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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,"...
  • Is Myanmar going nuclear?

    07/20/2009 10:16:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 1,870+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 21, 2009 | DENIS D. GRAY
    BANGKOK (AP) - 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," says...
  • N. Korea using Malaysian bank to deal weapons with Myanmar: source(Kangnam's cargo)

    07/04/2009 8:08:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 1,117+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/04/09 | Sam Kim
    N. Korea using Malaysian bank to deal weapons with Myanmar: source By Sam Kim SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea sought payment through a bank in Malaysia for its suspected shipment of weapons to Myanmar that is being carried on a freighter tracked by the U.S. Navy, a source said Saturday. The visit by a U.S. envoy to Malaysia this weekend will focus on ways to cut off the payment transaction for the cargo from the bank in Malaysia to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the source said. "Kim will have a hard time collecting his money," the high-level...
  • Burma, North Korea Said To Expand Military Ties (No.3 man's secret visit to NK last Nov )

    07/02/2009 11:08:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 774+ views
    Salem-News ^ | 07/02/09 | Kyaw Min Htun
    Jul-02-2009 20:51 Burma, North Korea Said To Expand Military Ties Kyaw Min Htun Special to Exile Burmese media have voiced alarm in recent days at reports of growing ties between Burma and nuclear-armed North Korea. On Nov. 26, Burmese Gen. Thura Shwe Mann and North Korean Gen. Kim Kyok Sik reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding expanding military ties. Photo: RFA (BANGKOK RFA) - A leaked report purportedly drafted by authorities in Burma’s military government describes a top-secret visit to North Korea late last year by Burma's top brass, during which the two sides pledged to significantly expand...
  • North Korean ship 'turned around'

    07/01/2009 9:24:16 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies · 1,086+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 1, 2009
    A North Korean ship being tracked by the United States Navy on suspicion of transporting weapons to Burma has turned around, US officials have said. They said they did not know where the ship was now heading, but South Korean media said it was going home. The UN passed a tough sanctions resolution, Number 1874, allowing for inspections of air, ship and land shipments in and out of North Korea. The resolution followed North Korea's nuclear and missile tests in May. The Kang Nam 1 ship set sail from North Korea on 17 June and appeared to be bound for...
  • Burma restricts reportage on North Korean vessel

    06/25/2009 8:34:56 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 4 replies · 424+ views
    Chiang Mai (mizzima) - Burma’s Censorship Board has restricted local journals from reporting on the progress of the North Korean vessel, Kang Nam. The restriction came after a local journal, Pyi Myanmar, in its international section, printed an AP story on the North Korean vessel, which is believed to be heading towards Burma. “I think if we run the story like today’s edition of the New Light of Myanmar, we might get permission. But others will not get it. I have heard that the Censorship Board failed to check on their story, that is why it was published,” a local...

    06/25/2009 12:55:56 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 75 replies · 4,741+ views
    Chosun Ilbo News, Seoul ^ | 25 June 2009 (59th anniversary of start of Korean War) | Chosun Ilbo, Seoul, S. Korea (English)
    N.Korea 'Helping Burma with WMD'North Korea is helping Burma with the acquisition of so-called weapons of mass destruction, with the U.S. claiming that the North Korean ship Kangnam is headed for the Southeast Asian country. The Burmese junta "has bought technologies on the open market that are potentially usable in a nuclear program, and North Korean arms companies involved in the nuclear trade have become active" in Burma, the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday said quoting speculation by U.S., Asian and UN officials. "North Korea has used [Burmese] ports and airstrips to transfer arms and contraband to third countries, including...
  • Happy Birthday -- So To Speak!

    06/19/2009 9:34:18 AM PDT · by Zanton · 4 replies · 845+ views
    Today [June 19th] marks the 64th birthday of 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. Burma's leading freedom-fighter celebrates it inside notorious Insein Prison, near Rangoon. Here's another House Of Cards dictatorship the sissified, self-hating Western states don't lift a finger to topple. America, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and even Israel are all pretty much feckless, impotent, "paper tigers" by now. Tigers waiting for some crippled, retarded, diseased Communist or Muslim mouse to slaughter them.
  • Obama calls for Suu Kyi release

    05/26/2009 5:08:59 PM PDT · by traumer · 11 replies · 510+ views
    US President Barack Obama has called for the "immediate and unconditional" release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In a written statement, Mr Obama said he strongly condemned Ms Suu Kyi's house arrest, which has lasted for most of the last 19 years. She is being tried for violating the terms of her detention in a case which has drawn widespread condemnation. The Nobel laureate faces up to five years in jail, if convicted. "Aung San Suu Kyi's continued detention, isolation, and show trial based on spurious charges cast serious doubt on the Burmese regime's willingness to be...
  • Burma tense as Suu Kyi is tried

