Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Media | Tags: ban ki-moon, International Response, Media, news, united nations
<<Analysts say these passions and emerging trends may in the longer term loosen the junta’s grip on power. But for now it’s business as usual: dissidents are arrested, a brutal campaign against ethnic minorities rages on and the military strides toward elections guaranteed to perpetuate its control.>>
Also states that the influx of foreigners post-Nargis ‘may be the most intense interaction Myanmar has experienced with the outside world since gaining independence from Great Britain in 1948.”
Also, from Agence France Presse: UN chief says will press Myanmar on democracy.
Filed under: From the Field, International Response, Latest News, Opinion/Editorial, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: cyclone nargis, doctors, irrawaddy delta, Than Shwe, The Irrawaddy
As news about the Myanmar cyclone and it’s aftermath recedes into the background (including in the media), an op-ed in the Burmese news magazine, The Irrawaddy, sheds light on why the junta refused assistance from the U.S. military. And I quote,
“What the generals truly fear is that if they allow US warships and foreign forces to come to the aid of cyclone survivors in the Irrawaddy delta, people will soon rise up and the regime would be overthrown. That fear prevented the Than Shwe regime from allowing the US to come in and help.”
As the fate of more than 2 million remains unknown, local Burmese sources such as The Irrawaddy are good to remain tuned in to what’s happening on the ground.
Some of the it’s top stories include:
- Foreign doctors leave cyclone-hit Burma
- UN Official warns of ‘disastrous consequences’ for food without diesel
- Obstacles force donors to abandon the delta
- The troops have arrived at last, but where’s the aid?
- Nargi’s Number Game
There’s tons more stories here.–Divya
Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Media, Uncategorized | Tags: aid, christian science monitor, relief, thai-burma border, thailand
Simon Montlake reports in the Christian Science Monitor that grassroots groups are funneling aid through the volative Thai-Burma border region.
<<Aid is also trickling over the Thai-Burmese border, a hotbed of activism against Burma’s regime. It’s a backdoor channel for aid groups unwilling or unable to go through the front. By tapping an existing underground network in Burma, they try to bypass official channels and put aid directly in the hands of the most needy. >>
Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Opinion/Editorial, Uncategorized | Tags: burma cyclone, china earthquake, myanmar
This article is about Zimbabwe and Mugabe’s dictatorial ways that are proving all too self-destructive for his own country. It raises an interesting point for humanitarian relief, however, particularly in the wake of the Burma and China disasters, and I quote…
“Zimbabwe is in the midst of a slow-motion, man-made disaster. It is as if the cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in China were state-sponsored tragedies.”
Read the full article here.
From the AP:
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A state-controlled newspaper said Wednesday that Myanmar’s military rulers were breaking no laws by holding pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for a sixth straight year.
The junta’s recent decision to extend Suu Kyi’s detention by one year sparked international outrage, with the Nobel Peace laureate’s party and foreign defense lawyers arguing the junta could legally only hold her for five years.
Read more here
Filed under: From the Field, Latest News, Media, Uncategorized | Tags: irrawaddy delta, junta, new york times, reporter
The latest New York Times story says that a visit to some of the Irrawaddy Delta villages hardest hit by the cyclone suggests “that the story of the death and destruction, compounded by the junta’s actions, has been neither fully told nor even fully seen.” Their reporter inside Myanmar is still anonymous.
Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Uncategorized | Tags: ASEAN, ban ki-moon, coalition of mercy, criminal neglect, cyclone Margis, irrawaddy delta, Médecins Sans Frontières, relief, robert gates, Than Shwe, world food programme
A month of misery
(First para of the article)
WHEN the United Nations’ secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, met Myanmar’s reclusive leader, General Than Shwe, on May 23rd, he secured a promise of free access for foreign aid workers to the millions of victims of cyclone Nargis. But more than a month after the cyclone, many have still not been reached. Access to the devastated Irrawaddy delta is only slightly freer.
Read the full article here.