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BurmaNet News: August 6, 2001
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______________ THE BURMANET NEWS ______________
An on-line newspaper covering Burma
August 6, 2001 Issue # 1858
______________ www.burmanet.org _______________
INSIDE BURMA _______
*DVB : Policemen, employees complain of compulsory salary deductions
*Kyodo: Kansai Electric Power signs consulting contract with Myanmar
*AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO Calls for Shareholder Vote on Amerada Hess's
Acquisition of Triton
*Xinhua: Myanmar's Trade with Industrialized Countries Up Sharply in
*Xinhua: Myanmar-ASEAN Members Trade Down Slightly in First Quarter
*Press Trust of India: India to build military bases in Andaman &
*Shan Herald Agency for News: A new Wa refinery established near Laotian
*Washington Post: Senator Harkin Condemns Burmese Regime, Forced Labor
*AFP: Thai anti-drug officials returned, arrest a misunderstanding:
*Senator Tom Harkin: Stop Trading and Aiding the Burmese Military Junta
*Radio Myanmar (SPDC): Wa group abducts 7 Thais in retaliation against
*The Asian Experts: ?Living Silence? book tour in Australia
__________________ INSIDE BURMA ____________________
DVB : Policemen, employees complain of compulsory salary deductions
Text of report by DVB on 29 July
DVB has learned that some policemen have
complained to the police director-general [PDG] about the various
deductions from their salaries by their superiors. Township police
offices have been deducting regularly from the salaries of ordinary
policemen citing various social and welfare causes. The PDG's Office
has already deducted the salaries for the police force fund and mutual
saving funds so ordinary policemen have objected to the salary
deductions at other levels. Policemen from Taungdwingyi Township police
station in Pegu Division and Salin Township police station in Magwe
Division have sent complaints to the PDG earlier this month. So far no
definite reply has been received from the PDG's Office.
Similarly, the salaries of employees from various government departments
have also been deducted citing various causes. The deductions were not
only to collect funds to build pagodas and monasteries, and to donate
alms for monks but it was also to cover entertainment expenses of
visits by ministers and deputy ministers. An employee from the Ministry
of Finance and Revenue told DVB that even money to buy presents for the
ministers' wives were deducted from the employees wages.
DVB has also learned that soldiers who have invested in
military-controlled economic enterprises have not received their
dividends. The military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd
(UMEHL) has not paid six soldiers from Shan State-based LIB (Light
Infantry Battalion) 312 and LIB 33 their dividends worth hundreds of
thousands of kyats. They were not given any cash but the money was
credited to their accounts. A soldier investing 100,000 kyat should
receive 2,500 kyat monthly dividend while a soldier investing 200,000
kyat should receive 5,000 kyat monthly dividend. They had to sign a
receipt stating that they have received their annual dividends ranging
from 30,000 to over 100,000 while the money would be credited to their
bank accounts. It is not known why they did not give cash.
Military-owned UMEHL is engaged in the export and import business and
controls many economic enterprises. They have made joint ventures with
foreign companies and have become a major investor in the garment
industry. The UMEHL was established in 1990 with the state owning about
half the shares.
Source: Democratic Voice of Burma, Oslo, in Burmese 1430 gmt 29 Jul 01
Kyodo: Kansai Electric Power signs consulting contract with Myanmar
OSAKA, Aug. 4, Kyodo - Kansai Electric Power Co. said Friday it has
signed a contract with Myanmar's state-run utility firm for technical
consulting to develop hydroelectric power plants, becoming the first
Japanese concern to take part in large-scale power projects in the
Under the contract, Kansai Electric will assist the Myanmar concern in
feasibility studies, designs and construction of such plants at 12
locations over the next five years as part of Myanmar's larger project
to alleviate power shortages, the company said.
The contract is estimated to be worth around 300 million yen, Kansai
Electric officials said.
The company has already established a representative office late last
month in Yangon, with five workers dispatched there.
AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO Calls for Shareholder Vote on Amerada Hess's
Acquisition of Triton
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO today called on the Board
of Directors of Amerada Hess Corporation (NYSE:AHC) to seek shareholder
approval for the company's planned $3.2 billion acquisition of Triton
Energy Limited (NYSE:OIL). In a letter to the CEO and Chairman of
Amerada Hess, John B. Hess, the AFL-CIO said approval is warranted given
the transaction's large size and material impact on the company's
balance sheet, business strategy and overall risk profile. In a separate
letter, the AFL-CIO informed Amerada Hess shareholders of its request to
"Working people who invest in Amerada Hess deserve a say in such a
fundamental change in business strategy," said AFL-CIO
Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka. "Institutional investors who are the
pension fund fiduciaries of America's working families have long been
concerned with Amerada Hess's exposure to risks arising from its 25
percent stake in Premier Oil, which operates a natural gas joint venture
in Burma. The Triton acquisition would dramatically extend the company's
already considerable exposure to countries with poor records on human
and labor rights."
The AFL-CIO Office of Investment provides research and assistance in
support of shareholder advocacy and corporate governance initiatives by
collectively bargained benefit funds. These funds own about 1.2 percent
of Amerada Hess common stock.
Amerada Hess plans to acquire Triton for $2.7 billion in cash plus the
assumption of $500 million in debt. In a report to investors, the
AFL-CIO called the $3.2 billion acquisition, which represents over 45
percent of the company's market capitalization, a costly gamble on oil
prices that appears overpriced relative to other recent oil industry
transactions. The report also said the acquisition would more than
double the company's debt-from $2 billion to $5 billion-and
significantly increase its sensitivity to oil price volatility.
Amerada Hess owns 25 percent of Premier Oil, which is the operating
partner of the Burmese Yetagun natural gas joint venture, one the
largest foreign investments in Burma. The Burmese dictatorship is
considered one the world's most oppressive regimes. Yetagun and its
owners, including Premier, are associated with massive human rights
"The search for new energy resources shouldn't lead Amerada Hess to put
shareholder value at risk by exposing it to repressive regimes such as
the Burmese military dictatorship," said Richard Trumka.
A copy of the report is available by calling the AFL-CIO Office of
Investment at 202-637-3900 or at http://www.burmarisk.org .
Xinhua: Myanmar's Trade with Industrialized Countries Up Sharply in
YANGON, August 4 (Xinhua) -- Bilateral trade between Myanmar and five
industrialized countries -- the United Kingdom (U.K.), Japan, the United
States (U.S.), Germany and France -- totaled 310. 56 million U.S.
dollars in the first quarter of this year, up 117. 89 percent from the
year-ago period, according to the latest government-issued Economic
Indicators. Of the total, Myanmar's import from the five countries
amounted to 92.73 million dollars, while its export to them was valued
at 122.39 million dollars, enjoying a trade surplus of 29.66 million
dollars in the balance of trade. The bilateral trade between Myanmar and
the five industrialized countries during the three-month period
accounted for 27.78 percent of Myanmar's total foreign trade which was
registered at 1, 117.79 million dollars.
Of them, Myanmar's bilateral trade with the U.K. represented the highest
volume with 111.39 million dollars or 9.96 percent of Myanmar's total
foreign trade, followed by Japan with 95.44 million dollars or 8.53
percent, the U.S. with 93.71 million dollars or 8.38 percent and Germany
with 6.11 million dollars or 0. 54 percent. During the period, Myanmar
imported from France 3.91 million dollars worth of goods but the export
to France was nil. The U.K. stood as Myanmar's third largest trading
partner after Singapore and Thailand, followed by China, Japan, the U.S.
and Republic of Korea. According to official statistics, in 2000,
Myanmar's total foreign trade, including the border trade, totaled 4.086
billion dollars, of which its bilateral trade with the five
industrialized countries amounted to 614.2 million dollars, accounting
for 15.03 percent of Myanmar's total foreign trade during the year.
