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Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and international community

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Reporters without borders

21 November 2008

Sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe gets 15 years, comedian and blogger Zarganar gets 45 years

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association strongly condemn the trials currently taking place in Insein prison, where a special court today sentenced well-known comedian and blogger Zarganar to 45 years in prison and sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe to 15 years in prison.

They could receive additional sentences on other charges in the coming days and, like blogger Nay Phone Latt and poet Saw Wai in the past week, they could now also be transferred to remote prisons with very poor sanitary conditions.

“This wave of sham trials is the latest outrageous action by a military government that wants to crush the least sign of protest before elections supposed to take place in 2010,” the two organisations said. “Jail terms with a combined total of several hundred years have been imposed in the past two weeks on poets, bloggers, monks, comedians, singers, ethnic minority leaders, trade unions and political activists.”

They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. These trials are a disgrace for the international community, especially China and ASEAN, which did nothing to prevent them.”

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association urge the European Union and United Nations to adopt targeted sanctions against the interior minister, Gen. Maung Oo, who orchestrated the trials using the Special Branch of the police.

They also call on the EU to extend the list of Burmese officials targeted by political sanctions to include the head of the judicial system, U Aung Toe, and the following judges who took part in these trials: Daw Aye Myaing, U Thaung Nyunt, Daw Soe Nyan, Daw Than Than, Daw Nyunt Win and U Tin Htut. The Burma Lawyers’ Council and the Global Justice Centre identified them as the judges chiefly responsible for these trials.

In today’s trials, Zarganar got his 45-year sentence under the Electronic Law. Sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe got his 15-year sentence above all for photos he took during last May’s referendum. One of Zarganar’s students, known as Gadone, received a 29-year prison sentence.

A monk, Ashin Gambira, got a 12-year jail term today for helping participants in last year’s protests. He has already been sentenced to 56 years in prison on other charges.

The trials being held in Insein prison violate international standards and, often, Burma’s own laws as well. The defendants’ families and lawyers are rarely notified about the trials and witnesses for the defence are not allowed. The police and judges have also been violating limits on the length of pre-trial detention.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association therefore also support the call made by U Win Tin, a leading journalist and member of the opposition National League for Democracy, to United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon not to go to Burma under the current circumstances.

Nicknamed the “Burmese Chaplin” and known for his outspoken comments, Zarganar was arrested on 4 June after talking to the BBC World Service and other foreign news media about the delays in the humanitarian relief organised by the military after Cyclone Nargis. He also wrote in his blog about the activities of the country’s Buddhist monks during the September 2007 protests and after the cyclone in May.

The former editor of the sports magazine First Eleven Journal, Zaw Thet Htwe was arrested by military police on 13 June. The police searched his Rangoon home two days later, confiscating files, his mobile phone and his computer.

Both Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar played an active role in helping Nargis victims.

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=29379

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 22, 2008 at 3:15 am

World focus on Burma (15 August 2008)

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Beijing Olympics: China using Myanmar ‘Blood Jade’?

Merinews, India –

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Xinhua, China –

… that Canada is also matching more than 11.6 million for people affected by the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, which killed nearly 85, 000 people in May. …

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Peace Arch News, Canada –

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Right Side News, GA –

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Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

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The National Interest Online, DC –

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World focus on Burma (5 August 2008)

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Donate $4000 to Project Umbrella Burma

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It provides shelter for tens of thousands of mainly Karen refugees from Burma/Myanmar. The Karen minority has been at odds with the central government for …

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Voice of America –

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Voice of America –

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NewsHour –

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istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

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Debate on the Albert Einstein Institution and its Involvement in …

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Straits Times, Singapore –

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Bay Area Indymedia, CA –

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AFP –

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Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Activists stress need for free access for rights envoy

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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Mizzima.com, India –

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Radio Australia, Australia –

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Technology and transport outweigh tariffs in trade

guardian.co.uk, UK –

For instance the cost of shipping rice from Burma (now known as Myanmar) to Europe fell to 18 from 74 percent of the price of the rice itself between 1882 …

Security Tightened in Sittwe After Anti-Government Posters Spread

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

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UN envoy tours Myanmar cyclone zone: official

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

YANGON – The new UN human rights envoy for Myanmar on Tuesday toured remote parts of the Irrawaddy Delta still reeling from a killer cyclone that struck the …

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Reuters –

Official media in the former Burma have made no mention of the tragedy, which the source said occurred at the Hmawzizar Jade Mine in Phakant, …

Island feet and dollars to fight hunger

Block Island Times, USA –

… D. Fund and delivered food and water to survivors of the cyclones in Burma before the United Nations could negotiate permission to enter the country. …

Bush Set to Meet Burmese Activists

US President George W. Bush, left, and first lady Laura Bush wave upon their arrival at a Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, the first stop on their week-long visit to Asia. (Photo: AP)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Deadly Cyclone Nargis hammered Burma on May 2-3, causing an estimated 134000 deaths. The junta stalled for weeks, blocking large shipments of foreign aid …

Foreign governments act to recover missing aid millions

First Post, UK –

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Slate –

Bush said that it is “really hard to tell” whether the human rights situation in China has improved during his administration. And while he praised China’s …

Roundtable Interview of the President of the US with foreign media

eGov monitor, UK –

I included Burma in my last United Nations address, and it was a pretty strong statement. And she was in the audience there at the UN And just as soon as …

We welcome the upcoming visit to Burma by the new UN Special …

France Diplomatie (press release), France –

We ask the Burmese authorities to allow the Special Rapporteur to fulfill his mission in the best possible conditions and to cooperate with him fully and …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

That and the tragedy of the cyclone. The junta’s failure to admit assistance was something that Americans were just shocked at. So Burma has defined itself …

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Metapsychology, NY –

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Human Righst on the table

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

First Lady Laura Bush, who has campaigned for human rights in Burma for years, will meet separately with Dr Cynthia Maung at her border clinic in Mae Sot. …

Burmese translator helps refugees find their way

The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com, OH – 23 minutes ago

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Tampabay.com, FL –

The cream cheese in the filling is the tip-off (Today’s world geography lesson: Burma is now called Myanmar; Rangoon is now Yangon. …

Amnesty calls on Myanmar to free 2000 political prisoners

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

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“Colombo Declaration” calls for united efforts against terrorism

People’s Daily Online, China –

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Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

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Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

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The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
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The Associated Press –

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Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Burma’s political situation will be on the agenda, with Bush planning to have lunch with Burmese democracy activists and to offer broadcast interviews with …

The Karen Community in St. Paul

Twin Cities Planet, Minnesota –

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

Kyi’s party hope for UN meeting

Independent ie.

Leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party hope to meet a UN human rights investigator who is in Burma.

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Arizona Republic, AZ –

Human-rights activists inside Burma have called on people around the world to not watch the Olympic ceremonies because of China’s support for the Burmese …

Bush Says It’s ‘Important to Engage’ China

Washington Post, United States –

Bush said he speaks candidly with Chinese President Hu Jintao about human rights, particularly religious freedom, and said he has shared his own religious …

UN envoy visits cyclone-hit region in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A United Nations human rights envoy left Tuesday to inspect the devastation from the cyclone that struck Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river …

The Associated Press –

He will also meet with activists who oppose the repression of neighboring Myanmar’s military junta. That country, also known as Burma, sustained a cyclone …

China Olympics Human Rights Act Passed in Congress

New California Media, CA –

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Iran Paper Accuses British Government of Foreign Policy Failures

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

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The Tripping President

Washington Post, United States –

But his three-nation Asian trip also takes him to the doorsteps of two troublesome regimes while forcing him to balance the Olympic spirit with the …

Groups call for boycott of Myanmar’s jade at Beijing Olympics

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

“The generals will keep using their jade profits to buy weapons and crush dissent in Burma unless individuals take a stand.” US President George W Bush last …

Outside View: ASEAN lessons — Part 1

United Press International –

The United States and the 27-nation European Union accused one of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, Myanmar — formerly Burma — of …

Bush to walk diplomatic tightrope on Asia trip

CNN –

He’s expected to denounce the military regime in neighboring Myanmar — also known as Burma — for its human rights abuses. First lady Laura Bush has …

Burmese activists urge UN Rights Rapporteur to meet detainees

Mizzima.com, India –

… including Burma’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kyaw Thu, who also chairs the Tripartite Core Group formed with the UN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations …

Bogalay authorities demand construction tax

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Aug 4, 2008 (DVB)–Residents of Irrawaddy’s cyclone-devastated Bogalay township have complained that local authorities have been pressuring them to pay a …

World focus on Burma (4 August 2008)

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Bush Heads To Asia For Diplomacy And Sports

