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Sudan war crime charges expected at ICC

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I believe that ICC has stepped into the bleach while the United Nations Security Council is unable to protect peoples from rogue states of dictatorship like Sudan, Burma, Zimbabwe, etc. Let me post the latest compilation of such stories.

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BBC News

President Omar al-Bashir gestures to pro-government demonstrators

Sudan says an indictment would harm any prospects of peace

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is to unveil the latest charges from his investigation into war crimes in Darfur.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo is expected to seek an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

It would be the first such indictment against a serving head of state.

The judges at the ICC will take at least six weeks to decide whether the prosecutor has a case.

Sudan’s government does not recognise the ICC. It has labelled Mr Moreno-Ocampo a criminal, and warned that any indictment could stall peace talks.

The BBC’s Laura Trevelyan, at the Hague in Holland, says that while some will welcome this move as a victory for justice, others fear it will undermine the peace process in Darfur and spark further violence in Sudan.

Alert raised

On Sunday thousands of people rallied in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, in support of President Bashir and denouncing the anticipated charges.

Sudanese pro-government protest in Khartoum, 13 July 2008

Thousands of pro-government protestors took to the streets

The demonstrators gathered outside an office where Mr Bashir was chairing an emergency meeting.

Thousands of UN and AU peacekeepers are deployed in Darfur and a spokeswoman for the force has said the security alert for its staff has been raised.

The joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (Unamid), which has 9,000 troops in Darfur, has been struggling to contain the violence there.

It has raised the security alert for its staff to “level four”, which stops short of evacuating all staff, but relocates foreign workers who are not directly involved in relief or security operations.

UN officials fear that anti-government groups in the south and the west will be emboldened if they perceive President Bashir as weakened.

The Janjaweed Arab militia has been accused of ethnic cleansing and genocide against black African civilians, after rebel groups took up arms in Darfur in 2003.

The UN estimates that some 300,000 people have died as a result of of the conflict. More than two million people have fled their villages.

The Khartoum authorities have been accused of supporting the campaign and protecting those responsible for atrocities. The government denies this.

The ICC was set up in 2002 as the world’s first permanent war crimes court.

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Sudan President to Face Darfur Charges
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REVIEW & OUTLOOK

The U.N. and Comrade Bob

July 14, 2008;

As with Darfur and Burma, the depredations of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe have become a target of the world’s moral outrage. Also like those two countries, the chances of anyone doing something about Zimbabwe are falling into the diplomatic abyss that is the United Nations.

The Bush Administration has been prodding the Security Council to impose an arms embargo and pass financial and travel sanctions that would pressure the Mugabe regime to sponsor honest elections and stop killing democratic opponents. The U.S. persuaded Burkina Faso, currently an African representative on the Council, to sign on.

[Robert Mugabe]

But at the moment of truth on Friday, Russia and China vetoed the sanctions on grounds that they amounted to interference in Zimbabwe’s internal affairs. Libya and Vietnam joined Russia and China, no doubt as fellow dictatorships that don’t want outside attention on their domestic practices. And in a display of bizarre solidarity with Mr. Mugabe, South Africa also voted against the sanctions. (South Africa has long ago forfeited whatever moral authority it had on world affairs from the Nelson Mandela era.)

As in Darfur and Burma, the pattern is the same: The world’s media report on a marauding regime terrorizing its neighbors or its own people. The world’s foreign policy elite express their dismay, with liberal internationalists and European nations urging President Bush to “show some leadership” and “do something” through the U.N. The Bush Administration does precisely that. Yet in the event, China and Russia veto and nothing happens.

In essence, the U.N. has become a dictator protection racket. Intervention by any country outside U.N. auspices is deemed to be illegitimate, as with the “coalition of the willing” in Iraq. But when a security problem is brought before the Security Council, that committee of the unwilling inevitably fails to act. The exceptions are when Russia, China or Europe wants to use the U.N. as a tool to limit unilateral action by Israel or the U.S.

Barack Obama has been campaigning on the virtues of the U.N. and its collective diplomacy, but we haven’t seen any comment from his campaign on this latest U.N. failure. Not that it would matter much if he did say anything. Mr. Mugabe knows that the only action with any chance of challenging his rule in Harare would be a U.S.-led intervention, and Mr. Obama has said he really dislikes that sort of thing.

So the people of Zimbabwe are left to the brutal mercy of Comrade Bob. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called Russia’s veto “incomprehensible” — which only shows that he hasn’t been paying attention. At the U.N., it’s business as usual.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121599305721549429.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 14, 2008 at 5:52 am

World focus on Burma (20 June 2008)

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Cindy McCain praises UN relief for cyclone victims

The Associated Press –

… at an airport in the Thai capital Bangkok where the United Nations’ World Food Program collects supplies it then airlifts to Myanmar, also called Burma. …

Event is celebration for former refugees

Akron Beacon Journal, OH –

Lwin, who fled the ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, several years ago, said his art is about standing witness to the persecution of those in …

CRWRC Historic Midwest Floods hit Denomination’s Heartland

Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –

For Press interview with Jacob Kramer about Myanmar/Burma earthquake response and international relief programs at 1-800-730-3490. …

Myanmar cyclone 2008: Work report 2

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Tropical Cyclone Nargis struck the South-western of Myanmar on 2 May 2008. The scale of destruction and loss is massive with government figures listing …

Arrests at Myanmar Suu Ky rally

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Myanmar’s military government has detained 14 opposition party members after a protest in Yangon calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San …

India among 10 worst violators of refugees rights in USCRIs 2008 list

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

Washington, June 20 (ANI): India is among the ten worst violators of refugees’ rights according to the World Refugee Survey 2008, which is releasing the …

It takes courage to be a refugee

Sudbury Star, Canada –

… abroad to respond to the many needs of refuges in places like Tamil Nadu, India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and on the border of Myanmar, Burma. …

Burmese exiles call for Suu Kyi’s release on her birthday

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –

Burmese exiles in Thailand yesterday called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma on her 63rd birthday. …

