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Aid workers still waiting to enter Myanmar’s delta

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By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press Writer Sun Jun 1, 12:52 AM ET

The USS Essex , and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group steam in formation, Friday, May 23, 2008 in the Andaman Sea. The Essex Amphibious Group is standing by in international waters off the coast of Burma in support of Joint Task Force Caring Response, a humanitarian assistance operation developed in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. The USS Essex, will remain there for some days or weeks, but will not linger there for months waiting for permission to bring in aid. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Chief Petty Office Ty Swartz)

AP Photo: The USS Essex , and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group steam in formation, Friday, May…

BANGKOK, Thailand – Myanmar needs more than food and shelter. It needs human expertise for everything from cleaning water to mental health counseling — and right now, those experts can’t get to the hard-hit delta.

Dozens of aid workers from UNICEF, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other groups are still stuck in Yangon, the nation’s largest city, without the required travel permits to leave for the delta region.

These workers include Red Cross water quality engineers, for example, to train their local counterparts to run major drinking water treatment plants.

“The priority is drinking water,” UNICEF spokeswoman Shantha Bloemen said Friday.

For the first several weeks after Cyclone Nargis struck May 2-3, few of the more than 2 million survivors received any help. Myanmar’s government only has about 15 transport planes that cannot carry tons of food and up to 40 aging helicopters, many not working, experts say.

Foreign aid agencies are now trying to get in not just trucks and helicopters, but also workers with experience from dealing with disasters like the 2004 Asian tsunami and the 2005 Pakistani earthquake.

“It’s not about extra pairs of hands; there are special skills that are required,” said Richard Horsey, a spokesman for the U.N. humanitarian effort that is trying, like other groups, to reach the country’s flooded Irrawaddy delta.

Relief officials say they are poised to:

• Set up dozens of drinking water treatment plants in the delta and operate hand pumps and other equipment to desalinate wells and fields contaminated by the saltwater tidal surge.

• Send in health and nutrition experts to track disease and to identify acute cases of malnutrition, particularly in children, and mental health counselors.

• Join local teams to conduct emergency assessments of just what help is most needed, including food, water, shelter and medicine, and how many schools and other public facilities are required. UNICEF said Friday that more than 4,000 schools serving 1 million children were either damaged or destroyed.

Some people in Myanmar are already trained to deal with similar problems but not on such a large scale, said John Sparrow, Red Cross spokesman for the Asia-Pacific region.

“The kind of expertise you need doesn’t come overnight, and that’s why we need the expatriates in there,” he said. Those who have handled multiple disasters will be able to reach more people and work more efficiently and quickly, he said.

On Saturday, a U.N. official warned Myanmar against prematurely resettling cyclone refugees, saying those who leave relief camps may not receive the aid they need and will become even more vulnerable to disease and the elements.

Human rights groups have lambasted Myanmar’s military rulers, accusing them of kicking homeless cyclone survivors out of shelters. The U.S. defense secretary said the junta‘s blockage of international help has cost “tens of thousands of lives.”

But Myanmar‘s deputy defense minister, Maj. Gen. Aye Myint, said Sunday that his government responded promptly to the emergency by opening relief camps, providing food and water to cyclone victims, restoring electricity and clearing roads.

Relief operations are now over and the government is now concentrating on rehabilitation and rebuilding, he told a security conference in Singapore.

Few countries can deal with such a huge disaster, let alone one of the poorest nations in Asia. Senior Gen. Than Shwe and other top generals who run the country have spent most of the money on the military’s 400,000 soldiers.

But some foreign aid workers with a history of working in Myanmar say the government’s resistance to foreign assistance also has sparked an impressive grass roots effort to deliver aid.

“It’s come from the Myanmar people themselves,” said Curt Bradner, who with his wife, Cathy, has been working on a water treatment project called Thirst-Aid the past two years in Myanmar.

“They may not be responding as quickly as the international community would like to see happen,” he said of Myanmar’s people. “But in their own way, they’re really doing an excellent job. This is a country that is 300 years behind the rest of the world, in many respects. Only 7 percent of the country has electricity. It’s astounding.”

