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Archive for October 30th, 2009

World focus on Burma (30-10-2009)

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US to send top envoys to Myanmar next week: official

AFP – ‎

WASHINGTON — Two senior US officials will travel to Myanmar next week in the latest move by President Barack Obama’s administration to engage the reclusive …

More to Burma than Aung San Suu Kyi – ‎

As the most senior level US delegation to visit Burma in decades is soon to touch down, it is worth reminding ourselves of the many problems in Burma that …

Myanmar: INGO office attacked after Arakanese nurse harassed

ReliefWeb (press release) – Wai Moe

On Friday afternoon, NGOs and UN agencies operating in Burma held a meeting to discuss the incident at the office of the United Nations High Commission for …

Myanmar Junta Arrests Journos And Activists

Air America – Ron Mwangaguhunga – ‎

“This is an important opportunity for the government in Burma to demonstrate that it respects its own laws and its own people.” Myanmar…

was–along with the

US to Send Highest-Level Official to Myanmar in 14 Years

Bloomberg – Janine Zacharia – ‎

Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) — Kurt Campbell, a top State Department official for Asia, will travel to Myanmar next week to hold talks with the …

Eastern Burma: another Darfur? – ‎

… to bring stability as it will have no credibility without the release of political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and allow their participation. …

Refugee swell sparks clinic funding crisis

ReliefWeb (press release) – Francis Wade

… to have almost three times as many years of education, and to spend and save eight times as much as someone born in neighbouring MyanmarBurma]”, … [

Myanmar arrests journalists, activists in crackdown

Reuters – Aung Hla Tun, Jason Szep – ‎

“Burma’s military government claims to be moving toward democracy, yet it continues to routinely arrest and detain journalists,” Shawn Crispin, …

U2 finishes tour with sold-out Vancouver show – ‎

… Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and gave shout-outs to Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, and even a happy birthday to the world’s richest man, Bill Gates. …

Burma: Opposition Leader Unhappy About Visitor Restrictions

UNPO – ‎

Detained Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is unhappy about restrictions on the visitors she is allowed under house arrest, including members of her …

We need to push forward reform process: PM

India Business Blog (blog) – ‎

India asks Myanmar to expedite their political reform New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): Following the conviction of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi …

Burma: Authorities Detain Freelance Journalist


According to the exile-run Web site Mizzima, Pai Soe Oo is a former reporter with the Favorite and Pyi Myanmar weekly news publications as well as a blogger …

Include NLD, Ethnic Minorities in Dialogue: US Sen

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Lalit K Jha

“According to news reports, in July of this year, just weeks before the unveiling of the new Burma policy, the state department at the highest levels …

Aung San Suu Kyi

DeHavilland (press release) (subscription) – ‎

It is not yet clear whether these terms will be honoured in full by the Burmese authorities, but our ambassador to Burma, as local EU presidency, …

Protesters call for suspension of China-Myanmar pipeline venture

Prdomain Business Register (press release) – ‎

The project starts at Kyauk Phyu, a major city in western Myanmar’s…

Rakhine State, running through the central city of Mandalay to Ruili, in China’s Yunnan

It’s orchestrated showmanship, but still spectacular

Globe and Mail – Marsha Lederman – ‎

There was also a tribute to Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, for whom Bono wrote the song Walk On. The sound was inconsistent, not surprising …

Thai Rath columnist Mae Lookjan:

Bangkok Post –

… of import tax among the 10 member countries, the Thai-Philippine rice tariff, free investment regulations, and the fate of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Chinese energy delegation in town – Moe Thu

Rangoon (Mizzima) – A Chinese delegation arrived in Rangoon yesterday to discuss the gas pipeline project, which is to link western Burma’s …

Burmese Activists urge to halt Shwe Pipeline Project

Narinjara News – ‎

The pipeline will be used to pump the oil, shipped from the Middle East and Africa and also the natural gas from the Shwe gas fields of BurmaMyanmar) to … (

Review ties with Myanmar: Experts

Express Buzz – ‎

Experts expressed concern that China’s naval presence in Burma may allow it to interdict regional sea-lanes of communication. While Koshy stressed the need …

Protesters call for suspension of China-Myanmar pipeline venture

Alibaba News Channel – Zuo Xuan

The project starts at Kyauk Phyu, a major city in western Myanmar’s…

Rakhine State, running through the central city of Mandalay to Ruili, in China’s Yunnan

Indian Ocean great power confrontation, geo-politics of the Sri Lankan civil war

Sri Lanka Guardian (blog) – Mahdi Darius

Myanmar (Burma) is also part of this project and in many cases the pressure on the governments in both states is linked to their agreements to build Chinese …

