November 2009


Campaigning for the 2010 general elections in Burma seems to have begun in earnest from the military junta’s side with the Deputy Minister of Power and Electricity visiting Tidim town and Tawnzang town in Chin state on November 13 to 15 on a campaign tour. (more…)

New Delhi – Burma’s military junta supremo Senior General Than Shwe on Friday patted on the back his puppet civilian organization – the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) – for a job well-done for the past 16 years and urged it to carry on with gusto until the junta’s Seven-Step Roadmap is wrapped up.    (more…)

Yuzana Company, which has the backing of the Burmese military junta, has threatened to demolish a Kachin village in Hukawng Valley following a dispute between the company’s workers and local youth in western Kachin State, said village sources. (more…)

Nay Pyi Taw – The Annual General Meeting 2009 of the Union Solidarity and Development Association had been held at the USDA Headquarters in Dekkhinathiri here since 22 November. Patron of the USDA Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Commander-in- Chief of Defence Services Senior General Than Shwe addressed the annual general meeting at the USDA Headquarters in Dekkhinathiri here this morning. (more…)

Bangkok – Myanmar Energy Domestic natural gas to triple in Myanmar in next decade =    Bangkok The supply of natural gas for domestic use is to triple in Myanmar over the next decade, the Myanmar Times reported Monday quoting the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). (more…)

Singapore — A Singaporean marine engineering company has signed a multimillion dollar contract with a Myanmar firm, and will lay gas pipelines off the shores of the military-ruled nation next year. (more…)

In the three years that he was an injecting drug user, Phoe Htoo (not his real name) shared a needle with just one person—a close friend he grew up with. (more…)

THE Three Diseases Fund will undertake a “scoping study” in the coming weeks to identify areas donors can contribute to when the present project cycle is completed in 2011. (more…)

Bangkok — Military-ruled Myanmar’s rebel ethnic groups are increasingly cashing in their illegal drugs hordes on expectations of a junta crackdown, a UN expert said Thursday. (more…)

New Delhi – A group of Indian intellectuals and Burmese pro-democracy leaders in exile on Thursday held a brainstorming seminar on the possibilities of democratic transition in Burma and the role of its giant neighbours – India and China. (more…)

Bangkok – The list of high-profile foreigners heading to Burma to engage and advise the country’s military regime is about to get longer. The latest due to join that flow is Nobel economics laureate Joseph Stiglitz. (more…)

COX ‘S BAZAAR, Bangladesh and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Twenty years after the November 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, a repressive barricade is being quietly raised in the jungles of Burma. (more…)

BANGKOK, Nov 29 (IPS) – In the wake of a meeting attended by the all-powerful military elite, Burma’s military regime is due to come under close scrutiny for concrete signs of change leading up to a promised general elections in 2010. (more…)

Presently, Burma is at an intersection of political makeover. The military regime wants to maintain the status quo while the people desire to open a new chapter of change. People are demanding freedoms of expression and association while the junta is in no mood to allow basic civic rights. (more…)

Megalomania on the part of the authorities and obsequiousness on the part of the people who serve them are salient features of any authoritarian system, where signs of complete submission and personal loyalty can induce rewards. (more…)

New Delhi, India – Parliamentarians from South and South East Asian countries such as; India, Nepal, and Singapore gathered today in New Delhi, capital of India to extend their solidarity with Burmese people’s struggle for the restoration of democracy in Burma. (more…)

A war on monks is still underway in Burma, revenge for the monk-led peaceful mass demonstrations in 2007. The military junta continues to put pressure on monks and their family members, place bans on preaching the Dhamma and impose travel restrictions. (more…)

International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) operating in Burma are likely to suspend their activities next May, according to NGO sources in Burma. (more…)

Rising rice prices and the threat of an influx of Burmese refugees into Thailand over the coming year could place a heavy strain on refugee camps along the border, the head of a refugee aid group warned. (more…)

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Villagers in Maungdaw Township are fleeing from homes to avoid being rounded up by Nasaka for forced labor in fence erection on the Burma–Bangladesh border, said a village elder on condition of anonymity. (more…)

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