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|QUICK-LINKS|Ethical Questions on Jean Chretien’s Contract with Ivanhoe Mines and others

|QUICK-LINKS|Ethical Questions on Jean Chretien’s Contract with Ivanhoe Mines and others
—brought to you by Canadian Friends of Burma (www.cfob.org)— July 15, 2009

thetyee.ca:         Chretien and inner circle go to work for billionaire mining financier
Irrawaddy:         Ex-Canadian Premier Advises Junta-Linked Mining Firm
Mizzima:             Former Canadian PM urged to withdraw from Ivanhoe
Toronto Star:     A week as a Buddhist monk
Orillia Packet:   Flag brings hope to Karen refugees
Toronto Star:     Fees for refugees unfair, group says
Vancouver Sun: UN Secretary-General meets Burmese generals
canada.com:     Myanmar to release prisoners before elections
National Post: Closed-door Suu Kyi trial resumes in Myanmar
CBC news:           Burma's Suu Kyi charged under defunct constitution: trial witness
Globe & Mail:   Little Daughter: A Memoir of Survival in Burma and the West
Toronto Star:     7 countries you wouldn't want to live in

Chretien and inner circle go to work for billionaire mining financier
By Christopher Pollon|thetyee.ca |July 9, 2009
VANCOUVER - Jean Chretien has been hired by Vancouver-based Ivanhoe Energy Inc., part of the Ivanhoe umbrella of companies controlled by billionaire financier Robert Friedland -- which remains tied to an open pit mine co-owned by the ruling military junta in Myanmar. More

Ex-Canadian Premier Advises Junta-Linked Mining Firm
Irrawaddy News – Weekly Business Roundup |July 13, 2009
A Canadian mining company put on a sanctions list by the U.S. government because of its business links with Burma has acquired the services of a former prime minister of Canada to promote its international image. More

Former Canadian PM urged to withdraw from Ivanhoe
By Salai Pi Pi|Mizzima News | 10 July 2009    
New Delhi (Mizzima) - The Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB), a Non-Governmental Organization, has exhorted Jean Chretien, former Canadian Prime Minister to cancel his contract with the Canadian firm Ivanhoe Mines operating a copper mine in northwest Burma. More

A week as a Buddhist monk
For one week, a dozen boys give up everything to experience the life of Buddha
By Nicholas Keung| Toronto Star | Jul 13, 2009
The boys, some of them born here to Burmese immigrants, were ordained to be "novices" in the centuries-old rite of passage to purify their souls and experience the life of austerity and discipline of the Buddha. Those who successfully overcome the test and temptations are said to bring good karma to their parents. More

Flag brings hope to Karen refugees
By Courtney Whalen |The Packet and Times | July 11, 2009  
Two communities, far apart in experience, were brought together yesterday with the raising of the Canadian and Karen flags in front of the Orillia Opera House and the singing of both nation's anthems. For decades, the Karen people -- one of several ethnic groups that live in Burma -- have been persecuted, driven from their homes and killed by the Burmese military. More

Fees for refugees unfair, group says
Ottawa charges asylum seekers for airfare, medical tests, a hardship for many, advocates say
By Lesley Ciarula Taylor |Toronto Star| Jul 03, 2009
Toronto immigrant advocates are campaigning to persuade Canada to cancel the transportation fees they charge refugees, one of the few industrialized countries that bills people seeking asylum. The loans can cost a family of four up to $9,000 and demands for repayment start arriving about three months after the refugees get to Canada, said Sheila Htoo, one of the researchers for the Access Alliance study that forms the core of the agency's campaign. More

UN Secretary-General meets Burmese generals.
By Jonathan Manthorpe| Vancouver Sun| July 3, 2009
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had a two-hour meeting with the five generals who make up Burma's junta today, but got no clear answer to his request to see detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Ban told reporters his discussions with Senior General Than Shwe and his four colleagues on the ruling military council were frank. But when he asked to see Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi, who has spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention, the generals only response was to remind him that she is on trial for subversion. More

Myanmar to release prisoners before elections
 UN chief cautiously encouraged
 By Patrick Worsnip|Canada.com/Reuters | July 13, 2009
UNITED NATIONS — Myanmar is planning to amnesty prisoners to enable them to take part in national elections next year, at the request of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the country's UN envoy said Monday. But, addressing the UN Security Council, Ambassador Than Swe did not say how many political prisoners would be released, or when, or whether they would include key figures like opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. More

Closed-door Suu Kyi trial resumes in Myanmar
National Post /Reuters |July 10, 2009
YANGON -- The widely condemned trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi resumed on Friday, a week after the country's military rulers ignored a plea from the United Nations chief to drop security charges against her. More

Burma's Suu Kyi charged under defunct constitution: trial witness
CBC News| July 10, 2009
Riot police stood guard outside Burma's main prison Friday as a court inside heard from the last defence witness in the trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Khin Moe Moe, a lawyer and a member of the National League for Democracy party, argued during more than three hours of cross-examination that Suu Kyi violated no existing laws because she was charged under a constitution that was abolished in 1988. More

Little Daughter: A Memoir of Survival in Burma and the West
Reviewed by Karen Connelly |Globe and Mail| Jul. 05, 2009
Zoya Phan's cataloguing of the horrors she witnessed is a serious blow to the Myanmar regime and a reminder that telling the truth is a crucial political act. More

7 countries you wouldn't want to live in
Toronto Star |Jul 01, 2009
http://www.thestar.com/article/659346
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