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World focus on Burma (10 January 2009)

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Fresh offensive on Thai-Burmese border
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A fresh offensive has broken out along the Thai-Burmese border between ethnic Karen guerillas of the Karen National …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Volunteers head back to Thailand
Malvern Gazette, UK –
These are supporting the displaced Shan people of Burma, who have been forced to move from their native land into Thailand, and running a hostel for those …

Managing the message
St. John’s Telegram, Canada –
Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, writes that there are countries like Cuba and Burma where journalists are routinely …

Failure of international community before drama of Burmese people
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Pascal Khoo Thwe, a Burmese dissident, adds up the balance of a tragic 2008: Nargis and the military dictatorship have pushed the population to the breaking …

CRITIC OF MUGABE WINS INAUGURAL ART PRIZE
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Obama’s Change?
ZNet, MA –
He should bring to book, bring to account all of those American officials who were responsible for the torture and the abuse of in many instances of totally ...

The spectacular three metre high Mandalay Shrine, a rare surviving piece from the now destroyed royal palace at Mandalay in Burma, will go on display in the …

Cambodia likely to miss Asean summit
Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Thailand currently holds the rotating chairmanship of Asean, which groups it with Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

Zarganar, Hold on, We Know You Are Alive: Comedian of Burma Jailed for 45 Years

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http://themoderatevoice.com/

January 3rd, 2009
By DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Assistant Editor, TMV Columnist

Writing today about Kathy Griffin and other comedians in the USA, I thought for the millionth time about dear Zarganar; the great comedic heart of Burma who just two months ago was insanely punished by the bloated multi-millionaire dictator of Burma, Than Shwe…

Than Shwe, surely the lost twin brother of Mugabe in Zimbabwe… Than Shwe, the walking talking roasted pig with his rotten teeth stuffed with diamonds from loot taken from his organized cocaine trade …

Than Shwe, it is said, was spiritually eaten by demons via his withholding of foreign aid, medical supplied, rice, water and doctors from the suffering Burmese whom he purposely injured in the Aug 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks and nuns…

and attacked relentlessly by demons again when he, Than Shwe, the walking corpulent corpse denied foreign aid again, denied doctors entry to treat the victims of the Nargis cyclone in 2008 that killed over 100,000 tribal and city Burmese and injured millions more.

And now Than Shwe in another of his Jabba the Hutless excesses, sentences a mere comic soul to 45 years in prison. Zarganar is 47 years old. Oh how great Than Shwe must be the power of the comedic to bring you down, how weak you must be to fear such a mere comic soul.

Could it be Than Shwe, that so fraught is your clawing lust for power, so malignantly filled with dukka is your mind, so bent you are on consigning yourself to everlasting vajra hell, that you have to silence one who makes others laugh?

Little Zarganar was found to have violated a mockery of justice written at Than Shwe’s behest… “the Electronics Act,” which regulates electronic communications in Burma… essentially bleating that no one is allowed to say anything to disparage the demonic infestations of Than Shwe.

Round, diminutive Zarganar was detained earlier in 2008 for criticising the government’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis. More than 100 activists who rose to prod the government and to deliver mercy to the Burmese, have been sentenced over the past 8 weeks in what amounts to a suspension of Burma’s pro-democracy movement.

“Zarganar led a group of entertainers who organised private aid deliveries to victims of Cyclone Nargis, which hit in May 08. An outspoken satirist of the military government, Zarganar had already been arrested and jailed four times before he was forced from his home again by the authorities in June 2008.”

The gentle but sharp witted Zarganar had said just prior to Than Shwe’s flying monkeys coming to arrest him: “No, we never encounter any problems, because we negotiated with [soldiers], and we just want to pass [out] our donation parcels. We just want to encourage our people. This is our duty.”

And Zarganar, through various groups outside Burma, including Amnesty International and PEN, the writers’ group that supports imprisoned artists and petitions for their release, we have a duty too… to not forget you.

Also convicted along with comedian Zarganar, are key members of the so-called ‘88 Generation of activists,’ all sentenced to 65 years… and a total of 68 years imprisonment was brought down against Ashin Gambira, leader of the monks’ alliance that led last year’s anti-government uprising.

I know Kathy Griffin would know just what to say about all this.
All free comedians throughout the world would know just what to say about Than Shwe.
I hope, for Zarganar’s sake, they will say it. Than Shwe needs MORE, not less, comedians on his case. Relentlessly. Publicly.

Comedians have ever been one of the few cultural groups strong enough, equipped enough with the weaponry of wit, to consistently speak truth to lies.

Semper fi.

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January 4, 2009 at 1:22 am

World focus on Burma (3 January 2009)

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Most important story of ’08 may have been overlooked
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum,  United States –
Rather incredibly, the story of Cyclone Nargis, the tropical storm that hit Burma, did not crack the Top Ten. More than 84000 people were killed in that …

:. India, a serious threat to Pakistan
Kashmir Watch, Pakistan –
… own India may be able to make significant headway with the Junta and obtain a greater stake in the development of Burma’s oil and natural gas fields, …

Zarganar, Hold on, We Know You Are Alive: Comedian of Burma Jailed ...
The Moderate Voice –
More than 100 activists who rose to prod the government and to deliver mercy to the Burmese, have been sentenced over the past 8 weeks in what amounts to a …

Jeffrey Hellman
Change.org, CA –
US Campaign for Burma, International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma, World Dharma’s Burma Project International, Coalition Against …

Fancy felines know their way to San Jose cat show
The Argus, CA –
… from Russia and the gentle Birmans, which are believed to have originated in Burma, now called Myanmar, where the species was considered sacred. …


By David Gollust The United States Friday expressed hope for an early transition to democracy in Burma, also called Myanmar, marks the 61st anniversary of …

Bush to host UN chief before leaving White House
Xinhua, China –
… a United Nations “that can act effectively to promote freedom, democratic governance, human rights, and a world free from terror,” the spokesman added.

