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World focus on Burma (14 July 2008)

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Mysterious murder of elderly woman in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – An elderly woman in Burma’s former capital Rangoon was found dead in her residence-cum tailoring shop in Hledan Street in Kamayut Township on …

Thailand’s trafficking shame

United Press International, Asia, China –

These people are forced to enter the trade, often because of poor economic conditions coupled with a lack of local human rights protections. …

A new John Woo Chinese movie, “Red Cliffs” and the profound …

Capitol Hill Blue, VA –

The Modus Operandi of the present junta of military dictators in Burma (Myanmar) is also like that of Mao’s posing as the great strategist Chuko-Liang …

Damaged rice production regions monitored with GIS

Western Farm Press –

The commodity intelligence reports issued for the country formerly known as Burma focus on Myanmar’s major rice-producing areas, which have suffered …

The boss who sweeps the floor

NW Evening Mail, UK –

It was one of the few organisations to have staff allowed into Burma early after the recent Cyclone Nargis to help organise relief operations, …

Save the Children smash two world records in record time!

Politics.co.uk, UK –

For further information about our work please visit http://www.savethechildren.org.uk *** CHINA earthquake and BURMA cyclone – We`re helping children and their …

A once in a lifetime chance

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – o

Thirty-three pilgrims, six priests, three mauve nuns – each left a Burma where churches cannot be rebuilt and large gatherings are still outlawed. …

Children give up their beds for ‘Giant Sleepover’ world record attempt

24dash, UK –

The recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) and the earthquake in China continue to affect the lives of millions of children. Each night many children in Myanmar …

Benefit Concert in San Francisco on August 2 to Provide Aid for …

U.S. Asian Wire (press release), NJ –

SAN FRANCISCO—(US ASIAN WIRE)— Touched by the destruction left by the cyclone in Burma (Myanmar) and the earthquake in Sichuan province, China, …

Disney Interactive Studios Partners With Music for Relief for …

Business Wire (press release), CA –

… or know someone abroad that has suffered from the cyclone that devastated Burma/Myanmar this past spring, teens are eager to band together and support a …

Thailand: Refugee policy gets mixed reviews

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Since early 2005, UNHCR has been involved in the resettlement of more than 30000 Burmese refugees from camps on the Thai/Myanmar border to third countries. …

Armed Burmese Uprising “Likely Consequence”: Chomsky

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Chomsky said that China, the biggest supporter of the Burmese generals, would likely tolerate the overthrow of the junta. “Maybe even welcome it,” he said. …

Six Burmese Athletes to Compete in Olympics

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Six Burmese athletes will be sent to Beijing next month for the 2008 Olympic Games, according to the Myanmar Olympic Committee (MOC). …

More Relief Effort Needed: Asean Secretary-General

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Meanwhile, a top UN official in Burma said the biggest challenge in the cyclone-devastated area is how to keep the relief work moving forward. …

Aceh Fishermen Serving Jail Terms in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

“We have a directorate of protection in the Indonesian embassy in Myanmar [Burma] that will follow up any information on Indonesian citizens being detained …

Junta plans to pull strings to win elections

Mizzima.com, India –

… any potential political party or political figures who are really seeking a free and fair election to usher in democracy in Myanmar (Burma),” he said. …

First the storm, then the plague

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

When asked how things are in the Cylone-affected Irrawaddy delta of Myanmar, the first thing that they describe is the flies. Thick clouds of biting flies …

After Buddhist monks, bloggers are second helpful in Burma

OpEdNews, PA –

Buddhist monks have given food and shelter to the cyclone survivors and have raised money, medicine and aid by preaching Dhamma in public to help the people …

Burmese politics: road ahead

Mizzima.com, India –

Burma’s main political opposition, the National League for Democracy, which has opposed every step of the junta’s road map, said it is still undecided …

Poll reveals most Burmese ignorant about constitution

Mizzima.com, India –

Despite the junta’s claim that its draft constitution has been overwhelmingly supported by 92.48 per cent of all eligible voters, a random survey conducted …

What if Thailand Wants ‘Migrant Problems’?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The media and NGOs usually focus more on “problem” migrant issues, such as work permits, medical care, education of children and human rights. …

High-mindedness didn’t save hostages – ‘hard power’ did

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA –

Before that, the cause du jour was Burma, where a vicious dictatorship allowed thousands of cyclone victims to die by denying them independently delivered …

Agencies Seek to Protect Cyclone Orphans

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Tin Yain, 58, gathers her granddaughters as she narrates how the kids’ parents were killed during the cyclone. With thousands of casualties from the cyclone, a great number of children were orphaned and are now living with their relatives or neighbors that care for them. (Photo: AP)
“The goal is to put in place a mechanism to protect children from neglect, violence, abuse and exploitation,” says a statement from the UN Children’s Fund, …

Cyclone-hit Burma farmers unable to return to fields

ABC Online, Australia –

More than 138000 people are dead or missing after the cyclone struck Burma on May 2, washing away entire villages and flooding fields. …

Two months after cyclone, Myanmar farmers still can’t return to fields
Straits Times, Singapore –
KANYINKONE (Myanmar) – MR Kyaw Lwin and his wife stitched together thatch to make a new roof for the bamboo shack they now call home, after their farm was …

The UN and Comrade Bob

Wall Street Journal –

As with Darfur and Burma, the depredations of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe have become a target of the world’s moral outrage. …

‘Emission cuts will lead to a clean energy economy’

IndiaPost.com, CA –

The cyclone that caused massive devastation in Burma and the extensive floods in Iowa, for instance are linked in the public perception to climate change, …

Nineteen Docs Set for Sundance Support

Indie Wire –

Myo Myint’s dramatic transformation from a soldier of Burma’s junta to a pro-democracy activist; from a tortured political prisoner to a refugee making a …

The tilt towards a new Pan-Asianism

China Post, Taiwan –

It was able to create a Great East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, which encompassed the whole of Southeast Asia and Burma as well. …

You cannot sow prosperity with seeds of destruction !