Junta continues tightening security outside NLD office

Mizzima.com, India –

We are now here discussing and reviewing the experiences of Burma’s referendum in May,” the youth leader told Mizzima over telephone. …

Birthday present for Daw Suu: Waves of ‘Saffron Revolution’

Mizzima.com, India –

It was no doubt Ko Sein Win created a remarkable opportunity for me to write a Burma related article after a three-year lull. At that time, hundreds of …

Women’s League of Burma Demonstrates for Daw Suu Kyi in Bangladesh

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Dhaka: The Women’s League of Burma in Bangladesh staged a demonstration in Dhaka on the occasion of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday, calling for her …

Events calendar

Monterey County Herald, CA –

Greg Curtis to speak on his 1995 trip to Myanmar/Burma. 6p.m. optional potluck, 6:50 short meeting followed by Curtis’ presentation on Monday, June 23, …

Concerned about Humanitarian Crisis, EU Calls for Democracy in Myanmar

STA – Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija, Slovenia –

The EU has called for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the aftermath of the …

UN: Security Council Condemns Rape As War Crime

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Czech Republic –

Scotland also pointed to the case of Aung San Suu Kyi, the longtime opposition leader in Myanmar — also known as Burma — who is under house arrest. …

EU leaders to issue appeal to Myanmar regime to release pro …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

AP BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – EU leaders have appealed to Myanmar’s military leaders to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political …

Rice Discusses Burma with Ban

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Peace and stability now prevail in almost all corners of Myanmar [Burma], significantly improving the daily life of civilians, particularly women and …

Petition Filed Against Detention of Suu Kyi

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By LALIT K JHA / WASHINGTON Claiming that the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi is illegal and in violation of international law, Freedom Now, …

Exhibit reveals refugee hopes, struggles

Albany Times Union, NY –

The 69-year-old rice grower and his 66-year-old wife fled after the military junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, burned their village, seized their …

Firsthand tale of Burma relief frustrations

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

By contrast, in Burma, renamed Myanmar by the governing junta, “there’s no rhyme or reason. You don’t know why you can go here today and tomorrow you can’t …

Myanmar refugees sidelined after cyclone, food price rise

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

… crisis on the Thai-Myanmar border is being forgotten. Food for the refugees is provided by relief agency TBBC, the Thai Burma Border Consortium, …

Suu Kyi in good health after cyclone: party official

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in good health when her personal doctor visited her after last month’s deadly …

Another ‘unhappy birthday’ for Aung San Suu Kyi

OpEdNews, PA –

However, in reality, she will surely have to go alone for one more year unable to contribute to the emergence of a developed and democratic Burma. …

Open Doors Works to Reach Burma

Crosswalk.com, VA –

Open Doors reports that thousands of Christians are among 2.4 million still suffering unimaginable pain in parts of Burma (Myanmar). …

UN classifies rape as ‘war crime’

Economic Times, India –

“What is tragic also in that country is that instead of being allowed to take the office as the elected leader of Burma’s government, (opposition leader) …

Area groups ready to help foreign outcasts rebuild lives

The Patriot-News – PennLive.com, PA –

… to southeast Asia, where Bhutanese have spent almost two decades in refugee camps and people are fleeing the military regime in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Relief after Burma’s Cyclone Nargis

Reader’s Digest, NY –

According to the United Nations, about 1 million of the 2.4 million people affected still need help in Myanmar (the country’s name was changed from Burma to …

14 held after Suu Kyi birthday protest in Myanmar

ABS CBN News, Philippines –

YANGON – Fourteen people were arrested after a pro-junta militia broke up a protest calling for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Asia among worst refugee rights abusers

Radio Australia, Australia – 9 hours ago

The group says Malaysia forcibly sent refugees from Burma to Thailand, where some of them were sold into slavery and Thailand also forced refugees to return …

12 Protesters Detained in Myanmar

New York Times, United States –

By AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military authorities detained 12 opposition party members calling for the release of the pro-democracy leader Daw …

Five Asian nations branded ‘worst’ violators of refugees’ rights

AFP –

Malaysia forcibly sent refugees from Myanmar to Thailand, where “some of them were sold into slavery — men to fishing boats and women to brothels,” said …

Activists seek Suu Kyi’s freedom on her b-day

Tempo, Philippines –

… San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday yesterday, calling on the military junta to release her and other political prisoners in Burma (Myanmar) from detention. …

Spouses Launch Image Campaigns, Seek Support for Presidential …

FOXNews –

There she also criticized the military junta in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and vowed to make human rights a priority if she is the next first lady. …

Deaths in Vietnam, other wars undercounted: study

U.S. Daily, ca –

Other countries examined in the study were Myanmar (Burma), Georgia, Guatemala, Laos, Namibia, the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Congo. …

Special day for Nelson refugee family

Nelson Mail, New Zealand –

Four years ago, Mrs Ram Kung fled Myanmar, formerly Burma, where she worked as a singer. She still holds a deep resentment of the military junta that has …

EU denounces call to flog Burma’s Suu Kyi

Radio Australia, Australia –

Meanwhile, Canada says it will take an additional 1300 Karen refugees from the Thai-Burma border. Canadian Immigration Minister, Diane Finley, …

Burma’s military break up pro-democracy rally

Radio Australia, Australia –

Burma’s military regime and its supporters have broken up a rally to mark the 63rd birthday of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

UN denounces rape as ‘war crime’

AFP –

“What is tragic also in that country is that instead of being allowed to take the office as the elected leader of Burma’s government, (opposition leader) …

Rice presses the UN to act on Zimbabwe violence

The Associated Press –

Rice also admonished Myanmar, also known as Burma. She cited its soldiers, who “have regularly raped women and girls even as young as eight years old,” and …

New Boss is Determined to Keep the Faith at Al-jazeera

Buzzle, CA –

‘Our coverage of the Chinese earthquake, Myanmar (Burma) tsunami and Zimbabwe have been extraordinary.’ That may be true, but for reporters, …

