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World focus on Burma (27-9-2009)

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UN urges Asian nations to get tougher on Myanmar

Seattle Post Intelligencer – ‎

Ban said it is in the best interest of the rest of the 10-member organization to lean on Myanmar to free political prisoners like democracy leader Aung San …

Suu Kyi’s release key to US policy change

National – Larry Jagan

… there is certainly a renewed opportunity for talks,” said a European diplomat based in Bangkok who closely monitors Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Suu Kyi’s initiative to end sanctions

Hindu –

SINGAPORE: Myanmar’s celebrated democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi “is willing to cooperate with the junta to lift the sanctions” on the country. …

Will New US Policy on Burma be helpful?

Asian Tribune – Zin Linn – ‎

During the second meeting of the Group of Friends on Myanmar/Burma at the level of Foreign Ministers, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also called on …

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September 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Burma: Dissident Offers to Work With Junta

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Myanmar: Dissident Offers to Work With Junta

New York Times – ‎
By AP The detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she was willing to work with Myanmar’s military government to get Western sanctions lifted, but needed to be allowed to gather more information about the issue first, her lawyer said Friday

Suu Kyi ‘welcomes US engagement’

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September 26, 2009 at 11:49 pm

World focus on Burma (26-9-2009)

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Chinese rights warning

Shanghai Daily – ‎

CHINA has urged Myanmar to take effective measures to safeguard the lawful rights of Chinese citizens in the country, according to a statement by the …

Who are they fooling?

The Daily Star – Larry Jagan

… made on behalf of the international community, during his visit to Myanmar earlier this year,” the Burma researcher for the UK-based human rights group, …

China Urges Burma To Protect Rights Of Chinese Nationals

Journal of Turkish Weekly –

China has urged Burma to take effective measures to safeguard the rights of Chinese citizens in Burma. TheChinese foreign ministry said on its Web site …

China Urges Burma to Protect Rights of Chinese Nationals

Voice of America –

By VOA News China has urged Burma to take effective measures to safeguard the rights of Chinese citizens in Burma. The Chinese foreign ministry said on its …

Mixed reactions to US policy shift towards Burma

Deutsche Welle – Michael Knigge

None of the neighboring states have any sanctions on Myanmar (the official name given to Burma by its military rulers). So, Myanmar’s economy has been hurt …

China tells Myanmar to protect Chinese residents

eTaiwan News –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is largely estranged from the West, but China has maintained close economic and diplomatic ties with the junta that have …

Suu Kyi Offers to Help Lift Sanctions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Ko Htwe

Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has written a letter to the head of Burma’s ruling junta with suggestions about how to get Western …

‘Protect Chinese nationals’

Straits Times – ‎

BEIJING – CHINA has called on Myanmar to take ‘concrete’ action to protect Chinese nationals caught up in fighting between the army and rebels in the …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi eases sanctions stance


AFP – ‎

… effectively ruled the 64-year-old out of elections due in 2010 that the ruling generals have promised in Myanmar, which was previously known as Burma. …

Myanmar urged to safeguard lawful rights of Chinese citizens

China.org.cn – ‎‎

China has urged Myanmar to take effective measures to safeguard the lawful rights of Chinese citizens in Myanmar, according to a statement of the Chinese …

Epiphanies on the Burma Road

Globe and Mail – Karen Connelly – ‎

As a result of the protracted and brutal civil war in Burma (officially called Myanmar since 1989 by the ruling military junta; many countries, …

Court rules funeral protests are protected speech

Free Speech Radio News – ‎

The Obama administration is in the final stages of reviewing its policy on Burma, also called Myanmar by the military junta in power. …

US policy shift: The generals are dancing well

Mizzima.com – Ohn Myint – ‎

“Strengthening bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar [Burma] government more or less impacts ceasefire groups that live along the Sino-Burma border …

In search of the truth about Burmese tourism

eTurboNews – Michael Kerr – ‎

Burma, or Myanmar (a local, formal name, the use of which the military regime has tried to make exclusive and compulsory), is a dictatorship. …

Weekly Business Roundup (September 26, 2009)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – William Boot – ‎

“We fully support new and fresh ideas for how the US government and others can support the people of Burma,” eri’s Matthew Smith told The Irrawaddy. …

Myanmar: Dissident Offers to Work With Junta

New York Times – ‎

By AP The detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she was willing to work with Myanmar’s military government to get Western sanctions lifted, …