Gather.com, MA –

President Bush provided insight into this policy shift when he went on television to offer supportive disaster relief to millions of people in Burma/Myanmar …

Opium poppy fields increasing in North

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

Although Burma has 100 times more land planted with poppy, the problem in Thailand is no less serious, he said, citing statistics from other Southeast Asian …

Durban II: trashing human rights

Washington Times, DC –

A recent resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate instances where freedom of expression may have discriminated against race or …

‘Resonant and unwavering’

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

You have said the US played a significant role in actions that led to the installation of the Burmese junta back in 1962. What’s the subtext, the background …

Miracle plant’s monstrous potential

Eureka Street, Australia –

The military regime of Burma has ordered poor subsistence farmers to stop growing rice, once a major export crop, and plant Jatropha as biofuel for domestic …

Due in paperback: Obama’s ‘The Audacity of Hope’ and McCain’s ‘Why Courage Matters

Los Angeles Times, CA –
… says character and courage can affect history, profiling activists such as civil rights leader John Lewis and Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Defeating Mugabe

The Herald, UK –

… and the power it hands to those who subvert democracy and human rights. The same two countries last year rejected measures to curb repression in Burma. …

Myanmar Christian tells conference how God is changing lives after …

Dallas Baptist Standard, TX –

By Staff, The Baptist Standard DALLAS–A Christian leader from Myanmar (Burma) told a missions conference in Dallas July 11 that despite the sobering …

Region to practice disaster relief preparation

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

It will set the stage for real emergency response to disasters, such as the recent cyclone that ravaged Burma and left 138000 dead or missing as its ruling ...

World focus on Burma (9 July 2008)

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Myanmar’s Cyclone-Damaged Rice Production Regions Monitored with GIS

GISuser.com (press release), MD –

The commodity intelligence reports issued for the country formerly known as Burma focus on Myanmar’s major rice-producing areas, which have suffered …

Myanmar: Red Cross Red Crescent launches revised emergency appeal

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

As villagers struggle to rebuild lives ravaged by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady delta, the IFRC believes this disaster highlights fundamental …

Myanmar’s Cyclone-Damaged Rice Production Regions Monitored with GIS

DirectionsMag.com (press release), IL –

The commodity intelligence reports issued for the country formerly known as Burma focus on Myanmar’s major rice-producing areas, which have suffered …

WFP faces fund shortage, awaits international pledging

Mizzima.com, India –

WFP said it requires a total of US$ 69.5 million to provide emergency support to victims of Cyclone Nargis that lashed Burma’s southwest coastal regions two …

International aid: World food crisis is biggest issue facing charities

guardian.co.uk, UK –

In Burma, journalists barred from a cyclone-hit region warned aid was not getting through. That frustrated charities such as Save the Children, …

Regime Asks UN to Stop Press Conferences in Bangkok

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

Since Cyclone Nargis slammed Burma on May 2-3, the Bangkok-based Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) has hosted several press conferences by UN …

Report Slams Beijing’s Burma Policy

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

In the aftermath of the May 2-3 cyclone disaster, the Chinese government appealed to the international community not to “politicize” the crisis. …

Problems for mobile network

Isle of Man Today, UK –

Manx Telecom says it is currently experiencing some intermittent issues with its 2G/GSM mobile network. A spokesman said 3G mobile services and fixed line …

Prince Charles meets Burmese students

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – For the first time, Britain’s Prince Charles on Wednesday met students, alumni and staff from Prospect Burma, an educational trust that funds …

World Bank will not support junta, says NLD

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

Jul 9, 2008 (DVB)–The World Bank does not have any plans to provide the military regime in Burma with financial assistance, according to Dr Win Naing, …

Aid agency appeals for doctors, nurses and accountants

Herald.ie, Ireland –

… in Chad to assist people displaced there by the conflict there and in Myanmar (Burma) following the death and devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. …

Disasters killing more people: insurer

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

In Burma, the cyclone Nargis killed 138000 people in early May, and in mid-May an earthquake left 69200 dead or missing in China, the company said in a …

G-8 leaders urge junta to free Aung San Suu Kyi

Mizzima.com, India –

G8 leaders said they are “committed to ensuring aid reaches those affected by Cyclone Nargis and called on the authorities in Burma to lift all remaining …

Red Cross seeks more money for Burma

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

The Red Cross is increasing its appeal for Burma to $US72.5 million ($A76 million) to help victims recover from the destruction wrought by Cyclone Nargis. …

Failing Health, Regime Cruelty Can’t Break Win Tin

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… demands and requests regarding human rights violations in Burma,” in which he described torture and lack of medical treatment in prison. …