Cindy McCain blasts Myanmar junta on Asia charity trip

International Herald Tribune, France –

Current first lady Laura Bush also has been a sharp critic of human rights abuses in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Cindy McCain said she would continue that …

Word Game Saves Lives After Myanmar Cyclone

OneWorld.net, UK –

Up to 100000 are feared dead due to Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) in the beginning of May. Visit OneWorld’s Myanmar …

Sexual Violence Threatens Stability, UN Council Says (Update1)

Bloomberg –

Rice cited the rape of girls as young as 8 years of age by soldiers in Myanmar, also known as Burma. At the same time, she noted that Myanmar opposition …

These boots are made for walking

Cowra Guardian, Australia –

Rotary is currently trying to send more to Myanmar (Burma) since Cyclone Nargis destroyed large portions of the country. They had an inkling they might take …

Democracy activists mark Suu Kyi’s birthday

The National, United Arab Emirates –

Indeed, the fact that the pro-democracy activist has spent every birthday since 2003 under house arrest in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was not lost on …

Junta thugs break up Suu Kyi rally

Gulf Daily News, Bahrain –

YANGON: Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday, detaining several members of the crowd chanting …

Jay’s cabin fever paid off

The Province, Canada –

Vancouver’s Jay White headed off to the Yukon last year, where he rented a cabin with his savings from doing animated commercials. …

Cindy McCain: It’s not about the wives

Baltimore Sun, United States –

KING: And the whole relief effort for Myanmar or many people would say Burma. You know the controversy. KING: Is the regime letting the aid in fast enough. …

Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday : Pro-Myanmar junta gang plays party spoiler

Daily Times, Pakistan –

… breaking,” Mark Farmaner of the Burma Campaign UK said last month. Dozens of people protested outside the Myanmar embassies in Bangkok and Manila, …

In exile, each day a struggle for them

Times of India, India –

NEW DELHI: For 57-year-old Dim, who was planning to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the ‘8888 Uprising’ demanding democracy in Myanmar (Burma), …

Aung San Suu Kyi Supporters Arrested

Voice of America –

They had just held a demonstration outside the offices of the National League for Democracy in Burma’s main city Rangoon. They had shouted slogans calling …

Today on the presidential campaign trail

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Protests and punches over Suu Kyi at 63

The Standard, Hong Kong –

Britain and France yesterday sent an open letter to Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to mark her 63rd birthday, calling for her immediate release …

Taiwan’s “Unsettled” International Status: Preserving US Options …

Heritage.org, DC –

In reality, China believes Burma’s human rights violations “are purely Myanmar’s internal affairs.” In fact, China “urges relevant parties,” particularly …

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Twelve detained on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday

Taipei Times, Taiwan –

Myanmar’s military junta detained 12 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she marked her 63rd …

13 detained in Myanmar after pro-democracy support

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military junta detained 13 opposition party members who called for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu …

Columns: Catastrophe victims need help

Ada Evening News, OK –

Only recently did the cyclone hit the Myanmar and Burma region. Shortly after that, China suffered a devastating earthquake. Both of these killed thousands …

Will corruption hurt Myanmar relief effort?

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

Debbie Stothard from the advocacy group Alternative Asean Network on Burma said there wasn’t any doubt Myanmar’s government had already misused aid. …

Pro-junta gang attacks Suu Kyi supporters in Burma

Radio Australia, Australia –

Pro-junta thugs have broken up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday on Thursday. At least six truckloads of the …

Thematic Debate on Women, Peace, and Security

US Department of State, DC –

In Burma, for instance, social – soldiers have regularly raped women and girls even as young as eight years old. And I must note that what is tragic also in …

Myanmar after the cyclone

Economist, UK –

BUSINESSES in Myanmar are not famous for their public-spiritedness. But since last month’s cyclone, several well-known companies have helped the relief …

Meg Munn on Burma

Labour Party, UK –

As well as answering your questions on the political situation in Burma Meg talks about the humanitarian situation in Burma following the devastating …

Today on the presidential campaign trail

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Cindy McCain criticizes Myanmar’s leaders

MSNBC –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Suu Kyi marks birthday in detention

MWC News, Canada –

By Agencies Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s detained opposition leader, are marking her 63rd birthday as she remains under house arrest in Yangon. …

Seven arrested in protest on Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday

AFP –

“Your release from house arrest and your freedom to participate in Burma’s political future remain essential,” Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President …

Cindy McCain has harsh words for Myanmar’s leaders

The Associated Press –

… her charity work and get a close-up look at relief efforts helping victims of last month’s devastating cyclone in Myanmar, otherwise known as Burma. …

Benefit screening for Myanmar

Georgia Straight, Canada –

By Jennifer Van Evra It’s been seven weeks since cyclone Nargis ravaged the country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. According to government estimates, …

Security still tight at NLD headquarter

Mizzima.com, India –

Chiang Mai – The Burmese military junta is not taking chances on Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday. Even after the National League for Democracy (NLD) …

Brown, Sarkozy demand Suu Kyi’s release

NDTV.com, India –

”We admire your strength in reconciling the hopes of Burma’s (Myanmar) many groups and dedication to the country’s national integrity. …

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

AFP –

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

FAO Presses for Urgent Assistance for Burmese Farmers

Voice of America –

The Food and Agriculture Organization says $83 million is needed to allow farmers in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta region to plant a vital second rice crop during …

Gang wrecks Suu Kyi birthday rally

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, detaining several members of the crowd chanting for her release on …

Thugs disperse protesters on Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Pro-junta thugs broke up a rally by supporters of the democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, detaining several people who were …

Myanmarese students observe 63rd birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi with …

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

The members of the Women’s League of Burma pressed that the government of India should urge Myanmar junta to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as …

Supporters mark Daw Suu’s birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jun 19, 2008 (DVB)–Supporters of detained National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma made offerings and held events to mark her 63rd …

Canada to welcome 1300 more Karen refugees

Government of Canada Newsroom (press release), Canada –

… Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, today announced that Canada will welcome an additional 1300 Karen refugees from Burma (also known as Myanmar) …

