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Japan arrests three for suspected technology export to Burma

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Japan arrests three for suspected technology export to Burma

by Solomon

Tuesday, 30 June 2009 19:47

New Delhi (mizzima) – A North Korean and two Japanese nationals were arrested by Japanese police for illegally attempting to export magnetic measuring devices to Burma, which can help build missiles, said a Japanese police officer.

Officers from the Kanagawa police station, near Tokyo, told Mizzima on Tuesday that they have detained three businessmen on suspicion of violating the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law.

“One is North Korean and runs an export firm. He tried to export devices, supposed to be used for enriching weapons,” said a police official at the Kanagawa station.

The company has been exporting devices to Burma, the official said and added that “according to Japanese law, export of any device, which could be used for weapons is prohibited. That’s why they were arrested.”

The three businessmen, according to the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, were identified as Lee Kyoung Ho (41), an ethnic Korean resident and president of a trading firm Toko Boeki; Miaki Katsuki (75), president of a manufacturing firm and Yasuhiko Muto (57), president of an export agency.

The police official told Mizzima that the detained businessmen were found illegally transporting devices several times in the past to Burma.

According to the Yomiuri newspaper, the three men were working for a Hong Kong-based North Korean trading firm and were exporting magnetic measuring devices believed to be needed for developing long-range ballistic missile systems on instructions from North Korea.

The three reportedly conspired to export the magnetic measuring device to Burma via Malaysia around January 2009 at a price of about 7 million yen (US $73,000), the report said.

The report added that around September 2008, the firm had also tried to export the same device to Burma’s Ministry for Industry 2, which plays a key role in Burma’s nuclear programme as the Minister is the chairman of the Myanmar Atomic Energy Committee.

But both attempts to export the device were aborted immediately before shipment when Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry notified the company that it had failed to submit an export application, the Japanese newspaper said.

The attempts were based on an order given by the Beijing office of the New East International Trading Ltd, based in Hong Kong. The firm is believed to be under the direct control of the Second Economic Committee of the Pyongyang’s Workers’ Party of Korea, which is responsible for the party’s military procurement.

The arrest of the three men and the exposure of their attempts to export measuring devices come at a time when North Korean is suspected of selling arms and military technology to Burma.

Since 1999, both countries have secretly renewed their relationship and exchanged secret visits by military leaders. But it was only in 2007 that both countries announced a formal renewal of diplomatic relations, which was severed in 1983, following a bomb attack on the visiting South Korean President and his delegates by North Korean agents.

In June 17, a North Korean ship Kang Nam I, reportedly left a North Korean port for Burma and is believed to be carrying weapons, missiles and even parts of nuclear material. A U.S. navy destroyer has been trailing the ship.

http://www.mizzima.com/news/regional/2381-japan-arrests-three-for-suspected-technology-export-to-burma-.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm

World focus on Burma (29 June 2009)

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Book Review: The Voice of Hope

Political Affairs Magazine – David Calleja
by Alan Clements U Tin U, the National League for Democracy (NLD) Deputy Leader, once said that “Burma is a prison within a prison. …

When a Coup is Good

Gather.com – shamus cooke
Normally, a military junta is not a good thing (see Burma, aka, Myanmar), but every so often it is for the better. The Honduran people, expecially the ones …

Closer Burma-N Korea Ties a Serious Cause for Concern

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –
“Given North Korea’s nuclear trade to Syria, its attempts to sell Scuds to Myanmar [Burma], and its ongoing sales of conventional arms, there’s reason to be …

Former First Lady Bush, U2 Rockers Support Suu Kyi

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Arkar Moe‎‎
Bush, writing in The Washington Post on Sunday, said the UN Security Council should refer leaders of Burma to the International Criminal Court for war …

Junta Criticized for Censoring Media

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Arkar Moe
International media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released a joint statement with the Burma Media Association on Friday condemning …

… rejected an appeal by legal counsels to reinstate two allegedly key defense witnesses in the ongoing trial of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Inspect the North Korean ship bound for Myanmar, or destroy it

Mind Your Own Damn Business Politics – Robert S. Siegel
North Korea has sent a ship to Myanmar (Burma), a nation ruled by one of the few governments more tyrannical than North Korea (though recent statements from …

