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အာဏာရွင္စနစ္ က်ဆံုးမွ တတိုင္းျပည္လံုး စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီကို ခံစားရမယ္

World Focus on Burma (5 May 08)

Myanmar cyclone stirs more rice supply fears
Reuters India, India –
Risley said it was too early yet to assess the damage to crops in the Irrawaddy delta and Bago division, the main rice-producing regions in the former Burma …
Killer cyclone Nargis leaves at least 350 dead in Burma, relief …
IBTimes India, CA –
A cyclone killed more than 350 people in military-ruled Myanmar, ripping through Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta where it flattened at least two towns, …
Cyclone plunges Myanmar into primitive existence
Biloxi Sun Herald,  USA –
AP In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, an electricity pole is seen knocked out after tropical cyclone Nargis hit Yangon , Myanmar on …
‘Vote No’ Demonstrations in World Capitals
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burmese communities in several world capitals staged demonstrations at the weekend appealing for a “No” vote in Burma’s constitutional referendum on May 10. …
Stricken Myanmar seeks international aid
CNN International –
“The entire lower Burma is affected. In some areas, entire villages disappeared.” The activist group opposes military rule in Myanmar, formerly known as …
Cyclone plunges Myanmar into primitive existence
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Thailand donates cash, necessities to cyclone-hit Myanmar
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, May 5 (TNA) – The Thai Foreign Ministry has donated US$50000 while the military has offered dried food and medicines to Myanmar which was hit by …
Aust considering aid options for devastated Burmese
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
“The government of Myanmar (Burma) has announced that a referendum for the draft constitution will be held on 10 May, 2008, and that multi-party democracy …
Rangoon airport closed due to signal failure
Mizzima.com, India –
The airlines that are scheduled to fly from Thailand to Burma have been temporarily rescheduled to today afternoon and even the rescheduled flights are not …
Gas prices spiral to all-time high
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Gas prices have risen nearly 20 percent over the past week, reaching an all-time high of 7000 kyat per gallon in Burma. …
Internet likely down at least 2 more days
Mizzima.com, India –
Government-owned Bagan Cyber’s office, the only other Internet service provider in Burma besides Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, was also damaged in …
Referendum Must Take Second Place Now in Regime Priorities
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Monday’s issue of the official government newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, carried the statement, together with an attack on last Friday’s pronouncement …
Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll at Least 350
findingDulcinea, New York –
Cyclone Nargis hit the Asian country of Myanmar with wind speeds of 120 mph. Some say such extreme weather is indicative of climate change. …
Hundreds of thousands without shelter in Myanmar: UN
Washington Post, United States –
Aid agencies scrambled to deliver plastic sheeting, water and cooking equipment from stockpiles in the former Burma. The government says at least 351 died …
Aid trickling to cyclone-ravaged Burma
CBC.ca, Canada –
Cyclone Narghis came ashore Saturday across a wide area of the coast of Burma, also known as Myanmar, and the capital Rangoon was among the places hit …
Burmese Search for Supplies, Aid After Cyclone Kills More Than 350
Wall Street Journal –
AP YANGON, Myanmar — Residents of Myanmar’s biggest city on Monday lit candles, lined up to buy water and hacked their way through trees felled in a …
Hundreds of thousands without shelter in Myanmar: UN
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
Aid agencies scrambled to deliver plastic sheeting, water and cooking equipment from stockpiles in the former Burma. The government says at least 351 died …
Burma’s farcical referendum highlights junta’s absurdity
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
Even so, it is hard not to laugh out loud at the insistence by the military regime running Burma that next Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution for …
Cyclone blows cold on Myanmar’s referendum plan
TopNews, India –
In any other country, the postponement of a national vote would be inevitable after such a devastating natural disaster, but Myanmar, also called Burma, …
Killer cyclone leaves Yangon in the dark, hundreds dead date; epa …
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon – Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, was without electricity and water Monday in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which killed hundreds at the weekend and …
UN offers help after Burma cyclone
RTE.ie, Ireland –
UN aid workers in Burma say they have yet to receive a response from the military junta to their official offer to help in relief efforts after a …
Canada to honour icon of democracy
Toronto Star,  Canada –
The military junta that rules Burma, which it calls Myanmar, has planned a referendum Saturday on a new constitution that bars people who have been married …
Selected highlights of the Brussels plenary session 7-8 May 2008 …
European Parliament (press release), EU –
The members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …
Cyclone Nargis, pressure on the junta to accept international aid
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
According to Naing Aung, secretary general of the Forum for Democracy in Myanmar – based in Thailand – “the intervention of international experts is vital, …
Economy on voters’ minds ahead of Myanmar poll
AFP –
He told AFP in Bangkok that rice prices had gone up by about 50 percent in a year in impoverished Myanmar, where any increase has a huge impact. “Burma’s …
Global community should decry Burma referendum
UNM Daily Lobo (subscription), NM –
Eastward, as the sun rises, Burma will hold a constitutional referendum on May 10 and, like the sun, its fate may set in the West. …
Cambodia says rice cartel would ensure global food security
AFP –
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said last week that his country had agreed in principle to form a rice price-fixing cartel with Myanmar, Laos, …
Cyclone kills 243 in Myanmar city
L’express.mu, Mauritius –
