Bolivia joins Myanmar, Venezuela on drugs blacklist: Bush

17 Sep 2008, 0407 hrs IST,AFP

WASHINGTON: US President George W Bush has declared that Bolivia, Myanmar, and Venezuela failed over the past year to live up to their obligations to battle the narcotics trade, the White House said.

Bush’s move, announced in annual US presidential findings on the illegal drug trade, added Bolivia to Myanmar and Venezuela, which were already on the list in 2007 as countries that “failed demonstrably” in that regard.
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Let Us Now Praise Coups


By Paul Collier

Sunday, June 22, 2008; Page B03

OXFORD, England The government of Zimbabwe recently ordered foreign aid groups to halt their operations within its borders, thereby blocking the food aid that the United Nations funnels through such organizations from getting to the country’s starving people. Last month, the government of Burma issued a similar ban. Of course, when we say “the government of Zimbabwe,” what we really mean is President Robert Mugabe, just as “the government of Burma” these days means Senior Gen. Than Shwe, the leader of the ruling junta. In justifying the bans, each ruler harrumphed that outsiders should not be allowed to tell his nation what to do. But the real obstacle blocking international food aid is not the principle of national sovereignty; it is the insistence of dictators on being left to call their own shots. Mugabe decided that his citizens were better dead than fed; his nation had no part in the decision.

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Rumors of New Catastrophe Sweep Rangoon


Monday,June 16,2008

Now all hope of humanitarian intervention in Burma’s cyclone-devastated regions has vanished, rumors of another imminent natural catastrophe are sweeping Rangoon.

In the weeks following the cyclone, as US, British and French ships loaded with aid stood ready in international waters off Burma, many were certain that the three Western powers would decide to launch unilateral relief operations. Rumors spread widely that help was on its way. Continue reading

Zarganar still under detention

Interview with his mother-in-law Daw Kyi Kyi Soe

Mizzima News   
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 19:35

News circulated some corners in Rangoon that famous comedian and actor Zarganar (tweezers) was released from detention on Monday and is now under house arrest. He conducted relief efforts actively providing relief supplies to cyclone victims.

Mizzima tried to contact him last night, but in vain. Mizzima, however, got in touch with his mother-in-law Kyi Kyi Soe today. She said that the news of Zarganar being released is not true and his family members still do not know his whereabouts. Huai Pi contacted and interviewed his family member. Continue reading

Researchers use DoD satellites to aid Myanmar relief workers

ASU turns images into tools for aid organizations working in devastated areas

By Sharon Gaudin

June 11, 2008 (Computerworld) Scientists at Arizona State University are using satellite images from the U.S. Department of Defense to aid disaster-relief efforts in Myanmar.

And now they’re also setting their sights on aiding relief efforts for earthquake victims in China.

The university’s Fulton High Performance Computing Initiative has established a Web site aimed at providing aid organizations with up-to-date satellite images of conditions on the ground in Myanmar. Dan Stanzione, director of the initiative, told Computerworld that the site provides relief workers with critical images of ground conditions in the country that recently was devastated by a cyclone. Continue reading

The empire of human rights

The empire of human rights

Brunei Times, Ian Buruma, NEW YORK, Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

WHY are French, British, and American warships, but not Chinese or Malaysian warships, sitting near the Myanmarese coast loaded with food and other necessities for the victims of Cyclone Nargis? Why has the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) been so slow and weak in its response to a natural calamity that ravaged one of its own members?

The French junior Human Rights Minister, Rama Yade, declared that the United Nations’ principle of the “responsibility to protect” should be applied to Myanmar, forcibly if necessary.

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Burma: Than Shwe ‘ordered troops to execute villagers’

General Than Shwe




The leader of the Burmese junta, Than Shwe, personally ordered the murder of scores of unarmed villagers and Thai fishermen, according to a senior diplomat and military intelligence officer who defected to America. Continue reading