Irrawaddy: Prelude to a Civil War?

Prelude to a Civil War?

Many were surprised by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) attack against the Kokang forces.

Some had been so preoccupied with the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi that they were not even aware of the impending crisis. Others could not understand why the Burmese military would turn against their allies who have had a cease-fire agreement for more than 20 years.

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Irrawaddy:The Virtues of Careful Engagement

Irrawaddy:The Virtues of Careful Engagement

As a dissident who openly turned his back on sanctions and, since 2003, has attempted engagement with the junta, albeit with little or no success, I welcome US Sen. Jim Webb’s highly publicized visit to my native country.

In spite of my own failures in practicing “diplomacy without license,” I can see virtues in a carefully developed engagement approach which compliments and strengthens—as opposed to undermines and contradicts—Aung San Suu Kyi-led opposition and ethnic minority resistance.

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Mizzima : Punishment for a dream – the price of Burmese conscience

Mizzima : Punishment for a dream – the price of Burmese conscience

  • Mizzima News – William Harvard  wrote: “The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” This is the dream that I had for Burma in 1988, and I still have the same dream today. As a university student in 1988, I never imagined that I would spend the next fifteen years of my life in Burma’s notorious prisons for daring to hope for a better future.
  • Although I knew that my prison term would be reduced if I obeyed their rules I refused to be humiliated or degraded. Instead, I firmly held on to my convictions and did not surrender my political conscience for personal comfort or freedom.
  • I was sustained only by the belief that my tormenters “can control me physically, but they cannot control my mind. My mind does not belong to them. My mind belongs to me.”
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Mizzima News: Inevitable US policy shift on Burma, why and how

Mizzima News: Inevitable US policy shift on Burma, why and how

Mizzima News – The recent visit of US Senator Jim Webb has stirred up speculation and criticism of what the visit could mean for Washington’s Burma policy, especially from traditional supporters of the opposition movement residing in the West. A common, critical sound bite belittles Webb’s visit as a personal trip. But all detractors and critics largely ignore the fundamental facts related to the visit and the inevitability of a US policy shift on Burma.  

There are three major underlying reasons encompassing the US’s new policy towards Burma.  

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Driven to driving a taxi despite having a PhD

Driven to driving a taxi despite having a PhD

Bio-chemist Dr Cai Minnjie who failed to land another research position after losing his job last year now happily prowls the streets as a cabbie.

SINGAPORE’S fraternity of taxi drivers, with its fair share of retrenched executives, has now an exalted new member – a PhD bio-chemist from Stanford University.

Prowling the streets of Singapore today is 57-year-old unemployed scientist Dr Cai Mingjie who lost his job at Singapore’s premier A-Star biomedical research institute last year.

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Sleep-deprived Aussie doctors told to drink more coffee

Sleep-deprived Aussie doctors told to drink more coffee

CANBERRA, Sept 8 – Exhausted Australian doctors have been told to drink up to six cups of coffee a day to stay awake during extended shifts, building pressure on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to seize control of state-run hospitals.

A document on fatigue management released by health officials in Queensland state recommended doctors ingest 400 milligrams of caffeine to stay awake on the job, or the equivalent of six cups of coffee, after warnings that patients were dying.

“For management to just say go and have a cup of coffee and get over tiredness, it cheapens the whole issue,” Australian Medical Association Vice President Steven Hambleton told Reuters.

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Unctad: Migrant remittances on the decline

Unctad: Migrant remittances on the decline

BANGKOK, Sept 8 — The Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam are expected to be affected by a fall in migrant remittances of between five and eight per cent this year due to global recession.

The Trade and Development Report 2009, a flagship report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), said remittances rose 8.8 per cent to US$305 billion in 2008 worldwide but showed signs of slowing down in the second half of last year.

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