Tuesday, October 9th, 2007


Myanmar’s military junta suggested on Monday that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would remain under house arrest until a new constitution was approved — a dim and distant prospect, according to most analysts.
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The party of Burma’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi issued a statement Tuesday calling for no preconditions for dialogue with the military junta.
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Burmese soldiers raided Maggin Monastery in Rangoon’s Thingangyun Township for the fourth time on Monday night, taking away one computer, some unidentified documents and a small amount of money.
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The military junta in Myanmar said Monday that it had chosen its deputy labor minister to act as a liaison with the opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Probably confident that it has contained the widespread protests in Burma the military junta has relaxed curbs on information flow since Saturday. The junta has reopened internet lines in Burma but it is accessible only at night.
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The People’s Movement Leader Committee has threatened to call for a boycott of the 2008 Olympics if China uses its veto in the United Nations Security Council again to block action on Burma.
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While the Chinese government has been attacked verbally by the international community, the Chinese consulate in Mandalay was the scene of a hit and run gunshot attack by an unknown motorcyclist on Sunday, according to sources.
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Three leaders of the All-Burmese Federation of Students’ Unions have been arrested in Rangoon today.
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The Kachin Independent Organization (KIO), an ethnic armed rebel group is toying with the idea of changing the name of the organization and its character so as to participate in the Burmese junta’s planned general election.
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Burmese military authorities ordered all monasteries in Sittwe to send back all student monks to their respective villages and not allow more than ten monks to stay in any one monastery in Sittwe. (more…)

The glass bottle sitting on a brick by the roadside is the only sign that petrol is sold here. With a quota of two gallons (7.5 litres) per day per person at official petrol stations, Burma runs on blackmarket fuel, and like everything else in this country, the men in green take their cut.
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While the video footage of Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai dying on the streets of Rangoon, as soldiers fired on demonstrating monks and civilians on Oct. 27, may trigger drastic cuts in aid to Burma from its biggest donor Japan, the ruling junta is unlikely to be moved. (more…)

China on Tuesday said it does not support UN sanctions against Myanmar’s ruling junta but favours continued mediation by a UN envoy.
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A Burmese diplomat has told the BBC how “appalling” treatment of Buddhist monks during last month’s protests prompted him to resign from the military regime.
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It’s official. Gary Player will not be included on this year’s guest list for the Nelson Mandela Invitational Golf Tournament because of his links with the military junta in Myanmar.
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It’s time for Burma’s ruling generals to play the game again. Since 1988, they have played three significant political games: the cancelled election, the National Convention and the seven-step roadmap to democracy.
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The current civil and political situation in Myanmar presents an opportunity for several major powers, namely Russia, China, India and the United States. Of these, Moscow has been working in concert with China to maintain the military-led status quo in Myanmar in order to preserve Russian interests.
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Thailand has formally protested to the Burmese regime over its bloody crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, told reporters on Monday. His stand sounds encouraging and must be welcomed. But it is too early to conclude that Thailand’s policy on Burma is at a turning point.
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The four-day mission of UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has been long awaited with the hope that it would pave the way to tripartite dialogue, peace and national reconciliation, while also bringing an end to the current crackdown against the pro-democracy movement in Burma.
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All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) stood firmly with revered monks, Member of Parliaments (MPs), 88 Generation Students, artistes, film stars and the people from all walks of life in non-violent national movement which took place in September 2007.
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