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Myanmar junta warns people not to hoard aid

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Myanmar junta warns people not to hoard aid

15 May 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press.

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

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May 15, 2008 at 1:57 pm

World Focus on Burma (15 May 08) part 2

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Samaritan’s Purse allowed into Myanmar

OneNewsNow, MS –

Permission to begin the relief flights was received ten days after Cyclone Nargis ravaged Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The ruling military junta has …

Estimated 3.2 Million Burmese Potentially Affected By Cyclone

Science Daily (press release) –

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the researchers calculated the likely distribution of the population of Burma (also known as Myanmar) and …

Red Cross: Up to 128000 Dead in Burma

Democracy Now, NY –

The death toll from Burma’s Cyclone Nargis continues to rise. The military junta’s official toll is at thirty-eight thousand, with another 28000 missing.

Monitors needed to protect Myanmar aid–rights group

Inquirer.net, Philippines –

“The delivery of relief supplies can’t be left entirely in the hands of Burma’s abusive military, or aid simply won’t reach those most in need,” said Brad

His master’s voice

Guardian Unlimited, UK –

There is not a chance of this happening in Burma (we still call it Burma, unlike most of the rest of the world, which describes it as Myanmar: sooner or …

Myanmar storm survivors fear forced labor

United Press International –

RANGOON, Myanmar, May 15 (UPI) — Survivors of the Myanmar cyclone are reported being herded into government camps and fear they will used as forced labor. …

East Bay immigrants take earthquake and cyclone aid into their own …

Daily Review Online, CA –

Burmese immigrants have faced additional hurdles in trying to organize relief efforts in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in part because of political

ASEAN Chief upbeat on charter ratification

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Surin’s remarks came despite Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s policy that her government will not ratify the charter if Myanmar’s military

Stallone returns as Rambo in special screenings

NewHampshire.com, NH –

Over the years, his character has helped run international rescue missions that led him to Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Afghanistan and Russia.

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TOM WATKINS: The people of Burma/Myanmar are swamped – please help

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devastation that surrounds many in Michigan, it may be difficult to hear the cries for help half way around the world in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

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Following the deteriorating situation in Burma, Louis Michel calls ...

eGov monitor, UK – Commissioner Louis Michel has indicated that he intends to travel to Myanmar Burma next Tuesday, immediately after the meeting. There, he will meet with the …

ASEAN defends its response to Burma

Radio Australia, Australia – … entered Myanmar, the assessment team that ASEAN has put together. LOPRESTI: So in your view do you believe ASEAN is doing all it can in terms of Burma? …

Contrasting tale of two disasters

Adelaidenow, Australia – First, Cyclone Nargis left an estimated 100000 dead in Burma, with at least 1.5 million people homeless or in need. The toll climbs daily and United Nations …

Canadians off to Myanmar for relief work

Belleville Intelligencer, Canada –

Canadian emergency shelters are on their way to Myanmar thanks to a joint effort by the Canadian government and the Canadian Red Cross. …

MYANMAR: Cyclone devastates rice market

IRINnews.org, NY – “I think the overall projection is of incredible hardship,” said Sean Turnell, a Macquarie University expert on Myanmar and editor of Burma Economic Watch. …

China’s embrace leaves US in cold

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong – Since January 2006, China has unilaterally opened 83 trading items to zero tariffs for Cambodia, 91 for Laos, and 87 for Burma. China’s continued effort to …

No second cyclone but heavy rains threaten Burma

Bangkok Post, Thailand –

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii on Tuesday issued a cyclone warning for a gathering storm in the Bay of Bengal, offshore from central Myanmar, …

Brunei to send an official to Myanmar

Borneo Bulletin, Brunei Darussalam – By Azlan Othman Brunei will send an official from the Fire and Rescue Department to join the Asean Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ERAT) to assist Myanmar …

Burma approves pro-military constitution in referendum

AOL Canada, Canada –

However, Ban said he has now secured support from Burma, also known as Myanmar, its neighbours and key donors to increase the flow of cyclone relief aid and …

Myanmar tightens access to cyclone zone: reporters, aid groups

Macau Daily Times, Macau –

Myanmar’s ruling junta has tightened access to the cyclone disaster zone in the country’s south, frustrating aid groups trying to bring help to survivors, …

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Myanmar cyclone survivor faces a new battle
Los Angeles Times, CA –
Since the cyclone hit Myanmar, also known as Burma, on May 2-3, no doctor has visited the seven villages where local nurse U Tin Hling is the only trained …
Second Struggle For Survival Hartford Courant
Deep wounds and broken bones, but no medical aid Sydney Morning Herald
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Burma founders while China copes
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Ironically, China’s lack of interest in pressuring its ally to let in emergency teams has increased the suffering in Burma (renamed Myanmar by the military …
A Tale of Two Disasters Forbes
Second Take Business Day
Disasters provide stark contrast The Nelson Mail
guardian.co.ukTV3 News
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CTV.ca

Dealing with Burma’s junta
TheChronicleHerald.ca, Canada –
AS unbelievable as it sounds, Burma’s ruling military regime seems ready to allow tens, perhaps even hundreds, of thousands of its own citizens to die in …
Daniel Goldbloom on Cyclone Nargis, The Sichuan Earthquake and … National Post
Aid groups believe donations will get to Burma CTV.ca
In Burma, a UN Promise Not Kept Washington Post
Jacksonville Daily News
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Burma (Myanmar) cyclone and earthquake in the People’s Republic of …
UQ News, Australia –
On behalf of the UQ community, I offer deepest condolences to students, staff, alumni and their families affected by the Burma (Myanmar) cyclone and the …
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May 15, 2008 at 11:13 am

World Focus on Burma (14 and 15 May 2008) part 1

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MYANMAR: Cyclone devastates rice market
IRINnews.org, NY –
“I think the overall projection is of incredible hardship,” said Sean Turnell, a Macquarie University expert on Myanmar and editor of Burma Economic Watch. …

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Burma approves pro-military constitution in referendum
AOL Canada, Canada –
However, Ban said he has now secured support from Burma, also known as Myanmar, its neighbours and key donors to increase the flow of cyclone relief aid and …

