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“The birds all stopped singing” May 9, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Burma.
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While Burma is embroiled in tragedy, the junta presses ahead with its sham constitutional referendum.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s house by the University is reported to have no electricity, which is not surprising, and may have lost part of its roof in the cyclone. She has not spoekn publicly since the storm.

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Incendiary May 9, 2008

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The junta has impounded some aid deliveries, which has slowed relief efforts considerably. This has led some  to suggest air-dropping the stuff might be better, but U.K. International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander calls this idea “incendiary.”

Danny Fisher on Burma May 9, 2008

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For updates on the cyclone and its aftermath in Burma, you can’t do better than check in with Buddhist Chaplain Danny Fisher. He’s got a whole host of posts full of great information on this. Drop by, you won’t leave unenlightened.

Aid Workers Turned Away May 9, 2008

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The junta is willing to receive aid but not aid workers. One relief flight was turned away because it contained “an unauthorized media group.” They will have lives on their conscience for this.

CNN: Rotting corpses pile up May 8, 2008

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While the junta fiddles. Aid workers need to be allowed access.

Burma Slow to Recover; Torch climbs Everest May 8, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in Burma, News, Tibet.
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Five days after the storm, Burma’s main city of Rangoon is paralyzed and lacks basic services, but the death toll there was small, 400 or so, compared with the Irrawaddy Delta. Food, water, and other necessities are desperately needed on the delta, which was slammed by the incoming storm, and aid teams are stuck waiting in Thailand for permission to cross the border.

Meanwhile, with very little fanfare outside the Chinese media echo-chamber, the torch summits Everest.

Google promotes disaster relief May 7, 2008

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And relief is needed.

100,000 May 7, 2008

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If humanitarian conditions worsen, and they will if aid is not allowed in, the toll could reach 100,000.

Videos from U.S. Campaign for Burma May 7, 2008

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We’re a week into the month of daily videos from celebs such as Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Silverman, and Eddie Izzard on Burma from the U.S. Campaign for Burma. Go to their website to see them all so far, and to read updates on the disastrous cyclone.

Burma Death Toll: 80,000? May 7, 2008

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The numbers for this terrible tragedy keep rising. Lack of media access means we really don’t have a clear idea of what’s happening there. All we know is that there is intense misery and suffering, and more to come. It seems clear the government was not prepared and the people were not warned.