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Burma: Updated top news (4 June 2008)

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英文中國郵報

WFP may need rice imports for cyclone-hit Myanmar

Reuters UK –
By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK, June 4 (Reuters) – The World Food Programme might need to import rice for its aid programmes in cyclone-hit Myanmar where farmers in the Irrawaddy delta rice bowl are struggling to plant a new crop, a spokesman said on …
Cyclone-hard-hit townships resume paddy planting in Myanmar Xinhua
UN: Myanmar cyclone assistance reaching more people, but food aid … Economic Times
Monsters and Critics.comMerinewsReutersReuters
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Canada.com

Unable to help Myanmar relief efforts, US Navy vessels sailing away

International Herald Tribune –
AP YANGON, Myanmar: The US military ordered its navy ships away from the coast of Myanmar on Wednesday, after the country’s ruling junta refused to give them permission to help survivors of the cyclone that devastated the country more than a month ago.
US ships to leave cyclone-hit Myanmar after junta snub AFP
US to Withdraw Naval Vessels from Burma After Aid Refused Voice of America
ScotsmanABC Onlineguardian.co.ukBBC News
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US ships to leave cyclone-hit Myanmar after junta snub

The amphibious ships USS Essex and USS Juneau as they steam in the Andaman Sea on May 23. Four US Navy ships which had been stationed off cyclone-hit Myanmar with relief supplies and aircraft will return to normal duties after the junta rejected their help, US officials said Wednesday.(AFP/US Navy/Michael D. Kennedy)

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – US warships laden with supplies for Myanmar’s cyclone victims will sail away after the junta refused their help, even as aid workers Wednesday pleaded for more help to reach about a million survivors.


Voice of America

Inside Burma’s relief efforts

Toronto Star –
… were there and that nobody has been helping people,” says Dr. James Kong, a Hong Kong-based surgeon and former head of Rangoon’s Pun Hlaing International Hospital, who has returned to help his native Burma, which the junta renamed Myanmar.
Snubbed US ships to abort Myanmar mission CNN International
VIDEO: Gates Slams Myanmar`s Response to Aid Javno.hr
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Canoe.ca

US ships to leave cyclone-hit Myanmar after junta snub

AFP –
Cyclone Nargis left more than 133000 people dead or missing as it ploughed across the country formally known as Burma about a month ago, laying waste to vital farmlands and wiping villages off the map.
UN fears food shortage in Myanmar Times of India
US ships abort Myanmar mercy mission The Associated Press
Economic TimesMonsters and Critics.comMelbourne Herald SunAFP
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Voice of America

US to Withdraw Naval Vessels from Burma After Aid Refused

Voice of America –

By VOA News The US military says it will withdraw its warships from the waters off Burma after the ruling military government refused to allow the ships to deliver relief supplies to the victims of last month’s deadly cyclone.

US Navy ships to leave Burma Scotsman
US Navy ships leave Burma, still carrying aid ABC Online
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Myanmar Needs `Sustained’ Aid for Cyclone Survivors, UN Says

Bloomberg –
International agencies say Myanmar’s ruling junta is still delaying full access to the region by imposing travel controls for aid workers.

U.S. warships to leave Myanmar after aid refused

BANGKOK (Reuters) – U.S. warships will soon leave waters near Myanmar after the ruling military junta refused permission for the delivery of aid supplies to the cyclone-stricken Irrawaddy delta, a top U.S. commander said on Wednesday.

Four US ships to leave Myanmar coast after snub

BANGKOK (AFP) – Four US Navy ships which had been stationed off cyclone-hit Myanmar with relief supplies and aircraft will return to normal duties after the junta rejected their help, US officials said Wednesday.

Myanmar evicts cyclone victims from schools, so classes can resume

HLAING THAYAR, Myanmar (AFP) – The Myanmar authorities ordered schools around Yangon to open on Monday after a long holiday, despite the affects of Cyclone Nargis, which left 133,600 dead or missing, with 2.4 million people in need of food, shelter and medicine.