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On the Net:

U.N. humanitarian office: http://ochaonline.un.org

Thirst-Aid: http://www.thirst-aid.org

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (2 June 2008)

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New Zealand Herald –
By Vaimoana Tapaleao A New Zealand vet in Myanmar is helping victims of cyclone Nargis carry on with their lives by providing them with livestock.
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Journalists risk death to get disaster coverage of Burma to the world

Toronto Star –
Aung Kyaw said that to ensure the safety of its underground journalists, DVB cannot confirm or deny whether any of them have been arrested inside Burma, also known as Myanmar. Canada gave DVB a grant of $217000 in February from the Glyn Berry Program …

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Despite promises, Myanmar limits access for aid agencies

International Herald Tribune –
By Seth Mydans BANGKOK: One month after a powerful cyclone struck Myanmar and 10 days after the ruling junta’s leader promised full access to the hardest-hit areas, relief agencies said Monday that they were still having difficulty reaching hundreds of …
Second wave economic crisis in Myanmar Asia Times Online
Myanmar victims ‘forced to return’ Aljazeera.net
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Voice of America

Burmese still lack aid a month on

BBC News –
A month after Burma was devastated by a cyclone, foreign aid agencies say a quarter of a million people have still not received any help.
CHRONOLOGY-A month on, cyclone-hit Myanmar struggling Reuters
Gates Accuses Myanmar of ‘Criminal Neglect’ New York Times
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Ledger Independent

Second wave economic crisis in Myanmar

Asia Times Online –
By Larry Jagan BANGKOK – While Myanmar counts the cost of the Cyclone Nargis disaster and international aid agencies struggle to get relief supplies to an estimated 2.4 million homeless and desperate victims, time is running out for the country’s rice …
Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors AFP
Junta: Myanmar warned before cyclone CNN International
Daily MirrorABS CBN NewsBloombergAFP
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Japanese NGOs pledge special assistance for 10000 worst-hit …

Xinhua –
YANGON, June 2 (Xinhua) — Three Japanese non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have pledged a special assistance for 10000 selected cyclone-hit Myanmar households who are in worst need of food and resettlement, the local Flower News reported Monday.
Myanmar allows direct donation right down to cyclone-hit areas Xinhua
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Schools reopen in Myanmar’s cyclone zone

Jerusalem Post –
1 on Monday for the first day of classes since Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar a month ago, all eyes stared skyward – at the gaping hole in the roof.
Myanmar victims ‘forced to return’ Aljazeera.net
Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after … International Herald Tribune
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Myanmar reopens schools 1 month after cyclone

Mon Jun 2, 6:13 AM ET

A person sits in the door way of a crooked house affected by cyclone Nargis in a neighborhood in northeast Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, June 1, 2008.  The May 2-3 storm left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, mostly in the country's southern Irrawaddy delta region, with the city of Yangon, Myanmar's former capital, not being spared damage.(AP Photo)

YAW PAR GYI, Myanmar – One month after a cyclone left more than 130,000 people dead or missing, Myanmar’s military government reopened many of the country’s schools Monday despite worries that the extent of damage could put children in harm’s way.

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Soaring prices compound Myanmar’s cyclone misery

Reuters –
A family look for traces of their house, on a marooned embankment, in the village of Pay Kunhnasay in the Kawhmu township May 30, 2008. (Aung Hla Tung/Reuters) YANGON (Reuters) – A large “Happy World” sign hangs above a dilapidated food market in Yangon, but on the streets shoppers are far from content.

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Voice of America

UN warns of ‘urgent work’ to help Myanmar cyclone victims

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – A month after Myanmar’s cyclone left 133000 people dead or missing, the UN’s food agency chief warned Monday that “urgent work” is needed to help hundreds of thousands of survivors stave off hunger.
Lack Of Funds, Food For Myanmar Maybe Out Of Stock By July, Says UN Bernama
UN food chief urges more funding to support aid work after Myanmar … ReliefWeb (press release)
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Burma at beginning of “very nasty end game”

InTheNews.co.uk –
Military rule in Burma is beginning to unravel, with the start of a “very nasty end game” now being witnessed in the country, it has been claimed.
Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone Taipei Times
Mulish Myanmar Seattle Times
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Lompoc Record

Myanmar victims ‘forced to return’

Aljazeera.net –
The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a Norway-based media organisation run by Myanmar exiles, showed survivors saying that they had no choice but to move.
Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors AFP
Junta: Myanmar warned before cyclone CNN International
International Herald TribuneDaily MirrorABS CBN NewsAFP
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Aljazeera.net