… the BBC said yesterday, citing a state television report in the army-ruled former Burma. Myanmar’s military government declared disaster areas in five …
Burma cyclone damage assessed
ITV.com, UK –
The movements of foreign aid workers are restricted by the military, which has ruled the former Burma for 46 years. A new policy imposed on foreign aid …
Burma’s ‘sham’ referendum may be deferred
Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –
Much of Rangoon is still suffering water shortages and lack of electricity, two days after a cyclone hit Myanmar‘s coastal regions. (AAP) Voting in Burma’s …
Agencies rush emergency aid to Myanmar cyclone victims
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Aid agencies Monday rushed emergency food and water into Myanmar after a cyclone tore into the southwest of the impoverished nation, …
Burglar killed with own gun
Philadelphia Daily News, PA –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. SAO PAULO, Brazil – A boat with 110 people aboard sank in the Brazilian Amazon …
UN ready to assist Myanmar after cyclone disaster: Ban
Khabrein.info, India –
The military has controlled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962 and has been blamed for wide-spread human rights abuses and violent crackdowns on …
Red Cross rushes aid to Burma cyclone victims
The West Australian, Australia –
Aid agencies today rushed emergency food and water supplies to victims of a devastating cyclone in Burma that killed hundreds of people and left tens of …
Cyclone fails to halt referendum in Myanmar
Euronews.net, France –
Nargis gathered steam for several days in the Bay of Bengal before devastating the former Burma’s main city, littering the streets with fallen trees and …
Referendum plans unaffected by cyclone or UN
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Despite the devastation wrought upon Burma by Cyclone Nargis and a Security Council statement calling for an inclusive polling …
Referendum ‘to be held’ despite deadly cyclone in Burma
France24, France –
(Report: N.Rushworth) By Reuters Myanmar’s junta will go ahead with Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution despite a massive storm which killed …
UN Assesses Myanmar Damage as Cyclone Kills Hundreds (Update2)
Bloomberg –
The UN Children’s Fund and its Development Program, which have offices in the country formerly known as Burma, stockpiled food, water and medicine before …
Burma referendum condemned as a ‘farce’ by EU
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
Burma’s “constitutional referendum process is devoid of any democratic legitimacy, as Burmese citizens lack all basic democratic rights that would allow …
Myanmar urged to allow aid in
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Aid agencies and rights groups have called on Myanmar’s military government to allow free movement so help can be given to victims of a deadly cyclone. …
Aid agencies struggle with Myanmar cyclone damage
Reuters –
The death toll is likely to climb as the authorities slowly make contact with islands and villages in the delta, the rice bowl of the former Burma. …
Cyclone disrupts Myanmar communications
United Press International –
The cyclone that hit the military-controlled Asian nation, formerly called Burma, during the weekend triggered flooding, which blocked roads and cut off …
Burma referendum to go ahead, despite cyclone damage
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military junta says it will press ahead with the constitutional referendum scheduled for May 10 despite the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. …
Killer cyclone leaves Yangon in the dark, 351 dead (1st Lead)
Monsters and Critics.com –
The Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) is one of many Myanmar political organizations struggling to bring democracy to the country, which has been under …
State media: Referendum to go ahead in Myanmar as scheduled
Xinhua, China –
At least 351 people died in the violent cyclone storm Nargis that swept Myanmar’s five divisions and states on Friday and Saturday, according to the latest …
Hundreds killed in Burma cyclone
Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –
MAY.08 At least 351 people have reportedly been killed across Burma after tropical cyclone Nargis swept through a large part of the country. …
Local humility in Myanmar inspires student
Tennessee Journalist, TN –
For five days I backpacked through Myanmar in the fall of 2006. The things I saw troubled and inspired me. Until 1989 the country was known as Burma, …
Myanmar cyclone kills at least 351
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — At least 351 people were killed and nearly 100000 left homeless when tropical cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar, razing thousands of …
Cyclone wrecks havoc in Myanmar; more than 350 killed
All India Radio, India –
United Nations aid workers in Burma say they are ready to send help to those worst affected by a cyclone on Saturday, but so far the Burmese military …
Cyclone-hit Myanmar says May 10 vote still on
Reuters –
YANGON, May 5 (Reuters) – Military-ruled Myanmar will press ahead with a referendum on a new constitution on May 10 despite a devastating cyclone that …
Avril ‘rasps’ regrets for nixed concert
Arizona Republic, AZ –
Jim Carrey previously filmed a public-service announcement to raise awareness about the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, and human-rights …
Cyclone Kills More Than 350 in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Myanmar, a country of about 48 million people that was formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely …
More than 350 reported dead as cyclone hits Myanmar
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
The military regime is ill-prepared to deal with the aftermath of the cyclone,” said Naing Aung, secretary general of the Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) …
UN to Assess Cyclone Damage in Myanmar as 351 Killed, AP Says
Bloomberg –
The cyclone swept across Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, two days ago, with winds as strong as 190 kilometers (118 miles) per hour, according to the …
Cyclone Kills More Than 350 in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Myanmar, a country of about 48 million that was formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized …
Myanmar: Situation Report No. 1 – Cyclone Nargis, 04 May, 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
This situation report is based on information received from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Myanmar, UN agencies and media sources. 1. …
Rescue crews take over in Rangoon