American claims mistreatment in Myanmar prison

The Associated Press – ‎

The report said Kyaw Zaw Lwin is a member of the dissident group the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front. Kyaw Zaw Lwin’s mother is serving a five-year …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi gives backing to US engagement

Reuters India – Aung Hla Tun

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s detained Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, will support US plans to engage with the isolated nation but only if …

US protests to Myanmar over detained American

Daily Times – ‎‎

“Subsequently the embassy submitted an official message to the government of Burma protesting this alleged mistreatment of an American citizen,” he said, …

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September 26, 2009 at 5:58 pm

World focus on Burma (25-9-2009)

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US Senator Webb meets Myanmar FM

Peninsula On-line –

“Senator Webb met with the Burmese foreign minister to discuss the road forward for improved US-Burma relations,” Jessica Smith said, referring to Myanmar’s …

Pressure grows to unify Myanmar

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – ‎

The nation was formerly named Burma. The Myanmar government has been trying to unify the country since it gained independence from Britain in 1948, …

Chatter: What we’re hearing

GlobalPost – ‎

Want to know: Burma’s iconic dissident, Aung San Suu Kyi, appears to have changed her tune on sanctions. Previously a staunch supporter of economic …

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Reaches Out to Military Leaders

Voice of America – ‎

By VOA News Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has written a letter to the country’s military leader, General Than Shwe, saying she is …

Mass-meditation in Schenley Park

University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News – Estelle Tran

… brown and orange are in the city to raise awareness about the antidemocratic government in the Asian country of Burma, which is officially named Myanmar …

More Korean textile units keen to invest in Burma

Mizzima.com – ‎

“The labour wages in Myanmar [Burma] are cheaper than in Vietnam and other ASEAN countries. That’s why we are interested in Myanmar,” Mr. Lee said. …

Amnesty International Urges Secretary Clinton to Act on Behalf of …

Amnesty International USA – ‎

Burma’s state newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, recently reported that Kyaw Zaw Lwin had entered Burma to “create unrests within the country. …

ICRC should revisit Burmese jails: AHRC

Mizzima.com –

At present, the ICRC continues to support family visits to detainees and works to enhance the effectiveness of the Myanmar Red Cross Society.

US protests to Myanmar over detained American: embassy

AFP –

“Subsequently the embassy submitted an official message to the government of Burma protesting this alleged mistreatment of an American citizen,” he said, …

China raps Myanmar after recent border unrest

Reuters – Ben Blanchard, Yu Le

The statement suggested Chinese citizens planning to go to the northern part of the former Burma should suspend their trips.

China raps Myanmar after recent border unrest

Reuters India – Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) – China rapped erstwhile ally Myanmar on Friday over violence along the border that pushed tens of thousands of refugees …

Kachin rebels deny helping ULFA shift to Burma

Mizzima.com – ‎

However, the Telegraph report said, “There are nearly 3000 ULFA cadres and their family members in Myanmar [Burma] camps. Of these, 1200 to 1500 are trained …

Burmese-American Tortured in Prison: AI

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Ko Htwe – ‎

The New Light of Myanmar, the state-backed newspaper, reported in detail on Thursday on Nyi Nyi Aung’s arrest. The report included photographs of Nyi Nyi …

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September 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm

World focus on Burma (24-9-2009)

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Myanmar unveils new higher denomination bank note

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AP , 09.24.09, 11:25 AM EDT YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar announced Thursday it will soon introduce a 5000-kyat bank note, the country’s highest-denomination

US signals major policy shift towards Burma

guardian.co.uk – ‎

Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/Getty The US government is to embark on a major policy shift towards Burma after concluding that its long-term policy of …

Chinese, Burmese, supporters rally around Pittsburgh

Tribune Review – Jasmine Goldband – ‎

Meanwhile, 15 Burmese monks and about 40 supporters gathered in the Mexican War Streets to protest human rights conditions in Myanmar. …

Suu Kyi backs US-Myanmar engagement

Aljazeera.net –

Clinton had raised expectations earlier this year that Washington might be rethinking its economic sanctions against Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Who’s meeting with Burma’s foreign minister?