Bush and Ban to hold farewell lunch at WHouse: spokesman
AFP –
The pair “will discuss the future of the United Nations and the challenges that remain, such as UN reform, the Middle East, Burma, Somalia, and peacekeeping …

US backs democracy in Myanmar ahead of anniversary
AFP –
… to the people of Burma on this occasion,” McCormack said in a statement, referring to the country’s name before the junta changed it to Myanmar in 1989. …

CPJ’s 2008 prison census finds online journalists most likely to …
Bay Area Indymedia, CA –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. Each of the top five nations has …

Bush to host UN leader for a final time
International Herald Tribune, France –
Johndroe said the two leaders will discuss the future of the United Nations, the Middle East, Somalia, Darfur and Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

US notes Myanmar independence anniversary
International Herald Tribune, France –
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States wants “to express our warmest wishes to the people of Burma on this occasion. …

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January 3, 2009 at 12:07 am

World focus on Burma (13 December 2008)

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Asia Pacific League For Freedom And Democracy Meets On Guam
Pacific News Center –
Guam – 60 delegates from 17 Asian and Pacific countries are on Guam this weekend for the 54th gathering of the Asia Pacific League for Freedom and Democracy …

Myanmar releases former dictator’s daughter from house arrest
Monsters and Critics.com –
Ne Win came to power in 1962 after a coup against Myanmar’s first elected post-independence prime minister U Nu. He launched Myanmar, also called Burma, …

Saturday, December 20
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
1852 – British forces annex Pegu, lower Burma, in war with Burmese. 1860 – South Carolina becomes the first US state to secede from the Union. …

Christina Patterson: Blog and be damned – and thrown into prison
Independent, UK –
A trio of comedians in Burma joked about their time in prison, being tortured. Now, they do illegal shows on Monday nights in their front room. …

Silence raises questions of relevance
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
… by protesters going under the banner of the People’s Alliance for Democracy. “Thailand and Burma are adequate test cases for the toothless Asean. …

Mia Kirshner Declares: “I Live Here”
Comic Book Resources, Ca –
For example, sexual violence against women in Burma and an unspoken genocide within Burma. In Chechnya, a population of people who, post-9/11, …

Burma’s Junta Doesn’t See Humor in Zargana’s Comedy
Huffington Post, NY –
He was incarcerated for criticizing the government’s response to Cyclone Nargis and leading a private relief effort. On Nov. …

Hope for Suu Kyi release
Hindu, India –
SINGAPORE: Myanmar’s military government has informed democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi that her “appeal for release is being considered. …

Looking Beyond 2010 Election in Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
If Ban were to go to Burma without having to achieve any substantive results, he could demean the Secretary General’s office. His basic demands, such as the …

Community leaders: Five notable nominees
Dallas Morning News, TX –
Second, she really is the highest-level person in the world to stand up to the generals in Burma. The Burmese activists are terribly sad she’s leaving the …

The UN must not admit defeat under the military dictators of Burma
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
Afterwards he told the media that he will only go to Burma (Myanmar) if there are some positive growths by the Than Shwe regime, including release of …

Nobel laureates launch appeal for Aung San Suu Kyi
AFP –
They also urged world leaders to “force the Burma regime to start a peaceful reconciliation process in order to restore democracy and respect for …

CFI gives 2008 Freedom Award to Laura Bush
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News, MI –
… over five decades, and has also called for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democratic leader who has been under house arrest since 1989. …

Jackson Diehl: The door that Bush kept open
Arizona Republic, AZ –
On Wednesday, in honor of the 60th Human Rights Day, Bush did it one more time, inviting dissident bloggers from China, Burma, Iran, Cuba, Belarus, …

The importance of universality
Index On Censorship, UK –
… in pessimism unrelieved’, others were fomenting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an unparalleled statement of optimism and faith in humanity. …

Solidarity vs. the infernal spiral of terrorism
International Viewpoint, UK –
Other military conflicts engulf South Asia and a veritable arc of crisis has formed from Afghanistan in the west, to the Burmese frontier via Sri Lanka to …

Junta rejects Aung San Suu Kyi’s petition: NLD-LA
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta has rejected outright a petition by the lawyer of detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung …

Illegal elephant trade flourishes in Burma: TRAFFIC
Mizzima.com, India –
Chris R. Shepherd, TRAFFIC’s Southeast Asia Senior Program Officer, said, “The elephant population in Myanmar [Burma] is declining due to poaching and …

Opposition MP released
Mizzima.com, India –
The Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi led party won the elections in 1990 but the military regime not only refused to hand over power but put the party under …

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December 13, 2008 at 5:53 am

World focus on Burma (8 December 2008)

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Comedian says Zarganar will boost prison morale
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Activist and comedian Zarganar was sentenced to 59 years in prison last month and sent to the remote Myitkyina prison in Kachin state. …

The Dalai Lama blames “greed” for financial crisis
New Europe, Belgium –
“Because of its very poor record on human rights and religious freedom and freedom of expression and freedom of the press — too much censorship — the image …

Burma to introduce single-use GSM Sim Cards
Mizzima.com, India –
… Burmese nationals in possession of FECs and a valid national identity card, Ko Sai added. Chief of Engineers from Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, …

Price of Burmese Mobiles Slashed, but Call Charges Soar
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The service, which will become available from December 12 on a trial basis, is being offered in collaboration with the state-owned Myanmar Post and …

Asian Lawmakers Push UN Chief on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Ban Ki-moon to press Burma’s junta for the release of all political prisoners in the country. The Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), …

Weekly Business Roundup (December 8, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… and which has been found to hold large reserves of gas. Burma’s junta controlled Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise is a silent partner in both blocks.