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Reporters in Burma live in fear
Media Guardian, UK – May 14, 2008
… according to Aung Zaw, editor of Irrawaddy, a magazine and website produced by exiled Myanmar journalists in neighbouring Thailand. …
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AFP
Pressure on Myanmar to open up to cyclone aid
AFP – May 14, 2008
YANGON (AFP) — Top foreign officials headed Wednesday to Myanmar to press the defiant junta to open the doors to a massive cyclone relief effort for two …
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Deadbolt
… the world stage in the last week to share his thoughts about the human rights, humanitarian crisis in the country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. …
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The United Nations has sharply increased its estimate of those severely affected by Burma’s cyclone to 2.5m people up from the 1.5m previously thought to be …
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Prayer service for Myanmar victims set for Friday
Battle Creek Enquirer, MI – May 14, 2008
Laisum said those who attend Friday’s service may make donations to help pay for relief efforts in Burma, which the military regime renamed Myanmar in 1989. …
Myanmar: Welthungerhilfe starts distributing supplies in the …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
“This guarantees that our aid is received by the people who really need it,” says Angela Schwarz, Welthungerhilfe’s Regional Co-ordinator in Myanmar/Burma. …

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We’re all human
Stockton Record, CA –
First, two weeks ago, it was a cyclone that swept across Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – that killed at least 32000 people. More than 29000 people are …
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Myanmar: Trucks with aid reaching the needy
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – Despite roadblocks and bad weather conditions DanChurchAid’s partners are able to gain access to some of the worst hit areas in Burma. …
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BBC News
First Burma aid plane to leave UK
BBC News, UK –
The DEC Myanmar (Burma) cyclone appeal has received donations of over £6mn since it was launched last week. Among those who have contributed to the fund are …
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in aid of the Myanmar cyclone Phayul
Red Cross estimates up to 128000 died in Myanmar cyclone as heavy … International Herald Tribune
Aid beginning to trickle through to Burma cyclone victims ABC Online
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Church World Service (press release)
CWS – Local Organizations Make Difference in Relief Delivery in …
Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –
BANGKOK, May 13, 2008–Ten days after cyclone Nargis devastated parts of Myanmar (Burma), as tens of thousands of people still wait for assistance, …
Myanmar: MCC seeks $200000 for cyclone relief and recovery ReliefWeb (press release)
MCC launches cyclone relief for Burma Abbotsford Times
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Singapore: Myanmar to attend ASEAN emergency meeting to discuss …
International Herald Tribune, France – Myanmar, also called Burma, has long been a source of embarrassment to ASEAN, largely because of its junta’s failure to fulfill promises to restore …
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The Associated Press
UN chief secures support for more access in Myanmar
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… who proposed that the UN convene an emergency summit on Myanmar, which is formerly known as Burma, and that Ban possibly visit the country. …
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Voices from Myanmar: How the cyclone first hit
Seattle Times, United States –
It is where Cyclone Nargis first struck land in Myanmar, also known as Burma, about midnight Nov. 2. The storm went on to clear a path through the delta, …
Curfew in Myanmar villages News24
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Myanmar approves new constitution while it reels

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Myanmar approves new constitution while it reels

Myanmar’s junta announced Thursday that a pro-military constitution has won overwhelming support in a referendum, which was held despite widespread criticism and in the midst of a national tragedy — a devastating cyclone that the Red Cross says may have killed more than 125,000 people.

State radio said the draft constitution, which critics dismissed as a sham document designed to entrench the military’s rule, was approved by 92.4 percent of the 22 million eligible voters. It put voter turnout at more than 99 percent.

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

Myanmar’s government issued a revised casualty toll Wednesday night, saying 38,491 were known dead and 27,838 were missing.

But the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said its estimate put the number of dead between 68,833 and 127,990.

Even though the figures seemed precise, spokesman Matthew Cochrane said they were not based on body counts, but were only estimate designed to provide Red Cross donors and partner organizations with an idea of the numbers being discussed within the aid community.

U.N. officials have said there could be more than 100,000 dead in the May 2-3 cyclone.

With up to 2.5 million people in urgent need of food, water and shelter, aid agencies were preparing or moving in a wide-range of relief supplies including material for temporary shelters, rice, drinking water, kitchen utensils and medicines, including 2,000 anti-snake bite kits.

The World Health Organization said an increase in snake bites was feared in coming days. U.N. agencies and other voluntary groups have been able to reach only 270,000 of the affected people.

But instead of accepting foreign help freely, the government continued to issue only a few visas to foreign aid experts, and all but shut them out of the hardest-hit areas.

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

Critics see the May 9 referendum as another attempt by the junta to stifle democracy. In a country ruled by the feared military since 1962, few would have dared to vote against the constitution. Human rights groups dismissed the vote as a mockery, saying government officials were told to mark the ballots with “Yes” ticks for those who failed to show up at polling stations by 1 p.m.

The junta says the new constitution will lead to a general election in 2010. But it guarantees 25 percent of parliamentary seats to the military and allows the president to hand over all power to the military in a state of emergency — elements critics say contradict the junta’s professed commitment to democracy.

The junta’s iron-fisted rule has been clearly demonstrated in the way it has dealt with international humanitarian agencies offering their services in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.

The junta has limited international staff to Yangon, and has also used police to keep foreigners out of the delta. It did grant approval for a Thai medical team to visit the delta as early as Friday.

Amanda Pitt of the U.N. Office for Humanitarian Affairs said that unless the disaster response was improved, more lives would be lost. “It is clearly inadequate, and we do not want to see a second wave of deaths as a result of that not being scaled up,” she said.

Meanwhile, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said that countries delivering aid should insist on monitoring to ensure aid reaches the cyclone victims most in need and to prevent the military government from seizing it.

It said it has confirmed an Associated Press report this week that the junta had seized high-protein biscuits supplied by the international community and distributed low-quality, locally produced substitutes to the people.

“Simply dropping aid off at (the) airport under the control of the abusive and ill-equipped … military will not necessarily help victims of the cyclone,” it said.

The junta also said Wednesday it would accept 160 relief workers from India, China, Bangladesh and Thailand, though it was not clear if anyone but the Thais would be permitted to go to the delta.

