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  • A Big Mistake in the Making

    11/15/2009 6:37:18 PM PST · by Selkirk · 8 replies · 1,011+ views
    Political Castaway ^ | 11/15/2009 | Selkirk
    According to a Washington Times report, President Obama is preparing to meet with members of the junta military regime currently ruling Burma (known locally as Myanmar), a stark departure from decades of American policy. To say that this a surprising move is sever understatement, not just because of the sea change (after all, it wouldn't be the first sea change of this administration), but this move would have consequences far beyond mere diplomatic ones. To put it simply, beginning a dialogue with this regime may carry with it disastrous national security implications.
  • Obama urges Burma to free Suu Kyi

    11/15/2009 8:24:02 AM PST · by kevin_in_so_cal · 16 replies · 479+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 15 November 2009 | BBC News
    Obama urges Burma to free Suu Kyi US President Barack Obama has urged Burma's prime minister to release the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Mr Obama delivered the message as he met leaders of the Asean grouping of south-east Asian nations in Singapore.
  • Obama To Meet With Myanmar Rulers [Shocking! Providing Legitimacy To Asian Tyrants!]

    11/14/2009 9:52:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 1,320+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 14th, 2009
    Obama To Meet With Myanmar Rulers By Matthew Mosk and Simon Roughneen THE WASHINGTON TIMES SINGAPORE | President Obama on Sunday will become the first American president in more than 40 years to attend a meeting with the repressive rulers of Myanmar, marking a dramatic shift in the U.S. approach to bringing change to a regime that responds brutally to dissent, locks up journalists and political opponents, and has kept itself largely walled off from the Western world. Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has for years played the role of skunk in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, known as...
  • Jim Webb's Weekend With a War Criminal

    10/06/2009 5:43:15 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 9 replies · 484+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/24/09 | Michael Goldfarb
    In my last post on Burma, I reported the second meeting in as many months between Senator Jim Webb and Nyan Win, the foreign minister for the Burmese junta. This time the meeting was in Washington, which required that Win be granted a visa waiver (he, like the rest of the junta's senior figures, is on a prohibited list). [snip] Foreign Minister Nyan Win is actually Major General Nyan Win in the Burmese Army. Before heading up the Foreign Ministry where he became the point man for explaining away the butchery his regime visits on the Burmese people, he was...
  • Sen. Webb Hands Junta Another Diplomatic Coup; Scores US Visa for Senior General

    09/22/2009 6:53:18 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 459+ views ^ | September 22, 2009
    According to Reuters, Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win "has arrived in New York after being granted permission to visit the Burmese embassy in Washington, a US official said yesterday." The unnamed source quoted by Reuters stated that Nyan Win "made a side trip" to the embassy in Washington, but did not meet with any members of the US government." 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 are banned from visiting Washington except for very specific international meetings. Nayan Win would certainly fall...
  • Fleeing Battle, Myanmar Refugees Head to China

    08/28/2009 11:48:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 1,010+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 28, 2009 | THOMAS FULLER
    BANGKOK — After two decades of relative calm in northern Myanmar, fighting has broken out between the central government and upland ethnic groups, sending tens of thousands of refugees fleeing into China and threatening a fragile patchwork of cease-fire agreements that ended decades of civil war. Skip to next paragraph Related Times Topics: MyanmarThe fighting began between soldiers from the Kokang minority group and government troops, but it broadened to involve at least two more groups, the Wa and the Kachin. All three groups oppose the central government. The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Thursday that refugees were fleeing...
  • Q+A-China's complex relationship with Myanmar

    08/28/2009 4:36:56 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies · 966+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:30am EDT | Ben Blanchard
    BEIJING, Aug 28 (Reuters) - [SNIP] WHY IS CHINA UNWILLING TO CRITICISE MYANMAR? China has a longstanding policy of non-interference in other countries' affairs, especially over human rights issues, in part because it does not want the United States and Europe criticising Beijing's own record. [ID:nBKK197002] Beyond that, China's overriding concern is a stable Myanmar. Drugs and HIV/AIDS pour across the border into the southwestern province of Yunnan and China is desperate to control that flow. Any action that might place unbearable pressure on the generals and force a government collapse could have dire consequences for China. Ethnic minorities in...
  • Yettaw released from prison...hometown paper

