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Posts Tagged ‘Nargis

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

(AP Photo)

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
USA TodayToronto StarMizzima.comChristian Science Monitor
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 13, 2008 at 1:06 am

World focus on Burma (8 June 2008)

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Myanmar tightens security but denies evicting cyclone victims

Myanmar Red Cross volunteers distributing relief supplies to families and community members in Mawlamyinegyun in the Irrawaddy Delta division. Myanmar has tightened security across the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta and has denied evicting storm victims from emergency shelters and forcing them to return to ruined villages(AFP/FRC-HO)

BOGALAY, Myanmar (AFP) – Myanmar has tightened security across the cyclone-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta but on Sunday denied evicting storm victims from emergency shelters and forcing them to return to ruined villages.

Myanmar tourism sector reels after cyclone

An empty Chaungtha beach is seen in the Irrawaddy Delta region, Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Chaungtha beach is know as a popular tourist spot for both Myanmar residents and foreign visitors, but since cyclone Nargis, on May 2-3 that left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, there have been no holiday makers at all causing the entire village to suffer.(AP Photo)

YANGON, Myanmar – When a taxi carrying two Westerners pulled up this past week at the Shwe Sin hotel at the Chaung Tha beach resort in Myanmar’s cyclone-stricken Irrawaddy delta region, cheers rang out from local residents and workers.

Burma rates foreign media ‘worst than cycline’
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
The New Light of Myanmar attributed such negative reports to foreign plots to undermine the government. It cited a recent broadcast by “certain foreign …
Red Cross: Myanmar dead may never be identified
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Tens of thousands of people killed in last month’s cyclone may never be identified because their bodies have decomposed so badly and …
Asia-focused Australian PM heads to Japan and Indonesia
International Herald Tribune, France –
“Natural disasters in Burma and China in recent weeks… death tolls, have reminded us of the need for regional cooperation to have practical results, …
Myanmar Denies Evicting Cyclone Victims From Shelters, AFP Says
Bloomberg –
By Glenys Sim June 8 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar denied forcing survivors of Cyclone Nargis out of emergency shelters and back to their flattened villages, …
Myanmar denies evicting cyclone survivors from shelters
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s junta denied on Sunday forcing survivors of Cyclone Nargis out of emergency shelters and back to their flattened villages, …
MERCY CORPS AND MYANMAR
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com, OR –
asked Jeremy Woodrum, director of the US Campaign for Burma, referring to Mercy Corps and Chevron. “Yes.” Woodrum quickly noted that Mercy Corps isn’t at …
• K-College grads-to-be to provide aid in Myanmar
Kalamazoo Gazette – MLive.com, MI –
Worldwide attention turned to Myanmar, formerly Burma, in May when its military junta leaders refused to accept humanitarian aid after a cyclone hit. …
Carr: Slaughter continues in Darfur
MetroWest Daily News, MA –
While the the country and the world’s attention is rightfully focused on matters such as the US Presidential election, the tragedy in Burma/Myanmar, …
Only the International Court can Determine if George Bush is a War …
Political Cortex, NY –
