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In Burma (Myanmar), how many cyclone orphans?

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Kids: Almost half of residents in the cyclone-hit Irrawaddy Delta were children, an aid agency says.
AP

Aid groups are trying to curb child labor and reconnect families – without the help of surnames.

By a correspondent

Like thousands of orphans, Jo Jo was fit enough to survive last month’s cyclone Nargis.

Sheltered now by church members in Rangoon, the main city in Burma (Myanmar), he faces more challenges: finding his parents even though, like most Burmese, he has no surname; and surviving in a society where children are widely considered a source of cheap labor.

“The price of everything these days is rising, except one thing – the price of life,” says a Burmese celebrity who has been quietly bringing aid to villages in the delta. “Cheapest of all is the cost of children.”

In a working-class area of central Rangoon, children pump gas, fix generators, sell fruit, serve tea, cook food, clean monasteries.

Across the country, kids steer coconut boats loaded with contraband or fight in ethnic wars in the jungle. Most have at most four years of schooling. Almost every mom-and-pop business employs children for less than a dollar a day.

While some seem happy to be working with parents or relatives, many have been bought and sold.

“Trafficking has always been big in this region. That needs to be addressed very quickly,” says Marvin Parvez, a development activist who has been working with several aid agencies in Burma. “Delta children were the poorest of the poor to begin with. They had food shortages in the delta area before the cyclone. The cyclone put them back at least one century.”

“Families are desperate now, so sometimes they sacrifice their daughters or sons. Children are very vulnerable at this time,” he continues.

Many hurdles in reuniting families

Many agree that after most disasters, the best way to protect children is to reconnect them with their families or villages. But finding out who children belong to is difficult in a society that doesn’t use surnames.

Instead of passing ancestral lineage down through family names, Burmese parents typically give their children a combination of names, such as Aung, Win, and Tin, which give no indication of who is their father or mother. Many Burmese also go by nicknames.

“We are taking down names of parents and children. But without surnames, it’s going to be difficult,” says Steve Goudswaard, the first foreign relief expert from World Vision allowed into southern Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, where the cyclone hit hardest.

Many children, especially younger ones who lost everything, including identity cards, may be unable to recall the name of their village or find it on a map. The cyclone, which left 134,000 dead or missing and another 2.4 million affected, also erased many villages completely, obliterating schools and homes, and even shifting earth or scrubbing away topographical landmarks such as trees or patterns of farmland.

Unable to retrace their steps home, many survivors have drifted between makeshift camps and temples. Many children sit with vacant expressions, in shock and grief.

The number of displaced children is hard to estimate. Forty percent of people in the delta before the cyclone were under 18, according to Save the Children. UNICEF says 1.1 million children were attending 4,000 schools that were damaged or destroyed.

UNICEF says that at least 2,000 are orphans or are missing parents, but many Burmese say the number is much higher, because delta families were known for having many children. Some say there are 5,000 orphans in the delta town of Labutta alone.

Returning kids to school, and routine

Aid agencies say Burma’s military government has been closing refugee camps in towns and sending survivors back to their villages – a move the junta denies.

Officials say they are working on a voluntary resettlement program that will allow parents to find their children, rebuild their homes, and get children into classes as soon as possible, to keep up with students nationwide who began the school year on June 2.

Andrew Kirkwood, country director for Save the Children, says he supports the government’s push to get kids in school: “If kids get into school, it creates a routine. It’s easier to identify which kids are traumatized or malnourished.”

To fill the gap before schools are ready, UNICEF has opened 80 “child-friendly spaces” in the delta, where kids in groups of 50 to 350 can sing, play, read, and enjoy one another’s company. It has also provided learning packages, textbooks, kits for affected schools, and roofing sheets and construction kits to repair them.

With thousands of people cast adrift, Burmese relief volunteers say they hope their government, as well as the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations, will at least protect orphans from child traffickers and even citizens hoping to adopt them.