Xinhua: Myanmar-ASEAN Members Trade Down Slightly in First Quarter
YANGON, August 2 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's bilateral trade with five member
countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) --
Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines -- totaled
445.83 million U.S. dollars in the first quarter of this year, down 1.87
percent from the same period of 2000. According to the latest figures
published by Central Statistical Organization, the trade accounted for
39.8 percent of Myanmar's total foreign trade during the three-month
period with its import from these ASEAN members amounting to 292.14
million dollars, its export, 153.69 million dollars.
The trade deficit stood at 138.45 million dollars. Of Myanmar's
bilateral trade with these ASEAN member states during the period, that
with Singapore accounted for the highest volume with 203.98 million
dollars or 18.2 percent of the country' s 1,117.79 million dollars'
total foreign trade. It was followed by that with Thailand which took up
147.82 million dollars or 13.2 percent. That with Malaysia represented
56. 85 million dollars and that with Indonesia 34.28 million dollars.
However, Myanmar imported nil from the Philippines during the period,
but exported to that country with goods worth of only 2.9 million
dollars. According to official statistics, in 2000, Myanmar's total
foreign trade, including the border trade, totaled 4.086 billion
dollars, of which its bilateral trade with the five other ASEAN members
amounted to 1.651 billion dollars, accounting for 40.4 percent of the
Press Trust of India: India to build military bases in Andaman &
T V Parasuram, PTI
Washington, Aug 1
INDIA WILL spend $ 2 billion during the next five years to establish
new military bases in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Defense News
has reported. Approved by New Delhi on July 5, it says, the bases will
be used to monitor and counter military and terrorist activities
against India, according to senior military officials. The command
post in the islands, they said, will be India's first full-fledged
military base in the region as well as its first to be run jointly by
the three branches of its military -- the Army, Navy and Air Force.
The bases will be in the Andaman and Nicobar chain, 572 mostly
uninhabited islands which stretch for hundreds of miles in the eastern
Bay of Bengal. The command post is slated to be operational by August
15 although building and equipping the bases will take years. The
setting of the tricommand in the islands was long overdue, especially
in the wake of deployment of missiles, weaponry and troops in Myanmar,
said Sament Harish, former Air Force officer. The bases, the report
said, will be commanded by a three- star military officer.
Shan Herald Agency for News: A new Wa refinery established near Laotian
August 4, 2001
A border-watcher reported on 31 July that the Wa had recently
established a new refinery in Tachilek township opposite Laos.
The village of Wianglarn, about 60 km north of Tachilek and between
Monglane and Paliao, is the place where Wa troops under Wei Hsiaokang,
wanted by both Thailand and the United States, had founded the drug
refinery on 26 June, he said.
120 fighters from the United Wa State Army's "Southern Command" are
responsible for the "internal security": 50 from Loilang commanded by
Tama, 30 from Hopang-Hoyawd commanded by Tasao, 20 from Mongyawn under
Laosang's command and 20 from Pangsang under Laohsu's command.
"External security" is provided by Maj. Thein Aung from LIB 329
(Monghyak) with another 120 troops.
The capital is K. 30 million (roughly B. 3 million).
It was at this time that about 150-200 fighters facing the Shan State
Army's Loi Kawwan Camp, opposite Chaingrai's Mae Fa Luang District, were
abruptly ordered to move to Laos, he said. (Re: 07 - 08, Wa moving
troops to protest labs in Laos, 13 July.)
He also confirmed the clash between the Wa and LIB 359 (Tachilek) near
Monghpong on 25 July that left 4 dead and 10 wounded on the Burmese side
and an undisclosed number of casualties on the Wa side. "A Wa officer
complained loudly in Mongyawn that it was a foolish mistake by the
Burmese who should have known that Monghpong was in their turf and
nothing went without them knowing," reported the source.
