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Arrest of Burmese comedian Zarganar for helping cyclone victims

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Myanmar detains comedian-critic active in private cyclone relief …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Myanmar is often called by its old name, Burma. Restrictions on visa and travel permission for foreign workers, as well as on entry of some equipment, …

Dissenting comic ‘Tweezers’ locked up for jokes

NEWS.com.au, Australia –
In an interview this week, Zarganar said he and more than 400 entertainers in Burma had made many trips to the delta to help victims of Cyclone Nargis,

Myanmar comedian active in relief effort detained

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military junta has detained a popular comedian who had just returned from an aid trip to the cyclone-ravaged delta, …

Comedian arrested by Myanmar police

Malaysia Sun, Malaysia –

The man, Zarganar, also known as the country’s best known comedian was arrested at his house in Rangoon. His family say they have no idea why he was …

Top Burmese comedian nabbed

The Times, South Africa –

YANGON – Burma’s most famous comedian, Zaganar, who has been leading deliveries of aid to survivors of Cyclone Nargis, has been arrested at his Yangon home, …

Burmese comedian who brought aid to delta is detained

International Herald Tribune, France –

YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s leading comedian, who has been carrying out a private campaign to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis, has been detained by the …

Prominent regime critic and comedian arrested in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

Bangkok – A popular Myanmar comedian known for his criticism and satire of the country’s military junta and more recently for his relief work among its …

Myanmar arrests activist as US ships leave

Reuters UK, UK –

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar has detained a top activist comedian involved in a private aid effort for cyclone victims, a relative said, …

Zarganar Arrested, Cyclone Relief Money Seized

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, who threw his energies into helping victims of Cyclone Nargis, was arrested at his Rangoon home on …

Top Myanmar comedian, social activist detained

The Associated Press –

His comedy routines are banned for their jokes about the junta that rules Myanmar, also known as Burma. “Burmese people love to laugh. But if I can’t speak, …

Burmese comic arrested

Chortle, UK –

One of Burma’s most popular comedians has been taken from his home and thrown into custody after helping cyclone victims. Zarganar has been an outspoken …

Famous Burmese actor arrested for helping cyclone victims

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Yangon (AsiaNews) – He brought vital aid to the victims of cyclone Nargis and he spoke with International media denouncing junta corruption in Myanmar, …

Zarganar Arrested, Cyclone Relief Money Seized

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, who threw his energies into helping victims of Cyclone Nargis, was arrested at his Rangoon home on

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(in Burmese language)

လူုမႈကယ္ဆယ္ေရး ေစတနာရွင္၊ အႏုပညာရွင္ ဇာဂနာကို စစ္အစိုးရက ဖမ္းဆီး

မိုးမခ
ဇြန္ ၄၊ ၂၀၀၈

ရန္ကုန္ စံေတာ္ခ်ိန္ ည ၁၁ နာရီက အႏုပညာရွင္ ဇာဂနာ၏ ေနအိမ္ကို အထူးစုံစမ္းေရး၊ ျမိဳ႔နယ္ရပ္ကြက္ အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားအပါအ၀င္ ပုဂၢဳိလ္ ၉ ဦး၀င္ေရာက္ျပီး ၄င္းအား စစ္ေဆးေမးျမန္းရန္အတြက္ ေခၚေဆာင္သြားေၾကာင္း သိရွိရပါသည္။

ဇာဂနာ သည္ ႏိုင္ငံေရး အက်ဥ္းသားေဟာင္း၊ စစ္အစိုးရက အႏုပညာလႈပ္ရွားခြင့္မ်ား ပိတ္ပင္ထားေသာ အႏုပညာရွင္၊ ၂၀၀၇ သံဃာအေရးအခင္းတြင္ အဖိႏွိပ္ခံ သံဃာေတာ္မ်ား၊ လူငယ္မ်ားဖက္ ရပ္တည္သူ၊ ၂၀၀၈ ေမ နာဂစ္မုန္တိုင္း ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကို ေစတနာ၀န္ထမ္း ဦးေဆာင္သူ ထင္ရွားသည့္ အႏုပညာရွင္တဦး ျဖစ္သည္။