    08/17/2009 7:14:34 PM PDT · by fungoking · 7 replies · 1,267+ views
    Lebanon Daily Record ^ | 8/17/09 | ap/staff
    Myanmar freed an ailing American whom it had sentenced to seven years of hard labor and handed him to an influential U.S senator on Sunday, a move that could help persuade Washington to soften its hardline policy against the military regime. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, who secured John Yettaw's freedom, said he believes years of sanctions have failed to move the Southeast Asian country toward democratic reforms or talks with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • US senator visits Suu Kyi

    08/15/2009 3:09:23 PM PDT · by jedi150 · 4 replies · 276+ views
    US senator visits Suu Kyi Published: 16/08/2009 at 04:50 AM Rangoon (AFP) - US Senator Jim Webb met Burmese military ruler Than Shwe and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday after securing the release of the US citizen jailed for visiting Suu Kyi's house in May. John Yettaw, bound for Bangkok Sunday afternoon. Webb, a Democrat with close links to US President Barack Obama, became the first official US visitor to hold talks with the reclusive Than Shwe, encountering the regime's supremo in his bunker-like capital, Naypyidaw, officials said. Webb then flew to Rangoon to meet Nobel peace...
  • Burma to free Suu Kyi US 'guest' (but not her)

    08/15/2009 7:20:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies · 629+ views
    BBC News ^ | 8/15/2009
    US Senator Jim Webb has said jailed American John Yettaw is to be released by Burma's military leaders and will leave the country with him on Sunday. The announcement came shortly after Mr Webb held talks with Burmese military ruler Than Shwe in Burma. Mr Webb also met pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, days after she was given house arrest for 18 more months. Mr Yettaw's uninvited visit to Ms Suu Kyi's home led to her trial. He was himself given seven years' hard labour. Mr Webb's office said Mr Yettaw would be officially deported on Sunday morning and...
  • US Senator Jim Webb arrives in Myanmar's military capital (A Junket we will go)

    08/14/2009 12:31:31 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies · 1,625+ views ^ | Aug 14, 2009 | Asia-Pacific News
    Yangon - US Senator Jim Webb arrived in Myanmar's military capital Naypyitaw Friday for high-level talks with the country's ruling junta that are expected to include a meeting with Senior General Than Shwe, government sources confirmed. Webb, a Democrat from Virginia who is chairman of the East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, flew direct to Naypyitaw, 350 kilometres north of Yangon, in a chartered plane from Vientiane, Laos. He is scheduled to meet with junta chief Than Shwe at 11 am (0430 GMT) Saturday , a foreign ministry source said. Webb's trip to Myanmar, part of a five-nation tour of...
  • American Had 'Vision' of Assassination

    08/12/2009 8:57:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1,915+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 12, 2009
    John William Yettaw thought he was on a mission from God to save Aung San Suu Kyi. But the American ended up inadvertently extending her house arrest. It started with his now infamous swim in May. Overweight, asthmatic and suffering from borderline diabetes, he arrived at the back door of the Nobel Peace laureate's home and lay down exhausted, with cramps in both legs. Suu Kyi's two companions heard him moaning but let him in only after dawn. Then Suu Kyi herself told him to get out, allowing him to stay two nights when he complained of ill health instead...
  • Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi 'guilty'

    08/11/2009 12:20:37 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies · 475+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Tuesday, 11 August 2009 | BBC
    Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional 18 months house arrest by a court in Rangoon. Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, was convicted of violating state security laws by allowing a US national into her lakeside home after he swam there. She was jailed for three years with hard labour, but this was commuted to house arrest, an official said. American John Yettaw was jailed for seven years, four with hard labour.
  • The only marked difference between North Korea, Burma