The Wa has an agricultural project in the area. Some reports place
Monghpong as the location where the 7 Thai officials were taken into
custody on 27 July, just 2 days after the incident.
Washington Post: Senator Harkin Condemns Burmese Regime, Forced Labor
5 August 2001.
(Urges frequent ILO Inspections for Burma)
Senator Tom Harkin (Democrat of Iowa), who has introduced legislation to
cut off imports from Burma, said that country's military junta is
"beyond the pale," in a July 31 speech to the Senate.
Harkin described the Rangoon regime as "morally bankrupt" and
"despicable," and urged President Bush to support S. 926.
Burma's military junta, Harkin said, uses forced child labor, has
enlisted 50,000 children as soldiers, and traffics drugs on such a scale
as to be "the No. 1 source of heroin on our streets in America."
He urged that International Labor Organization (ILO) fact-finding teams
be sent to Burma "every six months for the foreseeable future, not a
Every ILO fact-finding team sent to Burma, he added, "should include at
least one of the members of the ILO Commission of Inquiry, which
compiled the body of evidence of widespread use of forced labor in
Harkin noted that it was the Commission's report that eventually led to
the 175 member nations of the ILO to adopt stronger sanctions against
this "outlaw regime."
AFP: Thai anti-drug officials returned, arrest a misunderstanding:
BANGKOK, Aug 3 (AFP) - Thai Defence Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said
Friday that seven Thai anti-narcotics officials who were taken captive
by ethnic Wa fighters a week ago had been mistaken for spies.
The officials, who were seized by the Wa after crossing into the
drug-infested Myanmar border region, were transported to Yangon before
being flown back to Thailand late Thursday.
"We have verified that it was caused by a misunderstanding as the Wa
saw the car (driven by the Thai officials) that had tinted windows and
was equipped with radio antennae," Chavalit said.
A senior Myanmar official Friday hailed the release as a sign of the
good working relationship that had been re-established with Thailand
after months of turmoil centred on the border drugs trade.
"The speedy and successful settlement of the incident highlights the
full understanding based on mutual friendship and goodwill which now
prevails between the two countries," said Major General Khaw Win.
"Had there been a lack of understanding on the part of our leaders,
this issue would have dragged on," he said.
One of the officials, Colonel Duangkamol Sukonthasap of Thailand's
Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), denied the group was on a
reconnaissance mission, and said they had crossed into Myanmar legally
to visit a temple.
Duangkamol added that the officials had not been interrogated after
being detained by Wa troops but had instead been taken to inspect a
"We intended to pay our respects to a monk, and we entered Myanmar
legally," she said.
"But they misunderstood, and when they learned we were Thai officials
they invited us to inspect a logan (fruit) plantation to prove they were
not producing drugs."
The Wa, who have signed a ceasefire agreement with Myanmar's military
regime, are reputed to control much of the heroin and amphetamines trade
in the rugged border region abutting Thailand.
The Myanmar spokesman agreed there was no indication the Thai officials
had any ulterior motives.
"We conclude that they had taken the opportunity, while at the border,
to come over for a casual visit," he said, adding that they attracted
attention when they took snapshots of a Wa-owned factory.
"The Wa obviously acted on impulse when they found out the visitors
were anti-drug officials," Kyaw Win said.
"They wanted to show these people they were no longer involved with
drugs and to explain that they did not take kindly to being deliberately
framed by some Thai local authorities."
Khaw Win also said the Wa were angered by the death of Wan Li, a
25-year-old office manager who they said was killed during a visit to
Thailand where he went on the invitation of a local township chief.
His corpse was posed with drugs and a gun and photographed as evidence
of Wa involvement in drug trafficking, Kyaw Win said.
"They said they wanted to convey their grievances with regard to the
ill treatment they suffered at the hands of local Thai authorities and
to show their displeasure at the foul play suffered by Wan Li."
