Friday, September 7th, 2007


It’s a conflict that has been going on for decades. The military junta of Myanmar continues to wage war on the country’s ethnic minorities. The refugee crisis continues to worsen as horrific violence spreads through the jungle. (more…)

September 5, BURMA: International community is failing the people of Myanmar again
1. On 15 August 2007, the Government of Myanmar increased the cost of all vehicle and generator fuels, over which it holds a monopoly, without prior announcement. (more…)

Indian Standard Time – 5:00 p.m – Authorities keep close watch over Mandalay branch NLD meeting – Interview with Daw Win Mya Mya, member of Mandalay NLD organizing committee
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Political tension in military-ruled Myanmar has taken an ominous turn, with soldiers clashing this week with sections of the country’s respected Buddhist clergy. The confrontation was the latest in an unfolding drama that has featured rare public protests against the hardline regime for implementing massive hikes in fuel prices in mid-August. (more…)

Myanmar’s military regime freed a wounded protester in a conciliatory gesture after tensions boiled over when Buddhist monks seized a group of officials as hostages, activists said Friday.
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Myanmar’s ruling generals accused exile dissident groups on Friday of fomenting two weeks of rare protests and signalled there would be no let up in efforts to crush them despite harsh U.S. and European Union criticism.
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Myanmar’s state controlled media on Friday admitted for the first time that the military regime was at loggerheads with rebellious Buddhist monks in Pakokku, central Myanmar.
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You Tube, the popular website which featured the ongoing protests in Burma on video, has been banned by the military junta. Access to the video-uploading website was barred four days ago.
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An official version of the standoff between monks and civil authorities in the tension-racked Upper Burma town of Pakokku, claiming warning shots had been fired to disperse protesters in the interests of public safety, has reportedly only heightened people’s anger.
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The situation in the aftermath of monks in Pakokku teaching the military junta a lesson in Mandalay is worsening. Mandalay is the second largest city of Burma ( Myanmar ) and is situated in upper Burma .
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Twenty or more names of Burmese activists, including prominent pro-democracy activists Htay Kywe and Su Su Nway who are currently in hiding, are on a watch list at the Myawaddy border checkpoint opposite Mae Sot in Thailand, according to travelers who have been questioned by border officials.
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Singapore became the second international destination for Myanmar’s Air Bagan on Friday with the airline’s launch of daily flights between the two countries.
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Philippines Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said Friday that Southeast Asia’s controversial policy to engage Myanmar, a pariah in the West due to its human rights record, was not working out.
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US President George W. Bush on Friday invited Southeast Asian leaders, including an official from Myanmar, to Texas despite his increasingly sharp attacks on the isolated nation’s military regime.
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China wants reconciliation and an improvement of conditions in army-ruled Myanmar, where scores of people have been arrested during weeks of protests, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
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The European Commission on Thursday called human rights violations in Myanmar a scandal and said its military government was a threat to the Southeast Asian region.
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Replying to follow-up questions to Ibrahim Gambari’s recent update on United Nations initiatives vis-à-vis Burma, the Office of the Secretary General concurred with the Special Advisor’s statements concerning the nature of the United Nations approach, the positive results to date and the relationship between the Secretary General and Security Council.
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Myanmar’s crackdown on protests against huge fuel price rises drew condemnation from the United States and expressions of dismay from other Asia-Pacific nations on Friday, but its ruling generals appeared defiant.
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Dear United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
We are writing to urge you to personally intervene to secure the release of the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi. As you know, she has been held under house arrest in the Southeast Asian country of Burma for 12 of the past 17 years. On June 19th, she spent her 62nd birthday under house arrest. (more…)

The curtain falls on a long-running farce, with Myanmar no nearer democracy
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