Foreign Policy – ‎

The United States will begin to engage more with the brutal Burmese military junta, while still maintaining a sanctions regime, Secretary of State Hillary

Thai FM meets Friends of Burma

Mizzima.com – ‎

… Thai Foreign Minister held discussions with the Group of Friends of UNSG on Myanmar. The group wants the general election in 2010 in Burma to be “free”. …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi said to welcome new US approach

The Associated Press – ‎‎

YANGON, Myanmar — Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes a US initiative to step up contacts with Myanmar’s military government, …

Burma to circulate 5000 Kyat currency note

Mizzima.com –

The announcement by the Naypyitaw-based Central Bank of Myanmar on MRTV on Thursday evening said, the new currency note, that carries a picture of a white …

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Welcomes US Talks With Government

Voice of America – ‎

By VOA News The lawyer for Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she welcomes US plans to engage diplomatically with the country’s military rulers …

US extends diplomatic hand to Burma junta

Brisbane Times – Janine Zacharia – ‎

By themselves, sanctions had not produced the results the US wanted, she said after a meeting of foreign ministers from the Friends of Myanmar (Burma) group ..

US takes new stance on Burma

The Age –

The US says it is adopting a ”new approach” to Burma that includes engaging directly with military leaders because sanctions alone have not been effective …

Burmese Opposition Supports New US Approach

New York Times – Seth Mydans – ‎‎

… have been put in place to punish the government of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, for its human rights abuses and restrictions on political freedom. …

Myanmar sanctions under spotlight

Himalayan Times – ‎

The respected International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank said in a recent report that continued isolation for the country formerly known as Burma…

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi welcomes US plan to engage junta

AFP – ‎

YANGON — Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed US plans to engage diplomatically with the country’s military rulers, her lawyer said …

Suu Kyi ‘welcomes US engagement’

BBC News – ‎

It comes after the US said sanctions against Burma could be eased if the junta improved its human rights record. Ms Suu Kyi is under house arrest and is …

UN Britain – Stability, democracy and development in Burma

ISRIA – ‎

The member states of the Friends of Burma (Myanmar), which include the UK, France and the US, met during the UN General Assembly and called on the Burmese …

US citizen arrest a ‘political smear campaign’

Democratic Voice of Burma – Joseph Allchin – ‎

Sept 24, 2009 (DVB)–The recent arrest of a US citizen in Burma on grounds that he was part of a plot by an opposition group to launch terrorist attacks has …

Exile Government, Rights Group Cautiously Welcome US Engagement …

Voice of America – Daniel Schearf – ‎

Burma’s government in exile has welcomed Washington’s plans to engage with the country’s military rulers. But exiles and activists say …

Arrested Dissident Accused of Terrorist Intentions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing – ‎‎

A second Thailand-based dissident, Ko Htut, was also arrested after crossing separately into Burma. The New Light of Myanmar reported in detail on Thursday …

Junta’s 2010 Elections: Loading the Dice

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Moe – ‎

Under the military-backed 2008 constitution, the junta made it clear that Burma will only have a single armed force known as the Tatmadaw. …

US embassy protests maltreatment of detained citizen

Mizzima.com – ‎

Meanwhile, the Burmese junta in its mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar newspaper said Nyi Nyi Aung was arrested on September 3, on a tip-off by a ‘dutiful

Korea Should Change Its Name

Korea Times – Michael Breen – ‎‎

The United Nations, for example, switched from Burma to Myanmar in 1989 in just five days. Many countries still refuse to use that new name because they …

Myanmar accuses US man of inciting unrest

AsiaOne –

It also said he was involved in mass, student-led pro-democracy protests in 1988 as a key member of the All Burma Students’ Democracy Movement. …

Obama to world: New US needs your help

Arizona Republic – ‎

Ban chided Myanmar, also known as Burma, for failing to release detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. And he said that issues of “justice and …

Myanmar arrests US national, dissidents

Monsters and Critics.com –

… which is responsible for terrorist attacks in the country in cooperation with the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front.’ The front is one of Myanmar’s …

Some anti-gov’t group members arrested for plotting sabotage in …

Xinhua – Li Xianzhi – ‎

24 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar authorities have arrested some members of various anti-government organizations for allegedly plotting riots and sabotage in the …

President of Iran Defends His Legitimacy

New York Times – Mark Landler, Nazila Fathi – ‎

Speaking to a group of countries with ties to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, Mrs. Clinton announced that the United States would begin engaging directly …

