Thursday, October 18th, 2007


The famous Burmese actor and comedian Zarganar was released by the Burmese military junta on Wednesday after being detained for nearly a month for his involvement in the recent protests, a colleague of his said.
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The information ministry’s censor board has issued a ban order on over 20 writers and cartoonists who supported last month’s protests.
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It was to be the funeral of a Than Shwe’s favorite, but in reality it was much more than that.
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The abbot of Thitsar Mandai monastery in Gontalabaung village was arrested on 2 October and is to be held until his brother, a monk wanted for involvement in last month’s protests, is detained.
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Local courts in Arakan State in western Burma have sentenced five members of the National League for Democracy and one monk to prison for taking part in pro-democracy activities.
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Nine monks and four members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) arrested at the same time during night raids by security forces of Burma’s ruling junta on September 25 are being detained at Myitkyina, capital of Kachin State in Northern Burma, said local sources.
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Burmese nationals returning from overseas are being arrested by government officials on their arrival at Rangoon airport if they are suspected of having participated in anti-government protests while they were away.
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Youngsters in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State in northern Burma have taken to drug addiction and smuggling in a big way. Smuggling is a daily affair, a resident in Myitkyina said.
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Though arrested by both Thai and Burmese police, a Three Pagodas Pass based Major General of the Burma Army today released a known drug dealer after just two days behind bars.
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Incentives could be offered to Burma’s military rulers in exchange for democratic reforms following a bloody crackdown that sparked international outrage, the UN envoy for the country said Thursday.
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A U.N. envoy said on Thursday he would press China to lean harder on Myanmar’s junta to open dialogue with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi following last month’s brutal crackdown on democracy protests.
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Myanmar’s military junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe promised President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a letter sent last week to continue cooperating with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to find a peaceful solution to the country’s problems
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The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday made a global appeal for funding its operations in Myanmar, which is under international pressure over the junta’s bloody crackdown on dissent.
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China, being the biggest investor and nurturing a close relationship with Burma, should immediately initiate concrete steps to help end state repression in the Southeast Asian country, US based Human Rights Watch said.
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The “Panties for Peace” campaign aimed at Burma’s military regime is gaining momentum, with the establishment of a committee to drum up support in Thailand.
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The “Panties for Peace” campaign aimed at Burma’s military regime is gaining momentum, with the establishment of a committee to drum up support in Thailand.
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The United States on Wednesday proposed more sanctions against military-ruled Myanmar Wednesday, including blocking critical access to US financial institutions via third countries.
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Nothing has exposed the grave failure of India’s recent policy towards its immediate neighbourhood as thoroughly as New Delhi’s support for Burma’s military dictatorship — just when the hated junta was confronted with the greatest pro-democracy upsurge since 1988.
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The generals who rule Burma, trying to deflect criticism over their oppression, are pressing a plan they claim will take them to democratization. Known as the seven-point roadmap, this plan is a way to assure that the junta headed by General Than Shwe remains in power. Meanwhile, on the streets of Rangoon, unarmed monks were murdered in cold blood by the government’s soldiers all of last month. Thousands of activists have been arrested and are held in torture dungeons.
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On the eve of Myanmar’s violent crackdown on demonstrators last month, friends implored Maung Thura to flee his home in the capital city, Yangon, and go into hiding. Instead, he cracked jokes.
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