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World focus on Burma (19 June 2008)

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Cindy McCain visits Vietnam

USA Today –

She has visited Burma — also known as Myanmar — twice. “It’s just a terrible group of people that rule the country, and the frightening part is that their …

World Refugee Day brings cultural events and a ‘celebration of …, ID –

Her office has received a consistent stream of Karen people from Myanmar (formerly Burma), the largest group of new arrivals, along with ethnic Nepalis from …

Brown, Sarkozy urge immediate release of Suu Kyi

Hindu, India –

Their letter rebuked the military regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for failing to take up sufficient offers of aid. Sarkozy and Brown criticized the …

One monk and three activists arrested by USDA members, India –

Chiang Mai – Members of the ‘Union Solidarity and Development Association’ (USDA) raided the National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters where …

NLD Members Arrested at Suu Kyi Birthday Celebration

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, Buddhist monks and nuns along with members of the NLD and supporters of pro-democracy leader Aung …

Burmese militia attacks Suu Kyi supporters, UK –

Pro-government militias in Burma today beat and detained protesters calling for the release of the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, …

12 detained in Myanmar on Suu Kyi’s birthday

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military junta detained 12 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Arrested: Volunteers Who Bury the Dead

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Two of those arrested, Lin Htet Naing and Hnin Pwint Wei, are leading members of the All Burma Federation of Students’ Unions. They went into hiding last …

Salt Shortage Adds to Post-Nargis Woes

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LAWI WENG / SANGKHLABURI Amid worries that Burma’s food security could be at risk if farmers in the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy delta don’t start planting …

Rice Accuses Regime of ‘Backtracking’ on Suu Kyi Pledges

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Rather than risking further unrest in Burma by its unjustified detention of political prisoners and its holding of a rigged referendum in May on a sham …

12 detained after Suu Kyi protest

The Press Association –

… courage and dedication to your people. Your release from house arrest and your freedom to participate in Burma’s political future remain essential.”

Doubting donors withhold Myanmar aid

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –

The junta’s concession to allow increased access for aid workers and relief shipments came at the end of a three-day mission to Myanmar by UN secretary …

Monks call on EU to bring junta leader to trial, Italy –

Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The All Burma Monks’ Alliance has called on the European Union to bring charges against strongman Than Shwe before the …

Scientists Fighting Disease with Climate Forecasts

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By RANDOLPH E SCHMID / AP WRITER / WASHINGTON A cyclone wrecks coastal Burma, spawning outbreaks of malaria, cholera and dengue fever. …

Brown and Sarkozy say freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi is “essential”

Monsters and –

… longer term reconstruction in Myanmar. ‘The success of the international effort will rely on the actions and conditions set by the Government of Burma,’ …

Ireland: Minister for Foreign Affairs Hosts Launch of Human Rights …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

The launch was co-organised with Burma Action Ireland, and was attended by Dr Thuang Htun, the Representative for UN Affairs of the Burmese …

The Movie List

Vancouver Sun,  Canada –

MYSTIC BALL, Burma Cyclone Relief Fundraiser, Winner Most Popular Canadian Feature VIFF 06 – The story of filmmaker Greg Hamilton’s journey deep into the …

Burma junta gang hits Suu Kyi birthday rally

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –

Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, detaining three people among a crowd chanting for her …

UK and France press for Burmese democracy

10 Downing Street (press release), UK –

Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have called for immediate democratic reform in Burma, and the release of pro-democracy activist Aung San …

Did Nargis Baptize Asean?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The Asean chief’s hard work since the catastrophic cyclone slammed Burma’s delta region in early May is to be recognized, but not the self-congratulatory …

Myanmar monks urge EU to bring junta to war crimes court

EUbusiness (press release), UK –

The All Burma Monks’ Alliance, which claims to have organised mass protests against the regime last September, said Than Shwe should face trial for blocking …

World Refugee Day at a Glance: Where is the Promised Land?

