Who amongst the Burmese pays the price of Western boycott and international
Generals? Noble Dissidents? Or ordinary people and their children??!!
Reflect before You Act!
Updates: Burma/Myanmar and Relevant Items
Luxury cars and artisanal cheese: Burma opens up, but true democracy still elusive - Washington Post
US senator urges Burma to amend constitution - Asian Correspondent
US wanted Burma to model democratic change, but it's not turning out that way - Washington Post
US says Burma resorting to police-state tactics - Fox News
Illegal wildlife trade along the Burma-China border - in pictures - The Guardian
Once Again, Racial Tensions in Burma Turn Deadly - TIME
Burma's forgotten Muslims ? even more forgotten - Al-Arabiya
Kyaukphyu-Kunming Railway Not Dead Yet: Chinese Envoy - The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Thai and Burmese Officials to Begin Talks on Repatriation - The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Birthday cakes bad, 'Undivided India': Dinanath Batra's works now in Guj schools - Firstpost
Myint U's Article explaining the role of UN in Burma/Myanmar
The Straits Times, (published 5 April 2008)
Statement to the
European Parliament Committee on Development and Sub-Committee on
Delivered in abridged form on 2 April 2008 in Brussels, Thant Myint
An overview of a troubled land
NCRonline.org, By TERESA MALCOLM, 21 March 2008
Myanmar's past key to changing its future
Reuters, by Gill Murdoch, 5 Mar 2008
Interview with Burma's Ma Thanegi, former personal assistant to Aung
San Suu Kyi
By Stanley Weiss, Guest Contributor,
2nd Mar 08
Dr Zarni's interview on the military junta's referendum and
elections, Die Taz,
German national newspaper, 20 Feb 2008
Are sanctions the answer?
By Stanley A. Weiss, 8 Feb 2008
World Service Program on Burma
Click the above link to listen
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Aung Naing Oo, Derek Tonkin, Justin Wintle,
Mike Green, Steve Solarz, Tin Htar Swe, and Zarni
Listen to A Comprehensive Look at the past
20-years: BBC World Service (Radio) "Burma Road to Crisis", a
23-minute English language program (broadcast 29 September 2007)
with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Dr
Zarni, Daw Tin Htar Swe, Aung Naing Oo, Stephen Solarz, Michael
Green and Derek Tonkin'
"As defiant protestors continue to take to the streets in Rangoon,
BBC brings you a special programme on Burma.
From the Military Coup in the 1960's to the present day protests
has the military regime been able to hold on to power for over 40
years; and why have monks and civilians now taken to the streets?
Presented by George Arney
Last Days of
Senior General Than Shwe, Burma's Deeply Reviled Brute
Burma/Myanmar and Tourism Question - Latest from "Condé Nast
Recent Strife Raises Myanmar Travel Questions
Susan Hack, Published January 2008
Myanmar's 'saffron revolution' brings little hope for change
Dec 17, 2007, The Strait Times
4 Dec 2007
Headquarters, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, political foundation of
the Green Party
Moderator: Sven Hansen
Dr Zarni, Founder, Free Burma Coalition and Visiting Research
Fellow, University of Oxford
Kerstin Muller, MP, Former Minister of State and Green Party
Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs
Dr Hans-Bernd Zollner, University of Hamburg
BBC World Service Instant Guide to Burma's Generals
Click the above link to listen
Duration, 8 minutes, broadcast, 16-19 Nov 2007
Michael Phan - BBC Burmese service
Justin Wintle - Author of Perfect Hostage: A Biography of Aung San
Dr Zarni - Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford University
Text of Aung San Suu Kyi's
Suu Kyi Ready to Cooperate With Junta
GILLIAN WONG, 8 November 2007, AP
Repression and Protest in Myanmar (Burma): What is to be done?
22 October 2007, Southeast Asia Forum
Watch 6 November international discussion on
Burma, at the National University of Singapore's NYU-NUS Global
Forum on Peace and Security.
