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    U.N. rapporteur Pinheiro warns Burma on referendum Paid Member

    U.N. special rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro calls Burma's upcoming constitutional referendum a joke: Speaking in Brussels, Mr Pinheiro said that the referendum would not have any credibility if opponents were prevented from speaking out. "How can you have a referendum without any of the basic freedoms?" he was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying. "It would be important to have international observers to validate the referendum, because if not it would be just a ritual without real content." He also said he saw no signs of political progress of any kind in the country. More »
  • Tibet Links, April 14, 2008 Paid Member

    Nine monks arrested for allegedly planting a bomb: China has arrested nine monks for a bomb attack on a government building in Tibet last month, an official said yesterday. Tibetan support groups warned that it was impossible to verify the claims because the authorities do not allow independent observers into the region. The state-run Xinhua news agency alleged that the monks from the Tongxia monastery - around 850 miles east of Lhasa - fled after their homemade bomb exploded in Gyanbe township but later confessed to planting it. More »
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    Round-up from Danny Fisher; Rally for Burma at the U.N. today Paid Member

    Rally for Burma today at the U.N. in New York. Burma's still important! (Also, a funny Mac-PC-yoga ad on The Worst Horse.) Another great round-up post mostly on China and Tibet from Danny Fisher's anthropologist friend. Also don't forget Danny's speaking at the New Haven Shambhala Center tonight. And part of the new Indiana Jones movie was filmed in New Haven! More »
  • Violence in Sri Lanka and Thailand, Natural gas revenue in Burma Paid Member

    Burma's trade hit an all-time peak last year: $8.7 billion, much of it in natural gas exports to Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post. (UPDATE: Danny Fisher has a great post on remembering Burma today, with an amazing, Pulitzer-prize winning photo by Reuters photographer Adrees Latif as well.) The Tamil Tigers ask Norway to intervene in the vicious Sri Lankan civil war. More »