New Liberian, Minnesota –

In Myanmar (Burma) the military junta led by 75-year old Than Shwe continued to crack down on dissidents. The junta suppressed widespread protests led by …

Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader marks 63rd birthday

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s detained, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi marked her 63rd birthday by offering yellow roses Thursday at Yangon’s …

Suu Kyi supporters make solemn offerings on her birthday


YANGON (AFP) — Supporters of Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi made solemn offerings to Buddhist monks early Thursday as they marked her …

Burma’s Suu Kyi celebrates birthday in detention

Radio Australia, Australia –

Under Myanmar’s State Protection Law, a person can be held without charge or trial for only up to five years, renewable for up to one year at a time. …

Asia Beat: Jun 18 08

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

Mogok, about 1000 km north of Yangon, is the source of the former Burma’s famed “pigeon’s blood” rubies, said to be the world’s finest. …

US marks Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday, deplores her arrest

Straits Times, Singapore –

… political and civil rights by Burma’s military rulers,’ US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday, using Myanmar’s former name. …

Unpopular Politics

NeoConstant Journal of Politics and Foreign Affairs, AZ –

It is about denouncing the genocide in Darfur, the oppression in Burma, the human rights violations all across the globe. Force can be necessary to maintain …

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

… the crises overloading the shoulders of the people of Burma. UN Human Rights Commissioner Ms. Louise Arbor said on June 2, 2008 “in the case of Myanmar, …

Suu Kyi still in eye of the storm as junta bungles cyclone relief

The National, United Arab Emirates –

For the people of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, trampled for more than 40 years by a repressive military regime, Dr Suu Kyi represents their aspirations …

Recipes for success

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

“My father is a refugee from Burma [Myanmar], and so am I,” says Ip Veng Va. “We came to Macau in 1976 and two years later we opened this small noodle shop. …

Coming to America

Park Record, UT –

Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been under the thumb of a militant government accused of suppressing dissent and violating human rights for many years. …

Burma (Myanmar) boots medics, citing no need

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Bangkok, Thailand – Having led Thailand’s first medical mission last month to cyclone-ravaged Burma (Myanmar), Pichit Siriwan, a doctor, was on standby for …

Burmese farmers face rice shortage

The Press Association –

A United Nations agency has warned that time is running out to help Burma’s cyclone-stricken farmers plant rice for the next growing season. …

Myanmar junta extends Suu Kyi’s detention, earns international …

IBTimes India, CA –

“Myanmar [Burma] is not the only country that promulgates laws to prevent those who pose danger to the State,” it said. “If necessary to guard the …

Is God a cosmic monster?

Houston County News, MN –

CS Lewis In Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, the death toll from a killer cyclone stands at 78000, with 56000 people still missing. …

The US Must Do More for Burma

Huffington Post, NY –

According to the state-run New Light of Myanmar, this suspicious outcome has “washed away” the 1990 election result. It is deeply regrettable that both Ban …

Unseen Burma: An aid worker’s story

BBC News, UK –

By Dr Chris van Tulleken Finally we were on our way. I looked out the helicopter window and reflected on the last three weeks working in Rangoon. …

Churches still offering aid to cyclone victims

Lebanon Daily News, PA –

… they may go directly to or write to Church World Service, Burma Recovery Relief, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm

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 …, 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, 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),


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, …


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 …


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, 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, 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.

Quake-hit China now menaced by floods and landslides Reuters
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June 17, 2008 at 4:00 am

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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June 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm

World Focus on Burma (1 June 08)

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Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after …

International Herald Tribune –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s plan to reopen schools this week in the country’s cyclone-devasted delta region could do more harm than good, aid groups said Sunday, a day after the government came under criticism for forcing cyclone survivors out of …

US aid ships could soon leave Myanmar coast

The Associated Press –
… said the Myanmar representative at the forum did not seem interested in speaking with him. But, he said “it was interesting to watch as minister after minister described their respective unhappiness at their inability to get assistance in to Burma.

US aid ships could soon leave Myanmar coast

Hartford Courant –
By AP SINGAPORE – Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he’ll decide within “a matter of days” to withdraw US Navy ships from the coast of Myanmar, because “it’s becoming pretty clear the regime is not going to let us help.” As a result, he said many …

Myanmar in ‘state of denial’ over cyclone aid–Canada –
“And I think it’s quite disheartening to hear the state of denial that this official appears to be in as far as his recollection of what countries… have put forward as our contributions to the relief of the people of Myanmar, Burma.

SINGAPORE – Myanmar’s rulers “have kept their hands in their pockets” while other countries sought to help cyclone victims, the Pentagon chief said Saturday, branding the military government as “deaf and dumb” for obstructing aid efforts.

Cyclone aid drips in but Myanmar still wary of foreign help

KANZEIK, Myanmar (AFP) – Nearly a month after a cyclone tore through swathes of Myanmar, residents in this Irrawaddy Delta village are only now getting the plastic sheets and clean water that should have arrived long ago.

Meet a smile in Myanmar’s diaspora

Jakarta Post –
Fragmenting the populace is always an effective way for abusive rulers, and in Myanmar, one method to achieve this is by nurturing the mindset that some are less loyal to the motherland than others.

Myanmar says it acted promptly after Cyclone Nargis to provide relief

International Herald Tribune –
AP SINGAPORE: A Myanmar official says his government acted promptly after Cyclone Nargis last month to provide relief. Deputy Defense Minister Maj.

Defence ministers establish protocols for disaster relief

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
Among those agreeing were representatives of Burma. “Countries should be able to work together with the international community and other countries to bring …

Cyclone Survivors Expelled From Refugee Camps By Burma’s Junta, Canada –
For the Xth time, Burma’s junta has taken an action that has once again brought backlash from the international community. Within the last few weeks, …

Aid workers still waiting to enter Burma’s delta

USA Today –
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Burma needs more than food and shelter. It needs human expertise for everything from cleaning water to mental health counseling …

Deaf and dumb!

Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –
SINGAPORE: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates condemned Myanmar’s military government yesterday for being “deaf and dumb” to global offers of aid to its …

Open Borders to Human Rights

Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The negotiations came to an end when officials from the United Nations, Thailand and Burma agreed to amend a small part of item 3 to read that the “Myanmar …

Burma’s cyclone raises risk of forced labour: ILO

Radio Australia, Australia –
The International Labour Organisation says it’s concerned that Burma’s ruling military junta will use forced labour to rebuild areas of the country …

Martinez native helps out in Myanmar

Contra Costa Times, CA –
Much of the relief work was done in coordination with the San Francisco-based Foundation for the People of Burma, particularly a music school, Gitameit, …

UN in Myanmar forced labour warning

MWC News, Canada –
By Agencies The UN labour agency says Myanmar’s military government may increasingly use forced labour in the reconstruction of the cyclone-devastated …

Fury as Burma shuts cyclone relief camps, UK –
Burma must stop forcing cyclone survivors to return to their shattered homes, where they face more misery or even death, human-rights groups said yesterday, …

Gates: Myanmar delay killed thousands, OR –
Despite these obstructions, we continue to get help into Burma (which the ruling regime calls Myanmar), and remain poised to provide more,” Gates said at a …

World Affairs

Sunday Leader (subscription), Sri Lanka –
The Western world is still outraged at the attitude of the Myanmar military junta which rejected offers by countries around the world, particularly of …

Chicago area clinic helping disabled refugees, USA –
The clinic’s refugees are from Somalia, Rwanda, Burma, also known as Myanmar, and a growing number from Arabic-speaking countries. …

Local couple organizes fundraiser for Burma cyclone victims

Marblehead Reporter, MA –
In a recent email, Oo said, “The CDCE program has an extensive network of program alumni and related contacts inside Myanmar who have been feeding us …

US condemns Myanmar generals

MWC News, Canada –
By Agencies The US defence secretary has launched a direct attack on Myanmar’s military rulers for being “deaf and dumb” to global offers of aid to Cyclone …

Volunteer stays to help cyclone victims

Watford Observer, UK –
A Watford aid worker has extended his stay in Burma after a “difficult week” spent setting up camps in areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

Relative calm

The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
… which is ahead of India (107), Sri Lanka (125), Myanmar (126), Pakistan (127) and Afghanistan (137). Bangladesh was also 86th among 121 countries in the …

Riot police deployed in Burma’s cyclone zone

Howrah News Service, India –
Dedaye (Burma), May 31: Burma has deployed armed riot police in one of the regions hit hardest by the cyclone, stationing them along a few kilometres of …

The Worst is Yet to Come

CounterPunch, CA –
Laura Bush has taken Myanmar, aka Burma, to her heart. But now she’s put her foot in it. In the wake of the terrible cyclone the First Lady said the United …