    05/19/2009 12:52:32 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies · 304+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Monday, 18 May 2009 | anonymous
    Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been spending the past few days inside Insein Prison - and her trial is being watched with concern by the international community and fear and apprehension inside the country. All foreign journalists are barred from Burma
  • Myanmar finds more evidences on Bronze Age, Iron Age

    03/09/2009 7:14:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 1,193+ views
    ChinaView / Xinhua ^ | Monday, March 9, 2009 | Deng Shasha (editor)
    Recent excavations have found more evidences on both Bronze Age and Iron Age in Thazi township, central Mandalay division, Myanmar, proving that the country passed through both Bronze Age and Iron Age in the ancient time. The Archaeology, Natural Museum and Libraries Department under the Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the CNRC of France, excavated the areas around Ywagongyi village in the township for 20 days from Jan. 10 to 30, finding out the site where 44 bodies were buried along with two small bundles of bronze sheets, two iron objects, 14 stone beads of different colors, a fine...
  • China to Build $2.5B O&G Pipeline through Myanmar

    11/22/2008 3:01:24 PM PST · by fella · 5 replies · 1,234+ views
    RigZone ^ | Friday, November 21, 2008 | United Press International
    China to Build $2.5B O&G Pipeline through Myanmar United Press International Friday, November 21, 2008 China plans to proceed with a $2.5 billion oil and gas pipeline through Myanmar to connect its Yunnan province, with construction set to start next year. Mi Gongsheng, director of the province's reform and development commission, told the official Xinhua news agency the pipeline is one of a series of large energy projects in which the province plans to invest about $10.5 billion. China is a major trading partner of Myanmar, formerly called Burma, which has been under military rule since the 1960s. The junta...
  • Burma comic jailed for 45 years

    11/22/2008 7:39:05 AM PST · by Loyalist · 11 replies · 1,454+ views
    BBC ^ | November 22, 2008 | Staff
    A popular comedian active in Burma's democracy movement has been sentenced to 45 years in jail by a Burmese court. Zarganar was found to have violated the Electronics Act, which regulates electronic communications. He is the latest in a string of opposition activists to be given long jail terms by the military government. He was detained earlier this year for criticising the government's slow response to Cyclone Nargis in interviews with foreign news groups.
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on Burma

    11/19/2008 12:02:02 AM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies · 771+ views - News ^ | November 17, 2008 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Note: The following text is a quote: For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary November 17, 2008 White House News Statement by the Press Secretary on Burma Burma: Continued Arbitrary Sentencing In the last few days in Burma, Than Shwe's brutal regime arbitrarily sentenced additional pro-democracy activists to harsh prison terms. This brings the total number of persons convicted since November 7 to at least 86. Brave Burmese patriots such as Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, and Htay Kywe, were among those who have been sentenced to 65 years' imprisonment for their peaceful participation in the August...
  • Bronze Age ancient artifacts unearthed in Myanmar

    08/17/2008 10:14:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 513+ views
    Chinaview ^ | August 16, 2008 | Xinhua
    Ancient artifacts on Bronze Age and Iron Age were excavated in Thazi township in the central Mandalay division recently, proofing an evidence of transition from Bronze culture to Iron culture in Myanmar, according to state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar on Saturday. The Archaeological, Natural Museum and Libraries Department under the Ministry of Culture unearthed the ancient artifacts near Kanthitgon village in Thazi township, Mandalay division, in June this year, the paper said. Foreign archaeologists once considered that in the early history, Myanmar was transferred from Stone Age into the Iron Age without flourishing of Bronze culture, it said,...
  • Please Help Me Trace This Bill

    08/04/2008 11:45:48 AM PDT · by Bernard Marx · 15 replies · 292+ views
    Vanity | 8-4-08 | Self
    Help please! I belong to a forum devoted to gems and gemology. Members there, 99% ultra-liberal, are going into a tizzy because Bush signed a bill that outlaws certain gem imports from Burma. It's silly feel-good legislation that accomplishes nothing toward toppling the junta but makes it appear our Congress-critters are "doing something." It's named the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008. Forum members there are trying to rewrite history by saying Bush and Cheney are responsible instead of the Democrats who wrote it and pushed it through Congress. They're really incensed because the bill blocks certain gem...
  • Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor

    06/05/2008 7:15:22 AM PDT · by Jersey Republican Biker Chick · 6 replies · 675+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 06/05/2008 | yahoo
    YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's military regime has forced cyclone survivors to do menial labor in exchange for food and stepped up a campaign to evict displaced citizens from aid shelters, an international human rights group said Thursday. London-based Amnesty International also said authorities in several cyclone-hit areas continue to divert aid despite the junta's pledge to crack down on the problem weeks ago. "Unless human rights safeguards are observed, tens of thousands of people remain at risk," Amnesty said in a report released Thursday. "Respect for human rights must be at the center of the relief effort." More than a...
  • U.S. Warship With Aid For Cyclone Victims Leaving Myanmar

    06/04/2008 4:58:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies · 215+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 4, 2008 | Windsor Genova
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - A U.S. warship delivering aid to cyclone victims in Myanmar and its escort vessels will leave international waters near the country on Thursday. The departure of USS Essex on orders of the Pentagon follows the refusal of the military rulers of Myanmar to allow U.S. helicopters to airlift relief supplies to people in the Irrawaddy Delta region, which was hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis last month. According to a statemenf from Admiral Timothy J. Keating, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Myanmar rejected the U.S. Navy's 15 requests for permission to fly the relief goods into...
  • Myanmar Cyclone: Burma's Junta Turns Away US Aid Ships

    06/04/2008 4:44:25 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 578+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2008 | cyclone: Burma's junta turns away US aid ships
    Myanmar cyclone: Burma's junta turns away US aid ships By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent Last Updated: 1:46PM BST 04/06/2008 Four American navy ships, laden with relief supplies, are steaming away from the Burmese coast because the military junta will not allow them to help starving cyclone victims. On board the boats were 22 urgently needed heavy-lift helicopters, amphibious vehicles and water purification equipment. The Burmese regime claimed that, far from wanting to help the 2.5 million survivors of last month’s cyclone, the US was in fact intent on stealing the country’s oil resources. "I am both saddened and...
  • US ships off Myanmar will leave the area

    06/03/2008 9:35:40 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 12 replies · 662+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 3 Jun 08 | AP
    A top U.S. military commander says American navy ships off Myanmar's coast will leave the area after failing to get the junta's permission to help with cyclone relief efforts. Adm. Timothy Keating says that he wants the USS Essex and accompanying vessels to resume their previously scheduled duties on Thursday. The ships were in the region for international exercises. Keating made them available to help with relief efforts for last month's cyclone and they were deployed near Myanmar in case they obtained permission to enter the country's waters. But Myanmar allowed only limited U.S. military aid flights to the country,...
  • Panties for Peace Bringing Burma’s Junta to Its Misogynist Knees

    06/02/2008 5:42:29 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 10 replies · 132+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | June 2, 2008 | Lucia de Vernai
    The words “panties” and “spreading” usually don’t appear together on the agenda for bringing democracy, but a Canadian human rights group is changing all that. Panties for Peace has been around for less than a year, but the underwear revolution has spread to the Philippines, Spain, Poland and the U.S. It plays on the popular belief in Burma that contact with women’s panties strips a fighter of his strength. Yes, you read that correctly. Burma’s women have been victims of sexual violence and rape as weapons of war of the military junta for over 20 years. Now the body parts...

    05/30/2008 4:41:48 PM PDT · by rontorr · 16 replies · 697+ views
    The Bangkok Post ^ | 31 May, 2008 | Bangkok Post
    Rangoon - The military junta began evicting destitute families from cyclone relief centres on Friday and rejected foreign food aid - because people can survive perfectly well by hunting "large, edible frogs." The New Light of Myanmar "newspaper", a government mouthpiece, also warned that foreign relief workers would snoop inside homes, and condemned donors for linking aid money to full access to the hardest-hit regions in the Irrawaddy Delta. The tirade came as the junta tightened its political grip on the country, extending democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest and announcing that its new constitution has been enacted....
  • Thailand - Fire damages Burma embassy

    05/26/2008 1:51:53 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Excerpt - Fire broke out early Monday and seriously damaged the top floor of the Burmese embassy on Sathorn Road, but there were no injuries, police officials said. They said the fire, which occurred after sunrise, was brought under control within 30 minutes but that there was a significant amount of smoke. The roof of the building collpased during the blaze, prompting officials at the embassy to move their cars out of the area. "The blaze broke out on the top floor, in a room full of documents and filing cabinets," firefighter Niwat Jootawong told a reporter of the AFP...
  • 220 000 condoms off to Myanmar

    05/21/2008 9:58:59 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 45 replies · 147+ views
    News24 ^ | 5/20/08
    The United Nations will send nearly a quarter of a million condoms into cyclone-hit Myanmar to help needy survivors with no access to contraceptives, a UN official says. So far, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said it had sent 72 800 condoms to survivors struggling to maintain their family planning after the storm hit in early May. A total of 218 400 condoms would be delivered, UNFPA aid advisor Chaiyos Kunanusont said. "We don't want regular use of contraception disrupted. An emergency usually damages the health system, so people don't have access to condoms and contraceptives," said Chaiyos. Flights were...
  • Myanmar State Media: Aid From U.S. Warships Rejected (Government thugs killing their own people)