HALLOWEEN PICTURES: Spooky Species Discovered This Year

National Geographic –

The fangs of D. dracula–discovered in March 2009 in MyanmarBurma)–aren’t actually true teeth. The line of fish that gave rise to the ghoulish species is … (

Alameda City Briefs

Alameda Times-Star – ‎

Thailand and Myanmar (formerly Burma) are neighboring countries that are approximately the same size in area and population and have many cultural features …

Burmese authorities detain freelance journalist

CPJ Press Freedom Online – ‎

According to the exile-run Web site Mizzima, Pai Soe Oo is a former reporter with the Favorite and Pyi Myanmar weekly news publications as well as a blogger …

Groups petition against Myanmar pipeline

United Press International –

“The escalation of abuses around a project when Burma army soldiers provide security is well documented” by the United Nations and other ngos, the petition …

Tooth Relic exposition for Myanmar President

Daily Mirror –

By LB Senaratne A special exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic is expected to be held for a few hours for the President of Myanmar (former Burma), …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 30, 2009 at 5:28 am

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Mae Tao Clinic Funding Crisis

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Mae Tao Clinic Bulletin

Posted by Eileen Kilgour

Letter from Dr Cynthia about the current funding crisis, please read and get involved. I visited with her two weeks ago and the crisis is real and needs funding. Any ideas welcome and please follow the advice below.


October 27th, 2009

Dear Friends,

We are writing to ask for your help.

The Mae Tao Clinic is struggling with a major funding crisis. This year, attacks on ethnic areas in Burma added even more patients to our ever growing caseload and forced a stream of displaced people, including orphans and unaccompanied children, over the border in search of food, shelter and education.

Feeding and caring for these children is our greatest challenge, especially as food prices rise. The clinic school (CDC) enrolled nearly 1,000 students this year. More than 450 of the children live in the five CDC school boarding houses or under staff guardianship, a 60 percent increase over the last 2 years. The clinic also feeds 2,143 students every day through the Emergency Dry Food program in boarding houses.

The Mae Tao Clinic has lost major funding even as our patient caseload swells past 141,000, an almost 25 percent increase in a year. A government donor, one of our longtime and largest supporters, can no longer fund us because of change to government policy, ending funding for Burma. Another has reduced its funding by 75 percent this year and may discontinue funds next year. A three-year project which covers a significant portion of MTC’s running costs stops in 2010. Another major donor, reeling the financial crisis, is reducing funds by 20 percent.

We estimate a shortfall of about US$350,000 in 2009 and US$750,000 in 2010. That’s a quarter of our operating budget.

We need your help—and donations!—to get through the end of this year. We also seek your ideas and connections to organizations and foundation to help us secure funding for 2010 and beyond.

Those who have visited know the clinic welcomes everyone as part of our community: orphaned children, physicians, wounded soldiers, lawyers and teachers, factory workers, physical therapists, malaria patients, countless volunteers–all of us wanting to heal and be healed.

With your help, we can get through this together. The challenging economy calls for creative solutions! We’ve created a menu of different options so everyone can be involved.

• We need large donations to cover the 2009 shortfall. If you’re in good financial health, please consider a donation of $10,000 or more and invite others in your financial circle to learn about the clinic’s meaningful work. If a major donation is not possible, please consider connecting us with friends, relatives or other community members who might help.
• Individuals can donate via (tax deductible)– and multiply your impact by circulating this request to friends, family and professional organizations.
• Make a contribution of any amount and consider challenging friends to match it. Consider reconnecting with friends you met at the clinic and honor that experience by donating.
• Consider Mae Tao Clinic donations for birthday, Christmas, anniversary and holiday wish lists, wedding registries and as part of your social networking.
• If you aren’t in a position to donate but can assist with fund raising, contact We will send you an idea kit for fundraising activities in your community.
• Donate AND fund raise. Terrific! We’ll send you the Idea Kit! Contact:
• Referrals and connections to foundations, organizations and institutional donors can be sent to Lisa at who will take forward proposals for funding.

We know this is extremely short notice, and we appreciate that you may be facing your own challenges resulting from the economic downturn. We welcome whatever resources you can share—referrals, time, ideas, good spirit. We are grateful for whatever you are able to give.

Peace and warm wishes to you and your family.


Dr Cynthia Maung
Director of Mae Tao Clinic

Eileen Kilgour


This is the full copy from Burma Digest.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

October 30, 2009 at 1:25 am