Save Burma

အာဏာရွင္စနစ္ က်ဆံုးမွ တတိုင္းျပည္လံုး စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီကို ခံစားရမယ္

Posts Tagged ‘Victim

World focus on Burma (18 January 2009)

leave a comment »

.

Bringing light into Myanmar’s darkness: Group helps political prisoners in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar’s most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the pro-democracy movement, is barred by the military government from leaving her …

ASEAN calls for $700m for Burmese cyclone victims
Australia Network News, Australia –
“The TCG, the Tripartite Core Group, which we established in order to do the day to day work in Myanmar, in Yangon overseeing the assistance to the victims …

Backbreaking project from World War II is revived
Baltimore Sun, United States –
They gave their lives to build a 1079-mile road across northern Burma (now Myanmar) to reinforce Allied troops, a project derided by British Prime Minister …

Christians struggling to aid lepers in Burma
Spero News –
A group of nuns in Kengtung, Myanmar, struggles to find the funds to treat over 520 leprosy patients and aid 44 children. By UCA News Nan Shan Kham says she …

Casting Light on Plight of Burmese Dissidents
New York Times, United States –
… to a reporter and a handful of former political prisoners who have settled in this small Thai city on the border with Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

VIEW: Regional fallout from Thai turmoil —Bertil Lintner
Daily Times, Pakistan –
We want to bring good change in Myanmar (Burma).” Statements such as these may not be well received by other, more autocratic members of ASEAN such as Laos …

Sri Lanka-based Burmese political weblog wins “Best Asia Blog …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Democratic norms, human rights, counter-terrorism, refugees, civilian casualties in domestic battles between warring factions etc. …

Treat refugees humanely, process them transparently
South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –
A tragedy was always likely given the heartless way in which the migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were treated after arriving on Thailand’s Andaman …

Advertisements

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Restless Souls of the Irrawaddy Delta

leave a comment »

<!–

–>


Restless Souls of the Irrawaddy Delta


By SAW YAN NAING Friday, January 2, 2009

A chilling sound reverberates these nights through many of the villages of the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta—the metallic clang of an iron bar beaten by soldiers to drive away the spirits of the drowned that many believe roam through the region.

Soldiers stationed in Laputta Township said they had been assigned to strike iron bars after dark to reassure villagers who claim they are seeing the ghosts of people who died in Cyclone Nargis.

A typical scene of destruction in the Irrawaddy delta (Photo: AFP)

Burmese Buddhists traditionally hold two religious ceremonies—Yat Lae Hsun and Thet Pyauk Hsun—to ensure the release of the souls of deceased family members.Mass ceremonies were held for the thousands who died in Cyclone Nargis—yet villagers in many part of the devastated delta claim seeing the restless ghosts of cyclone victims.

“Villagers told me they heard ghosts shouting almost every night around midnight,” said a visitor to Laputta Township.

She said that during her stay in one village people claimed they were being visited by the spirits of dead relatives and friends asking for help.

A report on the Web site of The Seattle Times, quoted a 30-year-old Laputta woman who described how she had seen her dead husband.

He appeared to her one evening as a blurry image on the path he had normally taken home from work, she said. The image waved to her.

“The hair on my arms stood up at once,” she was quoted as saying. “That’s my husband.”

The Web site said the woman wiped away her tears as she said: “I could only go to a monk to save his soul so his next life will be a good one.”

Even soldiers assigned to reassure nervous villagers are reporting strange encounters.

One, attached to the 66th Light Infantry Division, said he heard a woman’s voice crying: “Help me, please, help me… I’m here, Ko Pe Than!”

Another said he heard the voice of a girl who died in the storm cry out: “Mother, I’m here! Please, help me!”

Soldiers report seeing mysterious lights flashing and hearing voices around the isolated seaside village of Konegyi.

The “ghost sightings” are attributed by some NGO workers and medical personnel working in the delta to the mental trauma suffered by cyclone survivors, who lacked proper post-disaster counseling.

