Burma has finally approved visas for aid workers waiting to get into the country. 2.5 million people are estimated to be in need of aid. The U.S. Navy is apparently still waiting, though the junta’s being a little leery fo the U.S. military shouldn’t surprise or offend anyone.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the U.N.’s former special rapporteur with Burma, says that the cyclone has opened a “window of opportunity” for dialogue with the junta, though terrible obstacles still remain and he describes the junta as paranoid.