated on the humanity of the oppressor. Quite often it doesn’t work. Sometimes it does, in unexpected ways,” he said.

A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chomsky said it’s appropriate for people to rise up against a brutal government, but it’s not for him to tell people what to do.

“As for assassinating leaders, the question is very much like asking whether it is appropriate to kill murderers,” said Chomsky, who will turn 80 in December.

“They should be apprehended by non-violent means, if possible. If they pull a gun and start shooting, it’s legitimate to kill them in self-defense, if there is no lesser option.”

Chomsky said that China, the biggest supporter of the Burmese generals, would likely tolerate the overthrow of the junta. “Maybe even welcome it,” he said.

The choice of a non-violent uprising depends on an intimate knowledge of a society and its various constituents, he said.

Looking back over US involvement in Burma, he recalled that as part of US cold war policy, the Eisenhower administration supported thousands of Chinese nationalists [Kuomintang] troops when they invaded northern Burma.

As a result, the Chinese armed and supported insurgent groups in the region which led to a 1962 coup and the shift of power to the military, he said.

He said the US, Britain and Israel later sold weapons and invested in oil production in Burma to strengthen the military government.

“These matters are unreported and unknown in the US, apart from specialists and activists,” he said, “because they interfere too dramatically with the doctrine that ‘we are good’ and ‘they are evil,’ the foundation of virtually every state propaganda system.”

For the full interview, see the Bangkok Post:

http://www.bangkokpost.com/140708_Outlook/14Jul2008_out47.php

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‘Resonant and unwavering’

Bangkok Post, July 14, 2008

Noam Chomsky talks to the ‘Bangkok Post’ about the Vietnam War, Burma and the future of the human race

Story by STUART ALAN BECKER

He opposed the Vietnam War long before it was fashionable to do so. He revolutionised the field of linguistics and helped spark the cognitive revolution in psychology. He changed the way scientists approach the study of the human mind.

His “Chomsky Hierarchy” is taught in basic computer science because it offers insight into the nature of how languages are structured. His theories of Generative and Universal Grammar indicate that the human mind comes hard-wired with default settings that enable infants to quickly learn any language spoken around them.

When the US dropped the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, Chomsky walked off into the woods to be alone and contemplate what he later called “one of the most unspeakable crimes in history”.

For the last 50 years Avram Noam Chomsky, now in his 80th year, has been a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was voted No. 1 in the 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll, a list of the 100 most important living public intellectuals, compiled in November, 2005 by Prospect Magazine of the UK and Foreign Policy of the US on the basis of a readers’ ballot consisting of more than 20,000 votes.

Chomsky was followed by, in order, Unberto Eco, Richard Dawkins, Vaclav Havel, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Krugman, Jurgen Habermas, Amartya Sen, Jared Diamond and Salman Rushdie. Further evidence of the quality and resonance of his work comes from the 1992 Arts and Humanities Citation Index, which noted Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any other living scholar from the 1980 to 1992 period, and was the eighth-most cited scholar during any period.

Because of his universal appeal and academic accolades, Chomsky is highly desired as a lecturer and speaker almost everywhere in the world, giving him a unique ability like few people have to cut across all political lines and be welcome and desired everywhere, if for no other reason than you can’t help but respect somebody whose convictions are resonant and unwavering, even if you disagree with them.

Chomsky took the time to answer questions for the Bangkok Post, providing some fascinating answers about the Vietnam War and the current situation in Burma.

You opposed the Vietnam War long before it was fashionable. When and why did you make that decision? Do you feel you made a difference?

I opposed the Vietnam war from the mid-1940s, when the French invaded, a few years later receiving direct US support. But I did not do much beyond signing statements and the like until 1962, when the back pages of the New York Times casually reported that the US Air Force was flying a large proportion of the bombing missions against South Vietnam, with the planes disguised with SVN markings. At that point I realised that I had better learn more about this, began to look into it more carefully, and had to make a hard decision. I had enough experience with political activism to know that if I became involved, it would soon grow to be a major undertaking, with few limits, and I would have to give up a lot that meant a great deal to me. I decided to plunge in, not without reluctance. It took years of hard and painful work of protest and resistance before a real anti-war movement developed. There is no doubt that it made a difference. One illustration comes from the Pentagon Papers, the final section, dealing with the immediate reaction to the Tet revolt; in imperial terminology, it is called the “Tet offensive”, on the tacit assumption that a revolt against our military occupation is aggression. The government considered sending several hundred thousand more troops to South Vietnam, but decided not to because of concern that they would need the troops for civil disorder control at home in the likely event of a mass uprising of unprecedented proportions. We also know that by then 70 per cent of the US population felt that the war was “fundamentally wrong and immoral”, not “a mistake” – while intellectual elites debated whether Washington’s “bungling efforts to do good” were a “mistake” that was becoming too costly to us (Anthony Lewis of the New York Times, at the outer limits of dissidence within the mainstream).

How much any one individual contributed to the radical change of consciousness and understanding, and the willingness to do something about state crimes, it is hard to say.