One inhabitant of Mondinelay village, in Bogalay Township, one of the hardest-hit areas, said: “In the evening, if there is a heavy wind or rain, some people start crying, while others begin laughing. They are like mad people.”

Copyright © 2008 Irrawaddy Publishing Group | http://www.irrawaddy.org

<!–

–>NB. This post is specially for those who cannot visit the Irrawaddy website.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm

World focus on Burma (11 September 2008)

leave a comment »

.

Aung San Suu Kyi meets her lawyer again
Mizzima.com, India –
She was last arrested in May 2003 following a brutal attack by junta-backed mobs on her motorcade in upper Burma’s Depayin town. In May, the junta extended …

Karen Hodges travels to Burma with NCP, offers aid
Etownian, PA –
Burma, the most poverty-ridden location in Southeast Asia, has recently come under devastation from the Cyclone Nargis that struck in May 2008 leaving …

Operation Blessing International mobilizing medical teams and …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Most recently, OBI mobilized teams and funded major relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar, the Sichuan Province of China, Rift Valley in Kenya, Bangladesh, …

Security blanket at hospital where Daw Suu’s aide is admitted
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – A security blanket envelops the Muslim Charity Hospital on Barr Street, Kyauktada Township, Rangoon where Win Pa Pa, daughter of Khin Khin Win, …

Nilar Thein arrested
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
She took part with other 88 generation leaders in the peaceful march in August last year to protest against the military regime’s doubling of fuel prices. …

Burmese PM Outlines Post-Cyclone Relief, Rehabilitation Work …
RedOrbit, TX –
11 (Xinhua) – Over 1 million people in Myanmar’s storm-hit regions have been rescued in time, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar [Burma] quoted …

88 generation activist Nilar Thein arrested
Mizzima.com, India –
… recipients of the Czech Republic’s Homo Homini award for their promotion of democracy, human rights and nonviolent solutions in Burma’s political conflicts.

Cooking lessons, guilty; coup, no problem
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
… a member of the Asian Human Rights Commission with over 15 years of experience as an advocate of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand and Burma. …

A Burmese blogger monk wins NP contest
OpEdNews, PA –

This prize is dedicated to my woman hero Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and my country Burma. I will donate it to an organization.Patgarcia also deserves to be a …

Musician Peter Gabriel has been named Ambassador of Conscience 2008 by human rights group Amnesty International. Gabriel was presented with the honour by U2 …

Will the UN unseat the junta?
Mizzima.com, India –
The first claim references the annulled 1990 election results, the latter that of systematic human rights abuses by the junta directed at its own citizenry. …

Exiled opposition MPs contest junta’s UN seat
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
NCUB spokesperson U Myint Thein said the campaign was intended to highlight that the military regime did not legitimately represent the people of Burma. …

Suu Kyi meets again with lawyer
The Standard, Hong Kong –
Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met for two hours with her lawyer on Thursday, witnesses said, amid worries for her health after her …

US voices concern over Aung San Suu Kyi’s health
Merinews, India –
It has been almost a month since Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi stopped receiving food deliveries. Amidst reports that she is on hunger strike …

Nilar Thein Arrested, Sources Say
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN LWIN Burmese security forces have reportedly hunted down and arrested the prominent woman activist Nilar Thein, who went into hiding one year ago. …

Burma: Status of Aung San Suu Kyi
ISRIA (subscription), DC –
We continue to urge the Burmese regime to release immediately and unconditionally Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as all other political prisoners and begin a …

Swedes mark fifth anniversary of death of Anna Lindh
TopNews, India –
… of Myanmar, a former student activist, who has lived in exile for the past 20 years and is currently based in Thailand where she is active in the Burma …

Burmese Dissidents in Exile Challenge Junta’s UN Seat
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… because it had committed state-sponsored violence, particularly in the brutal ambush on democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters in Depayin, …