US ships abort Myanmar mercy mission

AP

BANGKOK, Thailand – U.S. Navy ships are leaving Myanmar after failing to get the junta’s permission to unload aid to “ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands” of cyclone survivors, the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific said Tuesday.

Slideshow: Tens of thousands killed in Myanmar cyclone

Video: Cyclone exposes Myanmar generals’ isolation AFP

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US ships off Myanmar will leave the area

(AP) BANGKOK, Thailand – A top U.S. military commander says American navy ships off Myanmar’s coast will leave the area after failing to get the junta’s permission to help with cyclone relief efforts.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 4, 2008 at 3:53 am

Aid groups press Myanmar on camp evictions

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By Aung Hla Tun Tue Jun 3, 7:43 AM ET

Cyclone Nargis victims prepare to leave the Central Relief Camp after the authorities decided to close the camp in Kawhmu on June 2, 2008. Each household was given a bag of rice and 10 yards of tarpaulin for the roofing of their houses, the victims told Reuters. All of them are supposed to leave the camp by Tuesday but many said that their villages are still flooded and inhabitable. (Aung Hla Tun/Reuters)

Reuters Photo: Cyclone Nargis victims prepare to leave the Central Relief Camp after the authorities decided to…

YANGON (Reuters) – International aid groups pressed Myanmar on Tuesday to stop closing cyclone relief camps as southeast Asian experts kicked off a mission to pin down the scale of the devastation a month after the storm.

Cyclone Nargis, the world’s most deadly natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, is officially thought to have left 134,000 people dead or missing and 2.4 million destitute.

But many survivors have not yet been reached and Western nations and foreign aid groups complain the relief effort is being hampered by the inflexibility of Myanmar’s military rulers.

“They’ve had a cyclone but they’re not changing the rules. It’s business as usual,” said one official at an aid agency in Yangon, who asked not to be named.

Cumbersome regulations were blocking more vehicles and boats being used to distribute vital aid and even access to satellite communications was being made difficult, the official added.

Authorities have pushed ahead with a campaign, condemned by human rights groups and deemed “unacceptable” by the U.N., of evictions of displaced people from government shelters.

“If populations are on the move all the time, it’s very hard to reach them,” said Chris Webster, a spokesman for the charity World Vision in Yangon.

Closing the camps, usually clusters of tents around schools or other buildings, meant that growing numbers of displaced were returning to areas where the situation was already bad, said the first aid worker.

The last camp in Kawhmu, a district south of Yangon, was shut on Monday, witnesses said of the closures which appeared aimed at stopping the tented villages from becoming permanent.

International relief groups, the U.N. and government disaster officials met in Yangon, but little progress was reported on key issues affecting the delivery of aid.

They had sought details on camp evictions and the government’s repatriation policy, but got no answers, said a senior Western aid worker who declined to be named.

Foreign aid workers would be allowed to stay for two days in the badly-hit delta area but it was not clear if they would be accompanied by official minders.

“To be honest it’s still not clear how it will work,” the aid worker said.

SITUATION ON THE GROUND MURKY

The United Nations estimates that 1.3 million people had been given some assistance, although this was patchy and only half of those in the worst-hit delta had been reached.

“There remains a serious lack of sufficient and sustained humanitarian assistance for the affected populations,” the U.N.’s humanitarian arm said in a report.

In the last week around 15 international staff had been allowed to travel to the delta, but agencies still had no permanent presence, it said.

World Food Program boss Josette Sheeran said its $70 million food aid program faced a 64 percent funding shortfall, as did its logistics plan which includes boats, trucks and helicopters.

A United Nations “flash appeal” also remains well short of its $201 million target a month after the disaster.

The level of aid stands in stark contrast with the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia’s Aceh, when governments around the world promised $2 billion within the first week for a disaster which killed at least 232,000 people.

With the needs on the ground still so murky, an assessment team of experts led by Southeast Asian nations and the United Nations arrived in Yangon on Monday.

“Based on the assessment report that they will produce, we will be able to identify the needs of the Cyclone Nargis’ victims and intensify our efforts in the most needed areas,” said Surin Pitsuwan, secretary general of the Southeast Asian body ASEAN.

