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Myanmar refugees begin to return home from China

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Myanmar refugees begin to return home from China

By NG HAN GUAN (AP) –

NANSAN, China — Myanmar refugees were heading home from China on Monday following the end of fighting between government troops and an ethnic militia, but some experts said the unrest could affect Beijing’s relations with Myanmar.

The initial flight across the border showed how Myanmar’s junta can sow instability that spills into China, prompting a rare request from Beijing at the end of last week that the generals stabilize the situation and protect the interests of Chinese nationals inside the country.

While fighting ended soon after with a quick defeat for the rebels, Myanmar’s decision to launch the attack so near the Chinese border was seen as a snub to Beijing by some analysts.

“The Chinese have learned that the Burmese regime are not as compliant as they assumed,” said Monique Skidmore, an expert on Myanmar at Australia’s University of Canberra. Myanmar is also known as Burma.

More than 30,000 civilian refugees had streamed into China to escape the fighting, which broke out last week after hundreds of Myanmar soldiers moved into Kokang, an ethnically Chinese region in northeastern Myanmar that borders China’s Yunnan province.

Myanmar is trying to consolidate control over several armed ethnic groups along its borders to ensure smooth conditions for next year’s national elections, the first in nearly 20 years. Several groups are resisting pressure to become border guards ahead of the vote.

The area is on the fringe of the drug-producing Golden Triangle region where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, and much of the heroin and amphetamines produced there is smuggled into China where its sale funds the ethnic militias.

China has been working closely with Myanmar to stem the drug trade and is anxious to ensure that the other symptoms of the region’s unrest — like high crime rates and casinos — stay on Myanmar’s side of the border.

Beijing’s desire for stability along that border is partially behind its nearly unwavering support for the generals who run Myanmar, despite international concerns about the authoritarian regime, said Donald Seekins, a Myanmar expert at Meio University in Japan.

“Beijing is not 100 percent happy with the military regime, but it sees no viable alternative and will do everything it can to restore stability in the border area — including intensive negotiations and behind-the-scenes pressuring of the parties involved,” he said.

On Monday, hundreds of refugees who’ve spent at least the past week in China were transported from camps to the border, where they walked through the gate, clutching bags and blankets. Yunnan provincial government spokesman Li Hui said at least 4,000 refugees had returned to Myanmar by the end of the day Monday. About 9,000 remained in seven camps set up to house them in tents and makeshift buildings. The rest are believed to be staying with friends and family, or are staying in hotels, or have left the area.

In addition to the thousands of civilians, hundreds of Kokang rebels fled during the fighting, surrendering their weapons and uniforms to Chinese border police and crossing to safety after several days of skirmishes.

Myanmar’s junta said three days of clashes killed 26 government soldiers and at least eight rebels. It said Sunday night that the fighting had ended and “the region has now regained stability.”

Since abandoning overt support for anti-government rebels two decades ago, China has built strong relations with Myanmar’s ruling junta while Chinese investors, traders, and shopkeepers have swarmed into the country’s northeast.

The relationship has thrived through a tacit agreement under which Beijing provides economic opportunities and diplomatic support for the generals, who have been isolated internationally and face widespread condemnation over their human rights record and economic mismanagement.

In return, the generals ensured access to the country’s mineral wealth and tried to address China’s concerns over narcotics and unrest.

China’s Foreign Ministry had no comment on the situation Monday, and Chinese government-backed scholars dismissed the notion of a major rupture in ties.

“China will develop friendly relations with Myanmar taking the overall situation into consideration,” said Ma Ying, a professor at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Studies.

But the clashes could threaten China’s traditional arrangement with Myanmar, analysts say.

The conflict highlights the “imperviousness of the Burmese regime to international opinion, and the limitations of even China … to have much influence in a crunch,” said Sean Turnell, a Myanmar expert at Australia’s Macquarie University.

Associated Press Writer Ambika Ahuja in Bangkok contributed to this report.