Burma guilty of neglect, US says

San Jose Mercury News –
BANGKOK, Thailand – In the strongest remarks yet by a high-ranking US official, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that Burma was guilty of “criminal neglect” for blocking large-scale international aid to cyclone victims, and that more …
Pentagon chief Gates rules out forcing aid on Myanmar Los Angeles Times
Gates Accuses Myanmar of ‘Criminal Neglect’ New York Times
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NDTV.com

Gates Accuses Myanmar of ‘Criminal Neglect’

New York Times –
Cyclone victims waiting for instructions on how to receive aid. Defense ministers from other countries have voiced unhappiness with Myanmar’s restrictions on aid.

US defense secretary says Myanmar junta guilty of ‘criminal neglect’ International Herald Tribune
Gates Blasts Myanmar Junta Over Cyclone Aid Response Wall Street Journal
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CNN-IBN

Myanmar Delays Cost `Thousands of Lives,’ Gates Says (Update2)

Bloomberg – May 30, 2008
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in the statement.
Myanmar must stop evicting cyclone victims–HRW Inquirer.net
Aid Agencies Say Logistical Difficulties Hamper Burma Aid Deliveries Voice of America
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Sydney Morning Herald

Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors

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YANGON (AFP) – A Buddhist monk in his maroon robe silently guards boxes of noodles, while another monk tries to plot an aid route to cyclone survivors using satellite print-outs of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta. These monks at the Sitagu Buddhist monastery …
Poor access irks RP, SEA aid workers in Myanmar ABS CBN News
Myanmar warned over forcing cyclone survivors home Washington Post
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BBC News

Canberra urged to uphold vow to act on Burma crimes

The Age –
BURMESE exiles in Australia are pressing the Federal Government to push for Burma’s military junta to be charged in the International Criminal Court with crimes against humanity, a move that Labor supported during last year’s election campaign.
Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone Taipei Times
Mulish Myanmar Seattle Times
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Gulf Times

The Tyranny of the Com

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Of course, in terms of ‘Com’, Burma (or Myanmar as the dictators have decided to call the battered nation) continued to be in the news for a few weeks.
MIAMI HERALD: Burma’s rulers sink to new low Belleville News Democrat
Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone Taipei Times
Seattle TimesVoice of AmericaDigitalJournal.comAFP
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 1, 2008 at 6:50 pm

UN: Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps

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Fri May 30, 6:45 AM ET

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military government is removing cyclone victims from refugee camps and dumping them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, the United Nations said Friday.

In an aid agency meeting, the U.N. Children’s Fund said eight camps earlier set up by the government to receive homeless victims in the Irrawaddy delta town of Bogalay had emptied as the mass clear-out of victims was stepped up.

“The government is moving people unannounced,” said Teh Tai Ring, a UNICEF official, adding that authorities were “dumping people in the approximate location of the villages, basically with nothing.”

Camps were also being closed in Labutta, another town in the delta, a low-lying area which took the brunt of Cyclone Nargis nearly a month ago.

About 2.4 million are homeless and hungry after the May 2-3 cyclone hit Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Centralizing the stricken people in the centers made it easier for aid agencies to deliver emergency relief since many villages in the delta can only be reached by boat or very rough roads.

Aid workers who have reached some of the remote villages say little remains that could sustain their former residents: houses are destroyed, livestock has perished and food stocks have virtually run out. Medicines are nonexistent.

The UNICEF official said that some of the refugees are “being given rations and then they are forced to move.” But others were being denied such aid because they had lost their government identity cards.

A senior U.N. official in Bangkok, Thailand, said he could not confirm the camp closures but added that any such forced movement was “completely unacceptable.”

“People need to be assisted in the settlements and satisfactory conditions need to created before they can return to their place of origins,” Terje Skavdal, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters. “Any forced or coerced movement of people is completely unacceptable.”

There had been previous reports of forced removals, but on a scattered basis. In some cases, people were reportedly sent away ahead of visits by foreign dignitaries, and in others people were sent from schools that were to be used as voting places during a recent national referendum on a new constitution. People were also cleared out of some Buddhist temples where they had taken shelter, but in those cases apparently had been transferred to official refugee camps.

Human rights and aid groups also complained Friday that Myanmar’s military government was still hindering the free flow of international help for victims.

