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World focus on Burma (10 June 2009)

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi tells lawyers to push appeal

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) – ‎

AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi instructed her lawyers Wednesday to continue the appeals process to allow …

Goh’s Comments Significant

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

… Tong told junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe that Suu Kyi’s trial had “an international dimension to the matter, which Myanmar [Burma] should not ignore. …

Misery for Karen Refugees

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

The refugees are now being taken care of by Karen relief groups, such as the Karen Refugee Committee, as well as by the Thailand Burma Border Consortium. …

SM Goh briefed on developments to promote tourism in Shan State in …

Channel News Asia –

By Imelda Saad, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 10 June 2009 2031 hrs SINGAPORE: Day three of Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s visit to Myanmar saw him travelling …

Indian MPs for release of Suu Kyi

Narinjara News – ‎

The Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Democracy in Burma (IPFDB) has submitted the petition on behalf of 118 Indian MPs from both houses to call on New Delhi …

Indian PM urged to secure Suu Kyi’s release

Mizzima.com – ‎

One-hundred eighteen Indian MPs joined the petition initiated by the Indian Parliamentarians Forum for Democracy in Burma (IPFDB), urging Manmohan Singh to …

Thai army reinforces Burma border

BBC News -‎

By Jonathan Head Thailand has sent heavily-armed troops to reinforce positions along the Burma border after an influx of ethnic Karen refugees fleeing an …

Myanmar urged to open up to international donors+

Product Design & Development – ‎

By AP BANGKOK, June 10 (Kyodo) — Myanmar’s neighbor countries in Southeast Asia and international donor agencies and countries appealed to the country’s …

UN staff sent to assess Karen refugees

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

June 10, 2009 (DVB)–The United Nations has sent its staff to five sites along the Thai-Burma border where Karen villagers have stationed themselves after …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi seeks high court appeal: lawyer

AFP – ‎

YANGON (AFP) — Imprisoned Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi instructed her legal team Wednesday to push ahead with a high court appeal to allow …

New Rangoon-Naypyidaw Highway a Lonely, Risky Drive

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

The Rangoon-Naypyidaw highway is the first part of a new eight-lane highway between Rangoon and Mandalay, in central Burma. The new highway was built by the …

Kachins Reject Border Guard Role

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

Other China-Burma border-based ethnic armed groups—the United Wa State Army, the Kokang ethnic group and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army—were …

Junta meet with Mongla inconclusive

Shan Herald Agency for News – ‎

He is expected to discuss with Beijing on the current state of affairs in Burma particularly on the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi and the ongoing talks with the …

The Message from the Lion State

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

Historically, Singapore politicians forged a good relationship with Burma’s ruling elite, including Gen Ne Win. It’s hardly surprising, therefore,

Digital divide separates world’s rich from poor

Helsingin Sanomat – ‎

In Myanmar (the former Burma), governed by a military junta, only a minute portion of the population, a mere 0.1 per cent of them, uses the Internet. …

Child soldiers still a fact of life in Burma: Ban

Mizzima.com – ‎

by Mizzima News Chiang Mai – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says despite some progress in combating the incidence of child soldiers in Burma, …

Myanmar ethnic groups call for UNinvestigation into Karen exodus

Earthtimes (press release) – ‎‎

… global arms embargo against Burma’s [Myanmar’s] violent military regime,” said Naing Aung, secretary-general of the Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB). …

MPs urge PM to take up Suu Kyi issue with Myanmar

Hindu – ‎

Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Democracy in Burma (IIPFDB) co-convenor Sharad Joshi said India should change its policy towards Myanmar and try to …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets lawyers in prison

AFP – ‎

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has met with her defence lawyers in jail, an official said, as her legal team vowed to push ahead …

Nigeria: Hyundai to Provide Luxury Cars for ASEAN-S

Nigerian Bulletin! – ‎

… the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. At the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, …

Burmese refugees rebuild community through a garden

Lansing State Journal –

The 60 families who work this three-acre plot of land are refugees from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country that is still called Burma by those who don’t …

China’s Stability Doctrine

Korea Times – ‎

Before the global financial crisis hit, China benefited mightily from the long boom along its eastern and southern rim, with only Myanmar (Burma) and North …

Former Singapore PM urges free elections in Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma –

June 10, 2009 (DVB)–The former prime minister of Singapore has urged the Burmese government not to ignore international pressure on the trial of Aung San …

Serious Violations against Children in Burma: Ban

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –

By LALIT K JHA WASHINGTON — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday reported grave violations against children in Burma including credible reports of …

