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World focus on Burma (9 June 2008)

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When Tragedy Strikes, Unity and Patriotism Follows For China …

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

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

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

Don’t Depoliticize Burma’s Cry for Help

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -

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

Burma denies rumours of fish eating corpses

Independent Online, South Africa -

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

UN finally reaches cyclone survivors

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

Burma allows the last four UN helicopters in

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

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

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

Myanmar Cyclone Response: Power-Lust and Lost Lives

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

Burmese junta blocks flight of desperate

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

Master, the tempest is raging

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

UN helicopters deliver aid to Burma delta

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

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

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

Pacific storms overshadowed by Atlantic cousins

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

Myanmar PM vows aid for cyclone victims leaving camps

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

Technical Advisor Food Security in Myanmar (Burma)

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

UN helicopters reach Burma victims

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

• Child soldiers

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

Group continues to provide Myanmar aid

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

Commission Seeks Declaration Of ‘Burma Day’ by City Council

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

Myanmar ‘looks like the ancient times: No civilization’

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

The thick end of the wedge

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

Class War Wages: Mort la Difference

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

‘Enemy’ criticised

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

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

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

In Burma (Myanmar), how many cyclone orphans?

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

China today

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Protests mark Tiananmen Square anniversary
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Amnesty International has held a demonstration in the eastern Australian city of Sydney to commemorate the 19th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square …
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Tiananmen security tight for China massacre anniversary
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The Tiananmen Massacre is a taboo subject in China and the country’s state-controlled media was silent on the sensitive anniversary taking place just 66 …
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US urges China to release Tiananmen prisoners
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WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States on Tuesday urged China to give a full account of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square and release prisoners taken …
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US lawmakers criticize China’s human rights on anniversary of …
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«Shame on China,» she said. Republican Sen. Sam Brownback called China the «leading enabler of human rights abusers around the world. …
Hong Kong vigil for Tiananmen Square protesters low-key this year International Herald Tribune
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The IOC Hearts Human Rights Violations!
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It seems that hosting the Olympics causes the international community to put all your human rights violations under the microscope. Go figure. …

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Thousands attend Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong (Roundup)

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Hong Kong – Around 48000 people attended a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong Wednesday to mark the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, organizers claimed.
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China cordons off schools collapsed by quake
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DUJIANGYAN, China (AP) — Authorities cordoned off some schools that collapsed in last month’s mighty earthquake, keeping out grieving parents and reporters …
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Pranab to take up Sikkim issue with China
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A part of the area held by China was given to it by Pakistan. New Delhi also wants to discuss the Siachen issue with Chinese leaders. …
India rejects China’s claim over small part of Sikkim Press Trust of India
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Security tight as memorials held over 1989 China crackdown
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BEIJING (AFP) — China stepped up security in Tiananmen Square on Wednesday — 65 days ahead of the Olympics — as relatives of victims marked the 19th …
China has changed since Tiananmen, but reminders remain Independent
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IOC official expects positive change in China
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) -The buildup to the Olympics has helped bring about positive changes in China that will never be reversed, the head of the IOC panel …
IOC’s Verbruggen in awe of Beijing Games preparations guardian.co.uk
We are not trying to muzzle athletes in China, says IOC Indiatimes
Pro-Tibetan activists pledge worldwide protests during Beijing … International Herald Tribune
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More than 30000 in China’s SW quake zone still without water
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CHENGDU, June 4 (Xinhua) — About 30500 people in the mountainous regions of China’s southwestern Sichuan Province are still without a water supply …
China open to foreign assistance in disaster relief Khabrein.info
Soldiers battle heavy fog in China quake helicopter hunt AFP
Decision time near to drain China’s quake-formed lake as water rises Xinhua
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Taiwan says time running out on China panda offer
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Taiwan, ruled since May 20 by a China-friendly president, hopes to get the two pandas by October, after which they would adapt poorly to a move from their …
Taiwan’s Ma lauds rival China’s openness on Tiananmen anniversary International Herald Tribune
China’s Peace, Luv, and Missile Cut Washington Post
Taiwan torn over ex-leader’s legacy Asia Times Online
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China’s Dangerous Domains
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In China’s .cn domain, 11.8% of the sites tested were flagged. The third-ranking domain was the generic .info, with 11.7% of its sites identified as risky. …
Web domains cited as “most dangerous NetworkWorld.com
Hong Kong websites found most likely to pose security risk Los Angeles Times
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Hong Kong shares close lower as China telecom, oil, coal firms …
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) – Share prices closed lower following falls on Wall Street and Shanghai and continued weakness in China telecom firms after they …
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June 4, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (1 June 2008)

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Play Burma ‘camp closures’ condemned

BBC – Sun Jun 1, 10:24 PM ET
Burma 'camp closures' condemnedA senior UN official has said any coercion of Burmese cyclone victims to return home is completely unacceptable.

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US defense secretary says Myanmar junta guilty of ‘criminal neglect’

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By Eric Schmitt BANGKOK: Defense Secretary Robert Gates of the United States said Sunday that Myanmar was guilty of “criminal neglect” for blocking large-scale international aid to cyclone victims and that more Burmese civilians would perish unless the …
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Gates Blasts Myanmar Junta Over Cyclone Aid Response

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By YOCHI J. DREAZEN, TOM WRIGHT and GORDON FAIRCLOUGH US Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused Myanmar of “criminal neglect” in the deaths of thousands of its own citizens, ratcheting up the Bush administration’s criticism of Myanmar’s ruling junta.
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Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after …

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AP YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s plan to reopen schools this week in the country’s cyclone-devasted delta region could do more harm than good, aid groups said Sunday, a day after the government came under criticism for forcing cyclone survivors out of …
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Women and children carry goods at a refugee camp in Labutta, in the Ayeyawaddy Division, some 200 miles from Yangon, on May 31. More people will die unless Myanmar changes its approach to foreign relief after the devastating cyclone, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday, accusing the junta of

More will die unless Myanmar changes approach: Gates

BANGKOK (AFP) – More people will perish in Myanmar’s cyclone disaster zone unless the regime lifts restrictions on foreign aid, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned Sunday, accusing it of “criminal neglect.”

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Myanmar rejects criticism of junta cyclone response

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By Melanie Lee SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta, widely condemned for its slow response to Cyclone Nargis, said on Sunday it had reacted swiftly to the disaster and remained open to foreign aid with “no strings attached.

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Myanmar defends cyclone response after rebuke – Reuters

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Malaysia to Burma: Allow S. Asian militaries to help

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SINGAPORE (AP) – Malaysia’s deputy leader urged Myanmar’s junta Sunday to let Southeast Asian militaries play a bigger role in providing aid to cyclone victims, a rare plea for foreign intervention in a region where nations generally stay out of each …
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Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone

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In September of 1988 she helped found the National League for Democracy (NLD), an alliance of 105 opposition parties, and campaigned across Myanmar (then officially known as Burma) for peaceful change, mesmerizing huge crowds with her intelligence, …
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US says Burma ‘deaf and dumb to offers of aid’

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… no matter who won in November. ions – including subtle calls for China to work more amiably and fairly with other Pacific nations – Gates displayed the most emotion when talking about Burma. “We have reached out, frankly, to Myanmar multiple times …
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Myanmar warned against premature resettlement

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Cyclone victims in Myanmar who leave relief camps may not receive the aid they need, making them even more vulnerable to disease and the elements, a UN official said Saturday following reports of forced evictions by the …
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Myanmar cyclone victims die waiting for help

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Myanmar monsoon

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GLOOMY OUTLOOK: Daily monsoon rain lashes villages in the Irrawaddy River Delta, where boats are the only way in or out for residents and relief groups.

