Two teams of foreign aid workers dedicated to delivering emergency telecoms in disaster areas have been forced to leave cyclone-hit Burma.
The members of Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) left the country after attempts to reach affected areas were blocked. The charity, which described the situation as “unprecedented”, said it had no other choice but to leave. TSF finally reached Burma on 1 June after waiting nearly a month to be granted visas to enter the country.
The worst cyclone that has hit Burma is the dictatorship and the dead are countless!
President Robert Mugabe has warned that Zimbabwe‘s war of independence veterans are ready to fight to stop the MDC gaining power, state media report.
Mugabe was quoted by the Herald newspaper as saying the veterans had asked approval to take up arms but he had dissuaded them. They said Zimbabwe was won “by the barrel of the gun” and should not be surrendered by a vote, he said.
Tensions have been high ahead of a presidential run-off poll on 27 June. Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai gained more votes than Mugabe but not the 50% needed for outright victory.
The veterans of what? His secret services? The ones who torture and kill the Zimbabwean people day after day? The veteran traitors of the humanity?
Zimbabwe‘s army chief has told soldiers they must leave the military if they do not vote for incumbent President Robert Mugabe in next month’s run-off poll.
Chief-of-staff Maj Gen Martin Chedondo said soldiers had signed up to protect Mr. Mugabe’s principles of defending the revolution, state media reported. “If you have other thoughts, then you should remove that uniform,” he said.
Gen Chedondo was speaking at a target-shooting competition outside Harare, the Herald newspaper reported. Zimbabwe’s generals have in the past vowed never to support the main opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, if he is elected in the 27 June run-off election.
That’s if you had any questions on how far Mugabe’s junta can go! Africa’s caricature Hitler is using the army now and the list for the candidates for the international courts is getting bigger. Monster torturer and idiotic gangster Martin Chedondo is definitely going to keep company to Robert in the dark cell!
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has accused Burma of causing the loss of tens of thousands of lives by hindering international cyclone relief efforts.
Mr. Gates said the United States had had ships and aircraft ready to help after Cyclone Nargis hit a month ago. Unlike Indonesia and Bangladesh after major natural disasters, Burma had denied entry to the country, he said.
An estimated 2.4m people remain homeless and hungry following the cyclone, which struck on 2 May. “Many other countries besides the United States also have felt hindered in their efforts,” said Mr. Gates, speaking at a security conference in Singapore. “Despite these obstructions, we continue to get help into Burma, and remain poised to provide more,” he added.
Burma and Myanmar’s dictators have proved in practice that democracy ….saves lives!!!
A senior UN official has said that any coercion of Burmese cyclone victims to return home is completely unacceptable.
Terje Skavdal’s remarks follow reports that Burma’s military government had begun to evict homeless families from some government-run emergency camps. It has given them bamboo poles and tarpaulins and told them to go and rebuild their lives, say reports.
An estimated 2.4m people remain homeless and hungry following Cyclone Nargis, which struck on 2 May. Mr. Skavdal, head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said he could not confirm the camp closures but pointed out that the agency did not endorse premature return to areas with no services.
“People need to be assisted in the settlements and satisfactory conditions need to be created before they can return to their place of origins,” said Mr. Skavdal. “Any forced or coerced movement of people is completely unacceptable.”
After the cyclone the Myanmar gangsters on uniform kill the survivors themselves!
Doug Goodyear, McCain’s Convention chief executive officer, and Doug Davenport, one of his regional campaign managers, both resigned after a report that GOP firm DCI — where Goodyear had served as CEO and Davenport had headed the lobbying effort — had represented Myanmar’s ruling military junta.
“Today I offered my resignation so as not to become a distraction in this campaign,” Goodyear wrote in a statement released by the McCain campaign Sunday. “I continue to strongly support John McCain for president, and wish him the best of luck in this campaign.”
At least we know where we are standing, George W. Bush had a soft point for Pakistan’s Musharraf, McCain has it for Myanmar’s dictators
A constitutional referendum is being held in Burma despite calls from the outside world for a postponement after last week’s devastating cyclone.
Voting is under way in most of the country – but has been delayed in the worst-hit areas, including Rangoon. The poll comes amid mounting international criticism of Burma’s military rulers for their handling of the response to the crisis. They say they will welcome overseas aid but not foreign relief workers.
The UN fears the death toll from the cyclone could reach 100,000. The referendum has been postponed for two weeks in Rangoon, the country’s main city, and the Irrawaddy delta, which took the full force of Cyclone Nargis. The country’s ruling generals say the referendum will pave the way for democratic elections in 2010, while the opposition says it is intended to tighten the generals’ rule.
Democracy might not feed people but definitely saves lives and Burma nowadays is the best prove why the dictators must go the soonest possible.