Southeast Asian nations have been seeking to take a leading role in relief efforts, particularly since Myanmar’s generals have often been wary of accepting help from Western countries, whose patience also appears to have been wearing thin.

(Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Darren Schuettler and Sanjeev Miglani)

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm

World focus on Burma (2 June 2008)

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

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Junta’s ‘approved constitution,’ another proof of flawed ‘road map …

Mizzima.com, India –
… the New Light of Myanmar, on Monday said, the overwhelming support to the junta’s draft constitution in a referendum reveals that people in Burma …

A breach in the wall?

Hindustan Times, India –
While its close ally Myanmar banned journalists from its cyclone-ravaged countryside, China let the media into quake zones and its foreign ministry …

Myanmar reopens schools 1 month after cyclone

The Associated Press –
The regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been criticized for its storm response, with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying the government had …

Burmese Still Without Aid a Month After Storm

ToTheCenter.com, NY –
After the storm, which hit Burma earlier this month, the military junta that rules the country with an iron fist received worldwide condemnation for not …

‘It looked like what we saw after the tsunami’

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The people here refer to it as “The Storm.” It’s amazing; Cyclone Nargis was one of the most devastating cyclones in years, but the people here just call it …

Community-based organisations provide ongoing relief in Burma

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
‘Under difficult conditions, the Government of Burma and the people have put together a functioning relief program, together with the international …

New school year brings fresh fear for Myanmar children

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Hundreds of thousands of children in Myanmar face new dangers as the new school year begins and they return to buildings ravaged by Cyclone Nargis. …

Myanmar: Judging the generals’ cyclone response

The Week Daily –
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Sunday accused the military leaders of Myanmar, also known as Burma, of “criminal neglect” for blocking massive aid …

Government restrictions hampers aid efforts: WFP

Mizzima.com, India –
The WFP, which has been supplying aid to the cyclone victims, said it has nine more helicopters in Bangkok, awaiting permission from Burma’s military …

One Month After Cyclone, More than 2 Million Still At Risk

Daily Green –
Children walk past a destroyed hut near Yangon, Myanmar, after receiving food from a Buddhist monastery. June 1, 2008 By Dan Shapley With more than 2 …

Films planned to raise funds for cyclone victims

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“Six directors – Mee Pwar, Mike Tee, Kyaw Zaw Linn, Maung Thi, Ko Zaw (Aryoneoo) and Nyunt Myanmar Nyi Nyi Aung – will be in charge of making the films. …

MIAMI HERALD: Burma’s rulers sink to new low

Belleville News Democrat, USA –
In appalling display of contempt for international public opinion and their own people, the generals who rule Burma have extended for one year the house …

Is God a Cosmic Monster?

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

UN rights chief says long-standing tolerance of Myanmar abuses …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP GENEVA (AP) – The world’s long record of tolerating human rights abuses in Myanmar allowed the country’s government to obstruct international aid in the …

Soaring prices compound Burma’s cyclone misery

Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa –
A large “Happy World” sign hangs above a dilapidated food market in Rangoon, Burma, but on the streets shoppers are far from content. …

MYANMAR: Humanitarian air bridge up and running

IRINnews.org, NY –
… slammed into Myanmar on 2 and 3 May. “The airport is our air bridge into Burma,” Paul Risley a spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP), …

Some Cyclone Survivors

Wall Street Journal –
By KRISHNA POKHAREL Myanmar opened its schools on the first day of a new academic year, in an effort to regain a sense of normalcy one month after the …

Than Shwe’s Days Are Numbered

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Gates: “It’s not been us that have been deaf and dumb in response to the pleas of the international community, but the government of Myanmar [Burma]. …

Schools reopen in Myanmar’s cyclone zone

Jerusalem Post, Israel –
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. …

Boycott Burma: To go or not to go?