Singapore’s Goh Raises Suu Kyi’s Trial in Naypyidaw Talks

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

By THE IRRAWADDY Singapore’s Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong urged Burma’s junta leaders at a meeting in Naypyidaw on Tuesday not to allow the trial of …

SPDC Extends Ethnic Radio Program for Propaganda

Narinjara News – ‎

One listener said, “The ethnic radio program for seven major nationalities in Burma was being aired through Myanmar Broadcasting Service in Naypyidaw and …

Burma, China and Sri Lanka – The lessons

Kalugu – ‎

Burma’s Junta recently extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 61 for another year, defying overwhelming international appeals. ..

Complaint filed with Commissioner regarding Ivanhoe’s lobbyists

Straight Goods – ‎

… stake in Myanmar Ivanhoe Copper Company Limited (MICCL), the joint venture created by Ivanhoe with the Burmese military regime to operate Burma’s …

MYANMAR Cyclone victims get new homes

Union of Catholic Asian News –

YANGON (UCAN) — The Catholic Church is continuing to coordinate efforts to build homes for needy Catholic families whose houses were destroyed by Cyclone …

ONGC expects fall in overseas crude output

Upstream Online –

However, output at ONGC’s overseas ventures may increase to 10 million tons in two years as fields in Brazil and Burma start production, Butola said. …

Burma – Karen Villagers Forced to Flee

Christian Freedom International -‎

MAE SOT, THAILAND (Christian Freedom International) — On June 6, the Burmese army launched a major attack on Ler Per Her village, an Internally Displaced …

Thousands of Karen Flee

自由亞洲電臺 – ‎

“They fled because of danger and fear of capture and forced labor by the Myanmar [Burmese] army,” Thanongsak told reporters. “Most of the refugees are women …

Suu Kyi’s plight continues

Express Buzz –

Under both international and Myanmar’s national law on arbitrary detention, Suu Kyi’s term of house imprisonment was to end on May 27. …

China Sends Ominous Warning Over Gambling Danger to Neighbors

Online Casino Advisory – ‎‎

China says some of its citizens have been in danger due to lax regard for safety and border controls by Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

3000 Karens Flee Burma

NTDTV – ‎

The Thai army has reported that thousands of Karens are fleeing to Thailand because of fighting that started on June 3 in a village close to the Thai-Burma …

Digital Influence Group Wins Two Communicator Awards

TAXI Design Network – ‎

… and 30 YouTube celebrity videos, supported a 30-day effort launched by The Human Rights Action Center and the US Campaign for Burma to build a movement …

UN assessing situation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand

UN News Centre – ‎

A number of the recently-arrived refugees were already uprooted in Myanmar and living in the Ler Per Her camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) run by …

Ethical jewels

Telegraph.co.uk – ‎

Fancy helping a military junta to continue persecuting Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Sui Kyi, with that ruby? Or propping up an Afghan warlord with …

Less fertilizer is sold despite drop in price

Independent Mon News Agency

… fertilizers” Farmers in Burma use fertilizers that are imported from China, India, Bangladesh, and Thailand according to a former manager of the Myanmar …

China to work with neighboring countries to curb gambling along …

Xinhua –

“The foreign ministry has instructed China’s embassy to Myanmar to verify relevant circumstances, and required the Myanmar side to investigate into that …

Chevron Shareholders Ignore Company’s Abuses

Huffington Post – ‎

It is a report that tells stories about human rights abuses in places like Nigeria and Burma, where Chevron has been accused of promoting military violence …


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 9, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Tunnels, Guns and Kimchi: North Korea’s Quest for Dollars – Part I

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Recent suggestions by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that North Korea could be re-listed as a state sponsoring terrorism raises the prospect of further tightening the economic noose around the regime. North Korea has got nuclear weapons but needs funds to keep the regime afloat. Yet, normal trading partners are loathe to transact with the pariah state subject to international sanctions. Hence Pyongyang’s search for innovative means to earn hard currency. North Korea’s ability to counterfeit high-quality US dollar bills is known, but less known is its skill in digging tunnels. In the first of this exclusive series on North Korea’s money-making ventures, journalist and author Bertil Lintner reveals how North Korea has been secretly helping Burma – another pariah regime – to build an extensive tunnel network as emergency shelter and for other unknown purposes. Lintner has obtained the first ever images of this secret tunnel building effort along with photos of foreign advisers, almost certainly from North Korea. Lintner’s research also shows that apart from Burma, the buyers for North Korean tunneling technology possibly include Hezbollah in Lebanon. As the Israelis and the UN found out in Lebanon, such technology appeared to be of high quality: tunnels ran as deep as 40 meters, sometimes located only 100 meters away from adversaries, and offered amenities like electricity, ventilation, and running water. Payments are made in gold or barter, any store of value North Korea can use. While one can marvel at North Korea’s capitalist ingenuity, its future prospects do not appear to be great as the number of regimes and business partners desperate or adventurous enough to seek North Korea’s help is in decline. – YaleGlobal

