The Irrawaddy:Obama Signs Burma Sanctions Renewal into Law

WASHINGTON —US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law the Burma Sanctions Renewal Act, thus extending sanctions on the country’s military junta.

The bill, unanimously passed by both the US House of Representative and the Senate last week, renews the current sanctions on imports from Burma for an additional three years and maintains the ban on the import of jade and other gems from Burma.

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AFP:Myanmar junta congratulates Obama

YANGON: Myanmar’s top junta leader has congratulated new US President Barack Obama on his inauguration, state media reported on Friday in the first official reaction to him assuming office.

The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said Senior General Than Shwe “has sent a message of congratulations to the Honourable Barack Hussein Obama, on the occasion of his inauguration” as president.

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Will be Obama with us, Muslims, as the meaning of his name in Persian language

Will be Obama with us, Muslims,

as the meaning of his name in Persian language

The name Obama in the Persian language (Iran’s language) means_ “He is with us.”

According to Islamic tradition, there was an Islamic Imam who was the Prophet Mohammed’s cousin and son-in-law. His name was Ali Ibn Abi-Talib. This man gave the following prophecy:

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AFP:Myanmar astrologer predicts Obama re-election

A top astrologer in Myanmar Monday predicted ahead of Barack Obama’s inauguration that the US president-elect would win another term in office and that he would escape attempts to harm him.

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The Freedom Challenge

Monday, November 24, 2008

In Burma, a test of Barack Obama’s attitude toward promoting democracy

BARBARITY IN Burma last week served as a reminder that, with or without President-elect Barack Obama, the global struggle for liberty will rage on long after George W. Bush takes his “freedom agenda” home to Texas.

Some of Mr. Obama’s foreign policy advisers are nearly as impatient to deep-six that policy as they are to bid farewell to its author. They believe that Mr. Bush’s extravagant rhetoric overpromised and underperformed. Dissidents were encouraged and then abandoned. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay mocked Washington’s pretensions to lead or lecture.

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From Dr. King to Barack Obama: One Dream Realized

from:TIME

John Lewis

Why Brown and Cameron are silent on the coming war with Iran

LONDON, Jan 9 — Only when Tony Blair popped up on the airwaves did it become clear just how different it is this time. Israel is again at war — yet, unlike 2006 there are no MPs clamouring for Parliament to be recalled. There is no Prime Minister who regards himself as a peacemaker offering his opinion to the world.

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The world this year

from:Economist.com

The credit crunch turned into a full-blown global financial crisis in September when Lehman Brothers, one of Wall Street’s big investment banks, declared bankruptcy and American officials seized control of American International Group to prevent the giant insurer’s collapse. As panic spread, governments engineered the rescue of distressed banks or took them over directly. By the end of the month the remaining big Wall Street houses had either been absorbed by others or become bank holding companies.

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MIZZIMA:Obama’s grandfather’s connection to Burma

By Mizzima News

The grandfather of United States’ president-elect Barack Obama served in Burma during the Second World War, according to a report by the Times.

Hussein Onyango Obama, the paternal grandfather of Barack Obama, served as a cook with the British army in Burma during the Second World War, revealed yesterday’s article.

The Kenyan soldier, after returning to his motherland from Burma, became  involved in rebellion against British colonial rule and was subsequently detained and tortured, states the December 3rd report.

In Kenya, he was involved in supplying information to the Kikuyu Central Association, the group that spearheaded an independence movement that came to be known as the Mau Mau rebellion. He was arrested in 1949 and detained for two years.
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Video of the President-Elect Barack Obama in Chicago

Video of the President-Elect Barack Obama in Chicago

OBAMA CAPTURES THE PRESIDENCY // Sen. Barack Obama acknowledges supporters along with wife Michelle & daughters Malia & Sasha in Grant Park, Chicago (© Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

‘This is your victory,’ says Obama

‘This is your victory,’ says Obama

 

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama spoke at a rally in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, after winning the race for the White House Tuesday night. The following is an exact transcript of his speech.

Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Chicago, Illinois, after winning the presidency Tuesday night. 

Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Chicago, Illinois, after winning the presidency Tuesday night.

Obama:

Hello, Chicago.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

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‘Change has come to America but we will need to wait generations for a change in Burma’

‘Change has come to America

but we will need to wait generations

for a change in Burma’

 ‘Change has come to America’. These were the words uttered by Barack Obama as he addressed the United States for the first time as the president-elect.

 

“Restoration of full democracy cannot happen overnight; it will take generations,” Tomás Ojea Quintana, the United Nations’ Human Rights Envoy for Burma said, adding that it was insufficient for the United Nations to simply issue resolutions on the situation in the Southeast Asian country, instead insisting that resources must also be made available so that the goals of resolutions may be met. 

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AP:Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.

In all, the two men whom officials describe as neo-Nazi skinheads planned to kill 88 people — 14 by beheading, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn. The numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the white supremacist community.

The spree, which initially targeted an unidentified predominantly African-American school, was to end with the two men driving toward Obama, “shooting at him from the windows,” the court documents show.

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Yes, Obama can!

ON THE BEAT

by Wong Chun Wai

Barack Obama is an icon of hope for people all over the world, especially in countries with a plural society.

BARACK Obama gets my pick for the United States’ presidential election – not that I can vote or that my views would make any difference to the neck-and-neck race.

But he has become an icon of hope. To people all over the world who are watching an American presidential campaign with such intensity for the first time, he represents hope, courage and change.

All over the world, people can relate to what is taking place in the US. They have had enough of more of the same from their own politicians who sell the same snake oil medicine by stoking racial fears and imagined foreign threats.

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