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2008 Dirty List: foreign companies funding Burmese regime

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Email from The Burma Campaign UK

Dear friend,

Today we launched our 2008 ³Dirty List² exposing 50 more companies that are funding the Burmese regime. The list now contains 154 companies including the world¹s biggest motor company, a major airline, the owner of Jaguar and BBC Worldwide. Please visit our website now and tell at least one of the companies why they shouldn’t be financing the Burma’s brutal regime:

Every single day foreign companies give millions of dollars to the regime; allowing them buy the bullets, guns and supplies for the army that keeps them in power. These companies are financing a regime that rapes five-year-old girls, shoots peaceful protestors and leaves storm victims to die.

Since we launched the list 6 years ago over 100 companies have withdrawn because they pressure applied by you, our supporters. This has deprived the regime of millions of dollars. Please write to the companies today and tell them to why they must stop funding the Burmese regime:

Thank you for your continued support.

Johnny, Anna, Mark, Zoya, Hlaing, Jackie and the BCUK team.

P.S. Please do send us copies of any replies you may receive from companies.

The Burma Campaign UK

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 3, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Aid groups press Myanmar on camp evictions

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By Aung Hla Tun Tue Jun 3, 7:43 AM ET

Cyclone Nargis victims prepare to leave the Central Relief Camp after the authorities decided to close the camp in Kawhmu on June 2, 2008. Each household was given a bag of rice and 10 yards of tarpaulin for the roofing of their houses, the victims told Reuters. All of them are supposed to leave the camp by Tuesday but many said that their villages are still flooded and inhabitable. (Aung Hla Tun/Reuters)

Reuters Photo: Cyclone Nargis victims prepare to leave the Central Relief Camp after the authorities decided to…

YANGON (Reuters) – International aid groups pressed Myanmar on Tuesday to stop closing cyclone relief camps as southeast Asian experts kicked off a mission to pin down the scale of the devastation a month after the storm.

Cyclone Nargis, the world’s most deadly natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, is officially thought to have left 134,000 people dead or missing and 2.4 million destitute.

But many survivors have not yet been reached and Western nations and foreign aid groups complain the relief effort is being hampered by the inflexibility of Myanmar’s military rulers.

“They’ve had a cyclone but they’re not changing the rules. It’s business as usual,” said one official at an aid agency in Yangon, who asked not to be named.

Cumbersome regulations were blocking more vehicles and boats being used to distribute vital aid and even access to satellite communications was being made difficult, the official added.

Authorities have pushed ahead with a campaign, condemned by human rights groups and deemed “unacceptable” by the U.N., of evictions of displaced people from government shelters.

“If populations are on the move all the time, it’s very hard to reach them,” said Chris Webster, a spokesman for the charity World Vision in Yangon.

Closing the camps, usually clusters of tents around schools or other buildings, meant that growing numbers of displaced were returning to areas where the situation was already bad, said the first aid worker.

The last camp in Kawhmu, a district south of Yangon, was shut on Monday, witnesses said of the closures which appeared aimed at stopping the tented villages from becoming permanent.

International relief groups, the U.N. and government disaster officials met in Yangon, but little progress was reported on key issues affecting the delivery of aid.

They had sought details on camp evictions and the government’s repatriation policy, but got no answers, said a senior Western aid worker who declined to be named.

Foreign aid workers would be allowed to stay for two days in the badly-hit delta area but it was not clear if they would be accompanied by official minders.

“To be honest it’s still not clear how it will work,” the aid worker said.


The United Nations estimates that 1.3 million people had been given some assistance, although this was patchy and only half of those in the worst-hit delta had been reached.

“There remains a serious lack of sufficient and sustained humanitarian assistance for the affected populations,” the U.N.’s humanitarian arm said in a report.

In the last week around 15 international staff had been allowed to travel to the delta, but agencies still had no permanent presence, it said.

World Food Program boss Josette Sheeran said its $70 million food aid program faced a 64 percent funding shortfall, as did its logistics plan which includes boats, trucks and helicopters.

A United Nations “flash appeal” also remains well short of its $201 million target a month after the disaster.

The level of aid stands in stark contrast with the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia’s Aceh, when governments around the world promised $2 billion within the first week for a disaster which killed at least 232,000 people.

With the needs on the ground still so murky, an assessment team of experts led by Southeast Asian nations and the United Nations arrived in Yangon on Monday.

“Based on the assessment report that they will produce, we will be able to identify the needs of the Cyclone Nargis’ victims and intensify our efforts in the most needed areas,” said Surin Pitsuwan, secretary general of the Southeast Asian body ASEAN.

Southeast Asian nations have been seeking to take a leading role in relief efforts, particularly since Myanmar’s generals have often been wary of accepting help from Western countries, whose patience also appears to have been wearing thin.

(Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Darren Schuettler and Sanjeev Miglani);_ylt=AjkkqMlsnN2Uqz8FWLFNhgtm.3QA

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm

ဆုနမိထက္ နာဂစ္က အဖ်က္ၾကမ္း

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(ျမန္မာဘာသာျပန္ ေဆာင္းပါး)

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသို႔ ကိုယ္တိုင္ကိုယ္က် သြားေရာက္ခဲ့သည့္ ႏိုင္ငံျခားသား ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့သူတဦး၏ အျမင္


၂ဝဝ၈ ခုႏွစ္ ေမလ ၂ရက္နဲ႔ ၃ ရက္ေန႔ေတြမွာ တိုက္ခတ္သြားတဲ့ နာဂစ္ ဆိုင္ကလုန္း မုန္တိုင္းဟာ ၂ဝဝ၄ခုႏွစ္တုန္းက အိႏိၵယ သမုဒၵရာမွာ ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တဲ့ ဆုနမိ ေရလိႈင္းႀကီးေတြထက္ ပိုၿပီး ဆိုးဆိုးဝါးဝါး ပ်က္စီးေစခဲ့တယ္လို႔ ေျပာလိုက္တာကေတာ့ Mercy Malaysia ဆိုတဲ့ မေလးရွား ေဆးဘက္ဆိုင္ရာ ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးအသင္း (Malaysian Medical Relief Society) ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

အသင္းဥကၠဌျဖစ္သူ ဒါတြတ္ ေဒါက္တာ ဂ်ယ္မီလာ မာမြတ္ (Datuk Dr Jemilah Mahmood got ) ဟာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ မုန္တိုင္းေဘးဒုကၡမွာ တတပ္တအားပါဝင္ ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ဖို႔ ဧရာဝတီ ျမစ္ဝကြၽန္းေပၚ ေဒသကို ၁၂ ရက္ၾကာ သြားေရာက္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ သူမဟာ မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ ခံရတဲ့ေနရာေတြကို  ေကာင္းကင္ကေန ပ်ံသန္းၾကည့္ရႈခြင့္ ရခဲ့ပါတယ္။

သူေတြ႔ခဲ့ရတာေတြကို IRIN website မွာ ေရးသားေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။ အဲဒီ website ကေတာ့ လူသားခ်င္း စာနာေထာက္ထားတဲ့ သတင္းနဲ႔သံုးသပ္ခ်က္ေတြကို အထူးအာရံုစိုက္တတ္ပါတယ္။ သူမ ေရးသားထားတာေတြကို ေအာက္မွာ ျပန္လည္ေဖာ္ျပလိုက္ပါတယ္။


ပ်က္စီးေနတဲ့ေနရာေတြကို ေကာင္းကင္ကေနၾကည့္လိုက္ရတဲ့အခါ ဒီေလာက္က်ယ္ျပန္႔တဲ့ေနရာမွာ ေသတဲ့လူေတြက အမ်ားႀကီး၊ အိုးအိမ္ေတြ စြန္႔ခြာထြက္ေျပးရသူေတြလည္း အမ်ားႀကီးပဲ ဆိုေတာ့၊ ဒါဟာ ၂ဝဝ၄ ခုႏွစ္တုန္းက အာရွတိုက္ရဲ႕ ဆုနမိေၾကာင့္ ပ်က္စီးရတာထက္ ပိုဆိုးတာပဲလို႔ မစဥ္းစားပဲ မေနႏိုင္ခဲ့ပါဘူး။

ေရဖံုးလႊမ္းသြားတဲ့ေနရာေတြဟာ ဆုနမိတုန္းကထက္ ပိုၿပီးက်ယ္ျပန္႔တယ္ဆိုတာ အေသအခ်ာပါပဲ။ ဆုနမိတုန္းက () ကီလိုမီတာ ဒါမွမဟုတ္ () ကီလိုမီတာေလာက္ပဲ ေရလႊမ္းမိုးခံရတာ ရွိတယ္။ အခု ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာက (၃၅)ကီလို မီတာေလာက္အထိကို ေနရာအက်ယ္ႀကီး ေရလႊမ္းမိုးခံလိုက္ရတာ ျဖစ္တယ္။

ဧရာဝတီျမစ္ဝကြၽန္းေပၚေဒသဟာ ေမလ ()ရက္နဲ႔ ()ရက္ေန႔ေတြမွာ ဆိုင္ကလုန္းမုန္တိုင္း တိုက္ခတ္ခံရလို႔ ပ်က္စီး သြားခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ လူေပါင္း ၁၃၄ဝဝဝ ေသေၾကေပ်ာက္ဆံုးခဲ့ရပါတယ္။

(မွတ္ခ်က္နအဖ စစ္အစိုးရက လူေပါင္း ၇၇၇၃၈ ဦး ေသဆံုး၊ ၅၅၉၁၇ ဦး ေပ်ာက္ဆံုး၊ ၁၉၃၅၉ ဦး ထိခိုက္ဒဏ္ရာရဟု တရားဝင္ထုတ္ျပန္ ေၾကညာထားသည္။)

