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Day 18 – Samak ends bid to return as Thai PM

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Samak Sundaravej abandons attempt to return as Thai PM, but crisis … Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –

Bird grounded – and that’s final Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –

Samak ends bid to return as Thai PM after revolt AFP –

In pictures: Life among Thai protesters BBC News, UK –

Ousted Thai prime minister won’t lead party The Associated Press –

Thailand’s Samak bows out of PM bid Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Samak withdraws bid to be Thai PM: official AFP –

Samak won’t return as Thai PM The Times, South Africa –

Democrats not being opportunistic by nominating Abhisit as new Thai PM Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Samak withdraws from Thai PM vote: aide Washington Post, United States –

Coalition parties ready for People Power-led govt Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

Samak accepts nomination by PPP Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

PPP snubs judiciary and declares war on opponents Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

More calls for national unity govt Nation Multimedia, Thailand –

No quorum in parliament, PM’s election postponed AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Thai party ‘drops Samak for PM’ BBC News, UK –

Samak ends bid to return as Thai PM ABS CBN News, Philippines –

Thailand‘s Samak isolated as friends desert him Olberlin, KS –

Thai parliament postpones vote to elect PM CNN –

Boycott delays vote on Thai PM Aljazeera.net, Qatar –

Thai Government in chaos over push to reinstate Samak The Australian, Australia –

Thai PM re-election vote delayed BBC News, UK –

LEAD: Thai Parliament vote for new prime minister postponed to Wed. Yahoo, Thailand –

Power of the People Fights Democracy in Thai Protests New York Times, United States –

Thai parliament postpones prime minister vote The Associated Press –

Thai shares seen down on prolonged political woes Forbes, NY –

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Thai parties make last-minute decision on not attending Parliament … People’s Daily Online, China –

Most foreign investors still keen to invest in Thailand Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

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The tyranny of Thai nationalism United Press International, Asia, Hong Kong –

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 12, 2008 at 4:46 am

World Focus on Burma (27 May 08)

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Myanmar police detain Suu Kyi supporters

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Aljazeera.net

Foreigners enter cyclone-hit delta, testing Myanmar’s promise

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Foreign aid workers Tuesday pressed into Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, testing the junta’s pledge to open up areas where one million people have yet to receive aid three weeks after the cyclone.
Donors press Myanmar for access Seattle Times
Donors pledging Myanmar cyclone aid The Associated Press
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Canada.com

Myanmar generals claim referendum win

Canada.com –
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar declared victory Monday for a military-backed constitution, pressing ahead with its political agenda despite the devastation caused by the cyclone that left 133000 dead or missing.
State radio reports Myanmar constitution approved in cyclone-hit areas The Canadian Press
House arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi coming up for renewal International Herald Tribune
The AustralianEuronews.netSouth China Morning Post (subscription)The Statesman
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In Myanmar, Loss, Grief and, for Some, Resignation

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AP A family in Pyapon, in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, on Monday. Few delta residents have received aid since the May 3 cyclone.


Sydney Morning Herald

Aid Agencies Test Burma’s Pledge to Allow Access to Cyclone Hit Areas

Voice of America –
By VOA News Aid agencies say they are sending relief teams into cyclone-hit areas of Burma Monday to test the military government’s pledge to allow unrestricted access to their workers.
UN boss hopeful over Burma Scotsman
Donors urge Burma to live up to commitments CTV.ca
Progress LeaderMelbourne Herald SunDeutsche WelleScotsman
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stv.tv

Myanmar film industry takes on cyclone disaster

Reuters UK –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military rulers have been slammed for their slow response to Cyclone Nargis, but the same cannot be said of the country’s tiny film industry, which is already busy turning the devastating storm into myth.
Japan sends team to cyclone-hit Myanmar: officials ReliefWeb (press release)
Myanmar: Cyclone Nargis OCHA Situation Report No. 20 ReliefWeb (press release)
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Voice of America

Burma must open up to aid experts: US

Sydney Morning Herald – May 25, 2008
“The United States is prepared to offer much more, and we know that we must act quickly to prevent further loss of life,” she told the conference, where Myanmar is expected to ask for more than 10 billion US dollars in assistance.
45 countries pledge aid, insist on Burma access Bangkok Post
South-East Asia makes half-hearted attempts to help Burma Daily Nation
Inquirer.netReutersVoice of AmericaBangkok Post
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Journal of Turkish Weekly

Aust committed to Burma relief effort

ABC Online – May 25, 2008
“Australia’s expressed its views about the regime in Myanmar (Burma) and the Foreign Minister’s expressed our views about the referendum and the process and the constitution,” Mr McMullan said.
Australia to monitor its $25m Burma aid Sydney Morning Herald
McMullan to travel to Burma The Age
TeleTextReliefWeb (press release)ABC OnlineSydney Morning Herald
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Boston Globe

Burma diverts ship carrying aid

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Ban offered no details, according to reporters from news agencies who were permitted to accompany him in Burma. “There is good reason to hope that aid to the worst affected areas of Myanmar will increase significantly in the coming days,” Ban said, …

Harper government backtracks, allows longer time for Burma donations

The Canadian Press –
The offer excluded all the donations that poured in immediately after the devastating May 2 cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and the May 12 earthquake in China. Humanitarian groups say the flow of donations is typically greatest within the …


The Associated Press

Conditions ripe for disease in Myanmar

The Associated Press –
DEDAYE, Myanmar (AP) – Myint Hlaing’s family bathes and draws cooking water from an irrigation ditch fouled by human waste and a rotting cow carcass.


Xinhua

Fire at Myanmar embassy in Thailand; no injuries reported

International Herald Tribune –
AP BANGKOK, Thailand: Fire ripped through part of Myanmar’s embassy in Thailand on Monday, closing the visa section and dashing the hopes of many aid workers anxiously waiting to enter the cyclone-ravaged country.
Fire at Myanmar embassy in Bangkok destroys consular offices Xinhua
Fire hits Myanmar embassy in Thailand Inquirer.net
Times Now.tvFrance24AHNGulfNews
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Myanmar junta tightens security near Suu Kyi home

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YANGON, May 27 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military rulers tightened security around the home of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, the day her latest year-long stretch of house arrest is due to expire.


PRESS TV

Burma constitution approved

Independent Online –
Yangon – Myanmar declared victory on Monday for a military-backed constitution after a second round of voting in regions hit by the cyclone, claiming nearly 93 percent endorsed the charter, state media said.
Burma junta declares referendum victory Radio Australia
Burma’s charter sails through referendum ABC Online
Bombay News
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AFP

Myanmar tightens security around Suu Kyi’s home, party

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar tightened security Tuesday around Aung San Suu Kyi’s home and her party’s offices, witnesses said, as the regime is believed to be preparing to extend her house arrest.

Burma’s junta stalling relief workers: Costello

ABC Online –
World Vision CEO Tim Costello says Burma’s ruling military junta is still not allowing disaster relief experts access to cyclone-ravaged areas.

Foreign Relief Workers Begin to Arrive in Burma

Washington Post –
By Amy Kazmin BANGKOK, May 26 — Foreign relief workers began filtering into Burma’s Irrawaddy Delta on Monday, as aid agencies tested whether the ruling military junta would keep its promise to permit a major international effort to help the 2.5 …

Aid agencies to test Burma’s new openness

guardian.co.uk –
Aid agencies, whose international staff have been barred from the areas of Burma worst-hit by Cyclone Nargis, were yesterday preparing to test the Burmese regime’s new openness following the UN’s apparent diplomatic breakthrough.


Voice of America

Analysts Say ASEAN Tries to Bridge Burma’s Trust Issue With West

Voice of America –
“One would imagine it took a while for them [Burma’s government] to open up and come to the meeting and meet the whole group,” said Caballero-Anthony .

Myanmar prelate says cyclone set Church back decade

Reuters –
By Phil Stewart VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The tiny Roman Catholic Church in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar is struggling to do its bit to help cyclone survivors, with parishes so damaged that it could take a decade to rebuild, its leader said on Monday.


