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World focus on Burma (2 August 2008)

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Monks demonstrate against the government prior to the 1988 massacre Photo: GETTY, United Kingdom –

A shopping centre in Mandalay burned down earlier this year, and many of the city’s trees were felled by the cyclone in May. Burmese gossips claim that …

Comedy show to benefit Burmese kids

Auckland, New Zealand –
All proceeds from the show will go towards the charity, which is helping child refugees in Burma in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis.

Bush sees sports, but politics abound at Olympics

The Associated Press –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed citizens in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in …

Burma’s Archbishop thanks Lichfield churches for Cyclone Nargis help

Diocese of Lichfield, UK –

The Primate of the Anglican Province of Myanmar, the Most Revd Stephen Than Myot Oo, has thanked the churches of Lichfield Diocese for their prayers and …

Myanmar detains comedian who delivered cyclone aid

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A famous Myanmar comedian and three other activists who helped deliver relief supplies to cyclone victims could be imprisoned for two …

White House: Interview of US President Bush by Suthichai Sae-Yoon …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

Q Why haven’t the sanctions against Burma worked? THE PRESIDENT: Because not every country is applying them. And sanctions — the idea of unilateral ..

The Associated Press –

Then in Thailand, Bush will draw attention to the repressed people in neighboring Myanmar, also called Burma, and reflect on the future of US policy in the …, UK –

“Save the Children has clearly demonstrated that aid given to Myanmar can be effective and make a dramatic difference, whilst still meeting international …

Proposal sealed with a kiss as sailors arrive

Portsmouth News, UK –

The crew of HMS Edinburgh were involved in everything from drug busts to the mercy mission in Burma after Cyclone Nargis. Edinburgh’s commanding officer …

Rice Elevates New Zealand from ‘Friend’ to ‘Ally’

The Public Record, California –

… the Sudan and Burma, and the serious erosion of human rights in her own jurisdiction, not least at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. …

US 1st lady to visit Mae Sot

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

… activists and human rights advocates. “She has found the people of Burma to be lovely with a gentle manner,” she said, responding to written questions. …

Berlin to Beijing

New Yorker, United States –

When I was in Burma in June, where China is deeply resented for propping up the military regime, an outspoken woman told me, “We hope the Olympics go a-flop …

Asean Charter A No-go In Jakarta?

Sin Chew Jit Poh, Malaysia –
… Thailand and the Philippines were ‘real’ parliaments—“unlike the ones in Singapore and Myanmar (Burma) which follow whatever their governments wish …

Vialuxe News, CA –

… Block Burmese JADE act of 2008″ into law on Tuesday, effectively banning the importation of ruby and jadeite from Burma/Myanmar into the United States. …

Laura Bush to visit border area

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) has welcomed a planned meeting between Mr Bush and Burmese dissidents in Bangkok on Aug 6. Hseng Noung, a member of the …

Corporations And Human Rights Abuses In Burma

Huffington Post, NY –

The oil and natural gas industry earned the government of Burma (through the state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise ‘MOGE’) approximately 2.16 billion …

Beijing’s catch-22

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

In Burma, the Chinese cut arms sales to the military junta after the September 2007 crackdown against peaceful monk demonstrations, and Beijing played an …

Winter Sports School to act globally

Park Record, UT –

After Myanmar (formerly Burma) was hit by a catastrophic cyclone this spring, Guetschow and her peers were rocked by reports saying that aid was not getting …

Olympic colour cannot hide grey of Mao suit

Scotsman, United Kingdom –

Few would regard such widespread human rights abuses as compatible with loftiest of the Olympic ideals, especially in a country which backs Burma and …

Islamic Malaysia in Asean club?