UN chief frustrated by lack of progress in Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“I urge the government of Myanmar to respond positively without further delay to our specific suggestions, as endorsed by the Group of Friends, …

Burma’s junta finds no laughs in political satire
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Craig and Marc Kielburger are children’s rights activists and co-founded Free The Children, which is active in the developing world. …

The gift of freedom is an early present
Allentown Morning Call, PA –
Many came from war-torn countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan, while others came from counties besieged by oppression or famine, such as Burma and Darfur. …

Over 200 Asian Legislators urge UN Sec-Gen to travel to Myanmar,
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
We are writing to you on a matter of grave concern: the ongoing imprisonment of over 2100 political prisoners in Burma/Myanmar. …

Asian Debate: Did Myanmar Go Too Far?
Goal.com, Switzerland –
After being caught cold with two early goals, Myanmar had fought their way back into the game. Then with 16 minutes remaining, the boys from Burma had to …

Kosovo: A European Narco State
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
At one end of the crescent lies Afghanistan, which in 1999 surpassed Burma as the world’s largest producer of opium poppies. From there, the heroin base …

Online journalists now jailed more often than other media
Ars Technica, MA –
China continues its ten-year winning streak when it comes to tossing writers into jail, with Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan next in line. …

“We’re seeing it in Burma,” Rice said of the country in Southeast Asia now called Myanmar. “We are now seeing it, I think, in a very, very sad way in …

Blogging dangerous for foreign journalists
Neftegaz.RU, Russia –
At least 16 journalists worldwide are being held in secret locations. China, Cuba and Burma have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and …


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December 7, 2008 at 11:53 pm

World focus on Burma (6 December 2008)

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Children typically make obedient soldiers
Media For Freedom, Nepal –
Since 1994, Human Rights Watch has reported on the recruitment and use of child soldiers in more than a dozen countries including Angola, Burma, Burundi, …

UN chief turns heat on Burma
The Press Association –
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is “growing frustration” around the world with Burma’s ruling generals. He spoke to reporters after emerging from a …

Man unable to see Burmese parents
Lower Hudson Journal news, NY –
The conditions in Myanmar are drastic, according to organizations that monitors global hot spots. “Burma is suffering from the longest-running civil war in …

Don’t mess with Mia
Globe and Mail, Canada –
To be resolved: If countries like Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should. …

Ban expresses “growing frustration” over Myanmar situation
Press Trust of India, India –
United Nations, Dec 6 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the first time has expressed his “growing frustration” over failure of the Myanmar military …

Indonesia defeat Myanmar 3-0 in ASEAN soccer tournament
Balita.org, UK –
I was very nervous before the match, as we lost twice to Burma in two weeks,” Indonesia coach Benny Dollo said after the game. …

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN chief Ban Ki-moon voiced growing frustration at the failure by Myanmar’s military regime to restore democracy and ruled out a …

Myanmar is the other name by which Burma is known. He said since the group last met in September, there is a growing frustration among himself and members …

But Mr Ban, speaking to reporters at the United Nations on Friday, said: “As I have said repeatedly, I am ready to visit Myanmar [Burma] again, …

THAILAND: So the suffering is not forgotten
Asia Pacific Media Network, CA –
The destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the struggle for order and human rights in Afghanistan, the ongoing conflict and chaos in Thailand’s deep …

UN’s Ban says world frustration with Myanmar growing
Reuters UK, UK –
… in the so-called Group of Friends on Myanmar. Last month relatives of popular comedian and activist Zarganar said a secret court in the former Burma had …

Radio Free North Korea
동아일보, South Korea –
Joy and sorrow crossed the minds of North Korean defectors and anti-North Korea activists struggling to let the North Korean people know about their leader …

UNITED NATIONS, December 5 — As Myanmar has stepped up the pace of its imprisonment of political opponents, bloggers and journalists, the UN’s Ban Ki-moon …

Online media workers top journalists’ prison census
Daily Times, Pakistan –
“Cuba, Burma, Eritrea and Uzbekistan round out the top five jailers from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists.” Each of the top five nations has .