“Many people come and ask to adopt these children, but we don’t allow them to,” says a Burmese woman, who works in child-protection programs for the UN and other groups. “The [children] need to remain with their families.”

Some people “say they want to adopt children to take care of them, but they have other reasons,” she continues. “It’s very important to protect these children.”

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Myanmar says detention of democracy leader legal

In this Nov. 9, 2007, file photo, released by Myanmar News Agency, Myanmar’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, meets with Relations Minister Aung Kyi, unseen, at the state guesthouse in Yangon, Myanmar. A state-controlled newspaper said Wednesday, June 11, 2008, that Myanmar’s military rulers were breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a sixth straight year.(AP Photo/Myanma News Agency, File)


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A state-controlled newspaper said Wednesday that Myanmar’s military rulers were breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a sixth straight year.

The junta’s recent decision to extend Suu Kyi’s detention by one year sparked international outrage, with the Nobel Peace laureate’s party and foreign defense lawyers arguing the junta could legally only hold her for five years.

But a commentary in the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said detentions are permissible for as long as six years under a 1975 “Law Safeguarding the State from Dangers of Subversive Elements.”

Yearly extensions must be approved by the Council of Ministers and then by the Central Body, which includes the home, defense and foreign affairs ministers, the newspaper said.

The military regime extended Suu Kyi’s house arrest May 27, despite international pressure to set her free. She has been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party denounced the extension as illegal and urged the regime to open a public hearing on the case.

Party spokesman Nyan Win said he usually doesn’t comment on articles published in state-run newspapers, which constantly attack the country’s pro-democracy movement without allowing a response.

But he said the article’s explanation of how it was not illegal to hold Suu Kyi for another year “is legally wrong. The law says that detention period should be a total of five years.”

Nyan Win declined to elaborate because the party will submit an appeal and fight the case in court if allowed to.

An American lawyer hired by Suu Kyi’s family to push for her release also condemned her continued detention as illegal.

“The Burmese junta’s extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest in clear violation of its own law comes as no surprise,” Jared Genser, the lawyer, said at the time. “Adherence to the rule of law is not their forte, and the junta remains deeply concerned about her appeal to the Burmese people.”

How the opposing sides interpreted the same 1975 law differently could not be immediately explained.

The junta also came under fire from the international community for initially refusing to allow urgently needed foreign aid workers to enter areas of Myanmar to assist in relief and recovery in areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Burma: updated top news (11 June 2008)

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent more than 12 years in detention

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Myanmar on defensive over cyclone aid effort

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar insisted Wednesday that visas were being granted to aid workers and no food shortages were imminent in an apparent bid to deflect criticism that it has not done enough after Cyclone Nargis.
Cyclone-hit Myanmar rejects rice shortage fears Reuters
Myanmar takes care of cyclone orphans, bans adoption Xinhua
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BBC News

Burma’s Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged: junta

ABC Online –

By Southeast Asia correspondent Karen Percy and wires Burma’s military junta has lashed out at detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, calling her a threat to national security.

Myanmar junta says Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged Reuters

Myanmar’s Junta Frees 15 Detainees New York Times

CBC.caAFPTelegraph.co.ukRadio Australia

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Myanmar cyclone survivors need food aid for 6 months – aid worker

ABS CBN News –

GENEVA – Survivors of the cyclone which devastated the south of Myanmar will need food aid for the next six months, a Medecins sans Frontieres aid worker said Wednesday.