US extends diplomatic hand to Burma

Radio Australia News – Kim Landers – ‎

“Singapore welcomes the shift in position by the US and Europe; the decision to engage Myanmar (Burma) while keeping sanctions in place for the time being. …

The Fatal Consequences of Counterfeit Drugs

Smithsonian – Andrew Marshall – ‎

… medical researchers conducted two surveys in which they randomly purchased artesunate from pharmacies in Cambodia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Laos, …

Surge in political prisoners despite release of four journalists

IFEX – ‎

They were arrested for reporting about victims of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May 2008. Thet Zin, alias Maung Zin, editor of “Myanmar Nation

World leaders want action on economy and social ills – Summary

Earthtimes (press release) – Jenny Brown

… the fight against poverty, prevention of sexual violence against women and the need for democratic reform in countries like Myanmar. …

Myanmar not discussed in meeting between Obama and Hu Jintao

UN Dispatch – Mark Leon Goldberg – ‎

… so I took the opportunity to ask whether or not issues surrounding Myanmar/Burma were discussed at all during the meeting between Obama and Hu. …

Burma Superstar

East Bay Express – ‎

Burma Superstar sells ravishingly lovely food comprising wholesome, often delightfully startling ingredients in whopping two-could-share-one-entrée portions …

Swedish Presidency – EU Presidency statement by Fredrik Reinfeldt …

ISRIA – ‎‎

As a friend of the people of Burma/Myanmar, we will tell the military leaders: only democracy and human rights can bring peace and stability to the people …

Bravo Stephen Harper!

National Post – Dougal Fingal – ‎

Can’t forget Myanmar (or Burma) It’s not just Iran. After all the west was constantly walking out of the UN when the racist leaders of South Africa were …

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September 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm

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Suu Kyi ‘welcomes US engagement’

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Thursday, 24 September 2009 13:56 UK

Suu Kyi ‘welcomes US engagement’

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (6 May 2002)

Ms Suu Kyi’s house arrest was recently extended by 18 months

Detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she welcomes US plans to engage with the country’s military rulers, her lawyers say.

But lawyer Nyan Win said that Ms Suu Kyi also wanted the US to engage with the political opposition.

It comes after the US said sanctions against Burma could be eased if the junta improved its human rights record.

Ms Suu Kyi is under house arrest and is currently preparing an appeal against an extension of her sentence.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that direct engagement is good,” said Nyan Win.

“She accepts it but she says that engagement must be with both sides,” AFP news agency quoted him as saying.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said sanctions remained an important part of US policy but that “by themselves they have not produced the results that had been hoped for on behalf of the people of Burma”.

She said the US would be looking to employ both sanctions and engagement to “help achieve democratic reform” in Burma.

Ms Suu Kyi was sentenced in August to a further 18 months’ house arrest after a US intruder stayed at her home.

She has spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention and if her appeal fails, the extension will keep her out of multi-party elections scheduled to be held next year.

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Suu Kyi backs US-Myanmar engagement


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Clinton had raised expectations earlier this year that Washington might be rethinking its economic sanctions against Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi said to welcome new US approach

The Associated Press – ‎

YANGON, Myanmar — Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes a US initiative to step up contacts with Myanmar’s military government,

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Welcomes US Talks With Government

Voice of America – ‎‎

By VOA News The lawyer for Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she welcomes US plans to engage diplomatically with the country’s military rulers

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September 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm

US to engage Myanmar

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Sep 24, 2009

US to engage Myanmar

For months, Mrs Clinton had lamented that the sanctions were having little impact. — PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS – SECRETARY of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Wednesday that the Obama administration has decided to engage directly with Myanmar’s junta as part of international efforts to promote democracy in the military-run state.

Mrs Clinton made the announcement at the United Nations after meeting with her counterparts from a number of countries trying to convince the authoritarian regime to reform, allow dissent and release political prisoners, including Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

She said that US sanctions against members of Myanmar’s leadership would remain in place but that those measures would now be accompanied by outreach. For months, Mrs Clinton had lamented that the sanctions were having little impact.

‘We believe that sanctions remain important as part of our policy, but by themselves they have not produced the results that had been hoped for on behalf of the people of Burma,’ Mrs Clinton told reporters, using the country’s traditional name.

‘Engagement versus sanctions is a false choice in our opinion,’ she said. ‘So, going forward we will be employing both of those tools, pursuing our same goals. To help achieve democratic reform, we will be engaging directly with Burmese authorities.’