Some foreign aid staff were still waiting for permission to enter the Irrawaddy delta while the regime continues to review entry requests for 48 hours, the groups said.

One foreign aid worker attending Friday’s meeting said that in practice it took at least four days to obtain permission from the Ministry of Social Welfare to travel to the delta.

“The longer you want to stay, the longer it takes,” he said, declining to give his name for fear of government reprisals.

“The Burmese government is still using red tape to obstruct some relief efforts when it should accept all aid immediately and unconditionally,” the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

The International Red Cross was waiting for permission to send 30 of its foreign staffers into the delta.

The regime has also barred naval vessels from the United States, France and Great Britain from entering Myanmar’s waters, leaving them to wait offshore with their loads of humanitarian supplies. The French have been forced to dock in Thailand and turn over the relief goods to the United Nations for onward shipment into Myanmar.

“By still delaying and hampering aid efforts … the generals are showing that, even during a disaster, oppression rules,” Human Rights Watch said.

While welcoming millions of dollars from the international community for cyclone relief, Myanmar lashed out at donors for not pledging enough. State-run media decried donors on Thursday for only pledging up to $150 million — a far cry from the $11 billion the junta said it needed to rebuild.

The isolationist government agreed to allow foreign aid workers in after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe last weekend.

But delays continue, Human Rights Watch said.

Myanmar’s government says the cyclone killed 78,000 people and left another 56,000 missing.

The country’s xenophobic leaders are leery of foreign aid workers and international agencies, worrying they could weaken the junta’s powerful grip. The generals also don’t want their people to see aid coming directly from countries like the U.S., which the regime has long treated as a hostile power.

In Singapore on Friday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman said regional superpowers India and China should exert their influence over Myanmar’s military junta to push it toward democracy. Lieberman, who is in Singapore to attend a security conference, said he and other senators have met with the ambassadors of the two countries in Washington to convey this message.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080530/ap_on_re_as/myanmar;_ylt=Ah6BTd5n0HkvaeUhbiT.t4RvaA8F

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Myanmar generals insult world donors

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Thursday 29th May, 2008

Myanmar has described world aid offers for victims of Cyclone Nargis as ‘chocolate bar’ donations.

The Myanmar junta has lashed out at offers of foreign aid, criticising demands for access to the Irrawaddy delta and saying the victims of Cyclone Nargis could stand up for themselves.

The Kyemon newspaper has said that the people from Irrawaddy can survive on self-reliance ‘without chocolate bars donated by foreign countries.’

As with all media in Myanmar, the Kyemon newspaper is tightly controlled by the army and is believed to go along with the opinions of the top generals.

The editorial also accused the international community of being stingy, noting that the United Nations was still a long way short of its US$201 million target, nearly four weeks after the disaster.

It said the level of aid stands in stark contrast to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when governments around the world promised US$2.08 billion within the first week.

http://www.australiannews.net/story/364862

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 30, 2008 at 9:01 am

World Focus on Burma (30 May 08)

Latest news on the disaster in Myanmar (Burma)New!

Support the victims of the cyclone in Myanmar (Burma)New!

Myanmar may use forced labor in cyclone recovery: ILO

Reuters –
The ILO has been at loggerheads with the former Burma for more than a decade over what the United Nations agency calls a widespread practice of forcing …

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Carbon credits could help save Amazon, blunt warming

Canada.com, Canada –
… from carbon trading schemes may be the least likely to use the money effectively, such as Burma (Myanmar), Bolivia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and . …

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Aid groups say Myanmar still hindering foreign assistance to …

GoErie.com, PA –
An estimated 2.4 million people are homeless and hungry after the May 2-3 cyclone hit Myanmar, also known as Burma. “We urge speedy implementation of all …

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Junta bans more proxy sites

Mizzima.com, India –
… banned information flow from Burma through its major internet service provider, Myanmar Teleport, Bagan Net and Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications.

