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.



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.


Latest News: Ban Ki-Moon Puts Pressure on Burma by karenzr

Ban Ki-Moon’s recently addressed the United Nations Press Corps “to publicly press the repressive regime in Myanmar to allow a larger number of foreign aid workers to help with the humanitarian crisis created by cyclone Nargis,” wrote UN expert, Bhaskar Menon. See the full blog post here on “Undiplomatic Times” – a blog about international affairs. Also visit the UN News Center here.


Media: BBC reporter deported from Burma by carpediemdg
May 8, 2008, 3:28 pm
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(via Anup Kaphle, Columbia Journalism School student)

Getting the boot from Burma

By Andrew Harding
BBC News

A fallen tree and damaged houses in Rangoon
About a million people are now thought to be homeless

I flew into Burma on Monday morning from Bangkok. The smart new airport in Rangoon had finally reopened two days after the cyclone.

Low clouds obscured the vast wetlands of the Irrawaddy Delta but, as we came in to land, I caught a glimpse out of the window.

My mind flicked back to December 2004, flying into Aceh in Indonesia immediately after the tsunami, staring down at miles of pulverised coastline.

At this stage on Monday, the size of Burma’s disaster was not yet clear.

Over the weekend, the military authorities – safe in their brand new capital city far from Rangoon – appeared to be playing things down.

A few hundred dead perhaps, the state newspapers still overwhelmingly preoccupied with plans to hold a national referendum the following weekend.

The headlines full of the usual semi-threatening calls for a big Yes vote.

But the cyclone’s impact was already looking ominous.

There should have been a bright green jigsaw of rice paddies and villages below. Instead I saw a grey-brown smudge of water and ragged trees.

Read full story here