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World focus on Burma (5 June 2009)

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ICC Orphanage In Burma Attacked by Burmese Government Forces

International Christian Concern – ‎

6/5/09 Burma (International Christian Concern) Burmese government forces attacked two internally displaced people’s camps along the Thai border last night …

Tiananmen Square crackdown anniversary

Newspost Online – ‎‎

The march, which was followed by a candlelight vigil, saw the activists condemning the military might of China and Myanmar. “We have come here to show …

Situation Seen as Deteriorating at Aceh Refugee Camp

New York Times – ‎

The smuggler, Rahmatullah, 38, is from Myanmar and was first caught illegally transporting people by the Malaysian authorities several years ago, …

Suu Kyi lawyers challenge ban on defence witnesses

AFP – ‎

YANGON (AFP) — Lawyers acting for Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court Friday to challenge a ruling over the witnesses who can …

Fate of Rohingya Hangs in the Balance

Jakarta Globe – ‎

Foreign Ministry data showed that 119 of the boat people have been identified as Bangladeshi and 269 as Burmese. “The Bangladeshis said they were ready for …

Junta launches fresh offensive against KNU – ‎‎

by May Kyaw Chiang Mai (Mizzima News) – Burmese Army troops are preparing to launch an offensive against the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and heavy …

Myanmar: 64 Words for Aung San Suu Kyi

Global Voices Online – ‎

A sample of 64-word message of support: “Nineteen years ago, the Burmese people chose Aung San Suu Kyi as their next leader. For most of those 19 years she

SBY likely to win second term

The Australian –

If he throws his weight around, Myanmar (Burma) is quite comfortable (remaining) an isolated country.” One of Indonesia’s foremost writers and social …

Suu Kyi trial delayed one week

United Press International – ‎

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to a crowd in this undated photo. (UPI Photo) | Enlarge YANGON, Myanmar, June 5 (UPI) — The trial of …

Karen villagers flee to escape battlefront – ‎

by Usa Pichai Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Several hundred ethnic Karen have crossed into Thailand as fears of fresh fighting between the Burmese Army and the …

Another Pagoda Accident in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

By THE IRRAWADDY An electric elevator crashed into a stairway inside a well-known Buddhist temple, Bawdi Ta Htaung monastery, in the central Burmese city of …

Myanmar court delays Suu Kyi trial, witness ruling

Washington Post – ‎

A conviction is widely expected in the former Burma, where the courts routinely bend the law to suit the country’s military rulers. …

Court postpones decision to reinstate witnesses –

by Mizzima News New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Rangoon Divisional Court on Friday heard arguments from lawyers of Aung San Suu Kyi urging the Court to reinstate …

Karen Villagers Seek Refuge in Thailand

The Irrawaddy News Magazine -‎

By SAW YAN NAING More then 700 ethnic Karen villagers in Pa-an District in Karen State in eastern Burma have fled to Thailand in fear of more clashes …

Myanmar court postpones decision on more witnesses in Suu Kyi case

Monsters and –

Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League for Democracy, which won the 1990 general election by a landslide but has been blocked from power by Myanmar’s …

Restoration Work Blamed for Pagoda’s Collapse

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

By THE IRRAWADDY Burma’s state-run media has broken its silence over the collapse of the historic Danok Pagoda, blaming renovation work. accident until …

A hard reign continues in Myanmar

Asia Times Online – ‎

When Myanmar freed itself from British rule in 1948, with Burmese revolutionary leader and Suu Kyi’s father Bogyoke Aung San at the helm, the Union of Burma …

Jury’s out on Myanmar’s election

Asia Times Online – ‎

… said Dr Maung Zarni, a leading activist and founder of the Free Burma Coalition whose efforts led to the withdrawal of the Pepsi company from Myanmar. …

Karen villagers flee rumoured Burmese offensive

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

June 5, 2009 (DVB)–Around 700 villagers from Burma’s eastern Karen state have fled to the Thai border to avoid forced recruitment into the Burmese army …

Suu Kyi lawyers to argue witness appeal

AsiaOne – ‎

… the detained deputy leader of her party; and lawyer Khin Moe Moe. Myanmar was formerly known as Burma and has been ruled by the military since 1962. …

Burmese dictators get a free pass

Atlanta Journal Constitution – ‎

The latest outrage in Burma, the country renamed Myanmar by its ruling generals, came May 14, when startled witnesses saw a security convoy speeding from …

Refugees are walking to bring peace to Myanmar –

“We are campaigning for the freedom of Burma [the former name of Myanmar] and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.” Min Oo said they sometimes stay in hotels and other …

Film Series and Movie Listings

New York Times –

… and Burmese) A collage of video and narrative collected by brave, anonymous journalists who documented the 2007 popular uprising against Myanmar’s …


Calcutta Telegraph – ‎‎

What would the state in Myanmar have been like if Aung San had not been assassinated on the eve of the country’s independence from Britain? …

… with celebrities — namely Kevin Spacey, Eddie Izzard and Emma Freud — most recently on the topic of Aung San Suu Kyi, the imprisoned Burmese politician.

Given the major human rights issues also arising in Burma, we might be able to combine the two and debate them together.”

Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron Providing Misleading Information …

Business Wire (press release) – ‎

Chevron’s latest mischaracterization of the evidence follows a stunning rebuke last week of Chevron management over growing human rights problems in Ecuador …

Court mulls witnesses in Suu Kyi’s case

Gulf Times – ‎

A Yangon court is to decide today whether to allow more witnesses to testify in defence of democracy-icon Aung San Suu Kyi who stands accused of breaking …

There’s no silver bullet for malaria

U.TV – ‎

Fake drugs have long been rife in southeast Asia: a 2006 study shows 68% per cent of antimalarial drugs in Laos, Burma, Vietnam and Cambodia contained …

Poland marks vote that broke communism

The Australian – ‎

“That means supporting courageous individuals, notably Aung San Suu Kyi” the embattled Burmese opposition leader, she said. Vaclav Havel — the Czech …

Obama’s speech: A new argument for nonviolence

Dallas Morning News – ‎

How’s that working for Aung san suu kyi in Burma? I’m not advocating violence, but it requires a tremendous amount of time to change a country, …

Editorial: In solidarity – Remembering Tiananmen, 20 years after

Greenville Daily Reflector –

There will be no formal recognition today in Tiananmen Square in Beijing where 20 years ago Chinese troops stormed pro-democracy protests. …

Tiananmen vigil held to mark anniversary

Swindon Advertiser –

Ms Bushell said: “As well as remembering the people who sacrificed their life and freedom to ask for democracy we are asking the Chinese authorities to hold …

Taiwan cannot ignore PRC human rights

eTaiwan News – ‎

The DPP maintained that “freedom, democracy and human rights” should become the “common language for the development of future cross-strait relations” and …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2009 at 1:52 am

Burmese dictators get a free pass

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Burmese dictators get a free pass

By Frida Ghitis

Friday, June 05, 2009

Every time we become distracted, the generals in Burma manage to jolt us back to attention. The world’s most despotic regime is alive and well, inflicting suffering on its people after five decades in power, while the world does little more than issue an occasional statement of outrage. We’ve grown awkwardly accustomed to that. Now, security forces in the former capital Rangoon (now named Yangon) have sprung into action. The junta’s most recent move comes perfectly timed to ensure continuing hopelessness.

The latest outrage in Burma, the country renamed Myanmar by its ruling generals, came May 14, when startled witnesses saw a security convoy speeding from the home of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, headed for the horrific Insein prison. After years of house detention, the ailing Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was moved to prison to face a show trial. The generals had found a convenient excuse to extend her detention.

The 63-year-old Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy was denied its election victory in 1990, has spent most of the past three decades under house arrest as the ruling junta keeps a tight grip on the power it has refused to relinquish since 1962. The latest detention term was set to expire this month. Then, an American man called John Yettaw swam the distance of the lake adjoining Suu Kyi’s house and visited with the woman known simply as “The Lady.”

Security forces charged her with violating the terms of her detention, which call for almost complete isolation broken only by a monthly visit by her doctor. Her doctor, too, incidentally, was recently jailed while Suu Kyi’s health deteriorated.

The trial’s outcome is all but assured. Now that Suu Kyi’s house arrest has officially expired, she is — in Orwellian fashion — technically free, but confined to one of the world’s worst prisons.

Some will blame Suu Kyi’s new predicament on Yettaw. That misses the point. The unauthorized visitor gave the junta a convenient pretext. The regime was not about to free the one person who stands as a symbol of the Burmese people’s endlessly postponed wish for democracy, reminding us all of the illegitimacy of the government. In fact, it is conceivable that the generals knowingly allowed him to dodge security and reach the house. (I attempted to see Suu Kyi in Rangoon several years ago. The plainclothesmen guarding the perimeter made it coldly clear I would get nowhere.)

After years of sanctions and high-minded rhetoric, the international community has nothing to show for its efforts at persuading the generals to remove their boot from their country’s throat. The generals have grown obscenely wealthy exploiting the land’s mineral riches as their people live in grinding poverty. Burma spends less on health care than any country.

When a hurricane swept ashore last year and killed more than 140,000, the toughest task for aid groups was convincing the authorities to let them help. The generals are so intensely despised that a few years ago they suddenly decided to move the capital from the biggest city, Yangon, to a piece of land in the thick of the Asian jungle, where presumable coup attempts would face more difficult odds.

The junta has spent decades pretending change is just around the corner; that’s why they allowed the 1990 election, which Suu Kyi shocked them by winning. Their latest charade says there will be another election in 2010. Nobody expects it to be open. They certainly would not allow Suu Kyi to go free just in time for 2010.

The Obama administration is reviewing America’s failed Burma policy. A new approach should include pressuring Burma’s Asian neighbors — including China — to take a tough stand against the regime. A dictatorship should receive the message that without freedom for Suu Kyi and true reform, force is an option to bring change.

During this latest incident, cries for Suu Kyi’s freedom have come from Europe and America, but Asia has remained eerily quiet. After all, the governments of countries surrounding Burma have benefitted from its vast natural resources and from trading with the corrupt rulers.

Aung San Suu Kyi has long stood as a symbol of the Burmese people’s hopes for an end to despotism. But her defiant, dignified visage brings to mind more than the aspirations of an oppressed country. It also reminds us of how dismally ineffectual the international community has proven in protecting a people from the brutality of their own government. Suu Kyi reminds us all that we have failed.

Frida Ghitis, a resident of Decatur, is a world affairs columnist and author.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2009 at 1:22 am