စစ္အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားက နာဂစ္မုန္တိုင္းကယ္ဆယ္ေရး ေစတနာ၀န္ထမ္း လုပ္ကိုင္ေနသူမ်ားကို ၄င္းတို႔ စာနယ္ဇင္းမ်ားကေနျပီး တိုင္းျပည္ အရွက္ႏွင့္ သိကၡာကို ထိန္းသိမ္းၾကရန္၊ ဒုကၡသည္မ်ားကို ေတာင္းရမ္းစားေသာက္သူမ်ားအျဖစ္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာအလည္မွာ မတင္ျပရန္၊ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္က မုန္တိုင္းကယ္ဆယ္ေရးကို ေကာင္းမြန္ကၽြမ္းက်င္စြာ ကိုင္တြယ္ႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း စသည္တို႔ျဖင့္ ၀ါဒ ျဖန္႔ေနခဲ့သည္။

ဇာဂနာတို႔၏ ေစတနာ၀န္ထမ္း ကယ္ဆယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရး လုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကို စစ္အုပ္စုက ေနာက္ကြယ္မွေနျပီး နည္းမ်ဳိးစုံျဖင့္ အေႏွာက္အယွက္ေပးေနေၾကာင္း၊ မိတ္ေဆြ အႏုပညာရွင္မ်ားျဖစ္သည့္ အရိုင္း၊ ငွက္ေျပာေၾကာ္တို႔ကို ကူညီေစာင့္ေရွာက္လုပ္ငန္းမ်ားႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္ျပီး ေခၚယူစစ္ေဆးေၾကာင္း၊ အကူအညီအေရာက္နည္းသည့္ ေဒသမ်ားကို သြားေရာက္ႏိုင္ေရးအတြက္ ကုလအဖြဲ႔တခုကို ဇာဂနာက အကူအညီေတာင္းခဲ့ရာတြင္လည္း ၄င္းအဖြဲ႔က စစ္အုပ္စု ျငိဳျငင္မည္ကို စိုးရိမ္ျပီး မိမိတို႔ကို ျငင္းဆိုခဲ့ေၾကာင္း၊ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ၏ တရား၀င္ အကူအညီမ်ား ထိေရာက္စြာ မေရာက္ ရွိေသးေၾကာင္း စသည္ အေတြ႔အၾကဳံႏွင့္ ခံစားခ်က္တို႔ကို ျပည္သူသို႔ လြတ္လပ္ပြင့္လင္းစြာျဖင့္ ဇာဂနာက ေ၀ဖန္ေျပာဆိုခဲ့သည္။

ဇာဂနာဦးေဆာင္သည့္ လူငယ္ႏွင့္ အႏုပညာရွင္မ်ား၊ ေက်ာ္သူ ေရႊဇီးကြက္ ဦးေဆာင္သည့္ နာေရးကူညီမႈ အသင္းၾကီးတို႔ႏွင့္အတူ မုန္တိုင္းကယ္ဆယ္ေရးကို ျမန္မာလူငယ္ ေစတနာရွင္ အစုအဖြဲ႔မ်ားက ေစာလ်င္စြာ ကိုယ့္အားကိုယ္ကိုး ေဆာင္ရြက္ခဲ့ၾကျပီး ဆရာေတာ္မ်ား၊ သံဃာေတာ္မ်ားကလည္း တအပ္တအား ေဆာင္ရြက္ေနၾကခ်ိန္၊ ျမန္မာျပည္တ၀ွမ္း လူထု လူတန္းစား အသီးသီးက ေစတနာ ထက္သန္စြာ လိုက္လံ ၀ိုင္းယံေနၾကခ်ိန္တြင္ စစ္အုပ္စုက ထိုသို႔ ဇာဂနာကို ဖမ္းဆီးျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

ဖမ္းဆီးသူမ်ားက ဇာဂနာ့အိမ္သားမ်ားကို သတင္းဌာနမ်ားသို႔ အေၾကာင္းမၾကားရန္ႏွင့္ ေဆြးေႏြးမႈမ်ား ျပီးဆုံးပါက အျမန္ဆုံး အိမ္ျပန္ပို႔ေပးမည္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ေျပာၾကားသြားသည္ဟု သိရသည္။

