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World focus on Burma (16-9-2009)

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US keeps Myanmar, Bolivia, Venezuela on drug black list


Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela, ‘failed demonstrably’ during the last 12 months to adhere to international counternarcotic agreements and take …

HRW calls for Myanmar prisoners’ release

Times of the Internet – ‎

Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. Human Rights Watch said the military junta ruling Myanmar should release all political prisoners immediately and …

Burma: Surge in Political Prisoners

Human Rights Watch (Communiqué de presse) – ‎

When visiting Burma, foreign officials should ask not just to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, but with other Burmese political activists in prison to solicit …

Paper planes carry kid’s dreams – Warangkana Chomchuen – ‎‎

Mong’s parents, who came from Shan state in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, earn $7 a day from construction work to feed their family of four. …

Africa: US Emphasizes Freedom of Expression At Human Rights Council – Jane Morse – ‎‎

… the United States is concerned about the human rights situation in Burma, particularly after the recent trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi not allowed to attend appeal

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar — Authorities in military-run Myanmar have barred opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from attending an upcoming appeal against her recent …

Business overwhelms democracy when it comes to Burma – ‎1 hour ago‎

So America imposed the first sanctions in 2003 after an American diplomat was allowed to examine where Aung San Suu Kyi was deliberately attacked. …

Business overwhelms democracy when it comes to Burma – ‎

In July this year, the state-owned Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE) announced that electrical power will be rationed to six hours a day in Rangoon. …

Taipei Zoo, US center cooperating to conserve endangered tortoise

eTaiwan News – ‎‎

… to its natural habitat — mountain forests in southwest Myanmar, formerly called Burma — Taipei Zoo Director Jason Yeh said at the signing ceremony. …

Over 5 million amphetamine pills found in cave

Democratic Voice of Burma – Francis Wade – ‎‎

The discovery was made on Monday outside Yinsin village near to the China-Burma border town of Laukkai, according to the New Light of Myanmar newspaper. …

A vote for Webb’s Myanmar opening

Asia Times Online – David I Steinberg – ‎

David I Steinberg is distinguished professor of Asian Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. His latest book is Burma/Myanmar: What …

New S3M-4849 – Imprisonment of Peaceful Protestor Min Ko Naing

DeHavilland (press release) (subscription) – ‎‎

… and expresses its hope that the people of Burma/Myanmar will one day be able to fully enjoy all of their human rights as set out in the UDHR.

Court ban for Burma’s Suu Kyi

Scotsman – ‎

AUTHORITIES in military-run Burma have barred opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 64, from attending an appeal against her recent conviction. …

Myanmar denies Suu Kyi appeal court access: party

AFP – ‎

YANGON — Myanmar authorities have barred pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from attending court this week to hear the final arguments in her appeal …

Protest groups wait for G20 permits

United Press International – ‎

He will be joined by other expatriates from the country formerly known as Burma. “My target audience will be the delegates themselves,” he said. …

Myanmar denies Suu Kyi appeal court access: party

AFP – ‎

YANGON — Myanmar authorities have refused Aung San Suu Kyi permission to attend court this week when it hears final arguments in the opposition leader’s …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi not allowed to attend appeal

GMA -‎

YANGON, Myanmar — Authorities in military-run Myanmar have barred opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from attending an upcoming appeal against her recent …

Japan’s Burma Policy: Changes to Come?

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Simon Roughneen

With all these conundrums in mind, Burma doubtless will remain well down its list of international issues or bilateral relationships. …

Trapped Inside Burma

Minneapolis City Pages – Rhena Tantisunthorn – ‎

Is it even called Burma, or is it Myanmar? Why don’t the BurmeseBurmese? The University of Minnesota will host a discussion about life in … refugees speak

Burmese monks key to democracy process: rights group

Radio Australia – Sen Lam – ‎

Human Rights Watch says the US government is moving too slowly in announcing its new policy on Burma, with the delay giving the regime in Rangoon too much …

Birkin seeks Myanmar sanctions

The Japan Times – Natsuko Fukue

… the Burma Information Network based in Tokyo stressed the importance of supporting local citizens. Japan should focus on helping the people of Myanmar, …

MediaWATCH: Now Burma Takes Tourism Trail

Phuketwan –

Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board’s Marketing Committee has eyed a series of such international events for the two current years to expand its tourism market. …

US to withhold funding to N. Korea over human trafficking: White House

Yonhap News – Hwang Doo-hyong – ‎

The countries include Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Eritrea, Mauritania, Niger and Swaziland. …

