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|By ALEX ELLGEE|
|The prospect of conflict in disputed areas of Burma's Karen State is leading Thai-Burmese border camps to brace themselves for new flows of refugees.|
|By SIMON ROUGHNEEN|
| A weak rule of law is contributing to political division and violence in Thailand, according to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). |
|By SIMON ROUGHNEEN|
| The Thai military has warned Karen refugees at Tha Song Yang not to speak to the media or the UNHCR––or risk arrest and deportation. |
|By MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR|
| Filipinos will vote in the May 10 general election through an “automated elections system”, which promises to speed up time spent at the ballot box, a quicker results count and a supposedly fraudulent-free process. |
|By WAI MOE|
|Burma's only provider of non-state television stations has stopped broadcasting CNN, possibly because of its coverage of US troops involved in the Haiti earthquake relief effort.|
New Delhi (Mizzima) – Workers in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone No. 3 went on a wild cat strike this afternoon.
“About 1,400 workers in our factory are on strike,” an official of the 'Mya' Fashion garment factory said.
"They have been staging the strike since lunch time today demanding better wages. The strike is still on," he said.
Since lunch time, around 1400 workers struck work demanding an increase in wages. The demonstration was being held outside the factory.
There was no negotiated settlement between factory workers and the management, till the time of writing.
There were two similar labour strikes demanding better wages and other perks in January this year in Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone.
About 100 workers from a lobster cold storage in No. 2 Hlaing Tharyar staged a strike on 7 January, while workers from Weng Hong Hung garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar No. 3 industrial zone went on strike on 17 January for better wages.
| Karen refugees threatened on media contact|
Feb 8, 2010 (DVB)–The Thai army has reportedly told Karen refugees at the centre of a dispute over their forced repatriation to Burma not to speak to media, otherwise they may face arrest. - more
| Australia to increase Burma aid |
Feb 8, 2010 (DVB)–Australia will increase aid to Burma by 40 percent over the next three years, despite maintaining sanctions on the pariah Southeast Asian state, the Australian foreign minister announced yesterday. - more
| Exiled media ‘should be charged with libel’|
Feb 8, 2010 (DVB)–Burmese exiled media should be sued for broadcasting a “skyful of lies” in relation to forced recruitment of child soldiers by the ruling junta, state-run media said on Saturday. - more
| Anti-malarial tolerance rising in Burma|
Feb 8, 2010 (DVB)–Resistance to what is hailed the most effective drug for malaria prevention is rising in Burma, the World Health Organisation has warned. - more
| Philippines sees 'farcical' Burma elections|
Feb 7, 2010 (AFP)–Burma is likely to hold elections around September but they are shaping up to be a "farce" with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi unable to run, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said Friday. - more