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2008 at 10:09 am

News about end of aid mission from US navy for Burmese cyclone disaster

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US ships carrying aid to leave Burma

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

US warships carrying aid for the victims of Burma’s Cyclone Nargis have begun sailing away after the country’s ruling military refused their help …

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave

AFP –

BANGKOK (AFP) — US helicopters and small boats are still ready to help deliver cyclone aid to Myanmar, a US official said Thursday, after the regime …

“Mercy Fleet” Surrenders to Than Shwe’s Iron Will

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE The US has ordered its four Pacific fleet warships, packed with supplies for Burma’s cyclone survivors, to end their fruitless wait for …

US SHIPS LEAVE CYCLONE-HIT REGION

UK Express, UK –

US Navy ships laden with relief supplies have steamed away from Burma’s coast, their helicopters barred by the ruling junta even though millions of cyclone …

Frustrated by junta, US ships leaving Myanmar

Newsday, NY –

AP YANGON, Myanmar – US Navy ships laden with relief supplies will steam away from Myanmar’s coast today, their helicopters barred by the ruling junta even …

Barred by junta, US military ends aid mission to Burma

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

… but the ruling military junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar, rebuffed repeated offers to help with the disaster relief effort, despite the severity of …

US Navy forced to give up on Burma relief

Men’s News Daily, CA –

The United States Navy was forced to withdraw from their Cyclone Nargis relief efforts in Burma today, due to the continued refusal of the ruling State …

US Navy Ships Leave Myanmar’s Coast after Government Refuses Aid …

Informify, CO –

The US Navy offered ships and helicopters to the Myanmar government to help with cyclone disaster relief efforts. After trying for a month to gain access to …

US Navy Ships Return from Myanmar Coast, Still Full

ToTheCenter.com, NY –

Four United States Navy ships have been ordered to stop patrolling the waters off the coast of Myanmar. The boats had been intended for use in delivering …

US Naval Ships To Leave Burma After Junta Constantly Denies Them Entry

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

After being blown off by Burma’s junta, four US naval ships loaded with supplies for the victims of Cyclone Nargis will withdraw from the coast. …

US Navy gives up on cyclone aid mission

Austin American-Statesman, TX –

… survivors of the May 2 cyclone, but the ruling military junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has refused to let any foreign military helicopters help. …

US Navy vessels leave Myanmar coast

The Associated Press – 2 hours ago

Myanmar is also known as Burma. The USS Essex and three other amphibious assault ships, which have been in international waters off Myanmar since May 13, …

US Forced To Abandon Burma Aid Mission

New York Sun, United States –

By AMY KAZMIN, The Washington Post BANGKOK, Thailand — Cyclone survivors in Burma’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta could require food aid for as long as a year, …

After waiting 3 weeks to help, US strike group will return to exercise

Stars and Stripes, DC –

… but have been unable to do so because of the unrelenting position of the Burma military junta,” Keating said. However, should the Myanmar government …

US Navy withdraws ships after Burma rebuffs aid

Independent, UK –

By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent The US military has ordered a flotilla of naval vessels packed with emergency aid for Burma to leave after the …

US aid ships asked to leave Myanmar

Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –

YANGON: The US military ordered navy ships loaded with relief aid off Myanmar’s coast to leave the area yesterday after the country’s junta refused to give …

US aid ships asked to leave Myanmar

Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –

YANGON: The US military ordered navy ships loaded with relief aid off Myanmar’s coast to leave the area yesterday after the country’s junta refused to give …

US Navy aborts aid mission to Myanmar

Chicago Tribune, United States –

The Essex and three other amphibious assault ships, which have been in international waters off Myanmar, formerly Burma, since May 13, will continue with …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2008 at 10:00 am

Burma and the Bush Administration

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The Weekly Standard

Burma and the Bush Administration

It’s time to intervene.

by Benedict Rogers and Joseph Loconte
06/05/2008 12:00:00 AM

London
THANKS LARGELY TO THE INHUMANITY of Burma’s military dictatorship, the cyclone that devastated the country a month ago has left about 133,000 people dead or missing. Delayed and obstructed by the ruling junta, international assistance has yet to reach about a quarter of a million people affected by the storm. While the hopes and livelihoods of many have been swept away, there remains a lingering delusion: the notion that the “international community” retains either the moral sensibility or political will to confront the most despotic of regimes. The crisis in Burma confirms the indispensable need for American leadership.