Burma Court Rejects Aung San Suu Kyi Witness Appeal

Voice of America – Daniel Schearf
Burma’s highest court has rejected an appeal to allow more defense witnesses in the trial of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

U2 to launch tour with Suu Kyi in audience

Mizzima.com –
At the height of the crackdown against protesters in Burma in late September 2007, Bono remarked, “When you are a monk in Burma this very week, …

Analysis: China, Cuba Cuts Off News About Iranian Furor

KYW1060.com – Larry Kane
Governments in China, Burma also known as Myanmar, and Cuba have almost eliminated any items about the Iranian street demonstrations, and especially, …

Color Revolutions, Old and New

The People’s Voice – Stephen Lendman
… before being sent back to organize inside Myanmar.” NED admitted funding opposition media, including the Democratic Voice of Burma radio. …

Myanmar court rejects appeal for Suu Kyi witnesses

guardian.co.uk – ‎‎
AP foreign, Monday June 29 2009 YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s highest court rejected an appeal Monday by Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers to reinstate two …

Myanmar court rejects appeal for Suu Kyi witnesses

Bloomington Pantagraph –
FILE – In this May 6, 2002 file photo, Aung San Suu Kyi walks with friends and family members at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. …

Aung San Suu Kyi told not to call witnesses

Barcelona News –
64-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, has had another appeal rejected by Myanmar’s highest court . The court has rejected an appeal to …

Court upholds Suu Kyi witness ban

Aljazeera.net –
Myanmar’s high court has rejected an appeal by lawyers representing Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained pro-democracy leader, to reinstate two key defence …

Burma’s cyber war rages on

Mizzima.com – Celeste Chenard
That is why the junta launched http://www.myanmar.com, allowing foreigners to read an electronic version of the state-run English newspaper The New Light of …

Myanmar appeals court bars 2 witnesses for Suu Kyi

Washington Post –
AP YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s highest court rejected an appeal Monday by Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers to reinstate two key witnesses in a trial that could …

Legal setback for Suu Kyi defence

BBC News – Jonathan Head
Burma’s highest court has rejected an appeal by lawyers for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow two prominent dissidents to testify …

Volunteers teaching Burmese kids

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Devon Haynie
Seconds pass, while seven other kindergartners from Myanmar, formerly Burma, draw pictures of mermaids, pools and flowers in their journals. …

Burma confirms first swine flu case

Democratic Voice of Burma –
The girl, who has not been identified, is being kept in intensive care at the Rangoon hospital, said the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper. …

Appeal to reinstate Suu Kyi witnesses rejected

Washington Post – ‎

AP YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s highest court has rejected an appeal by lawyers of Aung San Suu Kyi to reinstate two key defense witnesses in a trial that …

Myanmar court rejects final appeal to reinstate 2 key witnesses in …

Rocky Mount Telegram – ‎

AP YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar court rejects final appeal to reinstate two key defense witnesses in Aung San Suu Kyi trial. Copyright 2009, The Associated …

When anonymity is not cowardice

Sin Chew Jit Poh – David D. Mathew – ‎

Closer to home, Burmese comedian and blogger Maung Thura popularly known as Zarganar is currently serving a 45 year prison sentence because he critically …

The day the Petaling Jaya police celebrated Aung San Suu Kyi’s …

Malaysia Today – Eric Paulsen

So there you have it – the day the Petaling Jaya police celebrated Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday. Eric Paulsen is primarily a researcher on refugees and …

UN chief seeks to free reporters in N. Korea

Washington Times – Betsy Pisik

… U Thant of Burma served, from 1961 to 1971. Mr. Ban, who is known for his reticence, said he worked similarly behind the scenes to help win freedom for …

Minister Says Bangladesh For Permanent Solution To Rohingya …

AHN – Siddique Islam

Of them, 236599 have so far returned to Burma, officially known as Myanmar and now 24135 registered Rohingyas are staying at Kutupalong in Ukhia upazila and …

Roll to freedom

Scotsman –

It reminded me of a similar escape by my friend Robin Kynoch-Shand from Elgin, from the Japanese during the Burma campaign in 1944. Captured by the Japanese …

Bangkok Post : Burma, North Korea in an unholy military alliance

Bangkok Post – Aung Zaw – ‎

But after brutally crushing the 1988 democracy uprising, it faced Western sanctions and Burmese leaders desperately looked for new sources of weapons and …

Laura Bush calls for Mynamar pressure

United Press International –

The former first lady said the United Nations Security Council should refer leaders of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to the International Criminal Court …

Ban to ask junta to release Suu Kyi

MorungExpress – ‎

Gambari, visiting the former Burma for the eighth time, returned to Yangon after a one-day trip to the new capital Naypyidaw, where he met Myanmar Foreign...