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UN: Myanmar forcing storm victims from camps

The Associated Press –
An estimated 2.4 million people remain homeless and hungry after the May 2-3 cyclone hit Myanmar, also known as Burma. Myanmar’s government says the cyclone …

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The Night Is Young

MaineToday.com, ME –
Cyclone Nargis has taken an unfathomable toll on the people of Burma (Myanmar). Thousands upon thousands are dead, and millions of others are in dire need …

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Suu Kyi symbolises strength

Merinews, India –
Aung San Suu Kyi symbolises the spiritual strength of the people of Myanmar. The frail figure of Suu Kyi has fought a lonely battle to restore human dignity …

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Rotary helping disaster victims with ShelterBox program

Trentonian, Canada –
… well used in emergencies in several parts of the world, and thousands are now on their way to victims of recent disasters in Myanmar (Burma) and China. …

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Singapore: Myanmar junta scared foreign aid workers will expose …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

AP SINGAPORE (AP) – Myanmar’s military rulers are afraid to let in international aid workers to help cyclone victims because it might expose their own …

Logistics hamper Myanmar relief

CNN –
Watch what’s happened to schools in Myanmar » World Vision has about 500 workers in Myanmar, also known as Burma, delivering shelter, food, water and health …

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Myanmar afraid cyclone handling will show up junta-Singapore

Reuters –
The evictions come a day after official media in the former Burma lashed out at offers of foreign aid, criticising donors’ demands for access to the …

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Calgary Herald

Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more

The Associated Press –
But the military rulers of Myanmar, also known as Burma, are continuing to throw up obstacles to the free flow of international aid, aid and human rights groups said Friday.
World leaders outraged at detention in Myanmar Edmonton Sun
Myanmar enacts new constitution: state TV ABS CBN News
AFPWashington PostPR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)Deutsche Welle
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Times Now.tv

Superstition and ‘panties for peace’ in Myanmar/Burma

Dallas Morning News –
Women around the world are asked to post their panties to local Burmese embassies in a bid to strip the regime of its power and bring an end to its gross violations of human rights, especially those committed against Burma’s women.
Panties Sent to Burma for Peace ShortNews.com
Women asked to send underwear to Myanmar KOKI FOX 23
MetroSifyGulf Daily NewsThe Canadian Press
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CBS News

US naval forces consider abandoning Myanmar relief efforts

Jane’s –
By Casandra Newell The commander of US naval operations in the Pacific Ocean, Admiral Tim Keating, said on 28 May that US Navy (USN) ships off the coast of Myanmar waiting to deliver aid to cyclone victims might soon depart. Adm Keating stated during a …
Myanmar’s Generals Approve Visas for UN Cyclone Relief Workers Bloomberg
US Navy Waiting for Junta’s Permission to Deliver Burma Aid Washington Post
The Associated PressReutersXinhuaAFP
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GulfNews

US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution

AFP –
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House on Friday expressed frustration at the pace of aid flows into Myanmar after devastating Cyclone Nargis and said the ruling junta’s new constitution lacks credibility.
Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps without proper … The Canadian Press
UN: Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps The Associated Press
The Press AssociationReutersVoice of AmericaReuters
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Brisbane Times

Burma cyclone aid agencies make plea for orphans

guardian.co.uk –
“Institutionalisation really is the last resort,” said Guy Cave, Save the Children’s Burma deputy country director.
Burma Grants Visas to Relief Workers, But Little Access to Delta Voice of America
Burma grants all UN visa requests BBC News
Belfast TelegraphOneWorld.netIrish TimesHuman Rights Watch (press release)
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Myanmar officially adopts new military-backed constitution

International Herald Tribune –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: Military-ruled Myanmar has adopted a new constitution through a referendum that critics note was held in aftermath of a severe cyclone while hundreds of thousands of victims were receiving little or no aid from the government.
Myanmar adopts new pro-military constitution Thaindian.com
Myanmar officially adopts new military-backed constitution PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
ReutersThe Canadian PressThe Associated PressBernama
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San Francisco Chronicle

Myanmar’s military dictators: Let cyclone victims save themselves!

San Francisco Chronicle –
What to make of the latest unfathomable or arrogant or (choose an adjective) pronouncement from the military dictators of Myanmar, who have made it so hard for international relief-organization workers to enter their mountainous country and deliver …
WHO launches 28 million dollar healthcare plan for Myanmar AFP
International SOS Responds to Myanmar Cyclone PR Newswire (press release)
ReliefWeb (press release)ReliefWeb (press release)
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Sydney Morning Herald

Burma: cyclone victims can survive on own

Melbourne Herald Sun –
By staff writers BURMA’s military government has lashed out at donors who promised millions of dollars of aid, saying the survivors of Cyclone Nargis didn’t need “bars of chocolate”.
Myanmar: Junta Upset Over Aid Pledges New York Times
Myanmar blasts international donors for not giving more aid Times and Transcript
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Javno.hr