United Nations deems wartime rape a threat to national culture and …

Houston Chronicle, United States –

According to the nonprofit Physicians for Human Rights, “investigators learned from Darfurian women that their attackers often raped women in front of …

As Olympics Approach, Oppressive Grip Tightens

The Epoch Times, NY –

But here in America, where freedom of speech is not muffled, protests and calls for human rights have strengthened recently as the start of Beijing ’08 …

Land Rover donates 60 vehicles to the Red Cross

Land Rover Owner International Magazine, UK –

The vehicles were officially handed over to Prince Charles (President of the Red Cross) This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Charter …

Triumph of the Witless

New Republic, DC –

Burma’s ruling junta, holed up in a bunker capital built in the remote center of the country and led by the thuggish, unworldly, and slow-speaking Than Shwe …

ChildFund research reveals perceptions of aid

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

*NB, the survey was conducted in February 2008, prior to the Myanmar/Burma cyclone and China earthquake. [ Any views expressed in this article are those of …

Fact Sheet: the President’s Push for Accountability Highlights …

Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –

G-8 Leaders Expressed Strong Concern About the Political Situation in Burma. They: Remain committed to ensuring aid reaches those affected by Cyclone Nargis …

Health staff support cyclone appeal

Londonderry Today, UK –

By Staff reporter THE Altnagelvin Hospital Fundraising Committee has helped the people of Burma through a donation of £500 to the Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone …

Food shortage threatens Burmese survivors

United Press International, Asia, China –

A Rangoon-based NGO, the Myanmar Business Executive Group, has announced a 50 million kyat (more than US$40000) microfinance scheme to help victims of the …

Robert Mugabe, yet another man the West loves to hate

Atlantic Free Press, Netherlands –

We saw the same demonization of Myanmar (or Burma as the West chooses to continue calling it) even as major Western oil cartels continue to suck oil from …

Health staff support cyclone appeal

Londonderry Today, UK –

By Staff reporter THE Altnagelvin Hospital Fundraising Committee has helped the people of Burma through a donation of £500 to the Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone …

Refugee voices

Aliran Monthly, Malaysia –

I was working as a primary school teacher in a village in Burma near the border area of Thailand. Inevitably, to avoid the sexual harassment by the military …

Over 400 orphans still search for parents: UNICEF

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – Two months after the deadly Cyclone Nargis ripped across Burma’s southwestern coastal divisions, more than 400 children are still frantically …

Food shortage threatens Burmese survivors

United Press International, Asia, China –

By Khin Ohmar Bangkok, Thailand — Two months after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported that …

Junta’s business cronies shying away from reconstruction work

Mizzima.com, India –

New Delhi – In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Burma’s military rulers have assigned several private companies to undertake reconstruction work in the …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 9, 2008 at 2:03 am

World focus on Burma (7 July 2008)

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Adaptation is key to survival

guardian.co.uk, UK –

When asked specifically about the current Disasters and Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for the victims of the cyclone in Burma, 68% said they’d given less …

Press, politics and public response

guardian.co.uk, UK –

Annie Kelly reports On May 3 2008, the first reports that a massive cyclone had slammed into Burma started filtering through to news agencies and the UK …

Development in a downturn

ISN, Switzerland –

The same ethos is reflected in public concern for the victims of cyclone Nargis in Burma and the Sichuan earthquake in China. The threads of humanity cross …

Hope blooms for Burma

Digital Arts Online, UK –

US studio Shilo has created a viral message in support of the Burmese people against the twin horrors of the recent cyclone and the continued oppression by …

Local Authorities Borrow Rice and Medicine to Show as Cyclone Relief

Narinjara News, Bangladesh –

Maungdaw: Authorities in Maungdaw Township have borrowed rice and medicine from local traders to show as Nargis relief aid when the new western commander …

Disaster capitalism: State of extortion

Rabble.ca, Canada –

… already on the scene in Northern California’s wildfires, to land grabs in cyclone-hit Burma, to the housing bill making its way through Congress. …

Mia farrow to attend thai seminar

Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

By Subhatra Bhumiprabhas Chiang Mai University will host a special event to discuss the political-rights crises faced by women in Thailand and Burma. …

Community center honors dead child

LocalNews8.com, ID –

The community center will be named for Hser Ner Moo, whose family came here from Myanmar, formerly Burma. Dozens of children joined adult volunteers in …

Burma introduces WCDMA

Mizzima.com, India –

… Burma’s military junta authorities have started distributing Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) telephones, an official at the Myanmar Posts …

Burma: Military junta challenges opposition to contest elections

Adnkronos International Italia, Italy –

In an article published in the pro-government English language daily, New Light of Myanmar , the military junta also told Suu Kyi’s National League for …

NLD critical of junta’s barbs on 1990 polls

Mizzima.com, India –

… New Light of Myanmar said the overwhelming approval of the draft constitution in May shows that the people of Burma no longer consider the 1990 election …

Motorcycle owners face travel and fuel restrictions

Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –

An official from the Customs Department said there were currently over 500000 unregistered motorbikes in Burma and the registration fee for each will be …

UNICEF says Myanmar’s recovery from cyclone proceeding effectively

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: Disaster recovery and relief efforts are progressing well in Myanmar’s cyclone-hit areas, despite logistical obstacles, a United Nations …

