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World focus on Burma (12 December 2008)

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Burma needs Rambos
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mizzima News As the year is about to end and the junta’s plan for its proposed election draws ever nearer, many democracy and human rights activists …

Former Norwegian PM urges action on Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 12, 2008 (DVB)–Former Norwegian premier Kjell Magne Bondevik expressed his hopes for a democratic transition in Burma but said a fair election could not …

Health care at risk in cyclone hit areas in Burma: UN
Mizzima.com, India –
“There are very positive results from projects related to prevention and treatment of diseases like Malaria and HIV/Aids in Myanmar [Burma]. …

Rangoon Residents Suffer Power Cuts
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… sector in Burma in recent years. Quoted in the state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, he said, “There was only 228 megawatts in the past. …

Tay Za: Recession Taking a Toll
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The junta’s response to Cyclone Nargis in May of this year has also been highly criticized. Tay Za’s meeting with executives took place just one day after …

Sundance Film Festival lineup announced
Desert Valley Times, UT –
211:Anna / Italy – The story of Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist and human rights activist who risked her life to report the truth about the Chechen …

First’s lady’s Biography: Laura Bush
Webnewswire.com, India –
She also met with President Hamid Karzai and expressed America’s continued support for Afghanistan’s new democracy, which ensures equal rights for women and …

A vote against ‘discipline democracy’
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
By Nehginpao Kipgen Shed another tear for Myanmar’s (Burma’s) swelling population of prisoners of conscience. In recent weeks, the country’s ruling military …

Junta Releases Activist after 2 Months of Interrogation
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP RANGOON — Burma’s military authorities freed a prominent member of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party Thursday after holding him …

Weekly Business Roundup (December 12, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… but the Hindu News newspaper reports that Burma’s neighbor will now face competition from several Middle East countries. It quotes the Union of Myanmar …

Child trafficking continues between Burma and Thailand
Human Rights Tribune, Switzerland –

It has Thailand’s largest Burmese population, estimated at 80000-plus, nine refugee camps, and probably the largest concentration of Myanmar-focused …

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s military government is working on pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal against her detention but has rejected her …

Ashin Gambira awarded honourary citizenship by Italy
Mizzima.com, India –
by Zarni Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Ashin Gambira, sentenced to a lengthy prison term for galvanizing the monk community into staging protests in Burma last …

Asia and Africa’s wild elephants live longer than their zoo …
Fresh News, India –
… National Park in Kenya; and the Myanma Timber Enterprise in Myanmar (Burma), a government-run logging operation where Asian elephants are put to work. …

Myanmar junta sweeps clean for 2010 polls
TopNews, India –
Yangon – The two pivotal events for Myanmar in 2008 – Cyclone Nargis and a national referendum – fell on the same month, highlighting the ruling junta’s …

Nobel Women
The Globalist, DC –
Mother Teresa of India and Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma remain perhaps the most famous of recent winners for their work on eliminating poverty and facilitating …

Force: The Real ‘F’ Word
Antiwar.com, CA –
The Burmese junta ruthlessly represses both activists promoting democracy and ethnic groups fighting for autonomy. Lebanon has suffered through civil war, …

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After Pax Americana?

Today’s Zaman – 
The evidence of this will be seen not only in global institutions but also in places like Darfur, Zimbabwe and Burma. Until this happens, let us all hope …

Liberal International – Bangkok Executive 2008

International Federation of Liberal Youth (press release)
The mission includes a visit to the Maela Refugee Camp in Mae-Sot, and meetings with several exiled Burmese democrats and human rights advocates.

Elephants kept in zoos die younger than in the wild

Independent – 
… case of the African species – in Amboseli national park in Kenya, or – in the case of the Asian elephant – in the Myanmar Timber Enterprise of Burma. …

Mugabe, please tell the West to shut-up!

