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May 09, 2008

"The birds all stopped singing"

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. More »
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May 09, 2008

Incendiary

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." More »
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May 09, 2008

Danny Fisher on Burma

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. More »
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May 09, 2008

Aid Workers Turned Away

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. More »
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May 08, 2008

CNN: Rotting corpses pile up

While the junta fiddles. Aid workers need to be allowed access. More »
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May 08, 2008

Burma Slow to Recover; Torch climbs Everest

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. More »
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May 07, 2008

Google promotes disaster relief

And relief is needed. More »
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May 07, 2008

100,000

If humanitarian conditions worsen, and they will if aid is not allowed in, the toll could reach 100,000. More »
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May 07, 2008

Videos from U.S. Campaign for Burma

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. More »
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May 07, 2008

Angry Young Chinese Students, and Woeser

Should've linked to this earlier but Konchog at Dreaming of Danzan Ravjaa has a great post on feeling sympathy for the young Chinese people who are vigorously defending their country from what they see as unfair attacks from abroad. Some good mythbusting info on the office of the Dalai Lama among other things in there too. And Danny Fisher linked to a Washington Post article on the Tibetan writer Woeser, who was profiled in the New York Review of Books and elsewhere some months ago. She bravely lives and writes in Beijing, along with her husband, the activist Wang Lixiong. More »
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May 07, 2008

Torch expected to climb Everest soon; Radiohead

What a shame. Radiohead staged a Tibet protest of their own in Florida, on the first day of their tour. More »
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May 07, 2008

Burma Death Toll: 80,000?

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. More »
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May 06, 2008

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

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. More »
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May 05, 2008

Death Toll Could Reach 10,000

Remember that the 2004 storm killed over almost 200,000 -- not to minimize this one, but to remember how very deadly these storms can be, as we crowd the shorelines and play havoc with the environment. More »
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May 05, 2008

Buddhist Holidays

I came across a gathering (the Lotus Lantern Parade) in celebration of the Buddha's birthday yesterday in New York's Union Square (quite the Buddhist hotspot lately) and it made me think how scattered holidays are in western Buddhism. Maybe westerners don't want them, having secularized the holidays of their cradle religions. But it seems to play into the worries Clark Strand expressed over the future of the dharma in America. Pardon the crummy cellphone picture. More »
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May 05, 2008

The Pity of War

Unreleased photographs from Hiroshima. Taken by an unknown Japanese photographer, these images were found on a roll fo film in a cave outside the city by U.S. serviceman Robert L. Capp, who served in the occupation forces. More »
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May 05, 2008

4,000 dead from Burma storm

The more we hear the worse this terrible tragedy gets. People need clean water, fuel, and food, but the junta, especially with its constitutional referendum coming up, will resist letting foreign aid agencies in. Witnesses said the government was slow to address the disaster, and exile groups said some residents had told them they were angry about the weak response of the military, which just nine months ago carried out a violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations led by monks. "This is what people I have contacted complain about," said Aung Zaw, editor of the Thailand-based exile magazine Irrawaddy. "These people were so active in September killing the monks, but where are they now?" ... Aung Zaw of Irrawaddy Magazine said that groups of monks joined residents in clearing the streets, but that in one case they had been prevented from leaving their monastery by armed police. More »
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May 05, 2008

Nargis

Will Burma let aid-workers in post-Tropical Cyclone Nargis? Burma's constitutional referendum is due to take place next week. More »
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May 04, 2008

The Cheap Food Era is Over

The death toll from the cyclone in Burma: 200? 351? World food crisis: Asian food banks reach record low. More »
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May 03, 2008

Storm Hits Burma

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