Myanmar appoints Deputy FM as Chairman representing Myanmar in …

Xinhua – May 30, 2008
YANGON, May 30 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Friday appointed its Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Thu as Chairman representing the country in a Yangon-based tripartite core group, the State Radio quoting the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee …
Burma: Asean Steps in Where Others May Not Tread The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Myanmar junta praises UN aid International Herald Tribune
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Burma: Cyclone updated top news (29 May 2008)

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A damaged boat lies near the town of Dedaye in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta in this picture taken over the weekend, May 2008. (Stringer/Reuters)

Myanmar lashes out at “chocolate bar” foreign aid

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta lashed out at offers of foreign aid on Thursday, criticizing donors’ demands for access to the Irrawaddy delta and saying Cyclone Nargis’ 2.4 million victims could “stand by themselves.”


In this photo released by Democratic Voice of Burma, members of the Myanmar opposition National League for Democracy party hold a banner and a portrait of party's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during a march  protest in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Myanmar's military junta extended the detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, ignoring worldwide appeals to free the Nobel laureate who has been detained for more than 12 of the past 18 years, an official said. About 20 of the protesters were later detained. The banner reads 'Free Aung San Suu Kyi immediately.' (AP Photo/Democratic Voice of Burma, HO)

Myanmar approves all pending visas for UN aid workers

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s isolationist regime has approved all pending visas for U.N. relief workers to enter the country, the United Nations said Thursday, nearly a month after a cyclone left more than 2 million people in need of aid.


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US Navy Waiting for Junta’s Permission to Deliver Burma Aid

Washington Post –
By William Branigin The United States is prepared to step up deliveries of relief supplies to Burma from Navy ships off the coast of the cyclone-ravaged nation but cannot wait much longer for permission from Burma’s military rulers, the commander of US …
US commander: Navy ships likely to leave Myanmar The Associated Press
Myanmar Still Refuses US Navy Assistance In Delivering Relief Supplies AHN
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Indonesia joins in criticism of Myanmar over Suu Kyi

Reuters India –
MANILA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s foreign minister chided Myanmar on Wednesday for extending the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the first criticism of the junta’s move by a fellow Southeast Asian nation.
Myanmar junta extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention WELT ONLINE
Burma junta closes door on Suu Kyi Toronto Star
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Over 40% of cyclone victims in Myanmar receive aid

Xinhua –
UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (Xinhua) — More than 40 percent of the 2.4 million cyclone survivors in Myanmar have received some type of assistance from local, national or international actors, the United Nations said Wednesday.
UN says raised 60 pct of targeted Myanmar aid Reuters
Myanmar cyclone victims short of food The Daily Yomiuri
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More aid for cyclone victims

BBC – Wed May 28, 9:34 AM ET

A team of Burmese volunteers distribute food and medicine to people in the Irrawaddy delta.


A family of cyclone survivors  sit together in a hut they built for temporary shelter in Pyapon town, Delta region of Myanmar, Monday, May 26, 2008.  (AP Photo)

Cyclone survivors victimized by Myanmar soldiers

AP – Wed May 28, 3:25 PM ET

PYAPON, Myanmar – It’s not much, but the flimsy bamboo lean-to on the side of the road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family dry. They lost their home to the cyclone and may soon be uprooted again — this time by soldiers ordering them to leave.


A damaged home lies near the town of Dedaye in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta in this picture taken over the weekend, May 2008. (Stringer/Reuters)

U.S. ships may leave Myanmar if aid refused

Wed May 28, 2:19 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. warships will soon leave waters near Myanmar if the junta does not allow the American military to deliver food, water and other aid to cyclone survivors, a U.S. commander said on Wednesday.


Myanmar Rescuers: No Sign of ‘2nd Wave’ Deaths

NPR – Wed May 28, 6:00 AM ET
Myanmar’s military government is allowing international aid workers into the areas hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis. Medical workers say there is no evidence so far of a feared “second wave” of deaths resulting from malnutrition and disease.


Suu Kyi house arrest extended Play Suu Kyi house arrest extended

BBC – Wed May 28, 8:39 AM ET
Burma’s rulers have renewed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention order for 12 months.


UN regret at Suu Kyi arrest Play UN regret at Suu Kyi arrest

BBC – Wed May 28, 8:37 AM ET
The UN secretary general has spoken out against Burma’s decison to renew Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 29, 2008 at 6:52 am