Relief workers in Myanmar see much suffering and hope MLive.com

Myanmar still resisting aid, B’nai B’rith official says Jerusalem Post

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Burma says no tax taken from aid

The Press Association –
The state-owned New Light Of Myanmar newspaper said foreign radio broadcasts had wrongly accused the government of deducting the tax from donations deposited in the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank. The state bank, which usually deducts 10% from all foreign …
Myanmar denies cyclone aid is being taxed The Associated Press
Myanmar Denies Tax-cut On Forex Donations For Cyclone Victims Bernama
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June 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm

World Focus on Burma (11 June 2008)

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(Mizzima) Quote of the day

“This is a critical moment for Myanmar. We have a functioning relief program in place but so far we have been able to reach only about 25 percent of Myanmar’s people in need”

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General

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Foreign aid agencies concerned over Myanmar
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — International aid agencies expressed concern Wednesday over new and complicated guidelines established by Myanmar’s government for …
Myanmar says detention of democracy leader legal
The Associated Press –
She has been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party …
Canada donation helps speed up Burma aid
CBC.ca, Canada –
By Wednesday, the total number of choppers in Burma, also known as Myanmar, rose to 10. Canada paid the cost of shipping the helicopters to the impoverished …
Albright pointing fingers in the wrong direction – again
American Thinker, WA –
She fails to recognize that Burma for many years-including during the Clinton years-had sealed itself off from the rest of the world. …
Six Weeks After Cyclone, Burma Devastation Remains Uncertain
Voice of America –
“Pregnancy and childbirth in Myanmar were already dangerous, before the storm. The destruction of health centers and the loss of midwives have greatly …
Air Bagan to suspend international flights for three months
Mizzima.com, India –

… owned ‘Myanmar Airways International’ (MAI). The flight has been suspended due to the significant decline in the number of travelers visiting Burma, …