Coming Soon: UN Racists to convene conference on racism
American Thinker, WA –
Back in 2003, she chaired the UN’s former Human Rights Commission, which discredited itself not only by picking Al-Hajjaji, envoy of Libya’s despotic regime …

Christian Freedom International Presents 2008 Freedom Award to …
Christian Freedom International, MI –
… over five decades, and has also called for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democratic leader who has been under house arrest since 1989. …

Aid to Asia their Christmas wish
Vancouver Courier,  Canada –
The victims of Cyclone Nargis remain in dire straights, with 500000 families in Myanmar without aid. To focus on helping those families, Cassils and CW Asia …

Survey says: More reporters online and in jail
Michigan Messenger, Michigan –
By Eartha Jane Melzer 12/5/08 1:58 PM The rise of online journalism is reflected in the Committee to Protect Journalists annual prison census report which …

Online Journalists Now The Most Jailed
WebProNews, KY –
Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out the top five from among the 29 nations that imprison journalists. There are at least 56 online journalists …

Burma : Zarganar and other political prisoners transferred to …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association strongly condemn comedian and blogger Zarganar’s transfer yesterday from Insein prison, …

The Year in Review: Lessons from 2008
The REAL TRUTH, OH –
Elsewhere, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Pakistan have recently had governments in which the military held the reigns. Since the Tower of Babel, …


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December 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

World focus on Burma (5 December 2008)

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CPJ: More online journalists than print journalists in prison
Menassat, Lebanon –
For the first time in history, online journalists represent the largest number of media professionals in prison, according to a census by the Committee to …

Burma among top five in detaining journalists: CPJ
Mizzima.com, India –
The power of online journalism in Burma, a country ruled by the military which has closed almost all connections with the outside world, came to be know

An Elephant’s Dream
Bookslut, IL –
Hannah was born in Burma. Her mother was shot and killed by people working a rubber plantation; Hannah herself, about three years old, was wounded. …

World Leaders Ask For UN Help In Burma
Look To The Stars, UK –
“We write this letter to applaud your public consideration of traveling to Burma, also known as Myanmar, before the end of the year,“ the leaders wrote in …

CPJ: 23 journalists held in African jails
Afrique en ligne, France –
“Thirteen journalists are held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma, CPJ said. …

CPJ warns: Blogging may harm your health
Neweurasia.net, Europe –
China continued to be world’s worst jailer of journalists, a dishonor it has held for 10 consecutive years. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan round out …

Online journalists targeted
American Thinker, WA –
Other countries in the top five are Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan. Twenty-nine nations made the list. The US was not on the list. Whew! …

Win Tin, NLD Leader, Hospitalized
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Win Tin, Burma’s prominent veteran journalist and leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was hospitalized in Rangoon on …

China-Europe Row Deepens
CNSNews.com, VA –
China’s communist government is famously hypersensitive about international criticism of its human rights record and what it regards as outside interference …

Today In History
GoErie.com, PA –
2002, former Burma dictator Gen. Ne Win, who ruled the country now known as Myanmar for 26 years after leading a 1962 coup, died in Yangon at age 91. …

Thai protests end, but problems persist
United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –
The takeover of the two largest international airports in Thailand by the People’s Alliance for Democracy underscores the possible decline of a nation …

Commentary on the Endless Dispute Between Evolution and Creationism
ScienceBlogs –
… in closed societies such as Burma. Some of the images, some of the stories that have come out have been by the Internet and by citizen journalists. …

Rangoon firms into lay-off; job seekers mount
Mizzima.com, India –
However, contrary to the claims of the employment agencies, Burma’s Prime Minister Thein Sein said, the country can offer jobs to even up to 100000 …

No Light in Burma
Huffington Post, NY –
The UN added in their statement that Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari would not return to Burma any time soon. (His last trip was August, when Aung San Suu Kyi …

36 people become US citizens
Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –
And before that, she lived in the “revolutionary area” along the border between Thailand and her native Burma, now called Myanmar. …

More bloggers put behind bars
Washington Times, DC –
China, Cuba and Myanmar, formerly Burma, have jailed the most journalists, followed by Eritrea and Uzbekistan. “The United States, which is holding …

Myanmar’s longest-serving political prisoner hospitalized
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
… of journalists that the country’s military rule must end, and he will “keep fighting until the emergence of democracy” in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Israel lifts four-week ban, allows foreign journalists and aid ...
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
BBC journalist Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and …

More online journalists in jail than print
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
The newly released Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2008 prison census reports that 45 per cent of imprisoned media workers were bloggers and others …

Study: Nearly half of world’s jailed journalists come from Web
Los Angeles Times, CA –
The study notes that in China, which leads the world in captive journalists, 24 of the 28 currently behind bars did their work online. Cuba, Burma, Eritrea …

Bloggers More Likely To End Up In Jail Than Print Journalists
Silicon Alley Insider, NY –
… worst jailer of journalists, a position it’s held for ten consecutive years. Other danger areas for journalists: Cuba, Burma, Eritrea, and Uzbekistan.

Cyber-Dissident Award to Imprisoned Burmese
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The junta, who have had a stranglehold on power since 1963, have sentenced Zargarnar to 59 years in prison, while Nay Phone Latt has been jailed for 20½ …

Online journalists now jailed more than others
Zimbabwe Times, Zimbabwe –
Thirteen journalists were held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma. The survey found more Internet …

Burma comic ‘sent to remote jail’
BBC News, UK –
The BBC’s Burmese Service said Kachin State is a cold and remote region where the military junta sends many of its jailed political opponents. …

KTRU pick of the week: Radio Myanmar
The Rice Thresher, TX –
Radio Myanmar (Burma) opens a door to sounds that are not often heard in this part of the world. The album’s assortment of radio recordings from Yangon, …

Zwelinzima Vavi on the fight against inequality
Politicsweb, South Africa –
We have also condemned the ruthless military regime in Burma which for decades has trampled on the people’s human rights, jailed opposition politicians and …