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

MICHELE MONTAS is the Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

WEDNESDAY, 10/09/2008 (MaximsNews Network)

The Secretary-General received a letter yesterday from the organization of Myanmar politicians who were elected to Parliament in 1990 seeking to replace the …

Cyclone relief effort boosts Irrawaddy healthcare
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
After the cyclone hit Burma in early May, doctors and surgeons came from all over Burma to treat patients. Ko Vanku of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters …

Gambari to brief Security Council today
Mizzima.com, India –
United Nations Special Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is poised to meet with Security Council members Thursday morning in New York, according to the …

The voice of art in a battle for freedom
Ode Magazine, CA –
… support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a key political figure who has been under house arrest in Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the past 18 years over her bid …

Vote McCain, Re-Elect Lobbyists
Fog City Journal, CA –
He fired one for ties to Saudi Arabia, two for ties to the military junta in Burma, a lobbyist for energy companies, and one who was with a group attacking …

Campaigning starts in right earnest
South Asian Focus, Canada –
Their response to international crises- conflict in Lebanon, floods in the Philippines, cyclones in Burma and earthquakes in China- has been abysmal. …

Countering the drug menace
Zee News, India –
Burma, Laos and Thailand together constitute the Golden Triangle, which is the world’s largest source of opium. However, the opium crop in this zone has …

A second prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim?
Aliran Monthly, Malaysia –
If Malaysia does not wish to descend to the level of Burma and Zimbabwe, both of which were also British colonies and enjoyed the rule of law and freedom …

Ceasefire groups strengthen forces in Shan state
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Eastern Command leader Ya Pyit also told the Haha Ja group, based in Homong near the Thai-Burma border, that if they did not lay down their arms they could …

Burmese losing the battle against rats
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
Four months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma, another natural disaster has struck the country. This time the ruling military regime has had 50 years to …

Junta sets new target for overseas job placement
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s Ministry of Labor has set a new target for overseas employment agencies, looking for each registered agency to place 300 Burmese workers …

NLD members questioned over bombing
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The NLD will never take up arms to win power – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would never accept that. She had said in the past that she doesn’t want to repeat the …


World focus on Burma (1 Sept 2008)

leave a comment »

.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENC: Rigged election results won’t make lawful regime

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

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

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

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

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

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

World focus on Burma (28 August 2008)

leave a comment »

.

France24, France –
Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 13 of the last 19 years in detention, is said to have started a hunger strike, though a junta …

Human rights at the UN
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
Arbour’s defenders have been equally passionate, pointing to her work on states such as Sudan and Burma. Think tank UN Watch found that of 79 critical …

Burma to Hold Gem Auction

Voice of America –
Gem auctions are a major revenue earner for Burma’s military government. Jewelry companies and human rights groups have urged buyers to boycott Burmese gems …

NLD member attacked by robbers posing as officials
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… but an NLD youth member speculated that they were likely to be members of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association or Swan Arr Shin. …

Five NLD members arrested for peaceful protest
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… on 15 May they walked from Shwe Yin Aye bus stop to Nyaungdon road in a peaceful protest carrying banners reading ‘Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’,” he said. …

Hands-on care, from the ER to Myanmar’s borders
The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com, MI –
… as well as the refugee camps along the borders of Myanmar, known as Burma until a military junta renamed the country after a 1989 takeover. …

Inner City Press, NY –
UNITED NATIONS, August 28 — In the UN’s continued paralysis about Myanmar, on Wednesday Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson refused to confirm or deny that his …

NLD member sentenced after exposing corruption
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–A National League for Democracy member who has reported on government corruption cases in the past has been sentenced to 13 months’ …

UN mission in Burma not accomplished
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
By Zin Linn Bangkok, Thailand — UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma on Aug. 23 after failing to secure meetings with senior military leaders or …

Indonesia: Junta and Suu Kyi Urged to Continue Dialog
Tempo Interaktif, Indonesia –
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged the Burma junta military to continue the dialog with democracy leader Aung …

UN Farce: From The Washington Post
South Bend Tribune, IN –
The envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, just finished a sixth fruitless mission to Burma, and it is clear now that UN diplomacy has become a cover for inaction. …

NLD member jailed after photographing polling stations
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“According to his statement, he went to the Myawaddy-Mae Sot area [on the Thai-Burma border] in January 2008 to attend video training and met with some …

It’sa Process Perhaps, but a Failed One
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW UN special envoys to Burma have come and gone over the past 20 years, each time leaving the country empty-handed. There have been eight of them, …

Murder Story Draws Police Wrath
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is a common practice in Burma for news of crimes written by independent reporters to be censored. All stories in the print media must pass through the …

Bimstec ministers aim to forge new relations
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Established in 1997, Bimstec was formerly named using the first initial of its founding members – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and Thailand …

Manila to sign ASEAN charter
TVNZ, New Zealand –
Manila had previously insisted that Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi be released from house arrest before it would ratify the charter. …

Chin State: More Deaths Reported from Famine
UNPO, Netherlands –
Famine deaths are still being reported from a region of Burma’s northwestern Chin State, where inhabitants of 45 villages are being forced to forage for …

World Forum For Democratization In Asia Issues Statement On …
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
… Peace Laureate and Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: “It is no longer acceptable to resolve political disputes through the use of force. …

Myanmar: Cyclone survivors look to radio
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… regularly listens to the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) , which is broadcast from Norway and is largely critical of Myanmar’s military-led government. …

Lawyer Kyi Win asks to visit Daw Suu again
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–U Kyi Win, lawyer for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is waiting to hear if his request for permission to visit the detained National League for …

Sen Santiago to push ratification of ASEAN charter
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
“No wonder that Burma was among the first to ratify…The Charter does not have enough collective teeth to discipline Burma,” said Akbayan party-list …

Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses Provisions
Vatican Radio, The Vatican –
Last week Suu Kyi cancelled meetings with UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his six-day visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Suu Kyi’s message to the world: UN is on the wrong track
OpEdNews, PA –
by Zaw Nay Aung Page 1 of 1 page(s) The UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Burma without seeing the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the regime’s high …

UN Burma’s Generals — II
Wall Street Journal –
The United Nations has long been an enabler of Burma’s tyrannical leaders. Last week it reached a new low. Ibrahim Gambari, the UN’s special envoy to Burma, …

Embassy Row
Washington Times, DC –
Iraq scored as the world’s third-most corrupt nation, after Burma and Somalia, in a review last year of 180 countries and territories by Transparency …

Burmese refugee stops in Utica after 3000-mile walk
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
… freedom and to witness to Burma,” he said, referring to the widespread persecution and lack of freedom reported in that country, now known as Myanmar. …

Oregon scientists find oldest gecko
Seattle Post Intelligencer –
Only a foot and part of a tail are in the amber, found in Myanmar, formerly Burma. The finding is at least 40 million years older than the previous …

Comuzzi says $2 M will help settle newcomers in the area
Thunder Bay’s Source, Canada –
Wahley Ray has been living in Thunder Bay for the last six years coming here from Burma, also known as Myanmar. He said the services offered by the …

Public Service – International Development Issue 10
Public Servant Online, UK –
This has been particularly true in recent months, with accounts of natural disasters in China and Burma, a growing global food crisis, and political …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 28, 2008 at 3:46 am

World focus on Burma (26 August 2008)

leave a comment »

.

