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Burma: Cyclone updated top news (10 May 2008)

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Myanmar Votes as Junta Curbs Cyclone Relief
New York Times –
By THE NEW YORK TIMES YANGON, Myanmar – The military junta continued to restrict foreign aid shipments to survivors of last week’s devastating cyclone but forged ahead on Saturday with a constitutional referendum intended to cement its power after a
Myanmar Remains Reluctant To Accept Foreign Aid Wall Street Journal
Pakistan sending 2 planeloads of relief supplies to Myanmar International Herald Tribune
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Myanmar Remains Reluctant To Accept Foreign Aid
Wall Street Journal –
By PATRICK BARTA and JAMES HOOKWAY Myanmar’s military regime on Saturday began distributing international aid — in some cases attaching the names of top generals to packages — while sending signals that some foreign relief workers weren’t welcome.
Pakistan sending 2 planeloads of relief supplies to Myanmar International Herald Tribune
Myanmar holds referendum despite cyclone chaos Reuters
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Slow Myanmar aid raises health risks for survivors
Reuters –
MYAUNG MYA, Myanmar, May 10 (Reuters) – Even if they manage to find food and shelter, the 1.5 million destitute survivors of Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis still face a major risk from infected wounds, chronic diarrhoea and malaria or dengue.

Russian aid sent to Myanmar cyclone victims

US scolding of Myanmar leaders comes under fire Los Angeles Times
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UN aid flights resume to cyclone-hit Myanmar (Roundup)
Monsters and Critics.com –
Bangkok/Yangon – The World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday resumed flying emergency supplies into cyclone-devastated Myanmar despite an ongoing dispute with the country’s junta over how the aid will be distributed.
Myanmar holds referendum despite cyclone chaos Reuters
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UN launches Myanmar appeal and resumes aid flights
Reuters UK –
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – The United Nations appealed for $187 million (96 million pounds) in aid on Friday to help 1.5 million victims in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar and said it would resume relief flights despite the military government’s
Aid is on the way to devastated Myanmar but so is heavy rain The Associated Press
Myanmar’s junta stages referendum despite cyclone, world criticism Monsters and Critics.com
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 10, 2008 at 2:50 am

World Focus on Burma (9 May 08)

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The Province

The Associated Press –
Tens of thousands of people die every year in Myanmar, also known as Burma, from tuberculosis, AIDS and diarrhea. Malaria alone kills about 3000 people …

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Wall Street Journal –
“Two weeks isn’t enough,” says Zin Linn, a spokesman for a US based government in exile, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. …

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Monsters and Critics.com –
According to the Myanmar military junta’s latest figures, the Nargis cyclone which hit the country with extreme winds and a tidal surge claimed 22997 lives, …

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Canada.com, Canada –
As a result, the UN’s humanitarian food agency said it was suspending aid deliveries to Myanmar, also known as Burma. “The restrictions on us are …
Burma (Myanmar) aid logjam riles donors Christian Science Monitor
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Boston Globe

Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Though Yangon (Rangoon) escaped the total destruction that Cyclone Nargis brought to much of the rest of the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma (Myanmar), …
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Monsters and Critics.com

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
Please get this story out of Burma [Myanmar]. We can only just sit and pray. This is all we Burmese can do.” The following day the same person asked me in …
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USA Today –
Burma is still a big mess. CNN says the United Nations announced this morning that it’s suspending aid shipments to the cyclone-stricken country because …
BURMA: UN Aid Arrives, But Many Doors Still Closed Inter Press Service (subscription)
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CHQR

Times Online, UK –
“Myanmar is not in a position to receive rescue and information teams from foreign countries at the moment,” a government-run newspaper said. …
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CathNews

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
… international network was working through Catholic Church partners in Myanmar, in direct response to the expressed needs of the Church in Burma/Myanmar. …
Humanitarian relief urgent in Myanmar ReliefWeb (press release)
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Reuters India, India –
“We’re outraged by the slowness of the response of the government of Burma (Myanmar) to welcome and accept assistance,” US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told …
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Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
“Myanmar (Burma) is not in a position to receive rescue and information teams from foreign countries at the moment,” a foreign ministry statement said. …
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The Southern Ledger

Euronews.net, France –
Pictures emerging from southern Myanmar, the former Burma, show how much of the region was devastated by the weekend’s devastating cyclone. …
World Vision in Myanmar Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
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CCTV

Times Online, UK –
Qin Gang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, has urged Burma to work with the international community. “We hope Myanmar will co-operate with the international …
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The Southern Ledger

NPR –
There is still no approval for US cargo planes filled with drinking water and other aid materials to land inside Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
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CBC.ca

guardian.co.uk, UK –
The foreign ministry said Burma would accept supplies from overseas, but would control the distribution for now. ” Myanmar [Burma] is giving priority to …
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The Southern Ledger

Voice of America –
… who said earlier the United States was considering air dropping relief supplies without permission into Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
UN demands Myanmar drop aid barriers Austin American-Statesman
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New York Daily News

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
Rescue crews have been deported by Burma’s military junta, just a day after arriving in the disaster-stricken nation. The Burmese government declared it is …
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PRESS TV

Reuters –
Myanmar has allowed a handful of cargo flights to land in the former capital Yangon and unload emergency supplies for up to one million people left homeless …
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CTV.ca

The Canadian Press, TORONTO –
TORONTO — A member of a Toronto-based rapid response team says he is frustrated the team has been unable to secure visas to get into cyclone-ravaged Myanmar …
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Canada.com

Ottawa Citizen, Canada –
International disaster relief experts are still cooling their heels, mostly in Bangkok, waiting for visas to enter Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
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Inquirer.net, Philippines –
“We are awaiting acceptance from Myanmar of our offer of assistance. But we are continuing coordination both through the Burma Embassy here and our Embassy …
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Chicago Sun-Times, United States –
Though the cyclone hit Saturday, the Myanmar government continued to deny much foreign aid, said Jeremy Woodrum, director of the US Campaign for Burma. …
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GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
The world needs to find a way to use its aid to create a real path to democracy in Burma [Myanmar], the kind that reacts well when its citizens cry out for …
Video: Putin confirmed as Russian PM Video: Putin confirmed as Russian PM AlJazeeraEnglish
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Church World Service (press release)

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
As the first few flights of relief supplies have reached the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar(Burma) the scope of the disaster is starting to take …
Donations needed for Burmese Aid Effort Scoop.co.nz (press release)
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine

The Age, Australia –
The recent cyclone in Burma heavily damaged rice fields there and sent rice prices soaring in the country. But rice traders said this had not pushed up …
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Reuters AlertNet

Yahoo! News –
WASHINGTON — One can only wonder how a country like Myanmar — historically known as Burma — can bear all the miseries being heaped upon it. …
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Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The authorities in Burma – called Myanmar by its military rulers – have allowed US military planes carrying aid to land in the cyclone-hit country, …
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San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
Villarosa said the challenge of restoring order was a huge one for the authorities in Burma, also known as Myanmar. “It’s my hope that they’re going to …
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Reuters AlertNet, UK –
WER is working in partnership with ADRA Burma, based locally within Myanmar (Burma), to provide emergency aid to victims of last week’s Cyclone Nargis. …
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Winston-Salem Journal