On Thursday, the U.N. said that an emergency rapid assessment team from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, would also head into Myanmar within 24 hours to assess the most critical needs.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press.

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May 15, 2008 at 8:12 am

World Focus on Burma (11 and 12 May 08) part 2

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Anger mounts in Bangkok at Myanmar aid visa delays
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
By Ed Cropley BANGKOK, May 12 (Reuters) – A furious rescue worker accused Myanmar’s military junta on Monday of crimes against humanity for refusing to …
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Myanmar says parts of nation still cut off
AFP –
He said there were still some parts of country , formerly known as Burma, where government officials had not been able to visit since the massive storm, …
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US aid flight en route to Myanmar
CNN International –
The country’s name was changed from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, but many who do not recognize the current government still use its former name. …
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US to begin airlift relief in Burma
USA Today –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The US was launching its first relief airlift Monday after prolonged negotiations with Burma’s military rulers, …
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Citizen

Myanmar cyclone: relief supplies still fall short
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
A cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of aid, chartered by the International Committee of the Red Cross, has landed in Burma – also known as Myanmar – amid signs …
Aucklanders invited to join candlight vigil for cyclone victims Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Myanmar: Survivors of Cyclone Nargis Global Voices Online
Dire warning as desperation grows Melbourne Herald Sun
Daily MailThe Australian
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PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
Myanmar completes referendum poll
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
… was circulated after the Council heard a briefing by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari from his then four-day mission to Burma. Myanmar government therafter ..
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The Southern Ledger

Myanmar: Marines, Sailors Prepare for Possible Operations in Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
… and sailors with the Essex Amphibious Readiness Group are preparing for possible humanitarian assistance operations to aid cyclone-stricken Burma. …
FACTBOX-US moves planes, ships nearer to stricken Myanmar Reuters
US increases cyclone aid for Myanmar The Associated Press
Bush Pushes for US Relief Teams in Burma The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Kansas City StarUSA Today
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The Associated Press
Myanmar state TV: Cyclone death toll more than 28000
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said Debbie Stothard, head of the Southeast Asian human rights group ALTSEAN-Burma. Myanmar is also known as Burma. She told Associated Press Television ..
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Burma (Myanmar): An unbending regime still blocks aid
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
By Simon Montlake | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor For international aid workers trying to reach cyclone survivors in Burma (Myanmar), …
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Burma junta focuses on vote amid misery
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Despite alarm bells from the international community, the military government of Burma (Myanmar) kept its focus on the holding of a national referendum to ..
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PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

Myanmar completes referendum poll
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… was circulated after the Council heard a briefing by UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari from his then four-day mission to Burma. Myanmar government therafter …
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World Focus on Burma (11 and 12 May 08) part 1

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BURMA: ‘Junta Aid Blocks Could Multiply Cyclone Toll’
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It is still waiting for a temporary license to operate in the South-east Asian country that the notoriously oppressive military leaders have renamed Myanmar …

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Seattle Post Intelligencer

Health experts warn of 2nd Myanmar disaster
Arab Times, Kuwait –
YANGON (Agencies): Myanmar held a rare election on Saturday to approve a new army-drafted constitution, ignoring calls from the outside world to postpone …
Cyclone Nargis: The sad story of one Burmese village USA Today
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Residents supply aid to victims of cyclone
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL –
In response to the cyclone in Myanmar, local people are supporting efforts to get aid to those who were displaced by the disaster. …
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Miliband: Burma aid limit crisis
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Massive displacement of people; inadequate water supplies; people living in flooded situations; little sanitation” Myanmar Television showed pictures of …
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Letters from our readers
World Socialist Web Site, MI –
The people of Burma should read the history of the IMF and WTO as well as American/multinational bankers and avoid them like the plague. …
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Where the Conscience Meets the Checkbook
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“We are told there are all these people who need help in Myanmar [Burma], but there are 100 million Americans who are comfortable enough to send money, …
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Burma’s generals take aid credit
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… an unidentified military official passes out food aid at a relief camp in Myanmar. BANGKOK — Government-controlled television in Burma yesterday …
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Times Now.tv

Myanmar exports rice as cyclone victims suffer
Hindu, India –
New York (PTI): While the international community was rushing aid to Myanmar for survivors of the last weeks devastating cyclone, its government was …
Myanmar exports rice despite food needs United Press International
Amid disaster, Myanmar regime remains defiant Honolulu Advertiser
Myanmar curbs aid, exports rice Chicago Tribune
Free Internet PressThe Observer
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Burmese junta thwarts aid efforts, pushes ahead with referendum
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The International Committee of the Red Cross sent its first aid flight to Burma, also known as Myanmar, on Saturday. It was loaded with pumps, generators, …
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Could bungled relief effort be the last straw for Burmese people?
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The military regime in Burma, or Myanmar, has ruled with an iron fist since 1962. It shows no willingness to hand over power to anyone – especially not Aung …
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Remarks Upon Departure From Japan
US Department of State, DC –
Both our countries have offered generous humanitarian assistance to the people of Burma, of Myanmar, but so far the government has very much restricted …
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Post-storm vigil
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Yesterday, Myanmar’s military junta went ahead with a constitutional referendum while foreign aid trickled into the country formerly known as Burma. ..
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The Myanmar Cyclone Disaster – A sermon by the Bishop of Shrewsbury
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… today is the plight of those people in Myanmar (the place we used to call Burma) which is in very stark contrast to our happiness and celebration. …
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Myanmar on precipice of ‘health catastrophe’
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA –
UN agencies and international charities that were operating in Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — before the disaster have been slowly setting up ..
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Dire warning as desperation grows
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“We are afraid there is a real risk of a massive public catastrophe waiting to happen in Myanmar (Burma),” regional chief Sarah Ireland said. …
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Times Now.tv