Triumph – 
They are wrong in Iraq, they are wrong in Myanmar (Burma), they are wrong in Sudan. The attempt to export democracy to Iraq backfired. …

Panel looks at ‘the crime of all crimes’

Harvard University Gazette
She’s deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights, a Cambridge-based research and advocacy group that in 1997 was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize …

Study: Elephants live longer in wild than zoos

The Associated Press – 

Myanmar is the country formerly known as Burma. There is some good news, though. The life spans of zoo elephants have improved in recent years, …

Zoo life harmful to elephants: Research

Leader Post

… living in European zoos have approximately half the average life span of elephants born into the logging industry in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

[WT논평]The plight of Myanmar

세계일보 – 
Myanmar, formerly called Burma, gained worldwide attention when it was hit by Cyclone Nargis in May, leading to the death or disappearance of up to 140000 …

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Child trafficking continues, but not fuelled by …
IRINnews.org, NY –

MAE SOT, 11 December 2008 (IRIN) – When Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May, leaving close to 140000 people dead or missing, aid workers feared an increase in …


World focus on Burma (28 November 2008)

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New restrictions hamper appeal process
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Nov 28, 2008 (DVB)–The authorities are using new restrictions and delaying tactics to make it difficult for defence lawyers to lodge appeals on behalf of …

Riot police gather at Thai airport
ABC Online, Australia –

Sondhi Limthongkul said demonstrators would not leave until Mr Somchai resigned, adding that the PM should “seek asylum in Myanmar (Burma)”. …

Jet lag a drag on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
China, Burma, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Vietnam, Pakistan – they’ve all been invited, along with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. None of these is a bastion of democracy, …

Oo’s efforts result in creation of Burmese Advocacy Center
Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, IN –
Oo’s family is from Burma (now Myanmar), but she had an international upbringing. Born to diplomat parents in Bangkok, Thailand, Oo grew up in China, Burma, …

US government taps Facebook, Google, MTV to “Fight Terrorism”
Center for Research on Globalization, Canada –
The list of organizations due to attend include the Burma Global Action Network, a human rights movement spurred into action by the ruling junta’s crackdown ..

Judicial Crackdown in Burma Continues
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thet Zin, 42, an editor for the weekly journal, Myanmar Nation, and his manager, Sein Win Maung, both received seven-year prison sentences on Friday at a …

Burmese Impacted by Thailand’s Crisis
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Like other airlines and travelers who use Thai airports, Burma’s Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Burmese who travel abroad have been …

Weekly Business Roundup (November 28, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WILLIAM BOOT One of the more interesting agreements reached at a top-level trade and political relations meeting between India and Burma is a tax …

Long prison terms under Electronic Law intimidate Internet users …
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand –
Internet users in Burma claimed they are intimidated from surfing the Web as a result of the long prison terms given to those charged under the Electronic …

Burmese in Thailand cautioned on security concerns
Mizzima.com, India –
Similarly many Burmese citizens wear red dresses in support of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They can be misunderstood too as pro-government protesters,” U Khun Sai …

World Digest Yemen protesters attacked by troops
Seattle Times, United States –
In the interviews, he said the government was too slow in responding to a May cyclone that killed more than 84000 people in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Burmese give thanks for old, new homelands
Chicago Tribune, United States –
The Karen are the largest ethnic minority group living in east Myanmar (formerly Burma) and northwest Thailand. Myanmar, a former British colony, …

The Bell Tolls for Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… India are free to move in again and secure their business ties with the Burmese junta, exploiting both the country’s economy and its natural resources. …

To visit or avoid, that’s the Burma guilt trip
The Age, Australia –
Be aware also that anger has deepened since Cyclone Nargis hit the nation in May. However, throughout our trip we never had people telling us our presence …

Recovery fund still insufficient in post-Nargis Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – Relief and recovery work for Cyclone Nargis affected victims in the delta region of Burma is insufficient and there …

The road to ruins
The Age, Australia –
The repression in Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a clandestine battle, hidden from the gaze of big-spending tourists on two-week tours. …

Total prison term for Zarganar climbs to 59 years
Mizzima.com, India –
But in Burma, it is rising instead of declining – in prison terms. He cracked this joke at the court.” Zarganar was arrested at his residence in June this …

Burmese days
The Age, Australia –
I broke this within an hour of reaching my hotel in Yangon in Myanmar. The reason was another rule, the over-arching rule that simply says “why not? …

The Great Escape
Forbes, NY –
The world of luxury travel marketing is so reality-free that this last one floated in on a puff of colonial fantasy exactly one month after Cyclone Nargis …

We’re happy to mix with rogue states, says Government trade arm
Tribune, UK –
But Campaign Against Arms Trade accused the Government of “consorting with human rights abusers” after Pakistani media reported that high-level delegations …

US should move beyond just using sanctions in its relations with Burma
China Post, Taiwan –
Without such move from the US, Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Group of Friends of the Secretary General on Myanmar’ will yield little. The most effective UN intervention …

Havel’s Humanity
Wall Street Journal –
(In the play, the leader is attached to a statue of the nonviolent Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi; in the documentary, we see the framed picture of Burmese …

New report reveals shock figures on union murders
Tribune, UK –
… 14 in Morocco and seven in Burma where the junta targeted activists as part of its crackdown on moves for democracy and human rights. …

Mugabe critic wins art prize
ABC Online, Australia –
… worth $US25,000, which went to popular comedian and activist Zarganar. He was sentenced this month in military-ruled Burma to 45 years in prison after …

China’s Prison Labor System Criticized in 2008 US-China Commission …
The Epoch Times, NY –
“Although formal agreements have been made between the US and Chinese governments to stop the export of prison labor goods to the US, the practice …

Court will not intervene in compo case
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Most of the two million migrants in Thailand from Burma, Cambodia and Laos originally entered illegally without documents and cannot produce the documents …

The 13th Amendment and Its Vision of the State
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
… that confronted the said dilemma sharply in Asia include India, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and even Japan. …

Myanmar: Unfinished Burmas Jail News; Popular Burmese Comedian …
OpEdNews, PA – by Ashin Mettacara Page

A popular Burmese comedian, film actor, and a film director Zarganar was sentenced today to ..

Zimbabwean playwright, Burmese comedian win Freedom prizes
CBC.ca, Canada –
He was arrested last June after giving statements to foreign media that were critical of the junta’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis. …

Burmese Farmers Charged Using the Electronic Act
Global Voices Online, MA –
The Electronic Law has been used by the Junta to prosecute and persecute activists, bloggers and politicians who are critical of the regime. …

Burma’s government in exile condemns Mumbai attack
Mizzima.com, India –
… including members of detained Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party – the National League for Democracy (NLD), and border-based ethnic armed …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 28, 2008 at 4:40 am

World focus on Burma (9 August 2008)

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The following is a transcript of President Bush’s weekly radio …

FOXNews –

During my time here, I’m expressing America’s deep concerns about freedom and human rights in China. This trip has reaffirmed my belief that men and women …

Laos, Bosnia War Crimes Trials: LPDR Condemned by Hmong National …

PressZoom (press release), Netherlands –

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was recently flown from the Serbian capital Belgrade to the The Hague where he will face trial before a UN …

Sacrifices of Prisoners of Conscience Should Not Be in Vain
NewsBlaze, CA –
The other panelists, who represented Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Eritrea and Uzbekistan, were all former prisoners of conscience or family members of people …

First Lady Laura Bush Urges Burma Reforms

NewsBlaze, CA –

“A lot of these families would rather go home, but because of the situation in Burma, they can’t,” Mrs. Bush told reporters during her August 7 visit to the …

The military junta that took control of Burma in September 1988 changed the name of the country to Myanmar in 1989. However, Maung Htoo said Canada is among …

Radio Address by the President to the Nation

MarketWatch –

During my time here, I’m expressing America’s deep concerns about freedom and human rights in China. This trip has reaffirmed my belief that men and women …

Burmese translator helps refugees find their way

WTTE, OH –

She was part of an ethinc minority in Myanmar, also known as Burma. She says she is still trying to find her own way around while she directs others. …

Burmese must be supported

Irish Times, Ireland –

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democratic movement in Burma, has been placed under house arrest by the military regime since 1989