Myanmar’s cyclone response regrettable: Singapore PM

ABS CBN News –
Myanmar’s response to foreign offers of help for victims of a devastating cyclone in the country is regrettable, Singapore’s prime minister said Friday.
Myanmar afraid cyclone handling will show up junta-Singapore Reuters
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Chinese medics donate medical equipment to Myanmar

Xinhua –
YANGON, May 30 (Xinhua) — Chinese medics working in Myanmar for the relief of cyclone victims donated four vehicles for medical use and other medical equipment as well as medicines to the Myanmar side Friday as the team is about to end their two-week …
Japan medical team arrives in cyclone-hit Myanmar Thai News Agency MCOT
Japanese medics arrive in Myanmar for cyclone victims People’s Daily Online
ReliefWeb (press release)Thai News Agency MCOT
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Radio Australia

UN warns Burma it is endangering its citizens

Bangkok Post –
Access to the delta remains an issue, almost a week after Burma’s junta chief Senior General Than Shwe promised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that he would allow access to all international aid workers.
Burma’s military says new constitution enacted Radio Australia
Burma adopts new constitution: state media ABC Online
Voice of America
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Myanmar Aid Workers Say Delta Needs Are `Critical’ (Update2)

Bloomberg –
More than 130000 people were killed or left missing by the storm in the country formerly known as Burma, the UN says. Doctors Without Borders has 250 workers, more than a dozen of them from outside Myanmar, operating in the delta, Terasse said, …


Boston Globe

French humanitarian aid to Burma (May 29, 2008)

France Diplomatie (press release) –
The aircraft took off from the airport at Vatry with permission to land in Burma where it will arrive in the night (6:15 am local time).
French navy ship delivers aid to Burma ABC Online
French ship rejected by Myanmar to leave aid in Thailand ABS CBN News
National PostBoston GlobeAljazeera.netReuters
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Thai News Agency MCOT

Thailand to send more aid to Burma

Bangkok Post –
Speaking after accompanying the new team of doctors to Burma, Mr Chaiya said the Burmese government and people were grateful for the kindness of the royal family and assistance from the government.
2nd group of royal physicians to be dispatched to Myanmar ReliefWeb (press release)
More Thai doctors on way to Burma Bangkok Post
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Give aid workers in Myanmar effective access–Pope

Reuters –
The Pope made his indirect appeal in an address to the Catholic bishops of the former Burma, who are winding up a visit to the Vatican, and urged them to be strong in the face of “distress, persecution and famine”.

US senator says India, China must pressure Myanmar’s junta for …

International Herald Tribune –
AP SINGAPORE: Regional superpowers India and China should exert their influence over Myanmar’s generals to push the country toward democracy, a leading US politician said Friday.


Telegraph.co.uk

Burma cyclone: Junta tells victims to eat frogs

Telegraph.co.uk –
According to newspaper New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece: “The people (of the Irrawaddy delta) can survive with self-reliant efforts even if they are not given chocolate bars from (the) international community.

Baby born on boat donated to Burma relief by businessman

Scotsman –
A BOAT donated by an Edinburgh businessman to the Burma cyclone relief effort has welcomed its first newborn baby. Pandawlin, weighing 8lbs, was born earlier this week and named after the vessel Pandaw IV and the charity Merlin whose staff helped …


Voice of America

UN Officials Condemn Burma’s Forced Eviction of Cyclone Victims …

Voice of America –
By Luis Ramirez Burma’s military government has begun forcing cyclone victims to leave relief centers and return to their homes in the devastated Irawaddy Delta.


AFP

Myanmar lashes foreign aid, says survivors can eat frogs

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar’s ruling junta lashed out at foreign aid donors Friday, saying cyclone victims did not need supplies of “chocolate bars” and could instead survive by eating frogs and fish.