Birmania. Premio di consolazione (RSF)
Politica e Società, Italy –
Dubbed the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” comedian Zarganar defended human rights and denounced the military government’s abuses in sketches and entries in the …

New hearing set for man charged with killing 7-year-old girl
Deseret News, UT –
Met is from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and needs interpreters who speak Burmese. Defense attorneys have expressed concerns about an interpreter who has …

More online journalists than print journalists behind bars: CPJ
AFP –
For the 10th consecutive year, China was the leading jailer of journalists, the CPJ said, followed by Cuba, Myanmar, Eritrea and Uzbekistan. …

Cuban named ‘journalist of year’
BBC News, UK –
He had angered the government by criticising the speed of their response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis which hit Burma in May, and organising his own …

Google AdSense Publishers can donate their earnings directly
TechWhack (press release), India –
These donations are made to the Tides Foundation’s Relief and Reconstruction Fund for China and Myanmar (Burma) Relief. Users can visit a section on the .

Myanmar’s ruling junta sends political prisoners to remote areas
The Canadian Press,  Myanmar –
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military junta transferred at least seven political prisoners, including a famous comedian and a hip-hop singer, to far-flung …

Lancia Main Sponsor of the 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize …
PaddockTalk –
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Summit is being held in the French capital instead of Rome, …

Out of obscurity
Livemint, India –
… the mahal (palace) to allow elephants to enter, could never be buried in his intended grave because he died in exile in Burma, now Myanmar. …

A look back at the year 2008
Colonnade (subscription), GA –
On May 3, over 133000 people died from Cyclone Nargis in Burma. While reviewing world events before writing this article I came across this and was shocked …

YOU SAY BOMBAY, I SAY MUMBAI, LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.
Tapped, DC –
We all now collude with this, in the same way that most newspapers and TV stations do the Burmese junta’s work for it by using the fake name Myanmar. …

Asian Chronicles
New Haven Advocate, CT –
I just read Guy Delisle’s brilliant new graphic-novel/memoir of his own recent year of living dangerously next door in Burma, Burma Chronicles (Drawn …

Kyaw Zaw urges perseverance against Burmese regime
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
… for dialogue between the military regime and the National League for Democracy and urged the people of Burma to continue their struggle against the junta.

Zargarnar, Nay Phone Latt awarded ‘Cyber-Dissident’ Award
Mizzima.com, India –
… from Burma, despite the ruling junta’s severe repression during the September monk-led 2007 protests and in the wake of the deadly Cyclone Nargis, …

Press freedom group names jailed Cuban ‘Reporter of the Year’
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Known as the “Burmese Charlie Chaplin,” Zarganar “defended human rights and denounced the military government9s abuses” in comic sketches and entries in the …

Africa: Who’s Normal? Disability, Discrimination, and HIV/Aids
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
This is at a time when there are critical issues of human rights abuses in places like Burma, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Congo and Tibet as well as the looming …

Thai court rewards criminality
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. …

World focus on Burma (4 December 2008)

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Zarganar and Nay Phone Latt win international prize
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 4, 2008 (DVB)–Reporters Without Borders has awarded one of its annual prizes to Burmese comedian and activist Zarganar and blogger Nay Phone Latt, …

Burmese Try to Anticipate Junta’s Next Election Move
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… sources in Burma said. Meanwhile, the regime is pushing to complete preparations for voter registration. On Thursday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar …

Fiji: How to change the government from within?
Global Voices Online, MA –
Thais are doing it (but we don’t want violence, that I understand), the Burmese monks did it, Pakis did it, etc etc..even the LADIES IN WHITE of Communist …

UAW not to blame for auto woes
Port Huron Times Herald, MI –
East Pakistan shared a border with Burma, now the Union of Myanmar. West Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan. In 1971, East Pakistan separated from …

Rangoon Division PDC office to relocate
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s military junta has ordered the office of the Rangoon Division Peace and Development Council (PDC) be shifted …

The Drama of 2008
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By KYAW ZWA MOE Events in Burma during 2008 added up to a drama packed with mixed emotions. They began with an appalling disaster, arousing sympathy and …

Zarganar, Other Dissidents Sent to Remote Prisons
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to his outspoken criticism of the Burmese junta, was transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to Myitkyina Prison in Kachin State, the sources said. …

Cuban journalist, North Korean radio station and two Burmese …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
The other 2008 nominees in this category were: Chrono-tm.org (Turkmenistan), Democracy Now! (United States), Contravía (Colombia), Wechange.org (Iran) and …

Who are the Elders, Can They Resolve World Crises?
radiovop.com, Zimbabwe –
… former Irish president and UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, and, in absentia, Burmese democracy activist Aung Sun Suu Kyi. …

Ban Rules Out Visit to Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy icon, Bush has been instrumental in pushing for US sanctions against the Burmese military junta and its …

Now I’m allowed to be offensive, I realise I’ve got nothing …
New Statesman, UK –
… there was another show to raise money and awareness for the plight of Zarganar, Burma’s most famous comedian. He has just had his 45-year prison …

Israel opens Gaza border to foreign journalists, aid workers
Ha’aretz, Israel –
… Jo Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Myanmar (Burma) and Zimbabwe. …

RP hosts 18th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet in Tarlac
Balita.org, UK –
The 10 ASEAN member countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. …

Ban will not visit Burma, despite calls by former world leaders
Mizzima.com, India –
But Montas on said the secretary general “said he would like to visit Myanmar [Burma] again to discuss a broad range of issues but that he will not be able …

Former World Leaders want Political Prisoners Freed in Burma
The Epoch Times, NY –
By Cindy Chan Burmese pro-democracy supporters in New Delhi hold portraits of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at a protest against the Burmese …

Ethnic leaders dismayed by experts’ dismissal
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
by admin — last modified 2008-12-04 07:34 Ethnic ceasefire leaders say they are disappointed with “blanket rejection” by Burma experts about the ruling …

Chevron acquitted in Nigeria human rights case
World War 4 Report, NY –
In 2005, Unocal settled a similar lawsuit brought by 15 villagers from Burma alleging the company was responsible for forced labor, rapes and a murder ..

