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World focus on Burma (16 June 2008)

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International celebrations for Daw Suu’s birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

US senators, Burmese government in exile, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, Burmese activists, foreign correspondents and the Burmese …

Rumors of New Catastrophe Sweep Rangoon

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… the regime’s mouthpiece, The New Light of Myanmar, accused unnamed Western countries of being responsible for the rumors then circulating within Burma. …

More Aid Workers Arrested

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Yin Yin Wie, Tin Tin Cho and Myat Thu were detained by the special branch of Burma’s police in Sanchaung Township in Rangoon on Thursday, June 12. …

NOAA: Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth …


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

Weather Extremes Mark Spring 2008

Daily Green –

The period saw Cyclone Nargis devastate Myanmar (Burma); nearly 78000 peopled died. Relief efforts there are still being stymied by the military junta that …

Too little is being done to help the people of Burma and their …

BBC News, UK –

Dr de Jong spent two weeks in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and he said the inhabitants were showing signs of mental trauma. …

With Anti-US Propaganda, Amnesty International Mocks Itself

North Star Writers Group, MI –

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, …

Catholic order hoping to rebuild in Myanmar

Chicago Sun-Times, United States –

BY MIKE THOMAS Religion Reporter In early May, a monster cyclone ripped apart the southeast Asian country of Myanmar (formerly Burma), …


UN plans Myanmar anti-dengue operation

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The United Nations plans to launch a massive anti-dengue campaign this week in cyclone-hit areas of Myanmar where mosquitoes that …

Creatures most likely to disappear

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

… and the Burmese roofed turtle, which used to be abundant in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) before hunters targeted the creatures and their eggs. …

Asean Must Deliver on Human Rights Body

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

There is an expectation that Cambodia, Myanmar [Burma], Laos and Vietnam may appoint representatives who are less open to human rights. …


Burmese Generals Deserve to be Flogged: US Congressman

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“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 …

Sports writer arrested after aiding Myanmar cyclone victims


YANGON (AFP) — A popular sports writer who helped deliver aid to victims of the cyclone in Myanmar has been arrested, the second aid volunteer detained in …

Burma arrests 245 drug traffickers

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

“Action was taken against 245 persons – 201 men and 44 women in 158 cases,” the New Light of Myanmar reported ahead of the United Nations anti-drugs and …

Red Cross welcomes special cyclone support

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… CEO Robert Tickner today warmly welcomed a special contribution by the Government of South Australia to aid victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar(Burma). …

Cyclone Brought Something More to Myanmar

Zenit News Agency, Italy –

YANGON, Myanmar, JUNE 15, 2008 ( May’s cyclone devastated Myanmar and aid restrictions from the ruling junta worsened the chaos. …

State of denial

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

While Myanmar’s junta leaders enjoy a lavish lifestyle, an internal military report suggests more than 1,000 soldiers are deserting every month.

A slow response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis has laid bare the junta’s internal problems and angered the population.

The winds of Cyclone Nargis have exposed the rotting core of Myanmar’s vast military, the nation’s strongest institution. With much of the world focusing on the death and devastation wrought by last month’s cyclone with its 190km/h winds and tidal waves, the wider impact on the ruling powers is only gradually becoming apparent.

Well-placed Myanmese sources and foreign diplomats inside the country now describe a once-proud military facing a spiralling desertion rate, a slow and over-complex command structure and festering doubts about its claim to legitimacy – problems brought into sharp focus by the challenges posed by the storm, the world’s worst natural disaster since the Asian tsunami of 2004…….

Finally, Calbayog gets clinic with help from US Navy, Philippines –

The Mercy, with its high-tech medical equipment, has been ready to help cyclone-devastated Burma (Myanmar), but the paranoid ruling junta refused to allow …

Xola Consulting to Share Adventure Tourism Perspective at … (press release), Montenegro –

… markets around the world including Central and South America, North Africa and Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), India and Nepal.

