December 2007


In the aftermath of the bloody ‘Saffron Revolution’ in September there is fresh unrest among the Buddhist clergy in Myanmar. Posters have begun to appear in central Myanmar exhorting monks to rise in revolt once again against the military regime. (more…)

The Burmese government has seized over 1000 acres of privately-owned farmlands near Meikhtila airbase for an upcoming factory project, according to locals. (more…)

One of the famous ‘Ahnyeint’ (variety dance show) troupes in Burma, ‘Colourful Ahnyeint’ by Thelaythee will perform on December 30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to commemorate the 60th Independence Day. (more…)

Myanmar has reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus among domestic chickens in a village near the Myanmar-Thai border, state-run media reported Saturday. (more…)

Bangladesh authorities arrested 14 Chins from Burma in Rumana village in Bandarban district of Chittagong hill tracts in Bangladesh for distributing Bible tracks (booklet) on November 28, 2007. (more…)

A Burmese yaba smuggler was arrested in Bangladesh on Saturday along with 800 yaba tablets that had been smuggled from the town of Maungdaw on the Burmese side, said a Bangladesh official. (more…)

Myanmar’s already battered economy is groaning under the weight of new sanctions following a crackdown on dissent, business leaders say, fueling concerns that the hardships could spark more protests. (more…)

Private stores opened on space rented from the Burmese government’s cooperatives office in Pakokku have been ordered by the cooperatives headquarters to move out before the end of 2007. (more…)

Qatar Airways has announced it is to cease its four times a week service to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, from January 9 for ‘commercial’ reasons, reported Reuters. (more…)

Press freedom in Southeast Asian countries has been weakened in 2007, the Southeast Asia Press Alliance (Seapa) said Friday. (more…)

Home to almost half of the world’s 45,000 biggest dams, China has embarked on a push to export its hydropower know-how to developing countries — even as it contends with environmental damage and social upheaval at home from the massive Three Gorges Dam. (more…)

India has halted all arms sales and transfers to Burma, a development that could increase international pressure on the military junta that brutally crushed the pro-democracy “Saffron Revolution” led by monks this fall. (more…)

Rome City Hall decorated its facade with posters of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and French-Colombian hostage, Ingrid Betancourt. (more…)

India’s plan to bring gas through international pipelines was reduced to mere pipe dreams in 2007. This year India lost Burma-India pipeline to China, is on the verge of being thrown out of Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline and no one knows whether Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project is actually feasible. (more…)

The contrast in photos of young Shwe Yee Myin before and after her recent surgery is striking. (more…)

In Burma Digest poll for Person of the Year 2007 (Burma), we got hundreds of direct votings on the website, and many more thousands of votes sent via email. U Gambira, and his fellow monks, who led Burma’s Saffron Revolution in 2007 got highest number of votes; and accordingly, named here as “The Person of the Year 2007 in Burma”. (more…)

Burma’s State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) have used Burma military forces as their core political element to face escalation pressures and awareness from international community including community of world body; United Nations. But, regime top leader senior general Than Shwe tended to save military institution from the political storm. He instead, sacrificed civil militia groups including USDA in this September people power movement led by Buddhist monks. (more…)

“Since too, murders have been performed — too terrible for the ear: (more…)

The All-Burmese Monks’ Alliance has said it will continue its boycott of the Burmese regime unless the government apologises for its brutal crackdowns on monks. (more…)

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