A boatload of migrant workers, crossing illegally from Burma to Thailand, capsized in heavy winds.

Passengers missing after Kawthaung boat capsizes from heavy winds
Wed 04 Nov 2009, IMNA, Rai Maraoh
A boatload of migrant workers, crossing illegally from Burma to Thailand, capsized in heavy winds. Only a portion of the passengers have been accounted for, the remainder are still missing.

The boat capsized due to heavy winds on Tuesday, November 3rd, at about 8 pm. The vessel, which had been carrying 12 passengers, had intentionally launched under the cover of darkness to provide more security for the crossing boat. 7 of the passengers have since been rescued, while 5 remain missing though no bodies have yet been recovered.

“Most people don’t know about this because the police have hidden information about this cause. We heard 5 people are dead and 7 people are alive”, said a Kawthaung resident.

According to the resident, Kawthaung police have attempted to limit the spread of information about the accident over fears of a repeat visit from authorities in Naypyidaw.

On May 15th a boat accident occurred in the same area, resulting in a visit to Kawthaung by Nay Pyi Daw (capitol of Burma) authorities, to investigate the case. According to residents, authorities are worried that another visit would cause them problems. Continue reading “A boatload of migrant workers, crossing illegally from Burma to Thailand, capsized in heavy winds.”

US urged to call for revision of constitution

by Mungpi
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 20:02

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burma’s main opposition party – the National League for Democracy – on Wednesday told the visiting United States diplomats to include the revision of the 2008 constitution as one of the main agendas in its engagement with the ruling junta.

1990 election winning party told the US Assistant Secretary of State, Kurt Campbell led US delegation that without revising the 2008 constitution there could be no free and fair elections, no improvement in the situation of Human Rights, and the process of national reconciliation cannot be kick-started.

Campbell along with US ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Scot Marciel, accompanied by Charge d’Affairs of US embassy in Rangoon Larry M Dinger, on Wednesday visited the NLD office as part of their fact-finding mission.

“The main discussion from our side is urging them to call for a revision of the 2008 constitution, without which, none of the other concerns including violation of human rights can be achieved,” Win Tin, a Central Executive Committee (CEC) member of the NLD told Mizzima.

The US diplomats are in Burma for a two-day fact-finding mission as part of the US’s new policy of engaging the military regime while maintaining the existing sanctions.

They arrived on Tuesday, also had a two hour meeting with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday afternoon prior to their meeting with the NLD CEC.

“We did not have enough time to discuss or ask the diplomats about their meeting with Daw Suu,” Win Tin said, adding that their meeting with the two US officials began at about 3:30 p.m. and concluded at 4:30 p.m. (local time).

In their discussions, Win Tin said, the NLD made it clear that they will not participate in the 2010 elections unless the junta revises the 2008 constitution, on the basis of which the elections will be held.

“It is good to demand the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, but if the constitution is not revised, there would be no improvement in Burma’s politics,” Win Tin said.

He argued that the 2008 constitution, which was drafted following a 14-year long convention, where delegates were handpicked, is designed to safeguard the military’s interest and not to guarantee the peoples’ rights.

“If we take out the gist of the constitution, we can say that the Tatmadaw [military] is the principle guardian of the constitution, Tatmadaw is the principle operator of the constitution and Tatmadaw is the principle interpreter of the constitution,” Win Tin remarked.

He said he is a little disappointed with the US for remaining silent over the junta’s 2008 constitution and making no particular mention in their calls for reform.

The United States has urged Burmese military rulers to release political prisoners including Suu Kyi and to make the 2010 elections an all inclusive process but has not particularly called for a revision of the 2008 constitution, Win Tin said.

“For me, this is most surprising because without getting the foundation right, nothing will be right. There can be no free and fair election and no inclusiveness in the political process,” he added.

But he said the NLD welcomes the visit of Campbell led delegation and urged them to take stronger initiatives in order to facilitate a political dialogue in Burma.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, the US delegates met Burmese Prime Minister Thein Sein at the new jungle capital city of Naypyitaw. The delegation also met several other political parties including ethnic nationalities political parties.

Campbell is the senior most US official to visit Burma in the past 14 years. But he is unlikely to meet junta supremo Snr General Than Shwe, as he is away on a tour to the Cyclone Nargis devastated region of the Irrawaddy delta.

The delegation’s visit is the second step in the new US’s policy of engagement with the junta, announced in September. In September, Campbell met U Thaung, the Burmese Minister for Science and Technology in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Embezzlement of gold from Pagodas by Than Shwe.

Gold_Thief_Than_Shwe Gold traders in Shwe-Bon-Tha Street (Mogul Street) were in miserable wretched situation for time being. It was begun as Police (CID) arrested well known and experience trader U Soe Tint, who knows all colleagues in his surroundings.

According to the Burmese law, if thief arrested say that he sold the stolen goods to so and so buyer, then police have a right to arrest the buyer without another prove. Then the buyer either repays the amount claimed by thief or otherwise end up in jail. Most of the buyer repays without argument as present day Burmese jurisdiction system is totally unreliable and corrupted with excessive torture and inhuman treatment are added up by police and government authority. Accused buyer normally sell all personal belonging plus borrowing from loan shark to settle the case.

U Soe Tint was ready to settle the case as mentioned above but he is not released in time as expected. Furthermore, many others gold traders in same surrounding followed the same path of where U Soe Tint was gone. They were accused of buying vast amount of gold from illegal channel so they have no choice but to repay. In their investigation and enquiry process, their colleague U Soe Tint was presented in the venue with handcuffed and obvious sign of badly beaten and tortured.

All traders understand the meaning of showing U Soe Tint as a signal for them to be suffered the same if not co-operated. Only strange coincident is that all accused traders are quite well to do and able to repay with none of them will ever dare to go to jail. They all unhappy for aberrantly collecting fund in that way but they have no other choice in unlawful country of present day Burma. Even one respectable Chairman U Win Myint of Shwe-Bon-Thar gold market association was included in that bizarre case.

At the same time, reliable source said that the gold from Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the most reverence and miraculous symbol for all Buddhist, was taken away together with most of the donations money. All that looted to be used in Pagoda built in Nay-Pyi-Taw by most obnoxious Than Shwe. Shwe Dagon Pagoda is not alone but all famous Pagodas around the Burma were in the same deal. Continue reading “Embezzlement of gold from Pagodas by Than Shwe.”

BREAKING NEWS:Former Foreign Minister Win Aung dead

by Mizzima News
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 17:19

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Former Burmese Foreign Minister Win Aung (65), who was incarcerated in Insein prison, died on Tuesday evening, sources close to the military regime said.

Win Aung was one of those trusted by the purged Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt. He served as the Foreign Minister of the Burmese military regime from 1998 to 2004, until he was purged along with his boss.

While several other officials loyal to Khin Nyunt were also purged along with Win Aung, he was the only one to be imprisoned.

Moluccas International Campaign for Human Rights

Historically, Maluku (also known as the Moluccas or the Spice Islands) is perhaps, to the outside world, the best-known part of the Indonesian archipelago. Rich harvest of nutmeg and cloves, worth more than gold, lured the Dutch colonialist into the European wars between the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English in the 16th and 17th centuries, and ruled the islands as part of the Dutch East Indies for 350 years (1559 to 1950). To acquire control of the nutmeg trade, in 1619 the ruthless 31 year old Dutch East Indies Governor-General Jan Pieterszoon Coen exterminated the indigenous population of the Banda islands, part of central Maluku – one of the blackest days in Dutch colonial history. (read also Banda Islands: Massacre of the Bandanese)

Reaching Out to Burma

Engagement’ has been tried before—and it didn’t work.

U.S. diplomats Kurt Campbell and Scot Marciel are visiting Burma this week to test the Obama administration’s new policy of engagement with authoritarian regimes. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asserted this policy will “help achieve democratic reform.” But this approach has been tried before—and it didn’t work.

Westerners who believe they can “engage” the generals to make them change their ways are naïve. Burma’s ruling generals don’t receive Western visitors because they are interested in learning anything from them. They talk to outsiders because they think they can use them to get critics off their backs and remain in power. Foreigners, whether they advocate “engagement” or sanctions, have always overestimated their own importance. Burma’s generals listen only to themselves and any change would have to come from within the armed forces—the country’s most powerful institution—and not from sweet-talking diplomats.

It is easy to forget that Sen. Jim Webb’s visit to Burma in August, hailed by some foreign diplomats as a “breakthrough,” was far from the first of its kind. In February 1994, Congressman Bill Richardson—now the governor of New Mexico—paid a highly publicized visit to Burma. Unlike Mr. Webb, he was allowed to bring an American correspondent with him, Philip Shanon of the New York Times. They met prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi—who also then was under house arrest—and intelligence chief Gen. Khin Nyunt. Ms. Suu Kyi, then as well as now, expressed her willingness to talk to the junta. Continue reading “Reaching Out to Burma”

Dr.Luns We Post 4.11.09

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ဖိုးခ်စ္ဇာတ္ပြဲႏွင့္ ျပည္သူကို လည္ပင္းညႇစ္
ေပးပို႔ – အင္းစိန္ၿမိဳ႕ေနတဦး
အင္းစိန္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ေအးခ်မ္းသာယာေရးႏွင့္ဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရးေကာင္စီ၊ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔ႏွင့္ စည္ပင္သာယာေရးဦးစီးဌာန တို႔မွ ႀကီးမွဴး၍ ဖိုးခ်စ္ဇာတ္သဘင္ပြဲအား ၁၈-၁၁-၀၉ မွ ၁၉-၁၁-၀၉ အထိ က်င္းပမည္ျဖစ္ရာ ရယကမ်ား၊ နယ္ထိန္းရဲမ်ားႏွင့္ စည္ပင္၀င္ထမ္းမ်ားက လက္မွတ္မ်ားအား အတင္းလိုက္လံေရာင္းခ်ေနၾကသည္။ ၄င္းပြဲ အား မၾကည့္ခ်င္ေသာ္လည္း ေၾကာက္၍ဝယ္ေနရေၾကာင္း ေစ်းႏႈန္းမွာလည္း ၇၀၀၀/၈၀၀၀ ျဖစ္၍ မတန္တဆ ျမင့္မားေၾကာင္း၊ အင္းစိန္ၿမိဳ႕မွ လုပ္ငန္းရွင္တဦး ညဥ္းညဴေနသည္ကို ၾကားသိရသည္။ ဖိုးခ်စ္အား ၄င္းတို႔၏ က ေတာ္မ်ားမွ ႀကိဳက္ႏွစ္သက္၍ ပြဲစီစဥ္ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ အဆိုပါလက္မွတ္မ်ား ေရာင္းမကုန္လွ်င္လည္း ၄င္း ေရာင္းခ်သူမ်ားက စိုက္ထည့္ရမည္ဟုေျပာ၍ အတင္းေရာင္းေနခ်ေနျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ဆက္လက္ၾကားသိရ သည္။ သို႔ျဖစ္ပါ၍ အဆိုပါ မတရားမႈမ်ားအား သက္ဆိုင္ရာမွ အခ်ိန္မီတားဆီးႏိုင္ရန္ တင္ျပအပ္ပါသည္။

ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕က ရဲေတြအေၾကာင္း (၁)
ေပးပို႔ – မိုးႀကိဳးႀကီး (ရန္ကုန္)
က်ေနာ္ကေတာ့ ရန္ကုန္တုိင္းက ရဲေတြ ဘာလုပ္ေနသလဲ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေနတဲ့ လူတေယာက္ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ျမန္ မာႏိုင္ငံက ရဲ၀န္ထမ္းေတြအတြင္းမွာ လာဘ္စားမႈ/အထက္ေအာက္ ေငြေၾကးအရ ဖိႏွိပ္မႈမ်ား မ်ားျပားလ်က္ရွိ ပါတယ္။ ၿမဳိ႕နယ္တခုမွာ ျဖစ္ေနတဲ့ ျဖစ္ရပ္မ်ားကုိ ေျပာခ်င္ပါတယ္။ သဃၤန္းကြၽန္းၿမိဳ႕နယ္ ရဲတပ္ဖဲြ႔က ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ရဲ တပ္ဖဲြ႔မွဴး ဒု-ရဲမွဴးဦးစုိး၀င္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ သူဟာ လက္ေအာက္ငယ္သားမ်ားအေပၚ ဖိႏွိပ္အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ကာ လာဘ္ေငြ ယူသူျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ရန္ကုန္တုိင္းရဲတပ္ဖဲြ႔မွဴး ဦး၀င္းႏုိင္ (ယခုထြက္ေျပးေန) လက္ထက္ကဆုိရင္ ပုိဆုိးပါတယ္။ နယ္ထိန္းရဲတပ္ဖဲြ႔၀င္ေတြဆီကေန မတရားခဲြတမ္းေကာက္ခံခဲ့သူျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ နယ္ထိန္းတေယာက္လွ်င္ တလ ကုိ (၈၀၀၀၀) က်ပ္ ေပးရပါတယ္။ မေပးႏိုင္တဲ့သူ နယ္ထိန္းမလုပ္နဲ႔တဲ့။ မေပးႏုိင္လုိ႔ အေျပာင္းအေရႊ႕ခံၾကရတဲ့ သူေတြ ရွိတယ္ေလ။ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္မွဴးဆုိသူက တုိင္းရဲတပ္ဖဲြ႔မွဴးထံ ဒီနယ္ထိန္း မေကာင္းပါဘူး တင္ျပလုိက္တာနဲ႔ တုိင္းမွဴး ဦး၀င္းႏိုင္ကလည္း သေဘာေပါက္ကာ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ျခင္းလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကုိ လုပ္ပါေတာ့တယ္။

ဒီေတာ့ကာ ၿမဳိ႕နယ္မွဴးဆုိတဲ့လူေတြ ပုိၿပီးလုပ္ပုိင္ခြင့္ ရွိသြားၾကတာေပါ့။ နယ္ထိန္းေတြက ပုိက္ဆံဘယ္ကရသ လဲေမးရင္ သူတုိ႔လည္း ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ရမွာ ေၾကာက္တဲ့အတြက္ ရပ္ကြက္ထဲက ဒုစ႐ုိက္သမားမ်ားနဲ႔ေပါင္းၿပီး လုိင္းေၾကးေကာက္ခံျခင္းမ်ားကုိ မျဖစ္မေနလုပ္ရပါေတာ့တယ္။ ဒုစ႐ုိက္ႏွိမ္နင္းရမယ့္အစား ဒုစ႐ုိက္သမားမ်ား နဲ႔ ပူးေပါင္းရပါေတာ့တယ္။ ဦး၀င္းႏိုင္ေနာက္ အသစ္ေရာက္လာတဲ့သူကေတာ့ ရဲမွဴးႀကီး ေအာင္ႏုိင္သူ ျဖစ္ပါ တယ္။ သူကေတာ့ ေလးစားစရာ ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ ဘယ္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ရဲမွဴး ၀င္ေရာက္ကန္ေတာ့တာကုိမွ လက္မခံပါ ဘူး။ အလုပ္လုပ္သူမ်ားကုိ ေနရာေပး/ခ်ီးေျမႇာက္သူ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ၿမဳိ႕နယ္ရဲမွဴး ဦးစုိး၀င္းကေတာ့ နယ္ထိန္းေတြဆီက အရင္ကလုိ ေကာက္ခံဆဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါကေတာ့ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္တခုက ျဖစ္စဥ္အက်ဥ္းမွ်ျဖစ္ပါ တယ္။
ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕က ရဲေတြအေၾကာင္း (၂)