MAI to hire F-100 aircraft for Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur flights
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – The Myanmar Airways International, one of the few international airlines in Burma will hire a Fokker-100 aircraft from AirBagan, another airline …

Brad Pitt and the Boys Hit Venice

The Gossip Girls –
… more than $7 million to help victims both of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

The Associated Press –
… of the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and the cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, according to executive director Alex Wagner. …

Afghanistan remains world’s biggest opium producer

999 Today, UK –
The region, where the Taleban still have a stronghold, cultivates more opium than entire countries such as Burma, Morocco and even Colombia. …

You Should Consider North Korea as an Investment
DailyWealth, MD –
He told me I should be going to Myanmar, North Korea, Cambodia, and Taiwan. Myanmar – also known as Burma – was the richest country in Southeast Asia in the …

Self-criticism and Burma’s democracy movement
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
In my view, the people inside Burma – despite the oppression – are daring more and more to express their opinions and are becoming more willing to say these …

Ballarat Courier, Australia –
A CONCERT to raise money for cyclone-ravaged Burma last night netted more than $5000 in donations. The Ballarat Schools Bandaid Concert brought together …

The story of Obama

Frontline, India –
In the sits-ins, the marches, jailhouses, songs [of the civil rights movements] I saw the African-American community becoming more than just the place you’d …

Angry Reaction to Samak’s ‘Suu Kyi is a Tool’ Remark

Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej. (Photo: Reuters)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“If it’s not related to Aung San Suu Kyi, you can have deeper discussions with Myanmar [Burma].” Samak also told reporters after meeting Gambari: “Efforts …

FEC Boosted by Change in Fuel Sale Policy
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG THET WINE RANGOON — A decision by Burma’s military regime to allow consumers to buy up to 50 gallons of gasoline using Foreign Exchange Certificates …

Road to Irrawaddy Delta Ruined
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
An engineer from the Public Works Department of the Ministry of Construction said that Asia World, a company closely connected to Burma’s ruling junta, …

WFP assists food crisis victims in Chin state
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
WFP’s Burma country director Chris Kaye said the organisation has been involved in joint efforts in Chin state, which has been hit by food shortages due to …

Swiss Solidarity hails Myanmar aid success
Swissinfo, Switzerland –
Swiss have given SFr4.5 million ($4 million) to victims of the Myanmar cyclone through an appeal launched by umbrella fund-raising organisation Swiss …

And now it’s London’s turn…

Spectator.co.uk (subscription), UK –
… be ignored or gestured at, but must be worked with, if it is to be influenced on vital issues like its human rights, Tibet, Burma, Darfur and Zimbabwe. …

The UN at dead-end in Myanmar
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
By Larry Jagan BANGKOK – While the United Nations heaps praise on Myanmar’s ruling junta for its collaborative spirit in dealing with the Cyclone Nargis …

NLD dismisses Thai PM’s call to sideline Daw Suu
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I take it as Mr Samak is only saying these things to please the Burmese junta as two neighbouring countries that have close economic ties,” Win Min said. …

Burmese Protesters Not Allowed in Singapore
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The activists were part of a larger group of people who demonstrated against the Burmese junta in November 2007 during the Asean Summit meeting in Singapore …

Thai PM says West uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi as political tool
Macau Daily Times, Macau –
The junta says the charter will set the stage for elections in 2010, but the pro-democracy movement say the process simply enshrines the army’s position in …

200 more military trucks delivered from China
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… in the town of Ruili on the China-Burma border, the latest consignment of the 3500 trucks to be sent to the Burmese junta by the Chinese government. …

Mennonite Central Committee pledges $1.1M in cyclone aid
Waterloo Record, Canada –
The Mennonite Central Committee initially sent about $100000 in assistance to the country formally known as Burma and has launched a three-year aid plan …

Burma’s opposition lambasts UN envoy for irrelevant ‘praise’ job
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – on Monday lambasted the United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari for …

UN Denies Its Envoy’s Visit to Myanmar Was Worthless (Update1)
Bloomberg –
… Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, a government-in- exile formed by winners of the 1990 election, said yesterday. Myanmar’s government made the …

Editorial: China’s Olympic Image
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –
China also used its clout as the largest supplier of arms to Burma to get that country to allow United Nations envoys in to investigate last year’s bloody …

