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News - political prisoners, government hacking operation [Sep. 23rd, 2008|12:09 pm]
News from Burma with regular updates

Good news - longest serving political prisoner freed in Burma:
However, many more prisoners of conscience remain behind bars.

Potential government online DDOS/hacking attacks on independent newspapers printing the work of citizen journalists, including the Irrawaddy: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14294
I wonder if there are any ways geekish/technically literate people abroad could help keep these sites online?

Opinion piece - Burmese prisoner release welcome but part of a government ploy to bolster image while leaving other vital human rights work undone: http://www.irrawaddy.org/opinion_story.php?art_id=14300

Amnesty International - call on the government of Myanmar to release all prisoners of conscience: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=11134
Online action one can take from a computer.
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Variety of Burma updates - beginning of September [Sep. 11th, 2008|02:33 pm]
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Conservationists and scientists urge preservation of Burma's mangrove forests, for humanitarian, ecological, and disaster-prevention reasons - Irrawaddy article: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14147&page=1

Irrawaddy's investigative report on business tycoons in Burma and their dealings with the military regime - this article editorializes and attempts to shame people for unethical business practices: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14151

Thai Buddhist organization attempts to feed/shelter poor children in Burma, lists info on how to support their work: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14154

Crime, murder rates dramatically higher in Rangoon since the cyclone: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14224

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with her lawyer, she's still feared to be on a hunger strike: http://www.irrawaddy.org/article1.php?art_id=14233

Burma's opposition urges stronger UN action on the country: http://www.mizzima.com/news/world/1008-burmas-opposition-urges-un-to-take-stronger-action.html

Burma's educationalists concerned with falling literacy rates among Burmese children, especially poor and minority children. Financial problems put school out of reach for many families, as voluntary contributions are needed to support schools in areas with no government support. http://english.dvb.no/news.php?id=1732
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USCB's Freedom Store's latest offerings [Aug. 31st, 2008|02:34 am]
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U.S. Campaign for Burma's Freedom Store - purchase reasonably priced tee shirts, a CD of music by U2, Avril Lavigne, Eric Clapton, and many other excellent undiscovered people all dedicated towards human rights and raising awareness of Burma's situation.

And a book with pictures of children from the Burmese Shan minority ethnic group in traditional clothing, proceeds go to support education in heavily Shan-populated areas. The ruling junta government tends to be more repressive towards ethnic minorities so this help will be especially needed.

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Recent updates, please continue to send support and help [Aug. 31st, 2008|02:14 am]
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Voice of America update:


Burma's Activists Still In Prison
28 August 2008

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More than a year after pro-democracy demonstrations were violently crushed by the Burmese military junta, protest organizers remain in prison. Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, among others, are being detained under harsh conditions for what began as a peaceful protest against skyrocketing fuel prices.

Link to this article: http://www.voanews.com/uspolicy/2008-08-28-voa2.cfm

Suu Kyi party: UN trip yields no results
The Associated Press Published: August 29, 2008

YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar's main opposition party lashed out Friday at U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, saying his visits to Myanmar have failed to produce positive developments.

A statement by the National League for Democracy said Gambari, who visited Myanmar Aug. 18-23 to call for the release of political prisoners, including detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and to urge the junta to hold meaningful dialogue with her and others, has not produced tangible results.

Gambari ended his six-day mission without meeting Suu Kyi.

Her refusal to meet Gambari was the latest stumble in the U.N. envoy's bid to promote democracy in Myanmar and secure her release from house arrest.

Complete article here: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/08/29/asia/AS-Myanmar-UN.php

Guardian article - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi may have embarked upon a hunger strike, food bags delivered to her not picked up:


Protestors denounce rape and murder of Kachin girl by troops

Aug 28, 2008 (DVB)–Kachin people overseas staged demonstrations yesterday in front of Burmese embassies in Asia and Europe to denounce the rape and murder of a Kachin girl by government troops.

The 15-year-old girl, a resident of Nam Sai village in Moe Mauk township, was gang raped and killed by an officer and soldiers from the Burmese army's Light Infantry Battalion 437 on 27 July.

Protests were held in Japan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Denmark in front of Burmese government embassies.

Complete article: http://english.dvb.no/news.php?id=1678
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Economic woes in Burma, book donations [Aug. 20th, 2008|04:38 pm]
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Another way to help the Burmese...donate books or other supplies to the International Rescue Committee's offices to be given to refugees resettled into the United States or elsewhere. I just dropped off a whole box of adult and children's books I put together after finally cleaning my room this summer at their downtown Oakland office (very difficult to find and not marked from the street, please call ahead for directions.)

International Rescue Committee
1305 Franklin St.
Oakland, CA

So far I haven't heard of any restrictions on age groups, kinds of books, etc and the gentleman took everything I gave him.

In Broken Economy, Burmese Improvise or Flee
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, August 16, 2008; A08

RANGOON, Burma -- For the crowds of young Burmese outside the Immigration and Customs Office here, the commodity of choice is a shiny, tomato-red, cardboard-stiff new passport.

One recent morning, hundreds of men and women flooded in and out of the office, located on a rickshaw-crammed boulevard, or camped under umbrellas along the sidewalk to wait for their passport applications to be processed. Some scoured billboards that listed openings in garment factories, shipyards and other workplaces in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

A pair of 22-year-olds took turns using each other's backs to fill out forms. Both said they hoped to go to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to find jobs as hotel waiters for a year, maybe two.
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