September 2007

U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari met detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday but had not held talks yet with the head of the junta on ending a bloody crackdown on protests against 45 years of military rule. (more…)

Thousands of soldiers and police locked down Myanmar’s largest cities Sunday, keeping even the most die-hard protesters off the streets. Scores of overnight arrests further weakened an uprising to end decades of military dictatorship. (more…)

Ngway Kyar Yan monastery, which was raided by government troops on Wednesday, was quickly cleaned up and restored by the Ministry of Religious Affairs in advance of United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari’s arrival in Burma yesterday, according to sources close to the monastery. (more…)

The Karen National Union, an ethnic armed rebel group, said it has killed at least four Burmese soldiers when it attacked a Burmese Army convoy, retreating from the frontline, early yesterday morning.

Burmese authorities were yesterday forcing local residents to join mass pro-government rallies to show their support for the newly-completed National Convention, according to local sources. (more…)

Authorities in Burma were detaining a journalist reporting for a Japanese newspaper for the third day Sunday, his family members said.

Myanmar’s main Internet link remained shut for a third straight day Sunday, as the ruling regime tried to curb the flow of information on a bloody crackdown against protesters. (more…)

Rangoon residents and the dissident Burmese community are trying to find out whether Kyaing Kyaing, wife of the junta’s chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe, fled overseas for safety reasons. (more…)

The rows of children transfixed by cartoons in a wooden shelter near the Thai-Myanmar border are probably too young to understand why they are all now wearing matching rust-red clothes.

The head of a leading German business organization said Sunday that calls in the West for sanctions against Myanmar was the wrong approach. (more…)

A Japanese official left for Burma on Sunday to press the military government to take steps toward democracy and to protest the killing of a Japanese journalist during a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. (more…)

Burmese students attending universities in Bangkok staged a demonstration on Saturday at the Burmese Embassy to show their solidarity with fellow countrymen who want an end to the military regime’s brutal rule. (more…)

Watching soldiers firing their guns and beating die-hard protesters with clubs in the streets of Yangon, a distraught man shouted, “Bloodbath again! Bloodbath again! Why don’t the Americans come and help us?”

Castel Gandolfo, Italy: Pope Benedict XVI expressed serious concern Sunday about the situation in Myanmar and said he strongly hoped that a peaceful solution would be found.

Sen. John McCain said Saturday that the United States and Myanmar’s neighbors need to be tougher on the military junta responsible for this week’s brutal crackdown on demonstrators. (more…)

To understand the unrest wracking Burma, consider a new town built in the lush hills northeast of Mandalay. It’s near the British-built hill station of Maymyo, where Burma’s old colonial masters went to escape the heat and dust of the plain. Maymyo still boasts red-brick mansions covered in ivy and pleasant gardens with roses, which flourish in the almost alpine climate of the hills. (more…)

In the early hours of June 4, 1989, I was on Chang’an Street, just west of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, when I saw Chinese soldiers open fire and kill many of my fellow protesters. I barely escaped the same fate. The horror of that day is seared in my mind like it was yesterday. (more…)

A crucial UN mission to meet with detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is facing failure after generals refuse access (more…)

Several hundred people have gathered in Burma’s main city of Rangoon, despite three days of a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari flew into Myanmar on Saturday carrying worldwide hopes he can persuade its ruling generals to use negotiations instead of guns to end mass protests against 45 years of military rule.

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