World focus on Burma (6 June 08)

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Let’s Go! June 6 and Beyond

Beaumont Enterprise, 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 …

Myanmar Calls Media Coverage of Cyclone ‘Distorted’

TransWorldNews (press release), GA –

Myanmar ’s ruling military junta lashed out Friday at media coverage of the May 2 cyclone that devastated the country, formerly known as Burma . …

junta says cyclone damage exaggerated, United Kingdom –

The regime changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. “The people who are in touch with the situation feel that the despicable and inhumane …

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. …

Comparisons are odious. – John Fortescue, De Laudibus Legum …

Spot-On –

Furthermore, Burma initially rejected all foreign aid. Mr. Bush only rejected aid from Cuba. Of course, both Mr. Bush and Mr. Than knew in advance of the …

Junta in Burma Attacks Media for Cyclone Coverage

FOXNews –

RANGOON, Burma — Calling coverage of the aftermath of a devastating cyclone distorted, the military junta of Burma — also known as Myanmar — lashed out at …

BURMA: Nargis Victims Forced From Camps

IPS, Italy –

The junta in Burma, or Myanmar, has forced cyclone victims out of temporary shelters, confiscated aid, and come in the way of assistance to the victims from …

Myanmar: Donors responding to border food crisis

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

During the last few months the Thailand Burma Border Consortium has been appealing for attention to a pending crisis for over 140000 Burmese refugees along …

Benefit Aids Myanmar Cyclone Victims

Webster Kirkwood Times, MO –

But when a natural disaster once again struck the Pacific Rim on May 3 — this time a cyclone that ravaged Myanmar, also known as Burma — Aerne felt a more …

Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food …

Burmese Rulers Criticize Foreign New Outlets of Airing False …

Voice of America –

An editorial in the state run newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, accused “self-seekers” of filming “made-up stories” in storm-affected areas in the Irrawaddy …

Burma sprays foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

ABC Online, Australia –

The latest tirade in the Government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar (Burma) newspaper came as the junta tries to convince the world that it has the relief …

Myanmar junta slams citizens over cyclone report

Reuters –

… which also severely restricts international media access to the former Burma. The New Light of Myanmar accused foreign media of running “groundless news …

Burma Cyclone Survivors Open to Gospel Amid Relief Efforts

Christian Post –

… teams were finding an “incredible openness” to the Gospel among non-Christian survivors in largely Buddhist Burma – officially known as Myanmar. …

Myanmarese protest in New Delhi, demand Suu Kyis freedom, Thailand –

Equipped with paints and brushes, around 35 protesters painted the gates and walls of the embassy with words ‘Free Burma’, ‘Free Aung San Suu Kyi’. …

Junta slams citizens over cyclone reports, Spain –

… which also severely restrictsinternational media access to the former Burma. The New Light of Myanmar accused foreign media of running”groundless news …

School accepting children of illegal foreign workers

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

A school in Samut Sakhon province is offering room for Myanmar children to study. It’s an attempt to help these children have a better future than their …

Little Myanmar in Thailand

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Back in Burma we got only 2000 to 3000 kyats or 60 to 70 Thai baht, which is impossible to live on. Yes, I am married, but having a child is impossible and …

Organization heads to Myanmar to aid survivors

The Coloradoan, CO –

They plan to be in Myanmar for seven days with two medical volunteers to asses the needs of the cyclone survivors and will then prepare to ship a container …

Food Prices: Hunger Strikes


… into producing biofuels; and crop failures from freak weather, including droughts in Australia and Europe and last month’s cyclone in Burma (Myanmar). …

UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners, Spain –

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights expertfor Myanmar urged the military junta on Friday to investigatereports that its …

Rights Groups Report Post-Cyclone Abuses

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By WAI MOE Burmese and international human rights groups have accused Burma’s ruling junta of committing serious rights violations in the wake of Cyclone …

No boys on the battlefield

Ottawa Citizen,  Canada –

“The most notable offender remains Myanmar (Burma), whose armed forces, engaged in long-running counter-insurgency operations against a range of ethnic …

EU: Rethinking the arms exports code

ISN, Switzerland –

… China are now included in armored vehicles supplied to the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Korea, Sudan and the military regime in Myanmar (Burma). …

Cyclone Nargis: Burmese junta claims media is making up horror stories, UK –

The government mouthpiece, the New Light of Myanmar daily newspaper, accused foreign media of misleading the international community to make it appear the …

Exiled Burmese Monk Lambastes Junta

New America Media, CA –

The world community has been watching in shock and amazement as Burma’s military government continues to watch the victims of Cyclone Nargis starve while …


Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases are spreading through Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison after Cyclone Nargis destroyed inmates’ food …

UN Rights Envoy Pushes Burma on Aid, Prisoners The Epoch Times Ireland

UN rights envoy pushes Myanmar on aid, prisoners Reuters

UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners Reuters South Africa

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Boston Globe

junta says cyclone damage exaggerated, United Kingdom –

The regime changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. “The people who are in touch with the situation feel that the despicable and inhumane …