Independent, UK –
In point of fact, her call for a boycott of travel to Burma only related to the ‘Visit Myanmar Year 1996’ and both in statements at the time and …

US accuses Burma of criminal neglect

guardian.co.uk, UK –
But Hakan Tongual, the deputy director of the UN’s world food programme in Burma, told Reuters at least 200000 people had received no help while 500000 …

Bangladesh-Myanmar road planned

United Press International –
The Daily Star report said the highway will begin at Balukhali in Cox’s Bazar and terminate at Bawlibazar in Rakhain state in Myanmar, formerly called Burma …

‘Urgent work’ needed to save Burma cyclone victims: UN

ABC Online, Australia –
A month after Burma’s cyclone left 133000 people dead or missing, the UN’s food agency chief has warned that “urgent work” is needed to help hundreds of …

Burma junta ‘put children in danger by re-opening schools’

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Burma’s military regime has been accused of putting more of its citizens in danger after re-opening schools …

World Refugee Sunday to rouse church conscience on refugee issues

ChristianToday, UK –
“In light of the hundreds of thousands of displaced peoples in just Myanmar (Burma) and China alone over the past few months, it seems very appropriate to …

Journalists risk death to get disaster coverage of Burma to the world

Toronto Star, Canada –
… 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. …

Myanmar activist wins Anna Lindh Prize

Monsters and Critics.com –
Khin Ohmar, a former student activist, has lived in exile for the past 20 years and is currently based in Thailand where she is active in the Burma …

Myanmar reopens schools 1 month after cyclone

The Associated Press –
Foreign aid workers say the regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is still dragging its feet on allowing quick and full access to survivors of the …

Junta defends their relief as ‘prompt’

NDTV.com, India –
AP Myanmar’s military government reopened schools on Monday in several areas still reeling from a catastrophic cyclone, a move international aid groups said …

Burma at beginning of “very nasty end game”

InTheNews.co.uk, 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. …

Myanmar accused of “criminal neglect”

Seattle Times, United States –
In the strongest remarks yet by a high-ranking US official, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that Myanmar was guilty of “criminal neglect” for …

Pentagon chief Gates rules out forcing aid on Myanmar

Los Angeles Times, CA –
… which carry 22 heavy-lift helicopters, but the American aircraft have been barred by the military rulers of Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Burma WWII veterans renew ties

Greenwich Time, CT –
Thanks to the heroics of a few thousand volunteer American troops dubbed “Merrill’s Marauders,” parts of Burma – now called Myanmar – were recaptured, …

Burma condemned as schools reopen

The Press Association –
A British aid group condemned Burma’s military government for reopening schools on Monday in several areas still reeling from the catastrophic cyclone. …

Myanmar victims ‘forced to return’

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
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. …

Cyclone assist

Brownsville Herald, TX United States –
Top generals in Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) military government have been reluctant to allow disaster relief supplies, foreign aid workers or medical …

Cyclone-hit Myanmar struggles to grow rice

OneWorld.net, UK –
… the main rice crop in the delta, the “rice bowl of the Asia” in the days when Myanmar was called Burma and administered as part of the British empire. …

Monday’s 6minutes new blog

6minutes, Australia –
CAIRNS GP Dr Dion Dewar managed to sneak in to Burma with 20kg of emergency relief after Cyclone Nargis, the Cairns Post reports. After caring for victims …

Burma’s continued suffering

Charleston Post Courier, SC –
With the utmost ill grace, Burma’s military despots are at last allowing the outside world to aid the millions of Burmese people still in peril after the …

Gates accuses Myanmar of ‘criminal neglect’

Austin American-Statesman, TX –
But despite the rising anger and frustration with Myanmar’s military leaders, Gates said that defense ministers meeting in Singapore over the weekend had …

Refusing aid ‘is criminal neglect’

The Mercury (subscription), South Africa –
BANGKOK: More people would perish in Myanmar’s cyclone disaster zone unless the regime lifted restrictions on foreign aid, United States defence secretary …

Gates Sees Little Hope of Delivering Aid to Burma

New York Sun, United States –
Speaking ahead of meetings here with Prime Minister Samak of Thailand, Mr. Gates said that most aid being delivered Burma’s main city, Yangon, …

Burma’s dictators guilty of genocide

San Jose Mercury News, USA –
By Joel Brinkley A man carries a small bag of food in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Very little aid has reached survivors of Cyclone Nargis.

