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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."

 

Follow the jump for further information about the report.

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last updated september 15th, 2009

september 15th, 2009

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Vows Unity, Brushes Off Critics

"President Robert Mugabe vowed to work with one-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai as Zimbabwe on Tuesday marked the signing of a unity deal one year ago, but brushed off criticism of failing the fragile pact."

september 14th, 2009

Khartoum Criticizes Washington's Decision on Economic Sanctions on Sudan

"The Sudanese government criticized on Sunday a decision announced by the US administration to exclude certain areas from economic sanctions imposed by the United States on the African country over one decade."

september 14th, 2009

Tsvangirai Puts Heat on Mugabe as EU Retains Sanctions

"Morgan Tsvangirai, the prime minister of Zimbabwe, took a new tough stance against President Robert Mugabe yesterday, warning: 'You misjudge me at your peril.' Tsvangirai said he would consult the public on whether the fraught unity government was still tenable.

 

His hard line came as the first European Union delegation to visit Zimbabwe since 2002 said that targeted sanctions would not be lifted until the political rivals had resolved their differences."

 

Follow the jump for the full text of the article, as well as a link to a video of Tsvangirai's speech.

september 14th, 2009

Zimbabwe's Diamond Production Draws Scrutiny

"A UN-backed international body charged with policing the diamond trade has ratcheted up scrutiny of alleged human-rights violations by Zimbabwe's army and police in connection with diamond production."

september 14th, 2009

UN Tries to Boost Zimbabwe's Collapsed Schools

"The UN children's fund says the collapse of Zimbabwe's schooling system means up to 10 pupils are sharing one text book, while some rural schools have no books at all."

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