Myanmar appeal by former world leaders
Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –
… appealed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to press for the release of political prisoners in Myanmar, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Bombay vs. Mumbai
The Plank on TNR.com, DC –
The Burma/Myanmar issue hinges on whether you think its ruling military junta is legitimate. No such ambiguity attaches to Mumbai. …

Volunteer — here, there, anywhere
Daily Trojan Online, CA –
Students were preparing to teach English to Burmese refugees. But in true Trojan spirit, university administrators are now attempting to find new …

Milton students’ work ‘amazing”
Danville News, PA –
… newspaper published in Phnom Penh, and he recently began publishing “The Burma Daily,” an online newspaper for the country now known as Myanmar.

Polluting, even as he exits
Boston Globe, United States –
But after mobs shut down Bangkok’s international airport last week, stranding 300000 travelers, and a politicized Constitutional Court banned Thailand’s …

The UN’s Racist Conference On Racism
Forbes, NY –
… this was more than twice the number of UNHRC criticisms leveled during that same period at North Korea, Burma and Sudan combined. …

No UN push over Myanmar prisoners
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

She added that Ibrahim Gambari, Ban’s special envoy to Myanmar, would also not return to the country formerly known as Burma, until he had a “real …

Dissent Of The Day
Atlantic Online –
For Hitchens, and now you, to state that the Bombay-Mumbai name change is akin to the Burma-Myanmar change is very insulting to this Mumbaikar proud of her …

World leaders pressure UN on Burmese prisoners
Radio Australia, Australia –
Last month, over 100 Burmese monks, journalists, lawyers and relief workers were each given long sentences in prison. Speaker: Jared Genser, US-based human …

Uncertain Future
AsianWeek, CA –
In Burma, the tolls of Cyclone Nargis became clearer: At least 85000 were killed with thousands more still missing, many probably washed out to sea, …

World leaders press UN chief on Myanmar prisoners
The Associated Press –
Ban traveled to Myanmar, also known as Burma, last May after Cyclone Nargis devastated coastal areas. Setting aside political considerations, he persuaded …

Accused killer’s mental competency delays hearing
Salt Lake Tribune, United States –
The defense has also raised questions about Met’s age, noting that there are no birth records for him in either Burma or Thailand, where Met was confined to …

‘No More Slaves’
The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –
Creative World Justice hopes Singapore will lead the way in guaranteeing basic human rights and dignity to its “enslaved” domestic workers. …

Burma Banishes Hip-Hop Star and Others to Remote Prisons
Voice of America –
By VOA News Relatives of imprisoned political dissidents in Burma said the country’s military rulers have dispatched seven more political detainees, …

Yahoo!7 Top Web Search Results Reveal Aussies Interests in 2008
e-Travel Blackboard (press release), Australia –
Chinese earthquake; Cyclone Nargis, the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma; and finally Large Hadron Collier, the world’s largest and ..

Latest news in Regional news brief
MorungExpress, India –
Dimapur, December 3, (MExN): According to police sources, two cadres of GPRN/NSCN were held from Burma Camp today at around 10:30 am and two 9mm (including …

Films in competition
Los Angeles Times, CA –

“Burma VJ” / Denmark (Director: Anders Oestergaard)—In September 2007, Burmese journalists risking life imprisonment to report from inside their sealed-off …

Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills Prove to be the Tipping …
MarketWatch –
One of a few international organizations with an extensive presence in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta region following Cyclone Nargis, Pact was the first on the …

ASEAN projects to push through
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
The ASEAN groups together the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma. …

Gilles Duceppe is not the devil
Canada.com, Canada –
Last night, a friend from Burma commented on how remarkable it is to see opposition parties working together to actually, you know, oppose a government, …

Burma Must Not Be Forgotten
The Women’s International Perspective, CA –
The lack of health care, educational facilities, economic mismanagement, and ongoing severe human rights abuses drive many people out of the country. …

A Luxury Cruise in Harm’s Way
New York Times Blogs, NY –
… colony of Burma” — after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar in May and the ruling military junta deepened the crisis by blocking aid efforts afterward. …

Bangkok Tourist Scene Update
Gather.com, MA –
After the court decision the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) declared an end to the occupation of both Bangkok airports, following their withdrawal …

Burma’s Nuclear Temptation
YaleGlobal Online, CT –
At a press conference in Rangoon on January 21, 2002, Vice-Chief of Military Intelligence Major-General Kyaw Win issued a statement: “Myanmar’s …

Energy blues: a comparative analysis
The Post, Pakistan –
The future security of India is fully dependent on nuclear power plants, similar to the French model, and pipelines from Iran or from the areas like Burma …

Asian Chronicles
Hartford Advocate, CT –
They lived a few blocks from Aung San Suu Kyi, the duly elected president of the country who has been under house arrest for 20 years. …


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December 4, 2008 at 4:10 am

World focus on Burma (27-11-2008)

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Thailand considering postponing ASEAN summit: Thai FM

Mizzima.com, India

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thailand’s Foreign Minister, Sompong Amornviwat, on Thursday said the upcoming 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, scheduled to be held in Chiang Mai beginning December 15,…….