… changing its name to Myanmar. It is a ruthless military regime that has distinguished itself primarily for its brutal repression of the people of Burma, …

Asia recalls the repression of 8-8-’88 in Myanmar

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

About 100 demonstrators also gathered in front of the Burmese embassy, shouting “freedom for Burma, freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi”, and launching red paper …

Prominent Myanmar human rights activist arrested

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Police in Myanmar arrested a prominent human rights activist on the 20th anniversary of massive pro-democracy protests, a colleague of …

Supersize Games

Irish Independent, Ireland –

… Burma, Tibet, wherever, just be aware that you’re beating an old drum about the cords connecting an Olympic Games with the suppression of human rights. …

Thousands take part in global day of protest as Beijing Games open

Toronto Star, Canada –

… embassy in London was the focus for protests against the country’s treatment of people in Tibet, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Myanmar frees most detained “8-8-88” marchers

路透中国, China –

The protest in the town of Taunggok was virtually the only one in the former Burma in memory of the nationwide revolt, eventually crushed by the army with …

Watching human rites

Reuters UK, UK –

Human Rights Watch put out a statement slamming China for its commercial and diplomatic ties to Myanmar’s junta on the 20th anniversary of the 8-8-88 …

Myanmar anniversary demonstrators freed

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar authorities have released 43 demonstrators who held one of the country’s few protests marking the anniversary of the 1988 …

From the sublime to the ridiculous

Cyprus Mail, Cyprus –

Which other country in the world demands a UN Sec-Gen to ‘tell the truth’? The only people I can think of are despots and dictators – such as Burma’s …

Activists held at rally pver ’88 uprising

Los Angeles Times, CA –

The military government arrested 48 activists on a protest march to mark the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in which an estimated 3000 people …

Burmese junta arrests 48 on uprising anniversary eve

TopNews, India –

: Burma”s military junta have arrested 48 activists during a protest march marking 20 years since the army crushed a pro-democracy uprising, …

Games’ opening day busy time for protests

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

The Beijing Games have become a focus for activists critical of China on issues ranging from its human rights record and heavy-handed rule in Tibet, …

China stages a perfectly choreographed display

Aberdeen Press and Journal, UK –

Demonstrators from Tibet, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Burma joined forces to protest against human rights violations and China’s hosting of the Olympics. …

US first lady Bush tours Beijing’s Forbidden City

The Associated Press –

Mrs. Bush has become more outspoken herself over the years, especially on the issue of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The isolated Southeast Asian nation is …

Proud moment for sailor flying the flag

Irish Independent, Ireland –

Mr Kilgallen reminded the demonstration that China was a supporter of Burma’s ruthless military junta and had a deplorable human rights record. …

Beijing Olympics: Asia press comment

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

The South China Morning Post says it is time to turn the screw on Myanmar’s leaders. “Myanmar’s junta welcomes occasions like the Olympic Games. …

Staying Alive

TIME –

These protests inspired the mass demonstrations led by Burma’s monks, which captured the world’s imagination a month later. Jimmy is still in jail. …

The Moment

TIME –

In Bangkok, he praised Southeast Asia’s economic progress while slamming Burma for human-rights abuses. But the most urgent business was in Beijing, …

Beijing Olympics draws much concern of Myanmar people

Xinhua, China –

8 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Olympic Games has drawn much concern of Myanmar people over the last few days ahead of the opening ceremony of the world event in …

Beijing Olympics spark global protests

Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –

“The Olympics shouldn’t have been offered to China on the basis of their human rights record,” said Liawang Tsang, whose family fled Tibet nine years ago. …

The Government will continue to help the Burmese people in their …

Irish Times, Ireland –

… changing its name to Myanmar. It is a ruthless military regime that has distinguished itself primarily for its brutal repression of the people of Burma, …

Burmese ‘grateful’ for Irish support

Irish Times, Ireland –

Thanking the Lord Mayor for receiving the refugees, he pointed out that Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was a freewoman of Dublin city and that …