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 29, 2009 at 5:23 am

Do Not Forget Burma

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Do Not Forget Burma

By Laura Bush
Sunday, June 28, 2009

For two weeks, the world has been transfixed by images of Iranians taking to the streets to demand the most basic human freedoms and rights. Watching these courageous men and women, I am reminded of a similar scene nearly two years ago in Burma, when tens of thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully marched through their nation’s streets. They, too, sought to reclaim basic human dignity for all Burmese citizens, but they were beaten back by that nation’s harsh regime.

Since those brutal days in September 2007, Burma’s suffering has intensified. In the past 21 months, the number of political prisoners incarcerated by the junta has doubled. Within the past 10 days, two Burmese citizens were sentenced to 18 months in prison. Their offense: praying in a Buddhist pagoda for the release of the jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. That is only the tip of the regime’s brutality. Inside Burma, more than 3,000 villages have been “forcibly displaced” — a number exceeding the mass relocations in genocide-racked Darfur. The military junta has forced tens of thousands of child soldiers into its army and routinely uses civilians as mine-sweepers and slave laborers. It has closed churches and mosques; it has imprisoned comedians for joking about the government and bloggers for writing about it. Human trafficking, where women and children are snatched and sold, is pervasive. Summary executions pass for justice, while lawyers are arrested for the “crime” of defending the persecuted.

Rape is routinely used as a “weapon of war.” In 2006, I convened a roundtable at the United Nations to address the situation in Burma and listened as Burmese activist Hseng Noung described the rape victims she had aided. The youngest victim was 8; the oldest was 80. Her words silenced the room.

Yet time and again, the women of Burma, who are often the regime’s chief targets, have responded to this brutality with inspiring courage. I will never forget visiting the remote and crowded refugee camps on the mountainous border between Burma and Thailand. There, I watched the tireless efforts of Dr. Cynthia Maung to provide lifesaving medical aid for hundreds of Burmese in need, many of them ill or injured. I sat with victims of land mines who had lost legs or feet and were waiting quietly, often for hours, for basic care. Last fall, it was my great privilege to present a Vital Voices award to Charm Tong, who testified before U.N. officials at the age of 17 and eloquently described the systematic military campaign of rape and abuse that is being waged against women in Burma’s Shan state. She spoke unflinchingly even though her audience included representatives of the very regime she condemned.

More of us in America should make such courage our courage. At this moment, Aung San Suu Kyi, 64 and in fragile health, faces sentencing on trumped-up charges that could force her to endure five more years of brutal captivity. The junta leaders wish to undermine the Nobel Peace laureate’s influence ahead of next year’s elections. Leaders from around the world — including the United States — have called forcefully for the junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and the 2,100 other political prisoners it is holding. Even Burma’s closest allies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have called for her to receive proper medical care and have warned that Burma’s “honor and credibility” are at stake. But the world must do more than express concern.

A new report from Harvard Law School asks the U.N. Security Council to establish a “commission of inquiry” into crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma. Harvard’s panel of international law experts has carefully catalogued what it deems as the junta’s “widespread and systemic” human rights violations. The Security Council has already referred the crisis in Darfur to the International Criminal Court. It should do the same for Burma.

With U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon planning to visit Burma this summer, it is crucial that he press the regime to take immediate steps to end human rights abuses, particularly in ethnic minority areas. There have been 38 U.N. resolutions condemning these abuses, yet the horrors continue unabated. Under the junta’s brutal rule, too many lives have been wasted, lives whose talents could have helped all of Burma prosper.

But Aung San Suu Kyi’s continued example of civil courage — like those brave protesters in Iran — reminds all of us that no matter how callous the regime, it cannot lock up what she stands for: the fundamental desire of all people to live in freedom and with dignity. During the brief moments that foreign diplomats were allowed to observe her show trial, Aung San Suu Kyi calmly apologized for having to greet them in a prison, saying, “I hope to meet you in better times.” We should all share her hope — and add our voices to those who risk so much to protest tyranny and injustice in Burma and beyond.