Tunnels, Guns and Kimchi: North Korea’s Quest for Dollars – Part I

North Korea digs tunnels for Burma’s brutal, secretive regime

Bertil Lintner
YaleGlobal, 9 June 2009
Digging advisers: North Korean technicians coming out of an undisclosed Burmese government guesthouse, presumably in the newly built capital, Naypyidaw

BANGKOK: Missiles and missile and nuclear technology, counterfeiting money and cigarette smuggling, front companies and restaurants in foreign countries, labor export to the Middle East – North Korea has been very innovative when it comes to raising badly needed foreign exchange for the regime in Pyongyang. But there is a less known trade in service that the North Koreans have offered to its foreign clients: expertise in tunneling. A fascinating new glimpse of this business has now been offered in secret photos from Burma obtained by this correspondent.

The photos, taken between 2003 and 2006, show that while the rest of the world is speculating about the outcome of long-awaited elections in Burma, the ruling military junta has been busy digging in for the long haul – literally. North Korean technicians have helped them construct underground facilities where they can survive any threats from their own people as well as the outside world. It is not known if the tunnels are linked to Burma’s reported efforts to develop nuclear technology – in which the North Koreans allegedly are active as well. (See Burma’s Nuclear Temptation).

The photographs published here show that an extensive network of underground installations was built near Burma’s new, fortified capital Naypyidaw. In November 2005, the military moved its administration from the old capital Rangoon to an entirely new site that was carved out of the wilderness 460 kms (300 miles) north of Rangoon.

Interactive Photo Slide Show Pyinmana is close to the new capital, Naypyidaw.

Meaning the “Abode of Kings,” Naypyidaw is meant to symbolize the power of the military and its desire to build a new state based on the tradition of Burma’s pre-colonial warrior kings. But underground facilities were apparently deemed necessary to secure the military’s grip on power. Additional tunnels and underground meeting halls have been built near Taunggyi, the capital of Burma’s northeastern Shan State and the home of several of the country’s decades-long insurgencies. Some of the pictures, taken in June 2006, show a group of technicians in civilian dress walking out of a government guesthouse in the Naypyidaw area. Asian diplomats have identified those technicians, with features distinct from the Burmese workers around them, as North Koreans.

This is quite a turn around as Burma severed relations with Pyongyang in 1983 after North Korean agents planted a bomb at Rangoon’s Martyrs Mausoleum killing 18 visiting South Korean officials, including the then-deputy prime minister and three other government ministers.

Secret talks between Burmese and North Korean diplomats began in Bangkok in the early 1990s.The two sides had discovered that despite the hostile act in the previous decade they had a lot in common. Both had come under unprecedented international condemnation, especially by the US, because of their blatant disregard for the most basic human rights and Pyongyang for its nuclear weapons program. Burma also needed more military hardware to suppress an increasingly rebellious urban population as well as ethnic rebels in the frontier areas. North Korea needed food, rubber and other essentials – and was willing to accept barter deals, which suited the cash-strapped Burmese generals. “They have both drawn their wagons in a circle ready to defend themselves,” a Bangkok-based Western diplomat said. “Burma’s generals admire the North Koreans for standing up to the United States and wish they could do the same.”

After an exchange of secret visits, North Korean armaments began to arrive in Burma. The curious relationship between Burma and North Korea was first disclosed in the Hong Kong-based weekly Far Eastern Economic Review on July 10, 2003. A group of 15-20 North Korean technicians were then seen at a government guesthouse near the old capital Rangoon. The report was met with skepticism, especially because of the 1983 Rangoon bombings. But, when North Korean-made field artillery pieces were seen in Burma in the early 2000s, it became clear that North Korea had found a new ally – several years before diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored in April 2007.