Protest marks Myanmar uprising annniversary

Peninsula On-line, Qatar –

Shouting “Free Burma” the protestors, brandishing the red and yellow flags of the Myanmar opposition, called for the release of political prisoners in the …

Bush chides China over human rights

Financial Times, UK –

By Chawadee Nualkhair in Bangkok US President George W. Bush condemned China’s treatment of political dissidents and pressed for an unfettered Chinese press …

The Nelson Mail, New Zealand –

On August 8, 1988, pro-democracy supporters in Burma, now known as Myanmar, took to the streets to call for an end to the country’s military dictatorship. …

Population paradox: Europe’s time bomb

Independent, UK –

Singapore, Taiwan and Burma are similar. The lowest is South Korea with only 1.1 children per couple. “South East Asia has plummeted to levels it took …

Hundreds march in Tokyo on 20th anniversary of Myanmar uprising

The News – International, Pakistan –

She happened to be in Myanmar — then known as Burma — to care for her ailing mother when the uprising erupted. On Aug 26, 1988, she spoke to the crowds …

Myanmar comic charged over cyclone aid

Daily Times, Pakistan –

YANGON: Myanmar’s most famous comedian has been charged in a secret court, along with a sports writer and two activists, for delivering aid to survivors of …

Burmese junta arrest 48 on uprising anniversary eve

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who met Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein in Beijing ahead of the Olympic Games, said he hoped Myanmar could sort out its …

New Yorkers Mark Olympics With Protests

New York Times Blogs, NY –

… to protest Chinese support of the military junta that has ruled Myanmar since 1962. Cristina Moon, executive director of 8/8/08 for Burma, …

Scots activist thrown out of China

The Herald, UK –

He said: “We are here together today because we need the Chinese government to talk about human rights, the situation in Tibet and media freedom. …

GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –

The promises about access made to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when he saw Myanmar’s head of state, Senior Gen Than Shwe, in late May have essentially …

Human Rights Call Sets Frosty Tone to Bush Trip

istockAnalyst.com, OR –

PRESIDENT George Bush arrived in Beijing amid an atmosphere of tension with China’s leaders over his high-profile criticism of the country’s human rights …

Reactions mixed on US Burmese ruby ban

National Jeweler Network, NY –

Mumbai, India—The recent US ban on rubies and jadeite from Myanmar (formerly Burma), including stones that were processed in third-party countries, …

Friday, August 8, 2008

Free Speech Radio News, CA –

… League for Democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate who remains under house arrest on the orders of leader General Than Shwe. …

8/8 – 20 years after the Burmese democracy protests

Foreign Policy (subscription) –

With all eyes on China this week, it’s refreshing to see George and Laura Bush noting that today is the 20th anniversary of pro-democracy protests in Burma …

Pro-Tibet protests europe-wide as Olympics open 08/08 20:30 CET

euronews, France –

… Union was beseiged in Brussels, with the Tibetan contingent joined by protestors also denouncing the military rulers of Myanmar, the former Burma. …

Arrests on anniversary on uprising

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –

Activists outside Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, are marking the anniversary with demonstrations. The 1988 protests drew hundreds of thousands of people …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Tibet, Burma, Sudan and the colonisation of Africa are the issues routinely raised to keep the dragon in check; human rights the moral stick to beat the….

An Inescapable History

Harvard Crimson, MA –

… the human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and the CIA’s “black sites” hampered our ability to stem atrocities in countries like Sudan, Burma, …

Anniversary of the 1988 Popular Democratic Uprising in Burma

US Department of State, DC –

Twenty years ago today, the people of Burma bravely rose up together to call for the restoration of democracy in Burma and an end to misrule and the abuse …

BURMA: Expats Keep Democracy Hopes Alive

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

By Marwaan Macan-Markar BANGKOK, Aug 8 (IPS) – Aung Moe Zaw still lives in the hope that democracy will take root in Burma, 20 years after hundreds of …