MyFox Saint Louis, MO –

He will also meet with activists who oppose the repression of the military junta in neighboring Myanmar. That country, also known as Burma, …

Three months after Burma Cyclone survivors are still in need

ChristianToday, UK –

Rebuilding homes and getting farmers back to work are the urgent priorities for Christian Aid partners working in cyclone-hit areas of Burma. …

Beijing’s Catch-22

International Herald Tribune, France –

In Burma, the Chinese quietly hardened their stance toward the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations. …

Boycott buying blood-Jade from Burma: Campaigners

Mizzima.com, India –

But following a ceasefire agreement with the KIO in 1994, Burma’s military regime passed what is known as the ‘Myanmar Gemstone Law,’ which purportedly …

Foreign Policy In Focus –

Most discussion about China’s Olympics revolves around whether the Olympics should be boycotted in part or as a whole because of China’s human rights abuse, …

Harvesting the Olympics

OpEdNews, PA –

I suddenly find myself wondering if maybe, after all, human rights issues will be given more than incidental treatment by the hordes of media visiting …

New appeal over 8888 uprising Burma prisoners

More than 2,000 political prisoners still languishing in Burmese jails, 20 years after 8888 uprising crushed by junta

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

… ahead of an official visit by the UN secretary general’s special representative Ibrahim Gambari and Thomas Ojea, the UN expert on human rights in Burma. …

Landslide in Phakant kills 20 people

Mizzima.com, India –

Most of the dead hail from central Burma. “People tried to save them that day and the next. They have now stopped the rescue and search operations. …

Thai, Burmese Note 8-8-8 Anniversary

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Ajarn Pornpimon Trichot, a senior researcher at the Institute of Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University, who visited Burma soon after Cyclone Nargis,….

Rambo revels in comeback

The Sun, UK –

He was approached by a group of missionaries who wanted to help the oppressed Karen people in Burma, but Westerners are not welcome in this secretive Asian …

Bush’s Asia agenda: Burma, Thai friendship

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

… protests by Buddhist monks and the Burma regime’s initial blockade of aid workers who wanted to help survivors of the devastating cyclone Nargis in May. …

North Korea, Trade to Top Bush’s Asia Trip

Voice of America –

The president will get a briefing on cyclone relief efforts and will meet privately with Burmese activists, while in Bangkok. At the same time, …

UN urged to act on Burmese prisoners of conscience

Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor, Ibrahim Gambari, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, Thomas Ojea Quintana, …

Clean Water & Disaster Recovery Top List of Asia’s Greatest Needs …

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Of the new Greatest Needs projects, four deliver disaster recovery for the Burma cyclone and China earthquake. They include:

Burma’s PM to attend Beijing Olympics

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s media says Prime Minister Thein Sein will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in China. The government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar …

Looking toward the 2010 elections

Mizzima.com, India –

However, because of the limited number of capable political representatives, there would be an influx of political opportunists into Burma’s already …

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Burma 1 August 2008

Public order charge brought against blogger and journalist

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association condemn the charge of disturbing public order that have been brought against Zarganar, a well-known comedian and blogger, and Zaw Thet Htwe, a sports journalists. Arrested in early June for criticising the government’s relief efforts after Cyclone Nargis and, in Zarganar’s case, for talking to the BBC, they are facing up to two years in prison under article 505 (b) of the criminal code.

“The fact that the first hearing was held behind closed doors bodes ill for the way Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htwe will be tried for helping the victims of the cyclone,” the two organisations said. “We call on the United Nations and its new special rapporteur for Burma, who will soon visit the country, to intercede on their behalf.”

The trial of Zarganar and three other activists accused of participating in unofficial cyclone relief operations in the delta area began on 30 June before a special court inside Insein prison. A defense lawyer, Aung Thein, was quoted by Reuters as saying the trial was due to continue on 7 August.

http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=28041

Zarganar

Zaw Thet Htwe

(Picture souce: Irrawaddy)

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Biography of Zarganar

Zargana, (real name Maung Thura) was born on January 27th, 1961, the youngest of three sons of the writers, Nan Nyunt Swe and Daw Kyi Oo.

As early as in nursery school, he won two prizes for reciting poems.

He studied at No 1 High School, Dagon up to 10th standard which he passed in 1977 with honours in 4 subjects.

Ever since he was young, he accompanied his parents on speaking tours, and used to entertain people by giving talks and doing imitations, and earned himself the nickname ‘Mimic’ Maung Thura.

At Rangoon University, in banded together with students from various colleges and institutes and formed a dance- troupe called Mya Kyun Thar, who appeared on national TV.

Later, he formed a drama group called �Moe Nat Thuzar� which performed at student gatherings and on TV.

At one party at the Dental School, he received suggestions for his stage names, and out of Zargana (tweezers), Pliers, Tincture and Gum-hpyu (cotton wool), he selected Zargana.

While in Dental School, he worked as a volunteer literacy teacher in Chin State and wrote about his experiences in ‘Man-Tar’ (May they have sweet dreams) which was published by the Sape Beikman.

In 1985 he graduated from Dental School with a BDS degree. In 1986 he formed the Myaponnamar Anyeint group which performed on TV and at events outside.

From then on, whenever he used to mock the leaders of the Burma Socialist Programme Party, he would receive a standing ovation from the audience.

He upset the authorities by criticising the special privileges of certain people, the poverty and problems faced by the poor and the farmers, spiralling prices and increasing difficulties in making ends meet, the incompetence of government departments, bribery and corruption, and General Ne Win’s military dictatorship.

During the 1988 uprising, he started speaking at Rangoon General Hospital, and his addresses always attracted a large audience and won rousing ovations.

During that time, he was made a leader of the student movements and worked hard for the formation of an interim government.

However, on 18 September 1988, the military seized power in a coup and he and his group were arrested on 2 October and held under section 10(a) in Insein Jail.

When he was first arrested he was taken to the Military Intelligence No 6 camp at 10 mile Prome Road and held there for 8 days where he was beaten by soldiers from the No 22 LID. He was released on 23 April 1989.

He then reformed the Myaponnamar anyeint group, but after he performed about3 shows in towns like Pegu, Thanatpin and Syriam in which he criticised the SLORC government, permission to perform was withdrawn and the troupe disbanded.

Video tapes by Zargana�s group were frequently banned by the censors from being distributed. Some tapes were sent up by the censors to the leaders of the SLORC and didn�t come back.

Although Zargana did not join a party or stand in the elections, he was close to students and graduates from the organisations such as ba-ka-tha (the All Burma Federation of Students Unions) and gave them help and support.

On 19 May 1990, about a week before the election, Zargana and A-yain were arrested under martial law and given sentences of 5 years each.

Between 1985 and 1988, Zargana took the lead in four films and 8 Video movies. Zargana was released on 25 March 1994.Goverment didn’t allow him to perform on stage. He can only participated in Video production.

Then he was banned for 3 years because of his video movie(The title is LUN).

After yrar 2000,Zarganar got permission to perform at film&video.But he didn’t get permission to perform On stage.

According to his Interview with BBC at Burmese Thingyan(April 2006), he was banned unlimitted.Even his name &voice are banned in local.

Zarganar was arrested third time on 25 Septenber 2007 due to his participation in Sangha (Burmese Monks)movement which is also nown as Yellowish revolution.

Then he was released on 17 October 2007.

Source : thurazarganar.com http://www.thurazarganar.com/biography.html

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The following is a Burmese transcript of an interview with Zarganar by Irrawaddy internet magazine. It is about how Zarganar helped victims of Cyclone Nargis.

ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးလုပ္သားႀကီး လူ႐ႊင္ေတာ္ ဇာဂနာ

ဧရာ၀တီ | ေမ ၃၁၊ ၂၀၀၈

ေမး။ ။ ျဖစ္တဲ့ေန႔ကစၿပီးေတာ့ အခုလက္ရွိကာလအထိ အေျခအေန ဘယ္လိုရွိလဲဆိုတာ အရင္ေျပာျပပါ။

ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔က ေမလ ၇ ရက္ေန႔ကေနစၿပီးလုပ္တာ ဒီေန႔မနက္အထိ လုပ္ေနၾကတယ္။ ေရာက္တာလည္း ၿမိဳ႕အကုန္ကုန္ၿပီ၊ ငပုေတာတၿမိဳ႕ဘဲ မေရာက္ေသးတာ … ဒါလည္း က်ေနာ္သာမေရာက္တာ က်ေနာ္တို႔အဖြဲ႔က ေရာက္ၿပီးသြားၿပီ။ အဲဒီအျပင္ က်ေနာ္တို႔အဖြဲ႔က ဘယ္လိုေနရာေတြ ေရာက္လဲ ဆိုေတာ့ ဘာအကူအညီမွ မရေသးတဲ့ ႐ြာေပါင္း ၄၂ ႐ြာ ေရာက္ၿပီးၿပီ၊ ေဒးဒရဲအပိုင္ထဲမွာ ရွိတယ္၊ စပါးဒိုင္ေတြကို စုထားတဲ့႐ြာ … ေက်း႐ြာအစုႀကီး ၃ စု။

ဘိုကေလးအပိုင္ထဲမွာလည္း ေက်း႐ြာအစုႀကီး ၃ စု … အဲဒါမ်ိဳးေတြကို က်ေနာ္တို႔ အေရာက္သြားတယ္။ အဲဒီ႐ြာေတြ ၄၂ ႐ြာ ရွိတယ္၊ ဘာအကူအညီမွ မရၾကေသးဘူး။ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အဆင့္က ေပးတဲ့ အကူအညီတင္ မဟုတ္ဘူး … ယူအန္ဆီကလည္း မရဘူး၊ ဘယ္အန္ဂ်ီအိုမွလည္း မေရာက္ၾကေသးဘူး။

ေမး။ ။ အဲဒီေနရာေတြမွာ ဘာေတြေတြ႔ခဲ့သလဲ၊ လူေတြဘယ္ေလာက္ေသသလဲ၊ ဘာအကူအညီေတြ လိုအပ္ေနသလဲ၊ ႐ြာေတြ ဘယ္ေလာက္ပ်က္သြားတယ္ဆိုတာကို ေျပာျပႏိုင္မလား ခင္ဗ်။

ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ္ ဥပမာတခုေျပာျပမယ္။ မေငးႀကီးဒိုင္နယ္ဆိုရင္ အိမ္ေျခ တေထာင္ရွိတယ္ … အဲဒီ တေထာင္မွာ ၇၀၀ က ဘာမွမက်န္ေအာင္ကို လံုး၀ ပ်က္စီးသြားတယ္။ အိမ္ေျခ ၃၀၀ က တိုင္ေလာက္၊ အခင္းေလာက္ က်န္တယ္။ လူ ၂၂၁ ေယာက္ ေသတယ္၊ ၃၀၀ က ေပ်ာက္ေနတုန္းပဲ အခုအထိ ရွာမေတြ႔ေသးဘူး၊ ဘယ္ေရာက္ေနမွန္းလည္း မသိဘူး။

က်ေနာ္တို႔ေရာက္တဲ့ ၂၂ ရက္ေန႔အထိ အေလာင္းေတြက ေခ်ာင္းထဲမွာ ဒီအတိုင္းရွိေနတုန္းပဲ။ အစိုးရကေပးတဲ့ ဆန္ ႏို႔ဆီဘူး ၇ လံုးနဲ႔ ေစတနာရွင္တေယာက္က လာလွဴတဲ့ ေခါက္ဆြဲေျခာက္ တထုပ္ဆီ ရတယ္၊ အဲဒါကလြဲရင္ ဘာမွမရၾကေသးဘူး။ အဲဒါ မုန္တိုင္းအလြန္ ရက္ ၂၀ အၾကာ …။

ၿပီးခဲ့တဲ့ ၂၈ ရက္ေန႔က က်ေနာ္တို႔ ဘိုကေလးကေနၿပီးေတာ့ တင္ေမာင္းေခ်ာင္း၊ ႀကိမ္စု၊ ထိပ္ေခ်ာင္းႀကီးေက်း႐ြာ၊ ကန္စု၊ ေ႐ႊဘိုစု … အဲဒီေနရာေတြကို ေရာက္တယ္။ အဲဒီေနရာမွာရွိတဲ့ လူေတြအားလံုးက ဘာအကူအညီမွ မရေသးဘူး၊ ဘယ္သူကမွလာမေပးဘူး … အကႌ်မရွိဘူး၊ ကေလးေတြက ကိုယ္တံုးလံုးနီးပါးျဖစ္ေနတယ္။

အေရအတြက္က မိသားစု ၅၄၂ အိမ္ေထာင္ရွိတယ္ … အဲဒီအိမ္ေထာင္စုေတြအားလံုး အိမ္မရွိေတာ့ဘူး။ အဲဒီမွာ အကၽြတ္အလြတ္ဆိုတဲ့ ဘုရာေလးတဆူ ရွိတယ္၊ အဲဒီဘုရားကလည္း ပ်က္စီးေနပါၿပီ၊ ထီးေတြဘာေတြ က်ိဳးက်ေနၿပီ … သူတို႔ခမ်ာ အဲဒီဘုရားရင္ျပင္ေပၚမွာ စုၿပံဳၿပီးေတာ့ အိပ္ေနၾကတယ္။ ယူအန္မလာဘူး၊ အန္ဂ်ီအို မေရာက္ေသးဘူး … ဘာအကူအညီမွ မရဘူး။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ပုဂၢလိက အဖြဲ႔ကေလးေတြပဲ အဲဒီကို ေရာက္တယ္။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ေရာက္တဲ့ အခ်ိန္ကေတာ့ သူတို႔ဘာမွမရေသးလို႔ ေတာ္ေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား ေပးႏိုင္ခဲ့တယ္။ အဆိုးဆံုးက အဲဒီမွာ ေရမရွိဘူး၊ ေသာက္ေရ လံုး၀မရွိဘူး။ အဲဒီလိုမရွိတဲ့အတြက္ မိုး႐ြာမွ ေရခံၿပီးေသာက္ေနရတယ္။ ေရသန္႔ေတြကို သေဘၤာနဲ႔တင္ၿပီး သြားပို႔ရတယ္။ ေရသန္႔ဘူးေပါင္း တေသာင္း။

ေမး။ ။ အစိုးရ ရေနတဲ့ … လက္ခံထားတဲ့ ႏိုင္ငံတကာက အကူအညီေတြ အဲဒီဘက္ကို မေရာက္ဖူးဘူးလား ခင္ဗ်။

ေျဖ။ ။ အဲဒါေတြက … ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးစခန္းေတြရွိတယ္ဗ်။ လပၸတၱာမွာ ရွိတယ္၊ ဘိုကေလးမွာဆိုလည္း ရွိတယ္ … အဲဒီ စခန္းေတြမွာေတာ့ မိုးကာတဲေတြနဲ႔ ေနရတယ္၊ တတဲကို ၄၊ ၅ ေယာက္ ေနၾကတယ္။ အဲဒီမွာ ထမင္းခ်က္တယ္၊ ဆန္ျပဳတ္ ေသာက္ရတယ္၊ အဲဒီဘက္ေတြမွာေတာ့ ရတယ္။ အရည္အတြက္အားျဖင့္ နည္းနည္းေလးပဲရွိတယ္။ ႐ြာေတြမွာ ေရာက္ေနတဲ့လူေတြကေတာ့ ဘာမွမရၾကဘူး။

ေမး။ ။ ယူအန္က ေျပာတယ္။ လြန္ခဲ့တဲ့အပတ္အထိ လူဦးေရ ၂၅ ရာခိုင္ႏႈန္းအထိပဲ အကူအညီေတြ ေရာက္ေသးတယ္ဆိုေတာ့ … အဲဒီတြက္ခ်က္မႈက ဘယ္ေလာက္အထိ မွန္ပါသလဲ။

ေျဖ။ ။ မွန္တယ္လို႔ေတာ့ ေျပာလို႔ရတယ္။ အဲဒီလို ကယ္ဆယ္ေရး ေနရာေတြကို ေရာက္တဲ့လူက နည္းနည္းရယ္ … က်န္တဲ့ ကၽြန္းေတြ၊ ကိုယ့္ရပ္႐ြာေတြေပါ့ဗ်ာ … ဘယ္သူမွလည္း လာမေခၚလို႔၊ ဘယ္သူမွလည္း လာမရလို႔၊ ကားလမ္းလည္းမေပါက္လို႔ ေရလမ္းတခုပဲ အားကိုးအားထားျပဳၿပီး ကိုယ့္႐ြာေလးမွာ အသက္ရွင္က်န္ေနၾကတဲ့ လူေတြေပါ့ဗ်ာ … စိတ္မေကာင္းစရာ အေၾကာင္းေလးတခု က်ေနာ္ ျဖတ္ေျပာျပမယ္ … အဘြားႀကီးတေယာက္က သူ႔မွာ မိသားစု ၁၁ ေယာက္ ရွိတယ္၊ ၁၀ ေယာက္ေသသြားၿပီး သူတေယာက္တည္း က်န္ခဲ့တယ္။ အဲဒီလို ၁၀ ေယာက္ေသသြားတယ္ဆိုတာကို သူမသိဘူး၊ သူကိုယ္တိုင္လည္း သူ႔ကိုယ္သူ မမွတ္မိေတာ့ဘူး။ အဲဒီလိုလူေတြ အမ်ားႀကီးပဲ၊ ကၽြန္းေတြေပၚမွာ အဲဒီလို ေၾကာင္ၿပီးက်န္ခဲ့တဲ့လူေတြ အမ်ားႀကီးပဲ။ တံငါ႐ြာေလးေတြေပါ့။