Los Angeles Times

From a Times Staff Writer
May 30, 2008

PA DEWE GAW, MYANMAR — Tropical Cyclone Nargis didn’t kill Ma Thein Hlaing. Neglect did.

She was in the village monastery, reciting Buddha’s canons day and night in the five-day ceremony of pahtan, as the storm gathered strength over the ocean close enough to see from her riverbank village.

The cyclone struck like a ferocious beast clawing at its prey. Thein Hlaing, 56, cowered inside with 19 other worshipers who fought to hold on against a rising flood.

The monastery began to break apart and a large stereo speaker toppled onto her, forcing her head under the surging seawater.

Several men heaved the teak speaker off. But when the 12-hour tempest had subsided May 3, her 19-year-old son, Saw Ko, had disappeared along with the splintered pieces of the family home.

Thein Hlaing was still conscious. She needed a doctor, but in a flattened village with no boats left, her husband, Ko Myint So, had no way to get her to one.

He watched the horizon, hoping help would come from one of the nearby military bases guarding the southern coast of Myanmar, also known as Burma. It never did. More than three weeks after the storm struck, no one from the government, neither soldiers nor civilians, has come here.

In the early days after the storm, as the military government insisted that it had everything under control and shunned most foreign relief aid, the armed forces moved slowly to assist hundreds of thousands of survivors stranded in devastated Irrawaddy River Delta villages.

The government estimates that the cyclone killed 78,000 people, and that an additional 56,000 are missing. The number of injured survivors isn’t known yet. Many survivors are only now being reached as civilian relief workers push farther into isolated areas.

For days, Thein Hlaing lay in pain, pleading with her husband to do something. Each time one of the few remaining civilian vessels plying the river passed the village, he and neighbors frantically shouted and waved from the ruins.

On the fourth day after the cyclone, the crew of a fishing boat stopped at the remnants of the village dock. It would take almost three more hours to reach the nearest hospital, 25 miles northeast, in the town of Bogalay.

Thein Hlaing held on long enough to reach the jetty in Bogalay, a military relief hub. She was still alive when villagers eased her onto a stretcher and took a few hurried steps along wooden planks toward the main hospital, her husband and other witnesses said.

She passed away before reaching solid ground again.

“My wife talked a little bit on the way, and just a few minutes before she died, she said, ‘My eyes can see clearly now,’ ” recalled Myint So, 53. “Then she just closed her eyes. And she was gone.”

“She didn’t have to die,” he said, looking down at weathered hands flecked with mud. “She just didn’t get help in time.”

Nwet Nwet Win, the village nurse and midwife, was in Bogalay when the storm barreled ashore. She worked at the town’s hospital until the chief doctor announced that any staff with homes to return to could leave on Sunday.

The nurse said the first patients from outlying villages began arriving at the hospital four days after the cyclone. She knows of 30 who died, mainly children and the elderly.

“Many people died on the way to the hospital,” she said.

As if a giant hand had swept across the land, the cyclone razed hundreds of villages in the southern delta and deposited the debris along the eastern shores of islands and riverbanks for miles.

To signal relief boats, survivors squatting in makeshift shelters who are trying to stay dry in the daily monsoon deluge have raised tattered pieces of cloth on trees stripped of their branches by the winds.

In one long stretch of broken planks, tree limbs and other wreckage along the shore of Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary, a small statue of a local spirit, a protector on horseback called U Shin Hyi, is the only thing in one piece and still standing.

Burmese staff from U.N. relief agencies reached this village Tuesday, along with several cartons of food and other supplies delivered by Buddhist monks. But without fuel and a pump to clean the reservoir, or some other way to provide clean water, an outbreak of disease is a constant danger, Nwet Nwet Win said.

“I’m very worried,” the nurse said. “All I can do is tell people to boil the water.”

The United Nations and foreign relief agencies say they already have or are ready to deliver equipment to purify large amounts of water in Myanmar, but need to bring in more experts to determine the best places to set up the machines and keep them running.

The military regime has issued dozens of visas to foreign relief workers since top leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a weekend meeting that all nations were welcome to send help.

Many more aid workers are waiting to get in, along with tons of food, medicine, building materials and other supplies, for a relief effort to support about 2.4 million people. Ban said survivors would need support for at least six more months.

The government, which has urged storm victims to be self-reliant, insists that the relief phase is complete and says it has moved on to reconstruction.

But for survivors like Myint So, what to do next remains unclear.

Before the cyclone, he had made a comfortable living making small, low-interest loans to villagers through his micro-credit bank, financed with capital from his son. Now, like most people in the delta, Myint So is broke.

He couldn’t pay for his wife’s funeral, so volunteers took care of it for him, burying her in Bogalay. He lives in a leaky shack smaller than a garden shed, which he hammered together from snapped tree trunks and clear plastic tarps.

He can’t stop thinking about the woman he loved and what could have been done to save her life.

“Before she died, I was a fit and strong guy,” he said. “But I haven’t slept a single night since then. I’m getting thinner and thinner every day.”

He paused for a moment to recall his fondest memory of Thein Hlaing, and he smiled.

“The thing I miss most about my wife is the way she talked, the way she moved,” he said. “She was a guiding star for me.”

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 30, 2008 at 9:56 am

Myanmar generals insult world donors

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Thursday 29th May, 2008

Myanmar has described world aid offers for victims of Cyclone Nargis as ‘chocolate bar’ donations.

The Myanmar junta has lashed out at offers of foreign aid, criticising demands for access to the Irrawaddy delta and saying the victims of Cyclone Nargis could stand up for themselves.

The Kyemon newspaper has said that the people from Irrawaddy can survive on self-reliance ‘without chocolate bars donated by foreign countries.’

As with all media in Myanmar, the Kyemon newspaper is tightly controlled by the army and is believed to go along with the opinions of the top generals.

The editorial also accused the international community of being stingy, noting that the United Nations was still a long way short of its US$201 million target, nearly four weeks after the disaster.

It said the level of aid stands in stark contrast to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when governments around the world promised US$2.08 billion within the first week.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 30, 2008 at 9:01 am

World Focus on Burma (30 May 08)

Latest news on the disaster in Myanmar (Burma)New!

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Myanmar may use forced labor in cyclone recovery: ILO

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The ILO has been at loggerheads with the former Burma for more than a decade over what the United Nations agency calls a widespread practice of forcing …

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Carbon credits could help save Amazon, blunt warming

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… from carbon trading schemes may be the least likely to use the money effectively, such as Burma (Myanmar), Bolivia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and . …

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Aid groups say Myanmar still hindering foreign assistance to …

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An estimated 2.4 million people are homeless and hungry after the May 2-3 cyclone hit Myanmar, also known as Burma. “We urge speedy implementation of all …

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Junta bans more proxy sites

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… banned information flow from Burma through its major internet service provider, Myanmar Teleport, Bagan Net and Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications.

