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

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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.


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.

Death Toll Rises Again from Storm in Burma; Karmapa visit; Beijing Accuses TYC of Terror Ties May 6, 2008

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More than 22,000. The junta allows aid to trickle in.

The Karmapa’s visit to the U.S. is coming up. His schedule is on this site. At Tricycle we’re obligated to mention the controversy over who is the 17th Karmapa, and that there are duelling Karmapas, but this site, which of course has an agenda, says it’s a non-issue. It is true that the Karmapa who is coming to the U.S. has a bigger following here, which may explain why he is coming. This is not to stoke controversy or push an agenda — this visit is a big deal for Buddhism in America.

Beijing says the Tibetan Youth Congress has ties to Al Qaeda. They must be angling for funding from teh Department of Homeland Security. Of course, our government would have to borrow the money from Beijing to pay Beijing anyway

Storm Hits Burma May 3, 2008

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Burma is one of Asia’s poorest countries and storms like these always hurt the poor most.

The Resistance in Burma; Thai PM supports Burma’s constitutional efforts May 1, 2008

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Rachel Aspden visits the forgotten part of Burma: ethnic groups in the east oppressed by the junta.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej voices support for the Burmese junta’s farcical constitution referendum, which will again formally bar Aung San Suu Kyi from running for office. The reason given? She’s married to a foreigner.

EarthRights International lambasts Chevron:

The American energy giant Chevron has been accused of complicity in human rights abuses through its investment in a natural gas pipeline in Burma. . . .

It says the Burmese military was committing widespread abuses including forced labour, rape and killing while engaged by Chevron to protect the Yadana pipeline.

Marco Simons of EarthRights International, has told Radio Australia’s Connect Asia program Chevron has a responsibility to acknowledge that abuses are taking place.

“They have not tried to claim that yes there are serious abuses going on but they are powerless to stop them,” he said.

And two policemen were killed at a polling station in Thailand’s restive south. (Other sources say three.)

Burma Bombs Blamed on Students April 22, 2008

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Two small explosions in Rangoon (no casualties) are being called the work of an exiled student group.

Praying for Change in Burma April 17, 2008

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The All Burma Monks Alliance is praying for democracy, but if the past is any teacher, it will take a lot more to make the junta budge. Their plans so far are not encouraging.

Here’s an account from an American tourist who recently visited the country.

Burma Peace Walk; Donna Karan’s Urban Zen April 16, 2008

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Here’s a collection of links on the recent Burma Peace Walk and other Buddhist activities in the Bay Area, courtesy of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship:

ABC7 Local Network Coverage: Monks march through Golden Gate

KRON 4 NEWS Video: Burmese Monks and Supporters Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge

Burma April 9 Torch Protest Featured Coverage:

Salon.com spent a day with Burma protesters and made this feature front page story:

Press Democrat: On day of chaos, quiet march speaks loudly

YouTube Video of  Peace Walk taken from the Air

San Francisco: Peace Walk begin

Peace Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge

Peace Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge2

CNN.com Photo Collection: 

CNN: There photos from Bridge Walk made it to this collection of 14 photos by

The Province: Bridge Walk Photo is used in this Canada Article:  B.C. residents join anti-China demo

Flickr: Peace Walk for Burma Photos

Flying Free Burma Banner: San Francisco Olympic Torch Relay and Protests; 

Free Burma, Olympic Torch Protest Against China’s Human Rights practices, Led by Burmese Monks on the Golden Gate Bridge, April 9, 2008, San Francisco

Peace Walk for Burma Photos

Other coverage where Burma was mentioned: 

Americans take dim view of relay

Olympic Torch Takes Unexpected Route Through SF

CBC Canada on the Bridge Walk Coverage: 

USA Today:  Olympic torch run out of sight for most: 

BBC: Confusion strikes US torch relay: 

The Guardian: San Francisco is braced to greet Olympic torch – and thousands of protesters 

AP: Torch concludes bumpy tour of Bay Area:  

Some of the coverage before April 9 :

NBC11 Video: Burmese Activists To SF: Drop Torch Run completely

Video: Burmese activists protest SF torch run

Video: Burmese activists protest SF torch run
ABC7 News: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local&id=6048985

Plus, Donna Karan and her Urban Zen Foundation in the Village Voice.

20 Activists Arrested in Burma; China says guns, bombs, found in monasteries April 16, 2008

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20 activists arrested in Burma. Thanks to Precious Metal for this one.

The Chinese media on guns and bombs supposedly found in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

A light piece on how the Dalai Lama is more than a simple Buddhist monk.

A Bu-Jew’s guide to Passover from the Huffington Post.

U.N. rapporteur Pinheiro warns Burma on referendum April 16, 2008

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U.N. special rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro calls Burma’s upcoming constitutional referendum a joke:

Speaking in Brussels, Mr Pinheiro said that the referendum would not have any credibility if opponents were prevented from speaking out.

“How can you have a referendum without any of the basic freedoms?” he was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying.

“It would be important to have international observers to validate the referendum, because if not it would be just a ritual without real content.”

He also said he saw no signs of political progress of any kind in the country.