You have said the US played a significant role in actions that led to the installation of the Burmese junta back in 1962. What’s the subtext, the background we’re not understanding: What are the consequences of the enormous UK investment in Burma, of earlier US weapons sales, of recent Israeli weapons sales to the junta – and of Chevron Oil’s continued supply of millions and millions of dollars in oil money to the junta?

Burma had one of the few elected governments in the region in the 1950s, and was intent on pursuing a neutralist course. The Eisenhower administration was carrying out vigorous efforts to enlist the governments in the region into its Cold War crusades. As part of this broad campaign of subversion and violence, Washington installed thousands of heavily armed Chinese Nationalist troops in northern Burma to carry out cross-border operations into China. Burma vigorously objected, but in vain. The China forces began arming and supporting insurgent minorities in that turbulent region. In reaction, power within Burma began to shift to the military, leading finally to the 1962 coup. The matter is discussed by Audrey and George Kahin, Subversion as Foreign Policy. George Kahin was one of the leading Southeast Asian scholars, virtually the founder of the academic discipline in the US. The consequences of the US-UK-Israeli operations you describe are, of course, to strengthen the military junta. These matters are unreported and unknown in the US, apart from specialists and activists, because they interfere too dramatically with the doctrine that “we are good” and “they are evil”, the foundation of virtually every state propaganda system.

Do you think there’s any chance of a popular uprising being successful in Burma, or do you think those who rise up will only be slaughtered because there’s no advantage for the generals to give up their power?

I do not know enough to be able to answer with any confidence, but I suspect that now it would be a slaughter. On the other hand, the military leaders are ageing, and there may be popular forces developing that can erode their power from within.

Was the Kingdom of Thailand morally justified to host US military bases during the Vietnam War? What lasting effects did the Vietnam War have for Thailand and the region? Is that part of why Thailand is an island of relative easy life, compared to neighbours with more severe problems?

Thailand’s involvement in the US wars in Indochina was a disgrace. I presume Thais, at least some of them, made profit from their participation in the destruction of Indochina. I know that Japan and particularly South Korea gained very substantially. It helped spur their “economic miracles”. To evaluate the lasting effects we have to imagine what Southeast Asia would have been without the sadistic Western (mostly US) interventions of the postwar period – not to speak of what happened before. That’s a topic for a carefully researched book, not a brief discussion – and it would still be highly speculative, by necessity.

Do you find George W. Bush and his wife Laura calling for change in Burma insincere? Do you think the US president’s action on behalf of the suffering and the marginalised in Burma in the wake of Cyclone Nargis would be more justifiable on moral grounds than the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan?

Bush likes to posture as a deeply religious Christian. Perhaps he has even looked at the Gospels. If so, he knows that the famous definition of the hypocrite in the Gospels could have been written with him in mind. One can think of all kinds of ways in which the Bush couple could show their sincerity, were it to exist.

If Saddam Hussein had given some money to hungry children it would have been more justifiable on moral grounds than his gassing of Kurds in Halabja. The same principles hold in the case of Negris vs Iraq-Afghanistan.

What do you think China‘s reaction would be if an internal uprising in Burma was successful?

China would likely tolerate, maybe even welcome, the overthrowing of the junta. There was, of course, a significant US role in actions that elicited the military coup that installed the still-ruling tyranny. But I don’t know how much that bears on the present situation either.

Can you offer any insight into the behaviour of the Burmese generals, their motivations and how things are likely to work out for the people of Burma?

The rulers have a good thing going for themselves, nothing to gain by yielding power and no major risks in using it violently. So that’s what they’ll probably do, until the military erodes from within. Mass non-violent protest is predicated on the humanity of the oppressor. Quite often it doesn’t work. Sometimes it does, in unexpected ways. But judgements about that would have to be based on intimate knowledge of the society and its various strands.

If a regime is so terrible that its generals loot the wealth of the country’s resources for their personal gain, carry out murders, political imprisonment and forced labour, is there a moral justification for an armed uprising of the suffering people?

There certainly is, in my view, with one qualification: An armed uprising would have to evaluate with care the likely consequences for the people who are suffering. I think it’s appropriate for people to rise up, but it’s not for me to tell people to risk mass murder. As for assassinating leaders, the question is very much like asking whether it is appropriate to kill murderers. They should be apprehended by non-violent means, if possible. If they pull a gun and start shooting, it’s legitimate to kill them in self-defence, if there is no lesser option.

Would you give any examples of what could happen if the principle of universality were applied in the world today, between nations that are in conflict?

One example is that Bush, Cheney, Blair, and a host of others would be facing Nuremberg-style tribunals. And the observation generalises very broadly.

What are the greatest dangers facing our human species in the world today and what can we most effectively do about them?

There are two dangers that could reach as far as survival of the species: Nuclear war and environmental disaster.

