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World focus on Burma (21 June 2009)

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‘Free Suu Kyi’ picks up steam in Seoul

Korea Herald – ‎

Many people around the world are thinking of you and hoping for your release and for the democratization for Burma (Myanmar). I hope you’ll celebrate your …

In Burma politics rather than law will decide the trial of Daw …

JURIST – ‎

The case now running against Burma’s democracy icon, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is of the same type. United Nations experts and the Asian Human Rights Commission …

More details on North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons

ChattahBox – ‎

Human rights in Myanmar also known as Burma are a long-standing concern for the international community and there is general consensus that the military …

In Burma politics rather than law will decide the trial of Daw …

JURIST – ‎

The case now running against Burma’s democracy icon, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is of the same type. United Nations experts and the Asian Human Rights Commission …

North Korea accuses US of plotting nuclear war

CBC.ca – ‎

… reported that the US suspected the 1800-tonne-class ship was carrying missiles and other related weapons toward Burma, also known as Myanmar — which has …

Surprise check on monks’ office in Bangladesh

Mizzima.com – Nyein Chan – ‎

It is working for the restoration of democracy in Burma through non-violent means. “Our organization stages protest demonstrations frequently on the Burma …

Burmese jailed for Suu Kyi prayer

BBC News – ‎

A court in Burma has sentenced two supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months in prison after they prayed for her release. …

Naval destroyer following N. Korean ship

United Press International – ‎

US authorities suspect the Kang Nam is carrying missile parts to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which has been suspected of buying weapons from North …

Thinking outside the box

Mizzima.com – Bo Kyaw Nyein – ‎

By silencing the voice of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the beloved national leader and democratic icon, the ruling Burmese military junta has been able to squash …

Burma jails Suu Kyi supporters

Bangkok Post – ‎

Myanmar has jailed two supporters of the opposition leader for one and a half years for insulting religion after they prayed at a pagoda for her release, …

From the North to the South

Asian Tribune – ‎

The President’s latest trip to Burma demonstrates that this habit of expensive foreign junkets with gargantuan entourages will continue. …

On the Protests in Iran Technology rages against the machine

San Francisco Chronicle –

Now after a string of uprisings – Ukraine, Georgia, Burma and even tiny Moldova in recent years- the tools have changed from plain-vanilla Internet Web …

The case against Myanmar sanctions

Globe and Mail – Arno Kopecky – ‎

Instead, the democracy advocate – who was elected president of MyanmarBurma) in a landslide 1990 vote, but never permitted to take office by the … (formerly

DJ Taylor: This year’s busby babes

Independent – Dj Taylor

Naturally, we all of us want liberty for the ground-down Chinese peasant tyrannised over by wicked Wen Jiabao and his goons and the Burmese…

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World Briefs: Somalis flee capital

The Times –

Burma’s detained opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, turned 64 on Friday. Activists across the world marked her birthday with vigils, protests and demands …

People Power in Iran can carry the day

Times Online –

Burma is also well aware of how to stifle dissent. Censorship remains a powerful tool for authoritarian regimes, as does the threat of sanctions against …

Profile: Sir John Sawers: Mr Suave takes on the terrorists

Times Online – ‎

At the UN, Sawers has played a central role in key resolutions on North Korea, the Middle East and Iran, while urging action on Sri Lanka and Burma. …

Advocates urge support for Myanmar

United Press International –

… Myanmar reached an agreement in 2007 paving the way for a nuclear research center and reactor in the southeastern Asian country formerly known as Burma.

Why the twitter-bugs can’t change Iran’s regime

Times of India – Swapan Dasgupta

Confronted by the halo surrounding Aung San Suu-Kyi and the Dalai Lama, the junta in Yangon and the Politburo in Beijing look like incarnations of Darth …

Ethnic Karen flee Myanmar

United Press International, Asia – ‎

The exodus of Karen villagers escalated June 6 when government troops in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, began a major offensive against Karen rebels, …

Europe agrees on financial regulation Framework

Pakistan Times – ‎

The Council agreed to reappoint Jose Manual Barroso as President of the European Commission and agreed further sanctions against Burma in a bid to persuade …


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June 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

More details on North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons

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More details on North Korean ship suspected of carrying weapons

(ChattahBox) — As reported previously, a U.S. Navy destroyer is shadowing a North Korean ship called the Kang Nam at sea under the new U.N. sanctions that bar Pyongyang from exporting weapons. YTN, a news cable channel in South Korea, has reported today that the ship is headed for Myanmar, a renegade country in their own right, long suspected of buying North Korean arms.  Human rights in Myanmar also known as Burma are a long-standing concern for the international community and there is general consensus that the military regime in Burma is one of the world’s most repressive and abusive regimes.

