· October, 2010

Stories about Myanmar (Burma) from October, 2010

Myanmar: “Boycott elections” campaign

  27 October 2010

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

  26 October 2010

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

  26 October 2010

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

  22 October 2010

dawn_1o9 from Myanmar blogs about the water shortage in Dala Township which is located just across the Yangon river.

Myanmar: Lighting Festival

  22 October 2010

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

  22 October 2010

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

  19 October 2010

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

  14 October 2010

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: Video message campaign for human rights

  10 October 2010

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: Cyber Attacks shut down websites

  1 October 2010

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.