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The Irrawaddy Online Newsletter for August 28, 2007

Letter to the Editors

Karen Celebrate Their “Wrist-tying” Festival [Multimedia]

Activist Su Su Nway Escapes Arrest; 200 Monks Protest in Sittwe

By The Irrawaddy

Prominent Burmese activist Su Su Nway on Tuesday narrowly escaped violent arrest by a pro-junta mob that broke up the demonstration she was attending at Hledan Market in Rangoon’s Kamaryut Township, the activist told The Irrawaddy by phone just hours after the attack.

Burma’s NLD Leadership Must Take a Stronger Stand (Editorial)

By The Irrawaddy

The current series of rarely-seen protest demonstrations in Burma against sharp fuel price rises are small in scale but have nevertheless won support and sympathy locally and internationally.

Historic Student Union ABFSU Revived in Burma

By Khun Sam

After nearly two decades, during which many of its members were imprisoned or driven out of Burma, the influential All Burma Federation of Student Unions has resumed its struggle against the country’s military government, according to members of the group.

Gas Hike Doesn’t Slow SPDC’s Exports

By Violet Cho

While much of Burma reels under a sharp rise in fuel prices, an announcement on Monday that the country’s ruling junta will increase exports of natural gas and bio-diesel has left some Burmese analysts perplexed.

KNLA Commander's Body Found in River with Bullet Wound to Head

By Shah Paung

The body of the commander of the 18th Battalion of the Karen National Liberation Army was found with a bullet wound to the head in the Haungthayaw River in Kawkareik Township of Karen State on August 20.

UN Official Warns Fuel Price Hikes Could Worsen Burma's Economy

By The Associated Press

A United Nations official warned that fuel price hikes in Burma could worsen the dire economic situation for many people in the military-ruled country, as dozens of pro-democracy activists resumed defiant protests against the increase.

Thaksin Sues AEC, Claiming Defamation on Burma Loan

By Sai Silp

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has sued government anti-corruption officials, claiming they falsely accused him of illegally increasing the amount of a state loan to Burma for personal gain.

HRW Deplores Separatist Attacks in S. Thailand

By Grant Peck/AP Writer/Bangkok

Islamic separatist insurgents in southern Thailand have undermined any claims of legitimacy with their widespread deadly attacks on civilians, a respected human rights group charged in a report issued on Tuesday.

Asean, China Seek Private Investment for Railway Project

By Teresa Cerojano/AP Writer/Manila

Southeast Asian countries and China will hold a high-profile seminar before the end of the year to lure private investments for a US $2 billion railway project linking Singapore to southern China to facilitate the flow of goods and people across the region, officials said Monday.

Malaysia Uncovers Singapore-size Underground Water Cave

By Eileen Ng/AP Writer/Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia has found a huge underground water cave the size of Singapore, that could help alleviate an anticipated shortage in its most developed state, a government official said Tuesday.



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