Masked activists in Cebu weigh in on China’s record

Sun.Star, Philippines –

… people of Tibet and Burma. They later broke their silence as they read “In the Quiet Land,” a poem by imprisoned Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Events mark ’88 Burma brutality

Howrah News Service, India –

The programmes were to focus on the brutal regime of the military junta in Burma and has seminars, talks, photo exhibition and also a candle vigil at the …

McDonald’s sponsorship of Games spurs protest

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

… a member of the Taiwan Free Burma Network. “It also violently cracks down on Tibetan demonstrators and supports authoritarian regimes in Myanmar and …

Beijing Olympics: Protests around the world as Games open in style

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

In London, more than 200 demonstrators from Tibet, Burma, Zimbabwe and Sudan joined forces for a noisy demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy. …

Zimbabweans in Chinese embassy demonstration

SW Radio Africa, Zimbabwe –

By Lance Guma Zimbabwean activists in the United Kingdom on Friday teamed up with protesters from Burma, Tibet and Sudan to demonstrate at the Chinese …

Sudan indictment seen as ray of hope

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Jul 15, 08 | 11:16 am

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is to be indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague were welcomed by a broad section of human rights activists from Eastern Africa and the rest of the continent with applause.

The past conflict of the Arabic North with the African Southern Sudan, in which militias and Khartoum troops are alleged to have committed grave human rights violations, has cost millions of innocent African lives at the time. Only once militarily stalled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and forced into a negotiated peace agreement, did Bashir’s attention then turn with a vengeance to Darfur, where his goons committed yet more acts of genocide. And once again these crimes against humanity were carried out and supported by their Arabic killer militias which the regime armed, wound up and let loose on helpless African women and children.

While Bashir is not likely to appear in court while hanging on as regime leader, he is expected to be eventually caught and appear at the ICC, where he can join the ranks of other war criminals under indictment or already in standing trial.

Meanwhile, the move also gives hope that the ICC will be able to do what the UN Security Council this week again failed to do with the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

China, incidentally also supporting Bashir, almost unconditionally in exchange for almost all of Sudan’s oil and other trade benefits and reportedly violating a UN arms embargo by supplying the Khartoum regime, while Russia again stand exposed to support a criminal regime in the face of overwhelming evidence of their crimes for political and economic advantages.

China, with no democratic credentials, and Russia, with very limited democratic credentials, have set themselves apart from civilized societies by using their veto at the Security Council vote in support of Mugabe’s killer regime.

However, the ICC can independently issue arrest warrants against Mugabe and his key hoodlums, which would effectively bar them from traveling abroad, where they could then be arrested and handed over to the court in The Hague for trial.

Unilateral sanctions from the West are also still a viable option, including giving some warnings to Mugabe’s closest allies in the neighboring countries to compel them expedite their own intervention for resolving the crisis unless they too want to be named and shamed.

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

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 15, 2008 at 4:39 pm

World focus on Burma (12 July 2008)

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McCain and Zimbabwe

New York Sun, United States –

Moscow and Beijing use the same argument to block action aimed at helping people in places like Burma. This strategy assures that words like Tibet, Taiwan, …

A Tool Of Revolution

Newsweek –

The failure of their “click-here activism,” says a Cairo human-rights expert who spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the issue, has shown “the …

MISSION WATCH: Burma’s Military Allows Christians To Install Water …

BosNewsLife, Hungary –

… some 12 installations, including in Maubin, a township of the heavily-populated Irrawaddy Delta region in southwest Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Zimbabwe sanctions: A schism between the United States and Europe …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Last year, Russia vetoed a US sponsored resolution that criticized Burma’s human rights record. In 2004, Russia agreed to a Security Council resolution …

The downside of good intentions

Guelph Mercury, Canada –

Two months ago, the world looked on in shock and disbelief as, after Cyclone Nargis had smashed ashore in Burma (Myanmar), that country’s ruling generals …

Zimbabwe sanctions: A schism between the United States and Europe …

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Last year, Russia vetoed a US sponsored resolution that criticized Burma’s human rights record. In 2004, Russia agreed to a Security Council resolution …

