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Burma Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Burma

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  • In Burma, military forces have killed up to eight people, including five Buddhist monks. The military used batons, tear gas and live rounds in a violent crackdown on mass protests against the military junta. Hundreds of monks have been rounded up in raids on several monasteries. The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York and called on the government to show restraint. We get the latest. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 27, 2007 | Story
  • In Burma, tens of thousands of monks and protesters are marching through the city of Rangoon today in defiance of military orders. On Monday, Burma’s military junta warned that it was ready to take action against the anti-government protests that have rapidly spread across the country. We speak with Jeremy Woodrum, co-founder of the US Campaign for Burma. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 25, 2007 | Story
  • A ground-breaking settlement was reached in the long-running human rights case brought by Burmese villagers against the energy giant Unocal. We speak with the executive director of the Center for Justice and Accountability. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 16, 2004 | Story
  • Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed today from 19 months of house arrest in Burma. She was greeted by thousands of cheering protesters.
    May 06, 2002 | Story
  • The United Nations General Assembly ended its historic three-day special session on AIDS yesterday with promises tostart speaking plainly about the disease, to reduce infection rates and treat the afflicted, and to provide the moneyto implement those goals. In a 16-page declaration, approved by consensus and enthusiastic applause despite what U.N.Secretary General Kofi Annan had called "painful differences" among nations, the...
    Jun 28, 2001 | Story
  • A US federal district court has concluded that Halliburton, the oil services giant of VP candidate Dick Cheney, helped to build the notorious Yadana gas pipeline in Burma. The Court concluded that the Yadana pipeline consortium knew of and benefited from forced labor and the other human rights crimes committed by the Burmese military on behalf of the project.
    Oct 06, 2000 | Story
  • Burma’s foreign minister Win Aung left Rangoon for the US to attend the UN Millennium Summit as international pressure increased on the junta to release Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest since Friday night. Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, has voiced concern over the Burmese military authorities’ treatment of Suu Kyi.
    Sep 05, 2000 | Story
  • A prominent member of an exiled Burmese student group has been arrested in Thailand just as he was about to board a plane for the United States.
    Mar 31, 2000 | Story
  • Where is Warren? Warren Anderson, the former chairman of Union Carbide, is missing. He’s responsible for one of the worst disasters in history, and at least a dozen private investigators are searching the length and breadth of the United States for him. In 1984, a gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant killed 3,000 people and injured 200,000 others. Victims are seeking additional damages from Union Carbide and Mr. Anderson for the...
    Mar 23, 2000 | Story
  • The Asia Society, a corporate sponsored group purporting to have an interest in Asian culture, is hosting a speech in New York today by Wing Aung, the Foreign Minister for Burma’s military junta. Over 1,500 political prisoners languish in Burma’s jails under the country’s repressive regime, which boasts the dubious title of holding the youngest prisoner of conscience–a three year old boy.
    Sep 24, 1999 | Story