ေမး။ ။ အဲဒီလို စိတ္ပိုင္းဆိုင္ရာထိခိုက္သြားတဲ့လူေတြ ဘယ္ေလာက္ေတြ႔ခဲ့သလဲ။ သူတို႔ေတြက ဘယ္လိုအေျခအေနမ်ိဳးမွာ ရွိေနၾကသလဲ ခင္ဗ်။

ေျဖ။ ။ ၃ မ်ိဳးေတြ႔တယ္ဗ်။ တမ်ိဳးက အရမ္းေပါက္ကြဲေနတယ္၊ အထိမခံေ႐ႊပုဂံေပါ့ဗ်ာ … ဘာမွကိုအေျပာမခံဘူး၊ ေဒါသေတြ ႀကီးေနတယ္၊ တခ်ိန္လံုး စိတ္ေတြတို ရန္လိုေနတဲ့လူေတြကို ေတြ႔ရတယ္။ ဒုတိယတမ်ိဳးက်ေတာ့ လံုး၀ကို ငိုၿပီးေတာ့ သူ႔မွာ ႀကံဳခဲ့ရတဲ့ အခက္အခဲႀကီးကို ျပန္ၿပီးေတာ့ တခ်ိန္လံုးေတြးၿပီး ေျပာကာေျပာကာနဲ႔ ငိုေနတဲ့လူေတြကို ေတြ႔ရတယ္။ ေနာက္တခုကေတာ့ ဘာစကားမွကို မေျပာေတာ့ဘူး၊ လႈပ္လဲ မလႈပ္ေတာ့ဘူး။ က်ေနာ္တို႔က ဆန္သြားေ၀တယ္ဗ်ာ … တေယာက္ကို ဆန္ ၄ ျပည္ႏႈန္းနဲ႔ေ၀တယ္။ ေနာက္ၿပီးေတာ့ ပဲ၀ါ၊ ပဲကတၱီပါ ေပးတယ္။ အဲဒါေတြကို အထုပ္ေတြနဲ႔ ေစာင္၊ ျခင္ေထာင္ပါထည့္ၿပီး တေယာက္ခ်င္းစီကို ေပးတယ္။ အဲဒီလိုေပးတာကိုေတာင္ လာမယူေတာ့ဘူး။ ဘာကိုမွ စိတ္မ၀င္စားေတာ့ဘူး … ငါတို႔ဘ၀ ေသတာပဲ ေကာင္းပါတယ္ဆိုတာမ်ိဳးေတြရွိတယ္။

ေမး။ ။ ကိုဇာဂနာ သြားခဲ့တဲ့ေနရာေတြမွာ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္က ဘာေတြလုပ္ေပးေနတာကို ေတြ႔ခဲ့ပါသလဲ။

ေျဖ။ ။ ဘာမွလုပ္မေပးဘူး။ ရတာက အခုနက်ေနာ္ေျပာသလို ဆန္ႏို႔ဆီဗူး ၇ လံုးနဲ႔ ေစတနာရွင္တေယာက္ ေ၀သြားတဲ့ ေခါက္ဆြဲေျခာက္ တထုပ္ပဲရတယ္။ အဲဒါ ၂၈ ရက္ေန႔ က်ေနာ္တို႔ေရာက္သြားတဲ့ အခ်ိန္အထိ …

ေမး။ ။ အဲဒီဖက္ေတြကိုက်ေတာ့ အကူပစၥည္းကို ဘာနဲ႔ပို႔ရသလဲ။ ေလွေတြနဲ႔သြားတာလား။

ေျဖ။ ။ ဟုတ္တယ္ … ေလွနဲ႔သြားရတာ။

ေမး။ ။ ကိုဇာဂနာတို႔လို ပုဂၢလိကအလွဴရွင္ေတြအေနနဲ႔ ဘယ္ေလာက္အထိ လုပ္ခြင့္ရသလဲ။

ေျဖ။ ။ အစပိုင္းကေတာ့ က်ေနာ္တို႔က တြန္းလုပ္တာေပါ့ဗ်ာ … နည္းနည္းေတာ့ အခက္အခဲရွိတယ္။ ထိပ္တိုက္တိုးရတာေတြ ရွိတယ္။ ဥပမာ – ခင္ဗ်ားတို႔က ဘာျဖစ္လို႔ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကို (အာဏာပိုင္) မတိုင္ပင္ဘဲ သြားတာလဲ၊ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကို ေျပာပါ ဘာညာဆိုၿပီး နည္းနည္းညွိႏွိင္းၿပီး လုပ္က်တဲ့။ ခင္ဗ်ားတို႔ရဲ႕ အသက္ အႏၱရာယ္ကို တာ၀န္မယူဘူးတဲ့ … မယူလဲေန၊ ေသခ်င္ေသပေလ့ေစ၊ သြားမယ္ေျပာၿပီး တိုး၀င္သြားရတာေတြ ရွိတယ္။ ေစတနာရွင္ေတြ ကိုယ္တိုင္ သြားလွဴလို႔ရတယ္ အမိန္႔ထြက္ၿပီးေတာ့ သိပ္မေျပာေတာ့ဘူး … သဘာ၀ ေဘးအႏၱရာယ္ ကာကြယ္ေရးအဖြဲ႔က ထုတ္တဲ့အမိန္ေလ … သြားလာေရး ခက္ခဲ့တဲ့ေနရာေတြကိုသြားႏိုင္ရင္ ပိုမို ေကာင္းမြန္ပါတယ္၊ ပုဂၢလိကအလွဴရွင္မ်ား မိမိသေဘာနဲ႔မိမိ ႀကိဳက္သလိုလွဴဒါန္းႏိုင္ပါတယ္လို႔ အမိန္႔မွာပါတယ္။

အဲဒိအမိန္႔ထြက္ၿပီးမွ တ႐ုတ္တန္းက ကုန္သည္မ်ားအဖြဲ႔၊ မဂိုလမ္းက ေ႐ႊဆိုင္ေတြေတြပါ အကူကိစၥ လုပ္လာၾကတယ္။ သူတို႔ေတြ ၀င္လာေတာ့ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြလည္း ပိုရတာေပါ့။ သူတို႔ေတြ ေခ်ာင္က်တဲ့ ေနရာေတြကို မသြားႏိုင္လည္း က်ေနာ္တို႔အဖြဲ႔က ယူသြားေပးတယ္။ ဥပမာ – ဘိုကေလးၿမိဳ႕ ဆိုပါေတာ့၊ အလွဴရွင္ေတြက ၿမိဳ႕ေပၚမွာထားခဲ့ … က်ေနာ္တို႔သ႐ုပ္ေဆာင္ေတြက ႐ြာေတြဆီ ယူသြားေပးေပါ့။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ အဖြဲ႔မွာ ၀ိုင္းကူလုပ္ေနတဲ့လူ ၄၂၀ ရွိတယ္။ ထိေရာက္မႈရွိေအာင္ အဖြဲ႔ေတြခြဲၿပီး လုပ္ၾကတယ္။

ေမး။ ။ တေန႔က ျမန္မာ့အလင္းမွာ လူေတြကို ဖားရွာ၊ ငါးရွာစား … ေနာက္ႏွစ္ဆို ဧရာ၀တီျမစ္၀ကၽြန္းေပၚမွာ စပါးေတြေ႐ႊေရာင္းသန္းၿပီးေတာ့ ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ေရးလုပ္ငန္းနဲ႔ စည္ပင္ေတာ့မယ္လို႔ ေရးထားတယ္။ အဲဒါ ျဖစ္ႏိုင္ပါ့မလား ခင္ဗ်။