In Myanmar (Burma) the leaders who are busily building luxury dwellings for themselves have made it very difficult for relief agencies to deliver food to …
Homeless cyclone survivors now face monsoon
Scotland on Sunday, UK –
By Pat Wilde A SEVERE shortage of housing has left hundreds of thousands of cyclone survivors in Burma exposed to heavy rains as the monsoon season begins. …
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New boss is determined to keep the faith at Al-Jazeera
guardian.co.uk, UK –
‘Our coverage of the Chinese earthquake, Myanmar (Burma) tsunami and Zimbabwe have been extraordinary.’ That may be true, but for reporters, …
Aquino, Estrada, Anwar: Evening of memories
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
She once read a letter smuggled out of Burma (Myanmar) on behalf of detained Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Aquino also gave Azizah a political …
Cyclone aid organizer arrested in Myanmar
United Press International –
… Country Director Guy Chase told the Post many victims have yet to receive any aid following the May 3 disaster in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …
On Phway to change the world
Manawatu Standard, New Zealand –
The Gorge is about a girl who’s working on getting over her fear, while Paypay is about Shwedagon Pagoda, a golden temple in Burma (Myanmar). …
Despite Rebuff, US Helicopters Stand by to Help Burma
NewsBlaze, CA –
The offer of aid continues even though the US Navy ordered its ships to sail away from Burma after an earlier offer to fly aid inland to people in need was …
More UN support arrives in Burma
The Age, Australia –
Five UN-chartered helicopters have arrived in Burma’s main city Rangoon, to boost efforts to deliver aid to victims of the cyclone that tore through the …
Barbecue to aid cyclone victims
London Free Press, Canada –
“Everybody is really excited,” said Emily Htoo, who is from Burma, also known as Myanmar, and works with refugees originally from that country’s Karen state …
Storm victims face new misery
Toronto Star, Canada –
… tightly controlled by the military government, which also severely restricts international media access to Burma, which the generals renamed Myanmar. …
Burmese refugees sent home
San Jose Mercury News, USA –
LABUTTA, Burma – Within a week of the storm that flooded the delta in May with waves as high as 20 feet, the monasteries in this village were swarming with …
Wasting time waiting to help
News-Leader.com, MO –
Front page again in News-Leader dated May 29 are photos of weary and homeless survivors in Burma (Myanmar). Their government controlled by military won’t …
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Leaving Burma crisis behind
Watford Observer, UK –
Cheques for the Myanmar Cyclone Appeal can also be sent to ADRA-UK, Stanborough Park, Watford, Herts, WD25 9JZ. n Watch out for next week’s special feature …
Myanmar or Burma? Apple’s dictionary had an opinion
CNET News, CA – o
1.02 running in Tiger) gave an interesting pronunciation for “Myanmar:” It’s pronounced “Burma.” I would tend to think this is an accident, …
Burma’s rulers castigate media over coverage
San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
AP The US military said Friday it is keeping 22 helicopters on standby in case Burma’s ruling junta reverses its rejection of such help for cyclone victims, …
Cyclone Relief Reaching Burma, But UN Says It’s Not Enough
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has sent 200 personnel to Burma, also known as Myanmar, while Japan and Germany have teams working on …
Karen refugees a ‘forgotten story’
CNN International –
… non-governmental organizations that provide food, shelter and non food items to refugees and displaced people from Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 8, 2008 at 6:18 am