The Burmese regime is guilty of atrocities far worse than the “criminal neglect” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ascribes to them. It is guilty of crimes against humanity. Prior to the cyclone, the regime received dozens of warnings from India that the storm was on its way–yet did nothing to prepare its citizens. When the cyclone struck, the government sat on its hands and refused international help. Neither material aid nor aid workers were allowed to reach the victims, causing the needless deaths of tens of thousands. A trickle of assistance has gotten in, but aid workers are still restricted and much relief has been seized and sold on the streets. The junta now declares the relief phase is over: Its military thugs are forcibly evicting thousands of people from their shelters, even though they have no homes to return to. An estimated 2.5 million people have been displaced by this crisis.

While the United Nations has mostly ignored Burma, the Bush administration has put a spotlight on the regime. Apart from some helpful actions by the European Union, though, the United States has acted virtually alone in opposing the regime and supporting democratic resistance groups. The Bush White House has applied targeted sanctions against the government and brought numerous resolutions before the U.N. Security Council. In 2005, Bush met with a Burmese democratic dissident, Charm Tong, for 40 minutes in the Oval Office, to show solidarity and discuss the human rights situation in her country. Last September, in his annual address to the United Nations, Bush announced a new round of U.S. sanctions. Last month he again called for the release of all political prisoners and negotiations with democratic leaders. Meanwhile, First Lady Laura Bush has spoken out in defense of the Burmese people. She has written op-eds, held press conferences, hosted U.N. briefings, and pressed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take a harder line. The United States has the toughest and, in reality, the only meaningful foreign policy to confront the Burmese government.

Few nations match Burma for its record of atrocities. The ruling junta has carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against its ethnic minorities, involving the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war, the forcible conscription of child soldiers, human minesweepers, torture, murder, and the destruction of over 3,200 villages. More than a million people have been internally displaced by military offensives aimed almost exclusively at civilians. Hundreds of thousands have fled to camps in Thailand or into India and Bangladesh.

While U.N. human rights bodies have given lip service to the cause of democracy, the Burmese leadership has assaulted its nation’s fledgling democratic movement. The National League for Democracy (NLD) won elections in 1990 with more than 82 per cent of the parliamentary seats, but the junta rejected the results and imprisoned the victors. Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and leader of NLD, has spent more than 12 years under house arrest. Last month her detention was extended yet again–a fact loudly criticized by the Bush administration. More than 1,800 Burmese languish as political prisoners.

President Bush’s “democracy agenda” is widely criticized for its failings and inconsistencies: Oil-producing autocrats, for example, get little attention. Yet the White House has made a significant, and surprising, investment in Burma’s struggle for democratic freedom. It is surprising because Burma represents little strategic value to the United States. Domestic political pressure for U.S. engagement is, at best, minimal. Indeed, until the “Saffron Revolution”–in which peaceful demonstrations by Buddhist monks were brutally put down–Burma seldom received media attention.

The spectacle of Burma’s self-induced catastrophe may yet prod political and media elites to admit an unpleasant possibility: There may be a certain moral necessity to Bush’s democracy agenda after all.

Given the unflinching paralysis of the U.N. Security Council over Burma, what should the United States do? The United States, with a democratic coalition that could include Great Britain and France, should prepare immediately to intervene in Burma to ensure humanitarian aid reaches the tens of thousands of cyclone victims whose lives are still at risk. Defense Secretary Gates recently ruled out such action, but President Bush could overturn his judgment, given the ongoing humanitarian disaster.