ေျဖ။ ။ အဲဒီအိပ္မက္ကေလး ေကာင္းသားပဲလို႔ က်ေနာ္ေျပာခ်င္တယ္ … ဟဲဟဲဟဲ … ဖားရွာ၊ ငါးရွာ ရွာလို႔ရမလားေတာ့ မသိဘူး … ဧရာ၀တီျမစ္ႀကီးနဲ႔ ဘုိကေလးျမစ္ဆိုရင္ ေရအေရာင္ကို နာမည္ေပးထားတယ္၊ နာဂစ္ကာလာ လို႔။ ဘာလဲဆိုေတာ့ ျဖဴၿဖဲၿဖဲ အေရာင္ႀကီး၊ အဲဒီ အေရာင္ႀကီးနဲ႔ လူနဲ႔ ကၽြဲ ႏြားအေလာင္းေတြက အမ်ားႀကီး … နာဂစ္ရနံ႔ ဆိုတာရွိေသးတယ္ … အဲဒီညွီနံ႔ႀကီးက ျပန္လာရင္ ပါလာတာပဲ၊ ဘယ္သူမွမခံႏိုင္ဘူး အန္တယ္။ ဒီေတာ့ အဲဒီလိုေနရာေတြမွာ ဘယ္လိုလုပ္ၿပီး ငါးရွာ၊ ဖားရွာမွာလဲဗ်ာ … ငါးဖမ္းမယ့္အစား အေလာင္းေတြဖဲ့စားမွ ရေတာ့မယ္။

ေမး။ ။ အေလာင္းကိစၥကို ေမးခ်င္ေသးတယ္။ အခုထိ အေလာင္းေတြကို သၿဂႌဳဟ္လို႔ မၿပီးေသးဘူးလား ခင္ဗ်။

ေျဖ။ ။ ေကာက္ကို မေကာက္ႏိုင္ေသးတာ။ ၂၈ ရက္ေန႔ ဘိုကေလးကျပန္လာတယ္။ ႐ြာ ၅ ႐ြာကို သြားခဲ့တယ္။ အဲဒီ ၅ ႐ြာမွာ ဗီဒီယို၊ ဓာတ္ပံု မ႐ိုက္ႏိုင္ေတာ့ဘူး … အေလာင္းေတြမ်ားလြန္းလို႔။ အနည္းဆံုး အေလာင္း ၄၀ ေလာက္ ေတြခဲ့တယ္။ အဲဒါေတာင္ ဟိုးအစြန္ပိုင္းက အေလာင္းေတြကို ေကာက္ၿပီးေတာ့ မီး႐ႈိ႕လိုက္တာ တေထာင္ေက်ာ္ ရွိတယ္ … ေစတနာရွင္ေတြက မီးစက္ႀကီးေတြ အလံုး ၈၀ ေလာက္သယ္လာၿပီး မီး႐ႈိ႕ေပးတာ။ က်ေနာ္သိသေလာက္ ေအဇက္ဂ်ီတို႔ ခရစ္ယန္သာသနာျပဳအဖြဲ႔ တို႔ကေပါ့။

ေမး။ ။ ဧရာ၀တီျမစ္၀ကၽြန္းေပၚမွာ ကရင္လူမ်ိဳးေတြအမ်ားစုေနၾကတယ္ … သူတို႔ေတြရဲ႕ အေျခအေနကေရာ ဘယ္လိုရွိပါသလဲ။

ေျဖ။ ။ ဘိုကေလးအပိုင္တို႔ ေဒးဒရဲအပိုင္တို႔မွာ ကရင္႐ြာေတြရွိတယ္ … အမ်ားစုက ခရစ္ယာန္ ဘာသာ၀င္ေတြ ျဖစ္တယ္။ အဲဒီက ကရင္ေတြကို သေဘာက်တယ္ဗ်။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ေရာက္သြားတဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ ႐ြာထဲကေနကူမယ့္ လူေတြကို ေခၚတယ္ … သူတို႔ကို ရန္ကုန္ ေခၚလာၿပီး ဆရာ၀န္ေတြနဲ႔ ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲေတြ လုပ္ေပးတယ္။ သူ႔တို႔က ႐ြာကိုျပန္ၿပီး တည္ေဆာက္ေရးကို ဦးေဆာင္ၾကမွာေလ။

အေရးေပၚလိုအပ္ေနတဲ့ အမိုး၊ အကာနဲ႔ အစားအေသာက္စတဲ့ အကူပစၥည္းေတြေပးၿပီး ဒုတိယအဆင့္အေနနဲ႔ ဒီေန႔ကစၿပီးေတာ့ ကန္စြန္း၊ ဟင္းႏုႏြယ္၊ ခ်င္ေပါင္ မ်ိဳးေစ့ေတြေပးတယ္။ ဘယ္ေျမမွာမဆိုစိုက္လို႔ရေအာင္ထည့္တဲ့ ေျမၾသဇာေပးတယ္၊ သံုးပံုသံုးနည္းကိုလည္း သင္ေပးတယ္။

ေမး။ ။ အခုလိုကာလမွာ စိုက္ပ်ိဳးေရးလုပ္ငန္းေတြ ျပန္စလို႔ရမယ္ ထင္ပါသလား။

ေျဖ။ ။ စပါးကေတာ့ မရႏိုင္ေသးဘူး။ ဟင္းသီးဟင္း႐ြက္၊ ဘူးသီး၊ ခ၀ဲသီးေလာက္ကေတာ့ ရႏိုင္တယ္။ ဒီေန႔စလုပ္တယ္ … ႐ြာေတြက ပါလာတဲ့ ကရင္ေတြကို တတ္ကၽြမ္းတဲ့လူေတြနဲ႔ သင္ေပးတယ္။

ေမး။ ။ ကရင္လူမ်ိဳးေတြ တိုင္းရင္သားေတြမို႔ အကူအညီမရၾကဘူးလို႔ ေျပာၾကတာေတြလည္းရွိတယ္။ အဲဒါ ဟုတ္ပါသလား။

ေျဖ။ ။ တိုင္းရင္သားမွမဟုတ္ပါဘူး … ဗမာလည္း မရၾကပါဘူး … ဘယ္သူမွမရၾကတာပါ။ စပါးျပန္စိုက္ဖို႔ အခ်ိန္က ၁၅ ရက္ပဲ ရွိေတာ့တယ္။ အခု က်ေနာ္တို႔က ကုမၸဏီႀကီးေတြကို ေမတၱာရပ္ခံၿပီး လိုက္ညွိေနတာ … ထိုင္းက ပညာရွင္ေတြနဲ႔လဲ ညွိထားတယ္။ ေ႐ႊကၽြဲ လို႔ေခၚတဲ့ လက္တြန္းလယ္ထြန္စက္ေပါ့ … အဲဒီေကာင္နဲ႔ဆိုရင္ ေန႔၀က္ကို တဧကၿပီးတယ္။ စက္တလံုးကို က်ပ္ ၁၄ သိန္းရွိတယ္။ ကၽြန္းညိဳႀကီး တိုက္နယ္ကို အဓိကေနရာအျဖစ္ သတ္မွတ္လိုက္တယ္။ အဲဒီမွာ လူဦးေရ ၅၅၁၄ ဦး ရွိတယ္ … အဲဒီမွာ အလုပ္လုပ္ႏိုင္တဲ့ ေယာက္်ားဦးေရက ၃၂၀၀ ေက်ာ္ ရွိတယ္။ အဲဒီကေျမႀကီးေတြကို ထိုင္းက ပညာရွင္ေတြနဲ႔ျပင္ၾကည့္ေတာ့ ရတယ္။ သံဘီးတပ္တဲ့ ေ႐ႊကၽြဲ ၁၈ လံုးေလာက္ရွိရင္ အလုပ္ စလုပ္လို႔ရၿပီ။ အခုအလွဴခံထားတာ ၁၀ လံုးရၿပီ၊ ေနာက္ ၈ လံုးလိုေသးတယ္။

ေမး။ ။ အိမ္နီးခ်င္းႏိုင္ငံေတြက က်န္းမာေရးအဖြဲ႔၊ ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးအဖြဲ႔ေတြ လာၾကတယ္။ သူတို႔ေတြေကာ အဲဒီေနရာေတြကို ေရာက္ၾကရဲ႕လား။

ေျဖ။ ။ တျခားႏိုင္ငံေတြကေတာ့မေရာက္ဘူး။ က်ေနာ္တို႔နဲ႔အတူ ထိုင္းက အမ်ိဳးသမီးတေယာက္လိုက္လာၿပီး ေျမႀကီးေတြ ေလ့လာတာေတာ့ ရွိတယ္။ မေန႔ကျပန္သြားတယ္ … စေနေန႔ ျပန္လာမယ္။ သူျပန္လာရင္ေတာ့ သိရမယ္ ဒီေျမႀကီးကို ၁၅ ရက္အတြင္း စပါးစိုက္လို႔ ရ မရကို။

ေမး။ ။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေျမာက္ပိုင္း၊ အထက္ပိုင္းကေကာ ဘယ္လိုအကူအညီေတြရပါသလဲ ခင္ဗ်။