Click on the link below and scroll down to the
The international and Legal
Implications of the Situation in Myanmar
Prof Trevor Wilson, Former Australian
Ambassador to Myanmar
Dr Maung Zarni, Founder, Free Burma Coalition and Oxford Fellow
Mr Christopher Roberts, Research Associate, S. Rajaratnam School of
International Studies (RSIS)
"Burma Sanctions" - Watch 52-minutes TV discussion on the
effectiveness of sanctions, BBC World TV, 9 September 2007. Click
here and go to "September Programs".
Interview with Dr Zarni in Zagreb's
Ko Zaganar' Interview
"This is the time for reconciliation, cooler
heads, dialogue and working together amongst all Burmese, soldiers
Hell-Hounds At Large in Burma
The West and Burma
An envoy from the United Nations met with Burma's junta government
this week to urge restraint in its handling of the pro-democracy
uprising. Host Oanh Ha spoke with Burmese native, Maung Zarni,
founder of the Free Burma Coalition, who says that the opinion
of Western countries doesn't carry much currency with the junta
Where are Burma's Monks?
Kevin Doyle, Oct. 12, 2007, Time
By ROGER COHEN, New York Times
October 11, 2007
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Statement dated 5 October 2007
on Burma and UK's action plan
at the Security Council
5 October 2007
05 October 2007, the Financial Mail of SA, the Myanmar Ambassador
Boycotting Burma makes things worse
3 October 2007, The Times
Burma's Crisis: What Should Outsiders Do?
Shorenstein APARC, SEAF Seminar Series, Stanford
Statement by ASEAN Chair
Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo
New York, 27 September 2007
If you have missed or were unable to watch or listen live today's
one-hour-long programme on Burma (9 September Sunday, 1406 hr GMT).
Burma: Laura Bush Edition
Kerry Howley, 6 September 2007,
UN envoy urges Burma constitution talks
Mark Turner at the United Nations and Amy Kazmin in
6 September 2007, Finicial Time
UN Special Envoy
Ibraham Gambari's Press Conference on Myanma/Burma
5 September 2007, www.ung.org
Laura Bush's Burmese Crusade
5 September 2007, Time
Burma Goes from Bad to Worse
Thant Myint-U, 30 August 2007, Time
Protests Can Prolong Army Rule
J. Sri Raman29 August 2007, www.truthour.org
Miles Kington: Repressive regimes thrive on international outcry
23 August 2007, The Independent
Jared Genser: Gordon Brown's strange silence on Burma
21 August 2007, The Independent
Burma I: A Burmese Historian's View", 4 August 2007
The river of lost footsteps
FROM A DISTANCE
By CARMEN N. PEDROSA, ABS-CBN Interactive
Flawed View from the West", 2 August 2007
ASEAN toughens up
From the Economist Intelligence Unit
August 2nd 2007
Exploring the roots of conflict
29 July 2009, The Star, Malaysia
US sanctions policy on
Myanmar has failed
P. Parameswaran, 25 July 2007
INDIA: Under fire for planned helicopter sale to Burma
July 17 2007, ABC Radio Australia
EU-Burma Arms Embargo
Click the above link to
Click here to read the transcript.
July 16 2007, BBC World Service Interview
July 16 2007
Rangoon-Oxford-Bangkok link up
June 19 2007, BBC Burmese
Myanmar's political prisoner
May 29th 2007
Myanmar, unusual threat to US?
Maung Zarni, 26 May 2007, The Brunie Times
Myanmar: An "Unusual and Extraordinary Threat" to the US
Maung Zarni, 24 May 2007
For Amnesty International's Press Release launching its 2007 Report
23 May 2007
Does Burma need you?
If you want to help the people of Burma, then go, says Thant Myint-U.