ရန္ကုန္တုိင္း ရဲတပ္ဖဲြ႔မွဴးဦး၀င္းႏုိင္ ဘယ္ထြက္ေျပးလဲဆုိတာေတာ့ အတိအက်မသိပါဘူး။ တ႐ုတ္ျပည္ဘက္ကုိ ထြက္ေျပးသြားတယ္လုိ႔ ၾကားပါတယ္။ သူ႔ရဲ႕ယာဥ္ေမာင္း ရဲတပ္ၾကပ္ေအာင္ထုိက္ကိုေတာ့ ဆိပ္ကမ္းရဲစခန္းမွာ ဖမ္းထားပါတယ္။ ဦး၀င္းႏုိင္ ထြက္ေျပးရာမွာ ကားေမာင္းလုိက္ပုိ႔ေပးခဲ့လုိ႔ပါပဲ။ ေနျပည္ေတာ္ကေန ထြက္ေျပး သြားတာပါ။ သူ႔ဇနီးကေတာ့ စစ္ကုိင္းဘက္ကေန နယ္စပ္ထြက္ေျပးသြားတယ္လုိ႔ ၾကားသိရပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ဦး၀င္းႏုိင္ရာထူးရွိစဥ္က သူ ့အိမ္မွာေနၿပီး ေအာက္ေျခထံ ေတာင္းရမ္းေပးခဲ့တဲ့ ဒု-ရဲအုပ္ႏုိင္ဦးကေတာ့ ရန္ကုန္ တုိင္းရဲတပ္ဖဲြ႔မွဴး႐ံုး မႈခင္းအကူဌာနမွာ ထမ္းေဆာင္ေနဆဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဦး၀င္းႏိုင္ဇနီးနဲ႔ အရင္းႏွီးဆံုးျဖစ္ၿပီး တပ္ ဖဲြ႔၀င္မ်ား အေျပာင္းအေရႊ႕ကို ၾကားကေနၿပီး ဆက္စပ္ေပးတဲ့ ရဲအုပ္ မငယ္ေလးဆုိတာလည္း ရွိေနပါတယ္။ အ ဖမ္းခံထားရသူမ်ားကေတာ့ ဆိပ္ကမ္းၿမိဳ႕နယ္မွဴး ဒု-ရဲမွဴးတင္စုိး၊ အထူးအဖြဲ႔မွ ရဲမွဴးေဌးေအာင္တုိ႔ ျဖစ္ၾကပါ တယ္။

ထြက္ေျပးေနသူ ဦး၀င္းႏိုင္လက္ထက္မွာ ေနရာေကာင္း ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ၾကသူအားလံုးဟာ ေပးကမ္းၾကၿပီး ေျပာင္း ေရႊ႕ၾကသူမ်ား ျဖစ္ၾကပါတယ္။ ဘယ္လုိေစ်းေပါက္လဲဆုိေတာ့ စခန္းမွဴး လုိခ်င္ရင္ (၁၀) သိန္း၊ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္မွဴး လုိ ခ်င္ရင္ သိန္း(၂၀)။ ရန္ကုန္တုိင္း႐ုံး (ဒုစ႐ုိက္ႏွိမ္နင္းေရးဌာန/မႈခင္းအကူ/စစရ/ေထာက္လွမ္းေရးနဲ႔ ႏုိင္ငံေရး) မ်ားအတြက္ဆုိရင္ (၁၀) သိန္း စသည္ျဖင့္ ေပးၾကရပါတယ္။ ဦး၀င္းႏုိင္ဟာ ရွမ္းျပည္ေျမာက္ပုိင္းမွာ တာ၀န္က် ခဲ့ကတည္းက နာမည္တလံုးနဲ႔ ေနခဲ့သူျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဘယ္လုိနာမည္လဲဆုိေတာ့ (ဆန္မစားဘူးတဲ့၊ ေျပာင္းစား တာတဲ့)။ တပ္ဖဲြ႔၀င္ေတြကုိ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ျခင္းျဖင့္ လာဘ္ေငြေကာက္ခံသူအျဖစ္ ထင္ရွားပါတယ္။ အခု သူေျပး သြားပါၿပီ။ သူလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ လုပ္ရပ္ေတြကုိ ျပန္လည္မေျဖရွင္းေတာ့ဘူးလား။ ဆုိးတဲ့ေနရာေတြကုိ အပုိ႔ခံထားရသူ ေတြက ဘယ္ေလာက္နစ္နာသလဲ။ ေကာင္းတဲ့ေနရာ ေရာက္ေနတဲ့ သူေတြကေရာ ဘယ္လုိမွ်တမႈရွိသလဲ။ ဒါ ေတြ ေျဖမရွင္းေတာ့ဘူးလား။