Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Political prisoners released under an Independence Day amnesty by Burma’s military government remain defiant, vowing Thursday to continue fighting for democracy and expressing concern for colleagues still behind bars. (more…)

Members of Burma’s pro-democracy opposition groups attended ceremonies in Rangoon on Thursday to mark the 59th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule. (more…)

The new administrative capital of Naypyidaw is taking shape and will be ‘evergreen and crime-free’ 59th anniversary of the Union of Myanmar independence day (more…)

Bangladesh plans to have a petrochemical zone near the Bangladesh-Burma border to ensure optimum use of natural gas, said an official report.

Barring another weather disturbance, the government is primed for the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit next week in Cebu originally scheduled in December but cancelled because of a typhoon that hit Visayas. (more…)

Russia on Wednesday said it remained opposed to addressing Burma at the UN Security Council despite US intentions to push for a resolution in 2007. (more…)

The forlorn hope of progressive political change in Myanmar using all modern means suggests that reaching back in time and resurrecting the long-dismantled monarchy could provide a prescription to cure the ills of one of the world’s most isolated countries, which on Thursday honored the 59-year anniversary of its independence from colonial rule. (more…)