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UN: Myanmar forcing storm victims from camps

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An estimated 2.4 million people remain homeless and hungry after the May 2-3 cyclone hit Myanmar, also known as Burma. Myanmar’s government says the cyclone …

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The Night Is Young

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Cyclone Nargis has taken an unfathomable toll on the people of Burma (Myanmar). Thousands upon thousands are dead, and millions of others are in dire need …

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Suu Kyi symbolises strength

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Aung San Suu Kyi symbolises the spiritual strength of the people of Myanmar. The frail figure of Suu Kyi has fought a lonely battle to restore human dignity …

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Rotary helping disaster victims with ShelterBox program

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… well used in emergencies in several parts of the world, and thousands are now on their way to victims of recent disasters in Myanmar (Burma) and China. …

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Singapore: Myanmar junta scared foreign aid workers will expose …

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AP SINGAPORE (AP) – Myanmar’s military rulers are afraid to let in international aid workers to help cyclone victims because it might expose their own …

Logistics hamper Myanmar relief

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Watch what’s happened to schools in Myanmar » World Vision has about 500 workers in Myanmar, also known as Burma, delivering shelter, food, water and health …

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Myanmar afraid cyclone handling will show up junta-Singapore

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The evictions come a day after official media in the former Burma lashed out at offers of foreign aid, criticising donors’ demands for access to the …

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Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more

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But the military rulers of Myanmar, also known as Burma, are continuing to throw up obstacles to the free flow of international aid, aid and human rights groups said Friday.
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Superstition and ‘panties for peace’ in Myanmar/Burma

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Women around the world are asked to post their panties to local Burmese embassies in a bid to strip the regime of its power and bring an end to its gross violations of human rights, especially those committed against Burma’s women.
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US naval forces consider abandoning Myanmar relief efforts

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By Casandra Newell The commander of US naval operations in the Pacific Ocean, Admiral Tim Keating, said on 28 May that US Navy (USN) ships off the coast of Myanmar waiting to deliver aid to cyclone victims might soon depart. Adm Keating stated during a …
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US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House on Friday expressed frustration at the pace of aid flows into Myanmar after devastating Cyclone Nargis and said the ruling junta’s new constitution lacks credibility.
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Burma cyclone aid agencies make plea for orphans

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“Institutionalisation really is the last resort,” said Guy Cave, Save the Children’s Burma deputy country director.
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Myanmar officially adopts new military-backed constitution

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AP YANGON, Myanmar: Military-ruled Myanmar has adopted a new constitution through a referendum that critics note was held in aftermath of a severe cyclone while hundreds of thousands of victims were receiving little or no aid from the government.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Myanmar’s military dictators: Let cyclone victims save themselves!

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What to make of the latest unfathomable or arrogant or (choose an adjective) pronouncement from the military dictators of Myanmar, who have made it so hard for international relief-organization workers to enter their mountainous country and deliver …
WHO launches 28 million dollar healthcare plan for Myanmar AFP
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Sydney Morning Herald

Burma: cyclone victims can survive on own

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By staff writers BURMA’s military government has lashed out at donors who promised millions of dollars of aid, saying the survivors of Cyclone Nargis didn’t need “bars of chocolate”.
Myanmar: Junta Upset Over Aid Pledges New York Times
Myanmar blasts international donors for not giving more aid Times and Transcript
Sydney Morning HeraldThe Herald
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Javno.hr

Myanmar’s cyclone response regrettable: Singapore PM

ABS CBN News -
Myanmar’s response to foreign offers of help for victims of a devastating cyclone in the country is regrettable, Singapore’s prime minister said Friday.
Myanmar afraid cyclone handling will show up junta-Singapore Reuters
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Chinese medics donate medical equipment to Myanmar

Xinhua -
YANGON, May 30 (Xinhua) — Chinese medics working in Myanmar for the relief of cyclone victims donated four vehicles for medical use and other medical equipment as well as medicines to the Myanmar side Friday as the team is about to end their two-week …
Japan medical team arrives in cyclone-hit Myanmar Thai News Agency MCOT
Japanese medics arrive in Myanmar for cyclone victims People’s Daily Online
ReliefWeb (press release)Thai News Agency MCOT
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Radio Australia

UN warns Burma it is endangering its citizens

Bangkok Post -
Access to the delta remains an issue, almost a week after Burma’s junta chief Senior General Than Shwe promised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that he would allow access to all international aid workers.
Burma’s military says new constitution enacted Radio Australia
Burma adopts new constitution: state media ABC Online
Voice of America
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Myanmar Aid Workers Say Delta Needs Are `Critical’ (Update2)

Bloomberg -
More than 130000 people were killed or left missing by the storm in the country formerly known as Burma, the UN says. Doctors Without Borders has 250 workers, more than a dozen of them from outside Myanmar, operating in the delta, Terasse said, …


Boston Globe

French humanitarian aid to Burma (May 29, 2008)

France Diplomatie (press release) -
The aircraft took off from the airport at Vatry with permission to land in Burma where it will arrive in the night (6:15 am local time).
French navy ship delivers aid to Burma ABC Online
French ship rejected by Myanmar to leave aid in Thailand ABS CBN News
National PostBoston GlobeAljazeera.netReuters
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Thai News Agency MCOT

Thailand to send more aid to Burma

Bangkok Post -
Speaking after accompanying the new team of doctors to Burma, Mr Chaiya said the Burmese government and people were grateful for the kindness of the royal family and assistance from the government.
2nd group of royal physicians to be dispatched to Myanmar ReliefWeb (press release)
More Thai doctors on way to Burma Bangkok Post
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Give aid workers in Myanmar effective access–Pope

Reuters -
The Pope made his indirect appeal in an address to the Catholic bishops of the former Burma, who are winding up a visit to the Vatican, and urged them to be strong in the face of “distress, persecution and famine”.

US senator says India, China must pressure Myanmar’s junta for …

International Herald Tribune -
AP SINGAPORE: Regional superpowers India and China should exert their influence over Myanmar’s generals to push the country toward democracy, a leading US politician said Friday.


Telegraph.co.uk

Burma cyclone: Junta tells victims to eat frogs

Telegraph.co.uk -
According to newspaper New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece: “The people (of the Irrawaddy delta) can survive with self-reliant efforts even if they are not given chocolate bars from (the) international community.

Baby born on boat donated to Burma relief by businessman

Scotsman -
A BOAT donated by an Edinburgh businessman to the Burma cyclone relief effort has welcomed its first newborn baby. Pandawlin, weighing 8lbs, was born earlier this week and named after the vessel Pandaw IV and the charity Merlin whose staff helped …


Voice of America

UN Officials Condemn Burma’s Forced Eviction of Cyclone Victims …

Voice of America -
By Luis Ramirez Burma’s military government has begun forcing cyclone victims to leave relief centers and return to their homes in the devastated Irawaddy Delta.