UN: Millions Denied Human Rights Because of Discrimination

Voice of America – Lisa Schlein – ‎

… by the recent sentencing of political opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a further period of house arrest by the Myanmar [Burma] authorities. …

Webb, Clinton, and Burma — Behind Closed Doors

The Weekly Standard – ‎

… –the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Nobel Peace Prize Lauriate Aung San Suu Kyi — to engage in junta sponsored elections next year. …

Communist belligerence

Daily Pioneer – Gautam Mukherjee – ‎‎

Neither has Burma except for changing its name to ‘Myanmar’. And the hatred and animosity we face from a crumbling Pakistan is as fresh as the first blood …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 16, 2009 at 9:51 am

World focus on Burma (22 April 2009)

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Earth Day; Fountain Of Youth; Gliese 581 e

The goal of a new NASA experiment is to improve weather forecasting when it comes to tropical cyclones. Devastating TC Nargis made quite an impact, …

Cyclone Survivors Still Suffering from Shortages

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎‎

Richelle said that there has been little progress in providing aid to Burma as the military regime refused to discuss development programs. “MyanmarBurma] … [

RICS Arts and Antiques Survey — Quarter One 2009

PR Newswire (press release) – 

It also has members working across the region such as Bangladesh , Bhutan , Burma / Myanmar , Cambodia , Indonesia , Japan , Kiribati , Laos PDR, …

Climate change will overload humanitarian system, warns Oxfam

6minutes – 

Damage done to Burma’s largest city, Yangon, after tropical cyclone Nargis tore through swaths of the country. Oxfam is calling for a fundamental review of …

Benkin to address US university about Bangladeshi Hindus

Weekly Blitz – 

He will be joined by Jeremy Woodrum, cofounder and director of US Campaign for Burma and Cory Smith, policy and advocacy consultant for Humanity United. …

Than Shwe’s Empty Well

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 

“Democracy in Myanmar [Burma] today is at a fledgling stage and still requires patient care and attention,” the general said. “As a Myanmar proverb puts it,

RP seeks release of ‘Prisoner of Conscience’

Manila Bulletin – 

P. ZENAROSA Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, voicing the government call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in Myanmar, …

South Asian Terrorism: All Roads Lead To The British Empire

Pakistan Daily – 

The Treaty of Yandaboo provided the British with the foothold they needed to annex Northeast India, launch further campaigns to capture Burma’s vital

China group says $800 million Myanmar mine on track

Alibaba News Channel – 

… the support it has received from Chinese leaders seeking to shore up ties with Myanmar, also called Burma and largely shunned by Western governments. …

Burma: New Strategy Sought


However, some observers say more recent statements on the topic by the group, whose leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest, have been ambiguous. …

South Africa Election Places Spotlight on Size of Ruling Majority

Beyond the country’s borders, the election will be closely watched because of South Africa’s role as a “beacon of democracy” in Africa and a leader in the …

‘We expect a bias for freedom’

Index On Censorship – ‎‎

We are repeatedly told that the left suffuers from double standards –– willing to allow Venezuela or Cuba, say, what it condems in Burma or Turkey. …

New Malaysia PM yet to show reform credentials

Reuters India – 

“You are in Burma here, but with a more sophisticated economy,” Zaid Ibrahim, a former minister who quit government last year in protest at the lack of …

Burmese traditions on display at event

Battle Creek Enquirer – 

David Laisum, pastor at First Baptist Church, called the history of Burma, now called Myanmar, “a cosmic collision of cultures. …

Crew Off and Running With Treadmill Maintenance Marathon

Space Fellowship

The targets for Tuesday included the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma, which suffered severe damage from Cyclone Nargis in 2008, as well as the cities of Berlin and …

Sophisticated trafficking will increase refugees: Smith

Victor Harbor Times – 

Meanwhile it was announced Australia will donate $3.2 million for aid programs to assist Burma’s displaced Rohingya minority. However, a lasting solution to …

Challenges of Modern-Day Peacekeeping

Embassy – 

The end of the Cold War unblocked the Security Council and opened a more activist and interventionist chapter in the history of the United Nations. …

Cyclone Nargis – Nearly One Year Later

Christian Freedom International – ‎‎

When Cyclone Nargis tore through Burma in May 2008, its destructive force threatened to steal all hope from every victim who suddenly found themselves …

Campaigning for last phase comes to an end

The Statesman – 

BHUBANESWAR, April 21: Campaigning for 11 Lok Sabha and 77 Assembly segments, which will go for polling on Thursday in the second and last phase of election …