Christian Science Monitor

Burma (Myanmar) opens door for aid, but remains wary

Christian Science Monitor –
Bangkok, Thailand – A drumbeat of diplomatic pressure on the military rulers of Burma (Myanmar) has cracked open the door for more international aid to reach cyclone survivors after weeks of scattershot deliveries.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 27, 2008 at 6:24 am

World Focus on Burma (10 May 08)


The Chronicle Journal
DART unit hopes to deploy in Myanmar
Globe and Mail, Canada –
Disaster Response Assistance Team is en route to Thailand to pave the way for a deployment to flood-stricken Myanmar. The country, also known as Burma,
Canada offers disaster relief team to Myanmar Canada.com
Canada sending military disaster assistance team to Myanmar Jerusalem Post
Canada PM blasts Myanmar, sends DART for relief Thaindian.com
The Asian Pacific Post – Toronto Star
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TopNews
After storm, faint rumblings of discontent in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
One week after a massive cyclone crippled southern Myanmar, killing over 20000 people and injuring more than twice that many, the Buddhist monks of Burma
Opening of the Brussels May plenary session: Pöttering expresses European Parliament (press release)
Absence of Burma’s notorious strongman provokes speculation of a Independent
Now is not the time for power plays in Myanmar Press-Register – al.com
Forbes – The Associated Press
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Thai King provides aids to cyclone-hit Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
Earlier, Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has donated 20 tons of food, relief supplies, electric generators and water purifiers to Myanmar.
Thai Red Cross sends necessities for Myanmar cyclone victims Thai News Agency MCOT
King provides aid kits to cyclone victims Bangkok Post
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Poly student worries for her parents in Myanmar
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA –
By Sally Connell Khin Kyan is a native of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and lived there until she was 15 years old. Now she is a 25-year-old aerospace

 

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Cyclone Nargis: The sad story of one Burmese village
USA Today –
I am the only survivor,” the 68-year-old fisherman tells the Associated Press in Bogalay, Burma. The wire service says some of the villagers who survived
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Fort Dix Contractor Finds Hope Amidst Burma Cyclone Disaster
United States Army (press release) –
For Mo, a native of Burma (aka Myanmar) and a contractor on Fort Dix who asked that his last name be withheld, each picture on the screen and every name
Christians Respond to Crisis in Myanmar Christian Post
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Charity Navigator’s Tips for Helping the Victims of the Myanmar
FOXBusiness –
By designating your gift specifically for Myanmar Cyclone Relief Efforts, you’ll ensure that your donation will be used for the victims of this particular
Burmese cyclone: how you can donate guardian.co.uk
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National Post
Canadians generous with Burma relief
Toronto Star,  Canada –
Canadian Red Cross for emergency relief in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Other aid organizations in Canada have also responded. On Saturday, the first MSF
World Vision in Myanmar Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Survivors face bleak prospects as world reaches out National Post
Desperate call goes out for aid Canoe.ca
Toronto Star
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Brenau graduation speaker guiding relief efforts in Myanmar
Gainesville Times, GA –
World Vision has been in Myanmar for the past 40 years – then it was known as Burma – providing relief for children. This allowed the organization’s some
Brenau’s commencement speaker says time is running out for Myanmar Access North Georgia
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Myanmar: ACF convoys deliver aid to hard-hit Bogalay
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Of only two refineries that existed in Burma, one has been completely destroyed and the other is damaged. We’re seeing endless queues in front of petrol
Burma: Action Against Hunger (ACF) sends 40 tons of aid and six Reuters AlertNet
Burma/Cyclone Nargis – Action Against Hunger/Action contre la Faim Canada NewsWire (press release)
Myanmar emergency: Reports from the ground ReliefWeb (press release)
all 6 news articles »
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BBC News
Bush Plans Call to Chinese Leader Over Burma’s Stance on Aid
Washington Post, United States –
However, the official New China News Agency notably did not mention Burma, also known as Myanmar, in its account of the Rice-Yang conversation,
UN ‘must compel Burma to accept aid’ Business Day
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AFP
Myanmar holds vote despite cyclone devastation
AFP –
The regime says the vote is a key step in its much-criticised “road map” to democracy and will lead the country, formerly known as Burma, to national
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The Associated Press
Altsean Burma, a regional human rights group, said authorities instructed village officials to cast “Yes” votes on behalf of people who did not turn up at
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Turkish Press
UN To Resume Aid Flights To Myanmar
RTT News, NY –
“The WFP has decided to send in two relief flights as planned tomorrow, while discussions continue with the government of Burma on the distribution of the
UN to seek $115 million emergency aid for Myanmar Reuters
Myanmar blocks UN aid shipments Aljazeera.net
Cyclone aid suspended after goods confiscated Metro
ABC News – Mister Info
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Mangrove Destruction Put Myanmar at Risk
Living on the Earth, MA –
GELLERMAN: What role does the deforestation of mangroves play in the Burma disaster? MCNEELY: I think it plays a very substantial role.
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stv.tv
Myanmar at risk from further cyclones: UN weather expert
AFP –
GENEVA (AFP) — Myanmar could suffer another major storm this season even as it braces for more bad weather after the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis,
Wind, rain next week may compound Myanmar crisis-UN Reuters
Another storm heading for Burma NEWS.com.au
MAP: Cyclone Nargis (satellite imagery) Reuters AlertNet
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dBTechno
Cyclone-hit Burma heads to vote
France24, France –
“As such, Myanmar is not ready to receive search and rescue teams as well as media teams from foreign countries,” he added. The statement from Burma’s
Foreign aid refused as cyclone hits Burma The Cord Weekly
CYCLONE NARGIS MAY BRING CHANGE IN ITS DESTRUCTIVE WAKE Yahoo! News
RightSide Commentary -Internationals RightSide Advisors
Newsweek – Spiegel Online
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Sydney Morning Herald
The river of death
Independent, UK –
Officials said that up to 100000 people were killed by the storm that struck last weekend, most of them living in this expansive region of southern Burma.
Myanmar cyclone survivor gives birth to 11th child; 7 die Inquirer.net
Bodies rot in cyclone-hit Burma Independent Online
Entire Burmese villages swept The Australian
AFP
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Answer Man: Burma gave way to Myanmar about 20 years ago
Post-Bulletin, MN –
NF I’ll give this a quick Burma shave: The Southeast Asian country was called Burma for centuries but was renamed Myanmar when it was taken over by a
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The Gazette (Montreal)
Myanmar’s junta continues with referendum
The Gazette (Montreal), Canada –
Two envoys from Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej also travelled to the former Burma on Saturday, hoping to convince the junta to allow access to foreign
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Voice of America
Myanmar obstructionism costs lives
Amnistía Internacional – of thousands of people and displaced around a million more, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) is deliberately impeding life-saving assistance.
Amnesty International Criticizes Burmese Referendum Voice of America
Myanmar: Constitutional referendum flouts human rights ReliefWeb (press release)
Amnesty International: Myanmar referendum flouts human rights Monsters and Critics.com
FOXBusiness – Asian Tribune
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KCBS
Plea for Myanmar
KCBS, CA –
And the protestors say Myanmar must open itself up to foreign aid. “Millions of people are starving in Burma… the world needs to step up,” said one
Soles4Souls(TM) Inc. Sends 25000 Pairs of Shoes to Myanmar; Calls PR Newswire (press release)
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Former residents of Myanmar worry, wait in Seattle
KING5.com, WA –
The two grew up in the southern part of Myanmar, formerly Burma. Their hometowns were among the hardest hit when cyclone Nargis tore through last week.
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Jenna Bush shuns White House glamour to marry in Texas
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
On her first visit to the White House briefing room she let rip at the regime in Burma (Myanmar) for not accepting American aid to victims of the
Bush administration moves to exploit Burma cyclone disaster World Socialist Web Site
Referendum – comments from Burmese people Democratic Voice of Burma
Humanitarian Guns for Burmese Guerrillas OpEdNews
First Post – About – News & Issues
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Canoe.ca
House of Commons condemns Burma’s ‘deplorable response’ to cyclone
CBC.ca, Canada –
Humanitarian agencies fear delays in issuing visas to relief workers could push the death toll from last Saturday’s cyclone in Burma, also known as Myanmar,
Canada Lawmakers Call Myanmar Response to Cyclone `Deplorable’ Bloomberg
Commons to urge Myanmar to accept aid Winnipeg Sun
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TopNews
New humanitarian aid missions to Myanmar/Burma by the Foreign Ministry
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
Athens , 9 May 2008 – The Foreign Ministry continues its efforts to provide relief to the people of Myanmar/Burma, in cooperation with the Ministry of
Figuring out how to get help to Burma Atlantic Online
Myanmar’s government comes under pressure over aid Euronews.net
Australia says it would consider more cyclone aid for Myanmar if Malaysia Star
Washington Post – South China Morning Post (subscription)
all 71 news articles »
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Suffering Grows in Myanmar (Burma) Amidst Aid Complications
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
“We must assist the people of Myanmar (Burma) as soon as possible.” Official reports indicate that over 60000 people are dead or missing, with as many as 1
Local groups plan relief for Burmese Baltimore Sun
Burmese in Md. fear for their families Baltimore Sun
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NDTV.com
Rice, Mukherjee discusses Myanmar, Indo-US deal
Press Trust of India, India –
Mukherjee discussed the current situation in Myanmar and the civil nuclear deal. “On Burma, she yesterday spoke with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang.
Pranab, Rice discuss stalled nuclear deal Sify
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KATU
Burma is a country that had great needs even before the emergency
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – More than one million people in Myanmar are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following the most devastating cyclone to hit Asia since 1991.
Mercy Corps sends top European officials to Myanmar KTVZ
Mercy Corps’ Top European Official Heads to Myanmar Reuters AlertNet
Mercy Corps Responds to Myanmar Disaster Reuters AlertNet
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TVNZ
NZ street appeal for Myanmar
TVNZ, New Zealand – “It’s hard to get images out of Burma and public responses are often fuelled by getting those images and the up-to-date footage and so on. And Burma is such
NZ support for Myanmar TVNZ
all 2 news articles »
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Smell of rot, death permeates flood areas
Toronto Star,  Canada – Six days after a cyclone churned through the coastal plain of Burma, also known as Myanmar, it was clear the damage was great and that little aid had made
In Flooded Delta, a Want as Pervasive as Death New York Times
A patchwork of death and destruction International Herald Tribune
all 12 news articles »
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Foundation for People of Burma Getting Relief in to Myanmar
eNews Park Forest, IL –
The Foundation for the People of Burma is the largest independently
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Vancouver Sun
Myanmar cyclone: Aid flights to resume
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
By Richard Alleyne and Emma Henry Aid flights to Burma will resume, the UN has announced, only hours after they were suspended when Burma’s military junta
Natural disasters made worse Brattleboro Reformer
Myanmar Cyclone Sacks Rice-Growing Region findingDulcinea
Cyclone heightens rice crisis Vancouver Sun
Times of India – BBC Bulgaria
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The Associated Press
Aid is on the way to devastated Myanmar but so is heavy rain
The Associated Press –
But Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has agreed to allow a single US cargo aircraft to bring in relief supplies for victims of a cyclone, said Maj.
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Lutheran World Relief (press release)
Suffering Grows in Myanmar (Burma) Amidst Aid Complications
Lutheran World Relief (press release), MD –
Baltimore, May 9, 2008 — While the international humanitarian community awaits greater access to cyclone affected areas of Myanmar (Burma) and the estimated
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TVNZ
NZ street appeal for Myanmar
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“It’s hard to get images out of Burma and public responses are often fuelled by getting those images and the up-to-date footage and so on. And Burma is such
NZ support for Myanmar TVNZ
all 2 news articles »
Smell of rot, death permeates flood areas
Toronto Star,  Canada – Six days after a cyclone churned through the coastal plain of Burma, also known as Myanmar, it was clear the damage was great and that little aid had made
In Flooded Delta, a Want as Pervasive as Death New York Times
A patchwork of death and destruction International Herald Tribune
all 12 news articles »
Foundation for People of Burma Getting Relief in to Myanmar
eNews Park Forest, IL – The Foundation for the People of Burma is the largest independently supported US based humanitarian organization working in Myanmar since 1999.

