Sitmone is back ! (Together with Daw Suu)

Sitmone is back ! Read here_

I consider most of the readers to this post as non Burmese. Thus I decided to introduce Lwin Moe and Kyaw Thu, to those who are unfamiliar with Burmese celebrities, before continue writing the post.

Both Lwin Moe and Kyaw Thu are Burmese celebrities. Both of them are and were actors, directors, and photographers. But Kyaw Thu is no more in entertainment industry of Burma, as his movies were banned by Military Junta for last three years.

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The plight of the Myanmarese

By:Rizal Sukma /from:thejakatapost

After Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar last year, very few in the region took notice of the continuing plight and suffering of the Myanmarese. It was overshadowed by other events in the region and in other parts of the world.

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AFP:Aid groups blast ASEAN-led report on Myanmar relief effort

JAKARTA (AFP) — A coalition of humanitarian groups heavily criticised Thursday a report on Myanmar’s cyclone disaster, saying it glossed over the junta’s obstruction of aid and human rights abuses.

The Burma Partnership, which represents 19 aid organisations, released an “alternative” report to provide what it said was a more accurate picture of the response to Cyclone Nargis, which left 138,000 people dead or missing in May.

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Mizzima:Ban Ki-moon may cancel Burma visit

by Solomon

Wednesday,08 October 2008

New Delhi – The United Nations Secretary General on Tuesday said he may cancel a planned visit to military-ruled Burma unless the government there fully implements a process of democratization.

Ban Ki-moon, during a press briefing to reporters on Tuesday, said he is willing to make a return visit to Burma, but he might be forced to cancel any such plan if the government fails to implement tangible progress toward democratization.

The world body chief last visited Burma, a country ruled by the military since 1962, last May in the wake of deadly Cyclone Nargis in an effort to convince the ruling junta to allow the international community greater access in helping cyclone victims.
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Mizzima:Burma to have football academy in Mandalay

New Delhi – In a landmark development in the history of Burmese football, the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) will soon have a Football Academy to promote soccer skills of the youth – both girls and boys – in Burma’s second largest city, Mandalay.

The Academy, which has been under construction since 2006 with an aid of USD 1 million from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) under its Goal project, will be inaugurated by late 2008 or early 2009, the MFF spokesperson told Mizzima.

The spokesperson, who did not want to be named, said the Academy, which will have football fields, school buildings and hostels for youths, will be reviewed by the FIFA in November before it can be inaugurated.

“The academy is being built in Mandalay so as to attract youths from all parts of the country,” said the spokesperson, adding that it was earlier planned to be built in Burma’s former capital Rangoon.

The Academy, which is the first ever in Burma, will operate as a training school and players will be later marketed to regional as well as international clubs, the spokesperson said.
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DVB:Army officer accused of attempted rape of doctor

Sep 12, 2008 (DVB)–A judgment is due to be reached by military authorities tomorrow on an army officer who has been accused of attempting to rape a female doctor helping survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Irrawaddy division.

The incident took place on 5 September at around 10.30pm on a touring medical ship, the Widuya, which was docked in Laputta, according to local residents who did not want to be named.

The Widuya was carrying 30 medical staff, including divisional doctors and specialists, who have been touring Irrawaddy division over the past few months treating patients.

When the ship stopped at Laputta for the night, captain Kyaw San Win of the logistics corps, boarded and went into the cabin of a female doctor, a 40-year-old paediatrician, on the pretext of checking her guest registration.

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Irrawaddy;Is Suu Kyi Trying to Get the Message Out?


All martyrs must finish their mission.”


Tuesday,August 19,2008

Neighbors of the democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said a new message appeared last month on a large outdoor signboard in her compound, saying, “All martyrs must finish their mission.” 

The message appeared on July 19, Burma’s Martyr Day. The signboard, about 10 X 4-feet, is located on Suu Kyi’s property and can be read from the street in front of her home, where she has been under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years.

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MacLean, MacLellan to headline benefit concert for Burma

MacLean, MacLellan to headline

benefit concert for Burma

The Guardian

Tara MacLean

Tara MacLean

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Same old, same old

Sunday August 10, 2008


Myanmar’s ruling junta is hoping that its on-going human rights violations will become a non-issue, but let’s keep flogging this dead horse.

TWENTY years and two days ago, student activists in a little-known South-East Asian country stood up for democracy against their oppressive, tyrannical government.

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Zarganar Again Before Prison Court


Thursday,August 7,2008

Burma’s popular satirist Zarganar appeared before a court in Rangoon’s Insein Prison for a second time on Thursday, together with three activists accused of anti-state activities.

A member of Zarganar’s family said the four had been charged with eight alleged offences under the Emergency Provisions Act, Section 5(J) and Section 17/A, which bans contacts with organizations deemed to be unlawful.

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Press for Release of Political Prisoners, Say Activists


Friday,August 1,2008

The new UN human rights rapporteur for Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, should visit political prisoners and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and forcefully press for their release during his first visit to Burma next week, say human rights activists. 

The new UN human rights rapporteur is scheduled to visit Burma from August 3 to 7 discuss human rights issues with the Burmese military government. 

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UN’s Lost Aid May Be Tip of the Iceberg


Wednesday,July 30,2008

BANGKOK—The loss of United Nations aid money via “unacceptable” exchange rates orchestrated by the Burmese regime was going on long before this week’s disclosures about Cyclone Nargis cash losses, a US nongovernmental organization says.

“There are indications that [the United Nations Development Program], even prior to Cyclone Nargis, provided larger cuts to Myanmar’s Than Shwe government than the [up to] 25 percent now admitted to by the UN’s humanitarian operations,” said Matthew Russell Lee of the New York-based NGO Inner City Press.

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Charges of Forced Labor Emerge in Cyclone-Hit Areas

By Saw Yan Naing

Thursday,July 17,2008

Thousands of people in hundreds of villages are being forced to labor for free under a military-led reconstruction effort in the cyclone-devastated Irrawaddy delta, according to sources in the area.

Villagers in the hard-hit townships of Laputta, Bogalay, Pyapon and Dedaye say that local people, including children, have been told by Ward Peace and Development Councils and military troops that they must provide labor on a rotating basis.

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UN Admits Losses to Myanmar Junta Through Currency Exchange, NGOs Skirt with Hawala

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, July 11 — The question is not “if” but “how much” money Myanmar’s military government has taken from the UN aid that has come into the country since Cyclone Nargis hit, it emerged Friday at the UN. John Holmes, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, told Inner City Press that some level of loss would be acceptable in exchanging dollars for government-issued Foreign Exchange Certificates, which are in turn converted into the local currency, Kyat. “One percent would probably be okay,” he said. Video here, from Minute 37:50.

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