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World focus on Burma (31-8-2009)

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BURMA: SUU KYI – BUILDING WORK TO REPEL INTRUDERS

AGI – Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – ‎

(AGI) – Rangoon, 31 August – Aung San Suu Kyi will soon be having re-building work done on her house on the outskirts of Yangon, the ancient Burmese capital …

Myanmar refugees begin to return home from China

The Associated Press – Han Guan – ‎

Myanmar is also known as Burma. More than 30000 civilian refugees had streamed into China to escape the fighting, which broke out last week after hundreds …

Burmese Refugees Warily Leave China

NTDTV – Li Xiaoquan – ‎

Burmese refugees are returning home today after weeks of intense battling between government forces and a local militia. Refugees say their biggest concern …

Fighting abates as Kokang Army splits

Mizzima.com – ‎

… the New Light of Myanmar. But Aung Kyaw Zaw, a Sino-Burma based observer said while heavy fighting had ceased, sporadic battles between the two sides …

Border Guard Force plan leads to end of ceasefire

ReliefWeb (press release) – Wai Moe

It’s failure prompted the SPDC to send thousands of troops to northeast Burma and led to the armed clashes that ended a two-decade ceasefire. …

Junta sends major reinforcements to Shan State

ReliefWeb (press release) – Yan Naing

The troop movements have come despite a report in the Burmese state newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, on Monday that said fighting in Kokang areas in …

Magsaysay awardees inspire hope–Zobel

Manila Times – Angelo Cantera

Myanmar’s Ka Hsaw Wa was awarded for “dauntlessly pursuing nonviolent yet effective channels of redress, exposure and education for the defense of human …

UN leader defends leadership style amid criticism

The Associated Press – Doug Mellgren

… wrote that Ban and the United Nations were “notable by their absence” in many of the crises facing the world, such as in Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Myanmar illegals located inside truck in border region

ANA – ‎‎

Seventy illegal immigrants, most from Myanmar (Burma), were detected in truck that had just entered Greece on Monday and was traveling in the extreme …

Junta briefs KIO on Kokang war

Mizzima.com –

… clashes between the junta’s forces and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), 11 were killed and 31 injured on the Burmese…

Army’s side.

UN Chief Defends Leadership Style, Citing Efforts in Myanmar

Bloomberg – Josiane Kremer, Marianne Stigset

Ban persuaded the junta in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to accept international aid last year in the wake of the cyclone, which killed about 138000 …

Name-change challenge

Sydney Morning Herald – Fiona Parker – ‎‎

A few years ago, newsreaders stopped saying Burma and started saying ”Myanmar”, because it was supposedly closer to the true Burmese name and the …

Zoo life harmful to elephants: Research

Canada.com – Jordana Huber

… living in European zoos have approximately half the average life span of elephants born into the logging industry in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Myanmar activist among Magsaysay award winners

MSN Philippines News – ‎‎

… and education for the defence of human rights, the environment and democracy in Burma”, the awards committee said, using the old name for Myanmar. …

Magsaysay awardees

Jakarta Post –

From left are Krisana Kraisintu, Deep Joshi of India, Yu Xiaogang of China, Antonio Oposa Jr. of the Philippines, Ma Jun of China, and Ka Hsaw Wa of Myanmar …

Suu Kyi to boost house security

BBC News –

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi intends to renovate her house to stop intruders, after a US man’s visit led to her house arrest being extended. …

UN leader defends leadership style amid criticism

Examiner.com – Doug Mellgren

… wrote that Ban and the United Nations were “notable by their absence” in many of the crises facing the world, such as in Myanmar, formerly called Burma. …

Economic crisis hits Myanmar’s migrant women

Asia Times Online – Marwaan Macan-Markar

BANGKOK – The global financial crisis threatens to shred the dreams of thousands of women from Myanmar who have fled their …

Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi to renovate home-cum-prison

Monsters and Critics.com –

No renovation work has been done on the house since Suu Kyi began living there in 1988, when she returned top Myanmar, also called Burma, after spending …

Weapons Seizure Turns Spotlight Onto Two Rogue States

CNSNews.com – Patrick Goodenough – ‎

… in 2007 and the suspected program in Myanmar [Burma], there is little doubt that North Korea is a key supporter of illicit nuclear programs,” it said. …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to renovate home to stop trespassers

AFP – ‎

YANGON — Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to renovate her crumbling lakeside home to keep out trespassers, her lawyer said Monday …

Letters: Suu Kyi’s participation in elections

Jakarta Post –

Aung San Suu Kyi never stood for the any election in Myanmar because she was not eligible to contest a seat. It was not this present military government or …



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August 31, 2009 at 3:57 am

Media: Opposition wins landslide in Japan election

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Japan Enters New Era in Crushing Election Rebuke of Ruling Party

By Kurt Achin

Tokyo
30 August 2009

Japanese voters have resoundingly rejected the party that has set the country’s policy agendas for more than half a century. The rise of a center-left party promising to soothe the pain of globalization is being seen as a major break with business as usual.

