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World Focus on Burma (11 June 2008)

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(Mizzima) Quote of the day

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

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General


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

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

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Burma’s updated top news (3 June 2008)

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In darkened Rangoon, Burmese get resourceful

The Christian Science Monitor

Rangoon, Burma – Unable to read street signs at 8 p.m., a Burmese driver was lost in the darkness somewhere in a western township of his native Rangoon (Yangon). Ghostly figures of people emerged in the headlights, like deer on a mountain road. In the flickering light of passing cars, shoppers milled around a bustling food market, fumbling for money and buying fruit and vegetables sight unseen.

Voice of America

Untold story of Burma’s relief effort

BBC News –
Meanwhile state television shows Burma’s military generals touring showcase, largely empty, camps and posing beside well-stocked shelves of medical supplies.
Burma might accept UN choppers this week Melbourne Herald Sun
Myanmar cyclone: half of survivors without aid
Radio AustraliaSlateVoice of
all 97 news articles »

Myanmar junta withholds permission to choppers

Merinews –
Farce and the Myanmar military junta have become synonymous. A month after over a million people perished and 2.5 million were rendered homeless, the heartless regime withholds permission to airlift relief supplies by choppers to devastated areas.
US accuses Burma of criminal neglect
Burma junta ‘put children in danger by re-opening schools’
San Jose Mercury NewsLos Angeles TimesPhiladelphia Daily News
all 702 news articles »

ASEAN-UN-Myanmar tripartite core group to make joint assessment on …

Xinhua –
YANGON, June 3 (Xinhua) — A tripartite core group involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations (UN) and Myanmar is working to make joint assessment on the impact of Cyclone Nargis that devastated Myanmar in early …
Asean, UN to help Myanmar assess cyclone damage
Southeast Asia: Series of unfortunate disasters Global Voices Online
USA TodayReutersRadio AustraliaXinhua
all 50 news articles »

Sydney Morning Herald

Burma Says New Constitution Washes Away NLD Victory

Voice of America –
By VOA News Burma’s state media say a referendum approving a new military-backed constitution has “washed away” the victory won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party in 1990 elections.
Myanmar charter ‘washes away’ Suu Kyi victory: state media AFP
MIAMI HERALD: Burma’s rulers sink to new low Belleville News Democrat
all 7 news articles »

BBC News

More firms ‘have ties with Burma’

BBC News –
… the country since the group began compiling the list six years ago. Qantas appears on the list because of its controlling stake in Jetstar Asia, which, according to Burma Campaign, flies to the country in partnership with Myanmar Airways International.
Over 150 companies are accused of helping finance Burma’s dictatorship
all 5 news articles »

BBC News

Burma’s unsung heroes

BBC News –
It has been a month since Cyclone Nargis laid waste to huge areas of southern Burma, leaving more than 130000 people dead or missing.
Feature: After the cyclone Inspire Magazine
Burma reopens schools hit by Cyclone Nargis
Watford Observer
all 6 news articles »

Burma pressured over camp evictions –
Foreign aid groups have pressed Burma to stop closing relief camps after Cyclone Nargis left millions destitute. A meeting is being held between aid groups and the Burmese government, during which red tape and the closure of cyclone camps will be …
Rangoon residents left in dark Toronto Star
Eyewitness account Ottawa Citizen
BBC NewsReliefWeb (press release)The Irrawaddy News Magazine
all 8 news articles »

Soft line on Burma hard to beat: Malaysian PM

The Age –
Malaysia is a vocal member of ASEAN, and Mr Abdullah said the grouping had taken the lead in talks between Burma and the global community.


Myanmar denies delays to cyclone aid, as relief effort lags

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar denied Tuesday any delays to cyclone aid, but the United Nations said the operation to help 2.4 million survivors is still moving too slowly one month after the deadly storm.

Post-disaster reconstruction in Myanmar underway

Xinhua –
YANGON, June 3 (Xinhua) — Official media the New Light of Myanmar Tuesday quoted state leaders as saying that the first phase of the country’s post-disaster restoration work — rescue and relief, has finished up to a certain extent.
Myanmar Rulers Still Impeding Access New York Times
Back to school in Myanmar Los Angeles Times
The Associated PressReutersInternational Herald TribuneJerusalem Post
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A month on, sickness and sadness in Myanmar’s neglected villages

ANGU, Myanmar (AFP) – The Irrawaddy delta bore the brunt when Cyclone Nargis struck on May 2 and 3, instantly killing more than 20 people in Angu village, while dozens of villagers have since fallen ill with coughs, colds and diarrhoea as vital aid …
Second wave economic crisis in Myanmar Asia Times Online
Myanmar Delays Cost `Thousands of Lives,’ Gates Says (Update2) Bloomberg
all 2,281 news articles »

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

The Associated Press –
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
Aid ‘lottery’ for Myanmar survivors
Aid groups: 1 million in Myanmar without help CNN
ReliefWeb (press release)
all 132 news articles »


Despite damage, many schools reopen in Myanmar

Schoolchildren leave their school with cyclone damaged roof, windows and walls in the village of Thuwana, 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, June 2, 2008. Schools reopened Monday with many in and around Yangon still bearing the scares and damage of the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis that left more than 130,000 people dead or missing. (AP Photo) (AP)

THUWANA, Myanmar – As students filed into Middle School No. 1 on Monday for the first day of classes since the cyclone hit Myanmar a month ago, all eyes stared skyward — at the gaping hole in the roof.


Xinhua –
YANGON, June 3 (Xinhua) — A tripartite core group involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations (UN) and Myanmar is working to make joint assessment on the impact of Cyclone Nargis that devastated Myanmar in early …


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — One month after the devastating cyclone hit Myanmar, aid groups say more than a million survivors are still without basic relief.
Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors AFP
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Who’s in the Junta?The mysterious generals who run Burma.

Slate –
By Jacob Leibenluft US Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused the military leaders of Burma of “criminal neglect” on Sunday for their reluctance to accept international aid after Cyclone Nargis.
Top UN Official Accuses Burma of Obstructing Aid Voice of America
Myanmar reopens schools 1 month after cyclone The Associated Press Jose Mercury News
all 501 news articles »


Seattle Post Intelligencer –
After a cyclone devastated the Asian country several weeks ago, the public encyclopedia’s editors – remember, anyone can edit it – changed the title of the country’s encyclopedia article from Myanmar to Burma. Others changed it back again.

Burma Cyclone Disaster Fundraiser, Scala, London

Independent –
It’s always tempting, when thinking about a disaster of Cyclone Nargis’s magnitude, to conclude that there is nothing much one person can do.

. Mon Jun 2, 4:00 AM ET

Rangoon, Burma – Flying home, Burmese sailors are awestruck when they see the Irrawaddy Delta below them. Four weeks after cyclone Nargis hit, much of the delta is still underwater, a murky inland sea of swollen rivers and flooded fields, dotted with soggy clumps of thatch and bamboo that used to be villages teeming with children and water buffaloes.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 3, 2008 at 4:19 am