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World focus on Burma (4 October 2008)

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Myanmar leader Maung Aye to visit Bangladesh soon

People’s Daily Online – Vice-Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) Maung Aye will pay an official visit to Bangladesh in the near future, said an official announcement issued from Nay Pyi Taw Saturday without giving the date of his visit.

New law cracks down on child soldiers
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

Burma plans offshore oil exploration with Vietnam
Radio Australia, Australia –
The state media reports the companies would be allowed to explore supplies in the Gulf of Martaban, south of Burma in the Andaman Sea. Myanmar Oil and Gas …

In Myanmar crisis, an old dissident sees hope
Los Angeles Times, CA –

Sein Win believes that the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, have the courage required to bring down the generals. A year ago, the generals crushed …

Don’t Forget About Burma’s Democrats
Wall Street Journal –
By U PYINAR ZAWTA I am a Burmese Buddhist monk, and I am in exile. One year ago in September, the Burmese regime brutally crushed peaceful protests in my …

Anil and Sanjoo Verma
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
As a political organizer for the National League for Democracy and the National Coalition Government Union of Burma, he was always busy – and sometimes …

United States: Bush Signs Law on Child Soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
The use of children as combatants is one of the most despicable human rights violations in the world today and affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of …

POLITICS: South Korea’s Persistent Dream of Regionalism
Inter Press Service, Italy –
But we had side discussions on Burma, on bringing together the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. The forum allows for other sorts …

New UN human rights chief calls for release of Myanmar political …
JURIST –
[JURIST] The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Thursday urged the military-led government of Myanmar to release ..

Detained Shan leader hospitalised
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… Myo Win Tun has been in hospital for more than a month due to deteriorating health conditions, according to the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy. …

Iran’s Abuse Of Religious Liberty
Voice of America –
The designation means that Iran — along with countries like Burma, North Korea, Sudan, China, and Saudi Arabia — is considered one of the worst violators …

Ohio immigrants become citizens in time to vote
Akron Beacon Journal, OH –
In junta-ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, political talk by dissenters can be dangerous and that concern accompanies immigrants to the US, Mrosko said. …

The World in Review
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
Repression in Burma has increased and the military government has failed to deliver on promises it made a year ago, despite international efforts at …

Coconut message saved JFK’s crew
Providence Journal, RI –

In fact, in the country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), which was recently devastated by a cyclone, many people drank coconut water after the storm …


Others were Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still under house arrest in Burma, and Iranian jurist Shirin Ebadi. The laureates mentor youth projects including a …

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Vietnam: Bishops shocked at government’s betrayal

VietCatholic News (Thứ Bảy 20/09/2008 04:23)
Thousands keep protesting at the nunciature
Thousands protestested through the night
Construction workers demolish buildings
The demolition of Hanoi nunciature has caused great shocks among Catholics with bishops have simultaneously spoken out their angers at the government’s betrayal. Meanwhile, state media continue to accuse Hanoi Archbishop of inciting riot crying out for severely punishment anyone who dares to oppose the demolition plan.

In a letter to the president and the PM of Vietnam, Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh of Kontum, warned them of nasty consequences. “Our people are gentle and kind, easy to forget the past and forgive those who trespass against them.” However, “when they find themselves being tricked, pushed to the corner, and persecuted… they can accept even death, especially ‘the death due to faith’”, the bishop warned.

In this country, “numerous of the weak and the poor have pleaded for years for the requisition of their properties but all in vain, as the authorities do not listen but persecute them!” he denounced.

He pleaded the government to “stop accuse [Catholics] with insults…stop using the media to silence them.” “It is the time that weapons cannot solve problems, especially when dealing with people with faith like Catholics,” bishop Michael Hoang stated.

From Thai Binh, Bishop Francis Nguyen Van Sang, who has been suffered footsore, said his heart was broken to hear the bad news and he “wished to be able to rush to Hanoi” to be with archbishop Joseph Ngo and his faithful in this time of ordeal.

Bishop Joseph Dang Duc Ngan, in a letter to archbishop, priests and faithful of Hanoi wrote that he “got shocked and nervous” at the sudden developments at Hanoi nunciature. For bishop Joseph Dang, the building is “a souvenir of faith, a land stamped with the Seal of the Communion and Union of the Catholic Church” through-out the history. “A symbol of Love”, he added.