ေျဖ။ ။ ေရာက္လာတယ္ … အမ်ားႀကီးပဲ။ ဥပမာ – နမၼတီး၊ ျမစ္ႀကီးနား၊ လား႐ိႈး ဘက္ကဆို ၁၀ ဘီး ကားႀကီးေတြနဲ႔ လာတာ။ ဆီေတြဆိုရင္ ေပပါ ၂၀၀ တို႔ … အခုေနာက္ပိုင္း ဆင္းလာတယ္။ လား႐ိႈးက ဆင္းလာတဲ့အဖြဲ႔ဆိုရင္ ခရစ္ယာန္ သာသနာျပဳအဖြဲ႔နဲ႔ ေပါင္းၿပီး ဆင္းလာတာ ၁၀ ဘီးကား ၁၀ စီးနဲ႔။ အခုနပဲ သြားႀကိဳလာတာ … ရွမ္းလူမ်ိဳးေတြ။

ေမး။ ။ ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕အေျခအေနကိုလည္း ေျပာျပပါဦး။

ေျဖ။ ။ အဲဒီေနရာေတြကိုလည္း သြားေနရတာပါပဲ။ ဒီေန႔မနက္ဆိုရင္ ဒလ၊ ကြမ္းၿခံကုန္းနဲ႔ ၾကည့္ျမင္တိုင္ တဘက္ကမ္းက ေညာင္၀ိုင္းကို က်ေနာ္တို႔အဖြဲ႔ေတြ သြားၾကတယ္။ အဲဒီေနရာေတြက ျမစ္၀ကၽြန္းေပၚေလာက္ ဆိုးဆိုး႐ြား႐ြား မျဖစ္ပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အိမ္ေတြ ၿပိဳသြားတယ္၊ အဲဒီလူေတြကိုလည္း လွဴရတာေပါ့။ အဲဒီကလူေတြက ျမစ္၀ကၽြန္းေပၚေလာက္ေတာ့ စိတ္ပိုင္းဆိုင္ရာ မထိခိုက္ဘူး။

ေမး။ ။ ျပည္ပကလူေတြကိုေရာ ကိုဇာဂနာ ဘာေျပာခ်င္ေသးလဲ။

ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ မတတ္ႏိုင္တဲ့အတိုင္းအတာေတြ ရွိပါတယ္။ အျပင္ကလူေတြ လုပ္ေပးလို႔ ရႏိုင္တာေတြကေတာ့ ပ်က္စီးသြားတဲ့႐ြာေတြ အျမန္ဆံုး ျပန္လည္ထူေထာင္ႏိုင္ဖို႔ အတြက္ပါ။ ဥပမာ – ဆူနာမီ တံုးကဆိုရင္ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံမွာ ပညာရွင္ေတြ ခ်က္ခ်င္းေရာက္လာတယ္။ ၿပီးေတာ့ အိမ္ေတြကို ခ်က္ခ်င္း ေဆာက္ေပးလိုက္ႏိုင္တယ္ … အဲဒီလိုမ်ိဳး က်ေနာ္တို႔ မတတ္ႏိုင္ဘူး၊ အဲဒီေလာက္လည္း မခ်မ္းသာဘူး။ ဘီလ္ဂိတ္လို လူမ်ိဳးကလည္း လွဴတယ္ဆိုၿပီးေတာ့ ဘယ္လိုလူေတြကို ဘာေတြလုပ္ေပးေနသလဲဆိုတာ စဥ္းစားလို႔ကို မတတ္ဘူး။

အိမ္တလံုးေဆာက္ဖို႔ ဘယ္ေလာက္မွလည္း မကုန္ပါဘူး … အဲဒီလိုအိမ္ေလးေတြမ်ား ႏိုင္ငံတကာက ႐ြာေတြမွာ လာေဆာက္ေပးႏိုင္မယ္ ဆိုရင္ … …။

ယူအန္ကိုေတာ့ မေက်နပ္ဘူး။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ျပည္သူေတြအတြက္ ဘာမွ ထိထိေရာက္ေရာက္ မလုပ္ေပးႏိုင္လို႔။ အခု ဘိုကေလးမွာ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ေရာက္တဲ့ ႐ြာေတြရွိတယ္ဗ်ာ၊ ကိုေ၀ဠဳေက်ာ္တို႔ ေရာက္တဲ့ လပၸတၱာက႐ြာေတြ၊ က်ေနာ္တို႔လူေတြ ေရာက္တဲ့ ငပုေတာက႐ြာေတြ … က်ေနာ္တို႔မွာ ေျမပံုေတြ ရွိပါတယ္၊ အဲဒီေနရာေတြကို ယူအန္က တေယာက္မွ မေရာက္ေသးဘူးဗ်ာ။ ယူအန္ျဖစ္ျဖစ္ … တျခား အန္ဂ်ီအိုျဖစ္ျဖစ္ … သူတို႔ေတြက အစိုးရ ၿငိဳျငင္မွာကို ေၾကာက္ေနတယ္ … အဲဒါကို က်ေနာ္ကမႀကိဳက္တာ။ ဒုကၡသည္ကို ကူညီမွာ ဘာလို႔ ၿငိဳျငင္တာ မခံရဲရတာလဲ။ မသြားရဘူး ေျပာလည္း သြားေပါ့ဗ်ာ ဘာျဖစ္လည္း။ ဒါမွမဟုတ္ သြားလာေနတဲ့ လူေတြကို အကူအညီေပးေပါ့။ က်ေနာ္တို႔လို အလားသ႑န္တူ သြားေနတဲ့အဖြဲ႔ ၄၊ ၅ ဖြဲ႔ ေလာက္ရွိတယ္။ အဲဒါေတြကိုလည္း အကူအညီ မေပးဘူး … မယက ႐ံုးထဲကို ပစၥည္းေတြ သြားပို႔ေနေတာ့ ဘာသြားလုပ္မလဲ။

ေမး။ ။ လူေတြ ေတာင္းစားတယ္ဆိုတဲ့ကိစၥကေကာ ခင္ဗ်။

ေျဖ။ ။ တကယ္တမ္းေျပာရရင္ ငတ္ေတာ့လည္း ေတာင္းစားမိမွာေပါ့ဗ်ာ … ဟုတ္တယ္မလား။ ကုန္းၿခံကုန္းလမ္းမွာ အစားအေသာက္ေတြ ေပးၾကပါနဲ႔ တကယ္ငတ္မြတ္ေနၾကတာကိုး … ေတာင္းမွာေပါ့၊ သိပ္႐ုပ္ပ်က္ဆင္းပ်က္ေတာ့ မျဖစ္ပါဘူး … ဘီစကစ္ေတြ ကားေပၚကပစ္ခ်လို႔ လမ္းေဘးမွာလူးလွိမ့္ၿပီး လုေနတာေတာ့မရွိပါဘူး … ကားတိုက္ၿပီး ေသကုန္မွာေပါ့။

ေမး။ ။ အေမရိကန္က ေျပာေနတုန္းရွိေသးတယ္၊ တခ်ိဳ႕ေနရာေတြကို သူတို႔ရဲ႕ ေရေပၚ၊ ေျမေပၚမွာသြားလို႔ရတဲ့ ရွပ္ေျပး ေမာ္ေတာ္ေလးေတြနဲ႔မွ အလုပ္ျဖစ္မယ္၊ ကူညီခ်င္ပါတယ္လို႔ တဲ့။ အဲဒီအကူအညီက အခုလို တလျပည့္လာတဲ့ကာလမွာ လိုအပ္ေသးတယ္လို႔ ထင္သလား ခင္ဗ်။

ေျဖ။ ။ က်ေနာ့္အေနနဲ႔ကေတာ့ လိုအပ္တယ္ … ဒုကၡသည္ေတြက သူတို႔ကို အေမရိကန္၊ ျပင္သစ္၊ အဂၤလိပ္က သေဘၤာႀကီးေတြ သူတို႔ကို လာကူညီေနၾကပါၿပီဆိုၿပီး အရမ္း၀မ္းသာေနၾကတာ … က်ေနာ္တို႔က ေရဒီယိုလည္း ေပးတယ္ေလ … ခင္ဗ်ားတို႔ ကမာၻနဲ႔ အဆက္မျပတ္ေအာင္ နားေထာင္ၾကပါလို႔ … သတင္းေတြနားေထာင္ၿပီး တအားေပ်ာ္ၾကတာ၊ အခုလို မလာေတာ့ဘူးလိုလိုျဖစ္ေတာ့ သူတို႔ေတြ အရမ္းခံစားရတာ။ က်ဳပ္တို႔ကို မကယ္ေတာ့ဘူးလား၊ ဒီအတိုင္းပစ္ထားေတာ့မွာလား၊ ဒီကၽြန္းေပၚမွာ ေသမယ့္ရက္ကို ထိုင္ေစာင့္ေနရမွာလားလို႔ ေအာ္ၾကတာ။ တေယာက္တည္း၊ ႏွစ္ေယာက္တည္းက ေျပာတာမဟုတ္ဘူး။ အဘိုးႀကီး၊ အဘြားႀကီးေတြ၊ ကေလးေတြပါ ေျပာၾကတာ။