Myanmar exports rice as cyclone victims suffer
Hindu, India –
New York (PTI): While the international community was rushing aid to Myanmar for survivors of the last weeks devastating cyclone, its government was …
Myanmar exports rice despite food needs United Press International
Amid disaster, Myanmar regime remains defiant Honolulu Advertiser
Myanmar curbs aid, exports rice Chicago Tribune
Free Internet PressThe Observer
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Myanmar – Days Later, Only Death Lives
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by Simon Barrett in Asian News Myanmar, formally known as Burma was a country in trouble already, the ruling military junta had created an atmosphere of …
Soles4Souls(TM) Inc. Sends 25000 Pairs of Shoes to Myanmar; Calls … PR Newswire (press release)
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Myanmar Internet aid flows in, but no tsunami
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… which already had operations in Myanmar before the May 2 cyclone, say they are able to control delivery of their own aid. The anti-junta Burma Campaign …
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Myanmar Cyclone Survivors Wait in Camps for Food, Aid to Arrive
Bloomberg –
The military, which has ruled the country formerly known as Burma since 1962, says approval of the charter will pave the way for democratic elections in …
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Myanmar eases restrictions on aid
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Increased amounts of aid have started to reach cyclone-stricken Burma amid signs the government is easing restrictions on foreign access. …
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Wall Street Journal
Aid Groups Warn Myanmar Toll Could Jump From Lack of Water
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Myanmar is also known as Burma. “Even in the Yangon area, which is reachable by the regime, people are complaining they are not getting aid. ..
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Myanmar on tenth day after its Natural
indiainteracts.com, India –
Cine stars of Burma made a valiant visit to the nargis hit places and helped the needy with clothes foods to the needy.Places of worship,schools and …
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Voice of America

Disaster in Burma Drives Rice Prices Even Higher (VIDEO)
Salem-News.Com, OR –
(RANGOON, Myanmar) – Damage from Cyclone Nargis may spread beyond Burma in the form of higher food costs throughout Asia and the rest of the world, …
Burma Cyclone Damage May Further Boost Rice Prices Voice of America
Food costs ease but world markets remain volatile The Age
High Prices for Staple Foods Dip, but Volatile Markets Persist New York Times
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‘Malign neglect’ may make Burma disaster six times as bad as tsunami
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We have to do the same for the people of Myanmar (Burma].” Buddhist temples and schools in towns on the outskirts of the storm’s trail of destruction are …
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EU to hold Myanmar meeting
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Michel has indicated that he intends to travel to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, tomorrow, immediately after the meeting, to discuss with the country’s .
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GOP convention leader quits, citing Myanmar ties
Seattle Times, United States –
… hours after Newsweek posted a story online that the company was paid $348000 in 2002 and 2003 to represent the government in Myanmar, also called Burma. …
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Calls rise to defy Myanmar regime, fly in aid
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… frustrated voices, including France’s foreign minister and a broad collection of groups representing exiles from Myanmar, also known as Burma, …
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Evil in Burma
Atlantic Online –
… should call the country Burma — as the Bush Administration, Senators Clinton, McCain*, and Obama, and the Washington Post do — rather than Myanmar, ..
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Air Force ready to transport RP humanitarian team to Myanmar
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
By Joel Guinto MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine Air Force will transport a Philippine humanitarian contingent to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar (Burma) on …
Myanmar yet to issue clearance for RP medical contingent GMA news.tv
Filipino medical workers ready for Myanmar mission Inquirer.net
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KATU

Scots group join Burma aid effort
BBC News, UK –
A Scottish-based aid worker is heading to Burma, after securing a rare visa from the authorities. Mervyn Lee, from Mercy Corps, will fly out on Monday and …
Mercy Corps’ Top European Official Heads to Myanmar FOXBusiness
‘Burma is a country that had great needs even before the emergency … ReliefWeb (press release)
Aid worker heads to Burma The Press Association
KTVZReuters AlertNet
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TopNews

Australia raises is cyclone aid to Myanmar to US$23.5 million
International Herald Tribune, France –
Speaking to reporters in the western Australian city of Perth, Smith said it was essential that the ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, …
Australia increases Myanmar aid to 23.5 million US dollars Hindustan Times
Australia Boosts Aid for Myanmar Cyclone Relief to A$25 Million Bloomberg
Australia increases support for Burma cyclone victims ReliefWeb (press release)
Malaysia Star
all 65 news articles »
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Is there an end to Myanmarese agony?
Jakarta Post, Indonesia –
Using long-established networks the media, mostly outside the country such as the Democratic Voice of Burma radio and television, manage to get much-needed …
Myanmar – Days Later, Only Death Lives Blogger News Network
all 2 news articles »
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Myanmar (Burma) cyclone
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
The disaster unfolding in Myanmar (Burma) as a result of cyclone Nargis is far worse than anyone had anticipated – torrential rains, flooding and gale force …
Cyclone Nargis devastates Myanmar: ADRA expands response ReliefWeb (press release)
all 2 news articles »
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In Myanmar, tragedy for thousands — and one mother in prison
Detroit Free Press, United States –
All of us are full of sympathy for the people of Burma as they face the aftermath of the cruel cyclone that has caused so much suffering. …
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The Associated Press
Myanmar state TV: Cyclone death toll more than 28000
The Associated Press –
said Debbie Stothard, head of the Southeast Asian human rights group ALTSEAN-Burma. Myanmar is also known as Burma. She told Associated Press Television ..
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Websites provide crucial links in Myanmar cyclone crisis
Los Angeles Times, CA –
… arm of the cyber-police in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and thwart an isolated, repressive regime to bring news and personal information to the world. …
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Boston Globe

Why Myanmar’s generals shun aid
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
Burma ‘s military regime is extraordinarily xenophobic,” says Sean Turnell, a Myanmar expert at Australia ‘s Macquarie University . …
UN chief, Carter to discuss world health problems Atlanta Journal Constitution
UN officials criticize Myanmar’s response to cyclone The Associated Press
UN Chief Alarmed By Burma’s Critical Situation After Cyclone Kills … AHN
The Star-Ledger – NJ.comMinneapolis Star Tribune
all 399 news articles »
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Catastrophe to Celebration …
Huffington Post, NY –
For example, the devastation of Burma’s / Myanmar’s mangrove groves over the years enable the cyclone to cause far more devastation than if this natural …
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 12, 2008 at 4:41 am

World Focus on Burma (10 May 08)


