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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
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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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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 29, 2008 at 8:04 am

World Focus on Burma (28 May 08)

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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 …

Javno.hr

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
Toronto StarChicago TribuneSeattle TimesBloomberg
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PRESS TV

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
Calgary HeraldToronto SunCTV.ca
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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

Xinhua –
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

AFP –
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

Inquirer.net –
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

The Associated Press –
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

ABS CBN News –
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

AFP –
… 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

Daily Times –
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
Monsters and Critics.com –
‘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
Washington Post, United States –
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
Halesowen News, UK –
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
News Sentinel, IN –
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
The Associated Press –
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
ic Wales, United Kingdom –
“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
Toledo Blade, OH –
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
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
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

Our opinion: Biofools
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’
Monsters and Critics.com –
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 –
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 20, 2008 at 10:49 am

(Burma and China): Two disasters, contrasting reactions

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Page last updated at 16:51 GMT, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 17:51 UK

By Bridget Kendall
Diplomatic correspondent, BBC News

Two powerful natural disasters, wreaking havoc through large swathes of territory.

Burmese children beg for food in Rangoon - 13/5/2008

Aid has been slow to reach Burmese due to restrictions on foreign help

Two Asian countries reeling from the horror of tens of thousands of people probably dead and hundreds of thousands more made destitute and homeless.

And two governments, one a military junta and the other a Communist oligarchy, both traditionally suspicious of outside intervention.

But what a contrast between the different ways they are handling their situations.

Since the cyclone that hit Burma on 3 May, the government there has been wary of giving access to outsiders, sluggish in its own response and reluctant to contemplate flexibility.

From the outset the military regime allowed in only a small percentage of the relief experts who were needed to assess the devastation and set up supply routes to reach survivors.

Journalists, usually welcomed in such circumstances so the world knows what is happening, have had to slip in incognito.

Immediate offers of airlifts and naval support from as far afield as the United States were greeted with hesitation.

And even when shipments were grudgingly accepted, government spokesmen tried to insist that while aid was welcome, foreign aid workers were not and the Burmese army could manage without them.

Burmese soldiers next to emergency shelters in Dedaya - 13/5/2008

The Burmese army was notably absent in the days following the cyclone

Yet the immensity of the tragedy seems to be far beyond the means of the Burmese themselves.

In some places lucky survivors appeared to have been the recipients of government dispersed tents.

But elsewhere snatched glimpses of bloated bodies left floating in flooded paddy fields, and pictures of soldiers at Rangoon airport unloading aid sacks by hand sent an eloquent signal that this inward-looking regime was ill-equipped to cope with the scale and urgency of such a monumental disaster.

People, it seems, are not the first priority.

A referendum to adapt the country’s constitution went ahead as planned on Saturday, except in the inundated areas of the Irrawaddy Delta.

Maintaining a firm political grip on the country, it seems, is more important to the Burmese generals than meeting the desperate needs of some of their own citizens.

Swift action

Compare that to the response of the Communist government in China to this week’s catastrophic earthquake, where the government has sent the message it is prepared to be swift, flexible and surprisingly open.

Within hours the prime minister was on a plane to the region, and Chinese state television, not known for its quick response to emergencies, was rolling with a special disaster programme.

China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (left, with megaphone) at a collapsed hospital in Dujiangyan - 12/5/2008

China’s premier (left) flew to the scene within hours of the earthquake

Pictures of collapsed buildings and trapped survivors have sped around the world.

Some foreign journalists have been able to get to the region to send eyewitness reports.

In contrast to Burma’s inflexibility over its referendum plans, in China a swift decision was taken to scale down ceremonies surrounding the once controversial Olympic torch relay and add a daily minute of silence, out of respect for the victims.

As for offers of outside help, there has been an official welcome for the pledges of relief that have been pouring in.

And even if, like Burma, the Chinese government has stopped short of accepting disaster relief workers, it has moved fast to announce it is mobilising its own considerable resources into what appears to be an impressive rescue mission.

Tens of thousands of Chinese police and soldiers have been making their way to the disaster zone by truck, plane, parachute and some even on foot.

How effective they will be in managing this disaster will no doubt emerge in the next few days and weeks.

Whether outsiders – journalists and aid workers – will continue to be allowed near the disaster area remains a question.

Already the Chinese foreign ministry is warning that foreign journalists may be kept away from the earthquake zone “for their own safety”.

But at the very least, the Chinese government clearly wants to demonstrate to its own people – and to the outside world – that it can cope, and that it cares for its citizens’ welfare.

Different pattern

To be fair, though the scale of the two disasters is perhaps comparable, the logistical problems thrown up by a cyclone and a tidal surge versus the upheaval caused by a major earthquake in heavily populated areas are difficult to equate.

And even if one could, the sheer size and wealth of China, and the resilience of its infrastructure in comparison to Burma meant it was always going to be in a better position to shoulder the burden locally.

But what is particularly striking is how different this week’s reaction in China is from its own inadequate response to disasters in the past, and from the other ways in which it tries to hide sensitive political information.

Chinese soldiers help a civilian up a collapsed road in Beichuan county, Sichuan province - 13/5/2008

The Chinese army was quickly mobilised to help earthquake victims

Its slow and secretive handling of the outbreak of Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003 led to accusations of a cover up, even though it claimed it was trying to avoid a mass panic about a medical outbreak.

In 2005 when an explosion at a petrochemical factory contaminated a river supplying the northern city of Harbin, the Chinese authorities were severely criticised for failing to own up to the disaster quickly enough.

Yet now it seems that a different pattern is emerging.

Earlier this year when millions of Chinese were stranded by ice and heavy snow in the worst winter storms in decades, the authorities again moved swiftly to try to get on top of the emergency.

Hundreds of thousands of troops were deployed and easing the crisis was declared a number one priority.

Whether because the eyes of the world are upon it in this Olympic year, or because the Chinese themselves, particularly the increasingly affluent and empowered urban middle class, demand more of their own government, these days in China – unlike in Burma – there seems to be a greater sense of the need to be accountable.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 19, 2008 at 6:27 am