San Jose Mercury News, USA –
… and are going to all the villages that are not accessible anymore,’ ” said Chu, a former political prisoner who fled Burma, now known as Myanmar, …
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Ballard Communications Management (Press Releases), UK –
UK-DMC satellite image of Burma (Myanmar) showing the Rangoon (Yangon) area and southern coastal regions. Images taken of Myanmar, using UK-DMC’s 32 m …
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AFP –
“We want to get aid into Burma as quickly as possible,” said spokesman Gordon Johndroe, referring to the country by its previous name, …
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Diocese of Lichfield, UK –
Every penny received from the appeal will be used to aid the people of Burma, primarily through the Anglican Church in Myanmar working with the mission …
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Inquirer.net, Philippines –
LABUTTA, BURMA—As corpses lay rotting alongside the bloated carcasses of animals, haunted survivors of last weekend’s cyclone told how entire families were ..
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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 …
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“We call upon the authorities in Burma to open their doors to the generous assistance of the international community and to alleviate the disastrous …
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Corriere della Sera, Italy –
Are the relief teams having difficulties entering Burma? What is the visa situation? «Cargo planes are just now starting to arrive in Myanmar. …
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.. and tens of thousands more are listed as missing, and the UN estimates more than 1 million people are homeless in Myanmar, which also is known as Burma. …
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The Associated Press – During his 26-year rule, Ne Win’s regime curtailed human rights and political opposition and closed the country off to outsiders, earning Burma, …
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The Associated Press –
Air Force transport planes and helicopters packed with supplies also sat waiting for a green light to enter Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
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Scotsman, United Kingdom –
But more aid is desperately needed and the DEC is calling on people to donate to the Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal. Calls to support the appeal have also …
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm

UN chief: Burma must focus on tragedy, not vote

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Bangkok Post, 9 May 2008

New York (dpa) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the Burmese military government to focus on its national tragedy in the wake of Cyclone Nargis as it prepared instead to hold a referendum this weekend on a new constitution.

Ban hinted that the referendum should be postponed, while the United Nations urged the international community to help the more than 1 million victims of the cyclone, which has killed an estimated 23,000 people with tens of thousands still missing.

“The secretary general, deeply concerned about the welfare of the people of Myanmar at this time of national tragedy, has taken note of the government’s decision to proceed with the constitutional referendum on May 10,” a UN statement said, using the military junta’s name for Burma.

The government has decided to postpone the referendum only in those areas worst hit by the storm.

“Due to the scope of the disaster facing Myanmar today, however, the secretary general believes that it may be prudent to focus instead on mobilising all available resources and capacity for the emergency response efforts,” the statement said.

UN undersecretary general for emergency relief, John Holmes, was to launch Friday a flash appeal for help to Burma’s cyclone victims.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=127564

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 9, 2008 at 2:01 pm

World Focus on Burma (7 May 08)

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NB. Due to high influx of new items minute by minute, some may not be published on this blog unfortunately.

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Disaster in Myanmar
New York Times, United States – Myanmar — the name the junta gave to Burma — has been ruled by military dictatorship for 46 years, increasingly isolated and struggling under economic …
Cyclone death toll now 22500
Dispatch Online, South Africa –
President George W Bush’s wife, who has been the administration’s chief voice on human rights and political conditions in Myanmar – formerly Burma – faulted …
Burma Reels as Storm Toll Rises
TIME –
Ruled by a clique of reclusive generals since 1962, Burma, also known as Myanmar, has degenerated from a resource-rich country that upon independence from …
Helping victims of Cyclone Nargis
Blog d’AdmiNet (Communiqués de presse), France – Over the past few days, we’ve followed the devastation left in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (Burma). News reports have tallied more than 22000 dead …
Irrawaddy delta 92706 people homeless
Thaindian.com, Thailand – On Monday night Myanmar state electronic media reported that Myanmar welcomes foreign aid for relief and resettlement for the regions hit by deadly cyclone …
Letter: Your View – Human Disaster
Glasgow Daily Record, UK –
THE news that the death toll from the recent cyclone which ripped through Burma could be as high as 50000 is a real shock to the system. …
Bush asks Myanmar to accept US aid
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“This is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman who speaks for freedom for all the people of Burma, and who speaks in such a way that she’s a powerful …
Delayed visas stall cyclone aid to Burma
Washington Times, DC – By Richard Ehrlich and Betsy Pisik May 7, 2008 Soldiers deployed by Burma’s ruling military junta unload supplies from a Thai transport plane in Rangoon. …
Right time for Burma is right now
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com, OR –
T he men who rule Myanmar — the country still known by all except the military brutes who rule it as Burma — have been fighting a desperate battle for …
Oregon-based Medical Teams International urges Myanmar to let it help
The Oregonian – OregonLive.com, OR – Tigard-based Medical Teams International is imploring Myanmar to allow volunteers into the country for treating cyclone victims. …
350 People Here Wait for Word on Myanmar
WTVH, NY –
International aid is finally reaching some of the survivors, but the death toll could rise to 50 thosand in the country formerly called Burma. …
 
Death and destruction visit another SE Asian country
Youngstown Vindicator, OH –
Indeed, the refusal of the ruling junta in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma, to initially tell the truth about the fatalities …
Bush administration moves to exploit Burma cyclone disaster
World Socialist Web Site, MI – By Joe Kay The Bush administration lost no time in seeking to exploit the devastating tragedy in Burma (Myanmar). It has seized upon the cyclone that struck …
Local Family Reacts To Cyclones
WTOV9.com, OH –
The deadly cyclone in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, hit close to home for Uba and Mathein Maung, who now live in Wheeling. The Maungs used to live in …
Myanmar Reels as Cyclone Toll Hits Thousands
New York Times, United States –
A human rights group based in Thailand, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), which has provided reliable information from Myanmar in …
Rochester Family Trying to Reach Loved Ones in Myanmar
KTTC, MN – Both were born and raised in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and tonight they found out that all family members have survived the storms. …
Is Myanmar’s military junta likely to reject US aid for its …
Times Now.tv, India –
A tragedy of epic proportions continues to play out in Myanmar, three days after Cyclone Nargis left a trail of death and destruction across the country. …
First international aid reaches Myanmar after cyclone
Town Hall, DC – REUTERS/Democratic Voice of Burma/Handout (MYANMAR). FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. However, coastal areas of …
22000 die in Myanmar
Austin American-Statesman, TX – The UN’s World Food Program said international aid began to flow to Myanmar, also known as Burma, with 800 tons of food getting through to the first of …
UN begins food distribution in cyclone-ravaged parts of Myanmar
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
The death toll in the country, which is also known as Burma, rose above 22000 Tuesday, with more than 41000 others missing, state radio reported. …
US navy ready to help cyclone-ravaged Myanmar
Mathaba.Net, UK –
… in aide for cyclone-hit Myanmar. “We urge the government of Burma to grant full access to the affected areas to international humanitarian relief teams …

