December 2009

Please note that from December 23, 2009 to January 4, 2010, the BurmaNet will release summary issues on the following days:

December 26, 2009
December 30, 2009
January 4, 2010

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The BurmaNet Staff

As the chief of ordnance production within Burma’s armed forces, Lt-Gen Tin Aye was personally responsible for the recent purchase of 20 MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia at a cost of 400 million euros (US $575 million). (more…)

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) are purchasing thousands of protective suits against possible chemical warfare by the Burma Army, according to sources close to the said ceasefire groups. (more…)

This booming little border town in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, where the economic prosperity of China is separated from the destitution of Burma by nothing more than a flimsy, rusted metal fence, has emerged as the new front line in the worldwide fight against human trafficking. (more…)

MiG-29s are designed in Russia, and used by many nations worldwide (more…)

United Nations – The U.N. General Assembly condemned wide-ranging human rights violations in Myanmar in a resolution adopted early on Thursday. (more…)

After his arrest in September, the American was held for 17 days in a dank Burmese jail and denied food, medical treatment, sleep and the chance to speak with a U.S. government official. Even after he finally met with a representative from the U.S. Embassy, the American was transferred to solitary confinement in a cell for military dogs. (more…)

The federal government placed fewer Burmese refugees in the Fort Wayne area this year than anticipated, conceding to a local economy increasingly unable to meet residents’ needs. (more…)

“There is the hope that this is the moment of change for the country.” That optimistic statement was made by Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Economics laureate after a visit to Burma. (more…)

Feelings are running high with people of Burma because of a sad story. Tin Tin Htwe, 38, from Bahan Township in Rangoon, reportedly died of a heart disease. (more…)

Nay Pyi Taw – The following is the full text of the speech delivered by Senior General Than Shwe, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, at the Graduation Parade of the 11th Intake of Defence Services Medical Academy today. (more…)

On 23 December Tin Tin Htwe@ Ma Pae, aged only 38, died in Insein prison from a burst aneurysm. She was initially in Tharrawaddy prison hospital before being transferred to Insein prison after her condition deteriorated. (more…)

Reform of the youth wing of Burma’s main opposition party is underway following a warning from detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi that the party was being restricted by an ageing leadership. (more…)

Burmese journalists say the state’s censorship board has cracked down hard following the publication of a story about a young girl’s malpractice death in a Rangoon clinic. (more…)

Maungdaw: The Burmese military authority has tasked two Muslim businessmen from Rangoon to organize the Muslim community in Maungdaw Township on the western border to support the National United Party in the forthcoming 2010 election, said a local Muslim leader. (more…)

Yangon – China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) has secured exclusive ownership and management rights over a planned 771-kilometre, overland Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline, industry sources said Tuesday. (more…)

Putting aside any thought of the grim circumstances they left behind, a dozen new Burmese refugees lifted their voices Monday in the crowded vestibule of the International Institute on Delaware Avenue. (more…)

Washington – If talks with Myanmar over democratic reforms fail, the Obama administration could tie up large amounts of money that the country’s ruling generals stash in international banks from the sale of natural gas. (more…)

Detained Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time in nearly a year was allowed to meet with elder members of her opposition political party, the National League of Democracy. The Nobel Peace laureate was taken from her home in Rangoon where she is under house arrest to a state guest house for a brief opportunity to pay her respects to the party’s chairman, secretary and a member of the central committee. During the meeting, Aung San Suu Kyi reportedly asked their permission to reorganize the party. (more…)

Washington – Today, Freedom Now submitted an urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, on American Nyi Nyi Aung’s behalf. (more…)

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