The decision to engage Myanmar stemmed from a review of US policy toward the country initiated after President Barack Obama took office. The Bush administration had shunned Myanmar in protest of multiple crackdowns on the opposition.

US officials said Congress would be briefed on specifics of the engagement policy on Thursday.

The move is the latest in a series of reversals in Bush administration foreign policy by Mr Obama’s national security team. The new administration is also reaching out to Iran and has scrapped major elements of Mr Bush’s plan to construct a missile shield in eastern Europe. — AP

http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_433691.html

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September 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Security Council Adopts Nuclear Weapons Resolution

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Security Council Adopts Nuclear Weapons Resolution

By Glenn Kessler and Mary Beth Sheridan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 24, 2009 11:08 AM

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a U.S-drafted resolution Thursday morning that affirms many of the steps President Obama plans to pursue as part of his vision for an eventual “world without nuclear weapons.”

In a first for a U.S. president, Obama presided over the 15-member meeting, joined by such leaders as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The meeting marked only the fifth head-of-state summit in U.N. history, and Obama’s presence was intended to signal the importance of the issue for the administration.

Addressing the leaders, Obama said nuclear weapons pose a “fundamental threat” to the world. “Just one nuclear weapon exploded in a city . . . could kill hundreds of thousands of people,” he said.

While the resolution passed on a 15-0 vote, the United States failed to get approval from China and Russia to cite Iran and North Korea by name. In a diplomatic fudge, the text therefore refers only to Security Council resolutions concerning the countries. Obama mentioned the two countries by name in his speech, saying he was not trying to single out any country but that “international law is not an empty promise.”

North Korea tested a second nuclear weapon this year, and Iran has resisted greater international oversight for its nuclear program. Iran says its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes, but the United States and other major powers fear they are a cover for a weapons program.

Obama is pressing for a new worldwide treaty to halt production of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium and strengthen the global Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has limited the spread of nuclear weapons for decades but now is in danger of fraying.

The morning session of the Security Council, whose rotating chair is held this month by the United States, comes amid a two-day U.N. conference that will strongly push for a worldwide ban on nuclear tests, officials said.

For the first time in a decade, a U.S. delegation will attend the biennial U.N. session on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which has been ratified by 149 countries but lacks the support of nine critical governments, including several declared and undeclared nuclear powers. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is leading the delegation, is expected to commit the U.S. government to trying to ratify the treaty, which was defeated in the U.S. Senate in 1999.

Obama’s agenda marks a sharp departure from the policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was generally skeptical of the reliability and value of arms-control treaties. Obama has said the new approach is necessary because rogue states and terrorists are trying to acquire nuclear bombs, and the spread of nuclear technology could set off arms races in volatile regions such as the Middle East.

Jeffrey G. Lewis, a nonproliferation expert at the New America Foundation, said the U.N. resolution would represent significant international support for Obama’s nonproliferation agenda, which was first outlined in a speech in Prague in April.

“It’s great for the president to go and give the speech. It’s a heck of a lot more powerful if the other countries with nuclear weapons . . . say, ‘Okay, it’s also the direction we wish to go,’ “Lewis said.

Countries belonging to the Non-Aligned Movement have objected to the resolution’s insistence that nuclear violators be brought to the attention of the Security Council, diplomats said. Under current practice, countries that ignore their nonproliferation obligations are first referred to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which can then bring the matter before the council. White House officials said the language would give the Security Council more authority to enforce compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Critics say the Obama administration is placing too much hope in treaties that may not win sufficient ratifications for years and may not be fully verifiable.

“They are overselling this, overselling how likely it is to come into force, and how likely it is to be beneficial if it did,” said Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center.

Gaining Senate ratification of the Test Ban Treaty will be critical to Obama’s agenda, and diplomats including Ellen O. Tauscher, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, will use the U.N. conference to develop a diplomatic strategy to get other holdouts to soften their opposition, officials said.

“Other countries have said, if we ratify, they’ll ratify,” said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Such promises could make it easier to convince skeptics in the U.S. Senate that voting for the treaty is worthwhile, officials said.

Indonesia has pledged to ratify the treaty if the United States does so, and China could quickly follow suit, according to analysts. Other holdouts include Egypt, Israel, India, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea.

North Korea conducted a nuclear test this year and is considered unlikely to approve the pact anytime soon. Iran has signed the treaty but has not ratified it.