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei remain predominantly Muslim, but they are flanked by predominantly Buddhist Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and even Vietnam. …

A case of dignity

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

The Chinese government has failed to live up to the commitments it made before being awarded the Olympic Games to improve its human rights situation and to …

SF Chronicle Submissions

San Francisco Chronicle, USA –

Beyond its borders, China also regularly uses its UN veto power to support everything from genocide in Darfur and Burma and nuclear proliferation in Iran to …

Conrad Black: The West is confronted by opportunity, not a retreat

National Post, Canada –

Kagan is right that rulers like, and populations, tolerate autocracies, and that China and Russia won’t help overthrow despots, as in Iran and Burma. …

Bush visit comes at a low ebb for democracy

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

More than 1 million people from Burma are working in Thailand, taking up jobs that Thais do not want. Along the way, their cheap labour is helping this …

US sanctions target gem industry

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

“We are tightening financial sanctions against Burma’s repressive junta and the companies that finance it,” Szubin said. “The regime’s refusal to protect …

UN investigator to assess human rights in Myanmar

Reuters –

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta has invited a UN investigator to make his first visit next week so he can assess the human rights …

ChevronTexaco Lobbies Bush Administration In an Effort to Avoid …, DC –

Washington, DC, August 1, 2008 – Mired in controversies over its global human rights and environmental record, Chevron Corporation announced today that ..

Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi: Beijing’s It-couple

Times Online, UK –

Her parents were Chinese immigrants in Burma who returned to Beijing in the Fifties; they were translators at the Bureau of Foreign Languages, …

Club vs country row on show in AFC

Howrah News Service, India –

Previously teams from Myanmar (formerly Burma) played a fast paced game with little variations. Falopa’s Brazilian influence is obvious. …

Three months after cyclone, children in Myanmar face long-term …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

(August 1, 2008) — Save the Children continues to assist children and their families three months after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar. …

US Asked UN About Exchange Rate Issues in Burma Year Before Latest …

MyFox Milwaukee, WI –

… spending in Burma, which the country’s military regime renamed Myanmar, had soared spectacularly, totaling more than $74 million between 2002 and 2006. …

To go or not go, what the travel experts say

Globe and Mail, Canada –

Defending Lonely Planet’s Myanmar (Burma), for example, publisher Alex Fenby has written that the guide “is one of only a very few sources of information …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 2, 2008 at 3:50 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (2 June 2008)

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New Zealand Herald –
By Vaimoana Tapaleao A New Zealand vet in Myanmar is helping victims of cyclone Nargis carry on with their lives by providing them with livestock.

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

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


Despite promises, Myanmar limits access for aid agencies

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

Burmese still lack aid a month on

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

Second wave economic crisis in Myanmar

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

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

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

Mon Jun 2, 6:13 AM ET

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

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


Soaring prices compound Myanmar’s cyclone misery

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


Voice of America

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

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

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

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

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

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

US defense secretary says Myanmar junta guilty of ‘criminal neglect’ International Herald Tribune
Gates Blasts Myanmar Junta Over Cyclone Aid Response Wall Street Journal
United Press InternationalToTheCenter.comBBC NewsReuters
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Myanmar Delays Cost `Thousands of Lives,’ Gates Says (Update2)

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

Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors

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

Canberra urged to uphold vow to act on Burma crimes

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

The Tyranny of the Com

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

June 1, 2008 at 6:50 pm

World Focus on Burma (31 May 08)

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

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


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 …



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 …


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, 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, 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, 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, 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. …

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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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 Associated PressEdmonton Sun
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Boston Globe

Burma cyclone aid agencies make plea for orphans –
“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 (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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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
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RP chessers still pulling away vs Myanmar –
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 …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 31, 2008 at 3:20 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (19 May 2008)

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The Age

Myanmar cyclone: Burma’s junta announces three days of mourning –
By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent Burma’s generals launched a public relations offensive today, belatedly announcing three days of national mourning and arranging a fresh round of carefully stage-managed tours of the Irrawaddy Delta.


US Official: Americans Might Be Allowed Into Burma


AP -May 19: Victims of Cyclone Nargis struggle to be first in line to receive goods from local donor at a monastery outside Rangoon, Burma.

