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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Libya Leader's Son Grandchildren Killed By NATO Airstrike

 TRIPOLI, April 30 (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO airstrike on Saturday night that killed his youngest son Saif al-Arab and three of his grandchildren, a Libyan government spokesman said.
Mussa Ibrahim said Saif al-Arab was a civilian and a student who had studied in Germany. He was 29 years old.
Libyan officials took journalists to the house, which had been hit by at least three missiles. The roof had completely caved in in some areas, leaving strings of reinforcing steel hanging down among chunks of concrete.
A table football machine stood outside in the garden of the house, which was in a wealthy residential area of Tripoli. 


The grandchildren were reportedly under 12. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

DPRK Moscow embassy home to casino?

A Russian company is facing charges of operating a gambling room in the North Korean embassy in Moscow.
The company, which leased the second and third floor of the embassy’s administrative building, has allegedly been running the illegal operation since December. 

The North Korean embassy denied the allegations when reports surfaced last week. But signs of a gambling operation were detected in a recent investigation by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued letters of protest to ambassadors from North Korea and Belarus and demanded the casino immediately shutdown to prevent further violation of Russian law and bilateral agreements.  
From: Russia Protests NK Embassy’s Casino Operation; KBS; 2011-4-21

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

7 villages in Shan East burnt down by Burma Army soldiers

Despite a popularly elected government, human rights violations in ethnic states carried out by Burma Army soldiers are still coming out. 7 villages in Shan State East’s Mongpiang township, having an estimated 70 households were razed  down to the ground by locally based Burma Army soldiers, alleging people there as agents of Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’, according to local sources. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

08RANGOON749, BURMESE CIVILIAN OFFERS TO SELL PURPORTED URANIUM

S E C R E T RANGOON 000749 

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FOR STATE ISN/CTR AND PM/ISO/PMAT (24/7) 
DEPT PLEASE PASS TO DEPT OF ENERGY 

EO 12958 DECL: 09/23/2018 
TAGS KNNP, MNUC, PARM, KCRM, PTER, ASEC, KCOR, BM 
SUBJECT: BURMESE CIVILIAN OFFERS TO SELL PURPORTED URANIUM 
238 TO U.S. EMBASSY RANGOON, BURMA

REF: A. 2007 STATE 162091  B. USDAO RANGOON IIR 6 812 0131 08

Classified By: CDA Larry Dinger for Reasons 1.4 (b and d) 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Don't try to play the journalist in Burma

Previously I tried to present a different view on Myanmar. I tried to balance the views offered by mainstream media thinking they were overly biased when it came to the government. After asking the wrong questions from the wrong people, I have to admit that I may have been mistaken in the past.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Picture of the Week from Birmingham

Yu Zhengsheng, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Secretary of CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, presses the button to start the MG6 UK off-line ceremony at MG Motor UK in Longbridge, Birmingham, Britain, on April 12, 2011. MG UK, owned by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), launched here on Tuesday its new product MG6, which will be on sale in the UK from the middle of May on. (from Xinhua)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shan godfather releases Chinese abductees

13 Chinese who were kidnapped by Golden Triangle godfather Naw Kham were released Friday, 8 April, 4 days after they were taken by his men, according to a source close to the King Romans casino in Laos.

“The ransom money, 25 million baht ($8.3 million), was paid by Zhao Wei (the casino owner) through Chiangrai godfather known as Pu Nuad,” he said. “Naw Kham however said it wasn’t ransom but protection fee due to him and that he hopes this last incident serves as a lesson to Zhao Wei.”

Friday, April 15, 2011

Panghsang druglords increasing tax rates up to 20 fold

Great example for why there is a need for strong, centralized governance in Myanmar:

Tax fees in Panghsang, headquarters of the strongest non-government armed group in Myanmar, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in northern Shan State, has dramatically increased prompting local people to protest, according to local sources.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Myanmar NGOs say Aung San Suu Kyi hampers their work


Myanmar non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have complained to a United Nations envoy that their work has been hampered by the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and her active involvement in social issues.

Today: Video of Gadhafi greeted by crowd in Tripoli - 5 April


Gadhafi in an SUV amongst his supporters. Funny thing that FOX was the only place where I could find it...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

What's common in Myanmar and Libya?

While they may be far away in geological terms, these two countries still have a lot in common.

British soldier in Libya

First, let's start with a little history. Libya was colonized by the Ottoman Empire in 1551. The Turkish rule lasted until 1912, when the Italo-Turkish War war resulted in an Italian victory. Libia Italiana was the official name after this, and until it was lost to the allied forces in 1943. Libya was then divided into three regions to be under British and French control. Between 1949 and 1951, there was a short-lived emirate set up in Benghazi, with British backing, under the name of Emirate of Cyrenaica.

Kuldesak

Indonesian band, one of my favorites.