    05/21/2008 8:18:43 AM PDT · by khnyny · 20 replies · 504+ views ^ | May 21, 2008
    YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar shunned a U.S. proposal for naval ships to deliver aid to cyclone victims today, according to state-run media, dimming hopes that the vessels could provide a major boost to relief efforts. The New Light of Myanmar, a mouthpiece for Myanmar's ruling junta, said that such assistance "comes with strings attached," citing fears that Washington wants to overthrow the country's government and seize its oil. The United States, as well as France and Great Britain, have naval vessels loaded with humanitarian supplies off the Myanmar coast, and had been waiting for a green light to deliver them....
  • The world's most despicable socialist regime

    05/18/2008 12:53:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 172+ views ^ | May 17, 2008 | David Warren
    More than a fortnight has passed since a major cyclone struck the heavily populated coastal and delta plains of Burma, causing casualties in six figures, both from the immediate effects of violent winds and flooding, and those of disease and starvation in the aftermath. Indeed, one published estimate sourced to the Red Cross set the final toll of the "second wave" as high as two million souls. To this day, international relief organizations are still negotiating with the socialist regime in Rangoon to get direct access to survivors. The supplies they are delivering are impounded by this totalitarian government. The...
  • World Bank says can't give aid to Myanmar now

    05/19/2008 11:58:25 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 458+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | May 20, 2008
    SINGAPORE, May 20 (Reuters) - The World Bank is not in a position to provide any financial aid to cyclone-stricken Myanmar because the country has not been servicing its World Bank debt since 1998, a bank official said on Tuesday. "The World Bank is not in a position to assist Myanmar at this time," World Bank Managing Director Juan Jose Daboub told reporters, adding that it was the bank's policy not to provide funds to countries that have fallen behind on debt repayments.
  • 'Birth pains' have begun (End Days Alert) [Open]

    05/17/2008 2:52:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 156 replies · 356+ views
    WND ^ | May 16, 2008 | Hal Lindsey
    The world has endured an almost mind-numbing series of shocks in recent weeks, from the unprecedented swarm of tornadoes across the American Midwest to the death and destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis as it tore a path through Myanmar, better known as Burma.There were 368 documented tornadoes in the U.S. in January and February of this year, shattering the previous record of 243 over that two-month period, set in 1999. February's total of 232 tornadoes also shattered previous records.Cyclone Nargis ripped Burma apart, killing at least 128,000, according to Red Cross estimates, and creating some 2.5 million refugees.Al Gore was...
  • As cyclone refugees wait, regime refuses aid

    05/17/2008 2:46:29 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 129+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/17/08 | AP
    Myanmar's junta kept a French navy ship laden with aid waiting outside its maritime border on Saturday, and showed off neatly laid out state relief camps to diplomats. The stage-managed tour appeared aimed at countering global criticism of the junta's failure to provide for survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which left at least 134,000 people dead or missing. The junta flew 60 diplomats and U.N. officials in helicopters to three places in the Irrawaddy delta where camps, aid and survivors were put on display. The diplomats were not swayed.
  • Myanmar Cyclone: Burma Junta May Be Prosecuted Over Aid Block

    05/17/2008 10:27:29 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 233+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Philip Sherwell
    Myanmar cyclone: Burma junta may be prosecuted over aid block By Philip Sherwell in New York Last Updated: 6:17PM BST 17/05/2008 Burma's ruling generals could be threatened with prosecution for crimes against humanity as a last resort to pressure them to allow an international relief operation to reach desperate cyclone survivors. A boy looks out onto his devastated village near Yangon, Burma "The strategy is to raise the bar for the consequences of not allowing humanitarian intervention by introducing the threat of prosecution for crimes against humanity," said a senior US health expert involved in the discussions. "The goal is...
  • Myanmar Says Constitution Approved

    05/15/2008 5:41:45 AM PDT · by period end of story · 8 replies · 142+ views
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar announced Thursday that a constitution won massive support in a referendum -- a claim slammed by a leading rights group as an insult to the country's people. The document, which critics say will cement nearly four decades of military rule, was approved by 92.4 percent of the 22 million eligible voters last Saturday, said Aung Toe, head of the Referendum Holding Committee on state radio. He put voter turnout at more than 99 percent. The vote has also come under fire for being held while the country responds to a massive cyclone that has killed...