လပၸတၱာနဲ႔ ေမာ္လၿမိဳင္ကြၽန္း ၿမိ့ဳနယ္ေတြက ဆိုးဆိုးဝါးဝါး  ပ်က္စီး ေသေၾကသြားခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ ပ်က္စီးသြားတဲ့ လူေန အိမ္ေျခ အမ်ားအျပား ေတြ႔ရပါတယ္။ အိမ္ေျခမဲ့ျဖစ္သြားလို႔ ယာယီတဲေတြမွာ သြားေနၾကရတဲ့ လူေတြလည္း အမ်ားႀကီး ပါပဲ။ အဆိုးဆံုး ထိခိုက္ခံရတာကေတာ့ ေတာင္ဖက္စြန္း ပိုက်တဲ့ ေနရာေဒသေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ျမစ္ဝကြၽန္းေပၚေဒသရဲ႕ ေက်းရြာေတြ၊ ၿပီးေတာ့ အဲဒီထက္ ပိုေခါင္တဲ့ အရပ္ေတြ အတာ္မ်ားမ်ားဆီကို သြားမၾကည့္ႏိုင္ ၾကေသးပါဘူး။ အဲဒီေနရာမ်ဳိးေတြထိေအာင္ အမွန္တကယ္ သြားေရာက္ကယ္ဆယ္ ေထာက္ပံ့ႏိုင္ပါ့မလားလို႔ က်မတို႔ကို စိန္ေခၚေနပါၿပီ။ ကုလသမဂၢ ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ေရး အဖြဲ႔ေတြဟာ အဲဒီလို ေနရာမ်ဳိးထိေတာင္သြားၿပီး အႀကီးအက်ယ္ ကူညီဖို႔ လိုအပ္ေနပါတယ္။

မုန္တိုင္းဒုကၡသည္ အနည္းအက်ဥ္းေလာက္ဆီကိုပဲ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အကူအညီေတြေရာက္ရွိေနပါတယ္။ ဒါဟာ မသင့္ေတာ္လွပါဘူး။

အမိုးအကာေအာက္ ေနထိုင္ဖို႔က အေရးႀကီးတဲ့ လိုအပ္ခ်က္ပါ။ အခုဆိုရင္ မိုးေတြ ရြာေနပါၿပီ။ မၾကာခင္မွာ မုတ္သုန္ ရာသီ စတင္ပါေတာ့မယ္။ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြဟာ ယာယီတဲေတြမွာ ေနေနၾကရတယ္။ တခ်ဳိ႕ကေတာ့ အလြယ္တကူ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႔ သယ္ေဆာင္လို႔ရတဲ့ ယာယီအိမ္ေလးေတြမွာ ေနေနၾကရတယ္။ ေက်ာင္းေတြမွာ ခိုလံႈေနၾကရတယ္။  ေက်ာင္းေတြဆိုရင္လည္း ဇြန္လမွာ ျပန္ဖြင့္ေတာ့မွာ ဆိုေတာ့၊ သူတို႔အတြက္ အျခားေနစရာရဖို႔က အေတာ့္ကို ခက္ခဲ ေနတာပဲ။

မုန္တိုင္းဒုကၡသည္ေတြအတြက္ ေနစရာျပႆနာအျပင္ သန္႔ရွင္းတဲ့ ေသာက္ေရ၊ သံုးေရ ရဖို႔၊ အစားအေသာက္ ရဖို႔နဲ႔ က်န္းမာေရး ဂရုစိုက္ႏိုင္ဖို႔က ေလာေလာဆယ္ သိပ္အေရးႀကီးေနပါတယ္။ အျခားတဖက္မွာလည္း သူတို႔ဟာ လယ္ယာ လုပ္ငန္းခြင္ ျပန္ဝင္ႏိုင္ပါ့မလားလို႔ ပူပင္ေနၾကရျပန္ပါတယ္။ မုတ္သုံရာသီ ဝင္လာရင္ ျပန္စိုက္ပ်ဳိးဖို႔ ခက္တယ္လို႔ လယ္သမားေတြက ေျပာျပပါတယ္။

ဒါဟာ ဘာကို ဆိုလိုသလဲဆိုေတာ့ လယ္သမားေတြဟာ ေနာက္လာမယ့္ စိုက္ပ်ဳိးရာသီအတြက္ မ်ဳိးစပါးေတာင္ မရႏိုင္ဘူး ဆိုတာပါပဲ။ အခ်ိန္မီ ျပန္မစိုက္ပ်ဳိးႏိုင္ဘူးဆိုရင္ ေကာက္ရိတ္သိမ္းစရာလည္း မရွိေတာ့မွာကို သူတို႔က တကယ့္ကို စိုးရိမ္ပူပင္ေနၾကပါတယ္။

