May 2010

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would likely refuse to meet with US senator Jim Webb on looming visit to Burma, long-time party colleague Win Tin has said.

During its four-monthly meeting in Naypyidaw this week, Burma’s military junta reportedly decided to reshuffle its regional military commanders and other senior military posts.

Burma’s military junta has expanded its Fiber Optic Cable (FOC) project to its Eastern Regional Command, bringing to a total four military regional command centers whose electronic systems are linked to Naypyidaw via the country’s most modern network. (more…)

Things at the contentious Irrawaddy Myisone dam project in northern Burma have come to a head with the Burmese military junta forcibly relocating the first of the ethnic Kachin villages, said village sources. (more…)

Chiang Mai – Three top leaders of the New Mon State Party, which has rejected the junta’s offer of bringing its troops into a junta-controlled Border Guard Force, resigned from the party on May 18, a party spokesman said. (more…)

Yangon – The coordination meeting on the National Project on employment of Myanmar workers in Thailand and recruitment of fresh Myanmar workers and legally dispatching to Thailand, which covers the process of verification of Myanmar nationality, issuing of temporary Myanmar passports and dispatching fresh Myanmar workers to Thailand was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw this afternoon. (more…)

Chiang Mai – Swiss-American firm Transocean, presently embroiled in the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster, did exploratory drilling last autumn in Burmese waters owned by a partnership between a Chinese state-run energy company and a firm owned by Stephen Law, a junta crony alleged by the US to be a major drug-money launderer, according to corporate filings with the US stock market regulator. (more…)

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea is exporting nuclear and ballistic missile technology and using multiple intermediaries, shell companies and overseas criminal networks to circumvent U.N. sanctions, U.N. experts said in a report obtained by The Associated Press.

Colombo – A section of Buddhist monks, Catholic  priests, Muslim clergymen and human rights activist in Sri Lanka have written to foreign missions located in Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to exert pressure on Burmese Junta government to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners who are detained in Myanmar. (more…)

Washington—Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1990 election in Burma in which the National League for Democracy (NLD) won an overwhelming number of seats but the military regime refused to transfer power, six US senators condemned the regime for its past and present oppression. (more…)

When I visited the makeshift camps for Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh-Burma border, I made up my mind there and then that I would not rest until their plight received the attention it needs and deserves. (more…)

US Sen Jim Webb, who last August became the first high-profile American official in two decades to meet Burma’s Snr-Gen Than Shwe, will start his second three-day visit to Burma on June 4. (more…)

Yangon, Myanmar — The party of detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi quietly commemorated the anniversary Thursday of its victory in elections 20 years ago and stood by its decision not to register for new polls to be held later this year. (more…)

Nay Pyi Taw – A fire broke out on the fourth floor of Mingala Market in Mingala Taungnyunt Township, Yangon, at about 8.30 am on 24 May and was put out at about 5.05 am yesterday. (more…)

Nearly 200 people gathered in Mae Sot on Thursday morning as part of a global campaign against this year’s general election in Burma. (more…)

Six of Burma’s armed ethnic groups have agreed at a meeting held in Thailand on May 21-23 to help each other if the Burmese junta launches a military attack on one of their members. (more…)

Women from Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar are increasingly marrying Chinese men in Yunnan province, despite such marriages being illegal. Li Yingqing and Guo Anfei report (more…)

Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh:  Bangladesh authorities have launched a fresh crackdown on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh since May 24, said sources from Cox’s Bazaar. (more…)

Ethnic paramilitary groups and the wider population may rebel after the planned 2010 election in
Myanmar, spiralling the junta-led country further into chaos, ethnic leaders and civil groups said Wednesday. (more…)

Brussels – EU efforts to get experts into Myanmar to check democratic conditions for scheduled elections are “not finalised,” foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton’s office said on Thursday. (more…)

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