Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
"Six months ago, a man named Nyi Nyi Aung landed at the Yangon International Airport in Burma. He had come to Burma in the hopes of visiting his mother, who is currently in jail for pro-democracy activities and sick with cancer. Before he could clear customs, Aung's baggage cart was seized by airport personnel and he was told to come into their offices to answer some "personal questions." Although Aung has a background as a human rights activist, and was a prominent leader during Burma's 1988 uprising, he had broken no laws. Perhaps more importantly, Aung is also an American citizen, which should have provided some insurance against wrongful incarceration."
"As the Obama administration turns to the thorny issue of engaging Burma’s authoritarian government, a new Asia Society Task Force report offers a detailed strategy that positions the United States to respond effectively and flexibly to the twists and turns that a potential transition in Burma may take over time. The stakes are high. With Burma’s military leaders preparing to convene elections later this year, a comprehensive U.S. approach—taken in concert with regional and international partners—provides the best hope for bringing Burma into the world community. The Task Force’s report, entitled Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for U.S. Policy, recommends framing U.S. policy toward Burma based on changes taking place in the country with careful consideration of how the instruments at its disposal, including both the engagement and sanctions sides of the equation, can be tapped to encourage political and economic reform."
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"Burma authorities on Saturday briefly detained Win Tin, a veteran opposition leader and the country's former longest serving political prisoner, a friend said."
"French energy major Total will not leave Burma, its head told a French daily, after a US environmental group accused it of supporting the country's military junta with revenue from its gas operations."
"Lawyers of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday met with her and her two co-defenders to discuss the looming court appeal, due for 18 September."
"Hours before the first EU visit to Zimbabwe in eight years, President Robert Mugabe accused the West on Friday of wanting to recolonize his impoverished African nation."
"Energy giants Total and Chevron are propping up Burma's junta with a gas project that has allowed the regime to stash nearly five billion dollars in Singaporean banks, a rights group said Thursday."