Nargis lingers, as Suu Kyi turns 63

Mizzima.com, India –

In a statement released today, the Women’s League of Burma prospered, “In times of trouble and disaster, we all need to hear the voice and reassurance of …

William Hague: Government must redouble efforts to raise Burma at …

Conservatives.com, UK –

“Aung San Suu Kyi has suffered over a decade of unjust imprisonment because of her extraordinary personal courage in standing up for the people of Burma. …

Sex and the City premiere raises $13000 for Myanmar relief

Royal Gazette, Bermuda – o

… Cross managed to raise $13602 through a fundraiser held on June 1, with all proceeds going toward relief for the Myanmar (also known as Burma) cyclone. …

‘Charge junta in war crimes court’

Independent Online, South Africa –

Bangkok – Activist monks called on Thursday on the European Union to bring Burma’s junta leader Than Shwe before an international criminal court to face …

Burmese in Thailand, refugees of the “longest civil war in the world”

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Mae Sot (AsiaNews) – There are nine refugee camps along the western border between Thailand and Myanmar, but with its 43000 “guests”, the one in Mae La is …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 19, 2008 at 8:20 pm

World focus on Burma (18 June 2008)

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At least 52 dead in floods across India

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

South Asia’s monsoon season typically runs from June to September and affects millions of people across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar (Burma). …

Sylvester Stallone stars in Rambo

This is Nottingham, UK –

Former Green Beret John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) lives on the Salween River, close to the Thailand-Burma border, supplying cobras and pythons to a popular …

Myanmar’s monks call on EU to bring junta chief to court

Monsters and Critics.com –

The alliance also appealed to the 27 Heads of State from the EU Council ‘to assist Burma’s democracy movement led by detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Regime Steps Up Crackdown on Private Cyclone Relief Efforts

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Despite assurances of free access by private donors to cyclone-devastated areas of Burma, the military government continues to arrest …

Is Cyclone Aftermath Creating a Burmese Civil Society?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

One group, the Myanmar-Burma Emergency Aid Network, based in Burma, Singapore and Britain, started up with 70 volunteers, who took relief supplies to 44 …

Burma farmers need $US83m in aid: UN

The Age, Australia –

… said nearly 300 ASEAN assessment team volunteers were now in the delta working “with full support, collaboration from the government of Myanmar (Burma). …

Myanmar needs 32 million dollars in emergency agro-aid, says FAO

Monsters and Critics.com –

Bangkok – Cyclone-damaged Myanmar needs an estimated 32 million dollars in immediate emergency aid to help 52000 farming families plant their rice this …

Burmese Endure in Spite of Junta, Aid Workers Say

BlueRidgeNow.com, NC –

“The Burmese people are used to getting nothing,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking United States diplomat in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

RPT-FACTBOX-What is moving rice prices
Reuters India, India –
While years of military misrule have seen Burma slip far from its post-indepedence position as the world’s biggest exporter, the UN’s Food and Agriculture …

Relief teams work to prevent inundation of farmlands in Irrawaddy …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

Myanmar farmers finding some aid is no help

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

Associated Press KYAUNG GWIN, Myanmar – Farmer Zaw Naing was puzzled as he stared at the brand-new, unassembled tilling machine – equipment not seen in most …

Burma blogger raises money for ‘Budget Huts’

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

He is just one example of a grassroots movement that has emerged in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Many of those doing private relief work are highly …

New ASEAN emerging from response to Myanmar cyclone: Surin

AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — ASEAN, often criticised for not dealing firmly with member Myanmar, was “baptised” by its response to the cyclone in the junta-led nation …

Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis posed crucial test for ASEAN

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

SINGAPORE – A new Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has emerged from its achievements in cyclone-swept Myanmar, showing the world that the …

Myanmar junta evicts cyclone survivors

Mission Network NEws (press release), Grand Rapids –

They are allowed to deliver supplies to an SPDC (Burma Army)-controlled warehouse in township areas where who knows what is happening with the supplies …

Burmese Endure in Spite of Junta, Aid Workers Say

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

YANGON, Myanmar — More than six weeks have passed since Cyclone Nargis swept through the Irrawaddy Delta in southern Myanmar, leaving a trail of flattened villages and broken lives and arousing international sympathy that turned to anguish as the military government obstructed foreign aid.

UN: UNITED NATIONS BRIEFING AND TV – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS …

MaximsNews Network, NY –

Question: Is Mr. Gambari still active on Burma and what steps has he taken over the last two months to pursue the mandate he’s been given? …

Junta’s Delays in Myanmar Are Less Costly Than Feared

New York Times, United States –

“The Burmese people are used to getting nothing,” said Shari Villarosa, the highest-ranking United States diplomat in Myanmar, formerly Burma. …

Coming to America

Park Record, UT –

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

China’s Responsibility to Protect

Washington Post, United States –

The responsibility to protect is being tested today by the Myanmar military junta’s refusal to allow massive aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

World refugee day: What is a refugee?

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Similarly, the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Burma/Myanmar are not refugees; they also are internally displaced people. Why does this matter? …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 18, 2008 at 3:51 am

World focus on Burma (16 June 2008)

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International celebrations for Daw Suu’s birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

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

Rumors of New Catastrophe Sweep Rangoon

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

More Aid Workers Arrested

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

NOAA: Global Temperature Seventh Warmest for Spring, Eighth …

WIBW, KS –

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

Weather Extremes Mark Spring 2008

Daily Green –

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

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

BBC News, UK –

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

With Anti-US Propaganda, Amnesty International Mocks Itself

North Star Writers Group, MI –

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

Catholic order hoping to rebuild in Myanmar

Chicago Sun-Times, United States –

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

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UN plans Myanmar anti-dengue operation

The Associated Press –

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

Creatures most likely to disappear

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

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

Asean Must Deliver on Human Rights Body

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

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Burmese Generals Deserve to be Flogged: US Congressman

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“Madam Speaker, I rise today over the comments made by the brutal generals, military dictators in Burma, saying that Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize …

Sports writer arrested after aiding Myanmar cyclone victims

AFP –

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

Burma arrests 245 drug traffickers

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

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

Red Cross welcomes special cyclone support

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

Cyclone Brought Something More to Myanmar

Zenit News Agency, Italy –

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

State of denial

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong –

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

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

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

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

Finally, Calbayog gets clinic with help from US Navy

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

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

Xola Consulting to Share Adventure Tourism Perspective at …

PR-CANADA.net (press release), Montenegro –

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

World focus on Burma (13 June 2008)

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US Cannot be Trusted: Junta
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In a clear reference to the US, a media mouthpiece for the regime warned that “the goodwill of a big Western nation that wants to help Myanmar [Burma] with …
Australian PM pledges cooperation with Indonesia president
Hemscott, UK –
‘Indonesia has experienced the tsunami, the people of Burma (Myanmar) the terrible impact of the cyclone, the people of western China the earthquake most …
Rotary ShelterBox kits provide emergency shelter
Northumberland Today, 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. …
Burmese pilgrims cross the USA
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
May Shein still has family in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Her sister and two brothers lost their homes in the cyclone, she said. For Min Min Htwe Nge, …
A MIX OF ART, POLITICS AND AID
ic Wales, United Kingdom –
MP for Cardiff North Julie Morgan is to hold an event at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre to show solidarity with protesters in Burma and the victims of …
‘The kids’ pictures of their pain are heart-wrenching’
ic Wales, United Kingdom –
nThe DEC Cymru Myanmar (Burma) Appeal is still open for donation. People can also donate at any post office, high street bank or at British Red Cross, …
Burma junta: US cyclone disaster aid can’t be trusted
USA Today –
Burma, also known as Myanmar, turned down humanitarian aid aboard naval vessels from the United States, as well as Great Britain and France, …
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Irrawaddy News Magazine – By VIOLET CHO Tourism to Burma has slumped following last month’s cyclone, causing airlines to cancel services, holiday hotels to close and travel companies

Burma: Cyclone Fact Sheet #20 (FY) 2008 USAID

Burma: New rules further delay relief HRW

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Grant Full Access to International Community: Laura Bush
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We urge Burma’s ruling generals to allow US and other international humanitarian relief teams, as well as non-governmental organizations,
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At Least 11 Die in Gem Town Flooding, Landslides
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By SAW YAN NAING At least eleven people were killed when floods and landslides hit Burma’s gem center, Mogok, Mandalay Division, this week. …
The Body Shop Expects Sales To Rise To RM100 Mln
Bernama, Malaysia –
The money will be donated to Children on the Edge, a charity working with the Emergency Team-Burma, a coalition of grassroot organisations, …
China’s Geopolitic Imperatives and its Current Economic Position
The Market Oracle, UK –
During World War II, the United States struggled to build the Burma Road to reach Yunnan and supply Chiang Kai-shek’s forces. The effort was so difficult it …
Landslides hit Burma’s ‘Valley of Rubies’
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
The landslides caused some injuries and property damage, but the government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar newspaper gave no details. …
Report: Junta distributed land soon after Myanmar cyclone
Seattle Times, United States –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is rich in natural resources, but much of the country is poor. The junta has enriched itself with natural-gas fields that …
The connections and network
Malay Mail, Malaysia –
Myanmar Women and children from Myanmar are trafficked to Thailand, China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, South Korea and Macau for commercial …
Burma cyclone fund ‘falling short’
The Press Association –
The United Nations says funding to keep the Burma cyclone relief effort going is falling drastically short of the targets. The Queen, Bill Gates, …
Australian PM pledges cooperation with Indonesia president
AFP –
“Indonesia has experienced the tsunami, the people of Burma (Myanmar) the terrible impact of the cyclone, the people of western China the earthquake most …
UN: Burma Donations Too Little
TIME –
13, 2008 By AP (RANGOON, Burma) — Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Gates, JK Rowling and a clutch of Hollywood stars have all given generously to help Burma’s …

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Malaysia a centre for sex and labour traders
Malay Mail, Malaysia –
“For example, the Malaysian government continues to arrest, detain and deport asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons from Myanmar. …
Of cyclone victims, Chevron
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com, OR –
… views in order to set up a strawman that anyone is objecting to aid being provided to the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (also known as Burma). …
Burma Gives ‘Cronies’ Slice of Storm Relief
Washington Post, United States –
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is rich in natural resources, but much of the country is desperately poor. The junta has enriched itself with natural gas …
Myanmar: Keep doors open for aid – Thakin Thein Pe
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The veteran politicians criticized the government saying that the current situation in Burma is worse than the pre-independence era. …
Laura Bush says Myanmar should give full access to aid
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria – 1
… more than US$35 million (¤22.7 million) in humanitarian assistance for the cyclone» that hit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in May, Laura Bush said. …
Blogging the Khalilzad conference call
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States –
Asked how he would characterize cooperation by Myanmar’s military junta in efforts to bring relief to the Burmese people, Khalilzad said that the …
Fierce purity and the fate of Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
Yet for nearly two decades, events in Myanmar (formerly Burma) have revolved around the condition, the policies and most of all the victimization of Daw …
Burma has received only 56% of funds: UN
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

About 250 experts from the UN, Burma’s government and Southeast Asian nations headed into the Irrawaddy delta on Tuesday for the survey of 6000 hard-hit …

The Trickle Down Iraq Effect: Crisis in Myammar, Sudan, and other …
Black State, DC –
In Burma now known as Myanmar, a military dictatorship has ruled for twenty years has repressed Buddhist monks, who want an end to their repressive rule. …
Does the UN have a future or is it rusty and dead
RussiaToday, Russia –
At the moment they cannot even get into Burma so as to help the Cyclone hit land. If the UN had power? No iraq war would have happened, no Kosovo state …

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After the storm, warnings of a ‘second wave’ in Burma
UC Berkeley