UNICEF identifies Nargis orphans

Independent Online, South Africa –

Yangon – Two months after Cyclone Nargis smashed into Myanmar’s/Burma’s central coast leaving at least 138 000 dead or missing, the number of children still …

Burma outlaws 1990 poll results

Independent Online, South Africa –

Yangon – The victory by democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in 1990 elections was “no longer legal”, Myanmar/Burma state media said on Sunday, …

Resentment against violence growing in NSCN & NNC Church and China …

Organiser, India –

These disillusioned NNC leaders crossed the international border and sneaked into Chinese territory via Burma, now Myanmar. It is not that they had come in …

Vietnam’s children get ready for climate disasters

Reuters AlertNet, UK –

The experience of Bangladesh contrasts strongly with Myanmar (Burma) in May, where there was very little preparation, and a much higher death toll. …

A green card, and a wife overseas

San Jose Mercury News, USA –

Moe, a San Jose resident, came in 1995 as a 20-year-old student from Burma, also known as Myanmar. Because he was involved in protests against the …

NLD Challenged to Contest 2010 Election

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

An article, “Goodbye 1990 Election Results,” published in the state-backed New Light of Myanmar, said the landslide victory of the NLD in the 1990 general …

Dengue Fever Outbreak Feared

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

One of Burma’s official newspapers, The New Light of Myanmar, reported on Monday that authorities have begun prevention work against outbreaks of dengue …

UNICEF praises Myanmar cyclone recovery

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A UN agency says the recovery effort in Myanmar’s cyclone-hit regions is progressing well despite logistical problems reaching remote …

Myanmar PM promises better homes for cyclone victims

Straits Times, Singapore –

YANGON – MYANMAR’s premier promised better housing for cyclone victims in the devastated Irrawaddy Delta, where many people have received only a plastic …

Government accountability remains elusive

The Langar Hall, CA –

“I recently had a meeting with a group of Congressional aides,” she said, “and they complained, ‘Why aren’t you criticizing Myanmar instead of spending your …

USA hoops has dual Olympic missions

WRAL.com, NC –

There may be modest efforts next month in Beijing to call attention to China’s support of genocide in Darfur and repression in Burma (Myanmar), …

Who will give attention to the issue of Burma’s longest serving …

OpEdNews, PA –

He was thrown into jail for additional years because of attempting to inform the United Nations about human rights violations in prisons under the military …

Bush: Boycotting Olympics would be ‘affront’ to Chinese

USA Today –

Bush said that he “doesn’t need the Olympics to express my concerns” about China’s human rights record, something he said he has consistently done in past …

Outgoing HRC head urges review of envoy’s mandate

Jerusalem Post, Israel –

He pointed to other mandates, such as the one to investigate human rights abuses in Burma, established in 1995, which was never reviewed until the March …

Burma: On the Occasion of 7th July Anniversary

Asian Tribune, Thailand –

What we want is democracy, freedom, Human Rights and free economy, to rebuild our country under the Rule of Law, not permanent army rule for bullying the …

Third of Burmese fail to return home

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The education office responsible for Mae Sot area said foreign students in five border districts rose from 7000 to 10000 after the cyclone struck Burma.

CAFOD urges G8 not to water down promises

Independent Catholic News, UK –

Over the past year we have witnessed the devastating affects of cyclones in Bangladesh and Burma, as the world heats up more extreme weather patterns are …

Trade, climate change high on agenda: Bush

The News – International, Pakistan –

Bush also expressed deep concern about Myanmar, or Burma, faulting the country’s military regime for its unwarranted” limited response to Cyclone Nargis, …

The New Light of Myanmar newspaper says Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy should prepare for new elections in 2010 instead of clinging to the …

Opium flowers

The Post, Pakistan –

… equalling over 52 percent of the country’s legal GDP in 2002 (compared with 24.4 percent for Burma/Myanmar and three percent for Colombia). …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

July 7, 2008 at 1:42 am

In Burma (Myanmar), how many cyclone orphans?

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Kids: Almost half of residents in the cyclone-hit Irrawaddy Delta were children, an aid agency says.
AP

Aid groups are trying to curb child labor and reconnect families – without the help of surnames.

By a correspondent

Like thousands of orphans, Jo Jo was fit enough to survive last month’s cyclone Nargis.

Sheltered now by church members in Rangoon, the main city in Burma (Myanmar), he faces more challenges: finding his parents even though, like most Burmese, he has no surname; and surviving in a society where children are widely considered a source of cheap labor.

“The price of everything these days is rising, except one thing – the price of life,” says a Burmese celebrity who has been quietly bringing aid to villages in the delta. “Cheapest of all is the cost of children.”

In a working-class area of central Rangoon, children pump gas, fix generators, sell fruit, serve tea, cook food, clean monasteries.

Across the country, kids steer coconut boats loaded with contraband or fight in ethnic wars in the jungle. Most have at most four years of schooling. Almost every mom-and-pop business employs children for less than a dollar a day.

While some seem happy to be working with parents or relatives, many have been bought and sold.

“Trafficking has always been big in this region. That needs to be addressed very quickly,” says Marvin Parvez, a development activist who has been working with several aid agencies in Burma. “Delta children were the poorest of the poor to begin with. They had food shortages in the delta area before the cyclone. The cyclone put them back at least one century.”

