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Sunday, April 19th, 2009
3:53 pm - Traveling Notebooks

trashcan_blues
Hello! I'm currently living in Australia (Orange, New South Wales to be exact) but I am from Seattle, Washington born and raised... I'm working on these two notebooks. I've gotten one set back, the first set and it turned out amazing. I'm doing different ones for Australia/New Zealand and America/Canada as well as an all around international version of the notebooks.

I'm looking for people all over the world to help me out, it's kind of a "guide to" your country, city, what it's like to live there, a postcard or something, drawings, recipes, pretty much whatever you'd like to put in the notebook with a little bit about yourself. Then you pass it onto the next person. There's currently one notebook going to each continent, 3 of the sets are traveling (to Africa, South America and Asia) and there's notebooks (two sets) going around the US, and one set in Canada and Australia. Let me know if you'd like to help me out with these notebooks. They travel together and one is for my son (when he grows up) and one is for my brother who is interested in the world...

Kind of a surprise thing, I know he'll love the first version I want to surprise him with more. So email me (sara.ringham@gmail.com), message me or comment here if you are interested in helping me out! Thanks so much!

Let me know if this is too off topic, I've been looking for people from all over and if it's too off topic let me know and I'll delete it!

x-posted

current mood: bored
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Friday, January 18th, 2008
5:41 pm - ESL Materials in Karen

bloria
Hi everyone! Sorry if this is inappropriate to post here, but I thought some of you might be able to help.

I work at a refugee resettlement agency and I am currently putting together a tutoring program with volunteers at a local library. The majority of our recently arrived families are from Burma, but I am having a problem finding teaching materials in Karen. If anyone has any suggestions or can point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!
Gloria
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Friday, November 30th, 2007
1:36 pm - Amnesty Writeathon, San Mateo

ladycatherina
Announcing that I'm hosting a local Amnesty Writeathon event - a group letter and petition and holiday card-writing day tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 12-4 (drop-in) in the Laurel Meeting Room of the San Mateo Library. 55 Third Street, in the downtown, off of South El Camino.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/Individuals_at_Risk/Global_Writeathon/page.do?id=1108452&n1=3&n2=34&n3=65

Designed to coincide with International Human Rights Day, the event involves writing letters, signing petitions, and sending holiday cards to forgotten political prisoners around the world who are persecuted for nonviolently expressing their political or religious or cultural viewpoints. In the past Amnesty has supported democracy activists, environmentalists, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, women's rights activists, and many others. Amnesty is nonpolitical and nonreligious in itself and simply advocates for freedom of expression and against torture, arbitrary jail sentences, the death penalty, etc.

This year we're supporting Shi Tao, Chinese man spending ten years in prison for emailing to protest Internet censorship, and Ma Khin Khin Leh, Burmese filmmaker sentenced to years in prison away from her children for making a documentary.

I'll bring cookies, tea, stamps, international Putumayo music, preaddressed envelopes, and some stationery my supervisor gave me today at work to donate to this event.

This is listed on the Amnesty Writeathon web page - already received a couple emails from interested people. All are welcome and we may go out to dinner as a group afterwards if people would like.

In addition to supporting human rights, this event is a great way to network with intelligent, successful professionals! One never knows whose company may be hiring, or who may know of awesome events happening in the SF Bay Area, or who may have great ideas to assist your university's student organization, or who may know someone who knows someone who...etc.

For those unable to make the event in person I can post links in my journal to the letters and petitions we're writing so you can sign on or mail letters of your own (as well as YouTube links of some musical highlights supporting human rights).

Please comment here (or email me) if you are interested and I will keep you posted.

Would be appreciated if some people here helped promote this on Facebook or elsewhere on LJ :)
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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
2:28 am - Just joined, some suggestions

ladycatherina
I am very glad to have found this community, and glad that activism and support continues for the people of Burma! I have a close Burmese friend who still has family over there and I would love to see democracy within this generation.

In the words of the protesting monks, may we be free from torture, may peace reside in your hearts and minds.

The U.S. Campaign for Burma http://www.uscampaignforburma.org/index.html
has lots of great information, petitions, and a collection of news articles from papers around the world on the country.