When disaster and foreign policy mix—Marites Danguilan Vitug

ABS CBN News, Philippines –
He said that the US worked rapidly to deliver relief but Burma disapproved “at a cost of tens of thousands of lives.” In similar instances, Indonesia agreed …

The Tyranny of the Com

Sify, India –
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. …

Burma ‘Refusing Aid.. Still’

RedOrbit, TX –
In a scathing attack, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Burma had been “deaf and dumb” to the offers of international help, as British and American aid …

Myanmar minister sticks to ‘no strings’ refrainas donor nations fume

TODAYonline, Singapore –
HE APPEARED at the Shangri-La Hotel yesterday to give an update on Myanmar’s recovery efforts in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, which tore through the …

More to die if Myanmar doesn’t change approach

The Post, Pakistan –
BANGKOK: More people will perish in Myanmar’s cyclone disaster zone unless the regime lifts restrictions on foreign aid, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates …

Relief Aid Denied by Myanmar: Accusations of “Criminal Neglect”

ToTheCenter.com, NY –
Myanmar’s failure to provide aid and refusal to accept international aid to assist victims of a disastrous cyclone that left at least 135000 people dead or …

Rebuffed US ships ready to leave Myanmar coast

Malaysia Sun, Malaysia –
The United States likely will decide “within days” to move four US Navy ships that have been waiting off the coast of Myanmar for permission from the …

CrisisWatch N°58, 1 June 2008

International Crisis Group, Belgium –
Myanmar/Burma was left devastated by a massive cyclone and the military government’s heavily criticised response. The latest official death toll is 78000 …

Defying all odds: local doctors travel to Myanmar to help cyclone …

Monitor, TX –
… Baptist Family Practice Residency Program, and private physician Dr. Edward Oorjitham traveled to Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – with Tulsa, Okla. …

Burma: Let’s Roll

Washington Post –
So we’re still waiting for permission to bring large-scale aid to Burma [“Let Them Eat Frogs,” editorial, May 30].

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.

Sikh NGO to send relief shipment to Myanmar

Times of India –
JALANDHAR: As some Sikh organizations have started serving langar to the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, United Sikhs, the NGO that has joined hands with Yangon Sikh Gurdwara and Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, …

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Mail & Guardian Online

Amid aid delays, locals in Burma (Myanmar) rebuild

Christian Science Monitor –
By a correspondent Rangoon, Burma – Flying home, Burmese sailors are awestruck when they see the Irrawaddy Delta below them.
Canberra urged to uphold vow to act on Burma crimes The Age
David Cameron: If the generals will not let in the aid, they must … Independent
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Gulf Times

Minneapolis Star Tribune –
BANGKOK, THAILAND – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates painted a bleak picture Sunday of the prospects for delivering international aid to villagers in Myanmar’s devastated Irrawaddy River delta, saying he probably was just days away from ordering a US …
Myanmar policy cost lives: USA The Statesman
Gates: Obstructed efforts in Myanmar cost lives The Associated Press
Philadelphia InquirerAFPThe Associated PressThe Associated Press
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NDTV.com

ASEAN wants to do more for Burma’s cyclone victims

Radio Australia –
Malaysia’s deputy prime minister says the disaster caused by Cyclone Nargis in Burma has the potential to be worse than the Indian Ocean tsunami, and demanded a bigger role for Southeast Asian nations in the relief work.
Malaysia to Burma: Allow S. Asian militaries to help USA Today
Malaysia wants bigger ASEAN role in Myanmar relief Reuters
XinhuaInternational Herald TribuneNew Straits TimesPakistan Observer
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Indonesia sends medical assistance to Myanmar

Xinhua –
JAKARTA, June 1 (Xinhua) — The Indonesian government on Sunday sent medical assistance to Myanmar to help the victims of the cyclone Nagris in the country, head of crisis center of the Indonesian Health Ministry Rustam Pakaya said here.