West suffers historic defeat as China and
Times Online, UK –
The showdown heralds a chilling of international relations as Russia and China resist growing UN intervention in other repressive regimes, such a

‘Dodgy Dossier’ on Zimbabwe crushed

Zimbabwe Guardian, UK –

In January 2007 China and Russia jointly vetoed a US-sponsored resolution criticizing Burma’s human rights record. How then could they support a vote on …

Vetoes defeat sanctions on Mugabe

Boston Globe, United States –

Once the Russians made it clear that they would exercise their veto, the Chinese, often leery of taking a lone stand on sensitive human rights issues, …

‘A great honor’

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –

Unlike in Christianity, where monks profess vows for life, temporary monkhood is common in Theravada Buddhism in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

The 2010 Election Challenges

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By MIN ZIN Burma’s conflict is moving into a new phase of intractability. In other words, the conflict will become institutionalized in 2010. …

Stately home to hold car boot sale

Scarborough Today, UK –

… go directly to the British Red Cross Disaster Fund, which is currently providing aid to victims of the earthquake in China and Cyclone Nargis in Burma. …

‘A great honor’

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –

Unlike in Christianity, where monks profess vows for life, temporary monkhood is common in Theravada Buddhism in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Drugs, Religion and the Secret Empires

Strategy Page –

For decades after World War II, most of the heroin came from the remote Burma (now Myanmar)-China border area. But both of those nations eventually cracked …

Weekly Business Roundup (July 12, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

He did not propose how the Asean countries should pool their resources for mutual benefit. Thailand and Burma have natural gas resources while Indonesia, …

Arsenic risk high in Burma: study

The Age, Australia –

Eastern Sumatra, the Irrawaddy delta in Burma and Cambodia’s Tonle Sap lake are among areas in Southeast Asia facing a high risk of arsenic contamination in …

Faith and hope: ‘All they had’

GoErie.com, PA –

… both 24, met William at the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand, about 3 miles from Myanmar, the southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. …

An American Pastime: Smoking Pot

TIME –

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Tri” for Thai Daughters

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Christian Ministry Brings Life to Burma

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Photo: Sun News Publishing

Daily Sun, Nigeria –

He said: “If that were the case, why am I, a Nigerian being sent to Burma, Myanmar to help them solve the problem of democratization, of human right, …

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July 12, 2008 at 3:14 am

Russia, China veto UN sanctions on Zimbabwe regime

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Russia, China veto UN sanctions on Zimbabwe regime

AFP Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses his supporters at Harare airport on July 4, 2008, after…

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS – Russia and China vetoed U.S.-proposed sanctions on Zimbabwe’s leaders Friday, the global community’s latest attempt to take action against an authoritarian regime widely criticized for a violent and one-sided presidential election.

Western powers mustered nine votes, the minimum needed to gain approval in the 15-nation council. But the resolution pushed by the Bush administration failed because of the action by two of the five veto-wielding permanent members.

The other three nations with veto power — the U.S., Britain and France — argued that sanctions were needed to respond to the government-backed violence and intimidation against opponents of President Robert Mugabe during Zimbabwe‘s first round presidential vote in March and runoff in late June.

Mugabe’s government has denied responsibility for the bloodshed surrounding the vote, which he won in the runoff after his sole rival — opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai — dropped out because of attacks on his followers. Tsvangirai’s party reported Friday that at least 113 of its members were killed in political violence since March.

U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad harshly criticized the vetoes, saying “China and Russia have stood with Mugabe against the people of Zimbabwe.”

The action put an end for now to efforts to apply more international pressure on Mugabe’s regime and force it to share power with Tsvangirai.

It follows a recent summit where African Union leaders adopted a resolution calling for dialogue in Zimbabwe, but did not directly criticize Mugabe or the runoff vote. The AU leaders said they were “deeply concerned” about the situation but their only promised action was be to support “the will” for a unity government.

The proposal would have imposed an arms embargo on the southern African nation and an international travel ban and a freeze on the personal assets of Mugabe and 13 other officials. It also called for a U.N. special envoy for Zimbabwe to be appointed.

But Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said sanctions would have taken the U.N. beyond its mandate in trying to punish political disputes by “artificially elevating them to the level of a threat” to international peace and security.

Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya, whose nation is one of Zimbabwe’s major trading partners, expressed similar sentiments, saying Zimbabwe should be allowed to resolve the political crisis on its own.

“The development of the situation in Zimbabwe until now has not exceeded the context of domestic affairs,” Wang said, adding that sanctions would “interfere with the negotiation process.”

Mugabe and Tsvangirai both say they are willing to share power, if only during a transition to new elections, but differ on who should lead the government. The long-ruling ZANU-PF party wants Mugabe at the head, something the opposition and Mugabe’s critics in the West have rejected.

Mugabe, in power since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980, has been accused of holding onto power through fraud and intimidation and trampling on people’s rights. Western powers and rights groups also accuse him of overseeing an economic slide blamed on the collapse of the key agriculture sector, after often violence seizures of farmland from whites. Mugabe has claimed his actions are aimed at benefitting poor blacks.

In addition to dodging sanctions, Mugabe “will be coming” to the U.N. General Assembly in September, said Zimbabwean U.N. Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku.

Supporters of the resolution had expected Russia and China to abstain because of the depth of the crisis in Zimbabwe.

“They read the situation wrong,” Chidyausiku said. “It’s the arrogance of the Americans. They think they can rule the world. They can’t.”

Khalilzad said the vote called into question Russia’s reliability as a Group of Eight partner because he said it had indicated earlier that it would abstain.

“The U-turn in the Russian position is particularly surprising and disturbing. Only a few days ago the Russian Federation was supportive of a G8 statement which said, and I quote, ‘We express grave concern about the situation in Zimbabwe,” he said.

In London, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the vetoed measure “will appear incomprehensible to the people of Zimbabwe.”

South Africa, a Zimbabwe neighbor that holds one of the council’s non-permanent seats, led the opposition to the sanctions, arguing that Zimbabwe is not a threat to international peace.

Voting for the resolution were Belgium, Britain, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Italy, Panama and the United States. Voting against were China, Libya, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam. Indonesia abstained.

Washington is considering tougher unilateral sanctions by expanding the list of about 130 officials now banned from visiting the U.S. and hit with financial penalties.

The European Union and Australia have imposed their own limited sanctions on Zimbabwe’s government, and the EU likewise is studying whether to add to travel bans and an asset freeze already in place on Mugabe, his Cabinet ministers and top ruling party officials.

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World focus on Burma (5 July 2008)

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Burnham charity cycle ride for Burma appeal

Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News, UK –

Seven cyclists tackled the 85-mile journey for the Myanmar Cyclone Appeal – setting off from Burnham and finishing at Exmouth, on the south coast. …

Myanmar’s plight touches local man

Buffalo News, United States –

… struck by the sight of thousands of trees broken in half and strewn all around the streets of Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

The Menacing Monks Of Myanmar

Strategy Page –

Meanwhile, the military dictatorship in Burma (Myanmar) survived the damage (both domestic and diplomatic) from the recent typhoon. …

Brothers come to aid of Myanmar victims

Times Daily (subscription), AL –

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Burma charges 14 Suu Kyi supporters

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Delta farmers’ woes continue

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BURMA: Scholar to talk

York Daily Record, PA –

… will host a Burmese scholar, who will talk Thursday about human rights in his native country of Burma, officially named the Union of Myanmar. …

Construction sites abandoned in Naypyidaw

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Doctors invited to provide free medical care to Myanmar’s cyclone …

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$10000 for Burma appeal

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Chevron’s dilemma over its stake in Myanmar
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Burma Imprisons 4 Activists for Campaigning Against Draft Constitution

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Millennials need to know change happens off-line

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Burma: Four opposition activists jailed

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Mugabe’s Not Quite Done With Making Zimbabwe’s People Suffer

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Everything that we need costs 40% more

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Faces in a billion

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