“While based on a 1950s Russian design, these weapons [the field guns] were battle-tested and reliable,” Australian Burma scholar Andrew Selth stated in a 2004 working paper for the Australian National University. “They significantly increased Burma’s long-range artillery capabilities, which were then very weak.” Since then, Burma has also taken delivery of North Korean truck-mounted, multiple rocket launchers and possibly also surface-to-air missiles for its Chinese-supplied naval vessels.

Then came the tunneling experts. Most of Pyongyang’s own defense industries, including its chemical and biological-weapons programs, and many other military as well as government installations are underground. This includes known factories at Ganggye and Sakchu, where thousands of technicians and workers labor in a maze of tunnels dug under mountains. The export of such know-how to Burma was first documented in June 2006, when intelligence agencies intercepted a message from Naypyidaw confirming the arrival of a group of North Korean tunneling experts at the site. Today, three years later, the dates on the photos published today confirm the accuracy of this report. By now, the tunnels and underground installations should be completed, as would those near Taunggyi. This well-hidden complex ensures there is no danger of irate civilians storming government buildings, as they did during the massive pro-democracy uprising in August-September 1988. Sources say that the internationally isolated military junta may also consider these deep bunkers as their last repair in case of air strikes of the kind that the Taliban in Afghanistan or Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq endured.

It is not clear how much, or what, Burma has paid for the assistance provided by the North Korean experts, but it could be food – or gold, which is found in riverbeds in northern Burma. Or some other mineral. Burma, of course, is not the only foreign tunneling venture by North Korea.

In southern Lebanon following the 2006 war, Israel’s Defense Forces and the United Nations found several of the underground complexes, which by then had been abandoned by Hezbollah militants. By coincidence or not, these tunnels and underground rooms – some big enough for meetings to be held there – are strikingly similar to those the South Koreans have unearthed under the Demilitarized Zone that separates South from North Korea. Under small, manhole cover-sized entrances hidden under grass and bushes were steel-lined shafts with ladders leading down to big rooms with electricity, ventilation, bathrooms with showers and drainage systems. Some of the tunnels are 40 meters deep and located only 100 meters from the Israeli border. North Korea’s possible involvement in digging these tunnels is however, difficult to ascertain. According to Israeli investigative journalist Ronen Bergman, a senior officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, who had defected to the West, revealed that, “thanks to the presence of hundreds of Iranian engineers and technicians, and experts from North Korea who were brought in by Iranian diplomats…Hezbollah succeeded in building a 25-kilometer subterranean strip in South Lebanon.”

Beirut sources suggest that it is more likely that Hezbollah has used North Korean designs and blueprints given to them by their Syrian or Iranian allies – both of whom are close to the North Koreans. (Both Iran and Syria have acquired missile technology from North Korea, and what was believed to be a secret nuclear reactor in Syria built with North Korean help was destroyed by the Israeli air force in September 2007.) Either way, North Korean expertise in tunneling has become a valuable commodity for export. And Pyongyang is flexible about the method of payment as long as it helps the international pariah regime.

Bertil Lintner is a Swedish journalist based in Thailand and the author of several works on Asia, including “Blood Brothers: The Criminal Underworld of Asia” and “Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demystifying North Korea under the Kim Clan.” He can be reached at lintner@asiapacificms.com

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June 9, 2009 at 10:43 pm

UN assessing situation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand

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UN assessing situation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand

A cultural orientation session in a refugee camp on the Thai/Myanmar border

9 June 2009 – The United Nations refugee agency today said that it is looking into the situation of a group of several thousand Karen people who recently fled across the Moei River from Myanmar to Thailand.

Estimates of the number of people who escaped to northern Thailand since last Wednesday range from 2,000 to 6,400, and “one of the first things we would like to do is ascertain the number of people who are in the five sites near Mae Sot,” William Spindler, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

The refugees are seeking shelter in temples and in homes in four villages, and in one case, in a cave accessible only by river and a 40-minute climb up a steep mountain.

Mr. Spindler said that according to preliminary talks with some new arrivals, “it seems some were fleeing actual fighting between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, which is allied with Government forces, and the rebel Karen National Union (KNU). Others say they were fleeing forced recruitment or forced labour by Government forces.”

A number of the recently-arrived refugees were already uprooted in Myanmar and living in the Ler Per Her camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) run by the KNU in Karen-held territory, he noted.

According to people from the camp, everyone sheltering there fled to Thailand after it was shelled, the spokesperson said.

Many of the refugees brought supplies with them, and aid agencies are also providing them with necessities, such as food, mosquito nets, pots, pans and blankets, while UNHCR has distributed plastic sheeting.