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Seattle Times

Editorial: Burma junta’s crackdown is woefully misguided

San Antonio Express, TX –
Such is the case in Burma (Myanmar), where the incompetence of the ruling junta in responding to Cyclone Nargis has shaken public confidence in the Asian …
Global outrage Bangkok Post
Let Them Eat Frogs Washington Post
Burma arrest condemned Scotsman
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In the words of Naw Htoo Paw, Burmese human rights activist

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The cyclone that hit Burma (Myanmar) in early May has only complicated an already appalling humanitarian crisis within the country. …

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Israel Sends More Aid to Burma and China

Arutz Sheva, Israel –
by Ezra HaLevi (IsraelNN.com) Israel has dispatched a third shipment of aid to Burma (Myanmar) and another shipment to China, as well, following natural ..

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Burma: Junta Attacks Internet Freedom

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
According to a recent announcement by Myanmar Teleport, technical changes are being made to prevent the use of proxy servers in Burma. Myanmar Teleport …

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China, Korea sign Myanmar energy exploration deal

Reuters UK, UK –
Few Western companies will invest in the former Burma because of its poor human rights record and continued detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San …
CNPC, Daewoo join hands to explore Burma EnergyCurrent
China’s CNPC, SKorea’s Daewoo Intl tie up for Myanmar oil/gas … Forbes
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Bishop’s Emergency Appeal for Burma is making a difference

Diocese of Lichfield, UK –
… sent to the Bishop of Lichfield’s Emergency Appeal in response to the Cyclone Nargis crisis in Burma are already making a difference in Myanmar. …

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Radio Australia

Myanmar adopts new constitution

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Myanmar ‘s government has formally adopted a new national constitution following a heavily-criticised referendum held earlier this month amid the …
Myanmar officially adopts new military-backed constitution International Herald Tribune
Burma’s military says new constitution enacted Radio Australia
Burma’s Military Rulers Put New Constitution into Effect Voice of America
Thaindian.comRTT News
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Sydney Morning Herald

Myanmar: Junta Upset Over Aid Pledges

New York Times, United States –
Last week, Juan José Daboub, the managing director of the World Bank, said the bank would not extend any financial aid to Myanmar because it had not paid …
Burma: cyclone victims can survive on own Melbourne Herald Sun
Junta evicts families from emergency shelters Sydney Morning Herald
Myanmar blasts international donors for not giving more aid Times and Transcript
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A Lakeville Photographer Saw Makings of Myanmar Problems During …

Litchfield County Times, CT –
Unfortunately, this uprising from the Burmese people (the country was known as Burma until 1989) was relatively short-lived and reached no solid resolution, …

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (30 May 2008)

US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution

AFP –
A man reads a newspaper in Yangon on 15, May 2008. The White House on Friday expressed frustration at the pace of aid flows into Myanmar after devastating Cyclone Nargis and said the ruling junta's new constitution lacks credibility.(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House on Friday expressed frustration at the pace of aid flows into Myanmar after devastating Cyclone Nargis and said the ruling junta’s new constitution lacks credibility.

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UN: Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military government is removing cyclone victims from refugee camps and dumping them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, the United Nations said Friday.

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MSN UK News

UN Warns Burma’s Food Security at Risk

Voice of America –
By Ron Corben United Nations agencies warn that Burma’s food shortages and escalating prices pose a threat to its food security.
Aid workers face restrictions in Myanmar United Press International
Myanmar generals insult world donors Australian News
BBC NewsTeleTextNarinjara NewsBelleville News Democrat
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Analysis: Why has more aid flowed to Myanmar than China?

Asian Relief: The Sharon Stone Effect

The two natural disasters struck just days apart, yet their aftermaths were strikingly different. When cyclone Nargis swept through Burma on May 2-3, leaving roughly 134,000 people dead or missing, the world reacted with deep sympathy and immediate promises of aid. International generosity, so far reaching nearly $230 million in relief aid, stood in sharp contrast to the callousness of the ruling junta, which unilaterally slowed the flow of aid to a trickle and essentially ignored the plight of millions of suffering Burmese.