About nuclear war, we know exactly what to do. In fact, the World Court has ruled that it is a legal obligation of the signers of the non-proliferation treaty to live up to their obligation to eliminate all nuclear weapons. And the non-signers can be brought in as well. To give an example that is highly relevant right now, the US population is overwhelmingly in favour of establishing a nuclear-weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, including Iran and Israel. The US and the UK are formally committed to this policy. When they tried to construct a thin legal cover for their invasion of Iraq, they appealed to Security Council resolution 687, which calls upon Iraq to eliminate weapons of mass destruction. The US-UK invaders claimed that it had not done so. Resolution 687 also commits the signers to establish an NWFZ in the region. If the US were a functioning democracy, in which public opinion influenced policy, the exceedingly hazardous confrontation between the US and Iran could be mitigated, perhaps terminated.

Naturally, none of this can be reported or discussed, and it is inconceivable that any viable political candidate would even hint at the stand of the overwhelming majority of the population. One may recall a remark of Gandhi’s when he was asked what he thought of Western civilisation. His response was that it might be a good idea. The same is true of “democracy promotion”, which, if sincere, would begin at home.

How to stave off the threat of severe environmental catastrophe is less clear, though some measures are obvious: Conservation, research and development of renewable energy, measures to cut back emissions sharply, and others. What is eminently clear is that the longer we delay in addressing these problems, the more grave will be the consequences for future generations.

Stuart Alan Becker, author and a longtime journalist in Asia, is working on a history of US foreign policy since World War Two, and a book containing a lively exchange of correspondence with Professor Chomsky, called ‘Letters to Chomsky’.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/140708_Outlook/14Jul2008_out47.php

ေခတ္ၿပိဳင္ ဂ်ာနယ္

အေမရိကန္ႏုိင္ငံ မက္ဆာခ်ဴးဆက္စက္မႈတကၠသိုလ္ ပါေမာကၡ Mr. Noam Chomsky ႏွင့္ ထုိင္းႏုိင္ငံ ဘန္ေကာက္ပုိ႔စ္သတင္းစာ ေမးျမန္းခန္းမွ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံဆုိင္ရာ ေကာက္ႏုတ္ခ်က္

အသက္ (၈၀) တန္း ရွိေနၿပီျဖစ္သည့္ ပါေမာကၡ Mr. Avram Noam Chomsky သည္ ဘာသာေဗဒ ပညာရွင္၊ အေတြးအေခၚပညာရွင္၊ ႏုိင္ငံေရးလႈပ္ရွားသူ၊ စာေရးဆရာ၊ ကထိက စသည့္ ဂုဏ္ပုဒ္ မ်ားႏွင့္ ေက်ာ္ၾကားသူျဖစ္သည္။ သူ၏ စာတန္းမ်ား၊ သေဘာတရား အယူအဆမ်ားေၾကာင့္ ႏုိင္ငံတကာ တကၠသိုလ္ ပညာတတ္အသုိင္းအ၀န္းႏွင့္ သိပၸံပညာ အသုိင္းအ၀န္းတုိ႔တြင္ ေက်ာ္ၾကား သည့္ ပညာရွင္တဦးျဖစ္သည္။

ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံ ဗီယက္နမ္စစ္ႏွင့္ လူသားအနာဂတ္ဆုိင္ရာ ကိစၥမ်ားႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ပါေမာကၡ Mr. Noam Chomsky အား ထုိင္းႏုိင္ငံ ဘန္ေကာက္ပုိ႔စ္သတင္းစာက ေမးျမန္းခ်က္ကုိ ဇူလုိင္ (၁၄) ရက္ထုတ္ ဘန္ေကာက္ပုိ႔စ္ သတင္းစာတြင္ ေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။ ထုိေမးျမန္းခ်က္မ်ားထဲမွ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္သည့္ အပုိင္းကုိ ေကာက္ႏုတ္ ဘာသာျပန္ထားျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