ဆိုင္ကလုန္းဒဏ္ခံရတဲ့ အရပ္ေဒသေတြကို အကူအညီ ထိထိေရာက္ေရာက္ မေပးႏိုင္ေသးပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အေျခအေနေတြ တိုးတက္လာေနပါတယ္။ အစိုးရလက္ေအာက္ခံ မဟုတ္တဲ့ NGO က ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးအဖြဲ႔ေတြဟာ ကုလသမဂၢ ဝန္ထမ္းေတြလိုပဲ ရန္ကုန္ေရာက္ေအာင္ သြားႏိုင္တဲ့ ဗီဇာေတြ ရေနပါၿပီ။

ေယဘူယ် သေဘာမွာေတာ့ ေဒသခံေတြနဲ႔ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြ ပူးေပါင္းေျဖရွင္း လုပ္ေဆာင္ႏိုင္ဖို႔က အေရးႀကီးပါတယ္။ ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ေရး ပစၥည္းေတြဟာ ေဒသခံ လုပ္အားေပးသူေတြကတဆင့္ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြဆီကို ေရာက္ေနပါ တယ္။

ထပ္ၿပီးေတာ့ ေျပာရရင္ အစိုးရကိုယ္တိုင္က ပါဝင္ ကူညီ ေထာက္ပံ့ေပးရမွာလည္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အစိုးရ ပါဝင္တာကို က်မတို႔ ျငင္းပယ္လို႔ မရႏိုင္ပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အစိုးရဟာ သတင္းအခ်က္အလက္ေတြ ဒီ့ထက္မက ပိုမို ျဖန္႔ျဖဴးေပးဖို႔ လိုေနပါတယ္။ ပိုၿပီးေတာ့ ပြင့္ပြင့္လင္းလင္း ထင္သာျမင္သာ ရွိေနဖိုလည္း လိုပါတယ္။

အခုလက္ရွိ ျဖန္႔ျဖဴးေပးေနတဲ့ ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ေရး လမ္းေၾကာင္းေတြအျပင္ အျခားဘယ္ေနရာမ်ဳိးေတြက ရႏိုင္ေသးသလဲ ဆိုတာ ရွာေဖြေနဖို႔နဲ႔ လမ္းေၾကာင္းသစ္ေတြ ရလာရင္ အသံုးခ်ႏိုင္ဖို႔ ကလည္း အေရးႀကီးပါတယ္။

ဒုကၡသည္ေတြဆီကို ေရာက္ရွိ ပို႔ေပးႏိုင္မယ့္ ေထာက္ပံ့ေရးလမ္းေၾကာင္းတခုကို ရွင္းရွင္းလင္းလင္း ျဖစ္ေနေအာင္ လုပ္ထားရပါမယ္။ ဒီကိစၥက သိပ္ကို လိုအပ္ေနပါတယ္။ လုပ္ေတာ့ လုပ္ေနၾကတာပါပဲ။ ဒါေပမယ့္ က်မတို႔ဟာ ဒီထက္ ပိုၿပီး ပံုမွန္ျဖစ္ေအာင္ လုပ္ႏိုင္ဖို႔ လိုေနပါတယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အကူအညီေတြ သယ္ေဆာင္လာမယ့္ ေလယာဥ္ေတြ ပိုဝင္လာဖို႔၊ သေဘၤာေတြ ပိုမို ေရာက္လာဖို႔ လိုအပ္ေနပါတယ္။

အခုလို အာရံုစိုက္ခံရေလာက္ေအာင္ ဆိုးဝါးတဲ့ နာဂစ္စ္ ဆိုင္ကလုန္း မုန္တိုင္း ေဘးဒုကၡမွာ စိတ္ပ်က္စရာကိစၥေတြ အေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား ၾကံဳေတြ႔ရပါတယ္။ အဲဒီထဲကတခုကေတာ့ လူသားခ်င္း စာနာေထာက္ထားႏိုင္ဖို႔အေရးမွာ ဝိုးတဝါးႏိုင္လွတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အစိုးရသာမက၊ အကူအညီေပးေရးအဖြဲ႔ေတြကပါ မုန္တိုင္းေဘးဒုကၡ ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ေရးကို လူသားခ်င္း စာနာေထာက္ထားတဲ့ ရႈေထာင့္ကပဲ ရွင္းရွင္းလင္းလင္း ရႈျမင္သင့္ပါတယ္။ ဒီလိုမွ မလုပ္ႏိုင္ရင္ သတင္းမွန္ ထုတ္ျပန္ေရးေတြမွာ ကြာဟခ်က္ေတြ ႀကီးမားသြားမွာပါပဲ။ ဒါေတြကို က်မတို႔ ဝင္မလုပ္ေပးႏိုင္ပါဘူး။