Many child survivors traumatised
Mizzima.com, India –
“UNICEF has been advocating with the Government of Myanmar [Burma] to promote family-based care solutions,” Krueger added. Burmese people have large and …
Myanmar junta defends cyclone reaction
Vancouver Sun, Canada –
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar insisted Wednesday that visas were being granted to aid workers and no food shortages were imminent in an apparent bid to deflect …
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Cyclone-hit Myanmar rejects rice shortage fears
Reuters –
In remarks reported by official media, National Planning Minister Soe Tha rejected warnings that the former Burma’s food security could be “jeopardised” if …
Burma says no tax taken from aid
The Press Association –
The state-owned New Light Of Myanmar newspaper said foreign radio broadcasts had wrongly accused the government of deducting the tax from donations …
Is humanitarian intervention dead?
Foreign Policy (subscription) –
I’m not so sure Burma represents the best test case here. Can we really imagine a Haiti-style intervention in one of the world’s most xenophobic countries? …
Save the Children: Children give up their beds at home as part of …
Politics.co.uk, UK –
The recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake in China continue to affect the lives of millions of children. Each night many children in Myanmar …
WFP Forbidden to Buy Rice from Local Dealers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Some organizations were spreading groundless information such as there was or would be a shortage of rice in Myanmar [Burma],” he was quoted in the …
Burma’s Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged: junta
ABC Online, Australia –
By Southeast Asia correspondent Karen Percy and wires Burma’s military junta has lashed out at detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, …
Burmese junta compares repression to UK anti-terror laws
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The regime changed the name of the country from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. The remarks came on the same day the House of Commons votes on a controversial …
Burma still struggling 40 days after cyclone
Radio Australia, Australia –
Craig Strathern from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Myanmar says the doors are starting to open. STRATHERN: In the past week we have been …
Ten WFP Helicopters Fail to Bring Enough Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We explained to them that the ICRC assistance is relatively limited to some specific areas in support of the Myanmar [Burma] Red Cross. …
Rice Price Keeps Increasing
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
A representative from Champion rice warehouses told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that Pawsan Mwe, Burma’s highest quality long-grain rice, had shot up in …
Burma denies cyclone aid taxed
Toronto Star, Canada –
The state-owned New Light of Myanmar (Burma) newspaper said foreign radio broadcasts had wrongly accused the government of deducting the tax from donations …
NLD Rejects Referendum Result as ‘Illegal’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has dismissed the official result of last month’s constitutional …
Burma junta claims visas granted to 911 disaster relief workers
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
“Altogether 911 persons have been permitted to enter the country from 5 May to 5 June,” said The New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece. …
2008 EU-US Summit Declaration
Journal Chrétien, France –
Separately, we remain deeply concerned at continued repression in Burma/Myanmar as well as the lack of progress toward national reconciliation and a …
Myanmar finally gets 10 helicopters for cyclone relief, says WFP
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Bangkok – The last of 10 United Nations helicopters needed to deliver food and other emergency supplies to remote areas in Myanmar’s cyclone-devastated …
US ships back from Myanmar
Times Now.tv, India –
The USS Essex group took almost a week to sail away from the former Burma to Laemchabang port in Chonburi province, about 90 km east of Bangkok and will …
Pregnant Women Facing Difficulties In Myanmar
Bernama, Malaysia –
By D. Arul Rajoo BANGKOK, June 11 (Bernama) — Five weeks after the deadly Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, over one million victims have yet to receive any …
Correction:Dalai Lama donates for Burma’s cyclone victims
Mizzima.com, India –
This is to apologize to our readers about a mistake in a News story ‘Dalai Lama donates for Burma’s cyclone victims’ that we published on June 9, 2008. …
Myanmar tops list in deforestation in world
Merinews, India –
… Karen, Karenni and other ethnic areas, Aung Ngyeh, secretary of Burma Rivers Network, was quoted as saying recently by the Myanmar media in exile. …
Underwear a powerful protest
Leader Post, Canada –
Military leaders in Burma, more recently known as Myanmar, closely follow advisers who practise an ancient form of magic that holds that any contact with …
NLD members released from detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 11, 2008 (DVB)–Fifteen National League for Democracy members who were arrested two weeks ago in Rangoon for staging a protest have been released, …
Condemnation pours on Burmese Junta as Suu Kyi’s detention continues
The Cheers, Estonia –
The international media has gloomed on the alienated country soon after the cyclone Nargis had devastating vast areas of Burma , also known as Myanmar …
MaximsNewsWORLD: 11 JUNE 2008
MaximsNews Network, NY –
… and Russia in the United Nations Security Council, who have blocked intervention of various sorts in places like Zimbabwe, Darfur and Myanmar (Burma). …
Government seeks at all cost to control news coming out of …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
“Zarganar is very well known in Burma. In his sketches and in the blog he has keep since August 2007 (http://zarganar-windoor.blogspot.com/), …
NLD to appeal against Daw Suu’s detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 11, 2008 (DVB)–The National League for Democracy will submit an appeal against the extension of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest, the pro-democracy …
Asia’s security threats, real and perceived
ISN, Switzerland –
While concern about Burma/Myanmar and Pakistan was on the rise, those surveyed offered a contrasting dose of “sober optimism” about the threat of the North …
UNDP doctor treats one Myanmar village at a time
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Bogale, Myanmar — Every morning since Cyclone Nargis made landfall, has been getting up at five o’clock. After morning prayers, he starts seeing patients …
Suu Kyi detention ‘legal’, claim
The Press Association –