As official results continued to solidify in Japan, media exit polls made it clear the party is over for those who currently run the country.

Cheers of delight went up at the headquarters of candidates for the Democratic Party of Japan, as broadcasters predicted a landslide victory over the Liberal Democratic Party.

A poster of Yukio Hatoyama, leader of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, Tokyo, Sunday, 30 Aug. 2009
A poster of Yukio Hatoyama, leader of Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, Tokyo, Sunday, 30 Aug. 2009

The DPJ appeared set to gain more 300 out of 480 lower house seats in play. That result is consistent with months of expectations that LDP Prime Minister Taro Aso and his party would be defeated the DPJ and its leader – Japan’s presumed next prime minister -Yukio Hatoyama.

Hatoyama expresses his gratitude, saying it was the people’s strong desire for change that brought about this result. He says the vote clearly reflects the deep public desire to shift the country’s balance of power.

The LDP has controlled Japan’s legislature almost without interruption for the past 55 years. But many voters blame the party for Japan’s worst period of recession since World War Two. The DPJ has campaigned almost exclusively on bread-and-butter economic issues, appealing to voters who feel the LDP has lost touch with average families.

In a sentiment shared by many here, this Japanese voter says “I am not a big fan of the Democratic Party – but this time, why not?”

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso struck a note of deep humility in accepting his party’s defeat.

He says the election result is regrettable, but that he will take the people’s voice seriously. In a signal he will likely resign soon, he says he blames the defeat on his own failure, and will accept personal responsibility.

Hatoyama now inherits the conundrum of Japan’s struggling economy – ballooning debt, sputtering growth, and a rapidly aging population.

On foreign policy, the DPJ has signaled closer regional integration with East Asian nations, particularly neighboring China. Hatoyama has vowed to “re-examine” Tokyo’s relationship with the United States – but says the U.S.-Japan alliance will still be a cornerstone of the country’s security.

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Media: Opposition wins landslide in Japan election

By ERIC TALMADGE (AP) –

TOKYO — Japan’s opposition party won historic elections in an apparent landslide Sunday, media projections said, sending the conservatives to defeat after 54 years of nearly unbroken rule amid widespread economic anxiety and desire for change.

The left-of-center Democratic Party of Japan was set to win 300 or more of the 480 seats in the lower house of parliament, ousting the Liberal Democrats, who have governed Japan for all but 11 months since 1955, according to exit polls by all major Japanese TV networks.

The loss by the Liberal Democrats would open the way for the Democratic Party, headed by Yukio Hatoyama, to replace Prime Minister Taro Aso and establish a new Cabinet, possibly within the next few weeks.

The vote was seen as a barometer of frustrations over Japan’s worst economic slump since World War II and a loss of confidence in the ruling Liberal Democrats’ ability to tackle tough problems such as the rising national debt and rapidly aging population.

The Democrats have said they will seek a more independent relationship with Washington. But Hatoyama, who holds a doctorate in engineering from Stanford University, insists he will not seek dramatic change in Japan’s foreign policy, saying the U.S.-Japan alliance would “continue to be the cornerstone of Japanese diplomatic policy.”

National broadcaster NHK, using projections based on exit polls of roughly 400,000 voters, said the Democratic Party was set to win 300 seats and the Liberal Democrats only about 100. Official results were expected early Monday.

TV Asahi, another major network, said the Democratic Party would win 315 seats.

The LDP’s secretary-general, Hiroyuki Hosoda, said he and two other top officials plan to submit their resignations to Aos, who serves as president of the party.

As voting closed Sunday night, officials said turnout was high, despite an approaching typhoon, indicating the intense level of public interest in the hotly contested campaigns.

“We’ve worked so hard to achieve a leadership change and that has now become almost certain thanks to the support of many voters,” said Yoshihiko Noda, a senior member of the DPJ. “We feel a strong sense of responsibility to achieve each of our campaign promises.”

Ruling party leaders said they were devastated by the results.

“I feel deeply the impact of this vote,” former Prime Minister Shintaro Abe, a leading Liberal Democratic Party member, told television network TBS. “Our party must work to return to power.”

Even before the vote was over, the Democrats pounded the ruling party for driving the country into a ditch.

Japan’s unemployment has spiked to record 5.7 percent while deflation has intensified and families have cut spending because they are insecure about the future.