Burma junta chief in first visit to cyclone-hit Irrawaddy ABC Online
USA TodayBBC NewsWall Street JournalThe Cutting Edge
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Monks help pick up slack for Myanmar junta’s aid efforts

MSN India

UN and ASEAN to meet in Yangon on cyclone relief aid

Monsters and –
New York – High-level delegations from the United Nations and ASEAN plan to meet in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday to put more pressure on the military junta to accept international relief aid for Cyclone Nargis victims, the UN said Monday.
US says aid has helped 100000 in Myanmar AFP
FOXNewsNew York TimesWall Street JournalBBC News
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Hopes for Myanmar cyclone aid rise as ASEAN meets

Reuters –
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON, May 19 (Reuters) – Hopes turned to a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Monday for a breakthrough in speeding up aid flows to the millions of desperate cyclone survivors in Myanmar.
Burma neighbours in cyclone talks BBC News
Myanmar’s Neighbors in Asean to Announce Cyclone Relief Plan Bloomberg
Times OnlineVoice of AmericaInternational Herald TribuneAFP
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Myanmar leader makes first visit to relief camp

Who they are

David Longstreath / AP
Myanmar junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe

AP – Sun May 18, 4:24 PM ET


U.N. envoy presses Myanmar on relief

Fears mount that starvation could kill thousands

Lisandru / AFP – Getty Images
A young girl affected by the cyclone walks near a monastery where she and her family found shelter in the delta region south of Yangon on Friday.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 19, 2008 at 4:49 am

EU renews sanctions against Myanmar

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Press Trust of India
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 (London)

The European Union has renewed political and economic sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar for another year, adding the measures could be increased.

The EU’s current sanctions against Myanmar were adopted last October following the brutal crackdown on Buddhist monks who took part in anti-regime protests.

The sanctions include a ban on the import of timber, gems and metals from Myanmar, a travel ban and assets freeze on Myanmar leaders and their relatives and an arms embargo.

The European Union Council of Foreign Ministers after a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday issued a statement calling on the international community ”to adopt similar measures”.

The EU ministers expressed deep concern at the situation in Myanmar and again urged the authorities to take rapid steps for transition to a legitimate, civilian government and for national reconciliation.

The EU, the statement said, will intensify its close consultations with ASEAN members and other neighbours of Myanmar, including those that are represented in the UN Security Council.

The Council said it remained convinced that only a process that involved the full participation of all stakeholders in the country, including Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic groups, will lead to national reconciliation and stability.

”Thus the Council believes the draft constitution, referendum and elections, as currently conceived, will not address the many problems facing Burma/Myanmar,” the statement added.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 30, 2008 at 6:59 am

China Said to Arrest 100 Protesting Monks

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April 19, 2008

China Said to Arrest 100 Protesting Monks


BEIJING — As many as 100 Tibetans were arrested in northwest China on Thursday after they demonstrated against the earlier detention of monks from a nearby monastery, witnesses and a Tibetan human rights group said Friday.

Local residents reached by telephone on Friday said that the police beat and arrested people at an open-air market in Tongren, a town in Qinghai, a western province bordering Tibet, after they refused orders to leave.

The residents said the town was the scene of several disturbances in recent months, including an unauthorized gathering in February involving 300 monks who were dispersed by tear gas as they tried to make their way to a government building.

A police official in Tongren confirmed by telephone that there had been detentions after “unrest,” but said that half of those detained had been released.

The disturbances on Thursday were the latest sign that the continuing turmoil in Tibetan regions of China has yet to be quelled. Since the riots on March 14 in Lhasa, 2,200 people in areas with heavily Tibetan populations, most of them in Qinghai and Gansu Provinces, have been taken into custody, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The authorities said most of those who had been arrested or had surrendered to the police had been released.

At a news conference Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Dalai Lama said that he had taken part in private meetings aimed at quelling the violence, but that they had not borne fruit.

“Soon after the crisis happened, there was some contact, some private channels,” he said, adding, “No signs are positive.” Tibetan exile groups say that 140 people, most of them protesters, have died in the violence in the Tibetan regions; Chinese officials put the number at 19 and say nearly all were victims of the rioting.

Tashi Choephel, a researcher at the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy in India, who said he had spoken to three witnesses in Tongren, said many of those arrested Thursday were monks from the Rong Gonchen Monastery. He said the monks had been at the center of previous clashes with the authorities.