Supporters of the treaty say that by ratifying it, the United States could help isolate and increase pressure on countries that don’t do so.

“We are not going to be able to credibly call on other states to take on additional nonproliferation responsibilities if we don’t fulfill what other states consider U.S. disarmament commitments,” said Darryl Kimball, director of the Arms Control Association.

Sheridan reported from Washington. Staff Writer Colum Lynch contributed to this article.

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September 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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Monks, Activists Mark World Peace Day in Mae Sot

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The Irrawaddy

Monks, Activists Mark World Peace Day in Mae Sot

By ALEX ELLGEE

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MAE SOT— Buddhist monks and more than 200 activists from human rights organizations marked International World Peace Day and the second anniversary of the Saffron Revolution on Monday with a “peace walk” through the Thai border town of Mae Sot.

“Today is a very special occasion. It is International Peace Day and also the second anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, so we want to create awareness—especially about Burma—and highlight the violence and suffering that the Burmese people have had to endure because they have no peace,” said event organizer Ashin Sopaka, a Buddhist monk and member of the International Burmese Monks Organization (IBMO).

A Thai activist dressed as an angel leads the peace march into Mae Sot. (Photo: Alex Ellgee / The Irrawaddy)

The peace march was jointly organized by IBMO, the Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB), the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and the Women’s League of Burma.

The event began with prayers at a ceremonial shrine outside Mae Sot. Then the group marched along the highway supervised by Thai traffic police.

A Thai woman dressed as an angel walked at the front of the march, followed by 11 monks and more than 200 activists holding placards of doves—the bird of peace.

Many activists wore yellow t-shirts emblazoned with “Peace for Burma” and carried banners with slogans such as “Peace,” “Freedom,” and “No War.”

Having marched for an hour, the procession stopped for lunch at a pagoda opposite the administrative building in Mae Sot. Then, all the participants formed a circle and meditated for peace in Burma and around the world.

The emphasis of the event was for international peace and there were no political chants as they marched in silence down the highway to the Myanmar Friendship Bridge, which crosses the Moei River to Burma.

The monks rang a bell and recited the “Metta Sutta”—the Lord Buddha’s sermon on loving-kindness—just as monks had done two years earlier when they took to the streets of Rangoon to protest fuel price hikes and other policies of the military government.

When they completed the eight-kilometer [five-mile] march to the bridge they were met by Thai intelligence officials and a 25-man column of riot police.

Thai intelligence officers photographed the march but did not otherwise interfere. The organizers had agreed a half-hour permit with the authorities to hold the rally, and Ashin Sopaka thanked them for allowing it to take place.

More than 100 Thai people joined the event from human rights organizations, such as TACDB, the Student Federation of Thailand and the People’s Empowerment Foundation.

“It’s very important that Thai people have come here today,” said Chalida Tajaroensuk, the director of the People’s Empowerment Foundation. “We need to show our solidarity with the monks and the people of Burma who now have no peace. The [Burmese] government has forced them to flee into our country where they have many problems as migrant workers and refugees.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by event organizer Panithida Phongphaew, a campaign officer for TACDB.

The march ended after speeches by various participants and an inter-faith prayer service. The monks were joined by various religious leaders, including a leader of the Muslim community in Mae Sot and a Christian pastor.

World Peace Day was first established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly. In 2002, the General Assembly officially declared September 21 the permanent date for individuals and organizations to create acts of peace on a shared date.

The date for World Peace Day coincides with the Saffron Revolution, which saw thousands of Buddhist monks take to the streets, inspiring a national uprising. The Burmese regime responded by sending in troops to violently quell the protests—killing hundreds of protestors, including at least 10 monks.

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World focus on Burma (23-9-2009)

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Myanmar accuses American of planning unrest

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The television report said Kyaw Zaw Lwin was a member of the dissident group All Burma Students’ Democratic Front. It said he had entered Myanmar to create …

Update from the Harvard Forum on ICT4D

Global Voices Online (blog) – Ethan Zuckerman

Reflecting on his childhood in Burma, Sen wonders whether Myanmar might be surprisingly well positioned to engage in a future internet revolution.