ေမး – ၁၉၆၂ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ျမန္မာျပည္ကို စစ္အစိုးရ အာဏာသိမ္းေစမယ့္ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြမွာ အေမရိကန္ အစိုးရအေနနဲ႔ အေရးပါတဲ့ အခန္းက႑ကေန ပါ၀င္လႈပ္ရွားခဲ့တယ္လို႔ ဆရာ ေျပာခဲ့တယ္ေနာ္။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ နားမလည္တဲ့ ဇာတ္ကြက္တို႔၊ ေနာက္ေၾကာင္းတို႔က ဘာေတြပါလဲ။ ယူေကႏုိင္ငံက ျမန္မာျပည္မွာ အႀကီးအက်ယ္ ရင္းႏွီးျမႇဳပ္ႏွံတာတို႔၊ ေစာေစာပိုင္းမွာ အေမရိကန္က လက္နက္ ေရာင္းတာတို႔၊ မၾကာေသးခင္က စစ္အစိုးရကို အစၥေရးက လက္နက္ေရာင္းတာတို႔လိုမ်ိဳးေတြရဲ႕ အက်ိဳးဆက္က ဘာေတြမ်ားျဖစ္မလဲ။ စစ္အစိုးရကို ေရနံနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ရွယ္ဗရြန္ ေရနံကုမၸဏီက ေဒၚလာေတြ သန္းေပါင္းမ်ားစြာ ေထာက္ပံ့ေပးေနတာမ်ိဳးရဲ႕ အက်ိဳးဆက္ကေရာ ဘာပါလဲ။
ေျဖ – ၁၉၅၀ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ေလာက္က ျမန္မာအစိုးရဟာ အေရြးခ်ယ္ခံအစိုးရအဖြဲ႕နည္းနည္းထဲက အစိုးရျဖစ္ၿပီး ၾကားေန၀ါဒ က်င့္သုံးလုိတဲ့သေဘာရွိတယ္။ အဲဒီအခ်ိန္ အုိင္ဆင္ေဟာင္၀ါ အေမရိ ကန္ အစိုးရကလည္း အာရွႏုိင္ငံေတြကုိ စစ္ေအးတုိက္ပြဲထဲ ဆြဲသြင္းဖုိ႔ အားသြန္ခြန္စိုက္ ႀကိဳးပမ္းေန တယ္။ အဲသလုိ အၾကမ္းဖက္လုပ္ရပ္၊ အစိုးရ ျဖဳတ္ခ်ေရးလုပ္ရပ္ေတြ ေျခလွမ္းက်ယ္က်ယ္နဲ႔ လုပ္ေနမႈရဲ႕ အစိတ္အပုိင္း တရပ္အေနနဲ႔ ၀ါရွင္တန္အစိုးရဟာ လက္နက္ ျပည့္ျပည့္စံုစံု ကိုင္ေဆာင္ ထားတဲ့ တ႐ုတ္ျဖဴတပ္ဖြဲ႕ေတြကို တ႐ုတ္ႏိုင္ငံတြင္း နယ္စပ္စစ္ဆင္ေရးေတြလုပ္ဖို႔ ျမန္မာျပည္ ေျမာက္ပိုင္းကို သြင္းပါေလေရာ။ ဒီကိစၥကို ျမန္မာဘက္က တားဖို႔ အစြမ္းကုန္ႀကိဳးစားတယ္။ ဒါေပ မယ့္ တားလို႔မရဘူး။ တ႐ုတ္ျဖဴေတြက မၿငိမ္မသက္ျဖစ္ေနတဲ့ ျမန္မာျပည္ေျမာက္ပိုင္းက တိုင္းရင္း သား ေသာင္းက်န္းသူေတြကို လက္နက္နဲ႔ အေထာက္အပံ့ေတြ ေပးတယ္။ ဒီေတာ့ အျပန္အလွန္ အေနနဲ႔ ေနာက္ဆံုး ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံမွာ စစ္တပ္လက္ထဲ အာဏာေရာက္သြားၿပီး ေနာက္ဆုံး ၁၉၆၂ ခုမွာ အာဏာသိမ္းတဲ့ထိ ျဖစ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အစိုးရျဖဳတ္ခ်ေရး လုပ္ရပ္ကို ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရးမူ၀ါဒအျဖစ္ ေအာ္ဒ ေရးနဲ႔ ေဂ်ာ့ခ်္ကဟင္တို႔က ဒီကိစၥကို ေဆြးေႏြးၾကတယ္။ ေဂ်ာ့ခ်္ကဟင္က နာမည္ေက်ာ္ အေရွ႕ ေတာင္အာရွ ပညာရွွင္ေတြထဲမွာ တေယာက္အပါအ၀င္ပဲ။ အေမရိကန္ျပည္ေထာင္စုက ပညာေရး စည္းမ်ဥ္းကို တည္ေထာင္သူလို႔ေတာင္ တင္စားေျပာႏုိင္သူျဖစ္တယ္။ ခင္ဗ်ားေျပာခဲ့တဲ့ အေမရိကန္၊ ယူေကနဲ႔ အစၥေရးတို႔ လုပ္ေဆာင္ခ်က္ေတြရဲ႕ အက်ိဳးဆက္ေတြကေတာ့ ျမန္မာစစ္အစိုးရကို ပိုၿပီး အင္အားေတာင့္တင္းသြားေစတာေပါ့။ အဲဒီကိစၥေတြကို အထူး ကၽြမ္းက်င္သူေတြနဲ႔ ႏိုင္ငံေရး လႈပ္ရွားသူေတြကလြဲၿပီး အေမရိကန္မွာ အစီရင္ခံခဲ့တာမ်ိဳးလည္း မရွိခဲ့ဘူး။ လူမသိခဲ့ဘူး။ ဘာျဖစ္ လို႔လည္းဆိုေတာ့ အေမရိကန္ေတြက “ငါတို႔ပဲေကာင္းတယ္”၊ “သူမ်ားေတြဆိုးတယ္” ဆိုတဲ့
အယူ၀ါဒစြဲနဲ႔ အကဲပိုပို ၾကား၀င္စြက္ဖက္တတ္လို႔ပဲ။ ဒီအယူ၀ါဒဟာ တကယ္လည္း ျပည္နယ္ တိုင္းရဲ႕ ၀ါဒျဖန္႔ခ်ိေရးစနစ္ အုတ္ျမစ္ပဲေလ။

