ASEAN and the Junta; Dollars and Nargis

The Burmese junta has signed the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) charter but the body expressed its “deep disappointment” with the junta nonetheless. ASEAN has been spectacularly ineffective in accomplishing anything vis a vis the…

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Burma Cyclone Deaths; and Business in Burma

Deaths from Nargis are now put at 84,500, up from the previous estimate of 77,000. Plus an interesting (and anonymous) article from the Wall Street Journal about how China “keeps the wheels on” in Burma. Other…

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No one goes to Naypidaw

And they’re not wanted anyway: Naypyidaw is Myanmar’s new capital, built in secret by the ruling generals and announced to the public two and a half years ago, when it was a fait accompli. A nine-hour…

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Flame approaches Lhasa

Burmese farmers need some $83 million dollars in aid in order to get back up and running after salt water inundated their fields as a result of Nargis. U.S. farmers, especially in Iowa, aren’t in such…

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Burma Death Toll Revised Downard

The death toll is revised down but the terrible suffering remains. “We saw very, very few serious injuries,” said Frank Smithuis, head of the substantial mission in Myanmar for Doctors Without Borders. “You were dead or…

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Burma’s Rice Farmers

Problems for Burma’s farmers. Nargis is affecting the world food supply, and the junta’s management of the situation — and forced evictions of people in affected areas — isn’t helping. Burma’s farmers also need diesel fuel…

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Damage from Nargis still unknown

Six weeks post-Nargis we still don’t know the full extent of the damage or loss of life. The Burmese affected by the storm are still in urgent need of aid. But as the junta lets aid…

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Burmese Still Lack Aid

A month after the storm, hundred of thousands of Burmese still have received no aid. Moe than 69,000 people have died in the earthquake in China’s Sichuan province, and because many of the survivors did not…

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