AFP

Myanmar lashes foreign aid, says survivors can eat frogs

AFP -
YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar’s ruling junta lashed out at foreign aid donors Friday, saying cyclone victims did not need supplies of “chocolate bars” and could instead survive by eating frogs and fish.

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Seattle Times

Editorial: Burma junta’s crackdown is woefully misguided

San Antonio Express, TX -
Such is the case in Burma (Myanmar), where the incompetence of the ruling junta in responding to Cyclone Nargis has shaken public confidence in the Asian …
Global outrage Bangkok Post
Let Them Eat Frogs Washington Post
Burma arrest condemned Scotsman
ToTheCenter.comEdmonton Sun
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In the words of Naw Htoo Paw, Burmese human rights activist

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland -
The cyclone that hit Burma (Myanmar) in early May has only complicated an already appalling humanitarian crisis within the country. …

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Israel Sends More Aid to Burma and China

Arutz Sheva, Israel -
by Ezra HaLevi (IsraelNN.com) Israel has dispatched a third shipment of aid to Burma (Myanmar) and another shipment to China, as well, following natural ..

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Burma: Junta Attacks Internet Freedom

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand -
According to a recent announcement by Myanmar Teleport, technical changes are being made to prevent the use of proxy servers in Burma. Myanmar Teleport …

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China, Korea sign Myanmar energy exploration deal

Reuters UK, UK -
Few Western companies will invest in the former Burma because of its poor human rights record and continued detention of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San …
CNPC, Daewoo join hands to explore Burma EnergyCurrent
China’s CNPC, SKorea’s Daewoo Intl tie up for Myanmar oil/gas … Forbes
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Bishop’s Emergency Appeal for Burma is making a difference

Diocese of Lichfield, UK -
… sent to the Bishop of Lichfield’s Emergency Appeal in response to the Cyclone Nargis crisis in Burma are already making a difference in Myanmar. …

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Radio Australia

Myanmar adopts new constitution

Aljazeera.net, Qatar -
Myanmar ‘s government has formally adopted a new national constitution following a heavily-criticised referendum held earlier this month amid the …
Myanmar officially adopts new military-backed constitution International Herald Tribune
Burma’s military says new constitution enacted Radio Australia
Burma’s Military Rulers Put New Constitution into Effect Voice of America
Thaindian.comRTT News
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Sydney Morning Herald

Myanmar: Junta Upset Over Aid Pledges

New York Times, United States -
Last week, Juan José Daboub, the managing director of the World Bank, said the bank would not extend any financial aid to Myanmar because it had not paid …
Burma: cyclone victims can survive on own Melbourne Herald Sun
Junta evicts families from emergency shelters Sydney Morning Herald
Myanmar blasts international donors for not giving more aid Times and Transcript
The Herald

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A Lakeville Photographer Saw Makings of Myanmar Problems During …

Litchfield County Times, CT -
Unfortunately, this uprising from the Burmese people (the country was known as Burma until 1989) was relatively short-lived and reached no solid resolution, …

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (30 May 2008)

US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution

AFP –
A man reads a newspaper in Yangon on 15, May 2008. The White House on Friday expressed frustration at the pace of aid flows into Myanmar after devastating Cyclone Nargis and said the ruling junta's new constitution lacks credibility.(AFP/File/Khin Maung Win)
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House on Friday expressed frustration at the pace of aid flows into Myanmar after devastating Cyclone Nargis and said the ruling junta’s new constitution lacks credibility.

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UN: Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military government is removing cyclone victims from refugee camps and dumping them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, the United Nations said Friday.

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MSN UK News

UN Warns Burma’s Food Security at Risk

Voice of America -
By Ron Corben United Nations agencies warn that Burma’s food shortages and escalating prices pose a threat to its food security.
Aid workers face restrictions in Myanmar United Press International
Myanmar generals insult world donors Australian News
BBC NewsTeleTextNarinjara NewsBelleville News Democrat
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Analysis: Why has more aid flowed to Myanmar than China?

Asian Relief: The Sharon Stone Effect

The two natural disasters struck just days apart, yet their aftermaths were strikingly different. When cyclone Nargis swept through Burma on May 2-3, leaving roughly 134,000 people dead or missing, the world reacted with deep sympathy and immediate promises of aid. International generosity, so far reaching nearly $230 million in relief aid, stood in sharp contrast to the callousness of the ruling junta, which unilaterally slowed the flow of aid to a trickle and essentially ignored the plight of millions of suffering Burmese.

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Voice of America

Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more

The Associated Press -
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s ruling junta lashed out Thursday at aid donors who promised millions of dollars for cyclone relief, saying survivors didn’t need “bars of chocolate.
Let Them Eat Frogs Washington Post
Myanmar grants more visas to to foreign relief workers Monsters and Critics.com
ReutersNew York TimesInternational Herald TribuneBBC News
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Myanmar Aid Workers Say Delta Needs Are `Critical,’ Access Slow

Bloomberg -
More than 130000 people were killed or left missing by the storm in the country formerly known as Burma, the UN says. Doctors Without Borders has 250 workers, more than a dozen of them from outside Myanmar, operating in the delta, Terasse said, …
Burma adopts new constitution: state media ABC Online
UN Warns Burma’s Food Security at Risk Voice of America
BBC NewsBelfast TelegraphReutersVoice of America
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UN chief walked diplomatic tightrope with junta

In this May 22, 2008 file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second left, talks with a displaced family in their tent on in the Kyondah village, Myanmar, on a tour to view conditions in cyclone-damaged areas and to meet with Myanmar government officials. The United Nations said Thursday, May 29, 2008, that the last 45 pending visas for Myanmar were granted to U.N. international relief workers — but at the cost of temporarily ignoring Myanmar's latest crackdown on dissent.  (AP Photo/Stan Honda, Pool, File) AP- BANGKOK, Thailand – No mention of Myanmar‘s detained pro-democracy leader. No talk of holding a controversial vote despite a catastrophic cyclone. Not a word about the military regime’s history of human rights abuses.

Those were the issues U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon avoided in talks with Myanmar’s junta leader. It appeared to pay off with dozens of visas issued for U.N. relief workers — but at the high cost, say critics, of ignoring Myanmar’s latest crackdown on dissent.

Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more

Thu May 29, 12:16 PM ET

People line up outside an aid tent in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday May 29, 2008 awaiting medical treatment. Aid and relief has been slow getting to affected area's and people after a cyclone hit southern Myanmar causing mass destruction and death. (AP Photo) YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s ruling junta lashed out Thursday at aid donors who promised millions of dollars for cyclone relief, saying survivors didn’t need “bars of chocolate.”
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CTV.ca

World leaders outraged at detention in Myanmar

Edmonton Sun -
“Canada has repeatedly called on the regime to release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners, respect the human rights of the people of Burma, and engage in a genuine dialogue with the democratic movement,” said Foreign Affairs Minister …
Myanmar enacts new constitution: state TV ABS CBN News
Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more The Associated Press
AFPDeutsche WelleReutersInternational Herald Tribune
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CBS News

Myanmar opens up to UN aid workers

Aljazeera.net -
Nearly a month after a devastating cyclone swept through Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta, the country’s military rulers have given the green light for United Nations relief workers waiting to enter the country.
US Navy Waiting for Junta’s Permission to Deliver Burma Aid Washington Post
US commander: Navy ships likely to leave Myanmar The Associated Press
XinhuaReutersAFPThe Associated Press
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Voice of America

UN Warns Burma’s Food Security at Risk

Voice of America -
By Ron Corben United Nations agencies warn that Burma’s food shortages and escalating prices pose a threat to its food security.
Burma grants all UN visa requests BBC News
Burma approves visas for foreign aid workers Belfast Telegraph
ReutersThe Associated PressThe Press AssociationVoice of America
all 1,615 news articles »

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May 30, 2008 at 1:09 am

World focus on Burma (29 May 08)

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CSW condemns continued detention of Burma democracy leader

ChristianToday, UK -
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today condemned the decision by Burma’s military regime to extend once again the house arrest of democracy leader Aung …

Aid workers head to Myanmar delta as more visas granted

AFP -
YANGON (AFP) — Relief workers slowly moved into Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged delta after the junta started to open access, as the United Nations reported on …

Indonesia diplores extension of Aung San Suu Kyi`s house arrest

Antara, Indonesia -
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda deplores the Myanmar`s military junta`s decision to extend the house arrest of their country`s …

Survivors say regime adds to Myanmar misery

Arizona Daily Star, AZ -
AP PYAPON, Myanmar — It’s not much, but the flimsy bamboo lean-to on the side of the road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family dry. …

Burma still nixes US military help; China accepts aid, Admiral says

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland -
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma on May 3, causing nearly 80000 deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands. The United Nations has estimated that up to 2.5 million …

Myanmar lashes out at “chocolate bar” foreign aid

Reuters -
The situation remains dire for many survivors in the delta, the “rice bowl of Asia” in the days before what was then Burma won independence from Britain in …

Burma sends some survivors home to ruins, conscripts others

Kentucky.com, KY -
Burma’s reclusive government has opened up slightly to the world in the past week, allowing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to meet with some survivors …

World anger over Suu Kyi detention

The Press Association -
World powers have voiced outrage at the decision by Burma’s military government to extend the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Hindu, India -
New York (PTI): The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has asked Myanmar government to “unconditionally” release pro-democracy leader Daw …
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Boston Globe

Aid workers head to Myanmar delta as more visas granted

AFP -
YANGON (AFP) – Relief workers slowly moved into Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged delta after the junta started to open access, as the United Nations reported on Thursday that all its visa requests had been approved.
‘Window of opportunity’ in Burma BBC News
Burma’s beggars being forced off the roads Sydney Morning Herald
The AustralianThe Press AssociationVoice of AmericaWall Street Journal
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Boston Globe

Indonesia joins in criticism of Myanmar over Suu Kyi

Reuters India -
MANILA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s foreign minister chided Myanmar on Wednesday for extending the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the first criticism of the junta’s move by a fellow Southeast Asian nation.
UN HR head calls for release of Suu Kyi Hindu
Burma’s Detention of Democratic Leader Angers Countries New York Sun
International Herald TribuneNew York TimesKGANUN News Centre
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The Southern Ledger

Over 40% of cyclone victims in Myanmar receive aid

Xinhua -
UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (Xinhua) — More than 40 percent of the 2.4 million cyclone survivors in Myanmar have received some type of assistance from local, national or international actors, the United Nations said Wednesday.
Foreigners enter cyclone-hit delta, testing Myanmar’s promise AFP
Myanmar cyclone victims short of food The Daily Yomiuri
ForbesBloombergWall Street JournalLos Angeles Times
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CBS News

US commander: Navy ships likely to leave Myanmar soon

The Associated Press -
WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior Navy admiral says the US probably will withdraw a group of naval vessels from waters off the coast of Myanmar within days unless the government allows the US ships to offload relief supplies for cyclone victims.
Myanmar Still Refuses US Navy Assistance In Delivering Relief Supplies AHN
US aid ships to give up on Burma in days NEWS.com.au
ForbesCBS NewsIrish Times
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Times Now.tv

‘Peace panties’ from Canada to frighten Myanmar junta

Sify - May 27, 2008
… of the Quebec Women’s Federation, said, “This is a unique and important opportunity for women to help raise funds and awareness about the military regime’s systematic use of rape and other brutalities against our sisters from Burma (Myanmar).”
Women’s underwear needed in fight for democracy in Myanmar The Canadian Press
Panties please Edmonton Sun
The South African StarEdmonton Journal
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stv.tv

Focus on saving lives—Ban Ki-Moon

ABS CBN News -
Let us pay our respects to the courage and the resilience of the people of Myanmar, who are suffering such hardship and terrible personal loss.
$10m aid pledge for Myanmar News24
China to encourage oil refiners to increase capacity – cabinet Forbes
The Associated PressAFPABS CBN NewsThe Associated Press
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Myanmar starts land reclamation in cyclone-worst-hit area

Xinhua -
YANGON, May 29 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has started land reclamation in Laputta township, one of the worst-hit areas in southwestern Ayeyawaddy delta in a severe cyclone storm that ravaged Myanmar early this month, official newspaper New Light of Myanmar …
Myanmar allows direct donation right down to cyclone-hit areas People’s Daily Online
ADB may support needs assessment after cyclone in Myanmar EastDay.com
XinhuaPeople’s Daily Online
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Boston Globe

French navy ship delivers aid to Burma

ABC Online -
A French navy ship has docked in Thailand to unload more than 1000 tonnes of supplies for cyclone victims in Burma. The ship is carrying enough food to sustain 100000 people for two weeks.
Angry France diverts Myanmar aid Reuters
Myanmar generals refuse aid from French Australian News
France24
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Canada.com

Myanmar lashes out at “chocolate bar” foreign aid

Canada.com -
The situation remains dire for many survivors in the delta, the “rice bowl of Asia” in the days before what was then Burma won independence from Britain in 1948. The army has started to bury bodies in communal graves, villagers said, although there has …

Myanmar: Closed economy proves to be disaster of its own

Minneapolis Star Tribune -
By NEW YORK TIMES AP NewsAlert YANGON, MYANMAR – A sport-utility vehicle goes for $250000; a cell phone, $3000. As foreign aid workers test Myanmar’s commitment to allow them to provide relief after the cyclone, they face not only administrative …

Myanmar capital in sharp contrast to cyclone zone

Forbes -
The capital has 24-hour electricity, a rarity in Myanmar, but forget cell phone service or international flights. Soldiers greeted the VIP motorcade with salutes as it moved along the main road, passing sprawling new golf courses and resorts with signs …

China’s CNPC, SKorea’s Daewoo Intl tie up for Myanmar oil/gas …

Forbes -
BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) – China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the parent of PetroChina, said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s Daewoo International for joint oil and gas exploration in Myanmar. The deal was signed during the …

Dispatches from Myanmar

Seattle Times -
By Special to The Seattle Times Editor’s Note: Following are edited dispatches from aid workers, residents and others in Myanmar. They are being sent to The Seattle Times by: • Paula Bock, former staff writer for Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times …

Preview: Burma Cyclone Disaster Fundraiser, The Scala, London

Independent -
All proceeds and donations from the event will go to Oxfam’s Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone appeal. State media in Burma have reported a death toll of 78000 since the cyclone hit on 3 May, and aid agencies are facing huge challenges in dealing with the …

RP chess team dominates Myanmar

ABS CBN News -
The Philippine Team has so far dominated their counterparts from Myanmar after three rounds of the first RP-Myanmar Dual Match chess team championship at the Lake Garden Hotel in Tagaytay City.