Myanmar Calls Media Coverage of Cyclone ‘Distorted’ TransWorldNews (press release)

Myanmar arrests activist as US aid ships leave Reuters UK

Cyclone Nargis leaves death, destruction and deep emotional scars ReliefWeb (press release)

ReutersThe Associated Press

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The Southern Ledger

Weather stalls Burma relief work

The Times, South Africa –

BANGKOK – Seven helicopters set to fly to Yangon today to join the relief effort for cyclone victims in Myanmar have been delayed because of bad weather, …

Myanmar Delays Aid Helicopters Flying, UN Relief Official Says Bloomberg

UN may get choppers to Burma, US Navy pulls out Bangkok Post

Junta in Burma Attacks Media for Cyclone Coverage FOXNews

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Burma slams foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

ABC Online, Australia –

The government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar lashed out at “self-seekers exploiting storm victims,” who they said were “shooting video films featuring …

Top Burmese comedian nabbed The Times

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Factories Turn to Refugee Workers

Wall Street Journal –

… influx of refugees from Myanmar. Since January, the Swift plant has hired more than 200 workers from the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma. …

Another casualty of the cyclone: Asia loses one of its last … (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Under British rule, Burma _ as the country was then called _ was one of the wealthiest countries in Southeast Asia and the region’s biggest producer of …

Prayer to feed the hungry

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Wars and the disruption of local economies by destructive storms, such as the cyclone that hit Burma (Myanmar), drought, and so on – along with the higher …

Myanmar Relief Continues Amid Difficulties, Hundreds Open to Christ

Christian News Wire (press release), DC –

YANGON, Myanmar (Burma), June 5 /Christian Newswire/ — Gospel for Asia/Believers Church relief teams in Myanmar (Burma) ministering among the battered …

Choir to entertain at relief concert

Independent and Free Press, Canada –

All proceeds from the concert will go to relief efforts in China and Burma (Myanmar). Tickets are available at The Freckled Lion Bookstore, 56 Main St. S., …

Desolation in Myanmar

Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –

by Brian McAfee In the aftermath of a major natural disaster, the ongoing tragedy that is playing out in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is unnecessary …

Disaster Lurks On Our Doorstep, And Americans Shrug!

OpEdNews, PA –

By AMANDA RIPLEY The recent earthquake in China and the cyclone in Burma, not to mention the battery of tornadoes and wildfires ripping through the US this …

Burmese comedian Zarganar held for helping cyclone victims

Times Online, UK –

… the disaster and the aid effort that has followed – the way that it threatens the totalitarian rule of Burma’s junta and its leader, General Than Shwe. …

US says disaster officials still waiting to help victims of … (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

AP WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States said Thursday that US disaster specialists are still waiting in Thailand for permission to enter neighboring Myanmar …

Global Editorial Roundup

Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription), SC –

Has the military government of Myanmar (Burma) really opened its doors to humanitarian aid workers from abroad? More than three weeks after a devastating …

Burma one month on: Aid getting through but thousands of children …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Please donate now to our Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal. We urgently need your help to rebuild these children’s lives. By Emergency:

Government earmarks 150000 euro in aid to China, Burma/Myanmar

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

The Bulgarian government will provide financial aid to China and Burma/Myanmar to mitigate the damages from the natural disasters that hit the two countries …

Bulgaria to provide 100000 euro humanitarian aid to China

Xinhua, China –

Meanwhile, the Bulgarian government will also aid Myanmar, which was hit badly by the Nargis Cyclone, with 50000 euro for the relief efforts. …

Interview with Barry Scott Zellen: Arctic Lessons

Global Politician, NY –

BSZ: The junta in Burma and the Chinese Communist Party aren’t so very different in their mindset from the military governments that governed Alaska early …

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June 6, 2008 at 2:55 am

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
American ChronicleReliefWeb (press release)China PostXinhua
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World focus on Burma (29 May 08)

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CSW condemns continued detention of Burma democracy leader

ChristianToday, UK –
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today condemned the decision by Burma’s military regime to extend once again the house arrest of democracy leader Aung …

Aid workers head to Myanmar delta as more visas granted

YANGON (AFP) — Relief workers slowly moved into Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged delta after the junta started to open access, as the United Nations reported on …

Indonesia diplores extension of Aung San Suu Kyi`s house arrest

Antara, Indonesia –
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda deplores the Myanmar`s military junta`s decision to extend the house arrest of their country`s …

