Thursday, October 11th, 2007


Seldom has a country’s rise been as smooth as China’s in recent years. Bush-bashing has left the world with scant surplus indignation to devote to Beijing’s backing for many of the planet’s ugliest regimes, including those in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Iran and Cuba.
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“Due to the lack of food and the extreme highs and lows of temperature, some monks and laypeople felt like they were suffocating. Others simply died.
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The Indian ambassador to Burma met pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi a couple of weeks ago and there are indications that talks could take place between the military junta and pro democracy groups soon.
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Two military trucks loaded with students and men with shaved heads were seen driving in the direction of Thayet prison 5 October.
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Burma has many ethnic armed groups, some of which have already reached ceasefire agreement with the military government-but all of them sharing the same aim of fighting against military rule.
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National League for Democracy member Ko Win Shwe has died during interrogation, according to a statement released yesterday by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
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Myanmar’s ruling military angrily accused Western powers and foreign media Thursday of inciting recent protests that were crushed by soldiers, and China urged the world to back U.N. mediation efforts to reconcile the junta and the pro-democracy movement.
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The popular Burmese film actor Kyaw Thu and his wife Myint Myint Khin Pe were arrested on Tuesday night after the authorities discovered their Rangoon hiding place.
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A man arrested for shouting a pro-Buddhist slogan in a video house in Aung Lan township, Magwe division, has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.
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The three Burmese nationals, arrested on the Indo-Burma border state of Manipur earlier this month, are likely to be tortured by the Burmese junta if they are deported by India, Amnesty International said today.
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To prevent possible influx of Myanmar Nationals seeking asylum in Manipur in view of the ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy protestors by the ruling Military Junta in neighbouring Myanmar, India Government has taken up plans to more deploy security forces along the border areas even as Un-manned Air-borne Vehicles (UAVs) have been pressed into service for constant aerial survey.
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Activists demanding early restoration of democracy in Myanmar staged demonstration in Manipur on Thursday.
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Myanmar Airways International has ceased operating and is making arrangements to hand over its passengers to other airlines, according to an MAI staff member.
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Military-ruled Myanmar said Thursday it would auction off its world-renowned gems and jade next month, despite growing calls for a boycott on its precious stones — a major money-spinner for the junta.
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The Burmese video censorship board is using dilatory tactics to permit release and screening of an HIV awareness video film, in which prominent Burmese actor Kyaw Thu plays the lead role, sources said.
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Opium production has surged in Myanmar with official collusion, threatening to unravel major progress in eradicating the drug in Southeast Asia, a U.N. report said on Wednesday.
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China said Thursday tensions in Burma had taken a turn for the better and called on the international community to aid UN efforts at mediation between the junta and its opponents.
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is sending the U.N. envoy to Myanmar back to the region next week for consultations with key governments on efforts to promote talks between the junta and the opposition, the U.N. said Thursday.
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Nations such as China, Russia and India are helping prop up Myanmar’s military junta by supplying them with weapons, Human Rights Watch said Thursday as it appealed for an arms embargo.
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The top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar said she hopes the international attention being showered on the Southeast Asian nation will pressure its military rulers to open the country and reconcile with pro-democracy advocates.
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