Foreign press issues plea to reopen Gaza crossing

The Benton Crier, IA –

Floto noted that the only countries in the world where BBC journalists are currently denied access are North Korea, Burma and Zimbabwe. ..

Zarganar and Journalist Associates Receive Additional Sentences
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, and two journalist friends were given additional prison terms by a special court in Rangoon’s Insein …

Burmese fishery export hit hard
Mizzima.com, India –
by The The New Delhi (Mizzima) – An official from the Myanmar Fishery Department said that exports of fishery products to Bangladesh have fallen by about …

Internet users increasingly concerned over security
Mizzima.com, India –
by Nam Davies New Delhi (Mizzima) – A sense of insecurity is developing among Internet users in Burma after seeing the long prison terms given to dissidents …

Burma Crackdown Could be Convenient for China
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Myanmar [Burma] is part and parcel of China’s grand strategic design to achieve its goal of becoming a great power in the 21st century,” said Poon Kim Shee …

Mhlanga and Zarganar win arts awards for human rights
guardian.co.uk, UK –
A Zimbabwean playwright who has repeatedly challenged the Mugabe regime and a Burmese comedian who has recently been sentenced to 45 years in prison have …

Final battle in Bangkok a Pyrrhic victory
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. …

Letter from the Zimbabwe Vigil to South Africa and the Elders …
The Zimbabwean, Africa –
China, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba? The $30million offered by South Africa will not go far given the mendacity and greed of the Mugabe …

No Laughing Matter
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AUNG ZAW Be warned—if you crack a joke, Burma’s military leaders usually don’t laugh. Instead, they send you to prison. Burma’s most famous comedian, …

Who’s behind the Thai protests?
New Statesman, UK –

… and Burma, where the military junta recently jailed a comedian for 45 years for criticising the generals’ slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Imprisoned Burmese comedian honored
Mizzima.com, India –
… and satirist Zargarnar, who was recently sentenced to 45 years imprisonment for his social activism and critical voice against Burma’s military rulers. …

Listen To A Voice Of Gratitude
Hartford Courant, United States –
His earliest memories of Myanmar (The Karen people call it Burma) are far worse than that. “I remember one thing — the military, they came and attacked our …

Two youth activists handed eight year prison terms
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo New Delhi – Continuing a series of handing down long prison terms to dissidents, Burma’s military authorities on Monday sentenced two …

Mizoram shows how to hold election
MorungExpress, India –
The Assam Rifles mans the international border with Burma and the Border Security Force is deployed on the Bangladesh border. The low decibel campaign, …

JUNTA HANDS DOWN RIDICULOUS PRISON SENTENCES IN LATEST CRACKDOWN …
IFEX, Canada –

Meanwhile, ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship note that the states with the largest influence on the Burmese junta – China, India and Thailand – have …

Junta Hands Down Ridiculous Prison Sentences
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
A popular comedian active in Burma’s democracy movement was sentenced to 45 years in jail on 21 November for criticising the junta’s slow response to the …

We must heed the sage advice of our elders
The Herald, UK –
During their twice-yearly meetings, a symbolic empty chair is always reserved for Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s easy to mock the idea. …

Open-entry system reducing fishing resources
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Today majority of Bengalis are in fishing business and then come the Burmese, while in the past the fishermen of Sindh were at the top in this field, …

Disagreements between India, China surfacing
Daily Times, Pakistan –
Beijing is developing strategic port facilities in Burma, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in order to protect sea lanes and ensure uninterrupted energy …

Obama the Realist
The Weekly Standard –
Democracy activists were slaughtered in Burma. The administration has removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terror in exchange for what …

Burma and a Task Unfinished: Considering the Options
OpEdNews, PA –
… the UN on the situation in Burma, the 28 February 2008 Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, reports on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. …

Zimbabwe writer Mhlanga honoured (Zarganar awarded Imprisoned Artist Prize)
BBC News, UK –

Pakistani-Norwegian singer and human rights activist Deeyah, nicknamed “The Muslim Madonna”, was third. Burmese satirist Zarganar, who was recently …

Burmese Comedian Gets 45-Year Prison Sentence
OneWorld.net, UK –

HRW says the increased efforts to prosecute political activists “confirm that Burma’s rulers are undermining basic freedoms more strongly than ever as they …

Refugee youths in county schools fled repression
Explore Howard County, MD –
… began for Hammond High School senior Sui Hnem Iang Ngun Hei when her father became a wanted man in their native Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Competence Over Ideology
The National Interest Online, DC –
… watched and measured America’s shifting stance on apartheid, so it will measure the next administration’s commitment to democracy in Burma and beyond. …

Bangkok airport storming sells Thai people short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
Thailand, currently reaching the apex of months-long political turmoil, has taken this concept one step further, as the People’s Alliance for Democracy …

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November 27, 2008 at 3:05 am

World focus on Burma (24 November 2008)

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India-Burma holds another round of bilateral talks
Mizzima.com, India –
But, he said, India should look into longer terms and implement a policy that would nurture democracy in neighbouring Burma, which in turn would be a new …

Burma: Rangoon strengthens trade ties with India
آكي, Italy –

India is Burma’s fourth largest trading partner, after Thailand, China and Singapore. Meanwhile the country is continuing its crackdown on democracy …

Mizzima.com, India –
The Asia Human Right Commission (AHRC) during a consultation meeting concluded on Sunday called for the release of Burma’s Supreme Court advocates Khin …

DQ Entertainment concludes licensing deals with broadcasters
Business of Cinema, India –
… rights for the TV Series Casper’s –Scare School for India, and non exclusive rights for Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma and the Maldives….