The Chronicle Journal
DART unit hopes to deploy in Myanmar
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Disaster Response Assistance Team is en route to Thailand to pave the way for a deployment to flood-stricken Myanmar. The country, also known as Burma,
Canada offers disaster relief team to Myanmar Canada.com
Canada sending military disaster assistance team to Myanmar Jerusalem Post
Canada PM blasts Myanmar, sends DART for relief Thaindian.com
The Asian Pacific Post – Toronto Star
all 132 news articles »
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TopNews
After storm, faint rumblings of discontent in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
One week after a massive cyclone crippled southern Myanmar, killing over 20000 people and injuring more than twice that many, the Buddhist monks of Burma
Opening of the Brussels May plenary session: Pöttering expresses European Parliament (press release)
Absence of Burma’s notorious strongman provokes speculation of a Independent
Now is not the time for power plays in Myanmar Press-Register – al.com
Forbes – The Associated Press
all 331 news articles »
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Thai King provides aids to cyclone-hit Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
Earlier, Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has donated 20 tons of food, relief supplies, electric generators and water purifiers to Myanmar.
Thai Red Cross sends necessities for Myanmar cyclone victims Thai News Agency MCOT
King provides aid kits to cyclone victims Bangkok Post
all 3 news articles »
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Poly student worries for her parents in Myanmar
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA –
By Sally Connell Khin Kyan is a native of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and lived there until she was 15 years old. Now she is a 25-year-old aerospace

 