Seattle Post Intelligencer

In Myanmar, Loss, Grief and, for Some, Resignation

New York Times - May 26, 2008
AP A family in Pyapon, in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, on Monday. Few delta residents have received aid since the May 3 cyclone.
Conditions ripe for disease in Burma CTV.ca
Myanmar’s fouled water threatens health Seattle Times
International Herald Tribune
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Voice of America

India Helps Burma, China in Wake of Disasters

Voice of America -
By Anjana Pasricha India has sent relief and pledged assistance to two neighboring countries recently struck by natural disasters: Burma and China. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi on India’s efforts to project itself as a responsible regional …


PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

Activists blast Chevron on human rights, environment

San Jose Mercury News -
Activists took advantage of the gathering at Chevron headquarters in San Ramon to blast Chevron during the meeting for alleged environmental and human rights abuses in Ecuador, Nigeria and Myanmar. Outside, protesters dressed in white protective suits …
Complaints shadow Chevron profits TVNZ
Activists blast Chevron on rights, environment Forbes
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Sydney Morning Herald

Burma aid visas approved

TeleText -
Burma has approved all pending visas for UN relief workers to enter the country a month after a cyclone left two million people in need of aid.
UN, other agencies gaining greater access to cyclone victims in … China Post
Costello down with dysentery Advertiser Adelaide
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Marni Soupcoff on ‘Panties for Peace’ in Burma

National Post -
by Raze Those wierdos in command in Myanmar have no idea what it was like to be Tom Jones singing in Montreal… by ZeeBC We have to be careful that we are not been taken for a ride.

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Ban Ki-moon has expressed his disappointment at the decision
InTheNews.co.uk, UK -
“The sooner restrictions on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar (Burma) will be able to move towards inclusive …
Salt and Fisheries Industries at a Standstill
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand -
Laputta Township— perhaps the area most affected by the killer cyclone—was the center of Burma’s salt industry, producing salt for the entire country, …
“Race against time” to plant Myanmar rice crop
Reuters -
… the main rice crop in the delta, the “rice bowl of the Asia” in the days when Myanmar was called Burma and administered as part of the British empire. …
Marni Soupcoff on ‘Panties for Peace’ in Burma
National Post, Canada -
by Raze Those wierdos in command in Myanmar have no idea what it was like to be Tom Jones singing in Montreal… by ZeeBC We have to be careful that we are …
Panties sought for Myanmar protest
United Press International -
The Quebec Women’s Federation and the activist group Rights and Democracy claim the secretive military leaders in the country formerly known as Burma are …
Indonesia joins in criticism of Myanmar over Suu Kyi
Reuters India, India -
MANILA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s foreign minister chided Myanmar on Wednesday for extending the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, …
Human rights a global mess: Amnesty
National Post, Canada -
The Chinese government has used its influence on Burma to open its door to the UN” “So there is potential there for China to positively use the Olympics to …
SEAPA calls for continued pressure for release of Aung San Suu Kyi
Southeast Asian Press Alliance, Thailand -
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance strongly condemns the continued detention of Burma’s democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and calls on the international …
Leaders are eroding the principles of human rights
Independent, UK -
Human rights are being flagrantly abused in flashpoints such as Burma, Darfur, Zimbabwe and Gaza and established and emerging powers such as the US and …
Junta extends Suu Kyi’s detention
Aberdeen Press and Journal, UK -
Burma’s military government yesterday renewed the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Mrs Suu Kyi has been in detention continuously …
Quincy Asian Resources to hold banquet
The Patriot Ledger, MA -
The banquet was originally planned to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, but following the disasters in Myanmar (Burma) and China, …ASX:AAS
Condemning Burmese Junta on Suu Kyi’s house arrest extension
Newstrack India, India -
The international media has gloomed on the alienated country soon after the cyclone Nargis had devastating vast areas of Burma, also known as Myanmar, …
MCDONALD: Myanmar leaders exposed by flood
Evening News and Tribune, IN -
Refusing to allow aide workers into the country, thus hindering needed help and supplies to its citizens, the military junta ruling Burma has committed …
60 years of human rights failure-governments must apologise and …
Amnesty International UK, UK -
‘The human rights flashpoints in Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq and Myanmar demand immediate action. ‘Injustice, inequality and impunity are the hallmarks of …
Human rights not valued, Amnesty says
Toronto Star,  Canada -
Slaughter in Sudan’s Darfur region, violent repression in Zimbabwe, attacks on opponents of Burma’s military rulers – all continue unchecked 60 years after …
Burma junta closes door on Suu Kyi
Toronto Star,  Canada -
The state newspaper, New Light of Myanmar, praised the United Nations for “prompt action” in raising more than $80 million to help cyclone victims and …

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Myanmar junta extends Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention

WELT ONLINE -
Britain, whose government has been one of many pleading for Suu Kyi’s release, called the move „an indictment of the regime” in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. Foreign Secretary David Milliband said he was „was saddened, if not surprised,” by …
Burma extends arrest of opposition leader National Post
Western governments criticise Myanmar decision Radio Netherlands
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Myanmar’s cyclone survivors bullied by military; forced to work …

International Herald Tribune -
AP PYAPON, Myanmar: The flimsy bamboo hut built near a road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family of eight dry. They lost their home to the cyclone and fear they may soon be uprooted again by soldiers ordering them to leave.
Progress for Aid Workers in Myanmar New York Times
Murky measures in Myanmar’s disaster Asia Times Online
Alalam News NetworkReliefWeb (press release)The Associated PressBloomberg
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CTV.ca

‘Peace panties’ from Canada to frighten Myanmar junta

Sify -
… of the Quebec Women’s Federation, said, “This is a unique and important opportunity for women to help raise funds and awareness about the military regime’s systematic use of rape and other brutalities against our sisters from Burma (Myanmar).”
Women’s underwear needed in fight for democracy in Myanmar The Canadian Press
Junta facing panties-waving hex Edmonton Sun
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BBC News

Ban hopes to return to Burma soon

NEWS.com.au -
Noting that Rangoon appears “to be moving in right direction,” Mr Ban said: “I hope that this marks a new spirit of cooperation and partnership between Myanmar (Burma) and the international community.” He said Monday’s pledging conference in Rangoon, …
One Million Cyclone Victims Have Received Aid in Burma Voice of America
The Post editorial board: Offering aid to Burma is a tragic waste … National Post
Radio NetherlandsThe TimesFOXNewsSydney Morning Herald
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NDTV.com