အခုလုပ္ေနတာေတြအေပၚ မီဒီယာ ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္ေတြက တဖက္သပ္ျဖစ္ေနတယ္လို႔ က်မ ခံစားရပါတယ္။ တခ်ိန္တည္းမွာပဲ အစိုးရဘက္ျခမ္းကလည္း သူတို႔ဘာေတြ လုပ္ေနသလဲဆိုတာ ေျပာျပဖို႔ ပိုၿပီး ပြင့္လင္းေပးေစခ်င္ပါတယ္။

ဒီလိုသာ လုပ္ေပးႏိုင္ၾကမယ္ဆိုရင္ သတင္းမွန္ ကြာဟခ်က္ေတြ ရွင္းလင္းသြားပါမယ္။

အခုဆိုရင္ အစိုးရက ဘာမွ မလုပ္ေပးဘူး ဆိုတာေတြကို လက္ညွိဳးထိုး အျပစ္တင္ေနၾကပါတယ္။ အစိုးရကလည္း သူတို႔ ဘာေတြလုပ္လိုက္ၿပီ ဆိုတာနဲ႔ သူတို႔ ေနာက္ထပ္ ဘာေတြလိုအပ္ေနတယ္ ဆိုတာကိုပဲ သူတို႔ကိုယ္ပိုင္ မီဒီယာ မွာ အသားေပး ေဖာ္ျပေနပါတယ္။ သတင္းမွန္ ကြာဟခ်က္သာ ရွင္းလင္းသြားမယ္ဆိုရင္ အဲဒီကိစၥေတြလည္း ေလ်ာ့နည္းသြားပါလိမ့္မယ္။

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံက ေလမုန္တိုင္း ေဘးဒုကၡကို ကယ္ဆယ္ေထာက္ပံ့ရာမွာ ဘယ္အကူအညီမဆို ေကာင္းတာခ်ည္းပါပဲ။ ျမန္ျမန္ရေလ ပိုေကာင္းေလပဲေပါ့။”


မူရင္းေဆာင္းပါး Cyclone Caused More Damage Than Tsunami In Myanmar, Says Mercy Malaysia

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ျမန္မာဘာသာျပန္ လြင္ေအာင္စိုး

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm

World Focus on Burma (3 June 08)

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Local man to help hungry

Barrie Advance, Canada –
After the cyclone hit Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – May 2, Kyle said the area was in the headlines and captured worldwide attention. …

UN: Nearly Half of Burmese Cyclone Victims Don’t Receive Aid

Voice of America –
“We would urge the government to extend this expedited clearance to all international NGO’s [non-governmental organizations] who are working in Myanmar. …

Ethanol: Can you handle the truth?

PR CannaZine (press release), UK –
I know that linking what’s happening in Burma,,,,,,,,. Look, I would rather call it Myanmar if that is alright with you. What’s going on there should be …

Press Freedom World Review, November 2007 – June 2008

Media Channel, NY –
… of Human Rights in Myanmar. Throughout the spring access to Internet has been limited and there has been difficulties phoning Burma from abroad. …

US Charities Raise Almost $70-Million for Asian Disasters

Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) –
Friends of the World Food Program, which has brought in $2.8-million for Myanmar. Foundation for the People of Burma, which has received $500000 for cyclone …

ADB, World Bank joins ASEAN assessment team to provide relief, India –
… Task Force Office and meet the members of the ASEAN ERAT said, “ASEAN is committed to helping our friends in Myanmar [Burma] and will continue to do so. …

From Myanmar to Mount Vernon, cyclone hits home

Mount Vernon News, OH –
“I am originally from a country called Burma, but they changed the name to Myanmar,” said Tut. “I lived in the capital, called Yangon. …

Desolation In Myanmar, India –
By Brian McAfee In the aftermath of a major natural disaster, the ongoing tragedy that is playing out in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is unnecessary …

Soft line on Burma hard to beat: Malaysian PM

The Age, Australia –
“ASEAN has had better success than others in persuading Myanmar (Burma) to be more receptive to international assistance,” he said. …

Myanmar cyclone: half of survivors without aid, United Kingdom –
By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent A month after cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta, more than half of survivors have still received …

Junta claims ‘Emergency relief’ phase over, aid agencies refute, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s ruling junta has announced that the ’emergency relief period is over’ and it is now focusing on reconstruction work, …

9 helicopters to enter Myanmar this week: UN

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
BANGKOK – Nine UN helicopters able to ferry aid to remote cyclone victims should enter Myanmar this week, officials said Tuesday, but it was unclear when …

John W. Whitehead: Could God be a cosmic monster?

Noblesville Daily Times, IN –
In Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, the death toll from a killer cyclone stands at 78000, with 56000 people still missing. At least 1.5 million are hungry, …

Keep relief camps open, say aid groups, Australia –
INTERNATIONAL aid groups are pressing Burma to stop closing cyclone relief camps as southeast Asian experts kick off a mission to pin down the scale of the …

UN: 1 million in Myanmar aren’t getting basic aid

The Associated Press –
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. …

Pope’s and world’s solidarity help us go on, says Burmese bishop, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews) – In Myanmar at least 60 per cent of the 2.4 million survivors of cyclone Nargis have not yet received any aid; yet the government has …

More firms ‘have ties with Burma’

BBC News, UK –
… of its controlling stake in Jetstar Asia, which, according to Burma Campaign, flies to the country in partnership with Myanmar Airways International.

