Myanmar pushes poll 20 years after ignoring NLD win

YANGON, Jan 4 — Reclusive Myanmar ruling General Than Shwe urged the country today to make “correct choices” in this year’s general election, but gave no hint about exactly when the long-awaited polls will take place.

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M Insider:Myanmar pushes poll 20 years after ignoring NLD win

M Insider:Myanmar pushes poll 20 years after ignoring NLD win

YANGON, Jan 4 — Reclusive Myanmar ruling General Than Shwe urged the country today to make “correct choices” in this year’s general election, but gave no hint about exactly when the long-awaited polls will take place.

Myanmar’s last election, in 1990, ended with a landslide win for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy but the junta ignored the result and has since jailed more than 2,000 activists and political opponents, many for minor offences.

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BBC: How do you apply pressure on Burma?

BBC: How do you apply pressure on Burma?

File image of Burma's top general, Than ShweBritain is to propose a UN arms embargo on Burma, but is facing an uphill struggle as the world once again divides on how to deal with a dictatorial and repressive regime.

Some governments will press for more pressure on Burma through increased sanctions.

These are mostly the Western liberal democracies. They are highly sensitive to pressure from human rights campaigners – and there are few lobbies more effective than the Burmese one.

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Myanmar Military is worse than Iran Mullas or we are just cowards?

Myanmar Military is worse than Iran Mullas or we are just cowards?

Iranian film-maker like Abbas Kiarostami are relentless in the efforts to highlight the political crisis surrounding their country. - Reuters pic

CAIRO, Jan 4 — Iran’s government cannot silence the film-makers.

It keeps trying. Films are censored. Directors are prohibited to leave the country and prohibited to return home, forced to cancel projects and threatened with punishment if their films are too probing or too critical of life in the Islamic Republic.

But the films keep coming, and so do the film-makers.

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M Insider:Indonesian actress’ swear in tweeter against paparazzi sparks uproar

M Insider:Indonesian actress’ swear in tweeter against paparazzi sparks uproar

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JAKARTA, Jan 4 — What started out as an angry Twitter message has quickly escalated into a national debate over the rise of the so-called “infotainment” shows in Indonesia.

Actress Luna Maya lashed out at the industry after camera crews and reporters crowded around her and her boyfriend’s daughter when she stepped out of a cinema on Dec 15.

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From around the globe, serving New York

NEW YORK, Jan 4 — The New York Police Department has sent its officers to 11 cities around the globe — even once dispatching a husband and wife to Abu Dhabi. But the return from the world has been far greater.

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Trying to add portability to movie files

News imageNEW YORK, Jan 4 — It is easy to take a DVD to a friend’s house and watch it on his TV. But things are more complicated when digital video …

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A black market finds a home in the Web’s back alleys

News imageHAVANA, Jan 4 — On one block on the outskirts of the Cuban capital, a mother of two goes door to door selling hair ribbons and other sundries to her …

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