Democracy and death in Myanmar

Asia Times Online -
By Larry Jagan BANGKOK – Amid Myanmar’s perhaps worst-ever natural disaster, the ruling junta has pushed through a new constitution which guarantees its future hold on political power.
When It Comes to Politics, Burmese Say, Government Is All Too Helpful New York Times
Myanmar’s charter sails through referendum Reuters
International Herald TribuneThe Canadian PressThe Associated PressEuronews.net
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Sydney Morning Herald

UN raises aid fund for Myanmar

NDTV.com -
The total amount of aid offered to Myanmar so far amounts to about $233 million, including the money raised by UN as a result of a flash appeal.
UN: Myanmar funding conference “success” Xinhua
UN says raised 60 pct of targeted Myanmar aid Reuters
ABS CBN NewsInternational Herald TribuneAmerican ChronicleUnited Press International
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Thai News Agency MCOT

Myanmar cyclone victims short of food

The Daily Yomiuri -
KYAUKTAN, Myanmar–A woman whose village was devastated by Cyclone Nargis early this month whispered about food shortages out of earshot of a government official.
Southeast Asian team to assess cyclone-hit Myanmar Forbes
Myanmar film industry takes on cyclone disaster Reuters UK
Real News NetworkPlus NewsIRINnews.orgAFP
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Boston Globe

French navy ship delivers aid to Burma

ABC Online -
A French navy ship has docked in Thailand to unload more than 1000 tonnes of supplies for cyclone victims in Burma. The ship is carrying enough food to sustain 100000 people for two weeks.
French ship rejected by Myanmar to leave aid in Thailand ABS CBN News
Burma diverts ship carrying aid Boston Globe
Nation MultimediaNew York TimesAHNReuters
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Food aid for Burma cyclone victims

Radio Australia -
The Royal Australian Air Force has delivered two helicopters to the UN in Thailand, which will be used to get much needed food aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma. The C-17 touched down with its cargo late last night after an 11 and a half hour …
RAAF sends two helicopters to Burma NEWS.com.au
RAAF delivers choppers for Burma aid effort ABC Online
Globe and MailBangkok PostWFPRadio Australia
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Canada.com

Myanmar junta praises UN aid

International Herald Tribune - May 27, 2008
Witnesses say many villages have received no outside help, and waterways of the former Burma’s “rice bowl” remain littered with animal carcasses and corpses, either grotesquely bloated or rotting to the bone.
Myanmar finally opens its doors after Cyclone Nargis American Chronicle
Burma (Myanmar) opens door for aid, but remains wary Christian Science Monitor
Voice of AmericaNation MultimediaDaily NationYahoo! News
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Myanmar allows direct donation right down to cyclone-hit areas

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YANGON, May 28 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar authorities said it would allow direct personal donation right down to specific persons and regions in cyclone-hit areas, advising donors to seek assistance from the National Disaster Preparedness Committee (NDPC) …
Myanmar draft constitution approved with overwhelming votes Mathaba.Net
Myanmar’s biggest industrial zone partly resumes production Xinhua
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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Pressure China on human rights post-Olympics: Amnesty

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Irene Khan said China’s growing weight as a world power means it can no longer ignore human rights both at home and abroad, after Western criticism of its involvement in hotspots like Sudan, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and North Korea.
Human rights not valued, Amnesty says Toronto Star
Amnesty International condemns US, China in report The Associated Press
Jerusalem PostBloombergReutersScotsman
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Philippines pledges relief aid to Myanmar

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The conference was meant to mobilize greater international assistance for Myanmar, also known as Burma, in the aftermath of Cyclone “Nargis” that devastated and flooded parts of the country on May 2 and 3. About 130000 have died, 19000 have been …


The Associated Press

UN chief sees Myanmar cooperation on survivors

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that some foreign aid workers have gone into Myanmar’s cyclone-ravaged delta without problems, reflecting a “new spirit of cooperation” by the ruling junta. Ban flew to Myanmar last week …

Myanmar wants aid for cyclone-hit rice fields

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More than one million acres of farmland was flooded when the cyclone hit Myanmar’s main rice-growing region, state media said Wednesday, in an unusually frank request for assistance.


AFP

Myanmar extends Suu Kyi’s house arrest, detains activists

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… political prisoners in Burma and begin a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy, and other democratic and ethnic minority groups on a transition to democracy,” said Bush, referring to Myanmar by its former name.

view: Referendum farce in Burma —Václav Havel, Et Al

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In the midst of the cyclone’s devastation, Burma’s ruling generals went ahead and held a referendum on a new constitution.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 28, 2008 at 10:50 am

World Focus on Burma (20 May 08)

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3 day mourning period observed in Myanmar
NECN, MA -
(NECN) – Myanmar formerly known as Burma is observing a three day period of mourning for victims of that massive cylcone. The national flag is flying at …
Get help to Burmese
Buffalo News, United States -
… include the blowing away of the Myanmar junta. The military dictatorship of the nation formerly (and in some places still) known as Burma has apparently …
Flags at half-mast in Myanmar
Swissinfo, Switzerland -
Historically the military in the former Burma has been suspicious of foreign interference. That distrust deepened since the wave of international outrage …
Newspaper to end supplement that led to seizures in Cambodia
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‘The Burma Daily will not appear in The Cambodia Daily again,’ Bernard Krisher, publisher of both newspapers, said while adding that the supplement would …
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Washington Post

