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Burma: updated top news (15 June 2008)

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Myanmar rice growers in need of fuel for tiller machines: UN

Press Trust of India –

New York, June 14 (PTI) Myanmar urgently needs one million gallons of diesel to operate 5000 tiller machines to help farmers plant rice in the cyclone-affected Ayeyarwady Delta area, a senior official of a UN agency has said.

UN says Myanmar farmers need fuel for planting The Associated Press

Burma heading toward a new civil strife due to fall in rice production Asian Tribune

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The Southern Ledger

Spotlight on Burma – a mix of art, politics and aid

ic Wales –

MP for Cardiff North Julie Morgan is to hold an event at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre to show solidarity with protesters in Burma and the victims of Cyclone Nargis. Spotlight on Burma will be a “mix of art, politics and aid”, featuring updates …

Fierce purity and the fate of Myanmar International Herald Tribune

Burmese Academic’s Letter Draws Fire The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Jakarta PostThe Associated PressABC OnlineReuters

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11 killed in landslide in northern part of Myanmar

Xinhua –
YANGON, June 14 (Xinhua) — A total of 11 people were killed in a landslide in Myanmar’s northern part of Mogok, the state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday. The landslide caused by midnight torrential rain on Wednesday-Thursday, …
Landslides Kill 11 Northern Burma AHN
Eleven killed in Myanmar landslides WLOS
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 14, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Burmese Academic’s Letter Draws Fire

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Burmese Academic’s Letter Draws Fire


By WAI MOE

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Burmese historian who wrote a letter to the editor of the Workers World newspaper charging that US foundations were behind the monk-led uprising last year has drawn critical reactions from Burma observers.

The newspaper is published by The Worker’s World Party, a communist political party in the US.

In the letter, “Exploiting a Human Tragedy,” published on June 1, Michael Aung-Thwin, a professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, alleged US-based foundations, such as the Soros Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), were behind the monk-led mass demonstrations last September.

As evidence, he cited their awarding grants of US $40,000 to Burmese monasteries.

“This was to be used for ‘education’ [of] Burmese monks about how to hold ‘democratic’ demonstrations,” he claimed. “Is it any surprise the riots led by a small group of bogus monks and ‘outlaw monasteries’ occurred shortly thereafter?

“The US even has a head of the Sangha-Buddhist Church ready to be installed if there is the regime change it wants,” he said.

Win Min, a Burmese political observer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, said he disagreed with Prof Aung-Thwin’s unsupported charges that the mass demonstrations were created by the US.

“The root of the mass demonstrations last September was mass outrage about the misrule by the Burmese military junta,” Win Min said. “So Prof Aung-Thwin’s writing on Burmese monks in the letter was quite groundless.”

Nyo Ohn Myint of the National League for Democracy in exile said Aung-Thwin’s calling the 1988 Burmese student uprising and the 2007 uprising “riots” was “wrong historically and academically.”

Gustaaf Houtman, a Dutch expert on Burma and editor of Anthropology Today, told The Irrawaddy by e-mail the letter lacked a legitimate “moral ground.”

“The weakness of his argument is [that it has no] compassionate statement of concern about the suffering in Burma, [but] is as an argument against the country he lives in so comfortably,” said the Dutch scholar.

“Why did Aung-Thwin not raise the need for the [Burmese] military to accept relief efforts from anyone who could remedy the suffering of the people he says he represents?” he asked.

A Burmese researcher on Burma’s civil society who is based in Rangoon said if Aung-Thwin thinks the situation in Burma is not bad and Western actions made it worse, he should come back to Burma and live as a normal Burmese citizen.

He said Prof Aung-Thwin allegations in an international media outlet offered support to the junta’s claim that the US attempts to directly interfere in Burma’s internal affairs and those who undertake pro-democracy activities in Burma are destructive elements.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=12715

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 14, 2008 at 11:11 pm

World focus on Burma (14 June 2008)

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Myanmar turns down third Thai medic team

BANGKOK, June 13 (TNA) – Myanmar authorities said the country no longer needed Thai medical assistance in treating victims of Cyclone Nargis as the Myanmar authorities are now able to bring the situation under control, according to a senior Thai official.

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Why The Democracy League Won’t Work

Huffington Post, NY –

… and Russia in the United Nations Security Council, who have blocked intervention of various sorts in places like Zimbabwe, Darfur and Myanmar (Burma). …

Burma heading toward a new civil strife due to fall in rice production

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

Furthermore, in a meeting in Yangon with Major General Htay Oo, Minister of Agriculture of Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic …

Dr. Joe Harrop: There is show, and there is tell

Red Bluff Daily News, CA –

The Chinese response to the terrible earthquake has been a remarkable show, particularly in contrast to that of Burma, I mean Myanmar, to the devastating …

Landslides Kill 11 Northern Burma

AHN –

The landslides occurred just six weeks after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, officially known as Myanmar, leaving more than 133000 dead and 2.4 million in need of …

‘Cyclone dead’ wash ashore on distant Burma beach

ABC Online, Australia –

About 300 bloated and decaying corpses, apparently victims of Cyclone Nargis, have washed up on a beach in eastern Burma more than one month after the storm …

Burmese Academic’s Letter Draws Fire

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Gustaaf Houtman, a Dutch expert on Burma and editor of Anthropology Today, told The Irrawaddy by e-mail the letter lacked a legitimate “moral ground. …

Myanmar rice growers in need of fuel for tiller machines: UN

Press Trust of India, India –

New York, June 14 (PTI) Myanmar urgently needs one million gallons of diesel to operate 5000 tiller machines to help farmers plant rice in the …

HRW asks Myanmar junta to release arrested comedian

MyNews.in, India –

“Countries genuinely concerned about Burma ( Myanmar ) should be pressing the government for Zargana’s immediate release,” he said. …

Justice, Dignity, and non-Violence versus Dehumanized Politics

Panthic Weekly, CA –

In recent weeks, the world has witnessed cataclysms in Burma (Myanmar) and China beyond the ability of most of us to comprehend: tens of thousands of people …

UN official warns of ‘disastrous consequences’ for food

Hindu, India –

Yangon (AP): Myanmar is in urgent need of diesel fuel to make sure that tilling machines brought in to replace water buffalos killed by Cyclone Nargis can …

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UN seeks diesel for Burmese farmers

Radio Australia, Australia –

The UN UN Asian economic body, ESCAP, says Burma’s cyclone-hit farmers urgently need millions of litres of diesel fuel to plant rice and ward off future …

FOREIGN INVADERS Non-native animals threaten ecosystems

Tavernier Reporter, FL –

Native to Burma (now called Myanmar) in Southeast Asia, the Burmese python is one of the world’s largest snakes. The largest specimen found in the …

Letters – June 14, 2008

People’s Weekly World –

The country of Burma, so named by its British colonial conquerors was then renamed Myanmar by the military junta that took charge in 1989. …

City shows it cares in a font of goodwill

Bendigo Advertiser, Australia –

‘”It’s hard to imaging the scale of devastation and the suffering of the citizens of Myanmar Burma. “Bendigo is an outstanding community, always giving and …

Global issues hit home

The Daily Astorian, OR –

… Curt and Cathy Bradner, who run Thirst Aid, a company that has set up safe drinking water programs in places like Burma and Myanmar. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 14, 2008 at 10:34 pm