Stories about Myanmar (Burma) from May, 2009
For conducting an “unjustified trial” against Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Su Kyi, a blogger uploads an article which caricatures the junta leader Than Shwe as “mentally insane.” Suu Kyi is on trial for allegedly violating the terms of her house arrest.
A Facebook page was created by pro-democracy activists who are demanding the release of democracy icon and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Almost 50,000 people have registered their support in the website.
Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar, celebrated its 150th anniversary with a three-day festival event from May 14 to May 16. GV Author TAN translates a few posts written by bloggers from Myanmar who had witnessed the event.
A deadly cyclone hit Myanmar’s southern Irrawaddy delta in May 2008 which affected more than 2 million people. A year after the Cyclone Nargis tragedy, survivors are still suffering while reconstruction efforts remain inadequate. Contributions are still needed in order to help the cyclone survivors.
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is reportedly suffering a low blood pressure and dehydration. The leader is still under house arrest.
On May 6 a rogue wind blasted through Mandalay, the third capital city of Myanmar. GV author Tan translates a blog post written by a Burmese blogger who witnessed the damage caused by the freak wind.
The Irrawaddy reports that Myanmar's opposition party, National League for Democracy, has set conditions for participation in the 2010 Elections.
The Irrawaddy reports that the United States is not considering lifting sanctions against Myanmar as part of its review of policy change for the country.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Myanmar is the worst place in the world to be a blogger.