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  • Life after Nargis June 2009

    , by ZEITLYN Joseph

    As the monsoon approaches a year after Burma’s cyclone catastrophe, the victims are still without support. Now, more suffering looms.
    It has now been a bit over a year since Burma’s worst natural disaster on record, Cyclone Nargis, struck the Irrawaddy delta. Yet since that day, 2 May, the (...)

  • Visit to UNDP ends in prison

    , by THI Awzar

    Among the many people in Rangoon’s central jail who shouldn’t be there are a couple of journalists. These two did not write or say anything against the government. They didn’t do anything that constituted a threat to the army or its hold on power. Yet they were imprisoned on a charge of inciting (...)

  • Visit to UNDP ends in prison

    , by THI Awzar

    Among the many people in Rangoon’s central jail who shouldn’t be there are a couple of journalists. These two did not write or say anything against the government. They didn’t do anything that constituted a threat to the army or its hold on power. Yet they were imprisoned on a charge of inciting (...)

  • Six Months Later, Burma Still Suffers

    , by JAGAN Larry

    The victims of Cyclone Nargis continued to be whipsawed by a corrupt and uncaring government.
    Six months after the devastating Cyclone Nargis smashed into Burma, more than a million people are still living in misery, wondering when things may return to normal. They are likely to be (...)

  • Don’t Depoliticize Burma’s Cry for Help

    , by EDITORIAL

    WHEN Cyclone Nargis struck Burma’s Irrawaddy delta—a heavily populated and largely agricultural area that feeds much of this impoverished country—it was immediately obvious that a massive response would be required to avert a major humanitarian crisis.
    But a month later, and after some of the (...)

  • If Humanitarian Intervention Happens, Then What?

    , by Wai Moe

    As calls for humanitarian intervention in Burma widen and gain momentum, analysts are asking, what would the country’s armed forces do—fight or take off their uniforms?
    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in London on Thursday: "We will stop at nothing in trying to pressure the regime into (...)

  • A Tale of Two Devastated Countries

    , by BERTHELSEN John

    China, hit by a massive earthquake, does what Burma doesn’t – go to the aid of its suffering people
    Nothing underscores the criminal nature of the Burmese junta more than the contrast between its neglect of its people and China’s immediate reaction to the massive earthquake that devastated large (...)

  • Pro-government Thugs Attack Relief Vehicles

    , by Min Lwin

    Club-wielding members of a pro-regime citizens’ group attempted to hijack relief supplies in Rangoon, according to local charity groups and non-government organizations in the former Burmese capital.
    A convoy of vehicles carrying rice to cyclone victims in Rangoon’s Thanlyin Township was (...)

  • Myanmar Aid and hypocrisy

    , by JOHNSON Marc

    Marc Johnson was in Yangoon when cyclone Nargis hit. He is currently engaged in aid coordination efforts in neighbouring Thailand.
    Yangoon/Bangkok
    Response to the tropical cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar on 3 May 2008 has been hijacked by vested interests on all sides, leaving millions of (...)

  • Burma: Regime worsens suffering from cyclone

    , by Burma Partnership

    Below is an abridged May 7 statement from the Burma Partnership Secretariat.
    The extent of the devastation from the catastrophic Cyclone Nargis is slowly unfolding. In the state-run media it was reported on May 6 that 10,000 people were killed in Bogalay town alone in the Irrawaddy Delta (...)

  • WHO Says Burma Faces Major Health Worries

    , by MASON Margie

    Fears of outbreaks fueled by mosquitoes, dirty water and poor sanitation were among the World Health Organization’s biggest concerns after a devastating cyclone hit Burma, home to one of the world’s worst health systems.
    WHO was waiting Tuesday for permission from the country’s ruling junta to (...)

  • UN Aid Has Yet to Reach Burma

    , by CHO Violet, Lalit K Jha

    Burma’s neighbors, including Thailand and India, have begun sending aid to the country in the wake of a devastating cyclone that struck on Saturday, but the United Nations has so far been unable to respond with the massive aid that it has vowed to provide.
    One reason for the delay is that UN (...)

  • Cyclone Could Unleash Political Upheaval

    , by Wai Moe

    Tropical cyclone Nargis was not only a natural disaster, but it could also signal a political upheaval for the Burmese junta if the generals fail to handle it well.
    Nargis, a Category 3 cyclone, hit Rangoon, the Irrawaddy delta, the Pegu Division and Mon and Karen States on Saturday. The (...)