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ျပည္သူေတြဆီမွာ လြတ္လပ္မႈနဲ႔ တန္းတူညီမွ်မႈ အရင္ဆံုး ရွိေနမွ ဒီမိုိကေရစီ စံႏႈန္းရွိတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

World focus on Burma (3 February 2009)

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Burma PM tells UN envoy sanctions should end
บางกอกโพส, Thailand –
Burma has been ruled by the military since 1962. Aung San Suu Kyi led the NLD to election victory in 1990, but the junta ignored the results and has kept …

Suu Kyi refuses to meet liaison minister
บางกอกโพส, Thailand –
YANGON (AFP) — Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to meet with the minister assigned to organise the junta’s contacts with her, …

No sign of progress on UN envoy’s Myanmar visit
eTaiwan News, Taiwan –
Myanmar’s military, which has ruled the country since 1962, when it was known as Burma, tolerates virtually no dissent. Human rights groups say it now holds …

UN envoy leaves Myanmar without key junta talks
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
YANGON – The UN’s top Myanmar envoy Ibrahim Gambari left the military-run nation Tuesday after meeting detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Suu Kyi healthy but concerned over absence of rule of law in Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Than Htike Oo Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, still under house arrest, is healthy but is concerned over the absence of …

Myanmar: Gambari leaves Burma without meeting Than Shwe
OpEdNews, PA –
by Ashin Mettacara Page 1 of 1 page(s) By Ashin Mettacara The UN envoy to Burma Mr Gambari ended for his seventh trips without meeting country’s top …

Another UN visit, but what next for Burma?
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
By The Nation Jailed Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s position is clear: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon should not visit Burma if all …

UN special envoy fails to change Myanmar junta’s stance – Summary
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Yangon – United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari left Myanmar Tuesday after failing to persuade the country’s junta to alter its set roadmap to …

Junta builds weapons factory in central Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Zarni Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s ruling military junta has completed construction of nearly half of a new factory that will produce military weapons …

Asean must pressure Burma over refugees
เดอะ เนชั่น, Thailand –
… bully-ragging Burmese military junta. Since this urgent matter of concern directly involves Burma, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan and India, …

UN envoy leaves Myanmar after fruitless talks
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands –
United Nations envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari has not succeeded in initiating a round of talks between the military junta and opposition leader Aung San …

Gambari meets Suu Kyi and her party leaders
Merinews, India –
In what seems to be a ploy to play to the galleries and the international community, the Myanmar military junta permitted a meeting between Aung San Suu Kyi …

Second boatload of Myanmar refugees found
MarketWatch (press release) –
JAKARTA, Feb 3, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) — A boatload of Myanmar refugees, who had drifted at sea for almost three weeks, are being cared for at an Indonesian …

Burma’s opium poppy growers return to their fields
Mizzima.com, India –
“There have been significant increases, especially in Myanmar, which are threatening to rise further because of the worsening economic conditions faced by …

One commodity that’s rising in value: opium
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The area under cultivation also ticked up, increasing 3pc to 30388 hectares, with 94pc of the cultivation taking place in Burma. While the increase in opium …

No Concrete Results for Gambari
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE United Nations Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari on Tuesday concluded his seventh official visit to Burma after a meeting with Prime …

MYANMAR: Rats exacerbate food insecurity in Chin State
IRINnews.org, NY –
According to a July report by the Chin Human Rights Organization based in Canada, more than 100000 people – 20 percent of the population – are now affected …

Burmese asylum seekers recount sea horrors
The Age, Australia –
BURMESE asylum seekers have described a harrowing ordeal at sea before their rescue by the Indonesian Navy yesterday. Muslim Rohingya asylum seekers said 20 …

Gambari winds up visit to Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Tuesday wound up his four-day visit to military-ruled Burma, sources said. …

UN envoy ends another Myanmar trip empty-handed
Reuters –
YANGON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari wound up his latest visit to Myanmar on Tuesday having failed to make any headway in his bid to coax …

Prominent Businessman’s Associates Arrested in Drugs Raids
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Aik Hawk, who is in his 40s, is the son-in-law of Bao Youxiang, the chairman of one of the largest armed groups in Burma, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), …

Myanmar minority group in peril
Amnesty International, Netherlands –
Rohingyas who are returned to Myanmar continue to be at serious risk of human rights violations, including forced labour, forced eviction, land confiscation …

Thai military faces more ‘dump-at-sea’ claims
CNN International –
(CNN) — Indonesian authorities found 198 refugees from Myanmar early Tuesday off the country’s west coast who said they had been drifting in a wooden boat …


By Dicky Kristanto JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities rescued more boat people from Myanmar Tuesday after finding them floating in a wooden boat off …