“Families are desperate now, so sometimes they sacrifice their daughters or sons. Children are very vulnerable at this time,” he continues.

Many hurdles in reuniting families

Many agree that after most disasters, the best way to protect children is to reconnect them with their families or villages. But finding out who children belong to is difficult in a society that doesn’t use surnames.

Instead of passing ancestral lineage down through family names, Burmese parents typically give their children a combination of names, such as Aung, Win, and Tin, which give no indication of who is their father or mother. Many Burmese also go by nicknames.

“We are taking down names of parents and children. But without surnames, it’s going to be difficult,” says Steve Goudswaard, the first foreign relief expert from World Vision allowed into southern Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta, where the cyclone hit hardest.

Many children, especially younger ones who lost everything, including identity cards, may be unable to recall the name of their village or find it on a map. The cyclone, which left 134,000 dead or missing and another 2.4 million affected, also erased many villages completely, obliterating schools and homes, and even shifting earth or scrubbing away topographical landmarks such as trees or patterns of farmland.

Unable to retrace their steps home, many survivors have drifted between makeshift camps and temples. Many children sit with vacant expressions, in shock and grief.

The number of displaced children is hard to estimate. Forty percent of people in the delta before the cyclone were under 18, according to Save the Children. UNICEF says 1.1 million children were attending 4,000 schools that were damaged or destroyed.

UNICEF says that at least 2,000 are orphans or are missing parents, but many Burmese say the number is much higher, because delta families were known for having many children. Some say there are 5,000 orphans in the delta town of Labutta alone.

Returning kids to school, and routine

Aid agencies say Burma’s military government has been closing refugee camps in towns and sending survivors back to their villages – a move the junta denies.

Officials say they are working on a voluntary resettlement program that will allow parents to find their children, rebuild their homes, and get children into classes as soon as possible, to keep up with students nationwide who began the school year on June 2.

Andrew Kirkwood, country director for Save the Children, says he supports the government’s push to get kids in school: “If kids get into school, it creates a routine. It’s easier to identify which kids are traumatized or malnourished.”

To fill the gap before schools are ready, UNICEF has opened 80 “child-friendly spaces” in the delta, where kids in groups of 50 to 350 can sing, play, read, and enjoy one another’s company. It has also provided learning packages, textbooks, kits for affected schools, and roofing sheets and construction kits to repair them.

With thousands of people cast adrift, Burmese relief volunteers say they hope their government, as well as the United Nations and nongovernmental organizations, will at least protect orphans from child traffickers and even citizens hoping to adopt them.

“Many people come and ask to adopt these children, but we don’t allow them to,” says a Burmese woman, who works in child-protection programs for the UN and other groups. “The [children] need to remain with their families.”

Some people “say they want to adopt children to take care of them, but they have other reasons,” she continues. “It’s very important to protect these children.”

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0609/p07s03-woap.html

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm

World Focus on Burma (11 June 2008)

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(Mizzima) Quote of the day

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

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General

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

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

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

World focus on Burma (9 June 2008)

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When Tragedy Strikes, Unity and Patriotism Follows For China …

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

Unfortunately, it is not the same with Burma. Within a matter of days, China and Burma were hit by natural disasters. China was rocked by a 7.9 magnitude …

Suu Kyi’s party to appeal against her ‘unfair’ detention

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) — Myanmar’s pro-democracy party said Tuesday that the ongoing house arrest of its leader Aung San Suu Kyi was illegal, and demanded the ruling …

Don’t Depoliticize Burma’s Cry for Help

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

… of assistance and aid in Myanmar [Burma] should not be politicized,” he said before his first meeting with the regime’s leader, Snr-Gen Than Shwe. …

Burma denies rumours of fish eating corpses

Independent Online, South Africa –

Yangon – A Burma/Myanmar government-affiliated group has denied rumours that fish from cyclone-ravaged areas are unfit to eat after supposedly feeding on …

UN finally reaches cyclone survivors

Dispatch Online, South Africa –

UN HELICOPTERS fanned out across Burma’s devastated Irrawaddy delta yesterday for the first time, ferrying critical supplies to villages struggling to …

Burma allows the last four UN helicopters in

Mizzima.com, India –

“Today [the] last four helicopters flew from Bangkok to Myanmar [Burma],” said Paul Risley. “They have gone.” After weeks of waiting in Bangkok, …

Myanmar’s military rulers free 15 opposition party members who …

International Herald Tribune, France –

AP YANGON, Myanmar: The political party of Aung San Suu Kyi says 15 of its members detained last month for marching to the opposition leader’s home have …

Myanmar Cyclone Response: Power-Lust and Lost Lives

American Chronicle, CA –

Myanmar, traditionally known as Burma, is a country where ten percent of the population lives “without enough to eat” on a normal basis. …

Burmese junta blocks flight of desperate

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Myanmar, ruled by a military junta that has been in power since 1962, has been the theatre of constant attempts to flee since the regime carried out a …

Master, the tempest is raging

New Statesman, UK –

For many people in the devastated delta area of Burma (Myanmar), the ADRA staff are familiar faces. They have been working in these communities for the last …

UN helicopters deliver aid to Burma delta

USA Today –

Until now, the UN had only one helicopter operating in Burma, also known as Myanmar, that flew a total of six trips last week, Risley said. …