    08/09/2009 4:33:33 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 269+ views
    New Vision Online ^ | August 9, 2009 | Gwynne Dyer
    IT is generally agreed that North Korea and Burma have the two most oppressive regimes in Asia. They rule over two of the poorest countries in the continent, and that is no coincidence whatever. But there is one marked difference between them. No foreign leaders pay court to the Burmese generals in their weirdly grandiose new capital of Naypidaw (which makes even Brasilia seem cozy and intimate), whereas even Bill Clinton, the world’s most recognisable celebrity statesman, makes the pilgrimage to Pyongyang. Clinton was there to secure the release of two American journalists who were seized on the Chinese-North Korean...
  • Burma obtains North Korean help with suspicious nuclear programme

    08/03/2009 7:39:29 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 497+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 3, 2009 | Thomas Bell
    North Korea is helping the military regime in Burma construct a sophisticated nuclear facility, according to two high level defectors interviewed by Australian researchers. The two defectors, knowns as Moe Joe, an army officer trained in Russia to be a member of a Burmese "nuclear battalion", and Tin Min, an accountant who claimed to have knowledge of nuclear infrastructure projects and shipments of material from North Korea. The claims are unconfirmed but are being taken seriously by Burma specialists after a series of recent revelations of military ties between the two pariah states. Russia agreed to help Burma build a...
  • Obama and the mad proliferators

    08/03/2009 12:43:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 949+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 03, 2009 | James Lewis
    So you thought Iran was the most frightening nuclear madhouse? With North Korea playing catch-up? You forgot Syria. Its hidden nuke reactor was bombed by Israel in 2007. But nobody knows what else they have. You forgot Libya. Qaddafi got scared by Dubya and gave up nukes in 2003. But it's a big country, and they could be hiding stuff. And today we have Myanmar, which used to be called Burma. It follows the Burmese Way to Socialism, which means that Obama has to be nice to them. They are officially the Wretched of the Earth, even the tyrants who...
  • N.Korea 'helping Myanmar build nuclear plant': report (to have nuke in 5 yrs)

    08/01/2009 11:55:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 3,037+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/01/09
    N.Korea 'helping Myanmar build nuclear plant': report Sat Aug 1, 11:03 am ET SYDNEY (AFP) – North Korea is helping Myanmar build a secret nuclear reactor and plutonium extraction plant to build an atomic bomb within five years, a report said on Saturday, citing the evidence of defectors. The nuclear complex is hidden inside a mountain at Naung Laing, in Myanmar's north, and runs parallel to a civil reactor being built at another site by Russia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The revelations come just weeks after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced concerns that Pyongyang was transferring...
  • Sound the Alarm: How to stop Burma from getting nukes (from N. Korea)

    07/26/2009 2:38:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 572+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 07/24/09 | CATHERINE COLLINS
    Sound the Alarm How to stop Burma from getting nukes. BY CATHERINE COLLINS | JULY 24, 2009 When senior Chinese officials arrive in Washington on Monday for bilateral talks on strategy and the economy, they will find a new item near the top of the agenda: U.S. concerns that North Korea is supplying nuclear weapons technology to Burma. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of this possibility speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum this week in Thailand -- a threat she said the United States takes "very seriously." So seriously, in fact, that Clinton will raise...
  • Clinton Calls for Suu Kyi's Release

    07/22/2009 10:08:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 449+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/22/09
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the release of Myanmarese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would also benefit the military-led isolated country. Speaking during a media event Wednesday at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Phuket, Thailand, Clinton said it is critical Suu Kyi be released, Voice of America reported. "And if she were released, that would open up opportunities, at least for my country, to expand our relationship with Burma (former name of Myanmar), including investments in Burma," she said. Clinton said such a step would be up to Myanmar's military junta. "And we can only hope that...
  • Is Myanmar moving toward nuclear status?

    07/21/2009 2:04:26 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies · 1,071+ views
    AP ^ | July 20 , 2009 | DENIS D. GRAY Associated Press Writer
    BANGKOK – The recent aborted voyage of a North Korean ship, photographs of massive tunnels and a top secret meeting have raised alarm bells that one of the world's poorest nations may be aspiring to join the nuclear club — with help from its friends in Pyongyang. No one expects military-run Myanmar, also known as Burma, to obtain an atomic bomb anytime soon, but experts have the Southeast Asian nation on their radar screen. "There's suspicion that something is going on, and increasingly that cooperation with North Korea may have a nuclear undercurrent. We are very much looking into it,"...