Senator Tom Harkin: Stop Trading and Aiding the Burmese Military Junta
[Text of Senator Harkin's July 31 speech to the Senate:]
Mr. HARKIN. Mr. President, once in awhile, the world is confronted with
a national government so extreme in its violation of basic human rights
and worker rights and so morally bankrupt that it requires exceptional,
coordinated action on the part of all civilized nations. A case in point
is the Burmese military junta that has been in power since 1988 and
which continues to terrorize this nation of 48 million people to this
This is a despicable military dictatorship that is quite simply beyond
It uses forced labor as a normal way of conducting business and
It uses forced child labor to build roads and dams, to transport goods
for the military, and to tend the fields.
It exploits 50,000 child soldiers--the most of any nation on Earth.
It is a drug trafficker of the first order--the No. 1 source of heroin
on our streets in America.
It routinely confiscates and operates apparel and other factories,
directly and indirectly, to earn foreign exchange to keep its brutal
grip on power.
It brazenly ignores the democratic yearnings of its own people who
overwhelmingly elected the National League for Democracy to power in the
national elections in 1990.
It has kept Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected national leader
of Burma and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, under house arrest and cutoff
from outside communication for most of the past decade, while
imprisoning, torturing, and killing tens of thousands of Burmese
For all of these reasons, I introduced legislation, S. 926, in late May
to establish a complete U.S. trade ban with Burma. I am greatly
heartened that Senators HELMS, LEAHY, MCCONNELL, HOLLINGS, WELLSTONE,
FEINGOLD, SCHUMER, FEINSTEIN, LIEBERMAN, CLINTON, TORRICELLI, DAYTON,
CORZINE, and MIKULSKI have already joined as cosponsors of this bill to
make more effective the limited sanctions enacted by a bipartisan
majority in 1997.
Now we need President Bush to throw his support behind this measure as
well. I am hopeful that he will follow his words with action because he
wrote to many of us nearly two months ago pledging that ``we strongly
support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's heroic efforts to bring democracy to the
Now is not the time to hesitate. We already have fresh evidence that
even the threat of enactment of this legislation is making life much
more difficult for the Burmese generals in several ways.
First, the Wall Street Journal on July 9th carried an in-depth story
under the headline, ``Myanmar Faces Dual Blow from U.S. Proposed Ban.''
In this account, a ranking officer of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturing
Association reports that orders for Burmese apparel have already begun
to decline in the country's largest quasi-private sector industry.
Not surprisingly, Burmese government officials and textile industry
executives are denouncing our legislation, claiming that it will hurt
tens of thousands of Burmese textile and apparel workers and their
But, in fact, S. 926 enjoys the solid support of the Free Trade Union
Movement of Burma, FTUB, and it was developed in close consultation with
Burmese workers at the village and farm level inside that besieged
nation. Small wonder given that the per capita GDP in Burma has now
fallen to less than $300 a year and the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon last
summer cabled home that wages in the textile and apparel factories
typically start at 8 cents an hour for a 48-hour work week.
Second, the Burmese military junta for the first time has recently
announced that it will allow a team of investigators from the
International Labor Organization (ILO) to visit Burma for three weeks in
September to follow up the mountain of evidence compiled about the
widespread use of forced labor. I hope this is not a cynical ploy on the
part of the Burmese generals whereby ILO officials are carefully steered
to sanitized work sites, after which the ILO mission issues a report
stating that they saw little first-hand evidence of forced labor or that
it is in decline due to the government's efforts to stop it.
To forestall this possibility, the following important precautions need
to be taken now to prevent the Burmese generals from "whitewashing"
their longstanding use of forced labor:
There should be regular ILO fact-finding teams sent to Burma every six
months for the foreseeable future, not a onetime visit.