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 2, 2008 at 5:59 am

World focus on Burma (31 July 2008)

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Private donations for cyclone victims in Burma petering off

Mizzima.com, India –

Rangoon – Three months after the killer cyclone lashed Burma’s coastal regions, survivors said aid from private donors is slowly petering off, …

Expose backers of Burma’

PRWeek UK, UK –

‘People know how brutal the Burma regime can be after coverage of the revolution and Cyclone Nargis,’ he said. ‘They want to know why it is still in power. …

Canadian Trade Controls For US Companies Doing Business In Canada

Mondaq News Alerts (subscription), UK –

Canada’s Burma sanctions program, the most aggressive elements of which came into effect in December 2007, is a case in point. …

2008 Beijing Olympics: China Blames USA

Sports-Odds.com, FL –

… were made after the US House of Representatives passed a resolution, by 419 votes to one on Wednesday that attacked Beijing history of human rights. …

Bomb explodes in Mudon, no casualties

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – A small bomb on Wednesday night exploded at the telecommunication office in Mudon of Southern Burma’s Mon state, sources said. …

Weasels bow to China’s will

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

Giving the Games to China would in fact help human rights, the IOC said. China would be forced to open up and be nice. I mean, those nice Chinese leaders …

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

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

Awareness campaign on Burma’s August uprising in Delhi

Mizzima.com, India –

… of Burma the activists will be conducting a conference; a photo exhibition of protests in September last year and the recent devastation by Cyclone …

China and the West: parallel worlds

The Age, Australia –

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

Bush Heads to Asia For Olympic Games, Talks

Voice of America –

Mr. Bush is expected to shift focus in Thailand to another world trouble spot – neighboring Burma. “Our message is the United States believes in democracy …

THAILAND: Thaksin’s Wife Gets Jail Term For Tax Fraud

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

‘’It was a fair trial and the decision rendered by the court was fair,’’ Somchai Homlaor, a Thai human rights lawyer, told IPS. …

Eritrea “Has Become One Big Jail,” Activist Says

NewsBlaze, CA –

At a panel discussion hosted by the US Mission to the United Nations, she was one of six panelists – the others being from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, …

help: Benefit Concert for Burma and Sichuan

FStation.com, CA –
1000000 people, the populations of Oakland and San Francisco combined, already have or might die in Burma ( Myanmar ) as a result of Cyclone Nargis. …

Thailand’s human rights chief must resign

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. …

Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htway appear in court

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Both Zarganar and Zaw Thet Htway were enthusiastically working to provide aid to cyclone victims before their arrests on 4 and 13 June respectively.

Zarganar Appears in Court in Insein Prison

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand – By SAW YAN NAING After nearly two months in detention, Zarganar, Burma’s best-known comedian, and a colleague, appeared in court in Insein Prison in Rangoon …

Christiane Amanpour, CNN Investigate Tibetan Buddhist Struggles ...

RealityTVWebsite.com, IN –

In Myanmar, formerly Burma, Buddhist monks are also at the forefront of political unrest. Amanpour meets the leaders of the September 2007 Saffron …

ASK is answer

News Sentinel, IN –

… and Kyi were dental school classmates in Rangoon, then joined the revolution against the military dictatorship that now runs Burma, also called Myanmar. …

House Resolution Demands China End Human Rights Abuses Before Games

AHN –

Washington, DC (AHN) – The US House approved a resolution on Wednesday asking China to correct its poor human rights record before next week’s Olympics …

Junta Slams Exile Group’s UN Campaign

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The New Light of Myanmar published an article about Maung Maung, the secretary-general of the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) and other groups …

Burma on Bush Agenda while in Thailand

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… that broadcasts into Burma, so he can give a message directly to the Burmese people,” said Dennis Wilder, the senior director for Asian affairs at the …

Burma: Tom Lantos “Block Burmese Jade Act” has been passed by both …

UNPO, Netherlands –

The National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) acclaims the United States Government for enacting the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s …

Reuters –

Another 800000 were displaced in a disaster that the UN says affected 2.4 million people in the former Burma, where most people rely on farming for a living …

ABFSU slams abuse of ten Muslim students

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 31, 2008 (DVB)–The All Burma Federation of Student Unions has criticised the treatment of ten Muslim student activists who have been sent to hard labour …

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“On the international front, the Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma.” Pelosi said human …

Will herstory repeat itself?

The Jewish Journal of greater L.A, CA –

Human Rights Watch reports that as a direct result of inequalities found in their countries of origin, women from Ukraine, Moldova, Nigeria, the Dominican …

US House: Statement by Chairman Berman on the House floor in …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Because of China’s failure to improve its record on supporting human rights at home and abroad, now is the time to call on China to take immediate, …

Africa: World Community Renews Call to Free Prisoners of Conscience

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

Panelists from Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Eritrea, Syria and Uzbekistan spoke to more than 120 diplomats, journalists and representatives of nongovernmental …

Australia rebukes China over reporter internet censorship

The Australian, Australia –

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

Chinese FM Spokesman Urges US to Curb “Odious Conduct” of Anti …

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

… criticized China on human rights issues and asked the Chinese Government to stop supporting the governments of Sudan and Myanmar [Burma]. …

My Yoke isn’t Easy

Chiang Mai City Life, Thailand –

It is estimated 1500 citizens of Burma are held captive – some have been for many years – for having political credos different from the kleptocrats ruling …

Fresh charge against Maung Weik

Mizzima.com, India –

“He (the businessman) is suspected of allowing the Malaysian to stay in Myanmar (Burma) without informing the immigration authority,” a police source said. …

Myanmar plays the UN and the world for suckers

The Gazette (Montreal), Canada –

It’s hard to say which is more appalling: the way Myanmar’s elite skimmed as much as $10 million from international aid money flowing into the country for …

Letter: Doesn’t trust food statistics

Appeal-Democrat, CA –

Does anyone remember the recent tragedy in Myanmar (formally Burma) when a cyclone killed more than 85000 people. Their government confiscated all the …

Farmers struggle with lack of resources

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 30, 2008 (DVB)–Farmers in the cyclone-hit township of Labutta in Irrawaddy division are still struggling to resume their work due to lack of resources, …

Felix Dexter – Comedy shuffle

The List, UK –

Which means that in the guise of a un-PC character, Dexter feels able to make a joke like ‘a lot of people died in Burma recently, but on the good side …

Ex-Thai PM Thaksin’s wife guilty of tax evasion

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

© AP BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – A Thai court has found the wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of tax evasion and has sentenced her …

Ex-Thai PM’s wife guilty of fraud

BBC News, UK –

The wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been convicted of tax fraud by a court in Bangkok. Pojaman Shinawatra was sentenced to three …

Ancient sculptures found in Tripura

Zee News, India –

… Palas and Guptas of Bengal, influence of the Arakan in Mynamar (formerly Burma) and local style, Jawahar Achariya, a historian and numismatist, said. …

Thaksin’s wife awaits ruling on tax evasion case

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP BANGKOK, Thailand: The wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra awaited a court’s verdict Thursday on whether she evaded millions of dollars …

Verdict expected in Thaksin tax evasion case

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

© AP BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – The wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is awaiting a court verdict on whether she evaded millions of …

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

UNICEF’s change for good achieves landmark of £25 million
eTravelBlackboard – Asia Edition, Australia –
Earlier this year, in response to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma), £300000 was donated to UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, helping to provide .