“It’s very, very tense,” Mr. Tashi Choephel said, adding that the police were preventing anyone from entering or leaving the monastery.

The trouble on Thursday began around 11 a.m., he said, when 22 monks staged a quiet protest to demand the release of three monks who had been detained a week earlier for their role in a March 16 demonstration.

A local resident, reached by telephone, said many people were upset by the detentions. “We wanted them to come back home, but the government said no,” said the resident, who refused to give his name, citing fear of punishment by the authorities.

Mr. Tashi Choephel said that armed police officers quickly arrested the monks and that word then spread to the monastery, prompting 80 monks to descend on the marketplace. The gathering turned boisterous, he said, drawing passers-by and provoking a heated confrontation with the police.

The police beat many of those at the scene, Mr. Tashi Choephel said. They were put onto four waiting trucks and taken to the county office of the Public Security Bureau.

The Dalai Lama arrived in Michigan after meeting with Chinese and Tibetan students in Canada, and said that such meetings could be a way to promote understanding between the sides.

“Now that time has come that we should start a Sino-Tibetan friendship group, and meet regularly,” he said.

The Dalai Lama repeated his support for the Beijing Olympics and said that he would not ask that demonstrations stop, although he did not condone violent protests.

He also said he did not mind criticism of him by Tibetan leaders. “I welcome it,” he said.

Micheline Maynard contributed reporting from Ann Arbor, Mich. Huang Yuanxi and Zhang Jing contributed research from Beijing.

Micheline Maynard contributed reporting from Ann Arbor, Mich. Huang Yuanxi and Zhang Jing contributed research from Beijing.

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April 19, 2008 at 9:30 am

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March 24, 2008 at 6:50 am

Dalai says his death will beef up struggle

Dalai says his death will beef up struggle

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama

New York: The Dalai Lama has cautioned China that his death may result in the intensification of the struggle by Tibetans against Communist rule in his Himalayan homeland as the younger generation had a “stronger spirit” to fight injustice.

“Both inside and outside (Tibet), the older generation may go away, but the newer generations carry the same spirit. Sometimes it’s even stronger. So after my death a younger generation will come up,” the Tibetan spiritual leader told Newsweek magazine.

He “totally” disagreed with the view that the “Tibet struggle will die” after he passes away, but said he was worried about the possibility of greater violence after him as he was fully committed to amity between Tibetans and Chinese.

The Dalai Lama said people would “laugh” if he said that Tibet has been a part of China for centuries, but added that it was better in today’s world for Tibetans to join China, citing the example of the European Union (EU).

“The past is past, irrespective of whether Tibet was a part of China or not. We are looking to the future. I truly believe that a new reality has emerged. The times are different. Today different ethnic groups and different nations come together due to common sense.”

“Look at the European Union …..Really great. What is the use of small, small nations fighting each other? Today it’s much better for Tibetans to join (China). That is my firm belief,” he said.

The Chinese government, he said, wants him to say that for many centuries Tibet has been a part of China.

“Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change history. History is history,” the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate said.

“Tibetan people should be satisfied. Eventually they should feel they would get greater benefit if they remain with China. Once that feeling develops, that will be the real guarantee that Tibet will forever remain part of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.

Asked what would he tell Chinese President Hu Jintao or Prime Minister Wen Jiabao if he meets them, the Dalai Lama said he would quote Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping and say “please seek truth from facts.”

“I would urge them to find out what is really going on in Tibetan minds and what is happening on the ground. This I want to tell the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, if he were to come here.”

“Of course, I have great respect for both, particularly Wen Jiabao. He seems very gentle. I would also ask him, ‘Please prove your recent accusations’ (that the Dalai Lama instigated the unrest in Tibet),” he said.

Asked whether he has back channels of communications to the Chinese leadership, the Dalai Lama said the usual channels are still there but not “serious” ones, without elaborating.

The Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since fleeing his Himalayan homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet, replied in affirmative when asked if a significant number of officials in Tibet and other parts of China have expressed sympathy for him in private.