Haunted wasteland saps spirits, lives after cyclone

Amid destruction and mud, children walked in a village in Labutta Township. About 50 village residents died in the cyclone. (Photo for the International Herald Tribune)

Boston Globe, United States –
But despite the early demands from around the world that the Burmese government permit open deliveries of aid, the United Nations says that nearly half the …

UN’s Gambari Denied A Meeting with Suu Kyi, Not by Than Shwe But …

Inner City Press, NY –
From the transcript of Monday’s UN noon briefing — Inner City Press: Now that Ibrahim Gambari has left Myanmar, can it be answered one way or another …

Burmese opposition says UN visit achieves nothing
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, has labelled the latest visit by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, …

Submissions sought for Southeast Asian women writers anthology
Asian Reporter, OR –
The organization is seeking submissions from women with ancestry in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, …

Suu Kyi ‘tool of the West’
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej yesterday criticised Western nations for pinning their hopes of bringing democracy to Burma on the release of detained …

Be Sweet to Your Honey: Hunger Site’s Beekeeping Gift Gives More
PR.com (press release), NY –
In May and June, The Hunger Site’s $25 Gift That Gives More™ for relief work in Burma (Myanmar) raised more than $70000 for the Foundation for the People of …

Irish Times, Ireland –
The public figure I most admire is Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma. I admire her leadership, her commitment to peace and justice and the self-sacrifice she has …

UN wants to continue mission
Straits Times, Singapore –
UNITED NATIONS – THE UN said on Monday it wanted to continue its good offices mission in Myanmar and refused to say why special envoy Ibrahim Gambari failed …

The US Alliance with Afghanistan and Pakistan has stimulated the …
Bay Area Indymedia, CA –
Even the military dictatorship regime in Burma got into the act, claiming the arrest of over 300 traffickers and multiple opium seizures during the month of …

Telecoms: One man’s vision proves a lifeline in conflict zones and …

After 15 days in Myanmar, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) faced an unprecedented situation and decided to leave the country. TSF’s requests for authorizations to deploy to the Irrawaddy delta were not granted and as the organization was blocked in Yangon, TSF’s teams returned to their bases.
On June 1st, TSF obtained its first visas to enter Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis which hit the south western regions of the country on May 2nd and 3rd after having waited for more (…)

guardian.co.uk, UK –
… (Iraq) phone could attract suicide bombers, and Burma, where the regime refused it access to the Irrawaddy delta after the cyclone hit the region this year. …

Aung Suu Kyi says no to UN envoy
Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –
His previous visits to Burma after the brutal crack-down on the massive Buddhist monk-led protests were unsatisfactory for the people of Burma. …

Aiding Burma’s Recovery
Voice of America –
As Burma recovers from the devastation of the May 2nd, Cyclone Nargis, the United States and other international donors continue to provide needed help. …

World focus on Burma (25 August 2008)

leave a comment »

.

‘Emergency relief’ for food crisis in Burma’s Chin state
Mizzima.com, India –
In a meeting on Monday, the six Organizations – WFP, FAO, Groupe d’échange et de Recherche Technologiques (GRET), Care, Karuna Myanmar Social Services …

Lurid trade
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even the Burmese junta went through the exercise of approving in 2005 an anti-persons trafficking law. And in 2007, the Malaysian House of Representatives …

Will it be A Paper Tiger?
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Following Burma’s cyclone the regime was incapable of providing relief to millions of affected citizens and it refused to let in international aid and aid …

Suu Kyi Refusal to Meet Envoy Sends a Strong Message, Say Observers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Meanwhile, Burma’s ruling military regime moved quickly to exploit the situation. State-run television showed Gambari’s aides and Burmese officials standing …

Suu Kyi Refuses to Accept Food: Exiled NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In 2003, soon after Suu Kyi’s motorcade was attacked by junta-backed thugs in Upper Burma, the US State Department said that she had started a hunger …