ေမး – ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ လူထုအံုႂကြမႈႀကီး ျဖစ္မယ္ဆိုရင္ ေအာင္ျမင္ႏိုင္မယ့္ အေနအထားမ်ိဳး ရွိလား။ ဒါမွမဟုတ္ စစ္ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေတြအေနနဲ႔ အာဏာကို စြန္႔လႊတ္လုိ႔ အက်ိဳးအျမတ္မရွိတဲ့အတြက္ ဆူပူ အံုႂကြတဲ့သူေတြ အသတ္ခံရမယ္လို႔ ထင္လား။
ေျဖ – က်ေနာ္ဒီေမးခြန္းကို ပိုင္ပိုင္ႏိုင္ႏိုင္ ေျဖရေလာက္ေအာင္လည္း ေသေသခ်ာခ်ာ မသိဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အခုအခ်ိန္မ်ိဳးမွာေတာ့ အသတ္ခံရမယ္လို႔ ထင္တာပဲ။ တဖက္က ၾကည့္မယ္ဆိုရင္လည္း စစ္ေခါင္းေဆာင္ေတြလည္း အသက္ေတြ ရလာၿပီဆိုေတာ့ သူတုိ႔အာဏာကို ပြန္းပဲ့ေစမယ့္ ထင္ရွား တဲ့ ဖီဆန္ေရး အင္အားစုေတြ စစ္တပ္ထဲမွာ ေပၚလာႏုိင္ပါတယ္။

ေမး – ေဂ်ာ့ခ်္ဘုရွ္နဲ႔ ဇနီးေလာ္ရာတို႔က ျမန္မာျပည္တြင္း ေျပာင္းလဲေရးအတြက္ ေတာင္းဆိုေနတဲ့ အေပၚမွာ မ႐ိုးသားတဲ့အခ်က္မ်ား ေတြ႕မိလား။ ဆိုင္ကလုန္းလြန္ကာလ ဒုကၡခံေနရတဲ့ ျမန္မာ ျပည္သူေတြကုိယ္စား အေမရိကန္သမၼတ ဘုရွ္လုပ္ရပ္ေတြဟာ အီရတ္တို႔ အာဖဂန္နစၥတန္တို႔ကို က်ဴးေက်ာ္တာမ်ိဳးဆိုတာထက္ လူ႔က်င့္၀တ္အရ တရားမွ်တေရးကို ပိုၿပီးေဇာင္းေပးတယ္လို႔ ထင္ပါသလား။
ေျဖ – ဘုရွ္က ယံုၾကည္မႈ နက္႐ႈိင္းတဲ့ ခရစ္ယာန္တေယာက္အျဖစ္ ဟန္ျပရတာ သေဘာက်တဲ့ လူမ်ိဳး။ ခရစ္ေတာ္ရဲ႕ အေဟာေတြကိုလည္း သူေလ့လာရင္ ေလ့လာခဲ့မွာပါ။ ေလ့လာခဲ့မယ္ဆိုရင္ ခရစ္ေတာ္အေဟာမွာ ေၾကာင္သူေတာ္ဆိုတဲ့ နာမည္ေက်ာ္ အဓိပၸာယ္ဖြင့္ဆိုခ်က္ကို သူသိမယ္။ အဲဒီ ဖြင့္ဆိုခ်က္ကို သူ႔ေခါင္းထဲမွာ ေကာင္းေကာင္းမွတ္ထားတာျဖစ္မယ္။ ဘုရွ္ေမာင္ႏွံအေနနဲ႔ သူတို႔မွာ ႐ိုးသားမႈဆိုတာ ရွိေနရင္ ႐ိုးသားမႈကို ျပႏိုင္မယ့္ နည္းလမ္းေတြ အမ်ားႀကီး ရွိေနတယ္ဆိုတာ ေတြးၾကည့္လို႔ရတာပဲ။ ဆဒၵမ္ဟူစိန္အေနနဲ႔ ဟာလက္ဘ္ဂ်ာမွာ ကာ့ဒ္လူမ်ိဳးေတြကို ဓာတ္ေငြ႕ေပး သတ္တာထက္ ငတ္မြတ္ေနတဲ့ ကေလးေတြကို ေငြေၾကးနည္းနည္းပါးပါး ေထာက္ပံ့မယ္ဆို လူ႔က်င့္၀တ္အရ ပိုၿပီး ဆီေလ်ာ္တာေပါ့ေလ။ နာဂစ္နဲ႔ အီရတ္၊ အာဖဂန္အေရးေတြမွာလည္း အလားတူ ျဖစ္ရပ္ေတြ ရွိေနတာကို ေတြ႕ရတယ္။

ေမး – ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ ျပည္တြင္းအုံႂကြမႈ ေအာင္ျမင္သြားမယ္ဆိုရင္ တ႐ုတ္ႏိုင္ငံက ဘယ္လို တုံ႔ျပန္မယ္လို႔ ထင္ထားလဲ။
ေျဖ – တ႐ုတ္ႏိုင္ငံကေတာ့ စစ္အစိုးရ ျပဳတ္သြားတာကို သည္းခံေနမယ္လို႔ ယူဆရတာပဲ။ ႀကိဳဆို တာမ်ိဳးေတာင္ ျဖစ္ႏိုင္တယ္။ လက္ရွိ အာဏာရွင္ စစ္အစိုးရ တက္လာေအာင္ အာဏာသိမ္း လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြမွာ အေမရိကန္အစိုးရရဲ႕ အေရးပါတဲ့ က႑ရွိခဲ့ဘူးတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အဲဒီအခ်က္က လက္ရွိအေျခအေနမွာ ဘယ္အတိုင္းအတာအထိ အေရးပါေနလည္းဆိုတာေတာ့ က်ေနာ္မသိဘူး။