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Cyclone Nargis: The sad story of one Burmese village
USA Today –
I am the only survivor,” the 68-year-old fisherman tells the Associated Press in Bogalay, Burma. The wire service says some of the villagers who survived
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Fort Dix Contractor Finds Hope Amidst Burma Cyclone Disaster
United States Army (press release) –
For Mo, a native of Burma (aka Myanmar) and a contractor on Fort Dix who asked that his last name be withheld, each picture on the screen and every name
Christians Respond to Crisis in Myanmar Christian Post
all 4 news articles »
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Charity Navigator’s Tips for Helping the Victims of the Myanmar
FOXBusiness –
By designating your gift specifically for Myanmar Cyclone Relief Efforts, you’ll ensure that your donation will be used for the victims of this particular
Burmese cyclone: how you can donate guardian.co.uk
all 9 news articles »
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National Post
Canadians generous with Burma relief
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Canadian Red Cross for emergency relief in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Other aid organizations in Canada have also responded. On Saturday, the first MSF
World Vision in Myanmar Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Survivors face bleak prospects as world reaches out National Post
Desperate call goes out for aid Canoe.ca
Toronto Star
all 7 news articles »
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Brenau graduation speaker guiding relief efforts in Myanmar
Gainesville Times, GA –
World Vision has been in Myanmar for the past 40 years – then it was known as Burma – providing relief for children. This allowed the organization’s some
Brenau’s commencement speaker says time is running out for Myanmar Access North Georgia
all 2 news articles »
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Myanmar: ACF convoys deliver aid to hard-hit Bogalay
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Of only two refineries that existed in Burma, one has been completely destroyed and the other is damaged. We’re seeing endless queues in front of petrol
Burma: Action Against Hunger (ACF) sends 40 tons of aid and six Reuters AlertNet
Burma/Cyclone Nargis – Action Against Hunger/Action contre la Faim Canada NewsWire (press release)
Myanmar emergency: Reports from the ground ReliefWeb (press release)
all 6 news articles »
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BBC News
Bush Plans Call to Chinese Leader Over Burma’s Stance on Aid
Washington Post, United States –
However, the official New China News Agency notably did not mention Burma, also known as Myanmar, in its account of the Rice-Yang conversation,
UN ‘must compel Burma to accept aid’ Business Day
all 18 news articles »
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AFP
Myanmar holds vote despite cyclone devastation
AFP –
The regime says the vote is a key step in its much-criticised “road map” to democracy and will lead the country, formerly known as Burma, to national
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The Associated Press
Altsean Burma, a regional human rights group, said authorities instructed village officials to cast “Yes” votes on behalf of people who did not turn up at
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Turkish Press
UN To Resume Aid Flights To Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
“The WFP has decided to send in two relief flights as planned tomorrow, while discussions continue with the government of Burma on the distribution of the
UN to seek $115 million emergency aid for Myanmar Reuters
Myanmar blocks UN aid shipments Aljazeera.net
Cyclone aid suspended after goods confiscated Metro
ABC News – Mister Info
all 429 news articles »
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Mangrove Destruction Put Myanmar at Risk
Living on the Earth, MA –
GELLERMAN: What role does the deforestation of mangroves play in the Burma disaster? MCNEELY: I think it plays a very substantial role.
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stv.tv
Myanmar at risk from further cyclones: UN weather expert
AFP –
GENEVA (AFP) — Myanmar could suffer another major storm this season even as it braces for more bad weather after the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis,
Wind, rain next week may compound Myanmar crisis-UN Reuters
Another storm heading for Burma NEWS.com.au
MAP: Cyclone Nargis (satellite imagery) Reuters AlertNet
all 24 news articles »
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dBTechno
Cyclone-hit Burma heads to vote
France24, France –
“As such, Myanmar is not ready to receive search and rescue teams as well as media teams from foreign countries,” he added. The statement from Burma’s
Foreign aid refused as cyclone hits Burma The Cord Weekly
CYCLONE NARGIS MAY BRING CHANGE IN ITS DESTRUCTIVE WAKE Yahoo! News
RightSide Commentary -Internationals RightSide Advisors
Newsweek – Spiegel Online
all 160 news articles »
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Sydney Morning Herald
The river of death
Independent, UK –
Officials said that up to 100000 people were killed by the storm that struck last weekend, most of them living in this expansive region of southern Burma.
Myanmar cyclone survivor gives birth to 11th child; 7 die Inquirer.net
Bodies rot in cyclone-hit Burma Independent Online
Entire Burmese villages swept The Australian
AFP
all 51 news articles »
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Answer Man: Burma gave way to Myanmar about 20 years ago
Post-Bulletin, MN –
NF I’ll give this a quick Burma shave: The Southeast Asian country was called Burma for centuries but was renamed Myanmar when it was taken over by a
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The Gazette (Montreal)
Myanmar’s junta continues with referendum
The Gazette (Montreal), Canada –
Two envoys from Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej also travelled to the former Burma on Saturday, hoping to convince the junta to allow access to foreign
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Voice of America
Myanmar obstructionism costs lives
Amnistía Internacional – of thousands of people and displaced around a million more, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) is deliberately impeding life-saving assistance.
Amnesty International Criticizes Burmese Referendum Voice of America
Myanmar: Constitutional referendum flouts human rights ReliefWeb (press release)
Amnesty International: Myanmar referendum flouts human rights Monsters and Critics.com
FOXBusiness – Asian Tribune
all 18 news articles »
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KCBS
Plea for Myanmar
KCBS, CA –
And the protestors say Myanmar must open itself up to foreign aid. “Millions of people are starving in Burma… the world needs to step up,” said one
Soles4Souls(TM) Inc. Sends 25000 Pairs of Shoes to Myanmar; Calls PR Newswire (press release)
all 8 news articles »
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Former residents of Myanmar worry, wait in Seattle
KING5.com, WA –
The two grew up in the southern part of Myanmar, formerly Burma. Their hometowns were among the hardest hit when cyclone Nargis tore through last week.
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Jenna Bush shuns White House glamour to marry in Texas
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
On her first visit to the White House briefing room she let rip at the regime in Burma (Myanmar) for not accepting American aid to victims of the
Bush administration moves to exploit Burma cyclone disaster World Socialist Web Site
Referendum – comments from Burmese people Democratic Voice of Burma
Humanitarian Guns for Burmese Guerrillas OpEdNews
First Post – About – News & Issues
all 266 news articles »
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Canoe.ca
House of Commons condemns Burma’s ‘deplorable response’ to cyclone
CBC.ca, Canada –
Humanitarian agencies fear delays in issuing visas to relief workers could push the death toll from last Saturday’s cyclone in Burma, also known as Myanmar,
Canada Lawmakers Call Myanmar Response to Cyclone `Deplorable’ Bloomberg
Commons to urge Myanmar to accept aid Winnipeg Sun
all 12 news articles »
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TopNews
New humanitarian aid missions to Myanmar/Burma by the Foreign Ministry
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Athens , 9 May 2008 – The Foreign Ministry continues its efforts to provide relief to the people of Myanmar/Burma, in cooperation with the Ministry of
Figuring out how to get help to Burma Atlantic Online
Myanmar’s government comes under pressure over aid Euronews.net
Australia says it would consider more cyclone aid for Myanmar if Malaysia Star
Washington Post – South China Morning Post (subscription)
all 71 news articles »
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Suffering Grows in Myanmar (Burma) Amidst Aid Complications
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
“We must assist the people of Myanmar (Burma) as soon as possible.” Official reports indicate that over 60000 people are dead or missing, with as many as 1
Local groups plan relief for Burmese Baltimore Sun
Burmese in Md. fear for their families Baltimore Sun
all 9 news articles »
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NDTV.com
Rice, Mukherjee discusses Myanmar, Indo-US deal
Press Trust of India, India –
Mukherjee discussed the current situation in Myanmar and the civil nuclear deal. “On Burma, she yesterday spoke with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang.
Pranab, Rice discuss stalled nuclear deal Sify
all 39 news articles »
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KATU
Burma is a country that had great needs even before the emergency
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – More than one million people in Myanmar are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following the most devastating cyclone to hit Asia since 1991.
Mercy Corps sends top European officials to Myanmar KTVZ
Mercy Corps’ Top European Official Heads to Myanmar Reuters AlertNet
Mercy Corps Responds to Myanmar Disaster Reuters AlertNet
all 15 news articles »
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TVNZ
NZ street appeal for Myanmar
TVNZ, New Zealand – “It’s hard to get images out of Burma and public responses are often fuelled by getting those images and the up-to-date footage and so on. And Burma is such
NZ support for Myanmar TVNZ
all 2 news articles »
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Smell of rot, death permeates flood areas
Toronto Star,  Canada – Six days after a cyclone churned through the coastal plain of Burma, also known as Myanmar, it was clear the damage was great and that little aid had made
In Flooded Delta, a Want as Pervasive as Death New York Times
A patchwork of death and destruction International Herald Tribune
all 12 news articles »
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Foundation for People of Burma Getting Relief in to Myanmar
eNews Park Forest, IL –
The Foundation for the People of Burma is the largest independently
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Vancouver Sun
Myanmar cyclone: Aid flights to resume
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
By Richard Alleyne and Emma Henry Aid flights to Burma will resume, the UN has announced, only hours after they were suspended when Burma’s military junta
Natural disasters made worse Brattleboro Reformer
Myanmar Cyclone Sacks Rice-Growing Region findingDulcinea
Cyclone heightens rice crisis Vancouver Sun
Times of India – BBC Bulgaria
all 53 news articles »
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The Associated Press
Aid is on the way to devastated Myanmar but so is heavy rain
The Associated Press –
But Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has agreed to allow a single US cargo aircraft to bring in relief supplies for victims of a cyclone, said Maj.
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Lutheran World Relief (press release)
Suffering Grows in Myanmar (Burma) Amidst Aid Complications
Lutheran World Relief (press release), MD –
Baltimore, May 9, 2008 — While the international humanitarian community awaits greater access to cyclone affected areas of Myanmar (Burma) and the estimated
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TVNZ
NZ street appeal for Myanmar
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“It’s hard to get images out of Burma and public responses are often fuelled by getting those images and the up-to-date footage and so on. And Burma is such
NZ support for Myanmar TVNZ
all 2 news articles »
Smell of rot, death permeates flood areas
Toronto Star,  Canada – Six days after a cyclone churned through the coastal plain of Burma, also known as Myanmar, it was clear the damage was great and that little aid had made
In Flooded Delta, a Want as Pervasive as Death New York Times
A patchwork of death and destruction International Herald Tribune
all 12 news articles »
Foundation for People of Burma Getting Relief in to Myanmar
eNews Park Forest, IL – The Foundation for the People of Burma is the largest independently supported US based humanitarian organization working in Myanmar since 1999.

