November 2010


The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has completed a draft report that documents cheating and unfair procedures in Burma’s Nov. 7 election and the party’s central executive committee has approved the report, according to NLD leader Han Thar Myint. (more…)

Once Burma’s most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi has used her newly-found freedom to offer support to the families of more than 2000 detained activists and politicians. (more…)

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Officers of Burma’s border security force, Nasaka have been coercing villagers in Maungdaw Township to work on a road project along the Burma-Bangladesh border fence area in greater numbers following the national elections earlier this month, said a village leader on condition of anonymity. (more…)

New Delhi – The Border Security Force (BSF) may soon be tasked with guarding the Indo-Myanmar border, leaving Assam Rifles, the force currently deployed in areas bordering Myanmar, to concentrate on counter-insurgency operations in Manipur and Nagaland. (more…)

AMONG the many victorious candidates for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in the November 7 election were a handful of high-profile businessmen. (more…)

Yangon – Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she wants continued support from the Japanese government to bring democracy to the military-ruled country. (more…)

Washington — Burma’s pro-democracy icon and popular leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been named among the top 100 global thinkers for the year 2010 by the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine. (more…)

The traces of optimism that had surrounded Burma’s first notionally democratic experience for two decades vanish on closer inspection of the outcome (more…)

Yesterday, for the first time since her release from house arrest on Nov. 13, Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accompanied by her son, Kim Aris, met with relatives of some of Burma’s 2,200 political prisoners. (more…)

True patriotism

“It is very important for everyone of the nation regardless of the place where he lives to have strong Union Spirit.

Only Union Spirit is the true patriotism all the nationalities will have to safeguard”. (more…)

Ottawa, Ontario?The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced Canada’s humanitarian support to help the Burmese people affected by Cyclone Giri. (more…)

Myanmar pro-democracy leader holds talks with UN special representative after her recent release from house arrest. (more…)

Yangon – The chief of staff of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for the release of all remaining political prisoners in Myanmar and a ‘national dialogue’ in the wake of the country’s first general election in two decades. (more…)

Yangon, Myanmar – Freedom of speech for members of parliament in military-controlled Myanmar will be restricted under laws that dictate the functioning of the newly elected government. (more…)

The first meeting between recently freed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the Committee Representing the People’s Parliament (CRPP), a committee formed by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), took place on Friday afternoon. (more…)

Chiang Mai – The New York Times misread party leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s views by reporting that she disagreed with supporters’ efforts to bring the military junta to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, a National League for Democracy leader said of an article published three days ago. (more…)

A fresh outbreak of heavy fighting in eastern Burma has caused more than a thousand refugees to cross back and forth over the border with Thailand, barely three weeks after a mass exodus left 20,000 displaced. (more…)

Dawei, Myanmar — The vast, pristine stretch of coastline here is almost deserted, save for fishermen hauling their bountiful catches onto white-sand beaches. But a deal signed this month would transform these placid waters into a seaport for giant cargo ships. Cashew nut groves and rice fields would be plowed under and replaced with a warren of factories, refineries and an expansive coal-burning power plant. (more…)

Bangkok — Despite doubts about how Burma’s ruling generals will respond to recent calls for renewed talks to resolve the country’s ethnic issues, supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi say they believe her proposal for a second Panglong Conference is vital to any future reconciliation and reform in the country. (more…)

I spent my childhood in Burma, and indeed it is difficult for me to talk about Burma without a deep sense of nostalgia. My earliest memories are all of Burma, where I grew up between the ages of three and six, where the world presented itself to me, as I started sensing that there existed an external world beyond me. (more…)

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