Monday, October 15th, 2007


UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari said on Monday that recent reports of more arrests of dissidents in Burma were “extremely disturbing” and called on the junta to halt its crackdown immediately.
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Six patients being treated for gunshot wounds at Rangoon general hospital have been transferred to an unknown interrogation camp, according to family members.
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Burma’s pagodas have always served as a safe haven for Burmese people to gather. Until now, that is.
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The Burmese military junta restarted Internet lines for 24-hour access on Sunday, after it was totally cut-off and then partially reopened earlier this month, sources in Rangoon said.
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Rangoon:   A prominent Arakanese monk was arrested by the Burmese Army in Rangoon, Burma on October 1, for leading the recent protests by monk in Rangoon, a source said.
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It was not a shocking picture, but perhaps somewhat amusing for Burmese readers to see the very first picture of the recent demonstrations in the state-owned newspaper, the New Light of Myanmar published on Wednesday, October 10.
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The Burmese military junta has banned the use of pseudonyms of several writers and authors, who were involved in Swan offerings to monks during last month’s protests.
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The world saw them flooding the streets in Myanmar last month, Burmese citizens emboldened by tens of thousands of red-robed monks to cast aside the fear that had held them down for two decades. For a few buoyant days, the streets of Yangon, the main city, belonged to them, and they were free.
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Every night the curfew falls like a cloak across Mandalay, Burma’s second city and the heartland of its monkhood, hiding a reign of terror unseen by the outside world.
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In a major expression of solidarity over 2,000 Burmese migrant workers in Surat Thani in southern Thailand donated 2 million Kyats (about US $ 1,504) to the All-Burmese Monks Alliance (ABMA) yesterday.  The funds were raised to support the peaceful demonstrations led by Buddhist monks for restoration of democracy in the military ruled country.
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Western leaders proposing sanctions against Myanmar need to examine the nuts and bolts of the Myanmese economy in order to avoid harming ordinary people. They are already suffering from exorbitant living costs, a plummeting currency and isolation since the latest military crackdown on peaceful protesters.
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Cnooc Ltd. won’t pull out of Myanmar and may increase its footprint in the gas-rich country, a top executive said, despite criticism that China’s thirst for energy is leading it to undermine international efforts to isolate Myanmar’s military government.
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SilkAir, the regional unit of Singapore Airlines, said Monday it has reduced service to Myanmar because of uncertainty in leisure travel to the military-ruled state.
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Pushing through a sudden regime change in Myanmar could “create another Iraq” and leave the country engulfed in violence, the head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) warned Monday.
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UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari said Monday that recent reports of dissidents arrested in Burma were “extremely disturbing” and called on the junta to halt its crackdown immediately.
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Thailand on Monday proposed that the United Nations organise multiparty talks to bring together Myanmar’s neighbours for discussions with the military junta on resolving the nation’s crisis.
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European foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday were set to beef up the EU’s sanctions against Myanmar, introducing an embargo on timber, gems and metals.
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It’s a long way from the broad expanse of Texas to the lush forests of Burma, from the boots-and-broncos rodeo in nearby Waco to the bloody crackdown against barefoot monks in Rangoon. Yet that troubled faraway land somehow has gotten under the skin of a former librarian from the Lone Star State and vaulted toward the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda.
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday he was prepared to offer economic help to Myanmar if it began moves towards democracy.
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The world has reacted with horror to the Burmese regime’s brutal crackdown against its own people. Monks, nuns and ordinary citizens took to the streets peacefully in protest at the deterioration of the economic situation in the country. They were met with guns and batons.
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