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Day Nine Of Cyclone Disaster-One US Plane Allowed

The people of Myanmar have waited for nine days for their government to indicate the slightest concern for their welfare, but, aside for two UN planes that landed, the military junta has been hesitant to make any concessions to world opinion. But, out of the blue, the thugs who govern Burma finally granted permission for a single US plane loaded with supplies to land with supplies. The UN estimates due to failure on the part of the Burmese government to act responsibily, at least 100,000 people will die because of the cyclone and the botched relief effort. Donors throughout the world have sent enough supplies to last for months but nothing is moving due to refusal on the part of the junta to allow in UN relief workers to supervise distribution of supplies and reconstruction work.

The UN has reached the point where it has absolutely no faith in the integrity of the Burmese government or its statements about the cyclone. The junta seized aid in the two UN planes that landed and allowed their own workers to distibute supplies in an effort to claim credit for any aid received by people. At this point the main concern of the junta is having a vote on their constitution which would legalize their dictatorship and imcompetence.

Myanmar Military Junta-Who Are These Vile Creatures!!

Nearly a week has passed since a devastating cyclone killed about a 100,000 Burmese and the isolationist inwardly looking thugs who run the nation have finally allowed two UN planes to land with supplies. The planes has waited for days while UN officials tried negotiating with the men who run Myanmar, but American planes sit in Thailand unable to fly into the country with needed supplies because they have yet to receive clearance. Thailand Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej offered to handle US negotiation with Burma as Richard Horsey from the UN emphasized, “it is imperative a this point tht they do open up and allow major international relief effort to get under way.” The UN World health organization has received reports of malaria outbreaks and bodies are still floating in the water.

Many villagers say they have not received any aid from their own government and depend upon local monasteries for food and shelter. Mu Sanda, who was in a monastery, said: “The government is not helping us. No aid is coming. There is no money, no rice.”

Opposition leader Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung Sari Suu Kyi is trapped in her bungalow without electricity said a neighbor and is facing the same problems as her fellow Burmese. There is considerable fear among UN workers that unless the UN handles distribution of aid, the military will siphon off supplies and ordinary citizens will be left hungry and cold. Anthony Banbury, of the World Food Program stated emphatically: “We will not just bring our supplies to an airport, dump it and take off.” The UN wants its experts on the scene, but still has yet to receive permission from the military to allow foreigners to enter and provide assistance.

Myanmar’s state television station showed pictures of Prime Minister General Thein Sein dstributing food packages to the sick and injured. The state radio’s major concern was warning people about “unscrupulous elements” who were trying to impair the situation. That is probably the best description of the military junta that has been broadcast.

Myanmar’s chief ally is China which has offered aid to the stricken nation but has yet to really exert pressure on its government to open the doors of freedom and allow in aid and assistance.

Cyclone Deaths May Top 100,000

American diplomatic sources in Yangon indicate the Myanmar death total may exceed all previous estimates, and, according to Shari Villarosa of the US Embassy in Burma, “the information we’re receiving indicates that there may well be over 100,000 deaths in the delta area.” Burmese government radio and TV sources suggest the total is closer to 23,000, but this is consistent with the military junta approach which it to underplay the tragedy that has overtaken their nation. UN sources believe that over 1,000,000 people are homeless as a result of the cyclone.

Small amounts of aid are trickling into Burma since outside nations are hampered by a refusal of the Burmese military junta to admit they need assistance or to welcome foreigners into the country. Burmese officials still insist on reviewing visa applications before allowing foreign aid workers to enter although they have allowed four Asian nations to send in personnel.

The tragedy of Burma is twofold: a devastating natural cyclone and a military cyclone which reflects the attitude of thugs and gangsters who control the nation.

Military Junta Dilly Dallies While Burmese Die!

Five days have passed in Myanmar and still its military junta leaders hestiate, dwadle, and refuse to initiate a major campaign of bringing aid to thousands of their own citizens who suffer without food or water. Upwards of over a million people may be homeless but the thugs who run Burma refuse to give complete assistance to UN efforts of relief. Richard Horsey, speaking in Bangkok for the UN, said: “bascally, the entire lower delta region is under water. Teams are talking about bodies floating aroound in the water.” Andrew Kirwood, head of Save the Children, speaking from Yangon, sad, “Many people are getting sick. the whole place is under salt water and there is nothing to drink. they can’t use tablet to purify salt water.”

The UN said Myanmar had finally authorize an airplane to bring UN aid supplies to cyclone victims. But, permission was still pending for a UN coordianting team to accompany the flight so they could get to Myanmar and assess the situaiton.

Officials in India said they had warned Myanmar’s leaders the cyclone was headed their way and they should take protective measures. Many Yangon residents say there were given vague and incorrect information about the approaching storm and no instructions on how to cope when it struck. The United States offered to send ships to help gather the bodies but the Myanmar junta most probably will not allow a foreign military to enter its territory. Its major concern at this time is proceeding with its referendum to ratify a constitution it wrote. Who are these people who run Burma?

Burma Military Cyclone Of Disaster Blocks Aid

The Myanmar military junta has finally appealed to the world for assistance in coping with the cyclone disaster which may have killed upwards of 60,000 people, but four days after the storm little held has reached the victims due to the regime’s regulations and refusal to issue visas in a speedy manner. It is now estimated upward of a milliion Burmese are without homes and left with literally nothing as they wait desperately for assistance from the outside world. The UN in Geneva said stalling tactics by the military junta are hampering relief efforts. The ruling junta said: “We need aid from both local and foreign sources,” but the UN is facing tremendous difficulties finding out anything due to restrictions imposed by the small group of mentally ill men who run Myanmar.

