Tuesday, September 11th, 2007


In a fresh attempt at blocking information flow, the Burmese military junta has cut mobile and landline telephone services of prominent activists and some members of Burma’s largest opposition party, National League for Democracy, as of yesterday. (more…)

Myanmar’s junta pleaded with its citizens to end weeks of anti-government protests and to instead express their views through a promised referendum on a new constitution, state-run media reported Tuesday.
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Burma’s military government put monasteries under close watch to clamp down on the most sustained anti-government protests in a decade.
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Pakokku authorities have arrested four town residents for allegedly providing foreign media with information on the protest staged last week by monks over poor economic conditions, according to local residents.
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Among the Burmese pro-democracy activists in hiding are many courageous and committed women who have played leading roles in the recent demonstrations against sharp price increases in fuel, which began on Aug 19.
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Senior monks in Pakokku, Magwe division, were called to a meeting with high-level government officials on Sunday and offered money as compensation for monks who were beaten and disrobed in last week’s protest over poor economic conditions.
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Responding to the question of how the ailing Burmese economic patient can be cured, a respected Burmese economist has prescribed a hefty dose of reforms concerning where and to what extent the government chooses to spend its limited resources.
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Alarmed over ongoing protests relating to the massive fuel price increase, the Township Peace and Development Councils (TPDCs) are not taking chances relating to security in government departments in Burma . They have ordered 24-hour patrolling after the protests began spreading across the country.
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Mrauk U:  The Burmese Army has been fleecing villagers for rations for its soldiers. Army officials confiscated coconut trees and chickens from several villages in Mrauk U Township for an army husbandry project without paying any compensation, said a village chairman from Mrauk U Township .
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Thar Phyu, a blog writer and a computer shop owner in Mogok Township in central Burma, was issued a warning by local authorities on Monday, according to local residents. He is a member of the National League for Democracy’s youth division. A second computer shop owner was also warned for not having a license.
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A group of Burmese medical professionals today urged Burma’s ruling military junta to respect international norms and stop torturing prisoners of conscience.
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Burma’s and North Korea’s renewed diplomatic ties are a natural alliance between anti-American countries in Asia, according to a former Burmese diplomat to China.
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday his special envoy will visit Burmain mid-October to pursue UN efforts to bring democracy and human rights to that nation.
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Appreciation of the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and association are vital to any successful democratic transition and national reconciliation inside Burma, according to a ranking United Nations official.
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On September 18th, protests are scheduled to take place at Chinese Embassies and Consulates around the world in a bid to pressure China into altering its stance and support for the military regime in Burma.
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Dissatisfied Burmese monks have now released leaflets asking for an apology from the regime and authorities who violently suppressed their peaceful gathering in Pakokku, central Burma.
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Banna Sala, Laos: Fields of brightly colored opium poppies, Corsican gangsters and the CIA’s secret war: The mystique of the Golden Triangle clings to the jungle-covered mountains here like the morning mist.
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