Friday, September 14th, 2007


The blame for the economic deterioration in Burma has been laid squarely on the military junta’s door by the main opposition political party in the country. The National League for Democracy pointed out today that the economic downslide has tested the peoples’ patience who have been forced to take to the streets in protest.
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A state-controlled Myanmar newspaper urged Buddhist monks Friday not to join anti-government protests sweeping the country.
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A group of military officials were thrown out by monks when they were tried to enter a temple in Phayarkyi quarter in Mandalay, Burma with donations to appease the angry monks.
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An irate Commander Maj-Gen Ohn Myint has lashed out at Kachin students after they set in motion a poster campaign since early this week in Myitkyina Township, capital of Kachin State, Northern Burma. The posters are targeted at the Burmese military junta.
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The Burmese Army unit led by Lt. Gen Maung Bo has confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of land in Mon State for new military bases in southern Burma recently.
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The Burmese military government has beefed up security across the country in fear of more demonstrations by monks and activists.
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Energy authorities of Myanmar and Thailand are negotiating for the construction of a marine joint venture natural gas pipeline for export of gas to Thailand from M- 9 block in Myanmar’s Mottama offshore area, according to sources with the Myanmar energy ministry Friday. (more…)

In a response to media reports that Myanmar has picked up China as a gas buyer from the A-1 and A-3 fields off the Rakhine coast, CNPC Foreign Affairs Department told China Business News it has not received such news from its subsidiary that is operating the bid for Myanmar gas. (more…)

Praise from the United Nations for continued drop in poppy cultivation in military-ruled Burma paints a false picture of success, say members of the Shan ethnic community and human rights activists. What cannot be ignored, they add, is how profitable the narcotics trade remains for the local commanders of the junta.
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Praise from the United Nations for continued drop in poppy cultivation in military-ruled Burma paints a false picture of success, say members of the Shan ethnic community and human rights activists. What cannot be ignored, they add, is how profitable the narcotics trade remains for the local commanders of the junta.
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China urged troubled Myanmar to press forward with a “democracy process that is appropriate for the country”, cautiously adding its weight to international pressure on the Southeast Asian junta to defuse public unrest.
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Visiting Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee was grilled Friday on his country’s close relations with Myanmar’s military regime after delivering a speech in Bangkok on India’s “Look East” policy.
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North Korea and Myanmar signed an agreement Friday on cooperation between their foreign ministries as two of the world’s most repressive regimes took further steps towards closer ties.
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The head of a leading American labor rights organization has appealed to the Burmese government for the release of six Burmese labor activists wrongfully accused of crimes against the state and subsequently sentenced to lengthy prison terms.
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Three noted United Nations representatives, on Thursday, called on Burmese and international leaders to work toward the release of all political prisoners arrested as a result of peacefully protesting the recent government-imposed price-hikes; while an Indian official unequivocally gave notice that any change was up to the people of Burma alone.
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Burma has been ranked ‘zero,’ the worst government in the world according to the amount of freedom citizens have to voice opinions and select a government, according to the latest Worldwide Governance Indicators report.
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The latest enemy of the Burmese junta isn’t even alive, but it has the power to make the generals furious enough. This fiend carries information the generals don’t want disclosed to the outside world. (more…)

The late veteran Burmese journalist Chit Tun once wrote in the Far Eastern Economic Review that there had been many “firsts” between Burma and China.
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