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  



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



Resources: Reuters site alerts “humanitarians to emergencies.” by karenzr

I just learned that Reuters has a site, AlertNet, that carries news “alerting humanitarians to emergencies.” Their top story today is on Myanmar. The lede:

<<Torrential tropical downpours lashed Myanmar’s cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta on Friday as thousands of destitute victims took to roadsides to beg for help to supplement the meagre trickle of aid flowing in.>>

See AlertNet’s full cyclone coverage, including videos, maps, links and more.

–Karen



Resources: Cyclone-related news roundup, humanitarian intervention in Burma? by karenzr

Useful resource: Just found this list of Nargis-related news articles on the U.S. Campaign for Burma Web site.

In the campaign’s last email blast, they asked supporters to contact their Congressional representatives and push for humanitarian intervention in Burma. Excerpt:

<<Congressional leaders, Rep. Peter King (R) and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D), are organizing a letter to President Bush urging him to “work with the British, French, German, Danish and other supportive and regional governments to immediately intervene in the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma to provide urgent life-saving humanitarian aid to the survivors of Cyclone Nargis.

Call your member of the U.S. House of Representative today and urge them to sign this letter to President Bush.>>

More info here.

–Karen



Resources: Blog with in-country updates, events and an interview with Irrawaddy editor by karenzr

Two new sites:

Finally, from newsweek.com:

A leading Burmese exile discusses the junta’s slow response to cyclone relief and why many see the cyclone as divine intervention against their despotic leaders. Melinda Liu interviews Aung Zaw, the editor of ‘The Irrawaddy’ news magazine:

Read full interview here

–Karen



Latest News: UK tops interntional aid contributions at US $ 10 million by carpediemdg

According to a Burmese online news magazine, The Irrawaddy, foreign governments have collectively pledged more than US $ 30 million for the Burma cyclone response effort. UK tops the list, assuming monetary responsibility for one- third of the amount by pledging US $10 million.

The next pledge amount is a tie between the U.S. and the European Union at US $ 3 million. Surprisingly, Japan is way down on the list with a pledge amount of US $267,570. Of Burma’s two big neighbors – China and India – the former pledged US $500,000 in cash, plus supplies such as tents, blankets and food and India sent two naval ships containing food, tents, blankets, clothing and medicine sent to Rangoon. Two aircraft carriers with supplies are to leave for Burma on Wednesday.

See full list here.

— Divya