Asean’s man of passion at the helm

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Asean’s man of passion at the helm  

By   Ian Timberlake  

Surin Pitsuwan can quote from both the holy Quran and English poetry, in the same speech. The self-professed “cheerleader-in-chief of Asean” at times sounds like a preacher, and his outspoken style may seem at odds with the 41-year-old history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which he has led as secretary-general since the start of the year.

Asean has long been criticised as little more than a “talking shop” unable to play a meaningful role in the region.

But observers say that if anyone can make Asean more effective, it is Surin, 58, a Muslim former Thai foreign minister and academic who hails from his country’s south. “He’s much more dynamic,” said Carl Thayer, a Southeast Asian specialist at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University.

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New hopes for democracy in Burma?

New hopes for democracy in Burma?

News from Agence France-Presse says ministers of UN Security Council permanent member states together with many Asian nations were scheduled to hold their first meeting Saturday to advance democratic reforms in Burma.

That country, now officially known as Myanmar, has been ruled by the military since 1962. Since the time of General Ne Win, the military men have ruled tyrannically. They have also often idiotically subordinated the Burmese people’s wellbeing to the military’s obsession with control. This was most recently manifested in the junta’s refusal to let foreign aid and rescue missions to give food, supplies and medicine to hundreds of thousands of victims of natural calamities rendered sick, starving and homeless.

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The UK Foreign Office warned Lloyd over Burma

The UK Foreign Office warned Lloyd over Burma

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Nick Mathiason

The Foreign Office has written to Lloyd’s of London chairman Lord Levene to outline its disapproval that Lloyd’s brokers are trading with the Burmese military dictatorship.

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Monks March in Myanmar on Anniversary of Crackdown

Monks March in Myanmar on Anniversary of Crackdown

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS   YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – About 100 Buddhist monks in a western city in Myanmar staged a peaceful protest march on Saturday to mark the anniversary of last year’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

The protest on Saturday was in the western port city of Sittwe.

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Death end of Burmese Education System (In Burmese)

ျမန္မာ့ပညာေရးအစဥ္အလာရဲ႕လမ္းဆံုး

ေမာင္စြမ္းရည္ (၅-၉-၀၈)။        ။

ပညာေရးအေၾကာင္းကို ဘာေၾကာင့္ က်ေနာ္ တင္ျပရပါသလဲဆုိတာ သိရေအာင္ က်ေနာ္နဲ႔ ပညာေရး ပတ္သက္ပံုကေလးကို အရင္တင္ျပခြင့္ျပဳပါ။

က်ေနာ္က တသက္လံုးလုပ္လာတာက ေက်ာင္းဆရာပါ။ ေနာက္ပိုင္းမွာ အေျခခံပညာ
သင္႐ိုး အဖြဲ႔ (ေက်ာင္းသံုး စာအုပ္ေကာ္မတီ) မွာ သင္႐ိုးလက္ေထာက္အျဖစ္ လုပ္လာခဲ့
ပါတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ပညာေရးဆိုတာ က်ေနာ္နဲ႔ ရင္းႏွီးကၽြမ္းဝင္တဲ့ အေၾကာင္းအရာ ျဖစ္
ေနပါတယ္။ ဒီလုိ မိမိကိုယ္မိမိ ကိုယ့္ကိုယ္ကိုယ္ မိတ္ဆက္ေပမယ့္ ပညာေရးသေဘာတ
ရားႀကီးေတြကို မေျပာတတ္ပါဘူး။ ေျပာဖုိ႔လည္း မရည္ရြယ္ပါဘူး။ ကိုယ္ေတြ႔ေလာက္သာ
ေျပာႏုိင္မွာပါ။

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AP:Key nations call on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi

AP:Key nations call on Myanmar to release Suu Kyi

By CARLEY PETESCH

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations concerned about Myanmar called on its military government Saturday to_

  • release all political prisoners,
  • including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi,
  • and to start talking with the opposition.

The so-called Group of Friends, which includes

  • the United States,
  • Britain,
  • China,
  • Southeast Asian countries
  • and the European Union,

also called on the junta to cooperate with the United Nations, which has tried with little success to nudge the regime toward engagement with its opponents. The nations met at the United Nations on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly’s ministerial session.

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AFP:High level UN talks set to grapple with Myanmar issue

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Ministers from UN Security Council permanent member states and mostly Asian nations are to hold their first meeting Saturday aimed at pushing for reforms in military-ruled Myanmar.

UN Secretary Genereal Ban Ki-moon called for the informal talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly amid little signs the military rulers will embrace political reforms, one year after a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Yet, officials said the first ministerial meeting of Ban’s so-called “group of friends on Myanmar” would raise the profile of the longstanding internationl demand for the junta to hold a dialogue with the democratic opposition and polish up its human rights record.

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