World focus on Burma (6 June 08)

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Let’s Go! June 6 and Beyond

Beaumont Enterprise, TX –

SOUTHERN GOSPEL BURMA-MYANMAR BENEFIT CONCERT, featuring Brian Free and Assurance, 7 pm June 14 at the Jefferson Theater, 345 Fannin St. Advance tickets $12 …

Myanmar Calls Media Coverage of Cyclone ‘Distorted’

TransWorldNews (press release), GA –

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

junta says cyclone damage exaggerated

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

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

Thousands of Children Orphaned By Nargis

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… children he met when he rushed to the ravaged area soon after the worst natural disaster in Burma (or Myanmar) stuck in the early hours of May 3. …

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

Spot-On –

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

Junta in Burma Attacks Media for Cyclone Coverage

FOXNews –

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

BURMA: Nargis Victims Forced From Camps

IPS, Italy –

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

Myanmar: Donors responding to border food crisis

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

Benefit Aids Myanmar Cyclone Victims

Webster Kirkwood Times, MO –

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

Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

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

Burmese Rulers Criticize Foreign New Outlets of Airing False …

Voice of America –

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

Burma sprays foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

ABC Online, Australia –

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

Myanmar junta slams citizens over cyclone report

Reuters –

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

Burma Cyclone Survivors Open to Gospel Amid Relief Efforts

Christian Post –

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

Myanmarese protest in New Delhi, demand Suu Kyis freedom

Thaindian.com, Thailand –

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

Junta slams citizens over cyclone reports

elEconomista.es, Spain –

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

School accepting children of illegal foreign workers

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

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

Little Myanmar in Thailand

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

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

Organization heads to Myanmar to aid survivors

The Coloradoan, CO –

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

Food Prices: Hunger Strikes

TIME –

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

UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners

elEconomista.es, Spain –

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

Rights Groups Report Post-Cyclone Abuses

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

No boys on the battlefield

Ottawa Citizen,  Canada –

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

EU: Rethinking the arms exports code

ISN, Switzerland –

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

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

guardian.co.uk, UK –

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

Exiled Burmese Monk Lambastes Junta

New America Media, CA –

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

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Javno.hr

Cyclone: disease spreads through Burma

Independent Online, South Africa –

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

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

UN rights envoy pushes Myanmar on aid, prisoners Reuters

UN envoy pushes Myanmar on prisoners Reuters South Africa

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Boston Globe

junta says cyclone damage exaggerated

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

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

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

Myanmar arrests activist as US aid ships leave Reuters UK

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

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The Southern Ledger

Weather stalls Burma relief work

The Times, South Africa –

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

Myanmar Delays Aid Helicopters Flying, UN Relief Official Says Bloomberg

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

Junta in Burma Attacks Media for Cyclone Coverage FOXNews

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Burma slams foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

ABC Online, Australia –

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

Top Burmese comedian nabbed The Times

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Factories Turn to Refugee Workers

Wall Street Journal –

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

Another casualty of the cyclone: Asia loses one of its last …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

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

Prayer to feed the hungry

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

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

Myanmar Relief Continues Amid Difficulties, Hundreds Open to Christ

Christian News Wire (press release), DC –

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

Choir to entertain at relief concert

Independent and Free Press, Canada –

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

Desolation in Myanmar

Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –

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

Disaster Lurks On Our Doorstep, And Americans Shrug!

OpEdNews, PA –

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

Burmese comedian Zarganar held for helping cyclone victims

Times Online, UK –

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

US says disaster officials still waiting to help victims of …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

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

Global Editorial Roundup

Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription), SC –

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

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

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

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

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

Bulgaria to provide 100000 euro humanitarian aid to China

Xinhua, China –

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

Interview with Barry Scott Zellen: Arctic Lessons

Global Politician, NY –

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 6, 2008 at 2:55 am

World Focus on Burma (5 June 2008)

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New Footage of Cyclone Nargis and its Aftermath Shows Desperate …

FOXNews –

Media and information are tightly controlled in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and anyone carrying video or satellite phone equipment can be arrested. …

News Summary for June 4, 2008

NewsHour –

At the Pentagon, Brigadier General John Campbell said the government in Myanmar, also known as Burma, had refused all help. BRIG. GEN. …

Cyclone victims forced out of emergency camps: Amnesty International

CBC.ca, Canada –

“The ruling military junta in Burma have done nothing to convince us that they intend to reverse their deliberate decision to deny much needed aid to the …

Burmese government ‘putting cyclone survivors at risk’

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –

Burma’s rulers announced an end to the rescue and relief phase of the disaster response on May 20th. Since then, Amnesty claims, Burma’s State and …

Month after cyclone access to delta still a problem

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Access to the Irrawaddy delta region is still a huge problem a month after the killer cyclone struck Burma, though visa applications have been …

Myanmar continues to struggle

KVAL, OR –

By KVAL Web Staff US Navy ships carrying relief supplies plan to leave the coast of Myanmar Thursday after military officials said the ruling Junta refused …

EU foreign ministers approved the start of negotiations for …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

… the special help for women and children affected by armed conflicts, the situation in Burma (Myanmar), Ethiopia and the Millennium Development Goals. …

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon pleased with progress of Colombia …

ISRIA (subscription), DC –

The Secretary-General strongly supports the continuing efforts of the Organization of American States (OAS) to assist in the restoration of normal bilateral …

Getting assistance to where it is most needed in Myanamr is a …

IRINnews.org, NY –

BANGKOK, 5 June 2008 (IRIN) – With more than US$260 million committed or pledged to relief efforts in Myanmar, UN agencies and the humanitarian community …

Junta ends up having last laugh

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –

In an interview earlier this week, Zarganar said he and more than 400 entertainers in Burma had volunteered to help victims of Cyclone Nargis, …