U.N. apologists would decry a U.S.-led intervention as a breach of international law–but only by ignoring the “responsibility to protect” doctrine adopted by U.N. member states nearly three years ago. Under the U.N. doctrine, nations agree to take all possible measures–including the use of force–to protect civilians from gross human rights abuses. If the deliberate and calculated failure to protect and assist its own population in the face of a devastating catastrophe does not invoke the U.N. mandate, what does?

An intervention of this kind, even with its humanitarian objective, would not be without its risks. Yet the costs of inaction–the deaths of thousands of people, the emboldening of a murderous regime, the perception of American weakness–must also be weighed.

“Intervention will be seen as divine intervention by the Burmese people, not only to help the cyclone victims but also to finally free the entire nation from the military yoke,” wrote a coalition of Burmese democracy groups to President Bush. “Please do not compare Burma with Iraq, because Buddhist monks, students, Burmese patriots will happily assist you with whatever you need to go inside Burma and help the cyclone victims and entire nation Many concerned Burmese citizens are willing to join the intervention. Please do not waste precious time.”

Burma represents an opportunity not only to save lives, but to rescue the principle of humanitarian intervention from the forces of cynicism and moral cowardice. That may not amount to a final vindication of the Bush doctrine. But it could prove to be one of the most important legacies of his administration.

Benedict Rogers is a human rights officer with the London-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide and author of A Land Without Evil: Stopping the Genocide of Burma’s Karen People. Joseph Loconte is a senior fellow at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy and a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2008 at 7:44 am

World Focus on Burma (5 June 2008)

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News collection :

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New Footage of Cyclone Nargis and its Aftermath Shows Desperate …

FOXNews –

Media and information are tightly controlled in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and anyone carrying video or satellite phone equipment can be arrested. …

News Summary for June 4, 2008

NewsHour –

At the Pentagon, Brigadier General John Campbell said the government in Myanmar, also known as Burma, had refused all help. BRIG. GEN. …

Cyclone victims forced out of emergency camps: Amnesty International

CBC.ca, Canada –

“The ruling military junta in Burma have done nothing to convince us that they intend to reverse their deliberate decision to deny much needed aid to the …

Burmese government ‘putting cyclone survivors at risk’

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Burma’s rulers announced an end to the rescue and relief phase of the disaster response on May 20th. Since then, Amnesty claims, Burma’s State and …

Month after cyclone access to delta still a problem

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Access to the Irrawaddy delta region is still a huge problem a month after the killer cyclone struck Burma, though visa applications have been …

Myanmar continues to struggle

KVAL, OR –

By KVAL Web Staff US Navy ships carrying relief supplies plan to leave the coast of Myanmar Thursday after military officials said the ruling Junta refused …

EU foreign ministers approved the start of negotiations for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

… the special help for women and children affected by armed conflicts, the situation in Burma (Myanmar), Ethiopia and the Millennium Development Goals. …

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon pleased with progress of Colombia …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

The Secretary-General strongly supports the continuing efforts of the Organization of American States (OAS) to assist in the restoration of normal bilateral …

Getting assistance to where it is most needed in Myanamr is a …

IRINnews.org, NY –

BANGKOK, 5 June 2008 (IRIN) – With more than US$260 million committed or pledged to relief efforts in Myanmar, UN agencies and the humanitarian community …

Junta ends up having last laugh

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

In an interview earlier this week, Zarganar said he and more than 400 entertainers in Burma had volunteered to help victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

Australia vow to help Zimbabwe, N Korea

The Age, Australia –

“We apply a similar approach to Burma and North Korea,” he said. “We believe in doing our bit to give assistance direct to the people of in this case …

Burma’s military targets civilians – report

Independent Online, South Africa –

Burma/Myanmar, under military rule since 1962, has signed ceasefires with 17 other ethnic armed groups. About 100 000 Karen refugees already live in camps …

Cyclone survivors ‘work for aid’

Channel 4 News, UK –

Burma’s military regime is forcing cyclone survivors to work in exchange for vital aid supplies, campaign group Amnesty International has said. …

Burmese forced from relief camps

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Bangkok, Thailand – Aid agencies trying to help cyclone survivors in Burma (Myanmar) are increasingly bumping up against what appears to be a coordinated …

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor

WLOS, NC –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Amnesty International is accusing Myanmar’s military regime of forcing cyclone survivors to do menial labor in exchange for food. …

Commentary: Who will bell the cat in Burma?