Some things one can do to assist Burma:

1. Use a search engine that supports charities with each click, paid for by advertisers (such as http://www.goodsearch.com, which I use) and designate the profits for a Burma-related charity such as the US Campaign for Burma.

2. Visit Amnesty International online http://www.amnestyusa.org/Myanmar_Burma/Action/page.do?id=YCA0955109000E&n1=3&n2=30&n3=955 and sign on to some of their letters and petitions on behalf of political prisoners in Burma and for Burma's trade partners to pressure the regime to allow democratic change. Human Rights Watch and similar organizations probably have similar activities.

3. Write a letter to the editor of one's local paper concerning Burma and encouraging people to take action. I have a sample letter which I wrote and submitted to a couple papers here in the San Francisco Bay Area which I'd be happy to send anyone who would like a letter writing guide.

4. Encourage your Senators and Representatives (if you are American) to support Rep. Lantos' JADE act, HR 3890, restricting the importation of Burmese jewelry, denying visas for junta members to visit the U.S. and freezing their assets abroad.

Reposted from my own journal:

I've decided to support the Stop Burma's JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act - H.R. 3890, introduced a few weeks ago by Rep. Tom Lantos. The U.S. Campaign for Burma supported the resolution right away, but I had a few reservations as I don't usually give knee-jerk support for economic sanctions as sometimes they end up harming ordinary businesspeople and workers who have little say in their governments' policies. However, the JADE act is specifically targeted towards jewelry gem production, an industry owned by a Burmese government monopoly. According to Burmese human rights groups within the country, only the government and not private enterprise will be penalized.

Maung Maung, a Burmese human rights activist, expressed his support for the JADE act recently in a Washington Post article by Nora Boustany.

Description from the Post article of the bill's provisions: Read more...Collapse )
Link for Americans to find the email pages for their Congressional representatives: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Email I have written to Representative Stark on the issue: Read more...Collapse )


5. Donate to a well-known and respected humanitarian organization, such as Mercy Corps, which performs relief work and community-building projects in Burma.
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Sunday, May 20th, 2007
11:15 pm - myanmar money from myanmarmike.com
myanmarmike

Please welcome the one and only – kyat, the official Myanmar currency. I heard about pia coins but actually never saw them alive. I suppose it’s a hundred of cooper pia coins for one Burmese buck. Consequently no one gonna bring them into play whilst one sleazy green American fellow been sold for thousand kyats at least.

The history of kyat is a gloomy and hesitant as all the modern Myanmar history. Burma’s first legal tender was the Indian silver rupee until April 1937, when firstly the Burmese rupee was issued and was widely used till 1952 with the exception of WWII period, when Malayan military dollars were exploited.

On July 1, 1952, the Union Bank of Burma substituted the Burma Currency Board and the Burmese kyat was launched. Since 1952 endless demonetizations took place gather with numerous controversial economic disorders. The contemporary Myanmar kyat was set up in 1989, when aged notes knock down into neglect due to inflation and economical drop of the physical currency itself.

Check the prices to get a feel for modern kyat.

The cost of a cup of tea on a roadside shop is about 150 kyats, while a bowl of mohinga, a habitual Myanmar dish prepared of fish gravy and rice noodles is 150 kyats.

Myanmar currency is an eccentric piece of paper. Passing the border and get this sweeties barely for free. You be able to contract them easily even by caloric border staff, they gonna offer you any deal on the planet, just ask… “… wanna Kalashnikov? Amphetamines? Ooooo, Burmese money, sir…. I see, here we go … and what about lady? Cheap!”

These guys they glance like the wild dream of every Russian anarchist, chewing some smelly red shit, half-naked, drunk or high on meth.

Well, what can I say? Great country, great impressions!

Almost forgot - welcome to my community, hang around and get pleasures, mess around with forum, I should finish the bustard soon.

by Myanmar Mike

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Saturday, November 11th, 2006
11:00 am - TIME (Asia Edition, 13-Nov-2006): 60 Years of Asian Heroes: Aung San and Aung San Suu Kyi

okkar
Sunday, Nov. 05, 2006

Aung San & Aung San Suu Kyi
A daughter takes up the fight for freedom begun by her father
By Andrew Marshall

Imagine Indians forgetting all about Gandhi. Or Indonesians failing to honor Sukarno. Impossible? Yet that's what seems to have happened with another independence hero, Aung San of Burma, who fought both the British and the Japanese to secure his country's freedom from foreign rule. Aung San's name has been dropped from official speeches. His boyish face has disappeared from Burmese bank notes. His grave has been closed to the public for years. One academic has described the process as "Aung San amnesia."

