Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Burma is never late! Just me...

Good evening, one and all! SCB is keeping busy, but can never keep up with these road runners! Look at all that newsness!

China casts nervous eye at erstwhile ally Myanmar
A long look at just what these lovers get from each other
China A Reluctant Refuge For People From Myanmar (NY Times)
(more from Burmese point of view)

Groups urge Karen rethink
"Human rights activists are calling on Thailand to shelve a plan to send Karen refugees back to Burma..."

Verdict Postponed in Trial of Burmese-American Activist
"The lawyer for Kyaw Zaw Lwin told reporters Wednesday the judge postponed the verdict until February 10."

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi 'to be freed from house arrest'
"Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be freed when her house arrest ends in November, according to a government minister."
With that, I wish you all a merry February!

Anne K Lynch (aka, news girl)

American University Student Campaign for Burma

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Welcome to the new Student Campaign for Burma!

Howdy folks! Guess what? We're full of fresh alt-breakers! Yay! We had (what I hope was) the first of several meetings to come this past Wednesday night, when a few of us more or less decided things we could do, things we wanted to do, and things we needed to wait and see for. One thing I could do was contact an organization that originally wanted to work with AUSCB last fall but never really came to fruition. So I e-mailed them, Kid Power Inc. Here's the response:

" Dear Anne,

I am so glad that you contacted me.  We are still very interested in working with you and I am excited that your students have such a  recent experience to speak with our students about.  
In the past. special interest series can come in two forms.  
The first is that we are talking to our kids about organizing their own little non-profits this semester where they choose a cause and then work this semester to develop a unique fund raising technique, learn more about the needs that need to be addresses and send money to the fund/project they choose.  On your end this would require a weekly or every other week commitment for the next couple of months.  We would like your group to come and talk to the kids about the cause and work along side them as they run their project.

Another option is doing a "seminar series"  where we essentially do the same thing as the non-profit idea but on a smaller 4-5 week scale.

Or you are welcome to come once, share your experience and do an activity.  You can commit to this and then see if you would like to get involved further.

What do you think?
What do you guys think? Let's have some input!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Burma hasn't killed me yet!

Hey folks! Sorry about the delay in welcoming you into a new semester and new year! I went on the Thai/Burma alt break and got food poisoning on the way back last week. So without further ado, your weekly news update recommences!

As poll looms, Myanmar still building parliament
Observing the eerie new capital city as construction on the Parliament building continues...

Burma leader Than Shwe gives election warning
From Jan 4

ASEAN should not be taken in by unprincipled Burma
"The junta's generals are well-bred gentlemen in front of the Asean counterparts where as they are the inhumane tormenters to their own populace"

India Can Move the Needle on Burma
Delhi should be more clever about using its own values and role as a regional leader to press for political reform."-- Wall Street Journal

Burma's Supreme Court hears final Suu Kyi appeal
Burma has a court system??? Who knew!

With that, let's hope for better news next week! Keep Haiti in your thoughts,

Your news gal,
Anne K Lynch

P.S. Check out the latest Alt-Break's blog at