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|By DR ZARNI|
|It will take more than a rigged election in 2010 to bring real change to Burma.|
|By WAI MOE|
|Commanders of the Burmese armed forces (the Tatmadaw) have began their final meeting of 2009 in Naypyidaw, with the proposed 2010 election reportedly high on the agenda|
|By AUNG ZAW|
| Preparations for the 2010 election include selection of the generals Than Shwe needs to ensure a “safe passage” into retirement. |
|By SAW YAN NAING|
| Amnesty International has called for the Burmese government to stop harassment of cyclone aid activists. |
|By KO HTWE|
| A Swiss film director has completed shooting in Thailand on a film that shows the effects of refugee life in camps along the Burma-Thailand border. |
|By SHAH PAUNG|
|After 23 years in refugee camps, Eh Payu Say and her family were resettled to Australia in 2007. But life, she says, is still hard.|
| Ethnic conflict in Burma demands ‘renewed focus’|
Nov 24, 2009 (DVB)–International involvement in Burma’s domestic crises has to date had little effect on resolving ongoing ethnic conflict in the country, an influential British think tank said yesterday. - more
| Burmese navy captures Taiwanese fishing boats|
Nov 24, 2009 (DVB)–Scores of fishermen on board four Taiwanese boats captured by the Burmese navy last week are reportedly being held in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison, with Taiwanese embassy staff yet to visit. - more
| Australian aid to Burma eyed with caution|
Nov 24, 2009 (DVB)–Experts have warned that the impact of a pledge by the Australian government to provide increased aid to Burma may be dampened by rampant state corruption in the country. - more
| Japan calls for Burma refugee support|
Nov 24, 2009 (DVB)–The Japanese prime minister has called on the United Nations refugee agency to assist in the resettlement to Japan of Burmese refugees currently in camps along the Thai-Burma border. - more
Fifty four Burmese workers believed to be victims of human traffickers were rescued after Thai officials raided a frozen seafood factory in Trang Province, southern... The Amnesty International on Tuesday urged international donors, meeting in Bangkok this week, to pressurize Burma’s military junta to put a halt to harassment of activists...
While opposing the Burmese junta’s planned 2010 elections, the Chin National Council in exile on Monday said it will urge voters to selectively vote for pro-democracy candidates,...
The Burmese Ministry of Electric Power (1) will commission the Ye village hydro-power project in December, billed as the biggest in the country. “We will begin operating one turbine of......