Making the situation more dire is Japan’s aging demographic — which means more people are on pensions and there is a shrinking pool of taxpayers to support them and other government programs.

“The ruling party has betrayed the people over the past four years, driving the economy to the edge of a cliff, building up more than 6 trillion yen ($64.1 billion) in public debt, wasting money, ruining our social security net and widening the gap between the rich and poor,” the Democratic Party said in a statement as voting began Sunday.

“We will change Japan,” it said.

Hatoyama’s party held 112 seats before parliament was dissolved in July.

The Democratic Party would only need to win a simple majority of 241 seats in the lower house to assure that it can name the next prime minister. The 300-plus level would allow it and its two smaller allies the two-thirds majority they need in the lower house to pass bills.

Many voters said that although the Democrats are largely untested in power and doubts remain about whether they will be able to deliver on their promises, the country needs a change.

“We don’t know if the Democrats can really make a difference, but we want to give them a chance,” Junko Shinoda, 59, a government employee, said after voting at a crowded polling center in downtown Tokyo.

Having the Democrats in power would smooth policy debates in parliament, which has been deadlocked since the Democrats and their allies took over the less powerful upper house in 2007.

With only two weeks of official campaigning that focused mainly on broadstroke appeals rather than specific policies, many analysts said the elections were not so much about issues as voters’ general desire for something new after more than a half century under the Liberal Democrats.

The Democrats are proposing toll-free highways, free high schools, income support for farmers, monthly allowances for job seekers in training, a higher minimum wage and tax cuts. The estimated bill comes to 16.8 trillion yen ($179 billion) if fully implemented starting in fiscal year 2013.

Aso — whose own support ratings have sagged to a dismal 20 percent — repeatedly stressed his party led Japan’s rise from the ashes of World War II into one of the world’s biggest economic powers and are best equipped to get it out of its current morass.

But the current state of the economy has been a major liability for his party.

“It’s revolutionary,” said Tomoaki Iwai, a political science professor at Tokyo’s Nihon University. “It’s the first real change of government” Japan has had in six decades.

AP reporters Mari Yamaguchi, Kelly Olsen, Shino Yuasa and Tomoko Hosaka contributed to this report.

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Video: Japanese voters say it’s time for change

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World focus on Burma (30-8-2009)

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A Marine on St. Croix man finally learns the fate of his MIA brother

Pioneer Press – Elizabeth Mohr – ‎

Loren was just 17 when Kenneth’s plane disappeared in the China-Burma-India theatre (Burma is now known as Myanmar). Loren was in boot camp for the Marine …

Burma’s generals go too far

Charleston Post Courier –

The fear with which Burma’s powerful ruling military junta regards one courageous 62-year-old woman is something to see. That fear could be its undoing. …

Report Names World’s Most Repressive Countries

Ethical Travel News – Tania Campbell

… Burma has become an impoverished dictatorship orchestrated by the ruling junta, led by Senior General Than Shwe. Aung San Suu Kyi, who wishes to restore …

Just what the UN needed, More Ban ki-Moon mush

New Europe – Andy Dabilis

She said he was a “passive observer” to Burma’s arrest of opposition leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and criticised his slow reaction to …

Making AICHR work for Asean citizens

The Nation – ‎

The litmus test will come soon when the current Asean chair submits the Asean statement on Burma calling for Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom, which will be …

Thousands of Myanmar refugees stream into China

Los Angeles Times – ‎

Than Shwe as well as detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Webb also was able to secure the release of American John Yettaw, with the military …

Myanmar calm as rebels, refugees cross into China

Los Angeles Times – Mark Magnier – ‎

was given rare access to supreme military leader Than Shwe as well as detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on his trip to Myanmar. …

For goodness sake!

Malta Independent Online – Joseph M. Cachia – ‎

… facilitating the release of American John William Yettaw, but at the same time urged Burma’s ruling junta to release Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Treasure house of memories

Deccan Herald – Jackie Pinto – ‎‎

Admiral Oscar Stanley Dawson, his sister Thelma and his brother Ivor were born in Burma (Myanmar). They were evacuated to India during the Japanese …

20% growth in non-oil exports to ASEAN

Tehran Times – ‎

… Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

Conflict flare up in Triangle

The Nation – Don Pathan – ‎

Bluffing between the military government and one of the cease-fire groups – the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), also known as the Chinese …

In Defense of Ban Ki-moon

Korea Times – Tom Plate

For the first time since the Vietnam War days of U Thant, then from Burma, the organization has an Asian as secretary-general. He is Ban Ki-moon, …

Autumn exhibits bring the bling

The San Francisco Examiner – Janos Gereben – ‎

“Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, 1775-1950” features more than 100 works from Thailand (Siam) and Myanmar (Burma), mostly from the Doris Duke …


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Need to re-engage Myanmar in diplomacy: US Senator

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Need to re-engage Myanmar in diplomacy: US Senator

Washington: Advocating that economic sanctions against Myanmar be lifted, a US Senator who recently visited the country has said the need to immediately re-engage Myanmar in diplomacy.