North Korea has spouted loudly that stopping one of their ships would be considered an act of war. Even so the U.S. Navy is prepared to try to stop or escort to shore the Kang Nam, which is suspected of carrying missiles or related parts banned by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874. While Myanmar is unlikely to cooperate, the ship will likely stop in Singapore first, a U.S. ally and the regional refueling hub for ships. Singapore said it would act “appropriately” if the vessel docks at its ports.

http://chattahbox.com/world/2009/06/21/more-details-on-north-korean-ship-suspected-of-carrying-weapons/

North Korea accuses U.S. of plotting nuclear war

Last Updated: Sunday, June 21, 2009 | 11:19 AM ET

The Associated Press

North Korea has accused the United States of plotting atomic war against the communist regime, saying President Barack Obama’s recent commitment to extending nuclear protection to South Korea only exposed his government’s intention to attack.

Obama reaffirmed Washington’s security commitment to South Korea, including through U.S. nuclear protection, after a meeting Tuesday in Washington with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. Obama also said recently passed United Nations sanctions will be aggressively enforced.

In its first response to the summit, North Korea’s government-run weekly Tongil Sinbo said that Obama’s comments only revealed a U.S. plot to invade the North with nuclear weapons.

“It’s not a coincidence at all for the U.S. to have brought numerous nuclear weapons into South Korea and other adjacent sites, staging various massive war drills opposing North Korea every day and watching for a chance for an invasion,” said the commentary published Saturday.

“The U.S.-touted provision of ‘extended deterrence, including a nuclear umbrella’ [for South Korea] is nothing but ‘a nuclear war plan,'” Tongil Sinbo said.

The weekly also said the North will also “surely judge” the Lee government for participating in a U.S.-led international campaign to “stifle” the North.

North Korea says its nuclear program is a deterrent against the U.S., which it routinely accuses of plotting to topple its communist regime. Washington, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, has repeatedly said it has no such intention and has no nuclear weapons deployed there.

The UN Security Council agreed on June 12 to impose new sanctions on North Korea for its recent missile tests and an underground test of a nuclear device. The resolution urges countries to reduce financial ties with North Korea, and extends a ban on exports of tanks, artillery and other large arms that represent a significant source of revenue for that country.

All 192 UN member nations are also authorized to inspect cargo vessels at sea or airports if they believe the contents may be used to advance Pyongyang’s nuclear or ballistic programs.

Test of sanctions

In what would be the first test for the new UN sanctions against the North, South Korean media also reported Sunday that a North Korean ship sailing toward Burma via Singapore was being shadowed by the U.S. military over suspicion that it may be carrying illicit weapons.

The U.S. military had begun tracking the ship, Kang Nam, which left a North Korean port Wednesday, U.S. officials said Thursday.

South Korean television network YTN, citing an unidentified intelligence source in the South, reported that the U.S. suspected the 1,800-tonne-class ship was carrying missiles and other related weapons toward Burma, also known as Myanmar — which has faced an arms embargo from the United States and the European Union and has reportedly bought weapons from North Korea.

The report said the U.S. has also deployed a navy destroyer and has been using satellites to track the ship.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry, the Unification Ministry and the National Intelligence Service said they could not confirm the report.

Tension on the Korean Peninsula has spiked since the North defiantly conducted its second nuclear test on May 25. North Korea later declared it would bolster its atomic bomb-making program and threatened war in protest of UN sanctions for its test.

On Saturday, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Seoul has proposed five-way talks with the U.S., China, Russia and Japan to find a new way to deal with the North’s threats.

The U.S. and Japan have agreed to participate, while China and Russia have yet to respond, the official told The Associated Press, requesting anonymity because he was discussing a plan still in the works.

North Korea and the five countries began negotiating under the so-called “six-party talks” in 2003 with the aim of giving the communist regime economic aid and other concessions in exchange for dismantling its nuclear program. In April, however, the North said it was pulling out of the talks in response to international criticism of its controversial April 5 long-range rocket launch.

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/06/21/nkorea-us-nuclear536.html

Naval destroyer following N. Korean ship

Published: June 21, 2009 at 8:06 AM

SEOUL, June 21 (UPI) — A U.S. Navy destroyer Sunday awaited orders on whether to intercept a North Korean cargo ship reportedly headed to Myanmar, sources said.