The UN can’t even do an assessment because of rules and regulations which makes difficult trying to develop a plan for relief. Instead of going to Burma, most UN workers are bunkered down in Bangkok trying to develop plans of action. The UN support system is not sufficiently on the scene of action because the junta still wants to exert control over a situation that is far beyond their capacity to handle.

The Thai Royal Air Force flew in more than $300,000 worth of medical and food aid and a planeload of supplies came from China but no one knows what happened to the supplies. What has God wrought on the people of Burma may well be less than what has the military junta wrought on its own people.

Burmese Generals Prepare To Impose Ideas On People

The world has moved on to more important issues since the days when monks walked the streets on Burma protesting the military junta’s attack on the liberties of the people. The world media offered horrific sights of monks being beaten, youth being assaulted, and the people of Myanmar being denied of all human rights in September, 2007, but that was then, and now is now. As the world dealt with its problems, military leaders of Burma were preparing the next stage in their imposition of “law and order” in their nation. The people of Burma on May 10 will be required to participate in a charade known as a referendum on the country’s new constitution, a document written in secret that ensures continuance of military rule in their nation.

Naing Aung Oo, a former student activist, noted, “It’s going to be a yes vote. there are two reasons, one is intimidation and the other reason is the high probability of rigging the vote.” In the last free election, the National League for Democracy(NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi won in a landslide. In the upcoming referendum the military junta will win in a landslide.

Under the new constitution, one fourth of all parliament seats are reserved for members of the military, there are restrictions excluding many opposition candidates from running for office and Suu Ky is banned from holding office because she is the widow of a foreigner. The entire process is simply an example o a military coup carried out by constitutional means.

Myanmar Military Junta Cracks Down On Dissidents

The Myanmar military junta which has ruled the nation for decades is proposing a new constitution which the population is virtually ordered to accept or face the consequence of dissenting. For some reason, the thugs who run Myanmar feel the need to clothe their brutality in some form of constitutional cover. In preparation for the vote in May, hundreds of followers of Aung San Suu Kyi are being picked up and placed under arrest in order to prevent any form of opposition to the constitution. Nyan Win of the National League for Democracy, noted: “Arrests of National League for Democracy members and intimidation against opponents are becoming more frequent.” A group was arrested on Sunday for wearing tee shirts which had one word, “NO.” Myo Nunt, a close aide of Suu Kyi was arrested for sleeping at the house of a friend without informing authorities of this terrible act of defiance.

The situation in Myanmar is of no real interest to the world which has gone on to more interesting topics of concern. The Burmese people are far away in a distant land governed by brutal thugs and since there are no street demonstrations, there apparently is no need for other nations to express concern. Such is life in the modern world.

Just Say No–To Burma Military Junta!

The Myanmar military junta is proposing a new constitution which was written in secret without any input from other components of Burma society. The pro-democracy supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi urged their nation to be brave and vote against this constitution in next month’s referendum. The National League for Democracy(NLD) issued a statement calling on the public “to clearly and bravely vote ‘No’ when you mark your ballots.” Although the public has yet to be given a copy of the constitution indications suggest it will allow the military junta, which overthrew democracy, to continue in power for several
more years. The NLD statement noted the proposed constitution: “is not in accord with the basic dcemocratic principles that the sovereign power power of the state is derived from the people” and it does not protect human rights of free speech.

Most of the 54 million people in Burma have neve been allowed to vote so the junta even had to issue a one page statement which explains what voting means and how it is to be conducted. The junta insists it is building a “discipline-flourishing democracy” whatever that means. It lso rejected a UN offer to dispatch observers and provide technical support during an election.

Singapore Makes Money From Myanmar

Presideent Bush has issued executive orders barring Americans from conducting business in Myanmar, but many of the companies who are on the US blacklist are openly doing business with Myanmar. Myanmar’s military junta rulers go back and forth to Singapore for everything from medical needs to having a good time. Senior leaders like Gen.Than Shwe travel to Singapore and his wife has been seen engaged in extensive shopping sprees. But, the exchange between Singapore and Burma is a two way street. Temasek Holdings, for example, is estimated to have invested over $3 billion in Myanmar. The prevailing view of Singapore businessmen is they have a wonderful opportunity to make money while the rest of the world avoids doing anything in Burma due to the oppressive military leadership.

According to an article in the Jakarta Post, “Without financial and technical support from Singapore, the junta would be greatly weakened and might seek peaceful political solutions with the National League of Democracy…There is too much money to be made.” The tragedy of the people of Burma is being too close to Singapore and too far away from nations that might assist them in their struggle against military oppression.

Myanmar Military Junta Manipulates Election

Myanmar’s sudden announcement this week that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would be barred from participating in the upcoming election threw a damper on any hope they would back down from their refusal to accept any aspects of democracy. On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Nyan Win told a regional gathering in Singapore the new constitution barred her from running because she was married to a foreigner. Sunai Phasuk, of the Human Rights Watch, commented: “They have one goal in mind, that is to prevent Aung San Suu Kyi from taking office. All the rules have been set to prevent her for various reasons from running.” In the last free election she won an overwhelming majority which was then voided by the military junta.

After last fall’s demonstrations in Burma that were led by monks, the world hoped the junta might take a few steps back from their policies of refusing to budge on allowing democracy, but it is now apparent that hope is gone. It is even doubtful if her party, the National League for Democracy, will ever make it to the ballot.

Things remain the same. The junta is in complete power, India and China court these thugs in order to get economic concessions, and the people of Burma just suffer in silence.