UK insurance companies helping Myanmar’s brutal regime

UK underwriters ‘helping Myanmar’s brutal regime’

Teak Door, Burmese weekly

Monday July 28, 2008
By Nick Mathiason

The London insurance connection propping up the murderous Myanmar military dictatorship can be revealed in a development that will acutely embarrass leading City of London figures.

Three Lloyd’s of London operators will be named as helping to insure the junta’s state-owned airline Myanma Airways this year. They are Kiln, Atrium and Catlin. All were contacted by the Observer and asked to explain their involvement but refused to comment.

Other Lloyd’s syndicates have shared the risk of insuring the junta’s shipping interests. Without shipping and aviation insurance, the Myanmar Government would not be able to export gems, timber, clothing, oil and gas, which would lead to economic ruin for the generals running the oppressed southeast Asian nation.

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Myanmar cyclone: Drug lord crony will profit

Telegraph.co.uk

But, like every other drug lord who has lasted long enough to salt his gains into legal trades, the secret of his success is not his guns or cunning, but his connections. Continue reading

Calling for an immediate international intervention in Burma

National Campaign for Food and Freedom

Statement of global Burmese democratic forces and supporters

Calling for an immediate international intervention

by creating a coalition of willing

for food and freedoms in Burma

 

 

 

 

May 28, 2008

 

We, Burmese democratic organizations, along with Burma campaign groups  around the world are_

  • calling for an immediate international intervention in Burma,
  • reminding the international community that this is the time to bring a change in the military-ruled country.

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Junta says that foreign aid is not needed; Nargis survivors can live on frogs

Junta says that foreign aid is not needed;

Nargis survivors can live on frogs

From Moe Thee Zun

Myanmar state media resumes its attack on western nations:

they are without humanitarian spirit if they continue to link economic aid to relief workers access to the worst hit areas. (Because SPDC could not get 99% as commission for aid delivery. The Myanmar Tatmadaw had already decided generously to hand ove 1%of donated aids to victims.)

The government censures all information relating to Nargis.

Yangon (AsiaNews) – Myanmar’s survivors of cyclone Nargis “do not need foreign food aid; they can feed themselves on frogs and fish that abound in the worst hit areas”.  

The New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a government mouthpiece, has re-launched its attack on foreign relief workers and condemned donors for “linking aid money to full access to the hardest-hit regions in the Irrawaddy Delta”.

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Intervene in Burma Now

Intervene in Burma Now

_ by Yebaw Day  in Burma Digest

1. ChiCom Masters are too busy with their Earthquake victims, and also in suppressing the Tibetans, and preparing for the Olympics, so they will not be able to help SPDC very much.
 
2. SPDC just lost about 300 men and 25 boats in their navy, and lost the South West Command in Pathein area.  So the entire Irrawaddy Division area is quite vulnerable for a beach landing, just like in the movie, the Longest Day, D-Day 6 June 1944. Continue reading

Burma aid: Conference pledges millions of pounds

Burma aid: Conference pledges millions of pounds

The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, said today he hoped Burma had reached “a turning point” in getting help to its cyclone survivors after an international aid conference pledged million of pounds in assistance.

The meeting came as supporters of the democratically elected leader of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, have been speculating that the ruling junta is planning an easing of her house arrest conditions or even a release, as part of its concessions to huge international pressure.

Three weeks after Cyclone Nargis swept through Burma killing an estimated 134,000 people and leaving millions homeless, Ban struck a hopeful note at the start of the one-day meeting in the Burmese capital, Rangoon, attended by representatives from more than 50 nations. Continue reading

Burmese church leader calls for intervention

Burmese church leader calls for intervention

By: Toby Cohen

A BURMESE Christian leader has appealed for a United Nations military force to intervene in Burma (Myanmar).
The Rev Maung Doe, the principal of the Holy Cross Seminary, Insein, on the northern outskirts of Rangoon, said: “We hope the UN will invade with US support and EU support. We cannot do anything.

“The democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, won the election [in 1990], but she could not do anything when the government did not hand over power. We had demonstrations, thousands of people came, and still no change.” Continue reading