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Speaking in Singapore, he also said Burma’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims had cost “tens of thousands of lives”. …

Cyclone relief no laughing matter

United Press International, Asia, China –

Although Zarganar is famous in Burma for his antics on stage and screen, he has not been joking much lately. Instead, he has been at the front of local …

Junta forcing Burma cyclone survivor relocation: Amnesty

ABC Online, Australia –

Burma is forcing weak and hungry survivors of cyclone Nargis to move back to flattened villages and in some cases refusing aid unless rebuilding work is …

‘Help Burmese Refugee Migrants’ Plea to Thai Government

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A 200-strong “Emergency Rapid Assessment Team” of the Asean-UN-Myanmar Tripartite Core Group was to be deployed on Thursday to the Irrawaddy delta area …

Burmese cyclone survivors ‘forced to work for aid’

Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –

Amnesty International has accused Burma’s military regime or forcing cyclone survivors to work in exchange for vital aid supplies. …

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor

The Associated Press –

… had been off the Myanmar coast for more than three weeks hoping for a green light to deliver aid to the survivors. “The ruling military junta in Burma …

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Financial) – Market data at 10:00 am – SBM …

Interactive Investor, UK –

… the company may be involved in business dealings with Myanmar’s ruling junta, action group Burma Campaign claimed in Dutch daily Financieele Dagblad. …

Snags stall Canadian relief effort

Toronto Star, Canada –

… match private donations following public criticism. Australia, Thailand and Norway have all managed to transport aid into Burma, also known as Myanmar.

Myanmar accused of forcing survivors to toil for food

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –

… had been off the Myanmar coast for more than three weeks hoping for a green light to deliver aid to the survivors. “The ruling military junta in Burma …

Monk visits for cyclone victims

San Mateo County Times, CA –

On May 2, Cyclone Nargis pummeled the Ayeyarwady Division of Myanmar, formerly Burma, with peak winds clocked at more than 105 mph. …

Rapid aid team moves into Myanmar cyclone zone: ASEAN

AFP –

Cyclone Nargis left more than 133000 people dead or missing when it smashed into the country formally known as Burma, but the secretive military regime has …

Burma Vice President for 63rd UN General Assembly

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

There was no comment from the Permanent Mission of Myanmar [Burma] at the UN. Of the 21 vice presidents, five permanent members of the Security Council get …

Myanmar democracy activists turn to cyclone relief

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

MAUBIN, Myanmar – Khin Kyi has been a democracy activist for decades, but she and other Myanmar dissidents say politics has become secondary to the …

Rapid aid team moves into Myanmar cyclone zone–ASEAN

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Cyclone Nargis left more than 133000 people dead or missing when it smashed into the country formally known as Burma, but the secretive military regime has …

SPECIAL: Letter from Myanmar

Phuket Gazette, Thailand –

For Burma, the cyclone disaster was far deadlier than the 2004 tsunami. The government’s own statistics acknowledge 80000 known cyclone deaths plus 60000 …

Representative of Karen people survives on hope

Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –

While his family is in refugee camps in Thailand, Oo works along the border with the internally displaced Karen people in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Burma and the Bush Administration

The Weekly Standard –

by Benedict Rogers and Joseph Loconte THANKS LARGELY TO THE INHUMANITY of Burma’s military dictatorship, the cyclone that devastated the country a month ago …

ConMed says cuts help keep firm competitive

Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –

When she got her first paycheck last year, Da sent money to her mother and sister in Myanmar, formerly Burma. “If I lose, I will find another one,” she said …

‘Criminal neglect’, indeed

Indiana Daily Student –

… analysts of Myanmar point out that the regime has successfully used assurances and deception in the past to divert worldwide censure until Burma …

DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Campbell from the Pentagon …

US Department of Defense (press release), DC –

First off, I think you’ve seen the reports, just like to talk about JTF Caring Response in Burma, and that the decision has been made that the Essex will …

Myanmar Delays Aid Helicopters Flying, UN Relief Official Says

Bloomberg –

The US is today withdrawing navy ships off the Myanmar coast after the military government, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since 1962, …

