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last update: march 25th, 2010

march 25th, 2010

Executive Director Alex Wagner Op-Ed: "The Curious Case of Nyi Nyi Aung"

"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."

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march 22nd, 2010

Report: "Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma: Options for US Policy"

"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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last updated october 3rd, 2009

october 3rd, 2009

Suu Kyi in Burma Government Talks

"Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met a member of the country's ruling military government for the first time since early 2008."

october 2nd, 2009

Arms Race Between Northern and Southern Sudan Escalates: New Report

"The armies of Northern and Southern Sudan have been engaging in an arms race since the signing of a peace agreement in 2005, according to a new report from the Small Arms Survey. The report comes amid growing tensions between the parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and fears of a return to North-South armed conflict. The report also notes the likelihood of additional weapons reaching armed groups and militias fomenting conflict in Darfur and within Southern Sudan."

october 2nd, 2009

Burma Judges Reject Suu Kyi's Appeal: Lawyers

"A Burma court Friday rejected an appeal by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi against her extended house arrest, just days after the US re-engaged with the country's ruling junta."

october 2nd, 2009

Nestle Zimbabwe Says it Will Stop Sourcing Milk from Mugabe-Owned Farm

"Facing protests and the threat of a boycott, Nestlé Zimbabwe said on Friday it will no longer purchase milk from Gushungo Dairy Estate, owned by Grace Mugabe, wife of President Robert Mugabe, along with seven other farms supplying Nestle under the same contract."

october 2nd, 2009

China Resists UN Security Council Talks on Burma, Envoys Say

"China kept Burma off the agenda of the United Nations Security Council this month by seeking to put the issue of civilian deaths in Afghanistan on the schedule, Chinese and French envoys said. Neither subject made it."

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