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Voice of America

Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s ruling junta lashed out Thursday at aid donors who promised millions of dollars for cyclone relief, saying survivors didn’t need “bars of chocolate.
Let Them Eat Frogs Washington Post
Myanmar grants more visas to to foreign relief workers Monsters and Critics.com
ReutersNew York TimesInternational Herald TribuneBBC News
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Myanmar Aid Workers Say Delta Needs Are `Critical,’ Access Slow

Bloomberg –
More than 130000 people were killed or left missing by the storm in the country formerly known as Burma, the UN says. Doctors Without Borders has 250 workers, more than a dozen of them from outside Myanmar, operating in the delta, Terasse said, …
Burma adopts new constitution: state media ABC Online
UN Warns Burma’s Food Security at Risk Voice of America
BBC NewsBelfast TelegraphReutersVoice of America
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UN chief walked diplomatic tightrope with junta

In this May 22, 2008 file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, talks with a displaced family in their tent on in the Kyondah village, Myanmar, on a tour to view conditions in cyclone-damaged areas and to meet with Myanmar government officials. The United Nations said Thursday, May 29, 2008, that the last 45 pending visas for Myanmar were granted to U.N. international relief workers — but at the cost of temporarily ignoring Myanmar's latest crackdown on dissent.  (AP Photo/Stan Honda, Pool, File) AP- BANGKOK, Thailand – No mention of Myanmar‘s detained pro-democracy leader. No talk of holding a controversial vote despite a catastrophic cyclone. Not a word about the military regime’s history of human rights abuses.

Those were the issues U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon avoided in talks with Myanmar’s junta leader. It appeared to pay off with dozens of visas issued for U.N. relief workers — but at the high cost, say critics, of ignoring Myanmar’s latest crackdown on dissent.

Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more

Thu May 29, 12:16 PM ET

People line up outside an aid tent in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday May 29, 2008 awaiting medical treatment. Aid and relief has been slow getting to affected area's and people after a cyclone hit southern Myanmar causing mass destruction and death. (AP Photo) YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s ruling junta lashed out Thursday at aid donors who promised millions of dollars for cyclone relief, saying survivors didn’t need “bars of chocolate.”
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CTV.ca

World leaders outraged at detention in Myanmar

Edmonton Sun –
“Canada has repeatedly called on the regime to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners, respect the human rights of the people of Burma, and engage in a genuine dialogue with the democratic movement,” said Foreign Affairs Minister …
Myanmar enacts new constitution: state TV ABS CBN News
Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more The Associated Press
AFPDeutsche WelleReutersInternational Herald Tribune
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CBS News

Myanmar opens up to UN aid workers

Aljazeera.net –
Nearly a month after a devastating cyclone swept through Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta, the country’s military rulers have given the green light for United Nations relief workers waiting to enter the country.
US Navy Waiting for Junta’s Permission to Deliver Burma Aid Washington Post
US commander: Navy ships likely to leave Myanmar The Associated Press
XinhuaReutersAFPThe Associated Press
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Voice of America

UN Warns Burma’s Food Security at Risk

Voice of America –
By Ron Corben United Nations agencies warn that Burma’s food shortages and escalating prices pose a threat to its food security.
Burma grants all UN visa requests BBC News
Burma approves visas for foreign aid workers Belfast Telegraph
ReutersThe Associated PressThe Press AssociationVoice of America
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May 30, 2008 at 1:09 am

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

AFP –
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

Kentucky.com, 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 …
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Boston Globe

Aid workers head to Myanmar delta as more visas granted

AFP –
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
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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 NEWS.com.au
ForbesCBS NewsIrish Times
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Times Now.tv

‘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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stv.tv

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
The Associated PressAFPABS CBN NewsThe Associated Press
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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 EastDay.com
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
France24
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Canada.com

Myanmar lashes out at “chocolate bar” foreign aid

Canada.com –
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 CTV.ca
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 …


PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

Activists blast Chevron on human rights, environment

San Jose Mercury News –
Activists took advantage of the gathering at Chevron headquarters in San Ramon to blast Chevron during the meeting for alleged environmental and human rights abuses in Ecuador, Nigeria and Myanmar. Outside, protesters dressed in white protective suits …
Complaints shadow Chevron profits TVNZ
Activists blast Chevron on rights, environment Forbes
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Sydney Morning Herald

Burma aid visas approved

TeleText –
Burma has approved all pending visas for UN relief workers to enter the country a month after a cyclone left two million people in need of aid.
UN, other agencies gaining greater access to cyclone victims in … China Post
Costello down with dysentery Advertiser Adelaide
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Marni Soupcoff on ‘Panties for Peace’ in Burma

National Post –
by Raze Those wierdos in command in Myanmar have no idea what it was like to be Tom Jones singing in Montreal… by ZeeBC We have to be careful that we are not been taken for a ride.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 29, 2008 at 8:04 am