Blame it on the very institution he founded, the Burmese army, which seized power in a 1962 coup. Ordinary Burmese still privately revere Aung San as the father of the nation. But for Burma's generals, he is primarily the father of jailed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose name they will go to any lengths to forget?even dishonoring their independence hero in the process.

Aung San was born in 1915 in Natmauk, a small town 400 km north of the capital Rangoon. He had rebellion in his blood: his great-uncle had been beheaded for fighting the British. After graduating from the élite Rangoon University, where he was a student firebrand, Aung San joined a radical nationalist group whose members addressed each other as thakin, or "master"?a phrase Burmese were supposed to reserve for their British rulers. In World War II, his forces fought alongside the Japanese, but switched sides to join the allies in his single-minded pursuit of independence. Quick-tempered, direct and searingly honest, Aung San negotiated Burma's postwar freedom from the British and won the respect of millions of his own people in this large and ethnically diverse land.

In July 1947, just six months before Burma's independence, Aung San and six members of his provisional cabinet were gunned down on the orders of a political rival. His murder, at the age of 32, was Burma's tragedy. Deprived of his drive and authority, the country disintegrated into civil war. The military seized power 15 years later and led Burma into poverty, isolation and fear.

While the junta ignores Aung San, ordinary Burmese have forgotten neither him nor his daughter, who has now endured more than 4,000 days under arrest. In a tribute to her father, Suu Kyi described him as a leader "who put the interests of the country before his own needs, who remained poor and unassuming at the height of his power, who accepted the responsibilities of leadership without hankering after the privileges, and who retained at the core of his being a deep simplicity." Many Burmese would describe his courageous daughter in exactly the same way.

Andrew Marshall, a Bangkok-based journalist, is the author of The Trouser People: A Story of Burma in the Shadow of the Empire

From TIME asia Magazine, issue dated November 13, 2006 Vol. 168, No. 20
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Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
2:20 pm

okkar
Burma's new capital stages parade


Observers saw marching troops, but little else

Burma has staged its first official ceremony in its new administrative capital with a massive display of military force.

More than 12,000 troops took part in a parade in the capital, near Pyinmana, which was officially named Naypyidaw or "seat of kings" on Monday.

It is not clear why the secretive ruling junta moved the capital from Rangoon.

State TV only showed footage of troops, rather than of the capital itself.

Monday's parade was to mark Armed Forces Day which commemorates the Burmese military's uprising against the Japanese during World War II.

Addressing the troops, head of state Than Shwe said the country needed a strong military during its move to "disciplined democracy".

Burma has not had a constitution since the junta seized power in 1988.

In his address, Senior General Than Shwe said the military was striving to create peace and stability so that a multi-party democracy could exist.


"In order to ward off any danger befalling the country, our military, together with the people, must be strong, efficient, patriotic and modern" -- Sr Gen Than Shwe

"The people, together with the military must also strive hard to build a modern, developed state where disciplined democracy flourishes," he said.

Burma has pledged to allow democracy under strong pressure from its neighbours as well as the US and other Western powers, but has so far failed to deliver.

The State Peace and Development Council abruptly announced in November it was moving the government to remote Pyinmana, 600km (373 miles) north of Rangoon.

Than Shwe made no mention of the capital in his speech on Monday.

The reasons for moving the capital are unclear. Some analysts point to a paranoia among senior military figures that they might come under attack, potentially from the United States, and that a location further from the coast is strategically safer.

But others suggest the military leaders are simply repeating the habits of the Burmese kings in pre-colonial times who built new towns and palaces on the advice of fortune tellers.

Civil servants, who received a sharp pay increase at the weekend, complained on Monday about poor infrastructure and boredom, Reuters news agency reported.

"I'll probably save some money if I stay here. I'm single and I'm not after any amusement or pleasure," Ko Soe Aung, a clerk, told the agency.

