February 2008


Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has attempted to sue the ruling junta over the government’s failure to adhere to an existing law and decree that specifies that elected representatives from the 1990 elections should be responsible for drafting the constitution, according to a party official on Friday.
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Nine monks and seven nuns-some of them elderly-were awaiting sentence after facing charges of involvement in last September’s protests against Burma’s ruling junta, according to opposition sources and witnesses in Rangoon.
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Residents of a Kachin village face severe threats by village authorities if they are absent from the welcome ceremony of Brig-Gen Thein Zaw, Minister of Communication, Posts and Telegraphs of the Burmese regime on his referendum campaign today in Kachin State, Northern Burma, villagers said.
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Four Burmese soldiers who deserted from the government army surrendered themselves to the Karen National Liberation Army in a rebel-controlled area of Karen state on Tuesday, the KNLA said.
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More than 20 members of an ethnic Karen breakaway group led by Maj-Gen Htain Maung returned to the Karen National Union (KNU) on Thursday evening, fearing that they would be next in a cycle of reprisal killings that has claimed a number of lives in recent months.
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Thai police on Thursday raided an unregistered school for Burmese migrant workers in Chiang Mai, offering courses in languages and computer skills, according to school staff.
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A bomb exploded on Thursday night below the Thai-Burmese friendship bridge, which connects Burma’s Myawaddy and Thailand’s Mae Sot towns.
Sporadic bomb blasts have been occurring in different parts of Burma for several months now. (more…)

Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) has announced an asset swap with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNC) for interests in Myanmar. PTTEP will swap its 20% stake in offshore Blocks M-3 and M-4 in Myanmar for CNC’s Blocks A-4 and C-1, according to the Thai company’s president Maroot Mrigadat. The deal is part of PTTEP’s plan to diversify risk and expand its portfolio so as to increase its reserves base to account for Thailand’s growing domestic consumption. The company has added that in future it may invest jointly with CNC in other countries. (more…)

Several Mithuns were killed recently by a strange disease were sore throat was the symptom. The Mithun is a bovine species (Bos frontalis) found in Chin state, northwestern Burma. Unidentified disease kills several Mithuns in Burma. (more…)

Local Burmese junta authorities are encouraging people to cultivate poppy and then collecting taxes from villagers in Mongkeung Township, according to reports from Southern Shan State.
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In an address punctuated with diplomatic hedging, a leading United States representative insisted that ASEAN can play a positive and leading role in effecting change in Burma.
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Indonesia may host a meeting of a group of 14 nations assisting U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in his efforts to spur changes in Myanmar, an official said Friday.
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The United Nations’ top envoy for Myanmar finished his consultations in Tokyo today, wrapping up his meetings with Asian leaders on efforts to promote democratization and national reconciliation in the troubled country, where authorities used force against a wave of peaceful protests last summer.
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The ruling Burmese junta faces a “bleak” future if it continues to reject the national reconciliation process being pushed by United Nations Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, a senior US diplomat warned Friday.
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Senior diplomats from Britain and the U.S. on Friday urged Myanmar’s military junta to include Aung San Suu Kyi and her pro-democracy party in a promised referendum and elections.
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China should not fear working with other countries to put pressure on “faltering states”, Britain’s foreign minister said on Friday in an indirect plea for Beijing to do more with countries such as Sudan and Myanmar.
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Pastor John Luther used to think refugees lived only in distant places. Then, one Sunday in August, a group of “funny dressed people” showed up at the door of his church.
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The lack of official tolerance of dissidents in Burma and of openness gives rise to concern that the planned constitutional referendum will not be free and fair. The top junta generals seem too confident about the likely result.
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The declaration of independence in Kosovo may or may not mark the final nail in the coffin for the defunct state of Yugoslavia. The speed of the dissolution of the amalgamated Slavic state has been remarkable. From one nation in 1988, there are now seven independently recognized states. Just like Burma.
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Athletes should not be muzzled while in Beijing.
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