Fwd:အစိုးရသစ္ A new look Myanmar ‘civilian’ government! Hmmm!!

I got this in the mail. Pic from U Myint . Everybody already knew it.
But I think this is a good reminder.

But I am a little bit stupid. Why are they all scared Kyaing (Daw Kyaing Kyaing)

Burmese Bright and Brave Student girl from London talks about election

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Imam: N.Y. Islamic Center To Include Other Faiths

A proposed Islamic community center near ground zero in New York City will include separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews and people of other faiths, the imam behind plans for the facility wrote in an op-ed piece published online Tuesday.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wrote in The New York Times that the attention surrounding the plans for the $100 million community center just blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks “reflects the degree to which people care about the very American values under debate: recognition of the rights of others, tolerance and freedom of worship.”

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Riot police block Iran protesters



Riot police blocked protesters from gathering in Tehran on Wednesday, witnesses said, as Iran’s supreme leader warned he will not back down in the face of unrest following the disputed presidential vote.

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AFP:US lashes ‘brutal’ Myanmar rights record

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States lashed out at the Myanmar regime’s human rights record Wednesday, saying the military was “brutally” suppressing its citizens and razing entire villages.

In an annual global report on human rights, the State Department said Myanmar’s ruling junta carried out numerous extrajudicial killings along with rape and torture without punishing anyone responsible.

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Malaysian arrested for US credit card fraud

BANGKOK, Jan 15 — A Malaysian man wanted in the United States for credit card fraud amounting to US$150 million (RM540 million) was arrested by Thai authorities and US Secret Service agents in Nonthaburi on the outskirts of Bangkok on Tuesday.

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The True Story Behind This War is Not the One Israel is Telling

The True Story Behind This War is Not the One Israel is Telling

The world isn’t just watching the Israeli government commit a crime in Gaza; we are watching it self-harm. This morning, and tomorrow morning, and every morning until this punishment-beating ends, the young people of the Gaza Strip are going to be more filled with hate, and more determined to fight back, with stones or suicide-vests or rockets. Israel’s leaders have convinced themselves the harder you beat the Palestinians, the softer they will become. But when this is over, the rage against Israelis will have hardened, and the same old compromises will still be waiting by the roadside of history, untended and unmade.

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Bush administration lifts North Korea sanctions



WASHINGTON – President Bush on Thursday lifted trade sanctions against North Korea and moved to remove it from the U.S. terrorism blacklist, a remarkable turnaround in policy toward the communist regime he once branded as part of an “axis of evil.”

The announcement at the White House came after North Korea handed over a long-awaited accounting of its nuclear work to Chinese officials on Thursday, fulfilling a key step in the denuclearization process.

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US backs UN rights expert’s report on Myanmar


WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States gave its backing Tuesday to a UN expert’s report raising concerns about Myanmar’s recent referendum and called on the military rulers to release all political prisoners.

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack also called on the country’s military rulers to uphold their pledge to give international aid access to victims of last month’s ,,, which left 133,000 dead or missing.

“The US shares the conclusions of the UN human rights monitor in his sobering report that the referendum on the regime’s draft constitution was far from credible,” McCormack said in a statement.

Washington also agrees that the continuing detention of political prisoners, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, and the condition under which they are held is “appalling,” he said. Continue reading

US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House on Friday expressed frustration at the pace of aid flows into Myanmar after devastating Cyclone Nargis and said the ruling junta’s new constitution lacks legitimacy.

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