Australia vow to help Zimbabwe, N Korea

The Age, Australia –

“We apply a similar approach to Burma and North Korea,” he said. “We believe in doing our bit to give assistance direct to the people of in this case …

Burma’s military targets civilians – report

Independent Online, South Africa –

Burma/Myanmar, under military rule since 1962, has signed ceasefires with 17 other ethnic armed groups. About 100 000 Karen refugees already live in camps …

Cyclone survivors ‘work for aid’

Channel 4 News, UK –

Burma’s military regime is forcing cyclone survivors to work in exchange for vital aid supplies, campaign group Amnesty International has said. …

Burmese forced from relief camps

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Bangkok, Thailand – Aid agencies trying to help cyclone survivors in Burma (Myanmar) are increasingly bumping up against what appears to be a coordinated …

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor

WLOS, NC –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Amnesty International is accusing Myanmar’s military regime of forcing cyclone survivors to do menial labor in exchange for food. …

Commentary: Who will bell the cat in Burma?

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Speaking in Singapore, he also said Burma’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims had cost “tens of thousands of lives”. …

Cyclone relief no laughing matter

United Press International, Asia, China –

Although Zarganar is famous in Burma for his antics on stage and screen, he has not been joking much lately. Instead, he has been at the front of local …

Junta forcing Burma cyclone survivor relocation: Amnesty

ABC Online, Australia –

Burma is forcing weak and hungry survivors of cyclone Nargis to move back to flattened villages and in some cases refusing aid unless rebuilding work is …

‘Help Burmese Refugee Migrants’ Plea to Thai Government

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

A 200-strong “Emergency Rapid Assessment Team” of the Asean-UN-Myanmar Tripartite Core Group was to be deployed on Thursday to the Irrawaddy delta area …

Burmese cyclone survivors ‘forced to work for aid’

Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom –

Amnesty International has accused Burma’s military regime or forcing cyclone survivors to work in exchange for vital aid supplies. …

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor

The Associated Press –

… had been off the Myanmar coast for more than three weeks hoping for a green light to deliver aid to the survivors. “The ruling military junta in Burma …

AMSTERDAM (Thomson Financial) – Market data at 10:00 am – SBM …

Interactive Investor, UK –

… the company may be involved in business dealings with Myanmar’s ruling junta, action group Burma Campaign claimed in Dutch daily Financieele Dagblad. …

Snags stall Canadian relief effort

Toronto Star, Canada –

… match private donations following public criticism. Australia, Thailand and Norway have all managed to transport aid into Burma, also known as Myanmar.

Myanmar accused of forcing survivors to toil for food

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand –

… had been off the Myanmar coast for more than three weeks hoping for a green light to deliver aid to the survivors. “The ruling military junta in Burma …

Monk visits for cyclone victims

San Mateo County Times, CA –

On May 2, Cyclone Nargis pummeled the Ayeyarwady Division of Myanmar, formerly Burma, with peak winds clocked at more than 105 mph. …

Rapid aid team moves into Myanmar cyclone zone: ASEAN

AFP –

Cyclone Nargis left more than 133000 people dead or missing when it smashed into the country formally known as Burma, but the secretive military regime has …

Burma Vice President for 63rd UN General Assembly

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

There was no comment from the Permanent Mission of Myanmar [Burma] at the UN. Of the 21 vice presidents, five permanent members of the Security Council get …

Myanmar democracy activists turn to cyclone relief

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –

MAUBIN, Myanmar – Khin Kyi has been a democracy activist for decades, but she and other Myanmar dissidents say politics has become secondary to the …

Rapid aid team moves into Myanmar cyclone zone–ASEAN

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Cyclone Nargis left more than 133000 people dead or missing when it smashed into the country formally known as Burma, but the secretive military regime has …

SPECIAL: Letter from Myanmar

Phuket Gazette, Thailand –

For Burma, the cyclone disaster was far deadlier than the 2004 tsunami. The government’s own statistics acknowledge 80000 known cyclone deaths plus 60000 …