A state-controlled newspaper has said Burma’s military rulers are breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a …
Myanmar Denies Tax-cut On Forex Donations For Cyclone Victims
Bernama, Malaysia –
YANGON, June 11 (Bernama) — Myanmar has denied making deduction from foreign exchange currency donation for cyclone victims, saying that such donations …
Myanmar says democracy leader’s detention is legal
The Associated Press –
She has been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party …
Experts to gauge cyclone survivors’ needs
Boston Globe, United States –
The UN estimates more than 1 million cyclone survivors, like these children in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, still need help. (KHIN MAUNG WIN/AFP/Getty Images) …
Myanmar junta says Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged
Reuters –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta said on Wednesday that detained opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi deserved to be …
Multilateral Team Heads for Cyclone Zone; 18 Survivors Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP / RANGOON A major multilateral operation has been launched to assess the needs of Burma’s cyclone survivors in a sign the military regime is finally …
Euro To Join Dollar As Trade Currency For Asian Clearing Union …
AHN –
Bangladesh and Burma, officially known as Myanmar, joined the forum as the sixth and the seventh members in 1976 and 1977 respectively. …
Myanmar’s Junta Frees 15 Detainees
New York Times, United States –
The junta is also facing international criticism for refusing to accept many offers of international assistance after Myanmar, formerly Burma, was struck by …
Yuma-based Marines find new uses for Harriers
Yuma Sun, AZ –
“Considering the Burmese government’s requirement for everyone to have a passport and our location off the coast of Burma, the Harriers were the only …
Burma/Myanmar: Charity helps as Burma suffers again
Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
By John Newton and Eva-Maria Kolmann A LEADING Catholic charity has offered more urgent help after survivors of the Burma cyclone were hit by a second …
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Mid County Chronicle, TX –
SOUTHERN GOSPEL BURMA-MYANMAR BENEFIT CONCERT, featuring Brian Free and Assurance, 7 pm June 14 at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. Advance tickets $12 …
Cyclone Nargis update: 9 Jun 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Rome, 9 June 2008 – WFP continues to make progress in reaching victims of Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar on 2 and 3 May 2008. …
Cyclone fish are ‘eating corpses’
Metro, UK –
Devastated families in Burma have refused to tuck in to fish after claims that some were found to have human fingers and pieces of jewellery in their …
Myanmar junta releases political activists arrested at Suu Kyi …
JURIST –
[JURIST] Fifteen members of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) were released from custody Monday, two weeks after their arrests at a …
Ban Ki-Moon´s leadership effort boosts UN public diplomacy
American Chronicle, CA –
In visiting Myanmar, it is rumored within international aid circles, Ban´s barefoot walk to the Shwe Dagon Buddhist temple altar impressed the Burmese Junta …
In Burma, A Crime for Civil Society to Provide Relief?
AlterNet, CA –
BANGKOK, Jun 9 (IPS) – The detention of a prominent comedian in Burma points to an ominous turn of events in the military-ruled country. …
UN Rights Council Discusses Human Rights In Burma
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Human Rights Council discussed follow-up to the Special Session on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur …
1st large-scale aid missions fan out across Burma’s cyclone zone
AOL Canada, Canada –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 78000 people in impoverished Burma, also known as Myanmar. More than 58000 are still missing and unaccounted for. …
Burma – UN Report on Human Rights
US Department of State, DC –
The United States appreciates the recent report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Burma, which compiles important evidence of continuing …
1st large-scale aid missions fan out across Burma’s cyclone zone
CBC.ca, Canada –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 78000 people in impoverished Burma, also known as Myanmar. More than 58000 are still missing and unaccounted for. …
Cyclone must not overshadow push for change in Myanmar: EU
AFP –
“I believe that the ASEAN countries can actually assert a very important influence on the Burmese (Myanmar) junta and this is why the European Union is …
Refugee: ‘I feel I’m supposed to be here’
Greenville Daily Reflector, NC –
Aung Lin was born in Burma, or Myanmar, as the current government calls it, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. There, ethnic minorities live in …
Asia and the west differ on indifference and compassion
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The two recent natural disasters in Burma and China have put this idea to a severe test. China has not fared too badly, largely because its government was …
School pupils give cyclone aid
Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
Children at St Heliers School have collected money to help those in Myanmar suffering the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. At a May assembly the school …
Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 10 June 2008
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY –
… recent weather catastrophes that have wiped out rice fields in Myanmar (Burma), or the virulent wheat disease now infecting crops in Iran as well as in …
Sight of Myanmar’s cyclone damage unspeakable — RP team
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… Myanmar. Amid stringent restrictions to foreign aid workers in the cyclone-ravaged country, the 30-member Philippine humanitarian mission sent to Burma …
Grade five students help disaster victims in Asia
Northern News Services (subscription), Canada –
“I was listening to the radio, ‘cause my mom turns it on every morning, and I heard that there was a cyclone in Burma,” said Ibey. “I thought about it, …
Dalai Lama donates for Myanmar cyclone victims
Merinews, India –
Despite the Myanmar military junta’s dismissive attitude towards aid pouring in from across the world for victims of the killer Cyclone Nargis, …
Detained Suu Kyi supporters see light of day
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar/Burma has released 15 supporters of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who were arrested last month as they marched to her house …
USDA sees Myanmar rice crop even smaller in ’08/09
Reuters –
The cyclone hit hard in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and its Irrawaddy delta region, which produces a third of the country’s rice crop. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