JVC: US Ban on Rubies, Jadeite Starts Within 60 Days of Enactment

Diamonds.net, NY –

The bill requires that within 60 days of enactment, jadeite or rubies of Burma (Myanmar) origin cannot be imported into the US This importation ban would …

White House says US wants big change from China

The Associated Press –

… lady Laura Bush will visit Thailand’s Mae La camp, home to thousands of refugees who have fled repression in neighboring Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

US Lawmakers Urge Support for Darfur Peacekeepers

Voice of America –

“The Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. Their actions run counter to our interests in …

Press Briefing by Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the …

MarketWatch –

And then he will be interviewed by the press in Thailand that broadcast into Burma, so that he can give a message directly to the Burmese people. …

Leading article: The Burmese deserve better

Independent, UK –

An admission by the UN this week that it had “lost” some $10m in aid to cyclone-stricken Burma must come as a shock to the many donors who forked out …

Medical Teams International volunteers use their unique talents

The Regal Courier, OR –

By Barbara Sherman Toni Miles has become an expert at reading product expiration dates, a skill she never dreamed would be important until she started …

New graft case against Thai PM

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

In the Myanmar case, an army-appointed graft panel accused Thaksin of ordering a state bank in 2004 to increase the size of a loan to the military-ruled …

China gets pre-Olympics rights rap

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

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

Trade of Burmese precious gems banned in US

WiredPRNews.com (press release), TX –

Nevertheless, despite the 2003 ban on trade, a loophole allowed the buying of gems, which originate in Burma and were polished or cut in third world …

Voice of America –

By Dan Robinson US lawmakers, organizations advocating for human rights and religious freedom, and China democracy activists have sharply criticized the …

Trade of Burmese precious gems banned in US

WiredPRNews.com (press release), TX –

The appalling record of the regime, beginning with a massacre in 1988 ending the pro-democracy disputes, has given it a reclusive status in the Western …

Summit gives disaster response leaders ‘Eagle Vision’

Edwards Air Force Base, CA –

… Midwest flooding and California fires, the imagery was used globally for responders to Cyclone Nargis in Burma, recent major earthquakes in China, …

Pelosi Statement on House Resolution Calling on China to Cease …

MarketWatch –

On the international front, the Chinese government continues to support the genocidal regime in Sudan and the military junta in Burma. …

Relief Still Spotty For Victims Of Myanmar Cyclone

OPB News, OR –

She was the only official from the Tigard relief agency allowed into Myanmar, or Burma. Dyment spent 2 months there. Dyment said the political situation …

So long bull market, it’s time to live with the bear

Stockhouse, Canada –

“And even North Korea and Myanmar (Burma) haven’t managed that little feat of autarky,” he quips. But on the whole, Canadian financial institutions have not …

Olympic Games show China through a glass, darkly

Times Online, UK –

… against Zimbabwe, not to mention its continued support for the Government of Sudan, its latest big gas deal with Iran or its heavy involvement in Burma.

President Bush Signs Myanmar Gemstone Ban

Luxist, CA –

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, produces some of the world’s most beautiful rubies. The rubies from the Mogok region have a deep translucent color often …

Burmese Writers Play Cat-and-Mouse Game with State Censors

NewsBlaze, CA –

After Cyclone Nargis in May, a survivor unveiled a billboard reading, “We want food, not gold.” In Burmese, shwe, means gold, a probable reference to …

Saarc economic agenda all but forgotten
Livemint, India –
Myanmar, or Burma, was after all part of British India till 1935, after which the last king was ordered to live in Ratnagiri (in Maharashtra) where he died.

Canadian aid worker says efforts to help cyclone Nargis victims …

News1130, Canada –

But he expects it will take six months to finish that task in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which was hit by the cyclone May 2-3. …

Burma and Zimbabwe witness the last gasps of the supreme global ...

New Zimbabwe.com, Zimbabwe –

The first was Burma (or Myanmar as it should be known). We can all agree that the regime is odious. The question facing the rest of the world in the …

The Evolution of the National Security Concept of China

Journal of Turkish Weekly, Turkey –

Asian financial crisis in 1997 startled the Communist leadership since “the fall of Suharto in Indonesia clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of ..

Burma: Slow Start for Free-to-Air Digital TV

RedOrbit, TX –

Consumers have been slow to adopt Myanmar’s first free-to-air digital television channel launched in early February by [army-run] Myawaddy Television (MWD), …

World focus on Burma (8-7-2008)

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The power for change ultimately lies within ourselves

Irish Times, Ireland –

Of course, as the victims of the Chinese earthquake and the cyclone in Burma know only too well, external events and situations can profoundly affect our …

Families still waiting for news of detained relatives

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 8, 2008 (DVB)–The families of Zarganar, Zaw Thet Htway and others involved in voluntary aid work for cyclone victims who were arrested by Burmese …

Junta Profits from Growing Gap in Value of Cash and FECs

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

All international aid agencies working in Burma are required to deposit money for operating expenses in accounts at the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank (MFTB). …

Karenni refugees flee to Thai-Burma border

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese Army’s severe human rights violations have forced 165 Karenni refugees to flee to refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border this …

Most Ceasefire Groups Undecided on 2010 Election

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Recently, the Burmese regime published an article in the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar calling the landslide victory of the National League for …

Labor Activist Gets Solitary as Prison Conditions Worsen

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Bo Kyi, joint secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP), told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that Su Su Nway, a prominent labor …

Burma aid tents through at last

BBC News, UK –

Cornwall-based disaster aid charity Shelterbox has just received the first pictures of its aid helping victims of the Burma cyclone. …

ABFSU urges flexibility for late university admissions

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 8, 2008 (DVB)–The All Burma Federation of Student Unions called on the military regime on Monday to allow university students from cyclone-devastated …

Burma grants visas to aid workers

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said that as of June 30, the regime had given 1670 visas, mainly to United Nations and other international aid …

Editorial: Bush right to attend opening ceremonies

Dallas Morning News, TX –

The opening ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Olympics will begin just weeks from today, and, to the chagrin of human rights protesters, President Bush will …

Cycling ride in Prague protests against China’s approach to Tibet

Prague Daily Monitor, Czech Republic –

“The goal of the relay cycling ride is to draw attention to the long-term violation of human rights in China, Tibet and Burma, and the discrepancy between …

Surin says Burma, food crises strengthen Asean

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Manila (dpa) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has emerged stronger in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis that whipped Burma and the rice crisis …

Burma junta approves visas for 1670 cyclone aid workers

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

The state media of the country, also known as Myanmar, said half of the workers were involved in relief operations in storm-hit regions. …

Regime Says It Granted Visas to 1670 Relief Workers, Officials

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

According to a report in the government mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar, 1076 UN personnel and non-governmental organization workers had entered Burma …

Asia’s angry monk syndrome

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

Monks were also in the forefront of protests in colonial Burma before the country now known as Myanmar won independence from Britain in 1948. …

3G arrives in Rangoon

TeleGeography, DC –

… Burma’s military junta authorities have begun distributing W-CDMA handsets. Citing an official at the Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) …

Why the Generals are Winning

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By KYAW ZWA MOE This year is the 20th anniversary of the democracy movement in Burma. In 1988, a few small student protests against late dictator Ne Win’s …

Burma army calls for a fresh start

Metro, UK –

Burma’s military government says that the country’s new constitution – approved in a widely criticised referendum in May – has removed the legitimacy of …

Sons of 1962 and future of Burma’s political freedom

Mizzima.com, India –

By Ma Ng- The Burmese Army grabbed political power in a coup on 2 March 1962; and Burma again lost its political freedom 14 years after independence, …

Myanmar: 1500 visas issued after cyclone

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military regime has approved visas for more than 1500 international aid workers to help victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

Myanmar promises better homes for cyclone victims

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s premier promised better housing for cyclone victims in the devastated Irrawaddy Delta, where many people have received only a plastic …

ASEAN science meet goes green

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam comprise the ASEAN.

Only One in Five Women in Developing World Receive Effective …

Voice of America –

If you look at rates in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, or Burma, Myanmar, 90 percent of women had never had a pelvic exam. And only 1 percent of women had been …

Time to play hardball with South Africa

Across the Aisle, DC –

While there have been many tragedies recently ranging from the cyclone in Burma to the earthquake in China, the fact that this disaster is entirely man made …

Burmese refugees find safety in Austin

Austin American-Statesman, TX –

Here in Austin, he wants people to know about Burma, how people are being oppressed and how innocent people are denied human rights. …

David Miliband’s lecture at Unisa

Politicsweb, South Africa –

Democracies are also more likely to respect human rights, more likely to support open trade, and less likely to go to war. The question I believe we should …

To Breathe Free: Living Up to our Promise

Human Rights First, NY –

This kind of system is inconsistent with this country’s commitments under international human rights standards, as well as its principles of justice and …

Asian empires, past and present
China Post, Taiwan –
China claims leadership in ushering in an ASEAN-plus-Three pact. Members include all states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, …

China and Thailand: Enhancing Military-Security Ties in the 21st …
Jamestown Foundation, DC –
While the United States publicly criticized the overthrow of the democratically elected government and suspended $24 million in military aid, China declared …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 8, 2008 at 3:08 am