Burma (Myanmar) cyclone
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – It is estimated that 22000 people have died and up to a million are homeless. Local people are saying this is the worst storm in living memory. …
New Zealand Red Cross opens donation line for Myanmar relief …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –As the full extent of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis becomes more clear, thousands of Myanmar Red Cross volunteers and staff are working around …
Emergency aid rushed from Helston to Burma
Falmouth Penryn Packet, UK – … volunteers were gathering to pack around 1000 tents ready to send to Burma. Members of a ShelterBox response team were at the Myanmar High Commission in …
Red Cross accepting donations for cyclone victims
Clovis News Journal, NM – The Red Cross is accepting donations for victims of a cyclone thought to have killed as many as 14000 in Myanmar. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …
“It looks like the end of the world here”
Salon –
… be delivered and transported to Myanmar as quickly as possible.” However, the first humanitarian aid will probably come from Burma’s neighbor Thailand. …
UN: Hundreds of thousands need help
TVNZ, New Zealand – Khalikov was asked if he had a backup plan if the military government in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, refused to issue visas to UN aid workers. …
22000 dead, 41000 missing: Donors beg Burma to let them in
LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
“Every indication that we have at the moment is that we’ve been receiving full cooperation from the government authorities in Myanmar (Burma),” CARE …
Britain pledges aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar
People’s Daily Online, China – … community to make sure that the food aid and the other support that is necessary is available to the people of Burma (Myanmar),” Brown said. …
New York’s Burmese Community Unable To Reach Loved Ones At Home
NY1, NY –
Actually, my parents live in Burma so I’m so worried about my parents and my country people. No, I could not contact them.” According to Myanmar’s …
Local ties to Myanmar cyclone
KPNX-12, AZ – 6, 2008 04:56 PM There are many local ties to the deadly cyclone that ravaged Yangon, Myanmar, half a world away. Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is …

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Opinion: Burma’s Dictatorship in the Hot Seat
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
Once again Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is making headlines. But not due to the referendum on the constitution which is meant to decide the country’s …
Burma: Cyclone Nargis death toll tops 22000 Telegraph.co.uk
Burma’s Military Too Slow to React to International Aid after … Asian Tribune
Junta ‘co-operative’ Sydney Morning Herald
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Christian Science Monitor
Will Burma (Myanmar) let world in for aid?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – The military government in Burma (Myanmar) is receiving an outpouring of emergency aid offers from the international community, …
Official media: 10000 dead in 1 town from Myanmar cyclone The Associated Press
Local ties to Myanmar cyclone KPNX-12
US provides initial aid to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar AFP
AccuWeather.comChristian Science Monitor
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Ottawa Citizen
In nod to world pressure, Myanmar delays vote in some areas
The Associated Press –
Myanmar is also known as Burma. “They really need to prioritize … and make sure that no more people die from exposure or from malnutrition or illness. …
Myanmar/Burma Los Angeles Times
Myanmar cyclone: 22500 dead, 40000 missing Euronews.net
US Congressional Medal of Honour for Suu Kyi Merinews
Ottawa CitizenReuters
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HispanicBusiness.com
US offers more cyclone assistance to Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
… that is currently pre-positioned in Bangkok awaiting permission to enter Burma (Myanmar),” she said. “We urge the government of Burma to grant full …
US AID sets aside $3 mln for Myanmar relief Reuters
US increases cyclone assistance to Myanmar San Diego Union Tribune
USAID Provides Additional $3 Million in Assistance to the Burmese … Earthtimes (press release)
Reiten Television KXMB BismarckAFP
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PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
Gospel for Asia Reaching Cyclone Victims
Christian News Wire (press release), DC –
KERALA, India, May 6 /Christian Newswire/ — Gospel for Asia has more than 500 native missionaries on the ground in cyclone-struck Burma (Myanmar), …
Canada joins relief effort as Myanmar reels from weekend cyclone Vancouver Sun
Burma cyclone death toll could hit 63000 Telegraph.co.uk
NZers thought safe after Myanmar cyclone New Zealand Herald
Times OnlineGlobe and Mail
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The Southern Ledger
US increases cyclone aid for Myanmar
The Associated Press –
The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has soared above 22000. The storm hit early Saturday with winds of up to 120 …
Bush asks Myanmar to accept US help Economic Times
Bush to Myanmar: ‘Let us help’ CNN
US navy ready to help cyclone-ravaged Myanmar Xinhua
ReutersAFP
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WHDH-TV
Cyclone struck Myanmar appeals for aid
NDTV.com, India –
The UN is organising drinking water, plastic sheeting and food through its only two agencies that operate inside Burma — the UN Children’s fund and its …
States, aid agencies offer to help storm-hit Myanmar Reuters
Dr Zar Ni: Waves of suffering wash over my land Independent
Myanmar Says Cyclone Death Poll at 22000 and Couting Gay Wired
Toronto SunHonolulu Star-Bulletin
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Myanmar cyclone toll climbs to nearly 22500
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
YANGON – Myanmar’s military government raised its death toll from Cyclone Nargis on Tuesday to nearly 22500 with another 41000 missing, almost all from a …
Burma cyclone: victims killed by 12ft tidal wave Times Online
SNAPSHOT-Latest developments after Myanmar cyclone Reuters
Myanmar cyclone toll climbs to nearly 22500 Reuters India
International Herald TribuneReuters UK
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Washington Post
Burma: Relief Efforts
Washington Post, United States –
Washington, DC: Which is correct: Burma or Myanmar? My map says Myanmar. The WP says Burma. Matthew Cochrane: We use Myanmar, following the lead of the …
US Eases Sanctions to Permit Disaster Aid to Myanmar U.S. News & World Report
Red Cross launches appeal for Myanmar (Burma) ReliefWeb (press release)
google news commentComment by Tion Kwa Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society
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Voice of America
US: Myanmar junta failed to warn people on cyclone
AFP –
Washington calls the country Burma. Laura Bush, who has taken a leading role in shaping US policy towards Myanmar, said Washington “stands prepared” to …
Bush calls for action, adds $3m to Burma aid Bangkok Post
Was Burma’s cyclone predicted? BBC News
US pledges more funds to Burma as regime refuses aid guardian.co.uk
Voice of AmericaWashington Post
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Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Burma agony
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Rangoon – Official state media said on Tuesday the death toll from Saturday’s Cyclone Nargis now stands at 22000 – with another 41000 missing. …
Video: Cyclone Death Toll Surges; Bush Presses for Aid<a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBrI2g2pEHo&#8221; id=u-AFrqEzcP7YxxfLF3-VJUacJrDoMb-hX8SQ><img src=”images/video_icon_gray.png” class=”zippy-icon”>Video: Cyclone Death Toll Surges; Bush Presses for Aid</a> AssociatedPressChristian Agencies Respond to Myanmar Cyclone Victims Crosswalk.com
Death Toll Soars to 22000 in Myanmar Storm Aftermath KESQ
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Aviation Week
NASA Earth Observatory Imagery: Cyclone Nargis Floods Myanmar (Burma)
Space Ref (press release) –
The first cyclone of the 2008 season in the northern Indian Ocean was a devastating one for Myanmar (Burma). According to reports from Accuweather.com, …
Satellite photos show cyclone fury Aljazeera.net
NASA Sat Captures Nargis Approach To Myanmar Aviation Week
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Monsters and Critics.com
In photos: ‘Burma Nargis Cyclone Damage and Aid Effort’
Monsters and Critics.com –
… toppled trees lie next to a swimming pool in the garden of a house in Yangon (formerly known as Rangon), Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), 05 May 2008. …
Cyclone leaves fields littered with corpses Sydney Morning Herald
Myanmar cyclone death toll soars past 22000 Boston Herald
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CTV.ca
Metro Vancouver residents fear for families in Myanmar
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
Myanmar, once known as Burma, is still reeling from the aftermath of a deadly tropical cyclone that slammed into the impoverished and politically troubled …
Cyclone plunges Burma into primitive existence CTV.ca
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Leader Post
Reginans with ties to Myanmar wait for news
Canada.com, Canada –
Noe fled Myanmar — then called Burma — as a refugee in 1992 and spent 14 years in a refugee camp before coming to Canada in 2006. …
Local relief efforts stalled as cyclone toll soars Atlanta Journal Constitution
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The Southern Ledger
Burma’s Katrina moment
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Since 1988, hundreds have been killed trying to bring back democracy to Burma (or Myanmar). Now many more are dead because a lack of democracy and openness …
Analysis: Devastating cyclone raises risks for Myanmar junta The Associated Press
Local residents react to Myanmar cyclone abc7news.com
Bay Area Burmese In Mourning After Deadly Cyclone CBS 5
KCBS
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Analysis: Deadly cyclone poses political risks to Myanmar’s ruling …
International Herald Tribune, France –
… many in Burma to feel this is an indication that the military should not be in power,” said David Steinberg, a Myanmar expert at Georgetown University, …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
WHO: Myanmar facing malaria, other disease outbreaks after cyclone …
Newsweek –
WHO was waiting for Myanmar’s military leaders to request aid from a regional emergency fund the UN agency set up last year to fill the time gap between …
Disease fears for cyclone victims The Press Association
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Pope urges international help for Myanmar
Reuters –
In a telegram sent in his name to the Catholic bishops of the country once known as Burma, the Vatican expressed the pope’s deep sadness and heartfelt …