‘Burma: It Can’t Wait’ Campaign Extends into June in Wake of …

NewsBlaze, CA –

WASHINGTON andBEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ — The Human Rights Action Center, the US Campaign forBurma (Myanmar) and the social-shopping site …

Pacific storms overshadowed by Atlantic cousins

Times and Transcript, Canada –

A prime example, he said, is the devastating cyclone that recently claimed close to 100000 lives in Myanmar (formerly Burma), With tidal surges reaching …

Myanmar PM vows aid for cyclone victims leaving camps

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

YANGON, June 9, 2008 (AFP) – Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein has ordered the building of temporary shelters for cyclone victims who want to return to …

Technical Advisor Food Security in Myanmar (Burma)

Oneworld, Netherlands –

World Concern Myanmar (WCM) is an interdenominational Christian NGO involved in Community Development and Capacity Building in Myanmar since 1995. …

UN helicopters reach Burma victims

The Press Association –

UN helicopters have reached Burma’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta for the first time, ferrying critical supplies to villages which have been struggling to …

• Child soldiers

Hamilton Spectator, Canada –

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

Group continues to provide Myanmar aid

News-Leader.com, MO –

Three shipping containers, weighing approximately 120000 pounds, have been sent to Myanmar, also known as Burma, and several more are being staged for …

Commission Seeks Declaration Of ‘Burma Day’ by City Council

Daily Californian, CA –

… number of actions regarding the military junta in Myanmar. If passed, the recommendation requires that the city officially declare August 8 to be “Burma …

Myanmar ‘looks like the ancient times: No civilization’

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

By DAMON C. WILLIAMS MORE THAN FIVE weeks after a catastrophic cyclone hit the southeast Asian country of Myanmar – also known as Burma – the sorrow is …

The thick end of the wedge

Business Day, South Africa –

He remembers our votes against doing anything about a host of tyrants around the world, including the regime in Myanmar (Burma). You’re well off the mark, …

Class War Wages: Mort la Difference

Pacific Free Press, Canada –

… for when taken with the demonization of countries like Zimbabwe, Myanmar (or Burma given that the corporate press still clings to its old, …

‘Enemy’ criticised

7DAYS, United Arab Emirates –

Myanmar’s state media yesterday condemned foreign radio stations for criticising the cyclone relief effort, branding the broadcasters an “enemy” more …

DO PRESENT-DAY EGYPTIANS EAT THE SAME FOOD AS TUTHANKHAMUN? REVIEW …

Modern Ghana, Ghana –

Newspaper reports on recent catastrophes mostly wrote about “Burma” and seem to ignore completely, Myanmar. Some alleged that the word “Myanmar” was …

In Burma (Myanmar), how many cyclone orphans?

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

Sheltered now by church members in Rangoon, the main city in Burma (Myanmar), he faces more challenges: finding his parents even though, like most Burmese, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 9, 2008 at 11:36 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. …

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June 8, 2008 at 6:18 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 (3 June 08)

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Local man to help hungry

Barrie Advance, Canada –
After the cyclone hit Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – May 2, Kyle said the area was in the headlines and captured worldwide attention. …

UN: Nearly Half of Burmese Cyclone Victims Don’t Receive Aid

Voice of America –
“We would urge the government to extend this expedited clearance to all international NGO’s [non-governmental organizations] who are working in Myanmar. …

Ethanol: Can you handle the truth?

PR CannaZine (press release), UK –
I know that linking what’s happening in Burma,,,,,,,,. Look, I would rather call it Myanmar if that is alright with you. What’s going on there should be …

Press Freedom World Review, November 2007 – June 2008

Media Channel, NY –
… of Human Rights in Myanmar. Throughout the spring access to Internet has been limited and there has been difficulties phoning Burma from abroad. …

US Charities Raise Almost $70-Million for Asian Disasters

Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) –
Friends of the World Food Program, which has brought in $2.8-million for Myanmar. Foundation for the People of Burma, which has received $500000 for cyclone …

ADB, World Bank joins ASEAN assessment team to provide relief

Mizzima.com, India –
… Task Force Office and meet the members of the ASEAN ERAT said, “ASEAN is committed to helping our friends in Myanmar [Burma] and will continue to do so. …

From Myanmar to Mount Vernon, cyclone hits home

Mount Vernon News, OH –
“I am originally from a country called Burma, but they changed the name to Myanmar,” said Tut. “I lived in the capital, called Yangon. …

Desolation In Myanmar

CounterCurrents.org, India –
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 …

Soft line on Burma hard to beat: Malaysian PM

The Age, Australia –
“ASEAN has had better success than others in persuading Myanmar (Burma) to be more receptive to international assistance,” he said. …

Myanmar cyclone: half of survivors without aid

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent A month after cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta, more than half of survivors have still received …

Junta claims ‘Emergency relief’ phase over, aid agencies refute

Mizzima.com, India –
New Delhi – Burma’s ruling junta has announced that the ’emergency relief period is over’ and it is now focusing on reconstruction work, …

9 helicopters to enter Myanmar this week: UN

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates –
BANGKOK – Nine UN helicopters able to ferry aid to remote cyclone victims should enter Myanmar this week, officials said Tuesday, but it was unclear when …

John W. Whitehead: Could God be a cosmic monster?

Noblesville Daily Times, IN –
In Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, the death toll from a killer cyclone stands at 78000, with 56000 people still missing. At least 1.5 million are hungry, …

Keep relief camps open, say aid groups

NEWS.com.au, Australia –
INTERNATIONAL aid groups are pressing Burma to stop closing cyclone relief camps as southeast Asian experts kick off a mission to pin down the scale of the …

UN: 1 million in Myanmar aren’t getting basic aid

The Associated Press –
“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. …

Pope’s and world’s solidarity help us go on, says Burmese bishop

AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews) – In Myanmar at least 60 per cent of the 2.4 million survivors of cyclone Nargis have not yet received any aid; yet the government has …

More firms ‘have ties with Burma’

BBC News, UK –
… of its controlling stake in Jetstar Asia, which, according to Burma Campaign, flies to the country in partnership with Myanmar Airways International.

Community Calendar

Honolulu Advertiser, HI –
BURMA (MYANMAR) CYCLONE RELIEF FUNDRAISER, 5:30-9 pm at Aloha Tower Marketplace on the waterfront; featuring top Hawai’i chefs and local entertainment, …

Feature: After the cyclone

Inspire Magazine, UK –
How the Global Aid Network (GAiN), the humanitarian aid arm of Campus Crusade for Christ International, is helping people in devastated Burma (Myanmar) put …

Bangladesh Prepares for Future Storms in Wake of Cyclone in Burma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
In the wake of that storm, which left at least 134000 people dead or missing and more than 2 million homeless in Burma, Bangladesh is expanding a disaster …

Myanmar Rulers Still Impeding Access

New York Times, United States –
Analysts of Myanmar, formerly Burma, said they feared that the junta was playing a game of hints, promises and deception, which it has used over the years …

Myanmar students return to storm-damaged schools

Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX –
The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, delayed the start of the new term for several schools in the worst-hit areas of the Irrawaddy delta, …

Burma Says New Constitution Washes Away NLD Victory

Voice of America –
The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper published an editorial Tuesday, saying the opposition National League for Democracy’s landslide win in 1990 was …

SSA denies killing civilians

Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… Burma Army and the (ceasefire) Shan State Nationalities People’s Liberation Organization (SNPLO).” According to The New Light of Myanmar, 31 May issue, …

ASEAN assesses Myanmar cyclone relief

Monsters and Critics.com –
Jakarta – The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) established a team to assess the needs of the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, …

3000-mile mission: PEACE IN BURMA

Aurora Beacon News, IL –
“They are in a very dangerous situation,” Athein said of the people who live in the country now called Myanmar. “I showed a picture (of the tragic …

Memorial service held as survivors suffer

Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –
Despite the devastation, Democratic Voice of Burma claims that no international aid has arrived in Yeway village. Soon after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar on …

Relief and development agency calls for the continued support of …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Staff from relief and development agency Tearfund, returning from Myanmar (Burma) have called for the continued support of those hit by cyclone Nargis and …

ASEAN kick-off the post-Nargis joint assessment

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
‘ASEAN is committed to helping our friends in Myanmar and will continue to do so,’ said Dr. Surin. ‘The deployment of ASEAN ERAT is just the beginning of …

Burma: survivors scavenging for food

Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – Myanmar insisted on Tuesday that cyclone aid was being delivered “without delay,” even though the United Nations says more than one million people …

Rangoon residents left in dark

Toronto Star,  Canada –
Since Burma, also known as Myanmar, doesn’t produce generators, consumers have to pay about $100 for made-in-China models, says the manager of an …

Myanmar charter ‘washes away’ Suu Kyi victory: state media

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — A referendum approving a new military-backed constitution for Myanmar has “washed away” the victory claimed by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition …

In darkened rangoon, Burmese get resourceful

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Four weeks after cyclone Nargis, electricity has not been fully restored to large areas of the largest city in Burma (Myanmar). ‘It hasn’t been fixed, …

Diamond helpers for diamond year at Oxfam

Lynn News, UK –
… with sparkle and help to raise money for the people who need it most, including those affected by the recent cyclone in Myanmar, Burma,” she said. …

‘Asian values’ in Burma

Los Angeles Times, CA –
… Rama Yade, declared that the UN principle of the “responsibility to protect” should be applied to Burma (called Myanmar by its military junta), …

Doctor organises Burmese support

St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Australia –
Donations can be made by direct transfers: St George Bank, Myanmar Cyclone Relief Fund, BSB: 112879, Account No: 057723322; cheques: Myanmar Cycle Relief …

Elmer Smith: Myanmar, Darfur: Are we getting used to it?

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –
Daily dispatches from Myanmar and Darfur detail the plight of tens of thousands who die as the world wrings its hands in anguished impotence. …

Thailand Common Visa

24-7PressRelease.com (press release) –
… Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines and Thailand. But Thailand is the region’s top tourist destination, …

Partnering with God to create a better world

Indianapolis Star, United States –
In Sudan, as in China and Burma (working on the Thai side of the border, since the Myanmar regime has refused most international assistance) and in many …

Rotarians aid Burmese

The Northern News, Australia –
BY JO ARBLASTER ROTARIANS in the north-west have come to the aid of survivors struggling in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma). …

Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis

Global Voices Online, MA – This is extremely important that my donation will not goes to Burma junta whatsoever. I noticed Google is helping in the Myanmar relief effort. …

