Stories about Myanmar (Burma) from October, 2010
Myanmar: “Boycott elections” campaign
The Myanmar elections will push through on November 7 despite the non-participation of opposition parties. Global Voices translates the statement of Myanmar citizens who will boycott the coming elections
Myanmar's new flag and new name
Myanmar's new flag was unveiled for the first time last week. It also has a new name: it is now known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Myanmar netizens are criticizing the design of the new flag. Some bloggers insist the flag represents only the army and not the people of Myanmar
Myanmar: Cyclone Giri death toll rises
More than 30 died or have been declared missing when Cyclone Giri struck the western coast of Myanmar. The state media claimed that government officials visited the affected region but other reports also mentioned the failure of the government to respond to the relief offer of the international community.
Myanmar: Water problem
dawn_1o9 from Myanmar blogs about the water shortage in Dala Township which is located just across the Yangon river.
Myanmar: Lighting Festival
Buddhists in Myanmar will celebrate lighting festival during Thadingyut. The festival is a celebration of the descent of Buddha from heaven. The Myanmar Youth in Action will organize a “Lighting Festival” at the Aein Daw Yar Pagoda.
Cyclone Giri hits Myanmar
Cyclone Giri struck Myanmar's west Arakan State. The cyclone is stronger than the deadly Cyclone Nargis which hit Myanmar two years ago.
Myanmar: Advocacy video guide
The Witness Blog provides a Burmese version of their training videos that gives human rights activists several tips and techniques on how to document and advance their advocacies.
Myanmar (Burma): The Plight of the Karen
The ethnic minority of the Karen are one of the groups that have been targeted by the Burmese army in its effort to defend the military regime. Burma Matters Now brings us a few videos that speak out about the plight of the Karen people as they try to survive in a violent environment.
Myanmar: “Boycott elections”
yangonthu tweets about the reported activity of youth protesters in Myanmar urging voters to boycott the November elections.
Myanmar: Overcrowding in Hledan
Pink Gold from Myanmar blogs about the road side shops in Hledan, a popular hangout place in Yangon, Myanmar.
Myanmar: Video message campaign for human rights
Pro-democracy Myanmar activists who are based in Japan have launched a video message campaign which aims to pressure the United Nations to make a concrete action about the “serious human rights violations by the ruling junta” in Myanmar.
Myanmar: The Irrawaddy Blog
Independent media site The Irrawaddy, which publishes critical news stories and opinion articles about Myanmar, has recently launched a blog.
Incorrect names of places in Southeast Asia
Paul Wilding reminds everybody that Laos, Saigon, Bangkok, and Burma in Southeast Asia already have new names.
Myanmar: Cyber Attacks shut down websites
Cyber attacks have shut down the websites of critical Myanmar media groups like The Irrawaddy, Mizzima and the Democratic Voice of Burma. The attacks are believed to be part of a plan to censor news reports related to the coming November elections in Myanmar.