Research and Markets: Myanmar (Burma) – Telecoms, Mobile & Internet

Earthtimes (press release) – ‎

The Myanmar (Burma) – Telecoms, Mobile & Internet report includes all research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in…

Myanmar’s monks under close watch

Asia Times Online – Joel Chong

Resistance of the Monks: Buddhism and Protests in Burma”, a new report issued by the New York-based Human Rights Watch this week to coincide with the second …

POSCO, Hanwha eyeing bids for Daewoo Int’l -sources

Reuters India – Kim Yeon-hee

… thanks to its 8 trillion won ($6.7 billion) gas project in Myanmar and resilient earnings from strong oil and commodity prices, analysts say. Continued. …

Getting The UN To Refocus

The Jewish Week – Daniel S. Mariaschin

In contrast, states like Iran, North Korea, and Myanmar (Burma) have few or no resolutions passed against them. In order to be taken seriously, …

Summit diary: Where will Gaddafi pitch up?

Independent – Stephen Foley -‎

Burma says its prime minister, General Thein Sein, will attend the UN General Assembly, the highest junta official to make the trip in 14 years. …

Burmese flavors evoke childhood memories

Charleston Gazette – Julie Robinson

He and his family lived in his mother’s native Burma (now Myanmar) during World War II, when hostilities forced the young family of six to travel on foot, …

Thai leader says US moving toward engaging Myanmar

The Associated Press – Foster Klug – ‎

… but the Obama administration is reviewing a policy that top officials acknowledge has not produced results in Myanmar. The country, also known as Burma, …

Sen. Webb Hands Junta Another Diplomatic Coup; Scores US Visa for …

The Weekly Standard – ‎‎

The Burmese embassy has so far refused to comment but Burma-watchers in Washington believe he is still there. All senior members of Burma’s…

military junta

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

France24 – ‎

PB: Let’s take another example: your trip to Burma – a pretty controversial trip, again. Some people advised you against going there, you went there, …

Burma’s Foreign Minister Visits in Sign of U.S. Softening Toward Junta

Washington Post – John Pomfret – ‎

Nyan Win’s 24-hour sojourn appears to be part of a new policy by the Obama administration toward Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, said officials and …

Human Rights Council concludes general debate on human rights …

ReliefWeb (press release) – ‎

JANICE MCGANN (Ireland) said that Ireland remained deeply concerned about the situation in Burma/Myanmar. The arrest, trial and conviction of Aung San Suu …

US Senator to Examine Sanctions on Burma

Voice of America – ‎

By VOA News A key US lawmaker says he will hold a hearing examining t he effectiveness of US sanctions on Burma and what Washington can do to promote …

Myanmar amnesty denounced as ploy

National – Larry Jagan – ‎

Bo Kyi, the head of the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma (AAPPB), said the releases were a showcase “to ease …

Here Come the Bad Guys

FOXNews – Ellen Ratner – ‎

It will also get some input from the country of Myanmar (aka Burma) via Prime Minister Gen. Sein and will have the week flavored with a leader familiar with …

Media Should Spread Proper Information About HIV/AIDS

NewsBlaze – Nava Thakuria

Mentionable that Manipur and Nagaland, both bordering Burma (that way the heroin producing Golden Triangle of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand) have high rates of …

Human Rights Council holds general debate on the protection of all …

ReliefWeb (press release) –

JEAN-BAPTISTE MATTEI (France) said that the situation in Burma/Myanmar remained of a deep concern and the recent liberation of several prisoners fell far …

US Senator calls hearing on Myanmar policy

AFP – ‎

… direction for US-Burma relations.” Webb’s office announced the hearing one week after US President Barack Obama’s acting point man on Myanmar said that

Feature: Celebrating International Day Of Peace

Philippine Information Agency – ‎

… junta and the extension of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrest remain to be one of the key challenges in pushing for a democratic rule of government in Burma. …

Burmese PM to attend UNGA

Mizzima.com – ‎

Meanwhile, the UN Chief will convene a high level meeting of the “Group of Friends of Myanmar” with foreign ministers from 14 member nations onseptember 23, …

Swedish Presidency – EU Statement at the 12th session of the UN …

ISRIA –

We first wish to express our deep regret that there is no improvement with regard to the dire human rights situation in Burma/Myanmar. …

Sinking River Deltas — Irrawaddy River

NASA – ‎

One of the deltas in danger is the Irrawaddy River delta in Burma (Myanmar), shown in this image. The image is an elevation map, made from data collected by …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 23, 2009 at 1:04 am