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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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Sapped by its major ally China, Burma reaches out to the West and Japan

Sapped by its major ally China, Burma reaches out to the West and Japan

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a world beset by war, ethnic conflict and humanitarian disasters, Burma seems one of those rare places where diplomats can say they are making a positive difference. Maybe that’s precisely because this Southeast Asian land, was until recently a pariah state, suffering from the  self- inflicted wounds […]

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Burmese regime plays 'American' card to get more concessions from 'comrade state' China

Burmese regime plays 'American' card to get more concessions from 'comrade state' China

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Burma this week could hasten the pace of reform by the nominally civilian regime under President Thein Sein. However, it is improbable that Sein and other military strongmen who control the pariah state will allow political forces led by dissidents such as Nobel prizewinner […]

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New Burma Road: Watch for the geopolitical landmines

New Burma Road: Watch for the geopolitical landmines

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With the historic visit of  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Burma, the highest profile American diplomatic contact in fifty years, the United States has entered a high stakes geopolitical chess game in Southeast Asia. Burma, a political pariah state has long been courted by China, coveted by […]

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Separatist leaders in Kashmir criticize Obama's silence on rights violations

By Sana Altaf KASHMIR, INDIA (Nov 9):  Separatist leaders in Indian Kashmir Tuesday leveled criticism at President Barack Obama for not taking issue with human rights conditions in Kashmir. The separatists said the U.S. President applied a double standard by citing India’s silence on human rights violations in Burma (Myanmar), while being silent himself about oppression in Kashmir. “The U.S. […]