19 May 2007, The Times
Burmese Opposition Radio in Oslo
Clive Parker, 9 May 2007, DVB
Wendy Gomersall, 6 May 2007, The Scotsman
The biggest travel taboo: a holiday in Burma
Fiona Dunlop, 29 April 2007, The Observer
Books :A Burmese pilgrim's progress
29 April 2007, The Nation
and the Competence of the UN Security Council
Derek Tonkin, 8 March 2007, Asian Tribune
Worldstage: Freezing out the generals does not help the Burmese
Nick Wood, 7 March 2007, Telegraph
Stanley A. Weiss, 7 March 2007, International Herald Tribune
the ‘Burma question’
Thant Myint-U, February 2007, HIMĀL SOUTHASIAN
What to do about Burma
Thant Myint-U, London Review of Books
Vol. 29 No. 3 dated 8 February 2007
Historian Thant Myint-U is a former U.N.
official and a native of Burma. His new book, The River of Lost
Footsteps: Histories of Burma - part memoir, part history - explores
the problems plaguing the country.
Myanmar 'falls outside council's mandate'
Xolisa Mabhongo: Right to reply
04 February 2007 11:59
Voices of Reason.
"The process of change in Myanmar is going to
be long, painful and evolutionary. There simply isn't a silver
Zarni, Free Burma Coalition, AFP, 17 Dec 2007
"I honestly don't have any hope in the UN's intervention."
Oo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
"The last thing the regime would want to do is appear to be
appeasing the international community, be it the Chinese or the
Reach Out For Humanity
of Burmese Monasteries Raided by the Myanmarese Junta Since 6
The Karaniya Metta
the Buddha's discourse on Loving Kindness
"Isolation is the regime's default condition.
It is what fuels the present system. Burma might not become a
democracy overnight, but it
will certainly improve with more outside interaction. Would
Indonesia be better off if no one had visited during its 30 years of
Thant Myint-U, author of "River of Lost Foot Steps", on the boycott
"(Aung San) Suu Kyi had come a long way to realize that democracy
can only be done through the generals, with the latter still in the
driving seat. This realization of hers is in stark contrast to the
imperious, principled and unbending Suu Kyi I had met over twenty
Former UN Special Envoy Razali Ismail, April
"For 26 years Myanmar experienced impoverishment
in the name of socialism; it now appears there is to be impoverishment
in the name of democracy, (thanks in part to the misguided Western
sanctions against our country)."
Dr. Khin Zaw Win, former Prisoner of Conscience (jail time 1994-2005)
"Nothing (sanctions by the West or 'Constructive Engagement"
East) works, yet something needs to be done."
- George Soros, 11 Jan 2006.
"If you go to Rangoon, you'll see sanctions hurt the wrong
Former UN Special Envoy to Burma, BBC World Service, 9 Jan 2006.
Read the transcript.
UN Security Council briefing on Burma ... will not solve Burma's
problems unless and until there is a viable alternative to the current
Yawngwe, A Shan Exile, Dec. '05.
"In retrospect, I feel like the effort
we put into getting ordinances and sanctions passed became a goal
in and of itself, and we forgot about its true purpose: to help
the underprivileged of Burma."
A Burmese "Free Burma" campaign
veteran, 28 Sept. '05
SELECT MEDIA INTERVIEWS
Interview with Dr Zarni
June 18, 2005
Click here to listen.
Search of a Model for Myanmar
here to listen.
Weekend Edition - Sunday, June 19, 2005
effect are international sanctions having on Myanmar? In an effort
to push the military regime in the former Burma toward democracy,
many countries have restricted trade. But Amnesty International
says the regime is tightening its crackdown on dissent.
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ShweDagon Pagoda, the landmark of Rangoon, seen from Royal Lake,
Burmese Buddhist Devotees
inside the Gold-covered Mahamuni Temple:
Deceptively Heavenly View:
The cloud-soaked mountains
Karen State, April 2003
Conflict in the Rainforest:
Karen guerrillas taking a break
from Fifty Years' War (1948-)
Southern Coastal Line
Praying for a better
A Buddhist monk
at the Shwedagon Pagoda,
The City of "the End of Strife"
Rocked by 3 Bomb Blasts
novices during study break:
A Buddhist Monastery,