What Burma Needs From President Barack Obama

The News Journal – ‎‎

Last year, when a cyclone struck Burma, we watched in horror as the country’s military government refused offers of help to save thousands of people …

Recognition of Burmese culture at NIU unique in nation

Northern Star Online

Htut doesn’t know if and when he’ll return to Burma, which was renamed Myanmar by the military junta in 1989, even though his family is still there. …UN

The UN’s Platform for Racism

The Weekly Standard – ‎‎

by Joseph Loconte On the eve of the United Nations World Conference on Racism, Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered a sharp warning …

Challenges of Modern-Day Peacekeeping


The end of the Cold War unblocked the Security Council and opened a more activist and interventionist chapter in the history of the United Nations. …

Myanmar’s Tachilek Draws Crowd of Tourists

The Seoul Times – 

Foreigners from all over the world trickle into this tattered town’s bazaar in eastern Burma, a country also known as Myanmar, to buy well-made faux …

Asian spasms

Al-Ahram Weekly – 

ASEAN was the model regional grouping that worked well in spite of the fact that it included impoverished countries like Burma, Cambodia and Laos on the one …

Campaign to free political prisoners

Gulf Times – 

A global petition campaign to free Myanmar’s political prisoners has secured 253524 signatures to date, pro-democracy groups announced yesterday. …

RDPulpit: Nature Worship: A Primer

Religion Dispatches – 

We witness this in the deeds of Gandhi, Rosa Parks, or Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. “To behave like a merely decent human being,” writes the poet May Sarton, …

South Asian Terrorism: All Roads Lead To The British Empire

Pakistan Daily – 

The Treaty of Yandaboo provided the British with the foothold they needed to annex Northeast India, launch further campaigns to capture Burma’s vital

Khongjom Day: RPF urges all to pay respect to martyrs – 

The British first took a foothold in Manipur during the time of Chinglen Nongdrenkhomba when he took help from them to drive out the Burmese. …

Some Disassembly Required

Foreign Policy – 

… Republic of the Congo omitted all of the concerns regarding peacekeepers’ negligence raised by Human Rights Watch and Doctors Without Borders. …

Many Lao Children Still Hungry


In its most recent report on human rights around the world, the US State Department said that while Laos “has made children’s education and health care a …

Statement of Emergency Assistance Team – Burma and The Johns …

ReliefWeb (press release) – ‎‎

EAT-Burma implemented this data collection as a solely community based organization working on relief efforts since within days of Cyclone Nargis. …

Report: Taliban seizes Pakistani emerald mines

National Jeweler Network – 

Concern over human rights violations by the government in Myanmar, for instance, prompted a US ban on that country’s valuable Burmese rubies and jade. …

South Asian Terrorism: All Roads Lead To The British Empire

Pakistan Daily – 

The Treaty of Yandaboo provided the British with the foothold they needed to annex Northeast India, launch further campaigns to capture Burma’s…


Can All Monks Be Trusted?

自由亞洲電臺 – 

By Tyler Chapman RANGOON—Every morning, just after sunrise, they stream out of the monasteries across Burma, alms bowls in hand. The monks of Burma are the …

The “New Great Game” in Eurasia is being fought in its “Buffer Zones”

Center for Research on Globalization – 

… interference and covert intelligence operations: Lebanon, Burma (Myanmar), Ukraine, the former Yugoslavia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tibet, and Georgia. …

China, Japan and Singapore withdraw after political chaos

Nation Multimedia – 

We are seeking reconfirmation from Indonesia, Malaysia and Burma, who had already decided to withdraw,” said Pol Maj-General Surapong Ariyamongkol, …

ANC: Political liberation, economic capitulation

Thought Leader

Their reasoning — business as usual — has been successfully applied to numerous military regimes from Burma, Angola, Sudan and Nigeria as well as other …

Students mount protest campaign during water festival in Mon State

Independent Mon News Agency – 

Students in Mon State lead a bandana campaign to protest rule by Burma’s military government during last week’s water festival.

President Obama Has Failed His Early Foreign-policy Tests


He was heard in China, in Tibet, in Sudan, in Burma, and, yes, in Cuba. The words spoken by the leader of the free world can expand the frontiers of freedom …

Ruth Wedgwood: Zionism and Racism, Again … Durban II

History News Network – 

In 2005, Western governments proposed a new, and smaller, Human Rights Council, to replace the desultory meetings of the older UN Commission. Human Rights…

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 22, 2009 at 7:45 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (2 June 2008)

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New Zealand Herald –
By Vaimoana Tapaleao A New Zealand vet in Myanmar is helping victims of cyclone Nargis carry on with their lives by providing them with livestock.

Journalists risk death to get disaster coverage of Burma to the world

Toronto Star –
Aung Kyaw said that to ensure the safety of its underground journalists, DVB cannot confirm or deny whether any of them have been arrested inside Burma, also known as Myanmar. Canada gave DVB a grant of $217000 in February from the Glyn Berry Program …


Despite promises, Myanmar limits access for aid agencies

International Herald Tribune –
By Seth Mydans BANGKOK: One month after a powerful cyclone struck Myanmar and 10 days after the ruling junta’s leader promised full access to the hardest-hit areas, relief agencies said Monday that they were still having difficulty reaching hundreds of …
Second wave economic crisis in Myanmar Asia Times Online
Myanmar victims ‘forced to return’
Catholic News ServiceReliefWeb (press release)Wall Street JournalCNN International
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Voice of America

Burmese still lack aid a month on

BBC News –
A month after Burma was devastated by a cyclone, foreign aid agencies say a quarter of a million people have still not received any help.
CHRONOLOGY-A month on, cyclone-hit Myanmar struggling Reuters
Gates Accuses Myanmar of ‘Criminal Neglect’ New York Times
Los Angeles Herald TribuneWall Street Journal
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Ledger Independent

Second wave economic crisis in Myanmar

Asia Times Online –
By Larry Jagan BANGKOK – While Myanmar counts the cost of the Cyclone Nargis disaster and international aid agencies struggle to get relief supplies to an estimated 2.4 million homeless and desperate victims, time is running out for the country’s rice …
Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors AFP
Junta: Myanmar warned before cyclone CNN International
Daily MirrorABS CBN NewsBloombergAFP
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Japanese NGOs pledge special assistance for 10000 worst-hit …

Xinhua –
YANGON, June 2 (Xinhua) — Three Japanese non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have pledged a special assistance for 10000 selected cyclone-hit Myanmar households who are in worst need of food and resettlement, the local Flower News reported Monday.
Myanmar allows direct donation right down to cyclone-hit areas Xinhua
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Schools reopen in Myanmar’s cyclone zone

Jerusalem Post –
1 on Monday for the first day of classes since Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar a month ago, all eyes stared skyward – at the gaping hole in the roof.
Myanmar victims ‘forced to return’
Myanmar criticized for plan to reopen some schools a month after … International Herald Tribune
Wall Street Journal
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Myanmar reopens schools 1 month after cyclone

Mon Jun 2, 6:13 AM ET

A person sits in the door way of a crooked house affected by cyclone Nargis in a neighborhood in northeast Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, June 1, 2008.  The May 2-3 storm left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, mostly in the country's southern Irrawaddy delta region, with the city of Yangon, Myanmar's former capital, not being spared damage.(AP Photo)

YAW PAR GYI, Myanmar – One month after a cyclone left more than 130,000 people dead or missing, Myanmar’s military government reopened many of the country’s schools Monday despite worries that the extent of damage could put children in harm’s way.


Soaring prices compound Myanmar’s cyclone misery

Reuters –
A family look for traces of their house, on a marooned embankment, in the village of Pay Kunhnasay in the Kawhmu township May 30, 2008. (Aung Hla Tung/Reuters) YANGON (Reuters) – A large “Happy World” sign hangs above a dilapidated food market in Yangon, but on the streets shoppers are far from content.


Voice of America

UN warns of ‘urgent work’ to help Myanmar cyclone victims

YANGON (AFP) – A month after Myanmar’s cyclone left 133000 people dead or missing, the UN’s food agency chief warned Monday that “urgent work” is needed to help hundreds of thousands of survivors stave off hunger.
Lack Of Funds, Food For Myanmar Maybe Out Of Stock By July, Says UN Bernama
UN food chief urges more funding to support aid work after Myanmar … ReliefWeb (press release)
UN News CentreReuters IndiaVoice of AmericaAFP
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Burma at beginning of “very nasty end game” –
Military rule in Burma is beginning to unravel, with the start of a “very nasty end game” now being witnessed in the country, it has been claimed.
Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone Taipei Times
Mulish Myanmar Seattle Times
Voice of AmericaDigitalJournal.comAFPScotsman
all 2,030 news articles »


Lompoc Record

Myanmar victims ‘forced to return’ –
The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a Norway-based media organisation run by Myanmar exiles, showed survivors saying that they had no choice but to move.
Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors AFP
Junta: Myanmar warned before cyclone CNN International
International Herald TribuneDaily MirrorABS CBN NewsAFP
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Burma guilty of neglect, US says

San Jose Mercury News –
BANGKOK, Thailand – In the strongest remarks yet by a high-ranking US official, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that Burma was guilty of “criminal neglect” for blocking large-scale international aid to cyclone victims, and that more …
Pentagon chief Gates rules out forcing aid on Myanmar Los Angeles Times
Gates Accuses Myanmar of ‘Criminal Neglect’ New York Times
The Associated PressWall Street JournalInternational Herald Tribune
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Gates Accuses Myanmar of ‘Criminal Neglect’

New York Times –
Cyclone victims waiting for instructions on how to receive aid. Defense ministers from other countries have voiced unhappiness with Myanmar’s restrictions on aid.

US defense secretary says Myanmar junta guilty of ‘criminal neglect’ International Herald Tribune
Gates Blasts Myanmar Junta Over Cyclone Aid Response Wall Street Journal
United Press InternationalToTheCenter.comBBC NewsReuters
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Myanmar Delays Cost `Thousands of Lives,’ Gates Says (Update2)

Bloomberg – May 30, 2008
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in the statement.
Myanmar must stop evicting cyclone victims–HRW
Aid Agencies Say Logistical Difficulties Hamper Burma Aid Deliveries Voice of America
HinduSan Francisco ChronicleCNNBloomberg
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Sydney Morning Herald

Myanmar monks a vital lifeline for cyclone survivors

YANGON (AFP) – A Buddhist monk in his maroon robe silently guards boxes of noodles, while another monk tries to plot an aid route to cyclone survivors using satellite print-outs of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta. These monks at the Sitagu Buddhist monastery …
Poor access irks RP, SEA aid workers in Myanmar ABS CBN News
Myanmar warned over forcing cyclone survivors home Washington Post
BloombergHinduInquirer.netContra Costa Times
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BBC News

Canberra urged to uphold vow to act on Burma crimes

The Age –
BURMESE exiles in Australia are pressing the Federal Government to push for Burma’s military junta to be charged in the International Criminal Court with crimes against humanity, a move that Labor supported during last year’s election campaign.
Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone Taipei Times
Mulish Myanmar Seattle Times
DigitalJournal.comVoice of AmericaAFPAmerican Thinker
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Gulf Times

The Tyranny of the Com

Sify –
Of course, in terms of ‘Com’, Burma (or Myanmar as the dictators have decided to call the battered nation) continued to be in the news for a few weeks.
MIAMI HERALD: Burma’s rulers sink to new low Belleville News Democrat
Suu Kyi’s fate overshadowed by Myanmar cyclone Taipei Times
Seattle TimesVoice of AmericaDigitalJournal.comAFP
all 2,013 news articles »

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 1, 2008 at 6:50 pm

World Focus on Burma (31 May 08)

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

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Weekly Business Roundup (May 31, 2008)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
The deal was brokered by the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, which is a nominal partner in all oil and gas ventures in Burma. Daewoo is the lead developer …



Burma: Asean Steps in Where Others May Not Tread

The Irrawaddy News Magazine –
The junta has hoodwinked Asean before and it could happen again,” says Roshan Jason, spokesman for the Asean Inter-parliamentary Myanmar Caucus, a group of South-east Asian parliamentarians championing political reform in Burma. “Asean’s credibility is …
Officials say Myanmar junta is evicting storm victims from shelters NBC 29 News
UN: Myanmar funding conference “success” Xinhua
ABS CBN NewsForbesReuters UKReliefWeb (press release)
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Chinese medics ends Myanmar mission to treat cyclone victims

Xinhua –
YANGON, May 31 (Xinhua) — Chinese medics, who worked in Myanmar for the relief of cyclone victims, ended its two-week mission and left Yangon Saturday morning for home.
More Cyclone-hard-hit Township In Myanmar Starts With Paddy Ploughing Bernama
Japan medical team arrives in cyclone-hit Myanmar Thai News Agency MCOT
People’s Daily OnlineXinhuaXinhuaThai News Agency MCOT
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Global Buddhist event comes to Hoagland

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN –
They include groups established by natives of Myanmar, formerly Burma, and Laos, Devananda says. Buddhists from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois are …


Many Burmese Still Awaiting Aid

Washington Post, United States –
AP PYINMAGON, Burma, May 30 — This rice-farming village in the Irrawaddy Delta, one of countless communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Nargis, …

Humanitarian Vanities

New York Times, United States –

… to stand by knowing that the dictatorship of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, showed few signs of caring about the victims of Cyclone Nargis? …

Cyclone Caused More Damage Than Tsunami In Myanmar, Says Mercy …

Bernama, Malaysia –
KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) — Cyclone Nargis which slammed into Myanmar on May 2 and 3 inflicted damage much worse than that caused by the 2004 Indian …

First Thai medics return after treating Myanmar cyclone victims

Thai News Agency MCOT, Thailand –

Four Thai medical doctors, under the patronage of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, in former Burma to treat Myanmar cyclone victims since May 17, …

Redlander grieves current events in childhood home of Burma

Redlands Daily Facts, CA –
(CATHERINE GARCIA / Redlands Daily Facts) Burma, which is called Myanmar by its current government, has been under military rule since 1962. …

Ethnic rebels torch sawmill, kill 8 workers in Myanmar

Times of India, India –
The ruling junta in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has reached peace agreements with 17 armed ethnic groups. But others are still fighting for autonomy from …

US Defence Secretary Gates assures enduring role in Asia

Earthtimes (press release), UK –
“We continue to get help into Burma (Myanmar) and remain poised to provide more” for the victims of the May 3 cyclone that left 133000 dead or missing. …

United Sikhs Expands Aid Efforts in Burma

Panthic Weekly, CA –
He said, “I was encouraged by the relief effort, but that rapid reinforcements were needed” As of this week, the government of Myanmar has allowed all aid …

What in the World?

Irish Independent, Ireland –
But when Burma gained independence from the British in 1948, the Karen people were abandoned to their fate. In recent decades the Burmese army has practised …

Two catastrophes, two approaches

Trinidad & Tobago Express, Trinidad and Tobago –
A wicked cyclone struck Myanmar, formerly Burma, on May 12 leaving death and destruction in its wake. It was the sixth worse cyclone in history with an …

Those Hardest Hit Can Fend For Themselves, Says Burma’s Junta, Canada –
If you think Burma’s junta could not do or say anything else to warrant further backlash from the international community, you may want to reconsider that …

US blames Burma for thousands of deaths

The Age, Australia –
The Burma military’s obstruction of international aid after Cyclone Nargis has come “at a cost of tens of thousands of lives,” US Secretary of Defence …

Junta blamed for thousands dead in Myanmar Radio New Zealand, New Zealand

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with …

Myanmar Races to Plant Delta Rice Crops Before Monsoon Rains

Bloomberg –
… as Burma, the UN says. The International Development Enterprises, a non-government organization working to boost agricultural production in Myanmar, …

Why Child Abuse by Peacekeepers, Aid Workers Often Goes Unreported

Voice of America –
The report says Burma, also known as Myanmar, remained the worst government offender. And that’s IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written by Brianna …

Aid agencies urge Burma not to build orphanages, UK –
International relief agencies bringing aid to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis are trying to persuade the Burmese regime not to build orphanages for children …

Cowardice of silence, UK –
And yet the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, could not bring himself to utter her name on his recent, grovelling tour of Burma. …

Cyclone victims being evicted, Australia –
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator has raised concerns about victims of cyclone Nargis being evicted from emergency accommodation in Burma. …

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States –
More important, though, is the frustration of the sailors stationed on a ship near Burma, who are hoping to help, Keating said. While China has been more …

Burma: Stop Forced Evictions

Human Rights Watch (press release) –
“It’s unconscionable for Burma’s generals to force cyclone victims back to their devastated homes,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. …

Myanmar: Monks succeed where generals falter

Minneapolis Star Tribune –
The people have grown much closer to Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, who provide care, aid and solace, while their alienation from the military junta has grown.
Aid Agencies Say Logistical Difficulties Hamper Burma Aid Deliveries Voice of America
Burma ‘forcing refugees from camps’ The Press Association
The Associated PressBloombergReutersABS CBN News
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Burma’s Rulers Tighten Grip on Power

Voice of America –
He promises the United Nations will continue to press Burma, also known as Myanmar, to free political activists. “The sooner restrictions on Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Myanmar will be able to move towards …
US sharply skeptical of Myanmar constitution AFP
Burma arrest condemned Scotsman Associated PressEdmonton Sun
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Boston Globe

Burma cyclone aid agencies make plea for orphans –
“Institutionalisation really is the last resort,” said Guy Cave, Save the Children’s Burma deputy country director.
UN urges donors to fund relief efforts in Myanmar without delay (press release)
Aid donors press Burma for access Toronto Star
ReutersBoston GlobeReliefWeb (press release)The Age
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Burma’s junta evict families from relief centres

Radio Australia –
The United Nations says leaving people on the streets is unacceptable and has called for Burma to keep the centres open. Unicef’s regional director, Anupama Rao Singh, says the move risks creating a second wave of disease and disaster.
UN condemns Burma ‘camp closures’ BBC News
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US says Myanmar stonewalling left thousands dead

International Herald Tribune –
By Andrew Gray Reuters SINGAPORE: Tens of thousands of people died because Myanmar’s government rejected offers of foreign aid for cyclone victims, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Saturday.

UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and “dumping” them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, UN and church officials said Friday.

New arrival aboard Scotsman’s floating clinic in flood-hit Burma

Scotsman –
By Tristan Stewart-Robertson A FLOATING clinic donated to the Burma cyclone relief effort by a Scottish businessman has seen its first birth.
Baby born on boat donated to Burma relief by businessman Scotsman
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Gates: Obstructed efforts in Myanmar cost lives

The Associated Press –
SINGAPORE (AP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Myanmar’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims has cost “tens of thousands of lives.
US blames Burma for thousands of deaths The Age
Gates says Myanmar aid obstruction cost tens of thousands of lives International Herald Tribune
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Singapore regrets Burma’s refusal of foreign aid

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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Burma’s response to foreign offers of emergency aid is ‘regrettable.
Myanmar afraid cyclone handling will show up junta-Singapore Reuters
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Catholic News Agency

Give aid workers in Myanmar effective access–Pope

Reuters –
The Pope made his indirect appeal in an address to the Catholic bishops of the former Burma, who are winding up a visit to the Vatican, and urged them to be strong in the face of “distress, persecution and famine”.
Pope expresses hope victims of Myanmar’s cyclone will receive aid Catholic News Service
Church in Myanmar shows signs of hope despite difficulties, Pope says Catholic News Agency
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Burma’s cyclone survivors face a life of debt

Times Online –
There was the disaster of her fisherman son, drowned at sea in a storm that was never noticed outside Burma. There was the disaster of widowhood: her husband died six years ago of an illness to which Daw Aye cannot even put a name.
The politics of rice in Burma
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RP chessers still pulling away vs Myanmar –
TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippies–IM candidate Rolando Nolte, former national junior champion Oliver Barbosa and Reggie Olay provided the decisive wins for the Philippines as they beat their Myanmar counterparts, 4.5-1.5, to fortify their hold on the lead …

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May 31, 2008 at 3:20 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (19 May 2008)

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The Age

Myanmar cyclone: Burma’s junta announces three days of mourning –
By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent Burma’s generals launched a public relations offensive today, belatedly announcing three days of national mourning and arranging a fresh round of carefully stage-managed tours of the Irrawaddy Delta.


US Official: Americans Might Be Allowed Into Burma


AP -May 19: Victims of Cyclone Nargis struggle to be first in line to receive goods from local donor at a monastery outside Rangoon, Burma.

Burma junta chief in first visit to cyclone-hit Irrawaddy ABC Online
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Monks help pick up slack for Myanmar junta’s aid efforts

MSN India

UN and ASEAN to meet in Yangon on cyclone relief aid

Monsters and –
New York – High-level delegations from the United Nations and ASEAN plan to meet in Yangon, Myanmar, on Sunday to put more pressure on the military junta to accept international relief aid for Cyclone Nargis victims, the UN said Monday.
US says aid has helped 100000 in Myanmar AFP
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Hopes for Myanmar cyclone aid rise as ASEAN meets

Reuters –
By Aung Hla Tun YANGON, May 19 (Reuters) – Hopes turned to a meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Monday for a breakthrough in speeding up aid flows to the millions of desperate cyclone survivors in Myanmar.
Burma neighbours in cyclone talks BBC News
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Myanmar leader makes first visit to relief camp

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Myanmar junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe

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U.N. envoy presses Myanmar on relief

Fears mount that starvation could kill thousands

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A young girl affected by the cyclone walks near a monastery where she and her family found shelter in the delta region south of Yangon on Friday.

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May 19, 2008 at 4:49 am

EU renews sanctions against Myanmar

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Press Trust of India
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 (London)

The European Union has renewed political and economic sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar for another year, adding the measures could be increased.

The EU’s current sanctions against Myanmar were adopted last October following the brutal crackdown on Buddhist monks who took part in anti-regime protests.

The sanctions include a ban on the import of timber, gems and metals from Myanmar, a travel ban and assets freeze on Myanmar leaders and their relatives and an arms embargo.

The European Union Council of Foreign Ministers after a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday issued a statement calling on the international community ”to adopt similar measures”.

The EU ministers expressed deep concern at the situation in Myanmar and again urged the authorities to take rapid steps for transition to a legitimate, civilian government and for national reconciliation.

The EU, the statement said, will intensify its close consultations with ASEAN members and other neighbours of Myanmar, including those that are represented in the UN Security Council.

The Council said it remained convinced that only a process that involved the full participation of all stakeholders in the country, including Aung San Suu Kyi and ethnic groups, will lead to national reconciliation and stability.

”Thus the Council believes the draft constitution, referendum and elections, as currently conceived, will not address the many problems facing Burma/Myanmar,” the statement added.

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April 30, 2008 at 6:59 am

China Said to Arrest 100 Protesting Monks

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April 19, 2008

China Said to Arrest 100 Protesting Monks


BEIJING — As many as 100 Tibetans were arrested in northwest China on Thursday after they demonstrated against the earlier detention of monks from a nearby monastery, witnesses and a Tibetan human rights group said Friday.

Local residents reached by telephone on Friday said that the police beat and arrested people at an open-air market in Tongren, a town in Qinghai, a western province bordering Tibet, after they refused orders to leave.

The residents said the town was the scene of several disturbances in recent months, including an unauthorized gathering in February involving 300 monks who were dispersed by tear gas as they tried to make their way to a government building.

A police official in Tongren confirmed by telephone that there had been detentions after “unrest,” but said that half of those detained had been released.

The disturbances on Thursday were the latest sign that the continuing turmoil in Tibetan regions of China has yet to be quelled. Since the riots on March 14 in Lhasa, 2,200 people in areas with heavily Tibetan populations, most of them in Qinghai and Gansu Provinces, have been taken into custody, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The authorities said most of those who had been arrested or had surrendered to the police had been released.

At a news conference Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Dalai Lama said that he had taken part in private meetings aimed at quelling the violence, but that they had not borne fruit.

“Soon after the crisis happened, there was some contact, some private channels,” he said, adding, “No signs are positive.” Tibetan exile groups say that 140 people, most of them protesters, have died in the violence in the Tibetan regions; Chinese officials put the number at 19 and say nearly all were victims of the rioting.

Tashi Choephel, a researcher at the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy in India, who said he had spoken to three witnesses in Tongren, said many of those arrested Thursday were monks from the Rong Gonchen Monastery. He said the monks had been at the center of previous clashes with the authorities.

“It’s very, very tense,” Mr. Tashi Choephel said, adding that the police were preventing anyone from entering or leaving the monastery.

The trouble on Thursday began around 11 a.m., he said, when 22 monks staged a quiet protest to demand the release of three monks who had been detained a week earlier for their role in a March 16 demonstration.

A local resident, reached by telephone, said many people were upset by the detentions. “We wanted them to come back home, but the government said no,” said the resident, who refused to give his name, citing fear of punishment by the authorities.

Mr. Tashi Choephel said that armed police officers quickly arrested the monks and that word then spread to the monastery, prompting 80 monks to descend on the marketplace. The gathering turned boisterous, he said, drawing passers-by and provoking a heated confrontation with the police.

The police beat many of those at the scene, Mr. Tashi Choephel said. They were put onto four waiting trucks and taken to the county office of the Public Security Bureau.

The Dalai Lama arrived in Michigan after meeting with Chinese and Tibetan students in Canada, and said that such meetings could be a way to promote understanding between the sides.

“Now that time has come that we should start a Sino-Tibetan friendship group, and meet regularly,” he said.

The Dalai Lama repeated his support for the Beijing Olympics and said that he would not ask that demonstrations stop, although he did not condone violent protests.

He also said he did not mind criticism of him by Tibetan leaders. “I welcome it,” he said.

Micheline Maynard contributed reporting from Ann Arbor, Mich. Huang Yuanxi and Zhang Jing contributed research from Beijing.

Micheline Maynard contributed reporting from Ann Arbor, Mich. Huang Yuanxi and Zhang Jing contributed research from Beijing.

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April 19, 2008 at 9:30 am