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World focus on Burma (17 June 2008)

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World Bank Backs ASEAN Aid Team in Burma

Voice of America –

By VOA News The World Bank has agreed to give funding to a team that is working to assess the impact of Cyclone Nargis on Burma’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta …

Bush neglects Myanmar’s suffering

Daily Hampshire Gazette (subscription), MA –

By VIJAY PRASHAD Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar (Burma). The Burmese military regime estimates that the cyclone killed 78000 people. …

Dictators are second to Americans

Chicago Tribune, United States –

We still have hundreds of millions of dollars in US Navy ships off the shore of dictatorial Burma. It is time that Americans came first and let the …

Floods and an ‘ark’ state of thought

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

From the American Midwest to Burma (Myanmar), China, and India, serious floods are proving to be a major challenge, forcing people to leave their homes and …

Gallaudet community aids deaf cyclone victims

Gallaudet University Inside Gallaudet, DC –

Dr. Owen Wrigley (back, third from left) stands with aid recipients and staff of the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf in Myanmar. Wrigley worked with the school staff to disburse funds given by the Gallaudet community to victims of the May 2008 Cyclone Nargis.

The military junta changed the name of Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Although the name change has been adopted by the United Nations system, the US government …

With Anti-US Propaganda, Amnesty International Mocks Itself

American Chronicle, CA –

Had only the United States shut down its detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Burma’s cruel military Junta would have seen the error of its ways, …

Foto Musica

Yahoo! Italia Notizie, Italy –

AP – da 3 minuti In this photo released by Handy Myanmar .”Budget huts,” temporary wood shelters for survivors, built earlier this month in Myanmar’s Kokko …

Dinner to celebrate refugee success stories

Greater Milwaukee Today, USA –

See Nay is of the Burmese Karen ethnicity and in 1997, he left Burma after the Myanmar army destroyed his village. While he did not lose family members, …

Relief teams work to prevent inundation of farmlands in Irrawaddy …

Mizzima.com, India –

Domestic emergency relief operation network for cyclone victims— the ‘Myanmar/Burma Emergency Aid Network’ (M/BEAN) has invited well-wishers to donate for …

Myanmar cyclone survivors holding their own

International Herald Tribune, France –

They just did the best they could,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking US diplomat in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “I’m not getting the sense …

WHO says Myanmar health system back on its feet

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

GENEVA – The World Health Organisation said on Tuesday that the health system in cyclone-battered Myanmar was “back on its feet,” but warned that disease …

Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth Warmest for May

Kansas City infoZine, MO –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis brought heavy rain, strong winds, and high storm surge waters to Burma (Myanmar) in early May, destroying thousands of homes and …

Gov’t Tightens Restrictions on Relief Efforts

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… of Myanmar, cash donations should be made to Col Hla Thein Swe, the deputy finance and revenue minister, or to two high-ranking officials of Burma’s …

Renew Focus on Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Issues of assistance and aid in Myanmar [Burma] should not be politicized,” he said before his first meeting with the regime’s leader, Snr-Gen Than Shwe, …

Namibia: Govt Follows Up Red Cross Official’s Deportation

AllAfrica.com, Washington –

THE Namibian Government is to approach their Ethiopian counterparts over the deportation of the Red Cross deputy chairperson, Lorrette van Zyl, …

India at Bangladesh’s democracy

Newstrack India, India –

However, New Delhi’s handling of foreign relations with neighbouring countries, especially with Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh in the past did not …

A mercy dash to aid devastated Myanmar

Northern Advocate, New Zealand –

When Cyclone Nargis struck, the couple – who were unable to contact relatives in the country they still call Burma – booked air tickets to Yangon via …

Strong typhoon may hit Southern Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge, Vietnam –

Violent storm like Cyclone Nargis, a strong tropical cyclone that caused the deadliest natural disaster in the recorded history of Burma (Myanmar),

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Asian Clearing Union Central Bank Chiefs Meet In Myanmar To Make …

Gant Daily, PA –

Bangladesh and Burma, officially known as Myanmar, joined the forum as the sixth and the seventh members in 1976 and 1977 respectively. …

Myanmar Cyclone Survivors Left Without Shelter, Aid Workers Say

Bloomberg –

The military junta in the country formerly known as Burma is still complicating the relief effort by imposing restrictions on international aid workers, …

AID WORKERS NEED MORE SUSTAINED ACCESS TO CYCLONE-HIT AREAS OF …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

UNITED NATIONS – / MaximsNews Network / 16 June 2008 — The United Nations humanitarian wing says authorities in Myanmar are making some progress in …

Drug threats from Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said that the Wa increased opium cultivation by 20% in Burma last year. In one of their rare public discussions …

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Myanmar farmers fret over post-storm rice harvest

The Associated Press –

KYUNG GWIN, Myanmar (AP) — Farmer Zaw Naing was puzzled as he stared at the brand new, unassembled tilling machine — equipment not seen in most of Myanmar’s …

Junta throws more hurdles into the mix

United Press International, Asia, China –

By Khin Ohmar Bangkok, Thailand — Six weeks after Cyclone Nargis struck the coast of Burma, the international community is still wrangling with the Burmese …

Call for release of magazine chief editor and blogger held for …

Reporters without borders (press release), France –

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association condemn the arrest of Love Journal chief editor Zaw Thet Htwe on 13 June for assisting in the …

Diesel fuel needed to restart farming

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jun 16, 2008 (DVB)–A senior United Nations official has said that Burma needs one million gallons of diesel fuel to restart rice production in the …

Burma cyclone: UN tackles dengue threat

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Photograph: AP The UN is to launch a massive programme to combat dengue fever in Burma amid fears that victims of the deadly cyclone could be more …

