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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