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  • The Clinton Administration Thursday urged U.S. citizens not to travel to Burma in light the Burmese military’s massive crackdown on democracy activists. In the past few days, the soldiers have rounded up and detained over 200 pro- democracy activists on the eve of a party Congress of the National League for Democracy, the opposition party led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi (Chee). The Congress coincides with the 6th...
    May 24, 1996 | Story
  • The Burmese students staged a small scale brief protest in the capital city in which they played hide and seek with the military. With the crackdown in Burma, we will talk to Aung San Suu Kyi the head of the National League for Democracy believed to be the rightful president of Burma and also a Noble peace prize winner. She talks about the changes of the last few weeks. She also talks in support of the student demonstrations and the arrested...
    Dec 11, 1996 | Story
  • Zarny is a Burmese student in the University of Wisconsin and is one of the leading NLD organizers in this country. He explains about the Burmese student protests and their demands.
    Dec 11, 1996 | Story
  • Leslie Kean and Dennis Bernstein did an explosive cover story on the Nation magazine; Burma’s Dictatorship of Drugs. Leslie Kean who spent a couple of months in Burma earlier this year talks about Steven Law the son of the biggest drug dealer in Burma, and the other major drug dealers and operations in Burma. Dennis Bernstein who is a Pacifica correspondent, talks about the role of CIA working against DEA in Burma. He also explains the...
    Dec 11, 1996 | Story
  • In recent weeks, Burma’s military leadership has launched
    attacks on the only remaining ethnic group that his resisted the
    dictatorship — the Karens and their organization the Karen
    National Union. Thousands have fled their homes and villages,
    fleeing toward neighboring Thailand.

    Groups ranging from Amnesty International to the U.S. Refugee
    Committee have condemned the offensive by Burma’s State
    Law and Order Restoration...

    Mar 03, 1997 | Story
  • The government of Burma this week launched a crackdown on pro-democracy activists, arresting at least 50 members of Nobel Peace Prize winner Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party — the National League for Democracy.

    The arrests came as US sanctions against the military regime of Burma —-
    known as SLORC -— came into effect this week. The Clinton administration
    has banned new investment in Burma, but continues to allow...

    May 23, 1997 | Story
  • The government of Burma this week launched a crackdown on pro-democracy activists, arresting at least 50 members of Nobel Peace Prize winner Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party — the National League for Democracy.

    The arrests came as US sanctions against the military regime of Burma —-
    known as SLORC -— came into effect this week. The Clinton administration
    has banned new investment in Burma, but continues to allow...

    May 26, 1997 | Story
  • Burmese democracy activists have long charged that the military regime in the Asian country has been deeply involved in the illegal trafficking of heroin. Now a new report in The Nation magazine this week not only examines official Burmese government corruption, but ties US investment banks to the dirty business of laundering drug money.
    Oct 07, 1997 | Story
  • "Burma’s military junta has locked up more than 1,000 pro-democracyactivists in recent years. Long prison sentences under harsh conditionsare debilitating enough, but another threat in the cellblocks is helpingthe government eliminate its opposition: AIDS." — That’s the beginning ofa recent Boston Globe article, also featured in the San Francisco Guardian,by investigative reporters Dennis Bernstein and Leslie Kean.
    Jan 20, 1998 | Story
  • International pressure on the Burmese military junta was stepped up yesterday to release 18 foreign activists detained in Rangoon on Sunday for distributing pro-democracy leaflets on the tenth anniversary of a bloody massacre by government troops. The group includes six U.S. college students from the Free Burma Coalition.
    Aug 14, 1998 | Story