Australian News, Australia –
Rescue operations are under way in Myanmar after cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 350 people and causing widespread damage. The country’s military rulers …
351 perish as cyclone hits Myanmar
The News – International, Pakistan –
The Forum for Democracy in Burma and other dissident groups outside of Myanmar called on the international community to provide urgent humanitarian …
Hundreds dead in Myanmar cyclone disaster
Australian News, Australia –
Officials in Myanmar, also known as Burma, say more than 350 people have been killed by a powerful tropical cyclone that slammed into the Irrawaddy delta …
Death Toll Rises To At Least 351 From Cyclone Nargis In Burma
AHN –
Burma, officially known as Myanmar, government has already declared its five regions as disaster zones after tropical cyclone hit the country. …
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Star power for human-rights drive
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
NEW YORK: “Hitler is alive in Burma” reads the words scrawled on a cardboard sign, held aloft by Ellen Page, the Juno star, in a 90-second human-rights …
Cyclone kills at least 351 in Myanmar, state-run TV reports
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
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Nargis passes away
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Bangladesh’s sense of relief at the passage of Nargis away from its coastal line is as profound as its sorrow at the devastating sweep of Myanmar has been …
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VIDEO: Cyclone devastates Myanmar
Reuters –
4 – Hundreds of people have been killed after a powerful cyclone pounded parts of Myanmar. Myanmar’s military government declared disaster areas in five …
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Int’l flights to resume in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, May 4 (Xinhua) — All international and domestic flights through Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport will resume on Monday, the State Radio …
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Rangoon airport closed due to signal failure
Mizzima.com, India –
The airlines that are scheduled to fly from Thailand to Burma have been temporarily rescheduled to today afternoon and even the rescheduled flights are not …
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Myanmar: Commodity prices rise in devastated Rangoon
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
By SAW YAN NAIGN The devastating cyclone that slammed into mainland Burma on Saturday will only increase the economic woes and suffering of the Burmese …
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No Thais reported hurt in Myanmar cyclone
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… 4 (TNA) – While news media reported that as many as 243 persons have already been reported dead as a result of Cyclone Nargis’ weekend visit to Myanmar, ..
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AP Top News at 8:28 am EDT
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s state-run television is reporting that more than 240 people have died from a powerful cyclone, a UN official says. …
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Burma declares five regions disaster areas after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Furthermore, road traffic is almost non-existent in Rangoon city, Internet services are down, and the MRTV [Myanmar Radio and Television] and Rangoon City …
Gas prices spiral to all-time high
Mizzima.com, India –
Due to limited domestic oil production cash-starved Burma has been selling gasoline and diesel under a rationing system since 1980. …
Feature: Daily life partly resumes in cyclone-hit Myanmar former …
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, May 4 (Xinhua) — A minor part of the daily life started to resume in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon Sunday, the first day in the aftermath of …
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Mekong mafia
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even without the participation of the three other countries invited to join Orec-Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Laos-a cartel that includes Thailand and …
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Birmania. Diluvia sul bagnato/3
Il Centro Sinistra dei Giovani, Italy –
Myanmar’s infrastructure has been run into the ground by decades of mismanagement by the military, which has ruled since 1962. A Western diplomat, who spoke …
Stars’ campaign for Burma gets help from NZ activists
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
… spokesman for Burma Campaign New Zealand. An estimated 90 per cent of the population in Myanmar lives on about US$1 ($1.25) a day, and the International …
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Burma’s referendum: A done deal
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
“I think it would be unfair to compare the political system in Thailand with the military government in Myanmar,” he said. “After decades without election …
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Market Sensitive Global News
RTT News, NY –
5/4/2008 9:41:06 AM A devastating cyclone hit Myanmar killing more than 243 people and rendering many homeless. The tropical cyclone, named Cyclone Nargis, …
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Philippines Proposes ASEAN Rice Talks In The Face Of Rice Cartel …
AHN –
The request comes amid calls by Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to form a rice cartel similar to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting …
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Burma’s sham vote
Sunday Mirror, UK –
Six months af ter the bloody crackdown on Burma’s protesting monks, this week the pariah state’s mili tary regime is holding a referendum to pave the way …
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Clemson’s Kriese leaves for Thailand
The State, SC –
… top players from nine additional countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Brunei. …
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Suu Kyi remains junta’s main challenger, even in detention
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
BANGKOK–When Myanmar’s voters last went to the polls in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy to a landslide victory, despite being …
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 5, 2008 at 2:31 am

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