Washington Post –
Burma’s rulers “have kept their hands in their pockets” while other countries sought to help cyclone victims, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Saturday, branding the military government as “deaf and dumb” for obstructing aid efforts.
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To boost tourism in the region, Thailand and the Philippines………

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
… Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines and Thailand. But Thailand is the region’s top tourist destination, …

UN Health Agency Seeks $28 Million To Help Cyclone Survivors In …

AHN –
The cyclone destroyed about half of the health-care system in the delta and Yangon of Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Devastation in China, Burma

Anglican Journal, Canada –
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is accepting donations to help Burma (also known as Myanmar), which was devastated by a cyclone on …

United Press International –
Gates said the stance of top officials in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was placing the lives of countless citizens in danger following this spring’s …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 2, 2008 at 4:40 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

Inquirer.net –
“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

AFP –
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

DigitalJournal.com, 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

guardian.co.uk, 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

istockAnalyst.com, 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

ABC7Chicago.com, 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 …


Canada.com

Myanmar appoints Deputy FM as Chairman representing Myanmar in …

Xinhua – May 30, 2008
YANGON, May 30 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Friday appointed its Deputy Foreign Minister U Kyaw Thu as Chairman representing the country in a Yangon-based tripartite core group, the State Radio quoting the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee …
Burma: Asean Steps in Where Others May Not Tread The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Myanmar junta praises UN aid International Herald Tribune
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World Focus on Burma (31 May 08)

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Weekly Business Roundup (May 31, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The deal was brokered by the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, which is a nominal partner in all oil and gas ventures in Burma. Daewoo is the lead developer …

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TVNZ

Burma: Asean Steps in Where Others May Not Tread

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –
The junta has hoodwinked Asean before and it could happen again,” says Roshan Jason, spokesman for the Asean Inter-parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, a group of South-east Asian parliamentarians championing political reform in Burma. “Asean’s credibility is …
Officials say Myanmar junta is evicting storm victims from shelters NBC 29 News
UN: Myanmar funding conference “success” Xinhua
ABS CBN NewsForbesReuters UKReliefWeb (press release)
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Chinese medics ends Myanmar mission to treat cyclone victims

Xinhua –
YANGON, May 31 (Xinhua) — Chinese medics, who worked in Myanmar for the relief of cyclone victims, ended its two-week mission and left Yangon Saturday morning for home.
More Cyclone-hard-hit Township In Myanmar Starts With Paddy Ploughing Bernama
Japan medical team arrives in cyclone-hit Myanmar Thai News Agency MCOT
People’s Daily OnlineXinhuaXinhuaThai News Agency MCOT
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Global Buddhist event comes to Hoagland

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
They include groups established by natives of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and Laos, Devananda says. Buddhists from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois are …

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Many Burmese Still Awaiting Aid

Washington Post, United States –
AP PYINMAGON, Burma, May 30 — This rice-farming village in the Irrawaddy Delta, one of countless communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Nargis, …

Humanitarian Vanities

New York Times, United States –

… to stand by knowing that the dictatorship of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, showed few signs of caring about the victims of Cyclone Nargis? …

Cyclone Caused More Damage Than Tsunami In Myanmar, Says Mercy …

Bernama, Malaysia –
KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) — Cyclone Nargis which slammed into Myanmar on May 2 and 3 inflicted damage much worse than that caused by the 2004 Indian …

First Thai medics return after treating Myanmar cyclone victims

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Four Thai medical doctors, under the patronage of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, in former Burma to treat Myanmar cyclone victims since May 17, …

Redlander grieves current events in childhood home of Burma

Redlands Daily Facts, CA –
(CATHERINE GARCIA / Redlands Daily Facts) Burma, which is called Myanmar by its current government, has been under military rule since 1962. …

Ethnic rebels torch sawmill, kill 8 workers in Myanmar

Times of India, India –
The ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has reached peace agreements with 17 armed ethnic groups. But others are still fighting for autonomy from …

US Defence Secretary Gates assures enduring role in Asia

Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“We continue to get help into Burma (Myanmar) and remain poised to provide more” for the victims of the May 3 cyclone that left 133000 dead or missing. …

United Sikhs Expands Aid Efforts in Burma

Panthic Weekly, CA –
He said, “I was encouraged by the relief effort, but that rapid reinforcements were needed” As of this week, the government of Myanmar has allowed all aid …

What in the World?