“Most of the new arrivals say they want to stay as close to their villages as possible in order to go home quickly once the situation calms down because they left cattle behind and because it is time to begin planting rice,” Mr. Spindler said, adding that UNHCR is working closely with Thai authorities to best respond to the needs of the new arrivals.

In February, the agency said that there were some 111,000 registered refugees living in nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, who are restricted from leaving the camps and as a result unable to earn a living or receive higher education.

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World focus on Burma (9 June 2009)

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Burma Court Allows Witness Testimony on Suu Kyi’s Behalf

Washington Post – ‎

… annoyed the neighbors, and it has called attention to the 2010 elections,” said Mark Canning, the British ambassador to Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Myanmar court allows extra Suu Kyi witness: party

AFP – ‎

Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyers had initially accused the ruling junta of trying to push through to a widely expected guilty verdict, but diplomats said the …

Burmese Court Approves 2nd Witness to Testify for Aung San Suu Kyi

Voice of America – ‎‎

By VOA News A Burmese appeals court has agreed to let a second witness testify on behalf of jailed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Legislature adds plenary session to review delayed bills

Taipei Times – ‎

… the government to support Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi while and consider imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar until its junta improves …

Fresh clashes force many Karen to flee

Mizzima.com – ‎‎

by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – Over 3500 Karen in eastern Burma have fled to neighbouring Thailand in the aftermath of fresh conflicts along the border …

Burmese court admits defence witness in Suu Kyi trial

Financial Times – ‎

By Tim Johnston in Bangkok In a rare legal victory for government opponents, a court in Burma has partially granted an appeal by the defence team …

4000 Karen flee fighting in Myanmar

msnbc.com – ‎‎

Myanmar is also known as Burma. The Rangers conduct humanitarian missions inside Myanmar and have been providing assistance to the Ler Per Her refugees. …

China leaves democracy icon Suu Kyi’s fate with junta

Manila Times – ‎

By Llanesca T. Panti, Reporter While most members of the international community have called for the release of Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Character assassination of Aung San Suu Kyi

Mizzima.com – ‎‎

Local residents in Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city, said they have received distorted pictures – depicting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in compromising …

From other pens – Aung San Suu Kyi: Courage

White Mountain Independent – ‎

For the people of Burma – renamed Myanmar by the military junta that controls the country – their quest touches on all aspects of this struggle. …

Myanmar court allows extra Suu Kyi witness: party

ABS CBN News – ‎‎

YANGON – A court in military-ruled Myanmar ruled Tuesday that Aung San Suu Kyi can have an extra defence witness at her trial, but upheld a ban on testimony …

Myanmar court grants Suu Kyi 1 more witness

The Associated Press – ‎‎

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar court ruled Tuesday that pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to have one more defense witness at a trial …

Junta No 3 Reportedly in China

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

Burma observers say that there could be three reasons behind of Shwe Mann’s trip to China. These concern ongoing political conditions in Burma, …

Singapore: SM Goh visits Myanmar

ISRIA – ‎‎

enior Minister Goh Chok Tong is currently on a visit to the Union of Myanmar. SM’s visit is at the invitation of Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein, …

Court Rejects Two Suu Kyi Defense Witnesses

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

The state-run newspaper, the New Light of Myanmar, reported that the divisional court said there was no argument against Suu Kyi’s character in the charges …

Myanmar court upholds ban on two Suu Kyi witnesses

Washington Post – ‎

A conviction is widely expected in the former Burma, where the courts have often bent the law to suit the ruling generals. Suu Kyi’s next scheduled court …

KNU Calls for Tripartite Talks

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

… ethnic ceasefire groups in northern Burma, such as the United Wa State Army and Kokang group, also known as Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, …

Thousands flee Burmese army offensive

Telegraph.co.uk – ‎‎

Around 4000 refugees have fled a Burmese army offensive and crossed into Thailand in the biggest exodus across the war torn frontier for a decade. …

Burma Challenges Thailand with its Border Offensive

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

The Burmese regime’s rebuttal, carried by The New Light of Myanmar and other state-run newspapers, blasted Thailand, saying the statement was “tantamount to …

Second defense witness to testify in Suu Kyi trial

Mizzima.com –

by Mungpi New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Rangoon Divisional Court on Tuesday decided to allow a second defense witness to testify in the trial against …

Junta reminds radio-listeners to pay tax

Mizzima.com – ‎‎

In the wake of Cyclone Nargis which lashed Burma in May 2008, people rely more on cheap short wave radios which are affordable by common people to get true …