Community Calendar

Honolulu Advertiser, HI –
BURMA (MYANMAR) CYCLONE RELIEF FUNDRAISER, 5:30-9 pm at Aloha Tower Marketplace on the waterfront; featuring top Hawai’i chefs and local entertainment, …

Feature: After the cyclone

Inspire Magazine, UK –
How the Global Aid Network (GAiN), the humanitarian aid arm of Campus Crusade for Christ International, is helping people in devastated Burma (Myanmar) put …

Bangladesh Prepares for Future Storms in Wake of Cyclone in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In the wake of that storm, which left at least 134000 people dead or missing and more than 2 million homeless in Burma, Bangladesh is expanding a disaster …

Myanmar Rulers Still Impeding Access

New York Times, United States –
Analysts of Myanmar, formerly Burma, said they feared that the junta was playing a game of hints, promises and deception, which it has used over the years …

Myanmar students return to storm-damaged schools

Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX –
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, delayed the start of the new term for several schools in the worst-hit areas of the Irrawaddy delta, …

Burma Says New Constitution Washes Away NLD Victory

Voice of America –
The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper published an editorial Tuesday, saying the opposition National League for Democracy’s landslide win in 1990 was …

SSA denies killing civilians

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… Burma Army and the (ceasefire) Shan State Nationalities People’s Liberation Organization (SNPLO).” According to The New Light of Myanmar, 31 May issue, …

ASEAN assesses Myanmar cyclone relief

Monsters and –
Jakarta – The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) established a team to assess the needs of the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, …

3000-mile mission: PEACE IN BURMA

Aurora Beacon News, IL –
“They are in a very dangerous situation,” Athein said of the people who live in the country now called Myanmar. “I showed a picture (of the tragic …

Memorial service held as survivors suffer

Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –
Despite the devastation, Democratic Voice of Burma claims that no international aid has arrived in Yeway village. Soon after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar on …

Relief and development agency calls for the continued support of …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Staff from relief and development agency Tearfund, returning from Myanmar (Burma) have called for the continued support of those hit by cyclone Nargis and …

ASEAN kick-off the post-Nargis joint assessment

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
‘ASEAN is committed to helping our friends in Myanmar and will continue to do so,’ said Dr. Surin. ‘The deployment of ASEAN ERAT is just the beginning of …

Burma: survivors scavenging for food

Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar insisted on Tuesday that cyclone aid was being delivered “without delay,” even though the United Nations says more than one million people …

Rangoon residents left in dark

Toronto Star,  Canada –
Since Burma, also known as Myanmar, doesn’t produce generators, consumers have to pay about $100 for made-in-China models, says the manager of an …

Myanmar charter ‘washes away’ Suu Kyi victory: state media

YANGON (AFP) — A referendum approving a new military-backed constitution for Myanmar has “washed away” the victory claimed by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition …

In darkened rangoon, Burmese get resourceful

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Four weeks after cyclone Nargis, electricity has not been fully restored to large areas of the largest city in Burma (Myanmar). ‘It hasn’t been fixed, …

Diamond helpers for diamond year at Oxfam

Lynn News, UK –
… with sparkle and help to raise money for the people who need it most, including those affected by the recent cyclone in Myanmar, Burma,” she said. …

‘Asian values’ in Burma

Los Angeles Times, CA –
… Rama Yade, declared that the UN principle of the “responsibility to protect” should be applied to Burma (called Myanmar by its military junta), …

Doctor organises Burmese support

St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Australia –
Donations can be made by direct transfers: St George Bank, Myanmar Cyclone Relief Fund, BSB: 112879, Account No: 057723322; cheques: Myanmar Cycle Relief …

Elmer Smith: Myanmar, Darfur: Are we getting used to it?

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –
Daily dispatches from Myanmar and Darfur detail the plight of tens of thousands who die as the world wrings its hands in anguished impotence. …

Thailand Common Visa (press release) –
… Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines and Thailand. But Thailand is the region’s top tourist destination, …

Partnering with God to create a better world

Indianapolis Star, United States –
In Sudan, as in China and Burma (working on the Thai side of the border, since the Myanmar regime has refused most international assistance) and in many …

Rotarians aid Burmese

The Northern News, Australia –
BY JO ARBLASTER ROTARIANS in the north-west have come to the aid of survivors struggling in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma). …

Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis

Global Voices Online, MA – This is extremely important that my donation will not goes to Burma junta whatsoever. I noticed Google is helping in the Myanmar relief effort. …