Vancouver Sun
Myanmar cyclone: Aid flights to resume
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
By Richard Alleyne and Emma Henry Aid flights to Burma will resume, the UN has announced, only hours after they were suspended when Burma’s military junta
Natural disasters made worse Brattleboro Reformer
Myanmar Cyclone Sacks Rice-Growing Region findingDulcinea
Cyclone heightens rice crisis Vancouver Sun
Times of India – BBC Bulgaria
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The Associated Press
Aid is on the way to devastated Myanmar but so is heavy rain
The Associated Press –
But Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has agreed to allow a single US cargo aircraft to bring in relief supplies for victims of a cyclone, said Maj.

Lutheran World Relief (press release)
Suffering Grows in Myanmar (Burma) Amidst Aid Complications
Lutheran World Relief (press release), MD –  — While the international humanitarian community awaits greater access to cyclone affected areas of Myanmar (Burma) and the estimated
Merkel Urges UN Security Council Action on Burma
Deutsche Welle, Germany –
Merkel appealed to Burma’s neighbors and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to use their influence on the country also known as Myanmar.
Merkel seeks UN Security Council action on Myanmar aid crisis Islamic Republic News Agency
Angela Merkel proposes that the UN Security Council deal with Burma ReliefWeb (press release)
all 9 news articles »
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Myanmar nationals protest against charter vote
Reuters –
Hundreds of protesters also took the streets of Tokyo, shouting anti-government slogans and carrying banners which read “SOS Burma” and “Burma no need
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Boston Globe
Burma willing to accept help from any quarter
Radio Australia, Australia – 
He also expressed his government’s gratitude to the international community for its solidarity and generosity to the people of Burma.
UN chief: Burma must focus on tragedy, not vote Bangkok Post
UN to resume Burma aid TeleText
UN chief, Carter to discuss world health problems Atlanta Journal Constitution
U.S. News & World Report – The Associated Press
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Turkish Press
UN halts Burma aid
Independent Online, South Africa –
Yangon – The UN’s World Food Programme said on Friday it was suspending aid flights into cyclone-hit Myanmar because of “unacceptable” restrictions imposed
Burma seizes UN relief material Ninemsn
UN To Resume Aid Flights To Myanmar RTT News
UN to seek $115 million emergency aid for Myanmar Reuters
Metro – Aljazeera.net
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The Associated Press
Myanmar junta hands out aid boxes with generals’ names
The Associated Press – 2 hours ago
Farmaner said the world needs to move to deliver aid directly to victims in Myanmar, also known as Burma. “People we are speaking to in Burma say aid must
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New York Times
Corresponding from Myanmar
MSNBC – 9 hours ago
We had known for several days that a big cyclone was in the Bay of Bengal, gathering strength for a run at Burma, but it didn’t seem like an imminent danger
Myanmar’s Biggest City Still Paralyzed After 5 Days New York Times
Crisis in getting help to Burma San Francisco Chronicle
Monks start cleaning up Yangon The Times
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PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)
One shipment to be allowed to Myanmar
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV), AZ –
Marine Major Stuart Upton, the spokesman, told reporters Friday: “We hope that this is the beginning of broader support between the United States and Burma
Lack of Access Could Raise Death Toll in Myanmar NPR
Pentagon proceeding cautiously on aid drop The Associated Press
FACTBOX-US moves planes, ships nearer to stricken Myanmar Reuters
FOXNews – The Associated Press
all 906 news articles »
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Move to Burma for cheap gas
Prince George Citizen, Canada –
In the news there was a comment about problems in Burma (Myanmar) after the devastation of the cyclone. One of the complaints was about the long car lineups
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Boston Globe
VIEW: Cyclone Nargis —Saleem H Ali
Daily Times, Pakistan –
years of languishing under despotism, the people of Burma (or Myanmar as the military junta prefers to call the country) were hit with more misfortune.
Before cyclone hit, Burmese delta was stripped of defenses International Herald Tribune
After Nargis, it is Abe Hindu
‘Nargis,’ ‘Abe’ and more: The naming of a cyclone Sify
The Associated Press – The Australian
all 124 news articles »
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Voice of America
Referendum vote begins in Burma amid devastation
CBC.ca, Canada –
The military government of Burma, also known as Myanmar, pushed ahead with the controversial referendum across most of the country, though residents in
Burma Holds Vote Despite Cyclone Aftermath TIME
Burmese refugees fault Myanmar regime for cyclone’s toll Los Angeles Times
Opinion: Burma’s Dictatorship in the Hot Seat Deutsche Welle
Newsweek – Radio Australia
all 102 news articles »
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TV3 News
UN seeks $187 million to aid cyclone survivors in Myanmar
International Herald Tribune, France –
collected by the UN are to be used by 10 UN agencies and nine non-governmental organizations to provide support for Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Myanmar will accept aid ‘from any quarter’: diplomat Economic Times
Myanmar tells UN it welcomes aid from all countries Reuters
Myanmar relaxes aid restrictions TV3 News
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Luxique Contributes to Relief Effort for Burma
PR Newswire (press release), NY –
boutique and luxury hotel booking site, Luxique.com, is the latest travel industry name to announce support for the relief effort in Burma (Myanmar).
Cyclone forces commodity prices to skyrocket Vancouver Sun
Myanmar Devastation WRAL.com
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Los Angeles Times
Aid is on the way to devastated Myanmar but so is heavy rain
Kansas City Star, MO – 9 hours ago
AP In this image from television released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, an elderly Myanmar woman lays waiting for help in a hut following last weekend’s
Video: Questions About Aid Plague Myanmar Cyclone AssociatedPress UN halts aid to Myanmar after junta seizes supplies The Associated Press
UN appeals for $187 million for aid for Myanmar Reuters
Honolulu Advertiser – Buffalo News
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CRWRC provides aid to cyclone survivors despited United Nations
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland – CRWRC is one of handful of international non-governmental agencies (INGOs) with trusted, local partners in Burma/Myanmar removed from the politics of
CRWRC Provides Aid to Cyclone Nargis Survivors despite UN Difficulties Worldwide Faith News (press release)
Aid agencies accepting Myanmar cyclone relief donations The Associated Press
CRWRC RESPONDS TO BURMA CYCLONE SURVIVORS’ FOOD NEEDS Worldwide Faith News (press release)
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BANGKOK : Despite the arrival on Thursday of a few aid shipments in Yangon (Rangoon), the main city of Burma (Myanmar), the United Nations, the Association