Voice of America
Burma Cyclone Damage May Further Boost Rice Prices
Voice of America –
Burma, also known as Myanmar, was expected to export about 400000 metric tons of rice this year. The President of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, …

The Associated Press
White House weighing broader response to cyclone in Myanmar
The Associated Press –
The US embassy in the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma, is immediately providing $250000 in aid from an existing emergency fund to humanitarian …

Environment News Service
Myanmar Accepts UN Funds, Food for Cyclone Survivors
Environment News Service –
A military regime governs the country formerly known as Burma. “We appreciate the government’s announcement that it is making available approximately $5 …

Auckland stuff.co.nz
Hundreds of thousands need help in Myanmar-UN
Reuters –
Khalikov was asked if he had a backup plan if the military government in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, refused to issue visas to UN aid workers. …
Myanmar tells diplomats cyclone death toll could top 10000, asks … 940 News
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Ireland airlifts emergency aid to Myanmar: FM
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
“We have also been in contact with some of our NGO partners and I hope that we will be able to release the first funds for relief in Burma before the end of …

Turkish Press
Myanmar Death Toll
Wall Street Journal –
Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, used to be one of the world’s biggest exporters of rice before securing independence from Britain in 1948. …
Myanmar May Import Rice After Cyclone; Price Rebounds (Update8) Bloomberg
Myanmar cyclone stirs more rice supply fears Reuters UK
Cyclone could hurt Myanmar rice exports: WFP Democratic Voice of Burma
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Britain pledges aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
… community to make sure that the food aid and the other support that is necessary is available to the people of Burma (Myanmar),” Brown said. …

Peninsula On-line
Rights group says 36 dead after prison riot in Myanmar
Reuters – May 5, 2008
With most telephone lines into the former Burma severed and the Internet down, it was impossible to confirm the report with another source.
Prison guards ‘shot dead 36 inmates to quell unrest’ Independent
Myanmar: Unprecedented cyclone disaster Global Voices Online
As Many as 10000 Dead in Burma Cyclone Voice of America
MerinewsTurkish Press
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Aid agencies accepting Myanmar cyclone relief donations
The Associated Press –
… Tilden Lane Rockville, MD 20852 (301) 984-0217 http://www.amurt.net Baptist World Aid Myanmar (or Burma) Relief 405 North Washington St. Falls Church, …
Jewish and Israeli organizations have mobilized to help the … Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Burmese in Md. fear for their families Baltimore Sun
all 6 news articles »

The Southern Ledger
First lady ever prominent as diplomat
The Associated Press –
She is outspoken in defense of the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma, where military rulers have repressed basic freedoms. She was planning to voice …
Laura Bush’s Katrina Amnesia: Slams Burmese Govt. For Ignoring … Think Progress
all 57 news articles »
Local Myanmar Families Await Word From Loved Ones
WCBS-TV New York, NY –
New York is more than 8000 miles from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Maw has now spoken twice to his daughter, who says walking down the street is now …
Cyclone leaves Burmese refugees worried for families Utica Observer Dispatch
Groups to meet with refugees about cyclone Utica Observer Dispatch
all 3 news articles »

Baltimore Sun
Burma cyclone from space
Baltimore Sun, United States –
The terrible cyclone Nargis that swept in from the Andaman Sea onto the low-lying coastal territories of southern Burma this week killed tens of thousands …
Bay is a focus for devastating storms Times Online
Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll Rises to 4000 (UPDATE) Daily Green
A Look at Nargis WRAL.com
AFPAZ Central.com
all 15 news articles »
Myanmar Toll May Reach 60000; UN Tells Junta to Accept Aid
Bloomberg –
The country, formerly known as Burma, has been under international sanctions since the military rejected the results of elections in 1990. …
Bush awaits Myanmar request for help
United Press International –
Tens of thousands of people are reported dead or missing in the Southeast Asian nation, formerly known as Burma, with even more left homeless by the storm. …
Burmese cyclone: how you can donate
guardian.co.uk, UK –
It is seeking donations to it general fund: Tearfund is supporting partners in Burma, including World Concern Myanmar and the Myanmar Baptist Convention, …
Tearfund partners in the eye of the devastation respond to … ReliefWeb (press release)
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Aust to give $3m in immediate aid to Burma
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand –
“Every indication that we have at the moment is that we’ve been receiving full co-operation from the government authorities in Myanmar Burma,” CARE …

Javno.hr
UN says aid workers waiting for Myanmar visas
Reuters –
… expressing hope the staff would be permitted to travel to the former Burma soon. There are already some UN workers in Myanmar, including small teams …
UN: Myanmar gives green light for aid; workers await visas The Associated Press
Burma’s death toll could reach 10000 The Age
UN and NGOs rush to ready aid for Myanmar cyclone victims The Associated Press
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King sends condolences to Burma’s leader
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
”We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency and through you to the people of the Union of Myanmar and their bereaved families for the …

AFP
Aid workers race to reach Myanmar cyclone victims
AFP –
Tropical cyclone Nargis barrelled early Saturday into the southwest coast of Myanmar, once known as Burma and now one of the poorest nations on the planet. …

Christian Science Monitor
Is the US doing enough to alleviate the world food crisis?
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
Burma (Myanmar) is the latest hard-hit nation where world aid groups are scrambling to get food to those who need it. The US, for its part, has provided …
“It looks like the end of the world here”
Salon –
… be delivered and transported to Myanmar as quickly as possible.” However, the first humanitarian aid will probably come from Burma’s neighbor Thailand. …

The Age
Burma cyclone leaves 15000 dead, 30000 missing
The Age, Australia – o
A spokesman from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australian embassy in Rangoon was still trying to contact all Australians in Myanmar, …
Burma’s ‘sham’ referendum may be deferred Special Broadcasting Service
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The Associated Press
Myanmar cyclone death toll soars past 22000: state radio
The Associated Press –
Up to 1 million people may be homeless after Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma, early Saturday. …