Some top-ranked officials will see their salary soar more than 1,000%, according to a document circulated to various ministries.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
9:46 pm - TIME (Asia Edition, 30-Jan-2006): Bankrolling Burma

okkar


Burma: Going Nowhere.

Viewpoint: Counterattack.

People Power.
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Monday, November 7th, 2005
4:48 pm

pawlick
hello everyone!

i collect postcards sent from all over the world
and i still don't have a postcard from your country
i appreciate if someone can send me one

in case you can help me i post my mailing address
Pavel Tsapyuk
"Telecom-Expert" company
office 903, building 18
Yunnatov street
Moscow, Russia 127083


have a great time, brothers and sisters!
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Monday, August 8th, 2005
2:09 pm - 17 years

okkar
8.8.88.

17 years.

But we're still nowhere.
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Sunday, April 17th, 2005
4:14 pm - Thingyan

okkar
Happy new year, folks.
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Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
1:41 am

okkar



Aung San Suu Kyi


For her steadiness and her steadfast belief in the powers of democracy and peaceful protest, 40.4% of voters nominated Aung San Suu Kyi as Asia's Online Hero for 2004. The daughter of Aung San, an independence leader who helped free Burma from colonialism under the British in 1948, Aung San Suu Kyi rose to the fore of the pro-democracy movement, only to see it violently suppressed in the early 1990s by Burma's ruling military junta. She has spent most of the time since then under house arrest, locked up in her family home on University Avenue in the Burmese capital of Rangoon, but remains a beacon of hope for her people. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and remains the only living recipient of that award incarcerated.


Hundreds of readers wrote in to nominate Aung San Suu Kyi as Asia's Online Hero, many praising her courage and integrity. "She has remained determined and dedicated to freedom even under circumstances most of can't even imagine," wrote one reader. "Having traveled to many parts of Burma, I was amazed at the respect, inspiration and hope she brought to Burmese people everywhere," added a visitor. Another reader lauded that her long-running, one-sided struggle with Burma's generals, noting that "she is only one citizen, whom 450,000 strong soldiers are afraid of." As one Burmese reader summed up, Aung San Suu Kyi "is the hero of our nation."


Here are the full voting results:


Aung San Suu Kyi

40.4% | 37,617 votes
Anwar Ibrahim


35.9% | 33,379 votes
Dalai Lama


20.3% | 18,879 votes
Anuradha Koirala

0.5% | 482 votes

Yang Liwei

0.5% | 482 votes
Narayana Murthy

0.4% | 373 votes
Corazon Aquino


0.3% | 266 votes
Liu Xiang


0.3% | 264 votes
Manmohan Singh

0.2% | 227 votes

Sakie Yokota

0.2% | 173 votes
Kim Dae Jung

0.1% | 124 votes
Shaukat Aziz


0.1% | 116 votes
Martin Lee


0.1% | 98 votes
Chen Chih Hsin & Chu Mu Yen

0.1% | 97 votes

Lee Hsien Loong

0.1% | 86 votes
Dat Nguyen

0.1% | 84 votes
Liang Congjie


0.1% | 83 votes
Medha Patkar


0.1% | 74 votes
Tarun Tejpal

0.1% | 67 votes

Wang Shuo

0.1% | 49 votes




Total Votes Cast: 93,022



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Thursday, September 30th, 2004
8:56 pm

okkar
http://www.time.com/time/asia/2004/heroes/

Who's your hero? A favorite pop star? A TV celebrity? An inspired leader? A great teacher? From hometown idols to global icons, our heroes give us a new perspective on life, lead by the example of their own and urge us on to ever greater achievements.

Over 2,000 readers submitted nominations for our Asia's Heroes online poll over the past several weeks, from which 20 nominees have been chosen. Select a hero from the list below; the finalist will be announced in TIME's 2004 Asian Heroes special website on October 4, 2004.