“Many ordinary Chinese, thousands, have come here. And several senior officials have sent messages. I feel very strongly that there will be a change (in the attitude of the Chinese leadership). Now the important thing is the Chinese public should get to know the reality. They should have more information about Tibet,” he said.

Asked what is the difference between the present turmoil and the one in the late 1980s, the Dalai Lama said previously, protests were mainly confined to Lhasa and technologies which enabled images to be seen elsewhere were absent. “But it is mainly the (extent of Tibetan) grievances.

Today even Tibetan monks in Chinese areas carry Tibetan flags. I am quite surprised (by the prevalence of Tibetan dissatisfaction in areas far from Lhasa).

“Now the entire Tibetan people have strong feelings. If (Chinese authorities) truly treated the Tibetans as brothers and sisters and as equals, giving them trust, then this would not happen,” he said.

The Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage, he opined, can eventually help bring “some deeper values” to million of Chinese youth who are lost in a moral vacuum. “After all China is traditionally a Buddhist country.”

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March 24, 2008 at 6:29 am

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March 20, 2008 at 1:13 am

Dozens Reported Killed In Tibetan Protests

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Chinese Authorities Threaten “Stern” Punishment If Demonstrators Do Not Surrender

DHARMSALA, India, March 15, 2008

(CBS/AP) China locked down the Tibetan capital Saturday after the largest and most violent protests against its rule in the region in nearly two decades.

At least 10 people were killed when demonstrators rampaged through Lhasa, dashing Beijing’s plans for a smooth run-up to August’s Olympics.

Also Saturday, police broke up sympathy protests in China’s western province of Gansu, as well as in Australia, India and Nepal.

Streets in Lhasa were mostly empty Saturday as a curfew remained in place. Eyewitnesses described baton-wielding police patrolling streets as fires from Friday’s violence smoldered. Reports of deaths and arrests were varied and could not be independently confirmed.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency said 10 people – including two hotel employees and two shop owners – were burned to death, but no foreigners were hurt. The report did not give any other details.

Tibet’s main exile group claimed Saturday that it had confirmed reports that Chinese authorities killed 30 Tibetan demonstrators and injured many more, and unconfirmed reports of over 100 deaths.

The unrest comes two weeks before China’s highly anticipated Olympic celebrations kick into high gear with the start of the torch relay, which passes through Tibet.

Sun Weide, a spokesman for the Beijing Olympics organizing committee, said the unrest would not have a negative impact on the Games or the torch relay.

Preparations to carry the Olympic torch across Mount Everest and across Tibet “have been proceeding very smoothly and according to schedule,” Sun said.

“The hosting of the Beijing Games is the 100-year dream for Chinese people and I think the Chinese people, including our compatriots in Tibet, very much look forward to hosting the Games,” Sun said.

The United States and other governments have urged China to show restraint on the protesters, though International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge deferred, saying he didn’t have details.

“It is not our job,” Rogge, the IOC president, told reporters while visiting Puerto Rico. “We are not an activist organization.”

China’s governor in Tibet vowed to punish the rioters, while law enforcement authorities urged protesters to turn themselves in by Tuesday or face unspecified punishment.

“We will deal harshly with these criminals in accordance with the law,” Champa Phuntsok, chairman of the Tibetan government, told reporters in Beijing where he was attending a legislative meeting. “Beating, smashing, looting and burning – we absolutely condemn this sort of behavior. This plot is doomed to failure.”

He blamed the protests on followers of the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule and is still Tibet’s widely revered spiritual leader.

From Dharamsala, India, the Dalai Lama appealed to China not to use force, saying he was “deeply concerned,” and urged Tibetans “not to resort to violence.”

Over the centuries, Tibet was at times part of China’s dynastic empires. Communist forces invaded the region in 1950, to reclaim the Himalayan region and seize the commanding heights overlooking rival India.

The latest unrest began Monday, the anniversary of the 1959 uprising, when 300 monks from one monastery demanded the release of other monks detained last fall. But political demands soon came to the fore.