  

 

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Telegraph.co.uk
A Burmese Village Wiped Off the Map
Daily Green –
The scene captured by the Ikonos satellite on May 7, 2008, illustrates the complete devastation Cyclone Nargis brought to Burma (Myanmar) when it barreled
Foundation for People of Burma Getting Relief in to Myanmar Earthtimes (press release)
‘All around it was complete devastation’ Globe and Mail
Burma aid agencies still struggling to help The Age
San Francisco Chronicle – San Antonio Express
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Earthtimes (press release)
Catastrophic cruelty in Burma
Charleston Post Courier, SC –
The generals who renamed Burma Myanmar not only failed to respond to the pre-announced danger posed by the advancing Cyclone Nargis, they have since acted
Foundation for People of Burma Getting Relief in to Myanmar Earthtimes (press release)
Devastated Myanmar rebuffs Northwest aid groups KOMO
Cyclone Nargis Update: World Relief responds to deadly Myanmar storm ReliefWeb (press release)
KING5.com – KSBY
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine
Burma cyclone could further cut back rice supply, FAO
FoodNavigator-USA, France –
By Clarisse Douaud 09-May-2008 – The effects of Cyclone Nargis, which ravaged Burma (Myanmar) on May 3, are now expected to spread to rice markets and
Myanmar exports rice as cyclone victims struggle Los Angeles Times
Food ‘tsunami’ aftermath iAfrica.com
Burma Cyclone Damage May Further Boost Rice Prices Voice of America
guardian.co.uk – Wall Street Journal
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NDTV.com
US scolding of Myanmar leaders comes under fire
Los Angeles Times, CA – 6 hours ago
The next day, in a move that was certain to sharpen tensions between Myanmar, also known as Burma, and the US, President Bush presided at a ceremony
Cyclone dead tops 22500 Arab Times
MCC helps provide relief to Myanmar cyclone survivors ReliefWeb (press release)
Heart To Heart Readies Supplies For Myanmar KMBC.com
Asia Times Online – Sun-Sentinel.com
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CNN
Myanmar votes as cynicism grows
TVNZ, New Zealand –
“If I was in Burma right now, I would be able to organise the people,” he says. He says the authorities did not do anything after the 2004 storm,
Bloggers describe ‘sad moment’ for Myanmar CNN
Blackouts, shortages plague Myanmar city after storm Reuters UK
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eFluxMedia
Burma’s Neroes fiddle while the people die
New Statesman, UK –
Yet all international appeals from both hostile and friendly nations have fallen on the deaf ears of the evil rulers of Burma/Myanmar, who refuse to honour
Deadly cyclone overshadows Myanmar’s vote on constitution The Associated Press
Despite chaos, Myanmar holding referendum Los Angeles Times
Cyclone overshadows Myanmar referendum CNN International
TIME – CBC.ca
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Myanmar junta to allow US relief flight
Baltimore Sun, United States –
While the Myanmar government is allowing in supplies, it’s still refusing to let US relief workers into the nation. Q Gordon, on Burma,/Myanmar,
US aid to get to Myanmar Monday: White House AFP
US says its aid plane allowed to enter Myanmar Xinhua
US aircraft approved for Myanmar aid mission-US Reuters
San Diego Union Tribune – Sify
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Boston Globe
Rights group slams Indonesia, China for protecting Myanmar junta
Earthtimes (press release), UK – 
adding that “There is clearly the risk of a popular explosion in Burma (Myanmar) as anger rises over the military’s lack of care for the people.
BURMA: UN Aid Arrives, But Many Doors Still Closed Inter Press Service (subscription)
/REPEAT — United Church Launches Emergency Appeal for Burma Canada NewsWire (press release)
UN seeks $187 million to aid cyclone survivors in Myanmar International Herald Tribune
ic Wales – Voice of America
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NDTV.com
US official: 1 shipment to be allowed to Myanmar
The Associated Press – 
We hope that this is the beginning of a long line of assistance from the United States to Burma.” Myanmar is also known as Burma.
Local effort to help Myanmar people abc7news.com
UN briefly suspends food aid to Myanmar after shipment is seized International Herald Tribune
US mulls food drops in Myanmar AFP
The Republican – MassLive.com – findingDulcinea
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TopNews
US (forgetting Katrina) “outraged” by Myanmar’s response to cyclone
Citizens for Legitimate Government –
“We’re outraged by the slowness of the response of the government of Burma (Myanmar) to welcome and accept assistance,” US Ambassador to the UN,
Red Cross says Burma donations go to those in need Peterborough Examiner
Chevron gives $2 million to help Myanmar Bizjournals.com
Aid workers stymied as crisis worsens Ottawa Citizen
Tampa Tribune – Niagara Falls Review
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999 Today
Burma (Myanmar) : Pray for openness and liberty
Journal Chrétien, France –
By Elizabeth Kendal Pioneer American missionary Adoniram Judson arrived in Burma in 1813. He was 24 years old and Burma was a hostile place.
The Next Somalia? Slate
Planes bringing aid to the Burmese are seized by generals Daily Mail
Chevron to give $2 million in aid to Burma San Francisco Chronicle
CTV.ca – Times Online
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AFP
US aid to get to Myanmar on Monday – White House
Forbes, NY – 
The spokesman said the military rulers of Myanmar — which Washington refers to as Burma — had not yet approved visas for a US disaster assistance response
WHO warns of cholera, malaria risk in Myanmar AFP
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TopNews
Development and Peace commits $ 50000 to cyclone victims in Burma
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
MONTREAL, May 9 /CNW Telbec/ – Development and Peace is committing an initial contribution of $ 50000 to emergency relief in Burma (Myanmar).
Britain pledges aid for cyclone-hit Myanmar Xinhua
Brown pledges food aid for Myanmar AFP
Tulsa trio will fly to Myanmar Sunday Tulsa World
Monsters and Critics.com – AFP
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 10, 2008 at 1:34 pm

World Focus on Burma (9 May 08)

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The Province

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
Rescue crews have been deported by Burma’s military junta, just a day after arriving in the disaster-stricken nation. The Burmese government declared it is …
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Reuters –
Myanmar has allowed a handful of cargo flights to land in the former capital Yangon and unload emergency supplies for up to one million people left homeless …
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CTV.ca

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

Ottawa Citizen, Canada –
International disaster relief experts are still cooling their heels, mostly in Bangkok, waiting for visas to enter Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
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Inquirer.net, Philippines –
“We are awaiting acceptance from Myanmar of our offer of assistance. But we are continuing coordination both through the Burma Embassy here and our Embassy …
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Chicago Sun-Times, United States –
Though the cyclone hit Saturday, the Myanmar government continued to deny much foreign aid, said Jeremy Woodrum, director of the US Campaign for Burma. …
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TVNZ

GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
The world needs to find a way to use its aid to create a real path to democracy in Burma [Myanmar], the kind that reacts well when its citizens cry out for …
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Church World Service (press release)

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

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

Yahoo! News –
WASHINGTON — One can only wonder how a country like Myanmar — historically known as Burma — can bear all the miseries being heaped upon it. …
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Telegraph.co.uk

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

San Jose Mercury News, USA –
… and are going to all the villages that are not accessible anymore,’ ” said Chu, a former political prisoner who fled Burma, now known as Myanmar, …
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Ballard Communications Management (Press Releases), UK –
UK-DMC satellite image of Burma (Myanmar) showing the Rangoon (Yangon) area and southern coastal regions. Images taken of Myanmar, using UK-DMC’s 32 m …
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NDTV.com

AFP –
“We want to get aid into Burma as quickly as possible,” said spokesman Gordon Johndroe, referring to the country by its previous name, …
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Diocese of Lichfield, UK –
Every penny received from the appeal will be used to aid the people of Burma, primarily through the Anglican Church in Myanmar working with the mission …
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Inquirer.net, Philippines –
LABUTTA, BURMA—As corpses lay rotting alongside the bloated carcasses of animals, haunted survivors of last weekend’s cyclone told how entire families were ..
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Toronto Star, Canada –
Canadian Red Cross for emergency relief in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Other aid organizations in Canada have also responded. On Saturday, the first MSF …
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AFP

AFP –
“We call upon the authorities in Burma to open their doors to the generous assistance of the international community and to alleviate the disastrous …
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Corriere della Sera

Corriere della Sera, Italy –
Are the relief teams having difficulties entering Burma? What is the visa situation? «Cargo planes are just now starting to arrive in Myanmar. …
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The Associated Press

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.. and tens of thousands more are listed as missing, and the UN estimates more than 1 million people are homeless in Myanmar, which also is known as Burma. …
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The Associated Press

The Associated Press – During his 26-year rule, Ne Win’s regime curtailed human rights and political opposition and closed the country off to outsiders, earning Burma, …
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The Associated Press

The Associated Press –
Air Force transport planes and helicopters packed with supplies also sat waiting for a green light to enter Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
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BBC News

Scotsman, United Kingdom –
But more aid is desperately needed and the DEC is calling on people to donate to the Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal. Calls to support the appeal have also …
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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm

World Focus on Burma (5 May 08)

Myanmar cyclone stirs more rice supply fears
Reuters India, India –
Risley said it was too early yet to assess the damage to crops in the Irrawaddy delta and Bago division, the main rice-producing regions in the former Burma …
Killer cyclone Nargis leaves at least 350 dead in Burma, relief …
IBTimes India, CA –
A cyclone killed more than 350 people in military-ruled Myanmar, ripping through Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta where it flattened at least two towns, …
Cyclone plunges Myanmar into primitive existence
Biloxi Sun Herald,  USA –
AP In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, an electricity pole is seen knocked out after tropical cyclone Nargis hit Yangon , Myanmar on …
‘Vote No’ Demonstrations in World Capitals
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Burmese communities in several world capitals staged demonstrations at the weekend appealing for a “No” vote in Burma’s constitutional referendum on May 10. …
Stricken Myanmar seeks international aid
CNN International –
“The entire lower Burma is affected. In some areas, entire villages disappeared.” The activist group opposes military rule in Myanmar, formerly known as …
Cyclone plunges Myanmar into primitive existence
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Thailand donates cash, necessities to cyclone-hit Myanmar
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
BANGKOK, May 5 (TNA) – The Thai Foreign Ministry has donated US$50000 while the military has offered dried food and medicines to Myanmar which was hit by …
Aust considering aid options for devastated Burmese
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
“The government of Myanmar (Burma) has announced that a referendum for the draft constitution will be held on 10 May, 2008, and that multi-party democracy …
Rangoon airport closed due to signal failure
Mizzima.com, India –
The airlines that are scheduled to fly from Thailand to Burma have been temporarily rescheduled to today afternoon and even the rescheduled flights are not …
Gas prices spiral to all-time high
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Gas prices have risen nearly 20 percent over the past week, reaching an all-time high of 7000 kyat per gallon in Burma. …
Internet likely down at least 2 more days
Mizzima.com, India –
Government-owned Bagan Cyber’s office, the only other Internet service provider in Burma besides Myanmar Post and Telecommunications, was also damaged in …
Referendum Must Take Second Place Now in Regime Priorities
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Monday’s issue of the official government newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, carried the statement, together with an attack on last Friday’s pronouncement …
Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll at Least 350
findingDulcinea, New York –
Cyclone Nargis hit the Asian country of Myanmar with wind speeds of 120 mph. Some say such extreme weather is indicative of climate change. …
Hundreds of thousands without shelter in Myanmar: UN
Washington Post, United States –
Aid agencies scrambled to deliver plastic sheeting, water and cooking equipment from stockpiles in the former Burma. The government says at least 351 died …
Aid trickling to cyclone-ravaged Burma
CBC.ca, Canada –
Cyclone Narghis came ashore Saturday across a wide area of the coast of Burma, also known as Myanmar, and the capital Rangoon was among the places hit …
Burmese Search for Supplies, Aid After Cyclone Kills More Than 350
Wall Street Journal –
AP YANGON, Myanmar — Residents of Myanmar’s biggest city on Monday lit candles, lined up to buy water and hacked their way through trees felled in a …
Hundreds of thousands without shelter in Myanmar: UN
ABS CBN News, Philippines –
Aid agencies scrambled to deliver plastic sheeting, water and cooking equipment from stockpiles in the former Burma. The government says at least 351 died …
Burma’s farcical referendum highlights junta’s absurdity
Vancouver Sun,  Canada –
Even so, it is hard not to laugh out loud at the insistence by the military regime running Burma that next Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution for …
Cyclone blows cold on Myanmar’s referendum plan
TopNews, India –
In any other country, the postponement of a national vote would be inevitable after such a devastating natural disaster, but Myanmar, also called Burma, …
Killer cyclone leaves Yangon in the dark, hundreds dead date; epa …
Monsters and Critics.com –
Yangon – Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, was without electricity and water Monday in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which killed hundreds at the weekend and …
UN offers help after Burma cyclone
RTE.ie, Ireland –
UN aid workers in Burma say they have yet to receive a response from the military junta to their official offer to help in relief efforts after a …
Canada to honour icon of democracy
Toronto Star,  Canada –
The military junta that rules Burma, which it calls Myanmar, has planned a referendum Saturday on a new constitution that bars people who have been married …
Selected highlights of the Brussels plenary session 7-8 May 2008 …
European Parliament (press release), EU –
The members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. …
Cyclone Nargis, pressure on the junta to accept international aid
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
According to Naing Aung, secretary general of the Forum for Democracy in Myanmar – based in Thailand – “the intervention of international experts is vital, …
Economy on voters’ minds ahead of Myanmar poll
AFP –
He told AFP in Bangkok that rice prices had gone up by about 50 percent in a year in impoverished Myanmar, where any increase has a huge impact. “Burma’s …
Global community should decry Burma referendum
UNM Daily Lobo (subscription), NM –
Eastward, as the sun rises, Burma will hold a constitutional referendum on May 10 and, like the sun, its fate may set in the West. …
Cambodia says rice cartel would ensure global food security
AFP –
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said last week that his country had agreed in principle to form a rice price-fixing cartel with Myanmar, Laos, …
Cyclone kills 243 in Myanmar city
L’express.mu, Mauritius –
… the BBC said yesterday, citing a state television report in the army-ruled former Burma. Myanmar’s military government declared disaster areas in five …
Burma cyclone damage assessed
ITV.com, UK –
The movements of foreign aid workers are restricted by the military, which has ruled the former Burma for 46 years. A new policy imposed on foreign aid …
Burma’s ‘sham’ referendum may be deferred
Special Broadcasting Service, Australia –
Much of Rangoon is still suffering water shortages and lack of electricity, two days after a cyclone hit Myanmar‘s coastal regions. (AAP) Voting in Burma’s …
Agencies rush emergency aid to Myanmar cyclone victims
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — Aid agencies Monday rushed emergency food and water into Myanmar after a cyclone tore into the southwest of the impoverished nation, …
Burglar killed with own gun
Philadelphia Daily News, PA –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. SAO PAULO, Brazil – A boat with 110 people aboard sank in the Brazilian Amazon …
UN ready to assist Myanmar after cyclone disaster: Ban
Khabrein.info, India –
The military has controlled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962 and has been blamed for wide-spread human rights abuses and violent crackdowns on …
Red Cross rushes aid to Burma cyclone victims
The West Australian, Australia –
Aid agencies today rushed emergency food and water supplies to victims of a devastating cyclone in Burma that killed hundreds of people and left tens of …
Cyclone fails to halt referendum in Myanmar
Euronews.net, France –
Nargis gathered steam for several days in the Bay of Bengal before devastating the former Burma’s main city, littering the streets with fallen trees and …
Referendum plans unaffected by cyclone or UN
Mizzima.com, India –
By Mizzima News Chiang Mai – Despite the devastation wrought upon Burma by Cyclone Nargis and a Security Council statement calling for an inclusive polling …
Referendum ‘to be held’ despite deadly cyclone in Burma
France24, France –
(Report: N.Rushworth) By Reuters Myanmar’s junta will go ahead with Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution despite a massive storm which killed …
UN Assesses Myanmar Damage as Cyclone Kills Hundreds (Update2)
Bloomberg –
The UN Children’s Fund and its Development Program, which have offices in the country formerly known as Burma, stockpiled food, water and medicine before …
Burma referendum condemned as a ‘farce’ by EU
Religious Intelligence Ltd, UK –
Burma’s “constitutional referendum process is devoid of any democratic legitimacy, as Burmese citizens lack all basic democratic rights that would allow …
Myanmar urged to allow aid in
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Aid agencies and rights groups have called on Myanmar’s military government to allow free movement so help can be given to victims of a deadly cyclone. …
Aid agencies struggle with Myanmar cyclone damage
Reuters –
The death toll is likely to climb as the authorities slowly make contact with islands and villages in the delta, the rice bowl of the former Burma. …
Cyclone disrupts Myanmar communications
United Press International –
The cyclone that hit the military-controlled Asian nation, formerly called Burma, during the weekend triggered flooding, which blocked roads and cut off …
Burma referendum to go ahead, despite cyclone damage
Radio Australia, Australia –
Burma’s military junta says it will press ahead with the constitutional referendum scheduled for May 10 despite the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis. …
Killer cyclone leaves Yangon in the dark, 351 dead (1st Lead)
Monsters and Critics.com –
The Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) is one of many Myanmar political organizations struggling to bring democracy to the country, which has been under …
State media: Referendum to go ahead in Myanmar as scheduled
Xinhua, China –
At least 351 people died in the violent cyclone storm Nargis that swept Myanmar’s five divisions and states on Friday and Saturday, according to the latest …
Hundreds killed in Burma cyclone
Famagusta Gazette, Cyprus –
MAY.08 At least 351 people have reportedly been killed across Burma after tropical cyclone Nargis swept through a large part of the country. …
Local humility in Myanmar inspires student
Tennessee Journalist, TN –
For five days I backpacked through Myanmar in the fall of 2006. The things I saw troubled and inspired me. Until 1989 the country was known as Burma, …
Myanmar cyclone kills at least 351
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) — At least 351 people were killed and nearly 100000 left homeless when tropical cyclone Nargis tore through Myanmar, razing thousands of …
Cyclone wrecks havoc in Myanmar; more than 350 killed
All India Radio, India –
United Nations aid workers in Burma say they are ready to send help to those worst affected by a cyclone on Saturday, but so far the Burmese military …
Cyclone-hit Myanmar says May 10 vote still on
Reuters –
YANGON, May 5 (Reuters) – Military-ruled Myanmar will press ahead with a referendum on a new constitution on May 10 despite a devastating cyclone that …
Avril ‘rasps’ regrets for nixed concert
Arizona Republic, AZ –
Jim Carrey previously filmed a public-service announcement to raise awareness about the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, and human-rights …
Cyclone Kills More Than 350 in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Myanmar, a country of about 48 million people that was formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely …
More than 350 reported dead as cyclone hits Myanmar
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
The military regime is ill-prepared to deal with the aftermath of the cyclone,” said Naing Aung, secretary general of the Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB) …
UN to Assess Cyclone Damage in Myanmar as 351 Killed, AP Says
Bloomberg –
The cyclone swept across Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, two days ago, with winds as strong as 190 kilometers (118 miles) per hour, according to the …
Cyclone Kills More Than 350 in Myanmar
New York Times, United States –
Myanmar, a country of about 48 million that was formerly called Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized …
Myanmar: Situation Report No. 1 – Cyclone Nargis, 04 May, 2008
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
This situation report is based on information received from the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, Myanmar, UN agencies and media sources. 1. …
Rescue crews take over in Rangoon
Australian News, Australia –
Rescue operations are under way in Myanmar after cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 350 people and causing widespread damage. The country’s military rulers …
351 perish as cyclone hits Myanmar
The News – International, Pakistan –
The Forum for Democracy in Burma and other dissident groups outside of Myanmar called on the international community to provide urgent humanitarian …
Hundreds dead in Myanmar cyclone disaster
Australian News, Australia –
Officials in Myanmar, also known as Burma, say more than 350 people have been killed by a powerful tropical cyclone that slammed into the Irrawaddy delta …
Death Toll Rises To At Least 351 From Cyclone Nargis In Burma
AHN –
Burma, officially known as Myanmar, government has already declared its five regions as disaster zones after tropical cyclone hit the country. …
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Star power for human-rights drive
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia –
NEW YORK: “Hitler is alive in Burma” reads the words scrawled on a cardboard sign, held aloft by Ellen Page, the Juno star, in a 90-second human-rights …
Cyclone kills at least 351 in Myanmar, state-run TV reports
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
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Nargis passes away
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
Bangladesh’s sense of relief at the passage of Nargis away from its coastal line is as profound as its sorrow at the devastating sweep of Myanmar has been …
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VIDEO: Cyclone devastates Myanmar
Reuters –
4 – Hundreds of people have been killed after a powerful cyclone pounded parts of Myanmar. Myanmar’s military government declared disaster areas in five …
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Int’l flights to resume in Myanmar
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, May 4 (Xinhua) — All international and domestic flights through Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport will resume on Monday, the State Radio …
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Rangoon airport closed due to signal failure
Mizzima.com, India –
The airlines that are scheduled to fly from Thailand to Burma have been temporarily rescheduled to today afternoon and even the rescheduled flights are not …
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Myanmar: Commodity prices rise in devastated Rangoon
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
By SAW YAN NAIGN The devastating cyclone that slammed into mainland Burma on Saturday will only increase the economic woes and suffering of the Burmese …
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No Thais reported hurt in Myanmar cyclone
Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –
… 4 (TNA) – While news media reported that as many as 243 persons have already been reported dead as a result of Cyclone Nargis’ weekend visit to Myanmar, ..
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AP Top News at 8:28 am EDT
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s state-run television is reporting that more than 240 people have died from a powerful cyclone, a UN official says. …
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Burma declares five regions disaster areas after cyclone
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Furthermore, road traffic is almost non-existent in Rangoon city, Internet services are down, and the MRTV [Myanmar Radio and Television] and Rangoon City …
Gas prices spiral to all-time high
Mizzima.com, India –
Due to limited domestic oil production cash-starved Burma has been selling gasoline and diesel under a rationing system since 1980. …
Feature: Daily life partly resumes in cyclone-hit Myanmar former …
Xinhua, China –
YANGON, May 4 (Xinhua) — A minor part of the daily life started to resume in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon Sunday, the first day in the aftermath of …
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Mekong mafia
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
Even without the participation of the three other countries invited to join Orec-Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Laos-a cartel that includes Thailand and …
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Birmania. Diluvia sul bagnato/3
Il Centro Sinistra dei Giovani, Italy –
Myanmar’s infrastructure has been run into the ground by decades of mismanagement by the military, which has ruled since 1962. A Western diplomat, who spoke …
Stars’ campaign for Burma gets help from NZ activists
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
… spokesman for Burma Campaign New Zealand. An estimated 90 per cent of the population in Myanmar lives on about US$1 ($1.25) a day, and the International …
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Burma’s referendum: A done deal
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
“I think it would be unfair to compare the political system in Thailand with the military government in Myanmar,” he said. “After decades without election …
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Market Sensitive Global News
RTT News, NY –
5/4/2008 9:41:06 AM A devastating cyclone hit Myanmar killing more than 243 people and rendering many homeless. The tropical cyclone, named Cyclone Nargis, …
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Philippines Proposes ASEAN Rice Talks In The Face Of Rice Cartel …
AHN –
The request comes amid calls by Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to form a rice cartel similar to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting …
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Burma’s sham vote
Sunday Mirror, UK –
Six months af ter the bloody crackdown on Burma’s protesting monks, this week the pariah state’s mili tary regime is holding a referendum to pave the way …
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Clemson’s Kriese leaves for Thailand
The State, SC –
… top players from nine additional countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Brunei. …
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Suu Kyi remains junta’s main challenger, even in detention
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
BANGKOK–When Myanmar’s voters last went to the polls in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy to a landslide victory, despite being …
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May 5, 2008 at 2:31 am

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter

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  Fri 2 May 2008, 3:31 GMT

By Aung Hla Tun

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

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

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

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

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

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

OPPOSITION CALL TO REJECT CHARTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Editing by Ed Cropley and Valerie Lee)

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World Focus on Burma (2 May 08)

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Bush slams Myanmar vote, orders new sanctions
Forbes, NY –
By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush Thursday said a vote in Myanmar this month would not be “free, fair or credible” and imposed new …
US imposes new sanctions on Burma companies
Radio Australia, Australia –
The sanctions are the latest US effort to increase pressure on Burma after its crackdown against pro-democracy protesters last September. …
Burmese nationals ‘miss out’ on vote
Radio Australia, Australia –
In Singapore, more than 200 Burmese nationals say they’ve been denied their chance to vote in Burma’s national referendum on a new constitution. …
Give Pearls Away and Rubies
Export Law Blog, DC –
Among the three entities was the Myanmar Gem Enterprise, the state-owned monopoly that is in charge of gem sales in Burma. As you may know, Burmese rubies …
Ferrell, Aniston film videos for Myanmar campaign
The Associated Press –
  Jim Carrey previously filmed a public service announcement to raise awareness about the Southeast Asian country, also known as Burma, and human-rights …
More Myanmar voters turned away
TODAYonline, Singapore –
IT WAS the second last day of voting, but many of the estimated 300-odd Myanmar nationals who turned up at their embassy here yesterday did not get a chance …
US Exands Burma Sanctions
Voice of America –
By Paula Wolfson The United States is increasing sanctions on Burma. VOA White House correspondent Paula Wolfson reports the move is part of an effort to …
 
Samak and his guest
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
They say you can judge a man by his friends. By inviting the Burmese junta’s Prime Minister Thein Sein to his home for a cosy dinner, PM Samak has sent a …
Tropical Cyclone Nargis Gains in Strength on Way Toward Myanmar
Bloomberg –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is regularly hit by cyclones that form in the Bay of Bengal between April and November, bringing devastation and flooding …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press – 
… as gems and timber, exploit the labor of the downtrodden Burmese people, but enrich only the generals,” Bush said about Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
US imposes new sanctions on Myanmar
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
… in property of designated individuals and entities determined to be owned or controlled by the government of Burma (Myanmar),” Bush said in a statement. …
Bush signs executive order to broaden US crackdown on Myanmar generals
Jerusalem Post, Israel –
… exploit the labor of the downtrodden Burmese people, but enrich only the generals,” Bush said Friday about Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
Upcoming Myanmar constitutional referendum ‘sham’: HRW
JURIST –
Under such widespread repression and a pervasive climate of fear, no free and fair referendum can take place in Burma. Since the military crackdown on monks …
Rights group labels Burma referendum a ‘sham’
Radio Australia, Australia –
The US based Human Rights Watch has described Burma’s referendum next week on a new constitution as a “sham”, aimed at entrenching the military junta. …
Senator ties envoy appointment to NK human rights
Yonhap News, South Korea –
… denouncing China for human rights violations against its own people, North Korean refugees and Tibetans and for aiding the junta in Myanmar (Burma). …
Heavy rains cause flooding in Rangoon
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
The Tropical Storm Risk group has forecast a severe cyclonic storm to hit Burma on 2 May, bringing with it strong winds and the possibility of flooding on …
Lonely Planet founder defends Burma guide
NEWS.com.au, Australia –
Human rights groups have attacked the Lonely Planet guide, saying tourism income supported the junta’s generals who run Burma, also known as Myanmar, …
 
An Opec of Rice?
Inc.com, NY –
The consortium would include Laos, Vietnam, Burma (Myanmar), and Cambodia. Other major rice exporters include Egypt and Brazil. China and India are major …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
Interactive Investor, UK –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Bush broadens sanctions on Myanmar, freezes assets
Earthtimes (press release), UK –
Bush ordered the new sanctions because the regime in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has failed to repond to international demands to release …
United States Congress Rejects Burmese Military Junta’s Constitution
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
“I am hopeful that the United States, joined by the United Nations, can shed more light on the human rights abuses of Burma’s military junta and their …
Burmese to express anger with ‘no’ vote on referendum
Brisbane Times, Australia –
It was also an attempt by the junta to appease international calls for increased democratic rights for Burma’s people, he said. If approved at referendum …
Burmese-style democracy
Oxford Analytica (subscription), UK –
by the numbers Politics is poised for change, of sorts, as a constitution is put to Burmese voters next week. It guarantees the military a significant …
Vote to nowhere: The May 2008 constitutional referendum in Burma
ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
However, the generals’ referendum, reflecting 46 years of brutal military rule, will not bring the people of Burma any closer to a democratic and …
Hollywood stars campaign for Myanmar activist
Monsters and Critics.com –
‘This moment belongs to Burma (Myanmar), and to Aung San Suu Kyi. Please, honour her courage, honor your compassion and let this be the month you join an …
Critics: Myanmar biofuel drive uses forced labor
The Associated Press –
… by the Ethnic Community Development Forum, a self-described alliance of seven community development organizations from Myanmar — also known as Burma. …
Burma’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’ Receives US Congressional Gold Medal
Salem-News.Com, OR –
“To have Aung San Suu Kyi as a leader is like at one time when we had a leader like General Aung San,” Burma’s independence hero and Aung San Suu Kyi’s …
 
Organize now against oppression in Burma
The Jewish Journal of greater L.A, CA –
By Dan Adler We never hear much about Burma, officially known today as Myanmar, until it’s too late. Take, for example, last fall. …
Bush unveils new US sanctions on Myanmar
AFP –
The United States refers to the country as Burma, not Myanmar. The measure targets three specific firms: Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Pearl Enterprise …
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Bush said in a statement that the regime “exploits and oppresses the people of Burma,” the former name of the country now called Myanmar. …
Myanmar vote a ‘sham’ to entrench military rule, says rights group
AFP –
… that we expect there to be change, that we expect these generals to honour the will of the people,” he added. The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma.
Targeting the LTTE’s global network
Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka –
… has its front organizations now operating from countries that also include India, Botswana, Burma, Cambodia, Denmark, Germany, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, …OTC:GLNW
Bush signs order to further crackdown on Myanmar
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Executive Order: Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain …
Whitehouse.gov (press release), DC –
(d) the term “Government of Burma” means the Government of Burma (sometimes referred to as Myanmar), its agencies, instrumentalities and controlled entities …
Bush Orders Burma State Companies’ Assets Frozen
The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland –
(Burma is called “Myanmar” by the ruling junta.) “Today I’ve issued a new executive order that instructs the Treasury Department to freeze the assets of …
Bush orders Myanmar state companies’ assets frozen
Reuters –
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President George W. Bush said on Thursday he has ordered a new round of sanctions on Myanmar state companies to pressure the …
Bush unveils new Burma sanctions
BBC News, UK –
… to freeze the financial assets of members of the military regime. That move followed a violent suppression of anti-government protests in Burma (Myanmar).
 
Thailand Says Burma Open for Business
Energy Tribune, TX – o
One of the first official duties for Samak Sundaravej, Thailand’s new prime minister, was an official visit to Burma. The nation, also known as Myanmar, …
May Day celebrations in Thailand, India and Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
“Migrant workers feel that there will be a significant turning point soon in Burma and they discussed the topic actively. They realized that they must cast …
Cyclone More Likely to Hit Burma Than Bangladesh
Voice of America –
By Steve Herman A cyclone is moving towards Burma, but it has the people of Bangladesh on edge, as well. Nargis is the first cyclonic storm in the Bay of …
 
Aniston, Ferrell, Stallone, Page Among Those in new Burmese …
Hollywood Today Newsmagazine, CA –
By Jeffrey Jolson HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 5/1/08 – Hollywood stars are coming to the defense of the people of Burma, now called Myanmar. …
The Fed as The Big Easy, Voting in Burma, and Tariq Aziz on Trial
Council on Foreign Relations, NY –
Southeast Asia correspondent Amy Kazmin, writing about an imminent referendum in Myanmar on a new military-backed constitution, says the vote presents a …

Dangerous Cyclone Raking Across Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
Burma’s department of Meteorology and Hydrology, according to the state-own newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar. …

… areas where the storm strikes, warned

Cyclone Nargis heads towards Burma
Radio Australia, Australia –
A large cyclone in the Bay of Bengal that was expected to hit Bangladesh is changing direction towards Burma. Weather forcasters in Bangladesh revised their …
Junta allows Suu Kyi to register to vote
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
An estimated 30 million out of Burma’s 56 million population will be eligible to vote in the upcoming referendum on a military-sponsored constitution that …

Burma’s referendum: a done deal that may yet unravel
Mizzima.comIndia –
“I think it would be unfair to compare the political system in
Thailand with the military government in Myanmar,” he said. “After decades without an …

 

Myanmar voters lists released
The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the country’s military-backed draft

Myanmar biofuel drive contributes to food shortage
EnergyCurrentTX –
BURMA: A plan by Burma‘s junta government to grow a biofuel crop is contributing to food shortages in the country, an Associated Press report said citing a …

Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi can vote
Monsters and Critics.com –
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962, when General Ne Win staged a coup d’etat that overthrew the country’s first …

Myanmar’s detained democracy leader will be able to vote in …
International Herald Tribune, France –
AP YANGON,
Myanmar: Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be able to vote in the upcoming referendum on the country’s military-backed draft …

With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy?
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
… to the fate of
Burma’s detained democracy activists when he reiterated that Thailand sees the referendum as “a step toward democracy in Myanmar. …

State owned entities added to US sanctions list
Mizzima.comIndia –
By Mizzima News United States President George Bush on Thursday piled on further sanctions directed at the interests of
Burma‘s military leaders, …

Thailand Floats Idea of OPEC-style Cartel for Rice
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Thai Commerce Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan plans to talk with his counterparts in Laos, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam about forming a cartel to gain more …

Bush Slaps another Round of Sanctions on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
The companies are Myanmar Gems Enterprise, Myanmar Timber
Enterprise and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise. “Today I’ve issued a new executive order that instructs …

Ruby – one of worlds most precious gemstone
Free press releases (press release), UK –
Primarily mined in Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, and Cambodia, Rubies have also been found in the US states of Montana, …

Southeast Asian rice cartel plan “going nowhere”
Reuters India, 
India –
Samak said on Wednesday after talks with visiting
Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein. Samak said Thein Sein had agreed in principle to the idea, …

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter
Canada.com, Canada –
The worker did not want to be identified for fear of recriminations from the former Burma’s military rulers. A Myanmar protester residing in Japan holds a …

Q & A: Samak Sundaravej
TIME –
After just three months in office, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has already bested naysayers who predicted his coalition government wouldn’t last …

The stars align on Myanmar
Politico, DC –
… by organizers in hopes of attracting attention to the cause and taking action against the military junta that controls
Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Stars speak out on Burma in video campaign
Toronto Star, 
Canada –
Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston and
Halifax‘s Ellen Page are among those lending their celebrity status to a new campaign focusing attention on Burma‘s …

Suu Kyi among 100 Most Influential People: Time magazine
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, 
Thailand –
Terming the current regime as extremely brutal,
Houston said: “It took decades for us to come to Mandela’s aid. Suu Kyi—and the people of Burma—are waiting …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on voter list for referendum
Reuters South Africa, 
South Africa –
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest for the last five years, should be able to vote in a May constitutional …

Senate panel approves shifting more costs to Iraq
Baltimore Sun, United States –
Bush said in a statement that the regime “exploits and oppresses the people of
Burma,” the former name of the country now called Myanmar. …

Thailand offers to sell rice at friendly price to Indonesia
Nation Multimedia, 
Thailand –
Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Friday offered to sell rice to
Indonesia at a friendly price in case of shortage in the country, Government Spokesman …

Bush condemns Myanmar vote
Aljazeera.netQatar –
On Thursday, Bush signed an order to freeze the assets of state-owned firms in
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. “These companies, in industries such as …

US is working with India to promote democracy in Asia: Bush
Press Trust of India, India –
Washington, May 2 (PTI) Expressing concern over the situations in Tibet and Myanmar, President George W Bush has said that the United States is working with …

Protest reaches across world
North Platte Telegraph, NE –
Burma is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. Officially, the country is known as the Union of Myanmar, although protestors …

Myanmar “forces” civil servants to vote for charter
Reuters South Africa, 
South Africa –
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of government workers in
Myanmar were forced to vote in favour of an army-drafted constitution in non-secret …

Roundup: Myanmar PM Thailand visit paves way for furthering ...
Trading Markets (press release), CA –
YANGON, May 2, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein’s three-day official visit to Thailand, which ended on Thursday, …

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