Up To 35000 Pregnant Women Affected By Myanmar Cyclone In Need Of …

Medical News Today (press release), UK –

Of the estimated 2.4 million survivors of last month’s cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, as many as 35000 are pregnant women are in need of adequate …

Military junta orders foreign medics to leave cyclone-hit areas

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

“Doctors from India, Japan and the Philippines have already left Myanmar [Burma,” Surachet Satitniramai, a coordinator for the Thai team, told Reuters. …

NOAA: Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth …

AlaskaReport, AK –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis brought heavy rain, strong winds, and high storm surge waters to Burma (Myanmar) in early May, destroying thousands of homes and …

More than 1M homeless from flooding in China
The Associated Press –

FOSHAN, China (AP) – Weeks of rain pushed rivers over their banks in southern China, displacing more than 1.27 million people and forcing some to huddle on rooftops Monday as the region braced for more downpours.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 17, 2008 at 4:00 am

Rumors of New Catastrophe Sweep Rangoon

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Rumors of New Catastrophe Sweep Rangoon


By MIN LWIN Monday, June 16, 2008<!– , –>

Now all hope of humanitarian intervention in Burma’s cyclone-devastated regions has vanished, rumors of another imminent natural catastrophe are sweeping Rangoon.

In the weeks following the cyclone, as US, British and French ships loaded with aid stood ready in international waters off Burma, many were certain that the three Western powers would decide to launch unilateral relief operations. Rumors spread widely that help was on its way.

Small statues of Buddha donated by pilgrims are lined up on a table at Rangoon’s landmark Shwedagon Pagoda. The current rumor in the city said that another catastrophe would strike and floodwater would reach Shwedagon Pagoda. (Photo: AP)

Those rumors came to nothing. Now, others have replaced them. The most fanciful relates that three senior monks, Myaungmya Sayadaw, Bassein Sayadaw and Hlaing Tharyar Sayadaw, dreamt that another catastrophe, either another big storm or an earthquake, would strike the country, and that floodwater would reach Rangoon’s revered Shwedagon Pagoda.

A nurse at Rangoon Western Hospital said: “Everyone is talking with fear about another big storm.”

One resident said the rumor was causing a lot of uncertainty in Rangoon, where memories of last month’s cyclone were still vivid.

Shortly after the cyclone hit on May 2, the regime’s mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar, accused unnamed Western countries of being responsible for the rumors then circulating within Burma.

Dr Than Tun, the late influential historian and outspoken critic of the military junta, once wrote that Burmese oral history related that Sri Ksetra, an early Burmese capital, fell when rumors caused mass panic and hysteria.

The current rumors have also been fuelled by official forecasts of squalls in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, with rain and winds reaching 50 miles (80 kilometers) an hour along the Mon and Tenasserim coasts.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 17, 2008 at 3:57 am

Burmese Generals Deserve to be Flogged: US Congressman

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Burmese Generals Deserve to be Flogged: US Congressman


By LALIT K JHA / WASHINGTON Monday, June 16, 2008<!– , –>

It is the Burmese generals, who have indulged in gross violations of human rights against its own citizens and prevented the establishment of democracy in the country, that need to be flogged and not Aung San Suu Kyi, an influential US Congressman has said.

A Burmese woman holds a candle next to a picture of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally to celebrate her 63rd birthday in Bucheon, west of Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: AP)

“It is the SPDC generals, brutal dictators with their crimes against humanity and campaigns of ethnic cleansing, who deserve to be stripped of power and placed under arrest for many years to come,” Congressman Joe Pitts said on June 12.

Pitts, a Republican, who represents Pennsylvania’s Lancaster Chester and Berks counties, made the speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, after Burmese state-run media said Aung San Suu Kyi deserved to be beaten like an errant child for threatening national security.

“Madam Speaker, I rise today over the comments made by the brutal generals, military dictators in Burma, saying that Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and rightful leader elected by the people, deserves to be flogged. Come again?” Pitts said.

Pitts said these are the generals who stonewalled for weeks and refused to allow desperately needed humanitarian aid to get to the people after Cyclone Nargis.

These are the generals who order their military to attack ethnic groups throughout the country and in 1988 issued a blood assimilation order to their troops to marry or rape the ethnic women in order to “purify” the ethnics’ blood lines, he said.

Pitts alleged the generals forcibly conscript children to serve as soldiers in their army and plant land mines around the villages they attack so that returning villagers get maimed or killed.

The authoritarian rulers pillage or plunder the resources of Burma so they can have huge weddings with millions of dollars of jewels around the necks of their daughters, Pitts said.

Meanwhile on June 12, the US Senate approved renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.

“Last month, the whole world got a close look at the SPDC’s contempt for human life when a devastating cyclone hit Burma,” said Senator Mitch McConnell from Kentucky.

“No one can say with certainty what the full toll of death and destruction is from the storm, but we do know the junta greatly compounded matters through inaction and its utter disregard for the Burmese people,” McConnell said before the Senate decided to renew the sanctions.

This bill is the same legislation the Senate has passed in prior years. If enacted, it would extend import sanctions for another year unless the regime takes a number of tangible steps toward democracy and reconciliation.

He said the SPDC severely restricted the entry of relief workers into Burma. Four US navy ships carrying much-needed supplies for Burmese people were turned away time and again by the regime, he alleged.

McConnell said: “Estimates put as many as 135,000 people dead or missing after the cyclone hit on May 3, and many of those deaths must lie at the feet of the SPDC for its outrageous acts of criminal neglect.”

The bill, however, would not hinder or block US efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Burma in the wake of the cyclone. This bill imposes sanctions on trade, not humanitarian aid, McConnell said.

“America is a friend to the people of Burma. That is why we stand against Burma’s tyrannical ruling regime,” he said. Besides McConnell, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, were its co-sponsors.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 17, 2008 at 3:53 am