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Cyclone Nargis in Burma (Myanmar) spurred “international price quotations to leap by 10 percent in one week. By early May 2008, prices were more than double …

WER Burma Relief in Full Swing

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

MYANMAR (BURMA) – World Emergency Relief (WER) and Rescue Task Force’s (RTF) joint relief team has returned to the United States after spending two weeks …

US orders aid ships to quit Burma

The Herald, UK –

The state media in Burma, also known as Myanmar, has said it feared a US invasion aimed at seizing its oil deposits. Ruling generals also have forbidden the …

US Orders Naval Relief Ships

Gant Daily, PA –

Washington, DC (AHN) – A US warship delivering aid to cyclone victims in Myanmar and its escort vessels will leave international waters near the country on …

ASEAN to Send Emergency Response Team to Burma

Voice of America –

By VOA News The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is preparing to send a 200-member emergency response team to Burma’s cyclone-ravaged …

Myanmar: Police hinder cyclone relief efforts

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

By VIOLET CHO Many cyclone survivors in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon Division have still received no official aid, even though the regime is …

Myanmar: Police hinder cyclone relief efforts

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

By VIOLET CHO Many cyclone survivors in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon Division have still received no official aid, even though the regime is …

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on …

7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –

The EU strongly deplores the decision of the authorities of Burma/Myanmar to extend the house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National …

Myanmar’s Christians Tell Stories of Hope

Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –

… Burma – In the midst of tragedy and what seems like countless deaths, there are many stories of survival and hope here in Myanmar. …

Myanmar: progress on aid but access for internationals still a …

UN News Centre –

WFP has also started operating one helicopter out of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, while it hopes to have nine additional helicopters ready in Bangkok by …

BURMA: Thousands of Children Orphaned By Nargis

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… children he met when he rushed to the ravaged area soon after the worst natural disaster in Burma (or Myanmar) stuck in the early hours of May 3. …

Help is spurned and the fleet sails off

Scripps News, DC –

Myanmar has few of its own — only seven were available for relief work — and the World Food Program has been forced to spend scarce aid money on …

Panties for peace

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

… women are being encouraged to scribble a slogan on a pair of their panties and mail them off to the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) in Ottawa. …

Man relentless in trying to aid displaced Karen refugees in Myanmar

Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –

… Karen people in southeast Myanmar, formerly Burma, trying to provide health care and education to more than 200000 ethnic Karen who were forced to flee. …

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2008 at 7:21 am

Burma: Updated top news (5 June 2008)

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New trafficking law for Thailand

Thailand is set to introduce a new law in response to criticism it is still too lax in combating human trafficking.

Myanmar arrests activist as U.S. aid ships leave

The USS Essex is seen from a helicopter about 80 nautical miles south of Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta May 16, 2008. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar has detained a top activist comedian involved in a private aid effort for cyclone victims, a relative said, as U.S. warships sailed away on Thursday after the military junta refused to accept their aid offer.

Video: Navy Ships to Leave Myanmar, Unable to Help AssociatedPress

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Top Myanmar comedian, social activist detained

In this May 18, 2006 file photo Myanmar comedian Maung Thura, better known by his stage name of Zarganar,  talks on his mobile phone at his home in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar's most popular comic, known for his jibes against the military regime and recently for helping cyclone victims, has been taken from his home by police, family members said Thursday June 5, 2008.  (AP Photo, FILE)

AP Photo: In this May 18, 2006 file photo Myanmar comedian Maung Thura, better known by his…

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s most popular comedian, known for his jibes against the military regime and recently for helping cyclone victims, has been taken from his home by police, family members said Thursday.

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US Navy vessels leave Myanmar coast

AP Photo: A young local boy catches crabs on Chaungtha beach in the Irrawaddy Delta region, Tuesday,...

ANGON, Myanmar – U.S. Navy ships laden with relief supplies steamed away from Myanmar’s coast Thursday, their helicopters barred by the ruling junta though millions of cyclone survivors need food, shelter or medical care, a Navy spokesman said.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2008 at 6:20 am