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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 september 22nd, 2009

september 22nd, 2009

US Allows Burma Minister to Visit Washington

"In a gesture toward Burma's military rulers, the United States has allowed the country's foreign minister to travel to Washington to visit the Burma embassy, a US official said on Monday."

september 22nd, 2009

Update: Political Prisoner Amnesty a ‘Cynical Ploy’

"The recent release of hundreds of political prisoners in Burma was a 'cynical ploy to ease international pressure,' said a Thailand-based group of former political prisoners.

 

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP) today confirmed that of approximately 7,000 released from jails, at least 127 are political prisoners."

september 22nd, 2009

Another Deadly Attack on Village in Southern Sudan Draws Anger from UN

"United Nations officials in Sudan have strongly condemned a deadly attack at the weekend on a village in the south of the country that has claimed dozens of lives and is the latest in a series of ethnically-based attacks against civilians that have provoked mounting international concern."

september 21st, 2009

Sudan's Darfur Hit by New Clashes

"Sudanese soldiers have been fighting with rebels in the Darfur region in recent days, the army has confirmed.

 

The clashes, in Korma in northern Darfur, were the first major battles since a UN commander said last month that the region was no longer at war."

september 21st, 2009

Zimbabwe Teachers Union Calls Off Strike Amid Charges of Politicization

"Many Zimbabwean teachers were back in classrooms Monday following news this weekend that the Zimbabwe Teachers Association would end its three-week strike."

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