Indonesia says US sanctions hurting Burmese citizens

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

June 9, 2009 (DVB)–The Indonesian foreign minister said during a speech in the United States yesterday that US sanctions on Burma are causing hardship to …

Myanmar court allows Suu Kyi defence to call 1 witness

CBC.ca – ‎‎

The Nobel laureate has spent 13 of the last 19 years in detention without trial for her non-violent promotion of democracy in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Thailand Confirms Thousands of Karen Villagers Fleeing Fighting in …

Voice of America – ‎

By Daniel Schearf Thailand has confirmed reports that thousands of ethnic Karen villagers have fled into the country to escape fighting in neighboring Burma …

Myanmar rebels seek world help after clashes

Independent Online – ‎

The KNU is one of the few remaining ethnic insurgent groups in Myanmar – formerly called Burma – that is yet to sign a peace deal with the junta. …

Thailand: Recent arrivals from Myanmar

Reuters AlertNet – ‎

Many of the people brought their belongings with them, and the Thailand-Burma Border Consortium, a group of non-governmental organizations providing aid to …

AV industry urged to help victims of Burmese cyclone

AV Interactive – ‎‎

Questmark has issued an appeal for the av industry to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis, that devastated the delta region in Myanmar (Burma). …

Myanmar allows Suu Kyi witness

Aljazeera.net – ‎

A court in Myanmar has said it will allow a second defence witness to testify in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s detained opposition leader. …

Myanmar: Japanese earthquake survivors help victims of Cyclone Nargis

ReliefWeb (press release) – ‎‎

A third of the health centres destroyed by the cyclone still need to be rebuilt,” says IOM Myanmar Chief of Mission, Mariko Tomiyama. …

Former First Lady Laura Bush ‘On the Record’

FOXNews –

I talked to her about Burma. I’m worried, like so many other people are, about Aung San Suu Kyi and this trial that the military juntas have, …

AV industry urged to help victims of Burmese cyclone

AV Interactive – ‎‎

Questmark has issued an appeal for the av industry to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis, that devastated the delta region in Myanmar (Burma). …

Powerless against The Lady

Mizzima.com – ‎

Further, the military is now getting ready to put Aung San Suu Kyi – daughter of the founding father of modern Burma, in notorious Insein Prison following …

First woman chairperson of Arakanese organization

Narinjara News – ‎

The ASAJ donated a large amount of money to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Hai Gyi Island and other affected areas in the Irrawaddy delta last year. …

Nearly 4000 Karen flee into Thailand as Myanmar army attacks continue

GulfNews – ‎‎

Bangkok: A spokesman says nearly 4000 Karen have abandoned a camp and their villages in eastern Myanmar to seek refuge in Thailand as government troops …

Burma’s unravelling web of deceipt

Democratic Voice of Burma – ‎

… this year six students were sentenced under charges of sedition for collecting and burying the rotting corpses of victims of last year’s cyclone Nargis. …

2000 flee Myanmar fighting: Thailand

英文中國郵報 – ‎

She added that another 400 Karen had entered Thailand’s western province of Tak from Myanmar since the start of June. The Thailand-based Free Burma Rangers …

Indonesia pledges to follow US on nukes

The Age –

In their news conference, Clinton and Wirajuda also said they would work together to try to free Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is being …

MediaWATCH: Stayput Monk Takes On US

Phuketwan –

… Tong visited Burma on a ”goodwill trip” on Monday, as international anger against the regime continued to mount over the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Blessed or cursed? Burma temple’s collapse shocks gods-fearing junta

Scotsman – ‎

… than Burma, and the collapse of the temple has been widely seen as something more portentous than poor construction work. y leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, …

SM kicks off Myanmar visit

Straits Times – ‎

The two-star general, slated as one of Myanmar’s rising stars, briefed Mr Goh on recent developments in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and its former …

Kids4Kids Event To Mark World Refugee Day

Scoop.co.nz (press release) – ‎

Over the last eight years New Zealand has been the destination for just over one thousand refugees from Burma/Myanmar with around 255 settling in Wellington …

Vegetation may not slow wave erosion

Nature.com (subscription) – ‎

… caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and other recent disasters, such as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma…

last year.

Thousands flee latest military offensive in Karen State

Mizzima.com – ‎

The Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) has provided food for these people but it is not enough for them,” Albert, from the Thai-Burma border-based ...


Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm