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  1. Slapstick trio has last laugh on military junta

    Posted Aug 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Nick Meo

    ... but for Myanmar's military government they are no joke. The Moustache Brothers are a trio of comedians who put on nightly performances in the front room of their home in Mandalay, the country's second ... of their countrymen. Two of them have already undergone nearly five years of hard labour. Their crime? Holding the regime up to ridicule at a performance before Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu ...

  2. UN briefing offers hope for people of Myanmar

    Posted Dec 04th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... will happen in Burma [Myanmar].' Diplomats will point out that the comparison has a way to go. The apartheid regime was virtually friendless and internationally isolated, whereas Myanmar ... by the United States and the European Union. Nonetheless, Archbishop Tutu and fellow Myanmar campaigner and human-rights activist Vaclav Havel, a former Czech president, are entitled to take heart from ...

  3. Asean must keep up pressure on Myanmar

    Posted Dec 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to which Myanmar's military rulers have prompted international disapproval that Asean now feels compelled to make an unprecedented exception. At their annual summit in Kuala Lumpur this week, Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders prevailed upon Myanmar's harsh regime to accept a visit from a regional envoy and demanded to be shown tangible progress towards democracy. Myanmar ...

  4. Time for Asean to get tough with Myanmar

    Posted Jul 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... they will encounter will be Myanmar. Of the five new members to join Asean since its founding, Myanmar has proved the most troublesome. Since a military junta took control in 1962, the country's people ... the region's nations together in a spirit of friendship and co-operation, Myanmar was granted membership eight years ago yesterday. The thinking was that through interaction with other members, ...

  5. Change in Myanmar will take time, but is inevitable

    Posted Nov 28th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was probably the least surprised when the military government told her yesterday she would remain under house arrest for at least another ... of their cause eventually won through. Historical precedence is no justification for Myanmar's brutal regime, however. The excesses of its soldiers and police are well documented- torture, rape ...

  6. Asean must raise the pressure on Myanmar

    Posted Apr 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The existence of a seven-step 'road map to democracy' has proven to be handy for Myanmar's military rulers. The vague plan promises the drafting of a new constitution ... of an ongoing constitutional convention and other reforms yet to come, no real progress has been made. As the date for Myanmar to take over the leadership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...

  7. Exotic- Golden Myanmar Restaurant

    Posted Oct 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Golden Myanmar Restaurant Shop 8, G/F, 379-389 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay 2838 9305 The fare An exotic Burmese menu that feels like a cross between Malay, Indonesian and northern Thai, except for some unique items such as the cured tea leaf salad. The ambience The no-frills interior (with exposed pipes and ceiling) is offset with pleasing ethnic touches and the rattan chairs ...

  8. Paranoia drives Myanmar's generals

    Posted Aug 06th 2005, 12:00am by Larry Jagan

    ... The junta leaders are afraid of facing a Nuremberg-style trial, Larry Jagan reports from Bangkok Money and power drive Myanmar's secretive generals to suppress democracy and hold ... that they believe it,' Myanmar specialist Professor David Steinberg told the South China Morning Post. General Than Shwe, who sees himself as the country's monarch, has a passion for luxurious ...

  9. If carrots don't work, it may be time for the stick

    Posted May 10th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The bombings in Myanmar at the weekend- the worst in more than 20 years- throw the country's many problems into sharp focus. Those responsible for the blasts at Yangon shopping malls ... human rights record and introduce democratic reforms. Last week, the European Union held unprecedented ministerial talks with officials from Myanmar at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Kyoto. The EU ...

  10. Japan urged to lead democracy push

    Posted Mar 12th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Foreign Editor Tokyo has leverage with Myanmar's regime, says academic Japan should take a leading role in helping foster democracy in Myanmar because sanctions ... be looking to Japan because it is strongly engaged with Myanmar and is keen to find a solution,' Professor Holliday said. 'It has an incentive to do something.' He pointed to similar ...




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