Please Spread This and Show Your SUPPORT! Cyclone Nargis victims..Myanmar Singers Alex, Rebecca Win, J-Me and Moe Hay Ko have arrived in the UK!

By BDC

Dear All,

We support this noble cause. One year after cyclone Nargis, victims are still desperately needed for humanitarian assistance. Here, we recognise and support the important role play by the citizens civilian organisations. Please show your SUPPORT.

You can get tickets from me.

Place: Green Ford Hall

Time: 4pm-11pm

Date: 11.07.2009

Best regards,

Myo Thein

http://www.bdcburma.org/

Burmese Freedom Calendar 8. to 20.July:9 July (1947), Martyrs’ Day, Gen Aung San ..-20 July (1989), Aung San Suu Kyi placed under first house arrest and held her incommunicado

8 July (1962), Ordered by Gen Ne Win, Brig-Gen Aung Gyi, Col Kyaw Soe, Lt-Col Sein Lwin, and Maj
Tun Yi, the fascist Burmese soldiers from 4 Burma Rifle Battalion destroyed the Student Union
Building, which had a prominent standing in the history of Burma independence movement. Ko
Kyaw Win of Myaungmya, who was in bed with injuries, and about 100-400 students were blown up
together with the building under a bloody policy declared by Gen Ne Win as to match “sword with
sword, spear with spear.” The bodies, some students still alive, were crushed at the sewage treatment
plant in Rangoon.

12 July (2001), death in custody with AIDS at Tharawaddy prison, Ko Sithu (a) Ye Naing, botany student
during 8-8-88 uprising, Sanchaung, Rangoon
18 July (2008), death in custody with TB at Mandalay prison, Ko Rarpyi (a) Maung Maung Rarpyi (a)
Khin Maung Tint (1962-2008), political prisoner 2 times, 20-year imprisonment (1998), 8-8-88
uprising, All Burma Students Democratic Front

19 July (1947), Martyrs’ Day, Gen Aung San and his cabinet members, Mahn Ba Khaing, Thakin Mya,
Dedoke U Ba Cho, Abdul Razak, U Ba Win and Saopha of Mong Pawng, cabinet secretary U Ohn
Maung and a bodyguard Yebaw Maung Htwe were assassinated

20 July (1989), Aung San Suu Kyi placed under first house arrest and held her incommunicado.

The death toll has risen to 70 in the aftermath of floods and landslides in Burma’s Hpakant jade mining area in the country’s northern Kachin State on July 4 and 5.

Death Toll In Floods And Landslide Rise To 70 In Hpakant
Written by KNG
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 14:38
The death toll has risen to 70 in the aftermath of floods and landslides in Burma’s Hpakant jade mining area in the country’s northern Kachin State on July 4 and 5. Hundreds have been injured including over 10 people from local Kachin Baptist Churches, according to official figures available from Burmese Army authorities.

The floods and mudslides were the biggest ever witnessed in Hpakant jade land. The devastation was said to have been caused because the ruling junta has been allowing indiscriminate jade mining activities with sophisticated machines following the ceasefire agreement between the regime and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in 1994, said local environmentalists.
The death toll was compiled till yesterday by the administrative office of the Hpakant Jade Mining City also called the City Peace and Development Council (Ma Ya Ka) of the junta, said Hpakant residents. Continue reading “The death toll has risen to 70 in the aftermath of floods and landslides in Burma’s Hpakant jade mining area in the country’s northern Kachin State on July 4 and 5.”

Commentary:‘SOS BURMA,’ time for UN to do the right thing

by May Ng
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 14:45

Unlike in the past visit, this time there was no real expectation that the United Nations General Secretary’s visit to Burma would change
anything.

The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) wanted Ban Ki-moon only to see a sterile and desolate Naypyidaw and forget the long
suffering Karen and Shan people living in armed conflict areas, or the hellish lives of exiled Rohingyas, or the Chin, Kachin, Arkan, Mon,
Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Chinese who lack citizenships or human rights, and the revered Buddhist monks living under severe oppression.