The New Hanoi newspaper does not share his view point. For the paper, the building is a symbol of Vatican, and its demolition is “a victory”. On Saturday, the paper could not hide its joy stating that Archbishop Joseph Ngo sent an urgent protest letter to the leaders of the country but all in vain. It accused that “in desperate hope of finding a possible way to stop the demolition…he sent letter to everywhere seeking for communion.” “That deed is against regulations of law and goes against will of people,” it added.

At the nunciature, construction workers worked throughout the night to demolish the building. Thousands of Catholics have also protested round the clock. Hundreds of priests from all parishes have stayed with protestors asking them to calm down every time the police, in great mass, tried to lure them into violence with swearing, profanity, and cursing languages.

At a point, protestors rescued some foreign reporters who were chased by police as they tried to take some photographs at the nunciature. Protestors helped the reporters to run toward the archbishop’s office where they could take refuge. On Friday morning, Ben Stocking, an American reporter, the Hanoi bureau chief for Associated Press was beaten by police. He was punched, choked and hit over his head.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm

News on Burma’s Geoplotics (29-11-2007)

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  1. Musharraf to Take Oath as Civilian Leader
    Washington Post, United States –
    By Pamela Constable ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 28 — President Pervez Musharraf, after formally stepping down as the chief of Pakistan’s powerful army,
  2. FACTBOX-Five facts on Pakistan’s new army chief, Kayani
    Reuters –
    Nov 28 (Reuters) – Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf stepped down as army chief on Wednesday, as his hand-picked successor, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani,
  3. Manila gives rebel soldiers deadline to surrender
    Reuters –
    By Karen Lema and Raju Gopalakrishnan MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine police gave around two dozen rebel soldiers until 3 pm (2 am EST) on Thursday to halt their attempted mutiny in a luxury hotel in Manila’s financial district.
  4. Pall of Rioting Greets Sarkozy
    Washington Post –
    By Molly Moore PARIS, Nov. 28 — President Nicolas Sarkozy received no celebratory homecoming when he returned from Beijing on Wednesday with $30 billion in new business deals between France and China.
  5. US protests China’s port refusal
    CNN –
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States has filed a formal protest with China over the decision to deny port visits to a US aircraft carrier and two other ships last week, an incident a Pentagon spokesman Wednesday called “baffling.
  6. Two Injured as Hotel Standoff in Manila Ends
    New York Times –
    Government soldiers prepare to the Peninsula Hotel in Manila. The hotel had been taken over earlier by dissident military officers who demanded that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo resign.
  7. Musharraf Is Sworn In as a Civilian President
    New York Times –
    By CARLOTTA GALL and JANE PERLEZ ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 29 – A day after resigning as army chief, Pervez Musharraf was sworn in as a civilian president today.
  8. China Explains Decision to Block US Ships
    New York Times –
    By DAVID LAGUE Beijing, Nov. 29 – China blocked the visit to Hong Kong last week of a United States aircraft carrier battle group and other American warships in retaliation against the Bush administration’s proposed upgrading of Taiwan’s Patriot
  9. Vietnam caught between repression and reform
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    The ethnic Vietnamese activists, among them a US national mathematics researcher, a French national journalist and a Thai citizen, were arrested while handing our fliers that explained and promoted non-violent struggle for democratic change.
  10. Musharraf Defends Actions After Taking Oath
    New York Times –
    bkbangash/AP Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf gave an emotional speech after he was sworn in as the country’s civilian president today in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  11. Why Musharraf is Ending the Emergency
    TIME –
    President Pervez Musharraf speaks after taking the oath of office for a five-year term as a civilian president November 29, 2007 at the presidential palace in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 29, 2007 at 7:12 am

World Focus on Burma (27-11-2007)

