Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Scratching poems on cell floors, or making ink from the brick powder of the walls, Burmese writers have managed to continue writing despite imprisonment and censorship. Aida Edemariam reports

Burma’s military regime dismissed a UN statement calling for dialogue with the pro-democracy opposition, insisting that it would follow its own roadmap toward reform-a plan critics say is a ruse aimed at extending the government’s grip on power. (more…)

Prominent leaders of the 88 Generation Students group, who led protests in August, were arrested at a hiding place in Rangoon on Saturday morning, said dissident sources. (more…)

The Burmese military junta in Rangoon today mobilized over 10,000 people for a mass rally in support of the recently concluded National Convention. Ironically, the rallyists gathered despite the regime’s order that prohibits the assembly of more than five people. (more…)

Bangkok, Thailand — Hundreds of political prisoners locked in a Myanmar police compound are facing squalid living conditions following a massive government crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations staged in late September, a political activist leader hiding in Yangon told CNN by phone Nilar Thein — a key leader in the Myanmar-based group ’88 Generation — reported at least 900 detainees are being held in Mohbyee police compound in the country’s biggest city, Yangon. (more…)

Burma’s Prime Minister Gen Soe Win, who had been blamed with overseeing a 2003 attack against pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, died Friday after a long illness. He was 59.

Myawaddy, Myanmar — Shortly after dawn six days a week, scores of young women scramble down a muddy track north of this border town and clamber aboard metal boats for a short trip across the Moei River, the narrow, cocoa-brown boundary between Myanmar and Thailand. (more…)

Here in Taiwan, over spicy ginger salad, fish and tomato curry, coconut noodles, pickled vegetables, and Indian chai, views and concerns can be freely discussed. (more…)

Military-ruled Myanmar is a pariah state to many because of its dismal human rights record, slapped with an arms embargo by the U.S. and European Union. But to some of the world’s other top weapons dealers, Myanmar is just another customer. (more…)

Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Saturday the UN Security Council should have issued a tougher statement against Myanmar, where it says 13 journalists are detained. (more…)

The White House called Friday for UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to head directly to Myanmar for new talks instead of first visiting other Southeast Asian nations as planned. (more…)

For much of late September, the road to the eastern gateway of Rangoon’s revered Shwedagon pagoda was a sea of maroon and saffron robes, as hundreds of Buddhist monks gathered to march in protest against Burma’s military government. (more…)

The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB) warmly welcomes the Presidential Statement of the United Nations Security Council of 11 October 2007 and the formation of a “Core Group for Burma” which reflect concerns of the international community over the Burmese military’s use of brute force against peaceful demonstrators, which left many people, including monks, dead and injured and thousands imprisoned without due process of law. (more…)