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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 17th, 2009

september 17th, 2009

US Burma Policy Review Almost Complete: Obama Aide

"US President Barack Obama's acting point man on Burma said Wednesday that a review of US policy was almost complete as he urged the country's military regime to free some 2,100 political prisoners."

september 17th, 2009

UN to Resume Work In Northeastern Burma

"A United Nations relief agency is to resume work in the Kokang region of northeastern Burma after fierce fighting last month caused dozens of aid workers to flee."

september 17th, 2009

Darfur Peacekeepers to Increase Patrols After Spate of Attacks

"The joint United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region said it will increase patrols, after a spate of attacks on humanitarian workers."

september 17th, 2009

Zimbabwe Aims to Attract $16 Billion to Mines, Tsvangirai Says

""Zimbabwe plans to implement 'rational' mining royalties and taxes and to deregulate mineral marketing to attract as much as $16 billion in investment by 2018, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said."

september 16th, 2009

Suu Kyi Barred From Courtroom

"Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been denied entrance to the Rangoon courtroom where she is due to lodge an appeal against her conviction, according to her lawyer."

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