This wasn’t the first time Stover, an adjunct professor of law and public health, has visited Burma — also known as Myanmar, the name preferred by the …

Asian Business Strategy Articles and News from the APMF
Asian Business Strategy, Malaysia –
Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma/Myanmar governance: Aung San Suu Kyi has been placed under ‘protective custody’ by the Burma/Myanmar junta as a series of …
Aung San Suu Kyi
Asian Business Strategy, Malaysia –
The international media has dropped the story for the time-being, and so is business in Burma/Myanmar, as the Burmese ruling junta proves that little has …
Ethiopia: AAAS Geospatial Analysis Confirms Destruction of Towns …
AllAfrica.com, Washington –
In late 2007, AAAS released a report identifying 25 sites throughout eastern Burma (also known as Myanmar) showing significant village destruction, …
Laura Bush Steps into Foreign Policy Spotlight
NPR –
… who criticized her for bringing in foreign policy disputes when she briefed the media after a cyclone tore through Myanmar, also known as Burma, in May. …
On the outside, looking in
The Canberra Times, Australia –
They have just returned from remote villages in the Irrawaddy Delta, the southern tip of Burma devastated by Cyclone Nargis on May 2-3, where they joined a …
Chef Q&A: Sushi Chef Zin Kyaw
Marconews, FL –
Well, I’m from Myanmar, formerly Burma, where Cyclone Nargis did such damage recently. But to get to the point, Myanamar/Burma and Singapore have always had …
Let’s Go! June 13 and beyond
Beaumont Enterprise, tx –
SOUTHERN GOSPEL BURMA-MYANMAR BENEFIT CONCERT, featuring Brian Free and Assurance, 7 pm June 14 at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. Advance tickets $12 …
NYC Burmese Population Pleads for Aid
Brooklyn Downtown STAR –
… prayers and fasting in solidarity with the monks back home and the starving cyclone victims of Burma, which is officially known as the Union of Myanmar. …
Burma: New Rules Further Delay Relief
Human Rights Watch (press release) –
(New York, June 12, 2008) – New Burmese government guidelines on humanitarian agencies will further hamper the delivery of aid to the victims of Cyclone …
Multinationals Rev Up Disaster Relief Efforts
KPLC-TV, LA –
After the recent Myanmar cyclone, for example, the ruling junta was reluctant to accept outside help, delaying visas for foreign aid workers and permissions …
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Laura Bush says Myanmar should give full access to aid
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
… more than US$35 million (¤22.7 million) in humanitarian assistance for the cyclone» that hit Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in May, Mrs. Bush said. …
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Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 12 June 2008
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY –
… recent weather catastrophes that have wiped out rice fields in Myanmar (Burma), or the virulent wheat disease now infecting crops in Iran as well as in …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

Burma: updated top news (13 June 2008)

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Mirror.co.uk

In Myanmar, a Times reporter worked in secret to cover the story

Los Angeles Times –
One of the boats used by a Los Angeles Times staff writer for an undercover look at conditions in the Irrawaddy River delta is docked at the storm-ravaged village of Pa Dewe Gaw, Myanmar. There, survivors lived in small, leaky shacks pieced together …
UN’s Myanmar appeal only 44 percent funded The Associated Press
Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Appeal Is Only 40% Funded, UN Says Bloomberg
AFPHuman Rights Watch (press release)Toledo BladeABS CBN News
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Myanmar says US aid can’t be trusted

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YANGON, Myanmar – As individuals and aid agencies around the world dig into their pockets for funds to help Myanmar’s cyclone victims, the country’s ruling junta said Friday that such assistance from the United States could not be trusted.


BBC News

Fierce purity and the fate of Myanmar

International Herald Tribune –

Yet for nearly two decades, events in Myanmar (formerly Burma) have revolved around the condition, the policies and most of all the victimization of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, now 62, who has been held under house arrest for 12 of the past 18 years.

RI running out of time to play key role in Myanmar Jakarta Post

Myanmar says detention of democracy leader legal The Associated Press

MerinewsJURISTLabour PartyABC Online

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Earthtimes (press release)

UN warns Myanmar funds appeal short of target

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Gates, JK Rowling and a clutch of Hollywood stars have all given generously to help Myanmar’s cyclone victims, but the UN says government donations for its relief effort are falling short.

ASEAN says team to have full access in Myanmar AFP

Myanmar Cyclone Disaster Appeal Is Only 40% Funded, UN Says Bloomberg

Ability Awareness MagazineTODAYonlinePR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)The Associated Press

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Fresh News

UN official says pregnant Myanmar cyclone victims in urgent need …

International Herald Tribune –

AP BANGKOK, Thailand: The cyclone in Myanmar devastated the country’s health sector, leaving as many as 35000 pregnant women in urgent need of proper medical care, a UN family planning expert said.

UN: 35000 pregnant women need care in Myanmar The Associated Press

Burma says no tax taken from aid The Press Association

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CBC.ca

Volunteers send aid through Burma’s (Myanmar’s) back door

Christian Science Monitor – Jun 11, 2008
No, Ms. Finke elected to fly here June 11 to join a grassroots effort for cyclone relief and civil empowerment for Burma (Myanmar), run by the father of her friend who was calling to urge her to come. For most volunteers hoping to help, Burma seems …
In Burma, A Crime for Civil Society to Provide Relief? AlterNet
Burma will not face food-shortage: Junta minister Mizzima.com
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 13, 2008 at 1:06 am

World Focus on Burma (11 June 2008)

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(Mizzima) Quote of the day

“This is a critical moment for Myanmar. We have a functioning relief program in place but so far we have been able to reach only about 25 percent of Myanmar’s people in need”