Monks from Myanmar march in Cannes Film Festival
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Myanmar’s May 2-3 cyclone left at least 134000 people dead or missing. European Union nations have warned the junta could be committing a crime against …
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Myanmar: International access “inadequate”
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland -
BANGKOK, 20 May 2008 (IRIN) – More than two weeks after Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar, only 500000 of the estimated 2.4 million people affected have …
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Thai pastor in pleas for cyclone aid
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So while he awaits news from Pastor Zaw, who has returned home to devastated Myanmar in Burma to search for friends and family, he is appealing to people to …
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Refugees raise funds for Burma cyclone aid
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The dictatorship, known as the State Peace and Development Council, changed the name of Burma to Myanmar. The dictatorship has been accused of hoarding food …
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UN disaster chief meets Myanmar PM
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates -
YANGON- The top United Nations aid official met Myanmar’s prime minister Thein Sein Tuesday in the highest level meeting so far during his visit to the …
ADB considering sending experts to Myanmar
Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates -
SINGAPORE – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Tuesday it is considering sending experts to Myanmar to assess the cyclone-hit nation’s reconstruction …
Myanmar mourns for 78000 cyclone victims
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar began three days of mourning for some 78000 cyclone victims Tuesday, after its ruling junta appeared to relent to foreign …
Local community organizes for Myanmar assistance
Daily – University of Washington, WA -
This was not approved by any legislature in Burma, so the United States does not recognize it. The name Burma was used during British colonial rule. Myanmar …
Army Commander dispatches aid caravan to Myanmar
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland -
Supreme Army Commander General Boonsarng Niempradit (บุญสร้าง เนียมประดิษฐ) presided over a ceremony to release a caravan of trucks carrying aid to Myanmar. …
Asean Take-up aid work in Myanmar
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria -
… Irrawady delta to which the Myanmar officials have refused his plea for teams and aircrafts to land from abroad directly to Burma to give speedy releif. …
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Lack of infrastructure and restrictions hamper aid effort
Mizzima.com, India -
“It is impossible for me to visit those [Irrawaddy Delta] areas, so I can only rely on the reports coming from the Myanmar [Burma] Red Cross society,” …
Students design, rally to help Myanmar victims
Stanford Daily, CA -
By Anneke Nelson Burma, a former British colony now called Myanmar, is one of the poorest countries in Asia. On May 2, Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar and killed …
“I’ll never see Rangoon again”
Radio Netherlands, Netherlands -
The Delta is called Burma’s Rice Bowl, because it supplies 60% of the country’s rice. But now 4.5 million acres of rice paddies have been transformed into …
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UK govt still worried as more Burma aid begins
Politics.co.uk, UK -
International development secretary Douglas Alexander says the UK will continue to press Burma on its aid delivery conditions as the south-east Asian …
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Charity worker’s Burma mission
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“The scale of this emergency is difficult to comprehend, despite the news reports that we are getting from Myanmar (Burma). I don’t think I’ll really be ….
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Disasters show value of global health conference
Vancouver Sun, Canada -
“Burma [Myanmar] is a good and topical example of the unfortunate events we’ll be discussing at the conference,” she said in an interview, adding that goals …
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World Bank: no money for tardy Burma
NEWS.com.au, Australia -
“The World Bank is not in a position to assist Myanmar (Burma) at this time,” World Bank managing director Juan Jose Daboub said. …
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TopNews

Aid agencies plead for more Australian donations for Burma
The Australian, Australia -
AUSTRALIA’s aid agencies have again urged Australians to open their pockets to help two million Burmese affected by Cyclone Nargis as Burma’s military …
Aid workers welcome Burma aid decision ABC Online
Open wallets for Burma, urges Rudd NEWS.com.au
‘It’s difficult in there. It’s like walking a tightrope’ The Age
Sydney Morning HeraldDispatch Online
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Leprosy Mission supports disabled Burma cyclone victims
ChristianToday, UK -
Buddhists in Cyclone Nargis-hit Myanmar celebrated the Kason festival,… The Leprosy Mission is appealing for donations to support its work with disabled …
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Disaster regimes
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The paranoid generals who rule that country, formerly known as Burma, have approached foreign aid in a way that’s irresponsible at best, murderous at worst. …
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CTV.ca

Myanmar cyclone: Burma begins three days of mourning for victims
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By Nick Allen Burma today began three days of official mourning for the victims of Cyclone Nargis as the country’s ruling junta began accepting limited help …
UN Humanitarian Chief in Burma to Boost Cyclone Aid Effort Voice of America
Burma, China and America: Perspective on How Nations Handle … NewsBlaze
UN sees up to 2.5 mln Myanmar cyclone victims Reuters
ReliefWeb (press release)Mizzima.com
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Shippensburg graduate returns to area to gather relief assistance ...
Chambersburg Public Opinion, PA -
She lived in the country of Myanmar, also known as Burma, for the last five years. With her return to this country on Saturday, she is embarking on a …
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Jaro Archdiocese launches fund-raising drive for calamity victims
News Today Online, Philippines -
… Jr. The Archdiocese of Jaro has launched a fund-raising campaign for victims of the separate calamities that have ravaged China and Myanmar (Burma). …
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UN Chief Heads to Cyclone-Stricken Burma
Voice of America -
… that the secretary-general would go directly to the areas hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis when he arrives in Burma – also known as Myanmar – on Thursday. …..
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Myanmar Cyclone Aid Plan Is Based on 2004 Tsunami, Asean Says
Bloomberg -
… head the taskforce that will work with the United Nations and the military rulers of the country formerly known as Burma. Myanmar’s junta declared three …
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Corpus Christi Caller Times

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Times Record News, TX -
There was a time when Myanmar — then Burma — was the largest rice-exporting country in the world. But decades of mismanagement by an authoritarian military …
Rep. Garcia fends off attacks about campaign contribution Corpus Christi Caller Times
Clean, natural is in again Times Record News
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Burma lets neighbours help out
Toronto Star, Canada -
… who accuse the regional grouping, ASEAN, of appeasing the ruling military junta in order to make business deals in Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
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Business Roundtable Mobilizes Private Sector Response to Urgent …
CSRwire.com (press release) -
(CSRwire) WASHINGTON, DC – May 19, 2008 – Immediately following the cyclone that ravaged Myanmar on May 2 and the earthquake that hit Sichuan China on May …
Donations Continue for Asian Disasters Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)
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Across the ‘friendship bridge,’ a cold reception
Globe and Mail, Canada -
Here, as in most of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, people live hand-to-mouth, selling fruit and vegetables from stalls or doing menial labour. …

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Myanmar Country Profile
Fact Monster, MA -
The ethnic origins of modern Myanmar (known historically as Burma) are a mixture of Indo-Aryans, who began pushing into the area around 700 BC, …
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Monsters and Critics.com

In photos: ‘Burma Cyclone Aftermath May 19th’
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The United Nations said 2.4 million people were still critically short of aid after the storm tore through the Southern Myanmar, and relief agencies warned …
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DEC Myanmar (Burma) Appeal raises £8 million
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland -
The DEC Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal donation total has reached £8 million and vital aid efforts have now reached over 600000 people. …
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Myanmar cyclone: plan to beat Burmese block on Western aid
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom -
By David Blair and Thomas Bell An international relief operation designed to help victims of Burma’s cyclone, exploiting loopholes in the regime’s ban on …
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Alexander Downer backs force to get aid to Burma cyclone victims
NEWS.com.au, Australia -
… translate their solidarity and sympathy into concrete commitments to help the people of Myanmar (Burma) emerge from the tragedy and rebuild their lives. …
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White House: cyclone-hit Myanmar benefit from US aid
People’s Daily Online, China -
“We have had 31 flights into Burma thus far. We’re continuing to deliver emergency relief commodities, including water, blankets, hygiene kits, …
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The Southern Ledger

How hard will neighbors push Burma (Myanmar)?
Christian Science Monitor, MA -
With Western naval ships loaded with aid waiting at their door, and visiting UN diplomats demanding faster rescue and relief, Burma (Myanmar) agreed to …
Myanmar Allows Assistance from Asian Neighbors About – News & Issues
Burma lets neighbours help out Toronto Star
‘ASEAN deal not enough for Myanmar cyclone victims’ Inquirer.net
ABC OnlineCNN
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CBC.ca

How one family in Burma (Myanmar) reconnected after the cyclone
Christian Science Monitor, MA -
… off by security officials who have stepped up control of the devastated area, and restricted foreigners to Rangoon, the main city in Burma (Myanmar). …
Across the ‘friendship bridge,’ a cold reception Globe and Mail
Cruel Burma regime bans mercy Scotsman
Relatives search Web for images of Burma’s cyclone victims Toronto Star
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