February 2007


Bangkok: Crippling economic realities in military-ruled Burma may pose a more formidable threat to the junta than the simmering political front, say analysts in the wake of a rare public protest in Rangoon over a range of domestic problems.
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Foreigners working in Burma for the UN and international NGOs are paid up to 25 times more than local staff, according to a Rangoon journal article that has won applause from Burmese readers.
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According to Maj Gen Bee Htoo, Chief of Staff of the Karenni Army, the military arm of the Karenni National Progressive Party, the Burma Army will be launching a dry season offensive against his army and the Shan State Army (SSA) come April, reported the local Chiangmai News yesterday.
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A 34-member trade delegation from Burma, including officials of its union, has begun a tour of Indian states. They arrived in Imphal, capital of the Indian state of Manipur bordering Burma on Wednesday morning.
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New York: Two ethnic women-one a US citizen and another fighting for the cause from Mizoram- Tuesday urged the international community to save Burmese women from “state-sanctioned” sexual crimes.
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Bangkok: Activists call on Thailand to cancel Salween dam plans with Myanmar Bangkok, Thai and Myanmar villagers, backed by activists around the world, on Wednesday appealed to the Thai government to end its collaboration with military-run Myanmar in building five hydro-electic dams on the Salween River.
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United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon yesterday hailed a new agreement between the Burmese government and the International Labour Organization on a mechanism for processing forced labour claims.
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United Nations: The United States criticized the United Nations for refusing to list a panel it organized Tuesday entitled “State-Sanctioned Mass Rape in Burma and Sudan” on a U.N. Web site.
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Burma’s military junta has concluded an “understanding” with the International Labour Organization to allow victims of forced labor to make complaints to the international body.
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Nine demonstrators, who dared to protest against the military regime’s failure to check soaring inflation, were released today following long hours of interrogation by security personnel in the Aung Tha Pyay detention camp, according to one of those released.
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The Sanchaung Court today, once again postponed the trail relating to a pro-democracy activist who has filed a defamation suit against 123 editors and publishers of local journals for publishing articles linking her to a pimp.
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February 26: A significant quantity of crude oil has been oozing out of the ground in Arakan’s Manaung Island since the beginning of November last year, said a local eyewitness.
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A total of 13 local writers in Myanmar have won manuscript awards to be presented by noted writer Pakokku U Ohn Pe, the official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday.
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A group of German Buddhist monks of Burmese origin and are set to reach the Thai-Burma border town of Maesot on March 4 after walking from Bangkok to rally support for national reconciliation.
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Muse anti-narcotics police and troops from the Burmese military’s Kutkai command reportedly stormed a narcotics factory in Shan State’s Mong Ko township last week.
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Military-ruled Myanmar has awarded another contract to South Korean conglomerate Daewoo International Corp to explore for natural gas in the Gulf of Bengal, state media said Tuesday.
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Rangoon, Burma: Burma plans to double rubber cultivation to 400,000 hectares in 2007-08 fiscal beginning April, the state controlled official newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported yesterday.
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UN human rights expert Paulo Sergio Pinheiro has urged the Burmese military government to grant aid groups immediate access to threatened communities in Burma’s Karen State.
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February 24: Charm Tong, an exiled Shan woman, has been named the winner of the 2007 Student Peace Prize at the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT) in Norway.
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Burma’s military authorities arrested more people over the weekend in connection with last Thursday’s Rangoon demonstration demanding better living conditions.
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