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  1. Former Annapolis High athlete aids Myanmar protesters
    Annapolis Capital, MD –
    On the air, the 22-year-old smoothly expounded as an authority on conditions inside Myanmar, also called Burma, where a military junta has held the country …
  2. UN Envoy Discusses Burma Crisis With Vietnam
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar is meeting with officials in Viet Nam as part of his consultations with regional leaders on the situation …
  3. Burmese Government Disconnect Fails
    ThreatsWatch.Org –
    The will to overcome such restrictions however, triumphed to a degree: Savvy young bloggers in Myanmar are breaking through the military junta’s tight …
  4. Myanmar mid-year gems emporium ends in Yangon
    Xinhua, China –
    27 (Xinhua) — A total of 3618 lots of jade, gems and pearls were sold at the 13-day mid-year Myanmar gems emporium which ended here Monday evening, ..
  5. Vietnam expects a stable Myanmar: PM
    Nhan Dan, Vietnam –
    As an ASEAN member and a neighbour of Myanmar, Vietnam expects the situation in the Southeast Asian country to become stable, contributing to the stability …
  6. Search for 50 boat passengers called off
    Brisbane Times, Australia – 8 hours ago
    Jasimuddin said the passengers were Bangladeshi and also Burma refugees from camps at Cox’s Bazar, 300 km south of the national capital, Dhaka. …
  7. New Images from Rambo!
    IESB.NET, CA –
    … aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). …
  8. Myanmar gem auction wrapped up regime says amid boycott calls
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — Military-run Myanmar has wrapped up a gem auction, a major money-spinner for the junta, state media said Tuesday, despite sanctions and calls …
  9. Vietnam can help Myanmar: envoy
    Gulf Times, Qatar –
    … in the country formerly called Burma. Vietnam’s leaders “are listened to by Myanmar, because I think they are among the countries closest to Myanmar, …
  10. Myanmar junta frees ethnic Chin leader
    Reuters India, India –
    Critics have accused the regime of seeking to exploit ethnic divisions in the former Burma, home to a dizzying array of rival tribes, religions, …
  11. Myanmar concludes gems auction with foreign merchants
    International Herald Tribune, France –
    AP YANGON, Myanmar: More than 2000 foreign merchants attended Myanmar’s major gems auction, state-media reported Tuesday, despite international calls to …
  12. CBS 5 Journalist Ventures Inside Burma
    CBS 5, CA –
    Many in the nation that was called Burma hope 45 years of military rule will end. Sandwiched between China and India, Myanmar is closed to journalists. …
  13. Missed opportunity on Burma
    ISN, Switzerland –
    … in Burma. But no aversion to EU sanctions could deter ASEAN from talking trade with Brussels. Summit host Lee Hsien Loong said that “while Myanmar is …
  14. ‘Our’ dictator gets away with it
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    “Even Burma [Myanmar] is ahead. On the other hand in 2006, Pakistan spent US$ 5.1 billion on arms.” Khan, now released, says he’s in favor of boycotting the …
  15. Junta soldier shot Nagai from 1 meter away : MPD Kyodo News: The Japanese video journalist gunned down in September while covering an antigovernment rally in Myanmar was shot from a meter away by the nearest soldier, Tokyo police said Monday.
  16. Myanmar sells $150 mln of gems at auction: official
    AFP –
    YANGON (AFP) — Military-run Myanmar has sold precious stones worth 150 million dollars during this month’s gem auction, an official said Tuesday, …
  17. Burmese Gem Auction Concludes
    IDEX Online, Israel –
    Myanmar’s (Burma) gem auction ended Monday, after more than 2000 foreign merchants from 16 countries had attended and more than 3500 lots of precious stones …
  18. Panties with Power
    RH Reality Check, DC –
    Currently, activists exasperated at the failure of diplomacy to apply pressure on Burma’s military regime are resorting to a new means of protest against …
  19. Burma’s weekly journals faced with declining readership
    Mizzima.com, India –
    With more publishing license issued by the Burmese junta’s Information Ministry, sources said, new journals such as the Myanmar Times and Mann Daw Yeik will …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 27, 2007 at 4:33 am

World Focus on Burma (26-11-2007)