Humanitarian crises require US leadership

Youngstown Vindicator, OH –
In Myanmar, the South East Asian country formerly known as Burma, a month has passed since a deadly cyclone, now named Nargis, struck, killing 78000 and …

Myanmar Cyclone Disaster (update 7)

Informify, CO –
Human Rights Watch Director Brad Adams said, “It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes. …

No cyclone aid yet for 250000

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
Foreign aid agencies in Myanmar say about 250000 people have still not received any help yet after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta on 2 May. …

Rambo, The Fight Continues, Blu-ray (2008)

Audiophile Audition –
The film opens with scenes of extreme violence in Burma’s (now known as Myanmar) civil war. As in Rambo III, John Rambo is still living in Thailand, …

Some manipulate, others genuinely care

TODAYonline, Singapore –

:There must be “an internationally agreed basis for taking action against tyrannical states that do not conform to international behaviour”, and “the platform for that is not Singapore … the platform for that is the United Nations”, said Mr Kesavapany, who had served as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and its permanent representative to the UN.

:“If the UN comes out with a resolution tomorrow, saying ‘embargo against trade, against investment’, Singapore will be the first — I can tell you — to conform to that.”, said Dr Zarni, a founder of the Free Burma Coalition, clarified that his comments were not meant as an accusation, but that the junta was manipulating their ties …

Myanmar or Burma? Wikipedia debates

Seattle Post Intelligencer –
An impassioned debate over the name of Myanmar (or is it Burma?), is disrupting Wikipedia and fascinating Washington academics. After a cyclone devastated …

Burma reopens schools hit by Cyclone Nargis, UK –
Burma reopened schools for the start of the academic year yesterday in some of the areas hit by the deadly cyclone a month ago. But even in schools around …

World Refugee Day to recognize those displaced from their homes

Most of the refugees in Utica have been uprooted from Bosnia and Burma. Officials from the refugee center say that World Refugee Day is a time to recognize …

Brentwood Man Helps Aid Myanmar Victims

Tens of thousands of people are dead and half the country is homeless after a cyclone hit in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

Panties for Peace.

Feministing, NY –
‘The campaign was launched by women from Burma,’ Rights and Democracy spokeswoman Mika Levesque told the broadcaster from Montreal. …

Who’s in the Junta?The mysterious generals who run Burma.

Slate –
By Jacob Leibenluft US Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused the military leaders of Burma of “criminal neglect” on Sunday for their reluctance to accept …

Myanmar Guilty of “Criminal Neglect,” Says Gates

Mother Jones, CA –
Speaking at a security conference held in Singapore over the weekend, Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused Burma’s military government of “criminal …

Top UN Official Accuses Burma of Obstructing Aid

Voice of America –
Louise Arbour drew attention to the natural disasters in China and Burma, also known as Myanmar. She conveyed her condolences to the millions of victims of …

A Burmese Consolidation of Authoritarianism

MorungExpress, India –
… the former UN human-rights rapporteur to Burma. “But there isn’t the faintest sign of that yet in the case of Myanmar. What the Myanmar government calls …


Burma’s updated top news (3 June 2008)

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In darkened Rangoon, Burmese get resourceful

The Christian Science Monitor

Rangoon, Burma – Unable to read street signs at 8 p.m., a Burmese driver was lost in the darkness somewhere in a western township of his native Rangoon (Yangon). Ghostly figures of people emerged in the headlights, like deer on a mountain road. In the flickering light of passing cars, shoppers milled around a bustling food market, fumbling for money and buying fruit and vegetables sight unseen.

Voice of America

Untold story of Burma’s relief effort

BBC News –
Meanwhile state television shows Burma’s military generals touring showcase, largely empty, camps and posing beside well-stocked shelves of medical supplies.
Burma might accept UN choppers this week Melbourne Herald Sun
Myanmar cyclone: half of survivors without aid
Radio AustraliaSlateVoice of
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Myanmar junta withholds permission to choppers

Merinews –
Farce and the Myanmar military junta have become synonymous. A month after over a million people perished and 2.5 million were rendered homeless, the heartless regime withholds permission to airlift relief supplies by choppers to devastated areas.
US accuses Burma of criminal neglect
Burma junta ‘put children in danger by re-opening schools’
San Jose Mercury NewsLos Angeles TimesPhiladelphia Daily News
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ASEAN-UN-Myanmar tripartite core group to make joint assessment on …

Xinhua –
YANGON, June 3 (Xinhua) — A tripartite core group involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations (UN) and Myanmar is working to make joint assessment on the impact of Cyclone Nargis that devastated Myanmar in early …
Asean, UN to help Myanmar assess cyclone damage
Southeast Asia: Series of unfortunate disasters Global Voices Online
USA TodayReutersRadio AustraliaXinhua
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Sydney Morning Herald