Vancouver Sun
Myanmar cyclone: Aid flights to resume
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
By Richard Alleyne and Emma Henry Aid flights to Burma will resume, the UN has announced, only hours after they were suspended when Burma’s military junta
Natural disasters made worse Brattleboro Reformer
Myanmar Cyclone Sacks Rice-Growing Region findingDulcinea
Cyclone heightens rice crisis Vancouver Sun
Times of India – BBC Bulgaria
all 53 news articles »

The Associated Press
Aid is on the way to devastated Myanmar but so is heavy rain
The Associated Press –
But Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has agreed to allow a single US cargo aircraft to bring in relief supplies for victims of a cyclone, said Maj.

Lutheran World Relief (press release)
Suffering Grows in Myanmar (Burma) Amidst Aid Complications
Lutheran World Relief (press release), MD –  — While the international humanitarian community awaits greater access to cyclone affected areas of Myanmar (Burma) and the estimated
Merkel Urges UN Security Council Action on Burma
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
Merkel appealed to Burma’s neighbors and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to use their influence on the country also known as Myanmar.
Merkel seeks UN Security Council action on Myanmar aid crisis Islamic Republic News Agency
Angela Merkel proposes that the UN Security Council deal with Burma ReliefWeb (press release)
all 9 news articles »
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Myanmar nationals protest against charter vote
Reuters –
Hundreds of protesters also took the streets of Tokyo, shouting anti-government slogans and carrying banners which read “SOS Burma” and “Burma no need
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Boston Globe
Burma willing to accept help from any quarter
Radio Australia, Australia – 
He also expressed his government’s gratitude to the international community for its solidarity and generosity to the people of Burma.
UN chief: Burma must focus on tragedy, not vote Bangkok Post
UN to resume Burma aid TeleText
UN chief, Carter to discuss world health problems Atlanta Journal Constitution
U.S. News & World Report – The Associated Press
all 471 news articles »
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Turkish Press
UN halts Burma aid
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – The UN’s World Food Programme said on Friday it was suspending aid flights into cyclone-hit Myanmar because of “unacceptable” restrictions imposed
Burma seizes UN relief material Ninemsn
UN To Resume Aid Flights To Myanmar RTT News
UN to seek $115 million emergency aid for Myanmar Reuters
Metro – Aljazeera.net
all 466 news articles »
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The Associated Press
Myanmar junta hands out aid boxes with generals’ names
The Associated Press – 2 hours ago
Farmaner said the world needs to move to deliver aid directly to victims in Myanmar, also known as Burma. “People we are speaking to in Burma say aid must
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New York Times
Corresponding from Myanmar
MSNBC – 9 hours ago
We had known for several days that a big cyclone was in the Bay of Bengal, gathering strength for a run at Burma, but it didn’t seem like an imminent danger
Myanmar’s Biggest City Still Paralyzed After 5 Days New York Times
Crisis in getting help to Burma San Francisco Chronicle
Monks start cleaning up Yangon The Times
all 15 news articles »
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PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
One shipment to be allowed to Myanmar
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV), AZ –
Marine Major Stuart Upton, the spokesman, told reporters Friday: “We hope that this is the beginning of broader support between the United States and Burma
Lack of Access Could Raise Death Toll in Myanmar NPR
Pentagon proceeding cautiously on aid drop The Associated Press
FACTBOX-US moves planes, ships nearer to stricken Myanmar Reuters
FOXNews – The Associated Press
all 906 news articles »
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Move to Burma for cheap gas
Prince George Citizen, Canada –
In the news there was a comment about problems in Burma (Myanmar) after the devastation of the cyclone. One of the complaints was about the long car lineups
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Boston Globe
VIEW: Cyclone Nargis —Saleem H Ali
Daily Times, Pakistan –
years of languishing under despotism, the people of Burma (or Myanmar as the military junta prefers to call the country) were hit with more misfortune.
Before cyclone hit, Burmese delta was stripped of defenses International Herald Tribune
After Nargis, it is Abe Hindu
‘Nargis,’ ‘Abe’ and more: The naming of a cyclone Sify
The Associated Press – The Australian
all 124 news articles »
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Voice of America
Referendum vote begins in Burma amid devastation
CBC.ca, Canada –
The military government of Burma, also known as Myanmar, pushed ahead with the controversial referendum across most of the country, though residents in
Burma Holds Vote Despite Cyclone Aftermath TIME
Burmese refugees fault Myanmar regime for cyclone’s toll Los Angeles Times
Opinion: Burma’s Dictatorship in the Hot Seat Deutsche Welle
Newsweek – Radio Australia
all 102 news articles »
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TV3 News
UN seeks $187 million to aid cyclone survivors in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
collected by the UN are to be used by 10 UN agencies and nine non-governmental organizations to provide support for Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Myanmar will accept aid ‘from any quarter’: diplomat Economic Times
Myanmar tells UN it welcomes aid from all countries Reuters
Myanmar relaxes aid restrictions TV3 News
all 52 news articles »
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Luxique Contributes to Relief Effort for Burma
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
boutique and luxury hotel booking site, Luxique.com, is the latest travel industry name to announce support for the relief effort in Burma (Myanmar).
Cyclone forces commodity prices to skyrocket Vancouver Sun
Myanmar Devastation WRAL.com
all 10 news articles »
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Los Angeles Times
Aid is on the way to devastated Myanmar but so is heavy rain
Kansas City Star, MO – 9 hours ago
AP In this image from television released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, an elderly Myanmar woman lays waiting for help in a hut following last weekend’s
Video: Questions About Aid Plague Myanmar Cyclone AssociatedPress UN halts aid to Myanmar after junta seizes supplies The Associated Press
UN appeals for $187 million for aid for Myanmar Reuters
Honolulu Advertiser – Buffalo News
all 3,798 news articles »
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CRWRC provides aid to cyclone survivors despited United Nations
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – CRWRC is one of handful of international non-governmental agencies (INGOs) with trusted, local partners in Burma/Myanmar removed from the politics of
CRWRC Provides Aid to Cyclone Nargis Survivors despite UN Difficulties Worldwide Faith News (press release)
Aid agencies accepting Myanmar cyclone relief donations The Associated Press
CRWRC RESPONDS TO BURMA CYCLONE SURVIVORS’ FOOD NEEDS Worldwide Faith News (press release)
all 6 news articles »
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine

BANGKOK : Despite the arrival on Thursday of a few aid shipments in Yangon (Rangoon), the main city of Burma (Myanmar), the United Nations, the Association