Corazon Aquino
Philippines
Post-Marcos savior

Dalai Lama
Tibet
Global spiritual leader

Anuradha Koirala
Nepal
Saving those sold into prostitution and slavery

Lee Hsien Loong
Singapore
Taking up the reins

Dat Nguyen
United States
The first Vietnamese-American in the NFL

Aung San Suu Kyi
Burma
Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Shaukat Aziz
Pakistan
Banker, finance minister and now PM

Anwar Ibrahim
Malaysia
Former Deputy PM, finally free

Liang Congjie
China
Environmentalist and founder, Friends of Nature

Martin Lee
Hong Kong
Longtime campaigner for democracy

Medha Patkar
India
Fighting to save the Narmada river valley

Tarun Tejpal
India
Editor of Tehelka.com, investigative journalist

Yang Liwei
China
China's first man in space

Chen Chih Hsin & Chu Mu Yen
Taiwan
Olympic Gold Medallists

Kim Dae Jung
Korea
Political prisoner turned President

Liu Xiang
China
Track star and Olympic medalist

Narayana Murthy
India
Infosys founder, IT entrepreneur

Manmohan Singh
India
The unexpected Prime Minister

Wang Shuo
China
"Punk Lit" pioneer

Sakie Yokota
Japan
Working to bring North Korean abductees home
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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
8:55 pm

okkar
Bands back Burma activist Suu Kyi

Paul McCartney and REM are to feature on an album dedicated to Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

The leader of Burma's opposition party has been held under house arrest by the ruling military junta for a year.

Eric Clapton, U2, Coldplay, Sting and Travis will also feature on the 27-track album, the proceeds of which will go to the US Campaign for Burma.

Clapton said he wanted to tell any Burmese people who hear his songs that he supports their efforts for freedom.

We stand tall for her as she will again stand tall for herself.
REM singer Michael Stipe

The album, called For the Lady: Dedicated to freeing Aung San Suu Kyi, will be released by Rhino Records on 26 October.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts to bring democracy to Burma, has spent nine of the past 15 years in some form of detention.

Michael Stipe, lead singer of REM, said: "Her dedication, resolve, courage and patience are the mark of a leader. We stand tall for her as she will again stand tall for herself."

Military dictatorship

Proceeds from the sale of the album will help the non-profit group US Campaign for Burma highlight the country's situation under the military dictatorship.

The group's spokesman Jeremy Woodrum said: "Music has helped bring about change in many parts of the world."

Clapton said: "Anytime anyone in Burma listens to my music, I want them to know that they are listening to an artist that supports their freedom."

The album will feature exclusive tracks by REM, Pearl Jam, Damien Rice and Tom Morello's The Nightwatchman, as well as previously released songs by Lavigne, Coldplay and Travis.

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and the US government in August called for Aung San Suu Kyi to be freed from house arrest.

The government of Burma, which calls the country Myanmar, is supposed to be drawing up a new constitution as a first step towards the restoration of democracy.

The junta has clamped down on Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, because of its efforts to win democratic reforms.



LJ FreeBurma's post
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Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
9:15 pm

simmeringsiren
Here is an email I received today from the U.S. Campaign for Burma. Please consider reading this email and checking out the U.S. Campaign for Burma website before deciding to travel to Burma.

US Campaign for Burma News Update

www.uscampaignforburma.org

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

Quote of the day: "We're grateful that such respected institutions took a fresh look at the
situation in Burma and decided that it is not appropriate to travel to Burma
right now." -- Aung Din, Policy Director, US Campaign for Burma

==========================
Three US groups cancel tours to Myanmar

Agence France Presse, August 31st

(Washington) Three US-based organizations have cancelled tours to Myanmar
following a call by its detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to
boycott tourism in the military-ruled country.

The groups were the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Smithsonian
Journeys and Asia Society, according to the Washington-based activist group
US Campaign for Burma. Myanmar's previous name was Burma.

Myanmar's democracy movement, led by the world's only incarcerated Nobel
Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, had been calling for a boycott of
tourism until the military rulers allowed an irreversible transition to
democracy.

AMNH informed the US Campaign for Burma on Monday of its intention to cancel
its "Expedition to Burma" scheduled for October, three days after the
Smithsonian Journeys cancelled its own trip.

The Smithsonian Journeys runs the educational travel program of the
Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex.

The Asia Society conveyed its decision to the activist group in a letter
dated August 12.

"These decisions represent principled reasoning," said Aung Din, a former
political prisoner from Myanmar and policy director with the US Campaign for
Burma, who met with officials of AMNH last month.

"We're grateful that such respected institutions took a fresh look at the
situation in Burma and decided that it is not appropriate to travel to Burma
right now," he said.