NLD branches hold joint meeting
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
NLD members from Meikhtila, Yamaethin and Myin Chan said discussed initiating a public movement in which all Burmese people could participate, according to …

Than Shwe Again Shuns Meeting with Gambari
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Gambari, on his seventh visit to Burma in a long-running UN mission to try and achieve political reconciliation there, met government officials and …

UN special envoy meets Myanmar PM
Xinhua, China –
3 (Xinhua) — United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein here Tuesday afternoon, the fourth day of his …

Burma: UN’s Actions aren’t Enough
UNPO, Netherlands –
He said the UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon – who visited in May [2008] after Cyclone Nargis devastated coastal areas – should not make any further visits …

Cardinal O’Brien shocked on mission to help cyclone orphans
Glasgow Daily Record, UK –
CARDINAL Keith O’Brien has told of his “shock” at the plight of the victims of Cyclone Nargis. Scotland’s most senior Catholic met survivors of Burma’s …

A round-up of today’s other world news stories in brief …
Irish Times, Ireland –
YANGON – Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari yesterday during his mission to try to coax …

YANGON (AFP) — The UN’s Myanmar envoy was wrapping up his trip to the military-run nation Tuesday after meeting democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi but with …

Gambari Meeting with Than Shwe ‘Unlikely’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
At the meeting, Suu Kyi reportedly aired her frustration at the UN’s failure to achieve political change in Burma and charged that the country lacked rule …

Boat people rescued off Indonesia
BBC News, UK –
They are thought to be Burmese Rohingya – a Muslim minority group not recognised by Burma’s military rulers. It is the second group of Rohingyas to arrive …

Myanmar’s authors reach new readers
Myanmar Times, Burma –
Since studying Burmanistik (Burma Studies) at Karl-Marx University in Leipzig in 1963, Dr Uta Gartner has spent many years researching and studying Myanmar …

Opposition Leader in Myanmar Expresses Frustration With UN
New York Times, United States –
By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader who is under house arrest, expressed frustration to a United Nations envoy on …

Farmers pressured to repay state loans
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Feb 3, 2009 (DVB)–Farmers in lower Burma, who have been finding it difficult to pay back agricultural loans due to low yields and falling prices, …

Shrimp Exports to Bangladesh Stop
Narinjara News, Bangladesh
While average Burmese traders have been unable to export shrimp to Bangladesh, pro-junta businessmen are reporting a nearly 30% surge in trade between Burma …

Burmese migrants found off Indonesia
Ninemsn, Australia –
By Niniek Karmini Indonesia’s navy picked up 198 boat people from Burma in critical condition after they were forced to sea by authorities in Thailand and …

Arakan and Central Burma to be Connected by Railway
Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

China has been a main supporter of the Burmese junta and the country is now preparing to export gas from Arakan State via a pipeline. …

White slavers behind Rohingya, finds panel Local groups oppose …
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
International human traffickers, possibly operating from Thailand, are behind the influx of Rohingya boat people, the House committee on security says. …

Golden Triangle Opium Reduction Led by Thailand, Laos, UN Says
Bloomberg –
The industry involves 840000 people in the nation formerly known as Burma, where cultivation is concentrated in the Shan State, according to the report. …

Water – another global ‘crisis’?
BBC News, UK –
“If you look at India, Bangladesh and Burma, there are indications of an increase in water availability,” says Professor Parry. “But when you look in more …

Jailed – the judge who refused to say sorry
Independent, UK –
… and a brilliant speaker and organiser, she has become a symbol of democracy in her own country, compared with figures like Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. …

UN concerned over increased opium cultivation in Burma
Australia Network News, Australia –
The UN report says since 2006, poppy cultivation in and around the Golden Triangle area, where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet has risen 26 per cent. …

With UN’s Gambari In Myanmar, Than Shwe and His Money Not Questioned
Inner City Press, NY –

UNITED NATIONS, February 2 — While UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar on Sunday, the UN in New York declined to confirm reports …

UN unfazed by slight upturn in opium output
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
In Burma it rose from 27000 hectares to 28500 hectares over the same period. Overall cultivation increased 3.3% in the three countries, the 102-page survey …

Suu Kyi sets terms for UN role
Hindu, India –
SINGAPORE: Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s celebrated democracy campaigner, has told United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari that her National League for …

Call to free Burmese for UN visit
The Canberra Times, Australia –
”Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD CEC members gave advice that Mr Ban Ki-moon should consider coming to Myanmar [Burma] only if U Tin Oo, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi …

Burma: Korea to shoot documentary on Myanmar Buddhism
Ashin Mettacara, Sri Lanka –
(Xinhua)A video shooting group of the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) will come to Myanmar for the second time to shoot a documentary video on Myanmar’s …


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