Burmese Protests Not Allowed in Singapore
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The activists were part of a larger group of people who demonstrated against the Burmese junta in November 2007 during the Asean Summit meeting in Singapore …

Snakebite Death Highlights Medicine Shortages
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Snakebite antidote is produced by Burma’s Myanmar Paramedical Factory, which issues more than 40000 bottles annually. Burma’s Minister of Health, …

JUNTA-AHIMSA AGREED UNDERGROUND RULES
MorungExpress, India –
-A ‘Look East’ outlook- Myanmar military Junta is like that of thorny porcupine. Should the python India try to swallow it, it can harm GOI’s digestive …

UN Envoy to Burma Criticized for Progress on Reforms

Ibrahim Gambari (2007 File)

Voice of America –
By Ron Corben The UN special envoy on Burma faces criticism over his failure to press the government toward reform during his latest visit. …

Aung San Suu Kyi refuses food: Party sources
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s detained Opposition leader and democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has reportedly been refusing food supplies since last week, …

Authorities extort money from cyclone victims
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Aug 25, 2008 (DVB)–Villagers in Irrawaddy division have complained that local authorities have continued to extort money from cyclone victims under various …

Sharing Canada’s Good Fortune Responsibly
Tumbler Ridge News,  Canada –
The following are some recent examples of Canada’s aid to nations and peoples in need: $11.5-million to the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund and $30-million to the …

David Miliband has to go
Guardian Unlimited, UK –
In the wake of the devastating cyclone that hit Burma in May Miliband hinted that he was considering using the British military to deliver aid by force – a …

Morton Abramowitz, Thomas R. Pickering, Foreign Affairs, 8/25/2008
Century Foundation, NY –
In May, Cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar (also known as Burma), killing over 80000 people and leaving millions homeless and in dire conditions. …

Thai PM suggests UN talks with Myanmar on democracy, constitution …
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
If this issue was left out of discussions, the UN could talk a lot with Myanmar, Mr. Samak said. Mrs. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a …

The Cutting Edge, DC –
Instead he spent time talking with groups such as the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), the major funder of the …

Burmese immigrant invests in his neighbors
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, also known as Myanmar, in May _ killing up to 130000. Employing a well-respected, well-educated member of an immigrant community …

BURMA: No Photo Op for Gambari

Inter Press Service News Agency By Marwaan Macan-Markar
BANGKOK, Aug 25 (IPS) – A United Nations-led effort to push political reform in military-ruled Burma plunged to a humiliating low on the weekend, raising questions about the effectiveness of the world body’s special envoy to the country, Ibrahim Gambari.

Ghosts amid the wreckage in Myanmar

International Herald Tribune – Asia-Pacific By Seth Mydans

Nearly four months after the cyclone, the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar is a flat, dark expanse of ruin populated by dazed survivors, unburied bodies and visions of wandering, moaning ghosts.

Different walks of life in Myanmar appraise successful holding of Beijing Olympic Games

Xinhua Online –YANGON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Different walks of life in Myanmar Monday appraised China’s successful hosting of the 29th Beijing Olympic Games with China….

Thai PM Says West Uses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi As Political Tool

Nasdaq – Global Markets BANGKOK (AFP)–Thailand’s prime minister on Monday criticized Western nations for pinning their efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar on the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi….