Humanitarian crises require US leadership

Youngstown Vindicator, OH –
In Myanmar, the South East Asian country formerly known as Burma, a month has passed since a deadly cyclone, now named Nargis, struck, killing 78000 and …

Myanmar Cyclone Disaster (update 7)

Informify, CO –
Human Rights Watch Director Brad Adams said, “It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes. …

No cyclone aid yet for 250000

Radio New Zealand, New Zealand –
Foreign aid agencies in Myanmar say about 250000 people have still not received any help yet after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta on 2 May. …

Rambo, The Fight Continues, Blu-ray (2008)

Audiophile Audition –
The film opens with scenes of extreme violence in Burma’s (now known as Myanmar) civil war. As in Rambo III, John Rambo is still living in Thailand, …

Some manipulate, others genuinely care

TODAYonline, Singapore –

:There must be “an internationally agreed basis for taking action against tyrannical states that do not conform to international behaviour”, and “the platform for that is not Singapore … the platform for that is the United Nations”, said Mr Kesavapany, who had served as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and its permanent representative to the UN.

:“If the UN comes out with a resolution tomorrow, saying ‘embargo against trade, against investment’, Singapore will be the first — I can tell you — to conform to that.”, said Dr Zarni, a founder of the Free Burma Coalition, clarified that his comments were not meant as an accusation, but that the junta was manipulating their ties …

Myanmar or Burma? Wikipedia debates

Seattle Post Intelligencer –
An impassioned debate over the name of Myanmar (or is it Burma?), is disrupting Wikipedia and fascinating Washington academics. After a cyclone devastated …

Burma reopens schools hit by Cyclone Nargis

guardian.co.uk, UK –
Burma reopened schools for the start of the academic year yesterday in some of the areas hit by the deadly cyclone a month ago. But even in schools around …

World Refugee Day to recognize those displaced from their homes

WKTV, NY –
Most of the refugees in Utica have been uprooted from Bosnia and Burma. Officials from the refugee center say that World Refugee Day is a time to recognize …

Brentwood Man Helps Aid Myanmar Victims

WSMV, TN –
Tens of thousands of people are dead and half the country is homeless after a cyclone hit in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. …

Panties for Peace.

Feministing, NY –
‘The campaign was launched by women from Burma,’ Rights and Democracy spokeswoman Mika Levesque told the broadcaster from Montreal. …

Who’s in the Junta?The mysterious generals who run Burma.

Slate –
By Jacob Leibenluft US Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused the military leaders of Burma of “criminal neglect” on Sunday for their reluctance to accept …

Myanmar Guilty of “Criminal Neglect,” Says Gates

Mother Jones, CA –
Speaking at a security conference held in Singapore over the weekend, Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused Burma’s military government of “criminal …

Top UN Official Accuses Burma of Obstructing Aid

Voice of America –
Louise Arbour drew attention to the natural disasters in China and Burma, also known as Myanmar. She conveyed her condolences to the millions of victims of …

A Burmese Consolidation of Authoritarianism

MorungExpress, India –
… the former UN human-rights rapporteur to Burma. “But there isn’t the faintest sign of that yet in the case of Myanmar. What the Myanmar government calls …

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World Focus on Burma (31 May 08)

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Weekly Business Roundup (May 31, 2008)

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

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TVNZ

Burma: Asean Steps in Where Others May Not Tread

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

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

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

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Many Burmese Still Awaiting Aid

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

Humanitarian Vanities

New York Times, United States –

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

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

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

First Thai medics return after treating Myanmar cyclone victims

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

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

Redlander grieves current events in childhood home of Burma

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

Ethnic rebels torch sawmill, kill 8 workers in Myanmar

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

US Defence Secretary Gates assures enduring role in Asia

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

United Sikhs Expands Aid Efforts in Burma

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

What in the World?

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

Two catastrophes, two approaches

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

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

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

US blames Burma for thousands of deaths

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

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

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

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

Myanmar Races to Plant Delta Rice Crops Before Monsoon Rains

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

Why Child Abuse by Peacekeepers, Aid Workers Often Goes Unreported

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

Aid agencies urge Burma not to build orphanages

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

Cowardice of silence

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

Cyclone victims being evicted

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

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

Burma: Stop Forced Evictions

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


ITV.com

Myanmar: Monks succeed where generals falter

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

Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power

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

Burma cyclone aid agencies make plea for orphans

guardian.co.uk –
“Institutionalisation really is the last resort,” said Guy Cave, Save the Children’s Burma deputy country director.
UN urges donors to fund relief efforts in Myanmar without delay Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Aid donors press Burma for access Toronto Star
ReutersBoston GlobeReliefWeb (press release)The Age
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Burma’s junta evict families from relief centres

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

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

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

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

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

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

Gates: Obstructed efforts in Myanmar cost lives

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

Singapore regrets Burma’s refusal of foreign aid

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

Give aid workers in Myanmar effective access–Pope

Reuters –
The Pope made his indirect appeal in an address to the Catholic bishops of the former Burma, who are winding up a visit to the Vatican, and urged them to be strong in the face of “distress, persecution and famine”.
Pope expresses hope victims of Myanmar’s cyclone will receive aid Catholic News Service
Church in Myanmar shows signs of hope despite difficulties, Pope says Catholic News Agency
Catholic World NewsInternational Herald Tribune
all 9 news articles »

Burma’s cyclone survivors face a life of debt

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

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

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