Survivors say regime adds to Myanmar misery

Arizona Daily Star, AZ –
AP 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. …

Burma still nixes US military help; China accepts aid, Admiral says

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma on May 3, causing nearly 80000 deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands. The United Nations has estimated that up to 2.5 million …

Myanmar lashes out at “chocolate bar” foreign aid

Reuters –
The situation remains dire for many survivors in the delta, the “rice bowl of Asia” in the days before what was then Burma won independence from Britain in …

Burma sends some survivors home to ruins, conscripts others, KY –
Burma’s reclusive government has opened up slightly to the world in the past week, allowing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to meet with some survivors …

World anger over Suu Kyi detention

The Press Association –
World powers have voiced outrage at the decision by Burma’s military government to extend the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Hindu, India –
New York (PTI): The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has asked Myanmar government to “unconditionally” release pro-democracy leader Daw …

Boston Globe

Aid workers head to Myanmar delta as more visas granted

YANGON (AFP) – Relief workers slowly moved into Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged delta after the junta started to open access, as the United Nations reported on Thursday that all its visa requests had been approved.
‘Window of opportunity’ in Burma BBC News
Burma’s beggars being forced off the roads Sydney Morning Herald
The AustralianThe Press AssociationVoice of AmericaWall Street Journal
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Boston Globe

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.
UN HR head calls for release of Suu Kyi Hindu
Burma’s Detention of Democratic Leader Angers Countries New York Sun
International Herald TribuneNew York TimesKGANUN News Centre
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The Southern Ledger

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.
Foreigners enter cyclone-hit delta, testing Myanmar’s promise AFP
Myanmar cyclone victims short of food The Daily Yomiuri
ForbesBloombergWall Street JournalLos Angeles Times
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CBS News

US commander: Navy ships likely to leave Myanmar soon

The Associated Press –
WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior Navy admiral says the US probably will withdraw a group of naval vessels from waters off the coast of Myanmar within days unless the government allows the US ships to offload relief supplies for cyclone victims.
Myanmar Still Refuses US Navy Assistance In Delivering Relief Supplies AHN
US aid ships to give up on Burma in days
ForbesCBS NewsIrish Times
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‘Peace panties’ from Canada to frighten Myanmar junta

Sify – May 27, 2008
… of the Quebec Women’s Federation, said, “This is a unique and important opportunity for women to help raise funds and awareness about the military regime’s systematic use of rape and other brutalities against our sisters from Burma (Myanmar).”
Women’s underwear needed in fight for democracy in Myanmar The Canadian Press
Panties please Edmonton Sun
The South African StarEdmonton Journal
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Focus on saving lives—Ban Ki-Moon

ABS CBN News –
Let us pay our respects to the courage and the resilience of the people of Myanmar, who are suffering such hardship and terrible personal loss.
$10m aid pledge for Myanmar News24
China to encourage oil refiners to increase capacity – cabinet Forbes
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Myanmar starts land reclamation in cyclone-worst-hit area

Xinhua –
YANGON, May 29 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has started land reclamation in Laputta township, one of the worst-hit areas in southwestern Ayeyawaddy delta in a severe cyclone storm that ravaged Myanmar early this month, official newspaper New Light of Myanmar …
Myanmar allows direct donation right down to cyclone-hit areas People’s Daily Online
ADB may support needs assessment after cyclone in Myanmar
XinhuaPeople’s Daily Online
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Boston Globe

French navy ship delivers aid to Burma

ABC Online –
A French navy ship has docked in Thailand to unload more than 1000 tonnes of supplies for cyclone victims in Burma. The ship is carrying enough food to sustain 100000 people for two weeks.
Angry France diverts Myanmar aid Reuters
Myanmar generals refuse aid from French Australian News
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Myanmar lashes out at “chocolate bar” foreign aid –
The situation remains dire for many survivors in the delta, the “rice bowl of Asia” in the days before what was then Burma won independence from Britain in 1948. The army has started to bury bodies in communal graves, villagers said, although there has …

Myanmar: Closed economy proves to be disaster of its own

Minneapolis Star Tribune –
By NEW YORK TIMES AP NewsAlert YANGON, MYANMAR – A sport-utility vehicle goes for $250000; a cell phone, $3000. As foreign aid workers test Myanmar’s commitment to allow them to provide relief after the cyclone, they face not only administrative …