The writer is the former first lady of the United States.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062603459.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

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June 29, 2009 at 5:20 am

Laura Bush: Pressure Burma’s junta to stop human rights abuses

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Joyce N. Boghosian

Former US first lady Laura Bush called for new international pressure on Myanmar in order to force its military leaders to stop human rights abuses.

Laura Bush urges efforts to stop Myanmar repression

Sunday, June 28, 2009 – 06:40

France 24

Former US first lady Laura Bush called for new international pressure on Myanmar in order to force its military leaders to stop human rights abuses.

“With UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon planning to visit Burma this summer, it is crucial that he press the regime to take immediate steps to end human rights abuses, particularly in ethnic minority areas,” the spouse of former president George W. Bush wrote in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post.

“There have been 38 UN resolutions condemning these abuses, yet the horrors continue unabated,” she pointed out. “Under the junta’s brutal rule, too many lives have been wasted, lives whose talents could have helped all of Burma prosper.”

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 64, is being held in jail on charges of violating her house arrest after American John Yettaw swam to her lakeside house earlier this year. She faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

She has spent 13 of the past 19 years in detention since the ruling generals refused to recognise the landslide victory of her National League for Democracy party (NLD) in 1990 elections.

Bush hails Aung San Suu Kyi’s “continued example of civil courage,” saying that it reminded Americans of the desire of people around the world to live in freedom.

“We should all share her hope — and add our voices to those who risk so much to protest tyranny and injustice in Burma and beyond,” Bush said, referring to Myanmar by its former name.

http://www.france24.com/en/20090628-laura-bush-urges-efforts-stop-myanmar-repression

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Laura Bush calls for Myanmar pressure

Published: June 28, 2009 at 2:08 PM

UPI.com

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) — Former U.S. first lady Laura Bush says the international community must unite to pressure Myanmar to put an end to human rights abuses.Writing Sunday in an opinions piece for The Washington Post, Bush said the courage of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in standing up to country’s regime despite years of house arrest is a “continued example of civil courage.”

“Leaders from around the world — including the United States — have called forcefully for the junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and the 2,100 other political prisoners it is holding,” she wrote, “but the world must do more than express concern.”

The former first lady said the United Nations Security Council should refer leaders of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to the International Criminal Court for war crimes as it did Sudan for the alleged genocide in Darfur.

“With U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon planning to visit Burma this summer, it is crucial that he press the regime to take immediate steps to end human rights abuses, particularly in ethnic minority areas,” Bush wrote. “There have been 38 U.N. resolutions condemning these abuses, yet the horrors continue unabated.”

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/06/28/Laura-Bush-calls-for-Mynamar-pressure/UPI-41141246212516/

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 29, 2009 at 3:20 am

(RFA) ဂမ္ဘာရီ ခရီးစဥ္အေပၚ ဦးဝင္းတင္ရဲ႕အျမင္

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ဂမ္ဘာရီ ခရီးစဥ္အေပၚ ဦးဝင္းတင္ရဲ႕အျမင္

2009-06-28

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံကို ရုတ္တရက္ ေရာက္ရွိလာတဲ့ ကုလသမဂၢအတြင္းေရးမႉးခ်ဳပ္ရဲ႕ အထူးကိုယ္စားလွယ္ မစၥတာဂမ္ဘာရီရဲ႕ (၈) ႀကိမ္ေျမာက္ ျမန္မာျပည္ခရီးစဥ္ဟာ အားရဖြယ္မရွိပဲ အေကာင္အထည္ျပဳႏိုင္မယ့္ ရလာဒ္မ်ား ထြက္ေပၚလာေအာင္ လုပ္ေဆာင္ဖိ႔ု လိုတယ္လို႔ NLD ဗဟိုအလုပ္အမႈေဆာင္ေကာ္မတီဝင္ ဦးဝင္းတင္က ေဝဖန္ေျပာဆိုပါတယ္။

ဒီအေၾကာင္းေတြနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး NLD ဦးဝင္းတင္ကို RFA အဖြဲ႔သား ကိုဥာဏ္ဝင္းေအာင္က ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းထားပါတယ္။

ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းခ်က္။

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 29, 2009 at 1:35 am

(RFA) ကုလသမဂၢနဲ႔ အန္အယ္လ္ဒီအေပၚ လူထုဦးစိန္ဝင္း ေဝဖန္

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NLD တိုးတက္ေျပာင္းလဲဖို႔လိုေၾကာင္း လူထုဦးစိန္ဝင္း ေဝဖန္ေျပာၾကား

2009-06-27

ဝါရင့္ႏိုင္ငံေရးသမားန႔ဲ စာေရးဆရာ သတင္းစာဆရာႀကီးတဦးျဖစ္တဲ့ လူထုဦးစိန္ဝင္းက ျမန္မာျပည္သူလူထုရဲ႕ ဘဝတိုးတက္ေရးအတြက္ ကုလသမဂၢအဖြဲ႔အေနန႔ဲ တစုံတရာ ကူညီႏိုင္မွာမဟုတ္ပဲ မိမိတို႔ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားအခ်င္းခ်င္း ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္မွသာ ေအာင္ျမင္မွာျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းနဲ႔ လက္ရွိ NLD ရဲ႕ လုပ္ေဆာင္မႈေတြ တိုးတက္ ေျပာင္းလဲဖိ႔ုလိုေၾကာင္း ေဝဖန္ေျပာၾကားလုိက္ပါတယ္။

RFA အဖြဲ႔သား ဦးခင္ေမာင္စိုးနဲ႔ လူထုဦးစိန္ဝင္း ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းခ်က္ အျပည့္အစုံကို နားဆင္ႏို္င္ပါတယ္။

ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းခ်က္။

အသံဖိုင္ယူရန္

http://www.rfa.org/burmese/news/journalist_ludu_sein_win_criticizes_NLD-06272009195514.html

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June 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

World focus on Burma (28 June 2009)

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Ban to ask junta to release Suu Kyi

MorungExpress –

Gambari, visiting the former Burma for the eighth time, returned to Yangon after a one-day trip to the new capital Naypyidaw, where he met Myanmar…

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Benefits of China’s ‘peaceful rise’

Taipei Times – Wen Liao – ‎‎

… signed on to a joint Asia-Europe summit declaration calling for the release from detention of Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, …

UN Burma envoy set to brief Ban

BBC News – ‎

They discussed Mr Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to Myanmar [Burma],” AFP news agency quoted state television as saying. Mr Gambari has now visited Burma eight times …

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Rock group U2 urges fans to protest against Aung San Suu Kyi arrest

Monsters and Critics.com – ‎

London – Irish rock group U2, about to embark on a new concert tour, Sunday urged its fans to join in a protest against Myanmar’s ongoing arrest of …

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Freedom march stalls: Lynching of liberty

TheChronicleHerald.ca – ‎

Two years ago, it was the military dictatorship in Burma that brutally put down a peaceful popular movement led by Buddhist monks. …

Laura Bush urges efforts to stop Myanmar repression

France24 – ‎

“Under the junta’s brutal rule, too many lives have been wasted, lives whose talents could have helped all of Burma prosper.” Myanmar democracy leader Aung …

Do Not Forget Burma

Washington Post – Laura Bush – ‎

Watching these courageous men and women, I am reminded of a similar scene nearly two years ago in Burma, when tens of thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully …

New rules for musicians performing abroad

Mizzima.com – ‎

“We introduced the new regulation about three months ago, to warn singers and musicians to perform decently in keeping with Burmese culture and to return …

EDITORIAL Mr Ban is needed

Bangkok Post –

… eighth visit to Burma to try to promote political reconciliation between the military government and the pro-democracy movement led by Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Gail Rosenblum: Doctors kept from doctoring

Minneapolis Star Tribune – Gail Rosenblum – ‎

After completing medical school in her home country of MyanmarBurma), Oo ran a thriving private practice for seven years. …

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RP No. 5 on ‘shabu’ list, says UN

Inquirer.net – Cynthia Balana – ‎

It said that while many countries manufactured shabu, China, Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines accounted for most of the production. …

UPI NewsTrack Entertainment News

Times of the Internet – ‎

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, since 1990 when she won the popular election and the military junta …

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regime plots purge after Iran election protests

Times Online – Marie Colvin

Supporters said they feared Mousavi could become another Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader who has spent 13 of the past 19 years under …



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June 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm