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World focus on Burma (9 June 2008)

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When Tragedy Strikes, Unity and Patriotism Follows For China …

DigitalJournal.com, Canada –

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

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

AFP –

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

Don’t Depoliticize Burma’s Cry for Help

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

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

Burma denies rumours of fish eating corpses

Independent Online, South Africa –

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

UN finally reaches cyclone survivors

Dispatch Online, South Africa –

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

Burma allows the last four UN helicopters in

Mizzima.com, India –

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

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

International Herald Tribune, France –

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

Myanmar Cyclone Response: Power-Lust and Lost Lives

American Chronicle, CA –

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

Burmese junta blocks flight of desperate

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

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

Master, the tempest is raging

New Statesman, UK –

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

UN helicopters deliver aid to Burma delta

USA Today –

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

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

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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

Times and Transcript, Canada –

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

Myanmar PM vows aid for cyclone victims leaving camps

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

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

Technical Advisor Food Security in Myanmar (Burma)

Oneworld, Netherlands –

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

UN helicopters reach Burma victims

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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

Hamilton Spectator, Canada –

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

Group continues to provide Myanmar aid

News-Leader.com, MO –

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

Commission Seeks Declaration Of ‘Burma Day’ by City Council

Daily Californian, CA –

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

Myanmar ‘looks like the ancient times: No civilization’

Philadelphia Daily News, PA –

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

The thick end of the wedge

Business Day, South Africa –

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

Class War Wages: Mort la Difference

Pacific Free Press, Canada –

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

‘Enemy’ criticised

7DAYS, United Arab Emirates –

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

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

Modern Ghana, Ghana –

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

In Burma (Myanmar), how many cyclone orphans?

Christian Science Monitor, MA –

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

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

China today

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Protests mark Tiananmen Square anniversary
Radio Australia, Australia –
Amnesty International has held a demonstration in the eastern Australian city of Sydney to commemorate the 19th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square …
Tiananmen Square, 19 years on Channel 4 News
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China has changed since Tiananmen, but reminders remain Independent
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AFP

Tiananmen security tight for China massacre anniversary
AFP – Jun 3, 2008
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
China human rights ‘worse than before Tiananmen Square’ InTheNews.co.uk
Rights group to China: Release Tiananmen prisoners The Associated Press
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BlackBook Magazine

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)

Monsters and Critics.com –
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.
Hong Kong vigil for Tiananmen Square protesters low-key this year International Herald Tribune
Olympics dominates scene at Tiananmen anniversary The Associated Press
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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 …
China Continues Clamp Down on Protests Wall Street Journal
China quake parents unbowed in pressing complaints Reuters
China clamps down on earthquake protesters and reporters guardian.co.uk
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Pranab to take up Sikkim issue with China
Times of India, India –
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
Indian FM leaves for China for official visit Xinhua
Pranab to begin four-day visit to China from today Sify
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Security tight as memorials held over 1989 China crackdown
AFP –
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
China urged to release Tiananmen Square prisoners guardian.co.uk
Rights Group to China: Release Tiananmen Prisoners ABC News
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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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Xinhua

More than 30000 in China’s SW quake zone still without water
Xinhua, China –
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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BBC News

Taiwan says time running out on China panda offer
Reuters India, India –
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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CBS News

China’s Dangerous Domains
Wall Street Journal Blogs, NY –
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
Hong Kong is most dangerous place on the web Times Online
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China Daily
Hong Kong shares close lower as China telecom, oil, coal firms …
Forbes, NY –
HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) – Share prices closed lower following falls on Wall Street and Shanghai and continued weakness in China telecom firms after they …
UPDATE 1-PRESS DIGEST – China – June 4 Reuters
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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’

International Herald Tribune –
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 …
Gates Blasts Myanmar Junta Over Cyclone Aid Response Wall Street Journal
Myanmar defends cyclone response after US rebuke Reuters
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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.
Myanmar defends cyclone response after US rebuke Reuters
Gates Accuses Burma of Criminal Neglect in Cyclone Operations Voice of America
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Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after …

International Herald Tribune –
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 …
Poor access irks RP, SEA aid workers in Myanmar ABS CBN News
Myanmar warned over forcing cyclone survivors home Washington Post
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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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Washington Post

Myanmar rejects criticism of junta cyclone response

Reuters –
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.

Myanmar junta defends cyclone response as prompt – AP

Myanmar defends cyclone response after rebuke – Reuters

Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after … International Herald Tribune
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Malaysia to Burma: Allow S. Asian militaries to help

USA Today –
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 …
Malaysia wants bigger ASEAN role in Myanmar relief Reuters
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Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone

Taipei Times –
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, …
Mulish Myanmar Seattle Times
Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power Voice of America
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Aljazeera.net

US says Burma ‘deaf and dumb to offers of aid’

Scotsman –
… 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 …
Fury as Burma shuts cyclone relief camps guardian.co.uk
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The Daily Star

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 …
Poor access irks RP, SEA aid workers in Myanmar ABS CBN News
Myanmar warned over forcing cyclone survivors home Washington Post
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Myanmar cyclone victims die waiting for help

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Myanmar monsoon

Los Angeles Times

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

Reuters –
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

Canada.com, Canada –
… 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 …

GoErie.com, PA –
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

Mizzima.com, India –
… 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

The Associated Press –
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

MaineToday.com, ME –
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

Merinews, India –
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

Trentonian, Canada –
… 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 …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

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

CNN –
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

Reuters –
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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Calgary Herald

Myanmar blasts aid donors for not giving more

The Associated Press –
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

Dallas Morning News –
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.
Panties Sent to Burma for Peace ShortNews.com
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CBS News

US naval forces consider abandoning Myanmar relief efforts

Jane’s –
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 …
Myanmar’s Generals Approve Visas for UN Cyclone Relief Workers Bloomberg
US Navy Waiting for Junta’s Permission to Deliver Burma Aid Washington Post
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GulfNews

US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution

AFP –
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.
Myanmar junta forcing storm victims from camps without proper … The Canadian Press
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Brisbane Times

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.
Burma Grants Visas to Relief Workers, But Little Access to Delta Voice of America
Burma grants all UN visa requests BBC News
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Myanmar officially adopts new military-backed constitution

International Herald Tribune –
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.
Myanmar adopts new pro-military constitution Thaindian.com
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San Francisco Chronicle

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

San Francisco Chronicle –
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
International SOS Responds to Myanmar Cyclone PR Newswire (press release)
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Sydney Morning Herald

Burma: cyclone victims can survive on own

Melbourne Herald Sun –
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
all 1,630 news articles »

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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 »

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 30, 2008 at 1:09 am

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