ေမး – ျမန္မာစစ္ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေတြရဲ႕ အမူအက်င့္ေတြ၊ စိတ္၀င္စားမႈေတြ၊ ျမန္မာျပည္သူေတြအတြက္ ဘယ္လိုဟာေတြက အဆင္ေျပသြားေစႏိုင္မလဲ ဆိုတာေတြကို ထဲထဲ၀င္၀င္ ေျပာျပႏိုင္တာမ်ား ရွိမလား။
ေျဖ – စစ္ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေတြ သူတို႔အတြက္ေတာ့ ေကာင္းေနတာပဲေလ။ အာဏာစြန္႔လႊတ္လုိက္ရလို႔ လည္း သူတို႔ ဘာမွအက်ိဳးမရွိဘူးေလ။ အာဏာကုိ အၾကမ္းပတမ္း သုံးတဲ့အတြက္လည္း အႏၲရာယ္ ႀကီးႀကီးမားမား မရွိပါဘူး။ တပ္တြင္း အာဏာဖီဆန္မႈ မေပၚမခ်င္း ဒီတုိင္းသြားေနမွာပါပဲ။ အၾကမ္း မဖက္ဘဲ အစုလိုက္ အၿပံဳလိုက္ ဆႏၵျပၾကတယ္ဆိုတာ ဖိႏွိပ္သူရဲ႕ ကိုယ္ခ်င္းစာတရားအေပၚမွာ အေျခခံတယ္ေလ။ အၾကမ္းမဖက္ဘဲ ဆႏၵျပတယ္ဆိုတာလည္း ေအာင္ျမင္ခဲပါတယ္။ တခါတေလ က်ေတာ့လည္း ေမွ်ာ္လင့္မထားတဲ့ နည္းလမ္းမ်ိဳးေတြနဲ႔ ေအာင္ျမင္တတ္ျပန္တယ္။ ဒီလို ကိစၥရပ္ မ်ိဳးနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္တဲ့ ဆံုးျဖတ္ခ်က္ေတြကလည္း လူ႔အဖြဲ႕အစည္းနဲ႔ လူ႔အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမွာရွိတဲ့ အလႊာ အသီးသီးရဲ႕ တကုိယ္ေရ အသိပညာေပၚမွာ အေျခခံမွျဖစ္မယ္။

ေမး – စစ္အစိုးရကလည္း ေတာ္ေတာ္ေၾကာက္ဖို႔ေကာင္းတဲ့အတြက္ ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေတြကလည္း ႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ သဘာ၀ အရင္းအျမစ္ေတြကို ကိုယ္က်ိဳးစီးပြားအတြက္ ခိုး၀ွက္တယ္။ လူသတ္မႈေတြ က်ဴးလြန္ တယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံေရး အက်ဥ္းခ်မႈေတြ၊ အဓမၼ လုပ္အားေပးခိုင္းေစတာေတြ ရွိတယ္ဆိုရင္ ခံရတဲ့ ျပည္သူေတြက လက္နက္ကိုင္ ပုန္ကန္ထႂကြၾကတာကုိ လူ႔က်င့္၀တ္အရ မွ်တတယ္လုိ႔ ေျပာႏုိင္ ပါသလား။
ေျဖ – က်ေနာ့္အျမင္ေျပာရရင္ေတာ့ ကန္႔သတ္ခ်က္တခုနဲ႔ မွ်တတယ္လို႔ ေျပာႏုိင္တာေပါ့။ ခံစားေနရတဲ့ ျပည္သူေတြအတြက္ ေနာက္ဆက္တြဲ ႀကံဳရမယ့္ ျပႆနာေတြကုိ လက္နက္ကုိင္ အုံႂကြမႈက သတိ ထား အကဲျဖတ္သြားရမွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ျပည္သူေတြ ထႂကြတာ သင့္ေတာ္တယ္ လို႔ေတာ့ က်ေနာ္ထင္တယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ျပည္သူေတြကို အစုလိုက္ အၿပံဳလိုက္ အသတ္ခံဖို႔ စေတး ၾကလို႔ က်ေနာ္ ေျပာခ်င္တာမဟုတ္ဘူးေနာ္။ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ပိုင္းေတြကို လုပ္ႀကံသတ္ျဖတ္တာမ်ိဳး ကလည္း လူသတ္သမားေတြကို သတ္တာ သင့္ေတာ္ရဲ႕လားဆိုတဲ့ ေမးခြန္းမ်ိဳးနဲ႔ အရမ္းတူတယ္။ သူတို႔ေတြကို အၾကမ္းမဖက္တဲ့ နည္းလမ္းနဲ႔ ဖမ္းဆီးတာမ်ိဳးဆိုရင္ေတာ့ ျဖစ္ႏိုင္ေခ်ရွိတယ္။ ဒါကို သူတို႔က ေသနတ္ဆြဲပစ္မယ္ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ မိမိကိုယ္ကိုယ္ ခုခံကာကြယ္ပိုင္ခြင့္အေနနဲ႔ သူတို႔ကို ျပန္ပစ္သတ္ရတာ သဘာ၀က်တယ္။ တျခားေရြးစရာလမ္းလည္း မရွိေတာ့ဘူးဆိုရင္ေပါ့ေလ။