  

 

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Telegraph.co.uk
A Burmese Village Wiped Off the Map
Daily Green –
The scene captured by the Ikonos satellite on May 7, 2008, illustrates the complete devastation Cyclone Nargis brought to Burma (Myanmar) when it barreled
Foundation for People of Burma Getting Relief in to Myanmar Earthtimes (press release)
‘All around it was complete devastation’ Globe and Mail
Burma aid agencies still struggling to help The Age
San Francisco Chronicle – San Antonio Express
all 1,086 news articles »
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Earthtimes (press release)
Catastrophic cruelty in Burma
Charleston Post Courier, SC –
The generals who renamed Burma Myanmar not only failed to respond to the pre-announced danger posed by the advancing Cyclone Nargis, they have since acted
Foundation for People of Burma Getting Relief in to Myanmar Earthtimes (press release)
Devastated Myanmar rebuffs Northwest aid groups KOMO
Cyclone Nargis Update: World Relief responds to deadly Myanmar storm ReliefWeb (press release)
KING5.com – KSBY
all 26 news articles »
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Burma cyclone could further cut back rice supply, FAO
FoodNavigator-USA, France –
By Clarisse Douaud 09-May-2008 – The effects of Cyclone Nargis, which ravaged Burma (Myanmar) on May 3, are now expected to spread to rice markets and
Myanmar exports rice as cyclone victims struggle Los Angeles Times
Food ‘tsunami’ aftermath iAfrica.com
Burma Cyclone Damage May Further Boost Rice Prices Voice of America
guardian.co.uk – Wall Street Journal
all 317 news articles »
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NDTV.com
US scolding of Myanmar leaders comes under fire
Los Angeles Times, CA – 6 hours ago
The next day, in a move that was certain to sharpen tensions between Myanmar, also known as Burma, and the US, President Bush presided at a ceremony
Cyclone dead tops 22500 Arab Times
MCC helps provide relief to Myanmar cyclone survivors ReliefWeb (press release)
Heart To Heart Readies Supplies For Myanmar KMBC.com
Asia Times Online – Sun-Sentinel.com
all 475 news articles »
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CNN
Myanmar votes as cynicism grows
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“If I was in Burma right now, I would be able to organise the people,” he says. He says the authorities did not do anything after the 2004 storm,
Bloggers describe ‘sad moment’ for Myanmar CNN
Blackouts, shortages plague Myanmar city after storm Reuters UK
all 50 news articles »
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eFluxMedia
Burma’s Neroes fiddle while the people die
New Statesman, UK –
Yet all international appeals from both hostile and friendly nations have fallen on the deaf ears of the evil rulers of Burma/Myanmar, who refuse to honour
Deadly cyclone overshadows Myanmar’s vote on constitution The Associated Press
Despite chaos, Myanmar holding referendum Los Angeles Times
Cyclone overshadows Myanmar referendum CNN International
TIME – CBC.ca
all 626 news articles »
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Myanmar junta to allow US relief flight
Baltimore Sun, United States –
While the Myanmar government is allowing in supplies, it’s still refusing to let US relief workers into the nation. Q Gordon, on Burma,/Myanmar,
US aid to get to Myanmar Monday: White House AFP
US says its aid plane allowed to enter Myanmar Xinhua
US aircraft approved for Myanmar aid mission-US Reuters
San Diego Union Tribune – Sify
all 167 news articles »
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Boston Globe
Rights group slams Indonesia, China for protecting Myanmar junta
Earthtimes (press release), UK – 
adding that “There is clearly the risk of a popular explosion in Burma (Myanmar) as anger rises over the military’s lack of care for the people.
BURMA: UN Aid Arrives, But Many Doors Still Closed Inter Press Service (subscription)
/REPEAT — United Church Launches Emergency Appeal for Burma Canada NewsWire (press release)
UN seeks $187 million to aid cyclone survivors in Myanmar International Herald Tribune
ic Wales – Voice of America
all 322 news articles »
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NDTV.com
US official: 1 shipment to be allowed to Myanmar
The Associated Press – 
We hope that this is the beginning of a long line of assistance from the United States to Burma.” Myanmar is also known as Burma.
Local effort to help Myanmar people abc7news.com
UN briefly suspends food aid to Myanmar after shipment is seized International Herald Tribune
US mulls food drops in Myanmar AFP
The Republican – MassLive.com – findingDulcinea
all 269 news articles »
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TopNews
US (forgetting Katrina) “outraged” by Myanmar’s response to cyclone
Citizens for Legitimate Government –
“We’re outraged by the slowness of the response of the government of Burma (Myanmar) to welcome and accept assistance,” US Ambassador to the UN,
Red Cross says Burma donations go to those in need Peterborough Examiner
Chevron gives $2 million to help Myanmar Bizjournals.com
Aid workers stymied as crisis worsens Ottawa Citizen
Tampa Tribune – Niagara Falls Review
all 861 news articles »  CVX
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999 Today
Burma (Myanmar) : Pray for openness and liberty
Journal Chrétien, France –
By Elizabeth Kendal Pioneer American missionary Adoniram Judson arrived in Burma in 1813. He was 24 years old and Burma was a hostile place.
The Next Somalia? Slate
Planes bringing aid to the Burmese are seized by generals Daily Mail
Chevron to give $2 million in aid to Burma San Francisco Chronicle
CTV.ca – Times Online
all 662 news articles »
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AFP
US aid to get to Myanmar on Monday – White House
Forbes, NY – 
The spokesman said the military rulers of Myanmar — which Washington refers to as Burma — had not yet approved visas for a US disaster assistance response
WHO warns of cholera, malaria risk in Myanmar AFP
all 6 news articles »
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TopNews
Development and Peace commits $ 50000 to cyclone victims in Burma
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
MONTREAL, May 9 /CNW Telbec/ – Development and Peace is committing an initial contribution of $ 50000 to emergency relief in Burma (Myanmar).
Britain pledges aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar Xinhua
Brown pledges food aid for Myanmar AFP
Tulsa trio will fly to Myanmar Sunday Tulsa World
Monsters and Critics.com – AFP
all 14 news articles »
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 10, 2008 at 1:34 pm