Myanmar capital in sharp contrast to cyclone zone

Forbes –
The capital has 24-hour electricity, a rarity in Myanmar, but forget cell phone service or international flights. Soldiers greeted the VIP motorcade with salutes as it moved along the main road, passing sprawling new golf courses and resorts with signs …

China’s CNPC, SKorea’s Daewoo Intl tie up for Myanmar oil/gas …

Forbes –
BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) – China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the parent of PetroChina, said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s Daewoo International for joint oil and gas exploration in Myanmar. The deal was signed during the …

Dispatches from Myanmar

Seattle Times –
By Special to The Seattle Times Editor’s Note: Following are edited dispatches from aid workers, residents and others in Myanmar. They are being sent to The Seattle Times by: • Paula Bock, former staff writer for Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times …

Preview: Burma Cyclone Disaster Fundraiser, The Scala, London

Independent –
All proceeds and donations from the event will go to Oxfam’s Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone appeal. State media in Burma have reported a death toll of 78000 since the cyclone hit on 3 May, and aid agencies are facing huge challenges in dealing with the …

RP chess team dominates Myanmar

ABS CBN News –
The Philippine Team has so far dominated their counterparts from Myanmar after three rounds of the first RP-Myanmar Dual Match chess team championship at the Lake Garden Hotel in Tagaytay City.

Seattle Post Intelligencer

In Myanmar, Loss, Grief and, for Some, Resignation

New York Times – May 26, 2008
AP A family in Pyapon, in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, on Monday. Few delta residents have received aid since the May 3 cyclone.
Conditions ripe for disease in Burma
Myanmar’s fouled water threatens health Seattle Times
International Herald Tribune
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Voice of America

India Helps Burma, China in Wake of Disasters

Voice of America –
By Anjana Pasricha India has sent relief and pledged assistance to two neighboring countries recently struck by natural disasters: Burma and China. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi on India’s efforts to project itself as a responsible regional … (Pressemitteilung)

Activists blast Chevron on human rights, environment

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May 29, 2008 at 8:04 am

Weeks After Cyclone in Myanmar, Even Farmers Wait for Food

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Published: May 26, 2008

The New York Times

On a road near Pyapon, in an area of Myanmar ravaged by a cyclone, people waited on Sunday for aid from Burmese civilians.

PYAPON, Myanmar — The roads of the ravaged Irrawaddy Delta are lined these days with people hoping to be fed.

After lifetimes living off the land, poor farmers have abandoned their ruined rice paddies, setting up makeshift bamboo shelters, waiting for carloads of Burmese civilians who have taken it on themselves to feed those who lost everything to Cyclone Nargis.

Few of those who wait say they have received anything from the government, other than threats.

“They said if we don’t break our huts and disappear, they will shoot us,” one man in the village of Thee Kone said over the weekend before a police jeep approached. “But as you can see, it’s raining now. We are pleading to the police to give us one more day and we will be gone far, far from the road, as they wish.”

A red sign on a stake along one road read: “Don’t throw food on the roads. It ruins the people’s good habits.”

On Sunday, donors from more than 50 countries and international agencies meeting in Yangon promised they would deliver more than $150 million in aid to help the country recover from the May 3 storm, The Associated Press reported, but only if they could get access to hard-hit areas like the delta. It remained unclear if Myanmar’s rulers were willing to meet that demand.

At the donor conference, Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, Myanmar’s prime minister, said that international aid was welcome, “provided that there are no strings attached,” according to news agencies that were allowed to send reporters to the meeting.

The conference also made clear a gap remained between the views of the government and the donors on what Myanmar needed most urgently.

The government, which insists that the emergency phase of the disaster is over, showed a video suggesting the country had enough rice, and that what it needed instead was billions of dollars for long-term reconstruction. Some analysts fear that the focus on rebuilding is a ploy.

“I believe they just want to use it for their ordinary activity, put it into their accounts and use it to buy weapons or houses or whatever they would like to do,” Josef Silverstein, an expert on Myanmar with Rutgers University, said in a recent interview.

The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said he believed that short-term help was a priority, with hundreds of thousands left homeless and aid reaching only a fraction of those who needed it. “The needs remain acute,” Mr. Ban said Sunday, “from clean water and sanitation to shelter, medical supplies and food.”

The breadth of those needs was evident during a trip on Friday and Saturday to the delta, the area most devastated by the storm, which left at least 134,000 people dead or missing. It also ruined rice fields and destroyed stocks of rice in flooding that followed.