Irish Independent, Ireland –
But when Burma gained independence from the British in 1948, the Karen people were abandoned to their fate. In recent decades the Burmese army has practised …

Two catastrophes, two approaches

Trinidad & Tobago Express, Trinidad and Tobago –
A wicked cyclone struck Myanmar, formerly Burma, on May 12 leaving death and destruction in its wake. It was the sixth worse cyclone in history with an …

Those Hardest Hit Can Fend For Themselves, Says Burma’s Junta

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –
If you think Burma’s junta could not do or say anything else to warrant further backlash from the international community, you may want to reconsider that …

US blames Burma for thousands of deaths

The Age, Australia –
The Burma military’s obstruction of international aid after Cyclone Nargis has come “at a cost of tens of thousands of lives,” US Secretary of Defence …

Junta blamed for thousands dead in Myanmar Radio New Zealand, New Zealand

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with …

Myanmar Races to Plant Delta Rice Crops Before Monsoon Rains

Bloomberg –
… as Burma, the UN says. The International Development Enterprises, a non-government organization working to boost agricultural production in Myanmar, …

Why Child Abuse by Peacekeepers, Aid Workers Often Goes Unreported

Voice of America –
The report says Burma, also known as Myanmar, remained the worst government offender. And that’s IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written by Brianna …

Aid agencies urge Burma not to build orphanages

guardian.co.uk, UK –
International relief agencies bringing aid to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis are trying to persuade the Burmese regime not to build orphanages for children …

Cowardice of silence

guardian.co.uk, UK –
And yet the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, could not bring himself to utter her name on his recent, grovelling tour of Burma. …

Cyclone victims being evicted

LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator has raised concerns about victims of cyclone Nargis being evicted from emergency accommodation in Burma. …

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States –
More important, though, is the frustration of the sailors stationed on a ship near Burma, who are hoping to help, Keating said. While China has been more …

Burma: Stop Forced Evictions

Human Rights Watch (press release) –
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. …


ITV.com

Myanmar: Monks succeed where generals falter

Minneapolis Star Tribune –
The people have grown much closer to Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, who provide care, aid and solace, while their alienation from the military junta has grown.
Aid Agencies Say Logistical Difficulties Hamper Burma Aid Deliveries Voice of America
Burma ‘forcing refugees from camps’ The Press Association
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WBT

Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power

Voice of America –
He promises the United Nations will continue to press Burma, also known as Myanmar, to free political activists. “The sooner restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards …
US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution AFP
Burma arrest condemned Scotsman
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Boston Globe

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.
UN urges donors to fund relief efforts in Myanmar without delay Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Aid donors press Burma for access Toronto Star
ReutersBoston GlobeReliefWeb (press release)The Age
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Burma’s junta evict families from relief centres

Radio Australia –
The United Nations says leaving people on the streets is unacceptable and has called for Burma to keep the centres open. Unicef’s regional director, Anupama Rao Singh, says the move risks creating a second wave of disease and disaster.
UN condemns Burma ‘camp closures’ BBC News
UN warns Burma it is endangering its citizens Bangkok Post
Radio Australia
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US says Myanmar stonewalling left thousands dead

International Herald Tribune –
By Andrew Gray Reuters SINGAPORE: Tens of thousands of people died because Myanmar’s government rejected offers of foreign aid for cyclone victims, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Saturday.

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, UN and church officials said Friday.