PRESS TV
India says it warned Burma about cyclone
Times Online, UK –
Mrs Bush yesterday accused Myanmar’s military regime of failing to take action to protect the remote part of the impoverished country from the storm. …
India ‘gave warning’ Gulf Daily News
‘India warned Burma about cyclone’ PRESS TV
all 16 news articles »
Ease Travel Restriction Of Refugees, Says Myanmar Exile Leaders
Bernama, Malaysia –
Soe Aung, the spokesperson of the National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) based in Thailand, said he could not rule out the possibility of thousands …
UN Agencies Sending Air To Cyclone-Hit Myanmar AHN
Myanmar: UNHCR offers immediate assistance to cyclone victims ReliefWeb (press release)
Cyclone in Myanmar: Malteser International secures water supply in … Reuters AlertNet
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TopNews
States, aid agencies offer to help storm-hit Myanmar
Reuters – May 5, 2008
“We are deeply concerned by the situation in Burma in the wake of cyclone Nargis, and saddened by the terrible loss of life. …
Govts open wallets for Myanmar Otago Daily Times
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Manitoba offers financial aid to Myanmar
Winnipeg Free Press, Canada – o
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is asking for donations to help with its relief efforts in Myanmar. It has been working in the country formerly known as Burma …
Manitoba Support To Myanmar CJOB
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CWR Responding to Victims of Myanmar Disaster
Evangelical Covenant Church, IL –
… massive cyclone that devastated large areas of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), killing more than 22000 people with another 41000 still missing. …
Statement of FM Ms. Bakoyannis regarding provision of humanitarian …
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Athens, 6 May 2008 – The government and people of Greece cannot but be moved by the incredible humanitarian disaster that has hit Myanmar/Burma. …
India sends relief to cyclone-hit Burma
Daily News & Analysis, India – May 5, 2008
NEW DELHI: Faced with a devastating cyclone which rippled through Myanmar this weekend, Asian neighbours are stepping forward to help the isolated military …


TopNews

News Summary for May 5, 2008
NewsHour –
… that shook Burma in September. GWEN IFILL: US officials complained today the Myanmar government has so far refused to admit a US damage assessment team. …
Britain pledges 5 million pounds for cyclone victims Monsters and Critics.com
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Knoxville human-rights activist OK in Myanmar
Knoxville News Sentinel, TN –
An e-mail sent Monday morning from a US consular representative in the country, also known as Burma, alerted Bynum and her husband, David, …


Indecision 2008 (satire)

Myanmar Death Toll Exceeds 22000, Uma Thurman Stalker Convicted
Indecision 2008 (satire) –
… we figure that some candidate will find some way to turn the tragedy in Myanmar (or Burma, like Matt over at the CC Insider, we don’t know what to call …

AFP
NGOs say five nations unfit to serve on UN rights body
AFP –
“With the exception of Burma (Myanmar), the UN Human Rights Council has so far failed to adequately address any of the egregious human rights situation …
bamboo village resists cyclone’s wrath
Reuters –
HLAING THA YAR, Myanmar, May 6 (Reuters) – When the full force of Cyclone Nargis passed overhead, people in this one village in southwest Myanmar could do …
Cyclone may yet sweep away dictators Scotsman
all 7 news articles »
Red Cross accepting donations for cyclone victims
Clovis News Journal, NM – o
The Red Cross is accepting donations for victims of a cyclone thought to have killed as many as 14000 in Myanmar. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, …

LIVENEWS.com.au
22000 dead, 41000 missing: Donors beg Burma to let them in
LIVENEWS.com.au, Australia –
“Every indication that we have at the moment is that we’ve been receiving full cooperation from the government authorities in Myanmar (Burma),” CARE …
ABCUSA: International Ministries To Give $5, 000 Grant For Myanmar …
Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY –
Myanmar has tremendous historical and current importance to American Baptists,” said Murray. “Formerly known as Burma, our mission agency began with the …

NY1
New York’s Burmese Community Unable To Reach Loved Ones At Home
NY1, NY –
Actually, my parents live in Burma so I’m so worried about my parents and my country people. No, I could not contact them.” According to Myanmar’s …

AFP
NGOs say five nations unfit to serve on UN rights body
AFP –
“With the exception of Burma (Myanmar), the UN Human Rights Council has so far failed to adequately address any of the egregious human rights situation …
bamboo village resists cyclone’s wrath
Reuters –
HLAING THA YAR, Myanmar, May 6 (Reuters) – When the full force of Cyclone Nargis passed overhead, people in this one village in southwest Myanmar could do …
Cyclone may yet sweep away dictators Scotsman
all 7 news articles »

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 7, 2008 at 2:11 am

World Focus on Burma (5 May 08)