“Right now we have an opportunity to try to construct a new formula, and it is vital for the interests of the United States in Southeast Asia that we re-engage across the Southeast Asian mainland. We are in real danger of losing our position, with the expansion of China, with this whole series of countries that I visited,” Senator Jim Webb, told the PBS news in an interview.

Senator Webb is the first US lawmaker to visit Myanmar in about a decade and meet Senior General Than Shwe and also noble laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi.

On his return, in an op-ed in ‘The New York Times’, he called for lifting of sanctions on Myanmar and said the ultimate objective is to encourage Myanmar become a responsible member of the world community.

“I am not saying lift sanctions immediately. I am saying we need to proceed immediately towards a formula where we can do that. By cutting off the United States and the European Union from Myanmar, as China is so heavily investing in the country, and we are seeing Myanmar now tilt away from our national interest. There’s got to be a different way to do this,” he argued.

Responding to a question on this critic of his Myanmar policy, Webb said, “The dissident groups that say you should have democracy first, really, I understand their frustrations, but they need to look at it a different way. Take what you can get and move toward democracy. That’s the way you can bring change in Asia.”

According to Webb, there are other dimensions to lifting sanctions, and that is allowing people from Western cultures to interact on a daily basis with the people of Myanmar and, through those sorts of interactions, raising a level of consciousness so that you can have the right sort of interest, in terms of changing a system.

“With respect to the meetings with General Than Shwe, is that I communicated to them as clearly as I could that the rest of the world views their government through the way that they treat Aung San Suu Kyi and it was important for them to show more even-handedness there,” Webb said.

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World focus on Burma (29-8-2009)

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Bangkok Post : The forgotten political prisoners

Bangkok Post – Phil Thornton – ‎

He is serving his sentence in a one square metre cell, in the remote Myitkyina Prison, in Kachin state, northern Burma. NO TRESPASSING: Myanmar security

Thousands of Burmese Refugees Flee Fighting in North

Vatican Radio – ‎

(29 August 09-RV) China has asked the ruling military regime Myanmar to resolve the conflict between the army and an ethnic Shan rebels in the North that

Fightings keep on in Myanmar’s Kokang region

TMCnet – ‎

YANGON, Aug 29, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Fightings kept on in Myanmar’s Kokang ethnic region or Shan State Special Region-1 in the northeastern part of …

Battle Between Burmese Army And Kokang Intensifies

Axis of Logic – ‎‎

By Peace Running The battle between Burmese troops and ethnic Kokang rebels is becoming fiercer and intensifying in the rebel territories along the …

Zimbabwe eastablishes diplomatic ties with Burma junta

Harare Tribune – ‎

Myanmar has established diplomatic ties with Zimbabwe at ambassadorial level, bringing the total number of countries in the world with which Myanmar has …

New Myanmar clashes leave 1 dead, dozens injured

The Associated Press – Tini Tran – ‎

Myanmar is also known as Burma. At least 25 people had been admitted to China’s Zhenkang County People’s Hospital for injuries related to the fighting as of …

Saskatoon man’s deportation order quashed

Ottawa Citizen – Jason Warick – ‎

Nay Myo Hein’s final legal appeal of his deportation to his native Myanmar, also known as Burma, …

Fresh violence near China-Myanmar border

Times of India – Saibal Dasgupta – ‎

BEIJING: Stability on the China-Myanmar border was seriously threatened as fresh violence broke out in the border Kokang region of Myanmar, …

US man says dream led to Suu Kyi

ABC Online – ‎

The American man who swam to the lakeside home of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this year said he had a dream she was going to be …

Myanmar ethnic leader says 30 govt troops killed

Reuters – ‎

BEIJING, Aug 29 (Reuters) – The leader of forces fighting against Myanmar government troops said his fighters had killed more than 30 government soldiers