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July 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm

World focus on Burma (4 July 2008)

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Burma’s tragedy, a people scared by nature and a cruel regime

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Yesterday 38 people died when a ferry sank in the Ywan River in Burma’s cyclone-battered Irrawaddy Delta; 44 others were rescued. …

Aid groups face soaring rent prices

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – House rents in Burma’s cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta has hit an all time high as a result of humanitarian groups including United Nations aid …

Some progress in cyclone relief but help still needed

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 4, 2008 (DVB)–United Nations officials have said that progress is being made in delivering aid to victims in Burma two months after Cyclone Nargis …

Assault on innocence

The Australian, Australia –

Rice cited the example of Burma, where she said soldiers had regularly raped women and girls as young as eight. She also referred to widespread acts of …

Bush welcomes 72 new Americans in final July 4 appearance

Hindu, India –

… out a national of Myanmar who joined the growing ranks of American citizens. “One man with special appreciation for liberty is Mai Eso from Burma. …

So easy. You just smile, okay?

INTHEFRAY Magazine –

(Smile and laugh) I don’t know much about So’s life in Burma (now Myanmar ), but I suspect it wasn’t cushy, probably much like my friend on the train …

Myanmar sues 14 opposition members for birthday protest

Monsters and Critics.com –

… Myanmar have used Suu Kyi’s birthday to highlight the lack of democratic progress in the country, which was hit in May by Cyclone Nargis. The All Burma …

Analysis: Cyclone Nargis and the information black-out

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 4, 2008 (DVB)–Burma’s military regime is still keeping quiet about an incident following Cyclone Nargis. It is a minor incident, but the people of Burma …

The UN Must Set the Agenda

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Six weeks have passed since Burma’s military leader, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, promised United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he would grant …

Ferry sinks in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta killing 38

CTV.ca, Canada –

AP RANGOON, Burma — A ferry sank in a river in Burma’s cyclone-battered Irrawaddy delta, killing 38 people, state-media reported Friday. …

Support for a Stronger Civil Society

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By YENI Believe it or not, Burma’s cyclone survivors are resiliently rebuilding their lives some two months after the cyclone disaster, despite a lack of …

Weekly Business Roundup (July 4, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Bangladesh is also feeling the effects of the cyclone: hundreds of millions of tons of Burmese rice booked for export were canceled after the cyclone.

Burma jails four activists

The Age, Australia

The plebiscite was delayed by two weeks after Cyclone Nargis slammed into the Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon, leaving more than 138000 dead or missing. …

Doubts hit bank’s corporate responsibility report

OneWorld.net, UK –

RBS’ involvement in activities in human rights hotspots such as Burma, West Papua and Sudan is undermining its commitment to being a good corporate citizen. …

Torch Relay The Torch Debacle Continues in San Francisco

Welt Online, Germany –

Tibetan and Burmese monks were among those demonstrating against China’s politics in Tibet and its human rights violations in Burma. …

LEAGUE OF DEMOCRACIES — YES: Democracies can react faster than UN

Grand Forks Herald, ND –

They have far different notions of freedom, democracy and human rights and, left to their own devices, they would create a world far less hospitable to our …

Bush-Led ‘Disaster Capitalism’ Exploits Worldwide Misery to Make a …

AlterNet, CA –

… already on the scene in Northern California’s wildfires, to land grabs in cyclone-hit Burma, to the housing bill making its way through Congress. …

38 killed as Burmese ferry sinks

The Press Association –

At least 38 people have died after a motorised ferry sank in a river in Burma’s cyclone-battered Irrawaddy delta. The New Light of Myanmar newspaper said …

Greener Games Backed

Washington Post, United States –

YANGON, Burma — A ferry sank in a river in Myanmar’s cyclone-battered Irrawaddy delta, killing at least 38 people, state-media reported Friday. …

School Children and Teachers Still Finding Hard to Concentrate

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We expect psycho-social training would be able to start soon for the teachers in the cyclone-ravaged areas,” an official from UNICEF/Myanmar told IRIN in …

Analysis: Cyclone Nargis and the information black-out

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 4, 2008 (DVB)–Burma’s military regime is still keeping quiet about an incident following Cyclone Nargis. It is a minor incident, but the people of Burma …

Ferry sinks in Burma delta

Independent Online, South Africa –

Yangon – At least 38 people died when their ferry sank in a river in Myanmar’s/ Burma’s cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta, official newspapers reported on Friday. …

