The Six on May 24, 2007

First Lady Laura Bush on Burma

First lady Laura Bush, center, accompanied by Senate Women's Caucus on Burma members Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., left, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, right, takes part in a meeting on Capitol Hill May 23. (AP)

The following are the six news bits of today:

  1. According to the U.S. State Department, in a congressional hearing on May 23, First Lady Laura Bush have asked for the “the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners in Burma, including Aung San Suu Kyi”.
  2. The Irrawaddy reports that The Burmese Ministry of Home Affairs has told social organizations whose permits were not renewed that they can appeal the denial. Organizations whose permits were not renewed include the Free Funeral Services Society and the Chinese Traders Association.
  3. The Economist reports of the recent “dirty dealings” of China, India, Russia and North Korea and criticizes the unrealiability of the junta, noting that “Two Indian energy firms and a South Korean one have spent heavily on developing an offshore gas field in Myanmar, only to be unceremoniously dumped now that the Chinese have come along waving a larger cheque.”
  4. The EU Presidency has called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose term of detention expires on May 27, “from house arrest and to free all other political detainees”
  5. The New Era Journal reports that the two Burmese journalists working for Nippon News Network who arrested for reporting the presence of a North Korean ship at Thilawa Port were released.
  6. The New Light of Myanmar reports of citizenship cards issued in Shan State’s North Region at the USDA office in Lashio. The citizenship scrutiny cards are national identity cards with colors that distinguish full, associate, and naturalized citizens, and Foreign Registration Card holders (primarily Indians and Chinese).

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