Villagers in the region, which previously provided much of the rice for the country of 48 million, now squat along miles of roads, holding out bowls to the occasional passing cars bringing food and other supplies. Children keep a vigil, rushing to the vehicles for handouts, sometimes thrusting their arms inside the cars’ windows.

“I don’t know how the government is helping us,” said Ko Htay Oo, 40, in Kungyangon, a delta town 30 miles south of Yangon, Myanmar’s main city. He said the only aid he had seen was delivered by other Burmese citizens.

“I am no beggar, so I didn’t eat anything in the past two days,” he said, leaning against a roadside palm tree. “Besides, you shouldn’t compete with kids for begged food.”

Those who have gotten government help say it is not nearly enough.

U Min Lwin, 37, said his family had received a government ration only twice in the three weeks since the storm; each time they were given seven cups of rice.

A 51-year-old woman who gave her name as San said she recently received potatoes and a small amount of beans from the government but had no stove for cooking them.

Some people have been given government-issued tents, but the tents can accommodate only a small fraction of those left homeless.

In the village of Thee Kone near Pyapon, a major town in the delta, victims said that the village had received four tents that house 20 people each. Any family lucky enough to find tent space had received 16 cups of rice in the past week, a little more than two cups a day.

“There are many other families who want to move into the tents, but there is not enough space,” said the villager who spoke of the police intimidation. “So people complain. They complain not to the government or to the village administrator, but to each other, arguing, ‘Why are you in the tent and I am not?’ ”

He and others had built their own shelters by the road, but it was unclear where they would go after the police told them to leave Friday.

Those and other makeshift dwellings that have popped up on the roadsides are barely sufficient to shield people from the searing morning sun or the monsoon rains that sweep in to drench the area most afternoons.

Many of those who moved to the roadsides are the poorest of Burmese farmers, those who rent rice paddies from landlords. Before the storm, they traveled with their buffaloes, ducks and pigs from field to field, living in huts beside their paddies.

Now, as before, they live next to their source of food, with whatever little they were able to salvage from the wall of water that smashed into many parts of the delta.

One man found shelter in a large bamboo basket he had salvaged from the floodwater. Another lived in a tent built with a plastic Tiger Beer advertising banner that a truck driver had thrown to him. Pigs are tied to roadside palm trees. Ducks swim in the nearby ditches.

The roads are littered with plastic trash from the packaging of donated food.

“I have no dish, no cup, no blanket, no pillow. I have received nothing from the government,” said Daw San Mar Oo, 31, a farmer in a hamlet near Dedaye. “I have nothing in my hands.”

Still, the government continues to make it difficult for those wishing to offer private charity. Police officers armed with rifles stopped cars at checkpoints on Friday and Saturday. Foreigners without government permits to enter the disaster zone were turned back after their passports were copied. Those Burmese who were allowed to pass through were given a warning: Any donation, a yellow handout notice said, must be distributed through village leaders allied with the government.

In Pyapon, a commercial hub renowned for its “hpaya” grass mats, people maintained a semblance of traditional Burmese hospitality despite the disaster. When outside visitors asked for directions at dusk, a man offered them food and lodging at his home.

Pyapon, a trading center for rice, dried fish and fish paste, is the hometown of many rich Burmese tradesmen. But in this town, too, tales of horror were told, over evening tea.

“Dead bodies floating down the Pyapon River are no longer strangers to us,” said Daw Khin Kyi, a resident. “Some of these bodies still wear gold necklaces and bracelets, so some people went out to collect them in the first few days. But now, after many days, nobody goes near. Fish are nibbling at the bodies.”

Ma Ye Ye Tan, a 17-year-old from a hamlet down the river, survived the cyclone. She had arrived at the home of a Pyapon relative several days after the cyclone with virtually nothing on, shivering in monsoon rain.

Now, she said, she did want to go back to her village, which is filled with death. She is not sure what happened to her parents.

“After the cyclone came and went, we continued to hear people shouting in the darkness, but when village men went to search for them, they could find no one,” she said. “We think they are ghosts shouting. I am afraid of ghosts.”

Seth Mydans contributed reporting from Bangkok.

The New York Times

The Irrawaddy Delta provided much of Myanmar’s rice.

Times Topics: Myanmar | Cyclone Nargis


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Children from an isolated Irrawaddy Delta village, which is accessible only by boat, waiting on Friday to receive donated food.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 26, 2008 at 8:13 am