Another changing of the guards for Burma’s junta
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s rulers have announced that they will hold a general election as part of their roadmap to democracy and will allow the winning party to assume power …

Nuclear Disarmement and Demilitarization
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
… and an inability to cope with natural disasters like the cyclone in Myanmar/Burma and the earthquake in China – much less global climate change. …

40 Burmese given prison terms of up to 65 years, blogger gets 20 …
Anarkismo.net –
Now is definitely the time for the South African Government to consider changing its stance towards Burma (Myanmar). The people of Burma have been suffering….

Woodland Travels taken over by Htoo Company
Mizzima.com, India –
Pyinoolwin botanical garden is the best forest reserve in Burma which with diverse and rare flora and fauna. According to the Myanmar Tourism Corporation, …

Eighteen More Political Prisoners Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Another 18 political prisoners were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Monday, and family members are …

NLD marks National Day
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 24, 2008 (DVB)–The 88th Burmese National Day was marked at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Rangoon and in other towns in central Burma …

General Assembly approves Burma resolution, debate intensifies
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News The United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee on Friday approved a draft resolution on the human rights situation inside Burma, …

Eighteen More Political Prisoners Transferred
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LAWI WENG Another 18 political prisoners were transferred from Rangoon’s Insein Prison to remote prisons around Burma on Monday, and family members are ..

A Coup Against Than Shwe
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
It is probably fair to say that these moderate forces within the military, whoever they are, are not necessarily supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi or the …

Two Taiwan drug dealers sentenced to death in east China
Xinhua, China –
Police told the court that the dealers bought 39 parcels of heroin from Burma in early September and sold four of them for 400000 yuan (60000 US dollars) in …

Are you still buying a blood diamond?
Commodity Online, India –
Before the blood diamond scenario emerged, it was known that Burma’s military junta survived by trading in rubies. And it is not a mean figure. …

Feast bridges culture gap in church merger
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
Myanmar is the name for the country formerly known as Burma. But the influx of members has breathed new life into the First Baptist Church, whose membership …

He’s ‘prophetic and poetic’
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
His past influences those he serves through the program, Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said. McGill doesn’t try to hide his criminal history, …

No activities planned by exile groups during ASEAN Summit
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) also told SHAN that the group was not planning any activities and any campaigns during the summit, according to Nang Yen, …

Burma needs a pragmatic solution
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma, the official added, was going to be a democracy in its own way. The international community has since continuously recognized the NLD’s commitment to …

At least 15 activists transferred to remote prisons
Mizzima.com, India –
He also said that he learned from family members that NLD member Tun Tun Naing was sent to Meiktila prison, ‘All Burma Federation of Students Union’ (ABFSU) …

Bush’s Legacy in India
FrontPage magazine.com, CA –
… allowing the Chinese more freedom of action in Southeast Asia, where it is the main source of support for the military dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma). …

Opposition holds National Day celebration
Mizzima.com, India –
… of Myanmar, Senior General Than Shwe said that some foreign powers were trying to intervene in Burma’s domestic affairs by exercising neo-colonialism. …

Zarganar and U Gambira jailed for over 40 years
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 24, 2008 (DVB)–The Burmese regime has continued its crackdown against activists, handing down a 45-year sentence to Zarganar and extending monk leader U …

The Freedom Challenge
Washington Post, United States –
The regime negated the results, and the league’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest for most of the time since. …

Myanmar lawyers’ convictions criticised
Legal Business Online, Australia –
By George Beveridge | Monday, 24 November 2008 The jailing of Burmese pro-democracy lawyers has been criticised by an association concerned for the …

Burmese writer joins husband in exile in Thailand
Mindanao Examiner, Philippines –
“I initially decided to stay inside Burma for as long as I could, even after my husband had gone into exile. But when they [the authorities] hinted that …

More environmental initiatives
The News International, Pakistan –
Do the Indian and Burmese economies have the capacity to deal with such a refugee situation? To what extent are developed countries, whose emissions over …

Myanmar Explorations and Sovereign Rights of Bangladesh
Energy Bangla, Bangladesh –
… of Myanmar remains yet inflexible on its earlier position. Burma cannot unilaterally go ahead with the exploration in the disputed sea blocks. …

Rice lauds GMA: You are US’ best friend
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Rice also expressed appreciation for the Philippine position on Burma (Myanmar). “There’s only one doing this (in Asia),” she said. …

A journey across the Ground Zero of global warming
Huffington Post, NY –
India is already building a border fence to keep them out; I can’t imagine the country’s other neighbour – Burma – will offer much refuge. …

PAD set to launch ‘king taksin operation’
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
King Taksin was the great king who liberated Ayutthaya from Burma but is not related to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, PAD’s sworn enemy. …