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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Burma Report: October 3, 2007

Today's items:

Jotman blog:

Hey Economist, it's maroon, not saffron!
I read somewhere that Time Magazine's new editor aspires to make Time look more like The Economist, but isn't this carrying the idea a bit too far?

Why Burma's Monks Are in Danger
When the protests began, most people -- myself included -- thought that Burmese soldiers would not dare to fire upon Buddhist monks.

Yet, recent reports indicate that monks have been beaten and killed. How could this happen in Burma of all places; in what is perhaps the most devoutly Buddhist country on earth?

Here's the explanation I've been able to piece together after talking to some[...]

Burma on Oct 3: Soldiers hunting protestors.
-Soldiers announced they were hunting pro-democracy protesters in Burma's largest city Wednesday and the top US diplomat in the country said she heard that military police were pulling people out of their homes during the night.(AP)

- U.S. embassy personnel have found some Buddhist monasteries completely deserted while others were closed off by soldiers. The acting U.S. ambassador found the [...]

Australia 1, Thailand 0
Australia has taken a lead in the diplomatic war on Burma's junta, refusing to accept a military commander as the rogue state's new ambassador to Canberra.

In Thailand General Sonthi is set to be appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. The general is buddies with the Burmese junta, and well after shots had been fired at peaceful protestors, Sonthi made a speech [...]

Wake Up to the Gravity of the Situation in Burma
The world seems to be losing interest in Burma. This presents a bit of a problem for the Burmese. Here's why:

Monks and civilian protestors are presently being round up and sent to concentration camps.We have a report from a defecting Burmese general that the junta issued orders to execute prisoners.We have at least one report of the mass murder of monks in a monastery.Three hundred thousand of [...]
Agam's Gecko blog:
Soldiers parade at Nay Pyi Daw on Armed Forces Day, March 27, 2007
Burma's supreme dictator, Senior General Than Shwe has been said to have monarchical pretensions, a characteristic perhaps expressed best in his decision to move the national capital 200 miles to the north, located in "Kyatpyae Village of Pyinmana Township of Mandalay Division." The administrative [...]


UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari met for a second time Tuesday with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

After being stalled for a day to watch some junta-produced shows of support in Shan State (while the killers in Rangoon could finish hiding the bodies), UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari was finally granted an audience with military leaders on Tuesday, [...]
ko htike blog:
Well done Australia. We, burmese people and global citizen appreciate you.
Burma-Myanmar Genocide 2007 blog:
Write to ICRC Yangon to save Dying Monks due to Lack of Medical Treatment.
And then send CC to ICRC head office to push them too.
Generation96 blog:
The Brutal beatings caught on camera

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