Burma: Country devastated by cyclone, says UN

آكي, Italy –

“Yet the people of Myanmar (or Burma) have proven resilient, picking up the pieces of their lives with a quiet determination,” WFP said in a media release …

Myanmar jails 4 activists for “no” vote campaign

Reuters India, India –

Western governments said the process was “fatally flawed” and were dismayed that the military, which has ruled the former Burma since 1962, went ahead with …

38 dead after ferry sinks in cyclone-battered Burmese delta

CBC.ca, Canada –

AP State media say a motorized ferry sank in a river in Burma’s cyclone-battered Irrawaddy delta, leaving 38 people dead. The New Light of Myanmar newspaper …

Dozens of Burma villagers drown after boat sinks

ABC Online, Australia –

… on the Yway River in the cyclone-hit Irrawaddy Delta when it was swamped early Tuesday morning (local time), the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said. …

WHAT FREEDOM MEANS

Florida Times-Union, FL –

“And in Burma, we be afraid about soldier.” Then Htoo grinned, the joy spreading all the way to his eyes, as the children – 10-year-old Eh, 7-year-old Ah …

Despite the problems, USA is still a great country

Huntington Herald Dispatch, WV –

Has anyone noticed that despite widespread flooding in the Midwest, we have had far fewer deaths than Myanmar (also known as Burma) had following a series …

Disaster Capitalism: State of Extortion

Infoshop News –

… already on the scene in Northern California’s wildfires, to land grabs in cyclone-hit Burma, to the housing bill making its way through Congress. …

Helping to ease Burma’s suffering

CBC.ca, Canada – o

Michael Bociurkiw is a Canadian aid worker with UNICEF and was among the first to receive an entry visa to Burma following the devastating Cyclone Nargis …

Bulletin: Teddington School’s £1500 ‘fines’ buy shelter for …

Richmond and Twickenham Times, UK –

… deployed in Myanmar, formerly Burma, within days of the damage wreaked by Cyclone Nargis, The appeal was widened when China was hit by an earthquake. …

SO WHY PROTEST? Ask Palden Gyatso

Phayul, Tibet –

… Palden joins local activists praying not just for Tibet, but also for those who died in China and Burma, in the earthquake and cyclone. …

2008-09 First Quarter Ontario Finances

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Executive Offices: An increase of $1.1 million for international disaster relief in response to the earthquake in Sichuan, China and the cyclone in Burma, …

Two months after Cyclone Nargis, condition of survivors still …

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Two months after the killer Cyclone Nargis lashed Burma, thousands of survivors said they still lack basic assistance including food, …

Mbeki Could Find Himself Stripped Of Being Key Mediator of …

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

There will be the obvious protests of China’s record on human rights. There could possibly be protests because of what has happened in Burma. …

LAWRENCE J. HAAS: Democracies react faster than UN to threats abroad

Belleville News Democrat, USA –

They have far different notions of freedom, democracy, and human rights and, left to their own devices, they would create a world far less hospitable to our …

In ‘Your America’ average citizens take action

MSNBC –

… a new legal approach to go after an American corporation doing business in Burma, a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world. …

UNICEF’s World-Class Hypocrisy

Canada Free Press, Canada –

That’s fascinating, coming from UNICEF, where the 36-member executive board — which is its governing body — currently includes the regimes of Iran, Burma …

SO WHY PROTEST? Ask Palden Gyatso

Phayul, Tibet –

… Palden joins local activists praying not just for Tibet, but also for those who died in China and Burma, in the earthquake and cyclone. …

2008-09 First Quarter Ontario Finances

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Executive Offices: An increase of $1.1 million for international disaster relief in response to the earthquake in Sichuan, China and the cyclone in Burma, …

Burma Intercepts Human Trafficking Victims

Voice of America –

By VOA News A report says Burmese police have intercepted more than 80 women and children from cyclone-hit regions who were being trafficked across the …

Children of ex-KMT GIs fight for legal status

China Post, Taiwan –

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Around 400 young people from the families of former army troops left in the bordering region of Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand following the …

From Refugee Camp to Austin Apartment

Weekend America, MN –

Reporter Tori Marlin brings the story of a family of refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma) spending their first weekend in a place they hope will one day …

NLC rejects Gambari for N/Delta summit

Daily Champion, Nigeria –

Gambari had been a controversial mediator in Myanmar (Burma) or former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan had been a source of controversy in Kenya, …

Youngsters new to America enjoy Braves game

Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA –

The children, ages 11 to 18, are from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and Burundi, along with a pair of brothers each from Congo and Cuba. …

[ELD] Episcopal youth set to gather in San Antonio / Lambeth …

Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –

… and Development (ERD) continues to provide emergency assistance to communities devastated by Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar (Burma) on May 2. …

Pecatonica meditation center helps people find balance

Rockford Register Star, IL –

SN Goenka brought back Vipassana meditation from his home country in Burma (Myanmar) back to India. He learned the meditation from Sayagyi U Ba Khin of …

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to assist recovery …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to provide emergency assistance to communities devastated by Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar (Burma) on May …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 4, 2008 at 2:18 am