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  1. Too Many States Not on Course to Meet Clearance Deadlines
    Media For Freedom, Nepal –
    Government use of antipersonnel mines declined further, with only Myanmar/Burma and Russia continuing to lay new mines. Non-state armed groups in at least …
  2. Asean members have no time to waste
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Philippine President Gloria Arroyo told Burma’s Thein Sein during a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday: ”The expectation of the Philippines is that if Myanmar …
  3. China must revalue yuan: Sarkozy
    NEWS.com.au, Australia –
    He said he wanted “vigorous” action from China on Myanmar, a close Chinese ally which crushed pro-democracy protests in September, sparking global outrage, …
  4. Burma Mobilizes To Protect 7M Kids Against Polio
    Scoop.co.nz, New Zealand –
    Midwife Daw Kyin Nu is braving the cold rain in the hilly regions of Shan State, Myanmar, as she goes house to house to vaccinate children under the age of …
  5. Networking Central
    Philadelphia Jewish Voice, PA –
    … half way around the world, monks, and crowds of protestors marched in the streets of Yangon fighting for peace, freedom, and democracy in Burma/Myanmar. ..
  6. Sarkozy says China must revalue yuan
    Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
    He said he wanted “vigorous” action from China on Myanmar, a close Chinese ally which crushed pro-democracy protests in September, sparking global outrage, …
  7. UN Burma fact-finder to speak at Brown
    Providence Journal, RI –
    Paulo sérgio Pinheiro, the UN special rapporteur for human rights, said he is hopeful that crisis in Burma (called Myanmar by the country’s ruling generals) …
  8. Myanmar PM to visit Cambodia
    Xinhua, China –
    26 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein will pay a goodwill visit to Cambodia in the near future at the invitation of his Cambodian …
  9. Just words
    Pinoy Press, Philippines –
    Here was the most authoritarian leader the Philippines has ever had since Ferdinand Marcos declaring , albeit indirectly, the members of Burma’s ruling …
  10. Boat sinks near Bangladesh-Burma sea border; 50 people missing
    Toronto Star, Canada –
    Several thousand Burmese refugees, mostly Muslims known as Rohingyas, have fled to Bangladesh over the years, claiming persecution by Burma’s military junta …
  11. Myanmar ruby boycott proposal raises red flag
    Los Angeles Times, CA –
    “The sale of these gems gives Burma’s military rulers quick cash to stay in power.” (Myanmar is also known as Burma.) But a successful boycott of what …
  12. Indian Buddhist monks protest against Myanmar junta
    Reuters –
    … emblems,” Kyaw Than of the All Burma Students League said by phone from the town. A monk-led protest was crushed by Myanmar’s ruling junta in September, …
  13. ASEAN pays price for embracing Burmese junta
    Vancouver Sun, Canada –
    … said: “The credibility and reputation of ASEAN has been called into question because of the situation in Myanmar [the name the junta calls Burma]. …
  14. Thailand’s counterfeit pipeline
    Columbus Dispatch, OH –
    … Thailand shares borders with countries that don’t place a premium on intellectual property rights: Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar, formerly Burma. …
  15. Sarkozy urges Beijing to take on greater global responsibility
    AsiaNews.it, Italy –
    … and the massacre of Myanmar’s population are the key objectives which French President Nicolas Sarkozy set himself on his arrival in China yesterday, …
  16. ASEAN still toothless after 40 years
    Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
    The senior diplomat, charged with mediating national reconciliation between Myanmar’s ruling generals and its oppressed pro-democracy movement, …
  17. Report: Myanmar monks have vanished
    United Press International –
    The crackdown by the military junta, which has ruled Myanmar, formerly Burma, since 1989, began after pro-democracy protests were taken over by the monks. …
  18. UN asks Vietnam to help rein in Burma
    Bangkok Post, Thailand –
    Noting that Hanoi is close to Burma’s ruling junta, Gambari said he hoped Vietnam’s government would “further encourage the government of Myanmar to …
  19. NLD branch welcomes Suu Kyi’s statement
    Mizzima.com, India –
    On Monday, the Burmese state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, carried statements by the ’88’ generation students (The Union of Myanmar), …
  20. USDA to hold pro-government rallies
    Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
    The state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper has been running a number of announcements since early November from ethnic and other political groups who …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 25, 2007 at 7:31 pm