New arrival aboard Scotsman’s floating clinic in flood-hit Burma

Scotsman –
By Tristan Stewart-Robertson A FLOATING clinic donated to the Burma cyclone relief effort by a Scottish businessman has seen its first birth.
Baby born on boat donated to Burma relief by businessman Scotsman
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Seattle Post Intelligencer

Gates: Obstructed efforts in Myanmar cost lives

The Associated Press –
SINGAPORE (AP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Myanmar’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims has cost “tens of thousands of lives.
US blames Burma for thousands of deaths The Age
Gates says Myanmar aid obstruction cost tens of thousands of lives International Herald Tribune
Christian Science Monitor
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PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

Singapore regrets Burma’s refusal of foreign aid

Radio Australia –
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Burma’s response to foreign offers of emergency aid is ‘regrettable.
Myanmar afraid cyclone handling will show up junta-Singapore Reuters
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Catholic News Agency

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”.
Pope expresses hope victims of Myanmar’s cyclone will receive aid Catholic News Service
Church in Myanmar shows signs of hope despite difficulties, Pope says Catholic News Agency
Catholic World NewsInternational Herald Tribune
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Burma’s cyclone survivors face a life of debt

Times Online –
There was the disaster of her fisherman son, drowned at sea in a storm that was never noticed outside Burma. There was the disaster of widowhood: her husband died six years ago of an illness to which Daw Aye cannot even put a name.
The politics of rice in Burma OneWorld.net
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RP chessers still pulling away vs Myanmar

Inquirer.net –
TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippies–IM candidate Rolando Nolte, former national junior champion Oliver Barbosa and Reggie Olay provided the decisive wins for the Philippines as they beat their Myanmar counterparts, 4.5-1.5, to fortify their hold on the lead …

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Burma: Cyclone updated top news (31 May 2008)

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The Southern Ledger

Mulish Myanmar

Seattle Times –
The ruling generals of Myanmar try the world’s patience with their cruel indifference in the face of the country’s humanitarian crisis.
Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power Voice of America
US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution AFP
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Citizen

US Defence Secretary criticises Burma’s junta over cyclone relief

Radio Australia –
America’s Defence Secretary Robert Gates says the delay by Burma’s junta in allowing international aid into the cyclone-hit country cost tens of thousands of lives.
Burma’s rejection of aid has led to death of thousands, says US guardian.co.uk
Gates slams Myanmar’s response to Nargis Radio Netherlands
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The Daily Star

Poor access irks RP, SEA aid workers in Myanmar

ABS CBN News –
YANGON – Myanmar has asked Southeast Asian nations to coordinate the international cyclone relief effort, but regional officials here said Saturday they are frustrated by the regime’s handling of the crisis.
Myanmar warned against premature resettlement The Associated Press
Myanmar Delays Cost `Thousands of Lives,’ Gates Says (Update2) Bloomberg
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Help is scant in Myanmar village deep inside delta

A man looks out at damaged roof sections being used to gather storm water into large jugs  in Pyinmagon village on an island in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta, Thursday, May 29, 2008. Due to the lack of aid and relief after the cyclone that ravaged Myanmar many survivors are forced to resort to making make shift fresh water gathering solutions to get by. (AP Photo)

AP Photo: A man looks out at damaged roof sections being used to gather storm water into...

PYINMAGON, Myanmar – Peering out from under the hood of his raincoat, the boat skipper squinted as he tried to steer his small wooden boat through the narrow, twisting channel leading to a village deep in Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy delta…..

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UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

People displaced by Cyclone Nargis line up by their tents for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a refugee camp in Kyondah village, Myanmar May 22, 2008. (Stan Honda/Pool/Reuters)AP – 2

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, U.N. and church officials said Friday.


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Myanmar Races to Plant Delta Rice Crops Before Monsoon Rains Bloomberg
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Gates: Obstructed efforts in Myanmar cost lives

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, center, speaks with China's Deputy Chief of the People's Liberation Army staff, Ma Xiaotian, right, at the opening session of the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference, Friday May 30, 2008 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Stefen Chow) AP –
SINGAPORE – Myanmar’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims cost “tens of thousands of lives,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday, reflecting the widespread frustration with the military government there.

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Myanmar starts mass evictions from cyclone camps

Fri May 30, 2:05 PM ETKYAUKTAN, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta started evicting destitute families from government-run cyclone relief centers on Friday, apparently fearing the ‘tented villages’ might become permanent.

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BBC News

Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power

Voice of America –
He promises the United Nations will continue to press Burma, also known as Myanmar, to free political activists. “The sooner restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards …
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May 31, 2008 at 3:02 am

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.

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