Representative of Karen people survives on hope

Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –

While his family is in refugee camps in Thailand, Oo works along the border with the internally displaced Karen people in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …

Burma and the Bush Administration

The Weekly Standard –

by Benedict Rogers and Joseph Loconte THANKS LARGELY TO THE INHUMANITY of Burma’s military dictatorship, the cyclone that devastated the country a month ago …

ConMed says cuts help keep firm competitive

Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –

When she got her first paycheck last year, Da sent money to her mother and sister in Myanmar, formerly Burma. “If I lose, I will find another one,” she said …

‘Criminal neglect’, indeed

Indiana Daily Student –

… analysts of Myanmar point out that the regime has successfully used assurances and deception in the past to divert worldwide censure until Burma …

DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Campbell from the Pentagon …

US Department of Defense (press release), DC –

First off, I think you’ve seen the reports, just like to talk about JTF Caring Response in Burma, and that the decision has been made that the Essex will …

Myanmar Delays Aid Helicopters Flying, UN Relief Official Says

Bloomberg –

The US is today withdrawing navy ships off the Myanmar coast after the military government, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since 1962, …

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

Cyclone Nargis in Burma (Myanmar) spurred “international price quotations to leap by 10 percent in one week. By early May 2008, prices were more than double …

WER Burma Relief in Full Swing

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

MYANMAR (BURMA) – World Emergency Relief (WER) and Rescue Task Force’s (RTF) joint relief team has returned to the United States after spending two weeks …

US orders aid ships to quit Burma

The Herald, UK –

The state media in Burma, also known as Myanmar, has said it feared a US invasion aimed at seizing its oil deposits. Ruling generals also have forbidden the …

US Orders Naval Relief Ships

Gant Daily, PA –

Washington, DC (AHN) – A US warship delivering aid to cyclone victims in Myanmar and its escort vessels will leave international waters near the country on …

ASEAN to Send Emergency Response Team to Burma

Voice of America –

By VOA News The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is preparing to send a 200-member emergency response team to Burma’s cyclone-ravaged …

Myanmar: Police hinder cyclone relief efforts

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

By VIOLET CHO Many cyclone survivors in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon Division have still received no official aid, even though the regime is …

Myanmar: Police hinder cyclone relief efforts

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

By VIOLET CHO Many cyclone survivors in Burma’s Irrawaddy delta and Rangoon Division have still received no official aid, even though the regime is …

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on …

7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –

The EU strongly deplores the decision of the authorities of Burma/Myanmar to extend the house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National …

Myanmar’s Christians Tell Stories of Hope

Christian Broadcasting Network, VA –

… Burma – In the midst of tragedy and what seems like countless deaths, there are many stories of survival and hope here in Myanmar. …

Myanmar: progress on aid but access for internationals still a …

UN News Centre –

WFP has also started operating one helicopter out of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, while it hopes to have nine additional helicopters ready in Bangkok by …

BURMA: Thousands of Children Orphaned By Nargis

Inter Press Service (subscription), Italy –

… children he met when he rushed to the ravaged area soon after the worst natural disaster in Burma (or Myanmar) stuck in the early hours of May 3. …

Help is spurned and the fleet sails off

Scripps News, DC –

Myanmar has few of its own — only seven were available for relief work — and the World Food Program has been forced to spend scarce aid money on …

Panties for peace

The Asian Pacific Post, Canada –

… women are being encouraged to scribble a slogan on a pair of their panties and mail them off to the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) in Ottawa. …

Man relentless in trying to aid displaced Karen refugees in Myanmar

Utica Observer Dispatch, NY –

… Karen people in southeast Myanmar, formerly Burma, trying to provide health care and education to more than 200000 ethnic Karen who were forced to flee. …

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World focus on Burma (2 June 2008)

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

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

A breach in the wall?

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

Myanmar reopens schools 1 month after cyclone

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

Burmese Still Without Aid a Month After Storm

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

‘It looked like what we saw after the tsunami’

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

Community-based organisations provide ongoing relief in Burma

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

New school year brings fresh fear for Myanmar children

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

Myanmar: Judging the generals’ cyclone response

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

Government restrictions hampers aid efforts: WFP

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

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

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

Films planned to raise funds for cyclone victims

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

MIAMI HERALD: Burma’s rulers sink to new low

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

Is God a Cosmic Monster?

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

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

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

Soaring prices compound Burma’s cyclone misery

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

MYANMAR: Humanitarian air bridge up and running

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

Some Cyclone Survivors

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

Than Shwe’s Days Are Numbered

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

Schools reopen in Myanmar’s cyclone zone

Jerusalem Post, Israel –
1 on Monday for the first day of classes since Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar a month ago, all eyes stared skyward – at the gaping hole in the roof. …

Boycott Burma: To go or not to go?

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

US accuses Burma of criminal neglect

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

Bangladesh-Myanmar road planned

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

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

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

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

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

World Refugee Sunday to rouse church conscience on refugee issues

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

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

Toronto Star, Canada –
… ensure the safety of its underground journalists, DVB cannot confirm or deny whether any of them have been arrested inside Burma, also known as Myanmar. …

Myanmar activist wins Anna Lindh Prize

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

Myanmar reopens schools 1 month after cyclone

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

Junta defends their relief as ‘prompt’

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

Burma at beginning of “very nasty end game”

InTheNews.co.uk, UK –
Military rule in Burma is beginning to unravel, with the start of a “very nasty end game” now being witnessed in the country, it has been claimed. …

Myanmar accused of “criminal neglect”

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

Pentagon chief Gates rules out forcing aid on Myanmar

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

Burma WWII veterans renew ties

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

Burma condemned as schools reopen

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

Myanmar victims ‘forced to return’

Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a Norway-based media organisation run by Myanmar exiles, showed survivors saying that they had no choice but to move. …

Cyclone assist

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

Cyclone-hit Myanmar struggles to grow rice

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

Monday’s 6minutes new blog

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

Burma’s continued suffering

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

Gates accuses Myanmar of ‘criminal neglect’

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

Refusing aid ‘is criminal neglect’

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

Gates Sees Little Hope of Delivering Aid to Burma

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

Burma’s dictators guilty of genocide

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

When disaster and foreign policy mix—Marites Danguilan Vitug

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

The Tyranny of the Com

Sify, India –
Of course, in terms of ‘Com’, Burma (or Myanmar as the dictators have decided to call the battered nation) continued to be in the news for a few weeks. …

Burma ‘Refusing Aid.. Still’

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

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

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

More to die if Myanmar doesn’t change approach

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

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

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

Rebuffed US ships ready to leave Myanmar coast

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

CrisisWatch N°58, 1 June 2008

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

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

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

Burma: Let’s Roll

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

Japanese NGOs pledge special assistance for 10000 worst-hit …

Xinhua –
YANGON, June 2 (Xinhua) — Three Japanese non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have pledged a special assistance for 10000 selected cyclone-hit Myanmar households who are in worst need of food and resettlement, the local Flower News reported Monday.

Sikh NGO to send relief shipment to Myanmar

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

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Mail & Guardian Online

Amid aid delays, locals in Burma (Myanmar) rebuild

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Devastation in China, Burma

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

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

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Burma: Cyclone updated top news (16 May 2008)

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Myanmar junta warns people not to hoard aid

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Myanmar junta warns people not to hoard aid

15 May 2008

Myanmar’s junta warned Thursday that legal action would be taken against people who trade or hoard international aid in the aftermath of this month’s devastating cyclone.

It was the first acknowledgment by the military government, albeit indirectly, of problems with relief operations in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, which left at least 38,491 people dead and 27,838 missing.

The warning came amid reports that foreign aid was being sold openly in markets, and that the military was pilfering and diverting aid for its own use.

The ruling junta has been blasted by aid agencies for refusing to allow most foreign experts into the hard-hit Irrawaddy delta and not responding adequately to what they say is a spiraling crisis.

Relief workers also reported some storm survivors were being given spoiled or poor-quality food rather than nutrition-rich biscuits sent by international donors, adding to fears that the ruling military junta in the Southeast Asian country could be misappropriating assistance.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Wednesday that it had confirmed an Associated Press report that the military had seized high-energy biscuits that came from abroad, and distributed low-quality, locally produced biscuits to survivors.

Thursday’s radio announcement obliquely denied the military was misappropriating aid.

“The government has systematically accepted donations and has distributed the relief goods immediately and directly to the victims,” it said.

The government says 38,491 people are known dead and 27,838 missing in the May 2-3 cyclone. But the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimated the death toll was between 68,833 and 127,990. The U.N. says more than 100,000 may have died.

The U.N. and the Red Cross say between 1.6 and 2.5 million people are in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Only 270,000 have been reached so far by the aid groups.

Tons of foreign aid including water, blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, medicines and tents have been sent to Myanmar, but its delivery has been slowed down because of bottlenecks, poor infrastructure and bureaucratic tangles.

The junta insists on taking control of the distribution. It has allowed the U.N. and some other agencies to hand out the aid directly but prohibited their few foreign staff allowed into Myanmar from leaving Yangon, the country’s main city.

Police have turned back foreigners from checkpoints at the city’s exits.

“There is a visible fence around Yangon that we don’t dare cross. A circle has been drawn around Yangon and expats are confined there,” said Tim Costello of aid group World Vision.

He said the group has delivered aid to 100,000 people in spite of the “narrow parameters.” But there are tens of thousands more who haven’t received help because of heavy rain and lack of helicopters and expert staff.

“While you are getting aid through, it’s like getting it through on a 3-inch pipe not 30-inch pipe,” Costello said.

The regime insists it can handle the disaster on its own — a stance that appears to stem not from its abilities but its deep suspicion of most foreigners, who have frequently criticized its human rights abuses and crackdown on democracy activists.

In a clear sign that politics is playing a role, the junta granted approval to 160 relief workers from India, China, Bangladesh and Thailand, which have rarely criticized Myanmar’s democracy record.

With professional aid workers in short supply, ordinary citizens — including businessmen, housewives, monks, Christian priests and students — have rushed in to provide help.

But even Myanmar citizens are being restricted by the security forces, said Zaw Htin, a 21-year-old medical student who visited hard-hit Bogaley town on Wednesday.

“They (military) don’t want us to stay and talk to people. They want us to leave the supplies with them for distribution. But how can I treat them if I can’t talk to them? How do we administer medical care if we can’t touch them, feel their pulse or give them advice?” she said.

“It was overwhelming even for us who have seen a lot of suffering and death,” Zaw Htin said.

Also Thursday, the junta announced that voters had overwhelmingly backed a pro-military constitution in a referendum that was held one week after the cyclone.

Human rights organizations and dissident groups bitterly accused the junta of neglecting disaster victims in going ahead with the vote, and have criticized the proposed constitution as designed to perpetuate military rule.

State radio said the draft constitution was approved by 92.4 percent of the 22 million eligible voters. It put voter turnout Saturday at more than 99 percent of eligible voters in areas that went to the polls.

Voting was postponed until May 24 in the Irrawaddy delta and Yangon areas, which were worst hit by Cyclone Nargis. But state radio said the results of the late balloting could not mathematically reverse the constitution’s approval.

“People are dying and they are talking about the referendum?” said Kyaw Muang, a small food store owner in Yangon. “They (the generals) don’t even care about dying people, you think they care about democracy for living people?” he said.

“I don’t care about the referendum. It doesn’t mean anything,” he said.

Human Rights Watch also slammed the timing of the constitution announcement and questioned the accuracy of the results.

David Mathieson, a spokesman in Bangkok, Thailand, said the junta hopes that by announcing the results now it would divert attention away from its handling of the disaster and its refusal to cooperate with the international community.

“It seems strategically timed because you would have thought with how busy they were in cleaning up the cyclone that they never would have had time to count this properly,” he said.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press.

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A child is carried by a boy in a village affected by Cyclone Nargis located near the Myanmar capital Yangon May 14, 2008. (Stringer/Reuters)

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