Myanmar cyclone stirs more rice supply fears
Reuters India, India –
Risley said it was too early yet to assess the damage to crops in the Irrawaddy delta and Bago division, the main rice-producing regions in the former Burma …
Killer cyclone Nargis leaves at least 350 dead in Burma, relief …
IBTimes India, CA –
A cyclone killed more than 350 people in military-ruled Myanmar, ripping through Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta where it flattened at least two towns, …
Cyclone plunges Myanmar into primitive existence
Biloxi Sun Herald,  USA –
AP In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, an electricity pole is seen knocked out after tropical cyclone Nargis hit Yangon , Myanmar on …
‘Vote No’ Demonstrations in World Capitals
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burmese communities in several world capitals staged demonstrations at the weekend appealing for a “No” vote in Burma’s constitutional referendum on May 10. …
Stricken Myanmar seeks international aid
CNN International –
“The entire lower Burma is affected. In some areas, entire villages disappeared.” The activist group opposes military rule in Myanmar, formerly known as …
Cyclone plunges Myanmar into primitive existence
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Thailand donates cash, necessities to cyclone-hit Myanmar
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, May 5 (TNA) – The Thai Foreign Ministry has donated US$50000 while the military has offered dried food and medicines to Myanmar which was hit by …
Aust considering aid options for devastated Burmese
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
“The government of Myanmar (Burma) has announced that a referendum for the draft constitution will be held on 10 May, 2008, and that multi-party democracy …
Rangoon airport closed due to signal failure
Mizzima.com, India –
The airlines that are scheduled to fly from Thailand to Burma have been temporarily rescheduled to today afternoon and even the rescheduled flights are not …
Gas prices spiral to all-time high
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Gas prices have risen nearly 20 percent over the past week, reaching an all-time high of 7000 kyat per gallon in Burma. …
Internet likely down at least 2 more days
Mizzima.com, India –
Government-owned Bagan Cyber’s office, the only other Internet service provider in Burma besides Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, was also damaged in …
Referendum Must Take Second Place Now in Regime Priorities
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Monday’s issue of the official government newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, carried the statement, together with an attack on last Friday’s pronouncement …
Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll at Least 350
findingDulcinea, New York –
Cyclone Nargis hit the Asian country of Myanmar with wind speeds of 120 mph. Some say such extreme weather is indicative of climate change. …
Hundreds of thousands without shelter in Myanmar: UN
Washington Post, United States –
Aid agencies scrambled to deliver plastic sheeting, water and cooking equipment from stockpiles in the former Burma. The government says at least 351 died …
Aid trickling to cyclone-ravaged Burma
CBC.ca, Canada –
Cyclone Narghis came ashore Saturday across a wide area of the coast of Burma, also known as Myanmar, and the capital Rangoon was among the places hit …
Burmese Search for Supplies, Aid After Cyclone Kills More Than 350
Wall Street Journal –
AP YANGON, Myanmar — Residents of Myanmar’s biggest city on Monday lit candles, lined up to buy water and hacked their way through trees felled in a …
Hundreds of thousands without shelter in Myanmar: UN
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
Aid agencies scrambled to deliver plastic sheeting, water and cooking equipment from stockpiles in the former Burma. The government says at least 351 died …
Burma’s farcical referendum highlights junta’s absurdity
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
Even so, it is hard not to laugh out loud at the insistence by the military regime running Burma that next Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution for …
Cyclone blows cold on Myanmar’s referendum plan
TopNews, India –
In any other country, the postponement of a national vote would be inevitable after such a devastating natural disaster, but Myanmar, also called Burma, …
Killer cyclone leaves Yangon in the dark, hundreds dead date; epa …
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon – Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, was without electricity and water Monday in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which killed hundreds at the weekend and …
UN offers help after Burma cyclone
RTE.ie, Ireland –
UN aid workers in Burma say they have yet to receive a response from the military junta to their official offer to help in relief efforts after a …
Canada to honour icon of democracy
Toronto Star,  Canada –
The military junta that rules Burma, which it calls Myanmar, has planned a referendum Saturday on a new constitution that bars people who have been married …
Selected highlights of the Brussels plenary session 7-8 May 2008 …
European Parliament (press release), EU –
The members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …
Cyclone Nargis, pressure on the junta to accept international aid
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
According to Naing Aung, secretary general of the Forum for Democracy in Myanmar – based in Thailand – “the intervention of international experts is vital, …
Economy on voters’ minds ahead of Myanmar poll
AFP –
He told AFP in Bangkok that rice prices had gone up by about 50 percent in a year in impoverished Myanmar, where any increase has a huge impact. “Burma’s …
Global community should decry Burma referendum
UNM Daily Lobo (subscription), NM –
Eastward, as the sun rises, Burma will hold a constitutional referendum on May 10 and, like the sun, its fate may set in the West. …
Cambodia says rice cartel would ensure global food security
AFP –
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said last week that his country had agreed in principle to form a rice price-fixing cartel with Myanmar, Laos, …
Cyclone kills 243 in Myanmar city
L’express.mu, Mauritius –
… the BBC said yesterday, citing a state television report in the army-ruled former Burma. Myanmar’s military government declared disaster areas in five …
Burma cyclone damage assessed
ITV.com, UK –
The movements of foreign aid workers are restricted by the military, which has ruled the former Burma for 46 years. A new policy imposed on foreign aid …
Burma’s ‘sham’ referendum may be deferred
Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –
Much of Rangoon is still suffering water shortages and lack of electricity, two days after a cyclone hit Myanmar‘s coastal regions. (AAP) Voting in Burma’s …
Agencies rush emergency aid to Myanmar cyclone victims
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Aid agencies Monday rushed emergency food and water into Myanmar after a cyclone tore into the southwest of the impoverished nation, …
Burglar killed with own gun
Philadelphia Daily News, PA –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. SAO PAULO, Brazil – A boat with 110 people aboard sank in the Brazilian Amazon …
UN ready to assist Myanmar after cyclone disaster: Ban
Khabrein.info, India –
The military has controlled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962 and has been blamed for wide-spread human rights abuses and violent crackdowns on …
Red Cross rushes aid to Burma cyclone victims
The West Australian, Australia –
Aid agencies today rushed emergency food and water supplies to victims of a devastating cyclone in Burma that killed hundreds of people and left tens of …
Cyclone fails to halt referendum in Myanmar
Euronews.net, France –
Nargis gathered steam for several days in the Bay of Bengal before devastating the former Burma’s main city, littering the streets with fallen trees and …
Referendum plans unaffected by cyclone or UN
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Despite the devastation wrought upon Burma by Cyclone Nargis and a Security Council statement calling for an inclusive polling …
Referendum ‘to be held’ despite deadly cyclone in Burma
France24, France –
(Report: N.Rushworth) By Reuters Myanmar’s junta will go ahead with Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution despite a massive storm which killed …
UN Assesses Myanmar Damage as Cyclone Kills Hundreds (Update2)
Bloomberg –
The UN Children’s Fund and its Development Program, which have offices in the country formerly known as Burma, stockpiled food, water and medicine before …
Burma referendum condemned as a ‘farce’ by EU
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
Burma’s “constitutional referendum process is devoid of any democratic legitimacy, as Burmese citizens lack all basic democratic rights that would allow …
Myanmar urged to allow aid in
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Aid agencies and rights groups have called on Myanmar’s military government to allow free movement so help can be given to victims of a deadly cyclone. …
Aid agencies struggle with Myanmar cyclone damage
Reuters –
The death toll is likely to climb as the authorities slowly make contact with islands and villages in the delta, the rice bowl of the former Burma. …
Cyclone disrupts Myanmar communications
United Press International –
The cyclone that hit the military-controlled Asian nation, formerly called Burma, during the weekend triggered flooding, which blocked roads and cut off …
Burma referendum to go ahead, despite cyclone damage