Chinese defense minister meets Myanmar chief of defense industries

Xinhua Online – BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Monday met with Tin Aye, chief of Defense Industries of Myanmar

All that glitters isn’t gold
Mizzima.com, India –
When the United Nations Security Council held an informal briefing on the situation in Burma for the first time, in December 2006, delegates again urged …

Bond actor to donate boats to Burma
Ninemsn, Australia –
‘His representative came to Myanmar (Burma) and said he will pay for 25 fishing boats, and our committee brought the representative to that village,” a …

Burma Allows Unlimited Fuel Purchase With Foreign Exchange …
RedOrbit, TX –
Rangoon – Burma’s junta authorized the unlimited purchase of diesel and gasoline with Foreign Exchange Certificates (FECs) at state-owned gas stations on …

Thailand tells the UN to broaden focus in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –
[Reuters] Thailand’s prime minister Samak Sundaravej has told the western countries not to pin their efforts to bring democracy to Burma on the release of …

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
Mr. Gambari, who concluded his six-day visit to Myanmar last week, thanked Mr. Samak for his help in negotiating with senior Myanmar officials who later …

PM: Meeting with Tea Banh to ease border tension
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Following the discussion on Burma with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, the premier said Mr Gambari plans to propose the idea of having a third party to …

SHRF MONTHLY REPORT – AUGUST 2008
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
These were done to the people while they were still suffering deeply from the devastating effect of the killer cyclone, and while the international …

Aye Hsay Thar Tun
Ithaca Journal, NY –
… in Burma, the country in which she is from. There, the organization is working to make a better life for those left homeless by the recent cyclone. …

Burma’s opposition politician attacked by unknown perpetrator
Mizzima.com, India –
In March, a Human Rights activist, Myint Aye (57) sustained head injuries from a similar beating by unknown people. Myint Hlaing, chairman of the Hlaing …

Human rights violations
Muncie Star Press, IN –
The first was a promise of improved human rights. Just before the games began, China incarcerated individuals who jeopardized the impression of calm accord …

The Best of Olympic Spirit Transferred and the Worst Purified for …
Emediawire (press release), WA –
Most recently, PFC has been providing direct humanitarian relief to the victims of Cyclone Nagris in Burma. PFC recently raised support for and money to …

Media Power and People Power
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Aung San, the leader of the independence movement in Burma and father of the currently jailed leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was the editor of …

Global vision – Cardiff eye man speaks out
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
In sub-Saharan Africa, in the poor countries of the Far East, parts of India or Bangladesh, in Myanmar [Burma] and in countless other places you can only …

After the Games, China stays on world’s stage
Indianapolis Star, United States –
Meanwhile, the human-rights situation in China remains troublesome — undemocratic governance, discrimination toward ethnic minorities, with limits on …

Burma: 2092 Political Prisioners In Prison
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
In the last year there have been around 900 arrests of activists, some for things like helping the relief operation following Cyclone Nargis. …

Insurers consider storm surge threat
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… a storm surge in the Gulf of Thailand could cause greater damage than the one triggered by Cyclone Nargis on the central plain of Burma in early May. …

NGOs hold satiric closing ceremony for Olympics
China Post, Taiwan –
As the Beijing Olympics officially closed, groups such as Friends of Tibet, Taiwan Free Burma Network, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Taiwan Labor …

Have you met our new friends?
The Times, South Africa –
Instead, let us now be proud of the democratic states of China and Russia, who stood by us like good friends at the UN when we refused to impose sanctions …

Gambari Burma Mission Not Accomplished, UNSC should intervene more …
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
This was Gambari’s fourth trip to Burma since the deadly crackdown on anti-government demonstrators led by Buddhist-monks last September. …

McDonald’s, Ma and Hu awarded ‘Olympic’ golds
Taipei Times, Taiwan –
“Abuses not only increased, but China has also exported abuses by supporting authoritarian regimes in Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe,” Yang said. …

China won the gold for human rights abuses
TheNewsTribune.com, WA –
The medals go to appalling attacks on human freedom and dignity. Start, though, with a special honor for pre-game enabling. The champion in this event was …

Myanmar opposition criticizes UN envoy
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been in a political deadlock since 1990, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s party overwhelmingly won general elections but was not …

Gambari ‘wasting his time’ in Burma
The Standard, Hong Kong –
UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari was “wasting his time” in Burma because he did nothing to end the political stalemate there, the opposition party of Aung …

UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi Turkish Daily News (subscription), Turkey –