Daily Archives: May 18, 2008

France angered by Burmese delays

France‘s ambassador to the UN has accused Burma‘s government of being on the verge of committing a crime against humanity by not accepting foreign aid.

Jean-Maurice Ripert made the comment during a General Assembly session, after Burma’s UN ambassador accused France of sending a warship to region. France says the ship is carrying 1,500 tons of food and medicine for survivors of Cyclone Nargis. State TV has put the official death toll of the 2 May storm at 78,000.

For how long? How long these people are going to rule this poor country? How long the international community will let these criminals rule the lives of the Burma people?

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Ahtisaari Winner of UNESCO Peace Prize

The former Finnish president and current United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari has been named as the winner of the prestigious UNESCO peace prize.

Mr. Ahtisaari, who also founded the non-governmental organization Crisis Management Initiative, was chosen for “his lifetime contribution to world peace,” said the head of the international jury that awards the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Congratulations for a man who is worth much more for all the things he has done for the world peace!

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Stubb asks more transparent election laws

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb says that he would like to see more transparent election laws in place before next year’s European Parliament elections. In a discussion the Foreign Minister also said actions by the regime in Myanmar are close to a violation of human rights.

Stubb described the present election campaign financing system in Finland as “secretive” and said that it is good that a public debate came up recently about political campaign financing. He said that he himself knows who the contributors to his European Parliament election campaign were.

So the first important act the new Finnish foreign minister was …internal!!! And he managed pretty well to …piss off a few colleagues of his!

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A plot to kill in Zimbabwe

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has postponed a return to Zimbabwe because of concerns about a plot to kill him.

“We have received information from a credible source concerning a planned assassination attempt,” his spokesman George Sibotshiwe said.

Mr Tsvangirai was set to return to campaign for a run-off presidential election against Robert Mugabe. On Friday, the US ambassador warned post-election violence had made a fair second round run-off vote impossible.

Mugabe will do everything to survive, don’t give him the chance!

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Edward Kennedy to hospital

US Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy is resting and undergoing tests in a Boston hospital after experiencing what his office says was a “seizure”.

Mr Kennedy, 76, is conscious and talking with his family after earlier being flown from Cape Cod to Massachusetts General Hospital. His doctors have said that he did not suffer a stroke, as initially feared.

The youngest brother of assassinated President John F Kennedy, he is one of the best-known Democratic politicians. He has been an active supporter of Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for US president.

His office said in a statement that he was “resting comfortably”. “It appears that Sen Kennedy experienced a seizure this morning,” it said. “He is undergoing a battery of tests at Massachusetts General Hospital to determine the cause of the seizure.”

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Georgia condemns Russian actions

Georgia has shown a footage which it says proves Russian troops are deploying heavy military hardware in the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

An interior ministry official in Tbilisi said the video footage was from an unmanned Georgian spy plane. He said it proved the Russians were a fighting force, not just peacekeepers. Moscow strongly denies the claim.

Tensions remain high between Moscow and Tbilisi over Abkhazia and another breakaway region, South Ossetia. The two territories are controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Last month, Russia moved hundreds of paratroopers into Abkhazia, insisting they were just peacekeepers.

Let’s see how the American administration will react!!!

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Children facing death

Thousands of children in cyclone-hit Burma will starve to death within weeks unless food reaches them soon, UK charity Save the Children has warned.

The charity said 30,000 under-fives in the Irrawaddy Delta were malnourished before Cyclone Nargis hit on 2 May. It says energy-rich food now needs to reach them “before it is too late”.

The warning comes as a UN envoy is due in Burma to join international efforts to try to persuade the ruling junta to grant more access to relief workers. Humanitarian envoy John Holmes will carry a letter from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Burma’s leader, Than Shwe, who has refused to answer Mr. Ban’s calls.

Perhaps it is time for Mr. Ban to stop …calling and act, even though that will come as a surprise to what he has done till now!!!

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