The destroyer USS John McCain began tracking the Kang Nam Wednesday in the first test of a new United Nations resolution that calls upon countries to intercept North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Stopping short of saying the ship was carrying weapons, a U.S. official only said it was “a subject of interest,” the Times said.

North Korea has said it would consider interception an act of war.

U.S. authorities suspect the Kang Nam is carrying missile parts to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, which has been suspected of buying weapons from North Korea, the Times reported.

The June 12 U.N. Security Council resolution calls for North Korean ships to be searched with consent. The resolution says if the crew rejects a search, North Korea must direct the ship to a port for inspection by local authorities. It is unlikely Myanmar would cooperate with such an inspection, the Times reported.

The wording of the U.N. resolution was weakened by China and Russia, leaving doubts as to its effectiveness, the Times said.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/06/21/Naval-destroyer-following-N-Korean-ship/UPI-23561245586018/

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Global Well-Wishers Commemorate Burma’s Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday

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Global Campaign Marks Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday

Global rallies demand release of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday

YANGON, Myanmar June 19, 2009 (AP)

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shared rice and chocolate cake with her prison guards to celebrate her 64th birthday Friday, as global condemnation of her trial galvanized rallies in capitals around the world.

European Union nations marked the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s birthday by warning they would step up sanctions against Myanmar’s military government if she is not released.

Suu Kyi, who is being held in a “guest house” at Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison, faces up to five years in jail on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest after an uninvited American man swam to her tightly guarded lakeside home and stayed two days.

Several miles (kilometers) from the prison, hundreds of supporters released 64 sparrows and 10 doves at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party and sang “Happy Birthday.”

Suu Kyi’s lawyer, Nyan Win, took cakes, orchids and “birthday messages from her friends and the international community” to her at the prison along with 50 lunch boxes of rice to share with the prison staff.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=7877768

Global Well-Wishers Commemorate Burma’s Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday

By Julia Ritchey
Washington
20 June 2009

Burma’s famous opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, spent her 64th birthday Friday at a high-security prison outside Rangoon. The pro-democracy leader has spent 13 of the last 19 years under house arrest by the military junta and is currently awaiting the re-opening of her trial on charges of violating her house arrest. Yet for all the government’s attempts to silence Aung San Suu Kyii, her resilience has become the symbol of the movement to bring democracy to Burma.

Human rights advocates around the world renew their call for the release of Burmese pr-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday, 19 Jun 2009
Human rights advocates around the world renew their call for the release of Burmese pr-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday, 19 Jun 2009

Human rights advocates around the world are commemorating Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday. It is a time of little celebration for the pro-democracy leader, who spent the day in Burma’s notorious Insein prison outside Rangoon.

Aung San Suu Kyi is charged with violating her house arrest by providing shelter to an American visitor who trespassed on her property in May. Human rights groups consider the trial a pretext for keeping her detained before the country’s 2010 elections.

Rusty Dalizo is with the Free Burma Coalition Philippines, whose group staged a protest Friday in front of the Burmese embassy in Manila.

“We are calling on the brutal and bloody military dictatorship in Rangoon to immediately release Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and over 2,000 political prisoners still detained in jails all across the country today,” he said.

Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of a prominent figure in Burma’s independence who was assassinated when she was just two years old. She was educated abroad and upon returning to care for her ailing mother in the late 1980s, became politically active in the National League for Democracy party.

She went on to win a landslide victory in elections held by the military regime in 1990. But the military junta, which has run the country since 1962, refused to hand over power and put her under house arrest, where she has spent 13 of the last 19 years.

In Washington Thursday, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission brought supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi together to renew pleas for her release.

Kenneth Wollack, who heads an organization that promotes democracy worldwide, recalls meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi in 1995 and being struck by her sense of humor.

“During my visit, her only request is that I send her books on political humor. ‘If you lose your sense of humor,’ she said, ‘you lose everything.’ I could never have imagined at the time that 14 years later that she would still be held captive in her own country,” he said.

Dr. Sein Win is the prime minister of the Burmese government in exile and a first cousin to Aung San Suu Kyi. He says the government is still afraid of the influence she has over the Burmese people.

Aung San Suu Kyi's supporters light candles on a birthday cake in hopes she will be released before her 65th birthday
Aung San Suu Kyi supporters light candles on a birthday cake in hopes she will be released before her 65th birthday

“We are all very much affected by her courage, by her commitment, and also her readiness to stand up and talk for the people,” he added.

The United States and the EU have imposed strict sanctions on the Burmese government, but with limited effect.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 14 of her birthdays in detention, but her supporters hope she will spend her 65th birthday in freedom.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 21, 2009 at 1:52 am