But one thing is certain that conflicts are only between the SPDC and the rest of Burma. Be it among ethnic nationalities or people of different shade of skin or faith it is only when SPDC enters the picture sparks of resentment ignite and even the same ethnic brothers are persuaded to take up arms against each other.

The generals may consider Naypyidaw their spanking modern Kyan-sit-thar fantasy land. But in reality they are surrounded by enemies they have created. They are digging tunnels deeper underground and they do desperately seek nuclear and missile capability. There is every reason to assume that the latest North Korean ship which has turned back might have been carrying suspicious weapons for the military junta in Burma. Continue reading “Commentary:‘SOS BURMA,’ time for UN to do the right thing”

The Burmese Army based in Rathidaung in Arakan State has recommended that people carry cash gifts to an army official’s wedding, according to local businessmen.

“The Acting Commander from LIB 536, told us to take cash gifts to the army official’s wedding, if we attended the ceremony. We had to give in to the demand in fear of retaliation and since it was an army official’s wedding,” he said.

The wedding ceremony was held on February 3, 2009, for Corporal Thaung Tun Oo and his warrant officer Tun Myint’s daughter Nwe Nwe Soe at Ray Thon Ray Hall for the Rathidaung-based Light Infantry Battalion 536.

“The amount of cash was mentioned along with the invitation for a particular businessman and VPDC Chairman, as ordered by the acting commander of Light Infantry Battalion (536) Major Thein Nine to be given during the marriage,” the businessman said.

The Burmese Army had demanded Kyat 30,000 from a shrimp trading center, Kyat 15, 000 from one general store, Kyat 10,000 from a rice-mill and Kyat 15,000 to Kyat 30, 000 from a motor-boat owner inRathidaung Township, as gifts at the army personnel’s wedding.

Despite being unwilling to spend such a lot of money due to a crisis in their businesses, all the invited businessmen had to pay the recommended amount to avoid future problems with the army, another businessman said.

“The army had recommended a compulsory gift amount to be offered to the couple at the ceremony, while they were inviting us. Our businesses are not doing well currently and we were not willing to give such a lot of money. However, we had to pay because we are afraid of their interference in our business,” said the businessman.

The VPDC Chairmen of the township were also ordered to give not less than Kyat 5,000 by the army, a Chairman said.

According to local villagers, most of the chairmen had collected the cash from the villagers, citing the orders of the army.

According to a local source, Burmese Army battalions stationed in Arakan State used to collect illegal toll tax from local businessmen and rich men, whenever the army held any army official’s wedding ceremony or religious festivals.
Narinjara news

Analysis:The international community has few options left for Myanmar after the U.N. secretary-general’s failure last week to engage the recalcitrant military regime.

The world is running out of options on Myanmar

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The international community has few options left for Myanmar after the U.N. secretary-general’s failure last week to engage the recalcitrant military regime.

Having risked his reputation by accepting an invitation to visit the isolated southeast Asia state, analysts believe Ban Ki-moon left with nothing to show for his efforts.

Denying Ban even a meeting with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the junta, more than ever, seemed impervious to criticism and comfortable in its isolation.

“The U.N. secretary-general card has (now) been played, Ban has lost and we’re not very surprised,” said Derek Tonkin, a former British ambassador to Thailand, now a Myanmar analyst.

“I don’t know where the international community can go from here.”

The situation is likely to be discussed at the regional forum of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phuket, Thailand, later this month, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in attendance.

But even if they have recently broken with tradition and ventured criticism, the smaller neighbours of Myanmar, the former Burma, are unlikely to achieve much and ASEAN’s strategy of granting the generals membership as a way of getting them to accept regional norms on democracy will once again be shown up as a failure. Continue reading “Analysis:The international community has few options left for Myanmar after the U.N. secretary-general’s failure last week to engage the recalcitrant military regime.”