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military junta says it will press ahead with the constitutional referendum scheduled for May 10 despite the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. …
Killer cyclone leaves Yangon in the dark, 351 dead (1st Lead)
Monsters and Critics.com –
The Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) is one of many Myanmar political organizations struggling to bring democracy to the country, which has been under …
State media: Referendum to go ahead in Myanmar as scheduled
Xinhua, China –
At least 351 people died in the violent cyclone storm Nargis that swept Myanmar’s five divisions and states on Friday and Saturday, according to the latest …
Hundreds killed in Burma cyclone
Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –
MAY.08 At least 351 people have reportedly been killed across Burma after tropical cyclone Nargis swept through a large part of the country. …
Local humility in Myanmar inspires student
Tennessee Journalist, TN –
For five days I backpacked through Myanmar in the fall of 2006. The things I saw troubled and inspired me. Until 1989 the country was known as Burma, …
Myanmar cyclone kills at least 351
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — At least 351 people were killed and nearly 100000 left homeless when tropical cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar, razing thousands of …
Cyclone wrecks havoc in Myanmar; more than 350 killed
All India Radio, India –
United Nations aid workers in Burma say they are ready to send help to those worst affected by a cyclone on Saturday, but so far the Burmese military …
Cyclone-hit Myanmar says May 10 vote still on
Reuters –
YANGON, May 5 (Reuters) – Military-ruled Myanmar will press ahead with a referendum on a new constitution on May 10 despite a devastating cyclone that …
Avril ‘rasps’ regrets for nixed concert
Arizona Republic, AZ –
Jim Carrey previously filmed a public-service announcement to raise awareness about the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, and human-rights …
Cyclone Kills More Than 350 in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Myanmar, a country of about 48 million people that was formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely …
More than 350 reported dead as cyclone hits Myanmar
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
The military regime is ill-prepared to deal with the aftermath of the cyclone,” said Naing Aung, secretary general of the Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) …
UN to Assess Cyclone Damage in Myanmar as 351 Killed, AP Says
Bloomberg –
The cyclone swept across Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, two days ago, with winds as strong as 190 kilometers (118 miles) per hour, according to the …
Cyclone Kills More Than 350 in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Myanmar, a country of about 48 million that was formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized …
Myanmar: Situation Report No. 1 – Cyclone Nargis, 04 May, 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
This situation report is based on information received from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Myanmar, UN agencies and media sources. 1. …
Rescue crews take over in Rangoon
Australian News, Australia –
Rescue operations are under way in Myanmar after cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 350 people and causing widespread damage. The country’s military rulers …
351 perish as cyclone hits Myanmar
The News – International, Pakistan –
The Forum for Democracy in Burma and other dissident groups outside of Myanmar called on the international community to provide urgent humanitarian …
Hundreds dead in Myanmar cyclone disaster
Australian News, Australia –
Officials in Myanmar, also known as Burma, say more than 350 people have been killed by a powerful tropical cyclone that slammed into the Irrawaddy delta …
Death Toll Rises To At Least 351 From Cyclone Nargis In Burma
AHN –
Burma, officially known as Myanmar, government has already declared its five regions as disaster zones after tropical cyclone hit the country. …
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Star power for human-rights drive
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
NEW YORK: “Hitler is alive in Burma” reads the words scrawled on a cardboard sign, held aloft by Ellen Page, the Juno star, in a 90-second human-rights …
Cyclone kills at least 351 in Myanmar, state-run TV reports
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
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Nargis passes away
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Bangladesh’s sense of relief at the passage of Nargis away from its coastal line is as profound as its sorrow at the devastating sweep of Myanmar has been …
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VIDEO: Cyclone devastates Myanmar
Reuters –
4 – Hundreds of people have been killed after a powerful cyclone pounded parts of Myanmar. Myanmar’s military government declared disaster areas in five …
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Int’l flights to resume in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, May 4 (Xinhua) — All international and domestic flights through Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport will resume on Monday, the State Radio …
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Rangoon airport closed due to signal failure
Mizzima.com, India –
The airlines that are scheduled to fly from Thailand to Burma have been temporarily rescheduled to today afternoon and even the rescheduled flights are not …
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Myanmar: Commodity prices rise in devastated Rangoon
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
By SAW YAN NAIGN The devastating cyclone that slammed into mainland Burma on Saturday will only increase the economic woes and suffering of the Burmese …
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No Thais reported hurt in Myanmar cyclone
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… 4 (TNA) – While news media reported that as many as 243 persons have already been reported dead as a result of Cyclone Nargis’ weekend visit to Myanmar, ..
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AP Top News at 8:28 am EDT
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s state-run television is reporting that more than 240 people have died from a powerful cyclone, a UN official says. …
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Burma declares five regions disaster areas after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Furthermore, road traffic is almost non-existent in Rangoon city, Internet services are down, and the MRTV [Myanmar Radio and Television] and Rangoon City …
Gas prices spiral to all-time high
Mizzima.com, India –
Due to limited domestic oil production cash-starved Burma has been selling gasoline and diesel under a rationing system since 1980. …
Feature: Daily life partly resumes in cyclone-hit Myanmar former …
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, May 4 (Xinhua) — A minor part of the daily life started to resume in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon Sunday, the first day in the aftermath of …
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Mekong mafia
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even without the participation of the three other countries invited to join Orec-Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Laos-a cartel that includes Thailand and …
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Birmania. Diluvia sul bagnato/3
Il Centro Sinistra dei Giovani, Italy –
Myanmar’s infrastructure has been run into the ground by decades of mismanagement by the military, which has ruled since 1962. A Western diplomat, who spoke …
Stars’ campaign for Burma gets help from NZ activists
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
… spokesman for Burma Campaign New Zealand. An estimated 90 per cent of the population in Myanmar lives on about US$1 ($1.25) a day, and the International …
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Burma’s referendum: A done deal
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
“I think it would be unfair to compare the political system in Thailand with the military government in Myanmar,” he said. “After decades without election …
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Market Sensitive Global News
RTT News, NY –
5/4/2008 9:41:06 AM A devastating cyclone hit Myanmar killing more than 243 people and rendering many homeless. The tropical cyclone, named Cyclone Nargis, …
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Philippines Proposes ASEAN Rice Talks In The Face Of Rice Cartel …
AHN –
The request comes amid calls by Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to form a rice cartel similar to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting …
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Burma’s sham vote
Sunday Mirror, UK –
Six months af ter the bloody crackdown on Burma’s protesting monks, this week the pariah state’s mili tary regime is holding a referendum to pave the way …
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Clemson’s Kriese leaves for Thailand
The State, SC –
… top players from nine additional countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Brunei. …
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Suu Kyi remains junta’s main challenger, even in detention
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
BANGKOK–When Myanmar’s voters last went to the polls in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy to a landslide victory, despite being …
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 5, 2008 at 2:31 am