Every ILO fact-finding team sent into Burma should include at least one
of the members of the ILO Commission of Inquiry, which compiled the body
of evidence of widespread use of forced labor in Burma. It was that
Commission's report which led to the ILO invoking Article 33 procedures
for the first time in history in 1999 and twice, since then, calling for
the 175 member nations of the ILO to adopt stronger sanctions against
this outlaw regime.
Before any ILO inspection team is dispatched, the Burmese generals must
rescind their decree, which prohibits any gathering of more than 5
Burmese civilians at one time. This will enable Burmese forced laborers
or witnesses on their behalf to feel more secure in coming forward.
The ILO must also insist in advance that other UN agencies help monitor
the whereabouts and safety of any Burmese forced laborers or witnesses
thereto, once the ILO fact-finding teams leave the country.
Finally, the embassies of Japan and other ASEAN countries who lobbied
hard for the dispatch of such ILO fact-finding teams must take on
special, added responsibilities and function as conscientious monitors
against forced labor and other egregious worker rights violations inside
Burma whenever ILO fact-finding teams are not on the ground.
Third, now that more and more American consumers are learning for the
first time that U.S. trade with Burma is actually growing, they are
bringing their own pressure to bear on this sordid business. Last May
23rd, for example, Wal-Mart executives issued a statement that
``Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. does not source products from Burma and we do
not accept merchandise from our suppliers sourced in Burma and
Wal-Mart-Canada will also not accept any merchandise sourced from Burma
moving forward.'' I hope this claim can be verified soon and that other
companies that have been doing business in Burma will follow suit.
Fourth, I am also hopeful that the U.S. Customs Service will move
promptly to enforce its recent rulings and make certain that no products
enter the U.S. labeled only "Made in Myanmar". Until such time that my
trade ban legislation is enacted, it is very important that all American
consumers be able to clearly identify whether a garment or other
imported product is made in Burma.
In conclusion, Mr. President, it is unconscionable that apparel and
textile imports from Burma, for example, have increased by 372 percent
since supposedly "tough" sanctions were enacted in the U.S. in 1997.
They increased by 118 percent last year alone, providing more than $454
million in hard currency that flows mostly into coffers of the Burmese
military dictatorship. By what reasoning, do we currently have quotas on
textile and apparel imports from virtually every other country in the
world, but not Burma?
We need to promptly cut off the hard currency that is helping sustain
the Burmese gulag.
We need to demonstrate anew our solidarity with the pro-democracy in
Burma and its leaders.
We need to curb the flow of illegal drugs pouring into our country from
Burma. We need to answer the call of the ILO to disassociate our country
from the Burmese military junta which routinely uses forced labor and
the worst forms of child labor, while defying the community of civilized
nations to do anything about it.
We can accomplish all of these worthy policy objectives, the sooner we
enact S. 926.
Radio Myanmar (SPDC): Wa group abducts 7 Thais in retaliation against
August 4, 2001
[Translated from Burmese by FBIS] A press conference on the formal
handing over of seven Thai citizens, who entered Tachilek from Mae Sai
on 27 July and abducted by the Wa national race group, was held at the
Defense Services Guest House on Inya Road at 0900 today. Lt Col Tin Oo,
General Staff Officer Grade-1 of the Office of Strategic Studies [OSS],
acted as secretary of the press conference. First, Maj Gen Kyaw Win,
Deputy Director of Defense Ministry's Directorate of Defense Services
Intelligence [DDSI] and Deputy OSS Chief, explained matters relating to
the formal handing over of the seven Thai employees who were abducted by
the Wa national race group.