Burma Says New Constitution Washes Away NLD Victory

Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s state media say a referendum approving a new military-backed constitution has “washed away” the victory won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party in 1990 elections.
Myanmar charter ‘washes away’ Suu Kyi victory: state media AFP
MIAMI HERALD: Burma’s rulers sink to new low Belleville News Democrat
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BBC News

More firms ‘have ties with Burma’

BBC News –
… the country since the group began compiling the list six years ago. Qantas appears on the list because of its controlling stake in Jetstar Asia, which, according to Burma Campaign, flies to the country in partnership with Myanmar Airways International.
Over 150 companies are accused of helping finance Burma’s dictatorship
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BBC News

Burma’s unsung heroes

BBC News –
It has been a month since Cyclone Nargis laid waste to huge areas of southern Burma, leaving more than 130000 people dead or missing.
Feature: After the cyclone Inspire Magazine
Burma reopens schools hit by Cyclone Nargis
Watford Observer
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Burma pressured over camp evictions –
Foreign aid groups have pressed Burma to stop closing relief camps after Cyclone Nargis left millions destitute. A meeting is being held between aid groups and the Burmese government, during which red tape and the closure of cyclone camps will be …
Rangoon residents left in dark Toronto Star
Eyewitness account Ottawa Citizen
BBC NewsReliefWeb (press release)The Irrawaddy News Magazine
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Soft line on Burma hard to beat: Malaysian PM

The Age –
Malaysia is a vocal member of ASEAN, and Mr Abdullah said the grouping had taken the lead in talks between Burma and the global community.


Myanmar denies delays to cyclone aid, as relief effort lags

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar denied Tuesday any delays to cyclone aid, but the United Nations said the operation to help 2.4 million survivors is still moving too slowly one month after the deadly storm.

Post-disaster reconstruction in Myanmar underway

Xinhua –
YANGON, June 3 (Xinhua) — Official media the New Light of Myanmar Tuesday quoted state leaders as saying that the first phase of the country’s post-disaster restoration work — rescue and relief, has finished up to a certain extent.
Myanmar Rulers Still Impeding Access New York Times
Back to school in Myanmar Los Angeles Times
The Associated PressReutersInternational Herald TribuneJerusalem Post
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A month on, sickness and sadness in Myanmar’s neglected villages

ANGU, Myanmar (AFP) – The Irrawaddy delta bore the brunt when Cyclone Nargis struck on May 2 and 3, instantly killing more than 20 people in Angu village, while dozens of villagers have since fallen ill with coughs, colds and diarrhoea as vital aid …
Second wave economic crisis in Myanmar Asia Times Online
Myanmar Delays Cost `Thousands of Lives,’ Gates Says (Update2) Bloomberg
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UN: 1 million in Myanmar aren’t getting basic aid

The Associated Press –
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
Aid ‘lottery’ for Myanmar survivors
Aid groups: 1 million in Myanmar without help CNN
ReliefWeb (press release)
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Despite damage, many schools reopen in Myanmar

Schoolchildren leave their school with cyclone damaged roof, windows and walls in the village of Thuwana, 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, June 2, 2008. Schools reopened Monday with many in and around Yangon still bearing the scares and damage of the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis that left more than 130,000 people dead or missing. (AP Photo) (AP)

THUWANA, Myanmar – As students filed into Middle School No. 1 on Monday for the first day of classes since the cyclone hit Myanmar a month ago, all eyes stared skyward — at the gaping hole in the roof.


Xinhua –
YANGON, June 3 (Xinhua) — A tripartite core group involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations (UN) and Myanmar is working to make joint assessment on the impact of Cyclone Nargis that devastated Myanmar in early …


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — One month after the devastating cyclone hit Myanmar, aid groups say more than a million survivors are still without basic relief.
Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors AFP
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Who’s in the Junta?The mysterious generals who run Burma.

Slate –
By Jacob Leibenluft US Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused the military leaders of Burma of “criminal neglect” on Sunday for their reluctance to accept international aid after Cyclone Nargis.
Top UN Official Accuses Burma of Obstructing Aid Voice of America
Myanmar reopens schools 1 month after cyclone The Associated Press Jose Mercury News
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Seattle Post Intelligencer –
After a cyclone devastated the Asian country several weeks ago, the public encyclopedia’s editors – remember, anyone can edit it – changed the title of the country’s encyclopedia article from Myanmar to Burma. Others changed it back again.

Burma Cyclone Disaster Fundraiser, Scala, London

Independent –
It’s always tempting, when thinking about a disaster of Cyclone Nargis’s magnitude, to conclude that there is nothing much one person can do.

. Mon Jun 2, 4:00 AM ET

Rangoon, Burma – Flying home, Burmese sailors are awestruck when they see the Irrawaddy Delta below them. Four weeks after cyclone Nargis hit, much of the delta is still underwater, a murky inland sea of swollen rivers and flooded fields, dotted with soggy clumps of thatch and bamboo that used to be villages teeming with children and water buffaloes.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 3, 2008 at 4:19 am