The Irrawaddy:Two Bombs Explode in Rangoon—No Casualties

Two bombs exploded in crowded areas of Rangoon on Tuesday evening, but no casualties were reported.

The first explosion occurred around 9:30 p.m. at Padonma Park in Sanchaung Township. The second came about an hour later at a bus stop in Hledan, Kamayut Township, according to eyewitnesses.

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Irrawaddy:Win Tin Denies NLD Divided Over 2010 Election


Win Tin, a leading member of Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), denied claims that he had said the party was divided over whether it would take part in an election slated for 2010.

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Irrawaddy:Regime Frees Longest-serving Political Prisoner, Win Tin


Tuesday,September 23,2008

Burma’s longest-serving political prisoner, 79-year-old journalist Win Tin, was freed on Tuesday after 19 years behind bars.

Win Tin was among 9,002 prisoners released, only a handful of whom were political detainees.

The freed political prisoners included another well-known writer, Aung Soe Myint, and four members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)—Khin Maung Swe, May Win Myint, Win Htein and Than Nyein.

A close friend of Win Tin, Maung Maung Khin, told The Irrawaddy the long-serving political prisoner had been released unconditionally and in good health.

“He didn’t need to sign any conditional agreement with the Burmese authorities,” Maung Maung Khin said.

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Irrawaddy:Suu Kyi Appeal to be Lodged Next Week in Naypyidaw


Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer said on Friday his legal assistant will travel to Naypyidaw next week to lodge a formal appeal against her continuing house arrest.
Suu Kyi’s house arrest was extended in May for a further year. She had already served five years, and her lawyer, Kyi Win, has said the extension was illegal.

Kyi Win told The Irrawaddy he would meet Suu Kyi soon to discuss the appeal, which would be presented in Naypyidaw by his assistant, Hla Myo Myint.

Kyi Win said Suu Kyi would meet the regime’s liaison officer, Aung Kyi, when her health permitted.

The French news agency AFP reported that Suu Kyi was receiving intravenous treatment to restore her health. She refused to receive food supplies at her home for four weeks in what was seen as a protest against the conditions of her detention.

Last week, the regime relaxed some restrictions, and Suu Kyi agreed to accept deliveries of food and other household supplies to her home, where she has been detained for more than 13 of the past 19 years.

Thai-Based Burmese Exile Website Hopes for Early Recovery From Cyber- Attack

Posted on: Sunday, 21 September 2008, 09:00 CDT

from:Red Orbit

Text of report in English by Thailand-based Burmese publication Irrawaddy website on 19 September

[Report by Saw Yan Naing: “The Irrawaddy Hopes to Defeat the Hackers Soon”; The Irrawaddy is now posting content at its temporary website at to a cyber attack on its website at on 17 September.]

The online news service of The Irrawaddy remained paralysed by a cyber attack on Friday, although technicians expressed optimism that it would be back in operation by Monday.

Three other Burmese exile news operations that also fell victim to the attack restored their services on Friday, leading to hope that The Irrawaddy Web site would also soon be again accessible.

The attack knocked out The Irrawaddy service on Tuesday and also struck the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma and the New Era Journal, based in Bangkok. All were intermittently put out of action.

The three opposition news services, operated by Burmese exiles, were hit by a “distributed denial-of-service”, or DDoS.

A DDoS attack creates a “traffic jam” at the entry to a Web site as masses of fake, robot “visitors” try to access it.

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Irrawaddy;Junta Disrobes, Charges Leading Monk


Thursday,August 21,2008

The leader of the All Burma Monks’ Alliance (ABMA), Ashin Gambira, has been disrobed by the authorities and charged with multiple criminal offenses in the aftermath of the 2007 uprising.

His lawyer, Aung Thein, told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that Gambira told him the authorities disrobed him after his arrest in November 2007 without following traditional procedures or consulting relevant monks’ organizations.

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