Irrawaddy:Junta’s Spies Active among Ethnic, Exiled Groups

By:MIN LWIN

Burmese spies actively gather information on Burmese ethnic groups and the exiled community along the Thai border, opposition leaders have long contended.

Such claims appear to be substantiated by a confidential Burmese military intelligence report obtained by The Irrawaddy on Wednesday.

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Irrawaddy:Young Dissidents Remember Aung San

By:SAW YAN NAING

An underground dissident group in Rangoon has voiced its continued support for Burma’s independence hero, Gen Aung San, on the eve of the 94th anniversary of his birth.   

Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Thursday, Moe Thway, a spokesman for the dissident organization Generation Wave, said, “Gen Aung San is a hero who opposed oppression. The current Burmese leaders are trying to hide his image.”

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Irrawaddy:Singaporean Activists Detained after Protesting Burmese Migrants’ Plight

By LAWI WENG

Two Singaporean activists were detained for five hours on Monday by police after they had protested outside the Ministry of Manpower in solidarity with Burmese migrant workers in the country.

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Irrawaddy:Did Than Shwe’s Grandson Kidnap Model?

(left to right) Nay Chi Lin Let:Than Shwe’s favorite grandson,Nay Shwe Thway Aung ;Wut Mone Shwe Yee

By:WAI MOE

The Rangoon rumor-mill is frequently active, but this might be the juiciest story for years—a soap opera-style plot involving Than Shwe’s grandson, a celebrity model, a jealous ex-boyfriend and a sordid kidnapping.
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Irrawaddy:Canada-based Party Linked to Controversial Businessman

Burmese exiles were surprised to learn through an Internet newsgroup recently that the former chairman of the All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) has joined a new political party linked to a Canada-based businessman accused in the past of laundering drug profits for the United Wa State Army (UWSA).

According to widely read email messages circulating among Burmese exiles, former ABSDF chairman Htun Aung Gyaw recently joined the United Democratic Party of Myanmar (UDP), founded in Vancouver, Canada.

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Irrawaddy:Soldiers Still Watch Suu Kyi

By MINN LWIN

Friday,August 29,2008

Although the Burmese generals don’t want military personnel to show interest in domestic politics, detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s surprise snub of the UN special envoy last week has become a popular talking point among soldiers and officers in Burma, according to several military sources. 

“We are interested to know why Suu Kyi did not meet Gambari,” said an officer based in Naypyidaw military region command who declined to be identified for security reasons.

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Cyclone Victims Migrating to Thailand

Cyclone Victims Migrating to Thailand

 By SAW YAN NAING in Irrawaddy

“I came to Thailand because the situation back in the Irrawaddy delta was becoming critical,” said cyclone survivor Ma Win. “We had received no aid. My child was seriously sick and suffering from diarrhea. I was ill too; we only had boiled rice to eat for three days.”

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