They entered Tachilek from Mae Sai without prior arrangements with
Myanmar [Burmese] authorities, and only with an ordinary immigration
entry form stating seven members. He said that he had already handed
over the seven Thai employees to General Vichit Yatit and party of
Thailand at about 1900 yesterday; and they have returned to Bangkok by
Thai military aircraft. Explaining the incident in detail, Maj Gen Kyaw
Win said the seven Thai staff entered Tachilek from Mae Sai at about
1000 on 27 July abroad a Toyota Land Cruiser without mentioning their
names in the immigration family entry form. Only when the Thai
authorities informed the Myanmar side about the seven missing persons
together with the list of their name, did the Myanmar side know that
they were Colonel Dueng Kamol alias Ms Kalaya Sithiwong, Major Domsuk
Khamsonggai of TBC, Captain Sanit Banthao, Sergeant Satit Sithiprasert
of TBC, Mr Senee Waiwattana of ONCB, Mr Surasak Nanthawong of ONCB, and
driver Mr Thanu Rangbee of ONCB. He added immediately the matter was
investigated by members of the regional Military Intelligence Unit who
learnt that they were taken by the Wa group.
He said a team led by a senior DDSI officer from Yangon [Rangoon] was
immediately dispatched to the Wa region. When the team inquired about
the abduction with the Wa group they acknowledged that they had taken
them and handed over the seven Thai staff to the team. Next, Maj Gen
Kyaw Win said when the team asked the Wa group members the reason for
abducting the Thai staff, they said that Wan Li, a member of the Wa
group, was summoned by the Commissioner of Mong Pha on 23 July; that
when he went to the town he was murdered in the compound of the
commissioner's office; that afterwards, 10,000 stimulant tablets and an
M-22 automatic rifle was placed beside his body; that a documentary
photo of his body with the stimulant tablets and the weapon was taken;
and that the Wa group dissatisfied with the slanderous scheme abducted
the seven Thai citizens.
He added, the team after notifying the Wa leaders to restrain from
engaging in such acts in future with the view of maintaining friendly
relations between the two countries brought the seven Thais back to
Yangon on 2 August. He then explained through General Vichit, the
Myanmar authorities have asked the Thai side to abstain from launching
slanderous accusations against the Wa people concerning narcotic drugs.
The press conference ended at 0930 after officials replied to queries
raised by the journalists. After the press conference, the journalists
and guests viewed the maps, and documentary photographs.
The Asian Experts: ?Living Silence? book tour in Australia
Dear Customers and Friends,
As you know from recent newsletter Christine Fink's book 'Living
Burma under military rule' has just been published. It has received
For example, The Times Book Review London said
"....[an] admirably document and utterly absorbing attempt to answer
these questions [of what life is like under military rule] ...
..... The first part of this book tells the sad tale well; tells, too,
the ways that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the people around her have since
1990 tried to keep hope alive under the military boot. It details the
cruel techniques of control".
Christine Fink will be visiting Australia from 8th to the 13th August.
There are a number of activities arranged.
10th August 4-5 p.m. she will talk at the regular Mekong Discussion
Group in the Conference Room, Division of Geography, Madsen Building,
University of Sydney. Open to everyone.
There will be a book launch at Glee Books, 49 Glebe Point Road, Gleve on
Saturday 11th August at 4:30 p.m. (There is another book launch that
day with Pamela Gutman"s wonderful and exotic book on Arakan also
available from us).
A book launch at Reading Bookshop, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton on 14th
August at 6:30 p.m.
Efforts are under way for a talk at a Melbourne University.
The wonderful Emily Rudland has organised a Burma Discussion Group on
Thursday 16th August at 6 p.m. (no entry after 6:30 p.m.) at the School
of Humanities Conference Room, 1st floor, A.D. Hope Building,
Australian National University. If you need further information,
please contact Emily on (02)6125 8220 or email Emily.Rudland@xxxxxxxxxx
These arrangements have been made by the distributor of the book Astam
Books who can be contacted at Info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or ring the
publicity and media contact, Chris Player on (02) 9566 4400.
For those who have ordered this book from us, we have been promised
delivery next week. Our copies were "hijacked" as a result of the
unexpected visit of Christine Fink. If you have not order and would
like to do so, please send an email.
For a full listing of our books on Burma, please click:
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a focus on Southeast Asia,
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