The violence erupted on the fifth day, after police tried to stop monks from protesting in central Lhasa, ordinary Tibetans vented pent-up anger on Chinese, hurling stones and torching shops and cars.

“The protesters yesterday went from attacking Chinese police to attacking innocent people very, very quickly,” said a blog entry by a group of Westerners staying in a hotel in central Lhasa near the riot. “Many Tibetans were also caught in the crossfire.”

On Saturday, Xinhua said Lhasa had “reverted to calm” and electricity and phone service, which had been cut for parts of Friday, was being restored.

A notice issued by Tibet’s high court, prosecutors office and police department offered leniency for demonstrators who surrender before Tuesday. Otherwise, they will be “severely punished,” according to a notice carried on official Web sites and confirmed by prosecutors.

Some shops in Lhasa were closed. Tourists were told to stay in their hotels and make plans to leave, but government staff were required to work.”There’s no conflict today. The streets look pretty quiet,” said a woman who answered the telephone at the Lhasa Hotel.Tourists reached by phone described soldiers standing in lines sealing off streets where the rioting occurred. Armored vehicles and trucks ferried soldiers.”There are military blockades blocking off whole portions of the city, and the entire city is basically closed down,” said a 23-year-old Western student who arrived in Lhasa on Saturday. “All the restaurants are closed, all the hotels are closed.”

Plooij Frans, a Dutch tourist who left the capital Saturday morning by plane and arrived in the Nepali capital of Katmandu, said he saw about 140 trucks of soldiers drive into the city within 24 hours.

“They came down on Tibetan people really hard,” said Frans, who said his group could not return to their hotel Friday and had to stay near the airport. “Every corner there were tanks. It would have been impossible to hold any protest today.”

Government workers said they have been prevented from leaving their buildings.

“We’ve been here since yesterday. No one has been allowed to leave or come in,” said a woman who works for Lhasa’s Work Safety Bureau, which is located near the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama.

“Armored vehicles have been driving past,” she said. “Men wearing camouflage uniforms and holding batons are patrolling the streets.

It is extremely difficult to get independent verification of events in Tibet since China maintains rigid control over the area. Foreigners need special travel permits, and journalists are rarely granted access except under highly controlled circumstances.

The violence poses difficulties for a communist leadership that has looked to the Aug. 8-24 Olympics as a way to recast China as a friendly, modern power. Too rough a crackdown could put that at risk, while balking could embolden protesters, costing Beijing authority in often restive Tibet.

Phuntsok, the Tibetan government head, said no shots were fired.

In the western Chinese town of Xiahe, police fired tear gas to disperse Buddhist monks and others staging a second day of protests Saturday.

Several hundred monks marched out of historic Labrang monastery and into Xiahe in the morning, gathering other Tibetans with them as they went, residents said.

The crowd attacked government buildings, smashing windows in the county police headquarters, before police fired tear gas to put an end to the protest. A London-based Tibetan activist group, Free Tibet Campaign, said 20 people were arrested, citing unidentified sources in Xiahe.

“Many windows in shops and houses were smashed,” said an employee at a hotel, who did not want either his or the hotel’s name used for fear of retaliation. He said he did not see any Tibetans arrested or injured but said some police were hurt.

Pockets of dissent were also springing up outside China.

In Australia, media reported that police used batons and pepper spray to quell a demonstration outside the Chinese consulate in Sydney. The Australian Associated Press reported that dozens of demonstrators were at the scene and that five were arrested.

Dozens of protesters in India launched a new march just days after more than 100 Tibetan exiles were arrested by authorities during a similar rally.

And in Nepal’s capital of Katmandu, police broke up a protest by 200 Tibetans in the Nepalese capital, beating them with bamboo batons and arresting at least 20 of them.

The Tibetans holding banners reading “Free Tibet. Stop the killings in Tibet” were demonstrating Saturday in front of the United Nations’ office in Katmandu.

A police official said they had orders to clear the streets in front of the United Nations.

A 49-year-old protester Tshering Ladum said she was only praying and demonstrating peacefully to seek support for the people in Tibet, and was attacked by the police without any reason.

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