New Myanmar clashes leave 1 dead, dozens injured

The Associated Press – Tini Tran – ‎

BEIJING — Fresh fighting erupted Saturday in northeastern Myanmar after days of clashes between government troops and ethnic rebels drove tens of thousands …

UN Voices Concern As Fresh Fighting Breaks Out In Northeastern Burma

AHN – Siddique Islam – ‎

… a pro-democratic Burmese news agency, reported. Trouble between the Kokang, also known as the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance and the junta …

China asks Myanmar to cease fighting on the border

SamayLive – Noor Khan – ‎

Beijing, Aug 29 As upto 30000 people streamed into its territory for refuge after fresh fighting erupted on the border, China today told Myanmar to cease …

‘Fresh fighting’ breaks out in Myanmar’s north

AFP – ‎

The Washington-based US Campaign for Burma, which uses Myanmar’s former name, also said late Friday around 30 junta soldiers had been killed with another 40

Q+A: Will fighting in northern Myanmar escalate?

Reuters – Martin Petty – ‎

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Fresh fighting in Myanmar’s northeast Shan state erupted on Saturday after days of clashes between ethnic fighters and …

Need to re-engage Myanmar in diplomacy: US Senator

Zee News – ‎

Washington: Advocating that economic sanctions against Myanmar be lifted, a US Senator who recently visited the country has said the need to immediately …

Fresh Myanmar fighting erupts, one dead in China

Reuters India – Chris Buckley – ‎

NANSAN, China, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Fresh fighting in northeast Myanmar…

erupted on Saturday after days of clashes that killed at least one

Biodiversity photo contest extended

Newsbreak – ‎

Open to all residents of ASEAN Member States Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, …

KRISTINE KAISER: Democrats should begin identifying future leaders

High Point Enterprise (subscription) – Kristine Kaiser – ‎

Jim Webb, D-Va., recently secured the release of American John Yettaw from the Myanmar government. The former veteran was held for making an unexpected …

30000 Refugees Flee from Burma

Change.org – Alan Haggard – ‎‎

Burma’s regime has lauched a military offensive against ethnic minorities living near its northern border with China. As a result, 30000 refugees have fled …

Recall ambassador from Honduras

DesMoinesRegister.com – ‎

… condemned the further imprisonment of democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and called for further sanctions on the military coup regime in Myanmar. …

Myanmar, the regime’s policy of “divide and conquer” against …

AsiaNews.it – ‎

The military junta in Myanmar – the nation consists of the majority Burmese and many ethnic minorities – has launched an offensive on rebel movements, …

Us Congressional Staffers Meet With Burma Opposition Leaders

Journal of Turkish Weekly – ‎

Lynne Well, communications director of the US House of Representatives, talks to journalists after holding talks with the Burmese opposition party’s leaders …

China urges Myanmar to end border conflict

英文中國郵報 – ‎

… according to the US Campaign for Burma. The Washington-based lobbying group said several police officers were killed. Myanmar’s military rulers and the …

Ottawa sends 13 to Myanmar

Canada.com –

… with the Canadian Border Services Agency said 13 refugee claimants during the past five years have been deported to Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

China backs Myanmar as western nations fume

Canada.com – ‎

China urged the world Wednesday to respect Myanmar’s judicial sovereignty, suggesting Beijing would not back any United Nations action against the junta for …

Suu Kyi visitor tells of ‘sorrow’

BBC News – ‎‎

“I had been researching Myanmar (Burma) and researching about the internally displaced families and about the numbers of people who had been murdered and …

Asean Biodiversity Photo Contest Deadline Extended

Bru Direct – ‎

The contest is open to all residents of Asean member states: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar / Burma, Philippines, …

US Congressional Staffers Meet With Burma Opposition Leaders

Voice of America –

By VOA News Members of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy have met with staff members of a key US congressional committee. …

Crackdown on royal critics deepens in Thailand

Christian Science Monitor – Simon Montlake

News coverage of political prisoners in Southeast Asia usually means Burma (Myanmar), which is rightly excoriated …

US should engage Burma

The Japan Times – Brahma Chellaney – ‎

By rendering its sanctions instrument blunt through overuse, Washington has dissipated its leverage against Burma, North Korea and Iran, …

What now, Sudan?

Kansas City Star – Tom Ryan – ‎

The industry learned lessons from public relations disasters like Total’s (the French oil company) in Myanmar (Burma) in the mid-90s, when the company was …

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