World focus on Burma (10 June 2008)

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Cyclone Nargis orphans victims of child labour

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

That needs to be addressed very quickly,” said Marvin Parvez, a development activist who has been working with several aid agencies in Burma. …

Private donations for cyclone victims decline

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – Private donations for Cyclone Nargis victims are slowly petering out one month after the cyclone struck Burma. Private donors are financially …

MYANMAR: Local citizens take the initiative in cyclone-hit south

IRINnews.org, NY –

“In a country like Burma, NGOs and INGOs play a lesser role – they are always restricted,” Win Aung told IRIN. “But the private sector is responsive. …

MYANMAR: Local citizens take the initiative in cyclone-hit south

IRINnews.org, NY –

“In a country like Burma, NGOs and INGOs play a lesser role – they are always restricted,” Win Aung told IRIN. “But the private sector is responsive. …

Burma releases Suu Kyi supporters

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s opposition says 15 supporters of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi have been released by military authorities. …

Suu Kyi given freedom of Dundee

BBC News, UK –

Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is to be granted the Freedom of Dundee. Ms Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Rangoon since 2003, …

There Will Be No Intervention in Burma: EIU

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… many foreign governments, there is no prospect of any outside force intervention,” the EIU said in its recently released Country Report Myanmar (Burma). …

UN, government begin cyclone assessment in Myanmar

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — United Nations experts headed to Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta to conduct disaster assessments as the world body said Tuesday that the …

Detained Suu Kyi Supporters Released

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Fifteen members of Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD) who were arrested on May 27 as they demonstrated for the release of party …

Food Assistance for Cyclone Survivors ‘Likely’ for up to a Year

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… productivity of rice … the income and livelihood of rural farmers, and it will eventually affect the national food security of Myanmar [Burma] itself. …

Paris Hilton’s interview with Burma’s General Than Shwe

The Spoof (satire), UK –

Knocking back Tiger beer with Myanmar rum shots and smoking strange smelling cheroots, Paris recieved a standing ovation and was draped by the General in …

Burma Frees 15 Opposition Supporters

Voice of America –

By VOA News Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party says the military government has released 15 party members detained last month for marching to …

Myanmar frees 15 members of opposition party

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military junta has freed 15 opposition party members who were detained last month for demanding the release of Nobel …

Myanmar frees 15 pro-Suu Kyi demonstrators

Reuters –

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta has released 15 activists arrested two weeks ago for trying to march to the house of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu …

Fifteen opposition youth members released

Mizzima.com, India –

Fifteen youth members of the Opposition political party the National League for Democracy arrested for marching to party leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence …

UN Worries about Burma Arrest

TIME –

(GENEVA, Switzerland)—The United Nations’ expert on human rights in Burma said Monday he was very worried about the arrest of a well-known comedian who was …

Two shams

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

By Juan Mercado Are Burma and Zimbabwe “Bonnie and Clyde” gangsters embarrassing no end the 193 plus countries who make up today’s international community? …

UN helicopters deliver relief supplies to Myanmar villages

Los Angeles Times, CA –

The cyclone killed more than 78000 people in impoverished Myanmar, also known as Burma. Myanmar’s military government has been criticized after reports that …

Suu Kyi’s Supporters Appeal For Her Release

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

Asides from the response and reaction to Cyclone Nargis, Burma’s junta has committed other actions that warrant much backlash. Recently, Burma’s junta had …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm