Burma Cyclone


AP: Myanmar politics roiled, but junta grip firm by karenzr

Interesting piece from the Associated Press on the political fallout from the Saffron Revolution and then the cyclone. Here’s an excerpt: 

<<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.

–Karen  

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Latest News: Vollies funnel aid through Thai Border:Christian Science Monitor by karenzr

Simon Montlake reports in the Christian Science Monitor that grassroots groups are funneling aid through the volative Thai-Burma border region.

An excerpt:

<<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. >>

–Karen



From the field: First-person account from anon l.a. times writer inside myanmar by karenzr

The Los Angeles Times has published a first-person account by one its reporters who traveled secretly and extensively throughout the Delta region.

An excerpt:

<<Over the last 16 years, I have reported on famine, massive earthquakes and a tsunami. Cyclone Nargis is the first natural disaster that required working undercover to write about the hungry, sick and homeless.>>

Also check out the L.A. Times Cyclone Nargis news roundup, photos, and videos.

–Karen



Breaking News: Myanmar government says detention of democratic leader is legal by lamivo
June 11, 2008, 5:56 pm
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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

 

-Lam



Latest News: Junta Evicting Cyclone Victims by karenzr

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.

–Karen



Opinion/Editorial: Politics ‘killing uncounted numbers’ in Burma:Washington Post by karenzr

A Washington Post editorial slams the junta for their ‘obscene’ indifference to human life in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. An excerpt:

<< It is politics — the generals’ politics — that is killing uncounted numbers of children in Burma’s delta. It is the generals’ politics to rebuff emergency relief while demanding reconstruction loans that could make the junta richer. And it is the generals’ politics that is forcing villagers to strain the mud for rotten rice while tons of clean food float unused not many miles away. >>



Latest News: Villagers desperate for food, threatened by junta: LA Times, The Irrawaddy by karenzr

A graphic description from the Los Angeles Times of villagers searching for rice among corpses: Myanmar Villagers Scavenge for Rotten Rice

Charges that the junta is threatening villagers before visits by aid groups, from Irrawaddy: Cyclone Survivors Don’t Want UN Chief to Visit Delta

–Karen