World Focus on Burma (4 May 08)

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State TV: five Myanmar regions declared disaster zones
WZTV, TN –
Witnesses say the storm knocked out electricity to much of Yangon and disrupted Internet and phone service in the country formerly known as Burma. Myanmar’s …
Myanmar damage will take days to assess – UN
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Formerly called Burma, Myanmar has been run by a secretive military junta for the last 46 years and places restrictions on the movements and access of the …
Cyclone kills 4 in Myanmar, disaster declared
National Post, Canada –
Cyclone Nargis, which was packing 190 km (120 miles) per hour winds when it hit on Saturday, left the streets of the former Burma’s main city littered with …
Canada to confer honorary citizenship to Suu Kyi
Merinews, India –
Kyaw Zaw Wai, the spokesperson of the Canadian Campaign for Free Burma, was quoted as saying in the Myanmar media in exile that it is not only an honour for …
Suu Kyi remains junta’s main challenger, even in detention
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
BANGKOK–When Myanmar’s voters last went to the polls in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy to a landslide victory, despite being …
BURMA’S SHAM VOTE
Sunday Mirror, UK –
Six months af ter the bloody crackdown on Burma’s protesting monks, this week the pariah state’s mili tary regime is holding a referendum to pave the way …
Deaths reported in Myanmar cyclone: resident
U.S. Daily, ca –
REUTERS/Democratic Voice of Burma/Handout BANGKOK (Reuters) – A large tropical cyclone that slammed into Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, has killed people, …
Deaths reported after cyclone hammers Myanmar
Swissinfo, Switzerland –
Kyaw Lin Oo of Thailand-based Burma Democratic Concern, who managed to contact a Yangon colleague on Saturday night, said the whole city was “in a very bad …
Cyclone causes death, destruction in Burma: reports
CBC.ca, Canada –
Meteorological officials in Burma, also known as Myanmar, had warned of 3.5-metre high storm surges along coastal regions. One report said the country’s …
Larry Wilson: America and other metric holdouts
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, CA –
… or really out of the way … and then he said it: “Myanmar and Liberia.” Jeez. It’s a punch to the gut, what? I mean, Burma, the mysterious world …
Clemson’s Kriese leaves for Thailand
The State, SC –
… top players from nine additional countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Brunei. …
Big casualties feared as cyclone hammers Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
However, Kyaw Lin Oo of Burma Democratic Concern, an anti-regime activist and aid group in neighbouring Thailand, said he had spoken to a contact in Yangon …
Cyclone knocked over buildings in Yangon: aid agency
Reuters –
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Buildings were toppled by a large tropical cyclone that slammed into Myanmar’s main city and former capital, Yangon, a Thailand-based …
Burma’s ‘road map to democracy’ to face first test
TV3 News, New Zealand –
Burma’s so-called “road map to democracy” is facing its first test with the UN urging the military government to allow all parties to take part in an …
Sunday, May 11
International Herald Tribune, France –
1824 – British forces take Rangoon in Burma — now Myanmar — during the first Anglo-Burmese war. 1860 – The Expedition of the Thousand under Giuseppe …
Democracy, Burma-Style
Washington Post, United States –
… General Ban Ki-moon: “Asked about reports that voters in Myanmar [the junta’s name for Burma] are being compelled to vote ‘yes’ in a referendum, …
A people’s ballot, Burma style: vote for the army or else
The Observer, UK –
The New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece more popularly known as the Dim Light, offers up a daily diet of propaganda that equates support for the …
Cyclone Nargis lashes Myanmar
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
The Federation of Trade Unions, Burma said from Thailand that the military government had declared states of emergency in five affected provinces, …
Cyclone slams Burma, casualties feared
National Post, Canada –
The Thailand-based Federation of Trade Unions, Burma said the ruling military junta had declared states of emergency in five affected provinces, …
PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT
7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –
Responding to a comment that there was no mention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in today’s presidential statement on Myanmar, Mr. Sawers said that the Council had …
World Press Freedom Day—But Not for Burmese
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
During the September uprising, 15 journalists were arrested in Burma. Recently, two Burmese journalists from the Myanmar Nation Journal were arrested. …
UNSC Issues Presidential Statement on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Burma, “in that context reiterates the future of Myanmar lies in the hands of all of its people. …
Cyclone Hammers Burmese Commercial Capital
AHN –
Due to cyclone, there have been heavy rains and strong winds in Pha An in Karen State of Burma, officially known as Myanmar. “People dare not to go out on …
Detained Suu Kyi to be made honorary Canadian citizen
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Ms. Suu Kyi has spent much of the past 18 years in detention and under house arrest in Myanmar, also known as Burma, since the military junta cancelled the …
Weekly Business Round-up (May 03, 2008)
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“Near the coast in Rakhine [Arakan] State in the Bay of Bengal, which is the main shrimp-catching area of Myanmar [Burma], catching rates are slumping and …
Myanmar voters lists released
All India Radio, India –
In Myanmar, the controversial, nationwide referendum will be held next Saturday. The military rulers have released a partial list of voters for the …
Uma Thurman’s alleged stalker describes crush as harmless
Seattle Times, United States –
1945: During World War II, Allied forces captured Rangoon, Burma, now also known as Myanmar, from the Japanese. 1948: The Supreme Court, in Shelley v. …
Cyclone Nargis aims for Burma (Update 8)
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
It will hit Myanmar later today, although the southern tip of Bangladesh could be affected.’ The Meteorology Office, which correctly predicted the path of …
Cyclone slams into main Myanmar city, airport shut
Reuters –
There were no reports of deaths, although meteorological officials in the former Burma said the cyclone could trigger a storm surge of up to 12 feet (3.5 …
UK Schizophrenic on Human Rights, But Says No Impunity for LRA’s Kony
Inner City Press, NY –
On the morning May 2, it agreed to a Presidential Statement on Myanmar which dropped any reference to Nobel Prize-winning Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi …
Big casualties feared as cyclone hammers Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
However, Kyaw Lin Oo of Burma Democratic Concern, an anti-regime activist and aid group in neighbouring Thailand, said he had spoken to a contact in Yangon …
Cyclone knocked over buildings in Yangon: aid agency
Reuters –
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Buildings were toppled by a large tropical cyclone that slammed into Myanmar’s main city and former capital, Yangon, a Thailand-based …
Burma’s ‘road map to democracy’ to face first test
TV3 News, New Zealand –
Burma’s so-called “road map to democracy” is facing its first test with the UN urging the military government to allow all parties to take part in an …
Sunday, May 11
International Herald Tribune, France –
1824 – British forces take Rangoon in Burma — now Myanmar — during the first Anglo-Burmese war. 1860 – The Expedition of the Thousand under Giuseppe …
Democracy, Burma-Style
Washington Post, United States –
… General Ban Ki-moon: “Asked about reports that voters in Myanmar [the junta’s name for Burma] are being compelled to vote ‘yes’ in a referendum, …
A people’s ballot, Burma style: vote for the army or else
The Observer, UK –
The New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece more popularly known as the Dim Light, offers up a daily diet of propaganda that equates support for the …
Cyclone Nargis lashes Myanmar
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
The Federation of Trade Unions, Burma said from Thailand that the military government had declared states of emergency in five affected provinces, …
Cyclone slams Burma, casualties feared
National Post, Canada –
The Thailand-based Federation of Trade Unions, Burma said the ruling military junta had declared states of emergency in five affected provinces, …
PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT
7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY –
Responding to a comment that there was no mention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in today’s presidential statement on Myanmar, Mr. Sawers said that the Council had …
Largest Myanmar city hit by cyclone
United Press International –
YANGON, Myanmar, May 3 (UPI) — The largest city in the Asian country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been devastated by a major cyclone, …
World Press Freedom Day—But Not for Burmese
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
During the September uprising, 15 journalists were arrested in Burma. Recently, two Burmese journalists from the Myanmar Nation Journal were arrested. …
UNSC Issues Presidential Statement on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Burma, “in that context reiterates the future of Myanmar lies in the hands of all of its people. …
Cyclone Hammers Burmese Commercial Capital
AHN –
Due to cyclone, there have been heavy rains and strong winds in Pha An in Karen State of Burma, officially known as Myanmar. “People dare not to go out on …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 4, 2008 at 5:35 am

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter

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  Fri 2 May 2008, 3:31 GMT

By Aung Hla Tun

YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of government workers in Myanmar were forced to vote in favour of an army-drafted constitution in non-secret ballots, held more than a week before a May 10 referendum, some of the workers said.

In one of the cases, about 700 employees in the Ministry of Electric Power-2’s Yangon office were forced to tick their ballot papers with local referendum officials observing, witnesses said.

“We were all shocked and some people were furious but they couldn’t do anything,” said one of those present on Wednesday, who did not want to be identified for fear of recrimination by the former Burma’s military rulers.

“They said those who wanted to vote ‘no’ had to hand in their resignation,” the worker said.

In the United States on Thursday, President George W. Bush said the vote in Myanmar would not be “free, fair or credible” and imposed new sanctions on Burmese state-owned companies to put pressure on the military junta.

Bush said in a statement that junta leader Than Shwe and his regime were ensuring the referendum vote would be on a dangerously flawed constitution, adding they continued to ignore calls from the Burmese people and the international community.

OPPOSITION CALL TO REJECT CHARTER

Civil servants in government ministries in Naypyidaw, the generals’ new capital 240 miles (390 km) north of Yangon, also reported advance voting in which they were forced to endorse the charter.

“They even told us to ensure that all our family members vote ‘yes’. I’m really angry with myself because I couldn’t do anything,” one of them, an educated middle-ranking officer, told Reuters.

“I have to stick it out because of my family. I’ve never felt more humiliated in about 20 years service here. I really wish I had voted ‘no’,” he added.

The constitution is a key component of the generals’ seven-step “roadmap to democracy” that is meant to culminate in multi-party elections in 2010 and bring an end to nearly five decades of military rule.

However, the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has rejected the charter since it guarantees the army a quarter of seats in parliament, control of key ministries and the right to suspend the constitution at will.

Officials from the NLD, which won a 1990 election landslide only to be denied power by the military, were not immediately available to comment on the forced voting allegations.

In a May Day (May 1) statement, the NLD reiterated its call for workers and farmers to oppose the charter, while Than Shwe urged them to approve it.

“I would like to urge the mass of the workers to take part in the tasks of whatever role they are in for approval of the draft constitution of the Republic of Myanmar,” he said in a message carried by state-run newspapers on Thursday.

(Editing by Ed Cropley and Valerie Lee)

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 2, 2008 at 1:49 pm

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