Monday, October 8th, 2007

The Burmese army has burnt an undetermined number of bodies at a crematorium sealed off by armed guards northeast of Rangoon over the past seven days, ensuring that the exact death toll in the recent pro-democracy protests will never be known. (more…)

State-run newspaper the New Light of Myanmar has published its own account of raids on monasteries by government security forces, including allegations of items recovered in the raids.

The decision to use deadly force-to shoot Buddhist monks and activists in Rangoon-was made by junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe, but there were moments when the army-senior and junior officers-appear to have disagreed on how to handle the protests. (more…)

Burma’s “saffron revolt” has been crushed by an entrenched junta, but the brutality inflicted on Buddhist monks who braved its guns may be the only thing that could splinter the ranks of its fiercely loyal military. (more…)

Even as the Burmese military junta continues its crack down, the number of Burma’s opposition political party members who are being arrested has risen to over 400, an activist group said today. (more…)

The violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations in Tamwe Township and Sule Pagoda in Rangoon on September 27 was the most brutal of all, according to witnesses.

Ethnic Kachins are terribly upset with the Kachin Independent Organization (KIO) which participated in the rally supporting the outcome of the Burmese military junta’s National Convention (NC) and lavished praise. (more…)

Myanmar has banned outbound package tour arranged by domestic travel and tour companies, the local Voice journal reported Monday. (more…)

A group of four women, one carrying her baby daughter, stopped by in front of a restaurant near the “Friendship Bridge” that links Myawadi in Myanmar and Mae Sot in Thailand on Saturday morning. (more…)

Thailand’s largest oil and gas conglomerate PTT PUBLIC CO. LTD. will continue procuring natural gas from Myanmar despite an outcry from the international community and calls for foreign companies to switch investments elsewhere following the Myanmar junta’s crackdown on the country’s pro-democracy citizens and monks. (more…)

Malaysia says the crisis in Burma is affecting the credibility of the regional grouping, ASEAN, which has opposed Western calls for sanctions. (more…)

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh has told the Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that India favours an early release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and desires a fast return to peace in Burma. (more…)

The UN Envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, last week said that the popular Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for more than 11 of the last 18 years, is anxious to engage in dialogue with the ruling military junta. (more…)

Protesters across the world demonstrated against Myanmar’s bloody crackdown on dissent Saturday, with thousands gathering in London and smaller actions in Sydney, Stockholm, Bangkok, Paris and elsewhere. (more…)

Is Than Shwe’s offer to meet detained Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi a sign of weakness or a diplomatic offensive? (more…)

The Burmese government’s grotesque crackdown on pro-democracy protests will have one certain effect. The United States and the European Union will place more sanctions on Burma. Its economy will suffer, its isolation will deepen. And what will this achieve? Sanctions are the Energizer Bunny of foreign policy. Despite a dismal record, they just keep on ticking. With countries such as Burma, sanctions have become a substitute for an actual policy. (more…)

Snr-Gen Than Shwe’s offer of a conditional dialogue with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi following a visit by UN special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, has set off a new political debate not only in the international community, but also amongst exiled Burmese opposition groups. (more…)