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General

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Foreign aid agencies concerned over Myanmar
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — International aid agencies expressed concern Wednesday over new and complicated guidelines established by Myanmar’s government for …
Myanmar says detention of democracy leader legal
The Associated Press –
She has been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party …
Canada donation helps speed up Burma aid
CBC.ca, Canada –
By Wednesday, the total number of choppers in Burma, also known as Myanmar, rose to 10. Canada paid the cost of shipping the helicopters to the impoverished …
Albright pointing fingers in the wrong direction – again
American Thinker, WA –
She fails to recognize that Burma for many years-including during the Clinton years-had sealed itself off from the rest of the world. …
Six Weeks After Cyclone, Burma Devastation Remains Uncertain
Voice of America –
“Pregnancy and childbirth in Myanmar were already dangerous, before the storm. The destruction of health centers and the loss of midwives have greatly …
Air Bagan to suspend international flights for three months
Mizzima.com, India –

… owned ‘Myanmar Airways International’ (MAI). The flight has been suspended due to the significant decline in the number of travelers visiting Burma, …

Many child survivors traumatised
Mizzima.com, India –
“UNICEF has been advocating with the Government of Myanmar [Burma] to promote family-based care solutions,” Krueger added. Burmese people have large and …
Myanmar junta defends cyclone reaction
Vancouver Sun, Canada –
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar insisted Wednesday that visas were being granted to aid workers and no food shortages were imminent in an apparent bid to deflect …
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Cyclone-hit Myanmar rejects rice shortage fears
Reuters –
In remarks reported by official media, National Planning Minister Soe Tha rejected warnings that the former Burma’s food security could be “jeopardised” if …
Burma says no tax taken from aid
The Press Association –
The state-owned New Light Of Myanmar newspaper said foreign radio broadcasts had wrongly accused the government of deducting the tax from donations …
Is humanitarian intervention dead?
Foreign Policy (subscription) –
I’m not so sure Burma represents the best test case here. Can we really imagine a Haiti-style intervention in one of the world’s most xenophobic countries? …
Save the Children: Children give up their beds at home as part of …
Politics.co.uk, UK –
The recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake in China continue to affect the lives of millions of children. Each night many children in Myanmar …
WFP Forbidden to Buy Rice from Local Dealers
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Some organizations were spreading groundless information such as there was or would be a shortage of rice in Myanmar [Burma],” he was quoted in the …
Burma’s Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged: junta
ABC Online, Australia –
By Southeast Asia correspondent Karen Percy and wires Burma’s military junta has lashed out at detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, …
Burmese junta compares repression to UK anti-terror laws
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The regime changed the name of the country from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. The remarks came on the same day the House of Commons votes on a controversial …
Burma still struggling 40 days after cyclone
Radio Australia, Australia –
Craig Strathern from the International Committee for the Red Cross in Myanmar says the doors are starting to open. STRATHERN: In the past week we have been …
Ten WFP Helicopters Fail to Bring Enough Aid
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“We explained to them that the ICRC assistance is relatively limited to some specific areas in support of the Myanmar [Burma] Red Cross. …
Rice Price Keeps Increasing
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
A representative from Champion rice warehouses told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that Pawsan Mwe, Burma’s highest quality long-grain rice, had shot up in …
Burma denies cyclone aid taxed
Toronto Star, Canada –
The state-owned New Light of Myanmar (Burma) newspaper said foreign radio broadcasts had wrongly accused the government of deducting the tax from donations …
NLD Rejects Referendum Result as ‘Illegal’
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By WAI MOE Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has dismissed the official result of last month’s constitutional …
Burma junta claims visas granted to 911 disaster relief workers
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
“Altogether 911 persons have been permitted to enter the country from 5 May to 5 June,” said The New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece. …
2008 EU-US Summit Declaration
Journal Chrétien, France –
Separately, we remain deeply concerned at continued repression in Burma/Myanmar as well as the lack of progress toward national reconciliation and a …
Myanmar finally gets 10 helicopters for cyclone relief, says WFP
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Bangkok – The last of 10 United Nations helicopters needed to deliver food and other emergency supplies to remote areas in Myanmar’s cyclone-devastated …
US ships back from Myanmar
Times Now.tv, India –
The USS Essex group took almost a week to sail away from the former Burma to Laemchabang port in Chonburi province, about 90 km east of Bangkok and will …
Pregnant Women Facing Difficulties In Myanmar
Bernama, Malaysia –
By D. Arul Rajoo BANGKOK, June 11 (Bernama) — Five weeks after the deadly Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, over one million victims have yet to receive any …
Correction:Dalai Lama donates for Burma’s cyclone victims
Mizzima.com, India –
This is to apologize to our readers about a mistake in a News story ‘Dalai Lama donates for Burma’s cyclone victims’ that we published on June 9, 2008. …
Myanmar tops list in deforestation in world
Merinews, India –
… Karen, Karenni and other ethnic areas, Aung Ngyeh, secretary of Burma Rivers Network, was quoted as saying recently by the Myanmar media in exile. …
Underwear a powerful protest
Leader Post, Canada –
Military leaders in Burma, more recently known as Myanmar, closely follow advisers who practise an ancient form of magic that holds that any contact with …
NLD members released from detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 11, 2008 (DVB)–Fifteen National League for Democracy members who were arrested two weeks ago in Rangoon for staging a protest have been released, …
Condemnation pours on Burmese Junta as Suu Kyi’s detention continues
The Cheers, Estonia –
The international media has gloomed on the alienated country soon after the cyclone Nargis had devastating vast areas of Burma , also known as Myanmar …
MaximsNewsWORLD: 11 JUNE 2008
MaximsNews Network, NY –
… and Russia in the United Nations Security Council, who have blocked intervention of various sorts in places like Zimbabwe, Darfur and Myanmar (Burma). …
Government seeks at all cost to control news coming out of …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
“Zarganar is very well known in Burma. In his sketches and in the blog he has keep since August 2007 (http://zarganar-windoor.blogspot.com/), …
NLD to appeal against Daw Suu’s detention