The group charged that Myanmar's junta was desperate to get its hands on
dollars and milked the tourism industry to maximize government intake.

Aung San Suu Kyi was taken into custody on May 30, 2003 when her convoy was
set upon by a junta-backed mob in northern Myanmar.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) won elections by a landslide in 1990
that the international community considered free and fair, but the party was
never allowed to rule.

The United States, Europe and several other countries has diplomatic, trade
and investment sanctions against Myanmar in a bid to pressure the junta to
phase in democratic reforms.

==========================
Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and
the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma.

Join the United States Campaign for Burma today:
www.uscampaignforburma.org/join/index/htm

View a new online photo journey through Burma's history and the
rest of our beginners guide to Burma: www.uscampaignforburma.org
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Thursday, May 6th, 2004
12:16 pm - Travel to Myanmar

altmtl
I'm considering a trip to Myanmar in January...
Is the information given out by Lonely Planet a good source?
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/south_east_asia/myanmar/
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004
2:00 am

okkar
Hopes dim over Suu Kyi release

Burma has postponed the next round of talks on the country's future, diminishing hope for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma says it is too busy to attend the second meeting of the Bangkok Process, which was due to begin on Thursday.

A spokesman for the Thai Government, which was to host the meeting, said there was widespread disappointment at Rangoon's decision.

Speculation over Aung San Suu Kyi's release had been growing recently.

Two other senior officials from her National League for Democracy party were released early this month.

The United Nations envoy to Burma, Razali Ismail, was among those who predicted her release within days.

Process for change?

The Bangkok Process has so far only yielded one meeting, but the 11 countries in attendance at the first gathering in December were encouraged by Burma's Foreign Minister, Win Aung.

He told delegates to prepare for a busy year in Burma, and laid out a road map to put the country on a path toward democracy.

But now the Burmese government says it is too busy with plans for the national convention - the first stop on the road map - to attend another Bangkok Process meeting.

The deferral of the multilateral talks, probably until after the 17 May convention, has raised fresh doubts over the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Had the Bangkok talks gone ahead, it is likely there would have been tough questions asked about the Nobel laureate's continued detention.

Now there is only uncertainty as to whether she will be released before the convention - and whether her party will even take part.

For those who are counting on the convention to provide a basis for the Burma which the military government says it is hoping to build, this is a disappointing development.
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Monday, April 19th, 2004
11:00 pm

okkar
Fresh hope for Suu Kyi's release

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed from house arrest within a few days, according to her party chairman, Aung Shwe.

Speculation over the pro-democracy leader's possible release has been growing in recent weeks.

Two other senior party officials - including Aung Shwe himself - were released last Tuesday.

The military junta also allowed the party to reopen its Rangoon headquarters over the weekend.

Aung Shwe's comments mirror those of Razali Ismail, the United Nations' special envoy to Burma, who said on Sunday that the restrictions against Aung San Suu Kyi would probably be lifted soon.

"She has to be released in the next several days or so. All indications are pointing to that direction," Mr Razali said.

Forthcoming convention

Aung San Suu Kyi and her vice chairman, Tin Oo, are the last senior opposition party members still confined to house arrest.

They were detained last May after a national crackdown against their party - the National League for Democracy - following a clash between NLD supporters and a pro-government mob.

Burma's military government has promised fresh constitutional talks on 17 May as part of its "road map to democracy" announced last August.

But the NLD has refused to consider joining the talks until Aung San Suu Kyi and Tin Oo are freed.

There have been several signs that the government is loosening its grip on the NLD, fuelling speculation that Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in time for the convention.

Aung Shwe and NLD secretary U Lwin were freed on Tuesday, after both were given official invitations to attend the meeting.

And the party's headquarters in Rangoon have been reopened, a year after being forcibly shut by the military regime.

On Monday the telephone lines in the building were also restored, according to the Associated Press news agency.
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Saturday, April 17th, 2004
2:00 am - Happy New Year

okkar
I wish all of us will step into this new year with bright hopes and promising futures!
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Sunday, April 11th, 2004
2:00 am - Thin Gyan

okkar
It will be the start of Thing Gyan tomorrow. Happy water festival, everyone. (=
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