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The Irrawaddy Online Newsletter for August 27, 2007

Burma Protest Continue [Update]

Letter to the Editor

Junta Urges Monks Not to Protests

By Aye Lae

Burma’s military leaders have been trying to persuade monks in Mandalay not to take part in protests that began last week in response to a sharp rise in fuel and commodity prices, according to local monks.

Time For Action, Not Words (Online Editorial)

By The Irrawaddy

The heavy-handed political crackdown and brutal physical attacks on democracy groups in Burma have drawn headlines in the international media, prompting the EU, individual Western governments and the UN to respond with statements of censure and demands for detainees to be released.

Burmese Citizen-reporters Create Direct Link to International Media

By The Irrawaddy

Photographs, video clips and firsthand news reports about the recent protest demonstrations against the Burmese government's fuel prices increases appeared in some international media on the same day.

Exile Burma Rights Group Calls for Int’l Action on Burma

By Shah Paung

A Thailand-based Burmese rights group on Monday called on the international community and the UN Security Council to address political and economic reforms in Burma.

National Convention to Wrap Final Session in September

By Khun Sam

Burma’s long-running National Convention to draw up guidelines for drafting a new state charter will finish its final session next week, according to a delegate attending the current assembly.

More than 1,000 Homeless Burmese Flee to Border in August

By Saw Yan Naing

A wave of more than 1,000 Burmese internally displaced persons (IDP) from Eastern Burma fled to the Thailand-Burma border in August following attacks by the Burmese army, according to a relief team in the area.

Two Burmese Businessmen Speak Out on Environment

By William Boot/Bangkok

Burma’s environmental deterioration is apparently becoming so serious that two prominent local businessmen have made rare public comments which appear to criticize government policy.

Thai Army Chief, Burma Junta to Discuss Border Policy

By Sai Silp

Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, Thailand’s army commander-in-chief, is expected to discuss border policy with Burma’s top generals during a state visit to Naypyidaw that also marks part of the outgoing army chief’s farewell tour of the region.

Burmese Exiles to Gather in Ottawa (News Brief)
The Burma Policy Consultation Conference will be held Wednesday through Thursday at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel in Ottawa, Canada.

Burmese Reporter Wins International Journalism Award (News Brief)

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has named an Egyptian blogger, Wael Abbas, and a Burmese investigative reporter, May Thingyan Hein, the winners of the 2007 Knight International Journalism Award.

Thai Government Announces Election Date (News Brief)

Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said Monday that his government agrees that the next general election should be held on December 23.

Pirates Release Indonesian Crew after Ransom Is Paid (News Brief)

Pirates who kidnapped two Indonesian sailors in the Malacca Strait earlier this month have released them after a ransom was paid, a global maritime watchdog said Monday.

Tanzanian Rare Tortoises, Rescued from Smugglers, Stuck in Malaysia (News Brief)

Some 60 endangered tortoises smuggled via airmail to Malaysia two months ago cannot be returned yet to their native Tanzania because the two countries are still haggling over details of the handover, a wildlife official said Monday.



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