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<<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 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, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: alertnet, begging, cyclone, Irrawaddy, lede, news, reuters
<<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.>>
Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Media, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: british, congress, cyclone, danish, french, german, humanitarian intervention, joseph crowley, Latest News, news, peter king, president bush, roundup, u.s. campaign for burma, web site
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.>>
Filed under: Events, From the Field, Interview, Resources, Uncategorized | Tags: burma roundtable, Irrawaddy, moe gyo, news, newsweek, NYC
Two new sites:
- Moe Gyo, meaning ‘thunder’ in Burmese, posting recent updates from inside Burma: http://moegyo.blogspot.com
- Burma Roundtable, listing cyclone-related vigils, etc. in NYC: http://nyburmaroundtable.googlepages.com/
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
Filed under: International Response, Latest News, Uncategorized | Tags: Burma news, contributions, International Response, Irrawaddy, news, UK
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.