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Jun 11, 2008 (DVB)–The National League for Democracy will submit an appeal against the extension of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest, the pro-democracy …
Asia’s security threats, real and perceived
ISN, Switzerland –
While concern about Burma/Myanmar and Pakistan was on the rise, those surveyed offered a contrasting dose of “sober optimism” about the threat of the North …
UNDP doctor treats one Myanmar village at a time
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Bogale, Myanmar — Every morning since Cyclone Nargis made landfall, has been getting up at five o’clock. After morning prayers, he starts seeing patients …
Suu Kyi detention ‘legal’, claim
The Press Association –
A state-controlled newspaper has said Burma’s military rulers are breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a …
Myanmar Denies Tax-cut On Forex Donations For Cyclone Victims
Bernama, Malaysia –
YANGON, June 11 (Bernama) — Myanmar has denied making deduction from foreign exchange currency donation for cyclone victims, saying that such donations …
Myanmar says democracy leader’s detention is legal
The Associated Press –
She has been detained for more than 12 of the last 18 years at her home in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party …
Experts to gauge cyclone survivors’ needs
Boston Globe, United States –
The UN estimates more than 1 million cyclone survivors, like these children in Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, still need help. (KHIN MAUNG WIN/AFP/Getty Images) …
Myanmar junta says Suu Kyi deserves to be flogged
Reuters –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta said on Wednesday that detained opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi deserved to be …
Multilateral Team Heads for Cyclone Zone; 18 Survivors Arrested
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By AP / RANGOON A major multilateral operation has been launched to assess the needs of Burma’s cyclone survivors in a sign the military regime is finally …
Euro To Join Dollar As Trade Currency For Asian Clearing Union …
AHN –
Bangladesh and Burma, officially known as Myanmar, joined the forum as the sixth and the seventh members in 1976 and 1977 respectively. …
Myanmar’s Junta Frees 15 Detainees
New York Times, United States –
The junta is also facing international criticism for refusing to accept many offers of international assistance after Myanmar, formerly Burma, was struck by …
Yuma-based Marines find new uses for Harriers
Yuma Sun, AZ –
“Considering the Burmese government’s requirement for everyone to have a passport and our location off the coast of Burma, the Harriers were the only …
Burma/Myanmar: Charity helps as Burma suffers again
Aid to the Church in Need (press release), Australia –
By John Newton and Eva-Maria Kolmann A LEADING Catholic charity has offered more urgent help after survivors of the Burma cyclone were hit by a second …
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Mid County Chronicle, TX –
SOUTHERN GOSPEL BURMA-MYANMAR BENEFIT CONCERT, featuring Brian Free and Assurance, 7 pm June 14 at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. Advance tickets $12 …
Cyclone Nargis update: 9 Jun 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Rome, 9 June 2008 – WFP continues to make progress in reaching victims of Cyclone Nargis which struck Myanmar on 2 and 3 May 2008. …
Cyclone fish are ‘eating corpses’
Metro, UK –
Devastated families in Burma have refused to tuck in to fish after claims that some were found to have human fingers and pieces of jewellery in their …
Myanmar junta releases political activists arrested at Suu Kyi …
JURIST –
[JURIST] Fifteen members of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) were released from custody Monday, two weeks after their arrests at a …
Ban Ki-Moon´s leadership effort boosts UN public diplomacy
American Chronicle, CA –
In visiting Myanmar, it is rumored within international aid circles, Ban´s barefoot walk to the Shwe Dagon Buddhist temple altar impressed the Burmese Junta …
In Burma, A Crime for Civil Society to Provide Relief?
AlterNet, CA –
BANGKOK, Jun 9 (IPS) – The detention of a prominent comedian in Burma points to an ominous turn of events in the military-ruled country. …
UN Rights Council Discusses Human Rights In Burma
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
The Human Rights Council discussed follow-up to the Special Session on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur …
1st large-scale aid missions fan out across Burma’s cyclone zone
AOL Canada, Canada –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 78000 people in impoverished Burma, also known as Myanmar. More than 58000 are still missing and unaccounted for. …
Burma – UN Report on Human Rights
US Department of State, DC –
The United States appreciates the recent report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Burma, which compiles important evidence of continuing …
1st large-scale aid missions fan out across Burma’s cyclone zone
CBC.ca, Canada –
Cyclone Nargis killed more than 78000 people in impoverished Burma, also known as Myanmar. More than 58000 are still missing and unaccounted for. …
Cyclone must not overshadow push for change in Myanmar: EU
AFP –
“I believe that the ASEAN countries can actually assert a very important influence on the Burmese (Myanmar) junta and this is why the European Union is …
Refugee: ‘I feel I’m supposed to be here’
Greenville Daily Reflector, NC –
Aung Lin was born in Burma, or Myanmar, as the current government calls it, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. There, ethnic minorities live in …
Asia and the west differ on indifference and compassion
Nation Multimedia, Thailand –
The two recent natural disasters in Burma and China have put this idea to a severe test. China has not fared too badly, largely because its government was …
School pupils give cyclone aid
Auckland stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
Children at St Heliers School have collected money to help those in Myanmar suffering the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. At a May assembly the school …
Today’s Overview of Leading News & Views – 10 June 2008
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription), NY –
… recent weather catastrophes that have wiped out rice fields in Myanmar (Burma), or the virulent wheat disease now infecting crops in Iran as well as in …
Sight of Myanmar’s cyclone damage unspeakable — RP team
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… Myanmar. Amid stringent restrictions to foreign aid workers in the cyclone-ravaged country, the 30-member Philippine humanitarian mission sent to Burma …
Grade five students help disaster victims in Asia
Northern News Services (subscription), Canada –
“I was listening to the radio, ‘cause my mom turns it on every morning, and I heard that there was a cyclone in Burma,” said Ibey. “I thought about it, …
Dalai Lama donates for Myanmar cyclone victims
Merinews, India –
Despite the Myanmar military junta’s dismissive attitude towards aid pouring in from across the world for victims of the killer Cyclone Nargis, …
Detained Suu Kyi supporters see light of day
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar/Burma has released 15 supporters of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who were arrested last month as they marched to her house …
USDA sees Myanmar rice crop even smaller in ’08/09
Reuters –
The cyclone hit hard in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and its Irrawaddy delta region, which produces a third of the country’s rice crop. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm